Manga for my grandson


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Manga for my grandson

aug 28, 2022, 11:30 am

My nine-year-old grandson just discovered manga (with a little push from me and his uncle). Which are some books I should suggest he read? I already bought him a book to learn how to draw manga…and he’s doing great!

Redigeret: aug 28, 2022, 2:15 pm

Awesome, new reading and new skills!

Here are several series or compilations I suggest looking into.

The Boy and the Beast by Mamoru Hosoda

Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll by Yumi Tsukirino

The Fox & Little Tanuki by Mi Tagawa

Little Witch Academia by Trigger/Yoh Yoshinari

Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale by Kikori Morino
(Might be perfect for any kid familiar with what isolation in the covid pandemic feels like.)

Splatoon by Sankichi Hinodeya

Super Mario Manga Mania by Yukio Sawada

Yo-Kai Watch by Noriyuki Konishi
Note: Some parents and guardians have been upset about various content in the series, so it's undergone censorship challenges. My personal take was that its introduction to actual folklore, the realistic family situations, and the life lessons, especially with the focus on relationship-building, more than made up for a few uncomfortable panels. None of the books my sensitive child read from the series inspired bad behavior. (For comparison: Pokémon was preemptively banned in our house.)

Yuzu the Pet Vet by Mingo Ito
Note: features parental illness and pet death

Also, if he likes puzzles, traditional games, or Japanese culture, he might enjoy Hikaru No Go by Yumi Hotta. The series is usually recommended to teens and adults, yet it seemed popular with children in Japan. I don't remember anything I'd want to keep from an unsupervised preteen. Only, note that the last volumes can be very emotional for a reader with either separation anxiety or unresolved grief for a loved one (as the loss of the ghost who mentors the title character is somewhat abrupt).

edited to add one more series

Redigeret: aug 28, 2022, 2:07 pm

Thank you so much! I just passed your recommendations along to my younger son to share with my grandson.

Redigeret: nov 8, 6:59 pm

>3 SqueakyChu: I know this is a year later. Still, if you want to get him into some more I would recommend Bungo Stray Dogs, The Case Study of Vanitas, Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun, Jujutsu Kaisen, Moriarty The Patriot, and similar. Some of these are popular and some are underrated, but I would, think for someone at his age and my memories of being at that age, that these would suit best.

nov 8, 7:20 pm

>4 Mars_frfr: Thanks for the suggestions.