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Postby the_lone_bamf » Mon May 19, 2008 10:12 pm

About the masks: (the ones people posted pictures of, which isn't what I think he's wearing) It's actually a courtesy thing. In a country where the population is so dense- when you have a cold or some other communicable disease, you wear one of those masks as you ride on the train/go to work etc. It's sort of like covering your mouth when you cough or something.

I can understand why a lot of you aren't thrilled about the overly pretty versions of some of these characters- but... y'know, that's the style they were going for. Clearly this manga is intended to find new readers, not appeal to hardcore fans.

Things nobody has mentioned-
*That tail doesn't look... 100% real... It's got like... links in it. If that's some kind of armor.... err...weird. Any chances it might be synthetic somehow? (Might we be dealing with a synthesised Kurt? Didn't Evo have some story like that? XD Geez- can't they just let the boy have a normal birth???)
*The tattoos! yay or nay? I kinda like them. Overall, his appearance is LEAPS AND BOUNDS more interesting (whether you love it or hate it) than Icecube's.

(Also, the ninja mask sorta makes sense when you think about it. I doubt it's a fashion accessory, it's probably something he wears on missions. Kurt's got some stealth skills, so I could see him being the covert-sneak-thief of the team on missions. Honestly, does it make less sense than western comic book girls fighting crime in heels and thongs?)

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Postby Freak » Tue May 20, 2008 12:05 am

I'd say they go for the ninja fashion too. I mean, it's not like they show up that much in these girly mangas, but I guess they'll have as much Japanese stuff in there as possible, in order to Japanize our not that Japanese mutants.

On a side note: There is already a mangaverse of Spiderman and I didn't think it was that bad :)
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Postby neling4 » Tue May 20, 2008 4:10 pm

I intend to try to get this series. I have never read Manga, but I'll try anything with enough Kurt in it. I think the characters look fine, although, it might take me a while to get accustomed to Totoro/Beast. He is rather cuddly, and I like Hayao Miyazaki's Totoro, which is an excellent movie, by the way...one of my favorites.

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Postby the_lone_bamf » Tue May 20, 2008 6:28 pm

I sort of wonder if Totoro-McCoy is going to be blue? I mean, I assume he would be.... no reason to change it... (Haha, although if there was ever a Dark Beast- it would look JUST like Totoro...) Still... wasn't that design MADE to be a plush/pillow?
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Postby The Drastic Spastic » Wed May 21, 2008 8:27 am

Originally posted by the_lone_bamf
I sort of wonder if Totoro-McCoy is going to be blue? I mean, I assume he would be.... no reason to change it... (Haha, although if there was ever a Dark Beast- it would look JUST like Totoro...) Still... wasn't that design MADE to be a plush/pillow?


I assumed it was going to be a B&W book.
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Postby Bobj1 » Sat May 31, 2008 1:26 pm

BEAST IS TOO CUTE!! AHHH IT DOESN"T LOOK A THING LIKE BEAST!!!! AHHHH NIGHTCRAWLERS GOTH!!!! RUUNNN FROM MANGA RUUUUNNNNNNNN! BOBBY LOOKS WEIRD RUUUUNNNN!
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Postby Love das flockige » Sat May 31, 2008 11:24 pm

OMG Beast DOES look like Miyazaki's Totoro! As for the other characters...the art calls to mind Miwa Ueda's work (Peach Girl) crossed with character design from Death Note. I read a lot of manga, so the design didn't surprise me, it's VERY manga-ish, all of them. For a shoujo manga, it looks really good, except for beast's look. They could have gone another route? :shame:yuck
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Postby the_lone_bamf » Fri Jun 20, 2008 3:11 am

Ok guys- I stand corrected. Apparently I missed this fashion trend in Japan (and... yeah- I actually do pay attention)- the masks are sorta part of the goth/punk scene at the moment. I was at an anime con recently, and a LOT of the vendors had some masks like the one Kurt is wearing. I guess it ties in nicely with the... err... 'medical' goth look? (Things like medical eyepatches aren't rare in some goth outfits.) Anyways- someone was just doing better fashion research than me. I lose.
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Postby The Drastic Spastic » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:39 pm

Get your pre-orders in y'all.

http://www.amazon.com/X-men-Misfits-X-M ... 034550514X

I think this is the same thing? It looks like Kitty is in a love triangle with Scott and Bobby or something?

So much for early 2009! That's now.
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Postby Nandireya » Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:16 pm

Doesn't the best friend usually pine after the lead in these things? I hope they don't turn Kurt into some wussy boy with hearts for eyes when he's around Kitty...
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Postby The Drastic Spastic » Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:16 am

Nandireya wrote:Doesn't the best friend usually pine after the lead in these things? I hope they don't turn Kurt into some wussy boy with hearts for eyes when he's around Kitty...


No, I think he is the gay best friend. He looks gay anyhow.

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Postby Nandireya » Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:29 am

You want to fan the flames of Kurtage outrage again?

But they all kind of look gay...but that's just the way they're drawn...too pretty to be real...
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Postby The Drastic Spastic » Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:04 am

Nandireya wrote:You want to fan the flames of Kurtage outrage again?

But they all kind of look gay...but that's just the way they're drawn...too pretty to be real...


But he is a "cool" "Goth" character. Men who care about fashion are the exception to the pining best friend character... right?
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Postby Jeremus » Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:26 pm

As long as Kurt's not evil, I'll read it. It'll just be another variation from another universal dimension. But I'm not crazy about Anzu's art. I like the art in the Wolverine manga....(Wilson Tortosa?)
Beast DOES look like Totoro. Maybe they're thinking about mass producing cute little over-stuffed "Beast dolls" for the girls if the manga turns out to be popular.
I think the mask for Kurt is definitely "ninja-ish".....and look what I found in the 'smilies' selection!::ninja
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Postby zanfandel » Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:56 pm

I think everyone hit the nail right on the head: Hank McCoy=Totoro. I have no idea where they are going with that, I think it's nice they kept the X-tie and spectacles.

As for Kitty, the Japanese like to play off of names, but this is rediculous in a funny way. I wonder if she's going to wear those cat-ears in the manga itself lol. I'm also glad to hear that she and Kurt are best friends here too.

The Mystique design is really good, but agreed, she looks young. So does Magnus!

I think they did a pretty good job with Kurt. They just played up his "demon" side a little bit, which doesn't surprise me. It's strange actually seeing him with pupils though. But then again, evo Kurt had pupils.

...that's....Wolverine?....no comment.

All in all, I might pick it up and take a skim. The decision on weather or not I'll like it lies in plot and subject matter. It looks like an interesting take on the characters though. I hope they at least retain all of their character traits.
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Postby Bamfing_Bob » Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:29 pm

Yeah, I know I want to read it, but I'm not sure I wanna buy it... I'm really not gonna be that picky about looks so long as the character isn't ruined. Like a non-feral Wolvie or friendly Magnus or anything like that.
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Postby Vaiyala » Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:34 pm

The only thing I don't like about Kurt's design is the tail... For some reason, it looks like it's attached (as in, it's made of metal or something and just stuck on there). Ah, I can't explain.

And Beast...? :eek:LOL Is that supposed to be scary? I totally though of Totoro as soon as I saw that!
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Postby Mistress_D » Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:52 pm

I've been an anime/manga fan almost as long as I've been a Kurt fan (over a decade! :eek ), and through experience, I may have picked a few things up along the way. For those of you who never read manga and don't quite get the art style, all you need to understand is the style of this book. It's in the title, "shojo"; according to my books and online, shojo is a specific style of manga made for young girls. If you've ever seen "Sailor Moon", that's the best representation of this style. The stories are light-hearted and generally revolve around romance and adventure. The art is non-threatening and cute, geared towards girls. So, the guys are good-looking and young and the characters are never scary-looking. This explains Beast, who looks like a giant teddy bear! It also explains Kurt when you think about it.

Well, that and in the eastern culture, Kurt resembles nothing like a demon. My theory is, since the theme of the book is cats, Kurt's look as well resembles an anthropomorphic feline, also a popular archetype in anime. So as some of you have noticed, Kurt's spaded tail is fake. The spaded tip is definitely metal and appears almost like another piercing. The base could be either metal as well or could just be a cover for the feline tail. Also this means that those are definitely claws on the hands.

With all this in mind, I've actually grown fond of Kurt's look. And the goth fashion is definitely a bonus! :love The mask is definitely the surgical trend as well. You can see where the threads attach to loop around the ears. It's all truly a Japanese goth look.

It's all very exciting and thanks to you guys for pointing it out. The official release is July 28, and it's a traditional manga format. This means it's a trade paperback form with black and white illustrations. So this may not be for everyone, but definitely it should be worth a look. ;)

Find the cover, and official information and orders at http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/manga ... 0345505149.

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Postby Ult_Sm86 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:15 pm

Link is broken.


I dunno how I feel about this.... Some of the artwork looks drastically different (to the degree where it may even be another artist entirely) from the artwork previous or after it.

Kurt looks a little ridiculous too. Not awful, but... just not the best.

And Jean's hair style, personally, is reminiscant of Liz.
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Postby Mistress_D » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:18 pm

Oh sorry for the link, I need to brush up on my html. I'm sure you can follow links from the homepage.
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Postby Toxo » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:50 pm

I'm...speechless.

I'm not very excited of the "let's turn X-men into girly manga, teehee"-idea. Makes me a bit sick. I'm not a big fan of mangas, either, but I DO enjoy those that actually know how to seperate masculinity and feminity, unlike this manga, it seems.

Some of you have said that they're gay-looking, because they're too pretty to be real. I don't really see what's so pretty in them. Maybe I'm just biased, though. And I seriously don't see what's so gothic about Kurt's design. He looks more like a metal head or a motorist or something. :P

Well, I do hope they won't mess up the characters...Even though from the looks of it, it'd be asking too much.

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Postby The Drastic Spastic » Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:24 am

I wonder why this was delayed so long. Even though I doubt it will be very good, I really want to read the damn thing already.
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Postby The Drastic Spastic » Sat Jun 13, 2009 7:52 am

Okay, I swear this thing was supposed to come out in June, but now Amazon has the date as August 11. What's the fucking problem?
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Postby LIV4TheObsession » Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:18 am

The Drastic Spastic wrote:Okay, I swear this thing was supposed to come out in June, but now Amazon has the date as August 11. What's the fucking problem?


Usually Manga gets delayed because the publisher takes their time translating it. But I'm not even sure if this book was ever even in Japanese...
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Postby Fuzzy_Dudette » Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:23 pm

I bought this, and here's the low-down:

Kitty goes to Xaveir's and is the only girl there. Prof X can walk. She becomes a memeber of the Hellfire club, the member are: Havok, Angel, Pryo, Quicksilver, Forge and Longshot. Iceman bascily forgets she's there, ALL the time. Beast :hank looks like a gaint blue hamaster, Storm :storm has a mohawk and Magneto is really young. She becomes Pryo's girlfriend. Then it;s Gym-Class, she's Kurt's partner. Kurt explains his powers and has HUGE finger nails in fact, I think they're stuck on the end of his fingers... :stunned Yeah, so then Kitty meets Gambit :gambit and Collussus if FAT when he's all metal. Then there's this big fight scene at the end between Bobby and Pryo and Iceman gave Kitty a ice-heart...

That's it bascily, but in the next volume Jean's gonna come back and they'll be more girls there so we'll just have to wait and see. Wow, this is my first post let's dance and poke Logan! :dance :poke
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