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Beamcast – September 27

September 27, 2010 5 comments

[download link – 127min, 63mb]

In this week’s show:

News
Oh My Goddess gets new OAD
Genshiken II announced

Weekly Oricon rankings (9/13 – 9/19)

New releases

[anime]
Bleach – Season 6 Uncut Box Set (DVD) $49.95
Fullmetal Alchemist – 1st Season Viridian Collection (DVD) $49.98
Nabari no Ou – Complete Series (DVD) $59.98

[manga]
Deadman Wonderland (vol. 3) $10.99
Fairy Tail (vol. 12) $10.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Last week’s results:

How do you prefer to read manga?
1. Online scanlations (67%) | 2. Localized volume releases (29%) | 3. Original raws (4%)

This week:
What is your favorite One Piece arc?
(East Blue, Baroque Works, Skypiea, CP9, Thriller Bark, War)

The Great Shonen Tier List

Characters added:
Rob Lucci (One Piece)
Nara Shikamaru (Naruto)
Vegeta (Dragon Ball)
Sagara Sanosuke (Rurouni Kenshin)
Lenalee Lee (D.Gray-man)
Kujo Jolyne (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 12)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 12-13)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 13)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep. 12)

This Week in Manga
0:40:17 – Bleach 421
0:48:35 – Naruto 511
0:53:39 – Bakuman 102
0:57:04 – Fairy Tail 202
1:03:21 – Hayate no Gotoku! 289
1:06:31 – Kekkaishi 321-322
1:11:54 – AR∀GO 36
1:15:56 – Toriko 111
1:20:30 – Gamaran 63
1:24:54 – The World God Only Knows 113-114
1:28:47 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 303
1:32:15 – Psyren 135
1:35:03 – Zettai Karen Children 231
1:40:51 – GE ~ Good Ending 51
1:43:19 – Kimi no Iru Machi 106
1:46:56 – SWOT 10
1:53:10 – Enigma 2
1:59:18 – Air Gear 288
2:00:18 – Bloody Monday: Season 2 – 41
2:01:19 – Defense Devil 65
2:02:05 – Gintama 324
2:03:48 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 307

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Weekly Power Rankings: 9/12 – 9/18

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment
Rank
Change
Series
Chapter
Score
1 +2 Bakuman 100 80.54%
2 +6 Beelzebub 76 73.24%
3 +1 Kimi no Iru Machi 105 72.86%
4 +3 Code:Breaker 104 72.06%
5 -3 Naruto 509 71.10%
6 -1 AR∀GO 36 70.79%
7 +6 Hayate no Gotoku! 288 69.21%
8 +1 Psyren 134 68.37%
9 -3 Nurarihyon no Mago 122 68.13%
10 +4 Kekkaishi 321 66.39%
11 Toriko 110 64.08%
12 +3 Mahou Sensei Negima! 302 62.13%
13 -1 Defense Devil 65 61.85%
14 +5 History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 398 54.51%
15 +3 The World God Only Knows 113 52.79%
16 Fairy Tail 200 52.44%
17 -7 Gintama 49.42%
18 -1 GE ~ Good Ending 51 47.27%
19 +2 Kyoukai no Rin-ne 65 44.59%
20 Zettai Karen Children 231 43.57%
21 Abs Air Gear 287 43.14%
22 +1 MiXiM☆11 111 31.06%
23 +1 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 305 24.97%
24 -2 SWOT 10 21.47%
25 Bleach 419 13.38%

Absent: Bloody Monday: Season 2, Gamaran, Hajime no Ippo
Hiatus: One Piece

Beamcast – September 20

September 20, 2010 4 comments

[download link – 125min, 56mb]

In this week’s show:

News
Fairy Tail anime second season confirmed
Shonen Jump running one-shots by six legendary mangaka
Imamura Norio fined 500k yen
City Hunter receives live action Korean TV series

Weekly Oricon rankings (9/6 – 9/12)

New releases

[anime]
Bleach (DVD 32) $24.92

[manga]
Black Jack (vol. 13) $16.95

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Last week’s results:

Multiple choice – Which of these shonen genres do you enjoy?
1. Action (32%) | 2. Comedy / Mystery (tie) (22% each) | 4. Sports (13%) | 5. Romance (11%)

This week:
How do you prefer to read manga?
(Localized volume releases, online scanlations, original raws)

The Great Shonen Tier List

Characters added:
Boa Hancock (One Piece)
Konan (Naruto)
Kagura (Gintama)
Ogami Rei (Code:Breaker)
Sano Seiichirou (The Law of Ueki)
Mikura “Kazu” Kazuma (Air Gear)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 11)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 11)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 12)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep. 11)

This Week in Manga
0:41:07 – Kure-nai 34
0:45:41 – Naruto 510
0:49:35 – Bleach 420
0:55:58 – Bakuman 101
1:01:20 – Beelzebub 77
1:05:24 – Fairy Tail 200-201
1:11:29 – Hayate no Gotoku! 288
1:15:12 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 398-399
1:20:40 – AR∀GO 35
1:24:12 – Toriko 110
1:29:05 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 302
1:31:39 – Psyren 134
1:34:05 – Nurarihyon no Mago 122
1:38:52 – Zettai Karen Children 230
1:43:42 – GE ~ Good Ending 50
1:46:44 – Kimi no Iru Machi 105
1:49:46 – Enigma 1
1:58:48 – Deadman Wonderland 38
1:59:38 – Air Gear 287
2:00:13 – Code:Breaker 104
2:01:02 – Defense Devil 64
2:01:44 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 306

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Weekly Power Rankings: 9/5 – 9/11

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment
Rank
Change
Series
Chapter
Score
1 +2 Bloody Monday: Season 2 41 78.11%
2 -1 Naruto 508 75.99%
3 +8 Bakuman 99 75.07%
4 -2 Kimi no Iru Machi 104 72.70%
5 -1 AR∀GO 35 70.03%
6 +4 Nurarihyon no Mago 121 69.27%
7 Code:Breaker 103 68.37%
8 +4 Beelzebub 75+spc 68.22%
9 +5 Psyren 133 66.08%
10 -4 Gintama 323 64.79%
11 +5 Toriko 109 62.96%
12 -3 Defense Devil 64 61.66%
13 +2 Hayate no Gotoku! 287 61.37%
14 +5 Kekkaishi 320 61.13%
15 +3 Mahou Sensei Negima! 301 55.68%
16 +7 Fairy Tail 199 50.33%
17 +3 GE ~ Good Ending 50 49.79%
18 -5 The World God Only Knows 49.70%
19 +6 History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 397 42.54%
20 +1 Zettai Karen Children 230 42.00%
21 +1 Kyoukai no Rin-ne 64 39.80%
22 +2 SWOT 9 30.10%
23 Abs MiXiM☆11 110 29.01%
24 +2 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 304 27.45%
25 +2 Bleach 418 14.00%

Absent: Gamaran, Hajime no Ippo
Hiatus: Air Gear, One Piece

Bakuman 101

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment
[scanlation by SleepyFans]

PCP being unable to receive an anime adaptation for diplomatic reasons is an unfortunately plausible scenario. Complaints are a harsh truth that mangaka must live with, even when the intent of the work is positive and/or harmless. (The Sket Dance balloon incident comes to mind.) Hattori needed a truly legitimate reason why PCP wouldn’t get an anime, and this plot thread delivers.

Takagi is fighting hard for Mashiro’s side of their shared dream. Often, in scenarios similar to these, when a partnership or team finds overall success but an individual in said group isn’t satisfied, the plot shifts to a developing rift. I’m glad to see that this problem is solidifying the relationship (both personal and professional) between Mashiro and Takagi, rather than introducing conflict.

Impassioned words

At least a midnight anime is still a possibility. It doesn’t seem likely, given the tone of this chapter, but it would be difficult to maintain long-term interest in PCP if there was a defined ceiling on its success that fell short of the biggest remaining goal in the series.

Damn, Hiramaru is loaded. Also amusing is his blatant acknowledgment of Yoshida’s manipulative tactics.

Surprising financial shrewdness

Poignant conversation between Mashiro and Takagi about marriage age. These characters aren’t immature, so the conversation isn’t entirely out of place, but they’re still pretty young.

It’s completely satisfying to see Shiratori praised (and, indirectly, Takagi) and Moriya brought back to reality.

Takagi writing a series for an artist other than Mashiro is worrisome. That would continue to positively portray Takagi as having “made it” as a writer in command of his craft, but it would also take the focus of the series away from the dream held by the original trio of Mashiro, Takagi, and Azuki. This has opened the door to countless possibilities, and has pushed back the potential end of the series by a considerable distance.

Final Flash: A decent chapter with a disconcerting ending.

Beamcast – September 13

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

[download link – 121min, 53mb]

In this week’s show:

News
One Piece Strong World tops DVD/BD charts for second week

Weekly Oricon rankings (8/30 – 9/5)

New releases

[anime]
Dragon Ball Z – Season 4 Dragonbox Set (DVD) $59.98
Dragon Ball Z Kai (DVD 2) $49.98
Dragon Ball Z Kai (Blu-Ray 2) $54.98

[manga]
Arata Kangatari / Arata: The Legend (vol. 3) $9.99
Hayate no Gotoku! (vol. 16) $9.99
InuYasha (vol. 52) $9.99
Oh My Goddess! 2nd edition (vol. 15) $10.99
Rin-ne (vol. 4) $9.99

Listener Mail

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Last week’s results:

1. Beelzebub (38%) | 2. Gintama (22%) | 3. The World God Only Knows (15%)

This week:
Multiple choice – Which of these shonen genres do you enjoy?
(Action, Comedy, Mystery, Romance, Sports)

The Great Shonen Tier List

Characters re-tiered:
Nura Rikuo (Nurarihyon no Mago)

Characters added:
Portgas D. Ace (One Piece)
Uchiha Itachi (Naruto)
Yuki Onna (Nurarihyon no Mago)
Komatsu (Toriko)
Nougami Neuro (Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro)
Father (Fullmetal Alchemist)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 10)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 11)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep. 10)

This Week in Manga
0:48:51 – Bleach 419
0:54:17 – Naruto 509
0:58:51 – Bakuman 100
1:05:01 – Beelzebub 76
1:10:18 – Fairy Tail 199
1:13:05 – Hayate no Gotoku! 287
1:15:55 – Kekkaishi 319-320
1:20:29 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 397
1:25:32 – AR∀GO 34
1:28:33 – Toriko 109
1:35:21 – Gamaran 62
1:40:07 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 300-301
1:44:51 – Nurarihyon no Mago 121
1:49:25 – Kimi no Iru Machi 104
1:52:24 – SWOT 9
1:55:25 – Bloody Monday: Season 2 – 40
1:57:12 – Code:Breaker 103
1:58:10 – D.Gray-man 194
1:58:46 – Gintama 322-323
1:59:25 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 305

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Bakuman 100

September 11, 2010 Leave a comment
[scanlation by SleepyFans]

While the prospect of a PCP anime is exciting, it does feel like it’s too soon for so much of the main Bakuman plot to be resolved. The drama CD announcement would mean much less if the editor-in-chief is to suddenly accept an offer of an anime adaptation also.

The scene of local kids “playing PCP” is amazing. Manga as a whole offers a plethora of inspiring sights, but few are as realistic and attainable as this. The “meta” nature of the series has rarely been used to such positive effect. Conversely, the discussion between Mashiro and Takagi about how far they’ve come, relative to what they have left to attain, evokes nostalgia befitting of a series’ 100th chapter.

Beautifully rewarding

Kaya praising the kids for playing PCP is adorable.

This chapter is focusing intently on Takagi, and in an interesting way. Between his encouragement and advice for Shiratori and agreeing to write the crimes for the drama CD, Takagi shows confidence and poise that he never had earlier in the series. This is a nice affirmation of his growth.

What a surprisingly direct portrayal of the state of the Takagi/Kaya relationship.

Healthy marriage, evidently

Even more Takagi spotlight. His maturity as a writer is so obvious that once again, I can’t picture too many more major plot developments before the end of the series.

Despite warning Miura earlier not to let potential anime news leak, Hattori directly announces to Ashirogi that PCP won’t have an anime. Is this a true statement and the sign of another obstacle to overcome, or is it merely a tactic to get Ashirogi to stay grounded and focus? There is no clear evidence to support either argument, but I’m leaning towards the latter option.

Final Flash: Excellent, uplifting chapter. The labor of our protagonists is finally bearing fruit, yet exciting challenges still lay ahead.

Beamcast – September 6

September 6, 2010 2 comments

[download link – 137min, 60mb]

In this week’s show:

News
Beelzebub anime adaptation
One shots for Watsuki and Arakawa
To LOVE-Ru Darkness premieres in Jump SQ #11 (Oct. 4)
Shonen Shikku Canceled; Enigma to Debut
Light Wing to Debut in Jump
Hayate no Gotoku! gets Taiwanese live action adaptation
One Piece DVD/BDs earn 2.16 billion yen in one week
Moonlight Mile author, Eyeshield 21 artist collaboration
Golden Boy II

Weekly Oricon rankings (8/23 – 8/29)

New releases

[manga]
Hoshin Engi (vol. 20) $9.99
Naruto (Chapter Book 15) $4.99
Oh My Goddess (vol. 36) $11.99
Shaman King (vol. 30) $9.99
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (vol. 3) $9.99
Toriko (vol. 2) $9.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
What is your favorite currently-running comedy series?
(Beelzebub, Gintama, Hajimete no Aku, Hayate no Gotoku!, Onidere, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Sket Dance, The World God Only Knows, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan)

The Great Shonen Tier List

Characters re-tiered:
Asakura Yoh (Shaman King)

Characters added:
Edward “Whitebeard” Newgate (One Piece)
Hoshigaki Kisame (Naruto)
Amamiya Sakurako (Psyren)
Nogami Aoi (Zettai Karen Children)
Saitou Hajime (Rurouni Kenshin)
Kenshiro (Hokuto no Ken)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 9)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 10)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 10)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep. 9)

This Week in Manga
0:58:27 – Mirai Nikki 55
1:00:28 – Naruto 508
1:07:07 – Bleach 418
1:11:40 – Bakuman 99
1:18:57 – Beelzebub 75 + extra
1:24:07 – Fairy Tail 198
1:28:22 – Hayate no Gotoku! 286
1:31:24 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 396
1:36:28 – AR∀GO 33
1:38:58 – Toriko 108
1:43:41 – Gamaran 61
1:47:03 – The World God Only Knows 112
1:49:17 – Psyren 132-133
1:52:43 – Zettai Karen Children 229
1:54:42 – Hajime no Ippo 906
1:59:24 – GE ~ Good Ending 49
2:02:43 – Kimi no Iru Machi 103
2:07:24 – Bloody Monday: Season 2 – 39
2:08:36 – Code:Breaker 102 (new series!)
2:10:29 – Defense Devil 63
2:12:05 – Gintama 320-321
2:14:17 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 304
2:14:59 – Nurarihyon no Mago 120

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Bakuman 99

September 3, 2010 Leave a comment
[scanlation by Binktopia]

What a great start to the chapter. It might have been necessary and expected for PCP to pass at least one series, but it’s still an exciting moment. They were only 2 votes away from Crow, no less.

Continuing that great start, direct acceptance from the editor-in-chief is a huge moment in the series.

Appropriate reaction

+Natural placing sixth elicits mixed feelings from me. It’s a creative touch not to have PCP outrank +Natural by one place, but it diminishes the impact of PCP’s success somewhat to have it achieve the goal through the poor performance of one of the two target series.

The couple pages spent looking at other series are well spent, particularly the peek at Fukuda panicking about Road Racer Giri.

Iwase crying alone at the restaurant booth is truly difficult to read. She’s been chasing after Takagi’s natural success for so long, and after only a short period of success, she’s once again been bested by him. Worse still, +Natural is underperforming as a direct result of her idea to include the character Crow. Tragic moment for her.

PCP is being adapted to a drama CD! Things are progressing very quickly. At this point, it feels like the series could end within a handful of chapters if Ohba and Obata wished it.

Mashiro could not be cuter as he frantically requests Azuki as the voice actress for Mai.

Slightly excitable

I’ve been very pleased with Binktopia scanlations to date. However, to the immature idiot who thought it would be hilarious to subtly write “Boobies \o/” over Kaya’s chest: You are ruining artistic integrity. There is no place in your scanlations for a 12 year old’s pitiful attempt at humor. No one reads manga because of you. Never alter someone else’s work.

That unnecessary idiocy aside, it’s nothing new for Kaya to react in a cute fashion to Mashiro and Azuki’s relationship, and this is no exception.

Azuki tearing up at the prospect of voicing Mai in the PCP drama CD is another fantastic moment. This chapter is really pulling out all the stops.

The editor-in-chief has offers for a PCP anime! Maybe we’re even closer to the end of the series than I’ve expected.

Final Flash: Hugely impactful chapter, with great moments on practically every page.

Beamcast – August 30

[download link – 136min, 58mb]

In this week’s show:

News
Director Satoshi Kon passes away
Arata Kangatari to receive anime adaptation in 2011
One Piece sells over 20 million volumes in 2010
Shueisha reports first ever annual loss
Gintama movie DVD to bundle bonus new animation

Weekly Oricon rankings (8/16 – 8/22)

New releases

[last week]
Naruto Season 3 Box Set 2 (DVD) $49.99
One Piece Season 3 Part 2 (DVD) $49.98

[this week]
Bleach (vol. 32) $9.99
Elemental Gelade (vol. 12) $10.99
Suzuka (omnibus, vols. 13-15) $21.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
What underlying power system concept is the most interesting?
(Alchemy, Changing A to B, Devil Fruits, Gourmet Cells, Nen, Stands)

The Great Shonen Tier List

Re-tiered this week:
Allen Walker (D.Gray-man)

Introduced this week:
Might Guy (Naruto)
Ishida Uryuu (Bleach)
Enel (One Piece)
Sani (Toriko)
Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
Kurama (YuYu Hakusho)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 8)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 8-9)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 9)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep. 8)

This Week in Manga
0:42:23 – Bleach 417
0:47:21 – One Piece 597
0:58:36 – Naruto 507
1:04:54 – Bakuman 98
1:11:55 – Beelzebub 74
1:15:48 – Fairy Tail 197
1:18:55 – Hayate no Gotoku! 285
1:21:46 – Kekkaishi 317-318
1:25:08 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 395
1:28:09 – Toriko 107
1:33:26 – Gamaran 52-60
1:39:22 – The World God Only Knows 111
1:42:07 – Psyren 131
1:46:54 – Zettai Karen Children 228
1:50:12 – Hajime no Ippo 903-905
1:55:51 – AR∀GO 32
1:59:22 – GE ~ Good Ending 48
2:03:48 – SWOT 8
2:06:23 – Bloody Monday: Season 2 – 38 (new series!)
2:08:44 – Defense Devil 61-62 (new series!)
2:10:29 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 303
2:11:53 – Kimi no Iru Machi 102
2:13:08 – Nurarihyon no Mago 119

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Bakuman 98

[scanlation by Binktopia]

Good Jump cover, but an even better chapter color cover. Fantastic color spread.

Do want

Interesting timing for a Takagi/Iwase flashback. Also, as well as Iwase has been developed into a rival character, it’s still nice to see the old love-struck Iwase.

Refreshing

It’s always amusing to see Crow’s editor excited over its position, as though it should still be surprising. That said, what placed first? Unless I’ve missed a major plot point, it’s odd that some series can do so well and yet remain anonymous.

Those are pretty… specific bet conditions from Iwase.

Has she been giving this some prior thought?

A rival character, being written by a character with a rivalry, who is written by an author drawing from personal experience (and therefore, who likely has a rivalry). Takagi’s decision to turn Akechi into a rival character is yet another amusing exercise in meta.

Great PCP scene, good decision not to have Akechi turn around, and I love that we actually got full pages of PCP within the Bakuman chapter. That’s something I hope we see more often.

I will admit to thinking the chapter was over when I saw the usual Jump chapter-ending logo on the last PCP page.

What a cliffhanger. Next week can’t come quickly enough.

Final Flash: Diverse and engaging chapter, with a properly infuriating cliffhanger.

Beamcast – August 23

[download link – 138min, 57mb]

In this week’s show:

News
One Piece volume 59 sets first-week sales record of 1.85 million copies sold
Dragon Ball Z Kai premieres on Toonzai
Love Hina one-shot in September
Pyuu to Fuku! Jaguar ends

Licensing announcement
Viz: Nurarihyon no Mago (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan)

Weekly Oricon rankings (8/2 – 8/8; 8/9 – 8/15)

New releases

[last week]
20th Century Boys (vol. 10) $12.99
Vagabond (vol. 32) $9.95

[this week]
Bleach (DVD 31) $24.99
FMA: Brotherhood Part 2 (Blu-ray) $54.98
FMA: Brotherhood Part 2 (DVD) $49.98
Genshiken DX (DVD) $34.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Which ending of these manga series did you enjoy the most?
(Cross Game, Death Note, FMA, Love Hina, Rurouni Kenshin, Shaman King, Slam Dunk)

The Great Shonen Tier List

Discussion (Freiza vs. Bleach characters, Orochimaru vs. Jiraiya)

Re-tiered this week:
Kuchiki Byakuya (Bleach)

Introduced this week:
Namikaze Minato / Fourth Hokage (Naruto)
Urahara Kisuke (Bleach)
Brook (One Piece)
Hiei (YuYu Hakusho)
Cell (Dragon Ball)
Giorno Giovanna (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 6-7)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 7)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 7-8)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep.6-7)

This Week in Manga
0:47:52 – Soul Eater 77
0:54:25 – Kure-nai 33
0:56:59 – Sankarea 9
0:59:55 – Naruto 506
1:02:49 – Bleach 416
1:08:35 – One Piece 596
1:18:10 – Bakuman 97
1:22:09 – Beelzebub 73
1:26:35 – Fairy Tail 196
1:29:22 – Hayate no Gotoku! 284
1:32:39 – Kekkaishi 316
1:34:56 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 394
1:39:36 – Toriko 105-106
1:43:51 – The World God Only Knows 110
1:45:40 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 299
1:49:10 – Psyren 130
1:51:11 – Zettai Karen Children 226-227
1:54:07 – AR∀GO 31
1:56:15 – GE ~ Good Ending 46-47
2:01:27 – Metallica Metalluca 11
2:04:34 – SWOT 6-7
2:09:15 – Deadman Wonderland 37
2:10:36 – Gintama 319
2:12:21 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 302
2:14:14 – Kimi no Iru Machi 101
2:15:39 – Nurarihyon no Mago 117-118

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Bakuman 97

[scanlation by SleepyFans]

What a typically “shonen” scenario being developed by Takagi. The introduction of a rival character is so often the first step towards serious plot in shonen series.

Has Bakuman ever been more reminiscent of Death Note than on page 4 of this chapter? The “if it happens again while he’s watched” concept is lifted straight from the psychological war between Light and L.

Hello, Yagami

Comparisons to Death Note aside (not that such comparisons are bad), these are some interesting ideas Takagi has come up with for PCP. I find it interesting and all too familiar to see he and Mashiro struggling to forcibly think of creative ideas. The best art is often created by chance rather than deliberate planning, and this chapter has expressed that well.

Disappointingly accurate

Very amusing email from Azuki. What a cute and entirely inane message.

Takagi’s idea of a wordplay code is so good that I find myself wishing real-life Jump had an alternative/mystery series. It’s fun to be engaged with online communities who discuss theories and possible future twists of weekly series. If such communities can thrive for primarily action-oriented series like One Piece, imagine how exciting it would be to exchange ideas over series with plot points that are designed to be solved.

Final Flash: Great chapter with plenty of creative and interesting ideas that finally help PCP stand out. The future looks more promising than ever for Ashirogi.

Beamcast – August 9

[download link – 108min, 47mb]

In this week’s show:

News
The World God Only Knows vol. 10 to include anime DVD
Fullmetal Alchemist side story next month
New KochiKame live action film

Licensing announcement
Sentai Filmworks: Ghost Sweeper Mikami

Weekly Oricon rankings (7/26 – 8/1)

New releases

[anime]
Naruto Shippuden (DVD 12) $24.99

[manga]
Inuyasha (vol. 51) $9.99
Inuyasha (vol. 4 VIZBIG) $17.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Which character do you most wish you could remove from his/her respective manga?

The Great Shonen Tier List

Introduced this week:
Franky (One Piece)
Orochimaru (Naruto)
Shihouin Yoruichi (Bleach)
Medusa (Soul Eater)
Frederica (Psyren)
Kira Yoshikage (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 5)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 6)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 6)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep.5)

This Week in Manga
0:33:06 – Soul Eater 76
0:38:31 – Kure-nai 32
0:41:31 – One Piece 595
0:52:15 – Naruto 505
0:56:56 – Bleach 415
1:02:19 – Otter #11
1:04:55 – Bakuman 96
1:09:05 – Beelzebub 72
1:14:06 – Fairy Tail 195
1:16:28 – Hayate no Gotoku! 283
1:19:27 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 393
1:22:57 – The World God Only Knows 109
1:26:07 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 298
1:30:01 – AR∀GO 30
1:32:19 – GE ~ Good Ending 45
1:35:14 – Metallica Metalluca 9-10
1:37:41 – Devil Clutch
1:40:57 – D.Gray-man 197
1:41:27 – Air Gear 286
1:42:07 – Gintama 318
1:43:13 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 301
1:44:20 – Kimi no Iru Machi 100

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Weekly Power Rankings: 7/25 – 7/31