I will admit that i am easily biased by what i see at the beginning of an anime. Sure, i have enough patience to give each and every anime (most actually, there are some genres i just can’t stand) that i come across the benefit of doubt before deciding that it is crap, but how an anime starts will decide when i see it. There are anime that i have been planning to watch for a year now but which i haven’t gotten to because of how unappealingly they began. I think anime needs to put its best foot forward in the very first episode; and then once we the viewers are hooked, it can do what it wants.
MUV LUV, despite the strange name, is one of those anime series that i will most likely never forget, because of a heart stopping first 3-5 episodes ( i am not sure). This is how anime should start. And besides Dead man wonderland and Guilty crown, no anime has ever captured my attention the way this did. Maybe dead man and guilty crown don’t even count, seeing as they put their best foot forward in the first episode and then mellowed out after that.
MUV LUV began slowly but then built up at a hurtling pace, not over one episode but over five. And that mattes because those five episodes were essentially the first episode, introducing to us the state of the world before we got down to the story. This wasn’t even the main story or the main protagonist, and most anime would have covered it all in the first episode and it would have been good. But MUV LUV did it better by making it a mini story before we got down to the main story. While this show was far from perfect, this beginning was indeed perfect and it gave the series a different light in my eyes, with the way it seemed to morph after the first five episodes. THIS IS HOW ANIME SHOULD START.
In 1973, earth is invaded by BETA, a vicious race of aliens discovered on the moon.and which display an intent to completely exterminate the human race.
Humanity falls back on the TSF, Tactical
Surface Fighters, mechs designed to defeat the belligerent force. However even with this great advancement
humanity is unable to defeat the BETA, only
managing to keep the monsters at bay while they conjure new strategies and weaponry. Thirty years later, the BTA threat has forced humanity to abandon several major continents and nations and the so called front line is ever shrinking as the BETA continue to push humanity to the brink of destruction.
Yui Takamura, a young girl, is a descendant of a long line of imperial guards; she enters the academy with an optimism to make a difference, give her all to protect the lives of her new teammates and finds time to go out, do some shopping and have fun in between training for that one moment, when class will end and she will finally be called into action at the front line, where no teacher or classmate will stand between her and the vicious monsters that are the BETA.
Yuuya Bridges is a half Japanese half American Elite TSF pilot for the USA. Despite his nationality he harbors a deep grudge and bias against all things Japanese and those weaklings that hail from the ancient nation. AS such he is enraged when ordered to partake in an elite United Nations research program under the
supervision of Elite Japanese pilot Yui Takamura.
Three years after the brutal war to defend the Eastern front lines, Yui Takamura was tasked to lead a special UN program in which the most brilliant TSF pilots would be gathered from all around the world to partake in a special program to develop next generation TSF weapons. Humanity is failing in its mission to defeat the BETA and it will take a new kind of TSF to turn the tide of battle and the program hopes that the elite pilots and scientists will overcome their differences to save mankind. But things are far from simple; beyond Yuuya’s utter distaste for Yui, his commanding officer and the counter productive consequences that result, are the underlying resentments that are brewing beneath the various strings that are moving the pieces that are the elite pilots gathered by the UN. Not everyone has mankind’s best interests at heart. Even if Yuuya can overcome his hate, he will have to swim against the current of political machinations that are manipulating events on the base.
The one criticism i have read about this show is how all over the place it is. You can’t really pin it down. One moment it is horror, then sci-fi, then romance and
several other genres mixed in. I don’t get the criticism though, because i believe this is what makes it so good, at least initially. ON the surface it doesn’t make sense why this would be worth watching. After all it is basically one long 24
episode training session. What i described above is exactly what happens. Pilots come to the base, try out new TSFs, help the researchers make adjustment and try to master the workings of the
new machines while trying to reveal more weaknesses and failings. The purpose is perfection and for that to happen, you have 6 or 8 pilots flying around aimlessly, fighting holographic aliens or simply trying to get the giant machines to walk.
It shouldn’t be that interesting yet it is, because you can’t really predict what will happen next. It keeps you on your feet, wondering what the next episode might be about. And that is because of how ‘all over the place' as they say, it is. Even the mini arcs that focus on telling the stories behind the pilots, their dark pasts and demons, somehow manage to keep things interesting. I am not really sure why, but it works. Nothing is ever too much. The gore is always just right, and the romance is never too much that it gets in the way and that is a pit many anime fall into.
They inundate the story with too much drama and romance and love triangles that it all ends up getting in the way. With MUV LUV there was never too much drama or romance or back story or aliens or unnecessary detail regarding the operation of the mechs. It is a perfect balance.
Another element of this series that impressed me was the antagonist, the BETA. It is rare to come across a series involving invading aliens or monsters that
have actually presented the level of threat that the BETA did in MUV LUV. An example is the angels in evangelion. Sure they were powerful and sure they could destroy the world. But i simply couldn’t feel the urgency or threat involved because events were always skewed against the heroes. First, the evas have always seemed so weak to me, probably the weakest mechs in all of anime. secondly ever time i watched Shinji getting his ass kicked, i couldn’t help but remember how untrained a pilot and useless as a human he was. As such in my mind it was always a matter of an average alien threat attacking an ill prepared victim.
The BETA in MUV LUV are clearly monsters. The TSFs are armed with canons, machines guns, rockets and an assortment of other weapons of mass destruction, but it was always so mindboggling how outclassed the human force was; the sheer numbers of the BETA was simply frightening. Swinging your eyes away from the shiny, fully armed giants robots, you would look over the horizon as the thousands upon thousands of armored ‘things’ poured over the land, and you couldn't help but feel that fear revealed in the trembling of the pilots. It was a threat that made every battle exhilarating and frightening. I have mentioned that the reason i love claymore is that it feels like the battle field is leveled and at any time anyone, both good and evil could drop dead without bias. The heroes are not magically immune as is always the case in most anime, which only raises the stakes.
MUV LUV brings this to their fights; even tucked away within powerful mechs, anyone can die at any time, because no matter how advanced the TSFs are, they can be ripped apart in mere moments,
and the death will be gruesome gruesome. Most shows of this nature will have their fights focus in on the difficulties of keeping the enemy at bay, especially when a new hybrid alien enters the fray. With MUV LUV, it comes down to how fast you can get away, because survival is as good a victory as winning. Because the BETA come like water and they wash everything away. Finding yourself flanked or behind enemy lines and chances are you are already dead. There is a tension that as added to each fight as a result and as such I loved the action in this show. This is how an alien human battle should be, this is how aliens intending on wiping humanity away should act; not hiding away in their fortresses making plans but charging continuously and tirelessly, wearing down the human spirit.
The characters will keep the show going when things get slow. They each have a story to tell and a reasons they are fighting as well as the struggles they encounter with their new positions in the program. After all they trained for years to become, not competent pilots, but the best of the very best so as to annihilate BETA and protect their homes. Yet the best of the best are safe at a UN base, spending their days eating good food, sleeping on warm beds and fighting holographic aliens while their less skilled brethren struggle at the front lines. It is a conundrum that baffles many, the point of being so strong yet living a good life far from the war while others die. The anime has many of them question their privileges and the rights they have. More disturbing is the antagonistic attitudes of those soldiers they meet or have to assist on rare occasions at the front lines, soldiers that reject their assistance, despite them and debase their roles as true soldiers, instead dubbing them cowards that hide while they fight. It is more that wounded pride that haunts them, that prevents them from
fighting back against the sometimes physical abuse; that they believe they deserve it.
What baffles me sometimes is the politics behind the curtain that will sometimes creep into the primary characters’ lives. It is obvious that humanity is facing a great threat, yet so many characters fight not for the world but their own nations. All nations fight to defeat the BETA. But some nations are thinking further ahead and seek not to defeat the BETA, but to defeat them in a way that will see to it that they benefit and gain power. They will lie cheat and even sabotage anything and everything, be it human or technological, that might possess an opportunity to turn the tide and defeat the BETA if it credits any other nation other than their own, especially if they consider it an enemy,
Which is another baffling thing, that some of these nations would consider other nations enemies, fighting silent and secret wars against them, in the face of a threat that could wipe out all of humanity. It probably baffled me because it isn’t that ludicrous, that persons out their would choose their own selfish ends over humanity. I could see it happening now, that, if an alien invasion occurred, their would be those that would prioritize their own nations over the world. Humanity is that crazy. While infuriating in some cases (basically sabotaging themselves) it makes for good drama among some of the main characters, who would prioritize their mother nations over the world and the group and would not swear fealty to anything, not the UN, not their comrades, not the world, that doesn’t align its interests with theirs. It is fascinating madness.
MY RATING:> 3/5; only guilty crown infuriates me more than MUV LUV. With guilty crown i thought it lied to me with its first episode, promising greatness but giving me the very opposite. Actually i probably hate guilty crown because it had the potential to be great but was so unfortunately predicable and clichéd in its plot. With MUV LUV, i was disappointed with how events turned out in the second half. I absolutely loved the first 12-14 episodes of this show. They were everything i wanted in an anime, not perfect but really really really good. The second part was however very
disappointing. I am not even sure why. And i spent a good 3 months anticipating the second part after wrapping up the first. But it was nothing like i remembered it. This show had a bombastic premier, it should have been great; Yuuya was irritating yet understandable and likable, Yui was mysterious and awesome as an elite pilot in her golden samurai type TSF, the white haired sisters were both creepy and appealing, Russia and its insidious plans kept things rolling, the BETA were menacing; everything was as it should be. Then the second part came around and it simply…wasn’t.
That doesn’t infuriate me the way guilty crown did. I have a special kind of dislike for that anime. But none the less it is an anime i would recommend for all mecha fans. The story is intriguing, the characters are a fun bunch and the action is intense. And the second part wasn’t bad. I only voice disappointment because i wanted the show to be perfect and it failed at the halfway mark. At least it will be an anime i will remember and that’s saying something. At times i will flip threw the anime i am in possession of and so many of the titles that i come across will sound foreign to me, so much so that i will have to check them out to remind myself of what they are. I am still trying to remember what an anime titled soul link is about, yet i am quite sure i watched. MUV LUV i will definitely remember
Discovering this one shot yesterday left me kind of shocked, or maybe surprised would be a more accurate word. I didn’t believe that it existed; even after hearing about it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86YI11-73T8&list=UUkkcUZJ-vrt3HomsacbTNLg&index=2, not until i actually went and checked it out for myself and even then i didn’t believe it; because there is no way what i was reading could actually be Kishimoto’s work. It is hard to believe. The way i heard it was that this was Kishimoto’s first one shot before Naruto and apparently either Kishimoto himself shelved it in favor of Naruto, according to one source, or, according to a more reliable source, shonen jump wouldn’t accept the manga because it was too bloody and violent;so they sent him back to the drawing board and Naruto came out at the end.
THE PLOT> I really can’t say much about this 51 page plot without ruining it. Just know the story resolves around a young half Sicilian half Japanese man named Mario, a hit man in Italy for the Mafia,Yakuza and any other criminal organization that might call upon him to do its dirty work. And he does it well, with little to no remorse; then one day he is introduced to a new partner with a dark past and that changes everything. I will leave it at that.
MY REVIEW:> I will say this right now, if Mario had been serialized instead of naruto, it would have been a wildly more popular series than naruto. That isn’t the excitement talking over reading the one shot. And i am excited, because this manga shows me a new side of Kishimoto. It gives me hope than even when Naruto ends, Kishimoto won’t necessary just retire and go into seclusion; he could still continue this new work and create a whole new franchise. But seriously, this one shot shocked me, because it was as opposite to Kishimoto as you would expect,not just because it is a seinen, but because of how brutal and bloody it is. Just think about this; Kubo’s first one shot was called zombie powder and it was pretty much in the same vein and genre as bleach, supernatural, with zombies and ghosts and all that. Mario is un Naruto, if that makes sense.
I didn’t know that Kishimoto had this sort of story telling in him; and from what i have heard, this was his plan A, the story that he had been working on for the longest and which he dreamed of doing. So that makes Naruto his plan B and look how great that turned out. Genius. It makes you wonder how good this could be if serialized; and it still can be. Sure it was rejected 15 years ago, but Kishimoto is a superstar now; who is going to tell him he can’t do this story, even if it was rejected before? Chances are once Naruto ends, they will be begging him to write some more, after all he is a cash cow.
But seriously, i am amazed at how good this as, and the ending was nothing like you expected , and the art is superb.. Maybe this is why one piece is good, because when Oda first came to them with the absurd idea of one piece, shonen jump let him run with it, no matter how wild it was.
I recommend this one shot to everyone, both naruto fans and basic manga fans. Trust me, it is worth your five minutes of time.
RATING:> 7/5, BLEW MY EXPECTATIONS OUT OF THE WATER.
Time skips are a pretty common element in anime, so i am by no means saying that only these series are involved with using them in their plots. These four are simply the most popular series to use time skips so it makes sense that i look at them specifically. The question is which had the better time skip. I might as well say it right now that my answer to the question is Naruto and fairy tail.
The purpose of time skips is to change things up a bit. Maybe a story has reached the end of its road as far as current events are concerned, or maybe all the mystery has been squeezed out and the author feels it necessary to inject fresh life into it; or maybe it is a matter of changing the characters and adding some further development that wouldn’t be possible in the current timeline; either way time skips will bring about the change of that era in anime or manga and start a new one, so it is almost like the anime is starting anew.
In considering which anime executed the time skip best, it is a simple matter of looking at pre-time skip, post time skip and how much impact and influence the time skip had on the overall story line, not far down the line but in the immediate future, usually the first arc after.
Pre-Time skip:> All four had pretty epic finales to the first parts of their stories. Naruto saw Naruto and sasuke finally face off, Sasuke came int
o his own as he mastered sharingan and his cursed seal transformation, naruto finally showed sasuke what he could do and Orochumaru finally made his second move. Bleach saw Aizen’s fall and Ichigo
reach his peak, power wise. One piece caused events to enter the new world and brought about a change in the era of piracy while seeing the demise of several characters. Fairy tail delved deeper into the fairy tail guild with the S-Class test, the introduction of the passed fairy tail masters, the three holy fairy tail magics and final showdown between fairy tail and the dark alliance’s strongest guild, Grimoire Heart. Hades, the strongest villain to date made his appearance and we finally saw some dragon, with Archnologia bringing the first part of fairy tail to a close in a most spectacular manner.
Of all the four, Bleach had the weakest ending. You would think that seeing Ichigo achieve final Gentsuga tensou and unleash Mugetsu, Seeing Aizen activate the Hougyoku, Ishhin’s appearance, Urahara’s fight and everything else that happened would have a spine tingling effect; and it would have, if all that had happened nearly 110-150 episodes ago or 50-100 chapters in the past. By the time these events happened we were all pretty much tired of this arc and Aizen; so a lot of excitement was over shadowed by relief that he was finally gone. Kubo dragged events out too long, to the point that everything that happened at the end just couldn’t muster the impact and epicenes it should have had. Even the revelation of Gin’s true intentions didn’t matter as much as they should have and i will admit that i didn’t care much for his death. Bleach messed up here and only a few moments, like Yamamoto’s fight and Ichigo Vs. Uluqiora saved this arc.
One piece had the strongest ending. technically the first part closes with the Marine ford arc but i would say that it stretches back a far as sabody Archipelago. That is where the gears first began turning in moving one piece towards this awesome end. I re-entered one piece and began the Sarbody Archipelago arc after marine ford was over (or nearly over) so i had the privilege of watching it all at once, over a period of a few weeks. There were way too many moments here for me to zero in one just one thing that made it so epic. The straw hat’s defeat was spectacular and logical and you could really believe that they were
The appearance of the white beard pirates was everything i expected it to be; there were so many characters at play with so many different powers and stories and intentions, both on the pirates side and the marine side. It felt like the whole world had come to Marine Ford. Of course White beard and Ace ( and Baggy whether you like it or not) stole the show.
Any Naruto fan can remember that final arc and knows why it was so epic. Many would point to the sasuke naruto battle being the pinnacle of the arc, but i would point to the Konoha 11 battles. They proved themselves to be more than genin.
Fairy tail changed things around and for once focused on the guild and its battle against a powerful enemy, unlike the norm where Natsu and crew go off to have an adventure. It was hilarious, especially the scenes with that big guy with the voodoo dolls; we saw god slaying magic for the first time, Cana of all people got some actual character development, Hades was every bit the monster a master should be and of course Achnologia blew me away as a fairy tail fan. I actually didn’t see the fairy tail time skip coming, which made it all the more epic. It caught me off guard.
Post-Skip:> I am not a fan of how One piece and Bleach executed the events following the time skip. it was cool to see the straw hats reunite. The idea of a shonen post time sk
ip arc is usually to show off how powerful the characters have become. The idea is to show case strong enemies that the heroes are now able to annihilate with their new powers that they couldn’t defeat before. The fish man island arc was terrible
for a post time skip arc. I might have accepted it before the time skip but not after. I could waste time mentioning so many things that were so wrong with it, but i will keep it short. The enemies were simply not worth the time. Not Luffy, not Zoro, but Ussop and Fanky could have wrapped up that entire affair by themselves. What is the point of a threat that event the weakest members of the team like Nami and Chopper could have eliminated.
It seemed like a waste, the amount of time spent simply keeping these characters busy running around because it was obvious that if they met the villains, the villains would be instantly defeated. So much of what happened here was unnecessary.
Bleach is no different; the full bring arc was crap. Again the villains were simply ridiculously weak, and what makes me hate that is the fact that they were so ridiculously hyped yet when it came for them to deliver, they fell flat on their stomachs. Even Ginju (if that is his name), after al the hullabaloo of going bankai, couldn’t touch Ichigo. It was obvious that the idea was to show just how much stronger the characters had become, but Kubo failed that when he made the villains so weak. Seriously, none of the shiningami had to do anything new to beat the enemy and i had been looking forward to seeing how strong Rukia had become with her promotion. But of course Kubo chose to put her in a stupid situation with bears and toys. Kubo could have found an easier way of giving Ichigo back his powers. What irritates me the most is how cool some of the designs he created where, especially Ginjo’s bankai and how wasted they all were. Fairy tail is still going strong in its first post time skip arc and, even with some of the glitches of the Daimatou enbu, it is setting up to be fairy tail’s best arc ever. We saw all out brawls between fairy,
every other guild they ever introduced and a whole new set of mages and magics, all determined to contend for the big prize. Beyond that is the absolutely thrilling mystery that has been written into the overall plot by Hiro, who is proving to be a master at deception and misdirection. With the introduction of Eclipse, the royal family of Fiore, powerful mages like Kagura (maybe my favorite outside Erza), Minerva, raven tail, Eclipse, possibly zeref and the dragons, this arc has more than tripled the quality of the previous S-Class arc.
Clearly fairy tail isn’t a better series than the other three. But in considering the arcs before and after a time skip, fairy tail is miles ahead of one piece and bleach.
Naruto stands only a little higher than fairy tail, if not at the same level. The saving Gaara arc was actually exciting to watch, at least much more than fish man island or full bring and did quite a lot in finally introducing the Akatsuki to us, Gaara Vs. Deidara, Sakura Vs Sasori and a host of other events. We entered into a new place in the story and there was a freshness to the arc, like the series was starting a new. Here Naruto stands above one piece, bleach and even fairy tail; there are blunders made by Hiro that i simply cannot ignore.
Time skip impact:> It would be easy to say that Naruto can’t be considered to have had the most impact because it had its time skip ages ago and thus had more than enough time to
build upon its story while beach and one piece and even fairy tail are all fairly recent. But that would be false reasoning as i am not talking about ov
erall progress that has occurred in the story since the time skip but immediately after, in the first arc. In Naruto we finally got to see Sakura in action against Sasori. Sure she couldn’t have beaten Sasori on her own but neither would Chiyo have achieved victory without her; either way she faced an Akatsuki and won, in her one and only moment to shine in the series. We saw Gaara’s rise, how he had achieved the title of kazekage and gained the hearts of his people, clearly a result of what Naruto did to him. He showed himself a totally new individual, both i spirit and in power. That fight with Deidara was incredible. It had me on the edge of my seat, not really knowing who had the upper hand at any one point in time.
Naruto did a lot in that first arc and showed that the entire series had in a way changed, and taken on a darker more serous tone. This was new Naruto.
Bleach, there is really nothing to say about it. The exact same characters before the time skip were the exact same characters presented after. Nothing changed, besides making Ichigo a little more whiny. The time skip, as far as i am concerned, had absolutely no impact on the story. If Naruto impact had the greatest impact, then bleach had the least, or rather no impact at all. It was a waste and truth be told absolutely unnecessary. The story could have done without it.
Fairy tail sits in the middle in that the main characters didn’t actually undergo a time skip; the world did, which makes the time skip here unique. The characters were all the same but everyone they knew and everything had changed. So basically the time skip impacted everything there was to impact in fairy tail, which would make it superior even to Naruto if not for the hiccups in this present arc.
The primary characters in fairy tail had more of a struggle because the world had changed around them and even the weakest of mages that they knew had become a threat; and thus they had to find a way of making up for lost time in as short a period as possible. Many people disagreed with the second origin plot, that it was power too easily acquired and given away, that fairy tai didn't have to work for it and thus it invalidates any development they might show. That was true when second origin was first introduced but not now; because the second origin power up hasn’t been used by anyone except Erza and even she didn’t need to use it until the very last battle. IN other words during the time skip the fairy tail mages weren’t left behind, it was every one else that finally caught up to them and their power, otherwise a daimatou Enbu seven years ago would have been pointless; fairy tail would have won it without trying.
This time skip was necessary whe you consider that fact, because none of this competition to fairy tail’s might would have been possible before; Hiro found away of making a lot of strong enemies available in a short time. it was clever and well done as it forced event the likes of Natsu to (some what) grow and learn to overcome the new foes.
One piece falls in line with bleach. We saw very little impact of the time skip in the fish man story. Sure they were stronger and you could see that, but the enemy was simply too weak for it to matter. It wasn’t the best foot first into the new world. I am not afraid to admit that fish man island bored the heck out of me.
Overall i believe Naruo had the best time skip and made best use of it in the short time, followed by fairy tail. As some might point out, One piece is still developing and bleach, well, like is said, bleach didn’t need the time skip and even with the interesting events of the thousand war arc, the time skip doesn’t play a role.
Ahh, it is a shame that this manga has obviously began its slow descent to the finishing line. It is because of chapters like this, so short yet so epic that i read these kinds of manga that basically resolve around superpowers and fighting. yet there is no denying that events are moving way too fast and these chapters would have normally been spread out over at least ten chapters. But what can we do? The manga is being pressured to impress and its showing all its cards before time just to stay afloat. whatever
So we learn that all the catastrophic events in history, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, world war 2, a few volcanic eruptions, were all simply the workings of the marvro, results of the experimentation carried out by these so called gods at the expense of humanity. And it seems the black gods have once more turned their attention to humanity. They are planning a new catastrophe, a new experiment as they call it, that will bring about the fall of man once more.
Three mavro are dispatched around the world to begin the attack; one in Russia who begins to engulf everything around him in ice while speaking of how humans are basically trash that must be annihilated; another in china who starts to set off a series of powerful explosions blasting through the city as he talks of the beauty of humanity displayed in their last moments as they die; and the last situated in New York where she begins to literally tear the city apart with a magnetic force, showing little deference for what she calls little creatures trying to rise beyond their ranks.
But the attack will not go unchallenged as white joker, now Hungry Joker, has began to move, not to stop the catastrophes, but to destroy those behind them. Nils intercepts the marvro in Russia, Vivie takes china and Allan Blackman handles New York. The Mavro are astonished at the bravery of the Eureka users, who immediately come under attack, with Nils having his giant bull frozen and torn apart, that they would individually challenge a mavro even though it took multiple Eureka users to take on their weaker brethren in the past.
But hungry joker has thought ahead. Apparently with Haiji and Chitose’s help, they had developed a special pill that draws out an exponential amount of power from the human cells and which when combined with the Eureka power unleashes a surge of power and brings about an evolution. This power, Allan says, differs from that which the Mavro’s use because it’s source is the human body. With this act the three Eureka users evolve and begin th counter attack, making short work of the Mavro.
But the Mavro are far from defeated and one of them speaks of a fourth having dispatched to Japan. This fourth Mavro turns out to be kild himself, but once more Hungry joker had preempted his attack and dispatched there half human half mavro agents Haiji and his assistant Chitose to the site. The chapter closes as haiji descends towards a smiling kild.
Despite all the problems with pacing that this manga is suffering from, i loved these two chapters. They were as action packed as a battle manga should be. This is why i read such manga, where the author has the ability to blow my mind away even when the result is predictable. Anyone reading hungry joker will know by now that the author is clearly moving towards the end; it will be premature but
it will be better than an open ending. He knows that his time is running out and unfortunately these chapters skipped all the bonding and character development we would expect from a series of this type and jumped to the end.. The final result doesn’t look bad, but you can’t help but think of what could have been, how awesome the adventures would have been with these four individuals, and how incredible it would have been to read their subtle but steady development in their quest to stop the Mavro.
With this chapter it is clear that Tabata is basically giving us the cliff notes, focusing on displaying the check points that he probably set up and planned for in the beginning and which he intended to push towards steadily but a chance that shonen jump denied him. None the less this was some creative drawing and writing. In this day and age you will here otaku complaining about how battles are either too short or too long. We need out battles long enough for us to appreciate the struggle involved but not so long that the entire story is stalled. Tabata covered a ten chapter battle in two. Actually he did it in one chapter, with chapter 21 being mostly set up, and with so little to work with i am blown away by how enjoyable the battle was.
The Mavro were awesomely super powered and in a way they put up a pretty good fight and Tabata did what he could to show use the extent of their abilities with the little time available.
I didn’t get Vivie’s evolution and what she was saying about having gained a stable form. When the Mavro nuked the building with that intense fire attack, he was pretty certain that it would annihilate her, even in her stable form. Maybe she mentioned something in the past about possessing some sort of instability in the metal she generates, i don’t know. Either way she kind of reminded me of an awakened being
Nils was awesome without being awesome. We are yet to really see what he can do when pushed do. Clearly he was simply more powerful than the mavro seeing as it admitted that he or rather she had thrown off his ice by sheer force and over whelming power. The illusion mist monster she summoned after was clearly bigger than before but i still want to see more of her power.
Of course my favorite was feakin Allan Blackman. I love this guy. Against his Mavro, he was his usual cool self on the outside, while completely conflicted on the inside. I loved the way he was replying to her threats with cool but cliché lines of confidence while his inner thoughts were torn about whether or not she was flirting with him and if he was really against giving her an honest shot. He got the best action as well, the way he shattered the debris and revealed that he was currently one large oscillating object and not only could she no longer harm or even touch him, but that he had achieved sound speed. This battle was so short and yet SOOO EPIC.
Maybe it’s Tabata’s art. At first glance it isn’t the cleanest and flashiest piece of work you might have ever seen; yet there is a uniqueness to it. Like bleach, Hungry joker tries to do something different with manga art and brings a whole new experience to the reading process.
Chapter 23 is already out, unless i am mistaken that makes three chapters in one week; but i think i will wait until chapter 24 is released. Next battle is Haiji Vs. Kild who, unless i am mistaken, is sort of in charge. And he is with Chitose so we can expect some space bending, light warping madness. Something big has to happen, especially if this is leaning towards the end.
I need to see what Chitose can do and i would hate for the manga to end before her power is is fully revealed. Clearly this is the first phase of the hungry joker plan, to begin eliminating mavro. But what is the Mavro’s actual game plan and where is Haiji’s brother?. Clearly hungry joker has now gathered its strongest hitters and is ready to challenge the Mavro head on. Hopefully there is more to the Mavro plan and tabata has time to show us more before the end.
Finally, i must protest against shonen jump. Reliable sources have claimed that Hungry Joker is pretty much cancelled so we can’t really tell how many more chapters are left. For all we know the next chapter might be the end. I know shonen jump is home to my precious naruto, but REALLY, WHAT IS THEIR PROBLEM? ARE THEY REALLY BLIND TO QUALITY WHEN THEY SEE IT. This had the potential to become a new phenomenon in manga. Someone commented that if Naruto, One piece and Bleach had been released today they would have never made it past ten chapters. And i believe them, except for maybe bleach; it had a stronger start than the other two.
RATING: 5/5:> these two chapters were on fire; i think other manga series should take a leaf out of hungry joker’s play book and release two chapters every two weeks. It will allow for readers to get through set up chapters and action chapters at a go, which will improve the level of enjoyment of the story.
SHAME ON SHONEN JUMP.