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Postby Apalos » Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:54 am

Forgot about Battle Angel Alita. Found out that it had a sequel in the form of Battle Angel Alita: Last Order. Re-reading Battle Angel Alita so I can read Last Order.
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Postby Stan » Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:35 pm

View Original PostRosenakahara wrote:Blame the author for extending the story long past the point it should have continued even when it was no longer that popular.


He was on rough terms with his editing team and WSJ. They took away a lot of his creative freedom and forced him to alter the story on multiple occasions. For instance, they forced him to extend the Arrancar arc and shorten the Fullbring arc. Also,
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In other words, his relationship was unhealthy with the people he worked with, and it seems they screwed him over in the end. I blame WSJ for this. What we're getting is clearly not the ending he had envisioned.
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Postby Apalos » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:42 pm

Reading Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle.

Finished Last Order yesterday. It was... different. Some good parts, some bad parts. The sheer amount of fighting styles and the unnecessary attack explanations felt like something from Naruto, Ranma 1/2, etc.

Still glad I read it.
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Postby MuscleRobo » Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:10 am

View Original PostApalos wrote:Reading Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle.

Finished Last Order yesterday. It was... different. Some good parts, some bad parts. The sheer amount of fighting styles and the unnecessary attack explanations felt like something from Naruto, Ranma 1/2, etc.

Still glad I read it.


Sorry if it sounds like I'm coming off as a hater but let me say I hate, hate, hate Last Order. The original Battle Angel Alita is my second favorite manga and I think it's something anyone who is a manga fan should read but the sequel was so average in everyway I'm coinvinced the first series had a ghost writer or at least a very hands on editor. Kishiro has amazing art and I can really only compare him to Moebius his art is so cool and unique. The first manga is a story in arcs, each one unique and Alita is very different in each of them. Last Order is just ... tournament fighting. I don't know, maybe I'm too harsh on it and I'll be more articulate on this later when I'm not at work. Let me just finish by saying the Battle Angel Alita video game is somehow less of a cliche video game than the Last Order manga.

As for what I'm reading, I'm enjoying Mitsuru Adachi's Rough. It's your basic Adachi fare, cute character designs and romance stories with sports as the driving factor. I tried to read every Adachi before but after reading Touch, Miyabi and Nine I wanted a little break. Glad to be reading him again.

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Postby Apalos » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:40 pm

View Original PostMuscleRobo wrote:Sorry if it sounds like I'm coming off as a hater but let me say I hate, hate, hate Last Order. The original Battle Angel Alita is my second favorite manga and I think it's something anyone who is a manga fan should read but the sequel was so average in everyway I'm coinvinced the first series had a ghost writer or at least a very hands on editor. Kishiro has amazing art and I can really only compare him to Moebius his art is so cool and unique. The first manga is a story in arcs, each one unique and Alita is very different in each of them. Last Order is just ... tournament fighting. I don't know, maybe I'm too harsh on it and I'll be more articulate on this later when I'm not at work. Let me just finish by saying the Battle Angel Alita video game is somehow less of a cliche video game than the Last Order manga.

As for what I'm reading, I'm enjoying Mitsuru Adachi's Rough. It's your basic Adachi fare, cute character designs and romance stories with sports as the driving factor. I tried to read every Adachi before but after reading Touch, Miyabi and Nine I wanted a little break. Glad to be reading him again.

Oh I very much get it. It was not the original Battle Angel Alita. I would not think the Z.O.T. tournament would last the entire series. I was hoping they would explore more, each book a different story.

I would not say there was a ghost writer involved, but you have to remember that he rushed the end of the first series because of his illness. Time passed. People change. His art and story telling did and we found it wanting. The story at lest, I loved the art.

Caught up the newest chapter of Mars Chronicle. Waiting. Just like Berserk.
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Postby Compiling_Autumn » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:58 am

The new chapter of Dead Dead Demons Dededededestruction just came out and it is glorious. I feel like this is even better than Oyasumi Punpun now.
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Postby pwhodges » Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:44 am

The very last chapter of Nisekoi just hit the scanlation sites. So now I know whom Raku asks to marry him in the end. His reasons are actually a pretty good description of my present marriage :wink:
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Postby Ray » Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:36 pm

Raku's choice is similar to Shinji's, recognising that conflict is part of a worthwhile life.


There's conflict, and then there is what your typical Harem anime leading man (and Shinji) goes through. Fortunately Nisekoi never went over the top into the moral abomination of something like Love Hina. There's definitely conflict, but the girls are never outright abusive towards Raku. I mean, there was this episode of Nisekoi where they did the typical 'boy is trapped in girls hotspring' plot that every harem anime does, and the girl he bumps into actually acts like HUMAN BEING about it.

anyways. . . here's what I've been reading.

Zetman


This is a darker vein of Superhero manga. This is Tiger And Bunny, meets Watchmen, on PCP. To give too much away would be to spoil it, but like Watchmen this takes ideas inherent to the whole 'superpowered humans in our world' genre things like the 'evil organization' 'the ideal hero' and 'the anti-hero' and deconstructs them to the bone.

I really like how this series reconstructs the whole 'Batman/Superman' dynamic between the two leads. The Superman-expy, the only hero in the series actually has powers had a harsh upbringing and is very depressed, somber, and brooding. While the non-superpowered Batman-expy is relatively well adjusted, positive and idealistic.

Then the plot happens. A LOT of plot happens to both of them that changes them, and not always for the better. I don't want to spoil, but lets just say the prettyboy idealist gets a serious wake-up call after the organization exploits his popularity with the ladies. Then there's a big twist about who is behind the evil organization that makes him reassess everything he's ever known.

While the Superpowered boy begins to open up to others.

The series sets the tone for who Jin is as a character right away. I mean, seeing a nine year old try to reattach a severed arm . . . his childlike innocence keeping him from realizing the man is already dead, it's really heartbreaking. If they ever made a REAL R-rated Superman movie, there would definitely be a scene like this in it.

But there's also moments of light to make the darker moments shock you a lot more than they otherwise would.

I really REALLY like this scene in particular. After Jin cripples his caregivers abusive boyfriend and has serious guilt about it. . .
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Postby El Squibbonator » Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:24 pm

Just finished reading the first volume of Mohiro Kitoh's new fantasy manga Futago no Teikoku. The best way I can describe the series, in all honesty, is as follows:
He's the last living member of an ancient civilization. She's a girl cursed to kill anyone who touches her. Together. . . they fight crime.
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Postby norival1992 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:43 am

I'm reading Hunter X Hunter
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Postby Tankred » Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:22 pm

The manga version of Beltorchika's Children.

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Postby norival1992 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:34 am

Tôi đang đọc One Piece và Hunter X Hunter... ^_^

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Postby cyharding » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:43 pm

View Original PostTankred wrote:The manga version of Beltorchika's Children.


I've heard about it. Isn't that supposed to be an alternate version of Char's Counterattack? What are the differences?

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Postby norival1992 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:35 am

I have read a lot of manga, but Naruto is still my favorite network, I still continue to expect new episodes ^_^

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Postby BiQ » Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:05 pm

Still reading Berserk... Oh the pain.

Todays there was an episode. And it was glorious ep too. No, really, it was something that most readers if Berserk have been waiting for for SO LONG.

It also ends with a cliffhanger and then we get...





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Oh yeah, how would... A hiatus look like? That's right bit**es, that ugly joke of an anime gets a second season next spring and is in sore need of mangaka consultation, not to mention there's this new idolmaster game that is coming out just about now. So hiatus ahoy!
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Postby Director Black » Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:03 pm

Brought the NGE manga at Barnes and Nobles (The version that combines three volumes into one). Like the new point of view it's telling the story.
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Postby chazthesilencer » Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:10 am

^ I remember a time when vol. 9 was supposedly rare, and I laughed because it was the only volume I owned. I nabbed it hoping it told an alternative ending, considering Kaworu was on the cover. Little did I know I'd have to wait at least another 5 years until that day.
I like the ending, by the way. That glint on the cross... bittersweet.

UQ Holder! has been on a hilariously long break since chapter 128. They say it's because a TV adaptation is in the works. Likely story.
Let's just keep our fingers crossed and hope they're actually planning a direction for the rest of the plot during this hiatus. Negi's back, so now's the time for careful planning.

Fuuka is also getting a TV adaptation. Not a single note of music or word of lyrics has ever been uttered on the page, so how they'll present this on the screen and through the speakers is anybody's guess. This can't possibly end well, and not just because someone is likely to die in episode 13.

Inside Mari is wrapped up. Turns out-
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Not so much a journey with a satisfying destination as an interesting (and occasionally disturbing) exploration.

Silver Nina is very reminiscent of Yotsuba&. Pleasant, harmless, sugary reading.
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Postby norival1992 » Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:10 am

I'm reading Hunter X Hunter

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Postby MuscleRobo » Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:43 am

So I've begun to read Minoru Furuya's Himizu. For a little background back when I was in middle school Furuya's raunchy sex comedies were what I considered some of the funniest anime and manga of all time. I remember hearing another manga he wrote was excellent and was surprised to see it was a serious drama about bullying. It wasn't totally translated at the time so I dropped it. Reading Himizu now it certainly seems like the halfway point quite literally. A sarcastic boy who goes to school and jokes with his friends about sex including "crazy" over blown reaction faces found in sillier gag manga but he has quite a depressing home life to lead to his more stoic cynicism at school. Interested to see how this turns out.

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Postby Compiling_Autumn » Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:12 pm

Inside Mari just dragged on for too long. The best parts were around 30-40 where
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. After that, it spiraled down, got too sentimental, and lost momentum. The same thing happened with
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in my opinion, but at least that made more sense and was more interesting.

Here's hoping that Happiness doesn't go down the same path. Right now it seems really amped up after a brief lull at the beginning.
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