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We will not be the only blogger this week to deny the greatness of Kazuo Umezu’s Cat Eyed Boy ! No sir. Not when Jakala, Dacey, Welsh and Mautner are doing it. No sir. Cat-Eyed Boy is disturbing and creepy and wonderful. Big ups to Viz for bringing it out in this sturdy, handsome two-volume set.
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  1. snoid, seriously? You wouldn’t read a great comic book just because it’s “backwards,” even though that’s the author’s original intention? That just seems nutty to me.

  2. It’s not like the people who won’t watch B&W movies because they are in B&W, it’s I just can’t read them. You know how some people can’t read comics. I’m the same way with right to left comics. I wish it wasn’t so because I know I’m missing out on some good manga, but my brain won’t let me read them right to left, maybe it’s a lifetime of read left to right comics I don’t know. So not really nutty, it’s how my brain is hard wired.

  3. Huh….weird. I was reading manga back when all of them were flopped, and when they started printing them unflopped there was a bit of a learning curve, but I don’t think it took me more than a volume before I was in the swing of it.

  4. Weird is right, I’ve tried (many times) and I just can’t do it. I get all lost and can’t follow the story at all.

  5. I equate it to being ambidextrous, it isn’t easy for everybody to read a picture right to left. I learned how while working for Kodansha (which eventualy led to being able to write backwards). I think one thing that makes manga “cool” for kids is that a lot of adults don’t “grok” how to read manga.

  6. Yeah, I have a really hard time enjoying unflipped manga, too, sadly. I just can’t lose myself in at all, I’m always thinking about the backwards order.

  7. It’s one of those acquired taste things, I think. I found it a bit jarring until I stumbled upon one particular manga that was so addictive that it dragged me over the hump.

    Yes, it was Iron Wok Jan.

    //Oo/\

  8. Is it just me, or can your opening line be read two ways, Heidi?

    It sounds like you’re joining a group of people who are denying the greatness of Cat-Eyed Boy, when clearly you’re not….

    “I won’t be the only one denying its greatness–lots of us will deny its greatness!!!!!”

    :-)

  9. Ditto for me, too.
    And I loves me some manga. However… I am *very* aware of making myself read it properly when it is Right-to Left. I get tossed out the story several times, but that’s okay. The reward for the work is worth it.

    Not sure if it would be a deal breaker for me, though.
    If I want the story I’ll read it. Unless there is a possibility of a flipped version coming down the line… but that doesn’t happen often.

  10. I just started to get into this new-fangled manga thing. I took me about halfway through the first volume of Deathnote before I really felt comfortable reading right-to-left, then I got the hang of it. I still have to mentally flip a switch in my head when I start, though, and I do sometimes have to stop for a second to figure out the panel sequence.

  11. I’ve been working with L-R and R-L manga. I’ve noticed that the more difficult to read ones are the ones that have poor panel layout. If it deviates from the zig-zag of normal reading and one panel isn’t leading into the next, it’s going to be hard to read regardless of orientation.

  12. Did I see correctly that these are going for $25 each? $50 for the pair… That’s a lot of scratch!

    Thank you, thank you very much. Try the veal!

  13. I thought I might have a hard time with R-to-L manga, but the first time I read one, it took me all of 5 pages to get used to it. I think it’s just a matter of time. Don’t give up people! You’re missing out on some fine work.

  14. volume 1 rules. i haven’t checked out #2 but i’m sure it’s great also.

    unable to enjoy right to left? give me a break. that makes it even weirder/better.