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Discussion in 'Manga' started by Dunn x Dolo, May 25, 2016.

  1. Griffmeister

    Griffmeister What the hell are you staring at?
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    Found another Goodwill bargain, vol. 1 of Soul Eater. This one I actually had a fairly easy read and went through the whole book in no time. The first vol. is actually three stories that, I'm guessing, sets up a cast of characters that the reader will follow in future issues. Normally I don't care for the human to weapon transformation type of story, but this one seems interesting enough to stick with. On a side note, in a syndicated daily comic, Sally Forth, the family and friends are at a Comic Con and one of the kids cosplayed as Soul.

    There was another manga on the shelf that I didn't pick up and for good reason. It was translated into Mandarin so I wouldn't have a clue what anyone was saying. The only reason I know that was because on the last page, in English, which is really confusing, there was an acknowledgement for the proper approval from some Japanese agency to publish the story in Mandarin. The only other thing I could read was on the cover. At the top it said "Young", but I don't know if that was the title or just the book publisher or something. At any rate, the story looked pretty gory and graphic in a disturbing way, so it didn't really matter.
     
  2. Matemar

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    I picked up 2 new manga (I already binged them, and now I have to wait <_<).

    The manga in question have risen the ranks pretty suddenly, and are contending for the top spots in the shounen jump rankings.

    The 2 manga I picked up are Dr. Stone and Kimetsu no Yaiba.

    Dr. Stone is especially surprising. It's a fairly new manga, but (if I remember correctly) is currently occupying the number 2 spot in the rankings, with the number 1, naturally belonging to One Piece.
     
  3. ALToxicity

    ALToxicity The great and powerful Peridot

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    I'm rereading Kabi Nagata's My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness in preparation for my copy of its sequel, My Solo Exchange Diary coming in the mail. Her work is very honest and it's an interesting look into her experiences discovering and taking care of herself, with some insight into how her identity is treated in Japan. The art's also really cute and uses pink instead of grey as an accent color.
     
  4. FallingStar

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    Currently reading Shomin Sample.
     
  5. Gaff

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    Gunsmith Cats: Revised Edition Volume 1

    Back when I was an edgy schoolboy, I really liked Gunsmith Cats, but never finished it, so having noticed this version on the free library-sponsored Comics Plus app, I figured why not.

    It's hard to remove the nostalgia goggles, but what still strikes me straight off is how much the kind of bright, slightly cutesy look of Sonoda's character art contrasts with the lurid content of the story. While I think the action has always been the main draw of the series, the sheer amount of sleaze contained herein may take some folk by surprise, although, given that the manga is effectively a love letter to pulp crime cinema, you can't really say it's out of place either.

    Once you get a feel for what the manga is doing, however, I think it still holds up brilliantly. The action scenes are brilliantly choreographed (it's a surprise that Sonoda has never directed anime) and the crisp, clean artwork is as good as it ever was. Sonoda's background as a character designer is quite evident in the detail - even the bit part players who might only have a line or two of dialogue seem fully realised and distinct. It's story is quite episodic and, as this revised edition covers about two and a half of the original tankobons, it ends just around the point I think the manga really hits its stride, but there's more than enough in this one to get a flavour of what to expect going forwards.
     
  6. Neji195

    Neji195 Not your average "Newbie"

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    I actually just started Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the first time. Very excited.
     
  7. Oh Snape

    Oh Snape House Bantsratheon
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    I'm reading the rather excellent Nevernight.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114463-nevernight

    Basically Ayra's arc from GoT (but not shit), Hogwarts for assassins, murder mystery, cities built out the bones of dead gods and people getting stabbed in the face.

    Good stuff.
     
  8. Neji195

    Neji195 Not your average "Newbie"

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    Did I say Goblet of fire? I must've been tipsy. I meant Order of the phoenix!
     
  9. 5oul Crusher

    5oul Crusher body and mind

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    I'm got third volume of Bakuman open on my desk, so I guess that. Bakuman is hype af to read, or maybe that's just me and I relive the Bakuman hype I had when I initially read it.

    Oh wait... Is this anything we are reading or just manga?

    If it's anything, I've been low-key obsessed with Discworld. I'm up to the fifth Discworld novel: Sourcery, and I love it, curly boots and all.


    Very exciting. I remember the Goblet of Fire particularly vividly.
     
  10. Neji195

    Neji195 Not your average "Newbie"

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    Some very very great storytelling. It has become a new favourite book, although I'm not done!
     
  11. mr.Gloomy

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    One Punch Man ONE. I've started it after Murata's version so It was really hard at first. I left ONE's Saitama and tried Mob some days later. After 10 chapters the art was ok for me and by the end of the manga I even liked it.
    Now I am retrying One Punch Man ONE. Art is ok. The plot is fantastic.
     
  12. Vaulient

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    I'm currently reading Botuo. It sucks that I have to wait a month for a new release. After reading the latest chapter I'm really disappointed. Naruto could easily obliterate an anime yet they made him look so weak. This is just bullshit.
     
  13. Kuze

    Kuze Heaven's not enough
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    Swear to God, I somehow end up with all the weird manga. Read Nijigahara Holograph this time round and barely understood the deeper symbolisms at play. Got the overall gist of it but I think I'll have to give this one another read down the line. It's a neat manga under 12 chapters with decent artwork but definitely gotta give it another read to fully grasp the finer details. Else it'll feel like a bizarre sadistic work of literature.
     
  14. BlackTemplar

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    I just finished The Buried Dagger by James Swallow. It's officially the last book in the Horus Heresy series, and now begins the Siege of Terra sequel series.
     
  15. ALToxicity

    ALToxicity The great and powerful Peridot

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    Just finished My Solo Exchange Diary Pt. 2 by Nagata Kabi. Need to get around to Chii's The Bride was a Boy and Junji Ito's Uzumaki. Bought them both and have had them kind of just sitting there in my kindle library with all my other unread books. All I know is that those two mangas are on the complete opposite sides tonally from each other.
     
  16. 5oul Crusher

    5oul Crusher body and mind

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    I'm reading Komi Can't Communicate. I think it is very funny and quite over the top in places. I thought it would run out of tricks pretty quickly, but it has quite a reserve of social settings that Komi finds difficult (ie. any situation that would require talking or talking to coordinate).
     
  17. 5oul Crusher

    5oul Crusher body and mind

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    I've been reading Asadora, Naoki Urasawa's newest manga series. I've been collecting the physical volumes and I really like what I have read so far.

    Been also collecting the manga version of Bakemonogatari. It's not something I'd necessarily recommend to all, but having read Air Gear by Oh! Great and several Monogatari Series novels by NISIOISIN I kind of get the style of that series.

    I have Goodnight Punpun and BLAME! on hold. I picked up the first couple of volumes for each of them respectively. I enjoyed what I read, but I don't feel compelled to binge either series.

    I'm still reading Komi Can't Communicate with each volume that releases in English. I haven't seen the anime, but I feel that the manga is the way to go with this series anyway.

    On the topic of Bakemonogatari, I got the Final Season of the Monogatari Series (Tsukimonogatari, Koyomimonogatari, Owarimonogatari and Zoku Owarimonogatari). I guess they are light novels, not manga. I have only read Tsukimonogatari of those. And yeah, the bathroom scene was really weird, but regardless the novel was overall good. The monologues and dialogues and both funny and quasi-philosophical. I like the insertion of stream of consciousness elements to the writing where sentences bleed in between paragraphs. I could go on about this series, but overall I enjoy it.

    Then on a friend's recommendation, I read all of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou. Man, was that a great series. It is a quintessential slice-of-life about a cafe in the middle of nowhere Japan after the collapse of society as we know it ran by a robot called Alpha. But that doesn't at all capture what the series is about. Nothing much happens in most chapters, but there is an overarching plot of sorts. You begin to get familiar with each character and the geography of where it is set as each chapter explores a little bit more. You can feel time passing reading this series. I cried when I finished this series. It wasn't anything specifically sad and tragic that happened, but more like a general sense of passing. I am absolutely going to pick up the volumes of this when it releases in English. I highly recommend Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou to everyone.

    I also read part of Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible on another friend's recommendation. It's a lighthearted romance series about a high school student with very little presence and a girl who notices him and won't let him be invisible. Sophisticated stuff. It's a fine series, but not anything that grabbed my attention. I have tentatively dropped it, not because it's bad, but because I have limited time and I would rather be reading other things in that time.
     

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