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    pseudorandom is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    Default The things-like-Adachi thread

    I search the forum and found nothing.

    After reading all the Adachi scanlated so far, I'm looking for manga to scratch my itch. Something -- anything -- with a similar sense of humor and pacing and characterization. Doesn't have to be sports manga, and could even be a bonus if it isn't. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudorandom View Post
    I search the forum and found nothing.

    After reading all the Adachi scanlated so far, I'm looking for manga to scratch my itch. Something -- anything -- with a similar sense of humor and pacing and characterization. Doesn't have to be sports manga, and could even be a bonus if it isn't. Any suggestions?
    Damn... you have really read all of Adachi's mangas? I have read Rough, Katsu, Miyuki, H2, Nine, and what is done of Touch, Slow Step, Cross Game.

    As for similar manga...... i can't really think of any, but for a good romance manga try I"s. You can always wait for more chapters of touch and Cross Game :P

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    I've got those, plus Hiatari Ryoukou (complete), the 20-odd chapters of Itsumo Misora, the just-scanlated Adventure Boys, and the complete-but-for-half-a-volume Niji Iro To-garashi. None of which is really like any of the others (though Hiatari Ryoukou is closest to Miyuki).

    I should try I"s. And maybe reread some Terry Pratchett.

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    Don't forget the Mitsuru Adachi Anthologies! MangaDownloads has Volume 3 up for download. And (you didn't hear it from me, but) some bots on IRC have both Short Programs scanned in and available.

    I found Miyuki to be the most common in terms of storyline (as in, I know at least 4 other guy-and-girl-live-together-and-fall-in-love stories), but it's also my least favourite out of Adachi's works. Loved Hiatari Ryoukou, though... especially the "Why are you crying?" scene and the ending. I'm not sure why, since the basic setting is really similar to Miyuki's.

    Frankly-speaking, there's not a lot of things like Adachi. He's got slow pacing, deep characterization, and gentle humor... three things that modern manga seem to shy away from, where everything is fast, loud and shallow. My best bet would be to look at the works of Rumiko Takahashi - specifically, Maison Ikkoku and Ranma 1/2 - for something similar to his stuff. Perhaps also Kimagure Orange Road, which was one of the first really popular love triangles, also written around the same time as Adachi's early stuff.

    I"s isn't really like Adachi's works... it's a lot heavier on the angst, less gentle and has wilder mood swings, but it's also a very good romantic manga in it's own right. I liked it for those reasons, just that the feel of it is completely different from Adachi's slower pace of life.

    You could try Open Sesame, Salad Days or Living Game, I suppose. They all seem within shouting range of the same feeling that Adachi gave me. Not exactly the same, but within range. Have a look and see what you think.

    On the shoujo side, perhaps Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto or the little-known story Dice. Two "gentle" series which may be appropriate. I've also heard good things about Honey and Clover, but I've just never gotten around to reading/viewing it, so possibly that too.

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    I was actually thinking about Takahashi this afternoon -- the humor of Ramna 1/2 is more frenetic than Adachi's but definitely similar. I should probably give Mason Ikkoku a try.

    You've got a point about Open Seaseme -- especially in the pacing, though the chapters arc to a tighter close than Adachi usually goes for. I hadn't thought about that. I bounced off Salad Days a couple times, though, so I can't really judge that. I'll try the others.

    And yeah, Hiatari Ryoukou's much better than Miyuki, even though it's rougher. I only finished the latter when I ran out of everything else.

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    I found Maison Ikkoku to have the best ending out of all the romantic manga I've read (including all of Adachi's works), and Salad Days the second best. Really, you have to try reading them. And stick with Salad Days... it took me a couple of tries too, but things will really get interesting somewhere around one-third of the way through, when Yuuki and Futaba appear. Inokuma Shinobu's storytelling gets better with time and experience. Some of the later stories are incredible and have me coming back to read them over and over again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudorandom View Post
    Terry Pratchett.

    Terry Pratchett is God.

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    Considering what happens in Small Gods, Pratchett may not see that as a compliment.

    Back on topic, a series I'd forgotten: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou. Not as much humor and the characterization isn't as deep, but the pacing and storytelling is very similar. And the ending is as open-ended as anything Adachi's done.
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    I actually like Miyuki the best out of what I have read.... >.> I'm gonna go check out Hiatari Ryoukou.....Off to lurk!!!

    YKK actually put me to sleep, I usually try and give something a chance... but I gritted my way through 2/3 of it waiting for something to happen, and it never did.
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    *g* I sometimes think that Alpha's owner's name is really Godot.
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