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157 is there now. I guess we're getting two chapters every other week.
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Great, just read 157 & 158 and now I've got to wait 2 more weeks for more. So frustrating, I would prefer it if it was weekly. I definitely NEED to read more after Sara got to London!
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Paramount26 wrote:

Great, just read 157 & 158 and now I've got to wait 2 more weeks for more. So frustrating, I would prefer it if it was weekly. I definitely NEED to read more after Sara got to London!


Yeah. All of a sudden the whole "guy who founded the Hedgehogs" story makes sense... And I think Fuuka was right, and Nico should get get over himself and ask. (Unless Tama just asked him in a strange way...)

I wonder if the rest of the band members know that Sara's brother has kept in touch with the guy?
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Posted 6/7/17
Good. The train is moving again, hopefully.
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Posted 6/20/17
uhh new chapter has nudity for the first time? its been censored all the other time so why now?
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Posted 6/21/17 , edited 6/30/17

mrmomlicker wrote:

uhh new chapter has nudity for the first time? its been censored all the other time so why now?


Reminds me of Suzuka... I seem to recall that he didn't bother with the Barbie Doll style back then...

AND: We finally know the real reason for the character of Shelley!

Actually, I've started to gain new respect for this manga over the past few chapters. It seems to be a silly romcom in a lot of ways, but if you look at the story he's telling about a band who is blacklisted by a powerful record producer, and combine it with some of the smaller details like:

- The way Koyuki felt stifled by the idol system early in the manga and chose to "quit" (and form a band) instead of continuing with a lucrative career as a pop idol that she wasn't really happy in.
- The level of control the band's executive producer had over them when they first signed.
- The inflexibility of the system that didn't think to take advantage of new media, requiring maverick work by their newly hired, and younger, producer to think to post songs to online sites to sell them to make the money the company needed to stay afloat.
- Sara's revelation when playing on the open-mic night in England that there were styles of playing she had never been exposed to and she had a lot to learn. (That, I think, had a lot to do with the fact that she always played Hedgehogs music by the books, since it was her brother's music. I think she's going to get introduced to improvisation and the "jam band" style of playing while in England.)
- The spot on criticism of tossing random foreign phrases into songs when you can't even pronounce them correctly by Shelley, leading to her offering to teach them how to sing English lyrics properly. (You can learn to sing in another language without actually understanding it that well.)
- And, of course, the whole blacklisting story line.

When I put all of those things together, I thought I saw a pattern that Seo was aiming at:

The stifling artistic environment for ALL arts that the standard Japanese business model and Japanese cultural norms impose on the artist.

In other words, I think he might be making a statement about the manga industry here, in a rather backhanded way...

Or, he could just be drawing pretty girls, occasionally nude, doing silly things... Hard to say...
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Posted 6/21/17 , edited 6/21/17
Zen - Haha, probably a little of both.
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Posted 8/23/17
Start rant

End rant.
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Posted 8/23/17
I feel like the chapter before this one was a good place to end. I think the end is coming pretty soon though anyways.
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Posted 8/29/17
When the beta Yuu straight up calls the last antagonist a rotten old bitch. These dang emo kids
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Posted 9/7/17
Chapter 169...Is this the beginning of the end?
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