GTO is a guilty pleasure for me. I have since steered myself clear of acquiring more manga, except for the classic stories and GTO was on of those titGTO is a guilty pleasure for me. I have since steered myself clear of acquiring more manga, except for the classic stories and GTO was on of those titles that survived the cut.
Still, Tokyopop's production values leave something to be desired. The translations and lettering is amateurish at best, with no consistency and often unreadable dialogue and captions. It really put a damper in my enjoyment of their titles. Thankfully, Tohru Fukisawa's art is so good that it carries the stories and his storytelling does not suffer from the botched translation.
This was a disappointing read. It wasn't what I was expected. I got this book after hearing of high praise for the original video game. If the main chThis was a disappointing read. It wasn't what I was expected. I got this book after hearing of high praise for the original video game. If the main character made it to the line-up for what is currently the best fighting game, the latest installment of Marvel Vs. Capcom, he must be popular and well-liked enough to merit the inclusion. I actually wanted to see a lot of courtroom action and suffice to say I didn't get any. It's a collection of one-shot stories from various artists that barely have a plot. Granted, my experience would have different had I played the game, and I would have been in on the references and other supporting character quirks that would have enhanced my enjoyment of the overall story of the game. But I didn't and thus the sad rating this book got from me.
I usually finish manga in one sitting, but this one, and not because it is a double sized collection, it was a pain to read, the stories too inane even for a video game tie-in manga. Only the first two stories were tolerable, because it actually narrated Phoenix Wright's motivation as a character and the second because he got to demonstrate his talent for defending his clients by casting reasonable doubt on what could have been an open and shut case. The book went downhill from there.
I would not recommend this book unless you have played the game or is just a plain manga glutton....more
It is not the fault of this acclaimed manga series that I've become completely lost in the reading of this volume. It is all mine, which can be expectIt is not the fault of this acclaimed manga series that I've become completely lost in the reading of this volume. It is all mine, which can be expected when I've skipped around years of monthly issues and new releases to get to this part. It is the second part of an epic tale. I can not recognize the new characters, or even the regulars, except for Manji, the eponymous immortal swordsman.
The art is still exquisitely visceral, with fight scenes galore and free flowing blood and limbs. The two-page and full page spreads to say the least are kinetic, action-packed and awesome.
The characters, though I've missed their introductory scenes, are developed and compelling. It has piqued my curiosity on what happened in between the volumes I missed. Subsequent re-readings would no doubt allow me to discover hidden depths and hunting for those missing pages would helped fill in the puzzles created in my mind to their backstory....more
One of the risks of bargain hunting books was that more often than not, you can never get the correct sequence of volumes of a series in the order itOne of the risks of bargain hunting books was that more often than not, you can never get the correct sequence of volumes of a series in the order it was published. I started with Volume Six of Blade of the Immortal and followed it up with the twelfth. I expected to be grasping at the back story as I did with the first collection I read but I found to be self-contained. It helped that a fight scene took up 60 to 70 percent of the pages. Also since the duel had a vengeance subplot that stemmed from an event in the sixth volume, every nuance of dialogue and swordplay became richer because of it.
It is during the fight scenes that you can appreciate the author’s brilliantly paced storytelling and kinetic line work. His fights are bloody and visceral which is despite the art rendered in black and white the blood flows freely from every sword wound.
This is my idea of a samurai manga. And I will be looking for more of these volumes, even if I have to read them out of sequence. ...more
I’ve heard a lot about Eisner Award winning American reprint of a Japanese manga that I just had to try it when I chanced upon a few random volumes inI’ve heard a lot about Eisner Award winning American reprint of a Japanese manga that I just had to try it when I chanced upon a few random volumes in a bargain bookstore.
Dark Horse made this book left to right reading orientation instead of the original Japanese right to left. It didn’t settle for a straight mirror image though, but reposted the original panels to make it a more Western reading experience. The publishing company took care to respect the author’s original intentions.
Blade of the Immortal is a much darker read than the usual shonen manga that I follow. It appeals to a much mature audience. My only gripe is that it end abruptly and I have no idea where to get the next volume. This title is definitely on my hunting list every time I do my regular bargain book hunting. ...more
GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka is this story of a former biker gang leader and hooligan who wants to be a teacher so he can score with pretty young studenGTO: Great Teacher Onizuka is this story of a former biker gang leader and hooligan who wants to be a teacher so he can score with pretty young students. Along the way, hijinks ensue and somehow, Onizuka earns the respect and love of his class. What was his life before he became a cool teacher? The prequel series GTO: The Early Years – Shonan Junao Gumi answers that.
I found this copy of the fourth volume of the prequel series in one of my Booksale browsing trips. It was a thicker volume than a regular manga title at around 368 pages. This was a book store copy too since a bargain bin copy would have its edges defaced with a black marker. It still has its shoplifting repellent RFID tag.
I enjoyed the original GTO series and decided to try this out. It tells the story of Onizuka of days as a high school hooligan. This being a shonen manga in a high school setting it has the requisite sex, violence and toilet humor. It was a definitely a boy’s title, as it catered to the wish fulfilment fantasies of teenage boys. With that vein the stories in it reflects those desires.
If the punk Onizuka has one redeeming quality, it would be his loyalty to friends. He never backed down from any challenge that could possibly kill him if only to help a friend. That and despite the hormones, made him an interesting character. You couldn’t help but root for him to win.
This is an interesting manga title. The first of a series of five books that tells the ages old rivalry of two ninja clans and the love caught in theThis is an interesting manga title. The first of a series of five books that tells the ages old rivalry of two ninja clans and the love caught in the middle of it.
What makes it particularly heart wrenching for the star-crossed lovers was they were in the midst of preparing a wedding to finally unite the two clans. That was until fate intervened, or specifically the shogun, who planned to use their bitter enmity to resolve a succession crises among his sons. One clan would represent a son and the clan who was the last standing would claim the throne for its surrogate and the beaten clan would be wiped out to the last man.
Interesting take on the Romeo and Juliet story....more
I rescued this copy of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha volume 2 from Booksale recently. A hardback edition with a badly creased cover and faulty binding withoutI rescued this copy of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha volume 2 from Booksale recently. A hardback edition with a badly creased cover and faulty binding without its jacket if it had one. I've heard some raves about this series and I figured this could be a great introduction into the original manga god that is Tezuka. Reading it feels familiar. No wonder, I've already been acquainted with Tezuka's work since I was old enough to enjoy cartoons, having watched Kimba the White Lion. The book itself, is great. Although I wish I read the first volume. The storytelling is very strong. I've noticed that this was published in mirror-image from the original Japanese publication. I would have preferred this set in original format. But the panel layout is strong enough to overcome this, I barely even noticed that all the characters were left-handed....more
This manga speaks to me. I am in a middle of a career change, I am teaching college students after escaping the daily grind of an 8 to 5 career. I canThis manga speaks to me. I am in a middle of a career change, I am teaching college students after escaping the daily grind of an 8 to 5 career. I can relate to Onizuka, who had a hard time earning the respect of his students. When I started teaching I already have an idea of how the "Great Teacher Onizuka" would do it. So its a great help.
Onizuka teaches his student that academics are not everything, they are important, but of equal standing are friends, honor and just enjoying life. He is a reminder to his students that a balance can be achieved. he has a career and he is enjoying it.
I was drawn to this manga because it dealt with a subject matter that was different from the shonen manga I was reading at the time. It was about musiI was drawn to this manga because it dealt with a subject matter that was different from the shonen manga I was reading at the time. It was about music and rock bands and the dreams of teenage boys who picked up a guitar and dreamed of hitting it big with their own band.
The art was refreshingly different from shonen manga as well. It had a realism to it that set it apart from the other manga I was reading at the time. It helped that the artist drew cute girls....more