I’m still a newbie at reading manga. I had a two-page list to start from and now I’ve expanded/added/dropped titles left and right. I prefer mystery/suspense or action manga titles or even horror. I’ve bought over 80 titles and have read and consistently kept up with maybe five or six different series. Anyway, here are a few of my favorite manga titles that I’ve enjoyed because they are character driven, smart , complex with excellent artwork. I recently bought, Monster, a mystery, that has received raves. I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, here are some titles to throw your way…
Death Note Vol. 1: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and bored out of his mind! But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, and notebook dropped by a rougue shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?
Deathnote is one of my favorite series right now. Excellent series so far, watching two young men match wits with each other and each installment leaves you wanting more.
Blade of the Immortal Vol. 1: Rin has spent countless days chasing the murderer of her parents, and now she has Anotsu Kagehisa where she wants him, but the deathly ill Anotsu is too sick for the honor-bound Rin to strike down. But such is not the case for the students of the Shingyötö-ryü, who are out to avenge the death of their sword master, and they have Rin captured and Anotsu cornered. The spirit of revenge is thick in the air – and about to get thicker as Manji, Rin’s immortal bodyguard, finally reunites with his charge as this pot of retribution prepares to boil over. And so Manji’s faced with a strange irony – to save Rin, he must cut down the men who are out to kill Anotsu, Manji’s sworn enemy!
Blade of the Immortal has plenty action and romance, well sort of, I’m at vol.4 and there is plenty of action and drama going on here. Plenty of complexity for readers like me. Also, there are at least 15 volumes in this series so far and I’ve only bought up to ten and have read only to vol. 4. Kinda savoring them for vacations and rainy days.
Hellsing: Vol. 1: There’s a secret organization somewhere in England created to defend the Queen and country from monsters of all sorts. Yes, it’s hard to believe in this day and age…but really, isn’t this the true age of monsters? Enter Hellsing, an agency, long in tooth, with the experience, know-how, and…er…equipment to handle the problems that arise when vampires, ghouls, and the like take on these dark forces. “What equipment?” you may say. How about another vampire, and a big pistol loaded with special silver bullets? That oughta do the trick. But what really knocks ’em dead is the sharp wit, awesome artwork, and crazy, bloody action that make up the manga. Hellsing the long-awaited manga is finally in America, thanks to Dark Horse Comics and the folks at Digital Manga, and you’re gonna love it. Come get some smart-ass gore and action as only Japan seems to produce, in that crazy “non-Western” format the kids seem to love. And nice and thick at a full 200 pages! The night is dark, but at least those wacky anti-heroes from Hellsing can make light of it.
Hellsing is a fun series with plenty of humor and suspense. I’ve read up to vol. 6.
Hikaru No Go: Vol.1: Hikaru Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan: a pretty normal school boy with a two-tone head of hair and a penchant for antics. One day, he finds an old bloodstained Go board in his grandfather’s attic-and that’s when things get really interesting. Trapped inside the Go board is Fujiwara-no-Sai, the ghost of an ancient Go master who taught the strategically complex board game to the Emperor of Japan many centuries ago. In one fateful moment, Sai becomes a part of Hikaru’s consciousness and together, through thick and thin, they make an unstoppable Go-playing team. Will they be able to defeat Go players who have dedicated their lives to the game? Will Sai achieve the “Divine Move” so he’ll finally be able to rest in peace? Begin your journey with Hikaru and Sai in this first volume of Hikaru no Go.
Hikura No Go is a very good series with complex story/plot, gripping and suspenseful. Leaving you wanting more and it does have sporatic moments of humor. You don’t have to understand the Go game that featured in the story to enjoy this series.
Naruto Vol.1: Naruto must pass the difficult test to enter the Ninja Academy; deal with his rival, Konohamaru; and learn to get along with his new classmates, Sasuke and Sakura.
All I have to say about Naruto, is that this series is fun, fun, fun! One of my favorites to read over and over again. Love Naruto.