"I love manga, but if I'm reading manga all the time my mom says, "Don't read nothing but manga!" And then, "Read lots of books, ok?" At times like that I'm always thinking, "Why should it be that I have to read a lot of books, but reading manga is bad?" What's the difference between manga and books in the first place? Isn't it just whether there are pictures attached or not!? I think adults are just baselessly deciding that 'manga is not so good.'"
A 13-year-old middle schooler from Tokyo wrote a letter to the editor at Tokyo Shimbun and they put together some viewpoints in response.