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At this point, I am totally resigned. 
10th-Nov-2005 07:53 am
I'm not going to be able to eliminate my backlog of manga until after the first of the year. There's just too much to do between now and then, and, besides, I've been on a bit of a novel kick lately, too. No explaining it. I guess I'm just devoted to too many different types of books. What does one do when one has a surfeit of passion? (^^;

Still, I have been chipping away at the pile, sporadically. I'm just having trouble finishing any one volume because nothing has been holding my interest, lately. (Guess I've been too stressed to concentrate well.)

Miura, Kentaro. Berserk. Vol. 9. Milwaukie: Dark Horse, 2005. (First Japanese Edition: 1995)
Summary: Griffith, traumatized by Guts' departure, takes matters of succession into his own hands and sleeps with the princess--and pisses off Daddy in the process. He gets imprisoned and tortured, and the Hawks get massacred. Guts, while on his personal pilgrimage, hears a rumor of bandits that sounds suspiciously like his old crew and joins back up. Casca's leading the Hawks, and at last she and Guts become an item.
Comments: As usual, the various battles devoured a large number of this volume's pages, but this time around the rest was...SEX. Of the coercive, even violent, sort. we see Griffith taking his angst out on the princess, the king attempting to rape his own daughter, and Guts and Casca enjoying each other's bodies. Unfortunately, for Guts, having sexual relations reminds him of the time that he was sodomized as a boy, and the action between them again becomes briefly violent. I like that, plotwise, Miura does not stray from the brutality of his world, but this was gratuitous, almost ero-grotesque. Ah, well. It's still fascinating to see Griffith's downfall due to his excess of sentiment for Guts--for those interested, the slash potential is to die for.
Notes: paperback, 1st American edition
Rating: 6/10 - A solid volume in an excellent series. Well-worth checking out, provided you can stomach the sexualized violence.

Arakawa, Hiromu. Fullmetal Alchemist. Vol. 3. San Francisco: VIZ Media, 2005. (First Japanese Edition: 2002)
Summary: Ed and Al head on back home to get repaired and then continue onto Central Library. There, after some false starts, they discover that the false Philosopher's Stone's main ingredient is human beings. Then it's off to an old lab, where the duo discover that the state alchemists there had been using death row inmates and turned them into animated suits of armor--just like Al!
Comments: I am, yet again, underwhelmed by this title. It still looks vaguely Gundam Wing-influenced to me (I wonder if Arakawa did doujinshi for that series; I don't recognize the name, but there were definitely artists in the fandom who drew like she does.), and the best part of the series is still the humor. Alas, though, the jokes about Edward's (lack of) height are getting old fast, and she needs a new bag of tricks to keep it fresh. Naturally, "The Military Festival" sidestory was the best; the image of a charcoaled Ed being taken away on a stretcher was priceless! To Arakawa's credit, she does balance the various elements of a shounen manga by the book. 1/3 is repair (i.e. training), 1/3 is plot advancement, and 1/3 is battle. Good for her.
Notes: paperback, 1st American edition, LUST Trading Card included
Rating: 5/10 - Read it if you're a fan, but remember that it's all been done many, many times before.
10th-Nov-2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'm considering trying Berserk out, or may just get Hellsing or Paradise Kiss later, or maybe Bleach!
10th-Nov-2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
Of all the titles you've just listed, I think Berserk is the best--provided you stick it out past the first three or four volumes.
10th-Nov-2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
Wait till FMA vol 4 when someone dies...
10th-Nov-2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
Vol. 4 is already out. I'm very, VERY behind on my manga reading.
10th-Nov-2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Having not read the Berserk mangas yet--and not sure I will anytime soon--I am slightly bewildered why the king tries to rape his daughter.
10th-Nov-2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
Apparently, he wants her to himself and gets *coughs* carried away.
29th-Nov-2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
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