Favorite/Recommended Manga Titles

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  1. soundwaveCA

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    I know at least a few people here read those silly Japanese comics too, what are some of your favorite titles and what would you recommend to others to check out?

    Like I said in another thread, currently reading the original Ghost in the Shell manga which is pretty good so far and I picked up 1.5 to read once I'm through as well.

    Favorite manga of mine is Gunsmith Cats by Kenichi Sonoda, first one I ever picked up and was my first and biggest entry drug into the wide world of anime and manga back in the mid 90's. Still very much enjoy it today, great action series with phenomenal artwork, I often describe this series as the best action movie you'll ever read.

    Others I would check out are:

    - MONSTER! (anime is coming out on DVD in December which people have to buy as well)
    - Yotsuba!
    - Evangelion (for those who like the franchise the manga really fleshes everything out a bit more then the TV series)
    - Higurashi When They Cry (see sig below :D ) - a straight up adaptation of the anime but I pick this up for the different artwork
     
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    Akira and Death Note are the ones i've enjoyed the most. Both can get you caught up in the story very quickly and tend to make you wanna read through them all as fast as possible.
     
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    Like GITS Kodansha is also doing a reprint of Akira as well for those looking to pick that up.
     
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    I'm mainly reading the Love Hina manga at the moment, but I've been getting the Gurren Lagann stuff on the side and its been pretty good so far.
     
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    I read that one, not the greatest but still leaps and bounds better then the anime for sure. The manga was good for a few chuckles, the anime just annoyed me to no end.
     
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    Here are a few of my favorites.

    -Battle Angel Alita
    -Gunsmith Cats
    -Ah! My Goddess
    -Ranma 1/2
    -Ghost in the Shell
    -Blade of the Immortal
    -Lone Wolf and Cub
     
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    Battle Royale
    El-Hazard: The Magnificent World (take this over the anime versions - it blows them all out of the water)
    Gunslinger Girl
    Yu Yu Hakusho
     
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    Trigun for me. It follows the series up to a point, but diverges once it becomes Maximum. Kind of hard to follow some of the fight sequences, but if you're a fan of the series it's worth checking out, Knives gets a much larger role than in the series.

    Big O is worth a read too, it's similar to the series, in that it covers the first season pretty well, but then it diverges with an alternate conclusion that works in bits of the second season and other new sections. Don't expect it to explain away the mysteries of the show, though.
     
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    Divided into "currently reading" and "finished" with stuff I'd recommend in bold:

    Currently Reading

    - Fullmetal Alchemist - All-around excellent series. I can't wait until the "Brotherhood" anime gets dubbed season sets released.
    - Neon Genesis Evangelion - Fixes virtually all of the problems with the TV series. Only major flaw is that releases are so slow.
    - Hellsing - Started out great but has pretty much broken down into a nigh-indecipherable mess of effects and speed lines. The last couple of volumes, I've had trouble figuring out what the hell is going on.
    - Franken Fran
    - My Balls

    Finished

    - Naru Taru - An excellent, brutal deconstruction of the "battling monster companions" subgenre. Definitely recommended for fans of Evangelion or deconstructions in general.
    - Bokurano - From the creator of Naru Taru and deconstructing the whole "fighting robots" genre.
    - Junji Ito's work - Includes Tomie, Uzumaki, Gyo and others. Some of the best horror stories I've read.
    - Elfen Lied - Not sure whether to recommend this or not. It's generally good, but there's some really stupid stuff thrown in for no reason and it gets absolutely bizarre after the point where the anime ends.
    - Death Note - Really good until Volume 7, but never regains it's quality after that.
    - Battle Royale
    - Parasyte
     
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    One of the anthologies I picked up in Japan actually had the ongoing Eva manga in it, there only up to the part in End of Eva were Asuka throws the battleship at the soldiers attacking Nerv HQ.
     
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    I'm not a huge manga nerd, but I do like me some Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed), and Yotsuba for sure. But that's all been mentioned.

    Besides that, I am also reading Black Lagoon, which is just as awesome as the anime, and is a ways ahead of it.
     
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    where to begin...?
    (I should disclaimer, some, if not most of my suggestions are scanlation only ATM)(everything I've read PaladinVance's Manga List - MyAnimeList.net)
    Argueably my favorite manga is Bitter Virgin, ending did feel rushed, buuuut.
    Spicy Pink's a decent josei read..
    anything by Seo Kouji (Suzuka, Kimi no Iru Machi, Princess Lucia)
    I mentioned Love Attack! in another thread, and can recommend it safely knowing it didn't get dropped
    Dance in the Vampire Bund - loli vampire = SOLD! cannot wait for the anime...
     
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    Also forgot to mention I'm reading Claymore as well, love the anime series and the manga continues the story :D 
     
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    One for the zombie fans:

    High School of the Dead. It plays out as a cross between a slice of life school anime at first. Then the zombies show up, and it's all about what people are willing to do in a world where humans are fast dying out at the hands of "them" (since they never actually call them Zombies)

    Gets gruesome at some points, fanservicey at others, but it's pretty interesting overall. Just a pity that the publication on the series stopped, and on a Dawn of the Dead inspired cliffhanger to boot.
     
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    I was going to list that, but, like you said, it's on haitus, not to mention I don't care for the degree of overkill on the female designs...
     
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    I've always liked Hikaru no Go, not really action-y or anything, but has a good story imo. Although I'd also reccomend Tegami Gachi or One Piece.
     
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    I read a lot of manga, so I have a few recomendations. Except most of it is shoujo (girl's comics). Alot of manga listed may or may not be avalable in your area, some websites offer scanlations where you can read fan-tranlations.

    - Densha Otoko, based on the allgedly true story of an otaku (nerd) who falls for a pretty girl he rescues on the subway. It has been adapted many times, but so far I have only read the verson that was distributed in the US by CMX.
    - Pluto, a more dramatic and darker retelling of 'The World's Greatest Robot' story from the old Astro Boy manga, I'm almost finshed with it.
    - Otaku no Musume-san, although not currently avalable in the US, I'm reading scanlations online. A comedy about a middle-aged otaku who discovers he has a daughter he fathered with his high school girlfriend.
    - Youtsuba!&, pronouced 'Youstubato'. Slice of life comedy about a curious little girl and her daily adventures.
    - Hourou Musuko, a slice of life drama that focuses on two pre-teens growing up while, dealing with self-discovery and gender identity. Currently not avalable in the US.
    - Dousei Recipe, not avalable in the US. A slice of life comedy about a college student who is living with his highschool girl-friend, although the two meet oppositon from parents and friends.
    - Say Hello to Black Jack, dark medical drama about a hospital intern dealing with the responsibily of being a doctor. Named after Osamu Tezuka's classic manga, not avalable in the US.
    - Yume de Aetara, romantic comedy about the relationship between two very diffrent people. Not avalable in the US.
    - Ai Kora, ecchi comedy about a rather preverted teen living in an all girl dormatory. Not avalable in the US.
    - Bitter Virgin, dark drama. A boy falls for a girl with a secret that has started to haunt her. Not avalable in the US.
    - Doujin Work, semi-ecchi comedy, comedic misadventures of a group of doujinshi (fan comic) artists. Not avalable in the US.
    - Mamotte! Lollipop, romantic comedy. A middle school girl accidently swallows a crystal pearl (she mistook it for candy). Protecting her becomes the priority of two wizards in training. Avalable in the US.
    - Kitchen Princess, romance. An orphan girl with incredable cooking skills enroles in a private school in order to find the identity of a boy who rescued her at a young age. Avalable in the US.
    - Nana, romantic drama. Two young women who share the same name become friends under unique circumstances. One who wants to follow her dream in a music carrer, one who wants to find her true love. Avalable in the US.
    - Shugo Chara!, romantic fantisy. A young girl and her three guardians discover their destiny and help their friends find a myserous egg that contains the power to grant one wish. Avalable in the US.
    - Sugar Sugar Rune, romantic fanitsy. Two young witches, compeating for the throne of the magic world, spend a year on earth and discover the dark secrets of the past of the magic world, and themselves. Avalable in the US.
    - Akuma to Lovesong, drama. A troubled young highschool girl tries to change herself and discover the meaning of friendship. Not avalable in the US.
    -Billion Girl, romanitc drama. In order to save her family's shop, a teenage girl agrees to marry a playboy millionare she never met. She begins to fall for him and discovers the dark secrets of his family. Not avalable in the US.
     
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    Batman: Death Mask by Yoshinori Natsume. Hannibal Lecter creepy near the middle but it's a great read.

    I've been reading the Bleach manga lately. Way better than the show.
     
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    I'm totally all about Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba!
    Family friendly and hilarious with great characters.Side note though,when Kiyohiko Azuma was a young manga artist/writer he did hentai.Kinda funny.

    Also, I love Read or Die and the sequel Read or Dream.Very and cool.

    And I kinda dug Pretty Face.Yeah yeah, it wasnt super compelling but I bought all 5 volumes anyway.

    I really dig yuri too so if I had to pick the best ive read i'd go with Iono Sama Fanatics for funny and Tetragrammaton Labyrinth for dark and bloody.

    And for something a little pornagraphic (okay a lot pornagraphic) Maka Maka is surprisingly sexy and well written for something thats all together lesbian porn.I really dig the characters and theyr relationship, more so than I liked the porn aspect.
     
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    I have an extreme love for stories of the science fiction genre especially the robot with a soul stories or space operas.

    Like Astroboy and Metropolis or Captain Herlock and Macross, what are the best stories like that?
     

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