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~生まれた町で夢見てきた...~
"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
So tired. Too tired to write reviews for this LJ. 
25th-Feb-2008 10:39 pm
Reading
But since I've been reading a lot of manga lately, I might as well toss out a few quick thoughts:

Berserk Vols. 15-20: Still the best manga series Dark Horse has on offer, hands down. Loved the denouement of the lost children storyline, which was funny, frightening, and poignant in equal measure. Loved the eroguro. (Yeah, I'm sick; at least I admit it.) And I can't wait to get Griffith back. XD

Death Note Vols. 10-12: Yet another Weekly Shounen Jump series that outlasted its welcome. I was reading it back when I was in college during its original Japanese run, then got disgusted and lost interest after the first story arc did not end the series. Since it's been released in English, I've come back to it sporadically, but it just doesn't wow me anymore. That Light ends up utterly abject and dead is no surprise--but it should have happened after the first story arc's finely-crafted descent into the abyss, not an infuriating number of volumes and how many lame story arcs? afterwards.

MPD-Psycho Vols. 2-3: Hmm. Well, on the plus side, Vol. 2 dialed down the misogyny. But on the minus side, Vol. 3 dialed down the plot development to a snail's crawl. Now I'm not sure the series is worth it anymore, period. Way to go, Otsuka.
Comments 
26th-Feb-2008 06:06 am (UTC)
I agree about Death Note. I was quite interested in the beginning, and I seriously thought it would end with an amazing final showdown between Light and L. But no.

If you watch the live-action movies, you'll be satisfied. It ends the way it SHOULD have ended in the manga. [Think: the book Wicked is disgusting, but the musical is not. =P]

And it seems they made a spin-off movie of L, showcasing his last days... At least, that's as much of the tiny writing I could get off from the ad insert of my Otomen manga [a guilty pleasure, that...].
26th-Feb-2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
See, I thought #2 was still a bit misogynistic--if not moreso...perhaps I'm bringing my own baggage into this, but I hate seeing 'school girls' portrayed as mindless ciphers a la 'Mansion family fems' who kill without a second thought. I've always hated this plot device >_<

I didn't mind it as much when Barker did it for 'Lord of Illusions', because the cult in that story was made up of men AND women--but stories depicting the all girl cult-o-homicidal angst, is as stale as a day-old Pringle on the sidewalk.

I'm sticking with it though, I love the main character, and all of his personalities. ^_^ And...more full page renderings of Lucy Monostone sure help ease the pain.
26th-Feb-2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
See, I thought #2 was still a bit misogynistic--if not moreso...perhaps I'm bringing my own baggage into this, but I hate seeing 'school girls' portrayed as mindless ciphers a la 'Mansion family fems' who kill without a second thought. I've always hated this plot device

I said "dialed down," not "eliminate." ^_~ And what was key to making that claim for me was that the schoolgirl story was the only one of in Vol. 2 that involved wholesale exploitation of females for the sake of a gruesome plot...and at least there weren't any visuals a la women in bondage gear with tulips growing out of brains.
26th-Feb-2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
and at least there weren't any visuals a la women in bondage gear with tulips growing out of brains.

Tis true. Where are all the pretty salarymen with trees growing out of their ass? I guess we'll have read some Kago for that.
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