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MattC302
August 02, 2011, 06:22 AM
I'm really not good at putting my thoughts into words, but I still feel obligated to let you know some of the mangas that I think are must reads. If you aren't moved by my words of recommendation, I urge you to just take a chance and read these mangas. You will not regret it.

Planetes (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=694)
Genre: Sci-Fi, drama
Demographic: Seinen
Serialized In: Morning
Number of Volumes: 4
Scanlated Chapters: 26
Status In Japan: Complete

This is one of my all time favorite series. It is a hard science fiction story with great characters. It has really good art and is very well researched. I love how short and sweet it is. Do yourself a favor and invest a few hours of your time to read the 26 chapters. This series won the 2002 Seiun award for best manga.


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Haunted by a space flight accident that claimed the life of his beloved wife, Yuri finds himself six years later as part of a team of debris cleaners on a vessel called the Toy Box charged with clearing space junk from space flight paths. The team consists of Hachimaki, a hot shot debris-man with a sailor's affinity for the orbital ocean; Fee, a chain-smoking tomboy beauty with an abrasive edge; and Pops, a veteran orbital mechanic whose avuncular presence soothes the stress of the job.

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=586)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Slice of Life
Demographic: Seinen
Serialized In: Afternoon
Number of Volumes: 14
Scanlated Chapters: 141
Status In Japan: Complete

This is probably the best slice of life manga I have ever read. It was a privilege to be able to read this wonderful manga. The art is beautiful. The characters are charming. The story has a relaxing/calming affect that I really appreciated. Go read this manga now, and prepare to bump a series off your top 10 list. I think it is worth mentioning that this series won the 2007 Seiun award for best manga.


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This is the story of Alpha Hasseno, an Alpha 7 M2 series robot. Left by her owner, she appears and acts fully human while running a small coffee shop named Cafe Alpha. It is a light-hearted story about the people Alpha comes into contact with behind the backdrop of a futuristic country-side in Japan. As we meet Alpha, she makes a shopping trip to Yokohama.

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Eden: It's An Endless World! (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=930)
Genre: Action, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Tragedy
Demographic: Seinen
Serialized In: Afternoon
Number of Volumes: 18
Scanlated Chapters: 126
Status In Japan: Complete

I don't even know where to start when recommending this series. It's got everything a sci-fi fan could want. The action is superb. Hacking battles, sniper battles, cyborg fights, etc.. It's simply incredible. Amazing characters and relationships. Great, realistic art that goes well with the story. It would be easier to list the faults, which you would have to nitpick to find IMO. There's just one thing though. This manga is incredibly disturbing. The violence is so intense and realistic that the shock never wears off like it does for series like Gantz. There is child rape, drug abuse, and graphic sex scenes. If this manga doesn't have some sort of psychological effect on you, you must not have been paying attention. I'm not joking when I say that I am emotionally drained and maybe a little scarred from reading this manga. That being said, I am so glad that I read it because it was awesome. You've been warned though. If you aren't a mentally stable adult, I would skip this one.


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In the panic surrounding a worldwide pandemic which kills 15 percent of the population and cripples many more, a secret organization, the Propater, topples the UN and seizes control of much of the world. A boy and a girl, raised in an abandoned virology research center, immune to the virus, are attacked by the Propater and escape.

Based strongly on Gnostic mythology, all major characters are named after gnostic deities, and have analogous roles.

Googlez_kun
August 12, 2011, 07:24 AM
This question might sound a bit stupid,but would you recommend Eden:It's an endless World to me?I don't really mind disturbing manga and i'm not easily shocked,but i think you were serious when saying "If you aren't a mentally stable adult, I would skip this one."

MattC302
August 12, 2011, 08:35 AM
This question might sound a bit stupid,but would you recommend Eden:It's an endless World to me?I don't really mind disturbing manga and i'm not easily shocked,but i think you were serious when saying "If you aren't a mentally stable adult, I would skip this one."

I'm not easily shocked or disturbed either. I have read the graphic and gorey Gantz and Berserk, as well as the twisted works of Furuya Usamaru, Matsumoto Jiro, and Kago Shintaro. Eden isn't necessarily more violent or graphic than any of these, but it's the way that violence and such is delivered. It has a realism to it that is kind of scary and some of the issues this manga deals with are very human and can hit close to home even if you haven't necessarily dealt with that exact situation. It's hard to explain why I found this manga so disturbing. You may have a different experience and find it tame. I was dead serious in my warning though. That being said, this manga is absolutely incredible and in my opinion, it is worth the risk of any psychological trauma it might cause you. Give it a shot. If you come across something that bothers you, you can always stop.

Maybe I am being overly dramatic, but there are many scenes in this manga that will stick with me for the rest of my life. I will never forget it. I do not regret for one second reading this manga though. It is incredible.

I consider myself to have very good taste in manga. I do realize how diverse the manga reading community's tastes and opinions are, and I am very open to different opinions, but I cannot fathom how anyone wouldn't like this manga.

tl;dr version: Yes, I highly recommend this manga to you. More people should read this manga so I am willing to risk damaging your psyche to gain another fan :p Besides, you are probably not as mentally fragile as me. You can handle it. Go read and then come back and tell me how much you love Eden :D

ashher
August 12, 2011, 10:05 PM
A seinen which actually knows how to use violence...i'd be eager to read this. Only one question, is the scanlation completed?

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Btw, i've read jiro's freesia and loved it...but haven't read anything of shintaro or usamaru. Any suggestions about those two?

MattC302
August 12, 2011, 10:25 PM
A seinen which actually knows how to use violence...i'd be eager to read this. Only one question, is the scanlation completed?

If you are talking about Eden: It's An Endless World!, then yes, the scanlations are complete and high quality.

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Btw, i've read jiro's freesia and loved it...but haven't read anything of shintaro or usamaru. Any suggestions about those two?

From Furuya Usamara, try Palepoli (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=6173) or Plastic Girl (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=40508).

From Kago Shintaro, try Abstraction (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=14926).

A little heads up though: These aren't normal manga. They are so disgusting and twisted and bizarre, that you will probably hate me for mentioning them. I read these purely out of sheer curiosity for their weirdness, not because they are "good". I only mentioned them in my post about Eden in the context of not being easily shocked/disturbed because of reading manga like the 3 mentioned.

Googlez_kun
August 14, 2011, 04:00 PM
From Furuya Usamara, try Palepoli (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=6173) or Plastic Girl (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=40508).

From Kago Shintaro, try Abstraction (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=14926).

A little heads up though: These aren't normal manga. They are so disgusting and twisted and bizarre, that you will probably hate me for mentioning them. I read these purely out of sheer curiosity for their weirdness, not because they are "good". I only mentioned them in my post about Eden in the context of not being easily shocked/disturbed because of reading manga like the 3 mentioned.
Funny how you actually mentioned those manga i already read.I can only agree with you,they are bizarre and weird,but also very interesting and intriguing in a way.I love how he used that 3D effect in Abstraction.Palepoli was fascinating as well.It had some of my favourite manga pages.Plastic Girl on the other hand is only disturbing....
In my eyes,Abstraction and Palepoli are almost must-reads.If you can endure this abnormality that is.:lmao

benelori
August 14, 2011, 05:14 PM
This question might sound a bit stupid,but would you recommend Eden:It's an endless World to me?I don't really mind disturbing manga and i'm not easily shocked,but i think you were serious when saying "If you aren't a mentally stable adult, I would skip this one."

It's not as disturbing IMO...but the realism of it is really deep and well presented...I think it's more like the plot twists are a bit shocking actually...and the end message is just brilliant...I recommend it to everyone who likes engaging manga, both intellectually and emotionally...

I think one of the most shocking events for me was Mana's death...it was played out beautifully, even that hacker, the guy who pressed the button was removed for a while from the event and considered missing...and it was the climax of the manga regarding Elijah, and yet...:scry

And the end I was talking about...even though Sophia was portrayed as caring after her operation, in the end her image was still more like...She doesn't love, she keeps pets...so the fact that she likes keeping pets and that she was the God of the New Universe just tells a lot about the thoughts of the author on the matter IMO:p

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The discussion thread is here (http://mangahelpers.com/forum/showthread.php/3242-Eden-It-s-an-Endless-World-by-Endo-Hiroki-(v18)/page3) btw...I can't believe such a classic evaded me for this long...I would certainly like to talk about this manga

ashher
August 14, 2011, 10:59 PM
I actually saw eden on spectrum nexus quite a long time ago, but they labeled it as of ongoing status, which is why i didn't start. But they often mess up the status, and now that mat has assured us that scanlations are completed, i can finally read it :)

HegemonKhan
August 16, 2011, 01:57 AM
I love Sci-Fi and they all sound very interesting, but I'm a bit hesitant as they're Seinen with more hardcore violence/etc in them, which I don't personally enjoy much. But, maybe I'll take a look at them, if/when I can find time to do so.

MattC302
August 27, 2011, 05:23 AM
I love Sci-Fi and they all sound very interesting, but I'm a bit hesitant as they're Seinen with more hardcore violence/etc in them, which I don't personally enjoy much. But, maybe I'll take a look at them, if/when I can find time to do so.

The only one of my recommendations that are violent is Eden:It's An Endless World!. Planetes has one or two scenes with minor violence, but it isn't graphic. YKK is the exact opposite of violence. In fact, I used to read it in between chapters of Berserk to cleanse my mind of the violent/graphic scenes.

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Emma (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?page=3&id=104&method=useful)/Emma Further Tales
Genre: Drama, Romance, Slice-of-life
Demographic: Seinen
Serialized In: Comic Beam
Number of Volumes: 10
Scanlated Chapters: 72
Status In Japan: Complete

This is a great slice-of-life story with a very satisfying romance element and anyone familiar with Mori Kaoru's other work, Otoyomegatari(A Bride's Story), knows that she is an amazing artist. I just love the characters in this manga. Even the side characters are amazing. Characters that don't even have any lines stand out with their expressions alone. Also, the relationships and character interactions are very well done. All I can really say is that if you like slice-of-life, romance, or maids, you will like Emma. Be sure to read Emma Further Tales for proper closure.


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In Victorian-era England, a young girl is rescued from a life of destitution and raised to become a proper British maid. Emma meets William, the eldest son of a wealthy family, and immediately falls in love with him. William shares her feelings, but the strict rules of their society prevent their relationship from ever coming out in the open. Traditional class distinctions and rich, historical details provide the backdrop for this appealing romance.

Note: Volumes 8-10 are "Emma: Further Tales". They fill in details from the Emma manga, both before and after the events in that storyline.

Each chapter explores the motivations or simply shows a day in the life of a particular character from the story.

Find out about the romance between Doug and Kelly in their early days, or follow the adventures of Eleanor as she overcomes her heartache and begins to live again, or visit with Tasha and her family on her day off.

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Hourou Musuko(Wandering Son) (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=4802)
Genre: Drama, gender bender, romance, school life
Demographic: Seinen
Serialized In: Comic Beam
Number of Volumes: 12
Scanlated Chapters: 100
Status In Japan: Ongoing

Normally, I wouldn't recommend an ongoing manga here in fear that it would turn to crap and ruin my recommendation credibility lol. This manga is an exception though. Even if the story does turn to crap, what has been published so far has been so rewarding to read, that I don't hesitate for a second to write this recommendation.

At first, I didn't think the gender identity subject matter would be my thing, though I quickly found it to be fascinating. This manga is is a very relatable and realistic take on school life. I'm sure that even if you didn't go through the exact situations, that you can still relate to the awkward teenage years.

Wandering Son has a great cast of (mostly)likeable characters, a simple yet pleasant and distinctive art style, and an engaging, leisurely paced storyline covering fascinating topics like gender identity. Give this manga a try if you like school life, but are looking for something a little different from the norm.


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Fifth grade. The threshold of puberty, and the beginning of the end of childhood innocence. Nitori Shuichi and his new friend Takatsuki Yoshino enjoy happy homes and loving families, and are well-liked by their classmates. But they share a secret that further complicates a time of life that is awkward for anyone: Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy...

Written and illustrated by Shimura Takako, acclaimed for her sensitive take on LGBT topics, Wandering Son portrays Shuichi and Yoshino's very private journey with affection, sensitivity and gentle humor.

MattC302
September 27, 2011, 02:30 PM
Sakuranbo Syndrome (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=6517)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Demographic: Seinen
Serialized In: Young Sunday
Number of Volumes: 11
Scanlated Chapters: 48
Status In Japan: Complete

Wow. Just wow. What we have here is a romantic comedy for the adult manga reader. We are talking about some seriously well developed relationships here. The "love triangle" is nothing new to manga or any medium, but I guarantee this manga has the most fascinating love triangle you will read in any manga. It's just great. Also, the art style is extremely visually appealing IMO. Definitely go check this out.


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"Progressive Rejuvenation Syndrome." This is an extremely rare disease causing the inflicted person to gradually become younger. The main character of this story, Munenori Agawa, is the only person that could save Rena Amami from this odd disease. Agawa's saliva is the only thing that can halt the disease from making Rena younger, so they must kiss everyday in order for her to survive. This causes an immense amount of conflict and drama between Agawa and his new girlfriend, Sayako Asou. This triangle relationship story tests the capabilities and limitations of human love.

MattC302
March 13, 2012, 04:25 AM
Cross Game (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=660)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy, Sports
Demographic: Shonen
Serialized In: Shonen Sunday
Number of Volumes: 17
Scanlated Chapters: 170
Status In Japan: Complete

Mitsuru Adachi. That is all.....Just kidding. I have a little more to say, though that should be enough to get you to read this manga. Anyway, Cross Game is an amazing manga. It's got good comedy, entertaining baseball games, and most importantly, an incredibly written relationship. Aoba and Ko's interactions are just perfect. It's fantastic.

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Kitamura Koh has known the Tsukishima family for years. One of the Tsukishima daughters was even born on the exact same date as Koh! What will become of Koh when his best friend is no longer around?

Cross Game received the 54th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga in 2009.

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Biomega (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=888)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Demographic: Seinen
Serialized In: Ultra Jump
Number of Volumes: 6
Scanlated Chapters: 42
Status In Japan: Complete

This manga was a pleasant surprise for me. I borrowed it from the library not expecting to be wowed by it. The art is great. It creates a great atmosphere and vibe and has wonderfully creative and scary character designs. The plot, I admit, was a bit hard to follow in a few place, though I suspect that would be different if I took Kaiten's advice and read Nihei's works in the order he suggested. I think I would know his "mind' and style better and would be able to make sense of the things I didn't get. But the things I didn't get is also oddly a positive aspect to this manga. There is a sense of "openness" that I think would normally be a bad thing, but for some reason it is not here. It just makes me more curious and want to read more of Nihei's work. Anyway, this series is kind of like Nausicaa mixed with Akira and maybe a little Resident Evil and Hellraiser. If that sounds interesting to you, check out this manga.

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Tsutomu Nihei returns with another addictive manga (see BLAME!), set in the not-so-distant future (3005 A.D.). It follows a character by the name of Kanoe Zouichi and the mysterious Kanoe Fuyu whose luminous form is integrated into the system of his bike. They are agents sent by a powerful organization to retrieve the human with the ability to resist and transmute the NS5 infection that is spreading across the world, named Yion/Ion Green.

However, their mission is delayed by the reckless actions of the Public Health Department's taskforce and the kidnapping of Yion/Ion Green. Will they complete their mission? Where has Yion/Ion Green been taken?

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Princess Knight (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=11772)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Gender Bender
Demographic: Shoujo
Serialized In: Shoujo Club
Number of Volumes: 3
Scanlated Chapters: 27
Status In Japan: Complete

Princess Knight was surprisingly good. This being a shoujo manga from the 1950's, I didn't think myself, a 26 year old man, would like it. I am really glad I took a chance on it though because it was thoroughly enjoyable. The story is in the same spirit as the old Disney princess movies like Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty, but with Tezuka's own twist, distinct art style and brand of humor. The humor is an especially strong point. I never really thought I would like Tezuka's art style, but it grew on me with this manga. It invokes my love for old Tex Avery cartoons. Anyway, I would recommend this manga as a great intro to the shoujo demographic. Especially for men who normally wouldn't read shoujo manga.

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Set in a medieval fairy-tale backdrop, Princess Knight is the tale of a young princess named Sapphire who must pretend to be a male prince so she can inherit the throne. Women have long been prevented from taking the throne, but Sapphire is not discouraged and instead she fully accepts the role, becoming a dashing hero(ine) that the populous is proud of.

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Hikaru no Go (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=1083)
Genre: Sports, Slice of Life, Drama
Demographic: Shonen
Serialized In: Weekly Shonen Jump
Number of Volumes: 23
Scanlated Chapters: 197
Status In Japan: Complete

I can't recommend this series enough. I never though I would like a series about a board game as much as I did. It was so good. The world of professional Go is just a backdrop for the characters. Though the Go matches were just about as exciting as reading about a Go match can be, the well developed characters are what makes this manga shine. There is a fairly large cast of characters and not just the main character gets attention. Yumi Hotta did a good job of exploring them all and showing us bits of the Go world through them. Then there's the art. I've read Bakuman. I've browsed Death Note. But never until now have I noticed Takeshi Obata's masterful art skills. I always see people say that Tite Kubo's Bleach has the best weekly shonen manga art, but they must not have read Hikaru no Go. Obata did an incredible job with this manga and while maybe not as creative a style as Bakuman, the technical level of art is on a much higher level. One of my favorite things about the art in this manga is that pretty much every character has very distinct facial features. Even some of the best artists from my favorite manga fall victim of their style and end up having some characters with "samey" faces. Obata did not have this problem. Even side characters and background characters have a unique look. This is something you probably don't notice when you are caught up in the story, but it impressed me. Also worth noting, this manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award and the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize. Anyway, do you like Takeshi Obata's art work? Do you like the board game Go? Do you like sports manga? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you will like this manga.

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A regular school boy, Hikaru Shindo stumbles upon an old GO board while looking through his grandpa's old storage room for something worth money. From inside the board came an old spirit named Sai who once dedicated his life to GO. Together, Sai continues to search for the move people call "The god's hand" while Hikaru slowly began interest in this ancient game and walks down the road of GO.

k-dom
March 13, 2012, 11:02 AM
I don't know anything about go and don't really like sport manga but I loved Hikaru no Go anyway :-)

Googlez_kun
March 13, 2012, 11:17 AM
I'm actually tempted to read it now.As the hype was immense,I thought of checking it out,but it never really seemed like a must-read for me.But the way you described it caught my interest.

MattC302
March 13, 2012, 08:09 PM
I don't know anything about go and don't really like sport manga but I loved Hikaru no Go anyway :-)

There is a lot to like about it. Particularly the characters.


I'm actually tempted to read it now.As the hype was immense,I thought of checking it out,but it never really seemed like a must-read for me.But the way you described it caught my interest.

It was never a must read for me either. I've known about it for a long time, but I never really gave it a second thought until I saw that my library had all the volumes. I'm glad I gave it a shot though, because it is a very rewarding read.

k-dom
March 14, 2012, 04:11 PM
Funny, I read the first chapter of Haikyuu! yesterday and I thought it was not really original. Now that I think about it, the clumsy newbie guy with a great gift competing against the genius guy, where I have read that... :-)

MattC302
March 20, 2012, 08:17 PM
Ooku:The Inner Chambers (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=6741)
Genre: Drama, Historical, Romance
Demographic: Josei
Serialized In: Melody
Number of Volumes: 7
Scanlated Chapters: 14
Status In Japan: Ongoing

Here we have a manga that completely blew away my expectations. This is my first Josei manga, and based on the premise, I was expecting it to be just some woman's fantasy of ruling over men. I couldn't have been more wrong. I think this manga, even though it is seemingly written with women in mind, could be especially appreciated by men because it shows a perspective that I don't think most men would think of. I'm finding it hard for me to explain exactly why I find this manga appealing without going into spoiling details, but just know, that this manga has been fascinating for me. It's got romance elements as well as behind the scenes political battles. It's a very good read. I highly recommend it for pretty much any adult to try. Especially to those who are historical fiction fans. I think it's worth noting that this manga won the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize.


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In an alternative timeline of feudal Japan, a strange disease that only affects men has caused a massive reduction of male population, thus women have to pick up men's jobs, changing the social structure. Now, after 80 years of the initial outbreak and current man:woman ratio of 1:4, Japan has become completely matriarchal, with women holding important political positions and men being their consort. Only the most powerful woman -- head of Tokugawa shogunate -- can keep a harem of handsome yet unproductive men, known as "Ooku."

MattC302
May 08, 2012, 02:19 PM
Gon (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=2323)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Demographic: Seinen
Serialized In: Weekly Morning
Number of Volumes: 7
Scanlated Chapters: ?
Status In Japan: Complete

Here we have the very first textless manga I have tried or even heard of. There isn't a single word of dialogue in the entire manga. That's because it is a manga that features only animals. The main character is a crazy, little dinosaur named Gon. He is about 2 feet tall, but his spirit is as tall as a mountain. Don't let is stature fool you. He is a boss. The manga is about Gon going around the world and doing whatever the hell he wants. He gets in all kinds of trouble, has all kinds of fun, and interacts with all sorts of animals. One of the great things about this manga is how easy it is to "read". I put "read" in quotes because you don't actually read any words since it is textless, but you do interpret the pictures. The mangaka did a really good job at making the animals very expressive. You don't need The animals to tell you how they are feeling, because you can see it on their face and in their actions. Another great thing about this manga is the wonderfully detailed art. It is fantastic. It has a realistic style for the most part, that I think anyone can enjoy. The nature/wilderness scenes are magnificently done. This manga is only 7 volumes long, and as I said, it is easy to read. If you like adventure and comedy manga, do yourself a favor and check this manga out.

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Long before the dawn of man, savage dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Now, only one remains — the smallest, wildest of them all! GON marches across the wilderness defending the friendly and furry from the mean and hungry. Told entirely without words, these stories highlight the amazingly detailed art and visual storytelling genius of creator Masashi Tanaka.

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Disappearance Diary (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=23251)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Slice-of-life
Demographic: Seinen
Serialized In: N/A
Number of Volumes: 1
Scanlated Chapters: 0
Status In Japan: Complete

I bought this book pretty much on a whim just because it was one volume long and wouldn't hurt my wallet too bad. I really got lucky finding such a good story. It is a fascinating look into 3 slices of the mangaka's life, dealing with homelessness, depression/anxiety, the manga industry, and alcoholism. It has an old school, cartoony art style that I would describe as a mix between Tezuka and Adachi's styles. I can see a lot of people disliking this type of art, but it was done with way on purpose to make light of a tough situation, and it works.

There isn't a whole lot of in depth dialogue between characters. Most of the time, it is the mangaka narrating and describing to the reader the weird people he meets, how he feels in certain situations etc.. This reads very smoothly and is a little different than what I am used to. I've never really read a manga autobiography before as far as I know.

Though being about some pretty dark times in the mangaka's life, it is told in a way that can be very funny and entertaining, while still being relatable.

I think it's worth noting that this manga won an Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, and a Japan Media Arts Award.

There are no scans of this manga, but if you can spare $10, head on over to Amazon and order this manga. I think you will be pleased with what you read and it is probably a little different from what you are used to reading.

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An autobiographical work in which Hideo Azuma tells the story of his inability to cope with the pressures of his job as a mangaka and of his exeriences with alcoholism. The work is split into three sections, each of which details one of Azuma's breakdowns. The first section (Walking At Night) is set in 1989 when Azuma suddenly walked out on both his job and his family and became homeless for the first time. Much of this section is given over to describing the practicalities of eating, sleeping, and killing time whilst homeless. The second section (Walking Around Town) covers a similar set of events in 1992 but this time Azuma managed to find labouring work as a gas pipe layer after a period of living rough. This section also looks back over Azuma's career and describes the pressures he worked under in the 1970s and 80s. The third section (Alcoholic Ward) covers the author's descent into full-blown alcoholism and his experiences of being committed to a hospital rehab programme in 1998.

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A Zoo In Winter (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=19593)
Genre: Drama, Slice-of-life
Demographic: Seinen
Serialized In: Big Comic
Number of Volumes: 1
Scanlated Chapters: 0
Status In Japan: Complete

This single volume story by Jiro Taniguchi really blew me away. It's a semi-autobiographical slice-of-life about the author's introduction to the manga industry, the people he meets, and the relationship that inspires him. A realistic story, it isn't exciting or melodramatic, but it was still a real page turner and something that I think people can really connect with and relate to.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the portion where the main character develops a romantic relationship with a sickly girl he was initially forced to spend time with. While I wouldn't call this book a romance, this featured relationship is one of the most natural and sweetest romances I have encountered in manga.

The art style is sem-realistic, and it really fits the story. At first, I thought it was a little stiff, but I quickly grew to love the style(I had a similar experience when first encountering Naoki Urasawa's art). The characters faces are very expressive and thoughtful. They convey real emotion that push the story along just as much as the dialogue.

There is no way I could recommend this book enough and my words do it no justice. With this one story, I have become a fan of Jiro Taniguchi. I plan on reading all of his licensed work and rereading this book many more times.

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Kyoto, 1966. The young Hamaguchi is working for a textile manufacturer whilst dreaming of becoming an artist, when an incident at the zoo involving the boss's daughter forces his hand. He moves to Tokyo at the invitation of an old school friend who also arranges an "interview" at the studios of the famous mangaka, Shiro Kondo. Here he quickly discovers both the long hours of meeting studio deadlines along with the nightlife and artistic haunts of the capital.

For the first time ever, multi-award winning Taniguchi recalls his beginnings in manga and his youth spent in Tokyo in the 60's. It is a magnificent account of his apprenticeship where all the finesse and elegance of the creator are united to illustrate those first emotions of adulthood.

k-dom
May 08, 2012, 03:04 PM
Once you have tried Taniguchi it is hard to stop :-)
Plus he is good in every genre although I tend to prefer is slice of life manga. Zoo in winter was a really nice story.
btw have you read some of Fumiyo Kouno (http://www.mangaupdates.com/authors.html?id=3506) works, I'm pretty sure she is an author you would really love.

MattC302
May 08, 2012, 03:09 PM
Once you have tried Taniguchi it is hard to stop :-)
Plus he is good in every genre although I tend to prefer is slice of life manga. Zoo in winter was a really nice story.
btw have you read some of Fumiyo Kouno (http://www.mangaupdates.com/authors.html?id=3506) works, I'm pretty sure she is an author you would really love.

I have only read The Town of Evening Calm; The Country of Cherry Blossoms, and I really liked it. I would like to read more of her work, but I believe this is the only one printed in English or scanlated. I think one other book by her is available through JManga, but I'm not a fan of that service.

barbapapa
June 11, 2013, 04:54 AM
Zoo in Winter was pretty great. I've been lucky that they published a bunch of Taniguchi's books in Dutch; among which My Father's Journal, Hareyuki Sora, and Distant Neighbourhood.

k-dom
June 11, 2013, 05:57 AM
Out of topic, are the books/comics published in Belgium in both French and Dutch or is it completely independant ?

ukimix
August 30, 2013, 01:13 PM
Thanks for all the recommendations. I'm reading Gon, to see if I can read it with my little daughter. It says it's not recommended for people with IC higher than a child 8 years old's, but she is 5. Possibly I'll give her a chance with this.