Episode 5 of Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san threw in some Golden Kamuy into the mix by channeling the Unknown Comic.
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is really quirky and I quite enjoy it. Each episode is only 11 minutes long and may contain a few vignettes. Honda-san shows how stressful a bookseller job can be when foreign otakus swarm his shop for the latest BL manga.
I’m loving The Comiq by Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi. The way he drew the faces turned me off a bit at the beginning but I was won over by the great backgrounds with nice inking and of course the story. It’s a classic who dun it?! murder mystery and I’m sucked into the story already. I only pray that VIZ media doesn’t drop it from the North American digital edition.
In real life, as well as this story, prison inmates are made to draw manga backgrounds to acclimate into society. Up-and-coming mangaka Ryota Sakamaki is hard at work on a new series, advised by his sister Mihana and taunted by the super-popular mangaka Seiya Himekawa.
Ryota’s work begins to reveal unsettling parallels to a murder that took place years earlier—and he learns Baba, the supposed murderer in the case, is drawing his backgrounds. Convinced Baba is innocent based on the drawings, Ryota sets out to prove it with the power of manga.
Dr. Stone and The Promised Neverland are still going strong with the stories hitting some suspenseful potential climaxes at the same time. Who will die and who will survive are still in question as both series leave you hanging at chapters end.
The Promised Neverland is slated for an anime and I would bet Dr. Stone will have one eventually.
I’m just going to list my top 5.
Tied for first and second is Goblin Slayer and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Both are fantasy but very different in style. GS is dark fantasy with lots of good old violence compared to the whimsical world of Slime. To keep things short GS brings back the feels of Beserk. If you loved Beserk you should love GS. pic “Goblin Slayer meets Berserk” by tsundere-power
Slime so far feels like a cute Nintendo or Level 5 game made into an anime. The lead character is murdered in a brutal crime and gets reincarnated in a fantasy world as a slime and then begins to gain knowledge and become powerful. Slime has a neat take on goblins and magical beasts like this “Tempest Wolf” by RhythmPopFox
3rd – Golden Kamuy is equal parts freaky deaky, adventure with some campy humor. It’s rare to find a show with so much badassness from every character. You may hate the bad guy going after protagonist Sugimoto and Asirpa but you still admire how badass they are. Adventure, a mystery to solve and some crazy characters make this a blast. Photo:
4th – Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure – Golden Wind. This could have rated a bit higher and the reason is that I read the manga and know what is going to happen so the suspense factor is diminished unlike the above three. I enjoy recommending Jo Jo to Gen X’ers looking to step into anime. I use the music angle to entice them.
5th – Gurazeni: Money Pitch. I’m always down for a sports anime especially one in a sport I have little knowledge on. Money Pitch feels like a warm dessert. The lead character Bonda is a left handed relief pitcher obsessed with the salaries of the other players. It give a fascinating twist on the psychological aspect of his playing and the business side of the game. Bonda is just a super nice guy and I root for him to get that money.
Golden Kamuy Episode 14 had a great surprise during the dinner scene. Did you catch it too?
This is the one moment in Goblin Slayer were I had a resonance in my brain. Linear people get killed, imaginative people survive.
I went into Dragon Slayer with no prior knowledge. I was expecting maybe a Re:Zero or Log Horizon from the art. Boy, was I stoked when it turned into a Berserk like dark fantasy festival.
My only problem is do I just keep watching the anime or jump into the manga. I really can’t wait a week for more.