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Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:49 am
by Mullet Death
Mouse2010 wrote:Caught up on Sweetness and Lightening , including the recently released Chapter 31. I really like this series, and I'm sometimes surprised by how thoughtful it can be. In particular, there've been a couple of chapters dealing with the issue of death and grief that I thought went into more depth than you usually see in anime. Plenty of animes deal with a character death, but this one seemed to me to focus on the aftermath of a loss in a very different way.

In the chapter called "Liars," SPOILER: Highlight text to read: I was interested and maybe a little taken aback to see that Inuzuka thought of himself as a liar for telling Tsumugi that her mother was in Heaven. This may have resonated me a bit because our preschooler is very interested in death and Heaven and what happens to his pets who have died. (He hasn't lost any relatives yet.) It's hard enough answering these questions as a Christian, given that I'm talking about things I hope are true but haven't experienced; I don't know what it would be like answering questions like that without a religious framework. OTOH, I found the way Tsumugi's great-grandmother dealt with Tsumugi's SPOILER: Highlight text to read: desire to die soon so that she could be with her mother to be a helpful way of answering that kind of thought.

I haven't read that far ahead yet, and so am avoiding your spoilers, but Sweetness and Lightning is a wonderful manga that warms my heart every time I read it. Really hope it gets animated some day.

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:47 pm
by NekoNinja16
We've been on vacation, and went to a Books-a-Million, where I was pleasantly surprised to see Behind the Scenes!!, or as I knew it before (when I read the first chapter online), Urakata!!. It's a new manga by Bisco Hatori, (mangaka of Ouran Highschool Host Club, one of my fave series ever) and I picked it up since I liked whatever I remembered of the first chapter. Love it!! Hope more will come out soon, and it will be a successful series like Ouran. I love the main character, Ranmaru. Even tho he's pessimistic, it's so hilarious seeing him freak out at everything, and he's adorable too. XD Didn't really have to 'censor' anything either, only found the word h*ll. (plus a very short zombie scene, since it was part of a film shoot near the beginning) I'm also happy about the size of the volume (in relation to the price). The volumes of My Neighbor Seki are smaller, the art isn't as nice, and they cost more... (BtS= $10 MNS=$12-13) The five chapters in it just felt fulfilling, I guess. ^^ SPOILER: Highlight text to read: (although, I'm a tiny bit annoyed by Ryuji's apparent love of using evolution as motivation, or whatever. He keeps telling the main guy to 'evolve' if he's not happy, and referenced dinosaurs once. Dinosaur part's fine, but evolution, no plz. XD)

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:57 am
by the_wolfs_howl
No.6 chapters 11-12

Wow, Nezumi looks even more soft and innocent in the manga than he did in this part of the anime! :pikka: It's amazing how much the two of them change through the course of the story - and it's not even halfway over yet!

Bakuman chapters 12-13

EEEEEEE, this is so exciting! They've done a really good job of ramping up the tension and making you root for the main characters. I guess part of that is because they make the rival so weird and unlikable (at least to me). But I really want Mashiro and Takagi to succeed.

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer chapters 15-16

Again, I'm really surprised at how emotional this part of the story has been, though it never goes too far from the humor. I wasn't expecting to have this many feels over this manga.

HaruXKiyo chapter 5

I'm really growing to love Haru's awkwardness. And probably if Mineta was in my class, I'd be crushing on him just as much as she is XD

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:36 pm
by Mouse2010
Noragami volume 11! Um, this one is really emotional, guys. There were two different stories that made me tear up a bit.

But just so we're clear, it was definitely a good volume. I feel like I gush too much about this series, but still . . . I love how we are learning more about Yato's past in bits and pieces. And the shipper in me SPOILER: Highlight text to read: really liked Yato and Hiyori's interactions in the amusement park, although I was surprised by Yukine's reaction. Is he jealous because he likes Hiyori? Or jealous because he doesn't want anyone getting closer to Yato? Or just angry that Yato might have something (a relationship, I mean) that he can't have? Or something else?

Per someone's recommendation, I'm also reading Fushigi Yugi. I am not a huge fan of the artwork in this manga, but there are some genuinely funny moments that keep me reading for now.

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:29 pm
by Kaori
Galaxy Express 999 v. 17.

This volume was really good. By this point it is even clearer than before that Tetsurou's travels this second time around (in the second arc of the story which started with v. 15) are not the leisurely journey of the first arc. The first arc really had a coming-of-age feel, with Tetsurou considering questions like what life is and what is important to him, those sorts of things. But in the second arc he has a determined goal and a mission, and in this volume everything, every single chapter, contributes something definite to developing who the enemies are and what they are like, and there's a sense of urgency that is reinforced especially at the beginning and end of this volume. In the middle is a two-chapter story with some a very well-executed and eerie story, so the volume is quite strong throughout.

In addition, there's strong use of visual details and visual symbolism, some moral nuance in the way that the villains are not painted as entirely evil and Tetsurou is considering things like that they have families and are life-forms that are just like humans in many ways, and the artwork is great (well, not his human figures, but everything else: the landscapes, cityscapes, outer space scenes, spacecraft, and so on).

Just as a side note, I don't think I previously mentioned when talking about this second arc, but the Japanese is much more difficult. No furigana, NGU kanji are sometimes used, and I'm learning words like "exothermic" and "nuclear fusion."

Anyways, I am highly enjoying this more focused and driven second arc of the story, and this volume might be the best yet since v. 4.

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:57 am
by the_wolfs_howl
Silver Spoon chapters 115-116

I have to admit that watching the anime and reading the manga at the same time (the anime being much farther back in the storyline) makes it kind of hard to remember what's going on in either one :hits_self Yeah, won't be doing that again!

The Heroic Legend of Arslan chapters 30-31

=_= I always feel like I missed something at the end of the previous chapter, because I don't remember how Narsus got into this situation. But it's hilarious all the same :lol: I was surprised at how young he is, though! He's not that much older than me, and he's already a war hero/hermit/renegade warrior <_<

No.6 chapters 13-17

Ah, now we come to my favorite part of the story: the Correctional Facility >:D

Bakuman chapters 14-16

I figured it would probably end up like that. Hope they can pick themselves back up soon!

Hoshi no Samidare chapters 17-20

I'm repeatedly amazed at how inspirational and moving this manga is, while still remaining rather ludicrous and funny.

HaruXKiyo chapters 6-10

>3< I'm loving this more and more! Mineta is astonishingly hot when he wants to be *fans self*

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:08 pm
by Mouse2010
Chapter 32 of Sweetness and Lightening did not disappoint. Again, more thoughtful exploration of the loss of a family member-- this time, with even more emphasis on what grief might look like to a young child. I keep saying "this is a thoughtful series," and I'm sure that line is getting old, but I am increasingly seeing the ways in which this manga is largely about coping with loss and moving on. And it is not just about the loss being part of the main characters' backstory, as is so often the case, but about how they grow and change as they slowly learn to live without the lost person.

Also, I'm really enjoying getting to see Tsumugi's grandparents!

I have to agree with Mullet Death that this is a series that I would love to see animated. I don't know if that will ever happen, but seems like there have been a LOT of food-related animes recently, so maybe?

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:05 pm
by MangaRocks!
Mouse2010 wrote:I have to agree with Mullet Death that this is a series that I would love to see animated. I don't know if that will ever happen, but seems like there have been a LOT of food-related animes recently, so maybe?

Actually, your wish has already been granted! :thumb:

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 5:36 am
by the_wolfs_howl
Bakuman chapter 17

Though I'm a little skeptical that their mainstream effort will work out (I guess I'm kind of biased against mainstream :sweat: ), it looks like Niizuma Eiji is heading towards his own demise. Which...I am inordinately gleeful about :P

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:25 pm
by Kaori
Galaxy Express 999 v. 18 was really not that great. Of course after coming after a volume that is one of the best in the series, the next volume is likely to suffer in comparison, but still. There are some interesting things that can be drawn from it in terms of what the volume reveals about Japanese values--what kind of attitude and mindset the Japanese particularly value and particularly despise--but in terms of actual storytelling and characterization, to me the volume felt like it fell pretty flat. Also the artwork, which I was just praising in my previous post, in this volume had several panels that just looked sloppy and careless. Image

Only three volumes left in this series, but I have just not had time yet to push forward and start reading volume 19. Probably will do so soon, since being this close to the end of the series is a pretty strong incentive.

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:32 pm
by NekoNinja16
I've been re-reading MegaMan NT Warrior (I have volumes 1-10, still missing 11-13), mostly since I bought 1-6 @ 1/2 price books after reading them online. (long storyish)

Also been reading OHSHC, I bough volumes 5-8 at half price, and just picking up vol 9 at Books-a-Million. ^^

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:28 am
by Mouse2010
MangaRocks! wrote:
Mouse2010 wrote:I have to agree with Mullet Death that this is a series that I would love to see animated. I don't know if that will ever happen, but seems like there have been a LOT of food-related animes recently, so maybe?

Actually, your wish has already been granted! :thumb:

WHAAT? How did I miss that? So exciting. I am hoping that Crunchyroll will pick up this series.

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:16 pm
by the_wolfs_howl
No.6 chapter 18

I love and hate the Correctional Facility at the same time. The story is quickly coming to a close, but there's still so much left that needs to happen....

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:09 pm
by Kaori
Love so Life v. 17 (complete). Glad I finally got to read this last volume. The ending was SPOILER: Highlight text to read: happy, and if anyone wants to know the specific details, SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the twins and their father successfully move in with the twins’ grandparents, there’s a six-year time skip, the twins are still keeping in touch with Shiharu-san regularly, Shiharu-san has a job at a daycare center, her friend is still dating Matsunaga-san’s friend (though he is often away backpacking in exotic locations), Matsunaga-san is still working like a dog, and Shiharu-san finally gets to start dating Matsunaga-san after only a six-year wait instead of the ten years that he originally suggested, which is still a sufficient amount of time for Shiharu-san to be adult by a good safe margin. I was mildly disgruntled by the fact that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Matsunaga-san studiously avoided Shiharu-san for six years without explaining why, and then when he chased after her and caught up to her at the end he got off just by apologizing with a kiss and saying that he wouldn’t have been able to control himself if he had been spending time around her. I see what the author is doing with using Matsunaga-san’s avoidance of Shiharu-san as a plot device to maintain a little bit of romantic tension until the very end, and it works in terms of storytelling because it’s fiction and readers don’t actually have to spend six years in misery thinking that the person that they love doesn’t have any feelings for them anymore. For us it is only a chapter. But Matsunaga-san’s behavior was truly rude and I don’t think that apologizing with a kiss and that kind of explanation is really adequate. ImageIf it were real life, he should instead have shown her some more consideration during those years instead of just avoiding her without giving any explanation, which was very unfair to her. However, overall the manga is very cute and heartwarming.

I have said this before, but I want to reiterate again that Love so Life is a really excellent manga to use for learning Japanese. The two leads use very standard, polite Japanese with each other, the vocabulary and phrases that come up are very useful things that you can use in everyday life, the vocabulary level is also not too difficult compared to other manga because it’s about everyday life and everyday situations (and the fact that so much of the story centers around young children means that a lot of the characters are using simple vocabulary, which is really helpful), and there’s a lot that can be learned culturally. For example, in this manga you can observe that the two leads use polite form with each other (this is appropriate because of the babysitter/employer relationship and the age difference) and address each other always by family-name-san; people who are close friends or immediate family members use plain form with each other as appropriate for a close relationship; anyone who is talking to the twins uses plain form because that is how you talk to children, and the twins always use plain form because young children only know how to use plain form; and characters like Shiharu-san and Matsunaga-san are using polite form when talking to the twins’ grandparents but the grandparents use plain form when talking to them (this is because of the age difference). Also, Shiharu-san exemplifies all the qualities that the ideal Japanese housewife is supposed to have, and both she and Matsunaga-san are pretty much ideal characters, and you can also see how Japanese salarymen are both expected to work like dogs and are admired for it when they do so (his schedule, how much he works, and how exhausted he is when he gets home are all pretty much spot-on).

There were really a lot of very useful phrases in this manga, so much so that I wrote down a few of them as notes to myself, e.g. in a “this is the sort of polite phrase that you can use in this sort of situation” kind of way. For example, there’s a scene where Shiharu-san has a meal together with everyone at Matsunaga-san’s house, and she gets told she doesn’t have to help with the dishes, but she says, “Since I was treated to a meal, at least let me do this much.” (ごちそうになってしまったのでこれくらいさせて下さい). As another Japanese tidbit, this sentence also gets used: [~て form of a verb] + いただけないでしょうか。 This is keigo and it is a very graceful way of asking someone if they will do something for you; it is more indirect and therefore more polite than [~て form of a verb] + くれませんか。

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:50 pm
by the_wolfs_howl
The Heroic Legend of Arslan chapter 32

I love how we get such a sweeping view of the big political things that are happening...but when do we get back to what Arslan's doing? :P

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:53 pm
by MangaRocks!

...Oh dear; not having posted anything in this thread in a number of months + having read a bunch of new stuff means another massive double-post is incoming! :sweat: First, the continuing series:

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime chapters 72-73 + 73.5 + 74-75: It's nice to see a little bit of Ryuu character development~ <3 Whoa, though, that's quite a timeskip! :pikka: And ahhh, Mihaya and Kazuki made a surprise visit! :pikka: I was *not* expecting that! :) (And LOL at Obi's "As master's knight, should I stop him...?" when Kazuki gave Shirayuki a flying hug~ :grin: ) Cute. :) There was also some really good stuff in here character-wise with Izana and Zen. :thumb: (And Zen/Kiki/Mitsuhide's whole discussion of 'marriage proposals' was downright hilarious {especially once Obi got brought into it!}. :lol: :lol: ) And the little bit of politics in this new mini-arc seem intriguing so far. Finally: Oho, it looks like this thing with the twins is going to be quite interesting~! (And I already love Zen's interactions with them, and all the stuff going on under the surface there... :thumb: )

Boku dake ga Inai Machi chapters 35-40: Best. Response. Ever! Satoru's mom continues to be best mom. <3 (Also, Kenya best bro. <3 ) And Airi also being a boss, as usual! :thumb: That next chapter, though-- HOLY CRAP...! :wow!: That SPOILER: Highlight text to read: perspective shift/twist was unbelievable! :pikka: And the end of it just gave me chills... *shiver* :pikka: Next: Nice reveal on the SPOILER: Highlight text to read: 'disguise.' And aw, Jun's letter was so sweet~ <3 :sniffle: And oh man, so SPOILER: Highlight text to read: that possibility of a future with Airi really is going to be sacrificed, then (as I thought it might-- given that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: they have no connection in this timeline). :( My... heart... </3 Also, I know the implications are very far from amusing (the flags are everywhere for that poor little girl... :pikka: :( ), but I do have to admit that I laughed at that descriptive line about the hospital's camp thing... :sweat: I mean, I know it's a setup, and I know it was intentional to draw Satoru out, but still... :P :grin: Finally: Gahhh, the suspense is too strong!! :pikka: Can't wait for the next chapter!

The Case Study Of Vanitas chapters 3-5: LOL... welp, I already knew that Vanitas was completely off his rocker (and that his moral compass was very... interestingly skewed) :P , but... :grin: :grin: It's actually kinda hard to tell sometimes if he's being serious/trying to complete an objective or if he's just trolling for the fun of it. :grin: He clearly has a pretty intense backstory, though (his personality + the few unusual reactions he's given to things Noé has said + those scars {usually kept well-hidden by those long gloves} + the whole thing with him having the Book in the first place {and did he really SPOILER: Highlight text to read: get bitten and all that stuff he said when he was stalling, or was some of that just a bluff, too?}, etc.)-- and it's going to be a heck of a story when it's finally revealed. <3 The end of chapter 4, though-- ohhh crap, what the heck was *that*?! :pikka: :pikka: And finally: Interesting new bit of background on Noé (apparently he's actually SPOILER: Highlight text to read: an "Archiviste"-- a vampire who can see the memories of those whose blood he drinks-- which has clearly not been pleasant for him. :pikka: Also, that clan is supposed to be extinct...... :pikka: ), as well as the also-interesting namedrop of an event that apparently rewrote the very laws of nature. :pikka: Plus, we finally got a little better explanation + glimpse of what that 'thing' was at the end of the previous chapter. That ending was totally LOLWUT, though SPOILER: Highlight text to read: (Noé's fiancee??). :grin: This series is so darn addicting... :thumb:

Cheese In The Trap chapters 174-179: This was so adorable. <3 And the family even kinda made up! :thumb: And whoa man, Jung's manipulation level was off the charts here... :pikka: I LOL'd so hard though at stalker-dude (not using his name because he doesn't deserve it :P ) first getting run out on by the MC and her best friends, and then In-Ho suddenly showing up and (very well-deservedly!) scaring him + turning the tables by faking getting beat up/etc. (and then looking all proud of himself afterwards). :grin: And then whoa, that new flashback... :pikka: :pikka: I mean, Jung certainly has his (sociopathic :sweat: ) issues, but it's no wonder he was so ticked... :pikka:

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun chapters 73-76: OH MY GOSH, Kashima actually said it!!! :wow!: :jump: :wow!: (Although I know she probably didn't mean it precisely in that way, LOL... :P :grin: Still, wow~! <3 ) Also, LOL, so Seo's big bro finally meets Waka, then...? :grin: Bwahaha, oh man, the misunderstandings between them were *golden.* :grin: :grin: And the letters were hilarious, too. :grin: Finally: Oh my gosh, the whole thing with Mikoshiba and Mayu at the mixer was hysterical! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Haikyuu!! chapters 192-203 + 203.5 extra + 204: This match between SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Nekoma and Fukurodani is great! :jump: And I literally LOL'd at the whole exchange from the coach talking with Kenma to Kenma's conversation with Lev (complete with all the facial expressions). :lol: Next: WOW. Nice one, Furudate-sensei-- you genuinely surprised (and impressed) me. SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Nekoma actually lost (...2-0, no less)! :wow!: ......Aaand then never mind, because there just so happens to be SPOILER: Highlight text to read: a third spot, and they're obviously going to smoke the other team for it. :P The surprise was good while it lasted, though (and I can't even really complain, because I really like both SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Nekoma and Fukurodani, so whatever :P :) ). Anyway: LOL, the (under-the-breath so the ref can't hear it ;) ) trash-talking by the Snakes was off the charts :grin: , as was their level of guile (as you'd expect from a team with that name, of course ;) ; however, this kind of manipulation is on a level unlike anything seen in the series before, so it's really interesting). Also, it was so funny to see (now-captain) Kuroo and (libero) Yaku so diametrically opposed in the past until they were asked what their goals were. :grin: :thumb: (Also LOL at Kenma telling Kuroo to work harder. :grin: :grin: ) And the extra was downright hysterical (oh my gosh, Karasuno at their school's sports festival...)! :lol: :lol: :lol: Finally: Yes, Lev just got a little development, too! <3

Haru x Kiyo chapter 13:
the_wolfs_howl wrote:. . . Mineta is astonishingly hot when he wants to be *fans self*
^ Indeed he is! :thumb: Anyway :) , yay! Not only is the translation actually readable again (LOL :sweat: ), but this entire chapter was just too amusing/adorable! <3 :grin: :hug: I love, love, love how Mineta understands things and then just goes ahead and does what needs to be done accordingly <3 ; and I literally LOL'd at that whole "magic phrase" bit (oh my gosh that was hysterical!). :lol: :lol: :thumb:

Kimi ni Todoke vol. 23: I teared up when Sawako (and Kento, too) told Ayane just how kind she is in response to her belief that she's a terrible person. <3 :sniffle: :hug: And as for the SPOILER: Highlight text to read: breakup between Ayane and Kento here, I, too, knew this had to be coming. They were both really mature about it, though, and surprisingly the whole thing was actually really cathartic, with this entire volume focusing on Ayane's personal growth + her breaking free from her self-destructive tendencies. :thumbsup:

Noragami vol.'s 10-11: Oh man, volume 10... Yato finally SPOILER: Highlight text to read: releasing the stray; asking Yukine to guide him and show him the way to make people happy; and confessing his past to both Yukine and Hiyori (and even more so to Yukine) was so beautiful. <3 :sniffle: :hug: Also, that reveal of who his 'Father' really is (now)... :pikka: :pikka: And as for volume 11: Oh my gosh, the whole 'Cayperland 2' bit was hysterical, especially once Kofuku wheedled Daikoku into a date of their own there, and disaster inevitably followed. :lol: :lol: :lol: And oh my gosh, Yato actually SPOILER: Highlight text to read: proposed (!!!) <3 (although Hiyori didn't get to see it... :P :grin: ). Oh man, though, that bit of backstory with Kofuku and Daikoku was heartbreaking. </3 And yikes, that 'greatest secret' (which obviously has something to do with the memories of the Shinki) does not sound like it's going to be a good thing... :pikka:

QQ Sweeper vol. 2: This volume explained a lot. I mean, it was obvious that Fumi would turn out to be Fuyu, of course; but (part of) what was going on with her was made more clear here. Also, it makes way more sense for the Sweepers' work in the 'void'/others' minds to actually be SPOILER: Highlight text to read: an out-of-body experience, so that was a good little bit of info, too. :thumb: Finally: The bit where Fumi goes to Kyuutarou after her nightmare was hilarious :lol: (and sweet :) ). <3 :grin: :thumb:

Skip Beat! vol. 36: Ah, Kyoko finally got that Ren meant SPOILER: Highlight text to read: kissing *Sho* wouldn't work a second time... and she *almost* got why, too. ;) :grin: (Also: LOL, "handcuff myself for another reason..." ;) :grin: :grin: :grin: ) Seriously, though, wow-- Ren really is beginning to move on! <3 :hug: Finally: Ohhh snap-- so the mother is finally going to appear. :pikka: Cue the "I have a bad feeling about this" meme... :pikka: :sweat:

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii chapters 46-52: Yikes-- that was quite the mental breakdown, Livi... :pikka: :sweat: I did approve of the fact that Nike would not promise anything to Neil one way or the other, because she needs to hear the facts from Livi himself before she decides what to do. Welp, though, Livi pretty much went yan... again. :sweat: And the whole thing with Nike SPOILER: Highlight text to read: jumping in front of the attack was really predictable... :shady: At least there was finally a little bit of info about Livi's dad, though; and the latest chapter did make up for the previous ones with Nike finally getting through to Livi. <3 Although then, of course, the end was ominous... (Really, though, IDK what's been going on with this series for a little while now... ever since the SPOILER: Highlight text to read: loli :P arc, it's kinda gotten a little mediocre; which is a shame... :shady: )

Spirit Circle chapters 42-45 (end, unless there's an extra in the upcoming volume release): That. Was. Awesome!! :jump: Fortuna getting surprised, all of his lives looking on (and their comments :grin: ), and then that kicker of a twist ending made me literally laugh out loud. :lol: And I laughed again when SPOILER: Highlight text to read: he ran away. :lol: Seriously, though, I actually teared up when Fuuta did... :sniffle: And I nearly cheered out loud at SPOILER: Highlight text to read: all of his previous lives breaking through Fortuna's control... and then laughed again at SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Fuuta just pulling the net down over Fortuna's (spirit) head. :lol: (Although it was a very special net. ;) ) And Fortuna's SPOILER: Highlight text to read: 'defeat' was absolutely beautiful, too. <3 :sniffle: And to have not only the rings be 'spirit circles' but to also have SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the reincarnation cycle itself truly be a circle as well was beautiful, too <3 ... as was SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the 'spirit circles' being given up and East and Rune being able to be reborn as normal humans. <3 (But I laughed sooo hard when Rune-- and then even East, too!!-- said that their condition was that they wanted to be born as Fuuta and Koko's kids {and oh man, the looks on those two's faces at those statements-- and at Spacifica saying that could be arranged! ;) -- were utterly priceless, bwahaha}!! Too adorable!!! :lol: :lol: ) ...And then of course it was moving again... :sniffle: And then that surprise kiss at the end... :grin: :thumb: Plus, the finale even (brilliantly) revealed that all of Mizukami-sensei's manga take place in the same (multi)verse! :wow!: Mizukami-sensei is a genius <3 :jump: :hug: , and I couldn't be happier with how this has turned out. <3 <3 Highly recommended! :jump:

And Zetsuen no Tempest chapters 41-43: SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Hanemura vs. the pillar was *epic*! :wow!: :jump: And that last exchange between Mahiro and Yoshino was absolutely perfect. :hug: :grin:

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 7:03 pm
by the_wolfs_howl
D.Gray-man chapter 221

FINALLY SOME ANSWERS!!!! Well, sorta XD It wouldn't be DGM if they spelled it all out helpfully for you :lol: But I'm mostly just glad to see Allen again. It's been a looooooong time since we've seen the actual main character. Literal years of real time.

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 8:50 am
by GeneD
Wow apparently the last time I posted in this thread was a little over a year ago. That's kinda terrible and I can't promise it'll get any better but I'll try.

I've been reading a lot more (comparatively, for me) manga recently, due to signing up for MAL's 2016 manga reading challenge. I've generally liked most of the stuff I've read but some highlights include Bakuman, Ran and the Grey World (fanservice warning), Dungeon Meshi, Horimiya and Dorohedoro (um everything warning, but seriously the gore and body-horror is probably at one of the highest levels in any medium I've ever seen, too bad the actual story so very, very interesting). Mushishi is of course also good, but since I've seen all of the anime it's not exactly new ground.

I'm kinda struggling with Fruits Basket though, it's one of the series I've always heard good things about, basically since becoming an anime/manga fan, but idk, I'm just not getting into it. Maybe it's too shoujo for me. I'd be happy to hear anything in "defence" of it, I know it's a favourite for a lot of people.

A lot of the recent stuff has been slice-of-life/coming-of-age/drama type series so I might be heading to a bit of a burnout on that genre if I'm not careful.

Also finished Assassination Classroom, which was surprisingly emotional for me. It's one of the longest completed series I've read and also one I've been reading for the longest time, since February 2013. For something that felt like a light, fun but kinda throwaway series a lot of the time, I sure got attached to the characters along the way.

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 8:20 pm
by MangaRocks!
GeneD wrote:I'm kinda struggling with Fruits Basket though, it's one of the series I've always heard good things about, basically since becoming an anime/manga fan, but idk, I'm just not getting into it. Maybe it's too shoujo for me. I'd be happy to hear anything in "defence" of it, I know it's a favourite for a lot of people.

Well it's my #1 favorite manga of all time, so hopefully-adequate defense incoming~ :grin: :thumb:

I mean, I certainly can't deny it's very shoujo, LOL; however, IMO, by the end of the series it's easily one of the best manga in that category. For one thing, the main character is absolutely amazing-- she just pours light and hope and life into everyone around her, no matter what (a very Christian-like attitude, in fact). So, when she comes into contact with this big extended family of generationally-cursed (and thus, at this point, pretty seriously screwed-up :P) people, the effect is truly awesome. Add to that the fact that (despite their large number) all of the characters, complete with their personalities, mental states, emotions, relationships, and etc., are fleshed out pretty well, and even the outrageous ones are believable by the end; the drama is (at times) fairly intense; the humor is absolutely hilarious; and the finale is so emotional and so perfectly beautiful that it left me both speechless and in tears (in a VERY good way!!)... and that's why it's still my favorite manga out of all the ones I've read so far. <3

TL;DR: It gets really good once the serious stuff starts (a few volumes in)~ ;)

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 10:37 pm
by Mouse2010
Chapter 34 of Sweetness and Lightening: wow, kindergartners walking to school? I live near an elementary school, and I do see kids walking or biking to school, but I don't think they start them that young around here!

I don't have much else to say about this chapter. It feels pivotal, in that it's the beginning of a new school year. I can see the potential for major changes ahead for Kotori as she begins her last year of high school. I have to wonder if SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the romance hints that have largely been underplayed will be increasingly picked up as Kotori nears adulthood. I guess time will tell!

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 2:52 pm
by KazeShiki
Well Sengoku Youko ended. It's always hard to keep up with monthlies because I forget what happened last chapter but by the end of it, I'm sad it's over. Was a great, fun read, as expected from the author of Samidare. Which reminds me, Spirit Circle ended somewhat recently too. Wonder what the next work will be.

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 12:12 am
by MangaRocks!
KazeShiki wrote:Well Sengoku Youko ended . . .

^ Welp, I know what I'm reading next! :thumb: That mangaka is amazing~~

...And here are the (number of!) *new* series I started reading over the past few months! :)

Behind The Scenes!! vol. 1 (so far): This is the new series by Bisco Hatori of Ouran High School Host Club fame, and while it's not as hysterically funny as that series (nor was I actually expecting it to be, since that series was a parody and this series is not :) ), I'm liking it so far. :thumb: It's set in college this time; and the MC is timid/easily scared, physically frail, and has a serious inferiority complex due to bullying/general social condescension (which is unfortunately understandable, albeit infuriating {and wrong!} :shady: ), but he's a *great* artist/crafter, and he not only notices *everything* (even things the other crafters don't!) but also has the natural ability to intuitively compile those observations and extrapolate them into very useful conclusions. And at their arts-focused college, he has complete acceptance and affirmation of his talents and gifts, which is just <3 . :hug: Looking forward to more~ :thumb:

Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai chapters 1-17 via normal methods, 18-36 via raws + text translations (ON HOLD): This is a (supposedly :P ) josei romcom by the mangaka of Lovely★Complex... however, unlike Love★Com, this one's a disappointment. :shady: Unfortunately, Dame... does not even come anywhere near Love★Com's level of charm and amusement; the two main characters are not very likeable at all (and aren't all that fleshed out, either)-- particularly the female MC, who is desperately, face-palmingly, annoyingly, and downright suspension-of-disbelief-breakingly naïve for her age ( + not to mention hopelessly stupid on top of that!) :shady: ; and there are more clichés than expected (given that it's supposed to be a josei...). :shady: :shady: That said, it's not *terribly* bad-- there were certainly some smile-(and even, on occasion, laugh-)inducing moments, especially later on-- but, on the other hand, it's not actually good, either, writing-wise. :eyeroll: Oh well. I suppose I *might* eventually continue to catch up with it in batches here and there; however, it will definitely *not* be a priority (and definitely not a recommendation, either! :P ). :shady:

Joou no Hana chapters 1A-12B (so far): I previously read (and quite enjoyed! :) ) the Ni no Hime no Monogatari one-shot by the same mangaka, and this (full-length) story actually takes place in another part of that same (fictional) land. And the first thing I have to say is that I love the MC's. <3 :) The princess is a realistically capable young woman who is put into a very cruel position by her power-hungry royal 'family' and constantly underestimated/looked down upon by almost everyone else, and her Caucasian 'slave' (mostly in name only-- he serves her, yes, and completely so; but in practice they're more like partners than anything :) ), while also having his own issues due to racism on top of his slave status, is wonderfully frank/blunt (and so in sync-- and in love :) -- with the female MC that he feels whatever she does)... and their complete lack of inhibitions when it comes to physical contact/closeness is refreshing in and of itself when it comes to anime/manga, given Japan's generally less-touchy-feely culture (...although, that *did* actually end up backfiring pretty darn hard on the male MC when it turns out that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: she actually had a very different perspective on their relationship than he did...... :pikka: :sweat:). Oh, and their light and easy banter is delightful, too. :) And then, of course, being historical fiction, there's plenty of politics and battles going on. (There is also some truly heartbreaking stuff in here-- not gonna lie, I teared up very fiercely indeed at the whole thing with SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Aki and Seitetsu... :sniffle: :sniffle: It's so good, though~ <3 ) Suffice it to say, I'm really looking forward to more of this! :jump:

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai, a.k.a. The World God Only Knows/TWGOK, 1-268(Expanded Version) (complete): This is the famous somewhat-parodic harem series that I've heard great things about for years-- and, to my (quite pleased!) surprise, it was indeed not only a great series (!), but it was also far sweeter (and {minus two of the 'routes' :sweat: } a lot less fanservicey) than I expected! <3 It's actually more about helping the characters fix their hearts' issues (well, and saving the world, too ;) ) than anything; and lest you worry that it might get repetitive, it does not do so at all. Indeed, it seems like a fairly straight parody for the first few chapters, but as it goes on it starts gleefully twisting the 'archetypes' (and even some of the 'routes' themselves) quite nicely (and quite amusingly :grin: )-- and then the plot itself takes a few sharp turns, and gets far more interesting than you'd assume from the initial synopsis. Also, despite the MC's numerous protests that the real world (and, by extension, the real people in it) mean nothing to him, he's actually a really good kid at heart who can be hurt by cutting words (and people forgetting him, and at one point even having to hurt others) just like anyone else, never takes inappropriate advantage of anyone (, well, at least for his own gain, or to anyone who doesn't deserve it... :P :grin: ), and, deep down, genuinely does care about the well-being of everyone he interacts with. <3 And he even changes for the better throughout as well, letting go of his own protective fantasy-world shell to indeed acknowledge the 'real world' bit by bit. <3 In all, I thoroughly enjoyed this series, and am quite glad I finally gave in and read it! :jump:

Koudai-ke no Hitobito chapters 0-3 via normal methods, 4-31 via raws + text translations (so far): I was in the mood for some good josei, and had heard good things about this, so I went for it, and I am indeed enjoying it so far. The female MC is a 29-year-old office lady who just so happens to be blessed with a fantastic imagination that runs off on vivid (...and downright hilarious!! :lol: ) daydream tangents at the slightest provocation, and the male MC is an intelligent and easygoing businessman who just so happens to come from a line of people blessed(/cursed) with telepathy. (I'm sure you can see where that's going, and it's just as amusing as it sounds. Let's just say that while his telepathy {understandably} doesn't seem to have been much of a positive thing to him {or really to any of the rest of his family} in the past, he finds it *extremely* difficult to keep a straight face whenever she's around, and he actually quite likes that... ;) :grin: And his {equally-telepathic} siblings are just as amused. :grin: ) This also leads to things moving along much faster and smoother than they usually do in romance stories. And, even better, it's really not only about the two of them-- the rest of the family (including the siblings, the parents, and even the grandparents) actually end up as MC's themselves, and get plenty of development of their own. <3 :thumb: So, yeah, worth the read so far~

March Comes In Like A Lion, a.k.a. 3-gatsu no Lion, chapters 1-65 via normal methods, 66-114 via raws + text translations (so far): Oh. My. Gosh. :wow!: I had heard that this series was fantastic, but I had no idea that I would end up downright *adoring* it!! <3 :hug: :jump: The characters and the stuff they went through in the past/are going through in the present are just so real, and-- despite the small (but also quite real) thread of darkness/melancholy woven throughout due to the aforementioned situations-- in the end this series just makes you feel so warm! <3 :hug: And the shogi-playing is woven in very naturally (it's the MC's actual profession, after all), and is not heavy-handed at all, either (nor is it even really the main focus; this story is more character-driven than anything)-- in fact, towards the end of the first volume it's revealed that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: despite being great at the game, the MC doesn't even really like it. Oh, and when the MC finally meets Souya-- the true genius who is holding the very top ranking(s)-- it's downright mesmerizing! See, at first, you're purposefully led to assume that Souya is merely going to be just another embodiment of the 'elusive genius rival' trope... however, it then actually gets a brilliant twist once they meet, where the truth about him is revealed-- for one thing, while he certainly is a genius, he's actually really, genuinely nice (indeed, he's one of the nicest genius characters that I've seen!); and for another, his perceived elusiveness/eccentricities also actually have a beautifully-explained reason (which rather impressed me in both its inclusion at all + how naturally it's handled): SPOILER: Highlight text to read: he's actually been deaf for years. And to top it all off, while he and the MC have a sort-of immediate understanding of each other and there are certainly some similarities between them, both the characters as well as the series itself are all very realistic about the differences in talent/ability levels even between pros, and there is no presumption whatsoever that the MC will reach Souya's level anytime soon (if at all). (Again, love the realism. <3 ) And oh my goodness the MC is so adorable (especially once SPOILER: Highlight text to read: he realizes that he's in love with one of the sisters~! <3 <3 <3 :hug: :hug: ). (+ Bonuses of note: The cats are adorable and hilarious. <3 :lol: And I also love how all of the chapter covers tell their own {extremely adorable! <3 } sequential story in and of themselves. <3 <3 ) ...TL;DR: This series is awesome and I wholeheartedly recommend it!! :jump:

Noragami: Stray Stories vol. 1 (DROPPED): Hmm... :shady: These are some random little side-stories by the mangaka of the main series; however, they're a lot more OTT and fourth-wall-breaking (and thus may or may not be canon), plus they're both quite a bit more fanservicey than the main series + really not all that funny, either. :shady: Basically, I would definitely not recommend this-- just read the (actually really good!) main series instead. :sweat:

Sensei Kunshu chapters 1-7 via normal methods, 8-27 via raws + text translations (so far): Welp, as you might possibly guess from the title :P , this features a student-teacher (or, rather, student - substitute-teacher-who-becomes-a-full-time-one) romance; however, I have no problem with student-teacher relationships in fiction so long as it's entertaining/written well, and this one is certainly entertaining. :grin: In fact, it's often downright hilarious (those faces...! Those hysterically OTT reaction faces!! :lol: :lol: :lol: ), and the romance isn't half bad, either ;) (...especially because at first she's freaked out by the very idea that she might fall for him, and he's *very much* not at all romantically interested until well after she is; and also because even after they start dating he acts as responsibly as he can given both his rather brusque personality and the various circumstances/situations. :grin: For example, the male MC fully understands (and fully explains to her) the possible consequences of them having a relationship, and even after they start going out he does what he can to avoid her having any. Now, the female MC is not smart at all, but she is so one-track/dead-set determined (and her facial expressions in reaction to everything are just so OTT) that it always ends up being hilarious. :grin: There are a couple of clichés on occasion, of course, but they're either used for (usually actually quite amusing) humor, or are averted at the last minute (...or, in the case of the 'blackmail,' actually provide an opportunity for them to make sure her parents know about everything and are okay with it); etc. :thumb: Now, I do have to give a content warning in that all of the female students (including the female MC) are almost shockingly open/frank about discussing sex-- I mean, not shocking in terms of realism, unfortunately :sweat: , but rather in terms of not usually being so bold about it in a shoujo manga. :sweat: :P (Though, due to the male MC actually being responsible about it, thankfully nothing actually happens, despite the female MC's best efforts to the contrary... :P ) Oh, and the MC's friends-- two female, one of whom encourages the MC to a hilariously ridiculous degree :grin: , and one male, who is completely baffled (and understandably a tad horrified) by the whole idea :grin: -- along with the sub-teacher's slyly encouraging helpful brother {and even the slightly creepy regular teacher that the sub-teacher effectively replaces! :grin: } make it even better :grin: ). ...All that said, I mean, let's be honest, this is still complete fluff, of course :grin: ; but at least it doesn't wholly disregard the readers' intelligence and truly is a lot better-written than most student-teacher stuff I've skimmed through, and again it's just entertaining regardless :grin: , so I'm enjoying it despite it being complete fluff. :P

And Takane to Hana chapters 1-21 (so far): Again, I'd heard good things about this, and it did indeed turn out to be a great little romcom that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. <3 :grin: :jump: The MC's are quite amusing-- in some ways the girl is actually more mature than the guy, despite him being older; and neither can admit 'defeat' (i.e. that they actually kinda fell for each other ;) ), so they keep on trying to outwit each other (spoiler: Hana-chan usually wins. ;) :grin: Not *always,* though... ;) ). I mean, it's not very often that *both* halves of a couple are tsundere, so that's also quite amusing in and of itself :thumb: ) Really looking forward to more~! :thumb:

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:30 pm
by Mouse2010
I have to disagree about Noragami: Stray Stories. I found them to be entertaining, even though they were silly. It isn't a series I would recommend on its own, but I would recommend it for a Noragami fan who was hungry for more than what's currently out.

And speaking for Noragami fans, I finally found something to keep me entertained while I wait for more Noragami. I've just read The Story of Saiunkoku, vol 1-3. I actually picked up the first volume free, and I liked it so much I read it twice before starting the second volume. This is the kind of series I like: the heroine is sensible, brave, and kind. She was flaws, but she's neither ditzy, nor too hot-tempered, nor too timid. I absolutely LOVED the part in volume 3 where she's asked how she would spend money if there were surplus money in the budget, and she proposes maternity leave! As for Lord Ryuki . . . I like that he's never mean to her. (He reminds me just a tiny bit of Tamaki from Ouran Host Club, to be honest!)

I could easily barrel through this series in a week, but I'm trying to restrain myself a little. The fact that there are only 9 volumes initially seemed like a good thing, but I'm seeing now that it probably won't take long before I finish it and find myself wondering "what next?"

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:16 pm
by NekoNinja16
The Gamer (korean webcomic)

When I started reading it, I didn't think it would have so much magic. -_- I kind of skipped over the really bad (IMO) parts, 'cause I wanted to see what happened with the characters. I really do like the concept and the characters. It's funny too. (and yes I did read up to the most recent chapters)

Tonari no Kashiwagi-san

Usually I kinda stay away from shounen-ish romance since it sometimes suck and other times has too much fanservice, but this one has such a perfect art style I started reading it. There isn't too much fanservice so far, I mean the main girl's dressed modestly all the time (tho I'm sure there'll be a beach chapter eventually OTL). It's just soo cute, otaku love <3

Black Cat

Watching the anime too. Been LOL'ing at the people who are like "this Train is weird..." in the anime, since he was that way from the first chapter of the manga~

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:01 pm
by the_wolfs_howl
The Heroic Legend of Arslan chapters 33-34

Ah, good to get back to Arslan again and get the team back together. I'm really curious to see where the story's going after this.

Bakuman chapters 18-19

Ugh, Niizuma Eiji is really starting to get on my nerves. C'mon, guys! You can beat him! XD

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer chapter 21

Wow, so we finally get a look at the villain, huh? About time! :P

HaruXKiyo chapter 11

I was kind of hoping Mineta would defend Koharu a bit more, but I guess it's the baby steps that count :eyeroll:

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:55 am
by Rusty Claymore
Yotsuba 13. Image

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:12 pm
by TheChocolateGamer
Started reading Koe no Katachi (Silent Voice) :)

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:31 pm
by Rusty Claymore
TheChocolateGamer wrote:Started reading Koe no Katachi (Silent Voice) :)

Get your Heart Trauma Repair Kit ready. It's worth it.

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:13 pm
by TheChocolateGamer
Rusty Claymore wrote:
TheChocolateGamer wrote:Started reading Koe no Katachi (Silent Voice) :)

Get your Heart Trauma Repair Kit ready. It's worth it.

Oh yes feels! Thank the Lord! :D

Re: What Manga are you reading?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:25 am
by NekoNinja16
Read and finished Houou Gakuen Misoragumi. I liked it, just wish it was longer. Reminds me a lot of Ouran, but different as well. (seems like gender-bender is one of my fave manga genres?? I like at least five of them, probably...) Seems like number of chapters listed on MAL is often wrong for manga... said it ended at 23, but the final chapter was 22... Oh well.

Oh yeah, I finished Black Cat awhile ago, and caught up with the Working!! manga as well as I could.

Also started reading Shinobi Quartet, really interesting! (though unfortunately it sometimes reminds me of Shirayuki with how the main girl will say something unusual or whatever, then the other character will be surprised/impressed by it, and start laughing or something... dunno, just never liked that in AnS) Ninja shoujos are good ^^ like Shuriken and Pleats. Also, Shinobi Quartet is another that reminds me a bit of Ouran. More bishies, red-headed bros, a idiot main guy, normal/not suuuper girly main girl, etc. (oh, and the cute on holding a plush toy)

I also have been reading Tanaka-kun (before I started watching it), Ojojo (I just like 4komas), and something else I can't remember. -w-;