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Attack on Titan (manga) c61 It's hard not to want more. The story is consistently explosive with its crazy revelations. Its pace has not yet let up despite 50 chapters of full speed ahead glory. There are still many mysteries yet to be revealed and it's compelling enough to make you want to hang on and enjoy the ride.
Berserk (manga) c336 One of the 800 pound gorillas of the manga world. I had hoped to marathon read every book in a single sitting once the series was completed, but realized that might be many years from now and that just wouldn't do. The story comes along at a glacial pace as it is and recent events are strongly hinting that the story is at best at the halfway mark. Another 20 or so years until the series ends? Will my eyesight even hold up that long? Will Rickert get his audience with...!?!?!? Stay tuned! For years!
Black Lagoon (manga) c87 An awesome series about a modern day mercenary company in the south seas of Asia and finally out of its massive hiatus! An excellent framework for the anime series, but surprisingly lacks some of the pacing and refinement of that medium. The manga is a bit edgier than the anime series however. The Dance of the Dead is finally over and the end could not have come any sooner. At least now they can animate a third season but honestly, I was not terribly impressed with the most recent arc but I'm sure the anime will refine some of the manga's flaws. Given the episodic nature of the series, it's hard to see a stopping point, but also hard not to imagine that the series can't end at a moment's notice, even if the latter is not very likely. The current arc certainly helps grow Benny's character. I just wish that it didn't take TWO MONTHS between chapters that are less than two dozen pages long!
Bleach (manga) c479 I've been following the anime for years now, figured I might as well give the manga a shot and see how it feels reading it almost continuously without filler arcs. It certainly does a lot to improve the pacing, especially given that I don't have to worry about waiting for the next issue. That is, until I hit the wall and now am stuck waiting for the relatively slow pace of the manga to play itself out. It will be interesting to see how this thing plays out, but it almost feels like the manga is now well past the halfway point, likely past the 75% completed mark. Granted if it stays popular enough Tite Kubo could continue to write his cash cow, but I think it's getting to the point where they need to finish up the battles and let this one finally come to an end. I really, really wish it would end now. Really, what do they have left to uncover about Ichigo... Short of revealing more bankais and whatnot, or introducing a whole new story arc not related to the story told so far, it would seem to be pretty much over.
Claymore (manga) c154 A great series that progresses well beyond the anime. While the anime had its eventual season ending, the divergence of the two mediums can annoy some people. I think the anime stands just fine on its own merits, but the manga does have a much deeper story to tell. Pacing has finally picked up and the action has been pretty much been heavy with every issue. Story-wise it feels like a mid-point at best, especially since the Rubel/Miria expositions. This is despite the events in Pieta feeling like a climax, which now seem so very long ago. As we rush headlong into the finale, who will stand and who will fall in the end? We will soon find out in next month's final chapter?
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Initial D (manga) c686 As fine as the series is, static pictures of dynamic vehicle action doesn't hold up very well. All of the extra race panels also take up a lot of the manga, meaning there's little to push the plot forward. The anime had better pacing. It's the final battle though, and Takumi's greatest challenge.
Inside Mari (manga) c29. Creepy. As if his title Flowers of Evil hadn't already hinted at what sort of sick and twisted stories he conjures up wasn't enough of a hint at what laid before me in this title. As if I thought it would remain a somewhat reserved title, that is until the other shoe finally dropped. This man has some issues and taking a trip inside his head is rather frightening. I'm pretty sure I figured out what the deal is, and the most recent chapter seems to re-enforce that theory. It's twisted, but it's the kind of thing you just have to stick around to see how it unfolds.
K-ON! (manga) Moe moe kyun!
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Saki (manga) c130 So sloooooooooow!!! Why am I reading this!! Honestly though it was out of morbid curiosity. But why oh why does the pace need to be so glacial. 8 or 16 pages every month is slow by any standard. As the battles progress however, it seems very clear that the girls are DEFINITELY not wearing underwear! And their skirts are getting shorter! The skirts seems like they fall to mid buttocks at most now, and the only thing preventing complete exposure is that everything is always drawn at a diagonal. I just don't get it. It just doesn't need the fan service. But it IS hilarious. And at least the main tournament is down to the semi-finals.
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Angel Densetsu (manga) Very good I had not intended to read the entire series in a single sitting but that's exactly what happened. I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions even though I hardly ever do that with anime or manga. I felt that the series peaked somewhere along the halfway point, but the story was still worthwhile to the end. While I found that too many encounters with the main character were particularly unrealistic (especially his oblivious understanding of his situation) this did not detract as much as I thought it would. Probably because the character himself is pretty much an exaggeration. Early artwork was somewhat inconsistent but improved as the series progressed as the author's experience improved. It's a definite precursor to the style and characters you see in the second series Claymore. Notable characters found later in Claymore (some cases just art, other cases the entire character) include Dauf, Riful, Clare, and many other influences.
Cross Game (manga) Masterpiece Adachi is a master of his craft. A very finely crafted story that ends exactly as it intended to but still made the journey very much worth the trip. It doesn't rely heavily on cheap modern tricks like ecchi, moe, or harem angles. The artwork itself is really nothing to write home about. But regardless this simple tale of love, tragedy, triumph, and baseball is well worth the Time spent on it. Even if you, like me, don't care for baseball.
Elfen Lied (manga) Very good Buried somewhere in the violence, misogyny, gore, cruelty, and nudity is actually a good story. The story is not a particularly happy one as there is more than enough tragedy, abuse, misunderstanding, and unrequited love to go around, but it is a pretty well written story nonetheless. To be sure on a number of occasions I did not want to continue reading as I didn't want to bear witness to the end of a character I may have grown fond of. But the story was compelling enough to make me grit my teeth and continue to the end.
No Bra (manga) Decent A random title picked for casual reading. A boy having the hots for another boy because the boy LOOKS like a really cute girl still means it's hot man-on-man action. But not really since this isn't a porn and really REALLY not my thing, although some recent issues have actually featured bare breasts and has gotten more risque. The end was fairly predictable in some ways, but not in others. Frankly it was all pretty meaningless and I'm somewhat surprised at its relative popularity level. I would have been happier with some shocking reveal or turn of events, but in the end the "twist" was pretty mild at best and the ending was... Well it ended.
Puella Magi Kazumi Magica - The Innocent Malice (manga) Good An interesting addition to the world of Madoka. There are plot twists a-plenty in this, as would be expected of such a work. Unfortunately some of the twists start getting a bit on the bizarre side, making some parts of the story more confusing than they needed to be. Or perhaps that's what was intended? Also some of the art made it hard to figure out exactly what was going on, but generally it wasn't too difficult to go along with the story. There are still some lingering questions that never get fully answered but the story is finished, and those questions will have to remain open. Overall though a fairly satisfying short read into the twisted world of magical girls.
Puella Magi Oriko Magica (manga) Good There is a point in all of these spinoffs where things start getting a bit too twisted in upon itself that much of its original shape and feel get lost. Oriko just manages to skirt around that, but it feels like its efforts to be original hurt its cause a bit and much of it just feels like inventive ways to find loopholes in the story. It does however feature the well known Madoka series characters quite a bit in its narrative although the integration feels somewhat forced and ultimately, somewhat meaningless. Not to mention one of the magical girls doesn't even really properly fit into why girls are made into magical girls in the first place. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Yet it's good? I think primarily it's due to how earnest the characters are, and how they are always struggling to attain their goals. That interplay of conflicted motivations is what keeps things just interesting enough all the way to the end.