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Old 02-13-2017, 08:12 PM
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so I finally got around to finishing up the AKIRA manga, either 10 or 25 years late to the party depending how you look at it, and was oddly surprised to see that it has pretty much the same plot as the movie, just with a really long sort of second-and-a-halfth act that it doesn't need.
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Old 02-13-2017, 08:28 PM
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(edited because i'm sleep deprived and misunderstood the post above)

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^A friend recently recommended A Distant Neighborhood to me, sounds like I should do just that.
I don't know if Jiro Taniguchi is a mangaka that appeals to everyone (or a lot of people), but it's definitely worth a shot. If nothing else he has such a clean style, it's so easy to read his comics...

I recommend Walking Man and A Zoo in Winter too.
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Old 02-13-2017, 08:42 PM
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I feel pretty shitty that the first thing I thought was "it's probably a real good time to sell my copy of The Walking Man."
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:07 PM
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Y'all, Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt is some pretty good shit, and not just because I work on it.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:24 PM
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so I finally got around to finishing up the AKIRA manga, either 10 or 25 years late to the party depending how you look at it, and was oddly surprised to see that it has pretty much the same plot as the movie, just with a really long sort of second-and-a-halfth act that it doesn't need.
I can see valid criticism of how leisurely things get after Otomo introduces the green beret infiltrators.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:59 PM
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The film is worse off for the lack of Chiyoko, if nothing else.


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Old 02-14-2017, 09:50 AM
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The film is worse off for the lack of Chiyoko, if nothing else.
Chiyoko's fight against the rockabilly rapists is good comics no matter how you slice it.
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Old 02-18-2017, 06:23 PM
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Sayonara, Japan, Katsuhiro Otomo's freshman work about urban fish-out-of-water, stumbles as much as you'd expect in a manga about black New Yorkers in the 70s. Still, it has a New Hollywood sensibility that's rare to find in any comic these days, and that's worth a lot to me. Also, Otomo's architectural draftsmanship is always a pleasure.

Unrelated: Characters expounding on why they do/don't care about "humans" is the "WOMEN BE SHOPPIN" of Japanese trash culture.
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Old 02-18-2017, 06:40 PM
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Also, Otomo's architectural draftsmanship is always a pleasure.
Absolutely. As little as I remember about Akira's plot, the whole thing had a vivid, solid sense of space/setting.
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Old 02-18-2017, 08:27 PM
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Absolutely. As little as I remember about Akira's plot, the whole thing had a vivid, solid sense of space/setting.
Domu is a tough work to recommend, but its public housing estate setting is a character in its own right, and is rendered in awe-inspiring detail.
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Old 02-19-2017, 05:02 AM
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Domu is a tough work to recommend, but its public housing estate setting is a character in its own right, and is rendered in awe-inspiring detail.
Really? I thought Domu was excellent.
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Old 02-19-2017, 07:24 AM
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Me too.
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Old 02-19-2017, 09:03 AM
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I think the only reason I'd be circumspect about recomending DOMU to anyone is all the menacing of and violence against children.
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Old 02-19-2017, 02:57 PM
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I talked about Sacred Beasts earlier in the thread, but now I have a digital copy and can show off some of the good art in it:






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Old 02-19-2017, 03:09 PM
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Monsters? pah. I love those dramatically flaring ruffles.
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Old 02-19-2017, 03:18 PM
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Monsters? pah. I love those dramatically flaring ruffles.
Shaal shoots someone with dramatically flaring ruffles at least once a volume.

It's the benefit of being the protagonist!

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Old 02-19-2017, 04:05 PM
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Domu is amazing, but the strong themes of horror and bleakness mean I don't recommend it to everyone. Fundamentally it's about how people on the margins cannibalize one another the moment they have a bit of power, and that's a story I don't have a lot of appetite for at the moment.
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Old 02-19-2017, 07:22 PM
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This is an interesting take, Ample Vigour (even if sad). Whenever i reread it i'll keep it in mind.
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:16 PM
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^That.

The Council Flats aspect of Domu was completely opaque to me when I've read it previously, since public housing is so racially biased in America. It's something I'll carry into my next reading of it when I go through it again.
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Old 02-21-2017, 03:24 PM
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I figured that I would really enjoy the Kindred Spirits on the Roof manga but also that it would focus a lot of its humor on stuff like callbacks that would make it really hard to recommend to people who didn't play the game or, heaven forbid, didn't actually like the game very much.

That's basically right for the first part (the English publication is basically an omnibus of the two manga stories that were released in Japan after the game, each in a separate volume) which takes place a year after and has basically all the old characters showing up at some point or another, but the second part does a little better job of standing alone, but rather than being about a relationship from the view of the people in it like all the other stores are, it's instead this time about a couple girls who are interested in seeing scenes of (POV character's words) friendly girls in daily life.
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:59 PM
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ended in a kinda rushed but well overdue way. This comic was a guilty pleasure, but it should have ended roughly where the anime did. The ass-pulls to create more drama was really bad and the comic was pretty aimless. The ending we got though was pretty nice in a final chapter of Bleach kind of way.
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Old 02-25-2017, 12:11 AM
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ended in a kinda rushed but well overdue way. This comic was a guilty pleasure, but it should have ended roughly where the anime did. The ass-pulls to create more drama was really bad and the comic was pretty aimless. The ending we got though was pretty nice in a final chapter of Bleach kind of way.
Huh! I remember stumbling across that a while ago and being really impressed with how instead of dragging things out forever it came to a conclusion in a pretty reasonable page count. And then you know, this "would you like to save your data?" prompt came up.

So do they just keep hitting New Game + until everyone graduates, or what?
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Old 02-25-2017, 10:08 PM
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paging through some of that Harlock Saga, which is not so much a story as a sequence of images that Leiji Matsumoto finds pleasing. As it happens they are pleasing to me too.
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Old 02-27-2017, 03:01 PM
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lililicious have just started translating a nonfiction series about a lesbian couple and their quest to have a child

I am excited
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:39 PM
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Double-posting because I wanted to make sure you all know about Galette which is a new patron-funded yuri magazine; donating what is ~$5 a month gets you a PDF version of the book (in Japanese, though). English bootlegs of Takemiya Jin and Amano Shuninta (both of whom are part of the team working on this) are a big part of what helped get me through 2016 alive, so I'm more than happy to toss some money their way every month even if it's not a lot at the moment.

Some disclaimers to note, aside from the fact that the whole thing is in Japanese: the first volume has already been released and the window for getting a digital copy of it has expired. The next issue will be released at the next Comitia which is in May (releases are timed to comic conventions rather than monthly releases). You can get a physical copy of the book, but you'll need to use a forwarding service to ship it to you. If you donate at a high enough tier for long enough you can also get an autograph from one of the artists (the link above shows who's available to do those).

They've got a pretty good level of support already (something like ~300 people supporting it at an average of around $12 per person) but I figured I'd let people know if they wanted to transfer some of their hard-earned money into delicious yuri stories.

One of the chapters from the first volume has been translated into English, though, by Momono Moto (Kimi Koi Limit, Ignorance of a World Yet Unknown) and Izumi Kitta (a voice actress who's done a bunch of small stuff, her most notable role being Cordelia in Milky Holmes). It's a bit weird, but it's also kinda interesting so far.
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Old 03-01-2017, 10:22 AM
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Iron Wok Jan is the rotgut moonshine of cooking battle comics. I had forgotten how crude, nasty, and incredibly fucking funny it was.
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Old 03-01-2017, 01:16 PM
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Iron Wok Jan is the rotgut moonshine of cooking battle comics. I had forgotten how crude, nasty, and incredibly fucking funny it was.
God bless its black "cooking is about" heart.
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:33 PM
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Iron Wok Jan is the rotgut moonshine of cooking battle comics. I had forgotten how crude, nasty, and incredibly fucking funny it was.
Also, a sequel series just started recently.
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Old 03-03-2017, 09:28 AM
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So I decided to Read all of Trigun this week.

MAN I love me some Trigun.
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Old 03-03-2017, 05:34 PM
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So I decided to Read all of Trigun this week.

MAN I love me some Trigun.
So long as you Deep Space Planet Future Gun Action safely
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