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Spam Board / Re: Animation Revelation Shoutbox
« Last post by Dr. Insomniac on Today at 12:47:35 AM »
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Comics / Manga / Re: Currently Running Manga Discussion
« Last post by Spark Of Spirit on April 27, 2017, 06:50:32 PM »
As far as KnY, I'm really enjoying the current train arc. I was expecting it to slow down for a while after the Spider Mountain arc, but that just seems to not be the case. I'm still disappointed Viz didn't pick this up, but hopeful they could eventually license it for volume releases down the road.
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Moving Pictures / Re: Comic Book Movies
« Last post by Avaitor on April 27, 2017, 06:26:53 PM »
I was going to try this, but I realized that I've only seen a lot of the more recent films just once, when they were in theaters, and haven't thought much of them since.

All I know is that Iron Fist really is as bad as everyone's said, I may give AOS another shot after its likely end, and I've cooled on Doctor Strange a little since it came out. Not that my opinion on it was glowing, but it's really kind of samey.
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Comics / Manga / Re: Currently Running Manga Discussion
« Last post by LumRanmaYasha on April 27, 2017, 06:16:02 PM »

As for the manga itself, it's pretty entertaining so far. It's nothing atypical for the genre, but even given how Tadatoshi clearly lost momentum with KnY after about the first two-thirds, I have to give him credit for understanding sports manga story structure well enough in order to set up key characters and get you invested in their development and growth fairly quickly, which is a lot harder to do than it sounds. That said, the one thing that I could see backfiring on Tadatoshi is how clearly overpowered Roboto is. I have no problems with the main character being a genius at whichever field they compete in. That said, if they are doing this well against top-level players this early on, then the series runs the risk of getting tiresome and predictable really fast. Both Food Wars and Black Clover are currently facing that very problem, IMO. Occasionally an OP character can work if the series is high-stakes like Akagi, or a bat-shit-insane comedy like Yakitate!! Japan, but since RXL is comparatively more tame and serious, it is a bit worrying to see how godly Roboto is this early on. That said, despite my distaste for where Kuroko ended up, and how much I loathe the spin-off, Tadatoshi has still produced more good content than bad, in my eyes, and the good stuff shows that he has some genuine talent up his sleeve. If his editor guides him properly, this could be a pretty fun sports manga in the long run.

I'm not too worried about Robato being overpowered right now, especially because the latest chapter showed he's pretty bad at putting and pitching. Robato has a powerful drive with his iron and learns quickly, but golf is a game that requires tempering the power you put behind each shot based on club, terrain, and distance, as well as technique and precision, and it seems so far Robato isn't skilled at anything but straightforward drives. So he has a lot of room for improvement.

The people who say that Sunday is in the wrong for cancelling Keijo are no different than those who called Jump "disgusting and awful" for giving Kubo an ultimatum with Bleach.  Regardless of the quality of the actual series, Keijo lasted in Sunday for longer than it had any right to.  If it had been in Jump, it would have been cancelled in a heartbeat. 

We'll discuss the Keijo!!!!!!!! news on the next Manga Mavericks, but this is basically my position. I sympathize with the mangaka for the effort and dedication he put into a series he really wanted to succeed, but at the end of the day it was on life support from day one. Shokakugan gave it plenty of chances, more than many series and mangaka get in both Sunday and other magazines, and for it to get an anime when more successful Sunday series haven't, said anime not selling that well, or giving the manga a decent boost in sales, you can't say Sunday had much of a reason to continue running what was arguably their least successful currently running series.
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Comics / Manga / Re: Currently Running Manga Discussion
« Last post by Dr. Ensatsu-ken on April 27, 2017, 04:50:48 PM »
Kimetsu no Yaiba is probably my second favorite currently running WSJ manga after MHA; I'm not counting One Piece since that series is now basically exempt from having to worry about competing for rank (not that it ever really ranks particularly low on any given week). That said, I'm going to be starting The Promised Neverland soon enough, so that could potentially usurp it and MHA since going by the premise, this series should really be up my alley.

I recently caught up with Dr. Stone and Robot X Laserbeam. Dr. Stone feels tonally very similar to Eyeshield 21, in that the plot is something that you would expect to take itself very seriously, yet the delivery is intentionally over the top, both in terms of its humor as well as its more genuine moments. That worked well for Eye shield 21, but admittedly feels a bit awkward with this set-up. That said, the general impression that I have so far is leaning more towards the positive side, so I'll be sticking around to see how this series plays out for at least a while.

As for RXL, firstly I just want to commend Fujimaki Tadatoshi on coming up with the most awesomely misleading title for a manga series in recent memory. Clearly "Roboto no Golf" wouldn't have been the most attention-grabbing thing out there, so he had to spice it up somehow.  :>

As for the manga itself, it's pretty entertaining so far. It's nothing atypical for the genre, but even given how Tadatoshi clearly lost momentum with KnY after about the first two-thirds, I have to give him credit for understanding sports manga story structure well enough in order to set up key characters and get you invested in their development and growth fairly quickly, which is a lot harder to do than it sounds. That said, the one thing that I could see backfiring on Tadatoshi is how clearly overpowered Roboto is. I have no problems with the main character being a genius at whichever field they compete in. That said, if they are doing this well against top-level players this early on, then the series runs the risk of getting tiresome and predictable really fast. Both Food Wars and Black Clover are currently facing that very problem, IMO. Occasionally an OP character can work if the series is high-stakes like Akagi, or a bat-shit-insane comedy like Yakitate!! Japan, but since RXL is comparatively more tame and serious, it is a bit worrying to see how godly Roboto is this early on. That said, despite my distaste for where Kuroko ended up, and how much I loathe the spin-off, Tadatoshi has still produced more good content than bad, in my eyes, and the good stuff shows that he has some genuine talent up his sleeve. If his editor guides him properly, this could be a pretty fun sports manga in the long run.
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Forum Games / Tournaments / Re: The Greatest Anime Episode Ever Tournament
« Last post by LumRanmaYasha on April 27, 2017, 03:33:36 PM »
Results:

Digimon Adventure #21: “Koromon’s Great Battle in Tokyo!” - 12
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders: #15: "Justice Part 2" - 6
Neon Genesis Evangelion #16: “Splitting of the Breast" - 12
Ouran High School Host Club #13: "Haruhi in Wonderland!” - 10

"Koromon's Great Battle in Tokyo!" and "Splitting of the Breast" move on to round 3! The next match will be up shortly.
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Comics / Manga / Re: Currently Running Manga Discussion
« Last post by VLordGTZ on April 27, 2017, 02:35:36 PM »
The people who say that Sunday is in the wrong for cancelling Keijo are no different than those who called Jump "disgusting and awful" for giving Kubo an ultimatum with Bleach.  Regardless of the quality of the actual series, Keijo lasted in Sunday for longer than it had any right to.  If it had been in Jump, it would have been cancelled in a heartbeat. 

I'm currently about half-way to being caught up with Yuna of Yuragi Manor and Kimetsu no Yaiba, and I have pretty positive impressions of both so far.  KnY in particular is giving me some serious HxH vibes, which is certainly explaining why Togashi has given his seal of approval for the series.  I should be completely caught up by sometime next week.
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Comics / Manga / Re: Currently Running Manga Discussion
« Last post by Spark Of Spirit on April 27, 2017, 11:02:28 AM »
And the creator is burning bridges along the way.

I have trouble feeling sympathetic when other authors in Shonen Sunday (like Fujita) never got near the promotion and chances his work got despite having a much higher sales base that could have been promoted instead. This series was a flop from day one and never should have gotten the insane pushes it did. Keijo fans trying to spin this as a screw-job really don't know what they're talking about.
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Forum Games / Tournaments / Re: The Greatest Anime Episode Ever Tournament
« Last post by LumRanmaYasha on April 27, 2017, 12:49:01 AM »
"Haruhi in Wonderland!"
"Splitting of the Breast"
"Koromon's Great Battle in Tokyo!"
"Justice Part 2"

Spoiler
OHSHC #13 is a great dissection of Haruhi's, breaking down her studious, self-serious personality and confronting her abandonment issues and how much she misses her mother.

NGE #16 breaks down Shinji's need for self-validation and his self-depreciating nature, criticizing him for wallowing in self-defeating thoughts rather than strive for self-improvement. It also provides more exploration of Asuka's inferiority complex, Rei showing rare moments of emotion and concern about Shinji's situation, and Misato becoming totally disillusioned with NERV, prompting her to seek answers for herself. There's a lot of character stuff, details, and development in this episode, making it a cornerstone episode of the series for sure.

DA #21 has an eerily surreal atmospheric courtesy of episode director Mamoru Hosoda and presents a rare and interesting moral conflict for a children's show protagonist, in which Taichi is tempted by the comforts of home and his duty to help his friends in the Digital world.

JJBA:SC #15 is a lot of fun thanks to a combination of Enyaba's vindictiveness towards an utterly clueless Polnareff and Jotaro outwitting her in what is simultaneously one of his funniest and most badass moments.
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