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Oh well, I’m going to keep talking about the amazing Manga I got to read during 2013. I already spoke about my number five and number four favorite games. Number five being Fairy Tail and the number four one being Gantz. Both are pleasures of mine.
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Now lets get back to the meat of things!
SUN KEN ROCK!
Sun Ken rock this was such a gem to read! This HAD to be on my list!
Okay I can’t seem to find a site to buy the English version online, especially for South Africans, I don’t know. Maybe Ebay. Give that a shot. Support buying manga!
Back to my horrible horrible thoughts on this manga. And this is a manga and not a Manwha, which is a Korean Manga. The location is simply set in Korea.
This is the Story of a young Japanese man, Ken who travels to Korea to follow the girl of his dreams who rejected him and went to Korea. Which in hindsight, considering how the manga starts, is INCREDIBLY creepy. It is twilight levels of creepy. But the story thank fully doesn’t play out all that creepy, and when it does, it acknowledges itself.
Thankfully this Manga isn’t really boy chases and hunts girl. Not at all, the story takes a very dark and sudden turn right at the start as he can’t get a job and is borderline homeless and gangs shake down the only store owner willing to keep him from starving and we learn that lil old Ken is actually a bad assed mother fucker.
He got the mother fucking gangsters out the mother fucking store!
At the end of his confrontation and ken survives in his battle, the gang’s leader faces off against him and we are locked into a world of gangsterism and we get a very Quentin Tarantino, dusk till dawn twist with the girl next door becoming a part of the Korean Anti gang force and Ken becoming a thug until the story evolves once more.
The plot becomes incredibly dark, border line pitch black as we look at Sun Ken’s rise of power.
This story is very web written, funny when it wants to be and quite clever when it wants to be. It can talk on for ages, going on and on which i would love to say you can walk away from, take a dump and come back to find that you had not missed anything but it’s not anime, ITS A FUCKING MANGA so you’d still be where you fucking left off! But I will say it is a world better than air gear or any thing of the like where a single chapter becomes a fucking school lesson where the manga does its best to justify the bullshit we’re seeing though we’re supposed to go. “Oh that makes sense, of course Japanese people can do that, they are just that awesome. Why? Because JAPAN!!”
Anyway, as I was saying the writing pretty good though, having an immersible element as the story doesn’t pull punches or faffing around with crime. These are criminals! They do bad things! We get to see the bad guys do bad things as out typical anime hero does the absolute right thing at all times while having his self righteous morals thrown in his face constantly. It’s fucking brilliant.
Then comes the art work, which is well a fucking brilliant work of art. I used to turn a page and just stare wide eyed and stunned at exactly how visually stunning the art style is here and it suites the writing oh so perfectly. It’s so good it will make you run over to your favorite ‘art friend’ and slam his fingers with a steel mallet just because you know in your heart that he will never be god enough and, of course, you never really liked him in the first place, tosser. The frames are beautiful making every character realistic s fuck and unique, it will spoil you. Ruin you, but you will be so grateful for it.
As for maturity, it hits at very mature themes for a while before, a moment later, becoming completely immature. It makes you want to slash your wrists one moment before leaving you in stitches with its corny oddball scenes, terrible excuses for showing full on breasts and sex.Yes, this not so much eicchi as it is adult manga, but not porn. Though you’d not be to hard faulted at the nudity. Which can be seen as fantastic, bearable or appalling.
Considering that it’s in my top five I’ll let you figure it out.
Now this is not technically manga but instead Manhwa, which basically means MANGA, but made by Koreans. So basically MANGA!! Just made by someone else. I’m not being racist all you invisible pretentious ass wipers. It’s all comics!
Now that I’m finished being defensive let us talk a little about Killer stall, my second favorite Manga read for 2013.
What can I say about killer stall besides it is very different to anything I have read in such a long time! First off the story is set in South Korea in a little stall called killer stall where we are introduced to the kindest kind of protagonists only to turn out to be a criminal himself. A former hit man who handed his resignation the way all hitmen do.
Walking into the bosses office and single handedly murdering everyone in sight. But unlike other stories of the like this story deals wit the aftermath where the now riddled with holes collateral of the plot boss is dead but his son is left behind. And unlike other crime bosses born of plot convenience this formerly alive crime boss had taunt his son to be fucked up in the head so our hero then shoots the child in the head and drives the child crazy and now the child is all grown up and is looking for revenge.
What ensues is the most bizarre, stagnant but exhilarating game of idiots, (i mean crime genius’) you have ever seen with the protagonist not having a target to aim his aggression at as he himself and his family is targeted and zoomed in on from right in front of their, insert stereotype here, faces.
Will he save his family, which is big enough to be able to lose one or two without crushing his will to live or will he lose everything he loves?
The story does a job job giving you a reason to care whether or not he loses the people around him, using something few mangas do, nuance! FUCKING NUANCE! Letting you see shit without beating you over the head with them so you end up wanted him to end the way dark knight rises, happily with no one actually FUCKING DYING! To this day I’m impressed how I never noticed that no one important died. But the big question is will you get that from these character who you spend so much more time caring about.
The villain is delightfully over the top to the point where he’s ridiculous but smart enough that he isn’t shit because he is very much capable of murder because very much like the joker from the dark knight, he wins his battles. Which is what a good bad guy makes.
The art work is something to write home about and I can say is my favourite of the full color web comic design type. Effectively blowing right past Sorcery, God of High School and girls of the wilds with childish skill and flair.
There’s genuine tension in this story and reason to care, it’s not too preachy and has substance in each chapter while still having the mot frustrating cliff hangers of all time embedded into the story. Like a nail in my skull after I show my nerd friend the accident that befell his play-station four when I was jugging water balloons filled with bleach over it.
But very much like that it was a good idea at the time and I have no regrets after. You should check this manga out!
Be read for the part installment of my top five manga for 2013, I hope you’re excited! Because I’m not!