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[personal profile] skjam2014-11-20 08:48 pm

Naruto--The Final Chapter!

Hi folks!

After fifteen years and 700 chapters, Naruto finally ended. Like the Harry Potter series, the actual plotline ended a chapter earlier, but you can read the collected volumes for that. Naturally, if you've skipped the last couple of years of the manga on the grounds that you'd catch up when the dang thing finally ended, this post will have heavy SPOILERS for things that happened in the last arc.

Seven pages of twenty-three.

War is over, if you want it. War is over now. )

So, what's going to replace Naruto in Shounen Jump? The series that seems to be poised to be the next "cool-looking battles" hit manga is Boku no Hero Academia, which is about kids at a superhero school. Think of a cross between House of M and Avengers Academy, but played for optimism.

The series literally taking Naruto's space in the magazine is Takujo no Ageha, which is about table tennis. I'll be posting that sometime next week.

Your thoughts and comments?
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-10-27 10:27 pm

Meitantei Conan: My Graphic Murder Comics Can't Be This Cute!

With Halloween fast approaching, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon with a couple horrific comics of my own. But since another poster here seems to have the market cornered on Junji Ito material, I thought I'd go with a different approach: horror in series that really, really shouldn't have it.

Enter Meitantei Conan (lit. Great Detective Conan, officially known as Case Closed in English-speaking nations), a manga/anime franchise that, at this point, is probably Japan's equivalent to Scooby-Doo. A long-running series with hundreds of installments, a ridiculously iconic mascot that can be plastered across any number of lunchboxes, backpacks, you name it, and whose main focus is on solving paper-thin (yet often highly complicated) mysteries with an over-the-top cast whose personalities are largely set in stone. A great number of its haters (and for that matter, a great number of its fans) complain that it's long outlived its golden years and ought to be put out of its misery, but still it chugs on... and on... and on...

(Aww, come on. How horrific can a series with this little guy as the main character be?)

But this being Japan, there are a few key differences. Like the fact that instead of unmasking goofy monsters in rubber suits, our protagonists usually go up against murderers. Murderers who usually succeed on their first try.

The real horror actually starts in the later volumes, but let's get acquainted with the cast and the direction of the series first. And in actuality, this pilot chapter is pretty damn horrific on its own (if not too rich in common sense...).

A Study in Shrinkage )
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[personal profile] skjam2014-09-29 09:51 pm

Jump Start--Sporting Salt

Hi folks!

This is the third post in the Jump Start series, this week featuring Sporting Salt by Yuta Kubota.

17 pages of 55.

Basically, Doogie Howser, M.D. if he was a sports medicine specialist. )

Your thoughts and comments?
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[personal profile] skjam2014-09-22 06:07 pm

Jump Start--Hi Fi Cluster

Hi folks!

Continuing on from last week's post, it's time for another Shonen Jump Jump Start entry. If you missed last week, The online Shonen Jump is now going to include the first three chapters of every new series that appears in the print Shounen Jump Weekly. Last time it was martial arts in Judos.

This week is Hi-Fi Cluster by Ippei Goto. 14 pages of 55. (I'm posting these after the next issue comes out, so if you subscribe online, you already saw this last week.) There's some discussion of disability issues.

Love and Bravery )

Your thoughts and comments?
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[personal profile] skjam2014-09-17 09:53 pm

Jump Start--Judos

Hi folks!

So Shonen Jump Weekly has been running online for about three years now. Some features, like One Piece and Naruto just go on and on, while others end long runs or short ones. Unfortunately, the people picking which new series to feature in the online version as well as the print weekly have been batting less than .500.

"Sure to appeal" series like Barrage and Silent Symphony have flamed out in ten or so installments (a process known as "ten-weeking") while "not ready for the American market" titles like Shougeki no Souma ("Food Wars") and Assassination Classroom have found great popularity.

So Viz is trying something different. Under their "Jump Start" program, the first three chapters of every new manga in Shounen Jump Magazine will get a spot in Shonen Jump Weekly, and if any of them do well in Japan, they can then go full-time in the US version without too much embarrassment.

The first series to get this treatment is Judos by Shinsuke Kondo. Nine pages of fifty-five.

Defeat Yahara )

Your thoughts and comments?
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[personal profile] skjam2014-09-16 08:06 pm

The Tragedy of P

Hi folks!

Still digging through my comics collection, and ran across Manga Vizion #1.

Rumiko Takahashi is best known in the U.S. for her long-running series like Ranma 1/2 and Inu-Yasha, but she has written many short manga stories as well. These have been collected in "Rumic World" volumes. The short stories have some humor in them, but tend to be rather melancholy.

case in point )

Your thoughts and comments?
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[personal profile] skjam2014-09-13 01:50 pm

Viva la Revolution!

Hi folks!

As I am going through my Animerica Extra collection (looks like I am going to have to sell a bunch of comics soon), I found the first chapter of the Revolutionary Girl Utena manga by Chiho Saito.

This was a tie in to the Shoujo Kakumei Utena anime series, which had some interesting themes about gender roles, the destructiveness of the virgin/whore ("princess/witch") dichotomy, Thelemic philosophy, and the need to "grow up" to become a complete human being. It also had some trippy visuals, some disturbing sexual moments, and a twist on the standard shounen fighting tournament story arc.

The director of the anime, Kunihiko Ikuhara, wasn't very good at explaining his concepts to Ms. Saito, so the manga (which started a year before the show aired) is very different in tone, and has some characters that don't appear elsewhere (but are referenced in flashbacks.)

Break the shell of the world! )

Your thoughts and comments?
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[personal profile] skjam2014-09-10 09:30 pm

A love story, I guess

Hi folks!

Mitsuru Adachi is a manga artist best known for sports romance stories, often with a certain amount of tragic circumstances involved. The one that is available in English is Cross Game, in which the protagonist's love interest in the first volume drowns, and in addition to becoming a baseball star, he must struggle with moving on from her. In 1999, however, Animerica Extra ran some of his one chapter stories under the umbrella title "Short Program."

The cover image has nothing to do with the actual story in this issue, "Change." 13 pages of 40 (at one point the characters even mention it's a forty page story; Adachi has a habit of breaking the fourth wall for gags.) Up front I should mention there's some problematic violence, and gender role stuff that may be displeasing.

You can't always get what you want )

Your thoughts and comments?
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[personal profile] skemono2014-04-07 09:15 pm
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Dragon Ball Minus

AKA the story that shows Goku's mom for a whopping seventeen panels.

VIZ released the English version today in Weekly Shonen Jump. There seemed to have been some curiosity about what they were saying when [personal profile] silverzeo posted Japanese scans the other day, so here you go.

It's not much )

Four pages from a sixteen-page story.
[personal profile] doodleboy2014-02-27 01:59 am
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Vinland Saga - Anne's Story

Kodansha is publishing Vinland Saga in the US. And well... Vinland Saga is pretty awesome, and you should read it. The writing is great and the art is gorgeous, particularly in the later chapters. So I wanted to share a short vignette from the series, taking place near the end of the second volume.

Vikings under the cut )
[personal profile] doodleboy2014-02-17 11:33 am
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Witches - Now that's how you do a magic battle.

Time to shill more manga. I feel like a bit of a jerk for making this post because as of now Witches is impossible to get legally in the USA. My only argument is that Witches is a comic that really really should make it's way here.

Witches is an anthology of stories about well... witches. Each arc is a stand-alone story about a different witch in a different time and culture. This is from the first story "Spindle".

Long ago there were witches... )

A very Junji Ito Christmas - Army of One

In this increasingly commercialized season, let's take a moment with Junji Ito to remember the true meaning of the holidays - being together with the people we love.

Everybody join hands now, everybody join hearts now )

Merry Christmas, everybody!
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[personal profile] ar_feiniel2013-11-22 08:59 pm
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More Takemitsu Zamurai

A few folks asked that I share more Takemitsu Zamurai ("Bamboo Sword Samurai") in my original post, and I'm happy to oblige.

Takemitsu Zamurai is a manga about a slightly eccentric and mysterious young ronin named Souichirou who moves into a tenement neighborhood in historic Edo (Tokyo). It has a  unique atmosphere that's both everyday and otherworldly. The art is very stylized, which can be off putting at first, but it's really quite good.

This is one of my favorite sequences, in which Souichirou is haunted by his former sword.

Have I been forgotten?... )
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[personal profile] ar_feiniel2013-11-05 03:30 am
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A belated ghost story from Takemitsu Zamurai

Takemitsu Zamurai (Bamboo Sword Samurai) is a manga about a slightly eccentric, slightly mysterious young ronin named Souichirou Senou ("Sou") who moves into an Edo (Tokyo) tenement neighborhood. It's a blend of light slice of life (right down to the goings on of the local cats) with atmospheric seinen. The artwork is very stylized but very very good. It hasn't been published in English, so these are scanlations from the first volume. Takemitsu Zamurai is written by Issei Eifuku and drawn by Taiyou Matsumoto.

And for some s_d crackiness, here's two pages of Sou attempting to converse with two neighborhood cats:
You can understand human words, right? )

The Enigma of Amigara Fault

I meant to post this yesterday as my big Halloween post but my schedule got in the way it is. It's been posted a couple of times here before but the images are dead.

For those not familiar with this, it's probably one of Ito's most famous stories.

Scans under the cut... )

Red Turtleneck

I wasn't planning on posting this but it was just scanlated by Ito translator 'iemonsy' so I figured I'd share it with you all.

Also this story is pretty gruesome so keep that in mind.

Scans under the cut... )