You had to know this was coming. I made it through Fred Gallagher’s Megatokyo archives and I finally understand the love\hate relationship so many have with this strip. Megatokyo is an anime strip about two guys in their twenties, Piro and Largo, who are stranded in Tokyo. Piro is your normal sane artist who has a tendency to mess up all relationships while Largo is a maniac who is so completely addicted to games that he can’t separate reality from game fiction.
When I said this was an anime strip I was being a little reserved. This is pure anime except for the rampant use of exaggerated characters. There is always more then one plot ranging from the normal Piro love plot to the psychotic Largo to the fantastical battle between the good and bad conscious of Piro. To make it even more complicated many times a single episode will have several plots being illustrated at the same time. Beyond the plots there will also be quite a few different other things thrown in. These will include fashion tips for the characters, stick figures representing real-life people, drawing instructions, explanations of different confusing happenings, and many other random events. The sketch work is also purely anime. The whole strip is in black and white with some excellent shade work done in pencil. I doubt there is in Photoshop used other then possibly the speech bubbles. All around I was impressed with the pencil work but Fred does not seem to be moving in the direction of his own style as to this day everything still looks like mass produced anime. All around this is a good strip and I can understand why it is the king of online anime but for most people the plot will be way to convoluted to want to follow.