|Vagabond||action||action||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|
|Fairy Tail (NOT Fairy Tale, the spelling is intentional)||historical||action||A girl with magic keys decides to join a magic guild to find jobs. The guild she picks is Fairy Tail, and they're not exactly sane or safe - but they're family and they stick together, whether it's the impetuous fire dragon's ward or the nudist cold mage.||bookwench: Brilliant series. Good art, excellent short-arc stories, loads of pure insanity and enough development of the overall long plot to keep people intrigued.|
//Wise_Guy_57: Basically a poor mans One Piece. It isn't a bad series, but baffling plot decisions have really made the later story arcs hard to wade through. You'll start what looks like it might be an interesting arc, and by arcs end, be left wondering what exactly went wrong.
|no||One Piece, Naruto||No||yes||no|
|Death Note||psychological||horror||A god of death gives a notebook to a kid. The notebook kills people when you write their names in it. The kid decides to change the world, one corpse at a time...||bookwench: everyone says it's good. I started but put it down because it seemed very dark; you need to be in the mood for monsters wearing people's faces for this one. But if you consider it a story of monsters, it's brilliant. |
Wise_Guy_57: The worst thing about this series is probably the fandom. If that doesn't put your mind at ease, the series is considerably better than the fandom.
SupremeEvan: A great manga story that really makes the reader think. Covers battles with morals and ethics, a great antihero/paranormal read.
|No||this might sound weird but... Wuthering Heights. Akumetsu. One Outs.||No||Yes||yes|
|Bonnouji||romance||slice of life||Ozawa (26) has just broken up with her boyfriend of five years and was in the process of trying to rebuild her life when she meets Oyamada who lives a couple floors below her. He is somewhat of a loner although he does have a few friends and his room is cluttered with all the random stuff that his impulse shopper brother sends him. Ozawa takes an interest with all the things in his room and the two start a friendship that slowly turns into something more.||SupremeEvan: It's slow moving, and a great read when you're just passing the time. It follows a true romance/budding-relationship, and doesn't have any of the extra flair for story.||No||Chikan Otoko||No||no||http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=31270|
|Dengeki Daisy||romance||mystery||bookwench: nice romance, a bit of action, an overarching plot about hax0rs and cryptography.||No||I'd go with skip beat or tokyo crazy paradise both have strong female leads and a nice shojo story tokyo||No||No||No|
|0||school life||supernatural||In a world where all children have supernatural ability with their eyes, Toru who, as a result of not having any kind of special power, was bullied from a young age, lives by his motto: “low exposure” – to live without standing out. But his peaceful school life changes when he receives a certain "Confession" from the schools most popular girl, Koyuki. His motto begins to shake!!||danny_ds: Interesting break from cliched superpower stories, the main hero is the one without any superpower. |
// errorcache: A fantastic character drama, if you enjoy that sort of thing definitely give it a read. It's not really about the superpowers, it's about the stress that those superpowers place on society and inter-personal relationships. I love it. A very smart, well written and well drawn series.
eriand42: I absolutely loved it. Eagerly awaitng the next chapters!
|Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind||sci-fi||fantasy||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)|
|Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop)||slice of life||drama||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||slice of life||sci-fi||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|
|Kobato||slice of life||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|
|Nononono||sports||action||The story revolves around Nonomiya Nono, a talented ski jumper who enters the Olympics, shows exceptional skills and quickly gains popularity. But there is one problem..."he" is actually a she, as Nono has entered the Olympics as her twin brother, Nonomiya Yuuta. As there are no Ski jumping Olympics for women, hilarity ensues when Nono tries keep her real identity a secret by all means as she tries to achieve the dream of both her brother and father.||Jayforest: A great manga with humor and sometimes a slightly darker side. The situations that the main character gets into near the beginning of the manga are hilarious and add a lot of drama to the manga. Though this manga has a good story, it is not suited for younger kids.||No||No, it is intended for 14 and above.|
|Black Butler||supernatural||horror||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|
|Drop & Drug (previously Legal Drug)||supernatural||yaoi||Kazahaya Kudo and Rikuo Himura are two 17 year-old-boys working at the Green Drug Store. Kazahaya, an empath, can 'see' things just by touching items; Rikuo has the ability to cut things. Together, they work odd jobs after hours for their boss, Kakei, to make extra money...but things rarely go as planned.||CLAMP has always been heavy on the *implied* shounen ai; when they made Legal Drug, they decided to just go for it, making yaoi fangirls (read: CLAMP fangirls) everywhere cry when it was discontinued after 3 volumes. It picked back up in Dec. 2011 and is now being serialized monthly. At 3 volumes published, CLAMP has said they're only a 5th of the way through the series, which is good news for fans. If you don't like shounen ai but you do like paranormal investigation series, this is probably not for you. /plastic_apollo||No||xxxHOLIC||No.||No|
|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|
|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|
|Shaman Warrior||action||fantasy||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|
|Kubera: One Last God||action||romance||sdair: This is one of my favourite series of all time, truly an amazing story with amazing art to compliment it.||No||Tower of God, Feng Shen Ji||15+ I would think due to some gore and somewhat disturbing themes at times||No||No||https://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=58442|
|Bambino!||action||slice of life||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|
|Kyou Kara Ore Wa||action||action||Yes||Ocha nigous||10+ some violence and blood|
|Vinland Saga||action||action||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|
|Eden: It's an endless world||action||comedy||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|
|Tokyo Crazy Paradise||action||comedyr||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|
|K-On||action||drama||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).||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||Lucky Star, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya||HAHAHAHHAHA. No||Yes-higly recommend||Think so|
|action||horror||Utsumi is in love with Shou, the captain of the Tennis club, but he can't work up the will to confess to her. The seemingly abrasive Yuki notices Utsumi's club and agrees to help him confess. And thus begins the downward spiral...||violaxcore: if there's anything I can say to describe the series, it's that it is incredibly frustrating and rage-inducing. It's mostly a story about how insecurities can pretty much screw up so much, and the results are painful to read. Nevertheless, as much as I complain, I've been sucked in. //thewronghands: Like violaxcore says it's annoying, however the story started out with a decent premise and a semi likable main character, the supporting cast does a great job making up for the main characters faults in the beginning, and unlike some manga you really see the main character grow. The problem people have with this manga is the main character is annoying but in the beginning his friends make the manga enjoyable however later on things happen and the main character becomes even more annoying while the supporting cast does less. If you are sick of romance that's stereotypical girl meets boy they fall in love other rivals come then this isn't a bad manga to read, just understand in the latest chapters you may want to sock the main character. I'd recommend the beginning to people.||Yes||Some nudity, nothing too much, maybe 15+ or something?||No|
|Variante||action||horror||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|
|ghoul||action||romance||yes||some language, depending on the version you read||No||No||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-Parts_Hunter|
|Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles||action||romance||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.||/plastic_apollo : Tsubasa has been labeled CLAMP's masterwork, which is a fair claim; it unifies *every* work they've ever done in the last 20 years, creating a multiverse that merges all of their stories into one. Characters from past series (notably Syaoran and Sakura) are all reworked in as parallel selves...and not so parallel (but no spoilers!) Note: Your mileage may vary with this one. While you don't need to have read any of CLAMP's works before hand, the experience is more enjoyable if you can recognize people, places, clothes, and yes, even swords (CLAMP loves their swords). The main issue people run into is its cross-over with xxxHOLIC and the way the plots interweave, but if you've made it that far, you'll probably finish the series anyways.|
//Wise_Guy_57: I wouldn't recommend it. After wading my way through the first handful of story arcs, I found myself totally uninvested in the story.
|No||xxxHolic (see comments), Kobato||Some violence + language so 13+||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.|
|Eyeshield 21||action||sports||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|
|Hajime no Ippo||action||sports||Ippo was a child who would be bullied everyday, one day a passing boxer, Takamura, saved him from his assailants. In an attempt to cheer Ippo, Takamura takes him to his boxing gym where Ippo discovers his love and talent for boxing.||PyroKnight: Very long (1000+ Chapters) yet great all throughout. You don't have to love boxing to love Hajime no Ippo. |
Sibnova: Both anime a manga are must sees very funny and gripping at times.
|No||Ashita no Joe, Eyeshield 21, Katekyō Hitman Reborn!||Violence, Gore,||Yes||Yes|
|Noblesse||action||supernatural||A vampire wakes up after 820 years and searches for his trusty Servant. Rai then locates his servant, Frankenstein as a High School Principal. He then begins his "New Life"...however that is not what fate has planned for him...||thewronghands: It's a good webcomic, updates frequently. It' isn't slow, the characters decently written and the action is good. Good action solid plot and no annoying characters really. I'd recommend it before one piece just because I have trouble reading 500+ chapters since I like to read on one sitting. Also it updates almost once a week with a solid chapter so it's nice to have it consistent when waiting on other manga to update. Give it a try and decide for yourself||No||Violence, Gore, Nudity, Rape||No||No||Webtoonlive.com|
|Tower of God||action||supernatural||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|
|Kaiji||action||A jobless man down on his luck and indebted to a loan shark goes on a boat cruise for one night to try to earn enough money through shady gambling games to pay of his loan only finds himself in more harrowing and worstening situations.||Sibnova: shameless at time but a fun ride, the anime isn't worth it.||No||Akagi,||Yes||Yes|
|Rurouni Kenshin||action||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|
|BECK||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|
|Skip Beat!||comedy||fantasy||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. nigger||sookybabi: I actually started this series because it was by the same author as Tokyo Crazy Paradise (see below). I have stuck with it for years now, and was so happy when it was made into an anime. The anime adaptation is lacking a bit in terms of humour and the intensity of the story. Nonetheless, the manga is a great read for the Ladies. The characters are well developed and they have certain quriks that make us like them so. The romances and amount of cockblocking that occurs betwen the males over Kyoko (who is clueless) ensues hilarity!.||No||Tokyo Crazy Paradise||Yes||Yes Anime - Ongoing||Yes|
|Angel Densetsu||comedy||romance||SupremeEvan: The art is bad. But if you look past that, it's a hilarious story that follows the kind-hearted kid with a face of a demon. It had me laughing so hard. |
Jayforest: This is one of the funniest mangas I have ever read. The main character is lovable, and there is some nice baddassery in there too.
|Yes||Great Teacher Onizuka||Yes||No|
|Hayate no Gotoku! (EN:Hayate the Combat Butler)||comedy||action||No|
|y||comedy||action||It's the roaring 20s! Bootleggers! Mobsters! Elliot Ness! Secret societies? Magic!? And immortality!?!||nokyto:||Yes||13+||Yes||No|
|X/1999||comedy||comedy||Kamui Shiro is a young man fated to join either the Dragons of Heaven or the Dragons of Earth, two groups of people that destiny will pit against one another in a struggle to either save the earth...or destroy it.||Coming at the end of the "early period" for CLAMP, one of the most successful and widely known manga creators in Japan, X (or X/1999) as it's known in the States, is simply breathtaking in the scope of its art and storyline. Even though the manga is technically unfinished, it's worth reading the 18 volumes. Warning: It's CLAMP, so the more emotionally involved you are in a character...the more painful it's going to get as you keep reading. Absolutely loved it; one of my favorites. /plastic_apollo||yes/no (on indefinite hiatus)||Tokyo Babylon, also by CLAMP||yes||Yes.||No|
|Hoshi no Samidare (Lucifier and the Biscuit Hammer)||comedy||romance||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.
|Yankee-kun to Megane-chan||Comedy||School life||A delinquent being forced by the class representative to be more involved in school.||Bakuwoman: This series is hysterical. All of the characters have quirky personalities and are well developed. I didn't watch the live action so I can't comment on that. If you like funny manga that have a bit of ridiculousness in them (not completely off the wall random) then this manga is a must read.||Manga - Ongoing||Bakuman||Yes||No||Yes|
|It's Not My Fault That I'm Not Popular! [or Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!] [or just Watashiga]||comedy||slice of life||Tomoko Kuroki has just started high school. The problem is, she's an otaku, is socially inept, and has no friends. The series follows her day to day attempts to make a friend.||violaxcore: The common thing said about it is that it "hits too close to home." Though I doubt few of the fans honestly have it as bad as Tomoko. It's funny, and manages to have you really sympathize with the main character. It's okay Tomoko. You're popular in the 3D world.||No||Choku!, same author||Yes||No|
|Yotsuba&!||comedy||panda_box: 10/10 hilarious|
PyroKnight: A great pick-me-up manga.
uragaaru: about the most adorable thing you can read
|No||Azumanga Daioh||Yes||No||I wish...||http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=5|
|Liar Game||drama||psychological||Wishing she would live up to the ideal, Kanzaki Nao's father named her thusly for “honesty”. Nao has more than lived up to her father's wishes--even exceeding them and earning the label of "a foolishly honest girl". This makes Nao the least qualified candidate for the high stakes 'Liar Game', where winning requires deceiving the opponent out of their money and losing means receiving massive debt. However, that doesn't stop a box containing a hundred million yen in cash and a card informing her of her participation in the game from arriving at her doorstep, nor does it stop her from being promptly tricked out of the entire sum of money. Upon hearing that a genius swindler, responsible for the bankruptcy of a major corporation, is being released from jail, Nao goes to the swindler, Shinichi Akiyama, to enlist his help. With that, the two are drawn into the dark, greed-filled, and deceptive world of the Liar Game.||panda_box: A number of different games that take place following a honest girl. The games have various twist and turns that blow the mind.||No||One Outs, Death Note||13+. Some violence||No||Yes||http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=3296|
|Bitter Virgin||drama||romance||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.||asdads||Yes||14 years or older||No||0|
|Onani Master Kurosawa||drama||school life||A coming of age story.||errorcache: fantastic character development, crushingly realistic romance. |
bookwench: starts one way, ends completely different. really, really well-done. But tends to make otherwise normal people want to pun in describing it.
nokyto: I know the title is so.. , but if you can get past it, I guarantee satisfaction.
uragaaru: The odd title and first chapters , as odd as they are, soften you up for how wrenching the otherwise understated action is portrayed. It it a series very much about becoming a person and learning to trust people. Once you've crossed the somewhat sticky rubicon of the first chapters, it all tumbles down into a grand manga that's more than meets the eye.
|Akagi||drama||psychological||?||Sibnova: Thrilling and intense plot slightly drawn out if you don't understand mahjong.||No||Kaiji, Zero, Saki(maybe not though)||13+; sex is a major plot point, but nothing is graphic, just discussed||Yes||Yes - Movie|
|Sanctuary||drama||2 boys agree to become the head of the yakuza and the prime minister of japan to finally make japan into a great country and not one full of corruption.||No||yes||No||No|
|Abnormal-kei Joshi||ecchi||action||About an emotion-less guy and his yandere harem.||nope.||nope.||nope.|
|Dororo||fantasy||action||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|
|Midori no Hibi||fantasy||action||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|
|fantasy||drama||Schoolboy transported into the Edo period during a visit to a high-tech history museum deals with culture shock; meets friends, learns about a mysterious power within himself.||sookybabi: Shame the anime was condensed for a short run. The manga itself is entertaining, there's light and dark sides. It runs in Zero-sum, a more shoujo directed magazine but won't stop guys enjoying it.||No||xxxHolic||meh||Yes||No|
|Feng Yu Jiu Tian||historical||fantasy||Feng Ming was only 19 when he lost his life saving a child from death without hesitation. The grateful father of the rescued child grants Feng Ming a second chance at life. Unknown to Feng Ming, his soul is whisked away to a far away ancient land (resembling the dynasties of China).|
Upon waking up, he finds himself inhabiting the frail body of Thunder Kingdom's crowned prince who is also graced with the title of the most beautiful man across all the lands. However, his beauty has a price as he attracts the unwanted attention of the minister of affairs, Rong Tian who finds every reason to torment the prince mentally and physically. As Feng Ming starts to get a hold of the conspiracies surrounding him, what will happen when the prince's true identity is revealed? And what happened to the 'real' prince?
|Uzumaki||horror||psychological||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|
|Biomeat Nectar||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|
|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|
|Peepo Choo||mystery||psychological||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.||Yes||Yes for all||No||No|
|Gate 7||psychological||action||An innocent sightseeing trip to Kyoto opens up a magical realm to shy high schooler Chikahito Takamoto. Visiting a legendary shrine, Chikahito finds himself in the mystical world of Hana and her comrades—and his immunity to their powers leads them to believe that he’s no ordinary awkward teenager! Protecting our world from violent elemental beasts, Hana and her team welcome the confused Chikahito—who isn’t quite sure that he wants to be caught in the middle of their war! One thing’s certain, though: since he’s smitten with aloof, childlike warrior Hana, he’s along for the ride, for better or worse!||danny_ds: A new manga by CLAMP. A bit heavy on the historical side and also a bit slow on the start. I'm still waiting for it to get more interesting.||No||X/1999||No|
|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|
|To LOVE-Ru||romance||comedy||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|
|To LOVE-Ru: Darkness||romance||comedy||violaxcore: it's a strange combination where there's a high, high increase in content and nudity, but to be perfectly honest, the addition of a fairly interesting plot.|
Wise_Guy_57: It's all about the fanservice.
|No||Yes, mild violence||No||No|
|Umisho||romance||comedy||lots and lots of||Yes||Yes, complex/complicated stories for younger readers||Yes.|
|Blood Alone||Ongoing||romance||mystery||A former vampire hunter retires and works as a writer while protecting a young girl who's been turned into a vampire.||bookwench: sweet, delicate, darkly lovely, somewhat romantic and atmospheric vampire drama. I like the two main characters, I like the extras including the cat, I like the art. The age thing between the two mains is explicitly shown as an issue to be confronted, & I'm hoping will be straightened out over time. The girl can be a bit of a trouble-magnet (she catches the idiot ball) at times but it's still well-written.||no||chibi vampire, midnight secretary||Yes: most ages should be ok, but 10 and up definitely||no||no|
|Kuragehime (Jellyfish Princess)||Empty||romance||romance||Equal parts funny and heartwarming, this josei series pretty much hits the right notes. The crossdressing here is mostly farce, though it's not trivialized exactly either. Tsukimi and Kuranosuke have good chemistry as characters and, as the heart of the series, they keep it from being too formulaic.||No||Kimi ni Todoke, Moyashimon, Paradise Kiss||Yes||Yes||http://hachimitsu-scans.blogspot.com/p/kuragehime.html|
|Ichigo 100%||romance||shounen||One day, Manaka Junpei walks to the roof of his school and encounters a beautiful girl falling down from above him and accidentally exposing her strawberry panties. The embarrassed girl runs away before Junpei can find out whom she is. He wishes to become a filmmaker, and this whole experienced seemed like it would make the perfect scene in a movie. And so he goes on a search for the girl with the strawberry panties in order to reenact it all on film. But he will soon discover that finding that one girl will not be that easy…||Aikun2012: (7.2/10) A decent read, but a bit too long. It is so it has the overused "accidental" groping gag, but the plot's okay. The ending was particularly satisfying, but the process to getting there was pretty brutal nonetheless. |
Hibernationbear: This is my all time favorite manga. It might not have the best pacing and it might just be filled with material but I love the story so much. It is a bit long but it does have an actual conclusion, which is very rare for these harem mangas.
|No||Yes? (not sure, someone fix this) The anime is kidsafe, but the manga contains a lot of violence and occasional gore on some chapters||Yes||No|
|Midnight Secretary||Empty||romance||supernatural||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|
|Youko x Boku SS [Inu x Boku SS]||romance||supernatural||Ririchiyo, the daughter of a rich family, moves into the famed Ayakashi Kan, a condominium community of sorts for the rich and famous, to be alone and try to solve her abrasive personality. To her dismay, she meets Soushi,who happens to be her new Secret Service bodyguard. Soushi, lives to serve Ririchiyo, and she doesn't quite understand how to handle that. But there's more to the residents of Ayakashi Kan than just being rich.||No||Yes||No|
|Satougashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai (A Lollipop or a Bullet)||Satougashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai (A Lollipop or a Bullet)||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.
|Aoi Hana (Sweet Blue Flowers)||school life||romance||Girl returns to her childhood town to start high school, meets her old childhood best friend. Though they go to different schools, they become close friends again. Focus is on school life, especially between Fumi and Akira and their classmates. The other focus is on relationships, both Fumi's identity as a lesbian and her relationships with women (including, eventually, Akira) as well as other characters and their relationships with men and women.||A series that takes it time to get to where it wants to go, It's a very low-key, human story about people exploring what it means to love. While it's easy to shelve the title as yet another "yuri" series", I think Takako Shimura does a good job fleshing out the characters and the world to something greater than the genre and setting would suggest. It's not action-packed and while there is some melodrama, it's fairly low key with Fumi being both emotional, but decisive and Akira being energetic, but unsure of herself.||No||Mars, Honey & Clover||No||Yes||No||http://www.lililicious.net/projectDet.php?id=51|
|Faster Than a Kiss||not completly uploaded||seinen||school life||student secretly married to teacher||bookwench: a very well-written romance with a lot of care taken not to be icky about the relationship. delicately handled.||no||No||No||No|
|Psyren||shounen||action||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|
|Pet Shop of Horrors||supernatural||horror||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||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|