28 June 2012
There's something that's just innately enjoyable to following something from the beginning and seeing how it develops. I think that's a tremendous part of the appeal of RPG's with a leveling system. You may not remember every little thing that happens along the way, but simply being part of the experience of traveling all the way from start to finish can be deeply satisfying. For as long as I've been reading manga, I've never followed a series from the beginning, and I think that's part of why I want this one to go on for as long as possible - I actually picked it up at chapter one, before chapter two was out. That's never happened for me before, and the sense of attachment I have to Barrage is incredibly disproportionate to the amount of time I've been reading it and thus should feel invested in it. The experience has really taught me that I need to pay closer attention to new manga and check them out as soon as I absolutely can. On an unrelated note, the title card that Eugenia came up with reminded me of a catchy Sesame Street song I heard in my childhood.