I seen the latest chapter. It looks somewhat interesting in the sense you don't know what to expect in the next chapters, but its still feel too unrealistic to me. The things the protagonist does are way too petty to be realistic and I don't see the humour in it besides in the sense 'lolwtf what a weird concept'.
Why would they have a word for bread when they don't eat bread? You have to invent bread. It's not the kind of thing that comes naturally. You need wheat, windmills, yeast, a whole infrastructure to support turning something inedible to humans into a staple of the European diet. India has some bread-like things they come up with on their own, but they're notably different and are used differently.
IE: In Japan bread is considered a mildly foreign food with a foreign name. Like... spaghetti or something.
The potato chip eating scene was more epic than funny when I saw it the first time. It was shocking, and Light had reasons to do it. It probably got turned into a meme that made it look funny, but it is meant to be epic.
This on the other hand, isn't shocking and the protagonist have no reason to do it beside satifying his personal joy for getting people confused.
I'm actually thinking about it, why on earth would they consider something like Perfect Crime Club so entertaining; and it strikes me that this is probably something along the lines of Enid Blyton's Secret Seven or Famous Five or Adventures or Mysteries or Five Find-outers series - it's probably closest to Secret Seven - where there are interesting mysteries and adventures and plots, and it's portrayed completely seriously, but with humor and light-hearted elements mixed in there as well. If that's the case, I can totally see the awesomeness of such a series.
I just wish they hadn't actually shown us the actual pages. Which were, honestly, subpar.
That, and I'd say that Informed Ability is allowed here. We can assume that it's awesome because we have been told so, and that's really all that matters.
Now, under that assumption, we now see a bunch of editors discussing whether they should or shouldn't place a piece of epic money-printing ability because of some bet. That seriously strains my Suspension of Disbelief.
edited 21st May '10 11:04:55 AM by Kayeka
People say I have a problem with authority. I say that authority has a problem with me.
Having a cliffhanger every chapter helps ensure that the audience comes back to read each one. It's less noticeable when you're on an Archive Binge, but many, perhaps most manga do the same thing to some degree.
Now, under that assumption, we now see a bunch of editors discussing whether they should or shouldn't place a piece of epic money-printing ability because of some bet. That seriously strains my Suspension Of Disbelief.
All businessmen have a vested interest in making money, but not all businessmen are particularly competent, or stop to examine all their decisions and think "Is this really what's best for my company?"
edited 21st May '10 11:00:45 PM by Desertopa
...eventually, we will reach a maximum entropy state where nobody has their own socks or underwear, or knows who to ask to get them back.
Besides, they know that Ashirogi Muto already quit one manga series, because they felt it was doing badly. They know that if it does not do as well as they had hoped, then they might end up trying to quit it again, even if the ratings are good enough to keep it alive.
Not all series are created equal. They also want to sell the collected volumes, and unpopular series simply won't sell. Which is why they cancel things left and right. As businessmen, I'd think that they would rather keep a semi-popular series than constantly gamble on new series for no reason.
But there seems to be a plot twist ahead, with Hattori doubting his abilities to be their editor and the words at the final panel -Rising authors!! Falling editors. Though it seems Hattori seems to be the best combination for the Ashirogi Muto.