I guess that's the best I can do, rant-wise. Is there a new Jump next week?
Anyhow, I've been spending the past couple of weeks reading the Hajime no Ippo manga. It's a boxing series and I watched the anime last year. I originally found it because Kiyasu Kohei voices the main character, Makunouchi Ippo. And Kiyasu and sports series are my favourite combination. I put off the manga, though, because there's so much of it. It started in 1989 -- yes, 89 -- and is still ongoing. I think it's up to the 750s now. I'm at 252 now, so it will still be a while til I catch up.
Ippo is a high school student who is picked on by bullies. One day, he's saved by a boxer, Takamura. Takamura says he hates those who pick on the weak. But even more, he hates those who won't stand up for themselves. Ippo is inspired to take up boxing. He joins the same gym as Takamura and works to become a pro. It's all about the journey and who he meets (and fights) along the way. So much great stuff, but best of all is his rivalry with Sendou Takeshi. Best. Rivalry. Ever.
If you like sports series, I would highly recommend Hajime no Ippo, both manga and anime. If you need pretty-ness and slashability, though, it's not for you. I can't really imagine slashing any of the characters -- too much rivalry -- and they're not all drawn to be good-looking. But, oh my god, the story is wonderful and the intensity of the fights! I'm so wound up right now, so fucking tense over the second Ippo - Sendou bout and I already know what happens!
I can't believe I don't have icons yet. But I can't stop reading long enough to make any.
Sendou on the left, Ippo on the right.
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eta: I've made three posts tagged hajiime no ippo and in each one, I've spelt Sendou differently. I fail at romaji.