Where do I read manga from now that MangaDex is gone?
mangadex still exists. The new site kinda sucks but it works
I read the Alien 9 manga, and really liked it! I think the OVA is better overall, especially in terms of pacing and certain scenes having MUCH more emotional impact in the OVA. However, it was great to see more of the characters I love, and the direction they went with the overarching story was interesting, as it's only ever teased at in the OVA. This series has a really cool (and quite dark) tone and aesthetic to it that is definitely shown off a lot in the later chapters of the manga. The alien designs, body horror, and action scenes are really striking in how unique and gory they are. That, along with the focus on the girls mental states, personalities, and upbringings really makes me empathize with these characters. I was consistently rooting for them the whole time, especially as things looked increasingly grim.
I also appreciate how invested I was able to get into the setting. It kept the lore dumps concise, but vague and interesting enough to make you want to keep reading. I never felt like I had to go out of my way to keep up my suspension of disbelief towards what is ultimately a very strange setting, and I think a lot of that is due to how little is explained. It keeps the focus on the girls, the changes and struggles they go through, and the aliens themselves.
I haven't read Emulators or Next yet, but will probably do so in the coming days.
Having slept on it I have a couple other, more spoiler related things to say:
I was slightly disappointed initially in how fast they cleared up Kumi's death and resurrection
. I felt like there was a lot of room there to explore Yuri and Kasumi's reaction to it that they never get into beyond just one or two panels. This kind of thing is what I mean when I say the manga is paced oddly at times. However the way in which she comes back
was more than interesting enough for me not to mind in the long run, and she actually became my favorite character after that arc. The stuff with her struggling to cope with her new body and her desire to protect Yuri from the same fate
was really interesting and emotional.
The themes of puberty and growing up and sexual stuff is less prevalent in this manga as compared to the OVA. It's there (at least to my eyes), but it feels like the idea is less pushed. It makes me wonder if the OVA staff saw that and decided to focus more on it. For example, in the OVA there is a dream sequence with Yuri's stomach expanding into a borg while standing in front of a ruler to measure her growth
. To me that reads as very blatant pregnancy or puberty-themed imagery. But this scene and probably others are absent from the manga. The manga does have some pretty serious plot points about how drastically the girls bodies and feelings change
though so I'd hesitate to say that my 2deep4u interpretation is only relegated to the OVA.
I found it interesting how the teachers, who were initially framed as evil or nefarious, are revealed to be basically just as powerless as anyone else in being pawns to the aliens
. They're just trying to make the best of the way the world works in this universe, which brings the interesting question of if what they're doing to the girls is "right" or not
. When the alternative is the sunflower aliens, it seems very obviously like the lesser of two evils, but even so it's a very grim conclusion
I've always preferred shorter anime and manga, they feel more impactful if they're done right.
I think it's more that a lot of the shorter shows are clearly more well-planned and since they're kept "tight" the mangaka is free to execute his vision.
Have you read Yokohama kaidashi kikou or kabu no isaki? Ykk is set in a comfy post apocalypse.
I've read some chapters of the first one, but I don't think it's what I'm looking for.
I think what I like the most about certain works of fiction and, even the real world, is the sense of journey someone can get. It's why I liked those previous manga I mentioned so much. It's also why I fantasize a lot about the idea of getting a motorbike and travelling all across the world as well.
I just read girls last tour and went on to read shimeji simulation… they are both really good! I'm super excited for more shimeji to come out now.
I think I'm going to read alien9 next.
So far I like yuri's gooey melty eyes they're so cute, but I'm kinda anxious about how much I identify with her.
Have you watched the OVA?
The series deals a lot with (very minor content spoilers:) trauma on Yuri's part and there is some body horror stuff so fair warning
Well, I can sum up my thoughts on alien9: kumi wants to merge with yuri lulz
No, actually, I feel like either about around the time the OVA ends the story started to make less sense to me. Like, the reveal of the broader world was good, but then the progression from that point in terms of what the characters were actually doing and what their motivations were… kinda lost me. I'll probably go back and read it again sometime and maybe be able to follow it a bit better. Though I do feel like being unable to follow it kinda works given the story being told.
I thought the concept of their memories being in some way absorbed into the borg
was really interesting and like either they should have done more with that, or they did do more with that and it flew over my head.>>3682>fast they cleared up…
I agree, but I feel like they couldn't have done it slower without having some extra explanation. Like, the superviser is screwing with them
to be sure, but for them to not find out about weird gross cell gel healing
until later would require some explanation. Like "Hey your friend is actually fine, I can just heal her using alien magic bullshit, but I didn't tell you right away because reasons"
… unless the supervisor didn't know she could be healed so easily
but I think that would have weird implications for the state of her knowledge and the rest of the world.
Really having read it I'm still fascinated with the world. It would be cool to read more stories set there, but as for the plot… I'm not sure exactly what I make of it. Maybe I'll comment again after dwelling on it some more.
I've been getting into reading manga more regularly, so far I caught up on shimeji simulation which was amazing, and i read kira kira study which was decent but the ending felt rushed and unsatisfying, then i started reading chotto ippai!, but then it got a little too melodrama heavy so i stopped reading it. Then i randomly started reading Onii-chan is done for, which i wasn't expecting to like but it's actually quite good fun. If anyone has any recomendations for good slice of life cgdct manga (for context on my taste my favourite anime are hidamari sketch and gochiusa and sketchbook) i would greatly appreciate it. I always thought reading manga is too much effort but it's actually quite calming. And i can read on the train or something that is nice.
>>3925>Then i randomly started reading Onii-chan is done for, which i wasn't expecting to like but it's actually quite good fun.
good taste. did you know it's getting an anime adaptation?! I was really happy and surprised
I did not know that! I did not expect it to get an adaptation. It sure has some cute girls in it.
I really enjoy reading manga and I need to get back into it. I was reading the Wadanohara manga and it was pretty fun
I read shimeji simulation after I read all of girls last tour and needed more girls last tour and it fulfilled all of my hopes and more.
Oh I see. Kabu no isaki has more focus on travel. They fly an airplane in a world that is mysteriously 100 times larger than ours, so Mount Fuji, which they visit, actually goes up into space. They are making trips out to explore and trade. They are returning home though, not wandering without a home like in girls last tour.
Have you tried mushishi?
I've only seen the show, but if you vibe with it the comf levels are off the charts. I think I'll give the manga a go sometime.
I'm currently reading CITY! Starting with the second volume today.
how does it compare to Nichijou?
So far it's very similar. Fair to say that if you liked Nichijou you will also like city.
Oh, I guess only hitoshi ashinano's chapter of Mushishi Gaitanshuu got translated. It was pretty cool. Now I really have read all of hitoshi ashinano's work I think.
I've been reading this recently, and it's honestly incredible the way they manage such a huge cast of characters and their various arcs. I love how the stories start to overlap too and you can see the vignettes take place alongside each other and how the interactions in one influence other ones.
It's surprisingly well written for something that started off as a cheesecake sort of "look at these girls messing around" kind of manga.
I love how they draw the lips, very sexy
Yeah, you don't see lips like that in anime/manga very often, they usually just blend into the mouth
And the noses too! I wish more anime girls had those
The artist knows how to draw very attractive girls :>
The manga gets so good later on, also thank you sharing the video, i needed it lol.
Ah… Uh… Oh, I know, right?! Isn't shimeji simulation awesome?
nice, I've never really lived in that kind of "downtown city" area
Mangadex isn’t the problem.
You’re reading the work of multiple translations or scanlation groups.
It’s because the original group didn’t finish or didn’t upload. Mangadex is trying to make your life easier. Your other option is to download directly from the groups.
Been reading Asper Girl, Shiori Experience, and Area 51, rather unfortunately Area 51's translation is incomplete and doesn't seem to have any active TL effort going on, seeing as the last translated chapter seems to have been done over a year ago. Pretty unfortunate, it's got some of my favorite art in any manga I've ever read with its use of stark black and white tones and how its pages often use only the silhouette or shadows of a character to show them. The mangaka's a master of this style.>>2210
Douman's one of my favorite mangaka, all of his stuff has this wonderfully unique feeling to it and his art style is up there as one of my favorites.