I just got introduced to this and I finished reading all the archives today. It’s… definitely interesting. Mainly, because I think I have a unique viewpoint here - I’m NOT an anime fan, but I know enough about it to get most of the jokes and references. So I’m not sure how much of the comic draws from generic anime and how much of it is “original”, so I can judge it based on its overall merits.
I like the whole chemistry thing going on with the characters (Piro’s a complete loser and yet all these beautiful girls - or at least girls who are drawn beautiful - are this whole fan club for him, despite the fact that he keeps making a fool of himself). (I still wonder why he never meets MALES in Japan.) There are just enough characters to keep the plot complicated and interesting, but not too many so that you lose track or that they become shallow. So big kudos to Piro on those accounts.
I love the Seraphim/Asmodeus/Boo segments; I find them extremely creative. And Ping was a stroke of genius, too, although there’s a hell of a lot of suspension of disbelief there. But I really started to get sick of the Largo fantasy stuff after a while. Lamer jokes only last so long before they become lame themselves. It picked up a bit towards the end, but for a while every time Largo showed up it took away from the real interesting parts of the story.
The main problem I had was that there wasn’t any real indication about whether Largo was hallucinating or what he was doing was actually real. I mean, sure, the Godzilla and zombies and whatnot were funky, and even if they were technically real in the story, they didn’t actually impact on anyone. The main problem I had was with Miho (I think that was it; one thing I could never keep track of was the girls’ names) - the sad one. I wasn’t sure if Piro actually meant her to be a zombie or something, but the fact that she was taking Largo at face value scared me. Right up until the very last strip, where we find out that she’s not a fantasy character after all. Thank God. -_- It was a load off my mind that Piro decided to ground that part of the story in reality after all. I like the Largo sequences as side bits, but not when they impact on the main story like that.
Anyway… the reason I found it interesting is that I’ve always been interested in Japanese culture, and here’s a good way to see it from a real stranger’s point of view - in other words, stuff we see from Japan doesn’t stress all the things us Westerners would actually find interesting, since it isn’t written by Westerners.
Another draw I have towards it is the fact that the characters are so polar opposites from me. ^^; Everything in my life has always been planned out for me (I’ve never had to make a really huge decision so far), so it’s weird to read about people who literally live life on the edge from one minute to the next.
The only problem is that I’m not used to the serialized format. Usually when I find a story I like, I want to read straight to the end as fast as possible. I don’t like being held up like that. But that’s just me. shrug