R.u.N. (Remember ur Nature)
Occasionally here at GeekOut South-West headquarters, we get e-mails from awesome content producers of much that falls in our geeky subcultures. One of the most prominent types of content that comes through our inbox is manga. This week, we were contacted by some manga story tellers who run a company called Mangatellers. From their website, they allow people to read through their manga for free.
I had the pleasure of reading through their works recently and I can confirm that they are great. R.u.N. follows in the footsteps of a young boy called Jean who is starting his first day of his new school. Jean is a little bit different though, as he’s learned all of the techniques behind parkour, a type of discipline where the Traceur (the practitioner) would use his or her body to navigate to a point more efficiently than by walking around objects. This means that a Traceur might leap over objects, or through two objects, just to reach a destination. It’s not done for the sake of showing off, but it’s done as a way to help improve the mind and body.
At first I’ll admit, I was a little bit sceptical about a parkour manga. I didn’t think it’d translate too well in a comic form but thankfully I was proven wrong very quickly. I enjoyed the first three episodes that I read to the point that I thought I should write an article about it. Thankfully, they are also running a Kickstarter campaign!
What is it?
R.u.N. follows Jean, a 17 year old boy who loves nothing more than to read manga and to perform parkour as his means of curbing boredom. He helps his mother run a bookshop, but they’re new to town as they’ve moved from France to Japan (See, there’s a good reason why there’d be parkour in Japan!)
Taken directly from their website; Tension, competiveness, humour, friendship, intrigues and lots of parkour are the main elements of the world of R.u.N. This rings true through the manga which again can be read for free here.
This campaign has been launched so that they can release volume 1 of their manga as a printed release.
How much do they need?
The Mangatellers guys are looking to raise £5,500, which they consider to be quite high for a campaign of this kind. Whilst it’s not the lowest we’ve seen, it’s certainly not that high or that unbelievable a goal.
They’ve got a further 48 days to go from the release of this article, which is plenty of time to gather the momentum they need for their campaign. Couple that with the fact they’ve already gotten over 20% of the way towards their goal, having already raised £1,263 of their £5,500 goal. One thing you may have noticed already however: They’re using GBP (Great British Pounds) instead of their currency (Euros). The reason for this is crowdsourcing is apparently an unpopular in Greece. Along with this, taxation in Greece is pretty high, so they’re looking for a bit more to cover their taxes. Seems reasonable to me!
What are the tiers?
As well as that warm fuzzy feeling you get whenever you back a Kickstarter campaign, you will also get the satisfaction of having a reward from the selection of rewards below, or more! AS always, we’ve highlighted the more affordable pledges, but if you’re able to afford more and like it enough: Do it!
Stay tuned as part of our upcoming Christmas activities here on GeekOut South-West, we will be looking to get an interview with Mangatellers. We’ll chat about their direction for the manga, the hardships of being a group of mangaka/story tellers in a country not synonymous with manga and perhaps we’ll throw in a few questions about what they think makes them a geek in the process!
What did you think of R.u.N.? Do you like the direction they’re taking their series? I personally loved the style, I thought the art was incredibly clear and the story was very coherent. It reminded me heavily of a classic shonen manga, such as Shaman King. That might be the very reason why I loved this manga so much, but if you have any opinions on this, why not share it with all of us here? Have you read a parkour manga before? What was it called? As always, let’s talk geek!