Manga Talk: 4 Mangas About Acting

I thought that when I had a job, I would never see myself motivated enough to write a blog post until December, but surprisingly, even though it is in my more tired days, the urge to write something about manga that I read still holds (which didn’t wane at all when I finished work, since unlike writing something new, mindlessly reading requires way less brain power to process). Thus, for another archive in the almost dead blog, I present to you a manga topic about acting.

Acting can be many things, like re-enacting a scene either from the past or brand new, legalized lying or making the audience react to new sensations. And these are some of my own definitions thought on the spot. As with how popular dramas are from the past to the present, some mangakas would also want to place their blood on this goldmine of a pie. Of course being a artistic dog-eat-dog world, only a few may even get noticed in the English speaking sphere and here are some of the few I know and would like to share.

Obviously, spoilers alert.

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I’m Bored: What I Have Been Up To

It is been a really long time since I have updated another blog post and I’m sorry if there is an audience that would like me to talk about mangas, games or reality television (like why is the Amazing Race China Season 5 not yet broadcasted to give me an excuse to write consistently?).

There are many things I want to discuss, but there are the interesting things I would talk about.

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Thoughts On Some Mangas of Weekly Shonen Champion on 2018.

For an international manga community, as a spokon Wataru Watanabe’s Yowamushi Pedal is one of the most well-known (thanks to the anime). It solidified a standard where other publishers need to think twice before serializing a cycling manga, tick all the boxes that makes it commercially viable outside the fujoshi market and sold relatively well in spite of being serialized in this magazine (locally and globally) I bring up right now, and the reason why YowaPedal is always at the top of its table of contents. However, this post I’m not talking about this manga itself, but the magazine the manga is serialized, Weekly Shonen Champion by Akita Shonen.

P.S: For the manga itself, I did like the start and the first Interhigh, but man, almost 200 chapters just to finish an entire Interhigh is wearing me down even with the good cast interactions. Thus I stopped before the second Interhigh.

According to Wikipedia, Weekly Shonen Champion was first published 15 July 1969 and some of the well-known serialized works consisted of Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack, Keisuke Itagaki’s Baki The Grappler franchise and Masami Kurumada’s Saint Seiya franchise (the latter 2 still have their serialization ongoing).

Now, the magazine itself is still not internationally well-known even with YowaPedal and Eiji Masuda’s Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa (a really great supernatural rom-com that ends satisfyingly). Part of my reasoning for me, is that until recently for some time a part of the line-up focuses on delinquents (like Hirakawa Tetsuhiro’s Clover, Masami Hosokawa’s Sugarless and Toshio Ozawa’s Nanba series) that covers the lack of fantasy shonen action series and for the TOC itself, you would have noticed that YowaPedal and Baki will always dominate the top position of the TOC (along with the digital section of the cover pages), not helping that most series from this magazine struggled to reach even 10k of physical sales.

With that said, scanlators did translate some of their newer series into English and Chinese for the readers’ consumption, so here are some works (from A to Z) I would like to introduce and give my thoughts to those picked mangas.

First, spoilers alert. Second, my usual reads are idyllic things that don’t give me nightmares for some moments.

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Flash Games: Mission US 4-City of Immigrants

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Despite not being an US citizen, I found the Mission US games to be quite unique when it comes to flash games. While I have only played 3 of the 5 games thus far, the Electric Funstaff production provided me not only the unique content of people living in the 20th American century (along with the construction of that country), fun mini-games that could have been improved to a standalone game and amazingly, voice acting, which is quite ambitious for a free flash game.

Of course, these games are meant for US students, where they would learn about history by playing this game in a fun way. Additionally, the endings is towards between good to great, influenced by how many badges you earned in this playthrough. For this game, there are 3 main badges above the other optional badges that conclude the epilogue, so choose according to your self-insert wants.

Website for the Mission US games, which includes the documents that supplement the player’s knowledge of the era you are playing.

(Although for me, I prefer to the one from the Brainpop, since they don’t require me to register for a game that I don’t play everyday).

While it is sort of an introduction to the game, it is also includes my thoughts when playing it for recapping. Here I would separate according to the chapter and some of my findings in this game, so spoilers ahead.

Warning, spoilers ahead.

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Brief Thoughts of the 2018 Line-Ups of Weekly Shonen Magazine

With my rom-com post of Weekly Shonen Magazine being one of my biggest surprise for my blog, I decided to share my thoughts on the new series introduced to the lineup for the first 6 months.

To the surprise of the English speaking community that is aware of any manga magazine outside of Weekly Shonen Jump, the rom-com invasion surprisingly paid off with only one of the rom-com (the RPG witch) getting axed due to being the only one that didn’t have a (technically) real-life rom-com as a setting, while the new serializations of 2017 (including non rom-coms like Revengers & Runway) that survived ended up having the commercial appeal to be placed at the Top 50 Oricon Sales for at least one week.

The biggest success story for the line-up: Haruba Negi’s Go-Toubun No Hanayome (or should I say The Quintessential Quintuplets), where the readers are charmed with the simple idea of the Japanese same face syndrome used in a so simple its unique way (and potentially marketable if America or Israel somehow took hold of it), a strong main cast with a solid storyline (for now) and garned a lot of attention from 4chan, Reddit and other international manga websites that Kodansha give it the green light for it to be licensed in English digitally just under a year of serialization. Congratulations Negi as 4chan can now memorize your name.

https://kodanshacomics.com/volume/the-quintessential-quintuplets-1/

Overall, a great track record for magazine right now and can be argued that it is the strongest lineup in the magazine right now, as they are in a period where not only they snatched & maintained, mangakas with promising potential (veterans and newbies which includes Mashima himself), enable the mangakas to finish their work without having to rush for an ending and most importantly, got their series selling well, which is the most important thing.

P.S: I didn’t say that it is the best when it comes to story quality, since there are still too many rom coms in the lineup & one of them includes Reihi Miyajima’s Kanojo, Okarishimasu (who everybody & their grandmothers love to hate-read and nobody is hit by a truck yet) and Kouji & Mashima aren’t the mangakas where the English speaking community are in the rage about.

Without further ado, the current serializations of 2018 along with my thoughts on these series. Warning, spoilers ahead.

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The Apartment Season 6, Passion For Design-Episode 10, The Most Passionate of Them All

I have watched the full episode last night, so this time my second rewatch of this episode will be quicker for me to recap, ironic as it is raining heavily yesterday.

Now for the passionate finale, we have:

Rachel Lee, the makeup artist who is good at murals and Stephanie Dods, the fashion designer that knows how to drive her teammates mad. At the start, they are invited by Lawrence to the Dip Bar at the Amari Johor Bahru, who…gave them nothing but assurance in being seasoned designers as the competition goes on.

Back at UMLand, the girls talked about their experiences before Jaime walks in and gives them their final task.

https://www.theapartmenttv.com/video/season-6-full-episode-10/

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The Apartment 6, Passion For Design: Episode 9, Order From The Devil

The show starts out with Team Eugene having a mundane dinner (emphasis on “mundane” because Shana is eliminated, one of the few times where an eliminated contestant is featured in the next episode and that person is too nice to create unnecessary drama), everybody making fun of Eugene’s Provence inspiration and Stepanie dramatizing everything since the last elimination. Jamie Durie announces that semi-finals starting and introduce their next client, happily staring at them in a picture frame.

https://www.theapartmenttv.com/video/season-6-full-episode-9/

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