Started reading Vanitas no Carte. Anyone else?
I recently read and completed "Sun-Ken-Rock", by Boichi - a manga only in name since the author is a South Korean who emigrated to Japan, apparently dissatisfied with the state of censorship in his country, so the style is much more mahnwa. I'll say it outright: it's really really stupid but it's a good kind of stupid for me. Think the wacky portrayal of organised crime seen in Katekyou Hitman Reborn meets all the more superficially 'adult' aspects of a seinen (read: violence and sex) while still being as dumb as any ecchi shonen can be. Main protagonist Ken goes from Japan to Korea following Yumin, the girl he loves who went to work there. He ends up unemployed and on the brink of homelessness when he's taken in by a newly formed gang who promptly makes him its boss because of reasons. Through the power of punching people and caring for their friends, he and his companions make their way up in the world of organised crime - all while Ken starts dating Yumin and tries to hide his real identity from her, and while pretty much every woman around him ends up naked in seconds and begging him to have raw, passionate sex with them in minutes.That's the gist of it. There's an arc in the middle that I found rather unsavoury that deals with the idol industry (don't ask) but for the rest it's good action, decent fanservice and an insane amount of cheesiness (also occasionally devolves from regular porn or violence porn into food/car/suit porn. Still porn though). The ending is somewhat rushed and has left a rather enraged fandom but for me, whose investment in the whole thing was pretty much "binging through it on Crunchyroll in one week tops", the disappointment was pretty limited. I can understand someone following it for years being somewhat pissed though. Then again, if you're reading this for the plot, you're reading this wrong.
Followed it over the course of 3 years. That ending. (click to show/hide)Fuck that ending man
So, Inuyashiki has just gone full retard. It wasn't as much a jumping the shark moment as it was more of a triple somersault over waters infested by mutant cloned cyborg prehistoric sea monsters. First, it decided it now needed to feature President Trump, because of course it did. Then it decided that it needed to pull out a new threat from nowhere, so now there's an asteroid about to hit Earth and eradicate life on it. Then it decided that President Trump's reaction to that ought to be the following:So this is now officially a hilarious trainwreck and I need to see it to the end more than ever .
What the heck is Inuyashiki?
I mentioned it a few posts ago... an ongoing manga from the author of GANTZ. It's a story about a Japanese 50-something guy who is basically the most out-of-his-luck, downtrodden human being on this Earth until he and a boy are crushed to death by an UFO and rebuilt as super-powerful cyborgs because apparently the aliens thought THAT was a good idea to try and make it look like nothing happened . As a consequence he becomes a superhero of sorts and finds himself fighting time and time again with the other cyborg, the boy, who's an edgelord with Light Yagami-ish delusions of grandeur and goes on a murder spree with his new powers.This, at least, was the plot until two chapters ago. Now it's about an asteroid hitting the planet and the entire world going into Purge mode, apparently . I imagine he has to wrap this shit up and he's going to have the bad guy sacrifice himself to stop the asteroid as an act of redemption or something.
Sounds like Gantz just shittier.
I read also the beginning of Gantz and I actually have to say I thought this was fairly better on average. Gantz immediately went WTF for me, plus all the fanservice was ridiculous, this one as a story benefits a lot from the relatively small scope - two protagonists representing well definite opposite views, a few supporting characters and little more. It's far more essential. But this latest stunt is pretty ridiculous .