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#52 Feb 11 2013 at 10:06 AM Rating: Good
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I caught up on the latest chapters of Skip Beat!, which is one of those shoujo romances that suffers from monthly releases so it's better to just read it every few months and catch up all in one go.

Stuff actually happened! Kyoko, in her role as Setsu, tried to halfway seduce Ren, in his role as Cain Heel, causing them both great distress/consternation as they're both **** good actors and the entire situation didn't even have a **** audience. Ren was jealous because Sho Fuwa called Kyoko and he had thrown her phone against the wall, breaking it. She was "punishing" him and at the same time reassuring him that he was still her number one. She ended up leaving a hickey on his neck.



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#53 Feb 12 2013 at 2:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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I recently read Kimi wa Midara na Boku no Jouou. It's a short five chapter story about two people who love each other but both are stereotypically awkward admitting it and moving along with it. There's also a pillow that steal's the girl's self control for an hour a day, which leads to some amusing shenanigans.

Not particularly safe for work reading, and it isn't mind blowing amazing in any way really. Just a decent and short read.
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I recently read Kimi wa Midara na Boku no Jouou. It's a short five chapter story about two people who love each other but both are stereotypically awkward admitting it and moving along with it. There's also a pillow that steal's the girl's self control for an hour a day, which leads to some amusing shenanigans.

Not particularly safe for work reading, and it isn't mind blowing amazing in any way really. Just a decent and short read.

I read that recently. I was kinda shocked when it ended so abruptly at the fifth chapter. Almost felt like the series was cut or something.

Edit: That one is really a MATURE manga, far beyond simple fan service. If we're gonna start including those kinds of manga, I have about a half-dozen I can add to the mix Smiley: sly Of course, then I'll totally seem like a pervert. Y'know, more of one. Smiley: tongue

I just read up to the current chapter in Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. For a shoujo manga, I actually really enjoyed it. It's about a girl who gets the power of transformation from a nearby shrine goddess, and focuses on several couples' awkward attempts at love (including the shrine goddess and the protagonist's older brother). A lot of the expressions in the manga were hilarious, and unlike a lot of supernatural manga, the transformation power tends to make a mess of things instead of helping, thus making the moral of the story "solve your own problems honestly." It's a pretty good read.

I'm trying to get back into Rosario + Vampire, Season II, but it's a bit slow. I like how it's darker and more mature than the original, but I've already read part of it before so a lot of this rereading is familiar.

Finally, can't remember if I talked about it before, but Denpa Kyoushi is a pretty good harem comedy. It kinda reminds me of TWGOK, in that the main character is hopelessly obsessed with his otakudom, to the point that he's kind of an idiot savant (he apparently created a valid theory for a transporter while trying to make a magical door from an anime he liked). The story basically combines GTO and TWGOK for a lot of hilarity, some PG-13 fan service, and nerdiness galore.

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I've read 6 of the 18 volumes of Eden: It's an Endless World!, and man... what a rush. This is an awesome seinen manga so far; it reads like an action novel. Unlike other long series such as Lone Wolf and Cub, I don't actually "feel" the hundreds of chapters as I read it. The only thing I don't have a firm grasp on is where the story is going; it seems like there are several overarching story lines that are all related... but I can't find out what the main one is, or how it'll all end up. The synopsis from myanimelist is pretty accurate so far:

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In the panic surrounding a worldwide pandemic which kills 15 percent of the population and cripples many more, a secret organization, the Propater, topples the UN and seizes control of much of the world. A boy and a girl, raised in an abandoned virology research center, immune to the virus, are attacked by the Propater and escape. 20 years later the boy is the most powerful drug lord in South America. He aids his son from behind the scenes as he evades and eventually with the help of mercenaries from Nomad (some of them former Propater operatives) fights the Propater. As the plot develops focus shifts away from the main character and develops many sub-plots dedicated to terrorism, Human-improvement, the struggle of the developing countries and the power battles between the drug cartels and Propater.

Based strongly on Gnostic mythology, all major characters are named after gnostic deities, and have analogous roles.


The manga is pretty mature, however; lots of violence, bad language, and some sex. I still highly recommend it.
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#56 Feb 15 2013 at 2:01 PM Rating: Good
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If we're gonna start including those kinds of manga,
Didn't think this thread had a PG rating. Smiley: tongue

I'm going back to rereading Hajime no Ippo, because apparently I hate myself. Not that it's a bad manga (Actually amongst my favorites), but that it's passed the 1,000 chapters mark.
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LockeColeMA wrote:
If we're gonna start including those kinds of manga,
Didn't think this thread had a PG rating. Smiley: tongue


Touché! Smiley: lol

Finished Eden. Great, great series. I feel like I missed some explanations, and the ending felt like it didn't wrap much up, but it's probably still one of the top 10 manga I've read. One thing that I really enjoyed is that most of the characters don't retain their plot armor; a lot of "main" characters die off.

So, some thoughts on it.

-Who actually controlled the colloids and the disclosure virus? It seems to be hinted that "God" was the one in charge. Also, I'm really not sure what Maya/Lethia do, besides give a voice to the colloid. Lethia is supposedly the one who would be left after the colloid serves its purpose, but Maya is shown in the final chapter/

-Meigas just kinda shows up out of nowhere in the last volume or two, right? He was never mentioned before?

-I feel like Elijah kinda gets shunted off to the side for the end of the story; Enoa becomes the main character again by the end. I didn't care for that so much; I understand Elijah had his own issues (addiction) to deal with, but he's the main character for like 10+ volumes and pretty much disappears for the last few volumes.

-Was it ever explained who the Automator was? It seemed implied that she was Enoa's lover at some point, but I couldn't quite figure out why she was so loyal to him and Elijah.

-Is it ever explained what was directing the bubble at the end? The characters say that it's acting like how humanity would act in regard to its trajectory, but unlike the colloid, there didn't seem to be any active intelligence behind it (it's just a mass of dark energy and gravities, after all). Is this another case of "God" affecting things?
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I loved Eden. It was crazy and some of the stuff near the end made no sense, but **** was it a fun ride.
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I loved Eden. It was crazy and some of the stuff near the end made no sense, but **** was it a fun ride.


Agreed. This somewhat applies to another Eden... Cage of Eden, aka Eden no Ori, finally ended in January. And the ending was TERRIBLE. The manga itself was good, though it was stalling for the last few chapters before the end. It's a survival/horror/drama/harem manga, a mixture of Battle Royale and Lost; a plane experiences a power outage and crashes on an island in the Pacific that's populated with dinosaurs. The students on the plane need to survive and find out the secrets of the island.

Well... spoiler/ranting time:

So the last three chapters sum up the end of the story, and it roughly goes:
- The plane crashes, and no survivors are found
- Akira's mom is recruited by Miina's grandfather to help him on the Eden project. It's never said exactly what the plan is, or why so many countries invest in it.
- Some 40+ years later, Raika Island is created and Akira's mom dies. Apparently she also adopted a daughter at some point.
- Back on the island, three years have passed, and Akira and Co. have built a ship to escape at last. They wonder what the world is like, but decide they can't just spend the rest of their lives on Raika.

The end.

WHAT THE HELL!?

So many plot points are unresolved; the most glaring being:
How in the world did they end up on the island to begin with? It's never stated, but the only thing that makes sense is some Donnie Darko time-warp situation. That's why the plane is never found, and how they're 50-100 years in the future. For a while I thought it would turn out that they were all clones, but that's obviously not true.

And what's the point of the island itself? There seemed to be no rhyme or reason behind its creation, besides to create dinosaurs for kicks.

What happened to all the scientists? It's posited in the last chapter that they died from a biological attack, but it's never explained.

Rion and that other girl get attacked by the flesh-eating bacteria right before the flash-back chapters, but by the end it's 3 years in the future and they're fine. So much for a biological attack?

Hades? What happened to Hades? And Akira's friend?


TL;DR The series starts off with a lot of promise, and then hits a very abrupt and unsatisfying ending. It pretty much makes the manga not worth the effort of reading.

Edit: Speaking of series that do the same, I'm hoping Gantz and Berserk don't go the same way. I started rereading Berserk... halfway through the chapters currently out (IIRC, 340 or so), and MAN, I forgot how good the beginning of this series was! Good in an incredibly violent way, mind you.

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All caught up on Berserk... dammit. Now I need to wait for new releases again!

Now I've been trying to find some good horror manga to read. Happened to find a very short webtoon manhwa called Bongcheon-Dong Ghost. Like most manhwa you need to scroll down...

Heh, have fun with this one.
http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn?titleId=350217&no=31&weekday=tue

I also started to read Dark Edge, but it's not really all that scary (makes sense, as it's shounen). Also, only a few chapters are up on my normal manga site, so... meh. I also heard about Portus, which seems like a nifty creepypasta manga about a cursed videogame that kills people. I think I'll check that out next!

Edit: Finished Portus... not great, not terrible. The Majora's Mask creepypasta was scarier Smiley: tongue

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#61 Feb 27 2013 at 1:17 PM Rating: Good
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All caught up on Berserk... dammit. Now I need to wait for new releases again!
I caught up with Ippo today, and feel the same way. Might continue with Koisuru Edison if only for this face.
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Only read the one chapter that was released today, seems like it'll be along the lines of To Love Ru's inventing shtick, but who the **** knows at this point. Anyway, for some weird unexplained at the time reason, girl has a **** in her brain that has Thomas Edison's brainwaves or something attached to it, and when she thinks really hard she becomes a genius inventor. And gets Edison Face. She also seems to have a thing for asses. Probably going to be dropped really, really quickly. Or not, if only for more images like the previous one.

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Edit: Finished Portus... not great, not terrible. The Majora's Mask creepypasta was scarier Smiley: tongue

Edited, Feb 27th 2013 2:53pm by LockeColeMA


to be fair... the MM creepypasta is some scary ****
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To lazy to ctrl+f. Go read Shokugeki no Souma if you haven't already. There's only ~12 chapters out. So good.
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I need to read Ippo at some point. Maybe when I have like 3 days of my life to use reading it Smiley: lol

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To lazy to ctrl+f. Go read Shokugeki no Souma if you haven't already. There's only ~12 chapters out. So good.


I'll look that up next. Thanks for the recommendation!

Edit: HA! This series is ridiccccccculous so far. In a good way. It's like a shounen version of Addicted to Curry, or a more ecchi version of Yakitate Japan!. Makes me hungry Smiley: drool
Edit2: Yeah, I really can't tell if they're parodying Yakitate, or it's just so similar. This image:
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Is basically identical to Yakitate, if you said "Japan #8" Smiley: tongue

Anyway, two more to talk about...

Tanabata no Kun is a somewhat dark sci-fi story. Basically, certain people who live in a remote village develop ESP, but the more they use their ESP, the less human they become. The story reminded me a lot of Parasyte. I thought it was pretty good, and it brought together a whole lot of interesting themes, but left a lot of questions unanswered (like, what is "outside the window?"). It was pretty enjoyable, but while the ending was pretty conclusive and didn't feel abrupt, I kinda wish it had answered more. The manga's a bit gory, but not really scary.

Continuing with the "weird things happen in remote Japanese villages" theme, I really enjoyed Tajikarao. Basically about a remote village in the mountains populated mostly by the elderly that worship a local god named Tajikarao. When the yakuza start working with some people to force the old folks off their ancestral lands, some young outsiders show up and decide to help them fight against the mobsters. One ends up inheriting the power of the god... or so I'd assume. Unfortunately the series is complete with 43 chapters, but I could only find 31 Smiley: mad The series is a little mature, as there's occasional nudity and some violence, and it focuses a lot of folk lore gods. It's slightly supernatural, but so far there's only been one or two truly supernatural events. I'm looking forward to seeing how it ends... if I can ever find a translation of the rest!

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I started reading "Denpa Kyoushi" last night. It's a lot like Great Teacher Onizuka, but the main character is ... it's hard to describe. He's like the exact opposite of Onizuka, but at the same time the exact same. He's a NEET (or a shut-in, kind of sort of) slash otaku with ADW ((A) Able to (D) Do only what he (W) Wants to do), who is black mailed into being a teacher.

Anyway, GTO is probably in my top 5 mangas / animes, so I'm enjoying reading this little gem. Wouldn't surprise me if it were animated in the near future.
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Man, Shokugeki no Soma really IS Yakitate Japan. Well, except about all kinds of food, not just bread. That's not a bad thing; it's still hilarious, and unlike YJ!, SnS has enough fan service to turn the reactions quite sexual. Than again, a big appeal to FJ! (and Addicted to Curry) was that most chapters taught a recipe too. I still remember making a loaf of bread from a rice cooker Smiley: grin So all three are great, but for slightly different reasons.

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I started reading "Denpa Kyoushi" last night. It's a lot like Great Teacher Onizuka, but the main character is ... it's hard to describe. He's like the exact opposite of Onizuka, but at the same time the exact same. He's a NEET (or a shut-in, kind of sort of) slash otaku with ADW ((A) Able to (D) Do only what he (W) Wants to do), who is black mailed into being a teacher.

Anyway, GTO is probably in my top 5 mangas / animes, so I'm enjoying reading this little gem. Wouldn't surprise me if it were animated in the near future.


Denpa Kyoushi is one of the ones I read every time a new chapter comes out. Good choice!
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Denpa Kyoushi is one of the ones I read every time a new chapter comes out. Good choice!
I'm almost caught up, but a little tag at the start of chapter 46 caught my eye, and it turns out I called it. Smiley: laugh Apparently Rumor has it that it is going to be an anime, and that's got me pretty psyched.

32/3 between this, It's Not My Fault I'm Not Popular, and Binbougami Ga. Smiley: thumbsup

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SnS has enough fan service to turn the reactions quite sexual.

Hentai artists draw some of the best manga. All one has to do is read the first chapter to see how ridiculously awesome this manga is. Bwahaha.
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So, JoJo's bizarre adventure... I'm on volume 3 (out of what, like 105 volumes?). I'm trying to keep in mind that this series gets better as it goes on, because so far it REALLY shows its age. It's pretty ridiculous, but the ridiculousness is "ridiculously bad." It reminds me of watching dubbed Dragon Ball Z as a kid - at the time I thought it was great, but now that I've watched a ton more anime I realize that, while it has historical importance, it's terrrrrrrrible.

Is it really worth it to keep reading?
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Is it really worth it to keep reading?

I found it to be, but it's a tough pitch to make because I feel the payoff is fairly delayed. It also doesn't help that the only translation for some of part 4 is terrible.

I don't believe you'll end up looking back on Jojo like DBZ, but it's hard to say what you'll get out of it. At the very least, I don't know anyone who has bothered to read all of Jojo and thought of it as regrettable.
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So, I'm not sure if this is to your tastes, but have you gone looking for Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei? (The Irregular at Magic High School is the translated name I think.)

There's only 15 chapters of the manga out at the moment...

But there's 8 volumes of light novel that's almost completely translated on B-T now.
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So, I'm not sure if this is to your tastes, but have you gone looking for Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei? (The Irregular at Magic High School is the translated name I think.)

There's only 15 chapters of the manga out at the moment...

But there's 8 volumes of light novel that's almost completely translated on B-T now.

I actually really enjoy it (besides the squicky incest theme)! I've kept up to date with the manga, but I might take a look at the LN.
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Ravashack wrote:
So, I'm not sure if this is to your tastes, but have you gone looking for Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei? (The Irregular at Magic High School is the translated name I think.)

There's only 15 chapters of the manga out at the moment...

But there's 8 volumes of light novel that's almost completely translated on B-T now.

I actually really enjoy it (besides the squicky incest theme)! I've kept up to date with the manga, but I might take a look at the LN.


Just be warned that it's 10x the info dump that the manga is... :D
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I actually really enjoy it (besides the squicky incest theme)!

Ha ha. If manga has taught me anything it's that incest is totally cool in japan.
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I actually really enjoy it (besides the squicky incest theme)!

Ha ha. If manga has taught me anything it's that incest is totally cool in japan.


Since their population is in decline they probably don't care who's baby it is at this point.
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Is it (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure) really worth it to keep reading?
Personally, I find it really takes off at Generation 3. That's about when it really gets into the "ridiculous to be ridiculous" state. That's not to say there isn't entertaining ridiculousness before then, just that it feels like it's still trying to be vaguely serious up to that point. Either way, most everyone will say that you have to really sit through it to get the payoff and whether you can do so is up to you. I doubt anyone would blame you if you can't, I was bored with it for a while too.

That being said, after reading the Big Three, I saw a link to another First Chapter manga and gave it a shot. "I, Who Didn't Become a Hero, Reluctantly Decided to Find a Job / Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku o Ketsuishimashita" which I can't link to because of lolfilters, follows the story of a Hero-in-Training as he finds work after an actual hero has saved the world, and the Big Bad™'s child who also needs work due to losing their inheritance sort of speak. Can't be the next Big Bad if the previous one is defeated, you know? It's the first chapter, but it was amusing enough to warrant future chapter reads. It's essentially a "What would happen to future heroes and villains if there is no need for them anymore" kind of story. A bit NSFW but not really excessively so.

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I actually really enjoy it (besides the squicky incest theme)!

Ha ha. If manga has taught me anything it's that incest is totally cool in japan.


It's more teasing and one sided on the wincest really. The brother is a natural troll and makes fatal communication errors sometimes that get him in serious trouble with the sister. Smiley: lol

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That being said, after reading the Big Three, I saw a link to another First Chapter manga and gave it a shot. "I, Who Didn't Become a Hero, Reluctantly Decided to Find a Job / Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku o Ketsuishimashita" which I can't link to because of lolfilters, follows the story of a Hero-in-Training as he finds work after an actual hero has saved the world, and the Big Bad™'s child who also needs work due to losing their inheritance sort of speak. Can't be the next Big Bad if the previous one is defeated, you know? It's the first chapter, but it was amusing enough to warrant future chapter reads. It's essentially a "What would happen to future heroes and villains if there is no need for them anymore" kind of story. A bit NSFW but not really excessively so.

I read this today too >_> I enjoyed it Smiley: lol

Let's see... I started reading La Mosca today. It seems to be one of those survival game stories, similar to Battle Royal or Btooom!. So far it's been gory and interesting, with a lot of character getting killed off by derpy looking creatures. It's a completed series, so at least I don't need to wait for new releases! I'll post more as I get through it.
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'Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku o Ketsuishimashita' was kind of funny. Reminds me a bit of 'Demon Lord at Work' (unsurprisingly.)
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La Mosca was pretty solid. Not the most amazing manga I've read, but enjoyable. Kinda reminded me of Resident Evil: Code Veronica, where a bunch of monsters are on an island and people want to get the **** off. The ending wasn't bad either, but I wish they had explained a bit more, especially about Jenny, and what was done with the addictive caffeine. Despite the upbeat and happy ending, the implication is that Jenny and her gang just took over from Kashoo with an even more addicting product; great for them, bad for humanity. Also, Mario's fate isn't revealed and he doesn't show up at the end at all. As he was one of the only likeable villains, that's sort of a shame.
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Read through Basilisk, which I've heard is better as an anime... but it was still pretty good as a manga. Seinen manga with a lot of violence and some boobs. Basically, two clans of ninja are ordered to kill the top 10 of their rivals; the clan that survives will be given 1000 years of prosperity from the shogun. Each of the ninja has a special ability that makes them more like demons than humans. The action is fast-paced, and I found myself rooting for different characters on each side at different times (both sides have their honorable and dishonorable members). It also more than deserves it's "Tragedy" tag. I didn't quite get some of the background (like why the shogun called for this test anyway, or why the Ofuku or whatever her name was wanted the Iga to win), but it didn't really take away from the manga.
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I also recently finished Island, a horror manhwa. The series was somewhat schizophrenic in its presentation, with two fairly distinct arcs. The first half introduces the main characters; Miho Won, a rich girl who moves to a Korean island to become a teacher; Pan, a sadistic serial killer with powerful Buddhist incantations, and John, a Korean-American priest (or perhaps just an exorcist) with strong Christian prayers. The first half of the series has Miho encountering a ton of demons and ends up hiring Pan to destroy them for her. John shows up later and also defends Miho. There's not really a "love triangle" going on; Pan is emotionless (except when angry), and John is treated more like a little brother than a love interest. The second arc introduces four Japanese characters who come to Korea chasing a supernatural killer who uses cursed skulls to melt people; Miho and John are the main characters, but Pan is only present about maybe a fourth of the time.

The manwha is definitely seinen, but it's entirely due to violence and content. While there's a lot of talk of **** and threats of rape, no nudity is ever depicted; on the other hand, there's blood and violence galore. Lots of demons and creepy stuff. And lots of unanswered questions, like how the old man knows Pan, and who exactly Pan is (and who the "blind" exorcist is at the end). Also a little bit of gender-bender stuff going on.

It wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either.
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So, Black & White (aka, Tekkon Kinkreet) was pretty much a complete mindf*ckery. Undoubtedly the most surreal manga I've read since Oyasumi Punpun, though I liked Punpun better. The story revolves around two orphans from Treasure Town that are nicknamed "The Cats": Black and White. White is... well, I guess mentally retarded is probably accurate. He's a (relatively) harmless idiot who is liked by most of the town. Black is a "problem child," as he attacks people and takes what he wants. However, his largest priority is to protect White, as they've been together since they were infants. Anyway, new mafia move into the town and try to take it over, and the story revolves around the old gangsters, yakuza, police, and the Cats as they adapt or fight the changing town.

That's a good description of the series, but it doesn't come remotely close to catching the "feel" of the series. The setting is surrealist; buildings are all sorts of shapes, characters are defined as "curvy" at times, random animals like fish, squids, cats, and turtles show up randomly, people "fly." I get the impression that this is the world seen through the eyes of Black and White; as White says, they were both born without some screws in their brains, but what Black lacks White has, and vice-versa. Later on, Black starts becoming feral and hallucinating, while White starts becoming almost clairvoyent in some of the things he says.

I recommend reading it just because it's SO bizarre, but not necessarily hard to follow. If you want surreal stuff though, Oyasumi Punpun is better IMO.
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Finally finished the 19 volumes of Eat-Man. For having the corniest name ever, it was actually a remarkably enjoyable sci-fi fantasy series. However, almost the entire time I got the feeling "Holy crap, this is totally Trigun." Either this was the basis for Trigun, or Trigun came out first, or the two authors knew each other... it's hard to say. Let's match up the similarities between Bolt and Vash:

-Both have oversized guns that appear from their arms
-Both have iconic sunglasses and trench coat
-Both exist in a sci-fi western setting, with space ships and small towns surrounded by deserts
-Both have incredibly long life-spans and are practically undefeated
-Both are world famous; Vash as the world's most infamous gunman, Bolt as the world's greatest "explorer" (who is pretty much a mercenary)
-Both refuse to kill humans
-Both are mistaken as bad people but have hearts of gold
-Both have an affinity with machines; especially with fixing them

There are differences of course (spoilers)

Vash is an alien "plant," while we never quite learn what Bolt is.
Bolt seems to be effectively immortal; we know when Vash was born, and he certainly can get hurt and lose limbs.
Vash's secret power is that he's able to form a giant gun from his arm capable of mass destruction; this is a huge secret. Bolt's secret power, on the other hand, is that he can eat any machine and recreate it out of his body later.


Anyway, the two series are very alike in a lot of ways. Eat-man focuses on Bolt Crank, the world's greatest explorer, who takes jobs and always fulfills them... though not always quite like how the employer expects. The series, as said, was 19 volumes, and covers a LOT of time. There are recurring characters, but the time frame is never clear; sometimes when we first meet a character she's a little girl; then four volumes later she's grown up. If I had to guess, not counting one-off chapters, the series probably covers 20-30 years of time. For the most part the series is episodic; a new employer is introduced, Bolt is hired, he saves the day. Good guys win, bad guys get punished (or get away and then show up later and get punished again). The first 10 or 12 volumes revolve mostly around a woman named Stella and a man named Shadow, who have some history with Bolt (whom they call Leon) that is slooooowly explained (they might show up in one chapter per volume). The second half introduces a bunch of new explorers and a lot of recurring characters make cameos. The only part I didn't like is that the recurring characters are sometimes difficult to remember; I kept mixing up Rivette, Aimie, and Elena.

The series is mature due to occasional nudity and violence. The nudity is almost distracting, and hardly ever **** (Bolt never hooks up); usually there's just topless women walking around. The violence is rarely gory; though there is one volume where a lot of characters die with body parts getting blown off, in most of the volumes Bolt's refusal to kill means that few casualties occur.

So, which is better... this or Trigun? Trigun, for sure. Bolt's main flaw is his solitary nature; he doesn't show much personality, talks very rarely, and his background is never fully explained. He faces the toughest showdowns with the exact same kind of calmness as all the other throw-away chapters. Vash on the other hand has a ton of personality, loses people close to him, is forced to compromise his morals, and actually grows as a character. Bolt never develops, and that's what really holds the series back. I'm glad I read it, but Eat-man felt like a less developed Trigun... though it was still enjoyable.
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Vash also likes the drink. Smiley: boozing
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That might actually be another similarity; Bolt does drink... but I never quite figured out if he drinks actual beer, or just 100% ethanol. It seems to imply he can drink both (and in at least two chapters he asks for water), but when the focus is on his diet, it's always on how he eats machine parts and drinks oil or ethanol Smiley: tongue
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You should read Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen. While it's all types of hilarious by itself, it has Aaron Stack, aka Machine Man in it. He's got all of the similarities you described for Vash and Bolt, minus the sci-fi western setting and fame. He calls humans "fleshy ones," and is pretty self important, but has the whole heart of gold thing. It's Marvel, but the overall series is pretty self-contained so you don't need too much insight into the universe.
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Didn't they die like 15 minutes into the Zombie Apocalypse?
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Yeah, but being dead isn't exactly a critical condition.
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Considering their bodies were beaten into pulp without re-animating and Marvel has yet to retcon it AFAIK, it's pretty critical.
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At the moment, Aaron is currently running with Red She-Hulk, Tabatha "Boom Boom" was in the this month's issue of Cable and X-Force, Monica "Captain Marvel" was recently in the newer Captain Marvel's book, and Elsa Bloodstone was in Wolverine's last volume of books before the renumbering. Only one I haven't seen is Captain.

I think the Marvel Zombies books were considered alternate universe, too. Tite Kubo has nothing on a Marvel Asspull. Smiley: laugh
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Oh, you guys Smiley: laugh

I also finished Poppoya Love Letter, and gosh darn it, it hit me right in the emotions. Very short story, only one volume; a low-level Yakuza flunky named Goro gets out of jail only to be told his wife is dead. No skin off his nose; he only married her to get her a visa into the country, where she was to work as a prostitute. Goro and the president's nephew are sent to pick up the remains and make sure everything looks on the level, and Goro receives a series of unsent love letters from the woman he married but never knew, and now will never get the chance to know.

Fighting back manly tears, yo.

Edit: Oh, and labeled seinen for one page of nudity.

Another short n' sweet one I finished was Always Together. It's a one-shot about a girl determined to lose weight. Pretty cute Smiley: smile

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Read through Psyren, and it's one of the better shounen battle series I've read. Somewhat like a cross between Bleach and Hunter x Hunter in terms of style. The alternate world is a barren wasteland much like Hueco Mundo with the key antagonists giving off a espada vibe. Character abilities take the form of psychic powers that manifest in a fairly diverse and interesting way, much like Hunter x Hunter A lot of characters are given attention and meaningful fight sequences, without overly focusing on the main cast.

Terraformers has been popular among some otaku atm, being slightly ridiculous. Basically people wanted to terraform mars, so 500 years ago they sent moss and **** there. Back in the present, the **** have evolved into super strong racial stereotypes. Humans must now take on bug powers to fight the black menace. Plot hold upon plot hole and egregious ignoring the cubic law. Mostly I read it trying to discern how conscious the mangaka was about the appearance of his primary antagonist.
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Fun story. So mangafox just put up some chapters of Cross Days, and I started reading it and thinking "Hmmmm... this looks familiar... why does it look familiar...

Makoto


AHHHHH!! Nice boat, nice boat, nice boat!

Dammit, it's a parallel of School Days. Maybe I should not read any other chapters that come out, if it ends as horrifically as School Days does.

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Are you sure this is not School Days? That's nearly the same...


Nah, definitely a parallel series. Same setting, different situations.

I never did finish all the endings in School Days, now that I think of it. I guess I just don't like that if you pick one girl, the other gets a bad ending (even in the "good" endings).

Finished up another seinen manga called Rose Hip. I've heard it's from the same author who made GTO, but I'm not sure... been years since I read GTO. Anyway, it was pretty much your run-of-the-mill action manga, with high school girls who are actually secret agents who are part of an elite police force. Unlike many series with a similar premise, this one was incredibly violent. Lots of death and gore. It also only had like 10 or 11 chapters; it feels like it was cut off due to lack of popularity, because it ends on a cliff-hanger that would launch a new arc. Not a great series, not really recommended.
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Read a few chapters of Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo and it seems decently interesting. I'm probably going to try to read more of it if I find the time.

Shokugeki is still continuing to be great. I also caught myself up on Aiki which is up to 96ish now, and that's still as glorious as it always is.
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If you're a fan of horror manga, Mail is a decently good (and short; 3 volumes) series. It's a bunch of episodic stories involving Akiba, a detective/exorcist who researches local urban legends and puts angry spirits to rest with a special gun. Each chapter is a new ghost, new characters (mostly girls), and Akiba showing up in the nick of time to save the day. The stories aren't that great, and besides Akiba (and later on, a girl named Mikoto), none of the characters appear for more than one chapter. I felt like the series didn't know what it wanted to become, and the end of volume 3 had no kind of closure whatsoever. Mikoto's character seemed to have been introduced just to make Akiba look like something less than lawful good, but her role is never really expanded upon. And while the spirits are shiver-inducing at times, they also never end up killing their victims (well, I guess in one chapter a woman lights herself on fire at the beginning, but her sister is saved later on). I recommend it only because it's a delightfully creepy when some of the ghosts appear, but overall the story is lackluster and it seems like it was discontinued after three volumes. Also, NSFW, as there's some violence and a bit of nudity in volume 3.

Apparently the mangaka also made a manga called The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, which (IIRC) was pretty decent but incomplete when I read it a while back.
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Maken X (also known as Maken X Another) is a mindf*ck. The mangaka is, I believe, the same one who makes Dorohedoro, which I previously reviewed. Much like Doro, it's sometimes pretty tough to grasp the plot and what exactly is going on. In Maken, it seems like people have "images" of themselves that are reflected onto the world. As long as you can clearly picture your image, you can recover from incredible wounds, form weapons from your body, and possess a lot of power. But using too much of your image literally makes your body fall apart; when you can't visualize yourself any more, you fall to pieces.

So the story is about a girl named Kei, who ends up taking control of a living sword called Maken after her father's lab is attacked. Maken was supposed to be a medical instrument that would cure mental illnesses by "brainjacking" patients and restoring their images; in reality, it's a sword created by Kei's father to destroy another living sword which is slowly remaking the world into a bunch of monstrous images. Maken has a pretty bad personality, and its brainjacking leaves most people as mindless cripples; it constantly fights with Kei, one of the few people who can wield it and maintain her own image.

That's... about how much I got out of the series, and some of that (especially the bit about images) might be wrong. The art style is sketchy (like, literally looking like sketches), and like Doro, incredibly violent. A lot of the background plot is left unexplained, as I guess this is based off an old Dreamcast game from 2000 which likely explained a bit more. So we never quite figure out who the "Sword Masters of the Seal" are, and I don't really understand who or what Kei's friend Kou is... my best guess is that he was experimented on by Kei's father 10 years ago and melded part of his image to hers as an extra barrier of protection (or something).

Anyway, it's an interesting series, but I'd stick with Dorohedoro if you feel like getting the same art style and violence, but with a good dose of dark comedy and a much more fleshed-out story.
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Hopefully my last update for a while Smiley: lol

I read Zombie Hunter, and I must say... I am SO disappointed. Not because of the story, or the action, or the drawing. Because it stops right in the middle of the action after 4 volumes. Complete cliff-hanger, but the series hasn't been updated since 2000. The background is fairly good, but it becomes a bit generic after the first couple of volumes; still, that doesn't justify quitting the series. Bah. If you like blood, guts, and monsters, it's a decent series.
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