Manga Olympics for Bloggers Poll: Round 1/Part 2

Hey everyone! Time for the second part of round 1! I’ll be covering the results in separate post. Please find below the sneak peaks and links towards blog posts for this line-up! From this post onwards, I’ll be attaching each blog post’s first pictures as the feature photo for this post. I’m roughly picking the first images on a post, but if you want change the featured picture for your post, please inform me and I’ll gladly do so. It’ll also make this post a whole lot appealing…

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: All parts of Round 1 polls will only be closed when the round is over. So you can still vote for Part 1 and etc.

Also, if you find any errors below, please contact me and I’ll change it ASAP! This has happened before due to my carelessness, so I will be much more vigilant to avoid errors!

Let’s start with Shounen manga this time round! Once again, the following order is according to the earliest submission:

Shounen/Seinen Round 1/Part 2

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Blog: Zero-Sama

Blogger: Zero-Sama

Blog post: Bleach Chapter 541 Review: Farewell Old Man Zangetsu

Post preview: Zero-Sama is the only video blogger in MOB!

Click Here to listen/watch Zero-sama’s video blog post!

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Blog: Animetics

Blogger: torisunanohokori

Blog post: Oneshots, Hand-Holding-Dance-Fighting, and Punching Failure in the Solar Plexus – The Rise of Komi Naoshi

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I’m a tremendous fan of battle series that play with creative power systems. So I was ecstatic when, some 5 years ago now, a new fantasy adventure manga about a couple who needed to hold hands constantly or perish called Double Arts arrived on the scene. I was equally devastated when, half a year later, Weekly Shonen Jump’s ruthless management killed the series dead immediately after some of the best introductory chapters of manga I’d ever read. I was younger then and didn’t realize that there were thousands of amazing manga I’d never even be able to read in my lifetime, so I was all kinds of devastated. | Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post. 

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Blog: Sunny Side Up Manga + Anime Blog

Blogger: Baka-Girl

Blog post: Fanservice in Shounen Manga

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  Fanservice and shounen manga are two things that can’t be separated. Every single shonen manga has fanservice, even in a very subtle form. I think fanservice can be divided into two major groups based on its target: male targetted fanservice and female targetted fanservice. The first is more common in shonen manga while the latter is more common in shoujo. But in the past few years, the amount of fanservice for female readers in shounen manga is getting more easy to find.| Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.

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Blog: Animetics

Blogger: Samuel2323

Blog post: Shonen Manga Up and Comers – Part 2 (Sakamoto Desu Ga?)

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Manga in Japan can be hard to break into, and most manga take time to become big sellers. That is why it is always amazing when the first volumes of certain series do so well so quickly. In the past year, there have been many big starts, with one of them being:

Sakamoto Desu Ga? – 677,000 copies sold of the first volume since release this January 

All the girls want him. All the guys want to be him. In fact, literally everybody at school does. He’s Sakamoto. Whether it’s cooking, writing, studying, or anything else, he is the best at it. From writing with two hands at the same time to being able to sit on a chair even when it has been pulled out from underneath him, he is seemingly able to do *anything. No wonder he’s one of the most talked about people in school! But what happens when people interact with Sakamoto? And what does Sakamoto do to them? | Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.

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Blog: Sayuricero

Blogger: Serenity

Blog post: Seinen manga vs. Seinen anime

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Anime are so popular these days, with more and more anime fans coming out everyday. The Otaku community is growing yet manga seems to have less fans or is less popular than anime. According to MyAnimeList the most popular manga has around 99,921 readers while the most popular anime has been watched by 335,870 people. The numbers seems unfair, even though manga are way better than anime. So how is Seinen manga better than Seinen anime? | Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.

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Blog: AMG Portal

Blogger: Brandon

Blog post: Fan Service! Why So Many Shonen Series Rely on Breasts and Nudity?

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One major problem I tend to have when recommending a series that I really like to someone is that they tend to notice that some of the girls are prone to wearing next to nothing. The best example I can use for this is History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi. No matter how good the martial arts seems to be or the story for that matter, there always seems to be this frequent use of fan service that seems to turn a lot of my friends off. | Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.

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Shounen/Seinen Round 1/Part 2 POLL

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Shoujo/Josei Round 1/Part 2

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Blog: Animetics

Blogger: torisunanohokori

Blog post: Beating Back the Bullies – Adversity in Manga With a Female Audience

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Last week for the shonen/seinen bracket, I wrote about how shonen manga cleverly taught kids a variety of fairly useful life lessons. I originally wanted to start the shojo/josei series the same way, but the “shonen/seinen/shojo/josei is not a genre” frustration stuck me at the right time and before I knew it I had an article. But there’s plenty of juice left in this battery, and 2 weeks left in the first round of competition. Let’s get to it. | Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.

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Blog: Sunny Side Up Manga + Anime Blog

Blogger: Niki

Blog post: Buy or Buh-bye: Nik samples the new shoujo manga releases

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IEvery week, we’re (Duck!) bombarded by manga, at least 30 titles issuing from the Indonesian Manga Triumvirate. In the week commencing 9 June alone, 40 manga (and manhwa) titles streeted and battled for display space and the chance of Take me home, PLEASE! Of the 40, 16 were shoujo manga, and of that 16, eight, fully-half, were new series or one-volumers. | Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.

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Blog: Pearl’s Inspiration

Blogger: Pearlsins

Blog post: Seeing what others can’t

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There has been shoujo manga that I couldn’t get past the first chapter because it was tiresome to read the same old formula playing out. Many have lured me with the same trap and each time I was expecting a different escape. Perhaps the trap was different (e.g. set up of romance, a character, or a picture cover), but it was enticing me with the same treat (a yearning love story that needed to be read). After a few rounds of going nowhere, I begin to realize that I was in deep sh** again, that it was too late to back out. So I hold out, hoping that the ending will be different. That my escape into and from the shoujo manga will not be what I expect. | Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.

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Blog: THAT Shoujo Manga Blog

Blogger: Konata_01

Blog post: The five flavours of Shoujo manga…parenting

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Parenting isn’t really a topic often discussed by shoujo manga readers. I myself tend to focus on the romance involved in a manga, along with the characterization. But in actuality, looking at the parental styles of the protagonists is key in analyzing the realism in character motivation and action. Looking at how a parent educates their child can be a pretty good indicator of how realistic the author intends the series to be, and also how many psychological issues problems the character can potentially have. | Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.

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Shoujo/Josei Round 1/Part 2 POLL

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