yay, a manga discussion!
December 8, 2006 1:06am CST
so i see a lot of discussions about anime, but where are all you MANGA lovers? :) i prefer manga to anime, but i like both. current manga i am reading: old boy (VERY good, dark) and hikaru no go (fun, waiting for something dramatic to happen very soon, i'm on volume 16!) favorite mangas include GUNNM (my all-time favorite) - first series. second, i haven't gotten into yet. sailor moon (yes it's true!), fushigi yuugi, ayashi no ceres, tomie (but angry i could never find the final volume!), uzumaki, anything by mizuno junko, kimagure orange road (okay that one is hella old haha) anyone into the same mangas, i mostly want to hear from you, but feel free to post suggestions for other mangas i may not have already read! thanks!
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8 Dec 06
id fall for bleach and black cat.i once read hikaru no go but i dont kinda like the end, and i will not spoil yer fun by saying it:) i hate sailor moon coz its too girlish hahahaha...my fave of all is gundam wing and endless waltz..there are many gundam but my fave is dat two.
1 Jun 08
hi shmeedia! i like reading mangas too! i just got into recently. and i never buy manga. i just read online. i'm currently reading lovely complex. you should read this! its a very good manga! funny and sweet. i've watched the anime and the live action and it really has a good story. i'm also reading shin daa! daa! daa!, princess resurrection and koukou debut. i have finished reading Zettai Kareshi just last month. my list is only short because i prefer to watch anime. i'm too lazy to turn the pages. ^__^;; yay! i'm glad to know that you've read sailormoon! i didn't read the manga but i definitely love the anime.
• United States
3 Jan 07
the main reason why i prefer manga better then anime sometimes is because 1. there's no fillers in the manga, and 2. alot of the time the manga would give you a more indepth look at characters and such. some of my favorite series include boyz n' girl, perfect girl evolution(aka. wallflower), junjou romantica, love mode, demon dairy, ouran kokkou host club, gokusen, one piece, gantz, partner, deathnote and a bunch of others...
• United States
3 Jan 07
i get what your saying like author comments/diary on the side pannel or extra page or two or three 'bout character info...but the main fillers i'm talking about are the storyline's they add into the anime itself that has no main point to the stories just to fill in the gap before they get on track with the anime. The main one i'm thinking 'bout would be the naruto anime fillers...which has been going on for 2 + years.
3 Jan 07
ohhhhh yeah, i see what you mean. yeah that`s definitely not so cool :( i don`t follow naruto much so i didn`t know how off they really went! usually the mangas are more to the point, and if they were lacking in plot, the `fixes`the anime team does don`t really make things better ;)
9 Dec 06
sure you two... here is the difference: 'anime' basically means 'cartoon' in japanese. generally in english anyway, we use 'cartoon' to designate stuff that we can see on a tv or movie screen. stuff that actually moves. 'comic books' might be a way we designate the written form of this. so a picture book, essentially. that is the meaning of 'manga'. so, many famous or popular mangas (drawn comic or story books) get transformed into a tv show or film series. usually, the original artist is consulted, but does not actually draw the characters for the cartoonified version of his/her books, therefore, there are often variances in the characters' appearance from the book to the screen. sailor moon for example, was drawn in the books with a somewhat sketchy style, eyes had huge amounts of eyelashes and eyebrows, but in the anime version, the style was more linear, narrowing out the eye details. more simplified. but i feel a lot of the expressions were really well duplicated in the anime version of the manga. as some people have already noted in this discussion, some stories like full metal alchemist, are much more 'cute' in the anime version, with the manga style being a bit less attractive. i hope that explains the difference between anime and manga now :)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I don't believe I've read any of those series-- well, actually, I started reading Fushigi Yuugi. It was available at the public library-- a friend of mine lost my library card (she needed it to access the databases from school, in order to do a research paper), so I have not been to the library for a long time. For some reason, I was not drawn to continue the series on my own. Anyways! I absolutely love manga-- and it's great being able to afford them now! (At first, I couldn't really... I even cashed in my piggy bank to buy some them. Poor piggy... I took a knife to it, in my haste to open the thing.) Right now, I'm only collecting a few series. I decided to put a hold on some. Currently, I am reading: 1) Skip Beat, by Yoshiki Nakamura. It is HILARIOUS. I would definitely recommend this series... Basically, the main character wants to get revenge on this guy who was a total jerk to her-- she quit high school in order to go with him to Tokyo (I believe), so that he could become a singer. We find out fairly quickly that he was only using her-- and he tells her the only way to have her revenge is to beat him in "show biz." It's great! (Or maybe I just like revenge against jerk-y guys?) 2) Cain Saga/Godchild, by Kaori Yuki. Great series. Slightly morbid, I suppose, but brilliant. I had read Count Cain (that's what I'm used to it being referred to as-- more accurately, it would be Earl Cain, which I guess doesn't sound as "good," so it is called the Cain Saga). I'm very excited at its being licensed. Well, I was with Skip Beat, too, which had also been scanlated to some degree. 3) Fruits Basket, by Natsuki Takaya. Lovely series-- I'm really into love triangles and complicated relationships in literature, so I like it pretty well. Around volume forteen, I started to lose interest-- until I actually read that volume, and developments toward the end brought it back to life. 4) The Wallflower, by Tomoko Hayakawa. Really, a lot of potential. I adored the first volume-- however, I would agree with a reviewer from animenewsnetwork. After the first volume, it has become somewhat stagnant. It's just that it has fallen into this pattern of situational comedy with no real story/plot progression. Considering the fact that it is at volume ten, maybe not the best thing. On the other hand, a lot of people really seem to like this series. It IS very funny, most of the time. And just when the lack of plot has almost made me decide to stop reading...something pulls me back in. It's really a cute story. Due to certain events, she has closed herself off to the world, preferring the darkness and the company of slasher flicks and various "creepy" objects. Her aunt decides to make her into a true lady, gaining help from four gorgeous (and much sought after) males, in exchange for free rent for them. They are surprised, to say the least, at what they got themselves into. It's only my opinion that there is no plot development-- it's a good series. I hope that it continues and improves. So, yes. Wow, I really didn't mean to actually give miniture reviews of all the manga! I'm sorry. ^^; Some others that I have started have been: Basara (waiting for more to come out before buying again), Hana Yori Dango (bookstore never had the volume I needed, so I put it on hold), DNAngel (collecting too many other series to continue, at the moment), Fake (didn't get last volume because of "mature" rating, although I'll get it sometime soon), Forbidden Dance (nice series, four volumes, finished), Gravitation (stopped at volume six or seven-- my mother doesn't really approve of shounen-ai/yaoi, which is also why I didn't get the last volume of Fake), Hana-Kimi (funny, funny series-- collecting too many others, but might start up again), Kare Kano (disappointed by actions in the sixth book, so I stopped reading), Kodocha (CUTE and FUNNY series; finished), Marmalade Boy (completed), annnnnnnd yeah... I'll stop now. XD Oh! But some of my FAVORITE series haven't been licensed yet! I won't bother to mention specific titles-- only authors. Anything by Kaori Yuki, Abe Miyuki, and Shiho Sugiura! There are more, of course, but these are some of the best, in my opinion! Anyways, I'm sorry for posting so much. I haven't had a chance to really talk about manga with anyone for a while... None of my friends were ever THAT into manga, and I haven't even seen any of them for at least four months. My boyfriend will listen, but I feel like I'm just babbling to him. Which, of course, I am. But it's more fun to babble when there's a chance that someone might either know what you're talking about it or like it too! So, yes! I'll stop talking now. I'm glad to have been able to have a nice rant-type thing about this series! Oh, and I also prefer manga to anime. I've always preferred the book to the show/movie with anything. (Except Peter Pan. I couldn't stand him in the book.) There's so much more character development. Well, now-- I'm off! Happy reading, everyone! ^_____^
• United States
3 Jan 07
alot of my favs. are unliscensed too...out of the three you listed some of their works that i love include: from kaori yuki i loved boys next door, cruel fairytales and i love her work for meine leibe... from abe miyuki i loved bashing renai and lost child..i know there's more but those are the two main ones i remembered. as for Shiho Sugiura i really loved koori no mamono no monogatari
3 Jan 07
interlude, wow, you really did write a lot :) but highly welcomed here. in fact i haven`t read any of the series you mentioned :( i pretty much stopped reading current manga about 3-5 years ago. i continue to read work by the same artists i used to read like yukito kishiro (gunnm) or watase yuu (fushigi) but the only new series i`ve read is hikaru no go, which i`m nearly done with. i hear you when you say you can`t afford most manga...however they seem to have come down slightly in price since i first starting reading/collecting. and nowadays if you`re lucky you can find a lot of second-hand ones for cheap. when i first started reading, i had no choice but to buy new copies :( ouch, my wallet! :)
• United States
3 Jan 07
gotta agree with you there...i'm also a fan of the manga. the fillers in the anime have been going on for 2+ years and because of that i kinda stopped watching it. however i'm still following the manga and it's getting really good...last chapter i read was 337 i think...where it ended with naruto and co. finally arriving to help on the mission...
11 Feb 08
hi. I am manga lovers too but it's hard to keep following good mangas nowadays. back then I read a lot of them, "Candy Candy", "Garasu no Kamen / Glass Mask", "City Hunter", some clamp's manga, Fushigi Yuugi, Doraemon :), Great Teacher Onizuka (well ... LOL), Hikaru no Go (this one is the best game manga! our translated version in Indonesia has reached the last volume around last year), "Kaze no Sylphid", "Mars" (both are about horce racing), and "Beauty Pop" is the last one I keep following now ... it is about makeover by haircuts. this one is great manga, it's funny but has great tips on makeover too. :)