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Shounen Shikku by Tsukuda Yuuto
Genre: School Life, Sports
Serialized: Weekly Shounen Jump
Summary and Preview:
Ootori Haruki was the ace of his school's soccer team and spent a lot of time and effort doing things specifically to look cool. He'd been filling the role he chose for himself pretty well, until the transfer student Jinmyou Kaoru came along. Not only did Kaoru have the natural "cool" look and act down, he also seemed to be effortlessly better than Haruki at soccer. Will Haruki be able to rise to the challenge of his new rival?
- You snooze you lose, sorry.
Chapter 1 is available at jump's website.
Last edited by Akiyama; September 02, 2010 at 07:46 PM.
Based on chapter 1 to 3, I say it is pretty good series. Story is pretty good but I'm not sure about the artwork (it is weird, it's not good nor bad). I'm hoping to see actual competition, soon.
I really like this series, based solely off the first chapter though. The story so far is solid, and personally, I think the art really fits it. This manga's art is like One Piece's art, its something you get used to and then can't imagine it any other way. Least its not generic art like another new series *cough*
I really like the main character, he only does stuff to make him look cool, something like that? I think this series will progress as soccer prodigy vs soccer talent. Good timing with the World Cup playing all month long. I really hope a group decides to release this series before we are too many chapters behind.
Interesting first chapter. The art style was a bit odd (the heads seemed rather large), but effective enough. I particularly like the focus on the UEFA Champions League, but it could be a double-edged sword; that's an unbelievably distant plot point for these young characters to reach. It might have been better for the author to establish some series success first, before going after such a lofty goal.
That said, I'm cautiously optimistic. I hope the series stays around a while.
(Thanks, Akiyama, for pointing out where to read the chapter.)
I really liked the first chapter. The art suits a sports manga like that and of course, the art will develop later on. The faces of the characters kind of reminds me of Bleach in its early days. Anyway, the first few pages in the home ec. room were really entertaining, and Haruki's cool list is quite amusing. The scene with Haruki trying to win against Kaoru reminds me of Naruto and Sasuke in a way >.>
Anyway, I hope that we can read more of the chapters soon
I've only read the first chapter, but I found it quit enjoyable. As mentioned by quit few, some parts of the art is kinda weird, but I think it could be a good thing. It's a shame chapter 3 got 17. place in the WSJ TOC. If it's doing that bad it will probably get cancelled.
(there, moderators, is this post "contributing" and "informative" enough to not get deleted, despite not really saying anything more than the previous one I made?)
And yeah, the series does get better. Chapter 2 is pretty bad, though, don't judge it on that.
Chapter 2 is bad you say? That explains the insanely low rankings its been getting, but then again, I loved chapter 1 and it was just as low
But anyway, thanks so much for working on translating the series! Canceled or not, I would really love to read it, and I lnow I'm not the only one
Yeah, I really liked chapter 1 as well. Chapter 2 was a disappointment, but as I said, it does get better.
The translation is up here, though it's definitely not error-free (page 8 in particular is probably full of mistakes, and I have absolutely no idea what they mean by "ナイテー").
Don't know much about soccer either, so I'll probably get some terminology wrong, too.
Errors happen but thanks for your hard work. I hope you keep it up cause I and several others really appreciate it.
The series starts picking up here. And Masaru makes an even bigger ass of himself than Haruki has ever done
Last edited by some guy; July 29, 2010 at 08:52 PM.
Awesome. Should get chapter 4 translated soon-ish, I know it's been a while since chapter 3.
Sorry again for page 8, it's full of mistranslations, but I couldn't figure out much of the dialogue, it can't be put in context since it's so unrelated to the rest of the chapter, and I seriously couldn't bring myself to care much for Coach Boring's filler plight that probably won't ever be brought up again anyway.
(and yeah, as I said, don't judge the series based on chapter 2. It gets better)
Last edited by some guy; August 15, 2010 at 05:43 PM.