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Thunder Mask   
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Description
Tezuka himself is a main character in this one, about a manga-ka who finds himself in a science fiction story about robots and transforming creatures.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
Sanda Masuku
Thunder Mask (Italian)
サンダーマスク

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-5 (end) by tesso lations about 1 year ago
v.1 c.4-5 by Jammin' Scans & FullTiltTranslations about 1 year ago
v.1 c.3 by Jammin' Scans & FullTiltTranslations about 1 year ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete, by Akita Shoten in 1980)
1 Volume (Reprint, by Kodansha in 1983)
1 Volume (Reprint, by Mushi Pro)
1 Volume (Bunkoban, by Akita Shoten)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 6.6 / 10.0 (7 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.35 / 10.0
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Last Updated
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Year
1980

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Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #790 increased(+33)
Monthly Pos #1788 increased(+171)
3 Month Pos #3440 (No change)
6 Month Pos #5288 increased(+45)
Year Pos #7710 (No change)

List Stats
On 6 reading lists
On 29 wish lists
On 18 completed lists
On 28 custom lists

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Really enjoyed the artwork  
by takitogr
June 24th, 2024, 1:40am
Rating: 7.5  / 10.0
The story in this Osamu Tezuka manga is serviceable. The dialogue feels forced and unnatural, often featuring silly conversations. While this could partly be due to translation, I believe the original script is the main culprit. Overall, the story is average but fulfills its purpose and remains engaging throughout.

The highlight of the manga is undoubtedly the artwork. Despite the characters featuring the classic Osamu Tezuka style, the Decander and its various forms are visually impressive and intriguingly designed. These life forms are larger than life, occupying significant portions of the page and creating an imposing presence, a quality shared by Thunder Mask.

The manga is rich in detail, clearly reflecting the extensive work hours invested in its creation. No aspect of the art is neglected. There's beautifully drawn sound effects, incredible linework to signify movement & indicate tension as well as enhance character mood and expression. There's massive amounts of beautifully used linework for all purposes. I was seriously impressed with the use of linework in the manga.

The paneling is diverse and experimental, featuring a wide range of layouts. From typical two-page spreads to characters breaking out of panels due to their size, uniquely shaped panels, and instances where characters literally break through panels to signify urgency to scenes where there's tiny variations in movement/expression shown.

This is really a masterclass in various aspects of manga art. It's evident the creator takes pride in his work, striving to produce a piece worthy of his name.

The action scenes are also very entertaining with a satisfying to read flow.

However, there are a few criticisms regarding the artwork in two scenes. The opening scene of Nagoya, with city lights reflecting on the road, is poorly executed. The reflections are unrealistic, and the cars are also badly drawn in that scene. Additionally, a scene depicting a petrified city fails to convincingly portray buildings turned to stone.

I wish this had been released in crisper HQ scans but I am grateful to Jammin' Scans for making it accessible.

... Last updated on June 30th, 2024, 2:51am
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