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[personal profile] skjam2015-01-20 08:24 pm

One Punch Man's Latest Villain!

Hi folks! How's 2015 treating you?

It's been a while since we checked in on One-Punch Man.

As it happens, Saitama's taking this chapter off to play video games, and we are introduced to a new villain, Garo.

Four pages from the most recent Shounen Jump issue.

Garo's Secret Origin )
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-17 07:32 pm

31 Days of Scans - Favorite Legacy Hero: Kaitou Kid

To call Magic Kaito's Kaitou Kid a "hero" would be somewhat stretching the term, but the guy's heart is in the right place and he's got a no-kill policy, so I suppose that's good enough. More importantly, I'm lukewarm at best and outright hostile to most other legacy heroes in comics, and I've already covered one of the few exceptions in yesterday's post, so...

Ah, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

A torch of thievery, passed from father to son. )
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[personal profile] skjam2014-12-13 09:39 pm

Jump Start--School Judgement

Hi folks!

And now we look at the third Jump Start series for this quarter.

This one has the advantage of the same artist as Death Note and Bakuman, but sadly not the same author. 18 pages of 55.

Despite the title mentioning 'Dismemberment' this post is Safe For Work. )

I suspect this will be the Jump Start title that gets picked up purely on the strength of the art.

Your thoughts and comments?

(See my annual Shonen Jump update at my blog:
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-11 11:34 pm

31 Days of Scans - Favorite Elseworlds/Multiverse: Jinginai Time

Sure, DC and Marvel have their Elseworlds and What-Ifs out the wazoo, but for my money, the little alt-universe omakes that Eiichiro Oda drew for the One Piece databooks beats them all.

Sure, they were all literally three pages long, but they were often funny as hell and cute as hell, and really, should we expect more from a comic?

... don't answer that.

Anyways, my favorite of those omakes is probably Jinginai Time (loose translation: "No Respect" Time). Why, you ask?

Because the only thing cooler than manga pirates is manga Mafia pirates.

There should probably be some Godfather joke here, but I don't know any. )
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-09 10:13 pm

31 Days of Scans - Least Favorite Male Character: Misao Yamamura

I fear that this will be by far the most obscure entry in this series (so far), and will probably generate the least discussion, but I can't really bring myself to care.

See this face?

Hate. Hate is the only reaction I am capable of towards it. Hate is the only logical reaction towards it- blood death pain murder stab kill kill kill-

Sorry, sorry.

Remember when I said I don't hate characters aggressively? I LIED. )
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-08 05:28 pm

31 Days of Scans - Least Favorite Female Character: Nabiki Tendo

I'm typically not the sort of guy who hates characters - any character - aggressively. This isn't because of some high-minded "every character has potential" philosophy, but rather because my limited attention span means that characters I dislike will typically slide off into the ether three minutes after I've read about them. Thus, it's rather hard for me to differentiate between characters I actively dislike and characters who just haven't made an impression on me either way.

As with all things, however, there are exceptions.

Grab your wallets. Lock your doors. And whatever you do, do NOT step into range of her camera! )
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-07 04:47 pm

31 Days of Scans - Favorite Team/Corps/Family: Baroque Works

To be honest, the Straw Hat Pirates almost got this one, by just a hair, but their two most recent members don't really do much for me, and I've started liking all of them a whole lot less since the timeskip. Besides, I've always liked villains better than heroes, anyway.

So let's put our hands together forrrrrr... Baroque Works!

Behind the cut: the kookiest collection of cutthroats you've ever seen! )
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[personal profile] ozaline2014-12-07 07:23 am

31 Days of Scans: Favourite Team - Teikoku Kagekidan Hana-gumi!

Sakura Taisen or Sakura Wars started out as a series of video games created by Sega and Red Company that combine a visual novel/dating sim type adventure mode, with tactical RPG mecha battles to simulate an anime and give you control of it's protagonist.

The setting is 1920s Tokyo where steam technology has helped the nation recover from a devastating war against demons some 6 years prior. however the it's obvious that the demons will strike again and so a new weapon is created to handle this threat, mecha Spirit Armor called Kobu, but the Kobu can only be moved by people with intense spiritual powers, and spirit power is more often found in women then in men.

To focus their spirit powers, sharpen their team work skills and to invoke rituals that will help pacify the evil the Teikoku Kagekidan (which in the series translates to both Imperial Assault Troupe or Imperial Revue) perform all female musicals in the vein of their real life equivalents the Takarazuka Kagekidan. A male commander was eventually brought in to lead them (the player character), but the series is often mistaken by western fans as shoujo for it's strong female leads, and for frankly being Steampunk Mecha Sailor Moon (the player character is bascally Tuxedo Mask in this equation).

Eventually it got a manga (scans are in Japanese but I'll explain what's going on) Teikoku Kagekidan Sanjou! )
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-04 11:12 am

31 Days of Scans - Character you would bring back from the dead: a certain pirate

The state of things in American superhero comics being what they are, I couldn't really find a dead character I wanted to revive without making my post look horribly dated. Death has been a revolving door at DC and Marvel since almost Day One, as it should be, and you never know who's gonna be pulled away from the River Styx next.

So let us journey eastward, where comics generally don't have to deal with things like "shared universes" or "characters too iconic to stay dead". In particular, to a world of endless oceans, sea monsters, and pirates of every shape and size.

There be spoilers ahead, Matey! Last chance to back out! )
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[personal profile] skjam2014-12-03 07:53 pm

Jump Start--E-Robot

Hi folks!

One of the more problematic aspects of shounen and seinen manga is male-oriented fanservice. It sells copies, but at the expense of making many female readers uncomfortable, and using female characters as objects more than people. Most shounen manga uses a little fanservice for spice, but every so often there's a series that is nothing but fanservice.

The latest Jump Start series is one of these. While it isn't quite NSFW by our usual definitions (the online version may be edited) it's not something I would feel comfortable reading at work, so use caution. 18 pages of 55.

A weapon to end wars. )

Your thoughts and comments?

Next week, "Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgement" which is basically Phoenix Wright in grade school.

Entry tags:

Vinland Saga

Written and drawn by Makoto Yukimura.
Read more... )
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[personal profile] skjam2014-11-25 09:41 pm

Jump Start--Takujo no Ageha

Hi folks!

One of the ways Weekly Shounen Jump stays on top of the sales charts is by "churn", ending old series and starting new ones in their manga anthology magazine. Now, sometimes this happens naturally, as the recent run of Naruto reached a good point to end the series. But more often, it's a series that used to be popular but has gone downhill (Psyren for example) or a recent entry that didn't catch on (for example, Barrage.) In these cases, the writer has to wrap everything up in three or four chapters, so the story has some kind of ending.

Generally, the Jump editorial people want three new series to start each quarter of the year; which means that it's time for the online edition to have another round of "Jump Start." This last week, the first of the new series debuted, Takujo no AGEHA.

It's about ping-pong, or as they persistently refer to it here, table tennis. 18 pages of 55.

You may notice some similarities to an older manga series.... )

Next week, it's E-Robot, with the power of weaponized fanservice.

Your thoughts and comments?
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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?