and then it ends drastically at a cliffhanger

It’s Almost Time...

Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 142 is almost here (God help us all). Many are concerned with Hinami’s fate because the cliffhanger ends on a very dreary moment. The next chapter is the 9th chapter of the volume and it’s usually the breaking point. It could be a drastic event in more ways than one. Hinami is a character that has been around for so long that her death will devastate everyone. Ishida clearly knows this is the case and he has all of us like a damn fiddle.

The cliffhanger ends with a drastic strike that got people screaming. The moment of truth is in the next chapter. This technique is what always gets people worried because the next path could lead to the worst outcome. Plenty of writers use this technique to grasp your attention. Is it guaranteed death? It’s truly tricky because it can go one way or another.

Arima slit his throat…

And the follow-up is death. 

Granted, that should be easy to tell, but Shirazu has this similar effect as well, and it led to his death. On the other hand, Yomo received a fatal blow.

Only to be saved in the end.

I could imagine a series of flashback with her before her fate reveals, which only adds more tension. It can be discouraging but you have to pull through and read it to the end. Which path Hinami will go to? The clock is ticking.

Ok what really gets my goat about series of unfortunate events coming back into popularity is that because of this people are fighting over which adaptation is better, the movie or the show.

The movie, stand alone outside of the books, is great. It’s a great movie with a beautiful soundtrack and great actors. It fits the main theme of the books, being macabre humor, but still makes it it’s own. Some people hate it because it wrapped up the series in three books, but you have to remember this was a movie that they didn’t know if they were going to get a sequel to. They end it on a slight cliffhanger where count Olaf is still at large and we don’t know anything about the spy glass and the secret society, but nothing too drastic in case they can’t make the sequel, which they didn’t. But, you hold it side by side with the books, there are definitely some differences and a few are pretty major to a fan of the series.

The show on Netflix is as close to the books as you can get, but if someone dives into the show without knowing at least a little about the original series, I can see how they would be confused about what’s happening at first. It follows the storyline to a T, and plans to make at least two episodes for every book. They end season one on a good bit of cliffhanger because they only get to book four, which grips the people already invested and makes them want more, while the movie leaves some questions but also leaves the audience fairly satisfied. What I like about the series adaption is that they highlight some of the plot points that were on the back burner in the book, like how actually terrible all of these events are and the level of incompetence from adults and society.

My point is, I personally love both adaptions in their own ways. I love the movie because it was the first adaption of my favorite childhood book series, as well as it told the story decently. I love the show because it brings back the nostalgia of the books and it feels like they are literally being read to me in technicolor. You can like both of them, you don’t have to pick a side. As someone who has been around in this fandom for a very long time, it really isn’t that big of a deal if someone likes one more than the other.

More Avengers: No Surrender info revealed in this solicit advance and teaser press release from Marvel:

This 16-issue weekly story starts in January!

AVENGERS #675
Writer: MARK WAID, AL EWING & JIM ZUB
Artist: PEPE LARRAZ
Wraparound Lenticular Cover Artist: MARK BROOKS

It’s the end of an Avengers Era as we know it! And in the team’s final days, a change has come to the Marvel Universe in the form of a story that’s filled with so much action and so much drama, Marvel had no choice but to make it a weekly epic!

Beginning this January, Marvel will unleash the epic AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER with AVENGERS #675, a weekly saga that unites the casts and creative teams of three titles into an epic tale of heroic action, jaw-dropping cliffhangers, and drastic adventures! The AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS and U.S. AVENGERS come together in a powerhouse event unleashed in a story as spectacular and epic as the Marvel Universe itself.

Featuring one of Marvel’s biggest collaborations to date, each issue will be co-written by superstar writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub with art by Pepe Larraz for the first month, Kim Jacinto for the second month, and Paco Medina for the third month. With shocking returns and brand new characters, NO SURRENDER is a story where every character will get their moment…alliances will be forged…and the earth will be forever changed!

“The Earth has been stolen! That’s the kickoff to the wildest AVENGERS epic ever put to paper, a widescreen adventure with a massive cast and an unlimited budget,” teased SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.

“Avengers past and present will be called upon to cope with a threat spanning out of the pages of MARVEL LEGACY #1. And like that oversized special, there’s a huge character return or two along the way that fans have been asking for—and one that they didn’t even know they wanted!”

From Falcon to Black Panther to the mysterious Voyager, NO SURRENDER will see an appearance from every current Avenger – those we know and love and those we’ve never heard of. But what happens when the Lethal Legion and Black Order battle their way across the Earth? Most importantly, how will this new incarnation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes come together to fight one of the biggest threats the world has ever seen? This is just the beginning, but there’s so much more to come.

Don’t miss a truly inclusive celebration of the legacy that is Marvel’s Avengers, when NO SURRENDER hits comic shops this January!

Interesting comparisons I’ve noted from Xiaolin and Teen Titans

  • Both were released in 2003, on Kids’ WB
  • Both have… less than desirable spin-offs that came out in the 2013
  • (The main difference between the two spin-offs being Go! changed the audience drastically, with a violent mood swap from darkish to cutesy, while Chronicles had to change practically everything [due to a swap in producing companies] so they had to change VAs and Wu names. Main issue being Rai’s lack of leader role, Omi reverting back to a total jerk, and the sixth ranger “Ping Pong” [the name especially pissed people off])
  • Both were unfortunately canceled, Xiaolin fortunately told ahead of time and was able to wrap up the loose ends before season 3 ended, Teen Titans, not so luckily being canceled on a cliffhanger on season five.
  • Related to the previous note, both were subsequently ended in 2006