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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby artisticDreamer » Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:35 pm

Just finished Pandora Hearts vol. 8. That oneshot...
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby NekoNinja16 » Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:03 am

@Cadence: Your icon is awesome. .w.
Just gonna stick a couple favorite quotes here.

"You can die at anytime. But living takes true courage. I'm living too, that I am. To repent for all the lives I took." -Kenshin Himura

"I would rather die as Blues than live forever as someone else." -Proto Man

Weird, they seem to be about dying. XD
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:28 pm

The Heroic Legend of Arslan chapter 27

I am reeeeally liking the way this is all developing ^_^
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby MangaRocks! » Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:03 pm

Read a bunch more new manga + some new novels, too! :thumb:


Naoki Urasawa's Monster vol.'s 1-18 (complete): Wow... what can I say? This is widely considered to be a masterpiece, and I absolutely agree. :jump: ...Now, just as a content warning, I will note that there is a fair share of (detailed upper female) nudity and... well, unsavory situations, but it's not fanservice-- it's dark and gritty instead. Still, it's there. :sweat: That element aside, though, this series is amazing in every other way. The awesome historical-fiction aspects; the deep moral tension and commentary; the way every little thing ends up being connected; the way Tenma betters people just by coming into contact with them-- even when he doesn't realize it <3 ; the thriller elements (the antagonist is genuinely frightening); and the fantastic characterization (which is so good that several secondary and even very minor characters' deaths are amazingly heartbreaking {I was tearing up something fierce for both SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Martin and Grimmer, and SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Martin is only around for a chapter or two! :wow!: :sniffle: :sniffle: ). And then that ending almost warrants a post in and of itself-- there's quite a lot going on thematically with the whole last sequence, and all of it is great. (Also: Holy crap, that scene when SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Johan suddenly {appears to?} sit up in bed was downright terrifying. :pikka: I've experienced many jump-scares in videogames/movies/TV/anime/etc., but I'd never come across one in a *book* {manga or otherwise} before. :wow!: And while I didn't actually physically jump at it, I sure came really darn close {in fact, I think my heart just might have}... :pikka: :pikka: Wow.) I mean, while I usually prefer endings to be a tad more conclusive/wrapped up than this was, and I'm still not quite sure whether that bit with SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Johan in the hospital is supposed to be taken literally or figuratively/metaphorically, I really can't think of any other way it *could* end and still be as amazing. So, yeah, I approve. :) To sum it up, I personally rate this a 10, and if the red-light-district stuff wasn't a part of it I'd recommend it to everyone.


Orange Marmalade manhwa chapters 1-119 (complete): ...Well, while this certainly wasn't like high art or anything, LOL (not by a long shot) :grin: , I was actually pleasantly surprised by it, given its synopsis and genre(s). It is not a typical 'vampire romance' at all, and that's a good thing-- it deals more with the characters as people while combined with the heavy social issues surrounding the two groups (racism, ostracization, and violent discrimination); and the romance itself is... actually pretty 'normal,' as romantic dramas go. (...Well, I mean, as normal as it can be between a rather traumatized/tactless guy and a similarly traumatized girl who has to actively suppress her desire to drain him whenever he's around. :) ) Basically, she just confuses the heck out of him, he teases her back, and it just ends up being funny. :grin: (It's also nice that they're into playing/singing music. :thumb: ) That said, of course, there were still more than a few romance/drama clichés and such with the hatred and the identity reveals and the 'rivals' and etc. :sweat: ; however, the female MC actually handles most of it pretty well, aside from the (rather brief) SPOILER: Highlight text to read: blackmailing bit (and her quite understandable reluctance to reveal her identity, given all of the negative factors surrounding it, even from her own love interest :shady: ). Actually, the only thing that ended up being rather irritating was the male MC's attitude after he finds out who the female MC is; because while it's partially understandable once his history is revealed, it's also... well, just really bad. :shady: That said, he does kinda redeem himself a bit later on once he has a talk with his mom + gets Mari's letter + works through things on his own + finally has a really in-depth talk with SPOILER: Highlight text to read: his step-dad, and I was actually rather impressed with how he responded to the merciless bullying by almost all of the others once they also finally find out (I mean, I was expecting him to say/do *something* to support her then, but I was totally *not* expecting him to actually SPOILER: Highlight text to read: drink that blood himself, pig's blood or not :pikka: ), etc.-- so I guess he can be forgiven. :P Finally, the very end felt a bit rushed-- and too... easy, almost?-- however, it was 'nice' enough, so whatever. *shrug* In all, I guess it was a decent enough one-time read.


Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix vol.'s 1-2 (DROPPED): So... is there something I'm missing here? I know Tezuka is an absolute legend, obviously, and I'd also heard that Phoenix was his 'masterwork.' But I couldn't even get through it (not even *close,* in fact). :shady: I mean, yes, the overall concept and the back-and-forth chronological plotting and even some of the panel layout stuff was pretty awesome in theory, but in practice... :eyebrow: Firstly, I didn't like volume #1 at all. :shady: Between its at-times extra-cartoonish silliness + anachronistic/fourth-wall-breaking stuff (which all took me right out of what I thought was supposed to be a serious story), the uncaring/depressing brutality of many of the parts that *weren't* anachronistic/fourth-wall-breaking/silly, the more-than-slightly-offensive fact that the only apparent uses for the few female characters were for them to be either evil/crazy idiots or literal baby machines (?!), and then to top it all off the fact that the only character who was at all sympathetic met a *completely* unsatisfying end, you can imagine how underwhelmed, unimpressed, and disappointed I was with the introduction to this supposed 'masterpiece.' :eyebrow: :shake: :shady: Wanting to give it more of a chance, however, I went ahead and moved on to volume #2. And, at first, it seemed that the series had taken a vastly-improved turn. In comparison to the first volume, vol. 2 was at first quite engaging. As most of you probably know, sci-fi is very near and dear to my heart, having grown up on it; so the setting caught my interest immediately. And I thought that the characters were better, too. ...However, then the phoenix had to go and say that it/Earth was basically 'god' :eyeroll: , while another character derided the Bible :shady: :shady: ... and *then* there was that entire end section, in which a huge amount of page-time is given to that whole misanthropic evolution sequence. :forehead: :bootout: So, yeah, thanks to all of *that,* I ended up disliking volume #2, as well. :shady: :shake: :thumbsdow At this point, I tried to give the series one final chance by just skimming through all of the rest of the volumes, but nothing changed my mind. (And, of course, since the series was never finished, the big, connecting climax that *might* have redeemed it doesn't exist.) So, sorry, I tried, but I had to drop this. :shady:


Saturn Apartments, a.k.a. Dosei Mansion, vol.'s 1-7 (complete): Wow... what a beautiful series. The stylized character designs might take a little getting used to, but the sense of scale and space and the landscapes are downright *amazing.* The characterization is great, too, and there's just something so wonderfully atmospheric about this (and no, that's not a pun, intentional or otherwise, LOL! :P ); plus, it also has a good ending. 10/10 and heartily recommended. <3 :thumb:


Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou chapters 1-142 (complete {including 'chapter 0' and the special epilogue}): Hmm... well, getting most of the negatives out of the way first, unfortunately there's rather more (detailed upper female) nudity in this than was really necessary (there's one character-- not human, since she doesn't age {although not necessarily a robot, either?}-- who lives in the wild and doesn't wear a stitch), and several ('female') robots' data transfer ability just so happens to involve tongues... :eyeroll: Otherwise, it's pretty calm and pleasant and occasionally even wonder-filled, and everything is beautifully framed and drawn; it's also nice how certain events and people end up connected later on, even though this is mostly a slice-of-life; and there's a gentle melancholy underneath it all (because it's post-apocalyptic, for one, and for another the MC is an ageless robot who knows that everyone she cares about will eventually be gone). That said, though, as it nears the end, the spans of time going on between each chapter get longer and longer, and it eventually just sort-of... floats to a stop-- with no closure on the Alpha robot flying on that high ship, or on what those gel-like 'mushroom' things with brain waves are, or really anything else. I mean, I know that wasn't really the point, but I'm not sure I liked that those things were never given any sort of explanation or end. :shady: Overall, I suppose it was worth the read once, though.


The Rokka no Yuusha, a.k.a. Rokka: Braves Of The Six Flowers, novels 1-4 (so far): I had said that I'd dive into these the instant the anime (which was an extremely {read: awesomely! :thumb: } faithful adaptation of the first volume, BTW! :jump: ) was over because I had fallen in love with the series so much, and that's precisely what I did. And guess what? The novels are not only every bit as awesome, they're even *more* so, because as fantastic as the anime/first book truly was, it's still merely the setup to a much larger tale, and that larger tale is even more awesome than expected!! :jump: :jump: :jump: To start with, that anime/first book finale twist does *not* turn out how you think it might *at all* :pikka: (and that is a very good thing! :thumb: )-- the story actually takes a turn in a very different (and even better!!) direction; and it also rather fascinatingly delves into certain characters' inside information, backgrounds, and relationships (and, consequently, a nice bit of world-building about a few other things, such as SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the Saints, the Kyouma, and even a few details about the fake crest; etc.)-- and, to top it all off, it also greatly improves several characters'... well, characterization :) , plus perfectly clears up the issues I originally had with another character's behavior in the first arc (it makes complete sense now, and is pretty darn ingenious, to boot!). There is also just a heck of a lot more going on than first appears-- the plots in play by the enemies are very long-game, quite complex, and take some turns that you won't be expecting, and the main baddie is fascinating. (Oh yeah, and there's more fighting, too ;) , as well as progress with the actual overall quest.) Book #4 in particular contains several major twists, one of which in particular is *massive* (and it actually makes perfect sense, too, given the previously-explained mechanics of SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the Saints' acquisition of powers). (BTW, that is one of my favorite things about this guy's writing-- sometimes people's 'foreshadowing' can be so heavy-handed/obvious as to not even *be* foreshadowing, LOL :P ; *however,* in contrast, *this* writer's foreshadowing is brilliantly, perfectly subtle. :jump: I *love* how he sets up little details well, well in advance which are so well embedded/woven into the world/setting/characters/narrative/etc. that you only realize their significance later on. It's awesome.) To sum it up, this series is 10/10 amazing and I cannot wait for more! :jump:


And the Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, a.k.a. The Empty Box And The Zeroth Maria / HakoMari, novels 1-7 (complete): I had put this series in my plan-to-read list a while back because it was very highly-rated on MAL and the description/reviews/etc. I'd seen for it were quite intriguing. However, since there was only one more novel left to be written at the time I had added it, I decided to wait until the finale was released and translated so I could just read them all in one shot. And I'm glad I did, since literally everything from the end of book #2 straight through to the end of the series is one single narrative. :) As for the series itself: At first, some of the devices used seem a tad typical (for example, while the MC and the titular Maria are basically destined to be a couple and he even directly chooses her over everyone else, there's still a bit of a harem element; there's a bit of {described} fanservice; etc.), but then it gets real unique real fast-- and, eventually, gets far darker and goes far deeper than I ever expected. :pikka: (As the layers of the main characters are peeled back throughout the series, it's revealed that they're all actually pretty darn scarred and messed up mentally/emotionally/psychologically; and it really delves into their various disorders and traumas in a way I was not expecting.) Even just the first book pulls the rug out from under your assumptions quite neatly... multiple times. And while at first I thought book 2 wasn't quite as good as book 1, the entire endgame was actually very good, and had a *kicker* of a twist in the book's very final line that was just plain fantastic (and, of course, gives you an absolute *need* to read the third installment). :thumb: That third installment is even better, because while at first it (purposefully) doesn't seem to hold as much danger as the scenario might suggest, because given some of the previous book's scenarios/info you just naturally assume that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: even if it does come to the point of death, it likely won't have any lasting effect on them in the 'real world,' however it is in fact then revealed to be just the opposite-- which means that the consequences/stakes skyrocket instantly. :wow!: ...And then the twists *really* start. :pikka: And while, by the time that book ended and you realized SPOILER: Highlight text to read: that there's still one more round to go, I wasn't sure if I liked that (because of the SPOILER: Highlight text to read: killing and the personality twisting and all :sweat: ), it actually ends up being some magnificent setup for that next book (which shows an excellent new side of the protagonist plus clears up my original dislike of certain {apparent} characterizations SPOILER: Highlight text to read: of the secondary MC Daiya {...although, then again, what he does [with the protagonist's eventual tacit consent] at the end is certainly a [pretty tragic] game-changer... :pikka: }, and was pretty fantastic overall). :thumb: The fifth book then finally delves into Daiya's psyche for real SPOILER: Highlight text to read: along with his past with Kokone and that other girl mentioned in the previous book, and provides two of the most fantastic twists in the entire series. And then the sixth and seventh books go into that surprisingly even darker and deeper place (...holy crap, the goes-around-comes-around nature of the final volume was ingenious, even if the descent into complete and utter madness was both horrifying and terrifying... :pikka: ). I couldn't believe that there could be a happy ending after all of that for certain characters, but-- while not 'perfect,' obviously, since there were still some serious, lasting consequences-- miraculously, it actually did end relatively well for them (and I am not ashamed to admit that I was tearing up throughout the entirety of the epilogue :sniffle: , in a good way). So, yeah, this was a rather emotionally taxing series, but-- if you don't mind the described violence/psychologically-messed-up stuff :sweat: -- well worth the read.
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby Mouse2010 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:52 pm

Just read Volume 7 of Noragami. I galloped through it in a single day. This series is so good. The Bishamon arc was good, but this new arc is looking much more interesting. Hiyori SPOILER: Highlight text to read: giving Yato the shrine was one of the cutest, sweetest things I've ever seen in manga. I'd be happier if all the SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Bishamon x Yato shiptease were dropped, but only because I'm so much of a Yato X Hiyori shipper.

OTOH, I was disappointed by Until Death Do Us Part omnibus 10. It felt like it completely undercut the progress that had been made in the previous volume. I kind of want to drop this one, because I'm tired of it. But . . . darn it . . . the writer is too good with the cliff-hangers. I can't stop with volume 10, because I have to find out what happens next. I will probably end up reading Volume 11. But I'll be cranky about it!
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:21 pm

D.Gray-man chapter 220 (finally!)

WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN BUT IT'S SO COOL :dance:

...which has pretty much been my reaction to every DGM chapter ever.
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby Mave » Sun Nov 08, 2015 2:48 am

the_wolfs_howl wrote:D.Gray-man chapter 220 (finally!)

WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN BUT IT'S SO COOL :dance:

...which has pretty much been my reaction to every DGM chapter ever.


I did not get it too. I'm a little confused as to who is who now. I think this chapter gets extra "Huh?!" points than usual.

Other than that, I mostly keep up with Detective Conan and Ao no Exorcist.
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby Sheenar » Sun Nov 08, 2015 4:10 pm

Just finished volume 3 of the Trigun Maximum Omnibus. Having seen the anime several times, I decided to read the manga. I am loving it SO much. So much good stuff.

I'm (impatiently) waiting for volume 4 to come in the mail. Says it should arrive tomorrow.
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby artisticDreamer » Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:08 am

Just read Durarara!! x 2. Izaya's coat was fabulous 100% of the time. SPOILER: Highlight text to read: And I can never get over the cellphone stomping. :lol:
PandoraHearts vol. 9 I finally am past where the anime ended!! SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Now to just wait for everyone to die... *sob*
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:46 pm

Mave wrote:I did not get it too. I'm a little confused as to who is who now. I think this chapter gets extra "Huh?!" points than usual.

I KNOW. SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Millenium Earl = Mana = Nea = Allen = a;ldkjg;lagh;wriu;qlwefjk;lj!#@@$%$^#$@ :drool: It would probably make at least a little more sense if we didn't have to wait five million years in between each chapter, but oh well :eyeroll:

Anyway, I last read No.6 chapter 8. Ohhhh, the misunderstandings that can ensue from chapters like this.... :shake:
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby Mouse2010 » Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:55 pm

Do we talk about Korean publications here? I just started reading Bride of the Water Godand am starting to really get into it. I read volume 2 in a single day, and am about to go get started on Volume 3! I love the full color illustrations.

Oh, and Noragami Volume 8 was as good as ever. I am wondering if the currently-airing anime is about to overtake where I am in the manga, though. As of Volume 8, I was a little bit ahead of the anime, but that could change in just an episode or two. It's been interesting watching Noragami Aragato after having read the manga. I think this may be the very first time that I've read the manga for something first, before seeing the anime that covers that material! (You can tell I'm still not much of a manga reader, can't you?)
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby Sheenar » Fri Nov 27, 2015 6:56 am

Finished the Trigun series a week or so back. Good series, but the ending was weird to me. Good, but a bit confusing. SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Knives turned into a tree??

Also could have used a heads-up about a couple of scenes --was not expecting those and they were a bit triggering SPOILER: Highlight text to read: The flashback of Legato as a sex slave being raped --no private parts were shown, but it was still pretty graphic and the scene earlier in the series during another flashback where Vash attempts suicide but stabs Rem accidentally as she intervenes.

Overall, excellent series. I enjoy the anime greatly, but the manga was so, so good. I especially loved the blatant Gospel presentation at one part and just the fleshing out of the characters --they were so much more developed and relatable.

Highly recommend this series. Though, heads up for the above mentioned scenes --they were brief, but they definitely took me by surprise.
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:03 pm

Bakuman chapter 9

Interesting as always to get a bit of an inside look into how manga is made.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan chapters 28-29

In every chapter, I'm struck by how violent this manga is. For some reason, even though this isn't much more bloody or violent than FMA, it never seemed like FMA was that intense, I guess because it was more fantastical maybe? Anyway, the violence doesn't bother me; I think it shows exactly how desperate the situation is. I'm really enjoying the action, for sure.
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby artisticDreamer » Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:13 pm

Death Note- black edition vol. 1
Pandora Hearts vol 11
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby artisticDreamer » Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:16 pm

Noragami chapters 1-27.
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:46 am

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer chapter 12

HaruXKiyo chapter 2

Both of which are shaping up nicely ^_^
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby Kaori » Sat Dec 26, 2015 4:01 pm

Still haven't gotten much farther in Galaxy Express 999 (only one volume), but I've read a bunch of stuff in English.

Joou no Hana ch. 10A. Cunningly devised and executed military strategy.

Mahou Tsukai no Yome ch. 1-24 (shonen). This is really good. Really beautiful at times, particularly the wisdom from dragons.

I know this comment was ages ago, but in response to the complaint about the cat story arc, SPOILER: Highlight text to read: I'm pretty sure that the husband went crazy because of something that that young-looking villain did to him. I didn't think that the manga was glorifying his obsessive behavior at all; I thought that originally he was a good person who loved his wife, and it was because the villain cast some sort of spell on him or something that he started killing cats, i.e. it wasn't his real personality and that Chise restored him to his true (non-evil) self.

Otome Youkai Zakuro ch. 1-44. Seinen. Also really good. Youkai, hanyou, historical setting, romance, spirited female lead, solid artwork. Recommended if you like any of those things I just listed.

My Shining World ch. 1-3 (manhwa). The premise is that the female lead can see people's ill-will and malice towards others (people with those emotions turn black), and this causes her to have crushing social anxiety and to avoid interacting with people. Then she meets a guy with whom she just happens to be able to interact with naturally and whom she feels at ease around, we can all see where this is going. I find the premise about her ability and the psychological difficulty it causes her to be interesting, but the way she just happened to meet this guy with whom she is miraculously able to get along with really well seems facile to me. I personally also find myself really thrown off for some reason by the Korean cultural setting and the way it is a little bit similar to Japanese culture but also really different (i.e. that it's a bit overlapping but not at all the same). This hasn't been the case with previous manwha I have read, just this one for some reason. Anyways, with such a mixed reaction to this manwha I perhaps won’t read more.

Lien no Tou Yori ("From Lien's Tower"). Josei oneshot. This is about a girl living in a post-apocalytic underground setting who is attracted to a boy who is an android robot. It's a beautifully-written and -drawn story that is ultimately about the comfort of staying in a familiar place and the risk and beauty of pressing forward and starting life in a new place.

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya wants to be confessed to: the geniuses' war of love and brains) ch. 1-4. Seinen. The premise is that there are two students who are incredible geniuses, and they both are interested in dating each other but both feel like being the first one to confess means that they "lose" the "battle" and take a submissive role in the relationship. So instead of confessing to each other they play elaborate mind games and tricks to try to get the other to concede. The male lead is unbearably proud, the female lead is unbearably cunning and fake, the mind games are just not intellectually interesting at all, and it strikes me as being very unrealistic psychologically, so I wouldn't recommend it.

Aozora Yell ch. 1-6. Have only read a little bit of what’s available so far, but this is a school life manga by the author of Koukou Debut. It’s about a girl who enrolls in a high school known for its baseball team and wind ensemble because she wants to learn to play the trumpet and cheer on the baseball team. She meets a guy who is on the baseball team who is also a new freshman, and they are continually encouraging and supporting each other in their respective goals, the guy’s goal of playing at Koushien (location for high school baseball nationals) and the girl’s dream of being able to become good enough to be one of the musicians cheering on the baseball team there.

The female lead is one of those shoujo heroines whose main thing that she has going for her is that she tries hard—but she is also pretty nice. The male lead is incredibly, mind-bogglingly kind and encouraging. Overall it is very heartwarming and abounding in warm fuzzy feelings; I would very much recommend it to anyone looking for a romance with a male lead who is actually nice (since this seems to be a category that is sought after from time to time).

Galaxy Express 999 v. 15 (Japanese). This volume is the first volume of the second story arc of this manga. The first arc was written from 1977-1981, and the second arc began in 1996, so there is a pretty big time gap between the end of the first arc, which was intended to be the final end of the series with no plans for a continuation, and the second arc, which despite being sequel that was originally not planned for does have a great bit of continuity with the first arc and seems like it might tie up some loose ends that were not previously resolved (e.g. it seems likely that Maetel might SPOILER: Highlight text to read: recover her original body).

So far, it seems like Matsumoto was pulling out a lot of stops to ramp things up compared to the first arc. For example, there are some new characters, a female android robot body for the train’s engine (which previously had an AI but not a separate body) and Tetsurou’s pet cat. There’s also another cameo appearance of Captain Harlock, and skimming ahead in other volumes it looks like he will be putting in pretty regular appearances. Also there are lots of explosions, including exploding planets (a frequent occurrence in the first arc).

Again, this is just “so far,” since I am basing this on only one volume, but it seems like in this second arc there is a stronger overriding goal and a stronger resolution and forward push towards that goal (confrontation with a villain mastermind whose identity is not yet known), and the tone seems more serious and intense. In the first arc, there was an overall goal that Tetsurou had in mind, but that was mostly in the background and the manga was more of a bildungsroman and a leisurely episodic travel narrative, a series of vignettes that could be at times reflective and elegiac and at times comical or pulpy. But in the second arc, the existence of the enemy (whose identity is so far unknown) that Tetsurou wants to face off against is an ever-present reality that readers are continually reminded of. Basically the characters are embroiled in battle from the very beginning.

Overall, compared to the first arc, it very much remains true to the spirt of the first arc while being a flashier and more ramped-up, but also more serious and focused, continuation; I enjoyed this volume have high hopes for the rest of the series (six more volumes remaining).

By the way, fan translations of this series are now on v. 3, for those who are interested in reading this classic manga (and don’t mind reading scanslations).
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby Mouse2010 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:10 pm

Yeah, so, you know how I was just asking for recommendations on manga that had FINISHED? And I got some good recommendations, too.

But see, the thing is, while I was looking up some of them on Crunchyroll, I stumbled on this ongoing seinen cooking story called "Sweetness and Lightening." It was love at first volume, maybe because the manga makes me so darn hungry. (I am actually going to try the Salisbury steak recipe; maybe some of the other ones, too!) So instead of picking up some supernatural romance while I wait for the next volume of Noragami, I am reading a slice-of-life dinner table drama, which comes with a side helping of student-with-a-crush-on-her-teacher. I'm not thrilled with the student-teacher crush thing, but it's being done very well and is (so far) not creepy, so I can put up with it.

Still planning on trying some of the recommendations, but that will have to wait until I get caught up to the current issue of "Sweetness and Lightening." This is the first time I have read a simulpub, actually, so that's cool!
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby Rusty Claymore » Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:38 am

I was gonna recommend "Sweetness and Lightning", Mouse, but hadn't cause it was ongoing. I actually can't believe I didn't. I'm current with it, and love it more than when I first started. The style took me immediately, as I'm always enamored by people who can draw a character caught in the peak of emotion, in this case bliss, and even more so when they're experiencing conflicting emotions. The artist's effect for eyes is amazing, too. And Tsumugi's hair is so fluffy!
Combining the cooking tutorial and the stories blends exceptionally well, and I only started flipping through them out of greed for more story. (bad, bad habit of binge reading manga til 3-4am.)
I wasn't thrilled with the student-teacher thing either, at first. I was really surprised how it's handled though!
Hope to hear future reviews on this one from ya. >_<
I was gonna rec "the Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer", but it does have instances of barbie doll nudity, and I just found out it's not actually done. (I thought it was, the previous chapter felt like a conclusion.)
*edit: It is actually done, that new chapter was the last chapter. It said so. >_<*
I guess "Arakawa Under the Bridge" classifies as a supernatural romance... the kappa isn't wearing any clothes, though. SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Or so he says. (it's primarily a comedy though.)
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby artisticDreamer » Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:29 am

One Punch Man 1-105
Noragami 28-50
Ao no Exorcist 1-74
Minidura 1-10
Salaryman Exorcist: Okumura Yukio no Aishū 1-18
Bakemono Recchan 1 (oneshot)
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby MangaRocks! » Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:12 pm

...Well, due to some personal circumstances (mentioned elsewhere), I hadn't really been able to post about my reading here for several months, and then once I could, I didn't have the time to write it all up until now :sweat: ... so here comes a post several times more massive than usual (LOL)! :thumb: (Actually, I'm going to break it up into two posts again, one for continuing stuff and one for new stuff. But they'll still be massive. :P ) First, the continuing stuff:



Akagami no Shirayuki-hime chapters 69-71: LOL at Lata (and Shirayuki and Obi's reactions, etc.). :lol: I love the fact that the tea they made a long time ago actually came back around to being somewhat plot-relevant (even the 'kids will like it' part!), too. :thumb: And all of this stone/flower research is surprisingly interesting...


Boku dake ga Inai Machi chapters 32-34: Whoa. Here we actually got some backstory for/insight into the killer. And... yeah, wow, that character was even more messed up than you already knew (both externally and internally). :pikka: Wow. And then that nearly-wordless sequence brilliantly and beautifully building up to SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the MC finally opening his eyes after a many-year coma... And the latter chapter was equally beautiful, with SPOILER: Highlight text to read: that note from his best friend + the fairly-well-done explanations for SPOILER: Highlight text to read: his survival at all, as well as his muscles still being useable (good heavens, his mom is incredible...! :pikka: ). Oh my gosh, this series... :jump:


Cheese In The Trap chapters 172-173: LOL, that was way cuter than it had any right to be. :grin: (Also, his perception really is uncanny...) And I laughed out loud at the 'advice' that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: stalker-boy :P gave the annoying guy, because what he really needs to do is take that advice himself. :lol: Why is this series so darn addicting... :thumb:


Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun chapters 70-72: First, 70... LOL at Sakura's reactions and Nozaki's eventual 'experience-to-manga,' as well as the fact that this time his editor is just plain speechless. :lol: 71: ROTFL!!! :lol: The Mikoshiba and Sakura ones were particularly hilarious, but I completely lost it at what happened when they drew the first three cards. :lol: :lol: :lol: And last but not least, 72: Not only was this chapter just perfectly hilarious, of course, WE ACTUALLY GOT SPOILER: Highlight text to read: A HUG~~!!! :jump: :jump: :grin:


Haru x Kiyo chapter 12: Yikes... the 'translation' of this chapter was rather more incoherent than usual. :sweat: Anyway, oh well, it looks like the brother is going to be interfering for a while yet... :P


The Heroic Legend Of Arslan chapters 27-30: Hmm... I know this series is objectively pretty good, but for some reason I've still been getting a bit bored with it; however, the first of these chapters was much better than it had been recently, between the new character (and his interactions with the mask guy) + the nice bit of background on/development with Arslan. ...Aaand then the next chapter went back to the fighting again, LOL. :sweat: (I don't know why, but the fighting is just so uninteresting in this series for some reason... :eyebrow: ) However, the bits afterward with Narsus and the new girl (and said new girl SPOILER: Highlight text to read: shamelessly hitting on him and wanting to be his wife, and his reactions in return :grin: ) were pretty darn amusing. :grin:


Isshuukan Friends., a.k.a. One Week Friends, chapters 34-38 (end, minus an epilogue chapter which apparently exists but has not yet been translated): Well, that was... not entirely unexpected, but still annoyingly/disappointingly weak. :shady: Not only were they interrupted right at the critical moment (man, I'm really starting to loathe that worn-out trope... :eyeroll: ), but then he couldn't even work up the guts to say it for real once they were alone. :forehead: Now, granted, he *did* say 'for the last time,' so you could imagine him saying the other thing later; but, seriously, I really dislike endings as open as this. :shady: (I seriously just dropped my MAL rating of it by 2 full points because of that...) :shady: ...Still holding out a little hope for that epilogue chapter...


Minidura chapters 6-10: More amusing Durarara!! cuteness. :)


Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii chapters 32-37 + volume extras + chapters 38-45: First, the volume extras were actually what was featured in the opening episode of the anime adaptation (which I'd thought was anime-original, but maybe not, depending on when the extras were released? :) ) + an interesting brand-new bit of flashback to Livi just before he had sent for a Rain Kingdom princess. :) As for the rest of it: I LOL'd at the "unexpected survival arc starts" text :lol: , but I do have to say that it got more than a tad creepy (that is, even creepier than it already was :sweat: ) there for me with that guy and Luna (she even says so out loud, LOL :sweat: ), as well as a bit predictable/cliché besides... :sweat: I mean, I know stuff like that used to happen historically (and sometimes even still does in some countries today :shady: ), but, really... :pikka: Even the 'revelation' about his (supposed) 'true character' (and the fact that he might have actually been planning to cancel the engagement once his plans went through, too) didn't mitigate the creep factor all that much. Thankfully, however, that little arc doesn't last very long. :sweat: Aaanyway, moving on: Haha, that little bit with Nike realizing that Livi's growing (and the ensuing reactions on both sides) was adorable. <3 And the Birthday thing was really, really sweet. :) :hug: Oh man, though... it was hinted early on, but never elaborated upon until now-- so there *were* some bad things done by Livi which he doesn't ever want Nike to know... :pikka: And not only did she already notice his carefulness about keeping her away from certain historical subjects (to the point where Bard had to outright admit so to her), but the cat's already out of the bag in terms of her starting to get the truth of it from Livi himself. (I quite like the fact that this looks to be the 'past-catching-up-with-him' arc. :thumb: Looking forward to finding out just what happened with this Ice Kingdom...)


Spirit Circle chapters 39-41: Oh man... the two-chapter finale of Fortuna's tale was amazing. :jump: I mean, the entire series is, of course; but this really tied the last few things together brilliantly-- SPOILER: Highlight text to read: that Fortuna's life, while being his soul's 'first,' was actually the farthest in the future, even beyond the sci-fi one (given that the sci-fi-high-tech object was considered 'ancient,' etc.-- which also confirms what they realized about the world not actually being completely destroyed during that catastrophe :thumb: ); his full plan; how he and Koko got 'connected' in the first place; the fact that, as far as Fortuna could see, Fuuta was going to willingly give up his life without even attempting to resist </3 ; and, finally, Fortuna actually forcibly taking over Fuuta's body... :pikka: And then that foretelling of imminent tragedy... :sniffle: And, finally, the beginning of the inevitable, epic battle of Fuuta and Fortuna's minds... Oh my gosh, I was literally on the edge of my seat when I finished. This manga is just too awesome! :jump:


Zetsuen no Tempest chapters 38-40: Well, that went as expected-- Mahiro was more relieved than anything, Yoshino's response was precisely him, and Hanemura's response was surprising, amusing, and priceless. :grin: And aw, the flashback to when the boys were little and just about to meet Aika was kinda adorable, and the later flashback when Aika and Mahiro did meet was pretty insightful (especially with him being the one to actually SPOILER: Highlight text to read: encourage Aika and Yoshino to meet, too :wow!: , which makes things make much more sense now in terms of his {non-}reaction later). Plus, we also got the equally-great flashback of Yoshino's first meeting with Aika. :) And ah, so Mahiro is going to take full responsibility for the plan to 'accomplish the impossible,' eh? :) Finally: Yoshino's comments about his and Mahiro's perspective changes were quite interesting, as was the actual flashback showing just how much Mahiro had matured. :) (Oh, and SPOILER: Highlight text to read: "...Isn't that just natural?" was one of the best lines of the manga, IMO. <3 <3 :) ) So good~ :jump:


...Oh, and I dropped Blood Blockade Battlefront, a.k.a. Kekkai Sensen, after vol. 4, because I was getting really tired of all the sexual stuff :sweat: , and it was way less interesting than the anime, besides (which as you all know is really saying something, coming from me! :wow!: ).
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby artisticDreamer » Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:06 pm

Hikaru no Go vol. 4-5
Natsume's Book of Friends vol. 1
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby Mouse2010 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:11 pm

I've read up through Chapter 20 of Sweetness and Lightening. I had to take a break for awhile because of work and travel, but I've really liked the last few chapters, especially the Christmas one. SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Yagi playing Santa was very cute. I like watching the cast of characters grow.

AND I made the Salisbury steak recipe from the first volume! It was easy and pretty tasty; definitely something I might make again.
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby artisticDreamer » Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:45 am

Ashe of Purgatory- Title's a little misleading; this is a one-shot about witch trials in a fantasy world. It was adorable, though, and I would definitely read this again.
Ao no Exorcist ch 75
Ryuu wa Tasogare no Yume wo Miru cp 1-6- Apparently this only has 6 of the 11 chapters translated into English, which is really disappointing for me.
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:21 pm

MangaRocks! wrote:I don't know why, but the fighting is just so uninteresting in this series for some reason... :eyebrow:

Really? Huh. I've always found the fighting in Arslan engaging and interesting. Maybe not as cool as the fighting in FMA, for example, but then, the characters in Arslan don't have alchemy to add that extra flair :P I especially like how much of it is done on horseback or with huge armies - FMA is epic, but pretty low-scale in terms of numbers (except for flashbacks of the Ishbal War, we mostly just see individuals or small squads fighting). It scratches the epic fantasy itch very well for me ^_^
(In case it's not clear: I'm comparing Arslan to FMA mostly because it's the only other Hiromu Arakawa manga I've read - other than Silver Spoon, which doesn't really count because it's a high school story with no fighting :P)

Anyway, I've read:

No.6 chapter 9

Ahh, things are about to hit the fan pretty soon. I like this momentary lull, though.

Bakuman chapter 10

One of the things I really like about this manga is that there are so many different story ideas thrown around, a lot of which sound pretty promising. I wonder if any of these were ones the creators thought up before their first works.... It also keeps me guessing as to what's going to finally get Mashiro and Shujin published.

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer chapter 13

Ooh, a bit of backstory! Adds some much-needed interest to Hangetsu, who I've actually found kind of boring so far :sweat:
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby MangaRocks! » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:54 pm

...And now for the new stuff! :thumb:



Bakuman. Bangai-hen, a.k.a. Bakuman.: Age 13 / 14 special chapters 1-2 (complete): This was adorable and awesome-- the perfect little prequel. <3 :thumb:



The Case Study Of Vanitas chapters 1-2 (so far): This is the new series by Pandora Hearts mangaka Jun Mochizuki, and I already fell in love with it right from chapter 1! :jump: I knew Mochizuki-sensei's take on steampunk/vampires would be trope-twistingly amazing, and oh my goodness it is. For example, I'd figured that the MC would SPOILER: Highlight text to read: turn out to be a vampire (and apparently a good one), and I was also expecting SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the long-haired character to be the holder of the book; but I did *not* expect literally anything else that occurred. :wow!: (Also, holy crap, that giant airship was stunning. :wow!: I mean, I've always adored her art, but whoa. :pikka: ) And the second chapter features more amusing adorableness from the MC along with more great art and plot. Can't wait to see where this is going to go from here!



Can't See Can't Hear But Love chapters 1-83 (complete): ...Well, this was a disappointment. :eyebrow: :shady: :shake: At first, I was quite impressed at how it dove into some very real and very dark subjects (the terror of suddenly becoming unable to see {especially when there's no one to help/guide the person}, the difficulties handicapped people face {both physically and socially}, attempted suicide {multiple times!}, attempted molestation/abuse, etc.). This could've easily been a 10/10 masterpiece if it had been done properly... however, for some reason it quickly descended into suspension-of-disbelief-breaking OTT melodrama instead. :shady: And don't even get me started on that ending... not only does it not make any sense if taken at face-value, the author also somehow felt the need to top it all off by throwing in a completely random, unnecessary, and infuriating bit of animal cruelty in the outro/finale (which left quite a bad taste indeed)! :wow!: :bootout: :banned: So... yeah, not sure why I've seen so many people raving about how supposedly 'great' this was, because it *really* wasn't. :forehead: It *could* have been (and oh, how I wish it had), but unfortunately, it was not even close. :shady: Don't even bother with this one.



Death Note: L FILE No. 15 special chapter(s) (complete): Part 1 - Little L was cute. :grin: Part 2 - Not sure if serious, but amusing in its ridiculousness all the same. :P



Haikyuu!! chapters 1-190 (so far): Started reading this immediately after watching the first season of the anime (both seasons of which so far are fantastic adaptations, BTW! :thumb: )-- and as you are probably all aware by now just how awesome I think this show/manga is as well as how much I recommend it (...seriously, if you haven't already, please just go and watch/read it right now to get a hug for your soul <3 :hug: ), I'll just note here something that I haven't really mentioned before, which is that the characters' growth, development, and friendships are all really great. And particularly pleasantly-surprising are the at-first-seemingly-minor characters Ennoshita, Yamaguchi, and Tsukishima-- Ennoshita goes from presumed background character to SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the next in line for captain of the team (!); Yamaguchi's personal growth, when it finally pays off (at just the right time, too!), is cathartic as heck; and Tsukishima's long, gradual, and beautifully subtle transformation from an apathetic fatalist to wholly pouring his mind, body, and heart into the game-- to the point of actually becoming SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the mastermind of their defense (and the coach actually telling him that he's the MVP! <3 ) is amazing. Oh my goodness, this series... :jump: :jump: :jump:



Horan, a.k.a. Okimono Kimono, one-shot: Randomly read this on a whim because CLAMP, LOL. It was only a few pages long, but its subtle fairy-tale-like element and almost melancholically-sweet tone made it a cute enough one-time read. :)



Hotarubi no Mori e short story collection (both versions): This is a short story collection by Natsume's Book Of Friends mangaka Yuki Midorikawa, including the title story, which was adapted into an anime movie (and which I also recently watched and reviewed in the anime section :) ). There were two versions of this collection printed-- the original, which is what MAL has in its database, and a reprint, which includes the title story but with an extra + several different one-shots than the original volume had. I read all of the above, and these are my thoughts, starting with the new edition's one-shots (because I think they're weaker than the original ones, actually): "Taion no Kakera / Remnants Of Your Warmth" - The girl in this one has no issue telling the boy exactly how she feels (which is both refreshing and amusing), and she does eventually win him over despite his emotional scars and self-denial. :) It could've done with one extra page there at the end, but otherwise a nice ending. "Hoshi no Mienai / Even When The Stars Can't Be Seen" - This time the boy is the focus, and he's kinda frivolous, LOL :sweat: (which is a pretty unusual character type for this mangaka to create). And, of course, it's his complete opposite (a serious girl) who gets his attention. That said, there's actually no conclusion to this one :eyebrow: , and the lead isn't as likeable as her characters usually are, so I didn't end up liking it all that much; but oh well. *shrug* And now for the original (and better) one-shots: "Overhearing A Flower Song" - This was a gently-sweet little story including a gruff guy, a guitar, and a happy ending. <3 "The Falling Of Autumn Leaves" - This one features a couple (by the end, I mean ;) ) who are childhood friends, and the girl can not only easily take care of herself but also the guy, who she is very protective of (although he does not necessarily want this... at least, in terms of the way she goes about it :grin: -- yet both of them actually help each other grow because of it). Minus the slight suspension-of-disbelief-stretching of SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the height they fell from towards the end leaving them with only minor injuries, LOL :sweat: , it was fairly adorable. :) "Deepening The Scar" - Wow... this features a subject I never would have expected Midorikawa-sensei to touch on-- but, just as to be expected from her, she handles it with both sensitivity and a realistic ending. That topic being SPOILER: Highlight text to read: a brother and sister from a broken home who, when their parents are reunited after 8 years, begin to realize that they have feelings for each other that go beyond familial, and the realistic ending being that they know SPOILER: Highlight text to read: that it would destroy everything if they gave in to those feelings, and thus they self-impose their own separation. It's not a feel-good ending, obviously, but it's a mature and realistic one, and was excellent for it. And then last but not least, of course, the title story + special extra - I watched the anime adaptation of this story before I read it, and it was one of those rare adaptations that actually improved upon the original (which is still very good in and of itself, of course). And the (unadapted) extra just adds another level of heartbreak, LOL. :P Overall, this collection was certainly worth the read (particularly the one-shots in the original version).



Mikado no Shihou, a.k.a. The Emperor's Treasure, chapters 1-2 (so far): While most of this was predictable, it was still just so darn cute that I ended up enjoying it. <3 (And I literally LOL'd at the little revelation at the end of chapter 1. :lol: ) It is fairly adorable and amusing how tiny she is despite being SPOILER: Highlight text to read: 18, as is everyone always being surprised when they find out, too, LOL. :grin: And ch.2 is just like ch.1-- predictable, but cute all the same. :) This'll be a nice bit of occasional fluff.



Noragami, volumes 1-9 (so far): First: Yeah, so as you can probably guess, the 'theology'/mythology here is *very* Japanese (if you know what I mean). :P And second: There is a fair amount of fanservice. However, those things aside, this is quite a good series. It doesn't shy away from surprisingly heavy topics SPOILER: Highlight text to read: (bullying, suicide {both attempted and actual}, and even serial murder :pikka: ), the MC's are hilarious and snarky and sweet and endearing and awesome <3 , and even tropes like the guy avoiding the girl/trying to 'cut ties' with her for her sake are wonderfully turned on their heads. :) I'm enjoying this.



One Punch Man chapters 1-3 (so far): LOL. :grin: The art is unbelievable (in both detail and dynamics), and I couldn't stop laughing at all the parodying of superhero/villain tropes. :grin: Looking forward to more.



And QQ Sweeper volume 1 (so far): This is the new series by Dengeki Daisy mangaka Kyousuke Motomi. And, as she says, it is indeed a 'weird cleaning story,' LOL. :grin: Basically, the MC's have to destroy these giant (and rather horrifying, LOL) supernatural bugs which represent (and feed upon) negativity in people's hearts and minds, and they do that via a combination of fighting them directly, getting the affected people to open up about their issues, and literally just cleaning. (And they actually get people some real counseling help afterwards, too, which is a nice, more-realistic touch.) And another nice thing about this series is that the female lead is strong on her own (as all of this mangaka's female MC's are <3 :thumb: ). Also: There's actually a minor but very sweet in-story reference to Dengeki Daisy, which apparently takes place in the same universe-- namely, that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Teru and Kurosaki are engaged now, and the wedding is soon! <3 Finally: Apparently, this series starts off with 3 volumes with this title, and then the rest of the series will be titled Queen's Quality. I'm looking forward to the rest of it (in both names!).
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:23 am

Silver Spoon chapter 114

Hmmmmm, now I'm really intrigued to find out what Komaba's up to....

No.6 chapter 10

Aw, that was a great realization for Inukashi to make. Just goes to prove that Nezumi was a sweetheart under all that from the beginning :P *is sliced to death by a thousand rats*

Bakuman chapter 11

Lol, those poor girls.... Don't try to get between two mangakas and their passion! :lol: Also, that's quite an encouragement they've gotten on their work! I would be thrilled in their position ^_^

D.Gray-man chapter 221

Phew, we finally seem to be out of that confrontation that's gone on for I don't even know how many years! :lol: Because of the hiatus, the scene just dragged on and on forever. I'm not sure I completely understand what's going on even now, but I think I'm following decently well. SPOILER: Highlight text to read: But will Allen ever come back? Or will we be stuck with Nea forever? :C The announcement of another anime is exciting, but I mostly just want Funimation to finish dubbing what's already there :P (I'm not familiar with the new seiyuu they've got for Allen, but Todd Haberkorn > Sanae Kobayashi any day.)
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby Mouse2010 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:09 pm

Caught up on Sweetness and Lightening , including the recently released Chapter 31. I really like this series, and I'm sometimes surprised by how thoughtful it can be. In particular, there've been a couple of chapters dealing with the issue of death and grief that I thought went into more depth than you usually see in anime. Plenty of animes deal with a character death, but this one seemed to me to focus on the aftermath of a loss in a very different way.

In the chapter called "Liars," SPOILER: Highlight text to read: I was interested and maybe a little taken aback to see that Inuzuka thought of himself as a liar for telling Tsumugi that her mother was in Heaven. This may have resonated me a bit because our preschooler is very interested in death and Heaven and what happens to his pets who have died. (He hasn't lost any relatives yet.) It's hard enough answering these questions as a Christian, given that I'm talking about things I hope are true but haven't experienced; I don't know what it would be like answering questions like that without a religious framework. OTOH, I found the way Tsumugi's great-grandmother dealt with Tsumugi's SPOILER: Highlight text to read: desire to die soon so that she could be with her mother to be a helpful way of answering that kind of thought.
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby Kaori » Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:08 am

Galaxy Express 999 v. 16. Second volume of the second story arc. In this volume SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Earth's solar system is utterly wiped out in a supernova, Tetsurou SPOILER: Highlight text to read: kills someone, and Captain Harlock, Queen Esmereldas, and the Space Battleship Yamato all make appearances (there are some pretty awesome one- and two-page spreads of all of those spaceships, also). Even with all that going on, though, it feels like with this volume we are still in the exposition and a lot of groundwork is being laid for the rest of the story.

Moving on right away to v. 17. Since I own the rest of the series already, I will probably read straight through the rest of the volumes before moving on to any other manga.
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Re: What Manga are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:51 am

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer chapter 14

:wow!: Okay...woah. Did not expect something like that to happen in such a light-hearted manga.

HaruXKiyo chapter 4

Sometimes I really find this manga hard to follow. Not sure if it's the translation, or the manga itself, but sometimes I have to read the page a couple times before I understand exactly what's going on. Part of that is definitely because I can't remember anyone's name, though :lol: Which, in turn, is partly because everyone seems to call each other different things because of the different kind of relationships they have. Ah well, I'll get a handle on this at some point, and even when I'm confused, it's still very cute.
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