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Spinach
February 14th, 2012, 11:36 AM
Hello, and allow me to introduce you to Holyland, a badass fighting manga about a depressed teenager deciding to become Batman.

And for a more lengthy synopsis: Yuu Kamishiro is a high school student who has been bullied to a level that is only heard about in some of the worst local news stories. After being pushed so far that he nearly commits suicide, Yuu decides he's had enough. Yuu decides he will find his "Holyland," a place where he belongs and is accepted, and to find his "Holyland" Yuu will do anything, even submerging himself in the violence of the streets to fight off the thugs and bullies that used to torment him with no remorse. Watch as Yuu transforms from an Ikari Shinji clone into the Goddamn Batman, or as the thugs on the street call him, the Thug Hunter. On the way he'll make some good friends, terrible enemies, and constantly battle the deeply seeded depression that has been beaten into him, as well as beating the ever loving shit out of anyone that pisses him off.

http://i.imgur.com/8nZTZ.png
http://i.imgur.com/fpI5c.png

http://i.imgur.com/A8MSk.png
http://i.imgur.com/LXJgD.png

http://i.imgur.com/PQXlE.png
http://i.imgur.com/YGcd0.png
http://i.imgur.com/DqnNF.png

Genres: Action, Drama, Psychological, (Slight) Romance, Fucking Awesome

Pros:

Incredible fights.
No POWERLEVULZ.
A constant and interesting look into multiple different martial arts, and how they are heavily embellished for manga, anime, and other forms of entertainment.
Character development(?).
The bromance between Yuu and Shin.


Cons:

Yuu, having deep mental issues, easily reverts into a depressed state when the world begins to take a shit on him. Though he usually pulls himself out of these struts and ends up mentally stronger at the end, it can be annoying to see him go back to his near suicidal self.
The women aren't that hot D:
Yuu starts off somewhat unlikable(unless you like Ikari Shinji?) and may ruin enjoyment of the early chapters.


So, is anyone else reading this series? And if you're not, why?

Erlkonig
February 14th, 2012, 11:45 AM
Fuck.

YES.

ItsaRandomUsername
February 14th, 2012, 11:46 AM
Cool. I've started reading this one, too.

Spinach
February 14th, 2012, 11:50 AM
Fuck.

YES.

Fuckyeah.


Cool. I've started reading this one, too.

Awesome. How far in are ya?

Sherrinford
February 14th, 2012, 11:58 AM
Hi, just posting to say that I started reading it, stopped after a few chapters in. Dunno exactly why. Meh.

I know, I know I've let you down, I've been a fool to myself I thought that I could live fo

Sorry to disappoint. D:

Spinach
February 14th, 2012, 12:01 PM
Sherrin, I am disappoint.

That's okay. I know it would probably be hard to get through the early chapters where Yuu is pretty much a 1:1 Shinji clone. Gonna include that in the cons, woohooo. I still love you, Sherrin.

eddyak
February 14th, 2012, 12:05 PM
Yes.

Sherrinford
February 14th, 2012, 12:07 PM
Mah, as fair as I remember, it wasn't much because of the Shinji-ness, but... boh, dunno. Maybe the art. Or maybe I just wasn't in a "reading manga on mangafox" mood.

Spinach
February 14th, 2012, 12:09 PM
Yes.

A man of sublime taste and curtness, as always.


reading manga on mangafox

Well, there's your problem!

Bloble
February 14th, 2012, 12:32 PM
Just started reading this. Just finished the Kendo dude's fight. Kamishiro is a badass.

This manga is fucking awesome.

ItsaRandomUsername
February 14th, 2012, 12:36 PM
I'm around where Bloble is, actually.

I share similar opinions with him. Kamishiro -- when he isn't super mopey -- can be incredibly awesome.

Spinach
February 14th, 2012, 01:34 PM
I'm glad you two are enjoying it. Despite its length the series gets very little attention, which I find weird, so I decided it needed a thread to give it some love. And yes, Yuu can be a total badass at times, as well as a total psycho.

In-N-Out Double-Double & Animal Fries
February 14th, 2012, 02:35 PM
I got to the part where he fights the kickboxer, so near or around the 100th chapter

Erlkonig
February 14th, 2012, 02:36 PM
THEY TOLD ME FIGHTING WOULD GET MY FRIENDS IN DANGER

SO I BECAME BATMAN AND BEAT UP EVERYONE WHO COULD GET THEM IN DANGER

Spinach
February 14th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Erl sounds like a pretty reliable friend.

DB-L
February 14th, 2012, 04:43 PM
*adds to "Must Read" list*

Erlkonig
February 17th, 2012, 04:19 PM
Why is this not on front page.

Unbelievable.

Spinach
February 17th, 2012, 04:31 PM
http://i.imgur.com/iDw3D.png

Satehi
February 17th, 2012, 04:44 PM
Just read this.

It's awesome beyond words.

geenius3ab
February 18th, 2012, 07:44 AM
I have kept an eye on all of the out coming mangas, so I'd like to see a recommendation on an good manga that I don't know of.. God how much of my life have I wasted spent on anime and manga.
Holyland is a good read, and it has some great fighting scenes, and the streetfighting feel of it is quite good.

Spinach
February 18th, 2012, 07:53 PM
Hell yeah. Another random scene from the series, and probably my absolute favorite moment.

http://i.imgur.com/PQXlE.png
http://i.imgur.com/YGcd0.png
http://i.imgur.com/DqnNF.png

Guess I'll add it to the OP, too.

^Maybe someone should make a "general manga recommendation" thread?

ItsaRandomUsername
February 18th, 2012, 07:56 PM
We already have a thread like that, actually. Lemme find it, it's buried somewhere.

DB-L
March 3rd, 2012, 09:02 PM
Wow, didn't know there was a TV Drama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Exv05uaOfs&feature=related) of this.

Spinach
March 4th, 2012, 08:57 AM
Wow, didn't know there was a TV Drama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Exv05uaOfs&feature=related) of this.

Whoa, I didn't either. Thanks for sharing.

Off to watch~

edit: okay, the TV drama isn't that great. Hahaha.

double edit: holy shit the TV drama version of the Katou fight is badass.

DB-L
March 11th, 2012, 05:50 AM
The opening for the TV series in case anyone was curious.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB43SxhazL4


EDIT: Song Name

"Jibun no Kokoro" by POSCOIZM

Spinach
May 18th, 2012, 08:54 AM
Volumes 17 and 18 are scanlated. It's over. Questionable ending, but I sure as hell enjoyed the ride.

Erlkonig
May 20th, 2012, 09:53 AM
Last showdown was amazing, Kamishiro went full shonen.

Spinach
May 20th, 2012, 10:18 AM
That fight was so shounen that I was afraid Kamishiro might go Super Saiyan.

eddyak
May 20th, 2012, 12:53 PM
Dat end.

ItsaRandomUsername
May 20th, 2012, 01:54 PM
Now I have an excuse to marathon this all in one go.

DB-L
May 25th, 2012, 02:02 AM
It was a long, fun ride, but I'm content with the ending.


lol'd a bit at the reference to the TV Drama. Also, Masaki in the TV Drama is portrayed by Kamen Rider TheBee / Kickhopper. XD