Comic Update: 地球の平和を守る為、三つのしもべに命令だ!

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I am really trying hard to make this two comics a week thing work. I honestly don’t think I’ll last long, but I really want to try and see how far I can take this. I’ll be happy if I can hold out for just another two weeks.

One thing being in Japan does is contextualize a lot of things one sees in Japanese popular culture (read: anime, manga.) What this comic addresses is one of those things. Of course, if you’re some kind creepy real pedophile, this would actually be a problem. Needless to say, Rets is having a problem, but this issue will never be addressed again, because this comic has no continuity.

As far as the artwork goes, I started sketching this comic out from the middle, starting with nameless imouto and ending with panel one. As such, panel one looks the worst, but I managed to fix it up a little in the final stages of making the comic. Overall I think this one looks ok, but it could have been better. I’m pretty sure I always say that though, so I should probably refrain from similar comments in the future. One thing I do like is how Tina is just staring out into space in the last panel–it is as if she is frozen in time as Rets does his Quattro Vagina impression in his mind.

I’m not sure if I’ll get around to a dedicated blog entry on this (besides, someone out there already has enough) but I want to take some time to talk about Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-Hen On Television, mostly because I just finished watching the latest episode on TV about a half hour ago. I really have to hand it to Imagawa–he’s doing an amazing job of channeling Nagai’s crazy ideas into something very watchable, yet at the same time still maintaining that same crazy energy. I haven’t read much of Nagai’s stuff beyond Devilman, but I get the impression that he’s not one to…plan things out.

I think as concept, Go Nagai is great, but the few times I’ve seen him action I’ve not been too impressed. What Imagawa’s done is harness Nagai’s insane energy, insert it into each and every aspect of a perfectly planned show and then let it loose. And it’s great. The show has great peaks and valleys, every character has had their time to shine, and Nagai fans are going nuts over all the references to other Nagai works (incidentally, I totally saw a Groizer X box in BookOff.) With all that said, the show is paced a little slowly. After spending about four and bit episodes on the same night when Mazinger Z first launches, we’re finally moving onto other things, but it’s still rather slow. This isn’t a problem in itself–it’s working quite well, but the issue is that the show is only 26 episodes long. I probably shouldn’t worry with Imagawa at the helm (he really can do no wrong) but I’m one to worry.

Anyway, I’m probably going to go further attack my backlog (which has slowly diminished over the past month or so) then sleep. It’s midnight over here!