Post by lando griffith on Dec 18, 2004 4:38:25 GMT -5
was at the bookstore yesterday, and saw cudcept graphic novels manga style. did not buy it but was pleased 2 actually see something culdcept related. anyone else seen that where they live? or any other related material.
Now that the manga scene has pretty well exploded in the US, I've seen the Culdcept manga in many of the major booksellers around this area (Borders, Barnes and Noble, even places like Suncoast Video). I think they've translated up to vol. 4 so far. I have to admit that I haven't bought it, yet... when I skimmed through the first volume, the dialogue was rather like a Yu-gi-oh episode (something like this):
"I will awe you into paralyzed shock with this creature card! Behold fire giant's special ability: critical hit to water creatures!"
"Oh, my! Fire giant seems unbeatable! But wait--I had my marfolk use an item... THE WATER SHIELD! All attacks to my water creature are negated! I believe in my cards, and want to protect them with all my might!"
... I dunno, maybe I'm too familiar with the game to be interested in hearing each card's abilities all over again. Maybe the non-combat, plot-developing parts of the story are good, though, I didn't read deeply enough to find out.
One thing I only recently realized, though, is that the main character of the manga is Najaran. That kinda makes it more worth it, to me, now that I know that my gaming experience has touched the world of the manga, or vice versa.
Has anyone here on the forum collected the manga, and if so, would you recommend it? I collect manga in general, and am always looking for a new, worthwhile series to read.
Post by lando griffith on Mar 10, 2006 11:39:16 GMT -5
cleric ... i kinda read thru those manga books also. they were OK but not all that great, but it was cool 2 see something that said culdcept outside a video game store. And my fire giant is UNSTOPPABLE!!
I read the manga before I played the game, and I rather enjoyed it! ;D
The main character is Najaran, and Goligan, and the first volume basically goes like this.
SPOILERS!!! Don't read if you don't want to know!!
We see Najaran's master Horowitz, arrive in a ruined, and blazing city called Loca. He finds a surviving soldier, who tells him this was done by the Black Cepters. Najaran is on Gilman Isle, with Goligan, and she is loafing around, and letting her card creatures do her chores, upsetting Goligan greatly. Horiwtiz returns, and assigns Najaran to go the city of Soron, where a large Cepter tournament is held, to gather information on the Black Cepters.
After an encoubnter with a rude Cepter in a bar, Najaran is cheered on buy the people to take part in the torunament, instead of just watching it. Najaran beats the rude Cepter in the first round, and we see some shots of the other matches before her rival Dragon-Eye Zeneth shows up, and uses "Tempest" to cause great damage to the people and arena, and to announce his glorious presence.
Najaran is roped into facing him in the final round (as all other cepters are injured, or withdrawing because of Zennethss power. Zenneth is approached by one of the competitors (Sir Owen) the previous night, and challeneged. Owen is too weak to defeat Zenneth because of his injuries, but he does use a spell card that surprises Zenneth, and causes his "Tempest" to be destroyed when he tries to use it on Najaran.
After a long battle, both are exhausted, and can no longer summon, making people believe it a tie, But Zenneth refuses to accept such a thing, and leaves before it is announced, shouting to Najaran how she is now his rival and he'll be back to finish her eventually. Najaran is declared the winner, as Zenneth has dropped out.
After a small celebration, Najaran is invited to the lord of Soron's palace, for a celebratory dinner (Najaran loves food, and so she can't resist). However, during the dinner, she is captured, and it is revealed the lord of Soron is a Black Cepter (Depthera, the Carrion Bug) and the owner of one of the "Four Lords" created by the Dark God Baltheus during the war of the Gods, Beelzebub, the Lord of Flies, and lord of wind.
Depthera has been feeding the winners of his tournament to the Wind Lord, in order to make it grow, and it is also revealed that he has a staff like Goligan. Najaran is captured, and about to be lunch meat, when Zenneth shows up by shooting the lord of flies with two magic bolts. He offers to help Najaran if she admits that he is the rightful winner, but Depthera decides to kill both of them, and Zenneth takes this the wrong way. He summons Berserker, and procedes to attack, and we find that Najaran has forgotten her book at the inn she was staying at, leaving her with just an Eidolon card she hid in Goligan.
She uses it and flings her Eidolon on top of the spiked chandelier above where the lord of Flies is. Eidolon chews it's chain, causing it to break and fall on the giany bug. Depthera's staff reminds him that the lord of flies is invincible only in it's full-grown stage, and there is still in it's larva stage, and that it's safekeeping is their only real concern right now. Depthera reluctantly agrees, and uses a card to teleport himself and The lord of Flies away, but swears he will return to kill them both.
When this happens, it suddenly begins to rain, which is odd, as Soron is a desert city. It is revealed that it used to be a fishing city, until the Black Cepters used their magic to remove the sea, in order to get the Lord of Flies remains. With the sea returned, the first volume ends.
Yes, it's a little Yugioh-ish, but I really liked it, and I would very much advise getting it. Also the Four lords (in case you didn't know, are. MORE SPOILERS AHEAD, WARNING.
1.Beelzebub lord of the flies (currently under the watch of Depthera) 2. Dark Master (destroyed by Zenneth in vol.4 Using...) 3. Flame Master (Currently sealed in Zenneth's left fore-arm, it is the one monster he refuses to use.) 4. Dagon the lord of Water (Currently independant, and liking it, has a deal with Horowitz and others to protect Endannes isle from the outside world) END SPOILERS.
Once again, I highly suggest getting it. Currently it is up to Volume 5.
Post by Kuroi Kenshi on Jul 13, 2006 7:33:05 GMT -5
Surprised I didn't notice this thread earlier. I recommend this series to any Culdcept fan out there. I remember buying them as they were released and loving every minute of it. I wouldn't consider this next part a "Spoiler", but I'll mark it as such anyway.
At the end of Volume 4, they cut the series and even translated the whole story from Shinya Kaneko about how it was nice working on it and they had cancelled Culdcept. Fast forward 6 months or so, (I can't remember how long I was upset about this T_T) and they finally release Volume 5. Apparently it was alive and kicking again. I jus wonder why Tokyopop went along as if the series was cancelled even though it was blatantly obvious it was back already in Japan. Does anyone know the answer to this?
Anyway, it's an ongoing series and worth the read, even if it is a little campy or 'cliche' at times.
EDIT: Oh yeah, and I love how they take the top tournament players in Japan and make them into Cepters within the manga. I'll let Topcat explain if he gets to read this.