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4 hours ago, Twinbee said:

I don’t mind a bit of style over substance. Looked at someone reviewing the first volume of Blame! on YouTube and I got some Aeon Flux vibes. 

It’s all style over substance but then I have really gone off manga these days unless it’s written by either Urasawa, Oshami or Asano.

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On 30/11/2021 at 19:23, Twinbee said:

I don’t mind a bit of style over substance. Looked at someone reviewing the first volume of Blame! on YouTube and I got some Aeon Flux vibes. 

 

I love Blame! It's full of so many hooks for the imagination and it does a great job of communicating vast spaces and distances visually.

 

Also Tsutomu Nihei does not give a fuck whether you can tell what's going on in his action scenes.

 

Biomega is possibly the better series with wilder ideas and tighter art (although I love how raw and scratchy Blame! looks at times) but there's not much in it. Noise and Abara are good too if you can find them.

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https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2022-01-30/shueisha-manga-plus-app-allows-readers-to-read-all-english-chapters-of-manga-once/.182027

 

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Shueisha announced on Sunday that its MANGA Plus app will allow users to read all the English chapters of its simul-release manga series for free for one year, starting on Sunday. Users will be available to read each chapter in a series once. The "First Read Free" campaign celebrates the third anniversary of MANGA Plus. The campaign is only available inside the app.

 

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Can’t you already read the current chapters of most of those series through the Shonen jump app? I’ve got a subscription so I’m not sure how it differs if you’re using the free version?

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If you're a free user of Shonen Jump or Mangaplus, you only get access to the last 3 recent chapters of the current running simul-release manga series.

Shonen Jump offers a back catalogue for paid users - https://www.viz.com/shonenjump

Mangaplus does not have a paid users option - https://mangaplus.shueisha.co.jp/updates

Each website/app also has manga exclusives that don't appear elsewhere.

 

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Mashle and Spy x Family are two of my current favourites.

Mashle is an absurd action comedy about a boy who can defeat magic with his muscles.

Spy x Family is a great family comedy series about a guy who recruits himself a fake wife and child to spy on a reclusive politician. Unbeknown to him the pretend wife he's found was also looking for a fake husband to better fit in at work, to hide the fact that she's actually a state sponsored assassin.  And neither of them realise that the child he picked up at an orphanage to be his fake daughter is actually a telepath and is able to read their minds and knows all their secrets.

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Yeah it’s gone insane. The chapter two weeks ago had two have its first two spoiler threads closed because they got to 30k comments. This weeks got to 30k in 16 hours and so they had to start a second one.

 

Great chapters as well.

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That volume of Naruto is filling the gap where the volume of One Piece I’m missing is going to go :lol: Once volume 27 arrives it will go behind with the rest of Naruto.

 

Yeah they’re the first five deluxe berserk volumes, the next five are coming this week. I’ve been on a spree recently, filling out One piece, buying chainsaw man, the berserk deluxe editions and Akira. Once I’ve finished all those I’m going to start on Hunter x Hunter.

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Is that a volume of Spy x Family at the very bottom there?

 

On a different note, I find it faintly amusing that Last Order wound up being longer than the original Battle Angel Alita series. I realise the author never liked the final volume and felt that he rushed the ending, but to then spin that out for another 19 volumes on top of the original 8 volumes that he was presumably happy with....

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Plus 7 volumes so far of Mars Chronicle. In fairness, I think he always wanted it to be the length of other reasonable sized manga series’, his health problems just meant he had to rush the ending of volume 9. If you look at the PS1 game, there’s stuff about LADDER and Ketheres in there which make it clear that he had a fair amount of the stuff that ended up in Last Order planned when he was writing the original series. I think the 8 volumes of the original tell a good story about what’s happening on earth, then last order tells a story about what’s happening in space, with the new series moving on to a final story about Mars. I really like last order though, which I know most people don’t. 
 

11 hours ago, Talvalin said:

Is that a volume of Spy x Family at the very bottom there?


Not yet, Spy X Family volumes 1-6 are on their way though…

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On 14/04/2022 at 14:41, Broker said:

Plus 7 volumes so far of Mars Chronicle. In fairness, I think he always wanted it to be the length of other reasonable sized manga series’, his health problems just meant he had to rush the ending of volume 9. If you look at the PS1 game, there’s stuff about LADDER and Ketheres in there which make it clear that he had a fair amount of the stuff that ended up in Last Order planned when he was writing the original series. I think the 8 volumes of the original tell a good story about what’s happening on earth, then last order tells a story about what’s happening in space, with the new series moving on to a final story about Mars. I really like last order though, which I know most people don’t. 
 


Not yet, Spy X Family volumes 1-6 are on their way though…

 

I read the first volume of Last Order recently (...? recently for me now is any point in the last 10 years...) and I enjoyed it, some out there SF concepts and decent action. I didn't feel like much of a drop off in quality from the original.

 

I did read some of it when Viz Media were putting it out in a monthly US comics format (remember when they used to do that? weird...) but I can't really remember any of that. I do remember liking the evolution in style though, I liked the art in Aqua Knight too which I think came in between the original Alita series and Last Order.

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I like Last Order just as much as the original series. They’re different but I enjoy both.

 

Just finished Bakuman, straight into my all time top 5 manga series’. It’s got everything the creators did well with the first few volumes of Death Note but in a totally different style of story and it stays consistently good through 20 volumes.

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I quite enjoyed Bakuman but just like Death Note it got very repetitive in the middle, but the ending was good and overall I much preferred it to the latter - which I feel is probably one of the most overrated manga’s of all-time.

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I bought the boxed set of Bakuman :lol:

 

It comes with a little comic book of Otter No. 11 which is amazing. One of the things I found hardest about reading it was all the pretend manga that they included that I wanted to read, so that’s nice.

 

I’m also collecting the Vizbig editions of Dragonball. I’ve got the regular tankobon versions and the full colour ones, but the Vizbig ones are a really nice medium format and have the original colour pages. 

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Well after an absolute blitz the last two months, I’ve finished my collection. I’ll be buying the new volumes of the ongoing series, and I’m considering collecting Dr Stone next, but the stuff I decided I wanted is all done. There’s a few in there that are horrible quality, so I might try to replace them, but overall I’m super happy with where I’ve got to.

 

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One thing I’m kinda sad about is that Beck and Gantz are so insanely expensive that I can’t really think about adding them. The Gantz omnibus editions are cheaper but they’re so ugly, and I can’t help but worry that they’ll do a gorgeous deluxe version and I’ll have just bought the ugly omnibus versions. 

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Berserk to continue

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To our readers

We will resume the serialization of Berserk.
Please accept our apologizes for the long wait before we could make this announcement.


We have read as many of your comments as possible for the "Dai Berserk-ten (The Great Berserk Exhibition)", "Young Animal Memorial Issue (Young Animal 2021 No.18)", and "Berserk Volume 41". We are extremely grateful for each and every one of your words and for your messages sent to us through social media. We are truly touched by the love you all have for Berserk and the influence it has had on your lives. It is truly sad that Kentaro Miura himself is not here to read your comments with us.


Before his passing, Kentaro Miura spoke to his close friend Kouji Mori about the stories and episodes he had in mind for Berserk. He also had similar talks with his studio staff and editor. He wondered, would everyone be surprised if I drew something like this? How about a character like this? Would this storyline be interesting? The talks were not meant as his last words, but were a part of his ordinary days as a manga artist.
Such ordinary days continued for more than a quarter of a century. Our minds and hearts are still filled with the thoughts Mr. Miura shared with us during that time. We have also found memos of ideas he wrote and designs for characters that he drew and left behind.
We were reluctant to end his story without sharing these with his fans.
Our hope is for everyone to read the last episode that we have put together, until the very last frame.


Upon resuming the series, our production team decided on a basic policy.
"Mr. Miura said so."
This is what the production team kept in mind.
Since he did not leave behind rough drafts, it is impossible for us to create a manuscript exactly in the way he would have intended. However, we will write the manga so as not to deviate from Mr. Miura's own words. We would like to take the "Kentaro Miura" that we knew so fondly through our conversations and work and convey this to all of you in a sincere manner.
We believe that this policy, although imperfect, is the best way to deliver the Berserk that Mr. Miura envisioned to everyone as faithfully as possible.

From the next issue, we will first publish six chapters until the end of "Fantasia Arc/Elf Island Chapter". After this, we will start a new arc.
Credits after the resumption will be "Original work by Kentaro Miura, Manga by Studio Gaga, Supervised by Kouji Mori," and the numbering of the manga books will continue in order.

Looking back, the first volume of Berserk was published in 1990 with 28,000 copies released for the first edition. It was not an immediate hit and only a small group of people knew about it. Still, it drew avid fans and was able to hold their interest because people could feel Mr. Miura's desire to refine his craft. After a while, Berserk became a huge hit through Mr. Miura's extraordinary efforts and some good luck. Today, the first volume has been read by 2 million people around the world. We believe that Berserk has touched the hearts of many fans, and Mr. Miura would be happy to know that his thoughts have had a great influence on people's lives and work. We hope that everyone will continue to have the same connection with Berserk in the chapters to come.

Thank you to all the fans who sent us messages.
We are also grateful to the many fans who quietly supported the manga through their thoughts.
Every one of you will be the source of our energy as we move forward.
We are truly grateful to you all.
 

June 2022
Young Animal Editing Department




Nearly 30 years ago, Miura called me and said, "I need to talk to you about drawing a rough draft." I went to his workplace just to talk as we always do, but Miura looked more serious than usual. "I need to draw the Eclipse," he said. I sensed it would be hard work, but couldn't believe it when I was trapped indoors for a week… In that very moment, the storyline for Berserk was completed, until the very last chapter.
Strangely, the story for Berserk went on exactly as we discussed at the time, with almost no changes. I continued to talk to Miura often, whenever there was a big episode. We did so ever since we were students, consulting each other while working on manga.


I think people with good intuition would realize by now that I know the story for Berserk up to the very end. Still, I cannot say that I can draw it because I know it. That is because only the genius Kentaro Miura can write a masterpiece like Berserk.
However, a great responsibility has fallen on me.
While he was alive, Miura said, "I haven't told anyone other than you, Mori, about the story in its entirety." And that was the truth. It is too big a responsibility. I thought, should I talk to fans about it through an interview? Or should I publish an article with some illustrations? But that wouldn't convey the scenes that Miura described to me, or the lines of Guts and Griffith…
Just when I was trying to decide what to do, I received a message.
"The staff are saying they will finish the last chapter that was left behind, so can you take a look?"
The last few pages of the chapter were incomplete. Some did not even have the characters drawn on them.
I took a look at the manuscript, without expecting much.
Desperation can push people to create miracles — There it was, the completed manuscript for Berserk.
"Mr. Mori, will you let us do it?"
Miura's apprentices, who Miura had been so proud of while he was alive, asked me straight.
Company Director Shimada, a mentor for me and Miura, also said, "If you do it, the company will give our full support."
I thought, if I run away now, Miura would say:
"I talked to you about it so much, but you didn't do it!!"
Alright. I'll do it properly.

I have a message and promise to everyone. I will recall the details as much as possible and tell the story.
Also, I will only write the episodes that Miura talked to me about. I will not flesh it out. I will not write episodes that I don't remember clearly. I will only write the lines and stories that Miura described to me. Of course, it will not be perfect. Still, I think I can almost tell the story that Miura wanted to tell.
The talent Miura's apprentices have are real!
They are brilliant artists.
Many of you may not be fully satisfied with the Berserk written without Miura, but we hope everyone's thoughts will be with us.
We ask you for your continued support.
 

June 2022
Kouji Mori

 


we’ll see how it goes. I do quite like his ridiculous melodramatic Manga but he’s no Miura

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I think On balance is rather have something than nothing so I’m happy. It’s not the Berserk we wanted but it’s better than nothing.

 

Speaking if endings, Wano ends next week and One Piece is going on a four week break so Oda can prepare for the final arcs. 

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