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Old 2009-01-27, 20:40   Link #1
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FRONT MISSION Dog life & Dog Style

I just picked up a new series from a book store titled "FRONT MISSION Dog life & Dog Style" seriealized on Young GunGun and completely blew me away.



The author is Ootagaki Yasuo, the same author who writes "Moonlight Mile" serialized on Big Comics Superior.
The setting is in the near future 2090, an island the size of Hokkaido rich with rare metal appears in the middle of the Pacific around the start of 21st century and war errupts for claim.
Newly formed(2020) USN(New Continental United States with USA and middle and South American nations) fights against OCU(Ociana Confederate Union with South east Asian nations at the center) for control over the island.
It show how man can be brutal with new technology with all the gore an artist can muster out similar to Beserk.
Gang rape, guerrilla warfare utilizing new technology in a urban district, blood splats, it's shows whats within the fog of war that's shrouding the details.
Cold reality at it's worst.
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Old 2009-01-27, 20:51   Link #2
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sounds interesting I guess all the nitty gritty of war not the romanticizing in most books.
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Old 2009-01-28, 06:36   Link #3
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I was conflicted in showing some of the illustration but decided to give a link to better elaborate the kind of reality this piece offers.

Spoiler for Not for the faint hearted:
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Old 2009-01-28, 06:58   Link #4
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Wow, that certainly changed the way I see the FM universe.

Front Mission is an SRPG game series by Square Enix, but from the pages provided I see that this manga gives a more gritty view of the conflicts from the civilian point of view.

How does the story unfold, by the way? Are there main characters, or does the manga simply have a broad perspective in a general sense?
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Old 2009-01-28, 07:24   Link #5
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From the two volumes I had bought I do not see any linear story telling except for a rogue photo journalist appearing here and there who post his picture on the internet bypassing censorship.
The illustration were from the first story about two TV news correspondents and a contract photographer trapped in middle of a war zone when OCU broke cease fire.
The two were perment employees of a TV station protected by company regulation so they were entitled to leave handing the resposibility of relying the news to a contract agent, the photographer when all hell broke lose.
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Old 2009-01-28, 19:20   Link #6
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Interesting concept.

Front Mission has always been from the point of view of the soldiers, the wanzer pilots and the military. It seems this manga gives it a more human side from a different point of view.

And goddammit, I'm still waiting for Front Mission 5, Square!
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Old 2009-01-28, 19:29   Link #7
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yea Front Mission 5 (USN military perspective) was supposed to be the best in the series hailed by fans, where it involves mostly about patriotism and fighting OCU. Sadly, unlike it will hit the western shores so dont keep your hopes up.
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Old 2009-02-01, 01:48   Link #8
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Ok I got the vol 3 and the storyline is getting a little clearer.

Spoiler for Vol3; the links contains explicit pictures discretion advised:
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Old 2009-02-01, 02:14   Link #9
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Yowch at those images, especially the one of Margo.

Now I can be a cold guy, and there are a lot of things that wouldn't even faze me, but something like that tends to affect me. It's just depressing. I guess I'm more affected by the gruesome context surrounding the image rather than the image itself.
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Old 2009-02-01, 05:30   Link #10
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If you think those illustrations are depressing, you should read the back story of Margo interviewed by Inuzuka.

Spoiler for Back story of Margo:
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Old 2009-02-08, 14:21   Link #11
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ok tri-ring i have got 2 questions for you concerning front mission dog life&dog style

1: i heard some rumors that the series ends with v3,is this correct or not?
2: would you be intrested in translating the manga for us?
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Old 2009-02-08, 14:23   Link #12
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ok tri-ring i have got 2 questions for you concerning front mission dog life&dog style

1: i heard some rumors that the series ends with v3,is this correct or not?
2: would you be intrested in translating the manga for us?
1.No it is still serialized on Young Gun Gun

2.No since it goes against my principles.
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Old 2009-02-08, 14:25   Link #13
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1.No it is still serialized on Young Gun Gun

2.No since it goes against my principles.
k thx for the extremly fast answers!
too bad that you won't translate the series but i respect your decision on it!
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