World of Webcomics: 'MegaTokyo'

MegatokyoWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


One of the very first webcomics I ever read, as well as one that is very well known throughout the realm of the Internet, is MegaTokyo, the story of a couple of Americans who find themselves lost in Tokyo, Japan, following an E3 expo.  While the two main characters are based, in part, on the original creators of the webcomic, they are nothing like the actual people (unless somehow Largo is really a teacher at a Tokyo high school); the situations that occur are in no way real, but they are very amusing and enjoyable to read.  There is no set update schedule, but it tries to update about once a week (but not always) at megatokyo.com.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW


Art Style

The art is very indicative of manga, though it doesn’t read right-to-left in true cultural fashion, making it more of a manhwa style. Originally it was comprised of a 2x2, four-panel style, but as time progressed, the art turned into more common multi-panel pages in order to better tell the story. There are rare times in which the comic is colorized, but, for the most, part it is done in black-and-white grayscale, once again giving it an authentic manga feel.


Writing and Dialogue


While the comic originally was a joking, gamer- and Japanese culture-related story, it has since evolved into an adventure depicting Largo and Piro as lost souls in the heart of Tokyo. They have close friendships and even relationships with a pair of women who seem to fit each of their personalities well, allowing the four of them to progress forward throughout their time in Japan’s capital . . . with some wacky adventures thrown in for comedy gold. It is both humorous and dramatic, sometimes more so one at the expense of the other, but, along with the passage of time, it has evolved into a better story than originally conceived.


Appeal

The comic would probably appeal the most to people who have a basic understanding of Japanese culture and who enjoy comedy and drama in moderate fashions, but what the comic gives in terms of writing and art, it loses in consistency. Because the creator/artist is such a busy person, he doesn’t update as much as he used to, and there are sometimes weeks without a new story-related comic, making the progression of the story slow. I’d still recommend it, but just be aware of what you’re getting yourself into.

 

 

 

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