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October 27, 2012
August 10, 2012
Without a doubt the most famous of all the manga series I’ve posted is Slam Dunk! by Inoue Takehiko. It has far-transcended its own medium and is widely credited with popularizing the sport of basketball in many parts of the world.
It’s the story of a a high school delinquent who, recognized for his athleticism, is introduced to the basketball team. Through Slam Dunk!, Inoue captured the essence of competition – effort, perseverance, teamwork, the bitterness and regret of defeat, as well as the eventual victory, attainment, and friendship found along the way. There’s no manga that better epitomized the youthful enthusiasm, exertion, and love of a discipline than this. As you read this, you’ll also be moved to want to get out there and shoot a basketball.
Tensai Manga Project (TMP) scanlated volumes 1-30 before dropping off the map, thank you TMP and thanks to KusMoG-tsumaranai for capping off the series with the final V31.
-ps I’ve also included Buzzer Beater, a 4-volume webcomic Inoue drew for his website. I’ve collected them all for your viewing pleasure. Cleaning and packaging this series also took quite a bit of time on my part, so please appreciate it and enjoy reading and/or rereading.
June 14, 2012
Bio-Boosted Armor Guyver is the longest-running series that I’ve ever done. Longer than Berserk, longer than Hajime no Ippo, it’s been in serialization since 1985 and has 28 collected volumes currently. At about 1 volume a year, Takaya Yoshiki is slower than Kentaro Miura. Having said that, the quality justifies the pace: Incredibly imaginative is the best way to describe this series – the concept, the visualization, its use of violence, all of it.
The story is about a teenager who stumbles across the g-unit and accidentally activates it. The next thing you know, he merges with the alien armor and is pursued by a multinational organization called Chronos, whose soldiers sent to capture him are mutated human/creature called zoanoids. The discoveries he make along the way will take the story to the beginning of life and creation itself.
I found Guyver Advocacy by chance when I was craving some Guyver (Thank you for bringing the goods buddy!). Give them a visit, especially if you want the latest monthly chapters. Scanlated V02-07 aren’t available for download at this moment unfortunately, I’m still looking for those. You can read scanlated V02-04 (c07-28) by the defunct HobbyJapan on this online reader here. It’s not ideal, but it’ll have to do for now.
June 1, 2012
I’m gonna have to get away from series-specific title for once. If you’re anything like me, then this post has been a long time coming.
The story of Planetes follows the crew of the DS-12 “Toy Box” of the Space Debris Section, a unit of Technora Corporation. Debris Section’s purpose is to prevent the damage or destruction of satellites, space stations and spacecraft from collision with debris in Earth’s and the Moon’s orbits. They use a number of methods to dispose of the debris, mainly by burning it via atmospheric reentry or through salvage.
The storylines sometimes revolve around debris collection itself, but more often the concept of collecting “trash” in space is merely a storytelling method for character development. This is one of those series you can read and reread without ever getting old because it gets at questions that are constantly evolving for just about anyone – who am I, who are my relations, what are my responsibilities both as a member of a community of people and within the larger community of nations? It’s a must read. Period.
Once again the credit goes to Jinchi and Manga-Sketchbook. Remember, buy it if you love it! Can’t beat that feeling of having it in your hands.
morten, archer, MU still needs you to keep the ongoing series up to date for everyone, including me
So let’s go!
January 11, 2012
It’s here, the one you’ve been asking and waiting for – Mugen no Juunin by Samura Hiroaki. Inhabitants of the Infinity, or Blade of the Immortal as it’s known outside of Asia, is a work 18 years in the making. This is another one of those series that doesn’t need too much introduction, its cross-cultural appeal is self-evident having been release in the US by Dark Horse for more than a decade.
The story is focused on the lives of its two main characters. The Immortal “100 men slayer” Manji has quelled his indiscriminant bloodlust and is on a redemption road, whereas Asano Rin is on a warpath for justice. The daughter of a well-known dojo, her father and mother were killed by militant revolutionaries hell-bent on changing the socio-political order of Japan under Tokugawa Shogunate. Together they make a pact to help one another – revenge for Rin, killing evil men for Manji.
I’d like to thank Jinchi and crew at Manga-Sketchbook for digitizing much of what I have here for you all (19 volumes!). They were an absolute force to the readers of the scanlation community. Delinquent-Manga, Inconnu, anotsuutranslate, BOTISCAN, Rippersanime, HappyScans!, OtherSideofSky, Offtopia have all pitched in to continue scanlating in the absence of timely release of BOTI. Special props to the current scanlators Rippersanime, HappyScans!, and OtherSideofSky.
Note: The tail end of v18 JP release continues directly from v19 of the US release, so there’s no mistake or redundancy. I have also included a bonus of quality raw volumes.
December 15, 2011
At the beginning of the Edo period (1629), when people enjoyed a time of peace, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga decides to hold a tournament. In the past, matches were fought with wooden swords, but this time real swords will be used. The one-armed Fujiki Gennosuke and the blind Irako Seigen will fight each other in this tournament, even though both were disciples of Iwamoto Kogan — known as Japan’s greatest swordsman. So begins the story of intertwining fates, conflict, and colliding destinies.
This one’s relatively new in scanlation terms – written and illustrated by Nanjo Norio and Yamaguchi Takayuki respectively, Shigurui is very heavy on the gore, guts, and graphic violence in general. Interestingly, the goring of the human body is a major narrative and artistic theme, it’s also depicted as a perversion of Tadanaga to the strong but futile objection of his vassals. The story is told entirely in flashback, and it ends, in its present, as abruptly as it begins. The rich storytelling will leave you resigned to the inevitability of its finale.
Kotonoha got the ball rolling with a volume and half, after that Anonymous Spore picked up the slack for a whopping nine and half volumes, and Anonymous Stem rounded out the effort with the final four.
November 19, 2011
Leading the charge for my 2nd wave is another legendary series, this one by Otomo Katsuhiro of AKIRA, Mother Sarah, and Steamboy fame, AKIRA being the most acclaimed and famous work of his. Otomo spent 8 years working on the project, and supposedly it was never completed to his utmost satisfaction. What he has created however has won numerous industry awards both domestically and abroad, and has stood the test of time tremendously well. It is as good as the day he put the wrap on it so many years ago.
AKIRA is set in a post-post-apocalyptic world of 2030, in a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by a blast from an unknown power. The lives of a group of delinquents are forever changed one night when one of them is involved in an accident which triggers his latent psychic ability. When he is whisked away by clandestine government agents, the others goes after him. Slowly the plot unravels, and the unimaginable power known as AKIRA that destroyed Tokyo 38 years ago and triggered WWIII is revealed.
in 1988 AKIRA was adapted into a landmark animated film, although its plot differs markedly from the print version. Together they are credited as having introduced both forms of storytelling to West and led the way for their popularization in the early 1990s. More recently, Hollywood has been hard at work trying to come out with a white-washed live-action adaptation of it, of which I am very unenthusiastic about. Regardless, the best version is now preserved for all times on the internet and here at MU.
October 19, 2011
Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä, or Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (or just Nausicaa for short), is the epic post-apocalyptic fantasy story by Hayao Miyazaki, founder of Studio Ghibli – revered for its hand-drawn animations. This manga precedes that tradition as well as the company in fact, where absolutely everything down to the individual sticks of furniture in the background is hand-drawn by Miyasaki. Perhaps because of that he spent 12 years completing it, taking intermittent hiatuses for featured films. The 1984 film adaptation is made well before the wrap on the manga (1992), hence it falls short of the vision and scope depicted in the books.
The story takes place 1000 years after a cataclysmic event which destroys the previous civilization and leaves the world heavily polluted and its oceans poisoned. Much of the world is covered by the “Sea of Corruption”, a toxic fungal forest that is steadily encroaching on the remaining open land. Humanity clings on in the lands beyond the forest, periodically engaging in bouts of internecine fighting for the scarce resources that remain. The main character is Nausicaa, princess of the Valley of the Wind, a periphery state drawn in to the battle between two of the largest remaining nations when one invaded the other.
My god, if there’s one manga I’d read for the rest of eternity, this would be it. There is no overstating the thought, creativity, and the overall quality of this manga. One of his earliest works, Miyasaki was able to encapsulate in Nausicaa many of his now time-honored themes – a staunch anti-war stance, environmentalism, and the absence of traditional good-evil dichotomies. I have included in this release the entire Nausicaa manga, a screenplay of vol.1 by an anonymous fan, and the prototype entitled Shuna’s Journey by Sc-Scans (I threw in Inane’s ch1 so you can compare). The Art of Nausicaa – Watercolor Impressions is also available.
10 posts! 17 complete / up-to-date series! Hundreds of volumes! It’s been a pleasure sharing the best of what seinan genre has to offer here at MU. And as we all know, mature mangas are the best mangas. Period. Look forward to the future posts where I’ll continue to match quality for quality, quantity to quality, and manicure to pedicure for the best possible read.
Series in Review
◆ Berserk ◆ (Up to Date)
◆ Eden ◆ (Complete)
◆ MONSTER ◆ (Complete)
◆ 20th Century Boys ◆ (Complete)
◆ 21st Century Boys ◆ (Complete)
◆ PLUTO ◆ (Complete)
◆ Happy! ◆ (Vol.1 through 10)
◆ Billy Bat ◆ (Vol.1 through 5)
◆ Bokko ◆ (Complete)
◆ Shamo ◆ (Up to Date)
◆ Koroshiya Ichi ◆ (Complete)
◆ Homunculus ◆ (Up to Date)
◆ Gunnm ◆ (Complete)
◆ Gunnm Last Order ◆ (Up to Date)
◆ Hajime no Ippo ◆ (Vol.1 through 61)
◆ GANTZ ◆ (Vol.1 through 24)
◆ Nausicaa ◆ (Complete)