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If this were a Youtube video, I guess I'd introduce this list by spouting some hackneyed, grade school level description of manga, how it "comes in all shapes and sizes," and how there have been some good and some bad series throughout the year, but I've been putting this off for too long, so screw it.

I want to start off with some honorable mentions. These are manga series that I've enjoyed, but can't talk about in much detail because there are too few chapters out, or the story is minimal in terms of characters. Also, keep in mind that not all of these series are necessarily new, but also ones that I've only recently come across which I feel deserve more attention. Okay, let's do this:

Nami yo Kiite Kure/ Wave, Listen to Me: Made by Samura Hiroaki of "Blade of the Immortal" fame, this series has been ongoing for a few years now. It stars a waitress by the name of Minare Koda, who, dumped and drunk in a bar, pours her heart out to anyone nearby. A director for a local radio station becomes fascinated with her articulation and gets her a job at said station.

Although it's on this list, I do have troubles keeping an interest in reading. I like the humor and the art style, and I have a genuine interest in the story. It could be that Minare talks on the radio a lot about stuff that relates to life in Hokkaido which I don't quite understand, and that would be why I can't really focus on reading through the chapters as easily as I can other manga. I can't keep an interest, sure, but I would really like to, and that's why I would recommend it.

Chainsaw Man 
Chainsaw Man by Garth2The2ndPower  
This new series by Tatsuki Fujimoto may not need my recommendation, but I can't help but gush about it. I deeply relate to the struggles of Denji as he tries to pay off his debts to the Yakuza by becoming a devil hunter (I mean, selling his testicle?! Yikes.) , as well as his love for his chainsaw dog, Pochita (Yes, 'chainsaw dog.' It's a thing, apparently.) I also like how he doesn't suffer the superior attitude of edgelords, as he demonstrates with the series' version of Sasuke, Aki, by repeatedly pummeling his testicles. Anyway, with Pochita's help, Denji overcomes demons and the Yakuza by merging with him to form.... CHAINSAW MAN!! He also joins a devil hunting organization for food and free room and board, which seems rough, but it's like heaven to him compared to his old life. Now he helps to hunt devils on a larger scale, and even the devil may cry.... if he keeps going for the nut shots.

Senpai is Annoying/Senpai ga Urusai Kouhai no Hanashi
Drunken Kouhai Style by Garth2The2ndPower
I got into this series by Shiro Manta as recently as a couple of weeks ago, and I was immediately hooked. The story centers around Igarashi Futaba, a rather diminutive and petite twenty-something woman and her daily life working under her senpai, a bear of a man by the name of Takeda. I never thought of myself as the romantic comedy type, but seeing these two develop their relationship and watch out for each other hit me square in the feels. That also goes for the subplot involving their coworkers, Kazama and Sakurai.

The chapters are short, but sweet, and the plot focuses solely on these four characters, plus Igarashi's grandpa and her friend, Natsumi. Easy to pick up, but hard to put down, and so I strongly urge you to give this manga a try.

Under Ninja
Move over Naruto (You too, Boruto.) The real greatest ninja is gracing the pages of manga, courtesy of Kengo Hanazawa. He may not be able to summon giant frogs, or hurl swirling balls of chakra at his enemies, but if you're ever on the can and the roll of toilet paper is out of reach, Kumogakure Kurou is your man. It's hard to explain the story, as there are only five chapters out. It tells the tale of Kurou, an out of work ninja who looks like a Japanese Phelous, who receives his first assignment in ages. Not much is known, since he is only handed a couple of outfits and has to deduce the specifics on the assignment for himself. It's a pretty neat story so far, and I can't wait for more chapters.

Also, it teaches the valuable lesson about public urination in Japan, in that if you try, a ninja will chop your dick off.
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Fight Class 3
This manga by 2hakk actually originates from Korea, which threw me off at first, since I had to read it left to right, LIKE A SAVAGE!!!! (jk) The plot pretty much steamrolls you right off the bat, as it begins with Jiu Ji-Tae at his mom's funeral, and then his burly father arrives, kicks his ass and kidnaps his sister. Cut to years later when he's in high school, still ruminating on rescuing his sister but being to weak to do anything about it. Things feel hopeless for him until he catches the eye of one Maria Dacascos, who agrees to help him train and level up to take on his father. However, to do so, he has to survive...FIGHT CLASS 3!

This manga has a great art style and very intense action when it comes to the fights. There's also the muscular women, which, if you know me, kind of seals the deal. :blush:

So, yeah, these are but a few of the manga that I feel deserve a lot more attention than they get. I'll get to more later, as I want to discuss the rest of my favorites at a greater length. They'll be in no particular order, but if my recent fanarts of any indication, I think you;ll know which would be my #1.
  • Listening to: Kizuna AI's tomato juice song
  • Reading: Lost Light, One Piece, Saotome-Senshu Hitakakusu
  • Watching: YMS, Phelous and the Movies, Camp Camp
  • Playing: Soul Calibur 6, Spider-Man, Mega Man 11
  • Drinking: Matcha smoothies

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Miko Tribute
It took me a while, but I finished my tribute for my late dog, Miko. It's been an emotional experience drawing most of this out, as well as sifting through pictures of Miko throughout the years. It makes me wish I had a smartphone earlier in life, but the pictures I'd have of her would require at least a terabyte of storage. 

While I am still in mourning, this piece is intended as a celebration of her life. She was always so upbeat despite all the medical conditions she's been through. From parvovirus to her constant ear infections to hematoma to pancreatitis to her enlarged heart, there was little that could slow her down. Even in the last few days of her life, she would always be happy to see me, wagging her tail all the while.

Like Sweet Pea before her, Miko was always there with a smile to help see me through some of the worst times of my life, be it walking, playing, or just crashing on the couch and watching TV together.

I used to think being in "a better place" was strictly a euphemism for heaven, but any place she may go to would be better just for having her.
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Miko
Heaven got a lot cuter this weekend. After a decade of companionship, emotional support and happiness in the face of some of the worst times of my life, my dog Miko passed away due to complications from an enlarged heart. I don't know how I'll be able to go on without her, but I'll do what I can to manage.
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Yujir-oh no!
I'm certain I've just committed some form of blasphemy with this one. CDI Link Chuckle 

Yeah, I know Yujiro is super strong, the most powerful creature alive, he's Obama's hero, et cetera et cetera. I just like Tae-Young much more.

Got issues? Try donating to my Patreon. That'll show me.
www.patreon.com/garth_squair
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Junko 5.0
Junko 4.0 by Garth2The2ndPower There's a side to this character I've been keeping from almost everybody.

I guess I should come clean about this. I didn't make any spur-of-the-moment decision to add muscles to this character. Anyone who has donated to my patreon can attest to that:

www.patreon.com/garth_squair

Originally, I had this plan for her manga debut, where her jacket would conceal her muscles, some overly burly foe would try and kidnap her, only for her to discard said jacket and show off her overwhelming strength. It was a storyline I had in my head for years, but as the years went by, and the likes of Saotome Yae, Captain Mizuki and half the cast of Fight Class 3 came about, the notion of concealing her strength felt incredibly outdated (She still loves her jacket, though.) So, ultimately, I figured there's no point in hiding it anymore.
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Maria Dacascos
Kind of the de facto protagonist of "Fight Class 3," and while not exactly the epitome of heroism, I thought the Super-hero landing pose was kind of fitting.

Things kind of got scary in the latest translated chapter, and I have a feeling she's gonna mess some people up. I feel you wouldn't want to miss it, so be sure to check it out: 

mangadex.org/title/21647/fight…

@DacascosScans  is also pretty decent when it comes to alerting people of newly translated chapters, so give'em a follow on Twitter.

And be sure to support my work on Patreon:

www.patreon.com/garth_squair
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Mighty Tae-Young
So, yeah, that Tae-Young fight from Fight Class 3 has monopolized my brain as of late. Also, I've been drawing in photoshop for so long, I was jonesing for putting actual pen and pencil to paper.

Also, I forgot a fun fact earlier; Tae-Young's nickname is Kwon D Roger. No joke, see for yourselves:
 
mangadex.org/chapter/516675/23

Please, sir, can you support my work on Patreon?
www.patreon.com/garth_squair
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Kwon Tae-Young
My current favorite character from Fight Class 3, she's truly emblematic of why I love this series. Sure, if you know me, you'd think it was the strong and muscular ladies, and you'd be right. However, it goes beyond that. For one, the fight scenes these girls are in aren't drawn with the intention of titillation, but rather showcases some pretty intense action sequences on par with the likes of Murata. Tae-Young's fight in particular presents her power and skill first and foremost.

Second, the concept of strong women in this series is actually fairly normalized. You're not expected to be blown away by such a thing, and it doesn't make a spectacle of the concept. It's simply the reality, and everyone is accepting of it. The only "surprise" in this regard is Tae-Young's everyday wear. She is always seen wearing her sleep mask and snuggie, and is usually asleep, but seeing her in the aptly named "Fight Class", it's not that hard to imagine her hiding a powerful side to herself. It's pretty much Manga 101.

It's a great series. You should give it a read:
mangadex.org/title/21647/fight…

And also support me on Patreon:
www.patreon.com/garth_squair
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I've read a lot of new manga this year, and I was thinking of sharing my lists for the best and worst manga that I have read. I just can't decide which list to start with. What do you think? 

68%
64 deviants said Best
32%
30 deviants said Worst

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JumpZone Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2019
Are you gonna do something related to the Blue Will Smith Genie?
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DrMatthew178 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
your art is amazing man!

Have a watch!
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CartoonyStuff Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for favoriting my drawing! You have no idea how much this means to me!
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Radiofiendify Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018
Thank you for the favourite! :)
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FireballDragon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Student General Artist
So did DC Comics and Kinnikuman Nisei come to your mind during the new One Piece chapter?
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
I see the latest OPM chapter has Mizuki kicking ass! XD
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Thejunior142 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so hard not to favorite the stuff you make because it's so weird and so unusual you make it line up and fit so well it's awesome
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cheesecurdfan33 Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
king of the hill is the best tv show
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Garth2The2ndPower Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
:iconhankhillplz::iconsaysplz: Yup.
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cheesecurdfan33 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
it is the best show in whole word i hope it comes back
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alienhominid2000 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018
Any chances/open for requests or commissions?
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Garth2The2ndPower Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018
No, sorry.
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017
The Naruto/Bleach fight reminded me just how f'ing convoluted both series got near the end.
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
Next DB is gonna be Naruto vs Ichigo. I won't care who wins, but I won't care who loses either. It's gonna be a fight I'm both interested in and neutral towards. XD
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017
Sorry that Abigail is the first Canadian rep in Street Fighter.
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Garth2The2ndPower Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017
Who in the what now?
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017
One of the Season 2 additions in SFV.
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Garth2The2ndPower Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Huh. Not what I expected someone named Abigail to look like. How do you know he's Canadian, exactly? 
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JumpZone Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017
What do you think of My Hero Academia?
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Garth2The2ndPower Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017
I actually haven't read it yet. The manga I'm into ATM that aren't One Piece are One Punch Man, Guyver, Jagaaaaaan, Downfall and Dr. Stone.
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FireballDragon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Student General Artist
Dr. Stone's great! I knew it was gonna be awesome the moment I found out that Riichiro Inagaki writes for it, since he wrote Eyeshield 21, my favorite manga (Shame about the shitty anime, though).

Also, I really like Taiju. And I gotta say, given his physical abilities and mannerisms, he makes the perfect caveman. XD
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Garth2The2ndPower Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017
I've been so wrapped up in Senkuu building his kingdom of science that I actually forgot Taiju was even in the manga.
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Garth2The2ndPower Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017
I've been so wrapped up in Senkuu building his kingdom of science that I actually forgot Taiju was even in the manga.
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JumpZone Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017
Alright, but you won't be disappointed in My Hero Academia cause it is awesome!
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