I found Psyren to be a breath of fresh air. I mean, it's not like the series did anything new or anything. Most of what's been presented I've seen in Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece (and more, and that's why you'll never hear/see me say _____ is a ripoff), but the way Psyren's story is told is what really caught me. It's like the mangaka took bits of Bleach/One Piece epic moments and mixed it with Shin Megami Tensei's storytelling, at least that's how I saw it at the time. And even when I reread it, it still feels refreshing. Another reason I enjoy the series so much is the characters and to see a main character that's not an airhead is just as refreshing, not to mention there are no damsels in this series. It's too bad this ended the way it did though.
Rurouni Kenshin on the otherhand, well, I'm just a sucker for samurai's. A main character that's in his 20's, uses his head, and is pretty bad###, what more could I ask for? Top it off, it's loaded with samurai action.
Vampire Knight,online trading games are cool and the earlier titles such as the magic and urban rivals are especially raising a new bar for such genre, sometimes you could be a best ultimate collector of cards, and sometimes, you will be a historical legacy of heroes. all of that is good.
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Man this sorta changes depending on what I've read recently. Gintama has a special place in my heart, despite me wanting to hurt Sorachi so badly when I'm translating it. Gintama manages to do more genres in one arc well than some manga manage to do during an entire run. I love that Gintama isn't about 'success' it's about 'getting by'. Gintoki and the other characters aren't super powerful, super lucky, or super relevant. Which is kind sorta how life is. Everyone's just doing their best to get by and life isn't always elegant moments traced with dreamlike ecstasy like most shounen manga would have fans believe. Life's tough, unfair, and sometimes all too short, and I appreciate Sorachi for not being afraid to be brutally honest. Plus it's a bit refreshing to have a protagonist in a Shounen who's my age. :-P
I echo One piece. I may be overreaching, but I believe that Oda has crafted an epic comparable to the Odyssey or the Iliad.
Hunter X Hunter is also amazing. A perfect antithesis to Shounen manga, even if Togashi didn't mean it to be one. Every time you figure Togashi is going to embrace a trope, he ends up perverting it into something completely unexpected.
I'd like to also say I like Fukuchi Tsubasa's works for being just....fun. Sure they aren't thought provoking, or even very original, but in these times where a Shounen manga seems to be judged to be good or bad on merits of how emo it can be, I really appreciate Fukuchi for just being himself, weird and offbeat, but always just tons of fun. Ueki, Takkoku, and Anagle are all the most fun I've had reading/translating manga, and are just great for kicking back an indulging one's inner child.