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Piro, an obsessed anime/manga fan, and Largo, a hard core American gamer and 133t h4x0rm4573r, fly to Japan on a whim and find themselves stranded, unable to afford the trip home. In their struggles to find places to crash and money for tickets home, we experience Tokyo from their unique -- and drastically different -- points of view. Megatokyo Volume 1 is a collection of strips from the first year of the highly popular online webcomic "Megatokyo." Known collectively as Chapter 0, this book also contains ...
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Piro, an obsessed anime/manga fan, and Largo, a hard core American gamer and 133t h4x0rm4573r, fly to Japan on a whim and find themselves stranded, unable to afford the trip home. In their struggles to find places to crash and money for tickets home, we experience Tokyo from their unique -- and drastically different -- points of view. Megatokyo Volume 1 is a collection of strips from the first year of the highly popular online webcomic "Megatokyo." Known collectively as Chapter 0, this book also contains extensive inline notes and commentary. New to this edition is a special section called "Piro's Sketchbook," which collects drawings, sketches, and other material from Megatokyo's early years, most of which has never been available on the website. Read the book, save your bandwidth.
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Following the success of his serialized Web comic and the first volume of the print manga, Gallagher continues the story of two computer game- and manga-obsessed American boys stranded in Tokyo. (Newcomers can visit www.megatokyo.com to see what they've missed.) Piro (the sensitive one who likes to sketch and read girls' manga) and Largo (the beer-guzzling brute who enjoys hacker-speak and violent sword and sorcery computer games) have found jobs and accommodations. They've also acquired a lifelike robot with the appearance and emotions of a blonde, nubile, teenage girl. Piro's conscience, illustrated as a comely but competent female, provides guidance and occasional fashion tips. Meanwhile, Largo, a gaming addict who can't distinguish between reality and virtual reality, takes a job teaching English in order to keep tabs on a schoolgirl whom he's decided is an evil zombie queen. Ostensibly, the boys are trying to earn enough cash to buy plane tickets home, but they seem more interested in exploring the brave new world of Japanese gaming culture and the cute, friendly locals. Although Gallagher doesn't ink his drawings, few artists can wield a pencil with such authority. His work, though squarely in the manga tradition, is uncommonly deft, subtle and funny. With a sophisticated script, a panoply of references to gaming and manga culture and Gallagher's stellar artwork, this series' formula makes it utterly irresistible. The book also includes a section of handsome drawings and gag strips from the Web comic as well as a prose short story following the exploits of Piro and Largo as characters in a sword and sorcery game world. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Adult/High School-This is the second collected volume of the popular online comic. Piro, an anime otaku (obsessed fan), and Largo, a reality-challenged gamer, are stuck in Japan until they earn money for plane tickets home. Piro has a job at a game store, while Largo masquerades as an English teacher at a public high school. Piro, like many hapless anime heroes, is timid and shy around girls, yet inexplicably attracts them. Also in the anime clich vein, there are misunderstandings that result in Piro looking like a pervert even though he really isn't. The book also spoofs anime/manga/games for humorous effect. Sometimes the backgrounds are, well, not there. However, the characters are very well done. The pacing is good, and while each page can stand alone, together they build on one another to create a story both humorous and touching. The art is pencil, but dark enough for a sharp contrast.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593071639
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 3/31/2004
  • Series: Megatokyo Series , #1
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 152
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume 1 Fr33talk 6
Chapter 0: "Relax, we understand j00" 11
Shirt Guy Dom Pull-out Section 98
The Tail Looses It's Death Grip 106
One-Shot (non-story) Episodes 123
Dead Piro Art Days 133
Kimiko redrawn (Again) 138
Piro's Sketchbook 139
Strip index 157
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    MegaTokyo Volume 1

    This book was to wierd to read it was disapointing, Read Fruits Baskets #1!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2007

    Megatokyo vol.1

    I read megatokyo vol.1 about a year ago it was one of the most original ideas for a web comic I had read in a long time. P.S. 3vi1 l337

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    well my friends let me borrow the first own and i have been addicted to megatokyo it is the best menga i have eva read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2004

    Megatokyo is the best.

    Fear the headphone cord. Read this manga, it's the greatest. It was probably my first and it's still one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    L33T I5 G00D (L33T is Good)

    When i usually see a manga comic with the name tokyo in it, i skip over it because it usually is of bad quality, however upon looking at this book i noticed many differences from traditional manga that set it apart. For instance, although most Manga is written backwards in the traditional way which is much better in my oppinion, this one sucks in many of the western readers as well. Mega Tokyo startes as an online comic that quickly grew in popularity. THe lovable characters Piro and Largo are forced to take a trip tokyo after some crazy antics at E3. When the reach tokyo they find they have no money no food no credit cards, and are forced to find a way to live their. Largo is the more loud one who is constantly playing games or fixing computers. Piro is the more outspoken artist who also seems to be in a constant lull as he is the more level headed one. Throughout the story Largo and characters of his stature speak L33t a colorful computer language that i have completly come to adopt as my own. This is one of the best garfield like comics that i have ever looked at and strongly recommend it to any and all readers of this genre. The L33TM45T3R

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Fantastic American Manga

    Ever since I came across Megatokyo at its internet home, I have been quite engaged by the webcomic's plot, humor, and artistic brilliance. I, being a gamer, can also appreciate the many gaming references worked into Fred Gallagher's creation. That withstanding, you really don't have to be a gamer or fan of Japanese culture and manga to enjoy Gallagher's work. He has the ability to create wonderful and subtly humorous images and weave a neat story that can take twists and turns but never totally lose you. The story is of two Americans, Piro and Largo, who leave for Japan and find themselves without enough money to return. Piro is a nice guy, though obsessed with anime and gaming. Largo is his quite possibly clinically insane friend who is a harcore gamer who thinks zombies are everywhere. Other colorful characters emerge as they try and get enough money to make it home, such as Junpei, the L33T ninja, and Ping, a physical representation of female characters in dating sims. This volume includes additional material such as 'Stick-Guy Dom's Emergency Art Days', clever farces by Dominic Nguyen that are drawn entirely with stick-figure people, and bits from Gallagher's sketchbook. These are neat additions to an already astounding collection. I await more book installments, and highly reccomend this for pretty much anyone.

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