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Posted 11/17/15
I recently finished Femme Fatale. It was a good manga, but not a great one; I liked the art and the ending, but the pacing was off, and I couldn't ever figure out the motivations behind one of the main characters, which meant that he was acting completely randomly. (Not sure if that was my fault or the authors--might have to read it again some time to figure that out.)

But what I thought was most interesting was that it was a love triangle written like none I've ever seen before. The basic setup sounds like something you've seen in a million manga (and no, I'm not giving anything away that's not patently obvious from very early on): boy develops crush on girl in long term relationship. Over time the girl starts to reciprocate at least a little, and eventually she has to make a choice between her long-term boyfriend and the new guy.

The difference is that the entire manga is told completely from the perspective of the new guy, the one with the crush on the taken girl. We don't see any of the important developments in the couple's relationship on camera. Most of them we don't find out about until long after they happened.

That perspective made it feel fresh and interesting, even though the basic story was something I've read dozens of times already.

What are other manga that people have read that took old formulas and did them in interesting and different ways--even if they weren't necessarily top-notch manga at the end of the day.
Posted 11/17/15
Kodomo No Jikan. A good, typical romance story...about a 10 year and her teacher.
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I am A hero, the only manga that adapt serious (realistic) art and zombie
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Posted 11/18/15
Not all characters needs to be understood, neither ther motivation or how they work. Becuse there are humans like that in real life.

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deadhallv2 wrote:

Not all characters needs to be understood, neither ther motivation or how they work. Becuse there are humans like that in real life.



On one level, that's certainly true; people don't always act consistently and not all characters need to be understood all of the time.

At the same time, explanation allows for understanding, and all of the emotions that go along with that : empathy, understanding, love, hate, anger, sadness, etc. If I see a character acting harshly one moment and kindly the next, I want to know why--I get interested and want to dig into that characters psyche, and feel disappointed if they author doesn't give me that opportunity. I feel like the author is presenting me with a piece of candy and then telling me that I can't have it. It's frustrating.

Of course, that's if I'm being generous. If I'm being cynical, I could say that the author doesn't actually have a plan or motivation for that particular character, and is just having them do whatever is convenient or necessary to move the plot along, consistency be damned.

In either case, it means I like my characters simple and consistent, unless an author is going to take the time to get into what makes them tick. But maybe I'm just snobbish like that.
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Posted 11/18/15

mnmike wrote:


deadhallv2 wrote:

Not all characters needs to be understood, neither ther motivation or how they work. Becuse there are humans like that in real life.



On one level, that's certainly true; people don't always act consistently and not all characters need to be understood all of the time.

At the same time, explanation allows for understanding, and all of the emotions that go along with that : empathy, understanding, love, hate, anger, sadness, etc. If I see a character acting harshly one moment and kindly the next, I want to know why--I get interested and want to dig into that characters psyche, and feel disappointed if they author doesn't give me that opportunity. I feel like the author is presenting me with a piece of candy and then telling me that I can't have it. It's frustrating.

Of course, that's if I'm being generous. If I'm being cynical, I could say that the author doesn't actually have a plan or motivation for that particular character, and is just having them do whatever is convenient or necessary to move the plot along, consistency be damned.

In either case, it means I like my characters simple and consistent, unless an author is going to take the time to get into what makes them tick. But maybe I'm just snobbish like that.


They do give u the opportunity by not giving you aunderstanding of them, basicly they are so messed up that you dont whant to enter there heads.
Usely i think they give to much, like oh heres a story abouy wy charachter X behaves this way, but its just to simple. One event can have affect on a character, but then they have to also show that the same event dosent have a effect on some. Its like they are using the idea of a plastic mind and think that large events forms. Instead of a preset mind that will adapt to multiple events of the same type.

Take the main char from "My teen romantic comedy is not bla bla bla". how many small and big events dident it take for him to be like he is. Or the main char from berserker, same thing there.

then again characters that u dont understand are usely used to move the plot forward, they can be done by a lazy auther that just whant to skip things.

Oh, mangas that take a different route, well like i said, maybe not the manga since i havent read it but the light novel and the anime. my teen romantic bla bla bla working bla (im not good with words), it spins the romantic parts in a fun way.


Personaly i think creating something fresh is a outdated way of creating stuff. The best works i have seen hasent been the ones that makes something new, but tries to perfect what has been done before
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Change 123. This serie takes the idea of a Harem manga in a new direction by giving the main female character a 4 way split personality that all are martial artists trained by her 3 fathers(i kid u not) but at the same time its not boring.

The male MC is a nerd who follows the justice from Kamen Rider and tries to help the girl with her problem in a rather realistic way.
Sure, the serie has ecchi scenes and lots of combat but it stays interesting with lots of fun side characters as well.

So go check it out, its completed.
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Weertangel wrote:

Change 123. This serie takes the idea of a Harem manga in a new direction by giving the main female character a 4 way split personality that all are martial artists trained by her 3 fathers(i kid u not) but at the same time its not boring.

The male MC is a nerd who follows the justice from Kamen Rider and tries to help the girl with her problem in a rather realistic way.
Sure, the serie has ecchi scenes and lots of combat but it stays interesting with lots of fun side characters as well.

So go check it out, its completed.


no only 3 of the personalitys have done martial arts (blink blink)
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Posted 11/19/15
I know, don't want to spoil things ;)
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