Read Because It Rocks: Paperakyu
As an illustrator, I love looking at the work of other artists, I love to read comics and manga, but I’m usually very picky about my comics because I get really attached to the art as well as the story.
I’d like to start a new series on my blog called “Read Because It Rocks” to share all the amazing manga stories that I’ve read so far.
A lot of Nigerians’ experience with manga only goes as far as Naruto (which strangely enough is ridiculously popular in Nigeria) and Dragon Ball Z, and then maybe some of the more popular series like Death Note.
What I’m going to be recommending are some of the lesser known series that I’ve read but that are still pretty amazing.
I hope you guys like it and take the chance to try a new manga that you otherwise might not have read. ^_^
Okay, so without further ado, the first manga that I recommend that you read because it ROCKS! is
by Matsunaga Toyokazu.
Paperakyu is the story of a young boy who befriends another young boy suffering from a terrible and contagious condition called Paperakyu, which makes the victim’s head swell up like a football and little pincers appear on the sides of their head like arms and legs.
The story follows the two boys and all the adversity they encounter in their struggle to remain friends in the face of ostracism and discrimination, and evil government officials who are trying to hunt down and kill the boy with Paperakyu.
The art style is not what I usually go for, but it has a whimsical quality that matches such an odd story.
The story is still ongoing, and I’ve heard it’s been licensed in Japan so hopefully it will be available to buy on Amazon soon*.
For now you can read it on Manga Here – http://www.mangahere.co/manga/paperakyu/c001/
I know from personal experience that it takes days and months of grueling work to create even the shortest comic series, so I will always post the Amazon link (when available) and please always buy so that the artist can receive compensation for bringing us their amazing stories and art work if you are able.