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586  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: July 11, 2006, 07:55:24 PM
w00t! for double posting!

Chrono Crusade Vol. 8:

Wow, what else can be said? I think this is probably the best manga series I've ever read. I could stand reading through the entire series again though because the months between each volume made me forget a lot of what happened. That and it was just a lot to take in. Still a great series, and a nice, bittersweet ending. I loved it.

Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 28:

Another w00t! for Kenshin, which is still my favorite. The ending was great and resolved everything pretty well. I don't know how well known Kenshin is, so I'll use a spoiler tag just in case:

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It was kind of sad to see Kenshin would no longer be able to fight with a sword. I didn't quite understand what exactly was wrong with him, but I'm assuming he just tore his muscles and tendons too much and never allowed himself to recover properly. I know the Reflection OVA makes it out to be leprosy, but I kind of have my doubts about that. I suppose that is still possible though.

Now I don't really no what to do with myself. Now all I have left is Naruto. Maybe Death Note, but the series is getting old and is failing to develop the main characters anymore in my opinion. Started off fantastically, but my interest in the series is gradually declining.

I'm going to check out Buso Renkin Vol. 1 next month, but I'm a tad skeptical on it. Especially since the main character looks too much like Yahiko. I'm hoping this doesn't mean Watsuki has a limitation to character designs like Toriyama does. He admits to hardly ever being entirely original with his characters, and I give him credit for admitting that, and maybe it's just me, but I don't think you should create a new character for a new series that looks so much like a character from the previous series.

And that's it.

Anyone have any suggestions for me? I'm typically drawn to the shounen action genre but I'm willing to give others a shot.
587  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: July 01, 2006, 12:51:18 PM
I'm currently reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley for my British Lit. class. I've read it before, but it is a different book now I know the background of ideas it was based on. Still is enjoyable, although I have to admit having to read it for class has killed some of my enjoyment because it is a fairly easy text to pick apart. If I had been reading it for recreation I would have loved it.
588  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: June 29, 2006, 04:58:56 PM
Quote from: "Cauton"
Quote from: "Jimmy"
Though I will suggest watching Naruto for no other reason than episode 133. I stopped watching anime for the most part after seeing that episode because it was so good.


Let me guess... Naruto is beaten and looks to be dead/unconcious when he miraculously recovers thanks to that Nine-Tails thing, and goes on to beat his opponent into a pulp?

So.. How does that differ from the other 132 episodes? :P


1. The animation was fantastic.
2. The tension. Where before Naruto is fighting "bad guys," in this episode he's fighting
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a friend, Sasuke.


It's the most emotionally charged episode of any anime I've ever seen and is really the only episode of Naruto that I would say is excellent. The rest are just mediocre.
589  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: June 29, 2006, 04:47:08 PM
FF Unlimited sucks. At least I thought so. I won't bother going into Gundam because the only Gundam Series I've seen and liked was SEED. NGE is good minus the stupid ending. Naruto is okay as long as it is the direct story from the manga and not the atrocious filler episodes. Though I will suggest watching Naruto for no other reason than episode 133. I stopped watching anime for the most part after seeing that episode because it was so good.
590  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: June 05, 2006, 09:00:43 PM
Wow, I haven't posted here in a long time!

I just read Bleach Vol. 13 and found it enjoyable. Though, like most SJ manga, it has some plot pacing issues to say the least. I really like the twists and turns though when they happen as well as set up for future events.

Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 27 was also quite a bit of fun even if it was just setup for the climax. I really like how far the characters have come since the beginning of the series, especially Yahiko. I know how the Jinchu arc ends (kind of) because of the Reflection OVA, but from what I hear that OVA did it very poorly compared to the manga. Well, I guess I'll find out next month so please no one spoil it for me.

Now for a bit of a Naruto rant:

The manga has really come full circle, and I can't say it is a good thing. Again, the "first half" of the manga's plot was poorly paced, but enjoyable enough. Now the plot is moving incredibly fast for the most part and Kishimoto is introducing so many twists, turns, and WTFs that I have trouble seeing how he plans to resolve them well. Don't get me wrong, I'm very pleased things are moving, but wow, he's going to have to take quite a bit of time to tie everything together. Maybe it's just me, but it also feels rushed, like Kishimoto is just trying to get finished now. I don't blame him really considering the demands a weekly chapter would place on a writer/artist. But I'd like him to explain some things more clearly and not be so ambiguous when he introduces something new.

As for where Naruto's story is headed:
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I'm curious as to what is going to happen with Naruto himself. There has been plenty of foreshadowing that Naruto could die, and not just in the weekly battles, but nearing the conclusion of the manga itself. Although I find it highly unlikely considering this is a shonen manga, I find these hints hard to ignore.


Two end of series volumes out next month for my reading enjoyment: RuroKen Vol. 28 and Chrono Crusade Vol. 8! I'm excited.

As for watching anime, I really don't have the time or money to anymore. Considering DVDs generally cost at least $15.00+ (I've seen some up to almost $30.00 before) I find manga much more affordable if it is available. Though I've tried to catch Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd Gig on CN. I managed to catch the finale and was pretty much wondering WTF is going on plot wise. Luckily I did catch the Origami (sp?) episode, so I understood that much. As for the war, destruction, and mayhem? I was lost. Guess I'll have to try and catch reruns.
591  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: April 12, 2006, 07:42:20 PM
Reading Beowulf again because I'm writing a paper on it, well, sort of. It's still the best.
592  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: March 07, 2006, 06:37:58 PM
Just finished reading RuroKen Vol. 24. I was impressed Watsuki was bold enough to show such a gruesome scene involving what appeared to be a main character. But as much as I enjoy happy endings, I do find myself thinking that Watsuki perhaps should have continued with what he started, making Kenshin a true genre bender. I'm not saying he absolutely should have, but perhaps.

Now onward to Naruto Vol. 9.
593  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: March 05, 2006, 01:15:28 PM
Just recently read DeathNote Vol. 4. The series is really enjoyable but I found this volume to be the best so far in the plot twists and funnier scenes. It was hilarious how Light was just annoyed by Misa chasing him around. I was also impressed by L's trick at figuring out who the second Kira was. Great fun.

As for anime, I've only been watching Full Metal Alchemist and Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. on Adult Swim recently. I'm really looking forward to seeing how FMA ends since, if I heard correctly, there are only 50 something episodes and next week is episode 50.
594  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: March 01, 2006, 01:59:57 PM
Quote from: "The Darkrider"
Quote from: "Jimmy"
I was told to start with American Gods.


I don't know who told you that, but they obviously hate you. :P  Not that the book is bad (far from it), but out of all his stuff that I've read, it's by far the heaviest read.  There's a lot to chew on.


Jimmy = English Major. I'm used to heavy reads.
595  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 28, 2006, 11:52:36 PM
You know the drill peoples.

I've just started reading American Gods because I read Sandman: Season of Mists in my graphic novels class and was interested in what else Neil Gaiman had done. I was told to start with American Gods. So far it is pretty entertaining.
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