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Planning My Own Intervention

So living nowhere near a comic shop is bad. That’s a given. But there’s something far worse. Something that doesn’t just rob you of an entertainment option, but instead replaces it with a time-consuming compulsion that steals your dignity. I’m talking about living close to a manga store.

I’ve never been a manga man. My American comic interests have been pretty consuming and breaking into a world as dense as Japanese comics was too intimidating. But desperate times call for desperate actions, and as I’m miles from a comic shop and only blocks from a manga shop- I’ve decided to dabble.

But what started as a recreational thing has snowballed out of control and I find myself reading books like Prince of Tennis. For those of you who were as blind to manga as I was, POT is a solid representation of shonen books. Those are manga works aimed at an adolescent readership. As you might have guessed, it’s about tennis. And you may be surprised to learn, that shit is popular.

So popular there’s over 40 volumes of this stuff out there:

So popular that POT cosplay is a real thing. Think about this for a second. These people aren’t dressing up as Wolverine and escaping their office jobs for a day at a convention. They’re wearing tennis gear. They could have just joined the YMCA. Check it:

SO popular that this is real:

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