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Old 12-06-2018, 11:51 PM
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Actually, I should do a list of things I work on and really like!

Golden Kamuy
Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt
Blue Exorcist
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Tokyo Ghoul/re:
One-Punch Man
Black Clover
Most of Viz's Junji Ito books (Shiver, Tomie and Frankenstein)
Dorohedoro
Monster
Radiant

There's more than this (and things I like that I don't work on), but these are the standouts.
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:21 AM
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Big thanks for working on my favourite English-language editions of my favourite manga, that being Dorohedoro.
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Old 12-07-2018, 04:19 AM
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But yeah, I've spent most of the first three volumes pinballing between admiration, horror and a deep gratitude that I'm reading this in the privacy of my own home. Sometimes I experience all three at once.
That's Berserk in a nutshell. It's a series that's been going on for 30 years and it goes to some interesting places. Also makes some choices that are more "conventional fantasy manga" than you might expect for being one that isn't.

BTW, also gonna say "Golden Kamuy". Plus, lots of weird sexual overtones and heavy violence and yet, no rape. Hooray!
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:46 AM
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So after years of semi purposefully avoiding it I've started Berserk, and I... I just don't know...

I mean it feels like the most creative version possible of a notebook doodle that gets a kid a trip to the councilor's office. I mean the first page is Guts having sex with a woman who turns out to be a demon who he then chops in half and I'm like, "Whoa Buddy, this thing is letting you know what it is right away."

But yeah, I've spent most of the first three volumes pinballing between admiration, horror and a deep gratitude that I'm reading this in the privacy of my own home. Sometimes I experience all three at once.

But man, the art and the monster design is so good. And all of a sudden in Volume 3 there is a character who can only be described as a cenobite version of The Phantom Of The Paradise. And, and...

Goddamnit I'm going to end up reading this whole thing aren't I?
Berserk is a thing that starts out juvenile, matures into something awesome, and then regresses a bit into partial juvenility as it gets older. Just like the cycle of life!

Really, everything until you get up to The Boat is decent/good at worst because the author was still producing on a schedule. Nowadays he really only makes chapters when he needs more Idolmaster money.
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:55 AM
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Big thanks for working on my favourite English-language editions of my favourite manga, that being Dorohedoro.
I LOVE it and a while back I read through the whole series and marked every error I found so we could fix them in reprints.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:10 PM
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I was trying to figure out how to explain the ending of Ms. Mystic. Watching Dan Olson's video about 50 Shades Freed and apparently the last third or so of Ms. Mystic is apparently the same as the movie, but -- oddly enough -- actually done a bit better. It even has a "we all knew each other when we were kids" kind of twist.

The happy ending to the story is bizarre. Main character's reaction can be summed up as follows, "Hey, you came in and alienated all my friends, tried to blackmail me, and almost wound up getting us all killed, but I love you you look like a supermodel so it's all OK."
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Old 12-07-2018, 01:14 PM
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Actually, I should do a list of things I work on and really like!

Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt
How do I successfully lobby you to help bring over this guy’s Front Mission manga?
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Old 12-07-2018, 04:54 PM
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Unfortunately I have nothing at all to do with acquisitions.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:06 PM
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Default tl;dr netflix for shounen jump; $1.99/mo



I will probably pay for this.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:47 PM
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That price is a steal.

They definitely know that their actual competition is piracy. I hope this works as a business model for them.
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:23 PM
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Not only is the price a steal but they’ll be publishing at the same time as in JPN. I only read a few WSJ titles but $2/mo is too cheap not to throw at them and clear my conscious and get a better product more conveniently than piracy. Plus it’ll be fun to go through their back catalog.
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:35 PM
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Look Viz I'd pay $20 a month for a digital back catalog of Rumiko Takahashi titles that's all I ask
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:06 PM
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That price is a steal.

They definitely know that their actual competition is piracy. I hope this works as a business model for them.
Me too because it's going to be a ton of work.
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:36 AM
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My one hope is that they start translating stuff they don't feel that wouldn't do particularly good business in print form. Old school Kinnikuman translated please.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:16 AM
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Please, sir, my poor workload
Think of my poor workload
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:26 PM
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Back issues are the part I'm excited about anyway.

Free sarcasmortar.
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:10 PM
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Please, sir, my poor workload
Think of my poor workload
How would you feel about adding Yokohama Shopping Log to it

*ducks the incoming punch*
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:36 PM
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how does Still Sick even exist, I ask to myself, as it depicts adults producing queer content also as completely clueless lesbians.



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Old 12-13-2018, 12:41 AM
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Just finished chapter 205 of Chihayafuru, and it feels like the emotional climax of an arc that's been going on since the very start of the series, and it caught me completely by surprise, and now I'm an exhausted puddle of tears. I hope the anime that's coming next year gets far enough to animate that chapter.
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:14 AM
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I hope some knowledgeable person comes along and really explains the deal with Dynamic Pro someday..

Seen a few posts here and there on Twitter and such that are like "Go Nagai rules!" about illustrations that clearly bear Ishikawa's style.

I don't necessarily mean to discredit Nagai- but Japan has studio systems much like the U.S., and Dynamic Pro is one where Nagai probably hasn't done much besides approve final art in decades
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:34 AM
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These days Nagai's just the story guy, yeah. He's got a stable of artists and assists that do 90% of the actual production. Aside from doing the usual one-off Mazinger/Devilman/Getter Robo sidestories/etc, the two major projects the studio's putting out at the moment are Mazinger Zero (sort of a grand reimagining of Mazinger that ties all of the various versions into a multiverse ala Getter Robo) that's mainly focused around the Shin Mazinger Z Impact anime from a few years ago and Getter Robo Devolution (say, what was up with those giant Getter heads from Armageddon anyway?).

And Getter's always been Ishikawa's baby after the first series anyway.
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:20 PM
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Everyone please join me in trash heaven reading Bokura wa Mahou Shounen aka We're Magical Boys, a magical girl manga where are the girls are boys instead but basically nothing else changes.




The story so far: Naturally gutsy fifth grader Kaito Odagiri is given an offer by a mysterious prettyboy transfer student to become a superhero. Naturally he accepts, only to find out that he's been roped into becoming the magical boy THRILLING♥PINK and that his powers stem from his confidence wearing the incredibly girly costume that comes with it. Together with his classmate's alter ego ROWDY♦BLUE, he... basically just performs various odd jobs that you might trust an eleven year old to do. Like he helps an old lady cross the street at one point. Sometimes he beats up bullies but they're usually not adults. All the while he grows gradually more comfortable with the idea that he actually likes wearing girl clothes.

It's super cute and although it's veered close a few times so far it hasn't really done anything skeevy at all? Like I keep expecting the other shoe to drop but so far it's just been this totally legit series about a kid who loves being a crossdressing superhero. It's rad.

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Old 12-22-2018, 06:45 PM
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I finished Fire Punch. I'm not sure how I feel about it. There's some gross "threats of rape" stuff early on that is mostly dropped after the first 10 chapters but after that the story seems like it has a lot about what it wants to say about our nature to put reality in the context of a narrative and being forgiven but despite it's ambitions, it kind of lost me not long after getting me (half) on board. I like the idea that the character tries to buy into his own mythos but keeps fucking up, perhaps (several times) beyond the capacity of the reader to forgive him. It goes for something cosmic by the end and I do think they are some nice looking chapters but I feel like the narrative zig-zagging kept me from engaging with it when it feels like it changes the stakes and the characters every 5 chapters. Bold moves but ones that, to me, don't pay off and feel very "playing by ear" (not a sin in and of itself, granted, but still).

There are also some surprisingly cinematic moment-to-moment panel layouts I liked quite a bit, such as moving down a train to see where a bomb is hidden or darkly funny panel layout where baddies try to murder an immortal woman to hijack her truck using the same angle each time.
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Just a reminder that Moto Hagio's The Poe Clan will be coming out this summer. Rachel Thorn, hardcover, adolescent vampires: be there! Inching toward a better representation of Hagio's works in English, and even as every new release ought to be regarded as a gift, the mind turns to those yet unadapted. Maybe we'll see works like Marginal one day too.
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Just a reminder that Moto Hagio's The Poe Clan will be coming out this summer. Rachel Thorn, hardcover, adolescent vampires: be there! Inching toward a better representation of Hagio's works in English, and even as every new release ought to be regarded as a gift, the mind turns to those yet unadapted. Maybe we'll see works like Marginal one day too.
I'm excited but also extremely wary of Fantagraphics doing big deluxe versions of manga after the whole Wandering Son fiasco.
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:53 AM
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They seem to do better with works of more compact length in their chosen prestige format--The Poe Clan will probably be done in two, three volumes maximum. Wandering Son will never stop stinging, but I get why it died on the vine.
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Old 01-19-2019, 01:45 PM
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I needed 25 dollars of other things to buy a small item on Amazon, so I bought two more volumes of One Punch Man and the first volume of Hunter X Hunter, as I am currently deep into the anime adaption. One Punch Man continues to impress me with it’s painstaking attention to the smallest detail, while still being a fun, very quick read. The storyboard artists for the show have most of the work already done for them.

The same can’t be said for Hunter X Hunter. Some of the drawings are rough. Mad House earned their (likely way too small) paycheck on this series.
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I'm excited but also extremely wary of Fantagraphics doing big deluxe versions of manga after the whole Wandering Son fiasco.
Yeah- kudos to Fanta for nabbing Hagio but those editions are a bit much.

Granted, the average individual buying physical copies of translated Moto Hagio is probably not the "average" fan of anime and manga, and as such probably feels less of an attachment to the old cheap n' quick model of manga packaging- but I feel like most all of Fanta's books are way too plush somehow.
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Old 01-22-2019, 01:24 PM
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Hey y'all, both the first Harlock and Devilman omnibii can be had real cheap on Amazon right now, for the UNSCRUPULOUS DEAL MAVENS AMONGST YOU.

That is all. I couldn't resist the Harlock one.
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Old 01-26-2019, 06:39 AM
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Marathoned through all of Wandering Son in < a day. I don't know that I have a lot to say about it, other than that I enjoyed it a lot. It didn't speak much to my own experience, but I can see why it would be an important work for those to whom it does, which is probably a lot of people, since there's a lot of breadth in the cast, each of whom has their own unique struggles with gender identity. Even the closest thing that series has to antagonists are given depth and nuance. In any case, a good read.
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