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Franky is a anime/manga character in the One Piece franchise
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News GUEST BLOG: The Balance of Action Sept. 29, 2009
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Super!!!
Super!!!

Howdy everyone! It has been a long time since I done a Fetish Friday blog. I'm sorry for being absent. College was rough while I had too many wiki and community projects, being a mod in Anime Vice. I love doing these embarrassing blogs because doing this and laughing at yourself takes a lot of stress off.

Let's get on why Robots are awesome!

If you're new to Fetish Fridays, it's a dumb idea I had when my fellow teammates didn't indulge me enough with new ideas. I had a idea to boost the blog activity in the site by having a theme each day.

  • Moe Monday - I didn't understand what Moe was. I ended up talking about my first Moe show instead.
  • Tsundere Tuesday - ended up being Tsundere Match Ups along the way.
  • Wed - ?
  • Thurs - ?
  • Fetish Friday
  • Sat
  • Sun

I didn't have much time to fully flesh it out. Plus, I don't watch a lot of anime especially older series prior 2000. I would run out of ideas fast.

Past Fetish Fridays

Why Do We Find Robots Irresistible in Anime and Manga?

Before we dive in, I made this blog's robot term more of an umbrella, so I include cyborgs (half human). Makes a life a bit easier.

Guys

For guys, we like cool robots like Franky and Optimus Prime. Think of Megas XLR, where you just watch robots destroying stuff. That's pretty much for male robots, carnage and destruction in a bad ass way. (Unless you're talking about Bender. He's an exception.)

We dig female robots for being cool, sexy, and cold. Some are pretty cute. Androids are popular in anime. You mostly see female versions: kicking ass in DBZ or being your best friend in Chobits.

Gals

Sparklykiss's fave: Cyborg!
Sparklykiss's fave: Cyborg!

I wish I done research and interview folks on Twitter like I did for uniform and glass fetish friday blogs. What I got on Google was a game called Girls Like Robots which didn't help me. As I was searching online, I remember a Giant Bomb user named Sparklykiss. In the Pass The Whiskey - Episode 9: PsEG Must Die, she had a huge crush on Cyborg because he was cool and good looking.

In the end, there is not much difference between genders and their love for robots and cyborgs. I guess I had that misassumption from One Piece where the girls and women don't understand why guys in One Piece love robots. Every time, Franky shows off especially in Punk Hazard arc. Guys would go "Awesome!" while the gals go "eh?" I don't know why there is a gender disparity. That's why I had the same thoughts in this blog. Why women love robots? was in my head. Oh well, I find the answers soon.

What's the hell is Pygmalion?

It pop up in my head when I was doing this blog.

If you're curious about the Pygmalion thing, it's a play written by Bernard Shaw. I was in British Literature (yeah, it was an actual class in high school for 12th grade. I don't know why we had that in American high school in the first place). My British teacher would force us to read a lot of plays. This play was memorable because it was the only thing I liked. If I remember correctly, Pygmalion is based on the concept on making the perfect woman. There was a Greek myth about this guy who built a beautiful woman from a statue. Venus or some goddess animated the statue after seeing the guy obsess over this statue.

It relates to the robot thing because we building the perfect person, the perfect husband or Waifu, if you must. That's the big thing in Chobits. Sorry for messing up.

I need to fact check this.

Most Sexiest Male and Female Robots

Here are my choices for most sexiest robots. I also included a friend's list here.

Thank you for reading everyone. Please feel free to share your most sexiest robots in anime and manga!

Fetish Friday: Sexy Robot Gals

Chii

Chii is a Chobit that Hideki finds (practically) naked in the trash. He activates and befriends her, finding her ignorant innocence endearing. Chii's past is quite mysterious and a big focus in the series.

I put Chii on my list because I came into Chobits during my time on Anime Vice. She's damn cute. Plus, she puts the taboo in robot fetish. In that franchise, folks were loving Persocoms more than their humans.

Android 18

Android 18 is one of the androids created by Dr. Gero designed to kill Goku.

She's pretty much the most bad ass chick in Dragon Ball franchise and on most folks' favorite DBZ women lists. Cell saga is pretty much the best arc in Dragon Ball Z in my book.

Ruri Ninjabayashi
She's from If Her Flag Breaks, a harem show. It was the first I seen a robot and a trap in a harem. It was pretty unique. Ruri didn't get much spotlight. She went into cute, chibi mode and then, ninja mode at the end of the series. That was it.
R. Dorothy Wayneright

Dorothy is the android sidekick of Roger Smith in the Big O series.

She's like the Homer version (Iron Man) or Alfred Pennyworth version. I didn't know she was a robot when I first saw Big O. I never had a chance to complete the series.

Dekken's Sexy Female Robots

I would thank Dekken for giving me suggestions, so I made a separate list to honor my dear friend. He has a bigger list than me.

Rauri
She's from Asobi ni Ikuyo.
Kotoko-01
She's a support android with the appearance of a ten year old girl from Divergence Eve.
Mimi Takaoka
She's the servant and sex robot/computer of Akira Takaoka. from I Dream of Mimi.
Suishou Kibougaoka

She is a student of St. Cargo All-Girl Academy in the Medaka Box series.

Motoko Kusanagi

Motoko is an intelligent and talented cyborg with a secretive past. Known as "The Major", she is the leading field agent of Public Security Section 9, and the protagonist in the Ghost in the Shell franchise.

Disk

She's "mecha musume" with the ability to Scan people and things to gather more information about them. An informant who carries a lot of data in her body.

Sexy Male Robots

Casshern

Casshern is a cyborg superhero and savior of the human race.

I got into Casshern Sins due to Toonami's revival on Adult Swim. Casshern Sins was a good watch for me. I never had exposure to older anime series. Casshern is on my list for being cool and good looking at the same time. I mean Casshern attracts a lot of female robots. There was romance in this series and plenty of unrequited love, too.

Mega Man
I played Megaman during middle school, the 2nd and 3rd game on the GBA. I got into Megaman NT Warriors which makes my first anime series for the franchise. Megaman reminds me of a younger version of Optimus Prime. Lan was the main character who experience character development.
Franky
I got into One Piece and finally caught up after a year long marathon. Franky is the rock star for younger children. He would make them go "Super!"

Franky is a combination of Bender (his pervertedness) and Megaman (his badass mode) into a Hentai Cyborg!

Credits for the Banner

I used two images, Franky and Chii. Chii is the only one I had to alter and make into a transparent PNG.

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Hello, everyone and welcome to a late One Piece Chapter Review. Check out takashichea blogs - Beginner's Guide to Beelzebub, Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals & Weekly Fairy Tail: Ep. 143

Cover

One Piece 677 - "Counter Hazard"
One Piece 677 - "Counter Hazard"

This week cover page is a cover story, it about Caribou getting KO by Jimbei (my wish came true). Now I hope Jimbei Hi-jacks the cover page story from Caribou

Summary

Super Speed On
Super Speed On

The brokers continue to look on, as Pekoms is shock that CC managed to capture Monkey D. Luffy. Somewhere else in the New World, Kid and Killer are about to go into a meeting, about making an alliance with Apoo and Hawkins.

So Cute
So Cute

Back on Punk Hazard island, Law begins his counterattack, by asking if anyone can burn a nearby ship to create a smokescreen, as Franky gladly do. Then he reveals that he had swapped his Sea Prism chains with normal ones, allowing him to easily break free. He then switch Smoker and Tashigi back into their original bodies, in return for forgetting Joker's identity and Law involvement on the island. Outside, team Zoro continue to flee from the poison cloud. Sanji (in Nami's body) catch up to the dragon, while Usopp and Nami (in Sanji's body) ride on Brownbeard. Kinemon and Zoro cut through the iron shutters and Brownbeard bust the door down, and all of them reach the lab at the same time.

The Good

Kid Look So Awesome
Kid Look So Awesome

+ Kid and Killer

+ Kid making an alliance with Apoo & Hawkins

+ Law's counterattack plan

+ Franky's Fire Ball

+ Luffy being all loud

+ Sanji (in Nami's body) scene

+ Zoro, Kinemon & Brownbeard busting down the door

The Bad

- There was no Monet :(

- The villains being dumb

My Quick Thoughts

This was an awesome chapter. Finding out that Kid make an alliance with Apoo and Hawkins, just surprise me. Since he doesn't seem the type of guy who ask for help. I wonder who they are going after, it probably Big Mom. Also Law's powers are so broken

Overall

I'll give this chapter a 4 out of 5, it was an really awesome chapter (so hype about next week)

CC Going To Get His Butt Kick
CC Going To Get His Butt Kick

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Hello, everyone. Welcome to another One Piece Chapter Review, sickVisionz - Bleach Manga #498 - Why Am I Getting My @$$ Kicked and Naruto Manga #591 - 2 Legit 2 Quit. Also check out takashichea - Fall 2012 Anime Trailer: Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic, Anime Wrap-Up: Legend of Korra Season 1 Finale Discussion/Debate & Weekly Fairy Tail: Ep. 136 - True Evil Revisited!.

Cover

Chapter 672: My Name Is Kinemon!!
Chapter 672: My Name Is Kinemon!!

This week cover page is Zoro vs Sanji with a rabbit & a turtle on there backs (with guns) racing. I like this one, that all I have to say

Summary

What That On Your Face?
What That On Your Face?

In the research facility, Law is confronted by the mysterious man, Velgo. Law then attempts to fight him, but is instantly knock back down and then is knock out by a steel bamboo stick. Outside, CC has KO Franky, Robin, Smoker & Tashigi without even touching any of them. The G-5 Marines wonder if it is Conqueror's Haki. At the lake, Brook & Zoro are arguing how to deal with the Slime, while Sanji in Nami's body saves the samurai's torso from being eaten by a shark and being poison to death, by escaping using Blue Walk. The reconstructed samurai introduces himself as Kinemon of Foxfire, and easily destroys the Slime around them with his Foxfire attack.

The Good

AWESOME!!!
AWESOME!!!

+ Velgo's design and his power

+ Someone bigger is behind CC

+ Brook & Zoro arguing

+ Kinemon Oda's box

+ Kinemon cutting the Slime and the explosion in half

The Bad

- Smoker, Robin, Tashigi and Franky being taken down off panel

- The G-5 Marines not doing anything

- Nami's body able to KO a shark

- Wondering how CC know of Law have betray him

My Quick Thoughts

Huh, I wondering if Velgo eat an Alchemy Devil Fruit and also what is that thing on his face? It seems like CC make a Conqueror's Haki poison, but it probably not true

Overall

This was a ok chapter, it answers some questions. The next one probably would be awesome

I'll give this chapter a 3 out of 5, it was an ok chapter

1 is really bad, 2 is bad but have some good scenes, 3 is OK, 4 is good and 5 is Awesome!

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Hello, everyone. Welcome to another One Piece Chapter Review, sickVisionz Bleach Manga #496 Hitler Stole the Bankai review is up, go check it out if you are a fan of Bleach. Also check out The Summer Anime 2012 by takashichea and Persona 3 get Green light By FoxxFireArt

Cover Page

Chapter 671: The Gas-Gas Fruit
Chapter 671: The Gas-Gas Fruit

This weeks cover page is Nami dress up like Cinderella (probably robbing a royal ball blind) with two mice and Chopper as a get away Carriage. I enjoy this cover page, it tell a nice little story (of Nami robbing people blind)

Summary

Law & Monet Sitting In A Tree
Law & Monet Sitting In A Tree

The Slime continues to spit pieces of itself across the lake, poisoning the lake in the process. Brook recognize the blob from a dirty book he have red. Despite this, Sanji who is in Nami's body decide to dives in to the lake and searches for the samurai's torso, since he/she is the fastest swimmer of Zoro's group. At the lab, Law asks Monet to accompany him through the laboratory, saying he want to borrow her powers. CC slips out of Luffy's hold, and demonstrates the combat abilities of his Devil Fruit as the two fight each other. Although Luffy appears unharmed after all of CC's poisonous and explosive attacks, he spontaneously collapses and CC laughs in triumph. Shortly after, Law suddenly falls down injured in the laboratory, before being confronted by a mysterious figure he recognizes.

The Good

+Brook recognize the Slime from a dirty book

I Also Need Duck Tape
I Also Need Duck Tape

+The Samurai & Sanji who in Nami's body want to borrow the book

+The part with Monet & Law

+The Fight with Luffy & CC

+Franky suggesting to put CC into a barrel

The Bad

-I have to wait two weeks to see who is the mysterious person is

-Also Oda forgot to make Sanji in Nami's body coat disappear, when he/she take it off

My Thoughts

Man, this was an awesome chapter. It have great fighting and it move the story along. I got some theories of who is the mysterious person at the end of the chapter. It might be Joker, since Law was surprise seeing him there or its Kuzan (Aokiji) judging from his feet, and he might of stay on the island or it could be Vegapunk

Overall

This was an awesome chapter, it got me hype up for next chapter in two weeks

I'll give this chapter a 4.5 out of 5, it was an awesome chapter but having to wait two weeks drop the rating down

So what did you guys think of the chapter?

1 is really bad, 2 is bad but have some good scenes, 3 is OK, 4 is good and 5 is Awesome!

Beep Beep
Beep Beep

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Since GodLen isn't here anymore and sickVisionz is doing Bleach & Naruto. I guess I'll be doing the One Piece chapter review

Cover Page

Chapter 670: A Snowstorm With A Chance Of Slime
Chapter 670: A Snowstorm With A Chance Of Slime

The cover is Franky arm wrestling a Gorilla while Robin helping the Gorilla to win, it's a ok cover page. Is it just me or is Robin's feet is a little bigger then the other one? (I do like the sumo hair)

Summary

No Flashback For You!
No Flashback For You!

After arriving, Monkey D. Luffy is attacked by Tashigi who in Smoker's body and easily beat her/him. Then Smoker who in Tashigi's body attack Luffy (much to Luffy's amusement) but Luffy easily evades his/her attacks and says he will fight Smoker when he is back in his own body. Suddenly, everyone on the battlefield see a huge ball of slime landed on the ship that the G-5 Marines stole. After being ignited by a Marine's flamethrower, it exploded violently, destroying the ship and "killing" the Marines that was on the ship. Afterwards more huge slime balls began raining from the sky on all sides and the people watching were being overwhelmed by the toxic gas emitted from them. CC then reveals himself on top of the destroyed ship, explaining his pet's ability to transfer itself from the other side of the island. Zoro, Brook, and Sanji in Nami's body see Slime spitting pieces of itself across the distance. CC explains that once all the pieces are here, the whole area will turn into another poison gas incident. Luffy then manages to grab CC before he could do a flashback, much to his shock.

The Good

  • The short fight with Luffy, Tashigi & Smoker
  • Franky's laser (love the laser)
  • The Slime design
  • Luffy stopping Caesar Clown's flashback

The Bad

  • CC explaining the Slime

Overall

It was a OK chapter, nothing really awesome. (Just set up)

I'll give this chapter a 3 out of 5, so what did you guys think of the chapter?

1 is really bad, 2 is bad but have some good scenes, 3 is OK, 4 is good and 5 is Awesome!

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In what is my first report-like blog, I am reporting an update to the upcoming One Piece: Pirate Warriors game that launches in Japan this March for the Playstation 3. Not entirely sure if this will ever see a US release as of now, but at least we can hope. Information below taken from CrunchyRoll (all respective rights reserved).

"The latest info on One Piece: Pirate Warriors ("One Piece Kaizoku Musou") hit the Japanese interwebs on Famitsu today, so we have some new screenshots and details about the story mode.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)

Story mode is called "Main Log" and features narration by Mahito Ooba (who has also provided other One Piece game narration and played some TV anime roles). There are two types of stages, Adventure and Musou. Adventure stages task you with using Luffy's Gum-Gum Fruit powers to overcome various obstacles, while Musou stages are battle-centric."

One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)

As a fan of both One Piece and video games, there is a part of me that hopes that this promising One Piece game does eventually see a release in the United States. It would be a blast to play as various members of the Strawhat Pirates from their adventure and battle against the fearsome Arlong and crew (Arlong Park Arc) to what appears to be the end of the Enies Lobby ordeal (Enies Lobby Arc) in the fights against the powerful CP9.

Images of the game below are from both CrunchyRoll and Famitsu's sites. All rights reserved.

Screenshots

One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)

Character Models

Nami (One Piece: Pirate Warriors for PS3)
Nami (One Piece: Pirate Warriors for PS3)

Link

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/02/09-1/new-one-piece-pirate-warriors-screens-and-story-mode-info

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 Where are my legs?
 Where are my legs?
Recently, I had been hit with a writing bug and my article had the honor of being posted on such fine sites as ComicVine and AnimeVice. I had even heard that it was posted across many other manga/anime blogs. The gratitude I have toward the ComicVine staff, that encouraged me to write the first featured article, is quite incalculable. The same goes to the staff on AnimeVice who also carried the story.

One thing about the largest selling point to US comics is the action. It’s what we all love, and pretty much been the hallmark of some of our greatest comics and events. Who wasn’t effected by the fight of Superman and Doomsday ? We have the promise of amazing action that is to fill the pages and get are blood flowing. Though it’s not always delivered as promised. As I was watching G-Man’s review of the Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus book something struck me. The Utopia story had so much potential that fell short.  For months we had a slow and steady build up to what was climaxed in the Exodus book. Though this book felt like a promise unrealized. In the beginning it had a long climb up, similar to the start of a roller coaster. You sit, strapped in, waiting for that first great fall that will give you the momentum needed to hit all the twists and turns to come. Utopia felt more like a long, five minute climb to ten foot drop, and it was all over. Exciting for a whole three seconds, but left me vastly unfulfilled. Not to say that the fights were bad. It all just felt as if so much was missed. I don’t even hold the writers or the artists accountable for this. Their job was done and done well in each book. For I blame what none of us can escape, even as it constantly moves: Time. Well, Time and the Marvel editorial staff that dictates that these events have to settle within a certain time frame.

It seriously feels that in many comics we have to choose between either story or action. If we desire more of one. We then must sacrifice a part of the other. This was also shown in Babs’ review of Dark Reign-The List: X-Men . It’s not as if our writers or artists in the US series aren’t capable of doing both. Wolverine's story during Civil War was a great read with great action. Why does this even have to be a choice?  
 
Thinking of how this story moved it reminded me of an arc that was used in the manga series, One Piece. It’s a story that was published several years back about the CP-9/Enis Lobby arc. In many ways it shares a couple of similarities with the Utopia/Exodus story. Both had a long build up,friends turning on each other, twists in loyalties, possible betrayal from an enigmatic member of the heroes, clashing with a dark, corrupt government organization filled with killers; and ended in battles that changed the status quo forever. To date, it’s one of my favorite arcs, because of the emotions it evoked, with Nico Robin's past; and the scale of the battles at the end.

The story for this stage in One Piece pretty much began with chapter 343(Oct. 24, 2004) and the appearance of the Cipher Pol-9 (CP-9). Following the tradition of weekly chapter releases, the build up lasted past the following year, and the opening salvo was in chapter 398(Jan. 29, 2006). The Utopia story first began in Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1 (Jun. 24, 2009), but the roots of the story date further back. As with all tales in the current Marvel continuum. All roads lead back to Civil War, which to me played out like a political allegory; similar to Animal Farm, but without the talking pigs. (Well, unless you wish to count Stark, but that’s getting off the topic.) Civil War ultimately is what lead to the Dark Reign, Norman Osborn stole Wolverine’s kill shot in Secret Invasion; and the murderer of Gwen Stacy quickly became America’s hero. He had created the Cabal in Secret Invasion: Dark Reign #1 (Dec. 3, 2008) and the X-Men had been mostly uninvolved. Despite Emma Frost's agreement to join at the end of Uncanny X-Men #505 (Dec. 17, 2008). It all came to a head when the mutant riots broke out and Dark Reign finally fell on the mutant population in DA/UXM: Utopia.

In the Enis Lobby story the Strawhat Crew pretty much separated and paired off with an opponent at chapter 400 (Feb. 12, 2009), though these matches would mix up as the story moved on. Much in the same way Cyclops had his X-Men paired off with certain enemies, but had certain twists as the action progressed. Just to give you a feeling for just how these battles lasted in the One Piece series. This was the make up and the duration of each fight seen, from first meeting to final blow. 
 

Strawhat/CP-9
ChaptersTime Duration
Zoro vs Kaku
CH.400-41820 Weeks
Nami vs Kalifa
CH.403-412
11 Weeks
Sanji vs Jabra
CH.413-415
3 Weeks
Chopper vs Kumadori
CH.403-408
7 Weeks
Franky vs Fukurou
CH.402-406
6 Weeks
Luffy vs Rob Lucci
CH.408-427
22 Weeks

 
 
You may notice that some of these chapters over lap. That’s because even while fights were going on around. The story was still being told, and more then one battle was happening at a time. This wasn’t like the Dragonball Z fights, that were just blind fighting. In the Enis Lobby arc the battles just felt as epic as the story that had been built up. There was a balance. So much detail was given to each fight. It could be used as a story board for the animated version, and most likely was. The climax was with the leaders’ fight of Luffy and Rob Lucci is the kind of thing you cheer at.
Luffy had been beaten down over and over. Only to rise again and pull off an amazing last-ditch attack. So traumatized did this leave the hero, that he couldn’t move afterward and was unconscious for three days after the fight had been over.

Balance that to the Utopia/Exodus story. While it started in late June. It came to a conclusion in early September of the same year. I have been quite the critic of Fraction's handling of the X-Men’s story, but I can’t hold it against him with the balance of action to story. I felt the build up was looking promising. Here, he’s working with the time he had. The entire battle was told within a single book while the story that began this was through Dark X-Men: Beginning #1-3, DA/UXM: Utpoia, Dark Avengers #7-8, Uncanny X-Men #513-514, and X-Men Legacy #226-227. This was a ten to one ratio of story to action. There was some action in between, but none on the level that was expected of having two powerful forces come to a head. Normally, when there are crossovers of major teams. It’s between heroes that get caught up in some sort of misunderstanding. No side wants to be painted poorly. This was a team of villains. A massive battle was deserved. This was the line up we had for Exodus:
  


X-MenDark Avengers-Dark X-Men
Wolverine Weapon Omega
X-23/Pixie/Armor  Daken
Archangel Bullseye
Colossus Venom
Namor Sentry
New Mutants Ares
X-Club
Dark Beast
Iceman/New X-Men
Mimic
Various mutants
Moonstone
Cyclops
Osborn



 
For the length of the battle. The art was often times breath taking. From pencil to color. I can’t remember when I’ve seen Archangel look so cool.
You could almost feel the level of doom coming Bullseye's way. Past introductions we didn’t really see much of ‘anything‘ in the majority of these fights. The battle that got the most attention was between Cyclops and Osborn , in his Iron Patriot armor. That consisted mostly of Scott being beaten around while mocking Namor. Though I did enjoy watching Norman break down like a tantruming two year old screaming, “No No, No, No!!”. It appeared that the battles of Namor/Sentry and Wolverine/Weapon Omega were both of epic detail. What happened between Namor throwing that truck to being pounded into the pavement by Sentry? How was Weapon Omega standing after being stabbed in the back? It’s just sad so little was ever even seen. It could also of been quite entertaining to see Daken have his regenerating rear handed to him by three teenage girls, considering how poorly he tends to treat women. I don’t know if that was intentional, but my hat’s off to Matt Fraction on that touch. Moonstone 's involvement was so short it was almost laughable. Dani Moonstar ’s power revival and fight with the war god Ares, while incredibly well drawn, felt slighted by the time it was given. A battle between such amazing forces, that by all rights should of lasted hours, felt closer to thirty minutes. It was more like watching a highlight reel of a soccer match or baseball game. Rather then the sensation of actually being there watching. If there was ever a fight that I would of loved to of seen get some manga-like attention. It would have been these.

Out of everything, it was the aftermath that felt silly. All this massive fighting and no one was shown even bed ridden once the dust settled.
Scott, who had done little else but get pounded upon, by a psychopath in a suit of armor, only seemed to suffer some cuts, torn clothes, and had a little bandage on his head. All over the X-Men seemed relatively unharmed. Osborn’s Dark X-Men and Dark Avengers were even more bizarre for a team that lost. Moonstone had her arm in a sling for some reason. Somehow despite multiple goring by Wolverine, Weapon Omega only seemed to have his hood damaged. Wolverine has never struck me as the kind of man who lets someone get away without losing a toe at the least. Especially, when there is a personal aspect to a fight. Dark Beast, though well outnumbered, didn’t even seem to suffer so much as a scuffed shirt. Though what was the oddest touch I noticed, of all the people to still show fresh injuries.
Daken clearly was showing cuts. If anyone should have been healed completely by the time of a press conference, it’s him. There is some irony that the only member of the X-Men or Dark Avengers that seems to suffer any long term effect from this battle is Emma Frost, the one who wasn’t even involved in the physical fighting.

This being said. One Piece is pretty infamous for people surviving ridiculous amounts of bodily damage. Don’t think I’m just picking on US comics alone for breaking the laws of continuity. The One Piece character Pell, from the Alabasta arc, flies a bomb, intended to level an entire city, into the sky. He is point blank when it finally goes off and easily presumed dead. It was a moving moment where he seemingly sacrifices himself to save thousands and the princess, Vivi , he has watched grow up from childhood. (I highly recommend you at least look up the scene on you tube if you ever get the chance.) At the end of the arc he is shown to of somehow survived. Also at times, Zoro  (who I see as the Wolverine of One Piece) suffers such damage in a fight it effects his performance considerably for many arcs to come. So far, any character deaths that have happened in One Piece have been in flash backs. The creator, Eiichiro Oda, has said that he feels it is more important for the villains’ wicked dreams to die rather then having the heroes actually take a life. Which is fitting when you consider the over riding theme of One Piece is about dreams.
Each character has their own dream. Luffy to be King of the Pirates, and Nami to draw a map of the world.

When it comes right down to it. There is a question I want to ask you. Mind you ahead of time. No one has ever even seriously considered this. It's not a rumor I heard. It’s just an idea I had running through my head. If it meant that you could have your comics in full color, not to mention having equal parts action and story; do you think you could have the patience to see US comics be published like weekly Japanese manga? Mangas have a distinct advantage being published weekly. If a reader doesn’t like a particular section. They normally only have to wait for the following week to see what happened next, rather then the monthly time line we have. I think that US comic creators have the skill to do it. They just lack the time needed.

A single issue of the manga magazine, Shonen Jump, has several different manga series between the covers; from Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, and many more. Imagine all the X-Men titles being published in a single weekly magazine, with sixteen to eighteen pages of story dedicated to each series; New Mutants, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine , etc. When you consider how many pages that are in a month’s issue of your average comic. You could easily have about two normal sized comics (25-30 pages) within a single month. It may feel slow going at times, but the action we all enjoy out of these comics would increase ten fold in both length and detail. You would get to see the high and lows of a fight. Watch our heroes struggle against a powerful villain and turn the tide with one last attack. It could also seem faster if we had new issues each week, missing only during national holidays. There would be little concern about missing an issue during crossovers. Say you don’t want to read the other books. You would only have to wait two to three months and get the volume collection that would contain twelve weeks of the chapters per volume.

Overall, I feel the format given to US artists can be too constraining. Major story events are created one after the next and each writer is pretty well forced to fit their story within a small handful of months. Rather then writing an organic story that progresses naturally and has a satisfying climax (no puns, please). We more often get what I talked about earlier. More action with less story development, or long drawn out story with a flat or rushed conclusion. 
 

These are my thoughts on the issue. Do you think you have the patience to read a story arc that could last two years if all it meant was having slightly shortened chapters, but you also get more dramatic action and fighting with your story? Do you think the larger audience could handle this as well?

Thank you for reading.
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