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Old 2008-06-22, 01:53   Link #1921
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Asrialys: I really meant NAgi. Reading Jack's stories and Asuna's background as well as Mahora budokai scenes, Nagi has an attitude that resemble Jack.
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Old 2008-06-23, 00:23   Link #1922
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Old 2008-06-23, 01:43   Link #1923
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Damn you Akamatsu
I'm not an expert on how mangaka work but don't these things happen alot? Well at least he's taking time off to collect data, it makes it look like he's preparing for something good.
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Old 2008-06-23, 01:50   Link #1924
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Writing a manga of 18-pages doesn't really takes one week to complete. Usually 3 days for the overall completion. It's very safe to assume that Akamatsu-sensei does a true job other than being a mangaka.

Patience is a virtue.
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Old 2008-06-23, 03:08   Link #1925
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Writing a manga of 18-pages doesn't really takes one week to complete. Usually 3 days for the overall completion. It's very safe to assume that Akamatsu-sensei does a true job other than being a mangaka.

Patience is a virtue.
What's his other job anyway? Does he works in a clothing store? Because he always appear wearing fancy clothes.
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Old 2008-06-23, 07:05   Link #1926
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I'm not an expert on how mangaka work but don't these things happen alot? Well at least he's taking time off to collect data, it makes it look like he's preparing for something good.
Meh. That seems to be the excuse every time he takes a week off.

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Writing a manga of 18-pages doesn't really takes one week to complete. Usually 3 days for the overall completion. It's very safe to assume that Akamatsu-sensei does a true job other than being a mangaka.
Yeah. And you know this from your extensive first hand experience in the manga industry?

Anyway, I saw a TV interview with Akamatsu once. He's got a hot trophy wife and a really swank home. Whatever it is he is doing for a living, he's making good money at it.
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Old 2008-06-23, 09:42   Link #1927
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^^off-topics: Ken having a possible job other than being a mangaka is just my assumption. Besides, Jap magazines where Negima's being printed is being released only ONCE a week. I don't have much experience on manga, but I do have very extensive experience on literary writing as I have been writing fics since 1988. Though I just keep most of them to myself. But I do agree that data collection REALLY takes time. I also do that everytime I write my own literary pieces as research provides important story back-ups.

on-topic: Could Chisame have some, or maybe, few ideas about Asuna's past?

I also noticed that the ogre guidance teacher Nitta isn't discussed in Negima forums, huh? Lolz! :lol:

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Old 2008-06-23, 16:52   Link #1928
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Anyway, I saw a TV interview with Akamatsu once. He's got a hot trophy wife and a really swank home. Whatever it is he is doing for a living, he's making good money at it.
Yeah, the harem man's wife is hot (And she cosplays for him).
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Old 2008-06-23, 20:37   Link #1929
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Meh. That seems to be the excuse every time he takes a week off.


Anyway, I saw a TV interview with Akamatsu once. He's got a hot trophy wife and a really swank home. Whatever it is he is doing for a living, he's making good money at it.
I think he wrote something on ailove.net when he got married. Appearance-wise, he is very ok. (That said, he's one of the few mangaka who actually bothers to show his face.) Read his interview with Horie Yui and Megumi-san in LH.

Negima is a money spinner. No doubts about that.
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Old 2008-06-24, 01:33   Link #1930
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It seems that Negima will surpass LH's fame in no time most especially when the plot really start to thicken.
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Old 2008-06-24, 02:50   Link #1931
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It seems that Negima will surpass LH's fame in no time most especially when the plot really start to thicken.
Well, Negima's length certainly helps.

On the emotion level, LH was Akamatsu's break-out work, so it occupies a place in my heart.
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Old 2008-06-24, 09:07   Link #1932
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^ Same here I liked LH a lot. I also liked Negima, but not as high as LH. I haven't read Akamatsu-sensei's first work - AI Love You.
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Old 2008-06-25, 00:35   Link #1933
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Caveat: I'm reading the english licensed version which has just now finished the Festival battle with the future... so to speak.

Frankly, I thought the last few volumes were getting terribly muddled in terms of exposition and event layout (Sorry, I just don't think Ken really does hyper-action sequences very clearly). Also, character motivations started to lose the feeling of having a point when close friends were battling each other -- harder to explain my feeling on that point.

The same sort of thing happened on a smaller scale during some of the latter arcs of Love Hina --- so I guess my feeling is that although Ken has expanded his skills, he still falters in the same places for the same reasons.

He's got killer character design and enough of his story arcs are charming enough to stick with him though.... I'd like to see him get back to some of the core threads that he does so well at.

AI - I love you ... I rated that poorly mostly because I never got past the "suspension of disbelief" and it just seemed an amateurish (and un-researched) effort. Love Hina, I still consider a fantastic rambling messy classic that any student of manga should read.
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Old 2008-06-26, 09:41   Link #1934
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well Vexx ... i give you that the festival arc was slightly muddled, specially in the action sequences ... but the character motivations aren't at all losing ... the only one with a clear 'close friend' on the other side is Ku Fei, rest of chao's party is either pure mech's (Asakura, though she makes a HeelFaceTurn when getting the whole story, and Mana, whom also agree with reasoning) or people that are somewhat offcord from the rest of the class ... the class is in no way a 31 woman big collective of friends, and there is clearly diffent parties interested in diffent things that clashes together

which character motivations is it your questioning really?
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Old 2008-06-26, 13:43   Link #1935
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Oh, let me reread the sequences this weekend and I'll see if I can elucidate what is nagging me about the character motivations. Like I said, it was hard to put my finger on what wasn't working for me.
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Old 2008-06-26, 14:43   Link #1936
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by the way who do you guys think the cloaked figure in the lower left corner of chapter 193 page 02 is?
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Old 2008-06-26, 18:26   Link #1937
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Writing a manga of 18-pages doesn't really takes one week to complete. Usually 3 days for the overall completion. It's very safe to assume that Akamatsu-sensei does a true job other than being a mangaka.

Patience is a virtue.
Hata on the Aquastar forums indirectly disagrees with you.

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from the TV program テレビ朝日「大胆MAP」and repost on blogs and 2ch,

http://ministramagi.blog26.fc2.com/blog-entry-963.html

http://catmania.blog13.fc2.com/blog-entry-1806.html

・原稿料1枚に付き2万6千円
・アシスタントは現在7人
・1話の話作るのに8日かかるため、5週に1回休載
・単行本の印税は40円約50万部とすると1巻で2000万円  ←
・赤松先生の年収は5000万円

-- Ken is paid by Kodansha 26,000 yens for each page.
-- has 7 assistants now.
-- each chapter took him 8 days to finish, and a break on each 5th week.
-- each single compilation is taxed 40 yens X 500,000 circulation = 20,000,000 yens.
-- each book tax is 10%,
-- Ken's yearly income is about 50,000,000 yens

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-- current date, 1 euro = 168 yens. 1 dollar = 106 yens.

-- a newbie weekly manaka usually gets paid around 10,000 yens per page by the magazine, and a break each 9th week.

-- this was basically cry foul by a lot of people right away, they estimate Ken's yearly income to exceed 0.1 billion yens easy.

and BTW, Ken thinks he got a "40's aching shoulder syndrome", and appropriately enough his 40th birthday is coming up next week. (JULY 5th)

I think I will eat a hot dog in Ken's honor that day.
Just thought I'd throw that out here. It's convenient that I saw this right before I went on AnimeSuki.
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Old 2008-06-26, 18:37   Link #1938
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by the way who do you guys think the cloaked figure in the lower left corner of chapter 193 page 02 is?
Natsumi. Shares a room with Chizuru, Ayaka, and Kotarou.
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Old 2008-06-26, 19:34   Link #1939
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Caveat: I'm reading the english licensed version which has just now finished the Festival battle with the future... so to speak.

Frankly, I thought the last few volumes were getting terribly muddled in terms of exposition and event layout (Sorry, I just don't think Ken really does hyper-action sequences very clearly). Also, character motivations started to lose the feeling of having a point when close friends were battling each other -- harder to explain my feeling on that point.

The same sort of thing happened on a smaller scale during some of the latter arcs of Love Hina --- so I guess my feeling is that although Ken has expanded his skills, he still falters in the same places for the same reasons.

He's got killer character design and enough of his story arcs are charming enough to stick with him though.... I'd like to see him get back to some of the core threads that he does so well at.

AI - I love you ... I rated that poorly mostly because I never got past the "suspension of disbelief" and it just seemed an amateurish (and un-researched) effort. Love Hina, I still consider a fantastic rambling messy classic that any student of manga should read.
Looks like I'm not the only one feeling uncomfortable about the direction of the series. Anyway, waiting for Vexx's comments after his advanced viewing.

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Hata on the Aquastar forums indirectly disagrees with you.
Hence, my "making a fool (along with lots of money) out of us" comment a while back.
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Old 2008-06-27, 09:08   Link #1940
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OceanBlue: 8 days? That's a bit long, I wonder why? Maybe it's the publishing process or soemthing. Oh, well, that's their procedures. But Ken's sure makes a lot of money, huh? Y26000 a page is really some money.

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