I'm currently into Kiss and Never Cry right now. It's already complete at 10 volumes in Japan but only 3 volumes have been scanlated so far.
This manga seems so different from what I read of her other work (Kimi wa Petto). This one is more plot-driven, a bit of a mystery type, more technical (regarding figure skating), and a bit of a mind-fuck, yeah. You know, heroines with twisted pasts and stuff. But it's really a very gripping, thrilling story that wants you to know more and more.
Plus, the mangaka's artwork is great. I looked up her other works after reading Kimi wa Petto because I loved looking at her drawings.
Kiss and Never Cry seem to be an interesting series. I rarely read any series related to sports, but the short summary sounds quite promising for me. *adds to my to-read-list* And that you said so as well... XD
By the way, a while ago I read another series related to ice skating called Ice Forest. I could only read few chapters back then, but it was quite a nice opening. A bit bland perhaps. but I would have read more if it wasn't because of school. Anyone had read that series?
I tried to read that last night but decided against it. I dunno why. I prioritized Kiss and Never Cry. I'm not done reading it yet.
I need josei suggestions, preferably ones with a more dark theme, a bit of fantasy here and there would not hurt much, no love stories or relationship based, they can be but the first part that I said must be the primary thing in them. So suggest away?
Hard to say I have seen a josei not based on love or romance. Maybe someone else have a reference for this? :3
I dunno, there are some sports themed and action-themed shoujo. Like 7 seeds (like Lost). Maybe there are others I can't think of right now.
scanlators site and grab the whole thing. Or go to manga.animea.net and read it online. Only two volumes long so it should be a quick read.
Last edited by Hamy; November 20, 2011 at 09:29 AM.
Fujiwara Kaoru would qualify as very dark, and of often fantasy themed. I would recommend starting with her short story collection, Mukashi no Hanashai. Her stories, particularly Fetish, can be very disturbing and are not for everyone. Okazaki Kyoko also writes very dark manga but she focuses on gritty reality, with no fantasy involved. Helter Skelter and River's Edge are all time classics.
Personally I think (good) shoujo and josei series really excell in portraying emotional interactions, though. Like the equivalent of seinen series with heavy pathos...
well, I think any good romance story should be really good at gaining empathy. It's not limited to shoujo, as I feel this often when I read Mitsuru Adachi's works which are very much shounen.
But that's beside the point, maybe?
Sometimes I just read some shoujo for the "no-brainer"-ness of it all. To destress myself, I should say. But these shoujo lose my interest after a couple of volumes. Most of them I tend to drop after a while as the gags wear off (eg: Usotsuki Lily, Otomen, etc)
Well it is a web comic but I think the readers of the josei/shoujo section could appreciate it more than the Manhwa ones, so here is a little advertisement for a wonderful romance about a blind man and deaf woman couple
I made a discussion thread in the manhwa section in case I'm successful...
I'm happy Dengeki daisy won the best shoujo award at the Japan expo 2012. Probably the best deserved one in the list
Well, Sailor Moon was one of my first anime. I'm not sure I want another one right now, even though it's new, given the 200 episodes old Sailor Moon anime... But we'll see. Just how far this new one would be different. I have high expectation on the quality of the anime. XD