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A couple of days ago while wandering around blogs, I came across someone mentioning a manga called Arisa by Natsumi Ando. I don’t want to go too in depth about Arisa right now because technically it has nothing to do with this post other than that events occurring while reading Arisa inspired me to write this. What events you ask? One word: CLIFFHANGER!
Cliffhangers are definitely something that everyone should have come across at some point in their life. For people who enjoy anime and manga, we might come across cliffhangers a lot more than most simply due to the fact that anime and manga come out in installments. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but cliffhangers annoy me to the point where I usually have this face going on:
I encountered one of these moments while reading Arisa and let me tell you, it was that moment, the one you KNOW is coming, but when it happens, NO MORE MANGA TO READ! Then the face happened and yeah, well, the rest is history. After my face calmed down, I ruminated for a bit about the annoyance of cliffhangers and then I realized that there is something worse than cliffhangers! That is…WHR, which is short for Where the Hell is the Rest?!
Now, WHR can result from a lot of things because as much as I want to hope that the authors of fantastic stories have no lives and do nothing but pen more awesomeness, that is not the case. I don’t know how common hiatuses are in terms of actual published material, but I have had one encounter with it and I am still irritated by it.
Everyone, say hello to Ragnarok, a manhwa by Myung-Jin Lee! The man in the picture is the main character for this story and his name is Chaos. He is a very strong warrior who lacks memories of the past two years. As you probably guessed, Ragnarok follows Chaos’ journey as his past is slowly revealed and as he goes along he picks up his own merry band of friends. In a very brief plot summary like this one, Ragnarok really doesn’t seem to be anything special, but it is.
The artwork in Ragnarok is phenomenal! It is hands down some of the best artwork I have seen in terms of manhwa/manga format! Every page is so full of detail and textures that it really makes you wonder why more people can’t flesh out their artwork this well. If I were to be honest, I would have to say that the art in Ragnarok is better than some of the artwork I have seen that were made specifically to be published in an art book compilation.
While the art is something to be dazzled by, the story itself is definitely not going to be outdone by it. Ragnarok is, unsurprisingly, based off of Norse mythology. Based off of the manhwa’s name, I figured that out easily, so I was expecting it, but I wasn’t expecting the sheer amount of Norse mythology references buried within it. I was expecting someone with the name Odin and maybe a mention or two of Loki, but Ragnarok really went all out. Not only did it have Odin and Loki, it also had Valkyries, Freya, Jotunheim, Midgard, Asgard, Fenrir, and Yggdrasil to name a few and most of them were pretty true to the originals in Norse mythology, so they didn’t just get the name Fenrir and thus were cool. This little tidbit may not mean much to most people, but to someone like me who loves mythology, it was enough to make me love this manhwa even more!
Unfortunately, Ragnarok is still on hiatus and has been in that state for…at least 6 years. There are currently 10 volumes and according to Wikipedia, Ragnarok is supposed to have 40+ volumes. Suffice it to say, I have no hopes of this series going out of its hiatus state because honestly, 6 years, probably more, is a hell of a long break and with the sheer scale of detail and story that lies within Ragnarok, I think it is going to be hard for Myung-Jin Lee to get back into the swing of things. Unless, he has the plot all nicely written out…haha, well, I can dream.
Even though Ragnarok is currently not being updated, I would still highly recommend it to anyone! It is a beautiful piece of work, both in art and story. Be warned though, big breasts are…revered in this manhwa.
Also, has anyone ever encountered this happening to them, that something they really wanted to finish just…stopped? I’m curious!
I’ll admit it.
I’m guilty of loving cute guys! And handsome ones! And charming ones! And…well, the list can go on and on!
Recently, I came across this picture.
Within seconds, I was deep into Fangirl mode and scouring the internet for knowledge of the cute blue haired boy who is front and center. At this point, I really didn’t care about his character or the story he was in. I just wanted more pictures to ogle at that contained his adorable face!
Imagine my surprise when I found out that he is one of the main characters to a BASKETBALL manga of all things! No, really, I was honestly shocked it was a basketball manga. I mean, the numerous basketballs and jerseys in the picture were amazingly subtle! How was I supposed to know? His face was so damn distracting!
But the most surprising thing is…
I actually like it.
Hell, I might even say that I love it.
And it is a BASKETBALL manga!
As you probably might have already guessed, I hate sports. In school, I hated PE with a passion. It’s just really not my thing. So why in the hell do I like this manga?!
Well, for starters, I guess I should give some info about this manga. It’s called Kuroko no Basuke(Kuroko’s Basketball) and the blue haired guy happens to be this Kuroko. It starts off with the beginning of the new school year at Seirin High School where students are recruiting freshman to join their clubs. Out of the new freshman to join the basketball club, two stand out. One is Taiga Kagami, a talented player recently returned from the States and the other is Tetsuya Kuroko, the “phantom” sixth player from the Generation of Miracles, a middle school basketball team who dominated the competition.
Now, the only other sports anime I am familiar with is Prince of Tennis, so I automatically compared it to that and in all honesty, it is a good way to describe exactly why I think Kuroko no Basuke is such a good manga.
If you’ve watched Prince of Tennis, then you know that Ryoma is a tennis prodigy. He was already obscenely good from the start. While he does grow and learn things along the way, he was always good. In KnB however, this is not the case and that was shocking. When I found out that Kuroko is this supposed “Phantom” player from something called the Generation of Miracles, I automatically assumed that he would be something fantastic. Wow. Wrong does not even begin to correctly define my thoughts.
Kuroko himself is, quite simply, horrible at basketball. He can’t shoot, he can’t guard, he can’t even really dribble. All he can really do is “misdirect” other players due to his lack of presence, which enables him to make unpredictable passes to other players on the team. When I said that that was all he can do, that is really all he can do. Unlike Ryoma, who shines on his own, Kuroko is a self-proclaimed ‘shadow.’ He is there to make the ‘light’ stronger and his chosen light is, of course, Taiga Kagami. With just this one tiny detail, I was hooked. Kuroko no Basuke isn’t a manga where the main character is overwhelmingly powerful from the start and goes on to make a name for himself. It is a manga about a group of high school boys growing and learning and overcoming tremendous odds as a team right from the start. That’s right, I said boyS. KnB really focuses well on making sure that the reader knows that this is about a TEAM sport, not just talented individuals, and that really makes you want to cheer for them. After reading KnB, I can now kind of better understand how it is that people can really come to love and admire a specific sports team!
Another thing I have to mention that drew me further into this manga was Kuroko himself. Remember in the beginning when I called him cute? Yeah well…he’s still cute, but…
This was the first time I saw him in the manga and he scared the shit out of me! And it isn’t just me, he ends up scaring the shit out of pretty much everyone in the manga at one point or another due to his lack of presence. He seemingly pops out of thin air and he has a usually emotionless face! I haven’t found that in a main character in a manga in…well, ever, really. It’s kind of nice in a…creepy “I’m going to kill you and you won’t even know it” kind of way.
So, here I am, about 2 days after this discovery and after having finished 129 chapters of the manga, and all I can think is bless cute guys because I probably never would have tried this manga otherwise!
If you’re like me and you are set to get email notifications when someone you follow makes a post and you got a notification for this post yesterday and it didn’t exist, sorry. That was due to me spacing out and clicking publish instead of preview. That led to me having a minor freak out about how to ‘take it back.’ Ah, the trials of the technologically inept.
This song was the trigger that led to my rapid, two day descent into the manga called Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) by Sakae Esuno.
When I first saw the word ‘Diary,’ I immediately thought “Oh no, another Death Note. Great.” Thankfully I was wrong.
Mirai Nikki is a story about a young, socially awkward boy named Yukiteru Amano. He and 11 others are thrust into a game by the God of Time and Space aka Deus Ex Machina to battle it out so that the winner can take his place as God. Each of them are equipped with a special ‘Future Diary’ that allows them to see future events. Unfortunately, the only way to be the last man standing is to literally be the last man standing. Luckily for Yukiteru, he has a protector in the shape of Yuno Gasai, his stalker and a Future Diary holder, who is willing to kill anyone who is a threat to her beloved Yukiteru.
Well, from here on out there will be many spoilers and probably some fan-girling so…read at your own risk! Continue reading