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Let me start out this story by saying - please don't hurt me. I'll now proceed...
I was at the library yesterday and I was talking to the librarian, just shootin' the breeze. I confided in her that I was bored with the teen section. I also told her that I've also got books out for my college bound reading list from the adult section and want (need) something else for recreation. She points out the manga section, says shes never seen me over there, then suggests that I pick some up on my way out. But...
I'm very, very sorry if I offend anyone; but, everyone that I've known that has read manga has always been really, really weird. That is not just a judgmental outward view, I had a really close friend that got into manga. She was weird anyway before she started reading manga, thats why we were friends (I'm not so "normal" myself), but she just got a little too weird for me. She'd laugh at her book and talk to the characters. I'd be like, "Hey, did you say something?" She'd say that she did but not to me. I was the only person in the room with her. I understand emotions while reading, I've done that too. I laughed when I figured out why Ron was afraid of spiders in Harry Potter and stuff like that! But not like....talking to it! I understand that its a object, pictures (awesome pictures I might add) with words (awesome dialog too).
Then....theres....the cat people, and they scare me. Theres this girl up the street, who has crazily-rich parents that buy her all the manga she wants and the apparel to go with it, and she walks around with cat ears and a tail. I still haven't figured that one out yet...
But, I've gotta' hand it to ya, I did pick one up - I love it! It only took me an hour and a half to finish it because I loved it so much! I just hope that once I finish this series (PHD: Phantasy Degree) that there are more like it that I'll be able to kick back and relax with in between some hardcore college bound bookiage. The art is amazing, the dialog is hilarious, and the whole thing is just so artistic and new to me.
So, you crazy people that I'm talking about, you're alright =). You still scare me, but you're cool, no discrimination whatsoever. I'm really, REALLY sorry for judging. I'm actually asking that you'll recommend me some reading! Also, if someone could fill me in on all that cat stuff, that'd be totally awesome. I....I don't get it yet...Maybe I wouldn't be so frightened to enter the manga section if I understood that a little better.
I often feel I don't fit the stereotype either being older (I'm afraid to even say how old) and generally a boring sort of person. You never really know what someone or something is like until you get to know them for yourself.
But, stereotypes help when your deciding whether or not to spend time on something. You can't get time back - and I'm kind of a slow reader, so I make sure its worth my while. Plus, if I got too into it, like the people I know, I'd be sucked into it. Not like thats bad, but I have to have priorities. I admire the people that can read an entire series of something in a week or something, I'm just not that way. I love to read, don't get me wrong, but if I really want to read something thats enjoyable and for my benefit I have to pay attention to my surroundings a bit.
Though, I love manga for that very fact! It took me an hour and a half to finish one book! Ahhh! =D It let me unwind from all my schoolwork and college bound reading, while looking at a bunch of artwork at the same time, its awesome! =)
And - I didn't talk to the book, not even once :). I didn't catch crazy person-itis! XD I laughed, but I consider that quite normal.
So, what kind of manga do you like and what would you suggest to a manga newb that likes fantasy-ish kind'a stuff?
Mvrdrk - Ah, I can understand that. What manga series is if from, if it is from a series? Or do they just randomly dress up as cats? There has to be a book like that or something, right? Why cats???
I like manga cat people because they were the easiest Halloween costumes I ever had to make for my kids.
For recommendations, there's a lot of fantasy in manga, so it's hard to make recommendations based on only one series. I'd suggest you take a quick look at The Young Magician, Suikoden III, or Basara which are darker, more action oriented, but perhaps not quite as funny than PHD.
But I know what you mean! It is adorable, like Lukan in PHD - SO adorable! I know hes a werewolf, but he looks more like a puppy in the first one =). I'm sure the cat-ish people things in other mangas are even more cute!
Still though...its kind'a weird.
But, I don't know.
Thank you for the recommendations! =D
I kind'a get lost in the action oriented parts, like in PHD, theres barely any real action (but when there was I'd get a bit lost). But, I'm sure those are awesome! :D Thanks!
Thank you everyone for not making death threats, very much appreciated XD.
I like fantasy a lot and there's a lot to choose from. Maybe try Good Witch of the West, Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden (there's an older, classic series too), Alichino for some nice art, and try Clover, even though it's more sci-fi.
And for cat people, Loveless really popularized them among female audiences. Loveless is a decent read as well. Perhaps a little advanced in terms of character relationships..
For some really odd reason my library also only owns one, three, and four of PHD: Phantasy Degree. How disturbingly evil of them? I want to keep going with the series, but for some reason they have no book two in any of the branches of libraries we're connected to! =( Its sad...lol
I think it's more the degree you get into it. I was more for concerts, so I got into that scene. They were more for manga and drama(theatre) type deals. If you ever see a con (AKA convention) you'll get answers.... and probably a lot more questions :)
I second the Demon Diary recommendation.
I also really enjoyed Princess Ai, which is just a trilogy, but I think they're coming out with a second trilogy, not sure tho.
A standby favorite of a lot of people I know is Inuyasha. It's a really really long series. They made a tv show for it and its around 200 episodes.
Then there's the cute factor. Cats are cute, girls are cute, combine them together and you get something that is ultra cute! Or something.
On the manga recommendations front, one of my favorite fantasy series is From Far Away. This series is 14 volumes long, and all the volumes are available in English at this point. Inuyasha is a fun series, but as has been mentioned it is quite long. However, due to its popularity you're probably more likely to find it in the library than some other series. Black Cat is another fun series, and the 20th and final volume was just released this month. This one is more action/adventure than strict fantasy, but it contains plenty of fantastic elements.
Saiyuki and Saiyuki RELOAD, both by Kazuya Minekura, are two more fantasy/action/adventure series, but definitely targeted at older audiences than the other series I've mentioned as they tend to be rather graphically violent.
And, while this is not manga, I also highly recommend the Twelve Kingdoms novels by Fuyumi Ono. Depending on the bookstore you visit they may be shelved with the manga, since they are published by Tokyopop and are Japanese light novels.
The only series I can think of that hasn't already been recommend is Faeries' Landing. It's cute. :3
Year of the Cat Fan Club, yup.
Tail of the moon, Fusigi Yugi, Mars (my favorite anime series), Paradise Kiss, Forbidden dance, Girl got game, Land of the Blindfolded, Millennium snow, Fruits basket (#1 selling girls manga in America), D.N.Angel, Emma, Platnum Garden, Kenshin , Crimson Hero, Crescent moon, The tarot café, Demon diary, Ghost Hunt, Nana
And when you start talking to your books just remember that I've been talking to mine for years... and years... and years.
I prefer fantasy manga myself, and the ones I've come to love are Bleach, Berserk!!, Vampire Knight, Claymore, and Cantarella.