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Well, I've finally got a chance to D/L scans of the manga. Not bad. Still very much FSS, but the changes are extreme. The MH's especially have changed (for the worse, IMO) but as long as the story stays epic, I'll follow along.
It's a shame really because while I might not be a modeler, I am very much into Mecha design and I've always felt that with one or two exceptions, Nagano's designs were essentially the best in the industry. MH's were mechanical marvels of both form and function. No other mecha designer except for perhaps Shirow and Kawamori put as much care into the design of their mecha. And the Internal Structure of Mortar Headd article that appeared first in Smoke Walls, then later, in FSS Designs 2 was a peek inside the brilliance that is Nagano's design aesthetic. I lament it's passing.
I hope that someday he realizes his mistake, and brings the MH's back to where they were after Volume 10 but before Volume 13 (where they become GTM's) and we can forget this momentary lapse of reason ever occurred...
Well, I'm not a model-kit guy. I'm into the story. But if these massive changes are true, its too much. Now knowing Nagano, its probably just some alternate universe he plans on highlighting for a little while, to tie into something he intends on introducing into the story like he did with the Taika portion. I remember when that came out, several of my friends at the time though Nagano had abandoned FSS and was trying something new.
Yeah, it's very sad for people who like and build FSS MHs. But I suppose for people who only care about the story it shouldn't matter too much.
Why did you send me to that link? Now I'm totally freaking out! WTF NAGANO!
Welcome, this place will be pretty quiet now that Neko_Oni is gone.
But we also talk about FSS here (ext link) and (ext link)
check out this (ext link) for detailed information on The Five Star Stories in general. Excellent job on detailing out the manga Neko_Oni. I'm quite impressed!
Hello! I am a huge fan of Nagano's manga and eagerly await its return in Newtype. Glad to find some more FSS fans around. I know of one other site, but it is currently quite inactive because of the hiatus. I hope to have some interesting conversations about the next chapter in the Great War of Magic soon....
Have something mega super rare on the way...and will be taking lots of pictures of it once it arrives. Please anticipate it! ^_^b
stargazer713 (1 month ago) #1422510Interesting! You are talking about automaticflowers right?
The April issue of NEWTYPE has a FSS cover...along with what looks like a new variation of the KoG. (I thought it was a gold and white version of the Empress) Although the next installment of the FSS was supposed to have been in the March issue, seems that it'll officially resume in the May issue.
Interesting! You are talking about automaticflowers right?
Nagano's website is undergoing a change. There's also a Gothicmade book coming out as well as a new Reboot Tracer book, out in a few weeks. I believe the character on the front of the book is the Fatima La Optical Typhoon (or Tai Phone, depending on translation) since View Spoilershe's the only other fatima to get an Opera Pink Fatima suit besides Ballance's Fates Lacky, Clotho and Atropos. She's also one of the original fatima and her master is a Sword Sage like Kaien.
Looking forward to that!
Will be posting pics of the various FSS artbooks in my collection: doesn'tseem like many people on here have these either.
Oh, got the email a few weeks back and forgot to post this.
No doubt because of the 25th Anniversary of the FSS, but it looks like some of the older FSS art/guidebooks are getting a reprint. Odd because they never ever do this.
Not to mention a few of the FACTORYS books AND the Chronicle 2007!
Get 'em while they're hot.
Slowly chugging away at the character list for the next set of books. Thanks for your continued patience! ^_^b
Slowly cleaning up the Characters list.
Updated: List of Fatima Meights and Fatima at the beginning of the characters thread. Had forgotten a few meights (Like Arsenic Ballance) and added them to their proper places. New Meights and Fatimas: Dr. Prisen Corks, Sakuraku, Arsenic Ballance, Steep Koop. Souce: list of Meights at the end of FSS volume 25.
Awyeah super awesome! Thanks!
Book 20 has now been complete.
Up next, The Chevalries and The Majestic Stand story arcs, both sets completing the english language run.
Just got the Schell Bullet two volume set from my usual bookseller in Japan. This is a clooaboration between Nagano and Kunihiko Ikuhara. Not a manga, but looks like a light novel? Has artwork pages that are definately all Nagano! Did not know that these were getting a re-release so was really happy to get them to go with the rest of the household's FSS detrius.
Factory's 2012 added to database: item #110845
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