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Beamcast – July 19

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In this week’s show:

News
MangaToshokan pulls all publisher coalition manga
Wall Street Journal reports on manga “piracy”
Voice actor Norio Imamura arrested for indecent pictures
Pluto, 20th Century Boys nominated for Harveys
Tenjou Tenge ending, Jumbor restarting

Weekly Oricon rankings (7/5 – 7/11)

New releases

[anime]
Bleach (DVD 30) $24.99
Shuffle! Complete Series – Viridian Collection (DVD) $49.98
Vampire Knight (DVD 1) $19.99

[manga]
Dragon Ball Z (vol. 8) $17.99
Fullmetal Alchemist (vol. 23) $9.99
Vagabond (vol. 8) $19.99

Current/Classic Reviews
The World God Only Knows
Mx0

The Great Shonen Tier List

Introduced this week:
Sanji (One Piece)
Gaara (Naruto)
Yasutora “Chad” Sado (Bleach)
Kuzumi Taiga (Mx0)
Killua Zaoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)
Jack Rakan (Mahou Sensei Negima!)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 2)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 3)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 3)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep.2)

This Week in Manga
1:08:47 – Sankarea 8 (new series!)
1:12:29 – One Piece 592
1:18:07 – Naruto 502
1:21:36 – Bleach 412
1:25:17 – Bakuman 94
1:30:39 – Beelzebub 69
1:33:42 – Fairy Tail 192
1:35:33 – Hayate no Gotoku! 280
1:36:51 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 390
1:39:48 – Toriko 102
1:42:24 – The World God Only Knows 105
1:43:58 – Psyren 127
1:46:29 – Hajime no Ippo 900
1:48:48 – AR∀GO 27
1:50:04 – Air Gear 284
1:51:39 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 298
1:52:29 – Kimi no Iru Machi 97

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Weekly Power Rankings: 7/4 – 7/10

Power Rankings – First Half 2010

July 15, 2010 1 comment
Rank
Series
Chapters
Score
1 One Piece 569-589 86.55%
Aside from overall excellent quality, chapter 574 stands out as the most important shonen manga chapter in the next 10 years.
2 Bakuman 68-91 81.92%
Great character development across the entire cast, most notably Mashiro and Iwase. Highlight: Mashiro breaking down and calling Azuki (ch. 74).
3 Cross Game 156-160 81.50%
Brilliant ending to a magnificent series. In particular, the last page of chapter 158 is still breathtaking.
4 Beelzebub 43-66 78.58%
Expertly funny. Highlights: OHKO (ch. 56), Demon World / huge Baby Beel. Furuichi still among best comedic straight men.
5 Toriko 78-101 76.50%
Toriko vs. Tommyrod: Best fight so far this year.
6 Bloody Monday: Season 2 10-33 76.08%
Consistently thrilling and packed with interesting twists. Highlights include a powerful death and a wonderful kiss.
7 Gintama 291-314 74.83%
Four Heavenly Kings arc again proving Sorachi’s talent for poignant seriousness amid absurd comedy.
8 Psyren 101-124 72.75%
Great trip to Psyren. Excellent Shao/Vigo fight. Kyle, Frederica, and Kabuto also noteworthy.
9 AR∀GO 2-26 72.30%
Fascinating narrative and a perfect cast of characters combine for a strong showing from a young series.
10 Kekkaishi 289-312 71.92%
Few series make training arcs as interesting, and the huge steps forward in the story have left nothing to be desired.
11 Hayate no Gotoku! 254-277 70.67%
An extremely impressive serious arc (Athena) set this series apart from ordinary comedy fare.
12 GE ~ Good Ending 18-41 70.67%
Great relationship buildup that has only recently begun to disappoint.
13 Defense Devil 34-55 70.27%
Fantastic art, clear action, and solid (if not overwhelmingly engaging) plot.
14 The World God Only Knows 81-104 70.25%
Uncharacteristic half-year for this series, with neither major arc following the series’ tried-and-true formula.
15 Nurarihyon no Mago 89-112 69.00%
Finally experiencing a return to form after focusing on everyone except Nura for far too long.
16 Ane Doki! 25-26 68.00%
Suitable, enjoyable conclusion to a short series.
17 Hajimete no Aku 47-71 67.50%
Fun but unremarkable episodic comedy.
18 Gamaran 31-54 66.08%
Excellent fights interspersed with fights featuring comparatively less interesting characters.
19 Mahou Sensei Negima! 275-294 65.50%
Straightforward, enjoyable fantasy action with just enough humor (and a little fanservice) to keep things lively.
20 Hunter x Hunter 291-310 65.00%
Biggest “what the hell” moment of the year to date (ch. 299). Great to finally see Gon relevant in this arc.
21 Kimi no Iru Machi 74-95 60.27%
Strong start to the year marred by a largely disappointing trip to Tokyo.
22 History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 366-389 59.83%
Some fantastic fights, some fantastic new enemies, a heartwarming moment, and entirely too much fanservice.
23 Air Gear 265-283 53.34%
Excellent art, unintelligible plot, “fanservice” bordering on hentai, and President Obama body-swapped with a high school girl.
24 Zettai Karen Children 200-222 53.28%
Notable positives (Kugutsu, Kaoru’s maturity) counterbalanced by questionable moments (“Lost Guys” arc, Feather’s tremendous power).
25 Hajime no Ippo 879-899 52.74%
A horrible half-year for an otherwise fantastic series.
26 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 272-295 48.17%
Thankfully, the end of the pitiful Future arc. The Shimon arc started well, but is beginning to regress into Future arc territory.
27 Naruto 477-499 48.07%
Sasuke ruined any plot involving him. Madara’s “Moon’s Eye” plan is laughable. Series very recently began to improve drastically.
28 Fairy Tail 165-190 46.90%
Cats.
29 Metallica Metalluca 1-7 44.79%
Acceptable but completely generic shonen, most notably borrowing liberally from Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Hunter x Hunter.
30 Lock On! 1-18 43.22%
Horrible art, formulaic plot, generic characters. One exceptional highlight: Sanada’s flashback in chapter 16.
31 MiXiM☆11 78-102 37.90%
Over-dramatization of ridiculous elements (the death of a finger puppet), predictable fights, and dime-a-dozen characters.
32 Bleach 387-409 22.41%
Invisible story, uninteresting characters, terrible pacing, awful art, incomprehensible fights, most insulting moment of the year (ch. 396 – ‘everything according to plan’).