Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Random thoughts on some mangas

Godhand Teru
After many years, finally Godhand Teru ends with the 62nd volume. I am talking about the Indonesian version of course. It is one of my favourite title as most of the stories are very touching and make me cry buckets. The beginning is really promising. In fact, it can be inspiring for young people who read this to become doctors although what the manga depicts may not be a true reflection of work life in a hospital. Lol. As the story progresses, there are more shounen action spices being injected like rivalry with another doctor and another hospital group. Unfortunately, I feel that the ending is very anticlimatic. It seems that after a long journey, the mangaka forgets about Teru's intention at the start of the series and the end does not tie back to that. Bleah.. we do not even get a nice wedding scenes after all that lovey dovey relationships. Heck, I think the mangaka was forced to just quickly end the series and hence we get such an ending. I know there is a continuation called Godhand Teru Kamigami no Souheki and although I am disappointed with how Godhand Teru ends, I will still read the continuation if it is translated by Elex Media Komputindo.
Fairy Tail
I had high hopes for Fairy Tail as I enjoyed Hiro Mashima's previous work: Rave Master. Fairy Tail slowly losing its uniqueness with artwork which getting more similar to One Piece -whose artwork I dislike- and trying too hard with all the fanservice. The fanservice is too much and the jokes are no longer funny. There is a limit on how Gray's shirtlessness, accidental booby grabs, losing clothes in the middle of battle, etc can be funny and I think they are no longer funny. I am surprised how Fairy Tail can retain its popularity as I already lose track with the main plot with all the side plots. This is going to be a long ride as I am still at volume 36 and the Japanese version is still ongoing at volume 52. I want to quit but the other part of me feel that I am way into this already. It is sad to see how Fairy Tail has moved way too far from its predecessor. Other than the artwork, there is no way to tell that this is actually done by the same manga who does Rave Master as Fairy Tail has almost none of the good points of Rave Master, especially the great touching stories.
Beelzebub
Now if you want to have a fantastic example of great comedy manga: read Beelzebub. I wanted to stop this at the beginning as the story is almost non-existent at the beginning. However, this is the first manga that made me laugh out loud while reading it. The jokes tend to fall on the lame side but coupled with the stupid expressions that the characters make, everything becomes an explosive comedy. It is an interesting concept as usually humour is inserted to move the story along but Beelzebub is doing the other way. Well I am not complaining because even the filler story arcs -purely there just for the sake of the comedy- are hilarious. Fairy Tail should learn from this on how to make things funny with minimal fanservice. Yep, even the naked baby does not become the butt of all the jokes to keep things funny.
Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun
My sister informed me about this new title a few months ago and my only reason for buying this was good reviews that I found on the net. I did not even actually find out how the artwork looks like or what the story is all about. My first impression after reading the first few pages was not very positive as the artwork is too shoujo for me. But beyond that, everything is becoming enjoyable. Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun has an interesting approach with 4-panel per page per 'story' which reminds me of those comic strips in the newspaper. There is still a continuation from 1 page (or 'story') to the the next. The humour style is very similar to Beelzebub: funny and lame lines coupled with ridiculous expressions from the characters that makes me laugh out loud although not as loud as Beelzebub. Hmm... if this is considered LOL, Beelzebub's level can be considered giving me 6-pack from the laughing.
Yugami-kun ni wa Tomodachi ga Inai
This is rather moutful as a title. The literal translation is 'Yugami does not have any friends' so thumbs up for M&C translation to 'Friendless Yugami'. I bought this just because of an end of year sale of buying 3 and get 1 free M&C manga. Last week I only needed to buy New Prince of Tennis 13 and just nice that so far there Yugami-kun is up to volume 3 so I picked those 4. As an antisocial, especially during my school days, I am naturally attracted to a story about an antisocial boy. Lol. The story turns out to be different from what I expected in a good way. Yugami-kun is supposed to be brutally honest, blunt, and self-centered but surprisingly his words and actions turn out to be very funny. The humour is similar to Beelzebub and Nozaki-kun above so it is not a surprise that I also enjoy reading this.

Yep, so that's how I end my 2015. Lol...

6 comments:

Chie Ness said...

I love Godhand Teru too but unfortunately it's not published in English. Lucky for Indonesian fans then. ;w; The chapters that are in English are only up to 19. How sad. As of now, I'm struggling with reading the raw scans.

darkrose said...

Yes we are lucky as the Indonesian manga industry is perhaps one of the biggest outside Japan. It will be difficult to get scanlations of Godhand Teru as medical theme is not too mainstream. Not to mention the difficulty of translating those medical terms.

Chie Ness said...

I'm so jealous right now. I read it last 2009 but I stopped due to the slow update. Sadly until now, there's none. ^^; Medical terms are indeed hard, I'm a pharmacist student. But, dang what a shame! I really love medical genre manga. ;w; I'm currently learning Nihonggo too, it was useful when I read the raw scans. Yet it's still not enough.

darkrose said...

Wow.. I am in pharmacy too so I understand a little bit of medical terms and the reason why I like Godhand Teru (as compared to other medical manga) is that there is a bit more explanations on the diseases and procedures.

I am also currently learning Japanese but I am way too far from being able to read raw scans :( Not an easy language to learn.

Chie Ness said...

Wow! OwO What a coincidence! Yes, I love the explanations and details in the manga too. ^^ Extra information won't hurt.

Let's work hard in learning Nihongo. I can only read if there are furigana available though. If there's none, then it's impossible. Kanji is pretty hard. Orz

darkrose said...

Nihongo is more difficult than what I imagined >.<
They can have hiragana + katakana + kanji in one sentence. Kanji is the killer :( Even if I can memorise all the hiragana and katakana, I think kanji will still prevent me from being able to read Japanese