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Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Buzzsaw Roomba posted:

Kengan Asura is extremely good

I love it.

It is much better than Baki.

I'm going to read it again and again.

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Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Jose posted:

this would be a good av imo



In all fairness, this is a really cool line, and probably could've gotten Kazuo a consolation lay from the CEO lady if he hadn't looked like he was about to die when he said it.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Plutonis posted:

Hah! The chairman is a ref to Giant Baba and Rikidozan.

That chin is 100% Antonio Inoki, too.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



I believe in pro wrestling.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Rangpur posted:

"Since the age of five, I trained my skull everyday by getting someone to bash it with a sledgehammer!"

Yyyyup, there's that Baki influence showing itself.

At least the human skull is sort of built to withstand impacts. A dude once shattered his fingers against Baki’s mighty eyeballs.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



They really saved the best for last this chapter.

'reason≠conscience' plus a Steve Williams name-drop, gently caress yeah.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Matt Lindland posted:

If you think baki sucks I think you suck. Hit the bricks.

Nice try, but I already know I suck

Baki is straight dogshit muscleporn.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Jose posted:

cosmo vs julius is the match up we won't see i'd like to more than the rest i think

I got you fam.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Really curious whether the Fang is supposed to be using the royal ‘we’ (which doesn’t seem to fit with the personality he’s displayed so far) or referring to his group all the time.

Anyway, go team Gaolang.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



K. Flaps posted:

Being american is worse than being a cop.

Japanese cops may not be murdering unarmed minorities on the regular, but make no mistake, they are, in their own special way, rat bastards one and all.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



The CEOs are a pretty interesting and diverse bunch aside from their relationships with the fighters, too. You’ve got the scheming old guard (the Chairman, Nogi, scarred power company guy), ambitious youngbloods (crazy heavy industries lady, Cosmo’s boss), family heirs in over their heads (Wakatsuki’s boss, the lady who bet everything on Ohma), heads of state, shell company figureheads, and shadowy puppetmasters.



And Kenny.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



JosephWongKS posted:

Wakatsuki Takeshi (Concrete Puncher) - Close buddy with his CEO, as shown in his backstory chapter. Not gonna flip.

Given the events of this chapter, it seems likely that the CEO is gonna be pressured into doing the flipping for him.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



JER-RY TY-SON

(clap) (clap) (clapclapclap)

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



https://mangadex.org/chapter/448745/1

Lousy loving cheating cop woman-hating bastard cop, I hate that guy.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



If Cosmo gets a shonen power-up from the spirits of Michael Brown, Philando Castile, and Trayvon Martin, I’m ready to declare this the greatest manga of all-time, full stop.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



This bad apple is spoiling the bunch!

Hiyama - can't control murdercop, knows murdercop may go wild and kill spectators, has no contingency plan whatsoever

Nishihonji - actually not a bro, not a bro at all!

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



STOP RESISTING

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Plutonis posted:

Wakasa is probably the stupidest person on this manga hands down.

After Cosmo responded to nearly being tortured to death by an unrepentant psychopath with the standard shonen ‘thanks for helping me get stronger, let’s fight again someday!’ I’m not so sure anymore.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Do we know why the Kure think they've been deceived? I thought they knew Kazzy's son was running things from the start.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Kanos posted:

For me, one of the things this manga is best at is how attacks line up with the fighters getting hurt. Rihito ripping part of your skin off is treated as a big deal. Gigantic hits like Akoya landed on Imai had an obvious toll and added to the tension of the fight. Muteba vs the crazy dude was a cringe-inducing nightmare fight. Even Jun soaking up punishment and fighting through isn't treated as him shrugging it off, he's obviously suffering, he's just bearing it.

So it bugs me that in this fight we see Raian take a bunch of gigantic huge smash attacks that in most of the other fights would have had serious consequences but instead it turns out that due to his Naruto powerup he just...didn't take any damage. It makes it harder to parse what matters in the fight when that kind of stuff happens.

Agreed. The Muteba fight in particular made it clear that ‘feels no pain’ is a very different thing from ‘takes no damage’. We’re still nowhere near Baki levels of physiological nonsense, though, and I really hope it stays that way.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Niko seems like a pretty nice guy.

Also threatening to murder the referee should be an instant DQ, the honor of the Kengan Association is at stake!

Mary Annette fucked around with this message at 18:15 on Sep 28, 2018

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Kanos posted:

From completely different angles, too. "Techniques are required for the weak to defeat the strong" leads to both "Therefore I'll come up with the best techniques to defeat anyone" and "Therefore I'll become so unbelievably strong that I simply don't need techniques".

Reaching way back for a deep cut:

http://gunshowcomic.com/192

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Sindai posted:

If Julius wasn't Toyo Power's guy I'd definitely expect Wakatsuki to win since it feels like he keeps being built up as the biggest physical freak in the whole world. Instead I'm guessing it's a really close fight he barely loses.

Agree on on the close fight, but I think Wakatsuki pulls it out in the end. Julius, like Jun, seems completely invested in his fighting style, to the point that he’d rather lose ‘his way’ than adapt to win.

OTOH, he didn’t seem to have a problem with completely sidestepping Sawada, and who knows what other tricks old man Toyo has up his sleeve?

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Fellis posted:

Man that chapter had so many good bits there’s too many to call out.


Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005




Still not sure why an F1 driver had to be specially hired, blackmailed, and murdered for the sake of peeling out in a straight line, but who am I to second-guess our captains of industry?

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Whoever called Jun breaking out a Cactus Jack persona for a hardcore deathmatch was right on.

Also, I really hope Nogi eats poo poo and ends up working for Kazzy the Walking Hostile Takeover.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Reverse Dusty Finish incoming, come on Marvelous Seki!!!!

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



One one hand, the ref hasn’t declared a winner yet.

On the other hand, Muteba hasn’t nutted yet.

Compelling arguments on both sides.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



I R SMART LIKE ROCK posted:

I started noticing those odd characters for an apostrophe. Are you using mobile and iOS by chance? I think my phone auto updated to iOS 12 last night as it just started happening to me

Yes and yes. iOS update screwed the pooch.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



That was honestly touching.

Electric Phantasm posted:

God Bless pro-wrestling.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Brought To You By posted:

"You shall perish before our love"

Rei is what happens when you somehow have less presence and group interactions than Ohma. While having nothing really compelling as motivation either. He's got a hard on for a literal pimp. That's why he's fighting in this tourney.

Still sometimes get Rei and Ren mixed up.

Mary Annette fucked around with this message at 18:00 on Oct 11, 2018

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



JosephWongKS posted:

"Dying brother" and "hometown village and beloved younger brothers under threat of eviction" flashbacks are very potent weapons. Saw Paing totally wasted these flashbacks by having them before the fight even began.

Saw Paing doesn't have the most... let's say 'nuanced' understanding of time, place, and manner.

Time: Now

Place: Here

Manner: LOOOUUUD!!!!!

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



My guess was wrong last time and I hope it's wrong again, because if it's right get ready for another round's worth of a guy way less interesting than Saw Paing.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Zerilan posted:

Also the kind of defensive move that doesn't fit into the rest of Rei's speedy assassin style at all.

This.

Also, is anyone else curious as to how the Village of the Dawn got involved with the Kengan Association to begin with? Compared to not-Panasonic, not-Kinokuniya, and not-McDonalds, the Bumfuck, Kyushu Kiwanis Club seems a bit out of place, unless it's another shell corporation like Rihito Inc.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Gaolang

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



The Toyo faction is on what, Plan F by now? Plan G?

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



Whole lotta questions raised by that second-to-last panel there, hoo boy.

Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



There's no rule that says a dog can't represent a company in a Kengan match!

*Air Bud bites Rihito's junk off*

Jerry Tyson: Now that's what I call the Fang of Metsudo!!

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Mary Annette
Jun 24, 2005



OK manga, you've got another chance to convince me that murdering yakuza in your spare time is a bad thing, and that I shouldn't be rooting for Bando.

Not a good chance, mind you, but another chance.

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