crobdan asked: Sorry the "forced drama" tag was just one of my joke tags. I know idiots use it unironically so since you don't know me I can't blame you for being mistaken. Makoto is actually one of my favorite manga authors, and artist (Fuck Anime News Network).
No problem, as far as misunderstandings on tumblr go it could be a lot worse. Raiku is really something special and even if AL doesn’t come close to the quality of Zatch Bell I know it’ll still be worth a read. Raiku’s art can be kind of hard to come to terms with, especially when the backgrounds are so detailed but the characters are even less so than in ZB. It’s a little jarring to me at times how it seems like he’s slacking but in reality he’s probably just going with the style he wants.
But I should say I really like the design of every human character in the series, they’re all really great.
I kinda wish the text weren’t there because the lighting in this is really cool.
Gosh even I feel bad about this.
This was definitely the best part of volume 6 (I wish I could hide the images but oh well. At the end of volume 2 Taroza gets this goal and one of AL’s strongest points (up to what I’ve read at least) is that his goal is always in focus and everything Taroza experiences is sort of an exploration of it. And I think even after volume 6 (what you say in your tags is basically what happened in it and why it was a really crazy volume) I think this will still be the case, but on a larger scale. And even though we see different situations and side with meat-eaters like the lions, and we understand starting in volume 2 that Taroza’s goal is hard to accomplish because meat-eaters need meat to survive, we never see Taroza’s suffering distilled so simply up until this three-page flashback. In a volume where a lot of stuff was kind of distracting from Taroza’s goal and making it seem like it might be left at the wayside in a larger plot concerning the humans, this flashback puts the focus back on the goal and the animals. I don’t think it’s “forced drama” as you say in your tag at all, because this is what Taroza’s been about through most of the manga and we needed a reminder of it at that point in the volume. And the way Raiku always makes the animals scream for their moms and stuff is a small bump in the road (and this is supposed to be a kid’s manga, apparently) compared to the real emotional weight I feel surrounding the otherwise not-that-cool character of Taroza.
I’ve ordered volume 7 off of Amazon and I look forward to seeing the second arc draw to a close and then the manga will start on its second half, which, by all accounts, seems like it will be the “real” Animal Land.
I’ll talk about all this and more in my Youtube review of volume 6 which should be coming up very soon.
there is a grand total of 8 zatch bell video games
and yet you can’t date kiyo in any one of them what the fuck
I really can’t think of a single shonen manga that has a dating sim. I imagine that the audiences are more clearly defined over there so that Japanese fans of shonen manga are much less likely to ship (or to spend money on dating sims and such things) than fans of harem or moe-type stuff, compared to American fans who will ship and look for romance in any work (don’t ask me why though). Not to mention that ZB even compared to a lot of other shonens is, IMO, less romance-focused, with genuine non-comedic romances only happening with ancillary characters like Kafk/Elle (though she’s a nun so who even knows), and, of course, Jido and Lupa (You could easily argue that KiyoXSuzy and SherryXBrago are more friendship things). Also IMO Raiku doesn’t draw very attractive female characters (sorry sensei) so that might have hurt its shipping capabilities as well.
You probably never wanted an actual explanation of why I think ZB never got a dating game or anything close to it in Japan, but there you go.
I’m very happy to express the opinion that MyMusic, right now, is at a high point since it started. I originally planned on writing this post after Idol left to express my chagrin that my favorite character was written out of the show shortly after my last post where I hoped the show would get better, but the thing is it has gotten better, even though Idol has been replaced with a worse character. Other shows besides (it will take awhile to perfect these and it’s hard to blame TheFineBros since this is all so ambitious), the main show has really found its footing and has been delivering pleasing plots and jokes in the past few episodes, last week’s probably being the best episode of the show so far. I don’t like to check the tag for the show, but I can only assume that other fans agree. TheFineBros are juggling so much stuff right now and it’s pretty amazing that they managed to film these episodes during the summer and make them as good as they are. I now appreciate Scene more than I ever have because her current plot shows her more as a person, and while there are a few weak links (I know everyone likes Lia but her acting isn’t perfect, even though Rayna is a funny character), the show has just come to life in a way, where I want to come back to it each week not out of an obligation to The Fines to watch what they create, but because I want to see what happens to these characters and because I want to see the show grow even more.
These recent Purio posts on the ZB tag have made me realize that Zoboron’s partner’s name is literally just the Japanese word for “beard”.