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Worst

Discussion in 'Akihabara Library' started by Sasori, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. LoktarOgar Delinquent-Manga d00d

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    Then you are wrong.
     
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    Elaborate please.
     
  3. HInch all-around bastard

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    This conversation has gotten stale, despite the women in it.
     
  4. Furious George In the Monkey Business

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    Long-Winded, Pretentious Reviews
    by Sweet Cyckness


    So I read through Worst recently and have to say that overall I am very satisfied with it. This series lacks any real meaningful contact with females and you’ll be surprised at how little that actually matters.

    First, the artwork is really good all around, from the character designs to the backgrounds. The clothing the characters wear is so detailed and well realized that, for the first time in my life, I became jealous of an animated character’s wardrobe (Hana’s black two-piece with the tiger designs on the inner part of the jacket was boss. :datass)! The facial features/hairstyle of the characters leaves something to be desired in the variety department. More than once you’re going to mistake a character for someone else. It’s sort of understandable because in the real world a group of kids from a people as homogenous as the Japanese just aren’t going to look that different from one another. Plus, the dialogue bubbles are pretty good with letting us know who is who. It’s not silky-smooth execution but it gets the job done. At the end of the day the artwork is able to convey so much from just one dark scowl from Guriko and there isn’t much else you can ask from a mangaka.

    Characterization in a realistic series like this is very important because, unlike a series like One Piece, the character design and style can’t supplement that much. Luckily Worst more or less delivers in this area too. You’ll have personality-types that are similar (Takumi and Renji) but there’s always something that makes each of the main characters unique. The dialogue is always engaging and the humor almost always works.

    The fights, of course, are what really make this series worthwhile. In a word, they are awesome… the sense of impact is incredibly realized and you can practically feel how hard a punch is going to land from a “wind-up” panel. Speaking of panels, the arrangements of some of them before and during the fights are at times brilliant. I recall a group of panels during the Suzuran vs. Housen war where Hana punches a guy out all serious-faced in one panel and then, in the very next panel, we get s first-person perspective shot of the guy falling. Hana is seen with a smile on his face and throwing up a peace sign as he falls. Scenes like that are what make the series what it is.

    The plot, unfortunately, is where I have the biggest problems. The arcs are generally what you’d expect from a series centered on high school gangs… turf wars, alliances, etc. Nothing much deeper than that. I get it. My issue though is that resolutions in Worst come way too easily and the conflict barely registers at all at times. Characters get hospitalized but you never really see it, evil guy’s plot are just kind of foiled with no real skill and there is hardly a sense of consequence to anything. Take for instance Takumi joining T.F.O.A… Hana responded as you would guess he would but Renji and Sakota just sort of accept it (after maybe two panels of whining about it). THIS was a perfect opportunity to really shake things up with the feelings of betrayal and the mistrust and what not. Instead it was just sort of glossed over. Moments like that make me think that Worst would have been better as a seinen then a shounen. Then they wouldn’t have to be bothered about getting too heavy with the subject matter… because it at times feels to me like Hiroshi Takahashi is holding back. That being said, Hiroshi again shows his skills with panel arrangement in the pacing of the plot. You never feel like there is a single panel that was wasted or cumbersome. This guy could have been a film editor.

    Worst, in a nutshell, is pure hood. The characters are interesting, the world is cool and fluid and the battles addictive. You can find a better plot elsewhere but what is here is more than enough to keep you coming back. WORST? Pfft…. More like BEST! (yeah. that just happened.)
     
  5. Fang Titan

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    Speaking of delinquent mangas, is anyone else reading Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru?
     
  6. HInch all-around bastard

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    Blah blah character minimum.
     
  7. Fang Titan

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    I caught up recently myself. Its improved a lot.
     
  8. Furious George In the Monkey Business

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    I'm gonna see about Crows soon I think.
     
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    You're doing it in the wrong order (just like I did!) but yes, Crows is a must. The Worst Gaiden is also a good piece to get your teeth into. Wait until after Crows though.
     
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    Loving the small homages paid to Genki Sudo in this. [/tryingnottoderail]
     
  11. Sasori <font color="#8B0000">● GB Genius ●</font>

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    The story is great, and the way the plot is written into it is better in this manga than I have ever seen or read in any fiction.

    There is no dull moments in Worst and no irrelevent parts. Everything either adds to the story, the background, or the characters.

    Cyckness did you read the Tesshou arc? No way can you read that and say the plot isn't good.
     
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    Used to, for years. Gets really great later on, both art-wise and story-wise but that really isn't till events hit the 20s volumes. There's currently 41 volumes out.
     
  13. Fang Titan

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    Well I read up to chapter 93, where is that in the volumes?
     
  14. Furious George In the Monkey Business

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    Yeah, I read it. I think its the one exception to my point about the sense of consequence being almost non-existent.... and only barely.

    And I don't think that the plot is bad or anything. I only think that it is the weakest part of the series.
     
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    Puah, good question. Seven or eight perhaps? Anyway, you have still a long way to go. Gets really good once they go with their global careers. It kicks off before that already but once they all go global it really really gets good. At least that's a sports manga for martial arts that is done properly instead of Hajime no Shitpoo.
     
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    So we don't ruin my favourite thread with the clutter of another manga, here's a new topic for it.
     
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    Worst is the only content that belongs in here, and crows by relation. Other mangas do not exist here.
     
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    @HInch you're signature amazing.

    The Silent Tank TFOA is the most badass guy ever.

    I love reading Worst and marvelling how it doesn't have any female leads but it is still amazing, that is a great author.
     
  19. Sasori <font color="#8B0000">● GB Genius ●</font>

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    Don't need females when you can fap to Shougo.
     
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    Hahahaha hilarious not gonna say I have ever fapped over worst but not saying I never will LOL.

    I wonder if we are ever gonna meet a proper female character thanks to Gurikos exploits and conquests.
     
  21. Sasori <font color="#8B0000">● GB Genius ●</font>

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    I'd be too busy masturbating over Guriko's demon staff to notice the chicks he's ploughing.
     
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    Amazing, don't even know if you are a guy or a girl but think its amazing!

    I need more worst, do you know anything about future releases.
     
  23. Ceria Chessie System

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    Does whether or not he's a guy or girl really matter, either sex can like this manga. :hurr
     
  24. Sasori <font color="#8B0000">● GB Genius ●</font>

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    I'm a 16 year old Japanese school girl with DD tits.

    Oh did I mention I'm shaved and uncensored?
     
  25. HInch all-around bastard

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    PREPARE THE TENTACLES GENTLEMEN.
     
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    You're making me moist :hurr
     
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    I'm curious as to where people can obtain censoring. Is it something that can be purchased from a convenience store, or a thrift store... but who would want used censoring... :arg

    I request visual confirmation of tits before i can formally address you as a female.
     
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    Ooh, ooh, I do.
     
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