From the shadows, I come… back, haha to review Legion – King of Kings Chapter 4!
Soo, as you guys know, I am reading my friend’s manga, CasualMisfit, called Legion King of Kings.
Now, last time I was telling you about the third chapter called “The Punchline”. Whose punchline that is, I hope you got by now. If not let me know and I’ll tell you what I believe it to be.
That’s why now as I forward through his series, I want to continue giving you some pieces of my head.
Legion – King of Kings Chapter 4: Don’t feed the trolls
So, chapter 4 is called “Don’t feed the trolls”. So befitting for a gaming manga, I thought to myself when I first read the chapter’s title.
As we enter this story’s chapter we see that Amadous was sent back to “the base”. There, he meets a guy who he has a beef with. Why? Because he was sent by that guy in the “wolf’s den”. Or dragon’s den as he main character says himself. What for? For – and I quote – the lulz of it!
And what follows after is a part I like. Amadous snaps and it is shown to us that sequence we all make as gamers. In order to express our anger, we start clicking our mouse faster or hit the controller harder. We hope for the character to really “get into the game”, hehe.
I found that a nice subtle detail that really goes with the whole scene, given the type of manga we’re talking about.
About my favorite part about this chapter & the bullies of the gaming culture
However, after this comes one of my favorite part of the chapter. I believe, of the manga up until now.
Amadous snaps at his fellow psionian. It’s the thing that basically makes him go super crazy on the guy. He starts attacking him. Right after he’s told that “attacking a fellow psionian” isn’t a simple thing to do. Especially for him as a beginner.
And here comes my favorite quote:
Fellow…Fellow?! You sent me into the dragon’s den to have my ass handed to me! You are not my fellow anything!!!… Getting your kicks at the expense of others! Bastards with nothing better to do than waste people’s time… I hate people like you!
I believe by now you already got an idea about why this is a favorite part of mine.
Not only is a really appropriate piece in the context of the manga, but also shows a more human side to the character.
Gives it the depth of the real world gaming. Shows us the old beef between beginner gamers experienced ones. Those type of gamers with experience, who believe they’re high and mighty. Just because they’ve got the knowledge of the game. Compared to someone who just joined in.
Basically, it’s a subtle hint to what we can call the “bullies of the gaming culture”.
After Amadous finishes throwing his honest and sincere opinion at his “fellow psionian”, he is advised that if he wants, he can challenge him to a battle.
The other player doesn’t even finish their idea that Amadous already challenges the other guy to a fight.
The battle of the Omnicron title
What follows next? Well, we’re being slowly but surely introduced to the “magic system” of the manga. Which I very much like.
It is well thought and applied very nicely to the context of his story.
Of course, a battle follows and his “fellow psionian”, Anchor, wins it. Given the experience he has compared to Amadous who is just a “noob”. At this very point in the story.
That is when Anchor starts taking it out on Amadous, asking him if he ran out of “dramatic rants”. Have to admit I liked this part as well although I don’t stand Anchor’s character.
He continues asking him if he understands in the first place why he even lost?
Soon after he starts explaining and in his explanation we find out about one of the mysteries of the Legion universe: the Omnicron title.
Some players that are assisting the battle ask one another about the what is that an “Omnicron”, but no one has any idea.
After Anchor deactivates his Ki enrichment getting back to his original shape, he leaves the place. He tells Amadous that “it’s casuals like him that are keeping Psionia down”.
Casuals, he says… haha! At that point I’m like… I see what you did there, Cas!
And it doesn’t stop there. Anchor continues to tell him that although he has some spirit inside him, he hates to break it to him but spirit isn’t going to get him anywhere. Why?
Because “this isn’t some anime or manga”. And “no deus ex machina is going to save him at the last second”.
The subtlety of this particular sentence is absolutely glorious! At least to me. And again I’m all like .. Yes, yes, I see what you did there!
Anyway, the chapter then finishes with Anchor ending his own dramatic lesson by telling Amadous that he should uninstall the game. And that he should play something more of his level… like Tetris.
Again I’m like I see what you did there. But at the same time I think to myself that what a nice throwback at childhood times we’ve got here!
Anyway, overall the chapter is great for me, one of my favorites definitely!
Why? Because of everything that we have: a little bit of conflict, a little bit of underdog situation as well, but done nicely, not overly sappy like we have been used until now in other works.
We also get introduced to the “magic system”, and as well the whole dialogue between the two that makes subtle references to all clichés we’ve seen up until now in a manga and all that in the beginning of the story!
That’s something that, at least for me it’s very appealing and I am very curious to see how this story will evolve, overall.
From what I’m seeing, I’m absolutely loving it and as I told Cas, I hope one day it gets so big, that we can even play the game on our own computers.
Oh and by the way, if you want to read the chapter, go here.
Anyway that’s it for now. Till next time, the all know