Let's talk manga! ^_^

I’m on volume 3 of Twentieth Century Boys and am really into the story. I always enjoy stories that jump about in time and I really like the new characters who’ve been introduced. I’m going to resist getting any volumes beyond 7 for now but if it can keep this level of entertainment up I’m in to the end.

I know I said this last time, but I'm about to start volume 3 of the Perfect Edition of 20th Century Boys, especially now that my wife got me volume 4!

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I've been distracted finishing Food Wars!, but now that I've read the last volume (number 36, for those of you keeping track), I will definitely continue with 20th Century Boys!

I’m reading the perfect editions as well. Nice and chunky.

They are sooo nice. The size is just perfect. Plus, I like the extra white space near the binding so that you don't miss any details from the drawings. So, so nice.

I just finished reading volumes 3 and 4 of the Perfect Edition of 20th Century Boys, and I thought they were great. I love the time jumps and how new characters keep being introduced and we follow them for several chapters and then we see how they are connected to everything else. Also, I really like Urasawa's style --it is so dynamic, expressive, and full of energy! I'm sure this is not the case at all, but it almost looks like he's drawing everything as fast as he can using a pen and nothing else, not caring whether or not the thickness of the lines changes, or whether or not something looks "right." That said, everything looks right, and I love how the characters look so different from one another without having to resort to clothes and hair to differentiate them. Everyone's face is distinctive and unique, and you always know who is who, both when they are young and old, which is very important in the narrative. Such a good series!

Also, I read the sixth volume of Persona 5, and I thought it was a blast. I'm at a point in the game where I've almost caught up with the events depicted in this volume, and it's been great to see the characters both on and off the page. Even if you haven't played the game, I recommend the manga!

The creator of Berserk has died. I have yet to read that manga but it sounds like it was extremely influential.

In Kentaro Miura's Berserk, the main character loses everyone he loves and sets out on a futile and self-destructive quest for revenge.

Meanwhile, minor character Rickert forges a sword for every person he's lost and creates beauty from tragedy.

Before I ever lost anyone, Miura taught me how to grieve.

RIP Kentaro Miura.

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sh*t.

Whelp, now I want to read Berserk. Only ever saw the OG anime.

garion333 wrote:

Whelp, now I want to read Berserk. Only ever saw the OG anime.

That is the correct Berserk anime to watch. The OVA movie trilogy is... fine, but just an abbreviated adaptation of the same content the OG anime already adapted. The less said about the 2016 adaptation, the better.

Very sad news.

hbi2k wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Whelp, now I want to read Berserk. Only ever saw the OG anime.

That is the correct Berserk anime to watch. The OVA movie trilogy is... fine, but just an abbreviated adaptation of the same content the OG anime already adapted. The less said about the 2016 adaptation, the better.

More or less what I've heard. Shame they can't do it justice.

All the manga is fair game?

The 1997 anime is basically a long trailer for the manga, which is incredible. It's a great shame that the story will almost certainly never get an ending now, but it is well worth it for the journey. And so much happens in the manga that's not covered in any adaptation. It's the only way to get as much of the story as you can.

Berserk is one of the best manga I never feel comfortable recommending.

It's not for everybody. Besides the violence, which is copious, it deals heavily with trauma, including sexual trauma, including sexual violence against both sexes and small children. It's not for the faint of heart.

It's also capable of being quite beautiful, both in its art and in its themes. It started my lifelong love affair with stories that are dark, not for darkness' sake, but so that every drop of hope feels earned and all the more precious for it.

I'm reading the Ghost in the Shell manga after finishing the anime, and it's quite interesting how different The Major is in it. She's 50,000% more expressive and emotive in the manga, although to be fair, literally, everyone is.

It still annoys me a bit, however, that literally everyone who isn't Section 9 is broadly incompetent and incapable of planning or intelligence or just posing any kind of actual threat.