If you haven't figured it out by now, Mai is based on my wife. The Cat's out of the bag! This comic strip is pretty much exactly what we did on our first date together. It was fun to think back on how nervous I was that evening but also how much fun we had together. We could relate on so many things, even though we grew up in different countries. There was also something there that we couldn't explain. A pretty strong connection that we still have to this day. The final panel of our Purikura picture is actually taken from the real one that we still have. We laugh over the phrase "Good Surprise!" every time we look at it. What were we thinking when writing that? Perhaps, it was how we felt about finding each other. ;) There will be a few more comics coming up of our first date so stay tuned.
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It really is exciting to walk into a bookstore in Japan and see so much manga! There's a lot of good manga in Japan but it can be difficult to find because there's SO much there! You need to spend ages going through titles to find something that is really a powerful combination of story and art. I guess this is another disappointing reality that J has to face now that he's in Osaka. Everything isn't perfect in Japan. I'm not sure how much Japanese J can read so maybe he's just judging the manga by the artistic storytelling. Friends would tell me about good manga to read and it would save me time at the bookstores. Did you have a good experience the first time you went to buy manga in Japan?
I remember seeing my students EVERYWHERE I went in Shimamoto! There were times that it was nice, and times when I hated it. Either way, being the only foreigner in a small town means you don't have much privacy. Everyone knows when you're out and about. Put two foreigners together in a small town and you're sure to get some attention. It's also frustrating when students are trying their best to speak to you in English and you have no idea what they really mean...
Don't worry, I don't think she means he'll be doomed if he goes to Japan. Beverly knows how much J loves Japanese culture so she's probably concerned that he'll feel right at home there and never want to come back to America. I've seen it happen to Americans I know that moved there. What do you think? Are you one of those people?
With that, we take a little break from the Black Samurai. I hope you've enjoyed this story arc with the spirits. I love drawing these pages but they do take up quite a bit of time. Thanks for checking them out!