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When I go to the main site homepage (, it's saying something about a Liu Octavio and his designs.  It also looks complete different.  Was the site hacked?  Did someone not pay the bills?

Anime/Manga / Dokkouren: Good Ol' Bancho Fun!
« on: August 11, 2014, 06:50:49 PM »
I've seen many folks on here wishing there was more bancho stuff out there either being made currently or available in a language you can actually understand.  Well, I found a series that fits in the latter category.  It's Dokkouren!!!


This manga's by a fellow called Ikki Matsuda, who I never heard of until I started reading this.  Anyway, it's about a guy named Sugata Kyohei who's the son of the head of a rather wealthy family whose also old enough to be his grandfather.  The day he starts high school, he decides to remove Kyohei from the ritzy one he was planning to start in and enrolls him in one notorious for being a place filled with violent hoodlums.  The reason?  To forge Kyohei into a true man!  his grandfather gives him the school uniform that belonged to the finest man he ever met, and sends him there.  Little does Kyohei know the significance of this uniform...

I feel like Ikki Matsuda's art echoes a bit of Kurumada's style; he probably read a few of his works before starting this.  Granted, I could be saying that because there's a long-haired dude who, from the right angle, looks the the Shiryu character design from Kuru's star system.  Anyway, it's filled with great, bloody, martial arts-driven fights and all sorts of craziness.  There's a few bits where Matsuda's art is a little hard to follow, but that's generally when it's just some guy throwing a punch at another dude.  If it's an actual fight, everything is clearly drawn.

Why should you read it?  Just look at it:  [spoiler][/spoiler]

You'd be hard-pressed to find something this bancho-y in English:  [spoiler][/spoiler]

It also has martial arts violence the way they used to make it:  [spoiler][/spoiler]

There's also a blind, one-armed swordsman dude.  The way he lost those would make even self-sacrificing Shiryu blush.

As for how to read it, that's another issue entirely.  This company called Manga Reborn did a Kickstarter a ways back in order to fund the English translation of some manga they wanted to sell digitally.  I gave enough to net me Dokkouren and a few other titles.  The website uses this system where you have to buy coins, and you spend those on individual chapters.  Granted, their prices are pretty cheap; for every chapter in Dokkouren, it'd cost 6370 yen, which is pretty damn good for a 20-volume manga.  Here's a link to the manga:  I don't think anyone's ripped the scans from the site yet.

And sorry if I sound like some stupid spambot.  I'm really loving this manga, and I want more folks to read it.  And since the word "bancho" has come up so much recently, I felt y'all might be interested.  When I get to the other manga I got, I'll report on them.

Games / Neep help figuring out the name of a game
« on: August 05, 2014, 07:57:04 PM »
A ways back I heard about a DS game in development.  It was a Metroidvania-esque game that looked to borrow heavily; I think you absorbed souls from enemies and the protagonist even looked a bit like Soma from Aria and Dawn of Sorrow.  I remember it specifically being aimed at women; I almost want to say it was made by that dev group at Koei that targets women.  It also looked like there were yaoi elements; not!Soma looked a bit like an uke and this other dude (who I want to say was his handler) looked seme-ish.  I'm craving a Metroidvania I haven't played yet, and since Konami decided to ruin Castlevania there hasn't been any coming from the source in a while.

Anyway, I know some of you on here are fujoshi/fujomen/whatever the proper name is.  One of y'all has to know.

If it helps, there was a post or two about it on Siliconera a few years ago.

Anime/Manga / Future GPX Cyber Formula
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:32:16 AM »
How is this show?  I ask 'cuz I've seen it brought up a lot here on these forums, and the Blu-ray rips are out now, too. 

Games / PS3 Slim Blank Screen on startup. Recovery menu doesn't work.
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:47:25 PM »
My PS3 decided to start acting up. It was working fine earlier today, but when I got back from the gym it wouldn't start. I tried the video menu thing and the recovery thing, too; neither worked. I've also tried using a different HDMI cable and leaving it unplugged for half an hour; they didn't work, either. Right now, I'm leaving it unplugged for a longer period to see if that'll work.

This has happened to me before about two weeks ago, and my PS3 just magically started working again after a little fiddling. Is something dying in my system? If there is and it doesn't come back up, is there any way I can recover my save data?

I should also note that my monitor is picking up a signal from the PS3 and switches to the appropriate channel. However, I don't here any sounds. Also, regardless of what I do when I start it up, it boots up a blank screen, shuts off like a game is loading, and then goes back to a blank screen.

Anime/Manga / Tomino-speak?
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:07:52 PM »
Hey, Gundam fans, I have a question.

I was browsing the internet the other day and I saw someone mention that Japanese fans of Tomino Gundam series (and I'm assuming some other Tomino anime) refer to the way the characters talk in his shows as "Tomino-speak," in that it's very hyper-inflated dialog that no one would really speak in.  The same person also mentioned that this doesn't come across as strongly in English subbed versions.  Could anyone fluent (enough) in Japanese or knowledgeable of Tomino stuf validate this claim?  I love a number of the man's shows, but I'm curious if I have been missing more of the original experience than I previously thought.

Real TV/Movie / Kamen Rider - General Thread
« on: February 26, 2014, 11:23:33 PM »
Since talk about KR was filling the Sanctuary movie thread, I figured it'd be better if we tried to talk about it here as to prevent it from getting more off-topic as it is.

Anyway, Agito is the best.  End of discussion.  That is an ironclad argument that cannot be proven wrong.  Although, I think Amazon and Black do make for a close second...  I like Amazon a bunch partly because of the blood, and partly because Tōru Okazaki plays the best wildman I've seen outside of the old Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies.  Also, Yōji Matsuda (who played the kid that follows Amazon around) is one of the few good child actors I've seen.

Too cheap to buy those four separate box sets?  Then buy this:

It's all 152 episodes of Fist of the North Star 1 and 2 in one box set for $90 bucks.  I'm tempted to pick it up and I already own most of the previous sets.  I suppose this means it was one of their best sellers?

Have ya?  From what I can gather, it seems to be about a guy named Seiya who wears shiny armor and gets beaten up by men that look like women in shiny armor and bleeds a lot.  Then he gets really strong all of a sudden, and he beats them up.  Does anyone know anything about the story of this?

Anime/Manga / Mazinger Z US DVD Release Date Announced
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:16:23 PM »
Discotek announced a little ways back that they'd be bring three of Toei's classic anime (Mazinger Z, Devilman, and Cutie Honey) to the US.  They released Cutie Honey at the tale end of last year, and the release date of the first half of Mazinger Z has been announced as April 29 of this year:

So yeah, Discotek is easily one of the best anime companies in the US right now, if not the best.  Not only are they bringing us all this, they also released the Saint Seiya movies and the Fist of the North Star movie and DVDs.  Hopefully, these can do well and we'll see more of Toei's classics like Grendizer, Steel Jeeg, Gaiking, and Tiger Mask.  Hell, the past few years have been great for classic anime in the US.  We got the original Gatchaman, Rose of Versailles, Captain Harlock, and we're getting the original Casshan, not to mention that Anime Sols' crowdfunding has been a rousing success with Creamy Mami and Dear Brother and ZZ getting proper subtitles over on Daisuki.  Now if only we could start seeing more Sunrise classics being brought over...

Anyway, anybody else looking forward to the Mazinger Z or other classic anime releases?

General / An Astrology Question
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:32:33 PM »
I know there's a few folks on here who are in to that whole Astrology stuff, and I have what I hope to be a very simple question to answer:  I'm apparently a Pisces with a Virgo rising.  What does that mean?

General / What exactly does Another Dimension do?
« on: October 09, 2013, 03:46:09 PM »
This sound dumb, but I've been thinking lately, and what does it do, exactly?  I understand that, y'know, it sends folks into another dimension, but what happens to them there?  Does the dimension kill 'em if they're not strong enough to handle it?  Could Shun and Hyoga have survived there, built themselves a little house, and lived happily ever after?

It's been a while since I read the manga, so I'm sorry if the answer is in the chapter where it happens.  I'd check, but I'm about two hours away from my StS volumes.

Anime/Manga / New reprint of Hokuto no Ken to add new chapter
« on: September 14, 2013, 11:10:20 AM »

The new chapter sounds like it's gonna take place in between parts 1 and 2, and it's about Kenshiro and Kokuoh. Despite Kokuoh's being a horse, he's always been one of my favorite side characters, and I relish the chance to read this new chapter.

These new editions sound really awesome, too. The new covers sound cool, and the color pages from Weekly Shonen Jump actually being colored sounds great. It's a shame we'll never get this in the west, though.

Anime / Asgard Saga Subbed?
« on: September 12, 2013, 09:25:53 AM »
After watching the Heated Battle of the Gods movie, I learned that it was kind of a prototype for the Asgard Saga of the StS anime. Considering how I don't really care for the anime when it's trying to adapt manga (the manga's version is so much better) I figure the directors doing their own thing would be pretty fun. I know there's bootleg rips that have all of the anime subbed, but I was curious if anybody else got that far with their English subbing.

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