Jun. 10th, 2017

krpalmer: (anime)
A few years ago, I mused a bit about how I'd managed to keep reading one long-running manga series for a full forty volumes. With that point made, every volume of Fairy Tail that followed did register on me; at the fifty-volume mark I did wonder a bit about making another post before putting the thought off. Now that I've reached the sixty-volume mark, though, I have managed to put words together.

It's simple enough to say the appeal of the series remains uncomplicated with its brawling guilds of eccentric magic-users, battles made a big deal of and then resolved through raw determination, and dashes of cheesecake, and that simplicity is what keeps me reading. I seem to have avoided wishing for "greater depth" or any of the other things that might amount to "frustation a story isn't what you first imagined it to be," even if I get back into every volume a bit fuzzy about where everyone's come from in the tall stack of past chapters. In the past few volumes, I have been wondering if an impression the story is working towards drawing a final line and ending is exaggerated, and then seeing the author's afterwords mentioning that very thing. That it does seem there's not going to be an eighty-volume mark at the moment, though, is easy enough to accept. It does, however, get me thinking of how I made a Kickstarter pledge to get the Skip Beat anime released over here, then decided I'd continue the story from there, and have now piled up thirty-six volumes of the manga (in three-volume paperback re-releases) without having read any of it yet...

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