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Woohoo, my comic stores Peterborough branch managed to get a copy of 20th Century Boys Perfect Edition volume 2! They remembered I wanted one and got a member of staff to bring it to the Bedford store for me to collect.

In other news, started reading Chainsaw Man on the Shonen app, double-yah-tee-eff?

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So, got round to starting that second volume of 20th Century Boys and could not put it down. I've got the third one on my book shelf already but got a couple of novels and a non-fiction book on the go, plus I like picking out manga/graphic novel to pick out to read over a weekend, so maybe next weekend (though I've also got vol 4 of Berzerk, vol 5, 6 and 7 of Persona 5, Uzamaki, Vol 3 of Prometha and vol 4 of Alan Moores Swamp Thing Run all to read too...)

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4 hours ago, wev said:

So, got round to starting that second volume of 20th Century Boys and could not put it down. I've got the third one on my book shelf already but got a couple of novels and a non-fiction book on the go, plus I like picking out manga/graphic novel to pick out to read over a weekend, so maybe next weekend (though I've also got vol 4 of Berzerk, vol 5, 6 and 7 of Persona 5, Uzamaki, Vol 3 of Prometha and vol 4 of Alan Moores Swamp Thing Run all to read too...)

Uzumaki and Berserk, those two are like GOATS for me. 

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Can someone recommend a good manga series for my son (planning ahead for Xmas)?

 

He’ll be 14 by then, got into Death Note, but that was quickly superseded by his favourites – Tokyo Ghoul and JoJo’s. 
 

I’m not wild about manga, despite Akira being my favourite ever comic, so it’s hard for me to judge. 
 

He’s managed to nab a couple of Chainsaw Man books, which alongside Tokyo Ghoul, seem to hit the sweet spot of mature-ish content and some humour as light relief. 
 

I lent him Akira, but he wasn’t crazy about it, but I think he’s getting to the age where he is more interested in discovering things himself. 
 

He read a few One Piece books which we borrowed, which were fine, but didn’t hook him. 
 

Any ideas greatly appreciated. 

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Tell him to keep reading One Piece :lol: If he didn't get through the first ten books he's not seen what it's really got yet.

 

Otherwise, based on those things, I'd reccomend Battle Angel, but I always do. Vinland Saga also might be a good shout.

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Thanks both – he already has some Titan, and tonnes of the DVDs. We know someone who has shelves of One Piece too 🙂

 

Is that Battle Angel Alita, @Broker? I seem to remember that been advertised in Manga Mania (a short-lived UK publication that serialised Akira, Godzilla, etc, in the early 90s that I useed to enjoy).

 

If so, do you just start at volume 1?

 

I realise this is probably my last chance at introducing him to something he won't already know about. I'm conscious that trying to get him into Akira was a bit like if someone handing me a Led Zeppelin album when I was into grunge in the early 90s. Kids have got to find their own thing.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Broker said:


Tell him to go in with low expectations for the ending though.

 

All part of growing up and learning the harsh realities of life (and committing to 33 volumes of a Manga)

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On 22/09/2021 at 18:34, Twinbee said:

 

Is that Battle Angel Alita, @Broker? I seem to remember that been advertised in Manga Mania (a short-lived UK publication that serialised Akira, Godzilla, etc, in the early 90s that I useed to enjoy).

 

If so, do you just start at volume 1?


Yeah Battle Angel Alita. The first series is just called that, you start at the first volume. I think there’s collected editions available too. The second series is called Last Order, and the new one is Mars Chronicle, which is still ongoing.

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Oooof. Chi no Wadachi / Blood On The Tracks is getting a bit intense. It's none of my business obviously but I'd love to know more about Oshimi Shuzo's relationship with his Mum :mellow:

 

4chan recommended Boys Abyss as a similar book but TBH it's half overblown melodrama and half harem bullshit. Dissapointing.

 

 

 

I've fallen down an etsy knockoff merch rabbithole today, look at this awesome badge of that little bastard Souichi.

 

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Has anyone here been reading Spy x Family? I've seen it all over the place in shops and convenience stores here for months and months now, but on a whim decided to try some scanlations online and found it to be daft fun. I guess the plot can be spun out for as long as needed, but the core of the fake family (spy father, assassin mother and telepath daughter) is oddly endearing. The tonal shifts can be a bit brutal (Yor's brother works as in the secret police and will happily beat the shit out of prisoners, then gets stupidly drunk and overly protective of his older sister whenever the topic of her husband comes up), but somehow it works.

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1 hour ago, Talvalin said:

Has anyone here been reading Spy x Family? I've seen it all over the place in shops and convenience stores here for months and months now, but on a whim decided to try some scanlations online and found it to be daft fun. I guess the plot can be spun out for as long as needed, but the core of the fake family (spy father, assassin mother and telepath daughter) is oddly endearing. The tonal shifts can be a bit brutal (Yor's brother works as in the secret police and will happily beat the shit out of prisoners, then gets stupidly drunk and overly protective of his older sister whenever the topic of her husband comes up), but somehow it works.

It’s one of the better current Shonen titles but that’s not hard these days as there’s an awful lot of generic shit being published right now.

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On 15/10/2021 at 14:42, Girth Certificate said:

Oooof. Chi no Wadachi / Blood On The Tracks is getting a bit intense. It's none of my business obviously but I'd love to know more about Oshimi Shuzo's relationship with his Mum :mellow:

 

Just started this, its excellent - and more than a little unsettling!

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I’m really surprised that I can’t pay more to get more chapters on the Shonen jump app. It’s only £2 a month or something, but you’re limited to 100 chapters a day. It seems tailor made to have a slightly more expensive tier where you can pay for unlimited chapters, but it’s just not available. 

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I assume it's in order to make it difficult to hoover up all their content for re-hosting elsewhere. 100 chapters is what, eight to ten volumes? It doesn't seem hugely unreasonable but I agree that it's odd they don't have a 'premium' plan that has an increased limit.

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On 20/09/2021 at 23:40, Twinbee said:

Can someone recommend a good manga series for my son (planning ahead for Xmas)?

 

He’ll be 14 by then, got into Death Note, but that was quickly superseded by his favourites – Tokyo Ghoul and JoJo’s. 
 

I’m not wild about manga, despite Akira being my favourite ever comic, so it’s hard for me to judge. 
 

He’s managed to nab a couple of Chainsaw Man books, which alongside Tokyo Ghoul, seem to hit the sweet spot of mature-ish content and some humour as light relief. 
 

I lent him Akira, but he wasn’t crazy about it, but I think he’s getting to the age where he is more interested in discovering things himself. 
 

He read a few One Piece books which we borrowed, which were fine, but didn’t hook him. 
 

Any ideas greatly appreciated. 

 

These are great:

 

* One Piece - stick with it, it gets really good but it has a slow start. Long but you can move fast. My all-time #1.

* Jujutsu Kaisen - one of the best of the current series.

* Record of Ragnarok - fight manga, Gods vs Humans, read the first two fights. 

* Monster - classic, he might be too young for it.

* Blame! - classic sci-fi, can be read in a day.

* Knights of Sidonia - if he liked Blame!

* Hunter x Hunter - classic.

* Naruto - the anime makes it, if you skip the filler.

* One Punch Man - just make sure he reads a few other Shonen before this.

* Mob Psycho - at least the anime is great.

* Full Metal Alchemist - manga is better than the anime.

* Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) - all time classic, fun.

* Bakuman - good read once you are a manga geek.

* Eyeshield 21 - really enjoyable sports manga over American football.

 

There are some good manwah:

 

* Tower of God

* Solo Levelling

* The Gamer

 

There are some other insane series for when he is a little older:

 

* Berserk

* Vagabond (reading this myself)

* Ashita no Joe

* Vinland Saga

* Gantz - some love it, when the alien rape started I quit that shit.

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On 14/11/2021 at 11:23, Girth Certificate said:

That is weird, 100 chapters is a lot less than it sounds when you get sucked into a series. Maybe they run it off their phones and have a data cap :lol: 

 

It's nothing, it's a long evening session with a good series.

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Can I also recommend Spy x Family for some wholesome fun (albeit with some occasional brutal murder that becomes more akin to slapstick in later stories - the cruise ship story for one, with Yor and the repeated panels as she dispatches a series of hapless and far less skilled assassins)?

 

I've now caught up with all the available scanlations and now feel deprived, but at least I can go back and fail to re-read them all in Japanese instead. Be right back in a few months....

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On 16/11/2021 at 20:19, Ryan said:

 

These are great:

 

* One Piece - stick with it, it gets really good but it has a slow start. Long but you can move fast. My all-time #1.

* Jujutsu Kaisen - one of the best of the current series.

* Record of Ragnarok - fight manga, Gods vs Humans, read the first two fights. 

* Monster - classic, he might be too young for it.

* Blame! - classic sci-fi, can be read in a day.

* Knights of Sidonia - if he liked Blame!

* Hunter x Hunter - classic.

* Naruto - the anime makes it, if you skip the filler.

* One Punch Man - just make sure he reads a few other Shonen before this.

* Mob Psycho - at least the anime is great.

* Full Metal Alchemist - manga is better than the anime.

* Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) - all time classic, fun.

* Bakuman - good read once you are a manga geek.

* Eyeshield 21 - really enjoyable sports manga over American football.

 

There are some good manwah:

 

* Tower of God

* Solo Levelling

* The Gamer

 

There are some other insane series for when he is a little older:

 

* Berserk

* Vagabond (reading this myself)

* Ashita no Joe

* Vinland Saga

* Gantz - some love it, when the alien rape started I quit that shit.

Belated thanks for these recommendations!

 

Blame! looks absolutely cracking, and the master editions have lovely cover designs. Santa will be bringing the boy vol 1 for xmas :)

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