Manga recommendations

Discussion in 'Books, Comics, and Graphic Novels' started by Insanity Steve, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. Agatha-Hart

    Agatha-Hart New Member

    Skip-Beat--even if you aren't interested in shojo, so long as you like funny stuff you'll definitely get a kick out of this series!

    If you're looking for something less plot heavy and more focused on pretty art and sweet stories I'd recommend Mushi Shi or Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yujin-cho).

    Also Noragami. Unfortunately they removed the anime from Netflix and Hulu :mad: but I'm sure the manga is very good too.
  2. TidesofFate

    TidesofFate Your friendly neighborhood Executioner

    Saint Seiya, the original series. The anime is good too though.
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  3. Togo57

    Togo57 New Member

    Not sure if these are "obscure" enough, but maybe you could give them a try (all synopsis gotten from MyAnimeList):

    Not Simple: Ian, a young man with a fractured family history, travels from Australia to England to America in the hope of realizing his dreams and reuniting with his beloved sister. His story unfolds backwards through the framing narrative of Jim, a reporter driven to capture Ian's experiences in a novel: not simple. A story within a story, a book within a book, a tale about the search for family, for an emotional home.

    Soul Hunter: When his clan is wiped out by a beautiful demon, young Taikobo finds himself in charge of the mysterious Hoshin Project. Its mission: find all immortals living in the human world and seal them away forever. But who do you trust--and whose side are you really on--when you've been trained to hunt demons by a demon?

    Haruka na Machi e: On his way back from a business trip, the protagonist decides on a whim to take a train back to his old hometown. The moment he pays respects to his mother's grave in the transformed town, he is transported back to a summer when he was still in junior high school, only with all his middle-age consciousness, knowledge and abilities intact.

    Legend of the Strongest Man Kurosawa: 44 years old, single, working in a construction company for his entire life. All Kurosawa wants is a little respect from his co-workers. And a little popularity won't hurt. Unfortunately Kurosawa's plans fail miserably from time to time and one day, he finds himself right in the middle of a fight against...delinquent middle schoolers?

    Hotel: It is the year 2272 A.D. A computer continues to live on in order to complete a mission in a world where all life, including Mankind, has gone extinct. This is a record of those 27 million years of its heroic struggle. A collection of short stories.

    Seeds of Anxiety: It's a collection of very short and mostly atmospheric stories dealing with urban legends, ghosts and superstitions all organized around a specific theme (school, visitors etc.). Some are just two pages long (basically Theater of Darkness/Yami Shibai in manga).
  4. Iceeat

    Iceeat Member

    Depends on what you want really but I had fun with Honey and Clover.

    Its a slice of life story following a group of friends in college and some of their teachers. As the story goes on they learn about growing up, life, love, and coming to terms with unpleasantness. Your main character is a boy who is in art school and doesnt know where he's going in life or what he's gonna do in the future. The manga is a funny comedy for the most part but its also soothing and all the characters are intresting in their own right.

    Some of the major themes is unrequited love, finding yourself, learning to move forward, and letting go. Even better many of the cast learning these things are anywhere between 20-40yrs old making it a great read for older people and recognizes that just because your older doesn't mean you always have everything figured out.
  5. FonzieThSuperWizard

    FonzieThSuperWizard AAAAAAAAAAAAYAAA!!! *beats up his keyboard*

    I think any manga is good to read. Maybe Hunter X Hunter? :3
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  6. SchmooPie

    SchmooPie Magical Bun Schmoo

    I will always recommend Angel Sanctuary. It's 20 volumes long, and gets pretty involved, but it's really, really good!
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  7. xaliceonfire

    xaliceonfire Kiralee

    Out of all the manga I've read, I think I enjoyed Attack on Titan the most. Of course it's still being realeased, but it was a series I couldn't put down until I ran out of chapters to read.
  8. RicoOfTheSkies

    RicoOfTheSkies The Eagle Who Sees All

    I'd recommend Rave Master and Shaman King. Both are rather underappreciated and go beyond what the anime covers for both of them.
  9. LittleWoodlouse

    LittleWoodlouse New Member

    I know this is a little late, and I don't know what you're into, but Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is a pretty good read, it's a post-apocalyptic slice of life.
  10. Rykhoteth


    I Am A Hero


    It's unlike a lot of manga. One of the few gunowners in Japan barely surviving a zombie apocalypse, despite being a stereotypical cowardly dweeb. Slight self-awareness in that he worked for a Manga studio when it went down, with a good mix of humor and horror. Covers many different groups of people, and in some aspects is as good or better than The Walking Dead comic. It gets strange. Then stranger. Fantastic art and overall quality, it got picked up by Darkhorse and I think the first volume might already be available in English.
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  11. nerdbat

    nerdbat Green butt of reason

    Berserk and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure are two absolute classics.
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  12. Pinecat

    Pinecat Tired

    Try: Natsume's Book of friends.
    It's my favorite series and I highly recommend it.
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  13. Anyone got a good Shojo that has good characters, story, and all the warm and fuzzy feelings of the characters falling in love? I've seen the anime of Orange, Blue spring Ride, Ouran High School Host Club, and a hand full of others, but haven't gotten to the Manga of said titles as I'm sure the story gets further developed in the manga vs. the anime. But are there any other titles that my heart would go doki-doki? *bricked*
  14. Nova Scarlett

    Nova Scarlett "If Music Be the food of love, Play on"!

  15. Activoid

    Activoid Ace Artist

    If you want obscure I would recommend DOGS.
  16. Praetor Pragmus

    Praetor Pragmus New Member

    I'm surprised no one's suggested Anima+

    That entire serious revolves around young people who are essentially half animal, and can sprout wings and such.

    Angel Densetsu is a funny one, its about a normal guy who's so ugly everyone assumes he's a thug and picks fights with him. Through comedic timing, he manges to "win" every fight he's in...even though he doesn't fight back and has no clue what's happening. The local thugs comes to revere him as some kind of delinquent god, to which he's totally oblivious to.
  17. SimonMayers

    SimonMayers New Member

    What kind of manga do you like? You can read Kindaichi or fairy tail.
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  18. Mandragoras

    Mandragoras Inept Abecedarian

    It's proof of an amateur troll level. If you want to meme on some poor newbie, there is so much worse out there—or at least about as bad but much stranger. By "freaky niche anime/manga porn" standards, Boku no Pico is downright tame.
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  19. Sivath

    Sivath ㅇㅅㅇ

    A classic. I loved the sci-fi aspects of it.

    Beautiful, vampires, funny, queer. The length is just right in my opinion, and the story is pretty tight and interesting. It won't take too much of your time. Oh, but warning; Very dark aspects, demons, rape and a lil bit of gore. But it's still my favourite.

    Their Story.
    By Tan jiu. So it's a manhwa. Great if you're looking for something light and happy and funny and adorable. It's about two girls in love. And I love that it's just 'gay' and not 'yuri'.

    19 days.
    By Old Xian. Also a manhwa. Similar to 'Their Story' but a bit sadder. Still funny.

    I'm sure you already know Dgrayman and Tokyo ghoul and stuff, so skipping that.

    Webtoon. Pretty interesting. Do a quest, receive your dice, roll it, get points to improve your real life. Except, real life shouldn't be a game.

    Duty after school.
    Webtoon. Everyone has to be a soldier when alien creatures arrive.

    // oh and I heard 'Tower of God' was the best or whatever, but I haven't read that yet, so I can't confirm.
  20. c0ldfire

    c0ldfire Thief in the Night

    Is anyone reading "BEASTARS" yet? You should. :)
    It's seinen with a world similar to Zootopia, but darker and more brutal.

    In love with the protagonist, Legosi the wolf, atm.
  21. Finian Wren

    Finian Wren Starring Dante from Devil May Cry™

    I say give the following a shot:
    • Aku no Hana
    • Sundome
    • BLAME
    • Harukana Machi-E
    • Ibitsu
    Some people above mentioned "I am a Hero" and "Suicide Island"; I'd also give them a go.
  22. KittenCozy

    KittenCozy kitten in a cozy

    I don't have any obscure recommendations, mostly because I prefer a well-established artist/series. That being said, I'm interested in the horror and shonen genres.
    Full Metal Alchemist
    Boku no Hero Academia
    Hunter x Hunter

    anything by Ito Junji
    Emerging by Hokazono Masaya
    Jisatsu Circle by Furuya Usamaru
  23. c0ldfire

    c0ldfire Thief in the Night

    Also recommending "Dungeon Meshi"/ "Delicious Dungeon".

    Basically it's DnD dungeon-crawling + food porn where a party of adventurers cooked and ate their way through a dungeon using raw materials gathered from killed monsters and repurposing booby-traps into kitchen equipment. XD
  24. ilexdusk

    ilexdusk Stinky but Kawaii ;3

    Noragami and Pandora Hearts are personal favorites. They both got anime adaptions. However, Pandora Hearts didn't hit it off as an anime, but the manga is amazing. Noragami seems to be hitting it off pretty well.

    **Pandora Hearts is a completed manga. A bit of a spin on Alice in Wonderland type stuff.

    **Noragami is on-going rn and about gods and the afterlife type things.. a bit romance here and there.

    I've been reading a lot of obscure shit lately(but nothing significant I'd say...).

    *Mahou Tsukai no Yome (kinda laid back manga. about wizards and mages type stuff. witches. guy with cool skull face basically buys this girl who is pure-bred af for magic and he teaches her stuff) -- on going
    *Saga (it's not a manga but it's a good comic read. it's basically futuristic romeo and juliet with TV people and people with animal like bodies and people with wings and stuff. its done by a guy named Brian K. Vaughan) -- on going
    *MeruPuri (shojou af. same author that did Vampire Knight.) -- completed

    I'll post again if I think of anymore.
  25. Mandragoras

    Mandragoras Inept Abecedarian

    Pretty much anything by Hitoshi Tomizawa from Alien Nine on is one hell of a trip. In the same vein, Made in Abyss is apparently quite something if you think the show looks neat and you want to check out the source material. If that's all insufficiently unhinged for you, and you speak French or Japanese, there's always Nekojiru.

    For stuff that's just gorgeous, Berserk is hard to beat, although Inio Asano and Suehiro Maruo get close from entirely different directions and none are to be approached lightly.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2017

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