Giga-Journal: Mega-Manga Monday!

Giga-Journal: Mega-Manga Monday!

Finally Reading Again! . . .

After Almost Seven Years!

By: Head WriterJustin Tafoya

 

Monday, Dec. 19th

   Hello again, my Giga-friends! I hope you’re doing well on the final Monday before Christmas! And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope your holiday is just as awesome, if not BETTER, than everyone else!

Tate no Yuusha’s Naofumi. If anything, the designs are really cool!

  I know I’ve been talking about Fate a lot recently, and I admit it. My”My name is J.R, and I have a problem. . .” I know there’s more to nerd stuff than that! So on a completely different scale, I’ve finally started reading manga again! It’s been a long time since I’ve gone out my way to read manga, honestly. The only things I’ve read are classics to me: Spice and Wolf and Psyren. When the latter was forcibly ended back in ’09-’10, it made me despise how Shounen Jump ran their business. Even more so after finding out how terribly hard the Mangaka (Manga creator) are forced to work. So for me to start up manga again is no small step for someone as petty and vindictive as me.

  My first re-introduction was from my friend and fellow super-nerd, Gabe. He had introduced me to Tate no Yuusha no Nariagiri (The Rise of the Shield Hero), something I would both love and hate at the same time. Tate no Yuusha, if you haven’t heard, is one of the more popular manga running right now . . . but it is also a monthly manga. That’s right, it’s damn amazing in a lot of ways, but it forces me to wait a whole THIRTY days to read the next chapter! It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited to read manga and Tate no Yuusha definitely gets me pumped every time I see a new chapter pop up. Maybe I’ll go into a little more detail next week. But, take my word for it, this particular manga is absolutely amazing, not perfect, but it hits a lot of really good points and has a roster of good characters. I highly suggest checking it out so you can love it with me, then loathe life for the next thirty days . . . every month!

 Some other notable mentions are Tsuyokute New Saga, World Customize Create, Tomo-chan wa Onna no Ko (Tomo-chan is a Girl), and (of course) Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun!

 

NOW ON TO ANIME!

The Earth Branch arc in a nutshell. People standing around, doing nothing, and getting all existential. The End.

   Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku finally ended this past week on a bit of a strange note. I’ll obviously be doing a review on it later, but I would like to point out that it didn’t really accomplish anything. . . at all. The “Razing” Project, as I like to call it, had the same problem a lot of horror anime face in that it has too many characters to kill off, and not enough time to make us care about them. Worst of all was its main character who did nearly nothing for the entire run. I won’t say “don’t watch it”, but I won’t go out of my way to recommend it either.

   Despite having a bit of a rocky start, Iron-Blooded Orphans has finally started to pick up the pace a little bit. There was a few episode about the Earth branch of Tekkadan that starred Takaki, the kid who got smashed to smithereens last season, and a new arrival, Gaston. But, the entire arc didn’t serve much of a purpose on a character development plot, and only served to introduce a bad guy we already knew existed. But, these last few episodes have been showing off some new Gundams and weaponry that promises to showcase a huge incoming fight and the political backlash to go along with them. I can only hope they get back to their season 1 roots and sweep me off of my feet again!

  Anyway, that’s it for me this week. I hope you have a wonderful  day, an even better week, and a terrific Christmas! -J.R

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