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[personal profile] ozaline2015-04-24 06:25 pm

Mueno Saito's 2.5D Manga

A Japanese manga artist who has done work for Gamefreak, and did the manga for Pokemon Gold and Silver, has been posting "2.5D" comics using cut out characters in 3D enviroments.

It's kinda neat

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Gyo #5: The Return of the Bag Terror!


With the deluxe edition of the manga coming out tomorrow, let's take a look at another chapter from the series. This time, it's Chapter 5: Flight.

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[personal profile] skjam2015-04-19 06:31 pm

Jump Start: Ultra Battle Satellite

Hi folks!

This is the last of the Jump Start series from the current batch at Shonen Jump. I've delayed posting it so long the next batch is about to begin!

For this one, the creator has decided to go old-school with a straight-up fighting story.

18 pages of 55 for the first chapter; the first page is a man under a spotlight claiming that gold attracts the strong. This is a universal thing, applying even to combat. Get rich quick by participating in no-rules street fights broadcast live.

Who's up for some blood sports? )

Black Clover was chosen as the series to get a full run in the online edition. School Judgement went downfill fast and is already on its final story arc.

Your thoughts and comments?
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Library Wars: Love & War (Censorship & Romance Together At Last)


I’ve been sharing with you all some pretty lackluster and icky books lately with Gyo and The Unfunnies (neither of which we're done with yet), so let’s take a look at something that is actually pretty good. From Viz’s Shojo Beat Manga imprint, we have Library Wars: Love & War.

21 pages of 63 from the first chapter.

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Gyo Chapter 3 & 4: Fish Invasion


With this new outing with Gyo, we’ll cover the next two chapters back to back since they go together pretty well (6 pages from each). Let’s see how this fun train continues with Tadashi and Kaori as more fish with mechanical legs come ashore.

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Gyo Chapter 2: Plastic Bag of Terror!


Alright, we had our fun with the first chapter of Gyo, so let’s continue on and take a look at the second issue of the series! Things are going to get weirder.

Note: The pages are still from the Editor’s Choice edition of the manga from all the way back in 2003 instead of the newer editions.

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[personal profile] skjam2015-03-29 07:15 pm

Jump Start: Cyborg Roggy

Hi folks!

We now continue our look at the recent Jump Start manga with Cyborg Roggy by Yu Miki. This manga goes with the formula "big combat machine dude who has short, far less brave sidekick" which was last successfully used in Toriko.

Eighteen of fifty-five pages of the first chapter.

It is the dark cyberpunk future )

Your thoughts and comments?

Next time, a very eighties-style manga!

Gyo (A very smelly horror story)


Junji Ito. There’s really nothing more to say about the guy. He’s one of the most celebrated horror creators around with famous series like Uzumaki and Tomie and memorable short stories, like the Enigma of Amigara Fault. However, sometimes even the best of creators… can have an off day. Hence, I present to you Ito’s other popular short series, Gyo.

With the hardcover release of Gyo coming soon, let’s take a look at this manga, in particular, the first chapter. Our pages below are from the Editor’s Choice edition of the manga from all the way back in 2003 instead of the newer edition.

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Satoshi Kon's Opus (aka when the story rebels against the writer)


Satoshi Kon is best known for the movies he’s made and directed, from Perfect Blue to his final work, Paprika. You also may know him for the anime he created, Paranoia Agent, a really trippy, mindbender of a series. However, before all of that, he was a mangaka and had a few works under his belt. Before he moved to doing films, his last work, one that sadly remains unfinished, was Opus. It got translated and brought over in November 2014 by Dark Horse Comics, so let’s take a look at it together.

Here's the first chapter. 9 pages out of 27.

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[personal profile] skjam2015-03-22 05:14 pm

Jump Start: Boys Over Flowers Season 2

Hi folks!

This Jump Start is a little unusual in that it's a shoujo title. Sadly, there is no online Shojo Beat magazine, so when Viz wanted to showcase "Boys Over Flowers Season 2", it had to be in their boys' manga anthology.

I have not actually read Hana Yori Dango ("Boys Over Flowers"), so this synopsis of the original series will be brief: Eitoku Academy is a private high school for rich kids, which is ruled by four obnoxious jerks who call themselves "The Flower Four" or "F4" for short. Their wealthy parents have paid off the school administration to make them immune to punishment, so they are free to bully anyone they please and make the student body go along with it.

That is, until scholarship student Tsukushi Makino finally defies the F4 when they attack her friend, and finds herself the target. She refuses to let them intimidate her, and her stubborness eventually mitigates their jerkitude, especially when their leader Tsukasa Domyoji falls in love with Tsukushi.

We pick up the story a couple of years after the previous cast graduated...21 pages of 65.

The title is a pun in Japanese; there's a saying that 'dango' (sweets) are better than 'hana' (flowers) from a girl's point of view, but 'dango' can also mean 'young men.' )

Your thoughts and comments?
Check out my shoujo manga reviews here: http://www.skjam.com/tag/shoujo/

And in other news, I give my icebreaker speech at Toastmasters tomorrow night!
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[personal profile] skjam2015-03-15 05:43 pm

Jump Start: Black Clover

Hi folks!

A bit behind on the Jump Start stories--I didn't even finish reading last Monday's Shonen Jump until this morning! Anyhow, the February 16 issue had two Jump Starts, and this...is the shounen one.

There's certain setups that keep recurring in Jump titles; this one is "idiot hero whose primary virture is never giving up." Eighteen pages of fifry-five from the intro chapter.

What lies within the fifth leaf is... )

Given the way this chapter treats sexual harrassment as comedy, and the female character introduced at the end of the third chapter likes to loll around drunkenly in her underwear in public, I don't think this story will scor points with feminists.

Your thoughts and comments?

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (A series about delivering death letters)


Viz Media has brought over and translated a lot of good books, though I would say some of their best and most mature books they bring over often fall under their Viz Signature. That's where all the of adult, smart (well usually anyways *coughTerraFormarscough*), and dark books usually end up under. Let’s spotlight one of these mangas, which actually ended just last year. Meet Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit!

13 out of 44 Pages

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Assassination Classroom Class 1: Killing Time in Homeroom


Hello everyone. If there was one series in recent years from Shonen Jump that just exploded with popularity, it would be Assassination Classroom. From the creator of Neuro: Supernatural Detective (a title that never reached American shores) came one of the wildest and probably most unique manga titles that I have seen in quite some time. To describe or give a bit synopsis would be pointless, so let’s take a look at the first chapter of the series to give it full context.

16 pages out of 48

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Gakkyu Hotei - New Cases and Newer Attorneys

Hello everyone. Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment has entered a brand new story arc and is heading in a new and rather interesting direction.

The main case our hero, Abaku Inugami, is faced with this time is actually involving plagiarism! Vin Daichi (aka Class 6-2’s Da Vinci) and Hikari Takasu (aka Class 6-3’s Picasso) are claiming that the other is copying and stealing their work. They want to sue the other for the damages and slander they have been receiving. These nasty rumors have been wrecking their reputation in the school’s Fine Arts world after all. Abaku agrees to represent Takasu in the case, but only after seeing how both of the artists’ recent painting is pretty much exactly the same.

However, this is where things start changing up as we introduce a Civil Court Case...

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Your thoughts on these new developments?

Written by Nobuaki Enoki, Art by Takeshi Obata
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[personal profile] skjam2015-02-22 02:28 pm

Jump Start: Kagamigami

Hi folks!

It seems such a short time since the last round of Shounen Jump "Jump Start" postings, but here we are. For those of you who joined us in just the last three months, Shonen Jump changes out non-performing manga series on a quarterly basis. The online edition now prints the first three chapters of every new series, hoping not to get caught off guard as they were by Nisekoi, Food Wars and Boku no Hero Academia.

Kagamigami "Mirror Spirit" is by Toshiaki Iwashiro, who previously did Psyren. That series was a hit for a while, and appeared in the print version of the American translation. But when they switched to the online edition, Psyren had taken a dive in the ratings, so it was dropped, and ended shortly thereafter in Japan. This first chapter of Kagamigami is nearly identical to the one-shot that ran last year--I'll talk about a key difference after the main presentation.

Eighteen pages of fifty-five from last week's chapter. (Two weeks ago on Monday.)

What do you want to be when you grow up? )

Your thoughts and comments?
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[personal profile] skjam2015-02-15 08:28 pm

Superheroes need school too

Hi folks!

Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academy) by Kohei Horikoshi is one of the series that the online Shonen Jump edition skipped when it first came out, for two reasons. One, it didn't hit exactly when a previous series ended, and two, the artist's previous series, Barrage, had not done at all well and was cancelled after two volumes.

But surprise! It's been doing very well indeed in the Japanese market, so now it's getting a shot in America.

The series is a homage to American superhero comics, so you will see a lot of familiar tropes in action; this is very much for those of you who miss fun teen hero comics/wish there were more of them.

Eighteen of fifty-five pages of the first chapter. Please enjoy!

What if House of M had been an optimistic premise? )

Your thoughts and comments?
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