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Dec 24, 2012
Buyuden (Manga) add (All reviews)
Preliminary
The story is typical, weak boy, meets girl, event, boy wants to get stronger(Nartuo smile with hands behind head).

Art is similar to Ippo, it has got this old fashioned style. Not as dated as Ranma, but a maybe one step above.

Perhaps my biggest grip are the characters; they feel like cards board cutouts of heros/heroines of a B rated action flick.

I started reading Buyuden after being recommended from Holyland, and boy there is a huge difference. This manga is not even close to being like Holyland. It still retains alot of its shonen characteristics. So if you are looking for shonen, feast on read more
Dec 24, 2012
At some point in our lives we all experience the vertigo of change. Some easily slide through, only to hit a wall and midlife crisis. Some rebel immediately, and slowly realize stark realities of economics. In Holyland, for Kamishiro Yuu it is the darkness he awakens inside, and the Holyland he uses to control it.

Mr. Mori, creates an extremely entertaining psychological 'realistic' martial arts thriller, with character growth that fills you with hope. He expertly paces the narrative, with conjured dark violence punctuated by light hearted banter that gives you time to breathe, before taking another plunge into Yuu's malevolence.

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Dec 24, 2012
Preliminary
The veteran mangaka Takehiko Inoue(Slam Dunk) brings another canonical work to the manga world. Vagabond based off of The Book of Five Rings, tells the tale of the legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Amidst the clamoring swords, and spurts of blood, there lies a deeper and more satisfying existential quest, that Musashi slowly begins to unravel. Inoue punctuates this journey with deliberate pacing, and beautiful watercolor paintings; the likes of which I have rarely seen of the hundreds of manga I have read.


My favorite part of this manga is the character growth for Musashi, from an selfish boy, to enlightened master swordsman.

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Dec 24, 2012
Preliminary
Jisatsutou, written by Kouji Mori (Holyland), is a masterpiece. Once again Kouji Mori captivates the struggles of the being human, through a simple yet effective narrative. Mori's biggest strength however is character growth, and like Holyland, the main character wanders through a psychological labyrinth created by our stifling modern world, trying to rediscover what he lost, and giving hope to what others are looking for. Jisatsutou also has wonderful pacing, where each chapter is filled with something meaningful, and exciting.

Please buy his works when they come out in your language. It is these kinds of magnificent authors that need more recognition in our consumer culture.

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