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SWOT 8

Would’ve blogged Durarara 12.5 if I wasn’t crunched on time :V

Nevertheless, I am crunched on time, so nope.


Maybe it’s a student counselling mushroom?

Manabizaki and Kirishima duke it out with wtf-flying-baseball-shotguns and… book… powers.

Meanwhile, Hasuno has her own problems…


THAT FRIGGING CLOUD WON’T GO AWAY

Let us not delve deeply into the political circumstances of said cloud, and focus instead on the more pressing matter…

Baseball-shotguns.


WHEEE I’M DOING A BACKFLIP WHILE THROWING A BASEBALL

Even with this unique disadvantage, Manabizaki manages to use his leg and somehow kicks the baseball, sending it flying back at Kirishima before it breaks in half, Kirishima only managing to batting away one of the halves before taking a direct hit.

What.

Following that, just before Toudou strikes the final blow…

IWASHIDA ARRIVES AND BLOCKS IT WITH HIS BARE ARM

SOMEHOW

Finally, Manabizaki uses his ALPHA STIGMA to systematically deconstruct Kirishima, who doesn’t die because systematic deconstruction is impossible.

OH WELL

(Oh, also this guy called Owl appears menacingly in the background. HE’S SKIPPIN SCHOOL SOMEONE TELL HIS PARENTS)


That’s why I’m floating upside down with only one eye.

…Really, the pacing for this is far too fast. We’re introduced to characters who I barely remember the name to, a goal right off the bat without a suitable explanation except that somehow, there’s a great organized hierarchy of high school students and whoever goes to the top automatically rules them all or something. And the adults have no idea about anything suspicious happening. Oh, and the police aren’t involved. That either means this is something stupidly big and the police have no control (impossible), or that this whole ‘Teppen’ thing is stupidly small and you gain neither ‘fame’ or ‘power’ (and definitely no ‘money’) by achieving it.

Everything’s far too exaggerated, to the point of Ookami-san-esque comedy – they’re just making a mountain out of a molehill, and not in the positive sense either. Though they did fix it in Ookami-san at the end, throwing away the whole Hitsujikai plot because it was obviously stupid and he was just a secondary character anywho.

The pacing’s more like an anime than a manga, in which case it would make sense; at this point, the anime would have been two thirds through, and… well, he can’t possibly reach the Teppen in 4 episodes :V

I have absolutely no idea how this is going to develop. I guess it’s the same with most high school fightin’ mango, though even Beelzebub is even more realistic (baby Beel excepting), though still wtf.

That said, I do look forward to the next few chapters. If this doesn’t start kickin’ off with some good ol’ fashioned common sense soon, I see a drop imminent…


And the mangaka’s artistic skills are just /brilliant/.

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