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Vizuyos
Jun 17, 2020

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tweet my meat posted:

His whole arc was being built up as being this super strong rear end in a top hat and then having most of that facade stripped away when the real badasses show up. I liked the way it was done and saying he was supposed to be on the level of Agito is just missing the point.

The problem is that this describes Purgatory's entire lineup so far. They were all introduced as big badasses, only for their Kengan opponent to take a couple chapters to figure out how to counter their gimmick and then immediately steamroll them. After four in a row, it's starting to feel a little one-note compared to the Kengan Tournament. The fact that Carlos and the Falcon managed to officially win their matches doesn't really make Purgatory feel like any less of a chump lineup right now.

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Vizuyos
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AtomikKrab posted:

Mudo didn't feel like a chump in my opinion. Julius just broke his limiter and crushed him with PURE POWER.

Compare it to Julius vs Wakatsuki. That fight felt like a clash of the titans where both of them were giving all they had to beat the poo poo out of each other, a back-and-forth slugfest where both of them were adjusting to each other's tactics to try to outfight each other. It really felt like a battle between equals, where even the winner emerged significantly beat-up.

Mudo, on the other hand, just used his counter move over and over, inflicting minor damage, until Julius revealed his new ability and utterly crushed him in two hits. It made Julius look impressive, but I wouldn't say it was an impressive fight.

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Kengan Asura usually made a point of trying to introduce characters before they step into the ring, so readers can experience some setup for the character that doesn't come from pre-battle banter, mid-fight flashbacks, and ringside spectator exposition.

RoR doesn't do that, choosing instead to keep most of the fighters as mysterious as possible until the moment they enter the ring. And Omega isn't so good about it either, which makes it a lot harder to get attached to the Purgatory characters.

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Spuckuk posted:

Okubo is gonna get absolutely smoked isnt he

Nah, Okubo's been playing the long game. He spent the entire arc acting like a clown so he won't actually get clowned in the ring.

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golden bubble posted:

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"I hope you will change your impression of Tai Chi after this match"

And then he swaps to other martial arts before half the chapter is done.


It's Carlos all over again. Making a big deal about how awesome he is at one particular martial art that's his personal specialty, and then within a couple of exchanges he's forced into revealing his super special trump card: using some other martial art that he has far less experience with.

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Catpetter1981 posted:

Ohma - Advance
Kure family + Lu Tian - Removal
Alan Wu - Guihun
Fei Wangwang - Divine Demon


There was Setsuna's Fallen Demon form too, which I think counts even if it went with a different aesthetic

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I almost want Wakatsuki to hurry up and lose by ring-out so that the tournament arc can be done already and we can move on to the Worm's real plan, which will no doubt render the entire tournament scoreboard moot anyway. And that way Wakatsuki can be up and fighting for the post-tournament events, instead of getting pulverized into the infirmary to show off how strong the TRUE NIKO STYLE is.

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At the rate things are going, I hope the ultimate conclusion is that wanting to be The Strongest like Ohma and Koga did is dumb and pointless, and instead you should aspire to make a bunch of friends and have a blast hanging out with them all the time like Rihito or Yamashita do. Because the Worm's quest for ultimate strength is getting excessively ridiculous at this point.

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Wakatsuki's whole thing in Asura of "he's not just a super-strong fighter, he's a super-experienced fighter" made for some great fights. Wakatsuki vs Mutenba was an amazing fight, because it didn't just boil down to slamming gimmicks against each other. They both spent a lot of the fight trying to compensate for the damage they'd taken in previous matches while trying to ward off each others' decisive moves.

Meanwhile, this fight was basically just Wakatsuki having all of his moves dodged or countered while Fei tries to take him out by just punching and kicking. Yeah, sure, the powerup made him really really strong, but the last person who tried to just punch Wakatsuki into submission was Julius, and that's a hell of a fight to live up to.

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Really good at punching, so strong that he can't find a decent opponent...isn't this just first part of the Carlos fight all over again?

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Xia and his nameless flunkies had our former main character, Koga, on the brink of defeat. They came very close to straight-up executing Kazzy. The rest of the Worm talks a ton of poo poo about Xia, but he felt like way more of a direct threat than all of these Worm folks who are either lurking sinisterly in the shadows all the time or engaging in one-on-one no-killing-allowed fights in a tournament over the ownership of the Kengan Association. And ever since the moment Ohma returned and effortlessly undid that near-death situation, he's been nothing but a joke.

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