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Wait a minute…Yotsuba& isn’t anime. Nor was it released this year,Valence? Aren’t you supposed to-
I SHALL DO AS I PLEASE.
This post is indeed anime-related, but in what sense I shall get to the gist of it later. And no, Yotsuba isn’t getting an anime adaptation any time soon. This post is about an experiment I’ve been carrying out for about half a year now. And the subject of this experiment? None other than my younger brother.
Recently, he’d been getting an interest in K-Pop. He’d listen to it all day long, watch Korean TV channels on Starhub, and rave on and on about some band called ‘SHINee’, and how this ‘Taemin’ isn’t a female, despite my constant insistence that it was so. And the reason he got into this K-Pop craze? Simply because my aunt was interested. He spent some time with her, and eventually he got hooked too.
I then wondered: Why couldn’t I do the same feat? We share the same room, and surely, some of my anime habits must have passed on to him. But alas, no luck. He’d still refuse to watch anything but Naruto when I tried to coax him into watching Eden of the East with me. I sat down and tried to figure out why my scheme had failed. Then it dawned on me: I needed to let him find his own interests.
Furthermore, I figured that if my aunt could make her daughters watch anime and like it, I should be capable of the same feat.
Eventually, I started to help him buy Shonen Jump magazines, letting him read the Shonen Trio in English, along with other comics. I taught him soon to read these fan translations online, and soon he started reading one comic on his own. What was it?
Rosario + Vampire. Needless to say I was disappointed. But thankfully he dropped it, albeit after asking several confusing questions and making several comments on how ‘there were so many girls in it’ and how ‘disgusting’ it was.
I was almost on the verge of giving up. Then, a breakthrough – Flunk Punk Rumble, or as it is better known, ‘Yankee-kun to Megane-chan’. It worked well. He read volume 1, which was in English (bonus points), and he bought 2 more volumes. He pestered me to play Yu-Gi-Oh with him. I agreed. Eventually, he started watching Yu-Gi-Oh, then its legendary ‘Season Zero’. On his own. I saw a glimmer of hope.
But then it just stopped there.
I tried to get him to read my manga collection again. Alas, it was a fruitless venture – at first. He had already read the english ones, and the Chinese ones : he simply couldn’t understand. Then, it dawned on me : the perfect book in my collection.
Yotsuba&. The Chinese translation was simple enough to read. The content wasn’t too complex ; it wasn’t too difficult, it was simple enough and it was funny enough. It spread like wildfire. At first he read one volume. Then he wanted me to buy the 2nd volume. So I did. And soon my aunt was reading it too. His friends at school wanted to read it. He practically brought it everywhere.
So now every time we stop by a comic shop, him and I will both look for comics that tickle our fancy. The result of a long, six month experiment?