It’s a hard thing, to be set in an opinion and then be forced to change it. Why do you suppose there is so much resistance to all the social change we’ve gone through recently and historically. People are creatures of habit, and when they are set in their ways of hating a specific thing it will take a lot to break them out of their rut.
And no, I’m not talking about Naruto. Read on to find out what I’m on about.
One-Punch Man Ch. 25.2
It’s not hard to create a “cool” character. What is hard is creating a character that stays “cool” while getting his butt kicked. Granted, Genos gives as good as he gets (which is one of the secrets for maintaining a character’s cool image even in defeat), but he gets beat up pretty good and I think it’s clear that he won’t be the one to finish this fight.
What amazes me about this series is how much I’m enjoying it despite it being a fairly shallow premise. We don’t know much of anything about this threat, and yet it’s being played completely straight. The setup was literally just, “And then some monsters came out of the ocean.” Why are they invading? Who knows, but it’s awesome anyway. It’s the mark of a great series when I’m able to read it and notice the flaws but dismiss them because the rest is just so well done.
Bleach Ch. 548
Kubo has this odd habit of trying to make Omaeda, a character that was basically the butt of a joke, a sympathetic character. I’m not sure how to feel about that because I like my comedic characters and my dramatic characters kept separate. And yet, somehow it works for me. He’s not my favorite character, but I find that the tonal dissonance in how he’s written actually works in a strange way.
Hitsugaya, fan favorite that he is, actually has a pretty good fight this chapter. It may seem a bit short, and the “science” behind it is questionable at best, but I like to see more intellectual combat in my shonen action. I can only take so many “the strength of our friendship gives me power” climaxes without wanting to tear my hair out. It’s good to see Rangiku back in the series too. She was always a favorite of mine (not just for the reasons you may think), mostly because she’s another one of those gag characters who gets serious moments that work. For some reason. I’m not sure why, but somehow Kubo can pull it off.
Naruto Ch. 646
Methinks Kishimoto has been reading the Bible. And he’s managed to adapt the story of Genesis into his story without completely missing the point. Sure there aren’t very many tailed demons in christian canon, but at least the basics of the story are used in a way that is far more respectful of the source material than one tends to see in manga. It’s a shame that all it really does for the story is convolute the whole thing more than it needs to be.
I really can’t say anything but, “Why is this fight still going?” We finally see some progress with the Infinite Tsukoyomi being set up. But this all could have been done in a quarter of the time we’ve spent. I’m sticking it through because for some reason I’m still curious about how Naruto will end, but by this point I’m just looking for material to complain about online.
One Piece Ch. 721
What!? A dead mother!? Such a thing has never been done in One Piece! Oda you edgy devil!
Sarcasm aside, I think One Piece has desensitized me to tragic backstories. Rebecca’s backstory is par for the course for One Piece. That of course means that it’s good, just not the best I’ve seen in this series. I do have some theories about the toy soldier and Ricky the gladiator. I’m pretty certain that one of them is her grandfather, and one of them is her father. I don’t know which of course, and it’s not like I’m going to be the only one to draw that conclusion from this chapter but I still feel like throwing that idea out there.
The idea that Rebecca is being forced to fight because of her family could explain why she fights in a scale-mail bikini. Doflamingo is probably forcing her to wear the outfit to humiliate her. Or Oda just likes drawing fanservice a lot more than he used to, but I like my explanation too.
Nisekoi Ch. 090
It’s been a while since the mystery of Rakku and the girls’ past was brought up. And this chapter gives us more hints than we’ve gotten in a while, including the bombshell that Chitoge probably isn’t the girl that Rakku made a promise with. This doesn’t mean they won’t end together, and I’m still wary about the Love Hina route this story might take, but I’ve missed the wrenches Naoshi used to throw into the story.
The standout this chapter for expressions and reactions was definitely Ruri. Her face when the keys are brought out may be the more subtle of her expressions, but I loved it the most.
Jaco Ch. 009
Well, I was right about the rocket crashing. But I’m probably wrong about whatsherface dying. Oh well. Not much else to really comment on this chapter, except that Jaco revealing himself is a bit surprising. The plot really started moving after several chapters that felt far too slow. I guess we really do only have a couple chapters left. We’ll see how things go.
Toriko Ch. 249
What I love most about Toriko is that Shimabukuro takes the time to actually think through the implications of the powers he comes up with. Of course making abnormal movements of cells the norm would wreak havoc on the automatic processes of the body. Fortunately Midora isn’t going down as easily as we thought, and the fact that he can keep up with Ichiryu promises yet another grand fight. The pacing was a bit off this arc, but as of late it’s been moving along quite nicely, switching between scenes where needed. I expect this fight will be a couple more chapters. Hopefully it won’t overstay its welcome like Toriko’s fight.
World Trigger Ch. 030
Yes. I didn’t hate this chapter of World Trigger. And this is the first time that I not only didn’t find anything to complain about, I actually was able to look at the chapter without prejudice. It’s still not a great manga, but the fight was competent. And that alone is promising. I give credit where due, and the fight in this chapter was well paced and well thought out. Kitora is definitely turning out to be one of my favorite characters for this series.
Dragon Ball Z Ch. 031
I really wish we knew more about Saiyan society. This chapter hints a bit at it, with Nappa mentioning being nobility. There’s so much more I’d like to know about the Saiyans, but I already know we won’t be learning much more from the manga. And even the anime doesn’t go that into depth.
This was a good week. The chapters were, for the most part, enjoyable. At the very least the good outweighed the bad by a considerable margin. I think, as usual, One Piece was my definite favorite this week. But World Trigger showed the most improvement, so I’m definitely open to the idea of not hating it.
Which was your favorite this week?
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