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Doubutsu no Kuni by Raiku Makoto
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Serialized: Bessatsu Shonen Magazine
Summary and Preview:
One day a tanuki named Monoko stumbles across a baby abandoned by it's mother. Having no family of her own, she raises the baby to the best of her ability even though they originate from different species. Hardships and enemies face the tanukis but that doesn't stop Monoko protecting the baby at all costs. Many trials await this baby as it grows and communicates with the animal world.
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Last edited by Doraku; September 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM.
I'm working on scanlating this but the thing is I keep getting caught up in other projects and end up trying to catch up on those. I'm planning on catching up with this once I finish catching up with Gintama. It takes a while for me to scan the whole volumes, get someone to clean them, translate everything, and typset them myself. The only help I get is with cleaning and checking/editing.
However, it's a very good series and has a lot of interesting stuff in it. Raiku takes realistic habits of actual animals an applies them to his fictional world. As the story goes on it kinda changes to be more conflict oriented.
I loved volume 1 so much! It grabs you in with tons of emotion in the first chapter and all the tanukis are crazy. With different personalities and feelings toward each other it's a great read. Kurokagi is my favorite character, not only is he a bad ass but he wears clothes to match. He's awesome.
I just read the first four volumes of this series. It's published in American by Kodansha USA under the title 'Animal Land'. I have to say, found this series thoroughly enjoyable. I can't wait for volume 5 to come out next month. Truly one of my new favorites.
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I just finished volume 5. It exceeded my already high expectations and made me even more interested in this series. It's a shame, I never see this series on the NYTBSL or even on the Oricon comic list. It doesn't seem popular on either side of the ocean. I personally think it's a real gem of a shonen manga. Wish more people would read it. Sucks that there isn't a current scanlation of this series. I English print release is like 3 volumes ahead of the halted scans.
Unexpectedly volume 2 has been scanlated by Hi wa mata noburu. That's a good news especially if they can continue.
That's great. It was the events at the end of volume 2 that really got me hooked. I hope more people will start reading this now. And I really can't wait until volume 6 comes out in America in November.
Finished reading the second volume. I agree with Matt, the last chapter of the second volume is simply where the dramatic and twist parts of the story condensed into an epic one storyline. So, for those who already read Doubutsu no Kuni beyond volume two, I have some questions:
I have volumes 2-5 (I read volume one online so I haven't bought it yet) and like with HxH I'm merely reading this cause I loved the authors last series *bonus points for being my first manga series* and I have to agree I'm enjoying this alot, not to the extent of gash for me, however its definetly taking a good course in its story telling and I love the idea of focusing everything around communication and speech. Plus it has nice spades of dark humor that make me loose my shit, artstyle aside I definetly knew this was Raiku's work.
in volume 2
in volume 3
in volume 4
in volume 5
I read volume 6 today and it was awesome:
I can't wait for volume 7, but it doesn't come out until April 2013...
After much time of suffering from being a broke chump, Xmas rolled around, I got B&N gift card and I finally got my copy of volume 6,
I suppose the smart thing to do would be to pre order vol. 7, but theres another manga I'm debating over getting...damn, thats what I get for having just enough dough left over for one...
What's the other manga you are considering? If I only had enough money for one more manga book out of the 9 ongoing series I regularly purchase, Animal Land would be a top contender. Partially because there are no current scans of it like the other popular series I read, but also because it really is a good read.
I'm working on catching up with this. The problem, and has been for the last two years, is lack of cleaners. But I have a couple people working on it now, so it should all get done. Also, I've been scanning and archiving all the color pages from Bessatsu Shounen Magazine. So it'll have that.