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Megatokyo Vol 06 [Paperback]

Fred Gallagher
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14 July 2010 Megatokyo (Book 6)
Written and illustrated by Fred Gallagher CMX. American "otaku" Piro and Largo are now more or less settled into their lives in Tokyo, where the lines between fantasy and reality sometimes blur. The city boils and churns under the threat of impending d00m, led by an invasion of Zombie hordes. Fanboys gather to protest the rumored cancellation of a long-awaited game featuring Kimiko, their new favorite Idol. Piro races to save Kimiko from both the fanboys and a mysterious benefactor whom he does not trust. Largo enlists the aid a novice magical girl who is still trying to understand herself, her powers, and what exactly she should wear. MEGATOKYO volume 6 collects chapters nine and ten of the online series, including both UnMod and Full Megatokyo Panic short stories, as well as additional artwork and one-shot comics.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (14 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401224814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401224813
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Megatokyo - now it gets complicated... 17 Aug 2010
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I've followed MT from the early days - sadly can't say I was right there at the start, but not far off. It's gone from its polarised beginnings (Piro : thoughtful and angsty, Largo : b33r, zombies and slapstick) to a more emotion-driven story, particularly since Rodney Caston left the project.

While I do periodically visit the site, I find the books a much better way to follow the story. By removing all the DPD's and (shudder) SGD's, a few of which are included at the back of the book, and being able to read the story in one continuous arc, rather than waiting days from Fred to post the next comic, it makes things much easier to follow.

Vols 2-5 could be broadly summarised as 'Largo & Erika sort of get together, Piro & Kimiko keep trying to get together, Miho's weird and Dom & Ed blow stuff up.'

However, in the long awaited Vol.6, which covers two 24-hour periods in detail, the story becomes a lot more complex. Yuki's destiny reveals itself, Junko starts to play a larger role, the game that Nanasawa-san is involved in (Sight), hits problems, and the Miho storyline becomes even more difficult to understand.

It's an absorbing volume, more so than the earlier ones. Less 'fun' but still very enjoyable in my opinion. It certainly requires a couple of run throughs to absorb all the nuances of the story and to appreciate Fred's artwork (which continues to impress).

If you like Megatokyo, you've probably already bought this. If this has just caught your eye - buy it, but read the other five volumes first!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money 28 Sep 2010
By SW90
Deffinitly a good buy if you have the other books, I have the previous 5 so I thought to preorder the sixth on here as it was cheaper than anywhere else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent installment 13 Sep 2011
By Kevin Riggle - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been following MegaTokyo online since January of 2003, when I was in high school, and it was my entry-point to the world of anime and manga and gamer culture, so it was a formative influence on me at a formative time.

I've also picked up the books as they've come out, partly to support the author and partly to support the idea that webcomics can usefully transition to print, and because it's a nice, compact, low-bandwidth format when I want to reread the story, as I did this past week.

The MegaTokyo update schedule has lately grown erratic enough, and the plot complex enough, that I'd lost the thread of the story, and was having trouble following what was going on in the latest pages. MegaTokyo has always been infamous for its update schedule or lack thereof, and online I follow it in Piperka, a webcomics aggregator, so I get notified when it updates, and it's no skin off my nose if it misses one. The site itself also provides a good selection of RSS feeds. I highly recommend technological solutions if you want to follow the comic online, otherwise you're likely to be very frustrated by it.

It is a fairly complicated story, by this point, and one can't pick it up just anywhere. I had been hoping for a recap at the beginning of the sixth volume, but it was not to be, just one page of introduction and then off to the races. Both comic chapters included in Volume Six are long chapters, and the book itself is the longest of the volumes yet, so I expect that everything but the comic got excluded for pagecount reasons. Thankfully Volume Five has a nice recap of volumes One through Four at the back, so to refresh my understanding of the comic I went and read the back of Volume Five, read Volume Five, and then read Volume Six, which worked pretty well.

If you're the kind of new reader who is willing to pick up a new series partway through and rely on a recap and a high confusion threshold to figure out what's going on (hi science fiction and manga fans!), I think that protocol is likely to work fairly well for you as well. My benchmark going in was my periodic MegaTokyo archive binges, which take *days* -- thankfully in print you don't have to wait for the next page to load! The nice thing about print comics, and the thing I always forget when staring at a stack of books in Archive Panic mode, is that they read fairly quickly for their size, so despite MegaTokyo's visual density and the fact that I'm a comparatively slow reader even re-reading, I read each volume in a few hours, and finished the entire project in an afternoon.

Story-wise, volume six is a lot of fun. Both Piro and Kimiko's relationship and Largo and Erica's relationship get deeper, and we finally fill in a lot of the backstory of Piro and Miho's old online gaming relationship, which Piro is still worked up over, and what Miho's current deal is. Yuki begins to make use of her magical girl powers, Ping tries to figure out what it means to be "real" while Ed hunts her, Kimiko holds her first press conference for the game she's involved in which is in danger of being canceled, and everybody else holds on real tight and tries to do damage control. Oh, and a zombie army invades Tokyo. (They have a permit for it, you see.) Underneath the wacky fantasy and the shoujo relationship drama there's an ongoing meditation about reality and fantasy, the relationship of creators to fans, and what we do when we play games, which I find very thought-provoking, and it gets developed a lot in this volume.

Art-wise, MegaTokyo has always combined American comic panel density with manga panel complexity, which can at times be a little overwhelming. It also has a number of threads happening in parallel with quick cuts between locations, tuned to a page-at-a-time webcomic update schedule. In print it's easier to flip back a few pages to pick up the threads, but it's also easier to miss a thread which pops by quickly because you're reading faster and not forced to consider each page individually, so I had to refer back more often than I do online. The art in this volume is less dense than volume five, and usefully so. Fred Gallagher started out an architect, and it's always shown in the strength and detail of his backgrounds, which are still strongly and usefully in evidence here. He's learned how to distribute them usefully, though, making for an easier and more pleasant reading experience. It's not until the very end of this volume that we see anything approaching the complexity of the crowd scene at the beginning of volume five. I have a few production quibbles with the volume, but the art is always gorgeous -- Gallagher's trademark pencil draftsmanship gets more evocative with every volume -- and it well rewards the investment it demands.

(Production quibbles: a few of the pages are noticeably lighter than the rest -- not nearly enough to impede readability or even to really be noticed by someone not attuned to it, but enough that I did notice it. As previously mentioned, I really wanted a "the story so far..." recap, which I suspect was omitted for pagecount reasons. There's usually very little space between the comic and the "omake" (extras) included, so if you're reading quickly you can miss that the "main" story has paused and we're off in alternate-universe-land now -- probably also omitted for pagecount reasons. Good things include that the volume has been professionally proofread, wonder of wonders, unlike the early Dark Horse volumes!)

(More quibbles: DC Wildstorm, why have you not put a final cover image with the text and so on up on Amazon? I thought for the longest time that this book was still in pre-order because the cover image wasn't done.)

In conclusion, I greatly enjoyed this volume -- I now know what's happening in the comic again, and I think I've picked up some new insights into the characters going forward! -- and I expect other long-time readers (and people picking up from Volume Five) will enjoy it as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars ... own the whole set and could not have been happier with a series 1 July 2014
By MJSimmons - Published on Amazon.com
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I own the whole set and could not have been happier with a series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I finally picked this up after I kinda stopped ... 21 April 2014
By Nicholas Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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Big fan of Megatokyo, since the beginning when it was originally just in the 4 panel format. Glad I finally picked this up after I kinda stopped reading it for a while.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excitingly reading 28 Jun 2013
By Eric M. Compean Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
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love the entire megatokyo series can't wait until volume seven comes out, so I can purchase it. Eagerly awaiting to read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 7 April 2013
By David Zombie - Published on Amazon.com
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Besides it being a good buy for the price. It came wrapped and in perfect condition. I would of bought more from Fred Gallagher if iy wasn't the last volume.
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