Duranki - New series for the studio of Kentarō Miura

Aazealh

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Four releases in, I feel like this might become a strong series, but as it is, I feel like it has an identity crisis that it hasn't yet put to the test. It certainly doesn't feel like a short series, but one that is putting down roots for the long haul.
I'm not really following the releases right now, but Duranki was always presented as a series that would be long-running as far as I know. It seems some people have been assuming it would be short, like Gigantomakhia, but that's not what its announcement sounded like to me.
 
Story and characters are alright so far but I can't help admiring the artwork and staring at many of the panels, the manga's consistently been very high quality in that regard. I've even warmed up to the bigger eyed, rounder faces that most of the characters have as well (which I thought looked really wonky and irregular in the latest Berserk chapters).
Considering this is more of an experimental project for Miura to train his assistants and test if they can output chapters at a regular pace with consistently high art quality, I'm very impressed so far. Some pages have the issue where some panels have much thicker character outlines, clashing with the very finely-drawn landscape artwork and breaking the reading flow through pages, but overall it's still great. Looking forward to chapter 5 in the next issue!
(I honestly could do without the constant drooling and fanservice over Usum since it just frames their androgyne gender as fetishistic and has made their character pretty one-note so far, but looking forward to seeing more character development)
 
Judging off the latest episode i assume this will be also one volume like Gigantomakhia. In episode 2 Usum has a talk with the grandpa about the friends that Usum made from the Tasi village. In those pages there seems to be some foreshadowing surrounding Usums nature being revealed and how she/he will have to face the potential case of being driven away by those who don't accept whats different from them.

Then in the very latest release there are some serious implications about the boy Kirta being more than just human. With all the symbols taken from the Legend of Keret i would not be surprised if he ends up being half god considering the mysterious nature of his mom aswell.

I expect 3-4 more episodes with serious escalation coming our way and i would not be surprised if the boy ends up being the dragon that we saw from the initial color page. Obviously im reaching and just speculating right now, and it very well could be a longer project than expected. Just have to wait and see. I wonder what you guys think about the potential length of the series based on the groundwork done for it thus far?
 

Walter

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Judging off the latest episode i assume this will be also one volume like Gigantomakhia.
I get the opposite sense, so far. Nothing signals a crisis on the horizon, or anything to resolve before the next 3-4 releases. It seems like scene-setting for a longer series.

In episode 2 Usum has a talk with the grandpa about the friends that Usum made from the Tasi village. In those pages there seems to be some foreshadowing surrounding Usums nature being revealed and how she/he will have to face the potential case of being driven away by those who don't accept whats different from them.
Yep, it's a smaller theme of the series so far.

Then in the very latest release there are some serious implications about the boy Kirta being more than just human.
What did I miss in this release...? Nothing about Kirita seems particularly superficial, and the tribe that he lives with seem to regard supernatural things (like Usum and Mt. Nisir) with surprise and reverence more than familiarity. The only thing left unanswered in ep 4 is why they chose to build their village in a high place, which Kirita enigmatically doesn't explain to Usum when they ask.

With all the symbols taken from the Legend of Keret i would not be surprised if he ends up being half god considering the mysterious nature of his mom aswell.
Let's pretend I've never noticed any symbols from Keret in this manga -- could you note some for me?
 
What did I miss in this release...? Nothing about Kirita seems particularly superficial, and the tribe that he lives with seem to regard supernatural things (like Usum and Mt. Nisir) with surprise and reverence more than familiarity. The only thing left unanswered in ep 4 is why they chose to build their village in a high place, which Kirita enigmatically doesn't explain to Usum when they ask.
Basically it starts off with the name of the character. The Legend of Keret, or also called the Legend of Kirta is about a man who is half god. The name of the character obviously derives from that Legend. The interesting part is that Kerets father is the one who was a god, and in the latest issue we only see his mother who seems to be human the least. Most of the Legend focuses around Kerets inability to find a wife who can birth children for him, so he starts a war to get the woman he wants after his dad tells him so in his dream. Most of this stuff obviously seems to not apply to the series and where it is, but one thing i assume Miura built on was the sea portion of the episode. In the Legend Keret encounters the goddess of the sea which may be relevant down the line if the series ends up being longer.

Another small thing i noticed was the last page that has something odd going on. While all the characters are wearing wolf skin, the only one who isn't is usum wearing deer horns, maybe foreshadowing a situation where usum will be the one hunted due to the nature of her body.

Personally i could see the next episodes escalating into a situation where Usum being a hermaphrodite is discovered by the people of the village connecting to what Usums Grandpa said in episode 2 in regards to how others treat people who are different to them. And go from there to revealing that Kirta is a half god himself.


I get the opposite sense, so far. Nothing signals a crisis on the horizon, or anything to resolve before the next 3-4 releases. It seems like scene-setting for a longer series.
Honestly can't even say i disagree, there is definitely not enough content or drawn lines where i can say with confidence that this series will be one volume. The next 2 episodes should determine that
 
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