Since we all have a lot more free time these days, I’m here to recommend my top 10 manga series!
1. Pandora Hearts written by Jun Mochizuki. Characters end up tangled into a mystery surrounding the Abyss.
2. The Case Study of Vanitas written by Jun Mochizuki. A vampire and a human explore France while discovering new secrets about their worlds.
3. Toilet-bound Hanako-kun written by Iro Aida. A highschool girl wonders into a bathroom in seek of the ghost that supposedly resides there.
4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba written by Koyoharu Gotouge. Demons slaughter a boy’s family and he wants revenge.
5. My Hero Academia written by Kōhei Horikoshi. In a world of superheroes, a boy was born without powers but still aspires to be a hero.
6. No. 6 written by Atsuko Asano. A so-called “perfect” city turns out to have dark secrets lying beneath its wonderful reputation.
7. Blue Spring Ride written by Io Sakisaka. A girl encounters her first love from middle school again in high school.
8. Bakuman written by Tsugumi Ohba. Two boys come together to create manga.
9. Bloom Into You written by Nio Nakatani. Two girls who have never fallen in love before end up seeking love from each other.
10. Kimi no Todoke written by Karuho Shiina. A shy, misunderstood girl befriends a kind and considerate boy, and they fall in love with one another.
I hope you find my list helpful! I tried to include different genres of books so many different viewers could enjoy.
“Phantom Tales of the Night” written by Matsuri is a horror manga that takes place in modern Japan. It has four stories, with the first and last related. Murakumo Inn- where all the events happen - is a mysterious business open to people or spirits who are having issues with their life. The odd innkeeper does not desire money; instead, he wants your deepest, darkest secrets in order to let you stay.
Tokihito, the first story’s protagonist, had always seen butterflies following him, but he didn’t know why. One day, a giant and aggressive butterfly spirit was chasing him. Tokihito then runs into the Murakumo Inn and meets the unnamed and eccentric innkeeper. The innkeeper asks Tokihito for a secret, but he has none. The innkeeper reveals that the butterflies chasing him were actually one of the inn’s employees, Butterfly, but in a different form.
Tokihito soon realizes he’s forgotten how to get home and what his parents look like. He is startled when the innkeeper calls him a “spirit.” Tokihito starts to freak out when he’s told that he’s actually dead, and immediately his body begins to decay and his torso turns into skeleton. When he wakes up in a bedroom and sees the innkeeper behind him, he realizes that it wasn’t a dream. The innkeeper says, “This is a secret I made just for you.”
The next story follows Miho, a woman in her late 20s. She and her twin sister, Kaho, were always told how different they were. Miho felt jealousy towards Kaho and when she gets dumped by her boyfriend and loses her job, while Kaho gets a fiancé, these negative emotions are amplified. One day, Miho stumbles upon Butterfly in his human form and starts to talk to him. She tells him about Kaho and Butterfly says he has granted her wish. She doesn’t seem to know what this means and heads home to find her sister dead. For some reason, the only feeling that welled up inside her was joy. Miho starts her new life with a smile on her face only for it to turn into a frown when everybody starts calling her Kaho. Miho slowly goes mad and starts to melt into butterflies.
The third story introduces a new character, Spider. Like Butterfly, he can change into different forms. He also possesses the ability to use webs. Spider serves as one of the guards for the Murakumo Inn. A girl (who is mostly snake) shows up and tries to assassinate the innkeeper on her master’s order. Spider locks her in a cage and tells her she’s being used. The girl seems to believe that she’s the only one her master trusts to kill the innkeeper, and she starts flipping out when she realizes she has been lied to. The innkeeper ends up killing her, and Spider becomes bitter because he couldn’t save her.
The last story involves Tokihito again. He meets an odd man who wishes to kill the innkeeper. Tokihito brings him to the inn, and the innkeeper and this man start attacking each other. At one point, the innkeeper is presumed dead but starts to take the form of a demon-like creature with eyes all over his head. The man’s attempt fails, and he and Tokihito go home.
I personally really enjoyed this series, and have been dying for volume two to come out. This has a mix of traditional Japanese lore yet modern themes. Matsuri wrote this really well and portrayed the innkeeper as a sadistic in-human creature. The art is beautiful and quite expressive. I would definitely call this a horror series.
I would rate this series: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Today I’m reviewing, “Behind The Scenes!!!” by Bisco Hatori, the author of the famous manga “Ouran High School Host Club.” The story’s protagonist is the very anxious and pessimistic Ranmaru Kurisu.
After just settling in to his first year in college, Ranmaru is caught off guard by zombies near the area he’s relaxing in. They’re not real, granted, but despite that fact Ranmaru is still frightened. Ranmaru later finds out it was a movie shoot for his college’s group, the “Art Squad.”
In order to repay the group for messing up their shoot, its seemingly hostile leader, Ryuji Goda, says Ranmaru has to help fix and clean up their props. Ranmaru has always been very crafty and artistic, unlike the rest of his family. Seeing his skills, Ryuji lets him join the Art Squad. The following books consist of Ranmaru and the group’s different film projects and people they meet along the way.
The other characters in the story are Ruka Enjoji who is a third year economics major, and is a kind and caring character who always tries her hardest to make sure everyone’s okay. She is also part of the Art Squad.
Another character is Maasa Rokubu, a gore obsessed second year marketing major also in the Art Squad. She’s one of my favorite characters, and she seems pretty creepy but is actually very kind.
Some other Art Squad members are Tomu Tenba and Izumi Samura. Tomu is an energetic first year Humanities and Science major, while Izumi is a calm and friendly third year economics major.
I really enjoy this series. I have yet to read all the books, but I’m halfway through volume three. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys the “slice of life” genre. I can personally relate to Ranmaru in the way that he’s always thinking about past conversations and worrying that he could of said something wrong. This book is very funny, but it’s also very warm feeling. My favorite line in volume one is when Izumi says, “Ranmaru’s negativity might be some kind of talent.” I don’t know why, but that line cracks me up.
by Bean, edited by Platypus
I rate this manga: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Cells At Work! is a manga (that they then turned into an anime) written by Akane Shimizu. The story is exactly what it sounds like: you explore the daily life of cells working in the human body. There are loads of characters, and the first one we come across is Red Blood cell.
Red Blood cell has fiery red hair and a bad sense of direction, but her passion for her job is what keeps her going. When she was strolling through the body, bacteria suddenly floods in. Red Blood cell, in awe from the attack, was frozen, technically the perfect prey for the germs who try their hardest to infect the body. When she was almost eaten, White Blood cell pops out from nowhere! Most people fear the white blood cells, but they’re actually pretty easy-going guys excluding the fact that they’re assassins. White Blood cell kills the germ, keeping Red Blood cell safe.
Almost everyday Red Blood cell is getting in trouble, and almost every time the same White Blood cell comes to save her. Once, when White Blood cell encountered Red Blood cell, he escorted her to her destination, because she’s bad with maps. During this, they stumbled upon some platelets. Because platelets look like small children, the other cells are often found staring at them and making remarks on just how cute they look.
While the White Blood cells are tough, the Killer T cells are tougher. They’re only sent out when the White Blood cells need backup. The training is brutal, and you’ll often find the squad leader yelling at his trainees, and generally being grouchy. The Killer T cells have no mercy, and they eliminate whatever is causing harm.
Then the Macrophages come into play. While they may seem dainty and “cutesy,” they too, are hardcore murderers. They help out when things get really bad and often work with young children to teach them basic things, almost like preschool for cells.
There are so many violent cells in this series! Another is the NK cell. She is like the female version of the T Cells, and tends to act a little sassy and annoys the them like there’s no tomorrow. The Helper T Cell, who, unlike the Killer T cells, gives orders to attack instead of actually getting his hands dirty. The Helper T often relaxes in his office when nothing comes up, sipping tea and eating biscuits. B cell creates weapons to destroy bacteria, and often fights with Mast Cell, whose job is to create Histamines and such. Lastly, is Eosinophil, another type of White Blood cell, who is weaker then the average White Blood cell, but has her own strengths. She’s often teased by the regularly cells who think she’s weak, but the other White Blood cells know her power.
I may have missed a few cells, but all in all, every character is different and that’s what I like. I certainly enjoyed this series, and it actually tells you quite a bit about real cells, and is pretty educational while being entertaining at the same time.
If you like semi-comedic stories that have a twist to them, I’d say this is for you. The author, Akane Shimizu, is actually in the middle of writing the 6thbook, and I’m really looking forward to it.
I rate it: 5/5 stars (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐️/ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
Laid Back Camp is a manga series written by Afro about girls in high school who are very passionate about the outdoors. The first two main characters are Rin Shima and Nadeshiko Kagamihara. They’re complete opposites who meet while Rin is camping. Nadeshiko is a very bubbly, happy-go-lucky girl who loves food, while Rin is just and introvert who likes to camp alone and read.
They become friends and later find out they go to the same high school—Motosu High. Every since first meeting Rin in the wilderness, Nadeshiko discovers a love for the outdoors and wants to join the school’s more relaxed outdoorsy club, the OEC (Outdoor Exploration Club) where she meets the only two members, Chiaki Ōgaki and Aoi Inuyama. Chiaki is very serious about camping and tends to overreact, and makes life kind of fictitious. Aoi is Chiaki’s friend, and is very kind and goes along with Chiaki’s strange habits.
Then we have Rin’s friend, Ena Saito. She’s very cheerful and has a pet Chihuahua. So, just watch as they learn about wildlife, and food while battling their high school life, and meet new friends.
This manga is adorable! The art ranges from very detailed to very cute chibi. I think anyone can enjoy this manga, and it actually gives you camping tips that are quite useful, such as reviewing types of sleeping bags, and food tips. This is also an anime that you can watch on Crunchyroll.™ A second season is also in progress, so hopefully that comes out soon!
Voices of a Distant Star by Makoto Shinkai is a science fiction manga based on the animated film from 2002 that follows the perspectives of Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao. In the year 2046, Mikako and Noboru (both age 16) were classmates and very good friends when suddenly Mikako was chosen to become a pilot and fight the alien species “Tharsis."
Now on Mars, Mikako (eight years away from Earth) tries to stay in contact with Noboru through texting, but as she gets farther away it begins to take longer for her messages to send. The more time she spends in space the more she realizes how scared she would be returning to Earth and trying to deal with all the time that has passed without her, since she wasn’t aging and everyone else was.
Meanwhile, Noboru checks everyday waiting for a message and he struggles with loneliness since Mikako was his only friend and they were planning on going to the same school together. As time passes, he begins to hear from his friend less and less until he starts to think that she has just moved on and forgotten about him. Noboru, now age 25, tries to start over and forget about Mikako until one day he receives a message from her that was sent eight years earlier. When he realizes that she has been trying to message him all this time, he sets out to try and see her again, not knowing if it will be in space or on Earth.
I love this manga! The art in each panel was very detailed and beautiful, the writing is also very well done. So many of the scenes gave me the chills because even though it’s science fiction you can still very strongly feel the same emotions as the characters while reading. Honestly, I’ve never really been a huge fan of sci-fi mainly because I feel like a lot of the stories repeat themselves, but this story was very unique and kept me interested.
I definitely recommend this manga to anyone who likes the genres of: drama, sci-fi, and fantasy! This book is not a series so it's quick to read.
I can't even, it's so cute-
I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5)
Horimiya by HERO is a manga that takes place at school. The first character you meet is named Kyouko Hori. She’s beautiful, smart, popular, and has many friends. The other main character, Izumi Miyamura, is pretty much the opposite. People think he’s gloomy, and weird. Hori also has to manage her brothers’ life too. Her parents work quite a bit and never really come home, and her friends and most people don’t know this about her.
One day, her brother comes home with a bloody nose and she rushes to see him. She notices someone there with him. It’s her classmate, Miyamura. There’s also a side of him nobody’s aware of. He normally keeps his hair down to hide some of the piercings he has during school, and wears his school jacket all year long to cover up his tattoos. Hori and Miyamura are actually more alike than they think. They become friends and Hori introduces Miyamura to her friends with him becoming a part of their group.
I think this manga is cute. At first I kind of thought it was cliché, but I was wrong. I have to admit the beginning was a little slow, but the second and third books pick up the pace a little and make it quite bubbly – yet sad. I have not finished the series, but I really hope to. There are eleven of these books written and illustrated by HERO. It can be quite funny at times, so I’d label it a romance comedy in a way.
A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi) by Yoshitoki Oima is a drama manga following the main character Shoya Ishida. The first book starts off by showing the present time and then telling Shoya’s past and explaining where he is currently. In elementary school Shoya was never interested in what school had to offer, and was constantly bored. He decides to beat this boredom by doing dangerous dares and games with his friends that sometimes lead to physical fights, eventually becoming known to the school as a bully.
One day it’s announced that a new student will be joining Shoya’s class and this new student is Shoko Nishimiya. Shoko is deaf meaning that she can’t hear and can only communicate by writing in her notebook and using sign language. Shoya decides that she is his new target for mischief and he begins to bully her in any way possible. Shoya suddenly is surprised when he learns that everytime he bullies her she doesn’t react or get angry, making him determined to get a reaction out of her. This goes on for good amount of time until one day the teachers tell his class that Shoko had transferred to different school. Now years in the future Shoya is still incredibly guilty about how he treated Shoko and is determined to apologize to her.
I am currently on the 4th volume out of 7 and a huge fan of this series! I like the story a lot because it is very original and doesn’t have a lot of the cliches you see repeated in other mangas. The characters are also amazing and the author did a really good job of expressing the emotions the characters feel. For example, for most of the first book I kind of hated Shoya for what he did to Shoko but in the end I just felt really bad for him. The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I didn’t like how the teachers were portrayed. While teachers don’t always know what to do in certain situations I still was annoyed with how in the story they just let the kids keep bullying. Even when they did try to make the other students stop, they basically admitted that they also found Shoko annoying, which I didn’t like.
I definitely recommend this series to anyone who anyone who enjoys manga and it’s also a great first manga to read. The series was made into a movie, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be available to buy anywhere I’ve looked.
I mean, expect more manga reviews because i'm hooked on this stuff. Apples: (you'll get it when you read the book) ????? out of: ?????
Death Note is a horror manga about a student named "Light Yagami" who picks up a strange notebook dropped by a bored Shinigami death god. The notebook possesses the power to kill anyone if you write their name down, while also thinking of their face.
I really enjoyed this manga, and I really like the character designs. Also the amount of character development is crazy! You could hate one character one minute, and be their number one fan the next.
Somehow Tsugumi Ohba managed to fit in so much comedy in some really serious scenes. I also think the art is fantastic and would love to read more from both Tsugumi Ohba (The creator) and Takeshi Obata (The artist).
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