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Talk about what manga you've been reading!

I've been reading an older manga called Yume Tsukai by Ueshiba Riichi. It's about magical shrine maidens with weird powers solving paranormal mysteries and stuff. Fairly standard concept but what makes it good in my opinion is just how crazy and bizarre the stories get, as well as some really fantastic art and a nostalgic sort of comedy. It's sometimes goofy, sometimes quite emotional, and other times borders on Junji Ito-esque horror scenarios. I really like the creepy body horror stuff, and the comedy between the weirdo cast is fun. I especially like the over the top lolicon character.
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 No.2330

>>2329
Thank you! mangaupdates seems like it's exactly what I was looking for

 No.2331

>>2329
>>2330

Note that on the scanlation pages in mangaupdates there's no link to their websites, only social media.
For the links you have to search their names in the search bar and then, on the results, next to their names will be their websites.

There's also this list:
https://bloscans.wordpress.com/

>>2328
Are you saying it's cumbersome to download the manga or that it's annoying to organize them?
If it's the former there are multiple ways to make it easier like Tachiyomi, Free Manga Downloader (FMD) (the fmd-project-team fork), HDoujin Downloader, mangadex-dl (there's multiple forks), gallery-dl, hakuneko and manga-py

 No.2332

>>2331
It's just that I'm for some reason just psychologically opposed to having something on my hard drive that I'm unlikely to use much
I dunno man it's probably just the fact that manga is 4000 separate pictures while an anime of the same length is feasibly 40

 No.2657

Mangadex update, they need 2-3 more weeks
It's never going to come up again

 No.2677

>>2332
Please don't store manga as image files. Zip them up, change the extension to .cbz, then use a reader. Boom, your 5,000 image folder is now 20 files. I'm honestly astonished that stuff like Tachiyomi doesn't do this automatically for each chapter.
If you are on Windows, CDisplayEX has a thumbnailer so you can see the covers in explorer. I prefer using Yacreader because it doesn't need to load the whole cbz to let you read (I keep everything on a NAS), but I keep CDisplayEX around for the thumbnails.

 No.2724

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>>2657
Update for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. In short, if you have accounts anywhere that use the same password as your Mangadex account, you should go change those passwords asap.

 No.2739

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iqdb is down too

 No.2740

>>2739
EVERYTHING IS FUCKING DYING AAAA

 No.2744

>>2739
It's just giving me connection reset error, isn't it just a server issue? Or did they say they were shutting down?

 No.2746

>>2724
The best thing that could come out of this is people learning to stop putting all their eggs in one basket. Setting up a website isn't hard and if you just want to post your group's projects, simple HTML works perfectly fine. No need for accounts, fancy web readers, IP logging, or anything.
The readers now have the tools at their disposal to setup their own one-stop-shop, like Tachiyomi.

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 No.2748

>>2747
It's hard to not have a frown for everything these days

 No.2749

>>2747
Lol braindead what the fuck
100% guarenteed the people who run that thing are pedos
Also isn't Saucenao different from iqdb? I know they use essentially the same engine.

 No.2750

>>2749
>Also isn't Saucenao different from iqdb?
Yeah but the bot does the same thing on both and so if IQDBmin doesn't respond fast enough, their host gets all these terrifying messages about CSAM and with no response they just shut it down.

 No.2751

>>2750
I suppose yeah
Does IDQB not have any outward-facing communication? I'd have expected some sort of communication about this but a quick google search returned nothing.
I guess if their literal only way of communicating was on the site itself they'd be fucked.

 No.2758

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>>2751
I mean yuki.la shut down and the admin went poof so I wouldn't be surprised if IQDB admin did the same. Maybe one day both of them will turn up again but that is too unlikely. Like >>2740 said, everything is collapsing.

 No.2767

>>2758
>yuki.la shut down
Am I living under a rock
Since when

 No.2770

>>2767
Since last month iirc.

 No.2809

Mangadex is sort of back up! They brought up some of the new api and the Tachiyomi extension works with it now. New content can't be uploaded, but you can read and download stuff again.

 No.2810

Mangadex update, the API's been mostly finished so I think the site will be back soon

 No.2813

>>2809
>the Tachiyomi extension works with it now.
Do I have to set it up? The extension still doesn't work on my end

 No.2831

>>2758
>>2740
Well it's back up now, though without an explanation on the page itself

 No.2832

With that being said, desuchan and aurorachan are down now, though I haven't checked either in a month or so. Wonder if they're down or just having server problems.

 No.2835

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I started reading Menhera Shoujo Kurumi-Chan because I wanted to know who the girl in the hoodie was, and I started to completely hate her.
She is a complete manipulative asshole that projects her insecurities to the real world and goes over the edge if something doesn't go her own way. I'd understand if some hikki that doesn't talk with anyone would like to have someone as her in her life, but for most people I believe she would interrupt the way of life too much. Though that may just be the main attraction.
Still, I don't know if I should be posting this here since it's a 4koma.

 No.2836

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>>2835
I decided to read it since you posted about it. I've seen the hoodie girl posted around the internet a lot too.
I agree that she's a bit much. Though I'm most amazed at how realistic the mangaka got at depicting crazy. I could easily imagine somebody like her existing in real life.
The little bro is great though.

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>>2835
>I'd understand if some hikki that doesn't talk with anyone would like to have someone as her in her life, but for most people I believe she would interrupt the way of life too much.
I understand where this comes from, as someone who felt a reality shock reading this mango and noticing everything i went throught while in a relationship with a girl with issues alike, at the time i was hiper focused on making the relationship work because i was too focused on it being radically valuable, when i came to it i was already there for some years and theraphy was already having effects. Menhera would have more of chance on places where people are more conscious about mental health, people are not encouraged enough to seek pro help there

 No.2853

>>2813
You used to have to login via webview in Tachiyomi to get the site cookie. If you weren't logged in before, you probably can't get in until they fix everything.

 No.2881

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I got up to Chapter 40 of Fire Punch and I honestly can't continue reading it. I know it's a shonen and I should've expected it, but it's so unbelievably juvenile I can't stand it. The reveal of the big bad and the intentions for doing what she wants to do are just facepalmingly STUPID. Why is this so acclaimed? It has some good bits here and there, but something that keeps referencing fugging STAR WARS out of all things shouldn't be so talked about.
UGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHH. I feel insulted. And I can only think that Chainsaw Man is more of the same. I need something that makes my neurons quake even just a bit while also having some neat action.

 No.2882

>>2881
sushi roll, that anticlimax is literally the whole point. It's a joke.

 No.2883

>>2882
Is the author supposed to be f*cking with the audience then?

 No.2887

>>2881
I liked Fire Punch because it's dumb fun. The plot makes no sense and characters get killed off so quickly they don't even matter. (Like the naked underwear guy…? Huh…?) I can't even remember the main plot points besides: Agni eats himself, Agni gets lit on fire, Agni has a thing for his sister, Agni gets lit on fire, and then the end. I wouldn't read it for something to mentally chew on and the same goes for Chainsawman. The plot for Chainsawman is more cohesive, but it still heavily meanders.
There's probably a whole layer of satire and irony I'm missing, but I more or less got the same interpretation as you.

 No.2895

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Read Kino's journey and I completely hate it yet I understand the audience for it. The entire manga, and light novel I assume, gives off "art for people who don't like art" vibes. If you read nothing, but bottom of the barrel shonen Kino's journey would seem deep because it's your first time in contact with a manga trying something like that. To someone who's familiar with works like Kino the manga comes off as perfectly average at best and laughable at worst. Kino often reaches edgy 14 year old quotes level of bad.
I don't think it was a problem of the story, but the medium. They had to stuff all these "deep" philosophical quandaries into 20 pages, with half of them being set up, so it's completely obvious how they would simplify or cut out details.
The simplification is what really hurts the story. A society killing everyone off except one for petty crimes, a nation built completely on lies, and 'adult town' are all interesting plots, but they were written with the subtlety of a brick. Most of these stories come off as unintentionally hilarious and not well written adventures.
Kino's journey would have worked better as a completely abstract show that could fully revel in the unrealistic simplified nature of itself because it was a metaphor. As of now the manga is in a awkward phase between "realistic political parody" and "symbolic thought experiment" and both sides suffer.

 No.2897

>>2895
What are your thoughts about the anime? Did they really make a 20 pages story into a full episode?

 No.2898

>>2897 I didn't watch the entire anime, but that's definitely the same feeling i got from it. Trying to put in big reveals and deep thoughts, but never committing enough for them to have any emotional weight.

 No.2899

>>2895
It's pretty close to being that Majo no Tabitabi show a few seasons ago. All the actual philosophy is pretty deep, I think, or at least the questions raised are certainly deep; the problem comes down to the fact that the medium like you said close to prohibits actually engaging with it. The LN is technically a bit better about it, but both of them would've been better as collections of actual prose short stories or a non–chonological novel.

 No.2907

>>2895
I do actually feel quite similar about the anime version, but the aesthetic and atmosphere of the show still makes me enjoy it a lot despite the shallow philosophy

 No.2914

https://mangadex.org/
Mangadex is back
But holy balls is it ugly as sin

 No.2916

>>2914
I think it *looks* fine, but it seems to be a bit broken right now. They were really pushing back on the frontend so that doesn't surprise me. It'll take some more time.

 No.2921

>>2916
Yeah it looks like everyone is stuck on the mobile UI for now because the desktop UI isn't done

 No.2950

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I've been reading Saihate no Paladin lately
It's by technicality an isekai, but it hasn't really come up except as a framing device for why he's fascinated by how dying works.
I really like how the author presents religion and also most of the characters, I feel like it's rare that religion in a manga is a force for good - not just literally in the sense of like, bam magic to kill evil - but also in how it gives people stability.

It's hard to describe it.

 No.2997

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"I'm a spider so what" it's OK. It has a strong start, but I started to skim at the later chapters. I'd have to say OK is a stretch because it's only comparatively good to the average bottom barell isekia. Even if it's the better of its genre it still falls into the "List of skills thats way to long", "deus ex machina skill level up", and a general vibe of "I must autisticly catoragize everything in this world". My main gripe in this work is less its quality and more how I read it a few years ago and liked it, but now I can barely stand it.

 No.2999

>>2997
I haven't been following the latest chapters at all but I picked it up ages ago too.
I think the main thing is that at the time there was just too much fucking saturation of isekai, most of it low level bottom of the barrel trash, so anything with even a hint of creativity ends up looking like absolute genius. Look at Overlord, it's pretty much the exact same thing as any isekai except 1. the dude is a skeleton and kind of unrepentant Evil without being an edgy asshole and 2. he's got all his high-level friends with him instead of needing to find them. It's not good once you really start reading it, but it's better and that's all you really care about after a certain point.

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I finally got around to reading Wolf Guy / 狼の紋章, the image the old meme picture from the NTR scale comes from.

It came out in 2007 which is actually around when I guessed it probably came out (2007-2012), less because of the artstyle and more because of the excessive grimdark that seems to be the hallmark of anything that came out around that time. I don't really mind the grittiness; the manga heavily features the yakuza and insane gangsters so stuff like drugs or whatnot seems par for the course, like Holyland, a 2000 manga. The main issue I had with it is the gratuitous amount of sex and rape. It almost reminds me of Game of Thrones, the TV series not the books; the books were always poorly conceived gibberish, but the TV shows took it a step further by pathologically removing as much fantasy from the world as possible in an attempt to be dark.

With that being said I think the basic premise of the manga is fine. Excessively violent outcomes aside it does a fairly good job at actually developing its characters in some way, though not all in good directions. Also, the author's artstyle and some of the dialogue, while certainly meant to be dark, intimidating, or enlightening, is impossible to take seriously just because of how he draws it - see the image.

All in all I'd still recommend the series, though it probably isn't for everyone.

 No.3117

>>2950
I like it. It's more of a fantasy story than a straight-up isekai for me. Although I feel like the dark tones that made it interesting at first have been lacking in recent chapters. Not that I think edginess for edginess' sake is good…

 No.3134

>>3117
I think it was never particularly dark? No more than e.g. FFXIV is a dark game. It's got a miserable backstory but the actual storyline wasn't particularly out of the ordinary. It's grotesque but it isn't dark, if you know what I mean? The zombie brother under the fire was horrifying but the message was mostly upbeat.

 No.3141

>>3134
>>3134
Yeah maybe dark isn't the right word… But do feel like recent chapters have been too fluffy. I guess that was always an element of the story, but I miss the more serious vibe of decline that it had initially.

 No.3143

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On the topic of more serious fantasy/isekai manga, is anyone reading Bard Loen?

It's so refreshing to read a fantasy series that is more than just another isekai cheat powers harem romp. I mean, the main character is definitely powerful, but he still feels vulnerable (even if he does have a bit of plot armour). My favourite part is how the world and the setting feel a lot more plausible.

 No.3144

>>3143
Was Bard Loen that one where he and the princess/queen loved each other but she married someone else and he was too late to even see her when she died?

 No.3303

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Read Soil by Kaneko Atsushi and its pretty stellar. It's a paranormal mystery about a oddball assortment of detectives finding what happened to a family that went missing. It's a slow burn mystery that keeps your attention by sprinkling some pretty great plot twists. All the threads in the end, no matter how bizarre, got tied up. One thing some people might hate is its one of those progressive mysteries, think I have to solve this murder case becoming I discovered an underground drug ring, so if you only want to see a cut and dry mystery case the later chapters will confuse or annoy you.
My favorite part about this manga is, ironically, it's nothing like a manga. The art style is western to the point a dull eye could confuse it for a batman comic. The characters and plot points don't lift anything from the standard incest of anime tropes. No yandre, no panty shot, no isekia just something unique to enjoy. A perfect choice to introduce your friends to manga

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