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Old 03-06-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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What manga series are you currently reading?

It has been a while since I've read or watched anything Rumiko Takahashi related. She's one of my favorite manga authors and thought I'd give Rin-ne a shot.

I mostly like Rumiko for her work in Ranma 1/2. lulzy series
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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Re: What manga series are you currently reading?

Currently?

D-gray-man
Kuroshitsuji
One Piece
Naruto
Kuroko no Basket
Soul Eater

The 1st one & last two I am way behind on. Definitely need to catch up on them.
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I need some help from you serious manga readers. I'm going to take up One Piece a lot sooner than I thought, but which other one should I read between Gantz and Magi?
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I'm going to take up One Piece a lot sooner than I thought, but which other one should I read between Gantz and Magi?
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It depends on what you want to read: Shounen (like Naruto or Bleach) or Seinen (lots of gore, lots of nudity/sex, very adult themes)? Magi is the former and Gantz the later.

And some advice on One Piece: see the anime for the first arcs. Along with being easier to assimilate, the scanlations available of those first arcs are really crappy (not even knowing how to write the main character's name kind of crappy).
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:35 PM   #5
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Re: What manga series are you currently reading?

Currently reading (in no particular order of favoritism):

Naruto
Bleach
One Piece
One Punch Man
Freezing
Magi
God of High School
Tower of God
Hajime no Ippo
Vinland Saga
Toriko
Berserk. The 3 or 4 times a year we actually get a chapter

Was reading Fairy Tail, Beezlebub and Aiki, but recently quit them due to extreme disappointment in the series. They just got stale and unoriginal.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:52 PM   #6
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Re: What manga series are you currently reading?

Give Magi a chance, it's a great series.

As for OP, read it from this site.

http://kissmanga.com/Manga/One-Piece

It loads all pages at once, it allows for a much faster read.
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Give Magi a chance, it's a great series.

As for OP, read it from this site.

http://kissmanga.com/Manga/One-Piece

It loads all pages at once, it allows for a much faster read.
I love Kissmanga.com totally agreed Dag...and YES PLEASE GIVE MAGI A CHANCE! It is if not my fav manga. Consistent is the key word here...
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:42 PM   #8
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I need some help from you serious manga readers. I'm going to take up One Piece a lot sooner than I thought, but which other one should I read between Gantz and Magi?
MAGI!!!
I used to read Gantz. It starts off great but it gets extremely horrible around chapter 100 or so. Spoiler:

In the beginning, you got a great mix of people. Many of them die from mission to mission, but you still have a good core group that keeps surviving (mostly). The bonds (or lack of) between them is what really makes the series. The first few hunts are kinda lame, but it starts to take off quickly after that. There's a great sense of pacing in this manga, from the lightning fast fighting scenes, to the slower paced day to day scenes of people just being themselves and living otherwise normal lives. After a while the fights become incredible and other weapons are unlocked after getting 100 points. Including a mecha power armor. Fuck Yeah!!!!!

Then for some reason the plot goes crazy. You find out there's a countdown in place, and that the gantz balls are produced by some mysterious company. The possibilities seem endless as to where things might go from here. Then you find out that the countdown is simply for a lame ass alien invasion. FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU
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When I left off the invasion was in full swing. It really only lasted 5 chapters, and earth lost so fucking hard. Now the gantz players from around the world are in a campaign of guerrilla warfare for various reasons. The main character in trying to find his girfriend on some alien ship, who is by far the dumbest cunt to ever be written in any manga ever. If anybody here has read Bleach and is familiar with Orihime's horribleness as a character, I assure you this chick if 5000% worse. The Ichigo-kun, Ichigo-kun, Ichigo-kun antics from Orihime pale by comparison.

What's worse, nothing ever got explained. Where did all these various monsters, aliens, and vampires even come from. How does the organization fit into all this. What's the purpose of even bringing people back to life to fight in these competitions in the beginning.

Truly one of those "Da' Fuck am I even reading" mangas.
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What's worse, nothing ever got explained. Where did all these various monsters, aliens, and vampires even come from. How does the organization fit into all this. What's the purpose of even bringing people back to life to fight in these competitions in the beginning.
The vampires came from special nano-machines being released upon the population which gave them a condition similar but not exactly the same as that of "traditional vampirism." I can't remember if the concept of vampires existed before like how it does in our universe, and then the nano-machines coincidentally or maybe not-so-coincidentally gave humans such a condition, or if the term vampire just never existed in their universe until the condition with the nano-machines happened. Of course, it's not completely explained as we don't know where the nano-machines came from exactly, or even where the only two vampires left that we know of are at currently in the story.

The aliens came from other planets from a dying star system because they heard Earth was a good place to migrate to. Or something.

If by organization you mean those who created the Gantz ball, well they exploited the fact that the aliens moved to Earth -for profit, by creating the game that is Gantz for rich people to bet on and watch for entertainment.

In reality, though, the fat retarded daughter of the owner of the organization was used as a psychic medium by a powerful alien race to send cryptic codes and mathematical equations, which served as the blueprint for the ball. In that blueprint, was the idea that a terrible alien force was on its way in the form of a countdown, an alien force that this other alien race (that sent the equations) was battling off. So they sent them the gantz equipment to defend them off. The organization used it for other reasons and then the main "politicians" or whoever, decided that they were going to have all the power when the alien force attacked, and that once they fended them off they would rebuild civilization as its leaders. Then the alien force had found ways to hack the Gantz tech, and that's why the main politicians got defeated. From there, this super alien force that sent the Gantz tech stepped in and retook over the Gantz balls, allowing humanity to win.

But, the alien force claims that humans are nothing to them, and that they are not special. They are only doing this to "restore order to the Earth." Ok. Cliché. But fine. Then we start having real problems. The super race claims that we are arrogant and that to them, we are but mere insects. Ok, fair enough. They then go on to say that we are arrogant because we think an ants life is different from that of our own. Well, isn't that exactly what you're doing now with our lives? So you're just as arrogant as we are, apparently. The only way they could get out of that would be the prove something about ants that we don't know, which would make us come to the conclusion that they are just as intelligent, powerful, and feeling as we are. Also, when George Clooney calls them out on protecting the Earth, they just say "ah, well, we didn't actually care that much, lol. We basically just flipped a coin on whether or not we should do it."

This alien force is just really inconsistent and weird, so really that was the worst part of the big reveal, though I don't mind at all that they don't care for us, just don't be philosophically inconsistent about it. Oh, wait, but that's not all. Fucking hell, it gets worse. After all that, after all that shit talking about humans being nothing but matter and electrical impulses, and how we're nothing to the universe, the aliens go on to say that 21 grams of specific data gets saved in an alternate dimension and WILL be reborn as someone else. Meaning reincarnation exists and humans DO have some relevance in the universe, since apparently "nature" saw fit to save a specific set of their data, separate from everything else to be used again. Some abstract concept unique to them. A soul. Fucking ridiculous. Not because I'm an atheist (edit: or rather, not because I don't believe in reincarnation), either, but because of the hypocrisy. Are these aliens fucking constantly drunk?


Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of subtle, unexplained things in Gantz, but those main plot points aren't included in that set. And even with the disappointing (VERY disappointing) super alien race reveal and disappointing plot protection granted to Tae, it's still 100 times better than something like Naruto to me.



I read (basically as soon as the chapter comes out):

One Piece
Berserk
Vinland Saga
Gantz
Claymore

I read (usually wait a while and then pick at it here and there):

Detective Conan
Vagabond
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:43 PM   #10
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Re: What manga series are you currently reading?

Hajime no Ippo (finally got caught up on all 1000+ chapters, holy shit, manly), Berserk (absolutely horrendous when it comes to updates, and I don't like the direction of the narrative now, but still delivers on artwork and manly battles), Soul Eater (fuck yeah, Soul Eater), Vinland Saga (what the fuck happened to this one?), AIKI (needs to update more, but I still find the ridiculous fighting interesting), History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi (fuck yeah, martial arts!), Grappler Baki (mangahere doesn't have any chapter past 90 which is irritating, but I like the ridiculous violence), Naruto (because I hate myself), and just started Y十M to pass the time. Don't really have an opinion on the very last one at the moment since the scanlations/translators/writers are inconsistent and... not great.
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Magi (yay)
D Gray Man
Claymore
Berserk
Naruto
Bleach
Girls of the Wild (yeah I know)
Fairy Tail (yeah I know lol)
One Piece (YAY)
Soul Eater

Comics,

The Walking Dead (doesn't count)

Novel wise
Game of Thrones Book 2
Can't wait to start on book 3
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Aiki really needs to update more frequently. Same goes for Hunter x Hunter. The Ant Chimera arc was freaking insane. I was reading this series called Gamaran. Cool series about weapon based martial arts. Put a hold on that for personal reasons but gonna pick it up again soon.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:38 AM   #13
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Going to say AMA pretty much has my views on Gantz down. The whole set up was a real "Where's this going" but interesting but when they finally leave the room the whole thing is just hard to read. Don't get it and it's taken a sharp nose dive. I occasionally return to it only to be disappointed again.

Reading:
Naruto
Bleach
One Piece
Soul Eater <- so good.
Green Blood <- doing quite well in the set up
Fairy Tail <- honestly, it's getting worse than Bleach

In process of catching up/coming back to from time to time
Magi
Berserk
Claymore
Gantz
Blame!

Other's I've started but really have no intention of finishing lest I'm bedridden:
Elfin Lied
Ubel Blatt
Sun-Ken Rock

One's I've been meaning to read:
Vagabond
Hajime no Ippo

Also: http://www.fandom.com/forums/showthread.php?t=70769
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Naruto
Bleach
One Piece
Soul Eater
Liar Game
Fairy Tail? Only because I'm not reading a lot and it's so fast to read, I hate every second of it.
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Naruto
Bleach
One Piece
Soul Eater
Liar Game
Fairy Tail? Only because I'm not reading a lot and it's so fast to read, I hate every second of it.

Pick up Magi...you will mostly love every page of it. Considerably consistent and great characters to boot!
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