Originally Posted by Trenien
Be 'careful', though. Out of these four, only Gunnm isn't specifically targetted toward boys/teenagers (especially the second part 'Last Order').
GTO I guess you could get a laugh out of, and it can be a bit of interesting in what you learn about the Japanese school system.
Honestly for an adult who wasn't into manga until now, I think a much better choice would be:
- Berserk (Dark Heroic Fantasy)
- Blade of the Immortal (similar mood, though not as dark and in medieval Japan)
- Monster (Contemporary, mistery)
- MPD Psycho (Contemporary. Psychological thriller with a touch of SF)
- Nausicaa (Post Apo). As far as I'm aware, the only significant manga from Miyasaki. Don't be confused: manga=Japanese comics
. Most of Miyasaki's work is animation.
There are quite a few others, but this is a good start I think.
I don't agree. Although the titles you named are good, I don't think they're good to throw at beginners. They're too specific on the edge and only proofs the initial misunderstanding of many unknown to manga: "manga is just pornographic psyhotic material
The list I made can attract a wider public. Even though you say that Gunnm is targeted to teenagers, it sure has it's gore too, but more importantly, the story is well researched and deeper than it looks like. A teenage boy would be impressed by the gore and humor, an adult by the balanced story. (A technogeek by it's implementation of science).
Nausicaa... I don't know what to say.. OK, it has a deep story, and drags you in, but afterwards it did not give me a satisfied feeling and it's not a story i'd read again and again...
As for love hina and gto, they're good for laugh. And really, who would mind a good laugh.
I'd name rumiko takahashi too, but her more famous work are more off those silly humor... which might not suit everyone.... (especially a 38 years old)