Hey folks! I tested out a kindle unlimited (most definitely f*ckin’ limited btw😂) trial recently and as a result have been getting massively back into Manga over the last 2 or 3 months. I’ve been going through titles like a dose of salts so thought I’d throw it out there to peeps to see if I’m ’on target’ for what constitutes ’good’ manga. I really got into Mnaga in my teens but veered away from it over time. In the UK we used to have a publication called Manga Mania which was where it all started. I’ve listed below the titles that I’ve read and a few details. If you good people want to let me know your thoughts then it’ll be greatly appreciated.
Akira - read all of ‘em when I was a kid and re-read them again recently. Absolute classic way ahead of its time. All traditional art. Mind:blown!
Death Note - All: Loved it, one of my faves. Especially the ending. Amazingly well written and clever.
Attack on Titan -Only read up to vol. 22 before Amazon screwed me with their clever trick. Honestly, don’t rate the artwork so highly but 100% hooked on the story.
Fairy Tail - Read up to vol. 22. Again, I like Mashima’s artwork and it lends itself well to the characters and the story, not quite on par with Akira or UQ Holder. However, the whole vibe of Fairly Tale prompted me to buy the physical book box sets, I love it that much.
UQ Holder - Read up to vol. 19. - Good fun. Some in the UK would consider ‘provocative’ content but I guess that’s the difference between different cultures. I’ve learnt a new word too, ‘ecchi’ which I think would describe it. However, experts, please correct me if I’m wrong. The stand out with UQ Holder is the all digital artwork. The crispness makes it pop off the page and the backgrounds, baddies and vehicles are amazing! My fave so far in terms of visuals.
Inuyasha - Read the 1st omnibus - One of the older titles, thought it was ok but didn’t pursue it past the first volume.
Ghost in the Shell - Amazing. Love Masamune Shirow’s style, tried to copy it when I was a kid and started reading Appleseed.
Appleseed - First book - had to buy digitally from Amazon as physical copy would’ve broke the bank.
Dominion - First book - More Shirow, wanted to read after GITS and Appleseed.
Gleipnir - up to vol. 4 - Bizarre but original and enjoyable. Waiting for Amazon to unlock the later volumes as a means to con me into keeping my subscriptio!😂
Vinland Saga - 1st volume. - Good. Now watching the animated series.
Battle Angel Alita - up to vol. 4 - Kinda dark, Bisley-esque inked artwork but after seeing the film, really wanted to see what it was all about.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - 1st volume. - Miyazaki. ’Nuff said. Exemplary.
Fire Force up to vol. 7 - Artwork not as good as others but story is great. Love the designs of the infernals.
Demon Slayer - 1st omnibus - Good but couldn’t really get into it.
Naruto - 1st omnibus - Heard this was really popular. Enjoyed it but no high res versions available that were part of the so-called ‘kindle unlimited’.
Kenichi Mightiest Disciple - 1st volume (plus 4 seasons on Amazon) A bit saucy here and there but really, really good fun. Love the way Kenichi is so relentlessly positive and committed and has a profound effect on all his opponents along the way.
Bleach - book 1. Got really into it and then all the other volumes weren’t part of the subscription. Love the story and the artwork, especially the designs for the Hollows. can someone tell me if this is worth pursuing, even if it costs me my hard earned dough? 😂
Jujutsu Kaisen - First volume - I liked it but I kinda feel like it’s very similar to Bleach.
So there’s a few. I know there are others that sit on the list of ‘must read’ manga such as:
My Hero Academia
However, I would greatly appreciate all your recommendations and suggestions please. I find it all very inspiring as a comic artist and am constantly learning from all of it. I’ve enjoyed both classics and modern so far, but have to say art wise, UQ Holder was just so impressive, especially as it was all done digitally and therefore translated well to the iPad, that I’m trying to find more with similar art work.
Anyway, thanks very much for reading, hope to garner many more titles on the reading list!
Much love! Bambs