Why is this post late even though I didn’t go to school today? Well, I was just running through my previous posts of Aegis in the Dark, when I realized just how hilarious I am. Hilariously bad. Also, Aniblog Tourney drama. Always a pleasure.
Also, I realized that RRR had already finished, and that Bakuman was finishing. Except RRR finished four weeks ago, and I guess the news about Bakuman finishing was also four weeks ago. This is what happens when you don’t read any manga for four weeks. Or was that four months?
Either way, here’s a Manga Quarterly Review for y’all.
Yes, indeed, that picture is of Obama’s tumultuous childhood. The Japanese sinoglyphs on the right do spell out ‘o-ba-ma’ in Laotian Korean. However, this is unrelated to Aegis in the Dark, which took place before the destruction of every single floppy disc in the world through the Great Electronic Storage Purge of 2004.
However, Obama never appears again. This is in stark contrast to various other characters in Aegis in the Dark, such as Tate Karito, the tate-ular (get it?! It’s a pun! On titular! And Tate!) character of Aegis in the Dark, because he’s the Shield of Aegis, because he’s pretty cool, and because WOW, I GUESS YOU SHOULD READ THE MANGA. Let’s talk about how Manga Quarterly Reviews work ’round O-New.
A Manga Quarterly Review is a post that talks about thirteen chapters of a manga. In true Mushyrulez style, most of these actually talk nothing about the plot of the manga, and only talk about various interesting (read: stupid) points few would think of (read: only idiots would). Thus, it is expected that before you read this post, you’ve had READ THE MANGA. Except for posts tagged ‘This Post is Not Actually About What the Title Says It’s About’, which are, uh, not actually about what the title says it’s about, and thus most likely not about manga or even anime AT ALL! You can safely read those without spoilers. However, normal MQRs, not tagged so, contain profuse amounts of spoilers.
For example, that was an example of a spoiler. Yes, I just spoiled you. Read the manga first. Otherwise, if you’ve decided not to read the manga altogether, I guess you can attempt to follow my posts. They make the same amount of sense either way.
BACK TO TALKING ABOUT THINGS YOU WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND UNLESS YOU READ THE MANGA. Except not really. I say this because, well, you know me, I say things.
Zero keeps on reappearing, as does Kai and the other policewoman. Other presumably one-shot characters also reappear, such as Chihiro and, uh, yeah, Chihiro. Aegis in the Dark is truly episodic in this respect; it is the characters that drive the plot, not the plot that drives the characters. Unfortunately, all the women look the same so I can’t differentiate between any of them. Maybe that’s why anime girls always have different heights/hairstyles (that they somehow never change)/hair colours/clothes (that they somehow never change)/boob sizes to differentiate themselves from each other, rather than how most people actually differentiate between women, their faces. Or possibly their boob sizes, but you gotta be really good at that to do that goodly. Well.
I did love Zero’s bonus chapter, as ludicrous as his character concept is. If you haven’t read the manga yet you’re still reading this post, I’ll clue you in: he can’t feel pain. Presumably he’d be ~INVINCIBLE~, since not being able to feel pain would let him do ~ANYTHING~. Of course, this is obviously wrong. Zombies can’t feel pain, and they suck. Patients suffering from leprosy can’t feel pain, and y’know, there’s a reason they’re /suffering/ from leprosy.
Anyways, in his chapter, he can put superglue in his wounds to heal them. Yeah, that’s not healing your wounds, that’s only going to make you die faster. There’s a reason we can sense pain, y’know. Nevertheless, his chapter was extremely emotional (or, at least as emotional as a chapter of a Japanese comic book can be). Highly recommended reading, and it’s completely standalone as well. In a sense, Zero’s an anti-hero; he’s as equally tragic as Karito, but since Karito’s pacifist, he’s gotta be the protagonist. Here, I’ll add spoilers: Zero has a bullet in his brain. You could even say that…
…he bit the bullet.
“AREGHGRHGJDSGJDSFDHS I KNOW THE PUN WAS BAD DON’T SET ME ON FIRE!!!!” — Mushyrulez
I wasn’t being sarcastic there at all. When a person is pacifist and manages to BEAT UP tons of people dead set on KILLING HIM without actually killing /them/ in the process… how is that not awesome?! This is also why Vash is so cool, and [insert cool anime pacifist protagonist] is so cool as well. Killing people, on the other hand, ain’t cool. Neither is setting me on fire. Seriously guys.
On the selfsame note (second note: selfsame without self is the same as same), I like how the author distinguishes between justice and the law. True justice is above the law, and those who protect the law do not necessarily protect justice. Aegis in the Dark realizes this and creates some sort of Les Misérables-esque police confrontation. There really does need to be more protectors of true justice and less of the justice we make up. Then again, nobody knows what true justice is, so… NOTHING CAN BE DONE. HAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAh aha ha haa haha haaaaaaaa
yeah have a picture of my WINNING SMILE (part two, yes I did indeed change gender)
P.S. I just don’t get how Karito keeps on running into Zero