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#27 Nov 10 2012 at 12:36 PM Rating: Good
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I'm playing through Kamidori. It's somewhere between a VN and Fire Emblem.
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-Homunculus has been good so far, 36 chapters in.
-I'm current on Kuroko no Basuke. I feel the story overly focuses on the key characters. I haven't read too many sports manga, but in Eyeshield 21 I felt like every character had a chance to shine whereas in KnB it seems like Kagami saves the day every game. The constant Fujoshi baiting hasn't bothered me, to my dismay?
-Dropped Alive 42 chapters in. Too little inventiveness in a battle manga.

I've been trying to distract myself from other ongoing series. I last touched Berserk a year and a half ago, and from what I've heard they're still on that muffin fudging boat.
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Out of boredom the other day pick up the webtoon Kubera. While not being the best thing I have ever seen, I do like how the focus is not mainly on the main character in the first season and the preview for the second had a pretty cool line that sum things up nicely.

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I've only found five chapters so far, but I've been mildly amused by "Mahou Shoujo of the Dead."
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#31 Dec 11 2012 at 8:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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Other stuff I've read recently:

20th Century Boys: Pretty good, but it feels repetitious after a while (especially with the 2 volume sequel, 21st Century Boys). Most of the mysteries are pretty obvious, though a lot of stuff is unexplained or feels like it just gets added without any prior warning.
Pluto: Not finished with it yet, but really enjoying it.
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#32 Dec 11 2012 at 8:43 PM Rating: Good
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20th Century Boys is one of those things that I didn't like as a much as everyone seemed to think t I should. It was good, but not great.

Pluto on the other hand, was awesome.
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#33 Dec 11 2012 at 8:56 PM Rating: Good
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Other stuff I've read recently:

20th Century Boys: Pretty good, but it feels repetitious after a while (especially with the 2 volume sequel, 21st Century Boys). Most of the mysteries are pretty obvious, though a lot of stuff is unexplained or feels like it just gets added without any prior warning.
Pluto: Not finished with it yet, but really enjoying it.


I enjoyed Monster a lot more than 20th Century Boys, but I still liked both.
I never did finish 20th Century Boys though, it got licensed as I was reading it and the group I was following halted translations.

Right now I'm only really reading Tower of God. I used to read a lot, and was active in the Fansub/Scanlation groups (didn't do anything but proofreading and providing storage/distribution services with my college internet connection.)
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#34 Dec 13 2012 at 3:15 PM Rating: Excellent
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I liked Pluto up until one of my favorite characters died (I think you can guess who). It was still good after that, but not as interesting to me. Still well-worth reading.

Speaking of well-worth reading, *************************************************************************** definitely want to read this.[/link] It's short and very well-done.
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#35 Dec 13 2012 at 5:09 PM Rating: Good
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Ha ha. The auto-filter broke your link.

That looks interesting though. I'll have to check it out.
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Karlina wrote:
Ha ha. The auto-filter broke your link.

That looks interesting though. I'll have to check it out.

Doh! That's awesome Smiley: laugh

Manga is watashitachi no shiawase na jikan if anyone wants to look it up Smiley: tongue
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#37 Dec 18 2012 at 8:08 AM Rating: Excellent
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I just finished Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou... and I really don't know how I feel about it. It's like no manga I've ever read. It was very well done, but the entire point of it is something like "nothing really happens, and time goes by." I feel like I just read a lazy summer afternoon that seems to last forever. That's the feeling it gives; timelessness. Also a bit of sadness and loneliness. Although maybe I'm just reading into that, as none of the characters are actually sad or upset. Wistful! That's the word I'm looking for.

I'd say it's a great read just because it's so unique, but it also is extremely emotional in an incredibly subtle way... if that makes sense. It conveys emotion through situations and graphics, not through dialogue or action... heck, there's no action at all. Nothing is ever really explained (like Who or what is Misago, what's with the white mushroom people, what's with the Taipon/airplane thing, who made the Alphas, why are there so few male robots, etc). There's no real romance although there's a deep undercurrent of it (Taka and Alpha, Kokone and several female robots, Taka and Makki).

Yeah, it's pretty good (one of the top rated mangas at myanimelist, where I've been getting my recommendations lately). Glad I read it!

Edit: Oh, and slightly NSFW. There's no violence or language or ***, but one character who appears in a few chapters walks around nude. It's not sexual at all, but it's not appropriate if people are around Smiley: smile

I tried reading Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (by Miyazaki Hayao), but I just couldn't get into it. It's interesting, but MAN is it dialogue-heavy. The scan of it isn't that great either (plus the manga is from the 1980s), so it requires more effort to get into it than I want to put in. Maybe I'll try again some other time. I watched the movie based on the manga the other day, and it was decent... but Princess Mononoke was a lot better.

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#38 Dec 18 2012 at 10:10 AM Rating: Good
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Neat. That also sounds really interesting.

Personally I loved the Nausicaa manga but there's no denying that there is VERY dialog heavy. It's also just the standard Miyazaki environmentalist and anti-war story, but it's very well told.
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Just finished Mushishi, and really enjoyed it. I can't tell if the lack of an overarching plotline and the episodic nature of the chapters made the story better or not, but it worked well. The manga revolves around Mushi, which are technically translated as "insects," I believe. Mushi are elemental organisms that exhibit almost supernatural powers and are all throughout the world, but invisible to most people. Most chapters follow the protagonist, Ginko, a Mushishi or Mushi Master, who comes across someone suffering from a mushi-related issue. Ginko himself is mostly just a vessel for moving the story forward; there are a couple chapters talking about his past, but most of them focus on the people who are having mushi problems. Even though the formula is the same, each chapter has different mushi and focuses primarily on that episode's characters. Each mushi is very different, and some of harmless, some are harmful, and some are in between; this means some of the stories are happy, some are tragic, and many are a mixture between the two.

I really recommend it, I liked the pacing. If I had one issue, it's that the series ended just like it progressed: the final chapter was just another chapter. Kinda makes it feel incomplete.
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#40 Jan 18 2013 at 10:00 AM Rating: Excellent
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Lone Wolf and Cub is really, REALLY long. And very episodic. There is an overarching theme (as far as I can tell by volume 12), but maybe one or two chapters of each volume are dedicated to it. The rest are pretty much: Itto picks up a contract and kills someone and there's some reflection on live in that time period, or Daigoro wanders off, stuff happens, and there's some third-person speculation about his emotions.

I really enjoy learning about the time period (and apparently a lot of research went into making the series, and it's very accurate when it comes to the setting), but after 12 volumes, I still am less than halfway through it. Yikes!

Anyone have some other recommendations?
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#41 Jan 18 2013 at 10:39 AM Rating: Good
The live action Lone Wolf and Cub were fun back in the day. I will have to check out the manga.
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#42 Jan 18 2013 at 10:23 PM Rating: Good
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-Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - Current on it. Tied for my favorite shounen fighting series with Hunter x Hunter, for many of the same reasons. Characters in the Jojo universe have incredibly strange abilities and the fights themselves are similar odd and interesting, such as fight a character who only lets you remember three things since she has activated her ability. The artist (Araki) has his own unique art style, and isn't afraid to continually reinvent the story and himself. Each of the 8 parts has an almost entirely different cast of characters, in a different setting, with a different tone.

-Shin Angyo Onshi - Completed. I've heard a lot of praise for this series, but I came away from it with similar feelings to Elfen Lied. It has its high points, but it also has very serious lows which I begrudgingly read through. I thought it started well and went out with a bang. I don't tend to read many manhwa, so there was some additional novelty in it for me.

-Grappler Baki - Dropped 65. The artist has such an incredibly interesting take on anatomy. By far the derpiest faces I've seen seriously used in a manga. However the story simply wasn't dynamic or captivating enough to see myself willing to trudge through 300ish chapters of the content. I expected it to play out much like Hajime no Ippo, with continuous fighter arcs and only slight progression in-between

-Magi - Dropped 55. Picked it up because the anime peaked my interest, and the people I heard discussing it mentioned it be focused on politics. No. It's a fairly generic shounen fighter where people get stronger fighting for their friends.
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Finally finished Lone Wolf and Cub. Man, the "final battle" took like 3-4 volumes. I liked the series, but it went WAY too long (28 volumes). The ending was somewhat abrupt, oddly.

Reread Onani Master Kurosawa, which many people have already applauded on here before. If you haven't read it yet you're bad, and you should feel bad. And then go read it.

Tried to get into Alive - The Final Evolution, but after reading seinen, shounen just feels childish. I think I only made it through 10 chapters or so; the premise starts out good, but it looks like it'll become another generic supernatural fighter manga. Correct me if I'm wrong and I'll try it again.

I just remembered that I read Heptagon a while ago. It's about a girl who ends up going back in time to her school days. I recall it being short and somewhat sweet, but not as good as, say, Again!!

Speaking of time travel and redoing your high school years, Ore ga Doutei o Sutetara Shinu Ken ni Tsuite is a series that shows some good promise! In the future, Ichijou is murdered by his best friend, Masaki, after Masaki's years of frustration over Ichijou's relationship successes causes him to snap. When Ichijou opens his eyes, he's back in high school, prior to him losing his virginity. He pledges to change history by finding out what exactly ****** off Masaki so much... and to not lose his virginity and set off the chain reaction leading to his murder. Only 7 chapters out so far, but it's a good mix of ecchi fun, supernatural time travel, and bat-sh*t crazy in the form of Masaki (who, for a guy, eerily resembles Yuno from Mirai Nikki every time there's a close-up of his eyes).
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#44 Feb 04 2013 at 12:39 AM Rating: Good
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Tried to get into Alive - The Final Evolution, but after reading seinen, shounen just feels childish.

Perhaps. I read up to 42 in Alive before dropping it, and I'd say it's a fairly bland shounen series. If I had to recommend shounen series, I'd suggest Hunter x Hunter and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, though both start out the worst they'll ever be.
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I like Jojo for the same reason I like One Piece. It goes out of it's way to be ridiculous while at the same time being completely straight faced about it.
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I've been curious about JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, as I've seen several different series or volumes of it, some listed as shounen, others as seinen. I'll try and check it out sometime soon.

Read a fair amount of a series call Shikeisyu 042, which is pretty good. It's about a convicted killer who agrees to participate in a program that lets him work as an unpaid janitor at a high school. The catch is that he's the pilot case for a study to see if murderers can be rehabilitated with some "persuasion"... in this case, a bomb implanted in his head that will explode if he tried to hurt any one. Despite the sci-fi sounding premise, the series actually focuses a lot on human emotions and relationships, and is pretty touching overall. I enjoyed it, but only found the first 42 chapters on my favorite manga reading site. Also, I think it ends with tragedy; right near the beginning of the story, it says that the prisoner only lives for three years. Sounds like something will happen to him. Nothing NSFW in it yet.

Memories of Emanon was a short series that was... well, short. It's basically about the chance meeting of a young college student and a 17-year-old girl who has the history of all her ancestors, back billions of years to the first living organisms on Earth. They discuss some of her past lives, why she could have such a power, and what it means for humanity. Then she disappears and the story ends years later when the student (now grown) meets back up with Emanon once more. Oh, and Emanon is "No Name" backwards. Only NSFW because Emanon tends to go naked in her memories a lot.

I started to read Red Garden, a nice gory vampire/monsterish kind of manga, but found out it only had several chapters currently available. Meh. I did the same with Kingdom of Zombie, which was a lot more light-hearted despite the monster and violence aspects, but had the same issue. Those two combined probably explain why I dreamed of zombies and vampires last night Smiley: glare

I'm somewhat interested in Shingetsutan Tsukihime, but I have a feeling I've read it before... but I might have seen an anime or read another parallel manga, because the plot sounds incredibly familiar. Basically, the main character is in an accident and can see lines on everything. Even when lightly running a knife over those lines, he can cut apart anything... even humans. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? I kinda want to read the manga just to see if it strikes at my memory.*

Edit: Looked it up here, and I think I'm thinking of the anime, Kara no Kyoukai, which some folks highly recommended a few years ago. It sounds identical in plot, except the main character (still named Shiki) is a girl instead. Guess it's all in the Fate/Stay universe, hence the overlap. Still not sure if I read the manga or not.

Edit2: Yeah, almost positive I've read this. Maybe I'll try something with the Fate/Stay universe... I think Fate/Zero has a manga series?

Edited, Feb 6th 2013 8:21am by LockeColeMA
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#47 Feb 05 2013 at 10:18 AM Rating: Good
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Memories of Emanon has a continuation called Wandering Emanon. It's theoretically ongoing, though it could be years before another volume is released, if ever.
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Edit: Looked it up here, and I think I'm thinking of the anime, Kara no Kyoukai, which some folks highly recommended a few years ago. It sounds identical in plot, except the main character (still named Shiki) is a girl instead. Guess it's all in the Fate/Stay universe, hence the overlap. Still not sure if I read the manga or not.

I'm currently watching Kara no Kyoukai. I've only finished an episode, but so far the series' strengths seem to rely on its directing, camera angles, and atmosphere. The plot and characters don't seem particularly noteworthy at this point.
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Edit2: Yeah, almost positive I've read this. Maybe I'll try something with the Fate/Stay universe... I think Fate/Zero has a manga series?

Fate/Zero has a light novel. It's worth noting that Fate/Zero is written by a completely separate author from any of the other Fate or Type Moon works. The Anime adaptation of Fate/Zero was fairly strong, with some excellent dialogue and a decent plot, so I imagine the ligth novel will be an enjoyable read.
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The Kara no Kyoukai movies are pretty good. Some parts confusing as **** the first time around.

Also speaking of light novels, I just finished reading almost all of the translated content for Sword Art Online. The latest arc kind of explained how Brain Burst from Accel World works and it's killing me that there's still untranslated material for the arc that I can't read.
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I think there is a Shingetsutan Tsukihime anime I seem to recall watching the anime before finding the manga.

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I thoink there is a Shingetsutan Tsukihime anime I seem to recall watching the anime before finding the manga.


Yes, there is a Tsukihime anime. Back in college I was active in a fansub group that picked it up.
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