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#461 gamria

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 06:27 AM

Chapter 101

 

Well well, given the considerably fantasy nature of the setting, this is the first time it really felt like we're in a fantasy

Does Emma's vision constitute actual magic?

 

52 days gone by just like that, and now we're immediately going to burn away another 52 days? This is too fast

 

I really have no idea what to make of the vision, or the mysteries


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 02:17 PM

Chapter 101

 

Well well, given the considerably fantasy nature of the setting, this is the first time it really felt like we're in a fantasy

Does Emma's vision constitute actual magic?

 

52 days gone by just like that, and now we're immediately going to burn away another 52 days? This is too fast

 

I really have no idea what to make of the vision, or the mysteries

 

Apparantly we are also entering the final arc o.o

 

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Posted 15 September 2018 - 06:02 AM

https://jaiminisbox....en/0/103/page/1

 

It feels so rushed... :/



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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:24 AM

Been so exhausted the last month that I didn't have time to comment. Well, here I am now.
 
Chapter 102 - 107
 
Time Skip and Pacing
Let's address the elephant in the room first, the time skip.
I have nothing against time skips in themselves, but their execution and their actual usage play big factors in how they come across to me personally.
 
Now, I don't know if it's because the authors didn't want to risk boring readers with the 1.5 years of trial and error, or maybe it's because my matured tastes are talking right now, but I personally would've liked the 1.5 years to have taken longer amounts of time to detail.
 
Really, all I would've wanted was just 2 or 3 chapters to lay out the progression. Unlike most Shonen Jump time skips whose purpose were mostly for "training/getting stronger", Neverland's purpose was "exploration". For such a purpose, I would not have minded a couple more chapters.
 
After all, one of the appeals for me back in the Grace Field arc was seeing how the kids conceived of their plans, the trial and errors in-between, then their execution. For a manga that's about super smart kids working their way to their ideal outcome, I really would've appreciated seeing the trial and error of finding the Seven Walls.
 
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Moving on, it's cool that the Grand Valley kids managed to engineer Demon disguises, or that the kids had the guts to infiltrate Demon settlements. Truly impressive.
 
About the Raid on the Shelter
It's truly a pity that the Shelter finally came under attack. Well, it was inevitable with this story, and 1.5+ years has been a considerable blessing for all the kids.
 
I've seen complaints about how the kids seemed so weak against Andrew's team, in comparison to their performance at Goldy Pond.
Personally, I find no inconsistency in their behaviour, for the following reasons:
  1. The decisive battle at Goldy Pond was something in the works for years, and after much preparation and observation of their targets, almost like an assassination plan. This time it's different, they were ambushed instead
  2. With all their siblings so close by, the more able fighters of the group cannot risk dragging them into the cross fire against Andrew's team
  3. Lewis, Bayon and the other Demons stuck to close range combat and were fought in a wide area, which gave the kids more space to work with. The conditions this time are the opposite, long range enemies in narrow spaces.
  4. Let's not forget, Neverland is on a tightrope as it is.
That is, we have had a child harvested in the very first chapter, a child who attempted self-immolation, and a group of children who are using firearms and taking head shots, justified only because they were out to slay monsters, among other mature content. By now, it must be considered controversial in some circles.
So if we actually have the human kids kill human adults, the outrage will skyrocket. It's the same reason why in Assassination Classroom, the kids aren't trained to kill anyone besides Korosensei.
 
Which is why it's not surprising that combating Andrew's team is left to the adults of the group, Yuugo and Lucas.
 
A Fitting Grave
With the ending of Chapter 106, I had a feeling that we'd finally get a glimpse into the younger years of Yuugo and Lucas, back when the rest of their Glory Bell family were still with them.
Would've been nice to see how their own escape plan had worked, but alas
 
Man, when you know that their chances of death are high but you still want them to live, that's when you know that the authors have crafted their characters well.
 
Like, after all their years of dealing with grief and painful losses, you badly want them to make it to the human world like Emma's group too.
 
But narratively speaking, dying close to the memories of their old and new families does indeed sound like a fitting grave.
I am half-expecting them to (instant?) self-destruct the Shelter to ensure all their pursuers are dead.

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 07:50 AM

Chapter 109 was such a great send-off to a cool character. And it hit me right in the feels. The chapter didn't really progress the plot from last chapter any further but it was great anway, because it was a really well executed send-off. 

 

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 12:36 AM

https://jaiminisbox....en/0/110/page/1

Really hate those kids.
Did they disregard the warning that enemies may still be around?
 
https://jaiminisbox....en/0/110/page/1

Really hate those kids.
Did they disregard the warning that enemies may still be around?
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Posted 05 November 2018 - 06:27 AM

I will go back to comment on Chapters 108 and 109. There's something I definitely need to point out with Chapter 110

 

Chapter 110

 

First and foremost, the message that Lucas received over the phone: there's something disconcerting about it.

 

https://onemangaforu...15#entry1164221

Those in this thread may recall this post of mine from last year - about the IQ Brain Power Examination on the official Shonen Jump website for Neverland, and Minerva's message that are shown to those who scored full marks, the "Top Score" people so to speak.

 

Minerva's message spanned 2 pages, and the recording that Lucas received were from the second page, word for word

I thought it was easter egg material, but Minerva actually said them at one point!?

 

The reason why I find this unnerving is that someone took a recording of Minerva's message, fast-forwarded to what they wanted the kids to hear and then sent them coordinates, beckoning them to come. It's definitely not the Demons, and as Oliver deduced, it's illogical for the Ratri Clan to be responsible for this.

 

That leaves Minerva's supporters; and yet, why couldn't they contact the kids with their own voices? Why did they have to use a recording of Minerva to convince them? What, is something wrong with their very voices?

Whatever the case, it just unnerves me as to their intentions.

 

Even so, we can confirm the following:

  1. We know for sure that Minerva felt the need to "raise a banner of revolution" at some point, but when was this? Before he's getting headhunted, or after? If it's the former, that would at least explain the inconsistency in Minerva's intentions
  2. Minerva's faction is still out there

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Let us at least take solace in the fact that the kids ran outside not because they thought they knew better, but because they just desperately wanted to help Emma, Ray and everyone else.

Having said that, this is an exasperatingly facepalm-worthy situation. WHY

 

I still don't think that the finishing blow to Andrew will be dealt by the kids because, as explained in an above post, having human kids kill human adults is sure to land the series in trouble.

 

So I drummed up alternatives, and came to this possibility: Andrew gets eaten by the wild Demons of the forest.

Not only will the kids not be (directly) responsible for his death, but it's an almost fitting scenario: after all, Peter Ratri's faction is all about keeping to the old order of offering humans to the Demons.


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