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Okay, maybe there is some bias in me regarding Noblesse, maybe the Manhwa has mastered the art of generating excitement, but this was very awesome. And I mention bias because, like previous chapters, it doesn’t feel like that much really happened in this chapter.

This as opposed to Magi which inundates each chapter with tons of information. Yet Noblesse managed to actually entertain in its 19 pages, deliver that spark of excitement, where Magi still feels kind of bland.

THE CHAPTER:

The Lord reveals the purpose of her visit. M21 ponders his new powers.

MY THOUGHTS:

Think about what happened in this chapter. The Lord restored Rai and the gang acknowledged M21’s abilities; really not a whole lot that couldn’t have fit within the first five pages. Yet this chapter of Noblesse felt far from dragged out and that has more to do with the look of the Manhwa and its characters than the content.

I have mentioned this before, that the one word that best describes noblesse is Elegance, and this chapter brought the elegance. Again, I couldn’t explain it, why reading all those silent stares and expressive faces made for an interesting chapter, why that final revival was so good to look at…

Wait, that is it, that is why I loved this chapter. It was so GOOD to look at, especially those last glossy panels. This isn’t why I read Noblesse; it’s just one of the reasons you should definitely keep reading this manga. And suddenly I can’t wait to read next chapter.

And that is what I am looking for from Magi, Fairy Tail and the like, some excitement over what is coming next.

RATING: 7/1O, seriously, this was awesome and I don’t know why.

Frankenstein looked kind of crazy at the end there; I wouldn’t have put it past him to make a move against Raskreia, even knowing who she is.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS CHAPTER 80 REVIEW: MELIODAS UNLEASHED.

Admittedly I have spent the past few weeks complaining about how pointlessly action packed the chapters of most manga have proven to be, to the detriment of the story, or really any enjoyment I might have gotten out of the manga.

But this week’s chapter of Nanatsu no Taizai managed to be both action packed and enjoyable; maybe this has something to do with the fact that the chapter actually injected a concerted effort into actually progressing, doing more than having various characters posture with each other.

Whatever the case, great chapter.

THE CHAPTER:

Meliodas proves to be a worthy contender for Gilthunder, who calls upon Hendricksen and his magician for assistance.

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved this chapter more than I thought I would; slowly progressing through the various pages I kept waiting for that voice inside my head to begin grumbling about the endless sword fights and magical attacks, yet that didn’t happen, because this was pretty exciting.

Why? Well, it broke the monotony; that was my primary issue with the past two or so Deadly Sins chapters, that we had spent nearly two months in an active battle scene and little was actually changing.

Chapter 80 was all about Meliodas kicking some ass; admittedly I thought I knew how this conflict was going to sway, starting with Meliodas getting his ass kicked by Gil and then entering demon mode and leveling the castle.

Except I didn’t expect him to lose as intensely as he was last week, basically on the receiving end of Gil’s superiority, only to enter demon mode, exit demon mode and now deliver an ass kicking on fairly impressive levels.

Meliodas vs Hendricksen, Gil and that other creepy guy; a three way battle I didn’t see coming, mostly because I didn’t expect Meliodas to so powerfully dominate not only Gilthunder but then Hendricksen, then seemingly defeat both opponents, before their third combatant arrived on stage.

SO yes, all action, but great action, dynamic in how it played out, allowing Meliodas to display the strength we all knew he had. Now I am doubly curious about Arthur, his reason for emerging on the scene and how Merlin, clearly the more experienced of the two, fits into the equation.

And who can forget Threader, who showed to us a little bit of that shonen manga madness in hacking himself to pieces for the sake of a loyal and honorable king. Interesting stuff, not mind blowing, but Deadly Sins is definitely on the way up again.

RATING: 7/10.

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I am starting to wonder if it is truly possible to attain complete satisfaction out of a monthly manga series; upon wrapping up with this chapter of Ubel Blatt I was left wondering if all that waiting had been worth it to read a few pages of blood, violence and very little story progression.

This is the reason why I take the time to filter my manga, selecting the weekly from the monthly releases that are bound to take an age to finally progress.

THE CHAPTER:

Koinzel’s arrival on the scene is preceded by blood, gore and death.

MY THOUGHTS:

I can’t be imagining this; it’s been way more than a month since that last Ubel Blatt chapter release, and maybe that has something to do with why I was felt somewhat bored with chapter 122. I seriously don’t understand how manga readers keep up with monthly manga /manhwa/Manhua releases.

The idea of waiting an entire month for a single chapter still amazes me; Claymore has the ability to make that month worth the wait. This Ubel Blatt chapter failed to deliver, at least on the level of content that we have been craving for over four weeks.

Basically a battle chapter, revolving around Koinzel brutally and fairly effortlessly murdering arrogant Brank Fan, I don’t know what I expected; maybe chapter 122 was aimed to highlight the reunion between old friends, with Koinzel, Ata and gang finally finding each other after Lord Lebellont’s war.

But it hasn’t been that long for me to really care about this reunion; and really, who cares about Peepi at this point in time? And why wait so long to elucidate on Glenn and his master plan? We’ve been waiting long enough for something worth the read to happen for a good two months and this chapter did little more than bring to an end a somewhat uninteresting conflict.

So who cares that Glenn has new even more powerful minions? We knew how short lived they would be in Koinzel’s presence. This chapter needed more intrigue and better pacing to make it worth the wait.

RATING: 3/10, it feels like I haven’t read a good manga chapter of anything for quite a long while. Is it too much to ask to have something blow me away? I want to get excited about manga again and series like Ubel Blatt, which are neither good nor bad, are not helping.

HIGHLIGHT: Brank fan’s final scene was quite chilling, but he asked for it.

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I cannot be the only one starting to lose some patience with Magi. I understand what the author is trying to do, but these are some seriously long flashbacks. We might as well forget about Aladdin and group for the next few weeks to months, with the step by step process in which this manga is approaching its Alma Toran Arc.

THE CHAPTERS:

With war raging among the various freed species across the lands, Solomon must make his sacrifices in finally taking the title of King, if only to bring about a momentary peace. The final battle against King David begins to take shape.

MY THOUGHTS:

Here is the thing with these flash backs; there is some merit to them. Rather than catching a very brief very uninformed glimpse of Solomon, Magi has spent the past few weeks allowing us the opportunity to get to know this particular character and his collection of crazy friends.

Not a bad thing, especially when you consider the level of world building that has been achieved in that time, the revelation of what the Rukh are, the secrets behind the various Djinn transformations and even the formation of the world as it is known.

The problems comes with the execution. On the one hand, as I have said several times before, this story is taking its merry time in reaching a satisfactory conclusion. But even if I was to step back from that criticism, accept that we might be in this arc for a while and learn to appreciate all that we are learning, the Manga is doing an odd job of telling its story.

While certainly slow in comparison to ordinary flash backs, the Alma Toran Arc is also quite erratic, jumping from weeks to months and even years sometimes within a single chapter. Not the most impressive means of telling Solomon’s story, what with the way the panels will move from one random scene to another…Magi might be better off if this entire story was simply narrated within the space of a chapter or two.

I wish it would determine a pace and stick to it, because watching Solomon go from hero to King to the very gates of David’s palace within the space of a few panels just didn’t work for me. It’s possible the author is trying to say too much too quickly, seemingly being hurried either by her own intentions or some meddling editor.

Magi has potential, and still ranks as a pretty impressive manga; the message of chapters such as 226 and 227 are deep and philosophical and intriguing to contemplate, of the nature of freedom and what it takes to achieve true peace; however it would help the author took a different route to telling her story, away from the current, erratic and rather random nature of her approach.

RATING: 3/10, it is disturbing that I would fail to enjoy Magi to such an extent. But this arc needs to either end quickly or step up its game.

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Nanatsu No Taizai hasn’t been nearly as interesting since King’s flashback; expectedly so, considering how intense that entire Dreyfus/Gowther/King/Helbrum/Diana situation was, with the favor of battle swinging back and forth from one party to another.

An interesting dynamic that the Meliodas situation is failing to mirror.

THE CHAPTERS:

Ban pierces through the castle’s defenses and encounters an ancient relic of the goddess clan, using the opportunity to make a grave appeal. Gil finds Meliodas’ strength a worthy challenge, even as Arthur’s companion rises to his aid.

MY THOUGHTS:

The biggest thing that occurred in the last two chapters was that ominous wish Ban made, to have Elaine revived, only for the goddess clan to not only spare his life but make a promise to revive Ban’s beloved, for a completely different price, Meliodas’ life.

Admittedly I didn’t see that coming. I have been looking for a little bit more story progression in Deadly Sins ever since King’s story ended. I can’t say with certainty what about that story I enjoyed, but the entire situation was written to evolve in a rather dynamic fashion, transforming with each new chapter even while providing new revelations.

Meliodas’ encounter with Arthur hasn’t lived up to my expectations. And that is probably because how much anticipation the manga built in portending this meeting, only to spend the next several weeks in King’s corner. So maybe they chose to come back too late, because I simply cannot feel the excitement behind these particular battles.

It is a curious thing that Gll is owning Meliodas so easily; we can presume that there is something more to his claim of strength over Meliodas, something that changed since they last fought in the forest. And Meliodas didn’t stay in his demon form for long, which is odd.

Again, not particularly interesting stuff. At this point, the Ban stuff might prove to be more entertaining, especially with Threader entering the equation. I had actually forgotten about him and his quest. At this rate everything Hendricksen has worked for is going to go down the drain even as he starts to believe in the prospect of victory.

With each passing chapter, new Holy knights keep joining the Sins’ cause, and with Dreyfus now backing their power, the next few chapters might make for an interesting clash of abilities and ideologies.

RATING: 5/10, chapter 78.5 provided a pretty interesting glimpse into Ban’s past, more interesting than what we learnt during his conflict with King earlier on.

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