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Thudpucker
11-02-2007, 03:10 PM
Here's some I would recommend:

Alive by Tadashi Kawashima


A strange virus is making its way around the globe, causing its victims to commit suicide–and becoming a lethal pandemic in less than a week. Now a group of Tokyo teens who have survived the outbreak are wondering why they are still alive.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/alive.jpg

Airgear by Oh!Great

This is my favorite manga right now, so much fun! Whatever description I type will just sound lame, it seems like every bad manga cliche. Trust me, this is a fantastic story with great characters and art.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/AirGearCover.jpg

Bombos vs Everything! by Maximo V. Lorenzo

Kind of weak on story but the art is fantastic

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/Bombos_Versus_Everything_Promo_by_s.jpg

The Drifting Classroom by Kazuo Umezu


Classroom, originally published in 1972,tells the story of sixth-grader Sho, who has a bitter fight with his mother before leaving for school one morning; later that day, his entire school vanishes in a violent earthquake, transported to a mysterious desert. When a girl falls to her death, teachers and students begin to panic. Nerves continue to unravel when the school's inadequate food supply is discovered.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/TheDriftingClassroom01.jpg

Eden by Hiroki Endo


A gay man, near death from the paralysis that has killed billions already, and two teenagers--one his best friend's son--live in a huge experimental facility, now dilapidated, that was built to foster plague-resistant individuals. The teens are its only success stories. Now the boy's father, his brain joined to a mechanical body, returns with soldiers and UN personnel. Amid revelations of friendship betrayed, a fight breaks out. With the help of an AI the boy has reanimated, the teens prevail. Twenty years later, the boy's son, accompanied by the same AI, explores a deserted city, and three men and a seeming girl capture him. Endo mutes manga distinctives for realism's sake (e.g., eyes look normal, not the size of saucers), keeps the violence short and sharp, inserts a few low-key satiric jibes at late-twentieth-century sociopolitics, and paces the narrative to facilitate milieu and character development. He conjures a postapocalyptic aura of near-palpable mystery. Why did what happened occur?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/eden.jpg

Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture by Kio Shimoku

This is a manga everyone on the board would enjoy I think. It's a very normal slice of life story about nerds who participate in a comic book club. It's the most realistic portrayal of what nerd life I have ever seen, just in and out every day events as people learn to come out of thier shells and not be ashamed of thier hobby. Wonderful stuff.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/Genshiken.jpg

Planetes by Makoto Yukimura

I love this story so much!


Planetes almost defies description, but it's nominally about a space debris clean-up crew in the near future who work ceaselessly at clearing away all the now-useless junk we've launched into orbit. It has all the stillness and mystery of 2001: A Space Odyssey, without the detachment and tension. The characters deal with real-life issues of loss, inadequacy and loneliness against the vast backdrop of limitless space, and without bringing out a stick to beat the moral into us, Planetes proves that companionship and purpose make us whole and give meaning to life.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/200px-Planetes_volume_4-2.jpg

King City by Brandon Scott Graham


The hero, Joe, employs a magic cat, Earthling J. J. Cattingworth the Third, to do his fighting, lock picking and spy-gizmo work. (PETA members, beware—Joe makes the cat "work" by flinging syringes full of drugs at it.) Joe and his friend Pete do jobs for various shady characters, until Pete falls in love with a water-breathing alien he is charged to deliver to a club for nefarious purposes. Meanwhile, Joe is spying on mob bosses who eat cannibal sushi. Joe and his cat meet a Sasquatch named Lukashev who spent his youth "as part of a super-naut program, along with a chupacabra and a dinosaur from the future." The fun with words points to an older audience, but the humor has juvenile moments (at one point, Joe uses the cat as a periscope by looking up its butt). The art, while not sophisticated, has a funky sense of movement that suits the hilarious whole. Where Graham really succeeds is in making readers care about these oddballs, especially when Joe risks his life to save his ex-girlfriend from a bad guy (if you can imagine throwing a drugged cat at a mobster as a dramatic moment).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/kingcitycover.jpg

Next Exit by Christy Lijewski


Welcome to Alkaline, a world where humans are the minority and fragments of memory come to life. Here reality is a whim that can be bent to one’s will. Those who can manipulate reality are governed by those who cannot, and existence is held in a tenuous balance.

Join Markesh and Retrab, two young adventurers who may have found the only means to escape this reality—an Exit map leading to an ancient gateway said to release one from the bounds of Alkaline. But escape is never easy. Hunted by the government, attacked by serial killers and haunted by their own pasts, they may have found an Exit, but getting out alive is going to be harder than they ever imagined possible.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/nextexit.jpg

Random Encounter by Nicc Balce


Strange things are afoot at the circle..eh...the Kwik Mart. With their errie tromp through the latest Silent Hill game interrupted by a strange sound - Migo, Mica and Mona begin a journey into the perplexing and uncharted.

The discovery of a dead girl in a pool of blood on the roof of Migo's parent's Kwik Mart sends the kids lives into a malestorm of confusion, freakish aliens, precipitous resurection and enigmatical secrets.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/re_cover02_lg.jpg

Spirit of Wonder by Kenji Tsuruta

I am in awe of this artist


China is a lovely young woman, the kind of beauty people write songs about or name stars after. She`s as spectacular as Fourth-of-July fireworks and as striking as lightning, and Jim Floyd -- the technical assistant to the crazed Professor Breckenridge -- just got struck! In fact, he`d give China the moon if he could. Odd thing is, he can. So that`s just what he intends to do. Spirit of Wonder is a delightfully touching tale by one of Japan`s most respected manga masters.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/spiritofwonder.jpg

Negima by Ken Akamatsu

A little pervy but tremendous fun, the characters are so likeable! It goes to shit after volume 7 unfortunately.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/negima.jpg

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki

What is there to say? This is the single greatest comic ever created, anyone who has not read it is missing out

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v605/thudpucker/?action=view&current=nausicaa-ohm.jpg

Ben
11-02-2007, 03:13 PM
http://z.about.com/d/manga/1/0/2/2/-/-/Monster1_500.jpg

http://www.projectbag.com/lovehina/pics/mangacovers/hina_cover01.jpg

Thudpucker
11-02-2007, 03:15 PM
I enjoyed Love Hina, that was fun. Negima I like a bit more, the art is much better and I like the magical element.

Never heard of Monster, I'll pick it up!

Dark Sasha
11-02-2007, 03:21 PM
Lone Wolf and Cub. You all need to read it.

Thudpucker
11-02-2007, 03:58 PM
Lone Wolf and Cub. You all need to read it.

I wish Darkhorse hadn't made them so small.

Mister Mets
11-02-2007, 04:02 PM
I wish Darkhorse hadn't made them so small.
But it leads to them being ten bucks (cover price) per three hundred page volume.

I'd also highly recommend Osamu Tezuka's Buddha. The first volume was stunning.

greg donovan
11-02-2007, 04:09 PM
I wish Darkhorse hadn't made them so small.

but you can fit them in your pocket.

greg donovan
11-02-2007, 04:10 PM
planetes is s series i have been meaning to check out. both the DVDs and the comics.

TheKraken
11-02-2007, 04:20 PM
I wish Darkhorse hadn't made them so small.

There's a segment in Paul Pope's art book that explains that. I had never heard this before, but he sez manga collections that big in Japan are considered a mark of distinction. The reason the best books are collected so small is space. In such a notoriously crowded country, people are less likely to keep comics they've read because they have nowhere to store them. Important books are printed in that tiny size so you'll be able to keep them even if your apartment is basically a closet with a window. According to Pope, printing a book that size is like having "One million copies sold" written on the cover.

NeverWanderer
11-02-2007, 04:33 PM
I've got the same five I always recommend..

AKIRA

DOMU

SHORT PROGRAM

VIDEO GIRL AI

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (yes, it's an anime... the manga is good too, though, and it tells the story slightly differently)

sleep
11-02-2007, 04:35 PM
There's a segment in Paul Pope's art book that explains that. I had never heard this before, but he sez manga collections that big in Japan are considered a mark of distinction. The reason the best books are collected so small is space. In such a notoriously crowded country, people are less likely to keep comics they've read because they have nowhere to store them. Important books are printed in that tiny size so you'll be able to keep them even if your apartment is basically a closet with a window. According to Pope, printing a book that size is like having "One million copies sold" written on the cover.

I find this post to be interesting and informative.

Off topic, but how is Pulp Hope?

emeraldsundae
11-02-2007, 04:39 PM
Gunslinger Girl

Ranma 1/2

BronxRonin
11-02-2007, 04:41 PM
Deathnote

Kefky
11-02-2007, 04:56 PM
Monster's really, really good. Seriously. Check it out.


If you don't mind the over-the-top violence, berserk and blade of the immortal are two excellent series that you should check out.

Also, my favorite shonen manga of all time:

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?t=113432&highlight=piece

And Fruit's Basket. I despise shoujo manga with all my heart, but I actually make an exception to this one, which should tell you how good it is.

emeraldsundae
11-02-2007, 04:59 PM
Monster's really, really good. Seriously. Check it out.


If you don't mind the over-the-top violence, berserk and blade of the immortal are two excellent series that you should check out.

Also, my favorite shonen manga of all time:

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?t=113432&highlight=piece

And Fruit's Basket. I despise shoujo manga with all my heart, but I actually make an exception to this one, which should tell you how good it is.

Yay!!! One Piece!

*dances*

Alexander Hamilton
11-02-2007, 05:03 PM
Does anyone remember a manga called something like Spiral, I think? Can't find it online. It was a horror comic I read years ago. Very creepy stuff.

Lemonade Lady
11-02-2007, 05:04 PM
A lot of good recommendations so far. I'll throw in Yotsuba&!, a brilliant and awesome cute comedy about the day to day adventures of an energetic five year old.
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z148/mslemonadelady/yotsuba1.jpg

I'm currently reading With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child.
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z148/mslemonadelady/withthelight.jpg

Kefky
11-02-2007, 05:05 PM
Yay!!! One Piece!

*dances*

:D

Have you been watching the new funimation dub of the anime? It's pretty damn good. Are you that far yet?

Alexander Hamilton
11-02-2007, 05:07 PM
Does anyone remember a manga called something like Spiral, I think? Can't find it online. It was a horror comic I read years ago. Very creepy stuff.

Ah... found it..


Uzumaki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzumaki)

Apparently they made a movie of it too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd8a6BJT2cc

Kefky
11-02-2007, 05:07 PM
A lot of good recommendations so far. I'll throw in Yotsuba&!, a brilliant and awesome cute comedy about the day to day adventures of an energetic five year old.
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z148/mslemonadelady/yotsuba1.jpg


Oh shit, I completely forgot about that! I second that recommendation. It's an excellent comedy, without the annoying and overdone fan-service that typically plagues these things.

UltimateFactor
11-02-2007, 05:17 PM
Whoa boy.....

Gantz http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gantz
Why I like it: If you want Violence, you've got it here. It's almost like a sci fi Battle Royale except they aren't out to kill each other [with the acception of one mission in which they have to hunt down one of their own member's girlfriend because she took pictures of them during a mission.] You can DL it free at http://www.stoptazmo.com/

King Of Hell http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_Hell
Why I like it: I love good martial arts mangas and no one delivers like Korean Manwa. King of Hell is definitely one of my favorites. Majeh is one hell of a character. Funny and powerful, he never gets boring and never fails to entertain. The story doesn't drag and just keeps getting better and better.

Rebirth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebirth_%28manhwa%29
Why I like it: Just can't get enough of this Manwa stuff I tell ya. Mixing in some great drama, Romance, magic, martial arts, Vampires and the Vatican, what more can you ask for? Lead Character Deshwitat is badass, even when he's outclassed. [of course it's usually against a God or the son of said god, heh] Action packed and a great story to boot. Can't go wrong with it.

Eyeshield 21 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyeshield_21
Why I like it: Besides Hajime No Ippo, this is my favorite Sports anime/manga. I mean, hey, it's Football, and we all know how the Japanese make sports anime and manga so damn interesting. GREAT set of main characters. The series is one of those long ones, but definitely enjoyable. You can DL it free at http://www.stoptazmo.com/

Angel
11-02-2007, 05:34 PM
fullmetal alchemist
basilisk
battle angel alita
tsubasa resevior chronicle
chrono crusade
x/1999
tokyo babylon
blade of the immortal
monster
death note
petshop of horrors
ai yori aoshi

Cth
11-05-2007, 06:40 AM
Well, everyone covered most of everything worth mentioning.

Also:

BATTLE ROYALE

Battle Royale takes place in an alternate timeline; according to the book's prologue, Japan is a police state, known as the Republic of Greater East Asia (?????? Dai Toa Kyowakoku). From time to time, fifty randomly selected classes of secondary school students are forced to take arms against one another until only one student in each class remains. The program was created, supposedly, as a form of military research and population control, though the outcome of each battle is publicized on local television. A character discovers that the program is not an experiment at all, but a means of terrorizing the population. In theory, after seeing such atrocities, the people will become paranoid and divided, preventing an organized rebellion.

Under the guise of a 'study trip', a group of students from Shiroiwa Junior High School (????? Shiroiwa Chugakko), a junior high school operated by the fictional town of Shiroiwa (in Kagawa Prefecture), are corralled onto a bus and gassed, only to awaken in a school on an isolated, evacuated island, wearing metal collars around their necks. After being briefed about the program, the students are issued survival packs (along with a random weapon or a tool) and sent out the island one by one. While some of the students receive guns and knives, many students acquire useless items like boomerangs, some common dartboard darts, and forks. In some cases, instead of a weapon, the student receives a tool; Hiroki Sugimura finds a radar that tracks nearby students, and Toshinori Oda receives a bulletproof vest.

To make sure the students obey the rules and kill each other, the metal collars around their necks track their positions, and will explode if they linger in a 'Forbidden Zone' or attempt to remove the collars. The Forbidden Zones are randomly chosen areas of the map that increase in number as time goes on, re-sculpting and shrinking the battlefield and forcing the students to move around. The collars secretly transmit sound back to the organizers of the game, allowing them to hear the students' conversations, root out escape plans, and log their activities.

The students are also given a time limit. If twenty-four hours pass without someone being killed, then all of the collars will be detonated simultaneously and there will be no winner. It is mentioned that only 0.5% of Programs end in this fashion. (In the film version, this occurs after a total of 3 days have passed since the start of the Battle Royale, regardless of the timing with which people die; this was a change made for the film version.)

DRAGON HEAD

Deeply psychological and dark, Dragon Head is a spectacularly scary and suspenseful tale. On his return home from a class trip, Aoki Teru is on a train that derails while inside a tunnel and is knocked unconscious. When he comes to, he finds his classmates, teachers, and train personnel dead. Searching for survivors and supplies, he encounters two other students: unconscious Ako Seto and deranged Nobou Takashi. The tunnel has collapsed, leaving no escape. The three teens are surrounded by gruesome carnage; the food is running out; the tunnel mysteriously keeps getting hotter and hotter; Ako is severely injured, and Nobou is seriously losing his mind. Teru must keep himself and the others together. Blood-spattered illustrations with heavy detail to eyes convey much of the visceral experience of the three main characters and helps convey terror where words cannot. This book does an excellent job of introducing the series and building tension as well as readers' interest in where the plot is going. Sinister and fast paced, with a fair amount of bloodshed and raw language, this first volume of 10 is a well-done psychological horror story that should appeal to fans of the genre.

Lord of the Flies meets Apocalypse Now

MAK15
11-05-2007, 07:16 AM
Gon.

tiny dinosaur goin' on adventures around the world.
no dialogue. jsut pasge after page of pretty pictures.

TheKraken
11-05-2007, 07:21 AM
I find this post to be interesting and informative.

Off topic, but how is Pulp Hope?

Pretty cool. It's broken up into sections based on themes (a section for band flyers, a section for Ukiyo-E prints, etc) and each section is preceded by a little essay related to the work in it by Pope. I really enjoyed it.

NeverWanderer
11-05-2007, 09:05 AM
DRAGON HEAD

Deeply psychological and dark, Dragon Head is a spectacularly scary and suspenseful tale. On his return home from a class trip, Aoki Teru is on a train that derails while inside a tunnel and is knocked unconscious. When he comes to, he finds his classmates, teachers, and train personnel dead. Searching for survivors and supplies, he encounters two other students: unconscious Ako Seto and deranged Nobou Takashi. The tunnel has collapsed, leaving no escape. The three teens are surrounded by gruesome carnage; the food is running out; the tunnel mysteriously keeps getting hotter and hotter; Ako is severely injured, and Nobou is seriously losing his mind. Teru must keep himself and the others together. Blood-spattered illustrations with heavy detail to eyes convey much of the visceral experience of the three main characters and helps convey terror where words cannot. This book does an excellent job of introducing the series and building tension as well as readers' interest in where the plot is going. Sinister and fast paced, with a fair amount of bloodshed and raw language, this first volume of 10 is a well-done psychological horror story that should appeal to fans of the genre.

Lord of the Flies meets Apocalypse Now


I got curious about checking this manga out -- ironically -- after watching the really, really bad live-action movie based on it.

Talk about crappy treatment of a great concept.

Has the manga finally made it to the mainstream shelves of Borders and B&N yet? Or will I have to hunt for it..?

Angel
11-05-2007, 09:08 AM
I got curious about checking this manga out -- ironically -- after watching the really, really bad live-action movie based on it.

Talk about crappy treatment of a great concept.

Has the manga finally made it to the mainstream shelves of Borders and B&N yet? Or will I have to hunt for it..?
tokyopop puts out dragon head, so it shouldn't be to hard to hunt down.

NeverWanderer
11-05-2007, 09:09 AM
tokyopop puts out dragon head, so it shouldn't be to hard to hunt down.

Awesome. Thanks!

Angel
11-05-2007, 09:21 AM
Awesome. Thanks!
no problem. :D

BenitoCereno
11-05-2007, 09:42 AM
Uzumaki, goddammit. That book is awesome. You'll never in your life be more afraid of a shape than after reading this book.