Yeah, I know. It's quite pathetic how far behind I am. I feel like I'm growing cobwebs & mushrooms. But that's one of the reasons why I've decided to take the new direction of this blog into this realm of pop culture.
Then suddenly out of the blue, a stupid drunk guy just fell forward face down onto the tracks. In the high & mighty film language & literature, they'd call this a catalyst or a turning point, which is basically an event that changes the direction of the story. If you wanna know more, attend my classes!
That incident started the quiet debate (& guilt) about who's going to do something to help the unworthy bugger. And as expected of Japanese society (I think), nobody's budging ... until this tall dude decided to do something about it. It can't be a turning point if nobody did nothing.
And here we have the first gratituous must-have violence.
And here also lies a small twist. You see, the two dudes died but they somehow found themselves running into a room with other people who share a similar fate with them.
And then even more stranger things begin to happen.
Here's the opening sequence on YouTube. And the great thing about YouTube is that you can watch certain episodes there too. I love YouTube.
And the other great thing about YouTube is that some people actually uploaded the game version as well. Here's the cute bodacious dudette hunting down the poor misunderstood onion head alien who'd bribe you with his onions if he's cornered.
This is definitely one of the better manga around which has very well-rounded & believeable characters with depth.
A very well-rounded character with music video wind effect.
But as with all Japanese stories, the characters are not all there in your face. It takes time to slowly learn about them bit by bit, sort of like peeling an onion, layer after layer. The author is good at implanting those little bits of human responses & reaction (or lack of) into the action sequences. In that sense, the characters are more human in a Jackie Chan sort of way, well, minus Chris Tucker. Ok, not a very good example but nevertheless...
They are scared, they are unsure, they hesitate & they value life, unlike the overconfident, detached, ball-busting American superheroes (like Chuck Norris, even though I always thought he looked like a hairy beaver).
And of course, the big question here is What is really happening here & Who's behind all this? I have yet to find out & I doubt I'd have the time. Have to move on to other things.