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01-19-2016, 10:07 AM
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There's a thread for favorite anime and now there's one for manga!

Tell us what are your favorite works and while at it, why not go into why you see them in so high regard?

I'll start off with my personal numero uno: Bakuman. I read it at a very unstable time for me, when I had no purpose whatsoever and couldn't make anything out of my life. But it was then that I happened to pick up this manga. It gave me hope when reading it, it was exciting to follow the main duo's path on becoming mangaka, as well as getting to know their professional input on the industry (since the authors of Bakuman were the ones behind Death Note). I also liked the creativity flowing throughout the entire manga all the while keeping it realistic and engaging. It resonated all too well with me and I'm thankful for it. 

Anyway, other personal shout-outs going for Attack on Titan, Black Jack ni Yoroshiku, Medaka Box and Oyasumi Punpun.
How about yours?
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01-19-2016, 11:23 AM
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My favorite would be Shin Angyo Onshi. Fantastic art, great plot, excellent execution and interesting characters make for an incredible read. It's got one of my favorite flashback arcs in manga, the episodic plots in the beginning are very good, and the bigger story arcs that kick in afterwards are amazing and never run long enough to outstay their welcome. As for flaws, number one would probably be the mascot character, Bang Ja, who I personally didn't mind, although I do acknowledge that he can get very annoying at times. Number two would be that the final arc is rather short and leaves the reader wanting more, especially because of the very exciting buildup in the prior arc. The ending itself is nothing short of perfect though, and marks one of the few times I've shed tears while reading a manga. The flaws don't come anywhere close to outweighing the manga's strengths, and I'd recommend Shin Angyo Onshi to anyone in a heartbeat.

Other notable mentions are Priest (a lot of the same strengths, as well as a great non-linear approach to exposing the huge conflict centered around the main villain, Temozarela; biggest flaw is the rather slow start and the fact that it's not finished and doesn't show any signs of ever being finished, since it's been on hiatus for years now), H2, Touch and Cross Game as well as other Adachi Mitsuru works (the mangaka's biggest strengths are his subtle storytelling, his distinct brand of humour, his top-notch execution as well as his competence in writing drama that feels very realistic while still staying subdued; biggest weaknesses are his old-fashioned art, which has its own charm but may turn some people off, his fixation on writing character driven stories framed around sports which leads to some people to criticize him for writing the same manga over and over again, and his reuse of character designs over his different manga) and finally Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer (great art and a simplistic premise with a unique twist that is almost perfectly executed; for flaws, I can't actually think of any for this manga).
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01-19-2016, 03:52 PM
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Probably Gunslinger Girl's or Chobits. Not gonna write out big paragraphs for this.

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01-19-2016, 04:22 PM
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>>35358
No need to write out big paragraphs. Going on about why you like them is completely optional so that's fine.

>>35324
The flashback arc in Berserk was pretty damn good too, is it on that level? Either way, Shin Angyo Onshi has definitely piqued my interest.
Sucks about the hiatus on the other one though. Any idea why there haven't been new chapters?

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer was one of my first manga, liked it a whole lot. The feel of it all, the style and characters were damn appealing. Damn shame there's no anime with soundtrack by The Pillows though. Could be so sexy.
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01-19-2016, 09:33 PM
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>>35362
Yeah, I personally think that the flashback arc is on the same level as Berserk's golden age. Interestingly enough, I've heard people describing both Shin Angyo Onshi and Priest as korean Berserk on imageboards before. Their exact words were that Shin Angyo Onshi was "Korean Berserk, but with an actual ending" while Priest was "Korean Spaghetti Western Berserk". They share some elements, namely the gritty tone and the supernatural settings, although they all have different enough takes on it that they don't feel like ripoffs. If you've read and enjoyed Berserk, you'd probably enjoy reading both of them.

I'm not actually sure what's up with Priest's hiatus. It's been like, what, seven years since the last tankobon? Damned shame too. With its stark shading and angular art reminiscent of Mike Mignola, the relative lack of damning flaws, the time period of the main setting (the wild west) as well as its musings on its religious themes, Priest actually stands to be better than Shin Angyo Onshi. The only thing that pushes me over in favor of Shin Angyo Onshi is its strong ending.
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01-23-2016, 02:26 PM (This post was last modified: 01-23-2016, 02:27 PM by Bushido Bob.)
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My favorite manga would be Hinamatsuri. It's a comedy manga that mainly centers around a yakuza member and a mysterious psychic girl that he found. From there he finds himself dragged into absurd situations, and soon enough other characters start getting involved too and the manga starts focusing on them too. Personally I find that out of the comedy manga that I've read, this one is consistently fun. The characters are definitely one of the manga's strongpoints, and even when the situations are straight up insane they manage to be believable within the manga's logic. It also helps that the artwork is good. Where also would you find a detailed drawing of a group of people and two middle schoolers enthusiastically going to a cabaret club?

Aside from Hinamatsuri, other mentions (which haven't been mentioned yet) are Gisele Alain (about a handyman Victorian girl), Hyouge Mono (aesthetics are srs bsns), Billy Bat (more Urusawa goodness), Arigatou (a tale about a father trying to maintain his dis functional family), Franken Fran (fun body horror) and Zatch Bell.
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01-23-2016, 02:47 PM
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My favorite's are probably Berserk, One Punch Man, and Knights of Sidonia. All very mainstream, but technically impressive.
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01-24-2016, 07:05 PM
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Probably Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer and Berserk.

I don't read as much manga as I should.
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01-25-2016, 11:44 AM
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Rozen Maiden a hint might have been Shinku as my avatar, RM has to be my favorite I rarely read manga actually mostly just watch anime but RM is one of those expections. I'll also be looking forward to Rozen Maiden Zero which is coming in Feb 19, 2016.
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01-25-2016, 04:18 PM
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(01-24-2016, 07:05 PM)Scarecrow Wrote: Probably Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer...

You should check out Spirit Circle. It's by the same author and in my opinion is shaping up to be better if not more interesting.
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01-29-2016, 10:58 PM
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(01-19-2016, 10:07 AM)Eiki Wrote: There's a thread for favorite anime and now there's one for manga!

Tell us what are your favorite works and while at it, why not go into why you see them in so high regard?

I'll start off with my personal numero uno: Bakuman. I read it at a very unstable time for me, when I had no purpose whatsoever and couldn't make anything out of my life. But it was then that I happened to pick up this manga. It gave me hope when reading it, it was exciting to follow the main duo's path on becoming mangaka, as well as getting to know their professional input on the industry (since the authors of Bakuman were the ones behind Death Note). I also liked the creativity flowing throughout the entire manga all the while keeping it realistic and engaging. It resonated all too well with me and I'm thankful for it. 

Anyway, other personal shout-outs going for Attack on Titan, Black Jack ni Yoroshiku, Medaka Box and Oyasumi Punpun.
How about yours?

Bakuman is actually the first manga i've ever read! Damn! The only one too, lately i've started reading a little bit, so im lurking these kinds of threads to find some gems. ^.^

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01-30-2016, 04:10 PM
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I liked Bakuman, too. Most of the stuff that gets released in English is either "the same damn" Shonen Battle story, with the only differences being character design and (to a degree) setting (though the settings may as well all the the same place after a couple of chapters), or "art house" "thoughtful" manga, which is hideously overpriced (£23 for Thermae Romae!). I liked reading something with a down to earth story, and no magic powers or hidden worlds. Also I've been to Japan a few times, it was nice to just see an "everyday" story in the same settings (shame Britain doesn't have anything similar, apart from the few-and-far-between modern-day Commando spy stories).

What I really love, though, is Genshiken! Preferred the first version, though the second is growing on me. I'm even working on no fewer than three of my own comics that are technically Genshiken fanfiction (though two aren't even set in Japan, ahem).

I'm also a big fan of Monster, and was reading Crimson Spell, but the publisher seems to have gone bust, and the volumes I'm missing are all silly money, now.

Hopefully one day I will be decent at Japanese, and able to read some manga that haven't come out in English. There's one called something like "A Child of the Sea" (titled in English), which I have the first volume of. I've also got a bunch of war and detective ones from the 1960's I'd love to be able to read. Seen some great nationalistic, warmongering-looking light novels on sale, too.
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02-01-2016, 12:04 PM
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>>35824
> Rozen Maiden a hint might have been Shinku as my avatar, RM has to be my favorite
> I rarely read manga actually mostly just watch anime but RM is one of those expections.
> I'll also be looking forward to Rozen Maiden Zero which is coming in Feb 19, 2016.

How is manga comparing to anime?

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02-01-2016, 09:08 PM
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(02-01-2016, 12:04 PM)metod Wrote: >>35824
> Rozen Maiden a hint might have been Shinku as my avatar, RM has to be my favorite
>  I rarely read manga actually mostly just watch anime but RM is one of those expections.
>  I'll also be looking forward to Rozen Maiden Zero which is coming in Feb 19, 2016.

How is manga comparing to anime?

The more action-oriented a series is, the more likely that I'll watch the anime.

The more dialogue-heavy a series is, the more likely that I'll read the anime.

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02-02-2016, 09:45 AM
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My favorite manga used to be Nisekoi cause I honestly liked the SoL pacing where nothing happens but now, my favorite manga is Boku dake ga Inai Machi. It has that Stein's Gate feel and is a fresh story that is not full of tropes used as plot lines. It has it's own anime now and I think it is 4 episodes in. I hope it gets the popularity it deservers because it is a good story.
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02-03-2016, 05:39 PM
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My top favorite manga is legend of the strongest man kurosawa. It's very moving to me.
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02-05-2016, 09:37 PM
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Until now my are favorites: Akame ga kill!, Koe no Katachi, Oyasumi Punpun (I have enjoyed the plot but really hate the end) and Mahou Shoujo of the End.
I haven't read many mangas compared to the animes that I've watched.
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02-12-2016, 03:37 AM
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I really woukldn't be able to narrow it down to a single manga, but my personal favorite author is Itou Junji. As a big fan of horror, particularly the style of body-horror used by Itou. I have admittedly enjoyed monmusu, as well as other echii comedies such as Onii-chan  Control, but I have sort of stopped reading too many of those.

Of all the Itou's manga, I feel like either Uzumaki or one of the short-story complation ones (my favorite of those being Mimi's Ghost Stories). For those wondering, Uzumaki is a 20-chapter manga following a town's descent into weird-ass body-horror (themed around spirals, as suggested by the title). I definitly suggest reading it if you enjoy body-horror. The short story ones tend to be less based around body-horror and more on urban legends from Japan, such as the one about the soot woman. 

Anyway, that's just my humble opinion.
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03-01-2016, 10:30 PM
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I'm reading Ajin, I really love this

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03-01-2016, 10:49 PM
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One of my favorites that is ongoing is Hajime no Ippo, a boxing manga that is called "Fighting Spirit" here in the US, and one of the exceptions to my 'watch anime for action' rule. The manga does a great job of illustrating the action and its enjoyable to read.

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03-01-2016, 11:11 PM
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(01-23-2016, 02:47 PM)abh Wrote: My favorite's are probably Berserk, One Punch Man, and Knights of Sidonia. All very mainstream, but technically impressive.

I have only watched the anime of Knights of Sidonia and am still waiting for the last 2 episodes of opm to get subbed by cthuko, but as far as Berserk go I really can't praise this manga enough. I usually am not very interested in the whole middle age setting or shonen fantasy fight stuff in general, but Berserk really impressed me, just with the genius blend of fantasy and realism or the three dimensional well developed characters and just the depth of what appears to be a very straight forward story on the surface.
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03-02-2016, 06:10 PM
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My favorite manga is either berserk or tokyo ghoul. I can't really pinpoint what it is that i like so much about them but i just fucking love them.
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03-02-2016, 08:14 PM
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Currently, it would have to be Dead Tube.