People like to knock shonen and call it much simpler than other genres, but the truly great ones can create interesting drama and characterization as good as anyone else. Just this year I got to see Yoshikage Kira, the Phantom Troupe, and possibly the board chairman from Assassination Classroom. The character I wanted to discuss for this post, though, is the most recent One Piece villain, Caesar Clown. Through a combination of deception and a special brand of insanity, he manages to set himself apart from his predecessors and show how entertaining a mad scientist can be. Read the rest of this entry
I’m constantly being impressed by the real-world themes that can be inserted into this series. Not long ago we saw a villain using drugs on children to keep them under control, and now we get to see a bio-weapon being put to use. It still managed to show the impact such a weapon would have even when it came from a goofy looking creature like Smiley the Slime Lizard. Of course I doubt any real weapon would have the effect of instantly petrifying all those caught in it, which may be one of the big reasons why this kind of attack could be shown in a shonen magazine. As long as there’s that small bit of disbelief, the level of terror is manageable. Read the rest of this entry
I’m just gonna get right to the point this time: who is this mysterious fellow introduced on the last page of this chapter? I’ve seen characters hidden in the shadows like this before, so there are a few things we can guess from this. The first is that this is obviously someone we know from before, or else there would be no point in hiding their face. We can also assume that this character has a clearly defined position higher than Law, or else someone as composed as him would never have been this shocked. Considering Law’s current position as a Shichibukai and the high power level he’s shown off so far, we can rule out anyone except those few people. Initially, I also thought that keeping the face of the man hidden meant that he was someone we’ve seen the appearance of before. However, the two most likely characters are those we haven’t met face-to-face, so that doesn’t hold up as well. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve been doing a little thinking about the distant future of One Piece. Most of what I’ve realized is that there’s very little about the end of the manga that can be guessed at this point. Everyone has their own little theory about what the titular treasure will turn out to be, but I’m still pretty sure we won’t be able to guess it until five minutes before the treasure is found. It’ll be the sort of thing that won’t make any sense until then. The main point of my thinking, then, is that I have a rough theory as to how the overall story will progress. We’re all sure the series will end with Luffy becoming Pirate King, right? Well for that to happen, he has to reach the level of one of the Yonkou first. How is he going to do that? Read the rest of this entry
So I heard a little something over at Organisation Anti-Social Geniuses asking everyone to tell the story of how they got into manga. This being a site devoted to manga, I figured now was the best time to discuss what began all of this.
Like most people, the story of my first manga begins with my first anime. The absolute first was probably Sailor Moon back when I was four or five, with other well known shows like Dragonball Z and Pokemon coming soon after. I never considered those to be any different from the other cartoons of the time, since I was too young to tell the difference. The first time I enjoyed a show knowing it was an anime would be Inuyasha, which was one of the highlights of my Friday nights as a kid. It had great action, characters I could get behind (which may have changed a little nowadays) and it may have even got me started on romance in anime, though it would take a much longer time for that seed to sprout. Read the rest of this entry