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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.

4. THIS IS A 4 KOMA IN THE FORMAT OF
          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






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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.


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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?



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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.

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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.









HOPES AND DREAMS

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...

Spoiler
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.

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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!


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

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.

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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.   
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My two kuru?

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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."



-Ende-


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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
Spoiler
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?


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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.


List

Goblin Slayer

Grimgar Fantasy of Ash

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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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General Manga writer discussions / Legomaestro's Writing Advice
« on: March 08, 2017, 08:54:16 AM »
Legomaestro's Writing Advice


Some of my own tips and reflections on writing that I hope may be of practical use to other writers' out there. As a fellow hobbyist a lost must be taken with a grain of salt, and everyone has their own methods that work for them, but I hope it may be useful in any case.


Some 4 Practical Writing Tips



Archiving Your Work

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Manga Creations / I Saw It
« on: March 04, 2017, 09:58:50 PM »
Strangely, I'd always been able to see alternative timelines as they happen.

I was just a normal highschool student, as they all say in the lightnovels, comics and movies, but I swear to all the gods and all the logic: I was seriously just a normal highschool student.

I just have to say as well: I did not mean to have a harem as well. I know, I know, I must be a terrible person to suddenly be flocked by so many beautiful girls, but trust me, it's not what it looks like.

Not at all.




My parents had one story they liked to tell about how lucky I was.

I was in the 7th grade then. They said I saved somebody who almost got hit by a car while crossing the street, and I saved them.

Apparently I just pulled them back and held them there with a stubborn expression on my face. This wasn't normal for me, because while Misaki was my childhood friend, I was very very shy about girls, and nobody could believe me actually doing something like this.

In the few seconds that I pulled her back hand held her in place, a truck overturned and crashed through the quiet intersection. Apparently the driver had wanted to save time by going through this quiet neighbourhood, but had been going in too fast. The resulting accident killed the driver and injured several other people, but Misaki was safe.

That was not just a one time thing.




Over time, the coincidental 'near misses' kept on happening. And over time, as I became more and more of a person with actual thoughts I started remembering every occurence as it happened.

At first, it was just a gut feeling. Something bad would happen here. Something embarrasing would happen there.

After some time, it became more specific. I heard voices of futures that could happen if I didn't change them. Sad voices, screams of horror, mostly, but I understood them: If I didn't do something, they would happen.

I have to say it in advance: Sometimes when I felt very annoyed with a friend I let the voices come true. A fruit falling on my friends head, them tripping over a step or stepping on dog poo - I also let some things happen.

But so long as lives were in danger, I intervened and stopped this 'alternative future' from happening.

And then... When I was 16 and in the second year of highschool, the premonitions became visions. They had completely advanced: I could hear, see, fell the alternative futures. If I wanted to I could close my eyes and explore a future just to see how it would play out for a while. But I rarely needed to because every alternative path told me how it would go.

It must be confusing right?

Let me just ask you: What is hunger? What is pain?

A bad feeling in the stomach and a feeling of weakness and anger.

A bad feeling on any part of your body or your soul.

Some things are not easy to explain, but seriously, they're just real and true, so there's no big reason to freak out over them. Ever seen someone scream to the heavens, "I've discovered a new feeling! I'll name it hunger!"

No, you wouldn't.

And so I can't explain the feeling that I have that lets me see things before they happen, but that's what it does.



Over time, I learned to play fair with the feeling. I have to remind you: It doesn't mean I was playing God or anything! I seriously was just doing what felt normal to me. I could rule the world if I could see the future before it happened? Stop talking nonsense!

Are you telling me that every single person who has felt sad suddenly embarks on a journey to bring happiness to the entire world?

Yeah I thought so.



Nevertheless, I did gain some advantages from my... Situation. I saw things that would turn out badly, and changed them. The older I got, the more selfish I got. I wanted everyone to like me, to love me.

Come on, you'd do the same.

The problem is now I have three different girls I equally like.

Misaki, my childhood friend who I have always protected, Yomi, the too cute sister of my best friend who shared too many of my interests for me to ignore and Lisa, a complete beauty who for some reason still talked to an average person like me.

Perhaps in another world these great people would still talk to me.

But in this world, I made sure they would talk to me.

I followed my future vision and made sure that every single conversation, every single word made them like me more and more. I never made a single mistake.



I saw the futures where they all fell in love with me, and I aimed for it without hesitation. Why not?

It took me too long to realize my mistake.


One day, on the last day of the Spring semester I was escorting Misaki back home when she stopped for a moment and looked at me.

"What is it?" I asked her.

"I... I..." She blushed, looking down.

She was mustering up the will to confess to me. This was why I loved this ability: I still felt the sense of wonder and adventure at things happening.

I touched her by the shoulder and leaned closer, as my visions told me to.


She looked up at me, and I knew it was time to kiss her, but out of the corner of my eye I saw it:

The future where I'd be the most happiest and the most fulfilled.


With my eyes: I saw myself looking annoyed, wearing a hoodie and talking in a cellphone.

With my ears: I heard myself hearing a sobbing Misaki. She was screaming at me, she was angry.

With my heart: I knew that I had done something wrong, but was desperately trying to fix it. And I knew that I liked Misaki without a single bit of hesitation.

With my sense: I knew that I would end up happily married to her, and would be at peace.



But that was a future that I had missed. What I should've done instead of kissing Misaki right now as I was doing, was to have told her everything about my ability.

I should've told her everything from the start, instead of made my life easier and pursued all sorts of girls. I  thought: What's so bad about doing something everyone does even without the knowledge of the future?

I was wrong.


Because I knew the future I had missed out on, it was even more painful to know that the great feeling of having Misaki now would fade over time.


Misaki was blushing right now, looking up at me with lovely eyes, but I knew that the alternative-me walking in the distance and mumbling in his phone was the happier version of me.

Looking Misaki now in the eyes I only saw a future where she found out I'd been using my abilities as long as possible to make her like me no matter life. It traumatizes her over time, and eventually she breaks up with me.

I'm crying as I see this future that I'll walk down, because I'm too weak to try to fix it by telling her the truth.

That future is even worse. I won't even explain it to you.


I'll have to accept this mistake, like any normal human who lives in linear time.


I'm so sorry, Misaki.

END.
 

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Manga Writer workshop / Team Arc Lightnovel Guild
« on: March 02, 2017, 03:29:02 AM »
TEAM ARC LIGHTNOVEL GUILD

I'm making a guild for light novelists on MR, if any one is interested, hop in, but trust me, you'll be up for the  gruelling experience of having to write the worst stuff you've ever written, take short cuts and have fun till you reach the finish line of any project you begin.

The aim of this esteemed guild is to get those writing muscles flexing, and to relate your passions for this manga anime world as freely and as much as you can. Learn the ropes in the field of battle I say, rather than develop your projects forever.

I'm eager to get started, and would love to have fellow pilgrims up for the challenge.


How will we be doing this?

Well, obviously we'll need to get some printing done at a point, but I'm more focused on the web novel side of things for now, and reaching the finish line.

I'm going to make an account under my name on fictionpress.net, and start posting stories there. (Unless someone has a better suggestion)

Other members post their stories there as well, we review eachother's works, encourage eachother, and push along until we finish the projects.

Short stories are allowed of course.

Requirements

Guild members must:

- Comment on everyone's story within the guild as they update them. Before you tell us about posting a latest chapter, make sure you've read one of the Guild Members'! Of course, chapter length and time may be an issue, but even skimming the whole post and pointing something out will be helpful.

- Be willing to write without a tonne of development notes


Travelling to a fantasy world? A high school drama? Mechs? Vampires? Sentai? Go ahead and write it. Share your problems, share your struggles, and share your successes. Laugh at the horrible mistakes, fix them and move on.





Any suggestions are welcome. Any discussion encouraged. I'm going with the flow here, so I haven't planned everything out exactly, but it'll get there.


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