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SQJPure’s Top Five[Part Two]

Hey there…um guyz?

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. 

Check it out here!

Now lets get back to the meat of things!

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NUMBER 3!

SUN KEN ROCK!

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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The plot becomes incredibly dark, border line pitch black as we look at Sun Ken’s rise of power. 

 

sun-ken-rock-2176343This 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!!”

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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.

 

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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. 

wallpaper2As 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.

Number 2!

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Killer Stall

 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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! 

 

 

 

Movies I wish I could write myself [Harley Quinn]

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A Harley Quinn movie. It would be simple as it is abundantly clear that with a Harley Quinn movie you get everything people want in a villain but enough growth potential to make a full movie, even a trilogy. 

We know one thing, Harlequin is smart and inquisitive. No one just fucking strolls into a PHD!! Man or woman, sane or insane.

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Christopher Nolan’s dark knight proved simple enough that technology does not mean smart like it used to. The joker never had to invent a single thing to show how brilliant he was. 

First thing to do is look at Harley Quinn from a common sense perspective, of course using as much comic history as possible. She’s a girl in Gotham, and most likely from Gotham otherwise her ability to get away from a crime scene literally makes no sense. So being a girl from Gotham there’s definitely a clear enough picture that her work route at some point crossed mugging, rape and murder central. So her having a raised ability to use a gun and self defence skill would be easily justified. A whole lot fucking more than the cat burglar catwoman being able to beat the shit out of trained mercenaries from the league of shadows. 

Why can catwoman beat the shit out of fucking trained mercenaries?

Why? Because REASONS!

But I digress, It’s Gotham which we all know is fucked up so people bursting into your home isn’t silly concern at all. So if there was ever a reason for paranoid knowledgeable people with a gun Gotham has one(both a paradox and an oxymoron in one sentence, fuck yeah!)

As for exactly how the joker wins her over is another story entirely as that is a more tricky thing to balance as that can go wrong easily enough(See Star Wars). As far as we can tell she is not genuinely insane but is devoted to the point of insanity. 

The easiest most logical route for this is the confidence route along with the ‘new philosophy’ group. By ‘new philosophy’ I basically mean make the joker have a reason for loving anarchy. Not a logical one by any means, not even a linear one. I’ve read enugh philosophy to know a lunitic to cobble together something that would impress other lunatics, hopefully without creating mass murderers.Basically you make a ‘way’ of the joker, it doesn’t even have to be something the joker follows exclusively but something that would pull directly into her life, making her a zealot. I really sea Eat, Pray, Love meets a Clock Work Orange. Give her an awakening, a reason. Which may seem to go against her narrative but wait for it. [Side note if you need me to come up with the insanity that drags her down and takes the audience with her, YOU DON”T HAVE TO PAY ME. I WILL DO IT]

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To make her life have value, give her something to leave behind when he crosses from sanity, a friend,  a sister, hard core fans will hate it but basic fans and first time watchers of her story will love it. Most especially if you make her friend, sister or roomate a super hero. This will drive people crazy as you would have to absolutely rip apart another teen level super hero storyline from DC, which I’m personally okay with. Yes not all heroes and villains are equal, so sacrifice a weak hero’s arc for this movie. 

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Again, yes. This will piss hard core people off but it will not alienate them as they will be a step ahead by knowing who the hero is. It is totally worthy as this is a very effective method of creating sympathy and add a very human element of vulnerability(without having to beat her up, you don’t have to beat the shit of a woman to feel for her) as she becomes more hesitant in direct murder of heroes but as creative in playful murder attempts. 

Anyway Joker outlines his fake life story(important to all joker fans and a part of her history) while outlining his philosophy which draws her in as she sees it in everything she lives and everything she does. Create a villainous, female, Arkham prison leader, maybe the woman in charge of the suicide squad as she has to get them from somewhere. 

Here is a video link describing the DC suicide squad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JqL5s6wCgA

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By using her, you have something for the fan boys and girls while at the same time creating an antagonist who is still technically a good guy but bad enough so you relate to the bad guys. Here’s where the fun comes in. By disliking the antagonist you yourself make yourself the antagonist by association. The trick of course being subtle. That I leave to the imaginary director. 

As for how the story from the point of escape moves…well actually that’s simpler. You make the joker an abusive, manipulative asshole who is pushing her into the background. 

Imagine with me:

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The first movie where you see the timers being charged, where you see the traps being set up and shown being played out. (Now I know you’re thinking, FUCK I”M BORED ALREADY, but this can be done well, the best example being the waiting at the toll booth in the godfather.)

Now imagine the actually close calls with the police, because those are actually constant thrilling moments that for some reason no super hero movie, with the exception of maybe green hornet tried. But this time from a bad guy perspective where the bad guys put their own lives first, second and third. 

I can already picture Harley Quinn hiding at first then simply shooting her way out of being chased  while being barked at by dogs, climbing fences. The first time it’s rough gritty, painful and weakens her, the second time, it’s smarter, smother even sexier the second time. the next time it is borderline cocky.

The basic point is that you get a two way look at Gotham city, the actual city and Harley’s physical development. We see her go from doctor to useful crime villainess. 

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With this we get to see her on multiple fronts.

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Her love story, her as a love sick criminal. Which in this decade is absolutely frowned upon, by…well if we are honest…NO FUCKING ONE!! Basic mother fucking love stories are not dead! Not even close to dead! Don’t get me wrong syndical mother fuckers out there have altered the flow of traditional love stories forever, which is not necessarily  a terrible thing but when you burn all variations of love stories from the smouldering piles of crap of Twilight to Romeo and Juliet to the brilliant insanity of Othello. There are no laws on love, so her story can never be inherently bad. Especially if you make it levelled. 

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Her emotional story, is simple. She’s a survivor, a girl with a tough childhood that she never really let go of but sat with it. She didn’t have a chip on her should so much as a massive sore spot that her inner masochist is determined to continuously poke and stab and pinch until she tries to break it with friendship(with a future super hero! DO IT) and her psychology degree. Her emotional story alters sharply by meeting the Joker, changing the trajectory of her life all before the climax hits.

Her physical journey is special because without montaging it there is great opportunity and most importantly REASON for her to be able to move and defend herself. This is fucking Gotham! She’s got to look after herself. She trains to protect herself and when she becomes a starter villain she improves. You watch the whole event as she improves constantly.My point is realistic growth, a dark edgy realism that would draw you the viewer in. 

Now as for the climaxes. 

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Now this is the most important part as there are multiple elements to be addressed here. But, not to be a dick but I think I have addressed them.

Romance, this is a story of heart break, yes she’s in love with the joker and for all his manipulative skill, one could argue for good reason, until the joker turns on her which is big deal enough for her to turn on him. Which is where the heart break comes in. This, if done well, enough to tug on the heartstrings of everyone there without effecting at all the morality issue, so no one will have a moral reason against it, in the most basic sense. She loves him, he’s a fucking dick, but she still loves him. 

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Ethical and mental. This is pretty open and shut. You see her being a good person. She has an internal masochist tendency that forces her to draw on the negative experiences on her which pulls against her need to dominate win while balancing against every human’s cultural need to just ‘fit in’ until finally her meeting with the joker starts to shatter that until we reach our climax and the true monster with the smile is shown and we finally see her dark side. This is compounded emotionally and physically as she finally accepts her lifestyle choice but the final nail is put in the coffin when she turns her back on her friend sister, roomate to be happy. It’s an ironic and yet cathartic twist on the find your inner beauty cliche.


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 Physical, she was always athletic, stroke but never confident, emotionally at ease with what and who she was and that shatters completely leaving a full woman who knows who she is and what she can do when she pushes her body to the limits and leaves nothing behind.

All these elements make up a story ending that will likely put them all together in one scene where something happens. I have not at all put a linear story on this for the simple reason that I want the director and the writers to figure that out for himself. It should be their vision. I just want to help set up the frame work.

Maybe get paid. 

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If they made a movie out of burnout.

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The fast and the Furious franchise had a gem in Paul Walker but with his death I know the franchise still has the space and opportunity to move on. Easily actually, yes the one white guy between the solid wall of brown is missing and I’m sure if the series is going to survive; they’ll fix it. but they have moved beyond street racing to create driving movies. 

 

It looks like the movies following the game need for speed has filled the gap needed for street racing. But I believe there’s a Michael bay sized gap for hardcore racing that has been long neglected, and that’s crash centric racing.

Which is were burnout comes in. 

 

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Now here me out. I’m sure you’re already backing away from me. A movie where care deliberately blow each other up, I’m sure you thought ‘mario Kart’ and decided fuck it. 

This is not Markio Kart, this is the end of the world as we know it. Why do I say that? Because the burnout universe is exactly the same as the SSX universe, which is obvious a futuristic universe. Considering the cities used in SSX and how they essentially hollow out a city every time they host their major death defying events. What if the world were very much like the cities.

 

Imagine a somewhere post dystopic society. We’ve all seen enough dystopic stories that end in freedom to create a full backstory with like three paragraphs of explosion. Hell, you could do it up style, us two second scenes and end up with the final scene independence day and then fade to black and write 100 years later and boom you’re finished, we fill in the dots. 

Now here’s something I believe is important.

GIVE IT A PUNK ROCK VIBE!!

 

I’m a huge fan of punk rock and have been in love with every SSX soundtrack(iffier on SSX 3 but still liked it) with SSX on tour being my favourite as it also gave you the option of cutting out the boring SHIT. 

 

Now that’s a very basic outline of the background. Under populated cities, rebuilding in a crushed world where the good guys won. Now comes our story as is a popular trend right now with people making movies from games which would otherwise have absolutely no plot and therefore nothing to live up to while still having a supportive fan base. 

The burnout franchise appears to have died a horrible HORRIBLE death, it has potential to be sent off with a bang, unmatched and unrivalled. A bustling world trying to be a world. When you have your protagonist. Jef, because I fucking hate Jeff. I know nothing about kid actors other than they suck and have pointlessly bad parents(and that’s when they’re not bad at being alive). Seriously if you’re going to be terrible at least make sure that your kid gains some skill for it. So I’m going to say the high school vibe because if we’re talking EA their we’re talking mass marketing so the younger the better an old punk rock vibe would be too goth, too cult.

Which is damn shame.

So anyway we had clock work orange, Daniel Day Lewis type character. He’s not a nerd, he’s not from a foreign nation. He’s not a jock, he’s not even nice. What he is, is smart and very indifferent to most thanks as he just kinda lets life happen. He has two side kicks, useful and expendable. 

Usefull as it turns out is extremely useful has he had created a system of hacking into any car he wants the system is something that surpassed the system of stolen car hacks. 

There’s already an underground network of hacks which lead to the cars of the time which ran completely automatically. You don’t battle for pink slips but for heavily encrypted hack keys. That not only start a car but get it to drive with you. This settles the element of multiple cars and the element of careless racing, only the hacks are hard but the characters have very limited investment in them. 

Something which screams of all the hallmarks that made the law of burnout without making too much of a fuss as it is humanly possible to hold suspension of disbelieve. 

 

I have now proven that there is no reason why this movie should not exist.

 

SO SOMEONE FUCKING MAKE IT!