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Old 05-07-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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Have never tried Manga. Any suggestions?

One of my students reads manga all the time. She suggested that I give it a try. I have never tried Manga before and would like to get some suggestions on where to start.

I need something with a decent storyline and nothing too graphic with violence or sex. I will be reading it on my Nook HD tablet if that makes any difference on what you suggest.

I like adventure stories, romance, or mysteries that are not TOO graphic.


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Old 05-07-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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What type of stories do you like to read? The question is too broad, the same as asking "what book should I read?" Manga isn't capitalized in case you didn't know.
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What type of stories do you like to read? The question is too broad, the same as asking "what book should I read?" Manga isn't capitalized in case you didn't know.
Thanks! I went back and fixed that. I am looking for adventure, romance, or mysteries that are not too graphic with violence/sex.


Does that help narrow it down?
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:50 PM   #4
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it's usually a genre very fond of cliché, stereotypes and visual gags relying on stereotyped facial expressions to the extreme. some famous I really enjoyed: Dragon Ball, Naruto, Inuyasha etc. long arc stories involving some character growing up and becoming stronger. lol

then, there is more artful and mature things like Cowboy Bebop, Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Lone Wolf and Curb, Blade of the Immortal, Nausicäa of the Valley of the Wind etc
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:50 PM   #5
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Hm. Maybe a graphic novel would be better.... I saw some James Patterson books were made into graphic novels.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:30 PM   #6
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One thing you might want to consider before digging into manga is that if you're used to western graphic novels, they can be difficult to read. My eleven-year-old reads both manga and comics with equal facility, but at 49, with over 40 years experience reading almost exclusively western comics, I have some difficulty with manga.

The problem I face has nothing to do with the stories or quality of art. It's just that I've spent four decades training my eyes to follow the pictures in the wrong direction. My daughter can flip back and forth with ease. So can my stepson, who's been reading both since he was young (he's now 22), but my habits are harder to break.

So if you do want to transition from western-style comics to manga I would recommend getting into the manga as early as possible so you don't build up the wrong habits.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:09 PM   #7
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Recommending some all-ages and female-oriented series. They don't have the most beautiful of art, they're mostly focused on the storytelling and some are older works.

Basara and Please Save My Earth are probably my two favorite manga with romance, adventure, and some mystery. Sadly, both have long been out of print in English despite success in several countries. If you can get a hold of the first few volumes of either series they're well worth reading.

From Far Away by Kyoko Hikawa is available in English. It has violence but nothing too graphic. Romance/adventure with an old-fashioned aesthetic.

Twin Spica is one of the most heartwarming and wholesome drama with several adaptations. The manga is available in English and on the Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Twin-Spica-Vol...mm_kin_title_0

Karakuri Odette is one of the few comedy series I've found that has a very cross-cultural sense of humor. Honey and Clover and Sand Chronicles are two other more recent series with nice art and thoughtful writing, very focused on drama. I would also second the recommendation for Nausicaa by Hayao Miyazaki, a sprawling adventure with a fantastic heroine.

Also this one- http://www.amazon.com/With-Light-Rai.../dp/0759523568

I have way too many to recommend so I'll just stop here.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:11 PM   #8
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Cool! Thanks for the suggestions and the comments. I am definitely not interested in reading manga forever, I just wanted to give it a shot since my student recommended it.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:41 AM   #9
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How about going to your local library? They might have some.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:17 PM   #10
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I'm not a fan of anime/manga at all but my brother is. He likes The Legend of Zelda, Naruto, Bleach, One Piece and Monster Hunter Orage.


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I read graphic novels from time to time. I really love The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé. Also, Bone by Jeff Smith is really good. Another is Art Spiegelman's Maus. It's a story about the Holocaust. In the graphic novel, Jews are depicted as mice, Nazis as cats, Poles as pigs, Americans as dogs, and so on.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:03 PM   #11
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Reading a manga for the sake of reading a manga?

I would try to read something a little familiar to you. There are a lot of manga to anime and vice-versa that you can try if you've already become familiar with the animated version. There are also a lot of manga-ized movies, books, and comics that you could try.

I've read the Star Wars adaptations, and the manga-zation of different comic book super heroes such as Spider-Man.

If you are new to any type of drawn medium like comic books, you have the right idea of just going for a graphic novel. Many of them have very detailed artwork and even if they are based off of existing characters/worlds in the comics, they tend to take a fresh view and not carry the baggage that would require you to be fully versed in the history.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:39 PM   #12
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I love manga by Clamp. You might consider checking out Chobits, Magic Knight Rayearth, Card captor Sakura, Wish and my personal favourite, Xxxholic. Xxxholic, despite the title, does not have any content of a graphic nature. It has romance and adventure, and is heavily influenced by japanese folklore.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:24 PM   #13
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One of the most popular manga series is NARUTO. Like my cousins and friends are so crazy about it
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:08 PM   #14
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Reading a manga for the sake of reading a manga?

I would try to read something a little familiar to you. There are a lot of manga to anime and vice-versa that you can try if you've already become familiar with the animated version. There are also a lot of manga-ized movies, books, and comics that you could try.

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If you are new to any type of drawn medium like comic books, you have the right idea of just going for a graphic novel. Many of them have very detailed artwork and even if they are based off of existing characters/worlds in the comics, they tend to take a fresh view and not carry the baggage that would require you to be fully versed in the history.
Yep, for the sake of trying something different.

I decided to go with a graphic novel version of a book I am familiar with first, before I try an actual manga. We will see how it goes.
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I find it incredibly difficult to pick manga, myself. It's such a broad subject, it's a bit like saying "recommend me a movie". The only two sensible ways of finding anything seem to be a recommendation from someone who knows what you like, or a random sampling until you find something. I don't really know anyone who reads manga and likes the same things as me, so I'd probably be better off going to the library and trying a few. I get the feeling their manga selection is aimed at kids, though.

It's kind of the same with anime, and there is understandably a lot of crossover. I find it almost impossible to tell if I'm going to like something until I actually see it. Popularity is no real help.

In practice, I have bought and tried a few. Some have hit, some have missed. I picked up the first three issues of Initial D at a clearance sale once, and enjoyed it more than I expected. It's a petrolhead manga about street racing. The characters don't look too great, but the cars are detailed and accurate. I just found that I was drawn in by the story-telling. It's an extremely long series, though, so I let it drop.

I also quite enjoyed Deathnote, about a boy who has the power to kill anyone in the world by writing their name in a demonic book, although again I haven't (yet) seen it through to the end.
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