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Old 07-12-2007, 01:09 PM   #1
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Manga?!?

Being from the US and rather old, well 38, not toooo old , I havent really dabbled in manga. Now I did read comics growing up, but this is more of a graphical novel type thing I take it. So I was wondering what kind of recommendations would be given to a newbie to Manga, a good series etc to get started on to see if I like it.
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Old 07-12-2007, 02:01 PM   #2
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What do you like to read? There are lots of different genres of manga.
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:06 PM   #3
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What do you like to read? There are lots of different genres of manga.
I know. I am lost in the sea of manga . I typically read alot of fantasy aka Stephen Donaldson, Robin Hobb, Pullman, OS Card, and of course the hilarious Pratchett.
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:21 PM   #4
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If you're into fantasy, then you should start with the series from Hayao Miyazaki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayao_Miyazaki

There are dozens of genres out there, so you can be a bit more specific. Do you like "out of this world"-fantasy, or "fantasy mixed with reality".
The more "apocalyptic mood" or the "cheerful" ones?
Actionpacked, or romantic?
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:50 PM   #5
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Its one of those things that I am ignorant of it that I dont know what to ask for. Basically it seems to be information overload. I dont really think I want romantic manga, however. The Miyazaki series sounds like it might be a good place to start. I like sci0fi out of this world, dark magic , apocaluptic is good. I don't really know what you mean by cheerful
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Old 07-12-2007, 05:14 PM   #6
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sci-fi, out of this world, apocalyptic: we've got Alita/Gunnm for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Angel_Alita definately a well researched, actionpacked manga. One of my personal favorites.

The thing is, there are just too much out there and you should start with a few to get you going.

A nice mix of humar, action, art manga, which are easy to find. I'd recommend (male) beginners is something like this:

-Battle Angel Alita/Gunnm (scifi, apocalyptic, action)
-Rurouni Kenshin (medieval, actionpacked, humor)
-GTO (humor, modern)
-Love Hina (base romantic slapstick)


For more, you can browse at tokyopop. http://www.tokyopop.com/shop
But these four are famous and easy to find in the store and are really worth the money (and if you by any chance don't like them, easy to sell).
If you really really want to try them out before buying... there are scanlations too. Although these are hard to come by for these titles. A code of honour for scanlators is, that when a series is licensed and published in english, they will stop distributing. But there are always strays...
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Old 07-12-2007, 05:18 PM   #7
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Oh, a recent series I've been following. Fantasy/action and humor:
King Of Hell:
http://www.tokyopop.com/Robofish/tp_manga/287300.html
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:44 PM   #8
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Thanks for the ideas, sounds like those 4 are an excellent place to start!
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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.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:23 PM   #10
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You like a lot of the same authors I like, though I don't care for Donaldson. Yes, definitely try Nausicaa. Deep story, only six volumes, and about as apocolyptic as you can get and still have characters to tell a story with. The art is rather dense, though, a bit atypical of manga, which is usually more spare. Miyazaki is better known for his anime movies, e.g. Spirited Away, which I highly recommend.

Try Rumiko Takahashi - Ranma 1/2 is easy to find, or Inu Yasha, but more specifically I think you'd like some of her Rumic World stories, e.g. The Laughing Target. I'd also recommend 3x3 Eyes, which is sort of horror-comedy, with a lot of quirkiness.

If you're interested in watching some anime, I would definitely recommend Neon Genesis Evangelion based on your reading tastes, but the manga isn't much like the anime. Same with Vision of Escaflowne-- I think you'd like the anime, but the manga is completely different (and not very good).
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:51 AM   #11
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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)

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Old 07-13-2007, 04:22 AM   #12
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you have forgotten some "big tittles" like

20th century boys (mistery of the same author of monster)
Akira: better the manga that the anime

and if you like sports:
Touch or Hajime no Ippo

if you specify a little more of what you like i will post more ;-)
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you have forgotten some "big tittles" like

20th century boys (mistery of the same author of monster)
Akira: better the manga that the anime

and if you like sports:
Touch or Hajime no Ippo

if you specify a little more of what you like i will post more ;-)
20th century boys got a good start but got dragging in the middle. And the ending left me like this

(with so many mangareaders here, I don't understand why my manga2ebook didn't get more responces)
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now i'm with pluto if you like the autor and osamu tezuka, think of a history original of osamu tezuka, telled by the author of Monster and 20th Century Boys

and about the final i'm in the volume 21, i will have to go and buy the 22 volume ;-)
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Wow, lot of action here on what's good and what's not. Be lucky you cannot actually walk into one of these bookstores over here that are literally crowded with 3-floors specifically tailored for manga. Word of advice though, be wary of some of the titles you pick up, as the Japanese have a penchant for some really bizzare and twisted stuff; i.e., there's any flavor of manga you can think of, and many you haven't.

There's a ton 'o good stuff out there though, so have fun and find what you like; it's tough to go wrong with all the suggestions people have provided here.
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