Alright, i'm not 100% sure it's the place to start this topic, but here is our gash bell topic. as you may know the manga is over in japan, and we are doing our best to give you HQness of this serie as fast as possible.
Today, we are releasing v20, which makes 20 volumes scanlated in around 3 years !
If you got questions or just want to thank, that's the topic ^^.
Gash Bell is awesome. Even though it's pretty much about kids beating each other senseless (ok, not all of the demons are little kids), the style is just... hilarious! I love it when characters get angry, as the faces they make are just so amusing. I always want more after each volume comes out
Props to Null for scanslating it this long (3 years, wow! now that's some dedication).
My other issue is the fighting. There is just SOOOOO much fighting. Too much in my opinion. And for the first 9 volumes, the fights are just random and repetitive, like glorified Pokemon battles. There wasn't even a real story arc until around volume 10. So yeah, for me, the fights were often tedious to read through. For a series with so many fights, only a few of them stood out as awesome clashes.
On the other side of things, I think this manga may be one of the funniest I have ever read, and that is saying something since this manga isn't primarily a comedy(makes me wish Makoto Raiku would try to do a pure, gag manga after Doubutsu no Kuni). A lot of the comedy is just juvenile slapstick and funny faces, but I can't deny that it had me laughing out loud very, very frequently. Though the comedy did kind of go by the way side in the later, more serious arc.
For your first point, I can't really say much. To my shame (as a guy), it's quite easy to make me cry. I must say that
Concerning the beginning, I must said when I started I would never have guessed I would like it this much. It's weird because Biscuit hammer which seems to be the same type of scenario never seduced me and I stop reading it while Zatch Bell succeeded. Also, the story is full of the shonen tropes, they are quite well made, Raiku Makoto is a good writer on this aspect.
As for your third point you are completely right. Even I fell into the charm of this stupid Victoreem.
I just have a bemol concerning the plot which is that I didn't like that Gash was of a royal family, it didn't fit with the fact that the demon king is chosen from the tournament, but overall it was a very good surprise.
I would love to try his current work, unfortunately it is not translated in French and there is only the first scanlated volume.
I have the first 5 volumes of Doubutsu no Kuni(called Animal Land in America), and I already like it better than Gash Bell. It really is too bad that there is no dedicated scanlation for it because I think it is a majorly overlooked manga.Quote:
Ah gash bell, my first manga series and one of my favorites I remember reading this as I watched the anime and I had a blast the whole time.
As for the begining, yes there are a bunch of fights that are pretty much glorified pokemon battles but to be honest I kind of liked it for that. It WAS a competition to become king so I didn't really mind that the begining was a bunch of random battles, hell I really don't blame ANY story for not playing any heavy handed story arc cards from the get go. It always seemed more realisitic and logical to me to mess around with the basics a bit and THEN head into the story arcs. Besides one thing I did like about the battles was that there was a sense of startegy used in some and not all of them ended with some random powerup, some did mind you but I didn't even have an issue with how they got new spells because I pretty much figured from the begining the books ran on
as for some of the other arcs afterwards:
I also agree that I LOVE the humor and wierd faces here. As I went further into anime I hardly found any manga artist that could match the same feel Raiku- sensei's commedic faces had.
I'm also enjoying animal land (owning volumes 2-5) I can't say I like this more than Gash but I can very well tell this is Raiku Makoto's work and I'm loving how he set up the world there.