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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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