Beamcast – Episode 87

Jean and Jeff are here to run through the week in shonen on Beamcast!

The major news this week is Clare’s success in Claymore 148. The achievement of her greatest ambition is notable, but she is afforded little time to celebrate, and now must instead refocus and prepare for what potentially could be a tougher challenge ahead.

Nanatsu no Taizai 67 continues the recent attempts to ramp up the intensity of current events. Between Diane failing in combat, the Holy Knights deliberately lying to the public, and the appearance of legendary figure King Arthur, author Suzuki Nakaba is finally molding this derivative story into something engaging.

Similarly, Magi 215 has the series poised for a bright future, only in this case the goal is to reclaim the bright future it already had, before the catastrophic Magnostadt arc did its damage. Aladdin’s explanation of Alma Toran is a nice reset for a story that can do well if it only avoids some familiar pitfalls.

Finally, History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 559 handles storytelling with all the grace and efficiency of throwing food into a blender from a different house, while Hayate no Gotoku! 441-442 introduce the protagonist’s brother in just about the strangest way possible.

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Timestamps
1:19 – Claymore 148
15:32 – Nanatsu no Taizai 67
30:28 – Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic 215
41:12 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 559
50:16 – Hayate no Gotoku! 441-442

2 Comments

  • Regarding Hayate 441-442, one of the factors in the tone I think you’re not taking into consideration is that Hayate’s brother predates Hayate as a published manga character. He was one of the leads in Heroes of the Sea Lifesavers and was very much a goofy sort of character there and now that Hata is tying the series together, I think he’s trying to recapture the feel of that manga a bit and staying true to that characterization. (Well, tying together even more. Hayate and Hamster’s old friend Souya is the other MC of Lifesavers and HnG is littered with other Lifesavers cameos and character transplants, including Gilbert.)

    No one ever scanlated Lifesavers, but picture a very short, even sillier HnG with Lifeguards instead of butlers and you wouldn’t be too far off.

    • That’s a fair point, but it doesn’t change anything about whether Hayate’s brother suits the tone of current events, or expectations surrounding where we’re going from here. All that changes would be how exactly to assign the blame; instead of Hata simply being even weirder than normal, he could also be blamed for choosing to incorporate elements from a different series to the detriment of his current, considerably more famous and successful one.

      That said, I’m not down on what’s happening, I’m just confused.

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