Manga Weekly: School Rumble, Inuyasha, Psyren, Matsuri Special, Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece, and Bleach
Before I start the weekly highlights, let me lament two things. First, BECK is still a no show. Why? Any raws passing around? Second, Koukou Debut will end next issue of Bessatsu Margaret. Too soon, I tell you. I love Koukou Debut; it’s fun, entertaining, and no angsty heroine to annoy me.
On a somewhat brighter note, Itazura na Kiss’s “true ending” will be unveiled in its anime form. The last chapter of ItaKiss reveals Kotoko in her first trimester of pregnancy.
And let’s get back to what I decide to be the week’s highlights. Once again, they are testosterone filled titles. School Rumble and Inuyasha commence with their long goodbyes; Psyren and Matsuri Special say hello; Fullmetal Alchemist makes me nostalgic; and Bleach and One Piece still kick ass.
More after the jump.
As much as I mock this series, Inuyasha (the anime) showed me the ‘fansub way of life’. So the manga awashes me with lingering sentimentality. Goodness. If the sources from varying aniblogs are correct, c.557 is the penultimate chapter of the epic journey/romance/adventure/bs of Kagome and Inuyasha. In this chapter, the pair reunite (as if there was an alternative), giving Kagome the extra push to ask for the ‘right’ wish. And did it came to fruition?
Ah. But of course.
The finale will reveal if the HEA will come through for the romance part of the series. Take a guess.
School Rumble c.276
Is SR truly, truly leaving us? Why, oh, why?
This chapter focuses on everyone’s favorite, Yakumo. A ghost mocks her insecurities, pushing Yakumo to emotional outburst. Gasp! An emotional Yakumo. Who would’ve thought?
What is this need by Kobayashi to stay away from stereotypical end of an almost gag manga? Are we to accept the emo pouring out of the latest chapters? Why stick with emo?
I’ve become Bleach whore once again. Should I feel shame? Bah. No need to be an apologist about it.
Urahara and Tsukabishi’s banishment from the not!Heaven becomes clearer by the minute. In order to ’salvage’ the souls of their comrades, forbidden techniques were used: Tsukabishi and his spells; and Urahara and his Science.
If the turmoil of present day Bleach stems from way back when, why hasn’t Urahara stopped Aizen and his cohorts? How could Aizen be beyond suspicion? Surely, Kubo will present us a convincing argument, perhaps satisfying as well.
Reading Psyren reminds me of Gantz-lite, but not in a derogatory way.
At this phase, an assembly of characters line up for introductions, such as Hyoudou Kagetora’s appearance on the second to the last page of the chapter. His purpose must be to mentor the newly initiated Psi users.
So far, unanswered questions is the norm. Yet the pacing seems right on the money. The release of tension skates between comedy and thriller adventure. Gotta say, excellent use of tension and release.
One Piece c.503
I really should have something more to say than just ‘One Piece is fucking awesome‘. Then again, what can you do when a certain towering figure bursts into a fight and basically utters, “I’ve been wanting to meet you Luffy“?
Matsuri Special c.8
Anybody else reading Matsuri Special? Kindly raise your hands. I’m pleased that Kamio Yoko’s MS is turning out to be much enjoyable than Cat Street.
Sometimes, shame and embarrassment makes people act peculiar. Kinda like Matsuri’s uncharacteristic win against her opponent. Instead of slacking off as usual, Matsuri easily deflected her opponent’s attacks in order to protect her identity and/or reputation to her, err, school crush.
Okay, that sounds boring that way I described it. It’s not. Just check it out.
Fullmetal Alchemist c.84
My favorite sin is Lust, but in Hagaren it’s Greed. Why so? Just because.
A quick recap of the FMA so far: Ed, Greed, and two other chimeras team up for perhaps some epic ass-whooping later on; Winry is a witness protection program; Scar is still emo; and poor Al is caught by the Fuhrer’s creepy ’son’. I mean, dude, the kid freaks me out.
Wow. I still miss the anime, having alloted 50+ entries on the subject. (I can’t believe I was able to blog ep1-50. Those were the days.) I know that the movie some kinda wrapped up the ‘loose ends’, but I’d rather the original storyline animated.
A few things before I go. I’m itching for more BECK, the raws and the scans. Eyeshield is urging me to take a peek at the current ongoings, but I have to wait until the Christmas Bowl champ is revealed. I’ve been re-reading Shinshi Doumei Cross, but I can’t seem to work up the energy to write a review of sorts.