|Kyou Kara Ore Wa||comedy||action||After Mitsuhashi’s family moves into a new neighborhood, he decides to use the opportunity to become a delinquent. Upon meeting Itou he finds out that he wasn’t the only one who had this idea. Making friends and foes along the way will these two take over their school or just end up as wannabes||Yes||Ocha nigous||10+ some violence and blood|
|Midori no Hibi||comedy||romance||Supernatural? In a sense, I guess.||Seiji Sawamura is the toughest seventeen-year-old in town, feared by all for his fighting prowess and his deadly "devil's right hand." But at heart, Seiji is a softy, and all he wants is an end to his seventeen-year history of being a lonely single guy. Unfortunately his tough-guy reputation only serves to decrease his popularity with the ladies. But what happens when one day, his right hand becomes a girl?!||errorcache: The premise is very odd (a guys hand turns into a girl??), but don't let that prevent you from giving this series a shot. The set-up is handled surprisingly well -- what could've been a boring -fest ends up being an absolutely hilarious and light-hearted romcom. And in the end, it has a lot of heart. Overall, a very satisfying read.||Yes||It's quite unique, I can't think of anything similar :0||(can't remember sorry)||Yes (13 episodes I believe). It was completed before the manga, so the ending might be different (I haven't seen it).||Licensed by Viz in the U.S., though this series is a bit older and might be difficult to find. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midori_Days|
|Peepo Choo||comedy||horror||science||A mad scientist creates a zombie daughter, who is a genius doctor and values life above all else, but who doesn't always quite understand the situations she's involved in.||bookwench: awesome. Good art, great characters, excellent science, some plot threads never resolved but nice ending anyways. |
Wise_Guy_57:Highly creative - the gore can seem excessive, but it achieves an excellent effect.
|Yes||Yes for all||No||No|
|comedy||action||Satire||Downtown Chicago local Milton, is an hardcore otaku who adores Japan for his favorite manga. Former convict and assasin Gil is now a comic shop owner with some street cred. Morimoto, A.K.A. Rockstar is a rising star Yakuza who watches too much american T.V. One day, Milton wins a trip to Japan, which is really a staged mission for Gil to kill Morimoto. But once they enter Japan, crazy things start happening. --ANN Encyclopedia||Aenema: Felipe Smith is living the American Otaku dream writing for Kodansha in Japan. How much of this is biographical is the real mystery.||Yes||12+||No||No|
|Bakuman||drama||slice of life||mangaka||Two middle school classmates decide to team up and write manga together. The story follows them as they enter the world of manga writing, drawing, and publishing.||Ploppertop: Surprisingly educational if your curious about the manga industry.||Yes||Death Note (?)||eh... yeah? 12+||Yes||No||http://www.mangareader.net/219/bakuman.html|
|Bitter Virgin||drama||romance||bittersweet||A girl moves to a new town to escape her family. She is deathly afraid of any man that comes near her due to her past. She has to learn to trust again while dealing with deep mental scars.||Sibnova: A sad shoujo story that tear away at your heart confronting concepts at times but a very good read.|
Tubutas:Super good. Short But one of the best shojos ever made.
|Yes||14 years or older||No||No|
|Eden: It's an endless world||drama||action||In the future, nearly 15% of the earth's population is wiped out by the "Closure" virus, leaving many more alive yet disfigured. The story takes place in this war-torn and devastated world, focusing on the lives and tribulations of those that survived. The story focuses on a boy named Elijah, who learns just what it truly means to survive.||apologija: Amazing manga, that tackles many difficult issues in regards to morality and other such things. It's gritty, and pulls no punches with devastating realism layered over a fascinating, sci-fi world.||Yes||kinda - no nudity or real violence. Should be ok over 10.||No||No|
|K-On||drama||slice of life||music, school||It's Yui Hirasawa's first year in high school, and she's eagerly searching for a club to join. At the same time, Ritsu Tainaka, a drummer, and her friend Mio Akiyama, a bassist, are desperately trying to save the school's light music club, which is about to be disbanded due to lack of members. They manage to recruit Tsumugi Kotobuki to play the keyboard, meaning they only need one more member to get the club running again. Yui joins, thinking it will be an easy experience for her to play the castanets, the only instrument she knows. However, the other members think their new addition is actually a guitar prodigy. (Anime News Network).||Yes||Lucky Star, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya||HAHAHAHHAHA. No||Yes-higly recommend||Think so|
|y||drama||comedy||supernatural: alchemy, roaring 20's||It's the roaring 20s! Bootleggers! Mobsters! Elliot Ness! Secret societies? Magic!? And immortality!?!||nokyto:||Yes||13+||Yes||No|
|Dororo||fantasy||action||Comedy||Dororo is a manga by Osamu Tezuka about Hyakkimura and his bratty kid sidekick Dororo. Hyakkimura was born into the world as a mound of flesh. Raised by a doctor and given prosthetics; he travels the country with Dororo gaining back his humanity - by fucking killing 47 demons to regain the body parts they took from him at birth because is asshole father sacrificed him in order to rule the country.||Aenema: Comes in a complete Omnibus and probably Tezuka's most accessible manga in terms of length and story.||Yes||Mild violence||Yes||Yes|
|Mushishi||fantasy||stand-alone episode||mushi is mushi||PyroKnight: Has a very relaxing anime, like a collection of great short stories.||yes||Mostly||Yes|
|Vagabond||historical||martial arts||The tales of Miyamoto Musashi, legendary swordsman||alfador: Action and characters are pretty good. Seems to have gone on a bit of a hiatus, though I've heard it may be coming back...||Yes||not really recommendable for kids due to the setting and the story itself, fewer violence than expected||No||No|
|20th Century Boys||mystery||sci-fi||A mysterious leader named 'Friend' has appeared and develops a large following. What connections does this have with Kenji's past?||alfador: By Urasawa Naoki, so you know it's going to be good. Filled with lots of drama, which will keep you excited for quite some time.|
apologija: Really suspenseful and gripping, and will easily keep you emotional and on the edge of your seat through the entire read. It's long, but well paced and well written.
|yes||Monster, Pluto||No||No||Yes - Movie|
|Satougashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai (A Lollipop or a Bullet)||psychological||drama||A girl who wants to join the military gets to know another girl who insists that she is actually a mermaid||kevint90: The relationship with the two main characters is very interesting. Plus the art is good. |
sdair: This is an amazing manga truly one of the best stories i have read.
|Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind||sci-fi||fantasy||Adventure, kind of shonen||Nausicaa is a princess who lives in and becomes responsible for an environmentally plagued post apocalyptic world.||Fremen13: The best manga I've ever read (my list is around 150-200 manga, including most classics). I think this is Miyazaki's magnum opus. His anime work is good, but this manga set forth a new standard in quality and complex story. It was a pleasure to read and obviously meticulously made.||Yes||Akira, Miyazaki fillms||no||Yes||No||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nausica%C3%A4_of_the_Valley_of_the_Wind_(manga)|
|Bleach||shounen||action||15 year old Kurosaki Ichigo is not your everyday high school student. He has from as far he can remember always had the ability to see ghosts and spirits. A fateful day arrives as Ichigo encounters the shinigami Kuchiki Rukia, who saves him and his family from a Hollow at the cost of injuring herself. During this encounter, with Rukia unable to defeat the hollow she transfers her shinigami powers into Ichigo. In the aftermath, unable to continue with her job, Rukia allows Ichigo to take on the role of a shinigami in her place as they together defeat the Hollows plaguing Ichigo's town.||Shi_Long_Lang: Well, everyone in r/manga seems to hate Bleach, but I'm one of the few who still loves it. Personally, I think it's a great shounen with some great characters, exciting fights, and an interesting world to be explored. Although pacing isn't the series strong point, I still highly enjoy Bleach. Since I'm in the minority who likes Bleach, perhaps take my opinion with a grain of salt.//|
Wise_Guy_57: I feel like Bleach started off rather strong, but only got weaker as time went on. At the start, it was a somewhat quirky shounen series that was a lot of fun. The issue is, as the series continues... well, think of every mistake DBZ ever made - specifically the anime. Bleach finds a way to make every one of these mistakes, to even greater extremes, in manga format, plus some of its own.
|Yes||Naruto, One Piece, Hunter x Hunter, Yu Yu Hakusho, Gintama, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Negima, Fairy Tail, History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi, Ao no Exorcist, D.Gray-man.v||No||Yes||No|
|Cage of Eden (Eden no Ori)||shounen||mystery||Some students are traveling back from a trip abroad on airplane with other several passengers when it crashes on an unknown island inhabited with animals known extinct. How will they survive and leave the island?||danny_ds: A bit cliched on the start (think like the TV series LOST) but it gets better as the mystery reveals and characters grow. |
PyroKnight: The beginning is a bit weak but it just continues gaining momentum as it goes and gains great depth.
|Yu-Gi-Oh!||shounen||action||Cards||A teenager who loves puzzles and games finds himself longing for true friends. Upon solving the Millenium Puzzle - an Egyptian artifact with magical powers, his wish for friends is granted - in addition to awakening a dark game playing spirit, who is able to inflict supernatural punishments on the losers of games, and those who cheat. The spirit takes to possessing the boy, Yugi, when he finds himself facing dangerous people who always seem to be relatively willing to participate in random games instead of just beating the snot out of people (though there is plenty of that too). Eventually, the series shifts to focusing exclusively on a card game (though the last arc subverts this somewhat). Through this, the Spirit's motives and origin become apparent, as he evolves from a ruthless games master to a powerful ally.||Sibnova: The first volume is about awesome puzzle games after that it is all about a card game and loses a lot of it's initial flair.||Yes||Bakuman||No||Yes||No|
|Kobato||slice of life||comedy||romance||Meet Kobato Hanato, a sweet and rather simple young girl on a quest to have her single, dearest wish granted. But first, she must learn the ways of the world from Ioryogi-san, a gruff blue dog whose bark is just as bad as his bite! Under his “tutelage” (read: constant verbal abuse), Kobato puts her efforts into passing various trials of common sense so that she may obtain the key to getting her wish—a magic bottle which must be filled with the suffering of wounded hearts that Kobato herself has healed. But with Kobato’s common sense sorely lacking, she keeps flunking Ioryogi-san’s trials left and right! It looks like the road that lies ahead of Kobato will be a long one indeed!||danny_ds: another CLAMP series with sort of sweet story. Although it looks like a shoujo manga, it can be enjoyed by fans of shonen mangas too.||Yes||Wish, Chobits, xxxHolic, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle||No - a decent amount of fanservice||Yes||No|
|Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop)||slice of life||drama||family life||Daikichi is a 30-something year old, single, and, aside from his job, pretty directionless when his grandfather dies. Upon attending the funeral, he finds out that his grandfather apparently had a child in his old age, the 7 year old Rin. With the family in an uproar because of it, and deadlocked on what to do with her, Daikichi decides to take her in and raise her. His life changes greatly upon becoming a single father.||uregaaru: Volumes 1-4 I highly recommend. They are charming and filled with earnest emotion. Volumes 5-9..... I have mixed views on and I can only say it was perhaps for the best the anime adaptation stops before then. |
thewronghands Good read, a bit slow but its heartwarming and endearing many people are put off by the ending however I enjoy it. It's a different look on love and relationships and while some people might not understand. There are no huge creepy parts nothing really off putting and I'd say give it a read, I personally think it's a decent ending and the writer makes the main character handle the situation very well.
|Yes||Yotsubato||No (some nudity, but it's probably a 13+ title)||Yes||No||http://www.amazon.com/Bunny-Drop-Vol-Yumi-Unita/dp/0759531226|
|Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou /not sure if this is the name as it was empty||slice of life||sci-fi||seinen||Set in a post-apocalyptic Japan of the near future where the sea level has risen and flooded much of the coastal areas and Mt. Fuji has erupted within living memory. The population has been considerably reduced and political and technological institutions have broken-down. Local communities have become nations and telephone and television no longer exist (although coffee vending machines and streetlights stubbornly continue to work). There are strange new animals and plants (like flying fish and glowing streetlight trees). The remaining people have adopted a slower-paced, simpler way of life and rely more on each other. Along with the human population are some intelligent, humanoid robots. One of the robots, a female named Alpha, runs a cafe by the same name in the country outside of what remains of Yokohama. With her trusty motorscooter and her camera she travels around the area making friends with the humans and robots, having new experiences and observing the passage of time.||Eruonen: This is the most relaxing and melancholic manga I've ever come across. The author of this hidden gem has done something truly amazing by taking a post-apocalyptic setting and turning it into something almost Utopian. This is a manga that will appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds, and is best read outdoors in the sun. It also has an anime adaptation: two OVAs with four episodes combined. I've only watched the first OVA and it was very good. It only deals with a fraction of the manga, though. |
Fremen13: I thought it was very interesting, and well done. The character development is so interesting, and it's written as if it were literature. The artwork and writing work so perfectly together.
|Yes||No very violent||Yes||No||http://myanimelist.net/manga/4/Yokohama_Kaidashi_Kikou|
|Black Butler||supernatural||horror||yaoi||A brilliant, traumatized child who runs the British underworld enlists the services of a demon to get revenge against the people who killed his family. In exchange, when he's done the demon gets to consume his soul.||bookwench: this one's weird and dark, but still somehow good. Season 1 is straightforward, season 2 is twisty. The demon's desire to consume his master come across as pretty perverse at times. Still, very well written, excellent characterization, good art.||yes||No, R for Sex and Violence||yes||Yes: 2 Musicals and Live Action Movie|
|Trigun||western||sci-fi||Kyoko was just a simple girl who wanted to support her childhood sweetheart into superstardom. Just like a slap to the face, she finds that Shou had been using her all along. Angered by the betrayal and unfairness she makes a plan to topple her now sworn enemy. Kyoko pledges to rise to the top, starting by climbing at the bottom of the ladder. After securing a newbie position in the industry she finds the road to becoming a actress is bumpy, add in a little push from a senior that doesn't spare her one second of torment. Throw in good looking bishies that make her life hell and a company president that is on crack.||annon: This is an iconic series that has stood the test of time and managed to blend together Western themes (the mangaka is a huge fan of Marvel comics) with science fiction for a dramatic payoff, storywise. Some critics find the ending weak, but the staying power of the manga itself will stick with you. |
plastic_apollo: It's fun and generally captures the spirit of the manga, but it was made very early on...For a 14 volume series, it only follows the first 2 volumes (yep: 2), so you'll get a shortened version with minimal characterization outside of Vash. Small note: The soundtrack is AMAZING. Hands down, I'd say it's the best of any anime series; think: jazz meets funk and keeps it classy. My recommendation: Watch the anime, download the soundtrack, then read the manga so that you can hear the soundtrack in your head. I'm telling you, it'll make all the difference.
|yes||Cowboy Bebop (see comments), Chobits (see comments)||No: conservatively, 15+||Yes||No|
|Ares||action||shounen||In the future, random Jr. High School classes are chosen to compete in a game called Battle Royale. The rules: only one student can survive after 3 days on an island or else they all perish. Weapons are handed out and each student is sent out into the field alone and unprepared for the horror that awaits them. The classmates turn upon themselves in a battle for survival, treaties are made and broken, and former friends become foes as the relentless countdown continues.||Very good action manga, I'd recommend it before Bleach or Naruto, main characters are likeable, plot twists are not insanely hard to follow and the ending ties it nicely. I'd say the ending is a tiny bit of a let down, the main points are finished and it's acceptable but the manga sets the fights up all through the story only to have it rushed in three to four chapters but that's more of a personal feel. Give it a try //Fremen13: One of my favorite Manga of all time. So well done, such good art, and such solid action scenes. The characters are particularly well done and I loved the anachronistic style.||Yes||Berserk||No. No. No. No.|
|Bambino!||action||slice of life||drama||Shogo Ban, a college student from Fukuoka, likes to cook. Thanks to the owner of the restaurant where he works part-time, he finds himself working at the line of Roppongi's best Italian restaurant, Trattoria Baccanale, and discovers that the real deal isn't quite as easy as he'd thought. The manga follows Ban as he struggles to keep up with the hectic workload and his co-workers, along with issues outside the kitchen like his relationship with his girlfriend Eri, who he left behind in Fukuoka.||Bambino! was one of the really surprising manga i've read. I didnt think it would be that good when my brother told me of it, but it really is one of the best mangas i've read in a while.||Yes||No|
|Battle Royale||action||action||Survival||In the future, random Jr. High School classes are chosen to compete in a game called Battle Royale. The rules: only one student can survive after 3 days on an island or else they all perish. Weapons are handed out and each student is sent out into the field alone and unprepared for the horror that awaits them. The classmates turn upon themselves in a battle for survival, treaties are made and broken, and former friends become foes as the relentless countdown continues.||BlackGuard67: Very interesting cast of characters in an intense and tragedic setting. My only problem is, without spoiling anything, Kiriyama who does impossible things throughout the story. Good read, if unrealistic at times.||Yes||Yes|
|Beelzebub||action||supernatural||comedy||A high-school delinquent becomes father to the demon king and semi-responsible.||bookwench: good series. character development is excellent and subtle. // errorcache: also, nice balance of hilarious comedy and serious action.||yes||defense devil, Gintama||nope||Yes||No|
|Claymore||action||fantasy||Amazons with claymores go around killing monsters||bookwench: So far so good... there are a lot of manga that discuss what it means to try and be human when you're not entirely biologically there, and fighting the moster within. The drawing is nice, the story is well-done, the characters are engaging. |
cujo2k: An amazing adventure involving half-human, half-yoma female warriors who strive to stay true themselves amidst the chaos of fighting the demon(yoma) within and killing demonic beings.
|yes||Shingeki no Kyojin, Berserk, Ubel Blatt, Vinland Saga, Blade of the Immortal, Vagabond, Gantz, Shin Angyo Onshi, Ares, Id||No: very graphic violence||Yes||No|
|Dorohedoro||action||horror||dark-fantasy||Story of a lizard-face-guy finding his memories.||Yes|
|Eyeshield 21||action||sports||American Football||Weak boy enters high school. He can run & is pretty agile after getting bullied a lot, so he gets recruited to their American football team.||BassEXE: this is definitely one of my favorite manga series of ALL TIME, and I'm not even a fan of American Football. The art is so gorgeous and the story is amazing (it's not your standard shonen sports series where the main character wins every time; these guys lose a lot, giving the story a lot of tension because you know the losing is a real possibility). I recommend everyone give it a shot, even if you're not a sports fan.||Yes||Slam Dunk!, Whistle!, Hajime no Ippo, Katekyō Hitman Reborn!||somewhat but I would say 13+||Yes, but don't watch it. The manga is infinitely better.||No|
|Fullmetal Alchemist||action||supernatural||Mystery, war drama, family||Two brothers who played with forbidden forces pay the price. Determined to fix the things they broke, they enlist with the military to get the resources they need and end up getting embroiled in stuff a lot bigger than their own problems.||Wise_Guy_57: The characters are great, the story is slick, and it's easy to see why the series wound up with two separate anime. |
bookwench: you can easily see why this is such an incredibly popular series in Japan, and why it's so well loved worldwide by anime and manga fans. It deals with themes of growing up, loss, loyalty, betrayal by systems which should support you, and personal responsibility.
|Yes||One Piece||not really||Yes, two.||No|
|ghoul||action||romance||Somewhat Coming of Age||In this world, there are objects called O-Parts that all have different forms and effects, from a Flame Sword to a Magnetic Ball. Only O-Part Technicians (OPTs) are able to release the spirits that power the O-Part. A boy named Jio-Freed is one such OPT, and he learns to make friends and control his powers while at the same time dealing with Satan inside of him.||yes||some language, depending on the version you read||No||No||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-Parts_Hunter|
|Naruto||action||comedy||Fantasy||Uzumaki Naruto is a ninja-in-training in Konoha. An orphan, Naruto is known throughout the village as a troublemaker and prankster, and much of the population loathes him for it. However, Naruto has set his sights high - he wants to become the Hokage, the ninja leader of Konoha. However, Naruto's unpopularity in the village isn't entirely his own fault. The story follows Naruto as he gains friends worth protecting, while overcoming the adversity created as a result of the circumstances of his birth.||Aikun2012: (7/10) Let's start with the good; the fights and the setting. The bad? Characters are horribly flat and static, Sakura attempted to change this, but in the end never actually changed. Character motivations are hilariously nonsensical, prime example being Sasuke. But again, the fights are good, just be prepared to hear about the "insert cool sounding word here" bloodline technique and be expected to hate a TON of characters, whether or not they are good our bad guys.|
Wise_Guy_57: Rather generic, but a fun series all the same. The fights are quite satisfying, and it's quite enjoyable to watch Naruto evolve from an immature brat to a more mature character as the series seemingly nears its end. Fandumb is in full effect.
|Yes||Nabari no Ou, Bleach, One Piece||No: Heavy violence, drama and sexual situations.||Yes||Yes|
|Rurouni Kenshin||action||Shounen, Historical, Drama||Follows a Rurouni (wandering swordsman) who has been wandering for over 10 years since the beginning of the Meiji Era, and has some dark secrets in his past.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Movie coming out this year|
|Shaman Warrior||action||fantasy||Drama||Shaman Warrior is a dark dramatic fantasy series set in a harsh and cruel desert wasteland. Yarong a warrior shaman along with his follower Batu have been sent on a grave mission from their king. Soon enough they become trapped in a whirlwind of political movements and secret plots which will engulf them. When Yarong is mortally injured, Batu must fulfill a secret promise to leave Yarong's side and protect his master's child. A daughter whom would be annihilated if discovered...||sookybabi: This series blew my mind away, I can't go on enough about the art alone. The amount of violence is justified :), adds to the darkness of the storyline. The character design is superbly done, and so is their development. It was that good that I own a hard copy of this series.||Yes||Berserk, Blade of the immortal||No: violence, animal cruelty, assault, abuse, etc||No||No|
|Tokyo Crazy Paradise||action||romance||violence & nudity||Kyoko was just a simple girl who wanted to support her childhood sweetheart into superstardom. Just like a slap to the face, she finds that Shou had been using her all along. Angered by the betrayal and unfairness she makes a plan to topple her now sworn enemy. Kyoko pledges to rise to the top, starting by climbing at the bottom of the ladder. After securing a newbie position in the industry she finds the road to becoming a actress is bumpy, add in a little push from a senior that doesn't spare her one second of torment. Throw in good looking bishies that make her life hell and a company president that is on crack.||bookwench: it's an older manga but still good. Not quite post-apocalyptic, but set in a world where crime is truly rampant. romance is somewhat tied to dominance, so maybe not for everyone, but the female lead is pretty kick-ass. |
sookybabi: This series is a GEM. Some may be put off by the art, but if you are a fan of Nakamura's other work, Skip Beat! you'll definately fall in love with this series. The story-line is quite imaginative, and damn 16 year old boys look like they are built to be 28. It's light hearted comedy at times, but there's a enduring plot that allows this series to survive to 18 volumes!
|yes||Some partial nudity (particularly, female breasts).||No||No|
|Tower of God||action||supernatural||drama||Kyoko was just a simple girl who wanted to support her childhood sweetheart into superstardom. Just like a slap to the face, she finds that Shou had been using her all along. Angered by the betrayal and unfairness she makes a plan to topple her now sworn enemy. Kyoko pledges to rise to the top, starting by climbing at the bottom of the ladder. After securing a newbie position in the industry she finds the road to becoming a actress is bumpy, add in a little push from a senior that doesn't spare her one second of torment. Throw in good looking bishies that make her life hell and a company president that is on crack. WHAT this synopsis is a bit off rofl...||alfador: Korean webcomic, but more similar to a manga. Everything is full-color and it updates once a week. Characters are likeable, environment is easy to get absorbed in. Art is ok. // errorcache: story is a bit slow to start, but once it gets going it's incredibly captivating. Definitely worth a read.||yes||Violence, Gore.||No||No||The Company scanlates it, you can find their releases on Batoto.com|
|Variante||action||horror||drama, tragedy||Girl is forced to fight monsters and find a reason to live||kevint90: Good art, story, and characters. Also a short read (only 19 chapters). Not for everyone though do to the intense violence.||Yes||Pretty much, though keep Japanese cultural values in mind.||No||No||http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=1621|
|Vinland Saga||action||action||vikings!||Viking boy's father is killed, the boy travels with his brothers killer challenging him to a duel in order to get revenge||Good story with a lot of action, interesting take on vikings and English history, not for the faint of heart. Nice plot twists too, If you like action manga give this a try nice relatively original setting||Yes||Ares manhwa||Not really, 14+ because of Complicated Plot and Gore||No|
|B Gata H Kei||comedy||romance||Yamada is a girl with the looks of a model. She's an idol of sorts, really. And she has a single noble goal: to have sex with 100 guys. The problem is, well first, she's obviously an idiot, and second she's never had a boyfriend. Because of her insecurity as a virgin, she picks the plain-looking Kosuda to be her first, and naturally nothing works out as planned.||violaxcore: the plot sounds horrible, but the story is actually cute. As a 4-koma though, the art isn't all that great.||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|BECK||comedy||drama||Comedy, drama||From Tokypop: For the first 14 years of his life, Yukio Tanaka has been one heck of a boring guy. He has no hobbies, weak taste in music, and only a small vestige of a personality. He yearns for an exciting life, but his shy, and somewhat neurotic personality make him his own worst enemy. Little does he know that his life will be forever changed when he meets Ryusuke Minami, a wild and unpredictable 16-year old fresh from America, who happens to be in a rock-and-roll band named after his Frankenstein-like patched dog--Beck.||bookwench: mostly one-shots with some ongoing story arcs. Sometimes monotonous but still good.//Wise_Guy_57: I really wish that at some point, someone would go through and make a list of the all the chapters directly relating to the larger plot. The vast majority of stories are stand alone mysteries, which are generally well written, but trying to catch up with the series can be impressively difficult. I got to about chapter 300 before giving up and just reading new chapters as they're released.||Yes||No (adult themes)||Yes||Yes|
|Hoshi no Samidare (Lucifier and the Biscuit Hammer)||comedy||romance||, violence||The world is going to be destroyed by a giant hammer in space. Amamiya Yuuhi is a very normal guy in the brink of adulthood who's just trying to get by. When a talking lizard comes by and tries to drag him into a conflict to save the world which he doesn't care for. Little by little with no choice as his life becomes endangered he learns to open up to his fellow beast knights and the princess whom he serves. Her higher goal is to save the world, however she has a secret goal in mind for the world after that, one that might pit her against everyone she loves.||DoorKnob22: Absolutely excellent read, great fights, battle mechanics, with hilarious and loveable characters, a great plot that's a breath of fresh air (I didn't put it in the "about?" because I don't want to spoil it though it's around.) You can find a more thorough review of mine on manga updates. Also the story has the tragedy tag, don't be afraid of it. It arguably belongs there or doesn't depending on your perspective. |
Fremen13: I thought the beginning was a little bad, but this one will definitely grow on you. By the end I was eating it up.
|w||Genre||Second Genre||Trope. (Warn if adult/mature)||Summary||Comments||Finished?||Similar||Target age / age restriction / Kid Safe?||Anime?||Movie (Live action?)|
|Biomeat Nectar||horror||survival horror||In the near future, the problem of disposing of trash and feeding a rapidly growing populace is solved with the creation of Biomeat- artificial animals that feed off of garbage. Unfortunately, they are better at eating than distinguishing between garbage and... other things. Broken into several arcs that are generally separated by a few years covering specific outbreaks, and how the central cast of characters, elementary students at the start of the series, manage to stay alive.||dragonkill0: great manga, pity that there are only 3 arcs||Yes||No||No||No|
|Parasyte||horror||sci-fi||surreal||Alien parasytes who must invade–and take control of–a human host to survive start appearing on earth. The story follows Shin, a student whos right hand has been taken over by a parasyte.||Sibnova: A briliant and well through out tale a must read for someting different.||Yes||Yes, 12+ with the caveat that good people do die.||No||No|
|Uzumaki||horror||psychological||Gore||In a reclusive town, spirals patterns start appearing (or certain people developed an obsession with them) that seemingly related to odd, horrifying events.||ligand: This manga gave me nightmares, I can't never EVER look at spirals and not have goose bumps anymore. The ending was fantastic pulling everything together. A good horror is defined by its ending.||Yes||yes vol. 1-4. Tentative Yes for the rest(ending involves a somewhat different ending you'd expect, there is however no violence, no rape, no arguments or anything. If you want to check it for your child/young teenager then read the last chapter because that's the "controversy" in a nutshell|
|Kokou no Hito||psychological||sports||A high school boy who shuns interacting with other humans has talent as a climber and goes though many years of struggling with a desire to enjoy life by being with people and the joy he feels of being alone. He's constantly betrayed or hurts those he cares about, causing him to hide away more. The story progresses through his life as it goes along. Originally based on a novel by Nita Jirou which is based on an acual climber.||annon: I personally scanned and translated this whole series, and it's really the most emotional and relatably psychological manga I've ever read. Contains beautiful artwork and incredible atmosphere. Much of the story's emotions are told through visual metaphors, and it expresses the feelings of being anti-social really well with an interesting set of characters that grow and evolve in completely unpredictable ways. Often realistically depicts the best and worst sides of humanity in the characters, and how people who don't open up are treated. Note, due to the dark tone some find it depressing at times.||yes||Yes, above 14 this is a good read.||No|
|Mahou Sensei Negima!||psychological||harem||Romance / Magic / Comedy - some violence, harem = win. There's a lot of fanservice chest shots though.||10 year old wizard teacher gets his class of girls locked into battling the evil forces of the magical world while trying to save theirs||Christerical: I love the innuendos, mostly visuals as Akamatsu is known for having 95% naked girls; plot development can be a bit confusing because of the lingo used by Negi and the rest of the magical characters. Harem girls are much more relatable, as they are school girls to begin with, or so you think. LONG series (almost done at volume 33) but love the continuity with all storylines intertwining. Action visuals are awesome, definitely awesome.|
Wise_Guy_57 The first few volumes are not an excellent representation of the rest of the series - get through them and you're in for a treat. What starts as a simple romantic comedy winds up slipping in a handful of DBZ style martial arts tournaments without even breaking stride.
bookwench: starts as a harem comedy, goes into completely different territory a few hundred chapters in.
violaxcore: The series is really able to draw you in. I honestly had a difficult time putting it down once the story sets in (after Negi's first year as a teacher). Part of the reason is that the story is so continues, there are a ew arcs, but each of them leads into the next, and Akamatsu doesn't like to leave very clean chapter endings. He'll always ended so that you'll want to know what happens next. I can't say that resolution of the magical world arc is all that great, but everything leading up to it and after it is certainly worthwhile.
|completed||Akamatsu's past works: Love Hina, AI Love You (Negima is implied to take place in the same universe as both of these works)||Yes||Yes|
|Chobits||romance||sci-fi||Hideki always wanted his own "persocom," a human shaped computer. One day, he finds a beautiful one in the trash and decides to take her home. When Chi wakes up, Hideki discovers that owning a persocom is hard....especially when he keeps having to remind himself that it's not human.||/plastic_apollo: Great series! Generally liked by everyone, it moves along at a brisk pace and explores the relationship between man and machine, and what it means, specifically, to be in a 'relationship,' testing the boundaries of human emotion itself. Gorgeous art and character design, Chobits exists at the rare border of sex and intellectual appeal.||Yes||Angelic Layer; it's a prequel, of sorts, to Chobits, in that it's set in the same world.||no||Yes||No|
|DearS||romance||comedy||Aliens called DearS have arrived on earth and are beginning to intermingle with human society. Takeya happens to find one, who he names Ren, and suddenly she starts calling him master. The story follows as he tries to live amongst a growing alien cohort.||Yes||Chobits||No||Yes||No|
|Midnight Secretary||romance||supernatural||vampires||She wants to be the perfect secretary. But her boss turns out to be a vampire who has nothing but contempt for humans... can she still pull this off?||bookwench: there are definitely some feminist critiques you could apply to this series (japanese sensibility on what a woman should be), so if you hated twilight, don't even look here. Something of a soap opera.||yes||twilight.||no||no|
|To LOVE-Ru||romance||comedy||lots of||Kyoko was just a simple girl who wanted to support her childhood sweetheart into superstardom. Just like a slap to the face, she finds that Shou had been using her all along. Angered by the betrayal and unfairness she makes a plan to topple her now sworn enemy. Kyoko pledges to rise to the top, starting by climbing at the bottom of the ladder. After securing a newbie position in the industry she finds the road to becoming a actress is bumpy, add in a little push from a senior that doesn't spare her one second of torment. Throw in good looking bishies that make her life hell and a company president that is on crack.||Fremen13: Tolerable. |
Aikun2012: If you are reading manga for the plot then this is not for you. But if you wanna read something that has a whole bunch of awesome girls, read To LOVE-Ru now...
|Yes||Yes, mild nudity in a non-sexual manner (not even fanservice)||Yes.||No|
|Umisho||romance||comedy||lots and lots of||Yes||Yes, complex/complicated stories for younger readers||Yes.|
|Watashitachi no Tamura-kun||romance||school life||"Komaki Matsuzawa is a mysterious girl who keeps writing "return to my home star" on her career questionnaire. Hiroka Soma is the most beautiful girl in the school, and is as cold as a tundra. Yukisada Tamura is a boy who gets led around in a circle by these two eccentric girls. This is the story of an ordinary boy and two cute girls' amusing and awkward moments of love, as the seasons rush by like a comet."||Hibernationbear: A sweet light read that if you're looking for a romance manga should check out.||Yes||Yes, but recommended for young teenagers||No||No|
|Wish||romance||While walking home one day, Shuichio Kudo saves a small angel, Kohaku, from a crow. Kohaku wants to grant him a wish to repay him for his kindness, but Shuichio wants nothing. She/He (angels genderless - they do have physical sex, though, as revealed by the plot. Tokyopop went with 'she') decides to stay with him until she can grant him a wish.||unknown: At only four volumes, this is adorable. It's a snappy little manga that moves along quickly but manages to make you feel something for the characters; it's by CLAMP, so there's the usual CLAMP stuff going on (rule: everyone is bi!), and the ending is a good, emotional pay off.||yes||Kobato, also by CLAMP, Clover||No||No|
|Akira||sci-fi||action||Post apocalyptic, fantasy elements||In the year 2019, a police state, scheming politicians, religious sects,|
revolutionaries and a secret scientific project all combine to produce
an explosive mixture in Neo-Tokyo. The rival groups all have their eyes
on one prize: control of Akira, a boy of such destructive psychic
ability that he has been held in cryo-stasis for over 30 years.
|Fremen13: I read this a while ago, but I remember it being excellently written, with amazingly detailed art and great characters. It was a classic shonen piece that helped popularize manga/anime among international audiences.||Yes||Nausicaa||No||Yes||Hopefully not (seriously though, Justin timberlake would be a shit Kaneda, and placing it in New York would be straight horse dung son)|
|Akumetsu||sci-fi||psychological||The best terrorist ever!||PyroKnight: Very interesting. Lots of hardcore/awesome scenes. Not for the faint hearted.||Yes||Death Note (and vica versa), Sanctuary||No. Nudity and graphic violence.||No||No|
|Dr. Slump||sci-fi||sci-fi||slapstick humor||Dr. Slump is a genius inventor when it comes to inventing, completely lacked in common sense and is a pervert. He invented Ariel, a robot disguises as a human. Mostly stand-alone episodes.||Yes||10+||https://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=4496|
|gunnm||sci-fi||action||Alita is a powerful cyborg with a soft heart and a mysterious past. Her second lease on life isn't easy: her heart is broken, she gains and loses friends to the cruel world of the Scrapyard far below the Utopian city of Tiphares, and she serves many masters in her quest to protect the innocent and create a new life for herself.||Yes||Yes|
|Psyren||shounen||action||Otherworldly, super powers||Yoshina Ageha is a high school student who offers to help people with their problems for 10,000 yen. He'll take care of your stalkers, find your lost animal, whatever you want. One day when he's heading home, a nearby pay phone rings, and he picks it up. The only thing he hears however is his own voice echoing. After finding a mysterious card with the word 'Psyren' printed on it, his life suddenly changes as he is drawn into a crazy new world.||One of my favorite manga's. Incredibly catchy story, great characters, great artwork||Yes||Gantz, Bleach||No (Violence)||No||No|
|Cross Game||sports||romance||The Kitamura family and the Tsukishima family are close. In fact, 5th graders Kei Kitamura and Wakaba Tsukishima are pretty much considered a couple, much to the displeasure of Wakaba's younger sister Aoba, who happens to be the best baseball pitcher among kids their age.||violaxcore: it's not that great. It's like a more mediocre chobits, honestly||Yes||Touch, Major||No, 15+ - nudity, some sexual themes||Yes||No|
|Pet Shop of Horrors||supernatural||horror||mystery / fantasy / gender bender||A police detective wanders into a pet store that deals in exotic animals. These animals are a little weirder than your average endangered species though, and the beautiful guy who owns the shop might be the most exotic of them all... Every pet sold goes where it's most necessary, one way or the other.||bookwench: one of the first manga series I ever read, this has some old-fashioned art and seems to have been the manga that started the supernatural mystery of the week concept. Each episode has a monster of the week, and the whole thing has an overarching mystery that's resolved at the end. It's very well done.||yes||Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service||yes||no|
|xxxHolic||supernatural||romance||mystery, coming of age, romance (mild)||boy pursued by spirits gets shanghaied into working at a mysterious shop||bookwench: The individual stories are cute and suitably mysterious, the overarching storyline is grand, the romance is bittersweet, the art is gorgeous and stylistic. |
Wise_Guy_57: unfortunately, its relationship to Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle is its biggest weakness - it adds very little to what, on its own, would have been a plenty strong story. You can easily ignore TRC, but you might find yourself struggling to understand certain background details.
|Yes||related to Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles||Yes||No|
|Ao No Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)||supernatural||A 15 yr. old ward of a priest/exorcist learns he's a half demon, and son of Satan, then vows to become an exorcist.||Ploppertop: Fun read, talented artist. Characters are really well developed, lots of intellectual and emotional themes. //PyroKnight: Strong start but I feel the manga get progressively weaker over time.||yes||No. Very graphic violence.||Yes||No|