Silver Fang Legend Weed Review
GINGA LEGEND WEED
Kuroko no basket manga buy,Weed, a cute little dog, heeds his mother’s dying wish and goes in search of his father, the legendary boss dog Ginga, who has founded a canine utopia somewhere in the forests of Japan. Although the premise is charming, the rough execution comes across as an unintentionally humorous transplantation of old-school manga clichés into dog form. To quote one dog: “Weed is so noble! What a big heart he has! He sure is the son of the boss of Ohu!” Another dog rather perceptively tells us, “My owner, an elite banker, was suspected of illegal investing.…” Apart from anthropomorphism issues, the manga also suffers greatly from generic art that results in endless similar-looking dogs on similar-looking backgrounds of grass and trees. On the plus side, the plot is action-packed, involving frequent dogfights, humans with guns, and a giant bioengineered killer dog, which ludicriously but successfully keeps things moving. For young readers.
The name Gintama, or Silver Soul, is a pun that, if spoken aloud, could be misinterpreted as a slang term for testicles. It sets the tone perfectly for Hideaki Sorachi’s wacky samurai saga that centers on a hypoglycemic, Meiji Restoration–era ronin named Gintoki Sakata. As Japan joins the modern age, Gin and his sword-wielding ilk are a dying breed who must struggle to find their place in the world. There’s a twist, of course: the impetus for cultural and political change in Japan is not Commodore Perry’s “black ships” but an extraterrestrial invasion. In addition to the bizarre alien creatures, there are plenty of modern references—including the scooter Gin uses to get around, late-twentieth-century plumbing, and fluorescent lights—that signal Sorachi’s anything-goes approach to samurai manga (purists looking for stoic, Bushido heroics should steer clear). Along with Shinpachi, a nerdy samurai, and Kagura, a fresh-off-the-spaceship alien who looks like a cute Chinese girl, Gin takes up odd jobs that invariably put him at odds with the authorities. Gintama throws every Japanese perversion and racial stereotype up against the wall to see what sticks, and the gags are often surprisingly subtle and funny. A word of warning, however: the English adaptation dilutes much of the off-color humor that made the title a hit in Japan.
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