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Beamcast – August 30

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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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Beamcast – August 23

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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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Beamcast – August 2

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In this week’s show:

News
To Love-Ru spin-off
Funimation pre-paid debit cards

Weekly Oricon rankings (7/19 – 7/25)

New releases

[anime]
Naruto Shippuden (DVD Box Set 3) $49.95
Naruto Shippuden Special Edition (DVD Box Set 3) $69.99

[manga]
Bakuman (vol. 1) $9.99
D.Gray-man (vol. 18) $9.99
Gintama (vol. 19) $9.99
Hikaru no Go (vol. 20) $9.99
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (vol. 15) $9.99
Muhyo & Roji (vol. 18) $9.99
Slam Dunk (vol. 11) $9.99

Current/Classic Reviews
Kekkaishi
Double Arts

The Great Shonen Tier List

Introduced this week:
Nico Robin (One Piece)
Tsunade (Naruto)
Hitsugaya Toushirou (Bleach)
Shishio Gen (Kekkaishi)
Elraine & Kiri (Double Arts)
Saotome Ranma (Ranma 1/2)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 4)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 5)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 5)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep.4)

This Week in Manga
0:45:19 – Mirai Nikki 54
0:46:42 – Bleach 414
0:54:37 – One Piece 594
1:04:51 – Naruto 504
1:08:49 – Beelzebub 71
1:12:37 – Fairy Tail 194
1:14:56 – Hayate no Gotoku! 282
1:15:59 – Kekkaishi 315
1:17:11 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 392
1:20:47 – Toriko 104
1:24:45 – The World God Only Knows 108
1:26:38 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 297
1:30:37 – Psyren 129
1:32:43 – Zettai Karen Children 225
1:34:33 – Hajime no Ippo 902
1:36:17 – AR∀GO 29
1:37:26 – GE ~ Good Ending 44
1:39:56 – SWOT 5
1:41:33 – Air Gear 285
1:42:14 – Gintama 317
1:42:22 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 300
1:43:17 – Kimi no Iru Machi 99
1:44:11 – Nurarihyon no Mago 115-116

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Beamcast – July 26

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In this week’s show:

News
OneManga closing
Yen Press+ launching as online magazine
Marvel anime to run on G4 in 2011
Bakuman spin-off in upcoming Jump double issue

Weekly Oricon rankings (7/12 – 7/18)

Licensing announcements
Seven Seas: To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
Yen Press: Highschool of the Dead
Viz: Genkaku Picasso, Death Note Black Edition

New releases

[anime]
Dragon Ball Season 5 Uncut (DVD) $49.98
Love Hina – Complete Series (DVD) $39.98
Soul Eater: Part 4 (DVD) $59.98

[manga]
Black Jack (vol. 12) $16.95
Cirque du Freak (vol. 6) $10.99
Code:Breaker (vol. 1) $10.99
Negima! (vol. 27) $10.99
Oh My Goddess (vol. 15) $10.99
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (vol. 7) $10.99
School Rumble (vol. 14) $19.99
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (vol. 27) $10.99

Current/Classic Reviews
Toriko
Devilman

The Great Shonen Tier List

Introduced this week:
Jiraiya (Naruto)
Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece)
Ichimaru Gin (Bleach)
Devilman (Devilman)
Coco (Toriko)
Minami “Ikki” Itsuki (Air Gear)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 3)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 4)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 4)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep.3)

This Week in Manga
1:06:47 – Naruto 503
1:12:12 – Bleach 413
1:17:02 – One Piece 593
1:26:43 – Bakuman 95
1:32:01 – Beelzebub 70
1:35:26 – Fairy Tail 193
1:38:21 – Hayate no Gotoku! 281
1:39:58 – Kekkaishi 314
1:42:08 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 391
1:47:11 – Toriko 103
1:50:55 – The World God Only Knows 107
1:52:52 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 296
1:55:24 – Psyren 128
1:58:56 – Zettai Karen Children 224
2:00:32 – Hajime no Ippo 901
2:02:47 – AR∀GO 28
2:04:56 – GE ~ Good Ending 43
2:06:57 – SWOT 3-4
2:11:17 – D.Gray-man 196
2:12:43 – Gintama 316
2:13:37 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 299
2:14:37 – Kimi no Iru Machi 98
2:15:45 – Nurarihyon no Mago 114

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Psyren 128

[scanlation by QandA]

Amamiya’s Nova becoming intertwined with her sword could make for good attacking variety, setting her apart from the other protagonists.

A little Hiryu action, for once. It’s a shame he’s fallen so far out of the spotlight for so long.

Lavos needs a hug

Frederica complements Kyle’s fighting style nicely. It seems Iwashiro is in a rush to show as much plot development as possible in a short time, so these fights are more concentrated. We get to see the large attacks, but not very much in between.

Ridiculous power from Frederica.

Grana saves Uranus at the last minute, though who knows what kind of fighting condition he’ll be in for the remainder of the arc. Time to switch fights, and perhaps switch focus as well, hopefully to Shao and Kabuto.

Final Flash: Good, straightforward action chapter.

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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Psyren 127

[scanlation by QandA]

Finally, a major opponent for Frederica. She deserves someone strong enough to display her full power against.

Many large-scale attacks going on here. This would be fun to see animated.

Odd scenes of the Wise, particularly Misura. It’s unusual to see much (or any) face time for the Wise apart from general antagonism, given how little has been revealed about them personally.

It’s Kyle! The more these fights become intertwined, the more exciting the action should become.

Awesome has arrived

Absolutely fantastic panels on page 14.

Excellent fight design

Hey, it’s Hunter x Hunter!

Which one's Killua?

Shao and Kabuto should prove to have an interesting combination fighting style if they’re paired up similarly to Frederica and Kyle.

Final Flash: Good action chapter held back by some bizarre introspection from villains who usually stay quiet. Also, it must be said, the translation I used was vague and difficult to read.

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’).

Beamcast – First Half 2010 Review

July 14, 2010 1 comment

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The Beamcast crew presents a special 2+ hours mega-episode recapping the first half of 2010!

Series Discussed
0:00:17 – One Piece 569-589
0:16:59 – Naruto 477-499
0:27:46 – Bleach 387-409
0:37:16 – Bakuman 68-91
0:49:24 – Beelzebub 43-66
0:57:53 – Fairy Tail 165-190
1:05:07 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 272-295
1:07:23 – Hayate no Gotoku! 254-277
1:12:36 – Kekkaishi 289-312
1:17:05 – Gintama 291-314
1:18:45 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 366-389
1:23:03 – Toriko 78-101
1:28:12 – Gamaran 31-54
1:30:27 – The World God Only Knows 81-104
1:37:14 – Hunter x Hunter 291-310
1:39:16 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 275-294
1:44:16 – Psyren 101-124
1:51:02 – Deadman Wonderland 31-36
1:52:22 – D.Gray-man 191-195
1:53:11 – Soul Eater 70-75
1:55:31 – Zettai Karen Children 200-222
2:00:59 – Hajime no Ippo 879-899
2:03:30 – AR∀GO 1-26
2:06:11 – Nurarihyon no Mago 89-112
2:08:47 – GE ~ Good Ending 18-41
2:12:25 – Kimi no Iru Machi 74-95
2:13:37 – Lock On! 1-18 (complete)
2:14:36 – Cross Game 156-160 (end)
2:15:24 – Mirai Nikki 49-53
2:17:23 – Fullmetal Alchemist 103-108 (end)
2:19:20 – Metalica Metaluca 1-7

Awards

First Half 2010
Best Comedy
Best Drama
Best Action
Most Improved
Biggest Disappointment

Second Half 2010
Most Promising
Least Promising
Dark Horse

Series of the (half-)Year

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Psyren 126

[chapter link]

Let’s see what happens inside this hyperbolic time… area.

Unbelievably direct romantic interaction between Yoshina and Amamiya. This direct of an approach to their relationship, after so long without any mention of it, screams of an author working to tie up loose ends of the plot for fear of cancellation.

Evidently Yoshina and Amamiya are going to be conveniently late, as any good shonen protagonist(s) should.

Kabuto’s frantic behavior isn’t helping to set the tone for what should be a massive story arc.

Suddenly, after not much buildup, the rescue arc is set to begin.

Final Flash: Awkward chapter. Feels very much like Iwashiro is readying the series for an earlier-than-anticipated end.

Psyren 125

[chapter link]

Glad to see Kabuto is coming. He’s an important character in the series.

I’d appreciate some progress in the relationship between Yoshina and Amamiya, but unfortunately, the story has deviated so far away from that plot thread that showing it now feels out of place.

I find it strange that Ageha is already training for a new power when we’ve yet to see Melchsee’s Door fully explored. I’m okay with the idea that Ageha isn’t strong enough, but I would have liked for that conclusion to be drawn after extensive use of his existing power.

Another current series with a time-warping training arc. This one may not be within the confines of a specific room, but the concept is still the same.

It may work in some series, but I don’t want to see the villains humanized in Psyren. Less of the girl hugging Junas, please.

Some more setup, and that’s it. Not the most exciting of chapters.

Final Flash: A couple decent moments, but mostly a letdown from the last few chapters.

Psyren 124

[chapter link]

Psyren receiving a novelization is great news. Any adaptations are a relief for fans worried about the series’ propensity for finding itself in the bottom 5 of the Shonen Jump table of contents.

Elmore’s condition is already hitting Shao harder than most. It’s difficult to see a character second-guessing prior actions in a case as severe as this.

For Amagi Miroku to be the figure that Elmore sees would be unusually straightforward.

Strongest reaction scene of the chapter

It’s far from important in this scene, but Amamiya burying herself in Yoshina’s chest is a good sign for their relationship.

The more powers are revealed, the more these psychic abilities in Psyren feel like nen from Hunter x Hunter. For the record, this is not a complaint.

Unsurprisingly, Ageha wants to learn from his father. Perfect time for him to improve, too.

Final Flash: Sad chapter. Fortunately, it only took one chapter to set up the training arc. This good pacing should move us to the rescue arc fairly soon.

Psyren 123

[chapter link]

Surprising choice of cover page. As far as I’m aware, Psyren isn’t typically recognized for its women; perhaps Iwashiro wants something done about that. Frederica certainly wants some attention, the way she’s lifting her own dress.

Very organic feel to the way the Tavoo have been drawn in the first couple pages.

P6, bottom panel: Rather difficult to follow exactly what’s going on. I’m aware that an attack is happening, but the massive white beams and sound effects clutter the action.

Disappointing resolution to the Kyle/Delboro fight.

Frederica’s overwhelming strength constantly surprises me. It’s no fault of Iwashiro; it’s more shonen stereotypes playing with my mind.

I’ve never liked when the enemy takes pity on the protagonist to set up a future arc. It demystifies the enemy, weakens the image of the protagonist, and needlessly teases the audience.

Great to see Hiryu rejoin the group. He’s even not one of my preferred characters, but the story has shifted away from the original group considerably. This is a welcome return.

As expected, Elmore may not make it out of this arc alive. While this is important, I hope it doesn’t detract too much from what should be an engaging rescue arc.

Final Flash: Decent chapter and promising outlook, but an unfortunate conclusion to this part of the story. Some major fights were left unresolved.

Psyren 122

June 11, 2010 2 comments
[chapter link]

Asuka seems to have a superior version of Melchsee’s Door.

Nevermind, he’s going Super Saiyan! Or turning into Hisoka (Hunter x Hunter)! Or Akuma (Street Fighter series)! Or… generally looking out of place.

He must be doing this at some great cost to himself. He’s just too strong.

Vigo’s still alive! Looking like Elmore might sacrifice herself to save Van and/or Marie.

P16, bottom-center panel: Translators, there is a considerable difference between “kukuku” (evil laughter) and “kkk” (racist organization).

Ahh! Natural sunlight! Actually, I have no idea what happened at the end of the chapter.

Final Flash: Some nice action, and at least one major long-term development (Marie’s kidnapping). It sure feels like a training arc is right around the corner, after this beam of light and before rescuing Marie.

Weekly Power Rankings – 5/23 – 5/29