08 February 2011

Read Right to Left - Baby Steps

It's Read Right to Left's two-year anniversary! Let's celebrate with a tennis manga! ...Wait, what?

Special thanks to Matthew Armitage, Jill Jane, and Ryan Randall for helping me out with a scene.


  1. LOL, giant mermaid rule 34, f-yeah :P

  2. Hey there Y,I just want you to know that the reason publishers don't release manga willy nilly is beacuse licenses are expensive.

    That's why you don't see series like Ashita no Joe (Tomorow's Joe) Or Captian Tsubasa on store shelves because they are super popular ... actually bad example because those were made in the 70s era and follow a different rule of censorship.

    Though, let's imagine that Baby Steps does have a low licensing fee. Another reason is that sports manga is a very risky to put on shelves.

    Think about it, sports manga is supposed to apeal to those who play the sports. Can you imagine most football players picking up Eyesheild 21 and reading it?

    Also the reason you get Slam Dunk, Prince of Tennis and Eyeshield 21 being the few and only Sports manga on american shelves is because of SHONEN JUMP and the partnership they have with Viz here in america. Ever notice how Shonen Jump manga is slightly cheaper than other manga on store shelves.

    Anyway, I just wanted to inform you. I have no desire to troll you or whatever it's called.

  3. We do actually have another sports manga available now anyway. Cross Game by Mitsuru Adachi. He does a lot of sports manga, and even his stuff that doesn't revolve around it find ways to slip it in. His artwork is pretty simplistic, which I enjoy looking at actually and very light on fanservice. What he does do is often followed by a 4th wall or metahumor based joke about its use, often mocking himself for it. He's actually written a museum dedicated to himself into one of his stories, only for his characters to leave the exhibit calling it the worst garbage they've ever seen.

    The official english prints are told with 3 volumes in one, so getting the first book gives you a pretty good chunk of story, actually completing the first arc and beginning the second. Adachi's been in the industry for a rather long time now, at least 40 years since he premiered in 1970. I suggest you check it out, I am rather fond of Adachi's work.