Let's talk manga! ^_^

Arise oh long slumbering thread! Awaken!

Now that is out of the way, can I just say how great the 9th volume of One Punch Man is? Yes:

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Also I wanted to mention the series Sweetness & Lightning. As far as English releases go, it is fairly new with only two books released stateside so far. I'm terrible with summaries so:

ANN wrote:

Plot Summary: Math teacher Kōhei Inuzuka is a widower with a young daughter named Tsumugi. Inuzuka isn't adept in the kitchen but with the help of his student Kotori Iida and his daughter, he embarks on a culinary adventure.

An aspect of this series that is neat is that at the end of each chapter is a real recipe for whatever the characters were cooking in that chapter. I liked the first book enough to order the second. [The first arrived to me though Loot Crate, one of the better things I've received to date.]

I loved the Sweetness & Lightning anime and may have to go through the manga at some point. I'm currently reading Princess Jellyfish and loving it. I went through Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches recently and am keeping current on that.

Any recommendations for manga to read? I've gotten to the point where I've caught up with all the ones I'm reading and have to wait for 1 a week (or some instances 1 a month). Those include One Piece, Soul Land, Soul Land 2, Magi, Panlong, Shingeki no Kyojin, Battle through the Heavens, Kingdom, Fuuka, Mai Ball, Nanatsu no Taizai, Re: Monster; and then whenever Berserk, Hunter x Hunter and D Gray Man feel like releasing chapters.

Ishidia Sui's Tokyo Ghoul (first season) and Tokyo Ghoul: re (second season and ongoing) is my top pick. This one's seinen genre and a different spin on the zombie/ghoul trend. Translations are available in the US, it's been topping the NY Times manga list pretty frequently.

Next comes World Trigger (don't recall the mangaka but it's published in Jump). Less OTT than One Punch Man or Hero Academy and no jarring fan service that is always showing up in Shougeki no Souma (cooking battle theme). All of those are worth reading too.

If you like Re:Monster here's some similar ones I've read:

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku - Guy in fantasy world as a slime
Tales of Demons and Gods - When guy dies he's reborn as young self. Fixes past mistakes
The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor - Exceptionally cheap but determine guy playing a fantasy vr game for cash. Really funny.

Some other ones not like that:
Noblesse - Nice little action with some comedy. Interesting world building. Also the art really evolves over time
Gosu - Nice kung fu story. Hero goes on quest to avenge his master except his enemy is already dead.
Tower of God - Fantasy but very different. Really interesting world building about a whole world inside a single tower. Funny, interesting with action. Occasionally dark as some character try to behave like it's a shonan. While others go all game of thrones...

I have a stupidly large list of manga I'm reading right now. So I have plenty more choices

Legendary Moonlight Sculptor is even better in light novel form; there is a fan translation which had express permission from the author to translate and publish the works in English up to volume 20 (I think); after that it's the not so clear legal territory of fan translations. Come to think of it, I am a big light novel fan so I may be biased.

+1 to Noblesse, good Korean manga with droll humour.

Speaking of martial arts, I highly recommend Blood and Steel; a Chinese historical setting manhua (not the ancient warring kingdoms period as Kingdom, more modern than that), the artwork is really clean and you can actually work out what is happening (and the author provides really helpful descriptions of the combat).

I like Noblesse, and I love Tower of God.

Oh geez, Rick, I hope I didn't miss out on a new thread being created since I've decided to resurrect this thread once more!
If anyone else has read chapter 127 of One Punch Man, you might agree with me that it could be the best chapter of Murata-drawn OPM to date. I should mention that this chapter isn't in the English-translated book that released this week (though that Issue 19 did show up on my doorstep this morning), but instead exists as a fan-subbed scan on the internet.
Light spoilers ahead:

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I'm still to play the game, but I just read the first two volumes of the Persona 5 manga adaptation, and I had a blast.

Also, I am reading the first volume of The Way of the Househusband right now, and I am laughing out loud every other page.

I seem to have discovered manga. I’m expecting several large parcels to arrive over the next few weeks. I’m into Pluto and am getting 20th century boys. I’m also trying Maison Ikkoku, as it’s supposed to be a charming love story, and Planetes. It’s nice to be very excited about new reading material rather than scrounging around in DC and Marvels output for something vaguely interesting (I’ve just read a ton of superhero stuff so am very jaded.)

Higgledy wrote:

I seem to have discovered manga. I’m expecting several large parcels to arrive over the next few weeks. I’m into Pluto and am getting 20th century boys. I’m also trying Maison Ikkoku, as it’s supposed to be a charming love story, and Planetes. It’s nice to be very excited about new reading material rather than scrounging around in DC and Marvels output for something vaguely interesting (I’ve just read a ton of superhero stuff so am very jaded.)

I have started 20th Century Boys as well, and it is incredible! I am reading the "Perfect Edition," and I'm about to start volume 3. The story is bonkers, and the artwork is fantastic. A terrific read so far!

That’s encouraging. It seems to get a lot of recommendations. I’m trying to find a balance between not buying too many volumes incase I fall off a title and getting them bought so I don’t end up with some volumes being sold out. I think modern series are being reprinted and will be restocked but I don’t like seeing that a volume is sold out everywhere.

That makes a lot of sense. I usually buy them one at a time, just in case I get tired of the series. The only exception was Food Wars: after having read (and adored) about the first half of the series, I bought the whole second half in one go, and I'm still making my way through it.

As for volumes being sold out, that's what happened to me with the Persona 4 manga. I bought volume 1 and loved it, so I was going to get vols. 2 and 3, but the third one was impossible to find, and for some reason the series is only available on paper, so I put it on hold until volume 3 is available again.

Ok. Small victory. I was missing the last volume of Pluto. At it’s cheapest it was £23 on amazon. Triple the usual cover price. I decided I couldn’t go down the road of paying very high prices for manga. Yesterday it was down to £18 and I nearly jumped. An uncle once told me that you should decide what something is worth to you and not go over that price. I felt £15 was high but that I’d pay it. This morning it was down to £11 and I bough a copy immediately.

I believe publishing companies do reprints so missing volumes of fairly recent titles can be restocked but it’s hard to trust that until you’ve experienced it a few times.

Niiiiice!

Blue Period has been a fun read. High school student falls in love with painting and decides at the last second to try and get into an art school.

I've also been enjoying Chainsaw Man, which is some tonal whiplash from the last one. Don't even know how to describe it other that completely over the top violent insanity.

Renji wrote:

Blue Period has been a fun read. High school student falls in love with painting and decides at the last second to try and get into an art school.

I've also been enjoying Chainsaw Man, which is some tonal whiplash from the last one. Don't even know how to describe it other that completely over the top violent insanity.

You just made me buy Blue Period. It'd better be good!

I’ve started Golden Kamuy. Really enjoyed the first issue. This might be a series for me.

Edit: I've been feeling very energised and keen to learn all I can in terms of what series might suit me. It reminds me a lot of when I first got into comics and a whole vast world of stories opened up to me. There was a seemingly endless sea of comics, more than I could ever read and, as far as I knew they could all be as brilliant as the first few I'd read. I also couldn't afford everything and there were some issues that were so rare I'd likely never own or read them. Collecting was a question of piecing together series as you went along and hoping you could eventually fill in the gaps.

Comics lost a lot of their lustre for me when, after a time, I realised that the stories were getting overly familiar but also because, with a job, I could afford to buy anything I wanted and I was so caught up on what was coming out that I no longer had to hunt for, or yearn after, issues that might fill gaping holes in my collection.

I'm now back in that state where I can't afford to buy everything I want (or it would be a bad idea to spend the eye watering sum required) and there are whole series or parts of series I want to read that are just unavailable to me. On one level that sucks but on another it recreates the thrill and excitement of my early comic collecting days.

I'm already planning, once we're past covid, to go to all the major cities near me to raid their bookshops and comic shops and see what I can find. It's a great feeling to be this engaged again.

The Viz/Shounen Jump app is incredibly good value. $3 a month to access current and select past series.

Bfgp wrote:

The Viz/Shounen Jump app is incredibly good value. $3 a month to access current and select past series.

Oh thanks. I’ll give it a go.

I just bought and read the first book in the series Blood on the Tracks by Shuzo Oshimi. It’s billed as a psychological horror (the same author did Flowers of Evil and Happiness) and was an incredible read. It has a very naturalistic and calm atmosphere but I cannot wait for the next book to arrive. Learn as little about it as possible if you are going to give it a try.

Blood on the Tracks sounds good! Which reminds me, I read the first volume of Blue Period and enjoyed it immensely, so thanks for the recommendation, Renji. I might have to continue with the series!

Right now, I'm back to Food Wars! I'm halfway through volume 21, and I still love this series.

Well. Blood on the tracks volume 2 took a turn. It’s brilliantly illustrated and feels cinematic in it’s pacing. I don’t think I’ve experienced and artist who conveys feelings and emotions this well but, boy, is it disturbing. The scenes that aren’t horrifying are so sweet and real but then comes the punch to the gut. Volumes 3 and 4 ordered but I’m very trepidatious and have zero idea where the story is headed.

If Blood on the Tracks is also called Trail of Blood, which I think it is, then that feeling does not go away. I shotgunned the series a few months ago because I couldn't look away. It's haunting.

Looks like it is the same series. Haunting is the word.

He’s done other series Happiness and Flowers of Evil that sound good.

I’m also reading Pluto by Naoki Urasawa. I’m loving it but the use of the phrase ‘________ of mass destruction’ feels extremely artificial and dated now and I’m not entirely convinced my his take on robots. They seem be pretty indistinguishable from humans in how they live their lives but then they’ll occasionally ask questions like, “Can a robot ever truly love?”

Found it. SuperEyepatchWolf did a whole video on Blood on the Tracks that is what got me into it. Check it out. Also, he's got a lot of videos that are worth watching. They tend to be on the longer side, but they are really well done. Topics range from anime to martial arts to Pro Wrestling.

Fantastic thanks. I’m finding a lot of great manga recommendation videos, etc. When I start to feel like I’ve gotten carried away with my spending in recent weeks I just have to watch a typical ‘manga haul’ video to feel like I’ve been extremely modest in my outlay.

I bought way too many volumes of 20th Century Boys before applying the brakes. I have the first seven volumes. Now I’ve read half of the first volume and am enjoying it. I understand it turns a bit nonsensical in later volumes and, having read up to volume seven of Pluto, let’s just say I can believe it. If I enjoy all or even most, of what I own then I’ll be happy and if it’s nonsensical in a way I’m fine with I can still carry on. The last volume is still unpublished in the UK so I don’t think the later volumes are selling out any time soon.

Higgledy wrote:

I bought way too many volumes of 20th Century Boys before applying the brakes. I have the first seven volumes. Now I’ve read half of the first volume and am enjoying it. I understand it turns a bit nonsensical in later volumes and, having read up to volume seven of Pluto, let’s just say I can believe it. If I enjoy all or even most, of what I own then I’ll be happy and if it’s nonsensical in a way I’m fine with I can still carry on. The last volume is still unpublished in the UK so I don’t think the later volumes are selling out any time soon.

I will be starting volume 3 of the Perfect Edition (which collects regular volumes 7-9) soon, but so far I'm loving it. I do want to finish Food Wars first, because I've been working on it for the past three years, and it's about time. I started volume 29 yesterday, and the series ends with volume 34 or 36, so I'm almost there!