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Yes, definitely! I've gotten back into it recently as well.
I really like gory/depressing/psychological, so here's a few recs (some are cross-genre):
Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan>realistic yandere personality>results of abuse
Oyasumi Punpun>realistic romance/tragedy slice of life w main character changing form as his personality changes, starts as a bird doodle
Aku no Hana>romance/tragedy slice of life>mentally and emotionally unstable characters
Plant Doll(s)>like Petshop of horrors, but with doll-girls>good ends & bad ends
by Junji Ito
Another>more mystery than horror
Franken Fran>comedy/horror, lots of experiments and gore
Doubt>psych/horror>like Saw, but with rabbit heads
Litchi Hikari Club>boys, uniforms, gore
Ayu no Monogatari>slice of life/tragedy>each chapter +1 despair>has several spinoffs
Koizora>romance/tragedy>also watch the film if you're interested in a good cry
here's a great site for horror/psych stuff. → http://spiraphobia.tumblr.com/recommendations
I'm a robot so I'm not too sure If I can post in this thread or if its just sticking to the board itself.
Before I make my suggestions I'll say what I like and dislike, I usually enjoy things that are Seinen with good art, I don't really enjoy the other types of stuff like moe/sol/harems/school settings unless there's a unique twist, that all being said there are a couple popcorn manga I'm a sucker for.
Okay so my suggestions are.
>Alive the Final Evolution
Think of something a little akin to the tv show heroes, tragedy strikes and several people are given powers that change themselves and their personalities, this fellows a kid given powers but is somehow able to not be driven by them, art is decent enough and the story is nice as well if not a bit out there.
>those converse shoes
Actually decent enough art and a nice gradual increase in stakes as the story moves on, simple summary is people that die and revived and take part in a alien/monster hunting game to finally win enough points and escape. very good story besides the ending.
>If you grow attached to characters this may not be for you sad but cool times ahead
Basically a very slow burning zombie manga, it's not like highschool of the dead, it has very good art and great characters. I guess its slowly about how a failed manga artist with no drive in life takes back some control, bonus points it has the use of imageboard posts throughout discussing the downfall of society.
>also qt girl gets infected sees weird shit becomes super strong
>Onari master kurosawa
honestly stick with it, I guess you have to be a certain type of loser but this can strike a chord with you at times and quite feelsy, character growth is very well done and the story a bit silly helps it along.
>bully blonde girl is best girl
comfy as fuck, take a manga based in a dungeon and add cooking to it, nice art for food how to make monster meals and a little bit funny at times, comfy.
>makes me hungry
29 yr old losers hits his first of three moteki moments and decides to grasp at it before it disappears, basic character trying to better himself and score a gf, nice art and relateable characters
hard to explain, surreal art and nice scifi future setting, swap out drinking bars for psychic drugs and replace everything with VR, worth a look.
can't be assed to type more junk like berserk is amazing art and story, basically a medieval story that slowly turns low fantasy and grimdark
>griffith did nothing wrong
popcorn manga the two KamisamaNoIutoori
try not to get attached to the characters
I can rec some anime and films too if needed or any interest , junk like ghibli or mindgame for example
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I just started reading JoJo after binge-watching the anime last week. Not up to part 8 yet, but Jesus Christ, this shit is so good.
I used to be very into JJBA but I've taken a break. I just prefer to read the series in large sittings instead of a single chapter every month, especially because of the fights being multi-chapter.
I'm not the other anon but I've read some historical manga.
Rose of Versailles, Red River, From Eroica With Love, Emma
Poe no Ichizoku, Kaze to Ki no Uta, Heart of Thomas, Orpheus no Mado
>not really romance-y but very history
Innocent (love this one, it's like a super OTT seinen version of RoV!), Vinland Saga, Historie, Wolfsmund, Kingdom, Hishintan, Innocents Shounen Juujigun, Shoukoku no Altair, Souin Gyokusai seyo!/Onwards to Our Noble Deaths
same anon again
I forgot to add this, I use a site called mangasee for reading my manga its similar to mangafox but it allows you to view one chapter at a time rather than a single page, the only problem is that it may not have some mangas.
also another manga called
Maybe it's the shota inside of me but I really enjoyed this as well, the art is very beautiful and the story isn't too outlandish, mostly just a older woman meeting her husband to be and finding out hes younger than her.
the art is worth a look at the very least
remember to use mangaseehttp://mangasee.co/manga/?series=Otoyomegatari&chapter=1&index=1
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If you like Gantz you should try Oku's newest series Inuyashiki. pic related
It's still ongoing but I really like it, more so than Gantz tbh.http://myanimelist.net/manga/64465/Inuyashiki
We have similar tastes so you'd probably like it too, if you haven't read it already. The main antagonist fucks with people on image boards in a couple scenes lol.
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Yeah, I've been holding it off for a while but caught up today. Feels are too strong man ;_;
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Hey guys! >>4816 here, happy to see this thread gaining more posts. I've been trying out lots of different manga, here's some I can suggest from the horror genre.
Lighter Stuff (little to no violence; focus on characters' relationships):
Online: The Comic (ongoing)
>qt boys helping MC in a real survival horror PSP game
>heroine suffers from some amnesia
Gakkou Gurashi! (ongoing)
>survival; slice of life
>qt girls having qt friendships but also enduring mind-shattering moments and psychological suffering
Darker (prominent violence, gore):
Dead Tube (ongoing)
>corrupted niconico douga-like website hosts competitions for vids with the most views
>naturally leads to some really fucked up compositions
Dolls Fall (ongoing)
>qt orphan girls being rekt by supernatural beings and the 'matrons' of the academy
>made by the same author as Corpse Party
Harem End (completed; short)
>group of actresses play harem archetypes (loli, tsundere, ojousama, etc)
>they respond to women's requests to punish specific male targets
Fukushuu Kyoushitsu (ongoing)
>bullied girl takes revenge on every single one of her classmates
I guess that's all I'll list for now. I'll check out some of the suggestions in this thread too!
Side note: does anyone have an anime-planet account or hummingbird or something? While I like this thread, I wonder if there's a better way to swap and track others' recommendations and reading lists. I'm always hungry for new manga. I probably scan for new ones at least once a day.
No problem! Here's my anime-planet for anyone who has one, and/or would like to track shit I'm doing (kudos to you, lol.) http://www.anime-planet.com/users/koroette
I made a MyAnimeList before, but couldn't keep up with it…maybe I'll make another sometime.
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Thanks for the detailed recommendations. I just picked up Online: The Comic, Dead Tube, Harem End, and Fukushuu Kyoushitsu.
I use MyAnimeList to keep track of the manga I read. I don't know if Anime-Planet is used more often than MAL for manga, but MAL is popular enough and most people seem to have one.
Side question: Does anyone else go the extra mile to make reading manga extra special? I either put on suiting music or put the kettle on for tea. I like when the mood is set.
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She is too fucking cute.
I'd recommend reading
Shuzo Oshimi - Happiness, Flowers of Evil
Sui Ishida - Tokyo Ghoul
Junji Ito - Black Paradox
Kuraishi, Yuu - Apocalypse no toride
Masaya Hokazono - Freak Island (Very gory)
Saku Nonomura - Otonari Complex
I tried to get into inio asano work, can't find myself enjoying, it had to put down goodnight punpun since it made me very depressed.
>>3783>Sui Ishida - Tokyo Ghoul
Is the manga better than the anime?
I thought the first season started very strong, but as it went on it got harder for me to keep up with the characters, ignore the plot holes, and tire through fight scenes that I thought went on for way too long.
It felt very tasking.
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golden kamui is bestmango
YMMV I dropped it for the same reason anon >>3785
dropped the anime.
I found Happiness by Oshimi Shuzu straight after and it was everything I wanted Tokyo Ghoul to be except for the bullshit timeskip
so keep in mind I am not a fan of shonen bs
Have you noticed how much delicious fanservice in this series there is?
The sea otter soup anime episode aired last week and I was so giddy lmao.
The mangaka draws such perfect, muscular, hunky men. Complete with all the scaring and unique characteristics to each character.
Ugh I love Sugimoto.
(The plot and the Ainu culture are also fantastic of course, but I can't help but notice the comedic fanservice bits).
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For the most part if a manga was adapted into an anime, the original manga will be better. There are some exceptions but a lot of recent anime have pacing and animation issues.
My two favorite manga series, Dorohedoro and 7seeds, are getting anime and I am worried about the quality of the shows. 7seeds in particular has a really bad studio on it so people on 2ch were already making jokes about it, like saying “oh with gonzo, it’s dead on arrival” and “haha good luck gonzo”
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It's better, at least the first part. If cute boys suffering is your thing you'll love it.
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I read about the 7seeds anime announcement on twitter, but that's what it's going to look like? I'm disappointed.
But between that, Dorohedoro and Fruits Basket, it's nice to see older manga getting anime adaptations. I really want more shojo manga to have reboots like Fruits Basket will, because I was sick of seeing things like Otomen or Switch Girls getting a drama adaptation, or things like Peach Girl or Lovely Complex getting half-assed anime that weren't adapting the entire manga just like Fruits Basket. I also wish Gunnm could get a new anime instead of the shitty movie where Gally looks like a humanoid bug.
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trail of blood from shunzo oshimi is gripping and perfect for farmers who are into psycopathic familial relationships. i wish i had it all right now to read!
the way the expressions and drawing styles change precisely is so awesome to look at..
Shoujo manga are sometimes adapted into live action instead of anime.
Too bad about Cat Street, I really want to see an anime for that but it got a live action drama instead.
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nooo why does this look so shitty when the manga is awesome..
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My absolute favorite is the Bride's Story
Genre:comedy, romance, Seinen, slice of life, drama, history
The story has more than one protagonist and Brides. The main bride of the manga is Amir and we start with her story. They all generally take place in Central Asia in the 19th.
I absolutely love the atmosphere of this manga and the attention to details and the brilliant designs. Reminds me of my past and my culture (we share similar cultures after all) and the setting feels so nostalgic to my childhood. The story and relationships are so captivating and made me root for all of them. It is a heartwarming manga and I would definitely recommend it to: history enthusiasts, romance lovers, and those who enjoy the fine arts and a good story as well.
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Anyone liked Otome Youkai Zakuro?
> It's the Meiji Era in a slightly alternate Japan, and the Gregorian calendar has just come into effect. The fox-eared girls living in the youkai part of town are about to be put to work together with a delegation of young human soldiers, to promote interracial understanding. So what will happen when Zakuro's strong personality collides with human sensibilities?
Action Comedy Drama Fantasy Historical Romance Seinen Supernatural
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My dear anons, I was reading this manga called The Blue Eyes Of Horus and I just fell in love with the captivating story. Unfortunately, only 12 chapters are translated and I feel like dying because I want to read more.
So I'm asking for recommendations of a similar manga: historical drama with a female lead, set in anywhere in the world except for Japan and Korea (already had enough ) full of drama and suspense (doesn't have to include romance, just want something exciting)
I have already read most of the popular historical manga, I just want something new like this one.
Anatolia Story comes to mind right away. But it's such a classic that I think you probably read it already.
Scarlet Palace is about China.
and Emma are both really good historical shoujos but they're not action packed. They might also be too socially aware and not exactly a light wish-fulfillment read.
Have you read Claymore? It's a fantasy shounen but I still like it.
I haven't read Scarlet Palace so I will definitely check it out! >>3812
No problem, I really hope so. It hasn't been updated for 3 months
I would recommend Orpheus no Mado by Riyoko Ikeda - it's set in early 20th century Germany and revolutionary Russia - but scanlations are slow as fuck.
Savage Garden by Hyeon-Sook Lee in 19th century England is okay too.
Madame Petit is really nice, has a bit of a retro vibe to it. Main heroine is Japanese, but it's set in 1920s Europe.
If you're okay with Chinese stories too, I would recommend Chang Ge Xing, which is abslutely great, but it's been on hiatus for some time now because of some beef between the author and publisher.
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I wish I could talk to my friends about Yankee Boy and Otaku Girl without them giving me the side eyes lol. I swear it's really fucking hilarious and doesn't have an actual pedophilia. The little boy's crush on the lady is so adorable and funny. Hopefully the author isn't one of those fucked up mangakas that try to write a romance with a literal child (I shudder everytime I remember Usagi Drops) >>3814
Thank you for the recommendations anon, I read Madame Petit for the past 2 days and really enjoyed it. Reminded me of Waltz Wa Shiroi Dress De, but I liked the characters in Madame Petit better.
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I love that manga, it's so funny, but I'm not optimistic about the ending. Too many shotacon jokes, and an actually adult man shotcon character, for me to believe the author won't go with pedo ending.
On a similar manga, I've been reading Watashi no Shounen and while so far it's great, with good characters, the adult woman actually acting like a grown up about the boy crush on her, I'm super worried it WILL end up the Usagi Drop way. Like damn, even if they became a couple only after he turns 18 it's just creepy to have parental figures turning into romance/unintentional grooming.
Let's hope for the best anon.
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Can anyone recommend some top tier Josei? I'm kind of graduating from shoujo tropes but they'll always have a speshul place in my heart.
Right now I'm reading They Say I Was Born a King's Daughter. It's pretty good so far and makes you wonder wtf is happening and wtf is going to happen. The story isn't typical which is such a breath of fresh air.
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Haru No Noroi is a really good josei manga and pretty short,too.
The main character is dating her dead younger sister's fiance to try to sort out her unrequited love she had for her sister.
Really heavy psychological plot without being too dramatic imo.
Also Cheese in the Trap is totally different from any josei I've read.
It's realistic and relatable and even has suspense/thriller themes when the mc has to outsmart a persistent and unstable stalker
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Alright this is gonna take a while, please be patient with me (sorry if there are so many spelling mistakes too)
1- "Shall We Have Dinner Tonight"
I know, it's a webtoon not a manga, but you seriously have to give it a try if you love Josei, food, and romance! It's about two strangers with many past broken relationships, bonding over food. They talk about their past relationships, how they ended, and what aspects of their personality that affected their relationships negatively.
I honestly don't read Josei a lot because it bores me, but this one made me so engaged with the story and the relationship developments of the 2 main characters.
2- "Mizutama Puzzle"
Short and sweet romantic story of an older female and younger male. The male works at a restuarant and faces so much pressure from his boss. Same with the female who is an office lady that always gets yelled at by her boss. They always see each other at the train but never talk, well, untill something happens.
I really like this story because of how short and straight forward it is. Great for a light read and when you need your fix of romance.
3-"Evyione: Ocean Fantasy"
This is shoujo not a josei, but I thought it reminded of so many josei manga I read in the past. A merman (who is the king of some land in the sea) falls in love with a human princess. Instead of bringing the princess down to live with him in the sea kingdom as a corpse, he goes to the human world giving up his form and powers. In exchange, he becomes mute and cannot talk to any human. It is a retale of the "Little Mermaid" but much darker, and with gender swap. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is sensitive to sexual topics such as rape and the like. This is not a light story at all, but I love the element of the fairy tale in it.
4- "Her Shim-Cheong"
Yeah this is a yuri josei, and while I don't read yuri at all, this one caught my attention. It's a story about a begger and the wife of a powerful minister, and the relationship they both have.
This story grabbed my attention for the inside politics of old Korea. I like plots centered around politics and who takes the power in the royal palace. Also the relationship between the girls is kinda intriguing. I think even if you are not a lesbian or yuri lover, you would still enjoy the story.
I left this for last because I honestly don't remember anything from it? I have read it years ago but I remember liking it (maybe). I know that this a cult classic, so I thought I would put it here, just in case you might like it.
Is it ok to just list the top classics that everyone loves?
These are all so famous and well known in the manga community but in case you're new, here we go:
Ashita no Ou-sama
Kimi wa Pet
Bokura no Kiseki
Honey & Clover
Paradise Kiss is my personal favorite among these. 7 seeds was also mentioned earlier in the thread.
New to josei since she specifically said she was just graduating from shoujo. She also said "top tier" instead of "underrated" or "not well known".
I mean these are probably too obvious but you never know!
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I just got into Killing Stalking, a Korean manga (Manhwa). It's about this guy who is obsessed with a seemingly all-around perfect good looking guy, and he decides to break into his house one day. To the stalker's dismay, he founds out his crush is a serial killer and is kidnapped by his crush. The story follows what happens during throughout their dynamic and the stalker develops Stockholm syndrome.
At first I was so engaged with the comic because of its smart use of psychological themes, but then I got a bit disappointed with how it became a bit too much of Yaoi fulfillment. But maybe I'm interpreting the sex scenes wrong. If any anons have read this, would love to know what you guys think or if you guys have any other recommendations (this was my introduction to BL/Yaoi/horror thriller and I really like it so far).
yeah I kind of just read it as smut now, so I guess it has that going for it.
to give it some credit, the woman hating in the comic is intentional from the mommy issues and what not
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Sorry for blogpost but I need to vent a bit.
I'm really starting to dislike the webtoon "I Love Yoo", I had such high hopes for it when it first started. I liked the female main character for being an "unconventional" protagonist. However, after 88 chapters, there's 0 character development, no relationships development or some sort of romance (seriously why is this labeled as romance???) It feels like a self insert harem fest at this point.
I hate how the author completely forgets ALL the other female characters too, and only show them as a plot device to serve in building Shin-Ae's bland character. I also don't get how every guy in this comic wants to fuck the main female character so baaad when she doesn't have: a character to begin with, the looks, intelligence at least??? Money? Power? Anything?
We are not given any reason as to why every handsome rich guy want to be with and around her. There's no chemistry between the characters at all for me to ship them at least.
God!! I'm genuinely frustrated because I really liked the story and the art at the beginning. Seeing it go down the harem hell makes me sad for the lost potentials.
Good artists are not often good writers. They're two different skills that have nothing to do with each other. Too bad, there should really be more collaboration.
That's why the best mangas are often adaptations.
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I only discovered this today but it's weirdly enough funny despite the gangster gap moe gag
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Gokushufudou: The Way of the House Husband
I really liked Haru No Noroi, so thank you for the rec! It reminded me of some of Banana Yoshimoto's short stories, in case you're interested in stories with a similar vibe.
Are there any more manga like this, with that kind of psychological, sincere feeling? I feel like most times someone suggests a psychological, death-related manga, it's usually macabre, but I liked the atmosphere of this one - it's really "genuine," idk another way to put it, with an optimistic ending, I'd say. It's down-to-earth, I guess.
On another note, are there more manga with doting, lovey-dovey guys? I was looking at shoujo but I realized I feel too old for most of its tropes now, and most of the guys are jerks or just aloof…
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Anyone read Sensei no Shiroi Uso https://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=102313
I like the drama but get a strong femcel vibe from it.
> Popular women are slutty manipulators> Popular men are rapists> Popular women have bad sex lives because their husbands secretly desire other women
Just read the last three tl chapters out of curiosity and it seems pretty cool actually>rapist has pregnant wife>decides to kill himself because rapist scum>mother of his child stops his suicide attempt and orders him to stay alive and take responsibility for being a fucker>turns himself for being a rapist after calling a taxi for the in-labor mother of his child
I have no idea how this development came to be but the ex-popular-girl wife seems like a badass mother and it looks like justice will be served so I'm not so sure it's a female incel story.
I read it but I really hate this manga. >ch8>rape guy goes drinking>goes and follows a girl into the bathroom>other people only say "haha good ol rape guy, just can't help raping those virgins" and do nothing>rapes girl>girl is now in love with him
I hate every single one of the characters in that manga.
The other people didn't know he was a rapist.
Did you read just up to there or beyond? Reviews say it gets better but…>>3850
Also forgot to mention fat girl gets bf stolen by stacey.
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>>3857>The other people didn't know he was a rapist.
Didn't they though? I thought this page implied they knew what was going on, plus his friend should have known he was married.
I still read it, am up to date with all the chapters and it is still pretty terrible.
author married Inio Asano, bet they are a fun couple to hang out with
Glad I didn't read it, I was kinda curious but I haven't had good experiences with Inio Asano langa so when I found out this manga was made by his wife I skipped it
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His male friend was confused about how he got her, he didn't know he assaulted her.
> I still read it, am up to date with all the chapters and it is still pretty terrible.
Aww OK, I'm going to lower my expectations then as I continue.
Asano himself said in an interview that he made Punpun only to create shock and to be as edgy as possible.
I'd say it can be very interesting artistically and has some fun plots, it's low key misogynistic even though the female mangaka character is pretty cool from what I remember, but then again I read it when I was an edgy teen.
For his works I think his latest is actually the most interesting: Dead Demons Destruction
It's a sol/syfy where he actually draws the darn backgrounds for once instead of using filtered photos and most of the characters are female.
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Interested what other anons have to say about this, my memory of Punpun is fuzzy but I remember there is some physical/sexual
abuse towards female characters.
I like Solanin better, it's more palatable than Punpun imo
Punpun is only more fun because of the imagery but it's a rough read.
There are depictions of violence against women and most male characters have some awful dealings with female characters. Although I think it is obvious these men are meant to be shitty regardless (and so are many of the women).
As for Asano, there is one of his works (Umibe no Onnanoko) that features excessive scenes of young teens having sex. Take that as you will.
Still personally love Punpun and some of his other manga though.
>>3864>Asano himself said in an interview that he made Punpun only to create shock and to be as edgy as possible.
Not that anon but I had no idea!
I looked up another interview and Asano also mentions that Punpun is supposed to be a dirtbag:Punpun is too serious, therefore has a hard time communicating. He is also awkward and kind of annoying."Goodnight Punpun" is about Punpun meeting various people through the series and how he starts to understand his “true self.” Punpun is his own individual, so there is no need for the reader to always agree with or understand Punpun's thoughts and actions. I myself do not believe Punpun is a “good person” as typically defined by society, but by creating a main character that, from an entertainment standpoint, would never be cast as a main character, I wanted to show readers that people like him exist.
OK read a bit more, up to chapter 33 now. Thanks for not spoiling me. Apparently the female acquaintance knew. I'm so confused, is the girl there Ayaka? Her best friend just let her get raped?
Reading the other posts about PunPun this definitely sounds like something written by someone that would be his wife. It's a similar edgy wackiness. (though I only read about 10 chapters of punpun before dropping it out of boredom though I really liked Solain) The characters aren't convincing, they all have some sort of extreme drama / mental issue. The self insert main character is a pedo. Why?
However the pacing is really fast and things happen quickly and it's engaging. It's entertaining for that reason though it's as you said, all the characters are written in the most edgy way possible and I hate them all.
Finished c48 latest scans.>>3851
I can finally look at this. While she did look cool at the moment she still stood by the rapist, the whole thing is more convoluted than that.
The drama got so tiresome at the end. The men have way too high EQ. I've never seen men that introspective and aware of people's feelings. The femcel feel stopped midway but then restarted after the pedo arc with the student, especially with misakana. It really feels like a revenge on the popular kids type of story.
That being said it was still an enjoyable soap and I half heartedly recommend it.
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I rec Otto no chimpo ga hairanai.
As the title says the protagonist is unable to get penetrated by her bf because of some sexual trauma she had earlier in her life. It's a josei with explicit sex scenes but they are all in good taste so far and it has a very interesting indie vibe. https://mangarock.com/manga/mrs-serie-100341255
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I've been really craving to read something like Mizukami's manga. Really loved Sengoku Youko after the protagonist swap. I like the simple but still unique stories and characters.
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Just started reading Somali to Mori no Kamisama and:
>World full of non-humans, where nearly all humans got hunted down
>A child gets found by a golem
>Decides to go search for child's parents
>Golem is at the end of it's life, having 1-2years left to live
Pretty good world concept and background drawings. Currently at the end of Vol.1, but will keep reading for sure.
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Korean webtoons are basically manga too right?
I just finished Que Sera: https://mangakakalot.com/manga/que_sera_sera
> Single-motherhood, 30s characters, romance, drama.
While reading it it felt really generic but after finishing it I'm hit by the usual sadness of having to leave these fictional people. Really liked it.
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Since I didn't meant to bump the thread without content I want to ask: did anyone else have issues with Otoyomegatari (Bride's Story)?
It seemed so intriguing at first and as a whole it s better than not but Amir and Karluk are so boring. The start is pretty slow and I read it mostly for the educational content, its interesting to see a culture so rarely depicted get some spotlight. Every other bride throughout the story (like Pariya or the twins) is interesting but Amir and Karluk drag the story down.
Thanks for reminding me that this manga exists. I'm like a dozen chapters behind but i agree that the main couple is the least exciting one.
I don't remember then as boring though, it's just that their story seemed like a bit more complex than the other couples. It was less about the plot twists and bubbly feelings and more about their personal journey and self growth and stuff. Especially for the boy.
I really like this author.
If I had to detail why I didn't like Amir and Karluk as much it mainly comes down to Amir. She doesn't really have any flaws. In the context of her environment she might be a bit odd but to the modern day reader all of her oddities are positive attributes. And one of the more salient points of conflict, the age gap between her and Karluk ends up amounting to nothing when she ends up falling for him romantically. Karluk definitely develops and is forced to grow up and that is interesting but the reasoning for their odd arrangement is never really explained and Amir never really seems to have a problem with it outside of a few failed attempts to seduce him.
Not to say I dislike it, but Amir and Karluk just aren't my favorites compared to the other Brides.
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I started re-reading Yowamushi Pedal recently and I still love this series. I've only read a bit past the end of the first interhigh and I hate that it kind of degrades into shounen battle scribbles but the first 27 volumes are a great standalone sports story.
One thing I also really like about it is that the protag is very shy and awkward but all the characters are friendly to him, even the villains. I wasn't sure if it was a self insertion thing but the mangaka originally made the MC a girl and I'm guessing carried the personality over when the editor told him it had to be a boy MC>>3862
To me a lot of his manga have the same buildup and execution, so I became kind of disinterested after reading a few. I read his interview after Punpun and it felt like he was admitting that he was tired of writing the same stories over and over, too. Haven't read Dedede but at least it sounds different.
Also some of his stories are pretty gross with how kids are treated by adults and family figures.
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Reading Initial D. I love Takumi, although I kind of wish he'd lose a race for once.
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I am in fucking pain because I fell in love with the Amane Gymnasium manga by Usumaru Furuya (one of my fave manga authors ever) and only one chapter got scanlated.
If it gets published or fantranslated, I would highly recommend it to farmers, especially if they are dollfags! It's about a young women who works shitty office job just to be able to live the BJD maker life. Stuff happens and her set of OC dolls inspired by Moto Hagio's oldschool BL manga come to life. The art is great and I love all the characters (from what little I've read). It's such a mature take on a concept that seems very childish (tried to play an otome with same premise and couldn't stop cringing).
I also loved 51 Ways to Save Her by the same author, though it deals with heavy stuff as it's about collapse of society after tsunami hits Japan hard. Sexual violence against women is portrayed, though not in a titillating manner and with psychological gravity (not to mention the women eventually manage to fight the pigs back).
Furuya is so underrated, his seinen comics are one of the best.
i've too much time on my hands, you can name most genres and i can pull five titles/authors up for ya in a heartbeat, no probs.
also the document i have is indexed, so it has a table of content, headers, alphabetized after author name, with alternate titles and categories in genres, so like yuri, yaoi, shounen, seinen, shoujo, josei, horror and then whatever at the end and some of them are highligted as they're the ones i enjoyed or have re-read a lot of times.
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I have just finished a reread of Video Girl Ai (I've first read the manga over 10 years ago) and I am shocked how well it holds up, or maybe how much the shonen harem romance genre has declined.
All of the characters are portrayed in a realistic and sympathetic manner. Everyone acts like normal teenagers (maybe just slightly older than 16 years old, but it depends on the person). There is no dreaded 'catty females fighting over a guy' plot. The heroines support each other, sometimes even to a point of emotional masochism. Attempted sexual assault is shown to have long-term psychological consequences for the victim and her loved ones (the attempted rapists get trashed as well). There is no pedo bait whatsoever (I realize that it's a low bar to clear…).The author is comfortable showing female characters as actual human beings with emotions and bodily functions (in fact, the short sequel manga deals with a different protagonist learning out that girls are human beings first and has a slight anti virgin/whore subplot). I was pleasantly surprised by the scene in pic related. What other harem romance dares to mention oily hair?
This is ecchi, so closeups of panties are to be expected, but they are not as many or as forced as in current manga. All of the characters could be developed more, as we don’t know much about their family or hobbies, but it’s a problem with both the girls and the protagonist’s Chad best friend.
You also have to deal with the protagonist being unable to decide between two girls, but it's shown in a psychologically believable way and therefore wasn't annoyingbto me personally.
If you are looking for some ~based and pinkpilled~ manga, obviously this ain't it… but if you like straight male-centered romance (as I do, cause the female love interests are more relatable to me than a protagonist of a reverse harem), this is one of the best. I love that while the characters represent some types (the tomboy and the perfect cute girl), they don't act like retarded cliches. Seems like Katsura based his characters on people and not manga archetypes.
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Are you me, anon? I fell in love with Video Girl Ai when it was originally being released by Viz in Shounen Jump. Part of me always thought I looked back on it through rose-colored lenses, but it really is a fantastic romance with great characters. Even with Katsura's faults, his style and story-telling are really mature and his characterization should be something many aspire to.
I also appreciate his ability to showcase more than romantic love within the series. You see plenty of characters display love in the context of friendship and how people mistake love for something else and vice versa…It's really well rounded.
tl;dr great taste, fellow farmer.
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It's been finished since a lot of years and the author made another manga if you really like her art/writing style… (I was too sad to read it so I can't recall the name lmao)
Warning: lot of confusion and sadness.
I cried a lot.
(Picture related; my favorite character in the manga ;;)
I really need to reread this. I like how her art slowly found its own 'voice', it's interesting to see the style and designs go from typical 2000-ish goth/punk to what I'd call more shoujo-y and historically influenced - compare Xerxes Break's clothes and his name to a later character like Oswald.
Are you talking about Vanitas no Carte? How is it? I swore off pirating it because I wanted to spend the money legitimately but that just made me put it off indefinitely…