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I'd recommend Vinland Saga as well. It has some interesting characters and a nice storyline to it (with a revenge theme, though not quite as dark as Berserk, which I see you're reading).
Otherwise, for action shounen series I'd say to go for either Kekkaishi or a classic like Rurouni Kenshin. If you're willing to step a bit out of your comfort zone and try a sports/slice-of-life manga, please give Cross Game a try. It's storytelling at its best.
Well I started reading kekkaishi like I said a few posts ago and now I'm on ch 102. I love it and recommend it to who ever likes really well thought out plot and characters should read this, it does read a little richer than most but its worth it.
I knew you were going to like it conn-man. It'll become even better I am glad that you have considered reading it and that you like it.
Did you like it from the beginning? Or did you have to struggle yourself through it?
i've liked all of it, the early chapters were all character development and humor and thats never a bad thing. the highlights of the early chapters for me was the stuff with uro-sama, that was fun, and when shishio came onto the scene.
now the story has gone crazy, but its still organized. all these new groups and characters, im having trouble remembering names of people and places but ill catch on.
yoshimori is definitly my favorite character, and as you can see, madarao. yoshimoris growth has been very good, him and tokine both need a power boost at the stage im at, so im looking forward to that. ill hop onto the kekkaishi thread as soon as im all caught up.
Last edited by conn-man; December 08, 2010 at 04:49 PM.
Otherwise, I would recommand Kenichi and Gintama. I found them better than the ones above and Gintama has been some of my biggest laugh in 2010.
A bit of topic wrt to this thread, if you have not read some of Naoki Urasawa works (Monster, 20th century boy...), do it.
And GTO, did you forget it ?
Last edited by k-dom; December 11, 2010 at 04:15 PM.
I would agree with k-dom on Fairy Tail and DGM (though I'm still reading it and trying to understand it ). Psyren is pretty good, though the pacing can feel off at times, especially the end (but it was inevitable). I thought the art for Psyren was impressive, actually, but I guess it could be a matter of taste.
Kenichi is another good one - also quite realistic in that all the martial arts and moves are really real. Matsuena-sensei does his research, that's for sure If you like/enjoy ecchi as well, this would also be right up your alley...
I'd also recommend Nurarihyon no Mago. Under-read manga with great art and a great story. The starting is admittedly slow, but once you get past that, every arc just gets better and better. It's very charming because most of the characters are based on Japanese folklore and it has a sort of mystic feel about it.
If you're looking for a slightly different kind of shounen, I'd recommend Bakuman. (*biased*) In Bakuman, the pen is truly mightier than the sword! You won't be seeing fistfights or sword duels and whathaveyou that you're probably used to seeing in shounen manga, but they "battle" with drawing manga! It's definitely a breath of fresh air~
If you're wondering about length (if it matters in helping you make the choice ), Psyren, Mago and Bakuman are all fairly short, so they should be fairly quick reads/catch-ups. DGM and FT would take longer but they aren't that long either. Kenichi is past the 400 mark, so it would take you the longest.
I'd recommend -Hitogatana-. Only three chapters have been translated so far, so far it's really good. Great art, great action scenes, great main character, and potential for a great story. Huner x Hunter is obviously classic, not quite One Piece but almost as good. I'm behind on my reading but Mago and Gamaran are also great. The latter is just vicious; no special powers, no fantasy, just brutal fighting and strategy.
I do read Vinland Saga and love it. Very similar to Berserk, without the fantasy settings and less violent. Vinland is not as good but if you like Berserk you'll like Vinland.
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A friendly reminder since I've noticed more and more deletes.
For new members, and maybe old members who may have forgotten. There is a "Thanks" button at the area where you can find "edit" and "quote" buttons at the signature area of a post. Now what I want to remind people is that its great to show gratitude and say thanks but rather than posting thanks to a person what you should do is to click the "Thanks" button. Not only will this free up posts that don't really add to the discussion but it also saves your time posting a one liner - which you should generally avoid in the first place.
just for my personal knowledge what is a cursive writing in japanese and why is it hard to read ?
i wasnt even aware u could write japanese in cursive