Ashley wrote:Heh, I literally have so much manga (about $700 worth) that I don't have space for it back home. It takes up a good 2/3rds of my bookshelf at school.
uc pseudonym wrote:D.Gray-Man is still currently running, so it cannot be reviewed (though it has enough of a cult following that it might fall into the same category as Bleach or Naruto). The series isn't particularly offensive as far as violence or sexual content. There are pseudo-religious elements, but they aren't particularly concerning. What are your content concerns?
jon_jinn wrote:i can confidently say that D. Gray-man contains next to no nudity or sexual content. as for language, i think that Viz did its job in toning down the swearing to only about 5-7 curse words per volume. and i can assure you that you won't find any s-words or f-words in any of the D. Gray-man volumes.
uc pseudonym wrote:That depends on your preferences as a reader. What did you hate about Dragonball Z? Do you care more about plot or characters? D. Gray-man has a large cast of characters, but plot-wise it's pretty mundane shonen. In your list it is probably most comparable to Black Cat, but I have not read that extensively so I hesitate to say anything further. It's also similar to Reborn, but with less comedy of a different variety.
Haruhiko wrote:No, no, no. Dragon Ball. No Z.
uc pseudonym wrote:There isn't much distinction. The entire franchise stems from the creative work of Akira Toriyama (excepting the GT anime). All of the manga ran under the title "Dragon Ball" (though not in the Viz version) and that distinction exists only in the anime. I tend to add the Z out of habit.
Or did you mean to say you've only read the first 16 volumes (the part covered by the anime labeled without the Z)?
Haruhiko wrote:I have four more I've been wondering about. As stated before, my biggest concerns are sexual content, nudity, and language.
I'm considering Shaman King, Gintama, Busou Renkin, and Dr. Slump. I'd like as much help as I can get concerning each of these.
MasterDias wrote:Language will vary in online translations.
In Viz's version, it ranges from fairly toned down to practically nonexistant.
Shaman King - a few brief male butt shots, the series draws extensively from world cultures/religions and references things like spirit mediums and channeling, I wouldn't take it too seriously as it's in a pretty fantastical context, but your mileage may vary.
Gintama - don't think there's any nudity, but I believe there is a number of innuendos played for laughs. I haven't read this extensively.
Busou Renkin - Nothing really, but one of the male antagonists/anti-heroes likes to fight in skimpy underwear and wears ridiculous skin-tight outfits that freaks out the cast. If you are interested in this title, I would also suggest Watsuki's earlier series Rurouni Kenshin. Most fans consider it a generally superior work.
Dr. Slump - Minor kid nudity (that's probably been cut from Viz's version). Probably some jokey innuendos and such. I didn't really read it extensively either. But by the way, if you didn't like early Dragonball, you probably won't like this, as it's also by Toriyama and the tone and style are really similar to early Dragonball.
jon_jinn wrote:dude, this is a thread for manga REVIEW REQUESTS. if you're curious about a manga's content, then make a thread for it in the manga mania section or something...
uc pseudonym wrote:I think asking here is acceptable. Mini-reviews such as the ones Master Dias provided help people to choose series, which is the same purpose as the database. Particularly with certain things not functioning at the moment, I think this thread can be used to help accomplish the original intent of this aspect of CAA.
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