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*inspired by Mahlua's workshop: http://forums.mangaraiders.com/index.php/topic,17412.0.html

Who doesn't hear the sounds of manga even though they don't quite understand them? Who doesn't cringe at the strange times One Piece english translations put 'dun dun dun' for dramatic scenes, even though they know exactly what kind of epic dramatic music they know is playing in the scene? And who doesn't know how laughing sounds in text form, no matter what your mother tongue is?

Onomatopoeia is a fundamental part of comics, although in the mordern age (especially in the west) it's common to focus on dialogue alone. I mean, The Walking Dead should have a lot of sounds, but you only end up with screams and the like. It's nothing in comparision to manga, that seeks to stage every single action, from the simplest facial expression, to a single breath, to an epic explosion, or a rain of fists - (ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA ORAAAA )

Onamatopoeia Workshop

- Post in spoiler tags your own audio/onomatoepic interpretation of the above posted description

- Keep your description within 10 words. NO essays plz


1. Laughter by an evil pirate



So, lets start, My description:

The sound of the ocean

General Manga writer discussions / Why is DBZ so good?
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:29:16 PM »
From a writer's perspective, why is DBZ so good? No matter how much it's a childhood anime, and how much the fights are hype, why is it that from a writing perspective you don't totally insult the characters for being cliche? Even though it's the pioneer of the new shounen anime and manga, with DBZ Super the anime has still proven to be popular and worth the wait. I've found myself excited at the power-ups, even though I'm tired out by that 'cliche' in other shounen anime.

My theory is that because it's so honest and simple a shounen, it hits all the points that any shounen-anime-watcher wants to see. By being so predicteable, it's as timeless and fundamental as greek mythology. DBZ can be interpreted in a millions ways because of how simple it is and fun to watch.

But yeah, maybe it is just the hype of how popular it is and how well it got recieved in the west.


General Discussion / Symbols, Vocabulary and Art
« on: September 26, 2017, 05:49:55 PM »
Symbols, Vocabulary and Art - A Case for explicitly using Icons and Symbols as a Foundation to being an Artist


Writing, Drawing. What are the cores of the two crafts? I feel it is the transmission of ideas using recognizable marks on page, whether physical or digital. At the core is the relation of an idea, the expression of an artist through his craft, but people focus on how the idea is represented more than the form. It's not about sharing an idea; it's about sharing it as objectively accurate as possible, as photographic as possible, as stripped of style as possible. With this, I take the other standpoint:

That the idea is more important than the scientific accuracy, that as humans the subjective representation of a subject should be focused on before obsessing over the correctness, that when you first focus on having a foundation of good ideas and your own expectations, that you're more ready to accurately depict them and share them.

(A lot of this has been inspired by Sketchnoting Made Easy by Mike Rhode. If you can ever get it cheap, I'd really recommend it. Or better yet trawl through Pinterest for other sketchnoters' works. It's a pretty simple but revolutionary concept to get behind. )

1. Introduction
I was back to studying my favourite mangakas styles for some insight in how they draw, in this case Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell (The Insane Massive Training Workshop for the win, although I doubt I'll ever do something so crazy again.)

For someone who knows his cybernetics and guns and spends a preposterous amount of time going off in tangents about interesting theories in the middle of a story, he has a certain charming style that is truly boiled down manga. Of course, when he pulls out the big guns he knows what he's doing i.e. drawing, but still, I always loved that his work had that old-school manga feel. You know the one, with the basic emotions used more often than not, chibi being a matter of course, and the 80s esque aesthetic for the female characters.

I've been working on a comic, after all, and as of now I feel like I've reached the art level that I wish to have, but there was something missing. There's still that horrendous intimidation when it comes to thinking up scenes. There's still a great sense of emptiness to my scenes that no walls of text feels like it could solve. It's not a lack of inspiration, just a general overwhelming of the senses. Despite my worst intentions, the mantra still sticks: Perspective! Lighting! Dimension! Anatomy! Over and over. It's never a fun thing to confront.

And as I thought of this I doodled my thoughts on the page.

2. Building Blocks

The problem is not that I can't draw. It's that I can't draw well enough.  There's often a 1:1 correlation between my vocabulary and my visual library... Except there isn't (which is why it's crossed out up there).

I was surprised to see that although I can speak and write well enough, I learn those definitions more often than not without visual or emotional context. While my vocabulary increased, my visual library stayed pretty much the same.

AND: My entire vocabulary consists of a tool set of 26 alphabet characters that are stringed together with other punctuation marks to build words, to build sentences, to tell stories.

Just as in drawing, you can't get away without squares, triangles, circles, dots and squares (which of course become complicated as you progress.

And yes, these tools are set in stone, but style influences them no matter what. Or rather, your inability to draw like a computer or a penman ensures that you'll have the ability to relay the idea correctly, but it's not something you expect to print in the market.

However, just because you can't accurately mechanically represent the letters of the alphabet or the forms of something, it doesn't mean the idea suddenly vanishes in the wind, unworthy of even looking at, or unable to even relay or express emotion and information.

I tested myself to see how little of the most basic visual vocabulary I had, and found myself lacking on one hand, but actually doing much better than I thought on the other.

I noticed how Masamune Shirow managed to make a background character that really, alone was just a scribble, but managed to convey a travelling tourist type with a rolled up backpack, leaning against a tree.

Palm trees were little more than squiggles. The buildings were in great perspective, yes, but the windows were just squares. I was quite surprised.

I thought to myself: I have these building blocks for sure. I can do this! I know thousands of words in the English dictionary, I know how to spell most of them, and they are all built up of the same letters, surely that applies to art as well then, right?

I looked at one page and decided to name all the objects and consult my own memory to see if I had at least a rudimentary representation of the objects. On one side there were surprising solutions to depicting the objects that I never thought of, simply because I was never confident enough to do so, but on the other hand it's pretty barren in my visual library. I found that more than thinking of the high concepts, like the interior of a car engine I needed to have basic slots in my head to represent objects.

I.e. Symbols. Yes, the dreaded word to all fundamentalists out there. But I'll say it again: Symbols first. Idea first. The truth later.

3. Iconography

This is my case:

An Artist (here meaning writer, mangaka) is someone who wants to deliver their ideas to the world.

The aesthetics are more than important. Please never forget that I appreciate and love good looking art, because if you completely throw that aspect out of the window you end up with billion dollar paintings that are black squares. There is some modern art that I have truly no patience for, especially the ones that rely on shock factor, but that's another story altogether.

In any case - The idea is the core of a work.

Before you're in the luxurious world of an anime and mang fan with a passion and the time to make your artworks, art had a practical function: Relaying information. Caveman Bob needed to tell his family that there was a dangerous woolly mammoth out there, after all. He needed to tell him that white lines came from the sky and set a tree on fire, a great gift that can warm, heal and hurt.

Caveman Bob is the luckiest  and most honest artist there is, because he gets to be utilitarian in his expression. There is no abstract art giant looking over his work.

The brain has never stopped being a codifier. Anyone who sees with their eyes sees thousands of things at once. That was an obvious statement on the level of 'people die when they are killed'. But you also hear thousands of conversations at once. Or see thousands of texts. You filter them out or codify them automatically. Mother, Police Officer, Swan in a lake, Bench, Car, Bus, Watch, Phone, Computer, Text message notification sound, Some foreign language romance novel, Someone's talking about politics, That's a song I know (but not the lyrics).

It's to the benefit of an artist to be able to focus and study on singular things and features so that you truly know what they look like, but before all that you have to be willing to save inferior copies of what you see and notice and file them away for later. NO - A step further than that. Codify them yourself and say 'This is what it is in my mind' so that you at least have a reference point, rather than denying remembering anything at all if it's not accurately depicted enough.

Doodle it. Turn it into a symbol.  Have actual fun and interest when trying to think of how to draw something with the building blocks you have at first, and then, when necessary, look up an image. But the idea and how you put it down first should be what you start with.

I've been googling a lot of doodle art and the sketchnoting book has become my bible when it comes to building up a visual library for me. I don't remember the last time that I felt so free when it came to improving my visual library, and I look forward to having thousands of such ideas in my head to match my spoken and written vocabulary. If I ever do that, then my pen will flow over the page when drawing.


Drawing stuff with doodle-logic, with simple building block methods is not some crime. Yes, anime and manga comes from Japanese influences. People don't frown or laugh or have those silly smiley-esque expressions. Those are highly symbolized and don't accurately display how muscles act on a human face, but do they lose their charm or effectiveness because of this?  No, they gain their expressive power, especially because a community accepts them over time as part of the language for the particular medium.

One could say that such things destroys' an artist’s life, expressing everything with photographic accuracy is the holy grail, and still know exactly what a heart symbol means. Is it accurate? Hell no. The heart is disappointingly anatomically when it comes to being an artist, a mass of muscle that has no interest in being drawn off the bat without some relatively serious study, but you can still convey it with a single continuous stroke, and there's a beauty in that.

A dry run

I'll be posting in my Miscellaneous Arts topic, but I made a dry run of objects off the top of my head to see what I could doodle so far without completely losing the sense of the object itself. It was a surprisingly better result than when I studied the GITS manga page, and it's my current marathon drawing project.

I'm not happy with the record player, the window and the pencil case

Stationary is pretty easy for me, but animals are pretty much non-existent even as symbols in my head. Well except cats. I actually learnt how to draw a dog from a classmate, and you can draw a rabbit with the number 52, but birds, fish, sharks, horses etc. are a no go. And sadly, I didn't even know how to doodle a guitar.

I just can't stress how good it feels to feel interested in drawing. I waited long before I wrote this to make sure I was out of my honeymoon period to see if I could push myself to try to doodle something off the top of my head, and it still worked out okay.

This is something that I'll always be thinking about and looking into, because I need to be able to formulate this idea better in my head. All I can say is that I'm excited for it and interested in it.

MR Pub / Order a drink, tell a tale
« on: August 24, 2017, 11:00:28 PM »
Hero members only

Order a drink and tell a short tale to pub-tan. An artist will draw the interaction

All ye bearers of the Hero Coats, come up the the critically unacclaimed VIP section of the MR Pub... Share all your tales and woes. (It doesn't exist. And actually, wearing a Hero coat in the pub is forbidden, but Pub-tan knows a face when she sees one)

She's an outgoing person and pretty chill despite her dark, dark past, but she's always ready for a good simple laugh. Do you have the chops to spin a great yarn? Are you able to order a drink that Pub-tan is unable to prepare within fractions of a second? Only time will tell.

1. Post your order and post a very short in-character story.

2. Post a pun/joke, but if you want to go freestyle, post something so long as you stay in character.

3. Pub-tan will react accordingly. Please don't feel bad if she ignores you. She has a busy job.

          1: You order a drink
          2: You tell your story
          3: You tell your story (note: for sake of artist and panel variety if wanted)
          4: Pub-tan reacts

Manga Drawing Workshop / 5 Objects, 5 References Workshop
« on: August 24, 2017, 09:54:59 PM »

Draw 5 every day objects from your own memory, then redraw them using references

The mangaka must decide between two things: Speed and quality, and that is a question that is so secondary to the important story elements and reception of the audience, that you're more often than not given no chance to spend time thinking about the problem. What do you do?

Reference every single angle, every single image, or work with what you have in mind?

Are you someone who works better with intuition, or structure?

Here is a chance to test this out.

1. Draw every day objects from memory, and then redraw them one by one using references.

2. Participation is encouraged in increments. I.e completing 5 objects and 5 references is enough for you to have completed the topic forever. (This is because your level of study of your 'every day object' has infinite possibilities of possible things to learn)

3. Be explicit with your answer to the question (reference vs. intuition) and please ask about your weaknesses, and mention them. It's helpful to the forum to know everything about your process, which is the hidden reason behind this workshop.

Manga Writer workshop / Describe an every day object
« on: August 24, 2017, 09:31:27 PM »
After suddenly stumbling upon the wikipedia definition of a chair and also having difficulties describing the in-depth details of a character to an artist, I realized that my actual ability to describe real objects is as limited as my ability to draw anatomically correct things.

So it seems that even writing is not free of the burden of needing references to make things look accurate or real.

Or is it?

Describe an every day object (e.g No dragons or specific flower species or unpronounceable diseases) and compare it to a wikipedia page / dictionary.

1. Don't write an essay ! Kudos for being close to traditionally accepted descriptions and kudos for referencing traditional dictionaries.

2. Describe said common object as you'd like. As an excerpt in a story or as a clinical, exact description, or as a joke. So long as the reader understands it!

The aim of this workshop is to flex those descriptive muscles, obviously. But also to remind you that not everything should be taken for granted. e.g describe what a cellphone is. Not so easy is it? And technically, do cellphones even exist anymore in this day and age? Why the word 'cell' and not 'smart'? What's the difference?

Music / RIP Chester Bennington
« on: July 20, 2017, 03:12:01 PM »
Ah man. I just found out while finally having a burst of inspiration for the ages. Totally sidelined me. I had no idea he had issues like that.

RIP to a true legend. Don't know if I'll be able to listen to his songs the same anymore.

Manga Creations / Legomaestro`s Storybox
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:23:29 AM »
Short stories, off the top of my head. Snippets and bits, concepts and things.


Synopsis: Terry the bartender has a bar at the edge of civilization, where all sorts of adventurers go through before they head off to their grand adventures...

Terry the bartender watched as the heroes, bandits, mages and monsters gathered in his pub. He`d been at this job 25 years and still couldn't help wonder how diverse a world could be.

A paladin in sparkling silver armour walked up to the counter and smiled. Her armour did very little to hide her considerable bust and curvaceous form. Her hair was a waterfall of black, and she held her deadly spear with the ease of a master.

"One mead wine, please."

Terry smiled, "Paladin Clara. Of course."

She'd been around 2 days. So far from the main kingdom this was rare. People visited Terry's Place as a last stop of civilization before venturing into the Dark Lands, where adventure and death awaited.

At his last count, there were 3 different wars, 14 world-ending prophecies and 3 legendary monsters that the adventurers were after.

He poured out the order efficiently. He knew no fancy drink-preparing drinks despite his years of experience. He always promised himself he`d get better at it, so long as he had time, but there was always something else...

Clara smiled as she received her drink and winked at him, "Wish me luck."

"You're a holy knight of the river kingdom. I wish you blessings and kind storms instead." He grinned.

Clara laughed - it sounded like crystals  - and she went on her way.

And then came a necromancer. He had a mask on his face, and he smelled like absolutely nothing. Terry suspected he`d died in the process of mastering his particular discipline. It happened often.

"Need blood?" Terry asked with a professional smile this time.

"I'll do with some resin juice this time, thank you." The necromancer looked down at a little girl who was holding his hand. She seemed shy.

Terry raised his eyebrow and went to get the beer. When he returned, the necromancer seemed kind enough to satisfy his curiosity when the beer came.

"Her mother is embroiled in politics in her city at the moment. I'm babysitting."

"You're a necromancer."

"And she revived me from the dead and taught me all I know. She's a genius, my daughter." The necromancer gave her a drink and she accepted it with a gleeful cheer, and they walked off.

Terry watched them go, and turned to serve a troll, a wizard, a dwarf, an elf.

All the while feeling worse, as he was forced to smile all the more.

Because under his bar top counter was a sword and shield that had been gathering dust for the past 25 years. He`d been 15, once. An adventurer with nothing special to his name, but he`d had enough money to buy a sword and shield, and he wanted to go explore the world. At first every stop his made on his way to the Dark Lands had been for something practical: Improve his street talk, make some friendships. And some of those meetings had been amazing - He`d promised to go back and meet some of them... 25 years had passed since then.

And eventually he`d made it to this pub at the border of everything safe sound and normal, and he`d found a job just to get some extra funds, just to take a break for a month. The weather had been bad, after all.
And the excuses only piled up. All the while he saw other groups of undeniably talented and fated warriors - people with haunted looks and hard looks, people with handsome faces and rippling muscle. People blessed and cursed by fates so strong they were destined to make history one way or the other.

And he`d just been the sun of a tailor. And bartending wasn't that bad. Eventually he`d get into it.
Eventually, he`d be an adventurer.

After today.

After he served the last customer (A drunk bandit with a heavy axe) , Terry felt as dirty as he always did. In one gradual dark wave, his practiced smile faded away as a hollow opened up in his chest. Things couldn't go on like this. But he`d had this thought for several years as well. It never changed.

Terry lit a lamp, poured himself a drink and sat at the table. He listened to the night crickets. He stared outside the dirty window.

break Room / Happy Birthday Coryn!
« on: July 11, 2017, 04:37:13 AM »
Happy Birthday to the one, the only... great unethical cyborg scientist Coryn!!

Have a nice one man! Thanks for the excuse to neck a bottle of wine!

MR Pub / Spectator Streams!
« on: May 22, 2017, 03:57:37 PM »

1- Stick to greetings and chit chat, but NO CRITIQUE unless SPECIFICALLY asked for

2- In this case, forum rules apply. (Mr. T Voice)  You follow a stream from the forum and start acting a foo?- the bam hammer gonna get you! )

3- Chill out, have fun

I've been doing a lot of urban sketching lately, and have streamed twice: It's been quite stressful, to say the least. To be honest I feel like running away half the time, the other time I feel like crying, the other time I feel like diving into a nearby river.

It's super stressful to deal with performance anxiety, especially when you're not sure what other people think. It's a strange tsundere-esque feeling of wanting to be able to draw in public, but not wanting to really be seen haha.  So why not take advantage of MRs' memberbase and provide a sort of safe space for those beginner streamers who want to venture out into the world?

So, feel like getting into the streaming world but not in the mood for critique of any sort? Then why don't you drop a link when you feel like streaming and we'll join in.

This would normally be impossible with the Internet I had to deal with way back home, but I'm usually up at night (procrastinating) doing stuff so I wouldn't mind opening a tab to hop into an art stream by any Raider.

Heck, if you want to show gameplay and/or writing too then go for it.

Because timezones are sons of guns, obviously I won't be able to hit every window. But when the whim hits, go for it. We'll be there.

General Discussion / The 'Making Real Anime' Problem
« on: March 15, 2017, 05:18:00 PM »
We all know the arguments

"What's the difference between a light novel and young adult novel?"
"What's so bad about loving an art style and drawing like it? “
"Is what you're drawing really anime and manga?"
"You're just copying the symbolic style of something already developed: Stop that and go back to fundamentals."
"Everyone knows the kind of style I'm trying to draw so yes it's anime."
"You're emulating only the surface of something you don't understand enough."
"No, manga is only possible in Japan so you're just drawing comics inspired by manga."

It's an argument that'll reach the ends of time: My personal opinion is that it doesn't matter, and that all I want is to enjoy a medium I love and share that excitement with other people, but ignoring the argument can only go so far before you start looking at your latest drawing and thinking: Why bother continuing drawing in a style that nobody accepts and only brings on countless arguments? Why not just find some obscure niche of art and enjoy being undefined?

Or what about going on an arduous journey from the very first paintings in mankind to now, understanding as many epochs of art as possible in order to validate your art as anime-ish or manga-ish?

I'm not equipped enough to know the history of manga and anime and the ins and out of it all, but after reading The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime , I was so inspired and pleased to know the exact way of life 'The God of Manga' led.

The entire course of Japanese history and several other mangakas are sure to have influenced the flow of the medium, but Osamu Tezuka is undeniably responsible for the troupes and forms of modern manga and anime.

When I consider this frustrating question and argument I think to myself: What exactly do I know about the world and how it works? I have a lot of great sound bites and quotes of certain laws of physics and theories that more or less function in my day to day life I also know that The World War happened, that there were dinosaurs. Etc. Etc., but how much of that knowledge do I know intimately? Can I reproduce or somehow earn the right to know these things?

I'm typing right now on my computer right now in order to write this post, and I think it qualifies as a blog post or an argument or a discussion, depending on how it turns out.

Ask me to build a keyboard, ask me to categorize the exact kind of English I'm trying to write, ask me who made the calibri font I’m using to write and you've gotta believe, I know nothing about that oga.

I'm not proud of my ignorance, and I do believe that renaissance women and men who interested themselves in all sorts of displinces and studies are the best sort of people to be, but in the end there’ll always be something someone is acutely ignorant about, despite the intentions.

A cave man feels strongly about one woman: Does he deserve to be in a relationship with her because he doesn't understand psychology and philosophy?

What about a man some million years later who reads a story in a novel that he likes and decides he wants to experience what it's like to discover fire and fight against dinosaurs? Make an Animation about it maybe?

Sure, you can go ahead and say they'll never understand the true fear of the situation, nor does the cave man understand anything about love if he doesn't know about the biology of his own freaking body, but how does that somehow cancel out the intention, and the way others react?

There's a strange temper when it comes to people who love anime and manga and want to draw it. Unless you're pretty lucky and land in a forum like let's say Mangaraiders.com (1 Year Awesomeness Guarantee!) you're always going to meet that one person that tells you with relish how you'll never be able to draw manga and anime, how your works don't appreciate the deepest levels of the art form at all.

I'd like to say: Excuse me, but that's not how it works.

Curiosity will always be the main fuel that drives artists. No one should be proud about not knowing something, but instead in their own humble way try to find out as much as possible about whatever they experience and see, and even enjoy.

However no one should ever be put down for trying to live out their interests in any way or form. If someone is telling a joke, it'd be nice if they knew the philosophy of jokes and the history of stand-up-comedy, but please pay attention to the joke first, and laugh at least.

What if someone loves the sound of a guitar and wants to strum a tune to it? I'm sure you have a mile long list of the absolute greats in the art of playing the guitar, but I'd also bet that quite a few of them don't know who exactly manufacture the guitar they used, nor the history of his guitars were developed.

In the same way, yes, it's important to ask questions and be curious when it comes to making anime and manga, but I don't understand the disdain or rejection of works made by people interested in anime and manga just because they're not Japanese and somehow don't have the exact feel and in-knowledge of the thing they're drawing.

Have you seriously seen some of the ideas people pitch on the forums? I mean really look at them with that open eyed mind of a fellow anime and manga fan? We can definitely see what it'd look like on the big screen. We can definitely see the excitement sticking behind these projects and dreams, so why stamp them out for some sort of unattainable ideal?

Chill out, chill in, and enjoy what people interest themselves in. The complicated stuff can come later.   

My two kuru?

Develop Your Story / Die gute alten Zeiten (P 13)
« on: March 10, 2017, 02:33:46 PM »
Zusammenfassung: Arnold trifft ein obdachloser Elf auf dem Bahnhof. Neugierig, spricht er ihn an.

Da mein Deutsch schlecht ist, muss ich mich entschuldigen, aber ich will unbedingt in Deutsch gut schreiben können. Bitte korregiert ihr mich, wenn ihr einen Fehler sehe.

Die guten alten Zeiten

Arnold sah einen Elf beim Bahnhof. Der Elf war betrunken, anscheinend, und sah niedergeschlagen aus. Arnold musste zur Arbeit, aber seiner Neugier überkam seine Eile. Er näherte sich zum Elf.

"Entschuldigung, Was ist los?" Fragte er-

Der Elf guckte an Arnold.

"Ich hasse mein Leben." Murmelte er, "Alles ist Scheiße, was soll ich sagen?"

Arnold zuckte, sicher dass er nichts mehr hören möchtet - Die Probleme sein eigenes Leben waren schon viel genug - aber er war doch immer noch neugierig. In der Tat, man sieht kaum obdachlose Elfen am Bahnhof.

"Die guten alten Zeiten sind vorbei." Sagte er,

"Alles ist jetzt scheiße: Es gibt kein Gefühl von Wunder, es gibt kein Zauber mehr."

"Du bist doch ein Wesens Fantasies, oder?"

"Ja und? Ich bin jedoch ein obdachloser Alkoholiker und wohne in einer Kiste. Ein Elf zu sein reicht nicht um Arbeit zu finden."

"Du hast doch Familie, oder?"

"Sie möchten nichts mit mir zu tun. Und dass passt mir auch." Er nahm einen anderen Schluck von seiner Flasche, "Die haben alle Stangen im Arsch. Super recht übergeradeause Elfen. Sie machte sich als allheilig darstellen. "

Arnold erhebt seine Augenbrauen, "Ist das nicht was Elfen immer machen? Wie Reis weiß ist und Katzen Wasser hassen, ist das nicht einfach so? Elfen müssen hochmutig sein oder?"
Der Elf seufzte, "Ach, Vorurteilen. Ein Leben wie meine Verwandten zu Leben ist wirklich kein Leben mehr, oder besser zu sagen, dass du verstehst: Diese Tugend sind nur alles eitel heutzutage. Jeder Mensch glaubt nur an Facebook, Berühmtheiten, Drogen und Sex."

Arnold berücksichtigte den Satz für einen Moment, und sagte, "Man könnte sagen, dass so einen Sicht nicht nur Klischee ist, sondern nahköpfig. Ich bin 30 Jahre alt und habe diesen Satz tausend-mal gehört. Du als Elf solltest es mehrmals gehört haben gehabt."

Der Elf sah böse aus, "Weil es stimmt einfach! Ist Wasser Nass? Stirbt man wenn man ohne Fallschirm von Berg Everest springt? Weil etwas eine Tatsache ist, ist es nicht automatisch eine Lüge."

Arnold war wirklich nicht sicher mehr warum er weiter redet. Es ging irgendwie nicht mehr um reine Neugier.

"Wenn das stimmt, kannst du auch als langlebendiger Fantasiewesen sowieso wissen, dass das Quatsch ist. Allerdings hast du immer noch Zeit, etwas Neues zu leisten um solche Gewohnheiten in der Gesellschaft positiv zu beeinflussen? Ganz anders als ich, als du ganz genau weißt."

"Mit was kann ich Gesellschaft beeinflussen, ganz genau? Es gibt langerlebendiger Wesens als ich. Sogar meine Familie ist armer in Vergleich zu manche Menschen."

Arnold lächelte trotz seinen Ernst, "Ja, ja, ja. Ich war auch in deiner Lage, und war wirklich mit allem fertig. Aber irgendwann war mein Ärger und ganz tiefe dunkele Gedanken schwächer als mein Hunger. Und meine Geldbedürfniss schwächer als meine Faulheit - Ich könnte nie einen Hilfsarbeiter sein. Nach vielen verschissenen Jahren, bin ich jetzt an der Kasse einer Buchhandlung.

Eine ganz graue, langweilige Tätigkeit, aber dafür habe ich einen Bett, warmes Essen und hat mittlerweile genug Geld für einen Urlaub gespart. Bin ich der glücklichste Mensch der Erde? Gar keinen Fall. Ich bin allein, mein Freundkreis ist mittelmäßig, aber persönlich kann ich ganz gut Schlafen jeder Nacht. Ich bin ein Mistkerl, aber letztendlich ein nützlicher Mistkerl. Ich zahle meine Steuern, und so weit, dass reicht schon."

Die Elf starrte Arnold an. "Du hast einfach aufgegeben. Deine echten Wünsche sind aber anders. Alle deine wahre Wertschätzungen haben für nichts gezählt, und du hast dich willig in den Sümpf geworfen." Die Elf nickte seinen Kopf, "Die Zeiten sind vorbei, wo man seine Werte und Wörter mit Schwert schützen würde. Ob man der übelste Bösewicht war, oder der meist unschuldige Engel war, haben sie alles gemacht um ihr persönliche Überzeugungen zu schützen."

Der Elf wollte noch ein anderer Schluck von seiner Flasche nehmen, aber doch war die Flasche endlich leer. Genervt warf er ihn an die Wand, wo es nur einem leeren Geräusch machte, und dann auf dem Gehweg rollte.

Arnold schweigt, "... Dass macht mir kein Sinn, Elf. Für ganz einfache Gründe." Er führ fort, “Du kannst doch Magie nutzen, oder? Und wegen deiner langen Lebensdauer, wirst du Sachen sehen, die ich mir gar nicht vorstellen kann. Du könntest hundert Jahre lang auf diesem Gehweg bleiben bis sogar keine Züge fahren mehr. "

"Ah, ja, das konnte ich. Im Not kann ich auf Luft und Sonne überleben, dass stimmt. Ich konnte meine Erbe wieder suchen, mich nach meiner Eltern entschuldigen und zumindest eine gute Darstellung von Reichtum erleben. Ich konnte sogar probieren, mein Zauber zu verbessern und Uralte Bücher lesen. Aber weißt du, sogar Gott war mit Reichtum verlangweilt: Er hat alles erschöpft, weil rein Existenz reicht nicht um Leben wirklich zu Leben."

"Du glaubst an Gott? Ein Elf?"

"Eigentlich nicht, aber wenn er nicht existierte, ist es folglich unsere Pflicht als denkende Wesens unser eigenes Welt zu bauen und Tugend zu bewahren. Wir müssen lieben was gut ist, und wir müssen hassen was schlecht ist, und kämpfen für was uns wichtig ist. Krieg bringt mehr Trauer? Es ist unangenehm andere Leute zu beleidigen? Das ist egal. Mit unserem einzelnen Leben, müssen wir mutig genug sein, was wir glauben zu schützen. Aber solche Entschlossenheit existiert nicht mehr. Die Erde ist versäuft mit Kein Bock Menschen, alle Köpfe nach den Boden gebeugt, weil irgendetwas Neues auf dem Timeline erschienen ist."

Die Elf sucht nach einer andere Flasche unter seinen schmutzigen Decken. Er fand eine halbe volle Vodka Flasche und fuhr fort zu trinken.

Arnold wollte den Elf etwas anbieten, ihn irgendwie Helfen - jetzt wusste er warum er gehalten hat - aber wusste schon das alle seine Bemühungen für nichts werden würde.
Aber er wurde gerne ihn kennenlernen.

"Ich bin Arnold." Sagte er. Und bietet seinen Hand.

Der Elf guckte ihn an, und erwiderte mit seinen Hand eventuell,

"Salaesium Ergold Silverweather." Sagte er, "Das Vierte."

Arnold nickte, "Ein bisschen überflüssig, aber keine Überraschung da."

"Arnold kling stinknormal nach." Erwiderte den Elf.

Die beiden lächelten.

"Ich muss in die Arbeit."

Der Elf salutierte Arnold mit zwei Fingern, und trank weiter.


Später würde Arnold oft den obdachlosen Elf besuchen und ein paar Wörter austauschen. Fast nie war es nur Smalltalk, und die Beiden diskutierten gerne miteinander tief über heftige Themen für jedoch wenige Minuten, und dann musste Arnold immer zu Arbeit. Sie waren fast nie miteinander einverstanden, aber sie blieben meisten ruhig während des Gesprächs.

Irgendwann verschwand der Elf ohne Meldung, und für eine lange Zeit machte Arnold Sorgen, aber irgendwann erwartet er dass

Es war bei seinen 90er Geburtstag, dass Arnold Salaesium Ergold Silverweather IV. wieder auftauchte. Arnold öffnete die Tür, und da stand er.

Salaesium sah nur ein bisschen großer als früher, und deutlich sauberer. Er trägt einem schwarzen Anzug mit Krawatte, und sein Haar war ein glänzendes Silber.

Seine Enkelkinder und Kinder hatten sich kurz verabschiedet. Schade, dachte Arnold, sie hätten den Elf gerne gesehen haben.

"Lange nicht gesehen." Sagte Arnold.

Salaesium nickte seinen Kopf, "Darf ich eintreten?" Seine Augen, seine Stimme war viel weicher und ruhiger als seine Tagen am Bahnhof.

"Gerne. Willst du was zu trinken?"

Salaesium schüttelte seinen Kopf. Er nahm ein durchsichtiges Flaschen mit einer goldenen Flüssigkeit aus seiner Anzugtasche. "Ich habe was Besseres, von meinem Heimatland."

"Ist das zufällig ein Elixier des Lebens?"

Salaesium lächelte, "So nett bin ich nicht, Arnold."

"Mistkerl. Komm rein."


Manga & Anime characters / The 'Batmen' of Manga and Anime
« on: March 08, 2017, 10:21:31 PM »
The Batmen of Manga and Anime

"Because I'm Batman."
It's the be all end-all statement for a man who shouldn't be alive by any rights, considering the universe he's in and the opponents he's up against. Still, he holds a place of high esteem and showcases a real ability to take down the most overpowered of opponents. Irregardless of the fact that one good shot on him should kill him, he still preserveres against all odds, using his gear and ingenuity to come out victories. 

There are countless examples of powerless crusaders and warriors. In fact, I'm pretty sure TV Troupes can serve a better listing than what we can come up with when it comes to pointing out some Badass Normals, but this is my personal list - Legends I consider the core of some great stories because of how deadly and effective they are despite the world they are surrounded in.

So without further ado...

1. Hei - 'BK 201' 'The Black Shinigami’

Darker Than Black's antihero, The Black Shinigami BK201 is a force to be reckoned with. There's such a disconnect between his business self and civilian face that you're not quite sure Hei is the person behind the mask.

Yes, Hei has powers and abilities as a Contractor (A superhuman) involving electricity, and that should completely disqualify him if not for the fact that 1. He was fighting and winning against other Contractors before he became one himself and 2. It's his ingenuity and martial art skill that saves him against frankly overpowered abilities.

What good is electricity against someone who can shoot black orbs that eat things out of space? A man with exploding blood? What about slicing wind? How about the ability to teleport your heart out from a distance?

The so-called Black Shinigami never has an easy fight. And mind you, he's up against people who are as apathetic and efficient as killing as he is. By the last count, I recall Hei almost fatally losing 3 fights altogether during the anime. As in definite-death if he hadn't been saved by someone or something. It just makes his feats all the more impressive.

His gear that assists him in getting the edge is the ability to turn his coat bullet proof, and an awesome rip-cord knife that lets him reach areas normally out of reach and electrocute people at a distance.

His reflexes are just awesome to see, and there's nothing more representative of this than the opening scene to the OVA between the first and second season. If you're okay with spoilers, check it out.

I never get tired of watching it.

2 Adlet Meyer -' The Strongest Man in the World (Self-Proclaimed)'

Curse you Adlet Meyer, for your outfit and cheesy catch-phrase in the synopsis of the anime, which almost made me ignore the entire show entirely. I took you for yet another shounen protagonist who mouths off but never really puts an effort into anything and will be saved by the plot at every turn. Boy was I wrong.

At first appearing as a brash loud mouth, Adlet Meyer looks like someone who'd have a fire ability or something like that. Perhaps he'll be strong against some fodder in the beginning, only to meet a greater threat he has to train to defeat.

But that's not the case. Adlet Meyer is for all intents and purposes, a normal human. His training is already complete, and he dares to take on demons and compete against Saints and genius combatants much more talented and stronger than him with his wits, his personal training and alchemy (In the purely scientific sense.)

From his design to his gear, it's quite amazing how such an anime character actually convinces you of being strong. He comes off as cheap at first, but is quite skilled at what he does. The best thing is that even his cheesy convictions and beliefs come from a core psychological lesson that his merciless master drilled into him: The strongest man in the world is able to smile, even when it hurts.

He's smart, but trusts others to help him. He is objectively weaker than other heroes in a mutual understanding - There's rarely anyone who fears his strength until he turns the tables on them.
He fights demons, impossible supernatural powers and thinks his way out of the toughest situations, seeing him survive, seeing him fight is quite thrilling.

His gear consists of a trick sword, several hidden weapons like poison needles, gas bombs and utility devices like flammable liquid and spy glass. He carries this all in a big backpack.
For him to be able to take down creatures in the first place as a meer human is quite impressive.
His title as The Strongest in the World is still doubtful, but he's a great contender for the title, I'd say.

3 Guts - The Black Swordsman

Does Guts deserve this title, despite the fact he
eventually gains a magical buff that lets him face off against more monstrous creatures
, and considering his sheer brute force methodology when fighting enemies?

Hell yes, because Guts is truly a dark hero who not only trained much more than anyone, he uses all the tools he can to get the job done. Guts is even less benevolent than other dark heroes, letting collateral damage happen in order to attain his goals of revenge. He's so beyond caring about being heroic that he lets himself get seduced by a monstrous succubus. You expect to see something more altruistic about him in the past, but even then his sins weigh heavily.

There are countless examples of Guts sheer guts - pun intended - and strength with dealing with otherworldly opponents. Even before dealing with the supernatural, he has monstrous strength against fellow humans, wiping out a hundred soldiers in one particularly epic melee.
Is he overpowered? No. His impetus to embark on this harrowing journey of revenge in the first place involved such a crushing defeat, that till this day I share some of his white hot hate for the bastard known as Griffith.

Other than his gigantic black sword, Guts has a series of utility weaponry, and an artificial left hand that can shoot explosives. Before the buffs and friends he gathers along the way there's no fine clean cut fighting - It's brutal and desperate battle against beings that are faster than him, larger than him, deadlier. But still, he manages to persevere.

The Black Swordsman is a title that many hold, but only Guts is one of the few deserving of the title. (For the sake of everything, Kirito, lose that title already.)

4 Goblin Slayer

Ah, The Goblin Slayer. I'm really looking forward to him getting an animated adaptation. Between the novel and manga I've seen him in; he's a great example of a veteran dealing with things beyond him, in a world full of all sorts of dangerous fantastical creatures.

The man of few words who doesn't at all fit the cheery optimistic title of 'Adventurer'. Goblin Slayer is quite rational and detached to his actual occupation - Killing Goblins. I have not once seen him loose his cool, get furious or anything like that. He only shows a single minded obsession and interest in anything to do with killing Goblins.

Still, he has a certain humanity to him in certain situations, so he's got some sense of human values in him, but otherwise is quite practical when it comes to the matter of killing Goblins.
His main gear is a sword and shield, along with some flammable fuel. And his brain and strength. More than focusing on quick reflexes and melees, he makes sure to be in a tactical advantage against his main opponents, focusing on being protected and memorizing the patterns of goblins rather than going in immediately and killing them.

He covers himself in goblin guts, hides his chainmail armour and always wears a helmet to avoid goblins smelling the metal on his blade and getting a cheap shot in on him. He's practiced throwing knives in the darkness for instant kills, committing the average height of goblins to his memory. To avoid losing his primary weapon, he procures enemy blades as much as possible and uses it against them to last longer in a fight.

Goblin Slayer is a great character who knows when he's outmatched, and has been outmatched before. There's really not much to go on because of how new the series is, but I'm looking forward to any of his future feats and actions.

In conclusion, I'd say Adlet Meyer is the most technical warrior of them all, and most deserving of being a Batman-esque character that uses his own techniques and abilities to survive a situation than anyone else, but it's still quite impressive how all these guys match up in their respective universes. I mean, when you have people like Superman, people with teleportation abilties, people who can conjure swords from thin air, legitimate dark gods and demons to deal with, you've got to respect a man willing to enter a fight with only a blade and a rapelling tool to assist them.

Which characters do you know about that fit this pattern in manga and anime? Are there any honourable mentions that deserve to be there because of the nature of their opponents? Perhaps there are villains that fit this category somehow?

General Manga writer discussions / Legomaestro's Light Novel Reviews
« on: March 08, 2017, 12:52:36 PM »
Legomaestro's Light Novel Reviews

Having gotten my hand on the almighty Kindle-chan, I can now go full throttle when it comes to reviewing Light Novels. I'll put up a general list for what I've reviewed here, and these things will mostly be surface level reviews and very opinionated. In any case, I hope they help you find something worth picking up.


Goblin Slayer

Grimgar Fantasy of Ash

Kubikiri Cycle

Kino o Tabi


Manga Talk / Legomaestro's Manga Reviews
« on: March 08, 2017, 09:38:35 AM »
Legomaestro's Manga Reviews

To avoid double posting I'll just bunch all my manga reviews here. If it's an ongoing shounen manga or the like I'll just work with a dedicated manga topic, otherwise if it's sufficiently obscure or spaced out in its updates I'll be reviewing it in hopes that it garners some interest for said manga.

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