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Title: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Archon on May 08, 2014, 02:54:17 PM
I was just wondering what manga's people are following right now, and thought I'd create a thread for people to share their favorite current series, and get and give recommendations for series they might like. Personally I'm currently following Shingeki no Kyojin AKA Attack on Titan, and the Korean manhwa Tower of God, and that's it. I'd highly recommend both if you haven't checked them out.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Aelms on May 08, 2014, 04:38:38 PM
Oyasumi Punpun and Wandering Son are what comes to mind when I think of masterpieces. However, both have content that can be taken as offensive so they're probably not for everybody.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Redgrave on May 08, 2014, 05:55:30 PM
Vinland Saga - It deals about the colonization of north america by the Vikings and the characterization and character progression is phenomenal.
 
The Ravages of Time - A Romance of the Three Kingdoms adaptation. In my humble opinion, this is better in some levels than it's original iconic war epic masterpiece but it had many unrealistic elements compared to the original.

Historie - This one is set on ancient greece. It follows the life of Eumenes, the secretary and general of Alexander the great.





Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: ImperialX on May 11, 2014, 02:21:48 AM
Try Murasakiiro no Qualia (http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/qualia-the-purple-r9114). It's pretty intense.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on May 11, 2014, 02:57:53 AM
Chick on the cover is dressed like Misaki from NHK.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: ImperialX on May 11, 2014, 10:11:33 PM
Chick on the cover is dressed like Misaki from NHK.

Give it a read, it's not very long and I think it's something you'd like.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Kubi on March 02, 2016, 09:04:01 PM
Resurrection ye manga section

Prison school: the anime adaptation was pretty faithful, but that was only a quarter of the story. You will know very quickly if this is your cup of tea. Very sexual but very relatable to... men of a certain age. If you enjoy the first few chapters, you won't be able to put it down. Top notch humor still going strong at 200+ chapters.

Horimiya: while more dramatic in the early stages, it settles into a feel-good heartwarming series reminiscent of bonnouji. A shonen romance with minimal angst and characters that (usually) communicate like adults.

Tomo-chan: one page released daily. The characters remain one dimensional, yet the series continually proves to be refreshingly down to earth. Highly recommended to any fan of the romcom genre.

Honorable mention - wizard's soul: from the author of bonnouji, a poor girl that learned a card game resembling Magic the gathering from her dying mother abandons all her personal relationships in order support her family with her tournament winnings and "disgusting" play style. The translations stopped over 100 days ago, but I have hope it gets picked up some day when Aki Eda gets the attention she deserves.

Backlog: Instant bullet, spirit circle
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Marid King on March 03, 2016, 01:11:46 AM
Well since we're doing this...

I've been looking for somewhere to get this off my chest. Go read Nisekoi. Yes, I am 100% serious. Why?

For 200ish chapters it was just another harem manga with likable characters, but as of the last few months, the harem is actually systematically reducing in members. Right now it's down to the final two. I have literally never heard of any harem ever doing this, it's great for the manga, but more importantly, we are watching history in the making. THERE IS ACTUALLY A CANON BEST GIRL. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Kubi on March 03, 2016, 02:00:39 AM
Its okay man, we're all reading it. There's no way to get off this train. We're just waiting for the end of the line.

Also best girl is highly subjective.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Sidenote on March 03, 2016, 08:25:30 AM
I'm totally up for reviving the manga section. Was thinking of doing it myself.

Toukyou Ghoul: You have to be able to enjoy existentialism and a fair amount of super dark stuff (not as bad as Beserk, from what I hear, even though I haven't read it). But the amount of plot consistency and foreshadowing and action and character dev. and fantastic art... It's amazing. If you've seen the anime, then don't be put off. I hate to be that 'manga-only' guy. But the manga really is better.

Tower of God: My consolation now that Bleach and Naruto have ended. It pains me to say, but only 200+ plus chapters in and ToG is already significantly better than Bleach and Naruto ever were. The author knows how to develop characters (and not just side characters, like Naruto. He works on all of them from day one), which is painfully rare in a shounen. The action is fresh; it's not 'technique' (all of bleach in a nutshell) or 'brute force' (Naruto towards the end) based. It certainly involves those types of skills. But the main focus is team battle, and working withing a given parameter ('games' as they're called). The universe is huge; the author has written many blog posts and side comments about the lore, so it's adds some nice context if you wanna read a little extra. And the art is... amazing after season 1. Admittedly, it's not to great in season 1. Not bad, but not something to ooh and ahh over. At least it's in all color since chapter 1 though.



Also best girl is highly subjective.

... Are you serious? Best girl is cold hard fact. Some people are ignorant. Some people are stupid. Some people are in denial. But that doesn't change the reality that Chitoge is best girl.

Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Kubi on March 03, 2016, 09:53:22 PM
Y-San would disagree. But the truth is chitoge was the best girl until some one was saved by her prince. Life is unfair.

(http://i.imgur.com/z8YLZ2f.jpg)

But let's avoid the waifu war. Tower of God looks good, I'll add it to my backlog. The only action series I'm reading is twin star exorcist - think there's an anime coming which increased its popularity, but it really only serves as a walking encyclopedia for tvtropes.

I read the original Tokyo ghoul and would rate it a full 2 points above the anime... Maybe I was bitter about the lack of faithfulness, but I felt much more attached to the manga. Was planning on continuing :RE when it was a bit further along.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Sidenote on March 03, 2016, 11:40:30 PM
Yeah, I believe ya. Probably why I'll never read it. I wish Chitoge would win just to break the whole 'childhood friend' trope that plagues harem series. If she does, lemme know via pm. I'll go read it if that happens. I'm dead serious.

I feel like the harem genre could be so much better if it weren't for the three big problems that saturate the market at the moment: 'childhood friend' tropes, stagnation, and character 'arcing' (won't mention unnecessary fanservice here).

Oregairu fell into this in S2 with its arcs. Iroha was the prime example; a character who was given the same high quality character dev as most others, but then immediately fell from the story, despite the supposed growth in relationship etc. with the MC.

Air Gear is a prime example of all three problems (and the unspoken fourth). Cool concept, fun comedy, terrible execution.

Anyways, I digress. More manga for the general good of the people:

Dead Sorcerer's City: The author is actually known for horror. But this one is good too. It's also a manwha, great story, character dev, and comedy (when it shows up). Art is decent.

The Gamer: Just about anyone who reads K-comics on Line or whatnot knows this. It's the ultimate satisfaction for anyone who loves games; hilarious references, typical gamer op-ness... it's truly a delight. As of now, I would recommend waiting a year or two before jumping in. The story is just now transitioning from its introductory comedy phase to more serious parts, and the character dev is really interesting, so waiting a bit til it's more developed would be best.

Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on March 04, 2016, 09:36:58 PM
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I feel like the harem genre could be so much better if it weren't for the three big problems that saturate the market at the moment: 'childhood friend' tropes, stagnation, and character 'arcing' (won't mention unnecessary fanservice here).

Unnecessary fanservice is the only good thing about harems.

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But let's avoid the waifu war

Why.  Since they stagnate, are driven by arcs, and so forth, it isn't like you can engage anybody in the overarching plot, since there also usually isn't one.  So fight away with pointless waifu wars.  The **** else are you going to talk about?  Unnecessary fanservice?  Shit, I got To-Love-Ru for that.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Kubi on March 04, 2016, 11:35:17 PM
Yeah, I agree, there is nothing else to talk about. It's a good thing this isn't the nisekoi topic or we'd be in for one hell of a chitoge vs all battle royal. And kosaki magical whatever has the real service.

The Voynich Hotel: my new favorite dark humor read. Oyasumi punpun meets durarara with some... dagashi kashi sprinkled on top? Bits and pieces of the daily lives of residents at a creepy hotel on a remote pacific island intertwine to form a larger picture.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Marid King on March 05, 2016, 02:27:32 AM
I regret making a joke about best girl and triggering an avalanche of more jokes. I was 100% serious about taking Nisekoi seriously.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Kubi on March 05, 2016, 03:17:19 AM
Okay, we get it, nice troll man. :^)

As far as the anti-harem keikaku goes, bakemonogatari removed 3 haremettes in a single season, unless you were specifically referring to harem manga. In which case I don't know, not really my forte. The idea doesn't exactly come off as novel, and the nobody wins trend will not be missed. As I said earlier I'm just waiting for Komi to end it in hopes that he only makes one shots from now on.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: AHideyo on March 05, 2016, 03:37:01 AM
GEKKAN SHOUJO NOZAKI KUUNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: themaster20000 on March 05, 2016, 08:28:09 AM
Battle Angel Alita:Started off as complete schlock that first volume involing that villain who was going around eating brains and then trying to humanize him at the last second. After that the writing is so much better. I really enjoy the amount of creative and detail that is put into this unverise. Only have two volumes,but I totally understand why this is such a classic.

Master Keaton:

Only read a volume but it's basically Japanese Maguyer and Indiana Jones. It's enjoyable so far,though I could see it getting really old fast if it follows the same story structure for each chapter.

Actually I Am...:

Read a volume on whim and ended up really enjoying it. I don't usually enjoy harems since they usually use pointless as crutch instead focusing on the comedic aspect or having good characters. This is working for me so far due to it's comedic focus which worked really well for me. These characters are all lovable idiots and while the premise is nothing special,the author really goes all the way with the wackiness of it.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Sidenote on March 05, 2016, 07:50:06 PM
I regret making a joke about best girl and triggering an avalanche of more jokes. I was 100% serious about taking Nisekoi seriously.

Nothing I said was a joke.

Nah, but seriously, I just went and read the latest chapters after the most recent Marika arc, and.... I've added it back to my bookmark list. It's become a worthwhile manga once again. Thx to MK for the suggestion.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: gedata on March 05, 2016, 08:54:50 PM
Spirit Circle (http://bato.to/comic/_/comics/spirit-circle-r4993) is about to end next month so now is a decent time to spread the good word about a series that clearly not enough people have been reading. Really, it's as if the author had a bunch of cool ideas to use for separate stories from different periods, but found a clever and cathartic way to wrap them together. I haven't seen a story use the concept of reincarnation this well since Tezuka's Phoenix.

Battle Angel Alita:Started off as complete schlock that first volume involing that villain who was going around eating brains and then trying to humanize him at the last second. After that the writing is so much better. I really enjoy the amount of creative and detail that is put into this unverise. Only have two volumes,but I totally understand why this is such a classic.

Asides from this, the first volume was pretty awesome. Nothing wrong with a bit of schlock here and there and the original series strikes a pretty decent compromise between it's story and ultraviolence. Last Order....not so much. I'd dial back expectations for that one.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: AHideyo on March 05, 2016, 09:55:06 PM
I read Qualia the Purple the other day as per ImperialX's recommendation, and boy that story was a ton of asspull in its second half. The ending was decent though but damn its actually the so bad its good kinda story.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: themaster20000 on March 05, 2016, 10:01:12 PM
Asides from this, the first volume was pretty awesome. Nothing wrong with a bit of schlock here and there and the original series strikes a pretty decent compromise between it's story and ultraviolence. Last Order....not so much. I'd dial back expectations for that one.

Oh,the first volume wasn't boring at all. My big issue was the paneling and framing of action scenes,which I had real trouble making out what was going on. Am definitely a fan of it's ultraviolence(especially for the dark humor).I do have some small issues with the series later on,like the introduction of Figure Four,who is just a stupid,bland character(that romance between him and Alita is hilariously forced). That and how rushed it in these last two volumes(though I heard the author was forced to end it). Small issues which don't ruin the enjoyment for me,though.

I already know what to expect with Last Order,which is apparently stretched out longer than it needs to be,and it having a lot of pointless,and stupid characters.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Delphinox on March 06, 2016, 03:14:32 AM
I didn’t have an immediate manga in mind for this thread, so I tried randomly picking ten series from the pool of currently publishing manga series I’m following to get some ideas. Which then proceeded to generate manga published in primarily shoujo magazines for six out of ten, so hooray for diversity!

But one of the ten I did pick was Bokura no Kiseki (http://bato.to/comic/_/comics/bokura-no-kiseki-r151), which was actually pretty interesting to ponder (and probably fitting, since we’re somewhat on the topic of reincarnation) as it’s one of those series that I really enjoy but never took the time to really articulate to myself why. The premise draws on the worn concept of reincarnated memories/past lives, but really separates itself in my book for just how committed it is to its concept. The overarching mystery of the series is probably the manga's big draw; the past kingdom in which everyone in the cast is reincarnated from had a sudden and tragic end, and the fallout in the present day is that everyone’s left to try to piece together how the kingdom fell as suddenly as it did. That in turn leads to a chain of “who’s who” events that pepper the main narrative, and with people from different factions being reincarnated in everyday students, there’s a ton of tension and mistrust that adds to the mystery as the story gets more complex with every consecutive chapter. Even as someone who’s a bit partial to the reincarnation/past life trope, I wasn’t prepared for how complicated things got pretty quickly at first, and looking back on it, the rapidly ascending cast number and murky relationships are quite the barrier of entry for the inattentive to get over.

At the same time, there’s still an underlying dissonance between their past incarnations and their current lives, which occasionally grounds the series on a dime. The suddenness of how a vast majority of the different folks in play regain their memories leads to a lot of the cast often playing their roles too enthusiastically and forgetting themselves as an otherwise average motley of high school students. Hierarchical roles and potential differences in past allegiances put current relationships in awkward places, which are most notably not lost on the lead pair of main characters, both of which had started a relationship shortly before the event that triggered most of the cast to regain their reincarnated memories. The castle politics that the characters discuss depict a pretty interesting setting until you realize that they’re discussing this stuff in a classroom or a karaoke bar after school. Pick a chapter in the middle of the series at random, and with no context it’ll probably just look like a chuuni game taken way too far. It's pretty much a point of the series to keep itself engrossed in the mystery of the cast's past lives, but not to the extent where it shuts out the current reality in front of them.

But if nothing else, it's definitely not a manga wanting for developments. For what's an otherwise well-worn story idea (though less so nowadays), it really tries to go the whole nine yards with it to a point where it gets to be a little too much sometimes. Not the easiest manga in terms of keeping on top of all the details, but it made for quite a few late nights of fun reading for me when I first started following it.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: hayama on March 06, 2016, 11:23:50 AM
I'm not sure if this thread is for ongoing manga, but both Inio Asano's Girl by the Sea and Oyasumi Punpun have recently received a US release, so I wholeheartedly recommend anyone interested in them picking them up. I don't read much manga, but Inio Asano is an absolute favorite, and his stories are both dark and disturbing while still managing to be heartfelt, something that is rare when someone decides for bleak storytelling.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: themaster20000 on March 10, 2016, 12:08:46 PM
Finished Battle Angel. I understand that he had to rush the ending,but it really petered out at the end;especially those last 3 chapters. It doesn't destroy the journey of this girl trying find her place in an unforgiving world.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Sidenote on March 10, 2016, 07:50:38 PM
Just binged a good chunk of Boku no Hero Academia and it's an interesting one. It's kinda refreshing in how unabashedly old fashioned it is; just a classic hero tale with some surprisingly convicting shounen monologues. I'd say the only draw back to this manga is that it has too much text. It needs to go lighter, particularly on the spots where there's down time between fights.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Kubi on March 12, 2016, 01:25:22 AM
For some reason I manage to start these new series instead of working on my backlog. Some day it will make sense, until then I have kaguya wants to be confessed to. Looking at the description I expected it to be similar to the shoujo Last Game, and it's turned out to be everything Last Game should have been. I'm pretty biased against horrible most shoujos, but the premise works way better as a seinen. Also from the author of instant bullet, which I promise to read. Some day. Eventually.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Delphinox on March 14, 2016, 06:34:18 PM
For some reason I manage to start these new series instead of working on my backlog. Some day it will make sense, until then I have kaguya wants to be confessed to. Looking at the description I expected it to be similar to the shoujo Last Game, and it's turned out to be everything Last Game should have been.

I think I have a built-in Pavlovian response to suddenly yell out "GODDAMMIT" every time I see or hear Last Game mentioned, solely because of the sheer amount of blueballing that goes on in that manga. I'm a bit more accustomed to slower-moving shoujo series, but that series just outright stalls more than a Jay Electronica album release.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Reckoner on March 14, 2016, 07:06:12 PM
Last Game raises the standard for oblivious female shojo lead to new heights. I loved it so much at first and now I'm just cursing every chapter. I have no idea why I'm still reading it.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Kubi on March 18, 2016, 12:45:21 PM
Because yanagi will go to americuh, kujo will visit and get ntrd by some big titty white girl even though nothing really happened. Kujo will ask to break up then go back to Japan and date a newly matured soma. Yanagi will come back with some other girl after he finishes abroad, but when they all go camping together yanagi and kujo will be unable to resist rekindling their relationship. Other girl and soma look on sadly and give up. Then yanagi will find a picture causing him to believe he's blood related to kujo, leading to an anticlimactic confrontation with their parents for the finale.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Sidenote on April 01, 2016, 09:51:19 AM
Another one worth reading that I just remembered:

Five Centimeters Per Second

The manga is refreshingly different from the original movie. It keeps all the most important elements (stunning visuals, overall plotline, key character interactions), but the adaptor writes it in her own style. Most notable is the way the illustrator tells the third chapter, delving deeper into the MC's thoughts and using a more... coherent (don't know the right word) method of telling the final part of the story. There is also a manga only epilogue that is satisfying and compliments the ending nicely. 5/5, would reccommend you buy it.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Sidenote on April 16, 2016, 05:58:45 PM
Well, might as well add another one. It's a manwha too, 'cuz that's the only good stuff I can find these days.

By Chance We... And... is like 5 cm in that it's main draw is to get a slap in the face from reality. A romance and camaraderie that's straight out of the movies taken down to earth in the most realistic of ways. 

 I personally skipped about 10 chapters towards the end, not because it was bad, but because it was so true to life that I couldn't read it w/o getting frustrated. The final chapter was well worth though.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Kubi on May 19, 2016, 07:17:46 PM
Wizards soul
Latest Release(s)
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Dreams come true
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Kubi on July 03, 2016, 01:26:38 PM
Tamen de gushi: shoujo ai manhua

Reading this was similar to having a Coke addiction. I found myself uncontrollably laughing and crying back to back. Then when I ran out, my first instinct was to empty my bank account and hit the streets to find more.

The art is beautifully realistic and sun Jing makes akatsuki Ousawa look like a bitch.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: samui on July 03, 2016, 05:43:09 PM
I am a fudanshi so... don't be disgusted with these recommendations. Nothing R-18 since I am not fond of BL's tropes so these two stood out.

Seven Days and Hidamari ga Kikoeru.

What I liked about these two is the characters just fall in love with each other sans the uke/seme thing. They are people, having real dialogues and their interaction, for most of the part felt really at home. Yep. Of course, the artwork is also good and there's nary a trace of unnecessary sexualization of our leads. In fact, it felt like these two are drawn akin to a shoujo manga.
Title: Re: Current Manga: What's Worth Reading?
Post by: Kubi on February 24, 2017, 10:59:06 AM
Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ (Chronicle of Isobe: The Life is Hard)
Unfortunately limited to 2 Translated chapters, isobe stole my heart in the first couple of pages. He's lazy, he's a liar and one day, he will be a great warrior.

Yuzumori-san
Both appealing and revolting, it takes a serious look into the potential repercussions of an illicit lolicon relationship between two girls, one in middle school(?), the other in elementary school. Equally depicting pure love, sweaty palms and disgust from onlookers, I really have no idea where this will go.

Black torch
Potentially the next big thing in shounen, and not nearly as painful to read as others (read: I hate shounen). The punk MC with a heart of gold reminds me of yusuke (yu yu hakusho) which comes as a breath of fresh air compared to the robotic do-gooders plaguing the genre.