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KittyEmpress
Dec 30, 2012

Jam Buddies



FC3 literally had a chapter where the MC broke down crying in the hospital asking the Normal Girl charscter if she really thinks he enjoys fighting, and him confessing that he hates it, he hates every moment of it.


Then the next chapter has him eagerly beating on weaker people as 'practice' and going full crazy beast mode.



What loving happened there lol.

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ZepiaEltnamOberon
Oct 25, 2010


drat I need to find new webtoons to read cause a handful of them ended.

Doppleganger Game and Gosu ended like a month back and Burning Effect like 2 weeks back, Peerless Dad is on hiatus.

And I've been losing interest in one of my Sunday webtoons.

It feels harder and harder to pick up new stuff to read cause I'm old now and less willing to give things a chance.

Sindai
Jan 24, 2007
i want to achieve immortality through not dying

KittyEmpress posted:

What loving happened there lol.
Yeah it could be an interesting character arc but...there was no arc. He just got replaced by a different character and if there's going to be a flashback to how that happened it's been put off for quite a while.

Tosk
Feb 22, 2013

I am sorry. I have no vices for you to exploit.


There have been subtle and unmentioned timeskips throughout FC3 where you notice the protagonist grow physically and be taller and such. I'm pretty sure the suggestion is that whatever was happening "broke" the MC and he's whiplashed as some form of overcompensation but is actually terrified and we just haven't seen the window into his psyche yet.

See: him crying constantly during this crazy phase, all the many, many cues since the beginning of the manga that he's totally loving traumatized along with Maria. Seriously, see: the very beginning, the scene with Maria in the closet, the fact that the protagonist is "very good at dodging" in the beginning because of his pathological fear of human contact, which was just played gimmicks and a shonen-y laugh here or there

There has actually been a lot of reasonable foreshadowing about this if you reread. I don't think it'll just continue like that indefinitely, so I want to see how it ends up playing out.

That Works
Jul 21, 2006


ZepiaEltnamOberon posted:

drat I need to find new webtoons to read cause a handful of them ended.

Doppleganger Game and Gosu ended like a month back and Burning Effect like 2 weeks back, Peerless Dad is on hiatus.

And I've been losing interest in one of my Sunday webtoons.

It feels harder and harder to pick up new stuff to read cause I'm old now and less willing to give things a chance.

Viral Hit for anyone not reading it yet.

Shits hilarious

Jose
Jul 24, 2007





That Works posted:

Viral Hit for anyone not reading it yet.

Shits hilarious

i'm trying to decide waiting on the webtoon app catching up or just reading scans. mostly because i like having something to read on my phone while making GBS threads on a tuesday

Ytlaya
Nov 13, 2005

0.000% of Communism has been built. Evil child-murdering billionaires still rule the world with a shit-eating grin.

That Works posted:

Viral Hit for anyone not reading it yet.

Shits hilarious

I'm enjoying that. I like it a good deal more than the author's last series (Lookism).

ZepiaEltnamOberon
Oct 25, 2010


That Works posted:

Viral Hit for anyone not reading it yet.

Shits hilarious

I picked it up and it seems pretty decent from the 5 chapters I've read so far. Though I dunno how long I'll keep up with it because it seems like it'll end up with the loser-archetype MC being able to fight pro MMA people partway through the series, as is par for the "delinquent high school student brawl" genre.

Also I enjoy the wordplay in the English title.

ZepiaEltnamOberon
Oct 25, 2010


Nearly caught up to the newest releases on Viral Hit, drat.

Gonna wait till Sunday before starting to pay for the new chapters though.

Kung Food
Dec 11, 2006

PORN WIZARD

New Solo leveling: I thought the Monarchs were going to finally be a challenge for him but looks like they are just as much fodder as everyone else.

Ytlaya
Nov 13, 2005

0.000% of Communism has been built. Evil child-murdering billionaires still rule the world with a shit-eating grin.

ZepiaEltnamOberon posted:

I picked it up and it seems pretty decent from the 5 chapters I've read so far. Though I dunno how long I'll keep up with it because it seems like it'll end up with the loser-archetype MC being able to fight pro MMA people partway through the series, as is par for the "delinquent high school student brawl" genre.

Also I enjoy the wordplay in the English title.

So far it's actually kept to being pretty realistic. I like the part where he's watching the videos to figure out how to beat a skilled Judo (I think?) practitioner, and the guy in the video is just like "lol that's impossible to do with just a few weeks of training."

One interesting thing I learned about from that webtoon is that "videos of people eating" is apparently A Thing in South Korea (maybe also other countries, but I only read of it in the context of it being a thing Korean Youtube people do). I wonder why that became so popular; watching people eating seems kinda gross.

ZepiaEltnamOberon
Oct 25, 2010


Ytlaya posted:

So far it's actually kept to being pretty realistic. I like the part where he's watching the videos to figure out how to beat a skilled Judo (I think?) practitioner, and the guy in the video is just like "lol that's impossible to do with just a few weeks of training."

One interesting thing I learned about from that webtoon is that "videos of people eating" is apparently A Thing in South Korea (maybe also other countries, but I only read of it in the context of it being a thing Korean Youtube people do). I wonder why that became so popular; watching people eating seems kinda gross.

I marathoned all 80 or so chapters over the course of like half a week and I'm excited to see where the story goes.

Mukbang is a thing, yes. I suppose a part of its appeal is vicariously living through someone? Like, getting to see people eat food that you can't or won't eat for a multitude of issues (dieting, lack of money, lack of appetite, lack of ability to eat as much food). It could be a desire to see the human body test its limits with how much food it can consume. Or maybe they enjoy the spectacle/drama. Pretty sure eating contests existed in the West before the concept of mukbang ever existed, after all.

I can't really speak on mukbang on the internet, but back when I used to watch TV, there was one show that I'd watch every week, and it was an eating show. 4 overweight comedians go out and eat food and talk while eating. I enjoyed watching it because I got to see a lot of different types of food and because the cast was very entertaining and had good chemistry with each other. Also each restaurant they went to, they played a game where one of them had the chance of failing and not being able to eat anything except one bite, so as the show progressed the loser would have to figure out the optimal way to get their one bite in, which could result in some impressive feats of eating. I've also read that some people who had issues with decreased appetite were actually able to recover their appetite by watching the show.

For non-mukbang-related eating, there's the Japanese drama Kodoku no Gurume (Solitary Gourmet) based off a manga.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcAmHJYkl74

I was able to watch it subbed in Korean for free on the official licensed channel, and I got really into watching it. The acting, facial expressions, main character's inner commentary, food, etc. all fascinated me.

And heck, there are plenty of manga / anime that feature eating/drinking. Though I suppose that's diverging too far past the point of mukbangs cause those are 2D and not real life.

ZepiaEltnamOberon
Oct 25, 2010


One of the best-known examples in the show I was talking about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxtorvJY65Q

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ZepiaEltnamOberon
Oct 25, 2010


That said, I don't think it's weird that some people might be off-put by the concept of mukbangs or publicized eating, cause it can be messy and very up-close.

Like, here's a campaign ad for Lee Myung-bak (Korean President from 2007 - 2013, currently in jail for corruption and poo poo) where he eats stew. It was a very successful campaign from what I can tell because he really sold the eating thing (as in, he didn't come off as an upper-class politician trying to appear down-to-earth/good for photo press).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohkIS0iQq-A

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