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Five Manga You Should Definitely Check Out

March 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Ever since I started developing the iManga Reader app back in 2009, I've had the chance to read a lot of different manga. So, listed below in no particular order are five manga that I recommend you check out.


Yotsuba&!

My Thoughts
Yotsuba is basically what you would get if you were to combine Calvin and Hobbes with Azumanga Daioh. It's about as delightful as a series can get, and will definitely make you smile.

Series Description
Yotsuba is a strange little girl with a big personality! Even in the most trivial, unremarkable encounters, Yotsuba's curiosity and enthusiasm quickly turns the everyday into the extraordinary!

Yotsuba&! received an Excellence Award for Manga at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival. In 2008 Yotsuba&! was nominated for the 12th Osamu Tezuka Culture Award and the Eisner Award "Best Publication for Kids" category, but did not win either, and was runner-up for the first annual Manga Taisho award.

Status
11 Volumes (Ongoing)



Full Metal Panic! Sigma

My Thoughts
If you liked the Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid anime, then you will love this manga. The events from the TSR anime cover about the first twenty chapters of Full Metal Panic! Sigma, and there is a lot more things to know about. The manga is an adaptation of the Full Metal Panic! light novels, and will (once it's finished being released) cover the entirety of the FMP story.

Series Description
Following the Tuatha de Danaan's seajacking incident, things are back to normal at Jindai High School in Tokyo, or as normal as they get with Sousuke guarding Kaname. After finding out who betrayed Mithril and caused the seajacking incident, Kurz and Mao are sent on a top secret mission in order to capture and bring the traitor back.

However, Sousuke and Kaname's lives are about to change when they meet Leonard Testarossa, a high ranking member of a mysterious group named Amalgam. After their meeting, Leonard warns her that he would do anything to recruit her even if it means war in the streets of Tokyo.

Status
16 Volumes (Ongoing)


Beck

My Thoughts
I really liked the Beck anime, but it only covered the first one or two major story arcs of the manga, and there is a lot more that happens. One characteristic about Beck's story that I really enjoy, is that it never really gets stale. As time moves forward, the stakes are always being raised, and the band's situation is always changing. Also, whether they are seeing success or failure, the members of the band are always pushing forward toward their dream of becoming world famous. Beck is a fantastic manga, and if you enjoyed the anime in the slightest, you should start reading it immediately.

Series Description
For the first 14 years of his life, Yukio Tanaka has been one heck of a boring guy. He has no hobbies, weak taste in music, and only a small vestige of a personality. He yearns for an exciting life, but his shy, and somewhat neurotic personality makes him his own worst enemy. Little does he know that his life will be forever changed when he meets Ryusuke Minami, a wild and unpredictable 16-year old fresh from America, who happens to be in a rock-and-roll band named after his Frankenstein-like patched dog--Beck.

Status
34 Volumes (Complete)


Ibitsu

My Thoughts
I think it's really hard to find "good" horror manga, it's just not a medium that lends itself well towards creating a scary atmosphere. There are a few exceptions, like most of the things written by Junji Ito or Goth (listed below), but most of the horror manga I've come across has been pretty sub-par or overrated.

That being said, I loved Ibitsu. Remina Kanbe (pictured to the left) sets the standard for what it means to be yandere, and makes Yuno from Mirai Nikki seem reasonable and well adjusted. Because it's so short, Ibitsu's story wastes no time getting things started, and presses forward at a rapid pace that only intensifies as it progresses. It's a great story, and will have you thinking twice about telling people whether or not you have a sister by the time you've finished with it.

Series Description
A boy went to take his trash out late one night, and found a strange, creepy, gothic-lolita-dressed woman sitting amongst the garbage bags. She asked if he had a little sister, and he answered her, hurrying afterwards back to his apartment. When he looked out the window, she was gone. Who is the strange woman, and why does she give him such a bad feeling?

Status
2 Volumes (Complete)


Bio-Meat: Nectar

My Thoughts
The story of Bio-Meat, is basically the gray goo end-of-the-world scenario brought to life in the form of organic material eating monsters designed to replace pigs and cows as humanity's source of delicious meat products.

There are two things that I really enjoy about Bio-Meat. The first, is that the inevitable loss of control of the BM monsters isn't some unexplained world-wide all hope is lost apocalypse like a zombie outbreak always seems to be. Instead, the outbreak is portrayed as more of a war with the BM, where the balance of power on both sides shifts back and forth as the plot progresses.

The other thing I really enjoyed about this manga, is that its story spans a lot of time with the same characters. There are three major story arcs, which are each separated by about 5 to 10 years, and it's nice to read an end-of-the world manga where you get to see how things progress (and fall apart) as time marches forward.

Series Description
Japan was in need of food. Bio-engineers had the solution, BioMeat. A thing which feeds on everything but glass and vinyl. In return they produce a endless supply of food. One day a BM escapes into the city. What will happen with a killing machine on the loose?

Status
12 Volumes (Complete)

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