This week for Manga Monday I’m covering an oddball adaptation! It’s Fate/mahjong night by TYPE-MOON!
Plot: It’s essentially Fate/Stay Night meets mahjong, with the Holy Grail War being fought by playing mahjong. Yea it’s pretty freaking ridiculous, but this is TYPE-MOON we are talking about, they can do some pretty oddball stuff.
Characters: We have all the various characters from Fate/Stay Night show up in this adaptation, since it’s pretty much Fate/Stay Night, just a little different. Rin is still my favorite character, though Sakura is pretty awesome as well. However since this is a 4-Koma adaptation expect some gags.
Art: The art is awesome, in fact it’s great. I wouldn’t expect this to be originally published on the web, but it’s not bad at all.
Overall: This is a pretty funny take on the hugely popular Fate/Stay Night storylines, so if you’re a TYPE-MOON fan at all, you’ll probably want to check the series out.
For those who like: Fate/Stay Night, Overly Dramatic Scenes, Awesome Mahjong, Mahjong, Great Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’m going to give a brief explanation on a confusing subject for others. It’s all about 4-Koma, A Brief Explanation!
What is 4-Koma?: 4-Koma, or Yonkoma, is a type of formatting that some Manga and comics use. They usually are for Gags and comedy series, but they pop up in just about everything nowadays in Japan. It consists of a series of equal sized panels numbering no more or less than, four. Some popular 4-Koma series are Hetalia and Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun.
How do they work?:
Traditionally, 4-Koma follow a structure known as Kishōtenketsu. This word is a compound formed from the following Japanese Kanji characters:
Ki (起):The first panel forms the basis of the story; it sets the scene.
Shō (承): The second panel develops upon the foundation of the story laid down in the first panel.
Ten (転): The third panel is the climax, in which an unforeseen development occurs.
Ketsu (結): The fourth panel is the conclusion, in which the effects of the third panel are seen.
And that’s about it. That’s all you really need to know about 4-Koma. Hopefully that helps clear up some people’s confusion.