It was a battle of the bully and the demon. It isn't particularly your ideal story. For some unknown reasons, however, and in between my homework in grade school, I was rooting for the bully. This was my Ghost Fighter addiction phase.
Yusuke Urameshi, better known in the Philippine adaptation as Eugene, leads team Urameshi in fighting with Taguro, a human turned super demon. His squad? Kazuma Kawubara (aka Alfred) and his "dimension blade", Kurama (aka Dennis) and his huge rose with super thorns, and Hiei (aka Vincent) and his "Jagan Eye". Strangely finding myself glued to the tagalized series every after primetime news made me wonder, how many Ghost Fighters could there be. How many are about to invade Philippine television?
Then there came after an onslaught of tagalized "animes", as how they call it, raking in huge viewership and fiercely rivaling with the local soap operas. There were "Flame of Recca", "Akazukin Cha Cha", "Daimos", and of course "Pokemon", which is obviously the inspiration of your new favorite game Pokemon Go. I have not followed them closely but they were constant subjects of discussion over recess and lunch at school. Thus, very popular.
Animes left the trend. Well on local TV at least. Soap operas are back and Koreanovelas are making it big. But somewhere lurking in the internet and among closed groups are avid Manga lovers. They're never leaving their favorites. They're holding on to Manga as part of their way of life.
Soon I found out that Ghost Fighter is not really the title of the book where it was based. Yu Yu Hakusho, also known as Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files is the original work of someone so popular in the Manga world, Yoshihiro Tagahashi. And then my readings brought me to the something bigger. Manga isn't just about a collection of comics. It is in itself a form or literature. A kind of art.
So, earlier today I revived a small vein of Manga in my blood that has been once an active part of my system. I vowed to visit the Kyoto International Manga Museum in Japan. I was not successful at first. Earlier today, I finally got in. Although in a very limited, it was nevertheless, a fun experience.
Picture-taking is not allowed in the entire museum, I believe. But for you Manga fans, here are what my what my very amazing sneaking powers gave me. (I am not encouraging that you do the same! *peace*)
There are more than 300,000 items in the Kyoto International Manga Museum. It includes books and comics from as old as the Meiji period and post World War II.
Admission to the museum is 800 Yen for the whole day for regular visitors. Students and children have special discounts. The museum is closed every Wednesdays and on Holidays.
The museum is running different exhibits every now and then. During my visit, the Eguchi Hisachi Art Exhibition: King of Pop was ongoing. It will run until September 4, 2016. Check out their English website here for more schedule.
All the comics and books are available for everyone visitor to read from 10 AM to 6 PM. Be warned though that all of the reading materials here are in Japanese.
For first timers, the Kyoto International Manga Museum is accessible via the Karasuma Subway Line. From the center Kyoto Station, it will be three stations to the Oike station where it is a quick 5-minute walk to the museum from Exit 2. :)