Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Manga Primer

At the January Animanga Club meeting, teen manga fans compiled a list of recommendations of classic, essential manga. These are the series that turned them into die-hard manga enthusiasts, and they're a great place for you to start if you want to know more about the genre:


Shoujo (romances):

Vampire Knight

Y HINO
Cross Academy's night class is full of vampires!

Pita-Ten
Y Graphic DONBO
Misha is an angel who, though clueless about the ordinary world, swears to protect Kotarou at all costs.

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play
Y Graphic WATASE

Hot Gimmick
Y Graphic AIHARA

Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden
Y Graphic WATASE
The story of the first priestess of the The Four Gods.

Love.com
Y Graphic NAKAHARA
The tallest girl and the shortest boy in class join forces to pursue their objects of affection.

Imadoke
Y Graphic WATASE

Fruits Basket
Y Graphic TAKAYA
When members of the Soma family are hugged by people of the opposite sex, they turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal!

Tokyo Mew Mew
Y Graphic IKUMI
Five girls whose DNA is merged with the DNA of wild animals must protect the planet from aliens.

Ultra-Maniac
Y Graphic YOSHIZ


Shonen (action):


Case Closed
Y Graphic AOYAMA
Funny-looking high school student Jimmy Kudo
solves crimes that have the police baffled.

Death Note
Y Graphic OHBA
The Death Note grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose face they have seen, by writing the victim's name in the notebook.

Full Metal Alchemist
Y Graphic ARAKAWA
Edward and Alphonse search for the Philosopher's Stone so they can repair the damage they caused when they dabbled in alchemy trying to resurrect their dead mother.

Naruto
Y Graphic KISHIM
A trouble making orphan is struggling to graduate from ninja academy, but there is a terrible force within him.

Inuyasha
Y Graphic TAKAHA

Chobitz
Y Graphic CLAMP
Chi has something or someone hidden in her cybernetic soul.

Nausicaa
Y Graphic MIYAZA
Nausicaa has an empathic bond with the giant insects that evolved as a result of the ecosystem's destruction.

Ranma 1/2
Y Graphic TAKAHA
Ranma turns into a girl every time he is splashed with cold water.

Desert Coral
Y Graphic MURAYA

Dragon Knights
Y Graphic OHKAMI

Vampire Hunter D
Y Graphic KIKUCHI

Demon Diary
Y Graphic Demon

Alive
Y Graphic KAWASH

Single Volume:

Line Y Graphic KOTEGA
Chicko's life took a dramatic twist when she found the cell phone.

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