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Enigma 9

November 14, 2010 Leave a comment
[scanlation by CXC Scans]

Congrats to Sakaki Kenji on earning enough votes for a top-5 Table of Contents spot and a color page. This manga certainly deserves it.

Last chapter, we were left waiting with baited breath to find out the nature of Matsurigi’s “cubic subtraction” ability. This chapter wastes no time with the reveal: Matsurigi can shrink (and otherwise modify) objects. The ability does fit the name, but I’m not sure how a miniaturized flagpole will solve our current predicament.

Further proving that these abilities are well thought out, the cubic subtraction ability is numbers-based, restricted to powers of 10. This makes it a bit less useful than straight alchemy, but such a limit allows Matsurigi’s character and intelligence to be brought to the forefront. Even the most creative power is still only just a power until it gets paired with an interesting user.

Matsurigi’s motivation is perhaps the easiest to appreciate of any other thus far; he wants to be a doctor because he wants to save lives. His motivation, more than any other, hints at character development he underwent between discovering his power and the current e-test, probably something having to do with seeing his parents work as doctors. It’s an appreciably subtle way of hinting towards something deeper with this character.

Ok, that’s how you use a shrink-regrow power. That whole sequence – shrinking it from 600cm to 6cm to get it through the crack, then partially regrowing it to 60cm to block the heat vent, then returning it to full size to ram down the incinerator door – was an unpredictable level of badass from this character. That’s what I’m talking about; limited powers make their users look much cooler.

Cool guys don't look at explosions

Haiba reminding Matsurigi of “that man” is a worrisome tidbit. First of all, we don’t have any clue who “that man” is. Also, it feels a little soon (specifically for a mystery series) to start drawing comparisons between the main character and important people from the past. It’s not a huge concern, but this device for building up the main character has been abused a lot over the years.

Of course, there are consequences for Matsurigi’s busting down the incinerator door: Haiba now has blackmailing material to get out of cleaning toilets. This is a delightful short comedy bit showcasing the chemistry between these two characters.

Not friends in everyday life

They’ve acquired the third password, along with a capsule which cures the shadow. Shockingly, Matsurigi not only chooses to avoid taking it, but makes a big show of fooling the others into thinking he has. I can only guess as to what his reasons are, but they’ve got to be good ones.

Now the guy wearing the mascot costume is evidently set for an arc. Talk about total unknown quantities.

Final Flash: The use of cubic subtraction was the most badass utilization of powers this far this series, and one of the best-planned.

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Weekly Power Rankings: 10/31 – 11/6

November 13, 2010 Leave a comment
Rank
Change
Series
Chapter
Score
1 Beelzebub 83 77.33%
2 Enigma 8 76.76%
3 +3 One Piece 602 76.76%
4 +1 Code:Breaker 111 75.22%
5 +3 Nurarihyon no Mago 129 75.08%
6 -3 Toriko 117 73.72%
7 +3 History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 405 72.29%
8 -4 Hayate no Gotoku! 295 71.69%
9 Gamaran 71 71.12%
10 +3 Psyren 141 70.75%
11 +6 Bakuman 107 67.52%
12 +3 Fairy Tail 207-9 66.46%
13 +1 The World God Only Knows 120 65.85%
14 -3 Gintama 329 63.33%
15 +4 Defense Devil 72 63.30%
16 -9 Kekkaishi 61.66%
17 +4 Kimi no Iru Machi 111 59.36%
18 +4 GE ~ Good Ending 58 58.27%
19 -7 AR∀GO 43 58.06%
20 -4 Mahou Sensei Negima! 57.09%
21 -3 Air Gear 52.51%
22 -2 Naruto 50.03%
23 Kyoukai no Rin-ne 72 47.33%
24 Zettai Karen Children 237 36.31%
25 Hia Bleach 424 31.72%
26 -1 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 312 24.46%
27 -1 MiXiM☆11 118 23.24%
28 -1 SWOT 17 16.61%

Weekly Power Rankings: 10/24 – 10/30

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment
Rank
Change
Series
Chapter
Score
1 Beelzebub 82 80.00%
2 +1 Enigma 7 76.39%
3 +3 Toriko 116 74.36%
4 -2 Hayate no Gotoku! 294 73.46%
5 +4 Code:Breaker 110 71.61%
6 +7 One Piece 601 71.09%
7 +1 Kekkaishi 327 70.21%
8 -4 Nurarihyon no Mago 128 69.51%
9 +1 Gamaran 70 68.31%
10 +2 History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 404 68.24%
11 -4 Gintama 328 68.24%
12 -7 AR∀GO 42 68.05%
13 +1 Psyren 140 67.82%
14 +1 The World God Only Knows 119 67.22%
15 -4 Fairy Tail 206 65.95%
16 +1 Mahou Sensei Negima! 307 65.70%
17 -1 Bakuman 106 62.67%
18 +1 Air Gear 293 62.06%
19 +1 Defense Devil 71 60.98%
20 +1 Naruto 514 60.40%
21 -3 Kimi no Iru Machi 110 60.05%
22 +1 GE ~ Good Ending 57 50.49%
23 -1 Kyoukai no Rin-ne 71 48.45%
24 Zettai Karen Children 236 38.87%
25 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 311 25.33%
26 MiXiM☆11 117 23.61%
27 Abs SWOT 16 16.17%

Hiatus: Bleach

Beamcast – November 8

November 8, 2010 1 comment

[download link – 140min, 60mb]

In this week’s show:

News

Viz sells downloadable manga via iPad app
Viz announces online Shonen Jump supplement
Viz confirms Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Psyren licenses
Leiji Matsumoto, Shigeru Mizuki earn government honors

New releases

[anime]
Tsubasa, RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season 2 Viridian Collection (DVD) $49.98

[manga]
Inuyasha (vol. 54) $9.99
Inuyasha – VIZBIG (vol. 5) $17.99
Maoh: Juvenile Remix (vol. 3) $9.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Last week’s results:

Which sport do you prefer seeing depicted in anime/manga?
1. Basketball (29%)
2. Boxing (24%)
3. Football / soccer (20%)
4. Baseball (16%)
5. Tennis (11%)

This week:
Which of these partially-scanlated series would you most like to see caught up?
(Cage of Eden, GTO: Shonan 14 Days, Hajimete no Aku, Kuroko no Basket, Onidere, Sket Dance, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan)

The Great Shonen Tier List
Characters added:

Perona (One Piece)
Kaguya Kimimaro (Naruto)
Lambo (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)
Sakuragi Hanamichi (Slam Dunk)
Nagase Kaede (Mahou Sensei Negima!)
Jonathan Joestar (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

This Week in Manga
0:25:38 – Sankarea 11
0:28:33 – Bleach 425
0:38:55 – One Piece 603
0:50:15 – Naruto 515
1:02:29 – Bakuman 108
1:06:30 – Beelzebub 83
1:12:58 – Fairy Tail 210
1:16:37 – Hayate no Gotoku! 295
1:20:40 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 405
1:26:41 – AR∀GO 42
1:33:45 – The World God Only Knows 120
1:40:12 – Defense Devil 71
1:43:22 – Psyren 141-142
1:49:07 – Nurarihyon no Mago 129
1:53:37 – GE ~ Good Ending 57-58
1:57:56 – Kimi no Iru Machi 111
2:00:34 – SWOT 15
2:06:44 – Enigma 8
2:14:00 – Code:Breaker 110
2:16:04 – D.Gray-man 200
2:17:47 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 313

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Enigma 8

[scanlation by CXC Scans]

I’m interested to see how the moral dilemma the characters were presented with last chapter will be altered by Matsurigi’s shadow-induced selfishness.

In defiance of almost all precedent, this sudden and abrupt shift in Matusrigi’s tone does not go unnoticed. Not only is Haiba immediately suspicious, but the hooded guy also quickly notices the flecks of black on Matsurigi’s hand and keeps the door from being unlocked. My respect for our protagonists is being earned yard-for-yard.

The delay in opening the door gives Matsurigi time to reassert himself and regain control of his body. While it would have been interesting to have him remain as a shadow for the duration of the third password test, this particular action makes up for how abruptly he was cut off last chapter; he’s actually getting to dispense the information now.

Testimony about the shadow shows that it at least has human hands. In some ways, the bad guy is a bit scarier that way than as a formless mass; we now know just enough to prompt speculation, but not enough to formulate anything solid. That uncertainty is what creates effective fear.

Plus, those are hardly ordinary hands

Matsurigi’s reassertion doesn’t mean that he’s going to remain himself forever. Even if he gets out, there’s not any guarantee he won’t become a shadow before the e-test finishes. That’s one plotline that could go any number of ways.

Interesting line of reasoning coming from the hooded guy. I understand his hating Enigma, but another thing gleaned from his speech is that, apparently, even he is concerned about group unity at this point. I guess somewhere along the line he observed that this group of people can function effectively together. In any event, nice subtle attitude shift.

Youthfully rebelling into camaraderie

So, we go for that standard third option: choose both and save everything. That is a tad disappointing, but it does give us the opportunity to see a new power demonstrated.

Apparently, Sumio can do something like telepathic communication now. Weird. Now that we’ve seen him do this, I’d kind of like to see an explanation for his new powers sooner rather than later. As it is, I’m a tad confused about what all he can actually do.

They open the password door, and Matsurigi is now ready to free himself through his new power, something called “Cubic Subtraction.” A little surprised they opted to show his power rather than the hooded guy’s; this makes me all the more curious what his will eventually be.

Final Flash: This chapter produced unpredictability on a page-by-page basis. Not in the sense of inconsistency, but in the sense that the next step is never boringly clear. Mystery series can thrive on this balancing of suspense and surprise.

Weekly Power Rankings: 10/17 – 10/23

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment
Rank
Change
Series
Chapter
Score
1 Beelzebub 81 80.00%
2 Hayate no Gotoku! 293 75.41%
3 +5 Enigma 6 72.82%
4 +2 Nurarihyon no Mago 127 72.67%
5 AR∀GO 41 72.29%
6 -2 Toriko 115 71.92%
7 +5 Gintama 327 70.29%
8 +2 Kekkaishi 326 69.13%
9 +5 Code:Breaker 109 67.52%
10 +3 Gamaran 69 66.54%
11 +5 Fairy Tail 205 65.39%
12 -1 History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 403 64.91%
13 +7 One Piece 600 64.56%
14 -5 Psyren 139 64.24%
15 +3 The World God Only Knows 118 63.77%
16 -9 Bakuman 105 63.09%
17 Mahou Sensei Negima! 306 62.82%
18 -15 Kimi no Iru Machi 61.25%
19 -4 Air Gear 292 60.85%
20 -1 Defense Devil 70 58.08%
21 Naruto 513 56.25%
22 Kyoukai no Rin-ne 70 48.31%
23 GE ~ Good Ending 56 47.33%
24 Zettai Karen Children 235 38.18%
25 +2 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 310 24.97%
26 MiXiM☆11 116 24.09%

Absent: SWOT
Hiatus: Bleach

Beamcast – November 1

November 1, 2010 3 comments

[download link – 135min, 57mb]

In this week’s show:

News

Weekly Oricon rankings (10/18 – 10/24)

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Last week’s results:

Which of these 100+ chapter series is most deserving of an anime?
1. Psyren (49%)
2. Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (26%)
3. Bloody Monday (9%)
4. Code:Breaker (8%)
5. Kimi no Iru Machi / MiXiM☆11 (4%) (tie)

This week:
Which sport do you prefer seeing depicted in anime/manga?
(Baseball, basketball, boxing, soccer, tennis)

The Great Shonen Tier List
Character re-tiered:
Arago Hunt (AR∀GO)

Characters added:
Foxy (One Piece)
Yamato (Naruto)
Kousaka Shigure (History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi)
Sango & Kirara (InuYasha)
Death the Kid & Liz/Patty (Soul Eater)
Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist)

This Week in Manga
0:28:14 – Mirai Nikki 57
0:29:33 – Donten Prism Solar Car 2
0:33:00 – One Piece 602
0:38:49 – Bleach 424
0:44:10 – Bakuman 107
0:48:25 – Beelzebub 82
0:56:14 – Fairy Tail 207-209
1:04:22 – Hayate no Gotoku! 294
1:08:59 – Kekkaishi 327
1:14:25 – AR∀GO 41
1:19:29 – Toriko 116
1:24:23 – Gamaran 69
1:28:42 – The World God Only Knows 119
1:32:04 – Defense Devil 70
1:34:30 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 307
1:42:01 – Psyren 140
1:45:55 – Nurarihyon no Mago 128
1:49:07 – Zettai Karen Children 236
1:51:51 – Kimi no Iru Machi 110
1:55:10 – SWOT 14
2:01:35 – Enigma 7
2:08:39 – Deadman Wonderland 39a
2:10:42 – Air Gear 293
2:11:59 – Gintama 328
2:12:53 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 312

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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