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#27 Apr 14 2012 at 1:38 AM Rating: Good
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How is the manga? The series looks interesting, but I've already got like 4 others I'm reading, so I'm wondering if it's worth looking into.


Like Allegory said, it's generally a deconstruction of traditional superheroes. It also goes to some really dark places (Think Gantz and/or Battle Royale) & throws you some curve balls, although I feel like a lot is missed in the fan translations (especially when explaining some "conspiracy" elements.). The art is good & the story is unique, though. My biggest gripe is it's not finished, and you can expect about 18 pages every month or two. However, the ride between the beginning and the current issues is pretty good.

Kouga's, who's kind of a Batman/Iron Man type hybrid, hero training is pretty much the most disturbing "hero" origin story I've ever read that wasn't written by Garth Ennis.
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Weirdest show this season: Tsuritama.

Sankarea and the guy who wants a zombie girlfriend is probably a close second. Zombie OTD doesn't count since it's a sequel.

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#29 Apr 14 2012 at 8:08 AM Rating: Good
Saw 2nd episode of Zetman. Looks like it's going to tell the general story in Zet, in PG 13 format. However, with the way they've flew through material in just two episodes it leads me to believe we can expect only one season and a filler ending.

Yay?
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#30 Apr 14 2012 at 5:14 PM Rating: Good
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At least he has a character. Tenten.


That whole team was pretty much just Neji facepalming their enemies to death.
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#31 Apr 15 2012 at 3:42 PM Rating: Good
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How is the manga? The series looks interesting, but I've already got like 4 others I'm reading, so I'm wondering if it's worth looking into.


Like Allegory said, it's generally a deconstruction of traditional superheroes. It also goes to some really dark places (Think Gantz and/or Battle Royale) & throws you some curve balls, although I feel like a lot is missed in the fan translations (especially when explaining some "conspiracy" elements.). The art is good & the story is unique, though. My biggest gripe is it's not finished, and you can expect about 18 pages every month or two. However, the ride between the beginning and the current issues is pretty good.

Kouga's, who's kind of a Batman/Iron Man type hybrid, hero training is pretty much the most disturbing "hero" origin story I've ever read that wasn't written by Garth Ennis.


hmmmmm, if it's a monthly then I may as well add it to the list. I've got like 10 different monthlies I'm reading as they come out Smiley: laugh

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IDrownFish of the Seven Seas wrote:
At least he has a character. Tenten.


That whole team was pretty much just Neji facepalming their enemies to death.


I don't know what you're talking about. I absolutely love Rock Lee. He's such a badass when he starts fighting...... until he loses.... but he's hysterical to watch.... when he's not annoying...

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Ok, Rock Lee's got his crazy awesome fight scene (where he actually won) in the third movie, and the whole "HAI! GAI SENSEI!" shtick, which I love. At least Gai's so much of a badassham that he makes up for lee's utter failure most of the time Smiley: glare Tenten annoys me not because she's such a flat character, but because she has SO MUCH ******* badass potential and kishimoto totally wastes it. She ******* specializes in summoning, why the **** has she not gone out of her way to go find some awesome summoning beasts to make contracts with?
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Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
#32 Apr 15 2012 at 4:20 PM Rating: Good
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Outside Tsunade, and just barely for her, all females in the Narutoverse are worthless.
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#33 Apr 15 2012 at 4:55 PM Rating: Good
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Outside Tsunade, and just barely for her, all females in the Narutoverse are worthless.


You forgot to exclude Sasori's grandmother, Chiyo.
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#34 Apr 15 2012 at 5:00 PM Rating: Good
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Oh yeah Jinte, Tenten's specialty is weapons not summoning. Each member of Gai's team specializes in a form of physical combat: Lee is hand to hand, Tenten is weapons, and Negi's is death pokes (accupressure), None of them us ninjutsu or genjutsu as their main style.
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lolgaxe wrote:
Outside Tsunade, and just barely for her, all females in the Narutoverse are worthless.


You forgot to exclude Sasori's grandmother, Chiyo.


Well, Sakura did have her moment of usefulness when she saved Kankurou. So as long as we are limiting it to medical ability and not detracting points for being f*cking annoying.

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Oh yeah Jinte, Tenten's specialty is weapons not summoning. Each member of Gai's team specializes in a form of physical combat: Lee is hand to hand, Tenten is weapons, and Negi's is death pokes (accupressure), None of them us ninjutsu or genjutsu as their main style.


Most. Worthless. Team.

Do you remember when they had to fight versions of themselves during the Gaara Rescue arc, and Tenten just shot weapons at herself for hours?

And I hope Gai is dead by this point. Seriously, they kill Asuma (who was awesome) but let Gai live? ***** YOU KISHIMOTO.
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#36 Apr 15 2012 at 7:48 PM Rating: Good
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Outside Tsunade, and just barely for her, all females in the Narutoverse are worthless.


You forgot to exclude Sasori's grandmother, Chiyo.


Well, Sakura did have her moment of usefulness when she saved Kankurou. So as long as we are limiting it to medical ability and not detracting points for being f*cking annoying.


Sakura/Chiyo vs Sasori is still one of my favorite fights.

It's really annoying though how Sakura has actual combat ability now, and yet after that fight she has done absolutely nothing.

But yeah, other than Tsunade/Chiyo/Sometimes Sakura, Kishimoto really has a thing for making the women glorified cheerleaders. ****, even Konan got her moment of awesome and almost took down the big bad of the series, except lolnope asspull plot armor.
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#37 Apr 15 2012 at 8:06 PM Rating: Good
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It's really annoying though how Sakura has actual combat ability now, and yet after that fight she has done absolutely nothing.
This, so much this.
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I stopped reading after the Pein fight, and that was years ago. She still hasn't done anything else? lololol
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#39 Apr 15 2012 at 10:44 PM Rating: Good
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IDrownFish of the Seven Seas wrote:
Kishimoto really has a thing for making the women glorified cheerleaders.

He's pretty average in in the spectrum of shounen stories. I can think of worse offenders.
#40 Apr 16 2012 at 7:26 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'd say slightly below average, but still not nearly as bad as Bleach females.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
Outside Tsunade, and just barely for her, all females in the Narutoverse are worthless.


You forgot to exclude Sasori's grandmother, Chiyo.


Well, Sakura did have her moment of usefulness when she saved Kankurou. So as long as we are limiting it to medical ability and not detracting points for being f*cking annoying.

Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
Oh yeah Jinte, Tenten's specialty is weapons not summoning. Each member of Gai's team specializes in a form of physical combat: Lee is hand to hand, Tenten is weapons, and Negi's is death pokes (accupressure), None of them us ninjutsu or genjutsu as their main style.


Most. Worthless. Team.

Do you remember when they had to fight versions of themselves during the Gaara Rescue arc, and Tenten just shot weapons at herself for hours?

And I hope Gai is dead by this point. Seriously, they kill Asuma (who was awesome) but let Gai live? ***** YOU KISHIMOTO.


Gonna second the Sasori vs Chiyo/Sakura fight as one of my favorites as well. Chiyo definitely cemented her place as a series badass. As for tenten, I guess I'm remembering the lolfiller where they gave her some backstory about wanting to be a great kunoichi like tsunade, in which they discovered that her specialty was summoning, which is what she uses to pull those weapons from hammerspace the scrolls and such. Also, Tenten and Neji are both capable of using ninjutsu, since that's what tenten uses to pull out her infinite weapons, and neji's just hax, they just don't for plotreasons no understandable reason. Gai can, too, for the record, unless summoning no longer counts as ninjutsu like it does for every other character.

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I'd say slightly below average, but still not nearly as bad as Bleach females.


Are you including Yoruichi/Soi Fon in that? Yoruichi has proven herself pretty badass when she wants to be, ignoring when she teamed up with urahara and isshin to fight marysuezen. And Soi Fon.... well, Jakuho Raikoben. But then again, that whole arc managed to make ******* Omaeda look badass for a little bit, so I guess that isn't saying much.
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Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
#42 Apr 16 2012 at 5:31 PM Rating: Good
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As for tenten, I guess I'm remembering the lolfiller where they gave her some backstory about wanting to be a great kunoichi like tsunade, in which they discovered that her specialty was summoning, which is what she uses to pull those weapons from hammerspace the scrolls and such. Also, Tenten and Neji are both capable of using ninjutsu, since that's what tenten uses to pull out her infinite weapons, and neji's just hax, they just don't for plotreasons no understandable reason. Gai can, too, for the record, unless summoning no longer counts as ninjutsu like it does for every other character.


I count stuff such as Elemental Attacks, Clone Techniques, Beast Summoning, and the like as Ninjutsu. Unless she starts summoning live beings I only see Tenten as being really good at packing.
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#43 Apr 17 2012 at 1:33 AM Rating: Good
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Watching Kanokon; guilty pleasures, etc.
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Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
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As for tenten, I guess I'm remembering the lolfiller where they gave her some backstory about wanting to be a great kunoichi like tsunade, in which they discovered that her specialty was summoning, which is what she uses to pull those weapons from hammerspace the scrolls and such. Also, Tenten and Neji are both capable of using ninjutsu, since that's what tenten uses to pull out her infinite weapons, and neji's just hax, they just don't for plotreasons no understandable reason. Gai can, too, for the record, unless summoning no longer counts as ninjutsu like it does for every other character.


I count stuff such as Elemental Attacks, Clone Techniques, Beast Summoning, and the like as Ninjutsu. Unless she starts summoning live beings I only see Tenten as being really good at packing.

I thought Ninjutsu was basically anything that involved semi-complicated chakra manipulation (ie: more complicated than whatever it takes to walk on water, since lee can do that), that wasn't blatantly genjutsu. Also, the fact that she should be able to summon live beings given that back story theypulled out of their *** is why I think they're wasting her potential, lol.

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Watching Kanokon; guilty pleasures, etc.

I'm debating watching the show that apparently took over Gintama's timeslot, Gon, despite the fact that absolutely no one wants to sub it. It's so ******* cute that it's stupid, and it feels like something that should have been on Foxbox back after they axed foxkids and all of their **************** shows with it Smiley: lol
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Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
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Lee's ability to stand on water is really just plot no jutsu. His story as that he wasn't able to manipulate Chakra at all, and standing on water was supposed to be an advanced chakra manipulation technique.

IIRC, there were 4 ninja techniques. The inherited biological ones like the Sharingan, Genjutsu (illusions and mind control), Ninjutsu (transforming chakra) and then taijutsu, hand to hand techniques.

I don't remember how they distinguished between Nin/Genjutsu in the manga. I feel like it was a more artificial difference than the others. But summoning was definitely ninjutsu.

As for that team, Neji and Tenten could both use Ninjutsu (tenten used it to summon, and I can't imagine a prodigy like Neji couldn't). He also had his PlotNoJutsu eyes.

Lee was the only one who could only use taijutsu. Tenten could potentially have used 3 of the types, and Neji could have used 4.

Though this is all iirc.
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I don't remember how they distinguished between Nin/Genjutsu in the manga.
If I remember correctly, and this is going back to probably the first books, but the distinction isn't between Ninjutsu and Genjutsu, but between Taijutsu (Body Techniques) and Genjutsu (Illusionary Techniques), with Ninjutsu being the all encompassing label for both.

For the sake of completeness, there are also Kekkei Genkai (Bloodline Limits), Fuuinjutsu (Sealing Techniques), and Senjutsu (Sage Techniques) as well.
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Okay, according to the wiki.

Ninjutsu (ninja techniques) involve anything that allows you to do anything you normally wouldn't be capable of.

It is distinct from genjutsu because the effects of ninjutsu are real.

Use of weapons falls under the realm of Ninjutsu (I guess because a sword would, for example, let you cut something your hand wouldn't be sufficient for). But use of the body is taijutsu, which depends on physical stamina, conditioning, and mental focus.

They also apparently can be combined with ninjutsu to form nintaijutsu (what nonsense is this?)

So I was wrong--Ninjutsu isn't anything involving chakra, but anything involving a tangible alteration to the environment. Wiki says that most involve chakra, hand seals, and often elements, but not all.

But it seems to me that Lee still shouldn't be able to walk on water. There's no reason he should be able to do that, but can't use any other chakra-related gen or ninjutsu.
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Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
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So, in the last two days we've been watching all the first episodes we could find time for, and now I'm ready to comment on them.

Hiiro No Kakera - The pacing seemed a bit off, and the show seems a bit weird. But another episode may tell whether we actually like it or not.
Medaka Box - Seems a bit standard, if crazy, but it was an enjoyable watch.
Nazo no Kanojo X - I quite like this one, even if it's rather weird.
Ozuma - From the art to the events thus far, everything about this anime screams "Old School!". Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Saki Achiga-hen - Speaking of pacing that drove me nuts, I'm not so sure I like this one. We're planning to give it one more episode to see if it gets better.
Tsuritama - In a season chock full of crazy, this one fits right in.
Uchuu Kyoudai - I have high hopes for this one.
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Saki Achiga-hen - Speaking of pacing that drove me nuts, I'm not so sure I like this one. We're planning to give it one more episode to see if it gets better.
I liked the original show once I kind of figured out Mahjong, but I couldn't even get through the first episode of this new show.

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Saki Achiga-hen - Speaking of pacing that drove me nuts, I'm not so sure I like this one. We're planning to give it one more episode to see if it gets better.
I liked the original show once I kind of figured out Mahjong, but I couldn't even get through the first episode of this new show.
Yeah, I'm not holding out much hope that we'll enjoy it more after a second episode.
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