(Archived) Crisis on Infinite Polygons (Comics/Animation) Issue #1: There Came a Thread Unlike Any Other
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Okay, we're back for this week's (Or half week's, we'll see how it goes) issue of Crisis on Infinite Polygons, the new Comics and Animation thread! The first one was a bit rough, with the whole we didn't know exactly what it covered thing coupled with the previously used name. So, what's this thread about you may ask? Well, due to the crazy amounts of discussion that anime, comics, manga, and cartoons get in Polynauts Central we now have a dedicated thread for it. Last week's netted over 200 replies over the last few days, which isn't bad since we're just getting started (Now, if we were an actual comic that might be bad).
Anyway, every week I'll start things off with a comic for discussion, and an animated series as well! This week I've picked the two, but if you guys have ideas for next time just mention it and I'll right up a blurb in an upcoming thread. So, um, what are these blurbs? Poorly written descriptions of the series along with somewhere you can find it! Here, I'll get started with this one:
Featured Comic: Deadman Wonderland
Hey! That's what the header image is from! Yep, Deadman's English dub just finished it's US TV run on Cartoon Network's [adult swim]'s Toonami (Yeah, our blocks have blocks). Personally I had a rip roaring good time with the show, however, the series is an adaptation of this manga, and it only adapted some of the material and the manga is still running in Japan. So, what's it about?
Yeah, middle school student Ganta Igarashi just had the crappiest day of his life. How crappy? Well, some psycho with weird powers just butchered his whole class, but wait, it gets worse, he's been framed for the crime and he didn't exactly get a fair trial. So, now he's in a maximum security prison like none you've ever seen (Unless you've seen Superjail), it's an amusement park and the prisoners are the amusement. Yeah, this sure does sound a lot worse than that time you were turned down for the school dance doesn't it?
It's a bloody good time.
Anyway, apparently Ganta has these kickass new powers that let him turn his blood into a weapon, and he'll be needing them. You see, prisoners of Deadman Wonderland are made to compete in various trials and fights if they want to live. And that will to live is about the only thing Ganta has left. Sadistic psychos, prisons that double as amusement parks, and fights to the death, what's not to love? So where can you get it? Unfortunately the manga is out of print with some outrageous prices for what was printed, the anime is to be released on DVD soon and it comes highly recommended (Here's an Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Deadman-Wonderland-The-Complete-Series/dp/B008NNY9J4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345013604&sr=8-1&keywords=deadman+wonderland). Seems I'll be looking elsewhere for the manga.
Featured Animation: Eureka Seven
Here's the thing folks, I haven't actually seen this series. So, why am I recommending it? Well, you see, that Toonami block I mentioned earlier is re-airing it for the first time in quite awhile in the US this week. And well, I love to pimp anything Toonami (Samurai Seven will also return to TV this week) and this series is from Bones, you know, the animation studio behind such hits as Fullmetal Alchemist and Soul Eater (And a bunch of other stuff like Heroman! which I'll make sure we have a post about one of these days). So, what's it about anyway?
So, we got this 14-year old kid in the boonies that has greater aspirations. You know, like being an ace pilot, that sort of thing. We've all been there, am I right? Well hey, sometimes dreams come true! I mean, maybe you get that big break or promotion or whatever. Well for Renton Thurston (That's his name?) his dreams come in a giant robot size package. You guys know this story, but like any great mecha show there's some deep themes imbued into it. What kind of themes? Well, I haven't watched yet, but I guess I'll be finding out over the course of the year on Toonami. However, if you can't wait the entire series is streaming on Crunchyroll (http://www.crunchyroll.com/eureka-seven) or you can drop some coinage on the DVD's (http://www.amazon.com/Eureka-Seven-Complete-Collection-Vol/dp/B001W79MBS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345012505&sr=8-1&keywords=eureka+seven http://www.amazon.com/Eureka-Seven-Complete-Collection-Vol/dp/B0028X6L1Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1345012505&sr=8-2&keywords=eureka+seven). There's a sequel too, but that won't be a part of the Toonami line-up as far as we know (Hmm, coincidence?). Anyway you can stream that series here as it airs in Japan: http://www.funimation.com/eureka-seven-astral-ocean/videos
Only one of them's a robot? What a rip-off...
Anyway, let's talk about these series or any other shows and books you won't, you know, as long as they're animated or contain some good ol' sequential art. Oh yeah, and if you want to make a header, submit it here: http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/14/3243529/submit-your-crisis-on-infinite-polygons-headers-here