I see myself as an average manga reader, i've got a good hunch on most mainstream series but i'm beginning to get annoyed at the abundance of stoptazmo series that are popping up. I really want to read them all but at times i just either get annoyed at the art or the stories. So i am looking for some recommendations.
I recently read a series named "Billion Girl" and i found the story interesting enough for me to read on even though the art in the series isn't what i usually prefer, though it did have it's cute moments. If anyone has read that manga and has a series with similar style i would very much like too look into it.
Feel free to give other recommendations as long as it's not the mainstream manga cus i've probably already been reading that.
... Oh yeah! If you have the time give a brief introduction to the manga so i won't have to go through a list of names, it would help alot.
Just so you know, we have a thread devoted to sorting through the recently added series, calling out the good stuff. It goes back a year and a half, but you can read backwards as far as you want to go.
Try National Quiz. It's a manga that paints a world were Japan has become a fascist coumtry and a TV quiz programme stands above the law. Hard to explain, but try it. It's not too long.
Is it kinda like Battle Royale, without the gore and the sex?
Zetman is great. Try it. Highly recommend it.
Is this series finished?
Originally Posted by lews_therin_tel
I have no idea what qualifies as mainstream. Last series I read was Eternal Sabbath. It should only take you a couple of hours to get through. I enjoyed it.
Originally Posted by pseudorandom
This is pretty much what i was looking for! Thank you very much, I'm very lazy and to be honest trying to look for stuff in a forum is enough for me to spew gall through my nostrils, which in itself is a very unpleasant experience. I will start checking up on the pages in that thread and maybe make a few recommendations of my own at some point.
Thank you Pseudorandom.
And to the rest of you, i will read those series too, downloaded some chapters from each and so far no problems. Thanks to you guys as well.
As for what main stream mangas means i was talking about stuff like "Naruto" "Bleach" "Berserk" "GTO", in short i meant mangas that almost anyone has already read.
Not at all. The setting might seem a bit like it, but the way the story is told and what motivates the characters is generally more interesting in NQ. The artwork might not be fantastic but I would call it a much more rewarding read, being genuinely politically controversial and thought provoking.
Originally Posted by be0wulf
Hmm... I'm going to make a few conjectures and guesses here. Chances are, Heavyweight is a guy's nick, therefore "mainstream series" for an "average manga reader" will refer to the usual popular shounen manga. Billion Girl is a mature shoujo manga, and Heavyweight claims unfamiliarity with the art style. From what I've seen of Billion Girl's art style, it's pretty much standard (or even slightly below par) shoujo artwork. The story itself follows the poor-girl-gets-taken-away-by-rich-lover shoujo trope.
So, in other words, Heavyweight is looking for:
- Non-mainstream shounen/seinen series with good story and art
- Shoujo series that have similar plots to poor-girl-taken-by-rich-lover tropes.
I'll tackle the shoujo side for a change:
- Hana Yori Dango (a.k.a. Boys over Flowers) is the classic manga that has this trope. This is pretty much mainstream shoujo, so I'm not sure if you've read it or not. Tsukushi Makino is a girl from a middle-class family attending a high school for the rich elites. Ruling the school's social hierarchy are a group of the four richest and most powerful boys - the F4, led by the arrogant Doumyouji Tsukasa. All Tsukushi wants to do is have a peaceful, quiet high school life unnoticed by the rich people around her, but when she accidentally knees Doumyouji in the face, she becomes the target for their bullying and fights back. To make matters worse, Tsukushi discovers that she might have feelings for one of the F4, Hanazawa Rui, but Doumyouji thinks she likes him instead! Can Tsukushi really challenge the world of the rich-and-famous, and how will their romantic feelings be resolved? 36 volumes, completely scanlated, but not hosted on Stoptazmo.
- Goong (a.k.a. Gung) may also be very similar, though it's a Korean manhwa instead of Japanese manga. In an alternate reality, modern-day Korean is a constitutional monarchy similar to England. Shin Chae-Gyung, a normal slightly-mischievous high school girl, finds out one day that due to a promise made by their grandfathers, she has been betrothed to marry the Crown Prince of Korea. To make matters worse, she had just accidentally overheard him proposing marriage to his girlfriend a little while ago. Can Chae-Gyung really survive the political infighting of the royal palace... and will she ever find love in her marriage to the Crown Prince? The artwork's a little freaky, but the plot is quite interesting. 15 volumes and ongoing.
- The Milk Crown series actually comprises three series - Milk Crown, Milk Crown H, and Milk Crown Lovers. Tachibana Oto is an orphaned high school girl who earns her tuition fees for her high school by working as a maid in the student dorms. The all-boys dorm leader is Jin Goryuukanda, a brilliant, rich but slightly crazy boy, who owns a pet shark. The three series follow their romance.
As for shounen series, I'm not sure what level of artwork or story you're looking for. There are some series with wonderful stories but a simple art style, and there are some lovely artistic series that are plotless slice-of-life stories. For now, I'm just going to recommend one or two.
Rough is a story of Yamato Keisuke, national bronze-medallist for freestyle swimming, and Ninomiya Ami, a gymnast-turned-high-diver. The Yamato and Ninomiya families have been running rival confectionery stores for the last two generations, and cordially loathe each other. When Keisuke and Ami enter the same high school, sparks start to fly almost immediately... but as time goes on, they begin to understand more about each other. Is this the start of a beautiful friendship, or something more? 12 volumes completely scanlated, two great lead characters, and a strong cast of supporting characters.
If you like Rough, despite the simplistic artwork, then I also recommend the rest of the series by the same mangaka, of which Nine, Touch, Miyuki, Katsu and Itsumo Misora are hosted here. Touch and Katsu are especially good, about baseball and boxing respectively.
A very impressive diagnosis Dizz, spot on. I just finished reading Dragonquest the adventures of Dai, and to be honest im just interested in clearing my head from all that action. A shoujou manga might just do the trick, i think im going to go for a search for Hana Yori Dango.