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malvarez1



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:40 pm Reply with quote
I remember reading this when Viz first published it.

I gotta be honest; it bored me completely. I don't think it was bad, but it just isn't for me.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:36 pm Reply with quote
I was really struck by Matsumoto's ability to evoke pareidolia with this, the way I could look at a scene and see hints of faces in everything - a twisted sort of animism making the whole world look vaguely sinister if not hostile, but at the same time remaining ambiguous enough that I could dismiss it as just a trick of the eyes.

That sort of confused perception helped me identify with both sets of characters - normally I'd want to identify which of them (if any) was perceiving "the truth" of the events and try to figure out what the truth was; here I was happy being able to see things from both perspectives and understand each of them even if I'm still not entirely sure I understand the world they live in.
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bobob101



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:00 pm Reply with quote
Considering how much I absolutely loved Ping Pong, I would love to give more of this guy's stuff a shot.
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GATSU



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:47 pm Reply with quote
bob: I've asked, and Viz is stubborn about publishing Ping Pong here, for some reason.

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bahamut623



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:26 pm Reply with quote
I really need to reread this book. Viz did an amazing job with the release. I love the red-trimmed pages.

I remember the last act being really impressive with how Matsumoto recreated the effect of being able to just slightly make out images in the dark. I can see this being too artsy for some. I think there's a two-page spread in there that's just the same panel redrawn 6 times.

Sunny's a more accessible alternative, and my favorite work of his that I've read so far. It breaks my heart a little bit every chapter. Viz is giving that series a nice hardcover treatment too.
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