REAL (vol. 1) – Takehiko Inoue [series ongoing]
I wanted to write a review for an ongoing manga series that may have slipped under some radars but absolutely should not be missed. Volumes 1 & 2 also landed on YALSA’s 2009 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens list. From reading some of my other posts, you probably gathered that I’m more often than not a “shojo” manga girl – I love romance and romantic comedies. Shojo manga series tend to be my perfect snowy day, guilty pleasure reads. So it’s rare that I pick up a “shonen” or “seinen” manga. And not just any guy-friendly, action-filled manga, but a ‘sports’ manga at that. Perhaps what intrigued me was both the sport that Takehiko chooses to highlight, as well as the very compelling drama that permeates the lives of the three male teenagers: Tomomi Nomiya (18), Hisanobu Takahashi (17), and Kiyoharu Togawa (19).