Top 5 Manga

Wow, making Top 5 lists is more fun than I thought… am I getting carried away?

Oh wait… damn, it’s gonna be hard to narrow down my favorite manga. I think I’ll be doing honorable mentions again.

Again, no particular order.

RUROUNI KENSHIN

KENSHIN Can shounen get better than this? I personally am not a big fan of shounen/monster-of-the-week/endless battles. I don’t scream and jump up and down when someone mentions Naruto or Bleach. But if there’s a deal on Rurouni Kenshin manga volumes at Half Price Books… I think you know where this is going. Rurouni Kenshin is the perfect length. There are only 3 arcs, that is if you count the whole get-to-know-the-characters-and-have-several-useless-cardboard-cutout-bad-guys-to-flesh-them-out-a-bit-before-the-real-action thing as an arc. Ehhh well with shounen it’s really a gut thing. You either like it and obsess over it or you hate it and stay far away. I mean, can you really be half-hearted when you commit to watch/read such long series? But anyway, I love all the characters and the Meiji Era enough to forget that some of the bad guys are stupid. I mean, honestly? Shishio and Sojiro and Enishi make up for them aplenty. What can I say? Call me a fan if you will.

INUYASHA

Inuyasha Alright, so it’s starting to look suspiciously like I lied when I said I don’t really like shounen, but bear with me, this is the last one I promise. With Rurouni Kenshin, I actually think it’s good. Not so with Inuyasha. So then why is it in your Top 5? That, my friend, is why we invented the word bias. Inuyasha is cheesy, repetitive, WAY too long (56 volumes? I READ all of them??) and lacks depth. And yet… and yet… I actually find it funny. Shame. I think mostly the reason I still love Inuyasha is because I read it as a little kid. And you know, even when you grow up, you just CAN’T bring yourself to hate Winnie-the-Pooh, right? Come on, all you haters out there, I know you secretly love him. So yes, I (grumblingly) admit that Inuyasha is one of my favorite mangas. Okay, enough with the shounen!

KAGEN NO TSUKI

kagen no tsuki Yes, Yazawa Ai! This is, surprisingly, my favorite of her works. Yes yes, we all love NANA, and I do really like Paradise Kiss, but there’s just something about Kagen no Tsuki… it’s a great length if you’re tired of certain mangas that are 56 volumes long *ahem* and it’s wonderfully paced and told. And of course, the art is lovely. Each of the 3 volumes has an awesome cover; I actually want to own them in Japanese just because they’re so cute. And I know it’s weird to have this after 2 long shounen series, but just because they drag on DEFINITELY does not mean they’re good. There’s this thing called pacing… of which Kagen no Tsuki is a perfectly good example.

KODOMO NO OMOCHA

Kodocha I love Kodocha. It gives me such a nice, warm and fuzzy feeling. Up until the part where people get injured and such, that is. Actually, Kodocha really isn’t warm and fuzzy at all… Sana is too insane to be warm and fuzzy. Am I just weird? Yes, we established that already. ANYWAY. This is why I love Miho Obana. She has a great sense of humor, and I love her random way of writing that somehow ends up being good. I ended up liking the art too, although it’s a little bit different. Everyone has exceptionally flat facial profiles. But you get used to it.  Hayama and Sana are both awesome characters. And I love how Rei makes fun of himself. It’s also a good length for a shoujo. Shoujos are usually really short and shallow, or wayyyy too long. Actually now that I think of it, the other shoujos that I like are way too long… SHUT UP BRAIN. So yeah, 10 volumes is a really good length. And come on! This is super entertaining!

FRUITS BASKET

Furuba Did I mention way-too-long shoujo? I did, didn’t I? Yes, Fruits Basket is quite long at 23 volumes, and I know it’s such a cliche favorite, but please, who already but Rurouni Kenshin and Inuyasha in her Top 5? Oh, was it me? Fruits Basket is kinda like Inuyasha for me, although personally I think it’s way better. I basically grew up with it. It’s like my very own personal manga Harry Potter. So I can’t really imagine not having it on my favorites list. It’s here by default. While not as comforting as Cardcaptor Sakura, it IS quite comforting. And I do like the author’s sense of humor. I can’t judge this objectively, but I don’t think it’s TOO sappy, is it? Is it? It is, isn’t it. Well, me and Furuba are like an old married couple. Long ago I loved it passionately, and now it’s just there.

Honorable Mention:

Power!! – What can I say? This makes me laugh milk out my nose. It’s ridiculously funny. PS also known as Girl Got Game.

Eternal Sabbath – Now why can’t I be compelled to put really good manga with a substantial plot like this one in my Top 5? Eh?

Kareshi Kanojo no Jiyou – Also way too long at 21 volumes, and yet somehow I don’t think it’s too long at all. PS also known as Kare Kano.

Well… this isn’t really a kick-ass list of the Top 5 most amazing manga out there, but at least I was honest with myself. I want to see your lists too!

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