I’m taking the prompt for Top Ten Tuesday this week, and spinning it to Manga rather than Graphic Novels because I wanna! So there haha!
I’ve been reading manga since I was in middle school. I’ve read comics and graphic novels as well, but manga really sticks with me and I love it immensely! I find that people really don’t get the culture behind manga and anime and it is hard to explain to someone who isn’t willing to listen. I’ll have a post up explaining the culture and history of manga some day because I love that type of thing. This is a reflection of my personal opinions and my personal favorites, so if these aren’t yours, I wanna know what others to read!! I’ve read more but these are the top ones 🙂
Twin Star Exorcists by Yoshiaki Sukeno
I haven’t read this entire series but the parts I have read I absolutely love! These two main characters, Rokuro and Benio, couldn’t be more different when it comes to personality. But when it comes to fighting as exorcists, there is no match for either of them. So are they destined for greatness? They are called the “Twin Star Exorcists” – two supreme fighters fated to marry and birth the ultimate spiritual warrior. Imagine telling that to two young teenagers where are constantly trying to one-up each other. There’s awesome magical realms and fighting and it is just awesome!
Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui
This is probably my favorite manga that I am currently reading and that is not yet fully read by me. I’m being stubborn on this one and I want to collect the entire series because they are the most colorful and exciting looking manga I’ve seen! The basic idea of this story is that an alien who looks like an octopus came in and destroyed half the moon. He then commanders the students from class 3-E, he threatens to destroy the Earth as well unless they can kill him first. So begins their journey in becoming the world’s greatest assassins, while also attempting to overthrow the hierarchy of the high school they are attending where they are considered to be the underachieving class and the ones that no one actually wants to be. But, let me tell you, this assassination classroom is awesome!! The anime is pretty sweet too.
Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
As far as the picture goes, I loved this image because dragons and Happy and NATSU!! I honestly got into Fairy Tail because of the anime at first, but it wasn’t until later that I got into the manga. This is a never ending series and I love that! It one of those stories you can tell the artist is improving his skills along the way. This is about the continuous adventures of a group of mages who have become each other’s family in a land called Fiore. The five main characters are Natsu: a fire dragon slayer, Lucy: a celestial mage, Grey: an Ice-Make Mage, Erza: a equip mage, and Happy: the flying blue cat (basically Natsu’s child). I’m trying to not spoil too much here but this story is crazy and so much happens that I can’t even begin to explain it!
Soul Eater by Atsushi Ohkubo
This is the first series I read that I can honestly say I finished. This was so much better than the anime. There are two types of main people in this world, meisters and their weapons. Soul Eater is a scythe, the last death scythe in fact. His partner is Maka Albern, a scythe meister. These two, along with their fellow meisters and weapons, spend their time saving the city and the world around them from bad souls. Literally, Soul Eater eats the souls of the ones that they hunt down. The basic idea of the story is turning Soul into a death scythe which requires him to eat 100 souls and then the soul of a witch. They end up making friends with a witch and things get complicated when severely evil souls start going on rampages through the world. Please, the anime is not nearly the awesomeness that comes from the manga, don’t be fooled if you watched and didn’t read!
Fruits Basket by Netsuki Takaya
This one of the few manga that is an exception to my general rule of reading the manga before watching the anime. Fruits Basket is a short but super adorable story about an orphan who ends up staying with a family of people who are cursed. This curse causes them to turn into a member of the zodiac. Yes, one of the cuddly little animals. This story focuses on three main members of the zodiac, well, two and then an oddball who has been forgotten over time. Apparently there was a cat as part of the original zodiac. But this story wasn’t too long and it was super adorable. I highly recommend it for anyone who is used to a bit of fantasy coupled along with contemporary. It’s very light and witty.
Bleach by Tite Kubo
This is probably one of the most well known anime and manga series in the modern age, but I’m not getting into that part either. Bleach is one of the original manga that I started reading and I followed through several dozen manga and a few hundred episodes and arcs. This is the story of Ichigo, who can see the spirits of the dearly departed as has been able to for as long as he can remember. This is the story of him learning how to fight the spirits of evil and discovering another world where the spirits are supposed to go after death. I’m not completely sure how long this story is and I believe it is still continuing now, but I can say that it is brilliant and for sure worth a read and watch for any adventure and magical reader.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki
I recently got into this story, as those of you who have been following me for a while might remember. This story hasn’t gotten very far yet, but so far it is really interesting and unlike anything I’ve read before. This is the story of Chise, an orphan sold to a very powerful inhuman mage and becomes his bride. She finds herself in a world of fairies, magic, and a history that somehow has her roped in as well. This story is one of my favorites because it’s something that has a deep history and story and you really do have to keep track of what happened in the past, which you aren’t exactly sure is true either. I’m one book behind because my local library hasn’t gotten it yet…hurry up!!