Interesting. Rhyoga Naritas series all share a universe, a rare occurrence in manga. I wonder...
I've never read anything else by him. What would you recommend?
On this week's issue;
I've always enjoyed Naruto
, especially the Akatsuki arc, but this battle has been going on waaaaaaay too long. If this is going to be the ultimate battle to end the series, it needs to be wrapped up quickly as it's already losing its impact. There have been so many 'ultimate finishing attacks' that haven't worked, I can't see how it's going to top itself.
Naruto is still out for the count and fading fast, as is Sasuke. Surely a titanic team-up between these two soon-to-be-revived shinobi will put paid to Madara's evil schemes?Bleach
seems to be coasting a bit at the moment too. Both series seem to be trying to finish but they're dragging it out so long, it's hard to stay interested. At least Bleach has cool enemies and (compared to Naruto) brisk and exciting fights. Byakuya Kuchiki steps in this week to save Rukia.Nisekoi
represents everything I detest about Japanese pop culture. Generic, formulaic, predictable, boring, filled with bland characters and tedious situations. I can't understand why this is even remotely popular. It's a charmless, by-the-numbers harem manga with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Go read Ranma
instead to see this kind of thing done right.
The polar opposite of Nisekoi is All You Need is Kill
, which is brilliant. I read the novel when it was first released a few years back and immediately thought it would make a brilliant film. It remains to be seen how successfully the Tom Cruise starring adaptation can capture the feel of the book, but the manga is doing an excellent job, thanks in no small part to Obata's gorgeous art.
We start to see some of the minute changes that can be made by even a subtle expression while eating this week. I love time manipulation stories and the ideas here can sustain interest even when there's no alien killing action. I hope it's released as a collected edition as I, for one, would definitely buy it.World Trigger
trundles along, failing to engage the reader in any way. The interchangeable, look-alike characters all melding into one, the blandly designed enemies being dispatched with no effort. I just don't care about it in the least. This week the characters go somewhere and nearly do something. Probably. I can't remember.
At least Seraph of the End
has a strong lead character and an exciting confrontaion just around the corner. As with most Shonen Jump series, the first volume has been about pulling the reader in with some comfortable cliches but hopefully we'll start to see it find it's feet when our heroes clash with Mika.
And, suddenly, Toriko
and Rin are getting married! This series never fails to surprise and delight. Endlessly inventive, playful and ridiculous. The Four Heavenly Kings along with Rin and Komatsu continue to search for the IGO President's legendary Full Course which will save the Human World from starvation. That looks like an old, bald GT Robo sat in the tree house...
Aaaand it's goodbye to Dragonball
. I've enjoyed re-reading this in glorious technicolour but I'm so familiar with the story that I'm not sorry to see it go either.
Next week we have the first episode of Stealth Symphony
. The art on that character looks a little bit cutesy for my tastes but I'll keep an open mind.
No One Piece
in this issue which is usually my favourite story. I'm dying to know who is currently impersonating 'Lucy' in the collosseum.
Weekly Shonen Jump continues to be amazing value at under 50p a week for around 200 pages of manga frolics. Even if you only read half the stories, it's still
better value than most other comics on the market. Long may it continue.