Discussion in 'Books and Anime Discussion' started by Zephyrus, May 24, 2010.
I couldn't find a real good Tomo pic.
Daily Life of a Sorceress
Which is, presumably, about the daily life of a sorceress?
I mean come on man, at least make an effort.
Well, yeah. I'd have included more if I'd gone with the title in Japanese, but the English translation of it pretty well encapsulates what the comic is about in fewer words than what I could have written.
It's been several months since I've enjoyed a chapter of Girls of the Wild's, but goddamn these last couple have been all the money. Finally people get the bones broken and faces caved in. I don't know when he series decided to go full teen drama, but that's not why I started reading it and the few times the manga remembers that, it excels.
For fuck's sake. In case you missed it, my previous post was made because the title itself, shocking as it may seems, says little to nothing about the manga and if you want to recommend it, the least you can do is put the bare minimum of effort in.
GotW is still bad in my opinion, the current bit of fighting is going to be over in a chapter or two and then I'm pretty sure there'll be no more cool stuff.
Hush. Let me enjoy this for however little it lasts.
On the menu for today: Grand Blue. By the guy who does/did Baka Test, if that means anything to you.
It's a manga about diving - a subject near to my heart, to be sure, but that's not the (only) reason I'm recommending it. The real reason is that it's gutbustingly hilarious. The comedic timing is impeccable. First chapter has a couple of rough spots, but it gets better from there, believe me. It's not just comedy, either; when it gets serious, it does so well.
It's only got five chapters out, but the scanlation group is working on more, since there's 26 chapters out in Japanese.
Check it out if you like comedy and/or diving.
Wonderland, a survival manga about what would happen if all the humans in a city were suddenly and mysteriously shrunk to the size of rats.
Some not retarded developments in Girls of the Wild's. I am honestly surprised.
Edit: Haha I was wrong.
In no particular order, some good things and some weird things.
Keyman: The Hand of Judgment
The Ancient Magician's Bride
Shoukou no Altair
Mahou Shoujo Ore
Shukan Shounen Girl
Jarik's Guide for Readers Who Love Girls Who Love Girls
Follows from the discussion started by @Cyclops in the Official Anime Recommendation thread on yuri anime and the subsequent lamentation that there aren't many good ones out there that aren't yuri baiting or fan service.
There are a few more options in the manga world for yuri or shoujo-ai manga for all your d'awws to be unleashed. Most are pretty short unfortunately.
Girl Friends [Long] - This is the shoujo-ai manga that everyone starts with. It's an adorable story that follows two high school girls Mari and Akko, how they become friends and then eventually become more. It's a bit slow paced at the start, focused a lot on Mari getting her first friend, then moves onto her whole confusion over realizing her feelings for her friends and finally lots of d'aww moments as they start dating.
Octave [Long] - In comparison, Octave is a more mature yuri manga. It follows Yukino, an 18 year old washed up idol who now works full time in a shitty job at her old talent agency as she starts a relationship with Setsuko, a composer. Really, the story is more about Yukino's character development. She starts off as a pretty annoying person - self-absorbed, jealous and spends most of her time feeling sorry for herself. I know this can put a lot of people off, but the story is really about how she develops as a person and gets over it. It's a character piece, with the relationship being the spark that leads her development. Expect angst over cuteness here.
Tamen de Gush/Their Story/Begin W/Your Name [Long, ongoing] - A super-fun comedy/romance manhua which was actually recommended a few pages ago on this thread. It follows the tomboyish Qiu Tong (who has the most bro relationship with her male mates) and her pursuit of Sun Jing. It mixes hilarious skit scenes with very cute moments that follow the romance plot.
Hana to Hoshi [Short] - Basically follows Hanai, a girl who was a top ranked table tennis player in junior high but quit after being crushed by Hoshi, someone she has grown to hate. Starting high school, she finds they're in the same class and you can imagine where it goes from there. I love this manga and have reread it quite a few times. The table tennis aspect really adds a pretty fun spark to the whole thing and makes for some cool shounen-like scenes that gives the characters an extra something. The relationship is cute and the main rival is awesome fun. Adorable/10.
Out of the Blue [Short] - A fun, lighthearted manga which has the selling point of having a very different dynamic between the two characters. "Honor student meets delinquent" is the tag line. Said honor student (who spends most of her time with a deadpan expression) is so awesomely open about her interest and attempts to seduce her delinquent friend that it makes for a pretty unique relationship that is no less cute to follow.
Kimi Koi Limit [Short] - Girl confessed to her crush in high school but got rejected. Now she's in a relationship with another girl, but is still in love with the first one. It's cute because the main character is so airheaded that neither her girlfriend or her love interest really can hold anything against her (like you know, saying the wrong name during your orgasm).
Prism [Short] - Like, the most stock standard shoujo-ai manga around. I've read it several times, but I always forget what it was about, which should tell you it's main shortcoming. Nonetheless, it's done well and hellacute. Think Girl Friends lite.
Sasameki Koto [Long] - I can't even remember what this was about, but do remember that I found it enjoyable, but nothing amazing. They made an anime about it too.
Yagate Kimi ni Naru [Medium, ongoing] - Follows a rather interesting dynamic of having one character openly in love with the other, while the other one has zero interest in romance at all. Really fun in the start, but I've found my interest waning a bit in the last few chapters.
Citrus [Medium, ongoing] - A relationship between the honor student and the rebel, told from the latter's point of view. Without a doubt, the best art style out of any of the yuri fics listed here with some amazing character designs. The big shortcoming of this story is that the love interest is a really poorly constructed character who doesn't feel real at all (it is a failed attempt to make her seem mysterious). A lot of the situations are contrived and forced too, and it often falls back on terrible tropes to keep up the drama. But it is a very popular story, so could just be me.
Flag Time [Medium] - Probably the only yuri apart from Octave on this list that doesn't go for the cute factor. Moritani has the power to stop time. She chooses to use it to look at Murakami's panties only to realize that Murakami is completely immune to her power. Follows a pretty bizarre relationship and character development of two messed up people.
Asagao to Kase-san [Short] - A short, typical yuri story. Main character annoys me. Love interest is kind of cool.
Dear my Teacher [Short, ongoing?] - Pretty much what the title suggests. The school nurse gets confessed to by a student, and naturally turns her down. But it certainly doesn't end there...
Probably missing a few, I'll add them in if I remember.
To add a few more who I think are good, too. Like mentioned above most of them are short to medium range with only a few long Mangas available.
Ebisu-san and Hotei-san
Hoshikawa Ginza Yonchoume
Zenryaku, Yuri no Sono yori
Watashi no Sekai wo Kousei suru Chiri no You na Nani ka.
@Jarik If I am not mistaken "Prism" was cancelled so it never got a real ending and because of that is propably not very memorable.
Girls of the Wild's is ending next weekend.
I'm getting Ross & Rachael vibes.
:O Its ending? Woah, end of an era for me. It is about time I think, with the view that its coming to an end I feel like it had a fairly good arc, aside from the entirely pointless will they or wont they stuff.
It's sad and funny at the same time. The author has been extending the series for so long by having the MC basically be a spineless, indecisive coward, and then thinks he can get away with it if the final three chapters are nothing but every single character telling the MC what a spineless, indecisive coward he is until he's slightly less of a spineless indecisive coward for the finale.
It's funny, but more sad than funny. At least the series is ending and can't be dragged through the mud anymore.
You might have issues, but the art and those early arcs were really good. I still like it overall.
I don't have issues relevant to this discussion, the series has issues.
And yeah, the art is great and the first third of the plot was interesting. That doesn't make up for the last several months of shit. I wouldn't call it a waste of time exactly, just a massive disappointment.
Shin Angyo Onshi
So, Girls of the Wild's is finally euthanized. You can tell that this was a mercy kill, that the series got axed, considering that it was spiraling further and further into retarded drama and further away from the root of what made it good.
I mourn the loss of an amazingly drawn sports manga, but I celebrate the death of one of the stupidest drama mangas I have ever laid eyes on.
The last chapter could have literally been planted months ago and it would have made no difference.
Time to read it I suppose. Where should I stop to ignore dumb drama?
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