This time’s Manga of the Now is a new series by the writer/artist duo of Death Note: Bakuman. Contrary to the brilliant story of how absolute power corrupts absolutely, Bakuman focuses on a simpler story, that of two guys who want to get published in Shonen Jump. While it is nowhere near as good as Death Note, and has some crippling flaws, Bakuman is still an entertaining read.
Archive for the Manga Category
This time’s manga of the now is a relatively new series that is probably one of the most simultaneously disturbing yet entertaining series I have read since Kodomo no Jikan. Oniichan Control is the story of a brother and sister who have a sister and brother complex respectively. While there are only 2 chapters out, the idea seemed interesting enough to warrant a post on it.
For those of you who have been reading my blog since the beginning, you will remember that my very first post was on the show Yozakura Quartet. It was not very popular, and not particularly good, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The show was about a town populated by demons and a group of 4 teenagers who deal with its supernatural problems. It’s main problems were that it had a confusing plot and terribly fast pacing. However, what redeemed it for me were its lovable cast, cool art, and a catchy soundtrack. Recently, I bought the first two volumes of the manga out of curiosity, and I now see where the anime’s strengths and weaknesses came from.
This time’s Manga of the Now is a textbook example of generic shonen. Fairy Tail focuses on the adventures of Natsu, a fire mage, and his friends who are members of the titular guild, Fairy Tail. But what distinguishes Fairy Tail from other shonen is that even if it is not all that original, it does everything right. It goes to show that there’s good reason why people like reading the same crap they’ve read over and over again.
This time’s manga of the now is something I picked up a while back completely on a whim. To Aru Kagaku no Choudenjibou (A Certain Scientific Railgun) is a spin off of To Aru Majutsu no Index, which focuses on Mikoto Misaka, one of the supporting characters in the main story. While I initially wasn’t a fan of Index, I really enjoyed Railgun, and it helped me develop an appreciation for its parent story.
Welcome to my second entry in my “Of the Now” series. Today, I bring you a more recent, lesser known, and much manlier series, Kongou Banchou. As regular readers may know, I am a huge fan of manliness and GAR. There’s plenty of entertaining GAR anime and manga out there, but few take it to the extremes the way Kongou Banchou does.
Greetings loyal readers. Sorry for neglecting my blog for so long, but a combination of school work and computer problems kept me from blogging. But now that it’s summer and I have more time, I plan to be writing more than usual. Since there isn’t much that looks interesting this summer, I will use this opprtunity to catch up on and write about some older titles. Along with that, if anything catches my eye, I will write about it as the “Anime/Manga of the Now.” To kick off, I will start with Zettai Karen Children, a series that refuses to take itself seriously.