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GenreSecond GenreTrope. (Warn if adult/mature)SummaryCommentsFinished?SimilarTarget age / age restriction / Kid Safe?Anime?Movie (Live action?)
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Peepo Choo comedy horrorscienceA 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.
YesYes for allNoNo
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actionfantasyThe story will be relatively familiar to those who have played the Pokemon games: A boy (Red) starts out on a Pokemon journey, having to deal with Gym Leaders, his Rival (JPN; Green, EN:Blue), and other challenges. Wise_Guy_57: There will be points where the plot seems like the kind of crazy convoluted thing that a second grader would come up with. And, it is awesome. noNudity/sex, so i think thats 18+. It's in very few chaptersNo
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AresactionshounenIn 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.YesBerserkNo. No. No. No.
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Bambino!action slice of lifedramaShogo 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.YesNo
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Battle RoyaleactionactionSurvivalIn 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.YesYes
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Beelzebubaction supernaturalcomedyA 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.yesdefense devil, GintamanopeYesNo
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Berserkaction horrornokyto: This is the best manga I have ever read, period.

Sibnova: nokyto is correct.

Eruonen: maybe not the best, but definitely up there.

userhunter: The famous "Golden Age Arc" comes from this manga, definitely worth a read.
NoNo.YesNo
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Claymoreaction fantasyAmazons with claymores go around killing monstersbookwench: 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.
yesShingeki no Kyojin, Berserk, Ubel Blatt, Vinland Saga, Blade of the Immortal, Vagabond, Gantz, Shin Angyo Onshi, Ares, IdNo: very graphic violenceYesNo
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Dorohedoroaction horrordark-fantasyStory of a lizard-face-guy finding his memories.Yes
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Double Artsaction comedyRomanceThe world is ravaged by the virus 'Troy', which causes the infected to experience seizures, followed by them disappearing entirely. Sisters, individuals who are resistant to the virus's effects, can absorb the virus from others, but at the cost of one day succumbing to the disease themselves. Sister Elraine has reached this point, and is beginning to succumb, when she meets Kiri, a boy possessing a mysterious gift to amplify the abilities of those he makes contact with - which, as it turns out, is able to prevent her from dying as well. Unfortunately, if the two cease to make contact even for a second, Elraine will die, leading to numerous akward situations as the two attempt to travel to the Sister's headquarters to see if Kiri's ability holds the secret to ridding the world of Troy once and for all.Yes (Cancelled and ended early)No: extremely disturbing
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Eyeshield 21actionsportsAmerican FootballWeak 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.YesSlam 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
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Fullmetal Alchemistaction supernaturalMystery, war drama, familyTwo 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.
YesOne Piecenot reallyYes, two. No
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ghoulactionromanceSomewhat Coming of AgeIn 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.yessome language, depending on the version you readNoNohttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-Parts_Hunter
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Hajime no IppoactionsportsFighting (sport)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.
NoAshita no Joe, Eyeshield 21, Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Violence, Gore, YesYes
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KaijiactionGamblingA 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.NoAkagi, YesYes
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Kubera: One Last Godaction romanceFantasyFrom MangaUpdates: Gods with everlasting lives.
Sura who possess unrivaled power.
And humans, caught helplessly in-between.

When Kubera’s peaceful village meets its fiery end, a mysterious magician named Asha comes to her rescue—together they begin on a journey in search of answers and revenge. Meanwhile across the realms, a web of entwined fates is growing tighter... One by one the other players of the game will emerge, each with their own agenda to pursue.

At the center of this maelstrom stands Kubera, the girl with a god's name. Will this sixteen-year-old be the salvation of the world... or its destruction?
sdair: This is one of my favourite series of all time, truly an amazing story with amazing art to compliment it.NoTower of God, Feng Shen Ji15+ I would think due to some gore and somewhat disturbing themes at timesNoNohttps://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=58442
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Narutoaction comedyFantasyUzumaki 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.
YesNabari no Ou, Bleach, One PieceNo: Heavy violence, drama and sexual situations.YesYes
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NoblesseactionsupernaturalMystery/DramaA 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 yourselfNoViolence, Gore, Nudity, RapeNoNoWebtoonlive.com
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One Pieceactionfantasyadventure(Wise_Guy_57):The overarching story is very simple, but the cast of characters and universe (both off which have great depth while also being delightfully wacky), make this a classic adventure.

nokyto: it's not as simple as one would believe, the underlying story is expansive and complex.

Fremen13: I think One Piece might just be the best Shonen manga ever made honestly. The creativity and quality of this manga are better than any currently running other than Toriko IMO (and OP is still better overall in quality).
NoToriko, Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, GintamaNot really. demons, fanservice, loads of violence. Maybe 14+YesNo.
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Rurouni KenshinactionShounen, Historical, DramaFollows 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.YesYesYesMovie coming out this year
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Shaman Warrioraction fantasyDramaShaman 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.YesBerserk, Blade of the immortalNo: violence, animal cruelty, assault, abuse, etcNoNo
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Tokyo Crazy Paradiseactionromanceviolence & nudityKyoko 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!
yesSome partial nudity (particularly, female breasts).NoNo
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Tower of GodactionsupernaturaldramaKyoko 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.yesViolence, Gore.NoNoThe Company scanlates it, you can find their releases on Batoto.com
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Tsubasa: Reservoir Chroniclesactionromance"Save the Princess". Starts out fine, violence gets amped up halfway throughKyoko 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.
NoxxxHolic (see comments), KobatoSome violence + language so 13+yesNo
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Varianteactionhorrordrama, tragedyGirl is forced to fight monsters and find a reason to livekevint90: Good art, story, and characters. Also a short read (only 19 chapters). Not for everyone though do to the intense violence.YesPretty much, though keep Japanese cultural values in mind.NoNohttp://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=1621
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Vinland Sagaactionactionvikings!Viking boy's father is killed, the boy travels with his brothers killer challenging him to a duel in order to get revengeGood 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 YesAres manhwaNot really, 14+ because of Complicated Plot and GoreNo
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actioncomedyANGEL
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actionromanceschool life. lots of fanservice, , and some discussion of sex/rape. Also, just generally depressing.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.NoSome nudity, nothing too much, maybe 15+ or something?No
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