Towards the end of last year, I had a wee bit of a falling out with western comics, or superhero comics to be more specific, or Batman comics to be even more specific. I won’t go into details because the reason why is actually pretty silly, but since then I’ve gotten back into reading manga, which I haven’t touched in the longest of times. And that’s a little weird because I started reading manga when I was nine years old and before I started reading western comics. Now I feel old. Oh dear, my poor old heart.
One of my reading resolutions for this year was to read more manga which I am more than happy to do. Because of this, the number of manga series that I want to read has grown quite a lot and is still growing because I was never introduced to the concept of self-control and I don’t want to know her.
Some of the series on this list are series that I’ve already started a million years ago but never continued on with for one reason or another that I probably can’t remember. So for the sake of not repeating myself, series that I own at least one volume of will be marked with this wee symbol here:
Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama – Am I basic as hell? Most likely, yes. But Dragon Ball Z was one of the first anime I’d ever watched and I’m so close to finishing reading the Dragon Ball manga that it’s only natural that I’d want to read the next part. It does kind of bug me that this part of the series got renamed in the west because the numbers in the artwork don’t line up with the volume numbers. It probably won’t be until November before I get to read this because I’m planning to collect them all throughout the year and then read through the whole series for Sci-Fi Month.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi – Guess who’s a horrible slacker for having not read the Sailor Moon manga despite having been a fan of the franchise for almost twenty years? It’s me. Hello. I suck at everything. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get around to reading this series soon because I have been dying to read it for such a long time.
Shaman King by Hiroyuki Takei – Shaman King was probably the second anime series that I got into by myself (meaning that i didn’t watch it with my brother) and somehow I went for quite a while before realising that it was based on a manga. And also that the dub of the anime that I watched did the classic English dub thing that I’m glad isn’t done anymore which is changing a lot of the characters’ names. *Shakes fist at 4Kids* So far I only have the first two volumes of the manga and I want to continue reading it so badly. Especially because Amidamaru can be adorable at times. Especially when says that the best part of being dead is being able to go to the movies for free. Oh, did I mention that he’s a samurai who died in the Muromachi period?
Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi and Reiko Yoshida – Here’s a little story about my experience with this series. When I was in secondary school (age 11-15) my school library had the first four volumes of this series but no more than that. Fair enough that’s about half of the series, but thanks to the absolute disaster that was the 4Kids dub of the anime series I never got to see what happens in the end. How was the dub a disaster you ask? They renamed all the characters, took out any signs that the series takes place in Tokyo, cut out scenes and skipped entire episodes, modified the original storylines, and only lasted for twenty-six episodes. What makes that worse is that the twenty-sixth episode ends on a cliffhanger.
Vampire Doll by Erika Kari – Vampires? Vampires wearing goth clothes? This series has me written all over it, let’s be real.
Fushigi Yugi by Yuu Watase – I have so many woes when it comes to getting copies of this series, but first I’ll give you all a wee bit of history. My parents were the ones who got me into this series about ten or so years ago because they saw it in a shop and thought it was something I would like, and they were right. Fast forward to now and I have a slight feeling that the editions I have (i only have two volumes) may be out of print now because they were printed by Gollancz Manga and they seem to have just disappeared off the face of the earth. I have found most of them on Book Depository but they’re way more expensive than they used to be, and also there are people selling them used on Amazon for pennies, so maybe I have a little bit of luck.
Bunny Drop by Yumi Unita – I bought the first volume of this series a million years ago and for some reason never touched it. I genuinely have no idea why. I’m sure all of us have habits of picking up books and then just not reading it for years, but with manga I don’t really do that. But anyways, I’m not well versed in josei manga but that could be from me being not as educated with age demographics at the time and confusing it with shojo. It happens quite a lot because I see pretty pictures and pick it up.
Chobits by CLAMP – This is a series that I’ve wanted to read for over ten years now but for some reason still haven’t gotten to it. The fact that so much of what Tokyopop printed when I first got into manga back in 2004 is probably out of prints doesn’t really help, but hopefully, I will get around to this someday.
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori – I recently watched the anime adaptation of Ouran and something was telling me that the anime wasn’t the whole story, which actually bugs me a little. Or a lot. But anyway, I really do want to see how the series ends, even though I may have more than likely have had the ending spoiled for me simply by searching to see if Book Depository has it in stock. Grr.
Uzumaki by Junji Ito – In recent years I’ve grown to like horror more and more but I still haven’t read any horror comics, and I especially haven’t dipped my toes into Asian horror (or Japanese horror to be more specific). That being said, I feel like Junji Ito’s work is probably a good place to start and I have read one of his one-shots. The only thing that I guess would put me off reading his longer series is that there is a lot of body horror, which I don’t do too well with. But I will try because I can’t be a baby forever.