So what are you currently reading?
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2) Also, what manga series are you currently following?
To answer 1, I am currently reading (and enjoying) Love Roma vol. 2.
As for 2, there are many, like:
Pet Shop of Horrors
What about you?
2) Of the titles I'm following that are actively issuing volumes, 100 Ghosts, G-Defend, Kizu, Hikaru no Go. What I want to follow is Phantom Moon Tower, but that's moving at a rate of 5 years between volumes.
I am currently keeping up with:
Robot (art book/color manga) by Range Murata
And still need to pick up FLCL Volume 2.
Anyone looking for a great new manga to pick up? I *highly* recommend Monster! Enjoy your manga reading!!
Other than that, I'm reading Sakende Yaruze (shounen-ai & yaoi isn't forbidden here right? 9.9"), Death Note (I've yet to finish it), Angel Sanctuary (i've yet to finish it too... when I stopped I was crying and I haven't started again... T.T), and Kagen no Tsuki by Yazawa Ai.
I'm also quite updated with Bleach and Naruto, though I don't read them yet (from friends hehe).
I'm reading volume one of Genju no Seiza, volume three of Loveless, volume eleven of DNAngel, Hands Off!, Antique Bakery, Lagoon Engine, Yami no Matsuei, and various sundry and others that I can't remember at the moment.
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I'm after some new Dark Horse acquisitions such as Reiko The Zombie Shop, Eden and Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service!
Series I follow:
Ranma 1/2 (about to end *sniff*)
Blade Of The Immortal
Usagi Yojimbo (okay, it's not strictly manga but I think of it in that way because of the Japanese flavour)
Series I am following:
La Corda d' Oro
Back Stage Prince
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden
Ouran High School Host Club
Prince of Tennis
........and a whole bunch more!
Lately, I've been reading a few "light novels": volume 2 of Crest of the Stars, and Boogiepop Returns: VS Imaginator.
I've just read volume 2 of Fullmetal Alchemist... it was nice, but I thought these scenes were better executed in the anime (especially the chimera plotline). As for what I'm following...
* Death Note
And the light novels
* Kino no tabi
Probably a couple others I'm forgetting about. I've also recently picked up the first volumes of:
* Lament of the Lamb (Hitsuji no uta)- I immensely enjoyed this, and thus I'll probably buy the complete series sometime next week
* Nana - I admit I stopped reading it halfway into the book... some of my friends are really into it, but it's just not for me *sigh* - I'll probably force myself to finish it, after all I've spent my hard-earned euros on it and I can at least practice German
* The Rose of Versailles (Berusaiyu no bara), which I haven't finished yet but surprisingly like. I'll also buy the other volumes of this, though during my last visit to the big bookstore where I usually buy manga I couldn't find volume 2, only 3 and onwards. Nyah! (I'm quite surprised to see that no one on Librarything has the complete series, and I've even combined some of the different editions/author name spellings/etc and still. Meh!)
* Gosick (light novel) - I haven't started reading this yet, I bought it because these books are perfect both for practicing German and reading during commuting (ie. in short snippets). I'll probably read all non-romance light novels available in German during the course of this month and the next... I've just started and I'm already reading the third out of six. (2 vols Boogiepop, 1 vol Kino no tabi... 1 Kino no tabi and 2 Gosick to go.) It's a pity all new titles are romance-oriented.
As you can see, I mostly read seinen, with the occasional shounen, and while I regularly try other genres, those are usually complete failures. (But I like Berusaiyu no Bara!! Then again, the only shoujo anime I could ever finish watching was Shoujo Kakumei Utena, which is very strongly influenced by Berusaiyu no Bara... I hope the anime is as good as the manga, I'll give that one a try as well after successfully obtaining and reading all volumes.)
I'm also considering picking up Shamo, but it's sooo long (ie. lots of money needed :O ) and Heads by Motorou Mase, which is nicely drawn, interesting, but since I am in a related field, I'm a bit afraid it will completely destroy all suspension of disbelief for me... Homunculus also came pretty close in this respect, but in the end I still ended up enjoying it, I'm afraid this will not be the case with Heads.
I get a ton of stuff from Viz though. Too much.
Speaking of ADV, I recently re-read Yotsubato! and remembered how much I love and miss it. Has anyone heard anything about when volumes four and five might see the light of day?
Sexy Voice and Robo
Short Cuts Vol. 1 by Usamaru Furuya
I've also stalled out at Volume 11 of Blade of the Immortal, although I plan to keep reading if I can find discount copies of later volumes...
and these comics, which aren't manga:
vol. 16 of Fruits Basket
vol. 5 of Love Roma
vol. 2 of Ninin ga Shinobuden
vol. 1 of ES: Eternal Sabbath
vol. 2 of Kashimashi
vol. 10 of Neon Genesis Evangelion
vol. 12 of Fullmetal Alchemist
Edit: metatext -- how did you get hold of Short Cuts? I'd heard that's been out of print for a while now.
I've ordered Night of the Beasts from the bookstore and the first volumes of Vampire Knight and Chobit from the library. They all look really good.
Since you're reading two of Chika Shiomi's series, you may want to try Yurara. There are 2 volumes out and it is currently running in Shojo Beat magazine. Vampire Knight is also in there so you may be interested in the series in the magazine as well as all of the direct to novel Shojo Beat series. Here's the tag page for shojo beat: http://www.librarything.com/tag/shojo+beat .
For the supernatural angle, I'd recommend Petshop of Horrors and Genju no Seiza by Matsuri Akino and Tokyo Babylon by CLAMP. For a little added fun there's Fruits Basket by Natsuki Yakaya and DNAngel by Yukiru Sugisaki.
There are so many good ones out there and many of them have already been listed on the touchstones, so check those out to see if you like them. Let us know how your reading goes.
I'm off to check out that LT group as well.
I also borrowed Volume 1 of Chobits from the library. I pretty much liked it. I found it very easy to read. I liked it enough to bookmooch the first four volumes of the series since I don't think the library carries the whole set.
Some of the series at 20+ volumes seem a little overwhelming to me. For instance, I read volume 1 of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles last night and loved it. However, I recently discovered it is a really long series which I'm not even sure has reached its conclusion yet. I'm going to keep on with the series but it is a bit daunting to think about.
I like Tsubasa a lot, but I honestly prefer xxxholic because it's creepier and has an almost art nouveau feel to it. Tsubasa runs in Shonen Magazine, so that partly explains the lengthy fight scenes and high number of volumes (like Bleach and Prince of Tennis, for example).
Are you looking for other good but short series to read?
I would love suggestions on other short series! Other than the ones I've mentioned already I've also read Until the full Moon, the first couple volumes of After School Nightmare and the first volume of Kingdom Hearts. Right now I have the first volumes of From Far Away and Angel Sanctuary out from the library that I haven't read yet. If you can't tell I lean towards the fantasy/relationshippy type stories :-)
Other series that are on hiatus: Yami no Matsuei/Descendants of Darkness (since 2003, barring a few short stories with nothing to do with the main storyline) and X/1999 (since 2003).
Chances are neither YnM nor X will ever be finished, at this point.
Noooooooooo! I hadn't heard that. *sigh* Sometimes I wonder if having an anime with a definite ending made before the manga is finished causes the mangaka to lose interest or ideas.
Well, the X manga was going in a completely different direction than the anime, at the time it went on hiatus, so I doubt that's the reason there (they said at the time it was because, considering the massive earthquake that hit Japan for real, they felt it was an inappropriate time to continue with a story that involved earthquakes and destroyed Tokyo, but that was four and a half years ago now, so obviously there's more to it than that).
And the 'ending' to the YnM anime was just the ending of the Kyoto arc in the manga, so it doesn't really count (I personally think she just wrote herself into a corner, there, because the storylines she had going were excessively convoluted and kinda random).
With D.N.Angel, I have no idea, as I don't really follow it; I liked the anime, but not enough to pick up the manga.
Here's what I know: we've caught up with the Japanese release, so the volumes are coming out at a snail's pace through molasses in January. To the best of my knowledge the series is still coming out in Japan...just quite slowly. Yukiru Sugisaki has a habit of working on lots of different projects at once, so nothing seems to get done particularly quickly.
My current reading crop consists of Penguin Revolution (reread), Kitchen Princess (nearly caught up with the available volumes), xxxHOLIC (caught up and waiting for the next translated volume), and Emma. There are a few other titles in there, but that's the bulk of it.
Hmmmm, short fantasy series... well, you've mentioned From Far Away, which is a personal favorite of mine, and that's short for a fantasy series - only 14 volumes! Platinum Garden is 10 volumes and has a nifty premise. Ghost Hunt combines the supernatural with a hint of romance and should be around 10 or 11 volumes once it finishes up. One of the collaborators of GH worked on The Twelve Kingdoms (Juuni Kokki) if you liked that. Million Tears and Flower of the Deep Sleep (same author) are only 2 volumes each.
I'm all about "relationshippy type stories" myself and would suggest borrowing or buying Aishiteruze Baby (7 volumes), Beauty is the Beast (5 volumes), Beauty Pop (currently 8 volumes but so cute it's worth it), La Corda d'Oro (should end around 7 volumes) and Saint Lunatic High School (2 volumes). Vampire Knight is really good and while it's still running in Japan, the author tends to keep her series fairly short.
I have something of a skewed idea of short series, to be honest. ^_^ If you're looking for a longer investment, I can't praise Ouran High School Host Club highly enough, it's hilarious and is probably my desert island manga.
Hopefully this was helpful - if you'd like any other suggestions, please let me know!
It's been more than two years now since the release of volume 11 in Japan, so that's pretty darn high on the "slow" scale.
ShushiGirl - Thanks a bunch for all the suggestions! I'll be checking them out.
Last night I finally read my copy of Yurara that I had set aside and absolutely adored it! I'm hoping to get over to Borders tonight to pick up volume 2. I also have the first volume of Hana Kimi out from the library to read.
I think I'll hold off on D.NAngel for a bit. I'm not sure if I want to get into a manga series that looks like it might not have a definite ending.
I like the fantasy/relationshippy type stories too. So here’s the start of a list gathered from my collection, some tag mashes, Graphic Novels by Michael Pawuk and Manga the Complete Guide by Jason Thompson.
List Part 1:
Alice 19th, 7 vols by Yu Watase. Genre: magic in the real world. Alice learns to use the mysterious Lotus Words in order to save the world.
Aquarian Age: Juvenile Orion, 5 vols by Sakurako Gokurakuin. Genre: magic in the real world. A short, fun series.
Cardcaptor Sakura, 12 vols, by CLAMP. Genre: magic in the real world. Sakura accidentally releases magic from an enchanted book and must recover them before they wreak havoc on the world. (Not to be confused with the Americanized Cardcaptors (which I did like, but it isn’t the original).)
Demon Diary, 7 vols by Kara, Jee-Hyung Lee and YunHee Lee. Feckless young Raenef must learn how to be a Demon Lord.
Demon Ororon, 4 vols by Mizuki Hakase. Genre: dark fantasy. Something just fascinates me about this story even though it isn’t as upbeat as others.
Basara, 26 vols by Yumi Tamura. Genre: heroic fantasy. A young girl takes the place of her slain brother to overthrow the kingdom’s cruel rulers.
Bastard, 23+ vols by Kazushi Hagiwara. Genre: sword and sorcery fantasy. One kiss from Tia transforms young Lucien into the “evil” wizard Dark Schneider. Not completely to my taste, it seemed more aimed at boys, though there are many female fans of Dark Schneider.
ElfQuest by Wendy and Richard Pini. Genre: epic fantasy. Available in b&w manga sized volumes or larger color volumes. This American comic was created in 1978 and is just awesome romantic fantasy. “It tells the tales of the Wolfrider clan of elves and how they came to be a part of Earth from their extraterrestrial origins.”
Thanks a bunch for the list!
I mentioned them here, only because the series feels more Japanese to me than American.
I don't mind the black and white manga, although the few glossy color pages they sometimes put at the front of them are really beautiful.
I'll second Trollsdotter's recommendations for Cardcaptor Sakura and Basara.
Cardcaptor Sakura (NOT Cardcaptors) is one of my favorite manga series overall. Very sweet and touching; I think it's just the "fantasy/relationshippy type" story you'd like. In addition, the leads from Tsubasa are also kinda-sorta from CCS. You could consider Tsubasa to be CLAMP's version of a US comic publisher's super-duper crossover series; a lot of the fun for CLAMP fans in Tsubasa comes from recognizing characters from other series.
Basara is a wonderful epic tale about a girl who has to take her brother's place as the destined leader of the people of Japan in the distant future against their despotic rulers. Romance, action, nice touch of humor; Basara's got something for everyone. The art's not to everyone's liking, but I enjoy it.
For more CLAMPy goodness, I'd also recommend Wish. It's the series that got me hooked on CLAMP, and it's still probably my favorite of their tales. It's a fairly brief (four volumes), but very sweet, funny, and romantic story about an angel and a human. The human helps the angel, and the angel wants to repay the debt, but the human can't think of anything he needs, so the angel stays around until the angel can find a way to repay the debt. Various other characters and complications ensue, natch.
I haven't read Wish yet but coincidentally I just bought the four volume set off of ebay the day before yesterday. I thought it looked very good. So far I've really enjoyed everything I've read by Clamp and now have a shelf full of manga by them.
My most recent manga reads have been Suki, Clamp School Defenders, Sensual Phrase (I'm up to volume 12) and Vampire Knight.
I've pre-ordered the next volumes of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles and Her Majesty's Dog from amazon and am SO looking forward to them.
I'll have to check out Basara as well since I've enjoyed all the other recommendations so far. My problem is getting interested in a series and then having wait so long for the next one to come out. I keep thinking I shouldn't start anything new until I've caught up or finished the series I've already started.
This manga series is pretty sexually explicit, although not completely hardcore. It is almost like watching a soap opera (or a car wreck, you can choose your analogy) so it is a bit of a guilty pleasure reading them. I know that the series is complete and there are only about 18 volumes in all so I'd hate to give them up now.
Im also reading Alichino and i want to get into Vampire Knight.
Oh and has anyone heard of Ergo Proxy?
The main story of Basara's complete in the US now; it ended with Volume 25, which Viz (the publisher) released a month or two ago. There's two volumes yet to be published here, IIRC, but I've heard that they're side stories. I highly recommend this series; it's a great epic tale.
What's happened with D.N. Angel, again from what I've heard, is that the manga-ka took a break for a while, so the US has caught up with Japan. Supposedly, the series has started up again in Japan, so you should get your wish, but since the US is now keeping pace with Japan, it'll probably be a fairly long wait between volumes (especially if D.N. Angel's published in a monthly magazine in Japan).
For josei titles, try one of Erica Sakurazawa's books. EDIT: Nodame Cantabile's another good josei title; it's a romantic comedy set at a music school. Shojo-wise, I'd suggest Basara (can you tell I like this one? ;) ); a number of CLAMP titles -- Wish, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Suki are all very good; you might also want to pick up a copy of Shojo Beat (the magazine that originally contained Nana in the US) to see if anything there tickles your fancy. EDIT: Forgot to mention Fruits Basket; very entertaining. It's got some very nice funny moments, and there's a well-told story there too.
I also picked up and read Yurara volume 3 and Cardcaptor Sakura Master of the Clow Volume 3. I really love the relationship between Toya and Yukito, it's so sweet! I was a little surprised by the end of this volume because in the anime they strung that particular storyline out a bit longer.
Today in the mail I received Wolf's Rain volume one via Bookmooch and have had volume 2 sitting on my shelf for a long time waiting for me to get this one. So, I'll probably read those tonight.
I'm on like the 6th book so far and it's a really good series
Currently reading Vampire Knight Volume 3.
Ditto with After School Nightmare, I can't find the one that was supposed to be published at the beginning this month anywhere *sigh*. When you say you've read the climax, does that mean the end of the series?
I just finished reading Legal Drug Volume 2 and have ordered volume 3. From what I've read Clamp never finished the series, which is a bummer. I really enjoyed the two I've read so far.
I started Gravitation and like it so far. I've watched many of the anime episodes but the manga seems much more involved with more characters.
I finally got After School Nightmare Volume 6 in from Amazon today along with Yurara Volume 4 and Clamp No Kiseki Volume 10. Still no new volume of Her Majesty's Dog though *pouts*
The chess pieces with the Clamp No Kiseki were sooo cute! I was so happy to see Fai was one of the pieces.
I just about managed Maison Ikkoku and so now I've moved on to the hilarious yet somewhat dialogue-heavy One Piece (3) as well as Gantz (3).
I've read scanlations of Gantz before so I know the story, though to be honest most of the dialogue is of the "Aaaaaaaaaaargggggh!!!!", "Aaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!", "Uuuuuurgggh!!!" and "Are you serious?!?!" variety.
Last night I read volumes 4 and 5 of D.N. Angel and am waiting for volumes 6-9 to come in from the library.
Also, I was very happy to finally get an email from amazon saying they've shipped the new Her Majesty's Dog!!!!!
Waiting for Air Gear.
The series that I'm currently following are:
Descendants of Darkness
I also generally borrow a friend's copy of Wallflower. It's totally adorable.
Legal Drug (wishing Clamp would hurry up and write another volume!);
Loveless (I think I'll probably pre-order it off of Amazon.);
Gravitation EX (are they really coming out with another one?); and
Last night I re-read Ouran High School Host Club volume 4 and I read After School Nightmare Volume 7. Also about half-way through RG Veda Volume 3 and just started Eerie Queerie Volume 1.
Yes they're coming out with another Gravitation Ex. I've scouted the internet diligently and have found a site that has the Japanese scans up but the site hasn't put anything up since August of last year. They had part of book two up and then it just stopped. I'd really like to buy book two but I'm not sure what's going on with it.
Oh, just in case anyone is interested, I found a scan of what is apparently a new series of FAKE manga. Very exciting! (for me anyway)
Yesterday I finished Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Volume 17 which was very good. I so love having the actual book over reading scans.
I'm still working on RG Veda Volume 3 and have Death Note Volume 3 on deck to be read next.
and more, just cant remember
Vol. 20 of Fruits Basket just hit the shelves. Vol. 19 came out in March.
Shinshi Doumei Cross (I liked it's ending!)
Prince of Tennis
...any recommendations? (something similar to One Piece!)
I've also reading Hana Kimi and have bought the first two volumes of Ouran High School Host Club and Gravititon which I hope to start in the near future.
Other than that I'm waiting on new manga that I've pre-ordered in the following series:
Her Majesty's Dog
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles
edited to add two I had forgotten I pre-ordered:
Ouran High School Host Club
After School Nightmare
It had been so long since I placed the orders I had forgotten until I just checked my pending orders on Amazon!
Halfway through Kare Kano.
Starting Angel Sanctuary.
I love seeing what everyone is reading - my 'to read' list is growing by leaps and bounds, so thank you all!
I’ve been reading random shoujo like Kyou mo Ashita mo and Akagami no Shirayukihime. I need to order Hakkenden 9 and Silver Diamond 15 comes out soon. :D
Have you caught up to the manga online as well? Very, very interesting Watanuki/Syaoran revelations.
Fairy Tail 2
Rosario Vampire 1
Berserk (lost count around 28-30)
Haijime no Ippo 84
Futari H 3
Basara 4 (probably going to give up)
Y + M 6
Gantz (stopped at vol 20)
Hellsing 8(should be ending soon)
Psychic Busters 3
XXX Holic 12 (ending soon)
Mahou Sensei Negima 5 (too long.., I'll think about it)
Full Metal Alchemist 17
Gunslinger Girl 10
MPD Psycho 11
Air Gear 19
And I should stop here before it gets any longer. ;)
I don't read a lot of scanlations online either, but I do keep up with three; xxxHolic, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles and Ouran High School Host Club. Those are the only ongoing ones I just can't seem to be patient with!
So what did you think of AnotherHolic?
I have mixed feelings about it, but don't regret reading it. I thought NISIOISIN captured enough of the personalities of the characters to make it firmly an xxxHolic novel, but without the charm I usually get from the manga (I haven't watched any of the anime). I also thought that the first two stories were too similar in plot and would have like a little more of a supernatural interaction.
Recently read: Gaba Kawa, Penguin Revolution, Vol. 6 and St. Dragon Girl, Volume 1.
I'm reading 101 Hitome no Alice, which is a manga centered around a music school written by Kawai Chigusa (La Esperanca). I think I prefer this one over La Esperanca so far.
I have seen some of the anime and have really enjoyed them. The only complaint I have about it is that the anime completely excludes any Tsubasa tie ins.
Helcura-Our Kingdom is one of the first yaoi/bl theme manga I read and I'm still holding on to the set. I really enjoyed the story. What did you think?
The characters are very charming and the artist does a GREAT job of capturing unique facial expressions - especially embarrassment in all its variety.
I'm still waiting for a couple of issues to come in at the library, but I may add the set to my wishlist. I think volume 6 is coming out in English pretty soon.
trollsdotter - Getting back to you on my general feelings on AnotherHolic, I think I was most disappointed that we didn't get any of the other regulars other than Watanuki and Yuko. But, like you, I'm not sorry I read it.
I did a review here, if you're interested:
Helcura - The kidnapping plot gets a little overdone in the later volumes (although it becomes a running gag in the manga) but other than that I think the series is great!
Over the last couple days I've read volumes 7 & 8 of Black Cat, still enjoying the series.
Another new series I'll be starting soon (maybe tomorrow) is Satisfaction Guaranteed. I received and finished off the Psychic Power Nanaki manga trilogy for Christmas and really liked it so I'm definitely looking forward to Satisfaction Guaranteed by the same manga-ka.
Also reading Satisfaction Guaranteed and am part way through volume 2. I really enjoyed Psychic Power Nanaki by the same manga-ka much more although I'm holding on to the hope that SG will get better as it goes along.
The Flowers for the dragon Vol. 2
Naruto Vol. 37
Can't Loose You
I also just read this random volume I picked up at the library called "Gothic Sports". It's...interesting. good though.
I like the manga of Fruits basket better than the anime..I tend to do that with a lot of series. I guess I'm just too attached to the original.
I'm currently following:
Tsubasa (so much love for that on here lol)
The Tyrant Falls In Love though that's been in release limbo for a while now :(
Saiyuki Reload/Gaiden when I can find it
Totally Captivated, a manwha but whatever
Ouran High School Host Club
I'm trying to keep up with Reborn! now too, and maybe Loveless, I've got up to volume 6 on that but it's so damn confusing I hardly ever know what's going on. The beautiful art kinda makes it worth it, tbh.
I think it is just for poor students. :) Since I am technically neither, I feel that I shouldn't read manga online, but I have developed some guidelines that I try to follow.
I'll read it if:
1) I pay for it (Netcomics ~$.25 per chapter)
2) It hasn't been translated and sold in America (Come on Tokyo Crazy Paradise)
3) If it is available to purchase, I'll read it online if
a) I've purchased it already (but it is at home or in storage)
b) I only read a few chapters as if I were browsing in the store.
c) It's a series I am reading and purchasing, but I can't wait for the next dead tree copy to be sold here (Skip Beat). As a thanks to the author for writing what I am clearly enjoying, I make sure that I buy it when it becomes available.
I like to reward the people who produce things I like—books, music, etc.—by making sure they get paid for the time, effort and love that they spend creating them.
I *am* a poor student and I still follow pretty much those exact guidelines. But this is a topic that I can get pretty passionate about, so I won't say anything further than that.
I'm very similar. I'm a grossly underpaid grad student, yet I still manage to buy mountains of manga. Any online reading usually leads to more purchases. Recently I read a few oneshots by Shimizu Reiko (I'm used to her long stories), which prompted me to track down her entire old, out of print backlog. :ching: That's usually how it works out.
I'm currently reading.. hundreds of things. Too many. Most recently, rereading Asterisk I guess.
This is another reason for me to stay away from the online manga. I would be obsessive enough to do that too, and there's only so much space in a house.
The sad thing is that good reviews, online discussions and bookstore browsing have also caused searches for out of print backlogs. I even ordered direct from a company in Singapore and waited over 12 weeks (to keep shipping reasonable) to complete one of my series.
I'm loving Asterisk! So cute. *_* I hope it gets licensed, I'd love to have it in English hard copy.
I would follow those guidelines if I didn't have to pretty much buy all the stuff for school and if work didn'r pay me pittance, and if I get suddenly rich (bearing in mind that's awful rare) then I do normally go out and actually buy a few volumes of whatever I'm on (which is why I have like volumes 1, 6, 8 and 14 of Tsubasa lol). I would like to support the artists for the hard work they put in, but needs must. :( When I'm rich and famous, I'll buy them alllll :D
>164 trollsdotter: Netcomics is a godsend! Do you follow Totally Captivated? It's over now I guess, but still. Love that series. And the not translated problem is where I get stuck with Saiyuki Gaiden, the prequel to Saiyuki, which hasn't been translated over here at all :(
>168 trollsdotter: Yes, Asterisk is great. :D I hadn't read the beginning in a while, but started to again for a book club-like thing on myanimelist. I forgot how cute and fun it was. :D I hope Asterisk or at least something else by Morimoto Shuu gets licensed so her work can spread.
The only manga I've been following online in the last few months has been Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles and I've still been picking up the volumes as they come out. For whatever reason I can't seem to "get it" reading online and need the manga in my hand to understand what's going on better.
Last night my copy of Our Kingdom 6 came in from amazon *does happy dance* It looks like June is cutting back, the manga didn't have the customary dust jacket and the paper even seemed a bit different. Still, I was happy to see that there are new volumes coming out.
Due to finances I'm trying really hard to cut back on my manga buying, and really my book buying in general. I think the Our Kingdom volume is the first I've bought in the last couple months.
Reading online can be difficult ... like I can't read too much TRC on the computer in one go or I just lose the plot, literally.
I can't remember where I left off reading Operation Liberate Men, In the Starlight and 100% Perfect Girl, but I'll get back to them when time allows.
>172 Jenson_AKA_DL: It looks like June is cutting back, the manga didn't have the customary dust jacket and the paper even seemed a bit different.
I believe June is owned/distributed? by Tokyopop and I was very disappointed with the quality of their books that have come out this month. The paper is rough, cheap stuff that will probably yellow very quickly. If memory serves, their manga has never been as nice as the old Viz larger-style, but this is a big step down as far as I'm concerned. I know they probably had to balance costs; I just don't like the results.
Also, I saw someone above talking about the lack of dust jackets on the new releases from Juné Manga, they aren't the only ones. The new releases from 801media are also without dust jackets, I suppose this is a way to cut back on expenses.
According to animenewsnetwork.com, Japanese volume 56 came out on 2009-02-18. Currently, I can only see up to volume 55 cataloged here.
Inuyasha (GN 37) 2009-04-14
Inuyasha (GN 38) 2009-07-14
Inuyasha (GN 39) 2009-10-13
Inuyasha (GN 40) 2010-01-12
As long as there are people buying the series, I believe VIZ will continue to publish translations. From the animenewsnetwork site, it appears as if the Japanese series has not ended yet. I'm sure that someone else here can correct me if I'm mistaken.
Inuyasha ended its run in Weekly Shonen Sunday last June. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-06-10/inuyasha-confirmed-to-end-next-w... Not sure if the GNs have finished over in Japan yet, but they're close if not.
A little while ago, Viz announced that they'll be releasing the rest of Inuyasha unflipped, and will be re-releasing the original volumes in their Viz BIG 3-in-1 format http://www.animevice.com/news/quickie-rinne-is-online-inuyasha-goes-unflipped/10... .
And as long as we're talking Takahashi -- her latest series, Rin-ne, is being simultaneously released in English by Viz with the Japanese chapters. You can read them for free at http://therumicworld.com/
I have vol. 1 of Fruits Basket waiting for me at the library also =). If I end up liking it I'll follow through the rest of it, even though its super long!
That's about it, I'm a manga newb.
Kingdom Hearts II vol. 1
Tokyo Babylon vol. 7 (re-read)
Loveholic vol. 2 (re-read)
Il Gatto Sul G
I haven't read any of the Fruits Basket manga but liked the anime. I have Fruits Basket vol. 6 waiting for me at the library because I wanted to pick up the series approximately where the anime left off. I hope you enjoy it too!
The one I mentioned before, Kingdom Hearts II takes place after the events in the Chain of Memories game and I think it is only a manga, not a game. It is written to a more advanced level (although still pre-teen to teen) than the original Kingdom Hearts manga set.
Hopefully that all makes sense!
Other series take a bit longer...
Other series I'm following:
The Drifting Classroom (2)
Paradise Kiss (3)
X 1999 (1)
The Dreaming (1)
Dokebi Bride (6)
I think maybe I should start focusing my money all in one place at a time, rather than just random volume 1s of different series... (There are a heap more volume 1s than I listed - the ones I listed are the ones I think I'll continue) Then I might actually finish some series.
As for Inuyasha, I'm hoping to follow the Viz Big editions when they come out.
I know what you mean about starting too many different series. It is great that the library carries some that I've been actively reading like xxxHolic, Black Cat, InuYasha, Tactics and Fruits Basket but there are so many out there they don't carry that I want to read and can't afford.
I think right now I'm going to concentrate on Totally Captivated and Tsubasa when I have the money. I also have volume 1 of Switch that I've been afraid to read because I don't want to get started on another series.
I've just started reading hitman reborn, and I've got to admit, I'm a sucker for babies as hitmans. lol
Princess Resurrection, Vol. 6
Oh My Goddess! Colors
Oh My Goddess!, Vol. 32
Black Lagoon, Vol. 6
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei 2
I imagine things will get clearer in part 2, as I've started other manga series which have only really worked out what they were doing after the first issue. On that subject, does anyone know when the fourth part of Catergory Freak is finally coming out?
I've just ordered the first three parts of Fake, as I was quite enjoying Yellow but am told this is the original it models itself on.
* BAA/Gunnm Last Order
* Blood Alone
* Fullmetal Alchemist
I'm also buying everything by Taniguchi Jirō I can put my hands on... though I still don't have all of them because those big volumes are friggen' expensive.
I thought Homunculus was cancelled (in German... I don't think there is an English release) because there was no new volume for such a long time... but #07 was just released earlier this month.
If you like Black Lagoon, give Hellsing a try. It's a horror manga, but it's got a lot of action and a wicked little sense of humor. If you're thinking of something more in the "girls with guns" genre, you may want to check out Gunsmith Cats.
Since you like Bleach and Naruto, there's a couple of other Shounen Jump titles you may enjoy: Rurouni Kenshin is a tale about a wandering samurai trying to atone for his past as a ruthless killer. Hikaru no Go is the story of a boy who becomes possessed by the spirit of a past Go genius and decides he wants to become a master of the game himself. A series based around the game of Go might not sound like an interesting read, but it really gets its hooks into you. :)
Not really a manga, but I am also currently reading the graphic novel Welcome to the Jungle, based on Jim Butcher's Dresden books.
Hitohira (assuming Aurora is able to rebound from it's financial difficulties)
Yen Press gets a lot of my reading love. They definately release the most good moe titles out of all the companies out there.
other series that I've read:
2. Tail of the moon
3. Fusigi Yugi
5. Psychic Academy
6. Love Hina (I did not like it)
7. Paradise Kiss
8. Forbidden dance
9. Cardcaptor Sakura
10. Girl got game
11. Angelic layer
12. Land of the Blindfolded
13. Princess Ai
14. Millennium snow
15. Fruits basket
18. Platnum Garden
20. Crimson Hero
21. Crescent moon
22. Steady beat
23. Cardcaptor Sakura: master of the clow
24. The tarot café
25. Demon diary
27. Angel Cup
28. Ghost Hunt
29. Battle Royal
30. The queen's knight (vol 1)
31. Basilisk (vol 1)
and of course that list does not include the anime that I've watched :D
so what do you think of The Wallflower? I am planning on reading it sometime.
I have the first disc of the Wallflower anime coming up on my Netflix list so I'm hoping it lives up to the manga.
2) I love to read the sailor moon series because i love the characters especially rei (Sailor Mars)
P.S. A good website to go on to read lots of mangs serises : www.manga volume.com
With a passion for manga and Japanese food, this series is an absolute must.
BTW bookdepository.co.uk has a long list of cheap manga and no shipping costs.
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I've also started reading a bit online and have found one called Zombie Loan that I really like. I've also started Bleach in the original Japanese.
I caught up on Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle on onemanga.com yesterday (the only one I'm keeping up with online) and watched the most recent Tsubasa anime on YouTube. Love that series even though it totally confuses me.
Most recently read Voice or Noise which was interesting enough that I'm going to keep an eye out for volume 2. I like the cat.
ya, I can't wait to read the last volume of fruits basket, but first I want to re-read the entire series. I started to re-read book #16 last week. Hopefully I'll have the series finished by the end of October. I get really busy with school so I can't read as much, plus I don't actually own the series, I get it from the library. I hope they get the last book at the library soon. If not I'll go out and buy it.
I think we all understand the frustration involved in having to wait for the next volume of a series. That's one of the reasons I try reading series that are already completely published.
My mom also let's me go out and buy some of my own gifts and then she will wrap them for me for Christmas/ my birthday.
i get them from the library too (i only have like 5 volumes of manga that i own..i know it's crazy) and the last furuba vol. came in at my library like a few weeks ago. we had to put a hold on it though 'cuz everybody wanted to read it :)
I've been reading manga for maybe about 6 years know and the library has only carried manga for the last 3 years, so when I first started to read manga I had to buy them. Though when I was first introduced to manga, I was borrowing it from friends.
I also buy some series that the library does not carry or series that the library did not complete. I own maybe about 117 manga volumes, and at least 10 of those are discount manga (0.99$ to 6$ CND)
Owning only 5 volumes of manga is not crazy. Manga can get expensive, especially with really long series. If I had to pay for all the manga that I read from the library if would cost me about $3000!
I have never heard of furuba. What is it about?
Waiting on library lists can get annoying. Fortunately, at my library I can request an item and be put on a waiting list, but then I can put the request on hold. What this does is that when it’s my turn to get the item next, it simply skips my name and gives it to the person after me. This allows me to request items in advance and choose exactly when I want to take it out.
Tokyopop just released the final volume in the US, so you don't even have to wait to find out how it finishes if you try the first volume and like it, and Tokyopop's re-releasing the series in "ultimate editions" that contain two volumes in one. There's probably a good chance your library may have it, so that's worth a try, too.
Saiyuki Reload I've all of them and I'm waiting until the 9th volume comes out before starting Saiyuki Reload Blast.
Elfen Lied After a year I'm very determined to finish this series.
Fullmetal Alchemist One of my favorite manga. Starting volume 15.
Yuyu Hakusho on Volume 15 I think.
Ya, I know what Fruits basket is, I've just never heard it called Furuba before. I actually started re-reading the series not that long ago. I can't wait to finish the series now that the last volume has been published.
I've heard of YuYu Hakusho but have never read it or watched it. Is it any good? anime vs. manga?
lol. hope you like it. I've heard good things about the series :D
I haven't read the Yu Yu Hakusho manga, but I caught the early part of the anime when it was on TV. Fun stuff, classic Shonen Jump-type story. I'd say it's at least worth trying the first volume of the manga or the anime.
It's nice that your library offers it. I already check mine and they dont have the series :(
ahh i love those mangas! i'm reading fma and naruto as well and i finished death note. definitely read it!
i'm on vol. 44 of naruto, waiting for vol. 45 to come in at the library.....and then for the rest to get translated to english!
so what do you think of School Rumble? It's on my tbr list.
I've been finding School Rumble a fun comedy with some great screwball moments and characters. I'm really enjoying it. It's one of those titles that moves to the top of my to-read pile when the next volume comes in.
If you've watched the anime, the manga and anime track each other fairly closely - though it seems Vol. 13, which just got released in the US, goes to the end of season two of the anime and beyond.
There were 22 volumes of the original School Rumble manga released in Japan. There's also a one-volume sequel series, School Rumble Z, that AFAIK hasn't been licensed yet in the US.
In that case I'll probably wait till the entire series is published before I start reading it. I don't really like having to wait for the next volume to come out.
I don't re-read manga often, but it's definitely nice sometime, especially if you have to wait a long time between books. At the end of the summer I started to re-read Fruits Basket just to refresh my memory before reading the last volume that came out earlier this year.
I have not read Saiyuki yet, but I do own volumes 1,2, and 4. I bought them used for only $0.99 each. At that price I just bought them without even looking what it was about. It's nice to see that you like the series so far.
I've heard of Black lagoon and Pluto but not Oishinbo. What is it about? Do you like it so far?
I love Tail of the moon. It's one of my favorite series. I have read and own the entire series (except for vol1 of the prequel). I'll probably ask for it for Christmas.
Oishinbo is about a food writer who's given an assignment to create the "ultimate menu" to celebrate his newspaper's 100th anniversary. There's also a running subplot about the writer's rivalry with his father, a famous food critic and pottery artist. Each story is about the writer either preparing for a food battle with his father or solving people's problems through food.
The American release is kind of a "best of" collection, because the Japanese series is apparently at 100+ volumes now. Each US volume collects stories focusing on a particular type of food - Volume 5 was about vegetables, but earlier volumes focused on fish, sushi, and sashimi; sake; and so on.
As a result, sometimes the story feels a bit disrupted as the stories hop back and forth through time; the Editor's Notes will tell the reader the background of new characters whose backstories haven't appeared in the US volumes.
Overall, though, I'm really enjoying Oishinbo; it's another one of those series that go to the top of the to-read pile when a new volume comes in. If you're interested in food at all, I'd say it's worth a shot.
Currently reading: Honey and Clover Vol. 7.
I'm slightly less excited about the Yuki/Kyo/Tohru love triangle, but that's only because love triangles aren't really my thing. I am curious to see who she winds up with, if she winds up with either one.
Oishinbo's up to five volumes in the US right now; Volume 6 (The Joy of Rice) is due out in November.
I've got Mixed Vegetables in my to-read pile; sounds like I'll have to move it to the top. Thanks!
EDIT: Oh, and if you like food manga, give Iron Wok Jan! a try. It's about a chef, Jan, who's brilliant but also an egomaniacal jerk, and centers around Jan's Iron Chef-style battles with his friends at work and with chefs from competing restaurants. It's got more of an over-the-top spirit to it, while Oishinbo tends to aim for more of an everyday life feel.
Oh! I almost forgot that I also read the epiloge for Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle on onemanga and while it wasn't completely satisfying it was certainly better than where the last chapter left us. I was rather frustrated after reading that a couple weeks ago. Now I just have to catch up with xxxHolic and see what happens with Watanuki.
I’m re-reading the series (though I haven’t read the last couple of volumes) and I’m up to book 16. I also get them from the library. I’ll probably wait till Christmas before finishing the series. I hope that you like the end.
Iron Wok Jan! sounds interesting. I’ll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.
Sorry I can’t think of a series like that.
Ya, I’ve heard of Kitchen Princess before, but not the other one. I’ll check them out too. Thanks.
I’m glad that you like Tail of the Moon. It’s one of my favorite series. I can’t wait to read the prequel.
i am currently following:
vampire knight by hino matsuri
arakure by fujiwara kiyo
skip beat! by nakamura yoshiki
suki tte ii na yo by hazuki kanae
kinkyori ren'ai by mikimoto rin
beri beri by hidaka banri
and a few others...
what do you think of Vampire Knight? How many volumes are there?
i think it's pretty ok... i couldn't really say that the story is excellent, but it's entertaining enough. there are still some more things i could ask from it, but i can see why people are hyped about it. the art is pretty nice and solid like all the rest of her work, and she's attempting to reach for more depth on this series. i suppose it all depends on what you're into... :)
the series isn't over yet... and, with the way it's going, it doesn't look to be ending any time soon. i believe that the 11th volume is about to be released - if it isn't already - in japan. i don't really know about the english translated volumes. ^^;
Last night I read Descendants of Darkness volume 2 and have Fruits Basket 12, xxxHolic 14, Ouran High School Host Club 12 and Tail of the Moon volumes 4 and 5 all out from the library to read. I hope to get through most, if not all, by the end of today.
The night before last I read Tail of the Moon volume 6 and I have volume 7 on its way from the library. Hanzo annoys the heck out of me so I'm anxiously waiting for him to get his comeuppance.
I love Yami no Matsuei--one of my favorites! ~Vol 5-6 is when the art really starts to look nice too. I haven't read it in a couple of years.. I'll probably revisit it soon. :)
I'm reading a couple things.. 恋する宇宙 (3) (Koi Suru Cosmo) is a recently found series that I like. But I'm mostly waiting on a ton of things to come in the mail. :)
bokura wa itsumo 1-3
momoiro heaven 1
...and re-reading suki tte ii na yo 1-3, for what is probably the 4th time since I bought them... I don't know why I like the series so much. XD
Previously I've been reading Host Club, Fruits Basket, Vampire Knight, Hana Kimi, and SA.
I got vols. 1-10 of Knights of the Zodiac from the library and thought that it would be great to read the series since I used to watch the anime. The only thing is that the library does not have the entire series, so I probably won't bother reading the rest :(
I also got Yuyu Hakusho from the library, but again, they don't have the entire series :(
I am curious if any of you mangajin know of it. And if you do, if you know what "retsu maikeru shite iru" came to mean as an idiom and whether anyone still uses it.
Re #2 letter, and Hyakki Yakoushou, aka 百鬼夜行抄
I have a dozen or so poems minus pictures from 百鬼夜狂 by Yomo no Akara and his Tenmei kyoka gang in Mad In Translation and the shorter Reader of the same (both 100% readable at Google Books, where my newest, just up tonight, THE CAT WHO THOUGHT TOO MUCH has the answer about retsu maikeru-ing.) Did the manga borrow from it? Mizukaki Hisashi 水垣久, a wonderful man who has the larger yamatouta website, put most of it online but stops after 60 or so because odd things were happening to him -- the collection was said to be jinxed.
As I have not seen the modern manga selection, i was curious how much it might owe to certain predecessors -- as i have not seen the illustreations in either the huge book Hyakumonogatari somethingorother Hearn referenced or the more selective one by the Tenmei mad poets. My favorite goblin/ghost story is the bloody rebellion of thrown-out old furniture and other household utensils, but i have only seen a couple old paintings in a Taiyo or some other fancy magazine.
Are there any good modern manga that you know of about that? And are they/it Englished?
Hyakki Yakoushou isn't available in English, though it's available in Japanese, French, and Chinese. Similar in atmosphere, though different in narration, characterization, and setting is Mushishi, which is available in English.
Good depends on what you like. I've just started Youmi Henjou Yawa (妖魅変成夜話) by Reiko Okano (岡野玲子) which is very ... odd. The art appears to be ink brush, which is different and unusual in manga and intrigues me.
Japanese comics about Japanese food. My favourite combination.
i'm also reading Loveless but I got up to around Vol. 8 and my library doesn't have any more. does anyone know how long the series is?
Over the last few days I read Ghost Hunt volumes 1 and 2, Fruits Basket volume 15, Rasetsu volume 3, Love Round (yaoi) and Tail of the Moon volumes 12 and 13. I'm picking up the rest of the Godchild series from the library today and am really looking forward to it!
I'm reading 闇の末裔 (12) (Yami no Matsuei 12). A new volume after... oh, 7-8 years?! My other books have yellowed in age from waiting.. still, it's very exciting. :)
YnM 12 isn't really *new*, though, they just finally published all the chapters from 2002-2003 (ETA: actually, scratch that--some of the chapters from 2000-2001, so there's still more waiting) that were never put into tankoban form before. :/ That there's some revisions is a good thing, but still... AFAIK there still hasn't been any announcement that it'll be returning to serialisation.
I just finished rereading Loveless so I could know what was going on in vol. 8....does anyone know when 9 comes out?
also I am up to date with bleach and waiting for vol. 30 to come in at my library. :D
I'm following Vampire Knight, Tsubasa RC, Negima!, Fruits Basket, and Xxxholic.
I love CLAMP.