I think we have all watched Legend of the Galactic Heroes and thought to ourselves, “I like Legend of the Galactic Heroes but it is missing something. The complex and nuanced space opera is good but what I really want is Reinhard and Kircheis flying around the galaxy in the battleship version of the Mystery Machine solving crimes.” Well don’t worry. Yoshiki Tanaka has you covered. In the Legend of the Galactic Heroes side story collection there are several mysteries with Reinhard and even one with Yang. We will be covering each of these little mystery stories in their own segments as I promised oh so long ago. We start with Reinhard and Kircheis being MPs in a way that would make Shuichi Ikeda’s Ulrich Kesler proud (who makes a small cameo no less).
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The newest series running in Shonen Jump Alpha, and brand new in Japan as well, is Takama-ga-hara. The series poses the idea “If mythology was actually history, then modern man is descended from the Gods.” And since it is a Shonen Jump manga you can expect they use their God-like powers for fighting. People don’t seem to be aware of this fact about being descended from Gods yet, but nevertheless there are the infamous Yamada brothers known for their pursuit of strength!
Except Yamato. He doesn’t want to train and be strong like the other four Yamada brothers, he wants to be a manga artist instead. Too bad the rest of the world wants to challenge him to fights since he is a Yamada.
Takama-ga-hara had me cracking up within the first few pages! The brothers have great interactions and their brawn VS. brain rivalry created hilarious moments. Also characters’ reactions to Yamato’s presumably terrible manga are priceless.
We haven’t really jumped into the God part of the story within the first chapter. The opponent is just a really big, strong delinquent guy who wants to make a name for himself. Although, we do see that Yamato’s right arm holds incredible strength that is dying to be unleashed.
The art isn’t very polished or detailed (minus speed lines), but it has solid layout and great comedic delivery. And as long as it keeps me laughing like this first chapter, I’m on board for more.
I would like to update by recommendation for Yamada and the Seven Witches as Manga of the Month with this Ongoing Investigation. I originally said the series was a body swap comedy but I was waiting for the other shoe to drop when the full meaning of the title was revealed. Now that Miki Yoshikawa has revealed more of what is going on I must reassess my statement about the series. It is actually a magical kiss power series where one of the powers is body swapping.
I have to say I am always impressed by the way that Miki Yoshikawa creates series that have an always evolving plot especially in chapters 16 to 26. So much comedy tends to move in the same circles for a majority of the story. I don’t mind that formula too much. As long as the comedy makes me laugh I am content. But with a series like this I have to admire the ability to keep the themes and tone consistent but have a feeling of progression and accomplishment when so much comedy manga is about preventing that. Bravo.
Now that we know that the seven witches are seven different people at school how have kiss powers the plot is beginning to true take form. The series is more about finding the remaining witches and learning how his phenomenon came to be in the first place. Since Ryu is like a Final Fantasy Tactics mime I am curious to see how he will use his new-found powers as much as what the other witch’s powers are in the first place. Fun.
I will also note that as Narutaki mentioned to me it is so unusual for a shonen series to have so much kissing. Any and all kisses are usually huge deals in the genre. But here any and all genders of characters are kissing like most people just say hello. It is just a bit remarkable in that sense.
Urara Shiraishi impresses me as being sufficiently different from Hana Adachi but also a great character in her own way. You can easily accuse Ryu Yamada of just being the Daichi Shinagawa clone of the series but Urara really comes of as unique. She is clearly book smart but also the clearest thinker in the series. Her main problems are big physically weak and very poor at grasping social cues. But she has a social awkwardness very different from Hana. My only regret is that she is a very closed off character so at times Miki Yoshikawa keeps her in the background least the overexpose her feelings and thoughts.
Once again if you don’t mind scans or can read Japanese you should be at least trying out Miki Yoshikawa. She is just that good.
The Ongoing Investigations are little peeks into what we are watching and reading outside of our main posts on the blog. We each pick three things that we were interested in a week and talk a bit about them. There is often not much rhyme or reason to what we pick. They are just the most interesting things we saw since the last Ongoing Investigation.
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- Power to the Universe. Power to the Mystery. I Wanna Share our Power!
It is time to Try Again. The 80s might have had the original Macross music but the 90s had Fire Bomber so it cannot be ignored. I suppose Andrew and Gubaba also talk about Macross II and Plus. I mean Plus had some no name lady do the music. But what is that in the face of BURNING FIRE!
- The Messiah May Have Been False but the Dream is Real
I was recently informed by jlskun that the news that Legend of the Galactic Heroes was licensed in France was nothing more than a hoax. I know the announcement got a lot of peoples hopes up but it was not to be. At least for now. Hopefully if we keep on fighting we can get a release in the US and France.
- All Ponies Go to AMV Hell
Another season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic means another round of Ponies: The Anthology. I am always impressed and a little frightened by the amount of effort placed into some of these clips. I will say that 2001 aprdody at the end goes on for a bit too long. Just like the real 2001. ZING!
- Wrapping Up Otakon 2012
The final Otakon 2012 reports in the APB. The coverage ends but the memories remain.
- Since I Was Not Mentioned it is an Incomplete Report: AWO throws down with Darius Washington to talk about Otakon
- The Eternal Questions Finally Get Answered: Eternal looks ate three of the Japanese Guests at Otakon.
- Be a Sport and Talk about Otakon: Tom Langston talks about the Orioles Game & Otakon (but mostly Otakon)
- Type-Moon Round Up
- How do you figure?: The video of the Good Smile panel for their up coming Fate/Zero figures. Some very special voice actors some and help out with the pitch.
- A Children’s Card game for the Holy Grail:The new Hanafuda game for Fate/stay night Réalta Nua has more Fate/Zero than I expected.
- A Puppet of the Puppeteer: I missed this but Touko is getting a figure from Alter. The question is where are the Aoko and Alice figures?
- The Most Interesting Man In The World: It says it all.
- The New Scooby Doo! Movie Stars the WWE
Yes, I just said that and no, I’m not kidding. Personally, I love guest stars on Scooby Doo! so I’m all for bringing that back. Too bad this isn’t happening on Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated instead, now that would be truly amazing! Still this fantastic premise remains: Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania, the entire gang travels in the Mystery Machine to WWE City to attend the epic event.
- If You’re Still Looking for a Reason to Read Saga
This article should give you the final push to check out one of the best comics of 2012.
- Here’s Why You Love Princess Leia
Wonderful article about a character that has stayed so popular over time. Leia is a character that lots of women can hang on to in science-fiction and there are a ton of good reasons why including despite being the princess that needed to be rescued in A New Hope.
- Motorcity’s Ratings are Just Fine!
Many fans of this Disney XD series have been worried over the show’s popularity and future, well the sky sure isn’t falling.
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- Science Bros Forever!
The Veef Show podcast looks at the Avengers movie. It also links to some great articles in the show notes that are worth reading if you enjoyed the movie.
- AGE of Empires
Gundamn! looks at the start of the final generation of Gundam AGE. They also examine the Western Mecha tradition in a listener submitted section.
- That is ONE Way of Introducing More Women into the Cast of Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Takarazuka Revue is doing a performance of Legend of the Galactic Heroes. That is just sort of amazingly awesome.
- Virtual Dollars are Big Money
Valve games just hired an economist to help tweak their virtual economies. The economist they hired just started a blog to talk about what he discovers. This could be very interesting.
- Type-Moon News Roundup
- Gackt Is the Final Boss
Double happy news this weekend! Sengoku Basara will be starting a live-action TV series adaption in July with Gackt playing Oda Nobunaga. It is very weird seeing Gackt with a mustache. Gackt will also be performing the ending song for the series “Hakuro” so that means a new single. I’m reminded that his previous two singles have been for anime/videogames, too.
Play the game the upcoming Disney movie Wreck-It-Ralph is supposed to be based on. Classic and simple it certainly has an arcade feel. I got pretty far and other obstacles are added as you move up the building, I’m curious if there is an actual ending.
- You’re Oppressed? Me too!
Great article putting into perspective the idea of oppression VS. someone makes fun of you on the internet. It further delves into how this can actually hurt people in need by creating a desensitized look at oppression.
- All Spider-Man, All Week
New York City is so crazy, starting Monday, Junt 25th they are devoting a week’s worth of events to the famous webcrawler leading up to the release of the new movie. While my feelings on the film remain conflicted, a week’s worth of Spidey-themed stuff sounds like tons of fun. Signings, prizes, scavengers hunts, museum exhibits, etc.!
- Feminist Frequency Kickstarter Successful Despite Internet Asshats
I couldn’t possibly come up with a better title. There has been a lot, A LOT, of recent things going on with women and videogames of late. This is one of the piece of it. The Tropes VS. Women Kickstarter campaign has been inundated with some seriously vile attacks, which pretty much prove the point for the need to talk about this stuff. And this is for a series of videos that hasn’t even been made yet. If you have a chance Feminist Frequency has done other really good videos about women in media worth checking out.
Probably did not expect this one: