When Borders used to still be doing business back in 2008 or so I was approached by a grandmother who was looking to buy manga for her granddaughter.

She said I looked like I knew what I was doing in the manga section. This was highly inaccurate because I was merely looking at every shelf to see the offerings, but I was happy I at least looked more than oblivious. That might have factored into it and nobody else was around.

Anyway, she asked me for a recommendation. I asked what her granddaughter would like. She said cute things or romance.

Now this was the days before Yen Press’s Chi’s Sweet Home, a safe bet for a grandma if there ever was one. I’m not sure why I didn’t even rec Fruits Basket as wildly popular as it was, or maybe I could have defaulted to Naruto’s peak of craziness. I wasn’t very well-versed on manga titles in my early anime days, okay? In fact, I still need to read more. I’m mainly looking you, certain long CLAMP titles.

In the end I couldn’t think of anything but Cardcaptor Sakura.

So I trotted off to find the Tokyopop version of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga. Thing was, there was only a few copies left, and I remember the first two volumes were missing. Deciding there was not much i could do about the bad luck I pulled the third one off the shelf and hoped it would do.

The grandmother didn’t seem convinced. I explained I liked the series and it had a G-rating (which was important to her because she didn’t want a lot of violence). I think what nailed the coffin on the deal was that I showed her the cover art and told her she could return it if she had to. Then she thanked me and went on her merry way. Since I rarely went to Borders anyway I never saw her again.

Sometimes I wonder what happened. Did the girl like the gift? Now that I think about it, this may have been close to the holidays. Was it returned? Would they be okay with the relationships? Can I brag I created a CLAMP fan?

Back then the grandmother said the girl was about 12 or 13. By now that would make her a late teen. She could be doing fandom things for all I know.

So yes. I convinced an awesome manga buying grandmother to buy Cardcaptor Sakura, and I hope she bought the rest.

My family would never buy me manga. I wonder what other grandparents have bought manga like this.



January 2017



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