Hello, everyone! And welcome to another blog by DHK. Today, I'll be talking about two of the Simulcast Manga sites, Viz's Shonen Jump and Crunchyroll's Simulpub. This isn't a verses match, it more of a review (not really a big one) of them. I feel both sites do a good with the Manga they are translating. Also, I doing a Shonen Jump's giveaway. I'll be giveaway a year of Shonen Jump, the details will be at the end of the review. Here we go
Shonen Jump is a digital magazine of the one in Japan, it doesn't have all the series that run in Shonen Jump. But it does have One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, World Trigger, Nisekoi and Toriko. But Viz isn't limit to just Shonen Jump's title, they can get other Jump's titles like One-Punch Man, Blue Exorcist, All You Need is Kill and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. Giving our Shonen Jump a little more range, then the one in Japan
The magazine is pretty cheap, it only cost you $0.99 for an issue that you keep on your Viz account. For 12-Month, will cost you $25.99 (a steal). Those are great prices for ten to thirteen chapters a week for a year and some free Yugioh cards (meh). The downside to it, you won't be able to get any of the back issues if you didn't start from the beginning. Also, it only available in Canada, US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. But, here hoping they will go global in the future
The magazine have good quality, there no watermarks, advertising or anything that mess up the art on the page. The two page spreads are done nicely, but sometime they not perfectly a line (But Viz do go back and fix it). The translation is pretty great, I haven't seen any hiccup with it. But the downside (if you really call it) they still use the English names like Zolo and Soul Reaper. But, I kind of gone over it, and it doesn't bug me anymore.
At the moment Viz have twelve Manga running in Shonen Jump, they are One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, World Trigger, Toriko, Nisekoi, Blue Exorcist, One-Punch Man, All You Need is Kill, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and the new Manga called Stealth Symphony. A big line up, some old and some new. Some of the Manga run on bi-weekly (like Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign and One-Punch Man) and others run monthly (like Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and Blue Exorcist). The downside, some of the Manga are in the middle of an arc and hard to jump on if you not familiar with the Manga
Viz sometime put extras things in the magazine, like color chapters of One Piece and Naruto or a One-Shot by Masashi Kishimoto. They also do interviews with the Mangaka and have an Author Comments at the end of the magazine. They also did a year of Dragon Ball in color, I have nothing really bad to say about the extras
Simulpub is a little different from Shonen Jump, it not a digital magazine. It work kind of like their anime stream, you don't have to paid to read a chapter. Their range of Manga is greater then Shonen Jump, they have series like Space Brothers, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins and Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
It's free! For the current chapter, to read the past chapters you have to have an All-Access Membership or Manga Membership. Which will cost you around 4.95 a month and 39.95 a year (or you can get a guest pass from your friend). The downside, you have to have an All-Access Membership to have both Anime and Manga. You can't have them both without the J-Drama (which I'm not a fan of). Simulpub almost global, I think it missing some counties
I haven't gone through all of the Mangas yet, but what I saw it was pretty good quality with little hiccups in them. The downside, a lot of the two page spreads are not line up correctly (and they haven't fix them yet). And some chapters don't have the color page in color. It really noticeable, I hope they will fix it. The other problem I have is the they also have the English sound effect as big as the the Japanese one. That really bug, I like when the English sound effect is small, being big kind of take away the scene. Last but not lease, is the little boxes on the sides that tell you about the characters, it just bug me
At the moment, Simulpub have Twenty Seven (somewhat up to date) Mangas to read online. The titles are Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Space Brothers, Coppelion, A Town Where You Live, As the Gods Will - The Second Series, Fort of Apocalypse, My Wife is Wagatsuma-san, UQ Holder!, Sun-Ken Rock, Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, Silver Nina, Inside Mari, Love Theory, Orange, Star Light Woman, Is this Girl for Real!?, Okitenemuru, King's Game: Origin, ReCollection, Action Mask, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Spirit Circle and Shindo. The good having so making Manga, is that you have a wide selection. But the downside is that most of them are still running and Simulpub is taking it time translating the past chapters
Simulpub don't have any extras
My final thoughts, are they both are pretty good with some downsides (that I hope they will fix). I hope in the future their be more official Simulcast of Manga, I would love to have Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Magi, Vinland Saga and Silver Spoon. Thanks for reading and remember to support the Anime/Manga industry
Ok, time for the SJ giveaway. You have to comment on my blog about the the topic and I'll write all your names down (once) and go to a randomizer site to see the win. This giveaway will end in the end of the month
Sorry if their was any typo.
Hello, everyone! And welcome to another blog by DHK. Sorry, I haven't been writing that much blogs, I have been busy with life and also sorry for not doing that contest I said I'll do in the last blog (I still planning to do it, just need the time). Any who, before January ends I'll do my top 5 list of 2013. I decided to go with the best chapters of last year, because last year was the year of the Simulcasting Manga. With that said, here is my rules for my list
There will be spoilers in this list
I guess, I'll start with one honorable mention. This chapter is awesome, but didn't cut it for the real list
This was an amazing chapter of One Piece, it have one of the best moments in the series. The reveal of Sabo was nicely done, and both him and Koala being part of the Revolutionary Army and Koala being the first human user of Fishman Karate was just amazing and made sense in story. And we found about Toy Soldier's plan and the person behind turning people into Toys. It was all round a good chapter. But I don't feel it was the best for this year
This was an amazing chapter of Fairy Tail, it build up the villain of the arc to be a force to deal and show how dangers they our by taking out Laxus and his Thunder God Tribe and killing one hundred people. That show, the usual Fairy Tail's brute force won't work on these new enemies and they have to be more careful. But with recent FT chapters the villain feel like the same villains from the other arcs, so I hope FT build threat back up
World Trigger didn't start out that good, but it have been growing on me. This chapter show Yuma wasn't like the other Shonen heroes who usually new to everything and pure, Yuma is different because he already a skillful soldier who have seen combat in has day. He pretty much a cold blood killer when he isn't making a duck face. He pretty much destroy Shun Midorikawa for disrespecting his pal Osamu
This chapter was a great battle chapter, it introduce one of my favorite characters of the Deadly Sins, Holy Knight Guila. I really enjoy the art and the action, it show Guila was a force to deal and how far she'll go to inforce her sense of Justice. I also like the fact nobody really explain their powers to the enemy (Bleach), it them feel more smarter in figuring out their enemy powers. Also the cliffhanger with Ban and King was cool
One-Punch Man is one of my favorite Manga at the moment, I love the story and the art it was an all round good manga. Anyway, this bonus chapter was amazing. It show us the point of view of a police force in a super hero world and how they are being overshadow by the Superheroes. In the mainstream comics, we never really a view of the police and how they feel about the heroes, they usually cart the villain to jail or high five Spider-Man for doing a good job. It was pretty cool seeing the police's point of view in the matter
This is my favorite chapter of 2013, this chapter is the reason why I love One Piece. It pretty much show you how important Don Quixote Doflamingo title as Warlord is, it pretty much throw some countries into chaos. We also get to see the new Warlord the Genius Jester Buggy and it stand up the villains of the arc pretty well. And last but not lease, we found out Doffy have the Flame-Flame Fruit
Well, that my list for 2013. I might have miss some stuff, but I feel pretty good about this list. Tell me what you think about my list and share with me, your favorite chapters of 2013. Next blog (I'm hope) is Viz's Shonen Jump vs Simulpub
Thanks for reading and remember to support the Anime/Manga industry
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Hello to everyone, this is DHK with another blog. I been playing a lot of Pokemon X on my 3DS, while I was playing old memories of the Pokemon Anime was popping into my head. And I start thinking about some of my favorite characters in the show Team Rocket. So in this blog I will be talking about Jessie, James and Meowth of Team Rocket is the protagonist of Pokemon. Yes, I know it sound funny and stupid, and I wasting my time and yours. But hear me out on this, I will try to make a case for them. So prepare for trouble, and make it one :/
Jessie, James and Meowth have the best back story in the Pokemon Anime. other character's back story are non existent, like Ash (who we do even know his father). In order to know more about a character, you have to know where they come from
I'll will start with James back story. James was born in a rich family, he got whatever his little heart can wish for, from food, Pokemon and toys. He truly have the good life, until his parents decided James will have a fiancée, name Jessebelle. Jessebelle is a bossy and spoil rich girl. She begin to tell James how to live his. She try to change James into something he is not. One day, James got sick of it and run away from home. Taking his Koffing with him and leaving Growlie to protect his parents.
Jessie was the opposite, she grow up in a poor foster home. She have little money and couldn't afford toys to play with or sometime food to eat. In the winter times, her foster mother make snow with soy sauce on it. Sometime later, someone catch an Ekans for her a gift. After some years, she left home to become a Pokemon Nurse, but she fail the test. Instead of giving up, she apply to another Pokemon Nurse School. But this time it was a school for Chanseys. She met an Chansey and they become friends. But Jessie fail again to graduate, instead of trying again she left to try something else.
Meowth grow up on the streets, with little food and no one to look after him. Meowth was so hungry, that he thought baseballs was food and try to eat it. The coach caught him trying to eat the baseballs, instead of helping the poor Pokemon the coach beat up poor Meowth and tied him to a tree. Hours later, Meowth wake up from his coma in time for a movie in a park. The movie was about a Meowth going to Hollywood having a good and ice cream. Our Meowth, decide to go to Hollywood. Where he think he will be treated better, so he got untie and jump on a car to Hollywood. Where he got there, Hollywood wasn't all gumdrops and ice cream he thought it was. He still have to play the survive game, that he was so bad at. But a gang of Meowth led by a Persian, show him the ropes and let him join there little gang. Sometime later, Meowth met the Pokemon of his dreams, a female Meowth named Meowzie. Our Meowth, try to ask her out but she rejected him by basically saying he poor and isn't a human. Heartbroken, Meowth decide to learn to be a human in hope Meowzie would fell for him. It take him months to learn how to walk like humans and talk like humans. He quit the Persian's gang, so he can focus on being human. Meowth have learn human language and able to walk like one at the cost of not being able to learn any new moves. He met Meowzie again to impress her, but she rejected him again, because he was poor and now is a freak. Heartbroken again, Meowth left Hollywood
Years later. Both Jessie and James enrolled into Pokemon Tech, where they met for the first time. The two become friends, but there grades was so bad that they drop out of school. Some time later, Jessie and Jamie join and become leaders of a bike gang in Sunny Town. There nicknames was Little Jim (for James) and Chainer Jessie (For Jessie). They was part a bike gang for awhile, but both of them quit to join Team Rocket where they first met Meowth and become the trio we all love
Team Rocket back stories all are interested and give a reason why they act the way they do. Why Ash want to be a Pokemon Master, because it is in the strip. While James join Team Rocket to be free and anything he want to do, Jessie join Team Rocket to become a big shot and live the good life and Meowth join to get more attention (Still wondering why nobody is interested in Meowth, he a talking Pokemon who understand other Pokemon). It seem like the creators put a lot of time on Team Rocket back stories then any other characters of the Pokemon Anime
Team Rocket have a lot of personality, then the other characters. They not just playing the bad guy role, they sometime help the twerps or just help others out of the goodness of there hearts (even though they will decline it). James have have a sense of honor when he do contests (like in PokeRinger), he will refuse to cheat or ask the others to cheat for him. But he will cheat if he is losing so badly, but he did grow out of it later. He treat his family and friends with respect and put his life on the line to them from hurt.
Jessie seem to be a heartless lady, but she does have a soft spot for her friends. She will help them with there problems. Like when she met her old friend Blissey from the Pokemon Nurse School, Blissey have given Team Rocket all the food in the Pokemon Center because they was dying of hunger. Instead of Jessie being happy she getting all that food, she have a worry look on her face, because she know Blissey will get fire for giving them the food. So she come back with the others, and say they trick Blissey into giving them the food. This show Jessie more layers to her character. And I can't really think of a moment with Meowth, the only one I can think of where he could life the good life with a village who see him as a god.
With Ash and the others are just goody to shoes, Team Rocket have more layers then the twerps. It seem like the creators like Team Rocket more then the Ash and the others
Team Rocket are the best characters and have the best episodes of the Pokemon Anime. So I feel they are protagonist of the Pokemon Anime, now enjoy this nostalgia video
Anyway, thank you for reading my crazy blog. I will try to make more blogs weekly, next one might be about the US Shonen Jump and I might hold a contest for a free year of (paid by me) Shonen Jump. (Have to ask viz if it ok first) Sorry if their was any typo.
Here a couple of cool blogs to check out
UQ Holder! is the sequel to Negima! Magister Negi Magi, the Harem/Shonen/Action Manga.
UQH, take place over many years after Negima, the two main characters of this Manga are Yukihime and her adopted son Touta Konoe. The manga start with Evangeline A.K. McDowell (from Negima) talking about the bad side of immortality. After that prologue, we meet the main character of the story Touta Konoe up in a tree. He and his friends are waiting to attack demon teacher Mrs. Yukihime. Touta and his merry men, all swing from the tree with their wooden swords in hope of striking the demon teacher down. But they hit an invisible wall and are one-shotted by the demon teacher.
Late at school, the boys are being punish for the easier attack. Mrs. Yukihime explain the rules of the village, if anyone is able to get a defend her they would get a free pass to the capital and she then continue saying that it better living in the countryside then the city. One of Touta's friends pointed out that Mrs. Yukihime was using some kind of barrier, Touta then call out foul play because she can use magic and none of them can. Mrs. Yukihime say stop your complaining, I raise you better, and then kick them all out of the class
Afterward, Mrs. Yukihime is in the teacher lounge listening to Mr. Tachibana who is a big fan of Magic. He explain, a decade ago people discover Magic and it rare to see a Magic user. He continue saying that normal people are able to use Magic app on their phone, but it very expensive to use one spell. He then he want Mrs. Yukihime to teach the kids how to use Magic so they can get a head in life. She decline cause the kids might abuse that kind of powers
Meanwhile, Touta is praying at his parents and grandfather grave. We then find out his parents die in a car crash two years ago, he and Mrs. Yukihime was the only two survivors of the crash and that he can't remember anything after the accident. He then envy his friend of being more skillful then he is, but his friends tell him don't be down on himself and he good at punching things. Touta then thank them for being good friends.
Later that night, Touta attempt another surprise attack on Mrs. Yukihime at their home. But she block all five attempts and then she counter attack that nearly kill Touta, but it only break the floor. Later, Touta is fixing dinner and ask Mrs. Yukihime to teach him Magic, but she decline. We then get a flashback about Mrs. Yukihime standing over three dying people, a woman then beg her to save her child. The flashback continue with how Touta and Mrs. Yukihime meet. After the flashback Mrs. Yukihime offend to take Touta to the Zoo next Sunday, but he turn her down by saying he is to older for the Zoo and he will beat her one day and start training.
Next day, Touta and his friends try to attack Mrs. Yukihime again, but they fail. Sometime later, Mr. Tachibana offend the boys Magic powers to beat Mrs. Yukihime next time. The boys practice their new found powers, but Touta then find out he can't use Magic. So Mr. Tachibana give him a bracelet that would give them a edge in the fight. Later that night, Touta give the bracelet to Mrs. Yukihime.
Next day, Mrs. Yukihime is attack by two of Touta's friends. They use their new Magic powers to Magic bind her, then she try to counter attack with her Magic but it won't activate. The boys then take the opportunity to finish their teacher, but they are quickly knock out by Mr. Tachibana. He then reveal to be a bounty hunter after Mrs. Yukihime's 600,000,000 yen bounty. Touta have arrive to the location, angry at the fact he can't use the Magic teleporting app. He then see Mr. Tachibana trying to kill Mrs. Yukihime, he then attack Mr. Tachibana. But he quickly lose his arm, Mr. Tachibana then explain survival of the fittest and try to deliver the final blow. But Mrs. Yukihime block the attack, and say she is proud of Touta. Mr. Tachibana then cut her to pieces, Touta is traumatize at the fact that he the one to blame for this. Mr. Tachibana then stab Touta through the heart. Then Touta hear Mrs. Yukihime talking to him, she explain he isn't a ordinary human that he can save his friends if he drink her blood. But she warn the price he have to paid, if he choose to drink. He drink the blood and recover from his injuring and punch Mr. Tachibana to a van, knocking him out. Touta then pass out
Afterward, he wake up to find Mrs. Yukihime holding. She then explain that she is a 700 year ago vampire and that her real name is Evangeline A.K. McDowell, and she is sorry for cursing Touta to the same fate. But Touta punch her in the gut and say you do need to apologize, that he is glad that she was alive and that he doesn't mine living forever
After the event, Mrs. Yukihime and Touta decide to leave town, so they won't cause anymore problems. They are heading to the capital, New Tokyo
I'm so happy that Ken Akamatsu is returning to the Negima's universe, I always love seeing the after match of the happy ending (can't wait to see Jack Rakan). Also glad it going to a smaller cast this time around, it was really hard to remember everyone names last time. Anyway, I was glad seeing Eva playing a bigger role this time around, I was always interested in her character in Negima. I also was interested that Touta's grandfather was Negi Springfield and he seem to be dead.
I only have a couple of problems, in that the main character is just a shonen main character with amnesia. I hope Akamatsu fresh him out later. The other problem I have is that his friends didn't have names, it was kind of hard to worry for their lives. Also, I wondering what UQ Holder mean? All in all, I can't wait for the next chapter
Thank you for reading and remember to support the Anime/Manga :)
Sorry for any typo
Happy new year everyone and welcome to My Top Four Favorite Manga Fights Of 2012. Why Top Four? Because I different LOL! This list is about the best fights in manga I have read over this year, which is mostly Shonen titles (since they are the only action title I read LOL!). Anyway, this list is not in order (there are minor spoils).
All those are quick thoughts on the fight
The best fight in Grand Magic Games Arc, in my opinion. Elfman is one of my favorite characters in Fairy Tail (and one of the reason why I still read it LOL!). This fight was just pure awesome, it was a brawl between two men.
I dislike Sasuke so much, but this fight was pretty good. I like how they was using teamwork on Kabuto, and how Kabuto was like two steps ahead of them (it was a good fight until the end)
Caesar Clown is a great villain, he is so evilly jerky. Every time Luffy punch CC it feel so good. (also love all the faces he made doing the fights)
I like this fight, it just Stein going crazy and all out on Law
And those are my very short thoughts about my favorites fights of this year. What are your favorites manga fights for this year?
Have a Happy New Year