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Takagi no Honozume!! [40-END]

August 30th, 2013, 9:05 pm

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Posted by zenmigawa

And they soon form a central band of five!

Sixth one-shot down. It has everything I wanted to draw - shonen action, monsters and creatures, hot-blooded spirits, and LOTS OF SPEED LINES, and I loved drawing every page of it. It's also the first manga all my teachers jumped up and told me, "Hey, this manga's fun to read! This is it... this is YOUR voice!" So it seemed like things would finally fall in place with this one story.

Shown to: [Shueisha] Saikyo Jump, [Shogakukan] CoroCoro Comic
1) It's... not very well-planned. It reads like a dojinshi, where the author just lets his imagination run wild, with not too much foresight for plot holes and bad characterization.
2) Readers (read: Japanese elementary schoolers) may find the American setting alien and off-putting. It's best to have the setting as recognizably Japanese as possible. Use heavy references, keep detailed observation notes, and consult native Japanese as much as possible in that case.
3) The art's stabilized compared to past works, but there are still art inconsistencies from panel to panel, making the same characters look different as the work progresses. The art needs to improve.
4) Having a boy fight a girl is going to make readers uneasy, no matter how tough the girl is. Better to have the rival be another boy.

1) The author's burning sense of fun and enjoyment for the subject material, and the earnestness given to the story overall makes it very hard to reject.
2) While very rough in design, the conscious inclusion of monsters and gadgets as a central element of the manga will appeal quickly to kid readers, and opens the door to a lot of merchandising opportunities.
3) The overall composition, message, and feel of the manga lends strongly to the role manga plays for kids: giving them dreams and aspirations. This is an artistic direction the author should stick with.

[Received business card from reviewing editor at Saikyo Jump.]

Posted at August 30th, 2013, 5:57 pm

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Posted at July 17th, 2018, 12:22 am

Posted by zenmigawa

@WindowMaker: Think of "Takagi no Honozume!!" as the one-shot prototype version. A lot of elements in that will be recycled or reworked for "Masazume Wars".

Posted at May 22nd, 2017, 7:31 pm

Reader's Comments:

Posted by WindowMaker

I suppose that the story of these two continues in "Masazume Wars", right?
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Posted at May 22nd, 2017, 2:55 am

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