Friday, July 7, 2017

A Sign That The Manga World Is Out Of Ideas...

At a local Tim Hortons restaurant late at night, I'm having coffee with a buddy of mine and we talk about a whole bunch of stuff. At some point, he brings up the news that there's a new manga called Daigo: The Beast coming out soon. I don't keep up with manga news, so I ask him what's so special about this manga.

He tells me that it's a manga-ized biography of that Street Fighter pro player person.

I look up and stare into his eyes, looking for any sign that he could be pulling my leg or making some ridiculous claim. I'm waiting for him to cut the air of silence and tell me what this manga is really about. It didn't take long for me to realize that he was being completely serious.

"Somebody's making a manga about some gamer?" I ask him.

My bud nods slowly.

I slowly shake my head in disbelief. Of all the things you could make a manga out of it and you go with some gamer's life story. This was a sign that the world is running out of good ideas.

"Is there a reason why anyone would want this?" I ask. "I'm not sure why anyone would want a manga about a guy whose claim to fame is that he's very good at Street Fighter."

My buddy just shrugs, unable to give me an answer that would satisfy me. I take a couple more sips of coffee before we change the subject.

Just to clarify, I know about Daigo; that guy who did fifty parries to a crowd of lifeless zombies heard around the world. Apparently, he's one of the best SF players in the world. You know what? Good for him... that doesn't mean the world needs a manga about this guy. Not when you make more magical girl comics instead that borderlines on hentai or whatever the proper venacular happens to be.

For people who care about this sort of shit, the Daigo: The Beast biography manga is due out in December, but early copies are available at the EVO event this July.


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