Manga Mondays Meme
I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 3 years ago. It started out as a personal feature, but I decided to turn it into a meme last year. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme is a great way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.
The linky will be below my review.
Swan vol. 8 by Kyoko Ariyoshi
The trials and triumphs of hopeful prima ballerina Hijiri Masumi continue in the CMX version of this beloved international hit. When the naturally talented Kyogoku Sayoko injured her ankle, the chance of a lifetime fell into Masumis lap. Shes now faced with the challenge of representing Japan in a competition in Russia, far from home. Masumi is up against two of the finest Russian dance prodigies, but the tremendous stress and fear cause her to lose her hearing. Can Masumi dance the finest performance of her life without music to inspire her? (courtesy of Goodreads)
*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.
The first half of this volume is a ballet. Hijiri and Kusakabe are performing the lead roles in a ballet and the pages show their movements and emotions for basically ever second of the show. I can't decide what I think about this. One on hand, this focus on the minutia of every ballet performance distracts from the plot, which I see as the backstage life of the dances. On the other hand, ballet is a central character in this manga, just as much as the individuals. And having such a large focus on ballet performance makes the manga different from others that I've read.