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Attack on Titan (manga) cr101 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. But it does feel like perhaps we are closing in on the final big battle.
Berserk (manga) mh356.5 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 they survive Elf Island!?!?!? Stay tuned! For years!
Black Lagoon (manga) mh98 An awesome series set in the 90's about a 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.
Countach (manga Haruto Umezawa) mp31
Iinari Princess (manga) mp8.5
Inside Mari (manga) cr75. 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!
Kanojo no Kagi o Akeru Hōhō (manga) mp33
Kiss Him, Not Me (manga)
Kiss×sis (manga) mp120
Love in Hell (manga)
Made in Abyss (manga) mp44
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (manga) mp58
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life (manga)
Murciélago (manga) mp55.5
My Wife is Wagatsuma-san (manga) cr6-3 Surprisingly entertaining without being perverse for perversion's sake. Very little proper fan service to see. It's a fairly light hearted comedy and seeing the main character twist and turn trying to get things his way are amusing to see. Will definitely finish this out.
Nozo × Kimi (manga) mp35 Fureru to Kikoeru mp20
Okusama ga Seitokaichō! (manga) mp44
One-Punch Man (manga) mp 72
Over Rev! A Legend of Ultimate Hot Rodder (manga) mh109
Saki (manga) mp191 At last the finals will begin! After all these years! But first, 5th through 8th...
Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A (manga)
To Love Ru Darkness (manga) mp31

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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.
Claymore (manga) Very good 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. And in the end I'm still left with some degree of dissatisfaction. A lot of questions remain unanswered and there's still soooo much story to be told. So as much as I enjoyed this over all, I'm still left rather frustrated.
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.
Girls' Last Tour (manga) Excellent As a treatise on the joys of life and living, I found the series at its charming best. The story did not drag on longer than it needed to and told its story short and sweet. It was never a fast pace show to begin with, having a very deliberate pace as we quietly explored the world around them. Speaking of that world, we never get a full reveal beyond knowing that things went horribly wrong on more than one occasion. I will miss not having any more stories about Chito and Yuuri.
Initial D (manga) Good 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. And in typical fashion, it ended in an unsatisfactory manner. Still enjoyed it yes, but why does suffering alone have to be such a common theme among characters?
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.
Nozoki Ana (manga) Good Put aside all of the creepy elements and shallow, predicable plot points. But as a whole, the story still ended in a satisfactory manner, which is a lot more than can be said for a lot of other titles. The ending was actually kind of nice. More sweet than bittersweet.
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.
Uwa-koi (manga) Decent Brought to you by the same author who penned the older sister complex series Aki Sora. Disturbing psychological fluff surrounded by very ecchi stuff with plenty of sex and nudity, Japanese style. Reads like Fatal Attraction crossed with a Greek tragedy. If you're looking for raw nudity and sex, you're better off finding a proper porn. For the psychological stuff, there is also better. The real question then... Is there a good enough balance of the two to justify getting into this admittedly short title? Given its length I'd say go for it, as the sex and nudity is as racy as it gets without calling itself porn. The story itself has a few twists and turns you may not really see coming, even if the scenario itself is completely preposterous. So yea, not terrible, but don't expect high art.