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July 17, 2014


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Martina’s Corner

Oh HO HO HO so many things to talk about in this blog post!

Oh ho ho!

Let’s start with some terms for those of you that are new to this realm!

Manhwa 만화 is the Korean name for print comics/cartoons but the term is now expanded to embrace webtoons (comics on the internet) as well.

Manga 漫画 is simply the Japanese name for print comics and because I grew up mostly reading manga I can’t seem to shake the term even when I’m talking about Korean comics. BAH! I’m sorry! Now why don’t we just use the word comics to describe both Korean and Japanese comics you ask?

Manhwa and manga are indeed comics but if you say “I like reading comics” most people will assume you’re talking about American style comic books such as X-Men, Spiderman, Superman, Archie Comics, and so on. If you say you “I like reading graphic novels” then you’re in a new realm of comics as well. The style of drawing, the length of the comic, the colours being used, the plots, even the direction you read it in can all differ depending on what country’s version of a comic you are reading. So the different terms are necessary to help people easily discuss and differentiate.

When it comes to the word “anime” it is originally used to describe animated TV shows and movies produced in Japan but I think most anime fans have expanded that to mean animated TV shows/movies drawn using an Asian style of animation. The specific attributes and animation techniques that go with anime style animation is very different than most American/European styles of animation, hence, many people call Korean (or other Asian countries) cartoon shows, anime. Technically Korea calls it something different but I don’t know anyone that uses it. I think it’s safe to say that anime now describes a style of TV show or movie animation, more than just one country’s animation. For example, the TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender is actually created by an American TV network and it is described as an anime by most people. Even though it was made in America, it uses an Asian style of animation making it described as an anime, not as simply a TV cartoon series.

Now onto my favourites! I’m sure I forgot something important because I’ve been reading/watching for so long. I’m scared to think what I forgot! Also, I’m combing both manga/manhwa/anime in this list because sometimes they overlap into two categories. I’m dividing them according to my own personal genres because sometimes you want to read action stories, sometimes you want to read about high school drama, and sometimes you want a combo of everything! Hahaha!


Cowboy Bepop
Attack on Titan
Hellsing / The Legend of Vampire Hunter
Black Butler / Kuroshitsuji
Blue Exorcist / Ao no Futsumashi (thank you to the Aussie fans who gave this manga in me when we were in Australia)
One Piece
Fairy Tail
Death Note
Princess Resurrection

Romantic Action (hahaha get it?)

Sailor Moon / Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon / Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon
Vampire Knight
Perfect Girl Evolution/My Fair Lady

School Life Meets Romance

Hana Kimi / Hanazakari no Kimitachi e / For You in Full Blossom
Boys Over Flowers / Hana Yori Dango
Kaichou wa Maid-sama! / President Is A Maid!
Mei’s Butler/Mei-chan no Shitsuji
Switch Girl
Yankee-kun to Megane-chan
Ouran Host Club

Just Plain Old Romance

The Bride of the Water God / Habaek-eui Shinbu (manhwa)
Black Bird
Absolute Boyfriend / Zettai Kareshi
Crazy Girl Shin Bia

Just Awesome Studio Ghibli

Princess Mononoke
My Neighbour Totoro
Spirited Away
Castle in the Sky
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Howl’s Moving Castle

Simon’s Corner

For starters, I really wish I could have participated in this video. Unfortunately, I had a terrible headache. It was raining pretty hard that day, and I – at times – get bad headaches during rainstorms. Phooey! I would have loved to have talked about this as well.

But Martina, as you can tell, is more than capable of talking about animes and mangas. She’s definitely more into them than I am. All of the animes and mangas that I got into are because of her. The two that I watched outside of Martina’s influence – Samurai Champloo and Attack on Titan – were suggested to us by friends, but we weren’t really that into either.

Samurai Champloo isn’t terrible. It’s just…umm, a bit disjointed for us, which we should accept since we’re talking about anime, after all. But the soundtrack is just awesome. I think it’s by Nujabes, and we got so into the soundtrack that we started listening to his other stuff, and it’s bloody phenomenal. Summer Gypsy is a glorious song.

But, err, yeah! The anime itself! It’s cool. We’ve only gotten maybe, say, 5 episodes into it. Not fully sold on it.

Attack on Titan is annoying us to no end. At first it started off as a brilliant concept, a great metaphor for how society is oppressed and getting crushed by senseless beings of gluttony, that don’t need to eat to survive, but just eat for shits and giggles. It’s very much got a 99% vs 1% kind of vibe to it, and mirrors how the 1% are eating into everything else not for need, but because they’re assholes.

That, right there, is a great concept, and exceptionally relevant for our time. Pair that with the awesome animation of the fight sequences, and the whole steampunky system of their grappling hook system, and it’s got a pretty amazing aesthetic as well. Lovely! Well, for the first few episodes at least. By the end of it, it totally loses its focus. The plot stops making sense. The characters, especially Erin, become dumber by the day. I appreciate Erin’s passion and dedication to the cause, but for Christ’s sake I don’t want to hear him have a monologue about it for 10 minutes of every 22 minute episode already. Shut up Erin and just do your damn job!

The Last Airbender & Korra are two animes that I don’t remember how we got into, but they’re lovely. Just so lovely. I was highly skeptical about them when we first started, because it’s not, umm, from Asia, right? I like cartoons, but they have a different feel than animes.

Anyhow, my concerns were quickly quelled. Avatar was lovely. The characters were all charming and not in the least bit annoying like Attack on Titan. Everyone had distinct personalities. The uncle was charming to the point of tears. The villains were awesome as well. The animation in the fight scenes was top notch. Just…wow. Great, great stuff.

And then Korra came afterwards, which takes place in the same universe as Avatar but a few generations later. I didn’t love the characters as much, but it was still highly satisfying. Especially in the second season, when they do the origins story, the animation at that part was very distinct from the rest of the show, kind of like the game Okami if you ever played it, and was jaw dropping.

Both series are very inspiring and have great philosophical messages to them as well. They’re easily some of our favorite animes ever. Check them out if you haven’t yet. Hotdamn they’re good. AND THE BIG FLYING SPUDGIES IN AVATAR AHHHH!!!! SPUUDDDGGYYY!!!

So that’s all we’re going to talk about for now, but we’d love to hear what you think! What did we miss out on? I know there are thousands upon thousands of things to talk about. We’re definitely going to watch Sailor Moon, TOGETHER! Oh! I forgot to mention that as well. I watched Sailor Moon as a kid, before I met Martina. I AIN’T ASHAMED! So I’m excited for both of us to watch it together. Let us know what you think, if you’ve seen it or not, and if it’s worth watching. I don’t want to be disappointed!

Also, if you like our TL;DRs, make sure you click on this pretty button below so that you don’t miss out on any more of them. Every click brings you one step closer to Sailor Moon Mondays! Ha…no. Well, I wonder. Sailor Moon Mondays? That sounds like a bit of fun, actually :D

OH OH OH! Also, if you live in or near Sweden, we’ll be attending and also cosplaying at NärCon 2014 which is being held at Linköping University on the 24-27th of July! Come on out to to mingle with other like minded people! Oh and Soozee has been working hard designing a special tote bag which is only available at this event!



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  1. OMG I LOVED THE AVATAR SERIES!!! How did you guys feel about the finale for Korra?

    2 years ago
  2. Nearly a year later, but there is so much happiness in this post that I can’t help but comment! I get so excited when talking about nerdy things like this! I will add that I grew up watching Digimon and that is still my all time favourite anime. I’m so excited for Adventure Tri which comes out later this year!

    2 years ago
  3. What I like about this article, is that it gives me great recommendation to things to watch/read.

    2 years ago
  4. I love sailormoon, but only the anime .. not really into the book. I love detective conan, QED. as for the movies .. I love cardcaptor sakura and Fruit basket … lovely

    2 years ago
  5. Bri

    I KNEW I SAW USI-CHAN IN A VIDEO!! I love Kyoya <3! I've watched quite a lot of those animes! Idk if you'd like Tokyo Mew Mew but I love it! It wouldn't hurt to try.

    2 years ago
    • Where did you watch tokyo mew mew? I’ve been searching for it but don’t know where to watch it for free.

      2 years ago
  6. Martina, it is awesome how similar our taste in anime is! I wish we could geek out together one day :D :D

    2 years ago
  7. i know i’m late
    but let me suggest some anime for you :D

    Deadman Wonderland (you should read the manga as well because it goes farther than the anime)
    D-gray Man (you should read the manga for the same reason)
    Angel beats!
    Darker than Black
    Itazura na kiss (in case you know the drama Playful kiss)
    Wolf’s rain

    that’s enough for today ;)

    2 years ago
    • but D-Grayman TT.-.TT is still on going like forever never been update since 2012..

      2 years ago
  8. Hello Martina AND SIMON(you must), these are my recommendations, the slash “/” is non-inclusive(?), so that the listing may or may not contain a certain category. Ex: Madoka has everything, but surprisingly no romance.
    Please indulge…

    Adventure /Romance(?)/ Action/ Mystery / Blood (?) -> The Monogatari series(suspense awesomness), Aldnoah Zero(OMG…), Sword Art Online(the ish), Parasyte -the maxim- (gore), Madoka Magica (crazy!) [for all, watch Anime]

    Adventures/ Action / Supernatural / Romance(?) -> Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic(ahhhhhhh), Kamisama Hajimemashita(heart), Natsume Yujin Chou(My dream adventure), The Devil is a Part-timer(title does no justice for amount of awesome), The World God Only Knows(see the world differently), Noragami(!!!!). [For all, Anime + Manga]

    Slice of Life/ Shounen/Seinen/Romance(?)/Action -> Read: Horimiya(heart!!!), Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo, Shokugeki no Soma, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu(not slice of life)
    Watch: Mushishi, Kimi to Boku( 1&2), Nisekoi, Wagnaria, Free(Iwatobi Swim Club/ Eternal Summer), Haikyuu!

    Shoujo/ Josei/ Slice of Life/ Supernatural: Last Game(Read only) Gugure! Kokkuri-san, Hanasakeru Seishounen, Utakoi. [For all, Anime]

    Good Hunting :)

    2 years ago
    • Gugure is Shounen, and I forgot to add the Comedy factor to all categorie. :/

      2 years ago
  9. I just finished reading Black Bird. OMG so much feels. Definitely one of the best mangas ever.

    2 years ago
  10. you should read gravitation, fruits basket, pet shop of horror.

    2 years ago
  11. Anime that I can recommend which has probably been recommended many times are, Black Butler: Book of Circus (because the first two seasons of the first show were kind of… Eeehh…), Haikyuu!! because it’s got tons of awesome sports anime tropes that make it really fun to watch, Star Driver because IT IS PROBABLY THE BEST ANIME EVER *COUGHCOUGH* anyway, Free! because hey, who doesn’t like shirtless male swimmers??? Anyone? Didn’t think so. Others I’d recommend are like Yowapeda because no one can have too much sports anime in their lives, and (FOR THOSE WHO ARE OKAY WITH ((sooo cliche to say it like this)) BOYxBOY LIKE YAOI STUFF WHATEVER) Love Stage!! and DRAMAtical Murder. (And I know what you’re thinking if you’ve watched the DMMD anime, “There’s nothing bad in it!” but people will probably look it up and come across the game… :E )

    Aaannndd as for Manga I can recommend, Haikyuu!! (becAUSE SPORT ANIME MANGA), 1/2 Prince, which I think Martina would really like, because it’s about a girl who makes a male avatar on an online virtual reality game called Second Life, and it’s really cool and fun to read and it’s not that long right now so yeah… (I read it on Mangareader (dot) net but the site has dumb popups sometimes.) ((Also, 1/2 Prince is actually a Taiwanese Manhua.)) Also, I’d like to recommend the Black Butler manga because it’s much longer, and I like it a whole lot more than the two anime series because it goes into much more depth of the characters and doesn’t spin off into craziness like the first series. (Also the Love Stage manga is really good, but it’s explicit so be careful.) ((ALSO if you watch Love Stage on Crunchyroll it censors everything for you.))

    KK that’s really all I can offer as far as recommendations. Bye bye, and sorry for the long comment…

    2 years ago
  12. Watch Hetalia! Seriously, it’s so awesome and funny. Each episode is only 5 minutes.

    2 years ago
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    2 years ago
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    2 years ago
  15. You should read Kamisama Hajimemashita. It is sooo adorable I love it. ^-^

    2 years ago
  16. I was going to suggest SAO(Sword Art Online) and an old time favorite is FLCL ( Fooly Cooly) I loved to watch Samurai Champloo and I even bought the CD…which someone stole long ago -_-.

    3 years ago
  17. You guys should try Sword Art Online. It’s really cool.

    3 years ago
    • Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online II are my favorite!!!!!

      2 years ago
  18. Here are the manga/manhwas I’ve read so far and also finished

    In alphabetical order

    3 years ago
  19. Ok, I have so many mangas/animes/manhwas/manhuas(Chinese) that I like so I’ll try and keep it short. Oh and I should warn you that these go from cutesy romance to action packed thrillers)

    Manhwas (I believe most of them are ongoing webtoons from Naver)
    A Thousand Years Ninetails
    Cheese in the Trap: LOVE this one
    Cheonsaeng Yeonbun (Soul Mates)
    Cherry Boy, That Girl
    Crazy Coffee Cat
    Muyong Jiyong (Useful Good-for-Nothing)
    My Heart is Beating
    Orange Marmalade
    Speak Through Colors: As an artist myself, I really liked this one
    The Children’s Teacher, Mr. Kwon
    The Gamer
    Twelve Nights

    Mangas (Definitely forgetting some)
    Adarushan no Hanayome (The Bride of Adarshan)
    Bartender: Love this
    Billionaire Girl: Sadly the ending was axed
    Kiri no Mori Hotel
    Oresama Teacher
    Ouji to Majou to Himegimi to (The Prince, the Witch, and the Princesses)
    Real Account: So twisted
    Strobe Edge
    Witch Craft Works
    Wolfull Moon
    Yakitate!! Japan: Somehow I ended up reading 242 chapters of bread making

    Animes (Missing some of these as well)
    Air Gear
    Angel Beats
    Antique Bakery
    Blue Exorcist
    Baka to Test
    Black Cat
    Death Note
    Gatchaman Crowds: Love the music, the bright colors took a while for me to get used to though
    K Project
    Last Exile
    Nabari no Ou
    NHK ni Youkoso
    Otome Youkai Zakuro
    Persona 4 The Animation: Amazing
    Samurai Champloo
    School Rumble
    Spice and Wolf: One of my all time favorites
    Sword Art Online
    Tamako Market
    It’s Not My Fault That I’m Not Popular!

    Manhuas (Chinese comics)
    1/2 Prince (similar theme to Sword Art Online)
    Kuang Shen
    Legend of the Sun Knight

    I’ve got to admit, Noblesse and Bride of the Water God are pretty good.

    3 years ago
  20. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day:I cannot say this is shoujo (it’s clearly not) But this anime has a romantic genre which is really good.
    Durarara and baccano: both of them are from the same author so they are really close to each other. Have many character(like really many) and at first they are confusing (you may drop them becuase of that ) But they are so different from other anime and worth watching them.
    I also like Ouran high school a lot. It is sort of making fun of shoujo anime but in the meanwhile uses a benefit of those aspects of shoujo. really funny.
    Black butler is clearly a fun anime. It is a weird anime at some points. But really fun.

    Watanabe’s recent work seems to be fun. you should try it.

    This season’s barakamon is really fun. specially the little girl. She is so full of life it makes you fill better instantly. The voice actor is an 8 years old girl, So I think it is one of the reason.

    The anime Chihayafuru is a shoujo, But I think it is more of a sport anime. the Romantic concept is really well developed.

    3 years ago
  21. Simon, that’s for you -> http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/list.nhn?titleId=552960 ! It’s a webtoon called “The Gamer”. :) Someone might have suggestad it already, because I think it’s become popular. There are up to date englidh scanlations but they are umm(illegal).

    3 years ago
  22. You should read the Korean webtoon series Kubera. It’s my all-time favorite cuz it’s sooooo awesomeee~~~ you can read it online at http://www.mangahere.co/manga/kubera/ it’s still ongoing tho

    3 years ago
  23. I love Bride of the Water God (I own almost all of the volumes) and I recommend it to all my friends! I would suggest you read Special A and High School Debut they are sweet and cute and I adore both!

    3 years ago
  24. Martina, I <3 you…so and like my fellow nersties I must recommend Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and obviously the manga is incredible! Also, one of my newest favorites is Kamisama Hajimemashita – it's a really fun high school romance type :) My favorite shoujo anime is still Ouran High School – also an awesome manga. And my husband finally convinced me to watch Dragon Ball and it's old school, but so fun! Miyazaki = <3

    3 years ago
  25. I usually like shorter animes, but I’m a sucker for Sailor Moon and Tokyo Mew Mew! My favorite shorter animes are High School Of The Dead and Elfen Lied and Fruits Basket. :D I also love horror manga, especially ones that get made in J-horror movies. I’m reading Uzumaki right now; the manga is amazing so far but the movie wasn’t as good. :/ Ah sooo much to watch!

    3 years ago
  26. I had entirely to much fun watching this video, strolling down memory lane ^^! lol And sorry Martina the live action version of Ouran High School Host Club did happen, and it was awesome!!! Mwahahahaha!!!!!

    3 years ago
  27. I watched Attack On Titan right after watching this video. I marathon-ed the anime and read all the manga released to date. I love it so much. I thought the anime was perfect. It reminds me of Fullmetal Alchemist in a good way. For a long time I never thought they’d be an anime that’d impress me more than FMA: Brotherhood, so I’m very happy to have watched/read Attack on Titan.

    I have to disagree with your opinions on Eren. I might be the minority here, but I like Eren as a character. I find him very relatable. He wants to fight and help humanity very badly, and he has the power to do so, but he cannot control that power, and thus, fails. He is often conflicted, angry and frustrated. I think that’s how I feel in real life. We really want to succeed in something, to do well, and we know we have the capacity to do well, but no matter how hard we try, sometimes things don’t go our way. And sometimes that brings us down or infuriates us, like how Eren feels. But I know Eren has a strong drive from the cause, and watching him, I know I can learn a thing or two from him. I like that he isn’t perfect, and even though he has a great power, he’s not the strongest or the smartest. That way, I can think of him as the underdog and root for him. Some people might not like that he depends on other people (like Levi or Mikasa), but again, we have people we depend on too. He makes mistakes and he deals with them in an immature way, but I’m sure that will change. It’s still early in the story. I’m sure Eren will grow as a character and as a hero.

    I like most of the characters. I don’t mind the monologue because I’ve come to expect those kinds monologues or internal conflicts in stories like this. (I survived the Ender’s Shadow Omnibus/Saga. This, in comparison, is nothing).

    Everybody is giving suggestions, so I guess I’d like to give mine too. For something old school, I recommend checking out Rurouni Kenshin (or Samurai X). For something more recent: Law of Ueki & Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. People have recommended me Gintama and Akame no Kill, but I myself have not checked them out yet.

    Thank you for making me watch Attack on Titan. The first opening is so awesome~! I’ve probably watched almost all the covers of that song on Youtube.

    3 years ago
    • I definitely angry with you about Eren. I didn’t find him annoying or frustrating at all, unlike Armin which I think needs to step it up a notch.

      3 years ago
    • I think it could be different for people who watch it while it was ongoing and for people who watch it all at once. And also your right, it reminds me of FMA. So close to each other.

      3 years ago
  28. I agree with you about Eren! Btw there’s a old romance manga I’d like to recommend; “Garasu no Kamen” or known as “Glass Masks” something like that.. It’s about a stupid clumsy average-looking girl (she grows prettier though in later chapters but still, she’s not pretty) who only excels in acting. Thats why it called ‘glass masks’ I think, she’s able to pull that fragile ‘masks’ very nicely on stage. You SHOULD read that in case you haven’t, it wouldn’t be dissapointing I promise! :)

    3 years ago
  29. Someone already mentioned Fullmetal Alchemist, but it is worth mentioning again. It’s more of an action manga, and it is wonderful. And the theme song for FMA:Brotherhood is great. Another is Fruits Basket. LOVE it. All-time favorite manga/anime. It’s a romance manga/anime. Some other anime/manga/manhwa that I like are:
    Special A (manga/anime)
    Idol Shopping (manhwa)
    Love in the Mask (super depressing at times) (manhwa)
    Meru Puri (manga)
    Shiawase Kissa Sanchoume (manga)
    Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (manga/anime)
    Cardcaptor Sakura (anime/manga)
    Meine Liebe (manga)
    He’s Dedicated to Roses (manhwa)
    Tokyo Mew Mew and Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode (yes, I admit that I read the manga… :P) (manga/anime)
    Millenium Snow (though it wasn’t completed when I read it… and idk if the mangaka ever went back and finished it… btw, the mangaka is the same as Ouran High School Host Club) (manga)
    My Girl by Sahara Mizu (this one is adorable. :D) (manga)
    Wait! Wolf (manhwa)
    Aaaand I’ll stop now before I get too carried away. :P

    3 years ago
  30. Fullmetal Alchemist is my favorite favorite favorite favorite favorite favorite anime.

    If you’ve never seen it, watch Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. If you’ve seen the original, still watch Brotherhood ’cause it goes way further into the story.

    3 years ago
  31. BRide of the water God is amazing. The artwork is sooooo good. I can see why it takes a long time to bring out one chapter. But they story recently is dragging a little and I want it to get to nitty gritty!!

    Hana Kimi’s first live action was amazing! It really made me laugh the it was a great choice in cast. But then a few years ago, they stupidly decided to do a remake with new actors. I have no idea what crazy notion brought them to this conclusion. But they should have been shot, the same goes for those with the Korean version. As much I like MinHo, this drama just seemed to pointless and I could get to episode 3 or 4 before deciding to give up and not finish the series.

    Favourite Animes/Manga:
    Ao No Exorcist
    Skip Beat
    Kimi ni Todoke
    Ao Haru Ride (This is a new anime, which I haven’t seen the anime yet, but I am following the manga)
    Noblesse (I love the artwork and I am so glad to see its still going)
    Until Death Do Us Part (This is a very interesting manga that I stumbled upon when looking for something to read. Its about a blind samurai, sounds a little strange, but its a great read.

    Rurouni Kenshin is currently my personal favourite. With the second Live Action being released here in Japan tomorrow. Its getting the recognition it deserves. The manga is great, long but great comdey and action scene’s. The anime I saw first and I really enjoyed watching, but I got a little confused when it came to the OVA’s because of the different art styles. But still worth a watch.

    3 years ago
  32. I actually started to read Bride of the water God and thought it was amazing and just beautiful.
    Some of my favorite Anime’s and Mangas

    Skip Beat! (An amazing and funny story and a awesome Anime)
    Vampire knight (I love their voices in Japanese but I can’t watch it in English)
    Naruto (Great series even if its getting to be a bit drawn out amazing in Japanese can’t watch it in English though)
    Sailor moon (All hail the moonies!)
    Hana- Kimi (Loved the series and Loved the Taiwanese version and Japanese version of the Live Actions wasn’t impressed with the Korean)
    Pandora Hearts (Its a really interesting series!)
    0-7 Ghost (One of my absolute favorites!)
    Saiyuki/Saiyuki Reload, Saiyuki Relaod Gunlock/ Saiyuki Reload Blast (All the same series omg what can I say about this glorious manga series! The anime is so riddled with hilarity and bromance I love it!)
    Le Chevalier D’eon (A very good series and one I highly recomend)
    Red River aka Anatolia Story (By far one of my favorite Mangas that I hope they turn into an anime)
    Fushigi Yuugi/ Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden (A very good series and one of my favorites, the anime is also really good)
    Ouran high host club (I love this series and the anime!)
    I have so many! I will stop here for now though!

    3 years ago
  33. Hey Martina! I really want to thank you for introducing Noblesse, it was soooooo good that i finished the series (up till the latest chapter) in two weeks! Most of the time i read it while i was doing my internship hahaha!!

    3 years ago
  34. My favorite anime/manga would be Fairy Tail. I absolutely LOVE the art, and story and its really fun and sad and also like 100 more. i also liked tsubasa reservoir chronicle (the manga) and ouran hshc which was one of my favorite highschool anime/manga

    3 years ago
  35. i’ve been waiting for this video for such a long time! i also have a notebook where i keep track of all the anime/manga that I’ve watched/read!

    some of my favorites:
    Death Note
    Natsume Yujincho
    Nabari no Ou
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    Soul Eater
    The Devil is a Part-Timer!
    Pandora Hearts
    Log Horizon
    Kuroko no Basuke

    Akame ga Kill!
    One Piece
    Tokyo Ghoul
    Zankyou no Terror

    3 years ago
  36. I am seriously shocked at the level of enthusiasm (or rather the lack thereof)for Gintama in this comment section. I cannot stress enough as to how much I love this anime. IT IS, FOR REAL, THE FUNNIEST ANIME I HAVE WATCHED. It combines the awesome hero-centered fantasy story arc of typical fantasy shonen series with its own hysterically funny satire along with satires of other series and does it brilliantly. Some of the character portrayals are slightly problematic, but it manages to poke fun at those too. Gintoki is one of the most dynamically complex characters I have read about in a long time in a mainstream shonen manga.

    3 years ago
  37. It’s only been in the last year or so that I’ve been into manga and stuff, but by FAR my favorite manga is Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. The art is amazing and the plot is even more so! I still have to read and watch Inuyasha and Bleach because they look like AMAZING series. :)

    3 years ago
  38. Someone has probably already said this But you have to watch The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (the Manga). School Rumble is a must.

    3 years ago
  39. My favorite anime is Sword Art Online, beautiful mix of alternate reality/video game they made. I really have to start reading the mangas.

    3 years ago
  40. Read Sun-ken Rock the art is beautiful and Hirunaka no Ryuuse. Also I highly recommend CLAMP! the group is awesome, the art it’s just beautiful.(CardCaptor Sakura, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Xxx Holic, X/1999… so much more from CLAMP) =3 <3 N.Y.C.

    3 years ago
  41. I’m glad i am not the only one who thinks that about Attack on Titan. I wanna talk more about my opinion of it but I don’t want to spoil anything (I’m also caught up in the manga). But I love some of the choices in manga and anime, especially Studio Ghibli!

    3 years ago
  42. Have you ever heard of myanimelist.net??? They also have one for dramas— it’s mydramalist.net!!! It lets you create a list of all the things you’re watching and/or reading (it has manga and manhwa too!!!) and I am obsessed it is my life— it helps soooo much!

    3 years ago
  43. TOWER OF GOD!!!!!!!

    3 years ago
  44. I’m kinda in Simon’s boat, in the fact that most of the animes and mangas I’ve gotten into were suggestions from either Tumblr or friends. That being said, I wanted to put in my two (late) cents! =w=
    1) Attack on Titan – TOTALLY agree with you guys about Eren. He’s honestly so hard for me to take seriously at all, though his perseverance is pretty impressive. The main reason it’s still my favorite animanga is mostly because of basically every other character (and their amazing development that Eren somehow missed out on??), the really unique dystopia, and the absolutely stunning animation and aesthetics (which I really miss when I’m reading the manga tbh).
    2) Death Note – Another one you guys mentioned, but that I still wanted to put on my list. This was one of the first mangas I read, and the first one that I can say I really got invested in and became a fan of. Still haven’t finished the anime – mostly because I can’t take Light as seriously with that voice acting – but the manga was so awesome, and at the time, had the most developed plot I’d seen in an animanga. (I need to finish the anime soon and see if that still stands true for me after having had more exposure to the glory of animanga.)
    3) W-Juliet – I’m not sure if this is an anime, but this was the VERY FIRST manga I ever read and finished. It’s a shoujo, about this tomboyish girl and the new girl in school that she becomes best friends with…only to find out that “she” is actually a boy crossdressing to prove his acting abilities to his family and get there approval for him to pursue an acting career. I haven’t read it since my first read, so I don’t know if it’s glorified in my mind, but it does hold a very special place in my heart. At the very least, it was a cute and fun manga, nothing too heavy and something I read in a weekend (versus the month that it took for me to sort my way through Death Note’s dialogue-heavy plot).
    4) Free! – I just recently finished watching this one, and I’m going to go on to the next season sometime this week. I won’t bother with a summary, since several people have already described it, but it’s just as they say – a very fun and heartwarming anime about the importance of friendship and teamwork.
    Honestly, I guess I’m still a bit of a newbie in the world of animanga, so I don’t have as many favorites yet, but I’ll definitely be using your guys’ list to find some new ones to dive into! :)

    3 years ago
  45. I loved fruits basket and Detective Conan. . . gah although it’s been forever since I read any manga so all the other ones that I’ve read are not coming back to me. Is Marmalade boy a manga? I’m pretty sure I’ve read that one too. Haha my crazed manga reading eventually reached a point where I started flipping the pages in the wrong direction and reading the speech bubbles in the wrong order on graphic novels!

    3 years ago
  46. I LOVE all of them and recently found Nobelesse in WebToon LINE and now i’m addicted to it… Awesome!!! ;)

    3 years ago
  47. Martina, I agree with you, I love Hana-Kimi,the japanese version was amazing really funny, but korean version wasn´t that great. Also I´m a huge fan of Sailor Moon, Versailles no bara,Sakura Card Captor and Rurouni Kenshin (they´re part of my childhood memories <3 ). Now I really recommend you NaNa and Paradise Kiss from Ai Yazawa, great plots, great characters, anime and mangas are amazing, and even the live action version (in NaNa case) is really good. And also I have a confession, of course after watch live action version of NaNa I started to dream about the korean version and the cast… but I don´t think this could happen because the plot is a little bit TV-17. I hope you can read them c: (one little thing… for me Kim Jae Wook could play Takumi from NaNa perfectly well)

    3 years ago
  48. I’m super late oops, but Martina if you really like the super pretty and detailed artwork then I 10000% recommend some of CLAMP’s manga series. CLAMP is a group of 4 women that work together and have created a ton of amazing series. Here’s just a few of my faves ;u;
    Tokyo Babylon- my all time favorite series of anything ever. It’s fairly short (only 7 volumes) and it was made in the early 90s so it has that older style that turns a lot of people off from it unfortunately. It starts off really simple, there’s only 3 characters that stay relevant throughout the series. It’s basically about a young exorcist named Subaru(lol) who is head of the Sumeragi clan who uses their powers for good, and their opposing clan is the Sakurazuka who uses their powers for evil. (they’re basically assholes tbh) I can’t begin to stress how many beautiful messages this manga gives and how many topics it tackles, from how rape jokes can further wound a victim to the struggles of a person who goes to another country illegally. Just read it pls
    X/1999- Tokyo Babylon was the prequel to this series, but the main characters in Tokyo Babylon aren’t the main characters in this one. The short version of this is the world is ending, one side wants to destroy the world and the other is wanting to defend, lots of talk of destiny, etc etc etc. Lots of talk of destiny and kind of slow at times, but still good, although it was never finished and left off on the worst cliffhanger EVER.
    Cardcaptor Sakura- Magic girl manga! If there’s a CLAMP series you’re familiar with, there’s a good chances it’s this one. It’s obviously geared more towards a younger audience, but that never stopped me. Basically Sakura comes across a book, opens it up and immediately loses all of the Clow cards (we all make mistakes Sakura its ok), and since she lost them she has to capture them again. I adore this series, all the characters are precious. Probably the only series I’m gonna mention by them that won’t crush your heart because CLAMP sure does like their angst.
    Tsubasa Chronicles- Yes yes yes yes. Okay so this series is where CLAMP takes all of their characters from their past series and recycles them. Tsubasa is basically CLAMP’s own AU. Sakura and Syaoran, the main characters of Cardcaptor Sakura, are the main characters of this series as well. However they’re not the same characters as in CCS, they’re in a parallel universe, so in Tsubasa, Sakura is actually a princess and Syaoran is an archeologist, instead of them both being cute lil elementary school kids. The story is that Sakura loses all of her memories, each memory turns into a feather and is scattered through all of the different universes. (Sakura sure does lose a lot of really IMPORTANT THINGS) Syaoran is sent with Sakura to have his wish to save Sakura granted by the Time-Space Witch. At the same time, Kurogane and Fai (these two are the only characters in the entire series that are original and not recycled from a previous series) arrive, also wishing for the ability to travel between different universes for their own reasons. The Witch requires payment from each of them, Syaoran’s being that each his existence will be erased from Sakura’s memories completely even as she gets her memories back. And from then, the 4 travel searching and it’s really really good okay just trust me. I guess it’s even more exciting to read if you’re familiar with their past series so you can recognize all the old characters, but you don’t have to know anything about them to understand
    xxxHolic- This is basically Tsubasa’s counterpart I guess? The Time-Space Witch (Yuuko) is the female lead in this one, Watanuki is the main character who can see spirits and asks Yuuko to get rid of his ability. In return, however, Watanuki has to work for Yuuko. It’s actually really funny, but has it’s creepy moments. Tsubasa and xxxHolic are two completely different series, but you’ll sometimes see the Tsubasa characters or references to them in it. It’s similar to TB with how it has a lot of deeper meanings to it and it’s just a lovely series (that I never finished, I should probably do that eventually.)
    *deep breaths*
    I forget how much I adore CLAMP’s series sometimes. I keep all my feelings locked up inside for so long, ooops.
    Some other series I like are Loveless (gay cat boys that fight?? idk), Fruits Basket (hopefully I don’t need to tell anyone what this one is about ok isn’t it basically a classic?), and Maria Holic (lesbian goes to an all girls Catholic school to find her true love but instead finds herself mixed up with a crossdressing boy lolll).
    And now I’m probably gonna go start re-reading Tsubasa because wow it’s been so long!

    3 years ago
    • Yay CLAMP! I’m so glad you mentioned them! Xxxholic is one of my all time favorites. The manga is really long and takes some sad turns, but there’s just something about it! <3 I love Japanese mythology brought to life… err page/ screen.

      3 years ago
    • OMG, a CLAMP FAN!!!!! yes all the ones you mention are great! Tsuabasa C. is just great putting all so many characters from their previous stories in… it was GREAT! and Fruits Basket is an awesome manga/anime, love KYO! =3. and Maria Holic is also a nice story. =)

      3 years ago
  49. 항상 재밌게 잘 보고 있어요^^
    한국인도 잘 모르는 한국에 대해서 재치있게 설명하셔서 볼때마다 흥미롭네요^^

    우선 웹툰으로 유명한 이거 먼저 보세요^^
    유투브에 리액션 동영상 있는데 재밌어요.호러물 별로 안좋아하신다면 지송..ㅠㅠ;;

    옥수역 귀신

    봉천동 귀신

    마성터널 귀신

    한국 웹툰에도 노블레스 외에 재밌는거 많아요.
    동물 좋아하시는거 같은데 강아지,고양이,새를 주 소재로 한 웹툰도 꽤 있답니다.
    그리고 한국은 출판만화 시장은 대여서점이랑 정부의 청소년유해매체(만화,게임)지정으로 이미 거의 없어졌어요…ㅠㅠ

    내 어린 고양이와 늙은 개

    죽음에 관하여

    Oh!My God(작가가 둘다 대학생인데 학업때문에 중간에 끝났지만 재밌어요)

    용이 산다


    신과 함께(저작권때문인지 네이버 웹툰에서도 유료화했지만 재밌어요.그림체가 좀 별로지만..–;)

    신의 탑


    심심한 마왕

    죽은 마법사의 도시

    닥터 프로스트

    http://webtoon.daum.net/webtoon/view/mhz(원래 사이트)

    개와 토끼의 주인
    http://webtoon.daum.net/webtoon/view/dogandrabbit(원래 사이트)

    네이버나 다음 웹툰에서도 재밌는거 많은데 완결된거 위주로 몇가지 추천합니다.


    실질객관동화(위에 실질객관영화랑 같은 작가)

    선천적 얼간이들


    야옹이와 흰둥이

    우리집 새새끼(유료화됐네요ㅠㅠ)

    인간의 숲(유료화한건데 이건 꼭 보시길!)

    마음의 소리(한국의 문화와 언어를 숙지하셔야 재밌을지도 모르겠네요^^;)

    마지막으로 요새 일본에서 뜨는 망가중의 하나 원펀치맨도 추천드릴께요^^

    3 years ago
  50. Okay so lately (a long time) I haven’t been keeping up with all the anime & manga, so my list might be a little old. Nevertheless I thought I would share my list with you guys.
    Manga/ Manhwa
    The One- Nicky Lee (still reading). This manhwa is sick I mean I breezed through the chapters in two days, and I’m starving for more. Lele is a female lead that gains confidence and she gains it fast. Yes she’ll cry (when don’t they) but she doesn’t cry every other chapter and when she does it’s a reasonable situation. I’m a person that likes tough female leads, ones that can take care of themselves. And don’t get me started on the male lead *whispers* he’s a twin!! In my opinion the story isn’t slow, the author travels at a fare pace with the plot and character development. I thought the idea of the modeling world was not dried out and she put real names and situations one might go through (I guess). The art is fantastic, beautifully drawn.

    Koukou Debut- Kawahara Kazune (finished). I read this manga a while back so my memories of it are a little shady. But the gist of it is about Haruna a tomboy who strives to be girly and get herself a boyfriend (crazy plot twist right!). I know the plot is stretched out but I do love the comedy Kawahara sensei presents at times it did make me really laugh out loud and there was a non-existent tear jerker here and there. But that doesn’t mean there were’t any annoying times where Haruna felt insecure and started to boo hoo (I’m really selling this aren’t i). Honestly this manga has it’s ups and downs, and I decided to stick through and it, and I’m glad I did. I hope you like it too.

    Beauty Pop- Arai Kiyoko (completed). THIS IS MY MANGA. Okay so I read this like 3 years ago so the details man they are gone. But I do plan to re-read it, that’s how much I love it. Kiri isn’t your typical female lead, in my opinion she’s an invert but she is really funny. In the manga she want’s to be a hairstyles and she is a prodigy so cutting and styling hair is like baby steps to her. I loved that she stuck her principals even when she met new people and things got sticky. It’s hard to find a lead in general that sticks their ground and every thought isn’t “what should I do”? “Is this right”? The character and plot development is reasonable and I would complain about the slow romance but the leads have good chemistry and it was a funny journey.

    You’re So Cool- Lee Young Hee (completed). They bicker and fight much to my delight. I never thought I would love to see two people argue until I saw this couple Seung-Ha and Nan-Woo and polar opposites. He’s tall, rich and popular; while she’s short, clumsy, and poor. Its not our typical cinderella story. She doesn’t sit down and wait for her prince she goes and fights for him. Her passion for Nan-Woo can be a tad annoying sometimes but the comedy makes up for it. The art isn’t the best I have seen but it isn’t an eye sore.

    He Was Cool- Wui Yeoni (completed). I forgot whether I read the manhwa first or watched the movie but It doesn’t matter because they are both funny and cute. I wouldn’t say it was an all time fav but it did tug some heartstrings. It showed me you can fall in love, even if you were bullied into it?! Ye-Won thought she was tough until Eung-Song came along and pushed her right into place. After their fiery internet argument fate tied the two together and may I say they are a matched made in manhwa heaven. I laughed so hard my stomached hurt!. I thought the art was amazing and it’s a nice short read.

    Hana Yori Dango (everyone know about this right). Since the odds of someone knowing this are 99% I won’t give a summary. I’ll just say my ratings, I hope thats okay…..
    plot: 8
    character development:9
    art: 7 (since it’s old school)
    romance: 10 ( What an I say other than the fact that Makino was loving the crew, she put her heart into her love interest and he returned the favor)

    Last Game- Amano Shinobu (Still reading). I have yet to finish this manga, I think it’s on-going not too sure. But I do like it, it grabbed my attention from the start. Theres nothing like a clueless female lead to make you growl at the computer in aggravation. But even though I know the romance would be slow I never once stopped reading it. The art is cute and Kujou has this appeal that makes you keep wanting her to see the love in the air, why her heart is beating fast. I feel as if I’m helping a baby take it’s first steps (let’s a tear drop).

    Bride of the Water God- Yoon Mi Kyung (still reading). THE ART IS SO BEAUTIFUL MY EYES ARE BLEEDING. Whoo the art in this manhwa is like no other the clothes and faces are so different that it hurts my heart I didn’t find this earlier. So far Soah has been an amazing female lead she tries to understand a different world and the gods hat live in it. She’s open and not dumb. Although I am at a part where she’s kind of upsetting me (ugh) but hopefully she’ll see the error of her ways soon and women up. Habeak is another darling, he is a weird little/big fellow that I have yet to figure out. I hope this manga stays this way, I have high hopes.

    I have other mangas and manhwas but these are ones that speak out to me in the shoujo section. I usually drop a book if it gets too slow or fustruating. For example am I the only person that gets upset at authors like Hwang Mi-Ri and ( forgot her name at the moment) who have these great ideas and they start off with a punch and kick but after that they start losing the fight. And I wold understand if it was one or two of their books buts its’s mostly (tell me if i’m wrong) all their books?! IT DRIVES ME BANNAS; I can’t be the only one here!!!

    Anyway I would give all of you guys smooches if you can recommend me some manga and manhwa even anime because my anime senses have dimmed down. As you can tell I’m more of an romantic comedy person but I would like to expand my horizons mangas like katekyo hitman reborn and bleach appeal to me (don’t get me started on HunterxHunter, once piece and Naruto). And (looks around shyly) if there are any yaoi lovers I would love to get some recommendations there too, preferably something to challenge Totally Captivated, Ten Count, Finder and Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai; or is that even possible?

    3 years ago
  51. Manga:
    – xxxHolic
    – MPD Psycho (I refuse to believe the live version exists)
    – The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
    – Saiyuki and all it’s spin offs
    – Wild Adapter
    – Legal Drug and Drug & Drop.

    – Cowboy Bebop is my all time favorite anime and I hope the talk of a Keanu Reeves as Spike live version is just evil rumors
    – FLCL
    – Witch Hunter Robin
    – Paprika – movie
    – Paranoia Agent
    – Blue Seed
    – Evangelion
    – Rahxephon
    – Elfen Lied (and manga) – I’m not even going to see Lucy, which we all know is Elfen Lied
    – Ruroni Kenshin (manga also)… I really should have studied in college.

    3 years ago
  52. I have a few manga and anime that I can recommend you, Martina!
    (I’ll give three each, otherwise I’d be here…FOREVER!)
    I’m so glad they don’t have word limits anymore and I don’t even know if you’ll see this, haha! xD
    1) Houou Gakuen Misoragumi – on going.
    Genres: School life, Comedy, Romance, Gender Bender
    Kei is a girl who is only interested in other girls, however, after being tricked by her mother she enrolls into an all boys high school…to normal girls being surrounded by hot guys at an all boys school might be heaven, but to Kei, it’s hell! How is she supposed to live in environment without any girls and try her best to hide her real identity?
    (This is one of my favourites, it’s really funny and cute and the main guy is really different from your usual main guys and really, Kei doesn’t even need to worry about hiding the fact that she’s a girl, she was born to be a man…)
    2) Toukyou Kushu – on going.
    Genres: Supernatural, Horror, Seinen
    (The anime for this manga is currently airing, but it only has twelve episodes and how is that supposed to accommodate over a hundred chapters that are already released? The manga is amazing though, I think you’d possibly enjoy it?)
    Ken Kaneki was your average university student, he ate the food that others ate and has crushes on cute girls, but what happens when the cute girl he’s crushing on is actually a monster, what he knows as a ‘ghoul’ who eats human flesh…and she decides she wants him for supper?
    (Kaneki gets better, trust me on that one).
    3) Koe no Katachi – on going.
    Genres: Slice of Life, School Life, Shounen, Romance
    Shouya Ishida wants to escape boredom, but when the new girl, Shouko Nishimiya transfers into his class and he finds out that she’s deaf, he goes about getting rid of his boredom in the wrong way…by bullying her. The manga concludes of Ishida’s story five years later and wanting to meet Nishimiya one last time…
    (This story is actually truly amazing, it’s so heart warming but also heart breaking and makes you feel the harsh reality of the world…)
    1) Free!
    (You may of heard of Free!, but trust me, don’t judge it too harshly, it’s actually really funny and the second season, Eternal Summer, that’s currently airing, is off the limits, it’s brilliant!)
    Free is pretty hard to explain, it’s basically an anime based around friendship and swimming. And, well, there’s a guy obsessed with water, a guy who looks like a shark…lots on fan service and oh, they all have girly names and………I’m not making Free sound appealing at all and wow, I should’ve chosen a different anime, but it’s just funny and stupid and I like that? Doesn’t mean you will though. Sigh.
    2) Natsume Yuujinchou
    Natsume Takashi is just a normal high school student…except for the fact that he can see spirits, just like his grandmother Reiko, who used to bully the spirits and bound them to a book. The Book of Friends, that Natsume has now inherited…and so, with the “protection” from a powerful spirit named Marada (his appearance is a cuddly looking lucky cat…Natsume named him Nyanko-sensei), he now makes it his goal to give all the names back to the spirits inside of his grandmother’s Book of Friends.
    (I love this anime, it’s literally, probably my second favourite anime ever, it’s wonderful and so calming to watch).
    3) Kuragehime (Princess Jellyfish)
    (I highly recommend the manga for this too because the anime was never truly complete…even though it’s still so great).
    Amamizukan is an apartment complex where no boys are allowed. Kuragehime Tsukimi, a girl who adores jellyfish, lives there happily with her friends who all have nerdy obsessions of their own. Their peaceful lives gradually start to changed when a beautiful woman helps Tsukimi out of a pinch. But…after allowing the woman to stay in the apartment, it turns out “she” is really a “he”.

    I’m so bad at trying to make the super good anime and manga appeal to others…I hope that you see this Martina and give the ones I recommended a try! :)

    3 years ago
  53. Tower of God is my favorite webtoon! Black Haze is sooooo good too aha.

    I have category I call “Strong to More Strong” where the main character is already super strong and then just becomes stronger:

    Black Haze- Love Rood ahaha.
    Tower of God- The first season is one of the best things I ever read. So well done.
    Nanatsu no Taizai
    Shokugeki no Souma- Super chef main character with a super-super chef dad.
    Yakitate!! Japan- Such gags xD. The title is pun too!
    Addicted to Curry- I love cooking manga.
    Great Teacher Onizuka (kind of but this is super great)
    Soul Cartel
    City of Dead Sorcerer
    Trump- Summary does not give it justice.

    Tale of Felluah/ Pellua Iyagi- This is relaxing to read, and the characters are all very likable.
    Cheonsaeng Yeonbun- Drawings are beautiful.
    Kurenai Ouji
    Last Game- So cute!

    Liar Game
    Dr. Frost – This and Liar Game are kind of pyschological ones. Both require intense thinking.
    Kubera- The plot is seriously well done.
    Black Behemoth- The bond between the MC and friend is amazing.

    I read The Bride of the Water God, but I just got all the characters mixed up lol. One thing I recommend that’s not a manga is a book called The Name of the Wind. Waiting for the third book to come out D:.

    3 years ago
  54. what about Pokémon ,digimon and winx club

    3 years ago
  55. I just started reading the manhwa Noblesse. So far its really good. I love anime so much! I just finished watching Soul Eater. That was really good and I’m planning to watch the continuation Soul Eater Not. Most of the animes and mangas that I love, you have already mentioned. But it’s really cool that you like anime, manga, and manhwas!

    3 years ago
  56. Super late to the party, but wanted to comment anyway (because I get super excited when talking anime/manga/drama).

    In terms of anime worth watching (no particular order here):
    -HunterXHunter (though I have to own up, I’ve not yet watched the new adaptation, only the older one). If you make it all the way through, the Greed Island Arc is SO GOOD.
    -Ghost Hunt
    -Chrono Crusade
    -Another (this if you like creepy mysteries)
    -GetBackers (this one is quite fun)

    -Her Majesty’s Dog (also SO GOOD!)
    -Defense Devil
    -Shinrei Tantei Yakumo – Akai Hitomi wa Shitteiru
    -Ao No Exorcist

    And I agree with one of the comments further down, you should definitely watch the Taiwanese version of Hana Kimi!!!

    Hopefully you get down to the bottom of the several hundred comments XD Awesome to see yours/everyones suggestions!

    3 years ago
  57. I know this is a tad too late but my comment is in response to Martina’s question about the title of a manga. I’m not really sure if this is it though but she mentioned something about spiders, vampire and harem thingy. The first thing that came to my mind KURO BARA ALICE. Hope this helps! :)

    3 years ago
  58. you might wanna watch baka to test and to aru kagaku no railgun

    3 years ago
  59. A few that I’ve enjoyed recently are Mitsudomoe!, Noragami, and Danganronpa. To be fair, I get most of my suggestions from Tumblr xD But one of my absolute favorites is Lucky Star. Konata is my spirit animal.

    3 years ago
  60. I love Serial Experiments Lain and anything done by Yoshitoshi ABe or anything done by Studio Ghibli. BTW YOU NEED to watch this since you are watching Attack On Titan… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiV_1HfmC0I if the link does not work simply look up Attack On Titan Abridged episode 1 its by a group called Team 4 Star.

    3 years ago
  61. Oh, I totally forgot. BLACK BUTLER! I knew I was too obsessed when I started seeing this: http://www.quill.com/palmolive-dishwashing-liquid/cbs/244491.html?cm_mmc=SEM_PLA_CB_244491 “Phantomhive” and I nearly had a heart attack when I saw a suit shop called “Sebastian” in S. Carolina…

    3 years ago
  62. Oh mah gerd!!!!! My mom grew up on Slam Dunk! I totally love the series (although, I was a bit sad that he cut his hair and got injured T.T)! Noblesse is, like, my FAVORITE vampire series, and I adore the weird humor with the ramen and cultural misunderstandings! Boys Over Flowers (my mom grew up on this too) and Bleach are also some of my most beloved series. Have you ever tried Totally Captivated? It’s a Korean manhwa, and it’s not too popular, but I could read it over and over and over and over and over…

    3 years ago
  63. I have a Pandora station dedicated to the music from Cowboy Bebop!

    As for suggestions, here are some of mine: *Takes a deep breath*

    I grew up on Sailor Moon, and it morphed into the lifelong obsession I am proud of, Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, Desendants of Darkness, Knights of Sidonia (It’s a Netflix exclusive!), Love Stage!!, Junjo Romantica, Lupin the Third, Black Lagoon, Karneval, Persona 4 Golden: The Animation, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Antique Bakery (I know that it was made into a drama a couple of times, but I prefer the manga and the doujinshi), D. Gray Man, FAKE, Kyo Kara Maoh, Baccano!, Rurouni Kenshin, The Big O, Saiyuki, Cardcaptor Sakura, Gundam Wing, Black Butler, Space Dandy, Dramatical Murder, Yamishibai, Cynical Orange, Hyper Dolls (if you want to go really old school), Earthian, Wild Adapter, Juvenile Orion, Color of Rage, Alice in the Country of Hearts Series, Tono to Issho, From Erocia with Love, Angel Heart, Excel Saga, and various yaoi and BL manga/anime that I will need to check what the names are (I did name my favorites here, but there are soooo many more that I have in print and e-book form). Hope that helps! *exhales*

    3 years ago
  64. Most of those you mentioned I like them a lot. Some of those that I like and you didn’t mention:-
    Slam Dunk! Samurai X! Fullmetal Alchemist! GTO!

    Totally agree with your comments on Attack on Titan. Don’t know why they are killing off the main character or they are trying to change the main character? Not sure.

    3 years ago
  65. these are great guise! May I ask if you are also fond of korean daram series and/or movies? If so, can you share to us your favorites? :)

    3 years ago
  66. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKhAHeLKsSY

    I recommend watching this interview if you guys want to know more about Korean animation and the process behind. It’s quite interesting since the interviewee, Yoo Jae Myung, also talks about why animation isn’t as popular in S. Korea when compared to Japan and N. America

    3 years ago
  67. OMG I DIDN’T THINK YOU GUYS WERE GONNA MENTION KORRA BECAUSE IT’S AMERICAN (BUT ITS ANIMATED IN KOREA SO THAT COUNTS RIGHT?!!?!) lol AND YOU GUYS DON’T KNOW HOW OBSESSED I AM WITH THE WHOLE AVATAR UNIVERSE!!!!!!! (notice the all caps haha) did/do you guys ship anybody?! i was a hardcore zutara (zuko X katara) fan back in the day (i blame fanfiction!) the storyline is amazing, the animation, the writing, the music, the emotional roller coaster! absolutely amazing!! mako is kind of a hoe though-_- lol would it be considered an anime though? was always a little confused on how its categorized lol but anywhoooo ZUKO <3 <3 <3 i am in love with him. that is all. XD

    3 years ago
  68. Since I’ve seen many of my favorites in the comments already I’m just going to add the few I haven’t seen yet such as Inuyasha, R.O.D. (Read or Die), Rurouni Kenshin and despite the gratuitous panty shots peppering it, High School of the Dead would make it on to my list as well.

    3 years ago
  69. I’m so glad that so many commenters mentioned Yotsubato/Yotsuba&! I just adore that series so much. Honestly, it is just so hilarious and heartwarming. All of the characters in that series are super endearing (“Curse you Yanda!!”).

    I also loved this manga I read recently called Saturn Apartments. The art style is really different (beautiful work, to be honest) and the story is really interesting. It is about window washers on an artificial ring around the earth where the entire human species lives. However, it suffers from a very strong class system. So the manga deals with class struggle, grief, choosing one’s path, et cetera. The series is really worth reading and is only seven volumes long.

    3 years ago
  70. I’m so excited you did a video about this because I’ve been wondering what you’re favorites mangas are. I definitely share a love of a bunch of Manga (Perfect Girl Evolution, Hana Kimi, Absolute Boyfriend,Goong and Kaichou wa Maid-sama!). My favorites that you didn’t list but I definitely recommend are as follows.
    The One
    (I obviously don’t read much Action)
    School/Romance-y stuff:
    Skip Beat
    Love So Life
    Kimi No Todoke
    Beauty is the Beast
    Dengeki Daisy
    Beast Master

    3 years ago
  71. MARTINA!!!! O Mer Gerd!!! Have you ever read the manga Fruits Basket. If you haven’t I suggest you get it and read them RIGHT NOW!!!! It’s a cute manga about a family who is cursed by the Chinese zodiac. BEST MANGA EVER!!!

    3 years ago
  72. OH. MAH. GAWD. I looooove the .hack series, and .hack//sign was one of my first animes!! I have way to many animes to recommend to you Martina! Have you seen Trigun, Gurren Lagann, or Princess Tutu? You should look them up if you haven’t :D

    Also I like to cosplay and go to anime conventions for fun, does korea have any sort of culture for that? Is it looked down upon to go to anime conventions? I am really curious >.<

    3 years ago
  73. NAME THIS MANGA: the manga Martina asks about is Kuro Bara Alice (Black Rose Alice).

    3 years ago
  74. MARTINA! Did you know there are also Sailor Moon Musicals?!

    They originally ran from 1993-2005, but they were resurrected for the 20th anniversary last year with an all new all female cast with all new music, though I haven’t gotten round to watching it yet. Like the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, they are a little cheesy, especially the first few when the choreography and costuming were a bit amateur (those wigs!!!) but they sharpened up a lot over time. And like how Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon launched the career of Kitagawa Keiko, the musicals featured Shirota Yuu and Tabe Mikako before they were famous.

    Most of them are based on seasons of the anime with a few extra subplots, but some of them are all new stories. Shin Densetsu Kourin is a clusterf#ck of a show, mixing Chibiusa, ChibiChibi, Queen Beryl, Galaxia and the Amazon Trio into one story. The Dracul Arc includes 4 musicals with vampire characters, and with medieval and biblical references is very hard to make sense of, but none the less fun to watch. Kaguya Shima is also a good original.

    Like I said, they’re kind of cheesy but I recommend trying one out, it’s one more facet of the Sailor Moon fandom. Most of them a subbed on Youtube.

    3 years ago
  75. Started with cardcaptor sakura and digimon, and 1.5 decade later, I have read over 500 series (or one shot) of manga/manwha/anime. My few top favourite mangas + manwha of all time. I’m only picking the lesser known ones, and they are what I call hidden gems of the manga/mawha world (they are all completed as well!).

    1. Tenshi Ja Nai by Shigematsu Takako
    Hikaru Takabayashi transfers to a prestigious all-girls’ academy where she hopes to settle down to a quiet life. But her new roommate turns out to be the super-popular TV idol Izumi Kido! And Hikaru discovers that there’s more to Izumi, that she’s a he!
    Thoughts: Cute, fun read and always feel refreshing. Very typical high shojo with a less annoying female lead, IMO.

    2. Basara by Tamura Yumi
    Born under a prophecy that will liberate and unite Japan, Sarasa has had to take her brother Tatara’s place as the “Boy of Destiny.” Fighting for the oppressed, Sarasa journeys across Japan to gain allies and defeat her enemies–all while keeping her identity a secret!
    Thoughts: A bit old school manga style, but that plot is so good. AND ALL THOSE FEELS!

    3. Petshop of Horror by Akino Matsuri
    In Chinatown harbors Count D’s Pet Shop. The pets sold here aren’t your everyday variety and the Count prides himself on selling Love and Dreams in the form of magical creatures that come with an exclusive contract. But buyers beware. If the contract is broken the Count cannot be held accountable for whatever may happen.
    Thoughts: Pure genius. This is such a gem. It explores the human nature and the development of the main characters make you wish the series never ends!

    4. The Tarot Cafe by Park Sang-sun
    Meet Pamela, a tarot card reader who helps supernatural beings living in the human world. She’ll help anyone. Although she is good-natured, there is a deep dark secret that she must deal with before she can move on to the next life.
    Thoughts: In a way it is like Petshop of horror but it is so much more fuck up, with Pamela’s part of story that is. The ending makes you question Pamela’s sanity. The art take some time to get used to, but WORTH IT.
    ****DID YOU KNOW****: The Rider-Waite deck of tarots card, the most popular tarot cards used, was designed by PAMELA Colman Smith. Kudos to the artist for incorperating the main with her character!

    5. Model & Arcana by Lee So Young
    MODEL follows Korean artist, Jae, as she dabbles into the vampire world of Michael, digging in his past to find how best to paint his portrait.
    Thoghts: A supernatural romance with a dark side to it. And more feels, yes people prepare to feel depressly charmed.
    ARCANA is about Inez is a young orphan girl with a special gift that allows her to communicate with all creatures. As her country is about to plunge into endless nightmares, can little Inez- via a magic amulet – bring back her country’s ancient dragon protector in time?
    Thoughts: If you think Inception was confusing, try this. You time travel so often you no longer know when is when, who is what, is she a she or he or she or whaaaat, and yeah. Just read it. AND TRUST NO ONE.
    Final thoughts on both: Lee So Young does amazing art, beautiful gut wrenching art, well in her unique style. Be prepare to wish that you are part of the story and have some of those guys to yourself!!

    6. Angel Diary & Demon Diary by Lee Yun Hee (+Lee Ji Hyong w/ Demon Diary) and Kara Lim
    ANGEL DIARY: Chun-Yoo-Nim is the one and only princess of the heavens, ran away from her arranged betrothed to the King Of Hell. She is now hiding in the human world as a BOY with a perverted best friend that likes to grope him, Bi-Wal. Now the four guardians of the Heavens are ordered to capture the angel princess.
    Thoughts: Cuteness overload, suitable for a light hearted read. Cliche but what is not cliche anymore?
    DEMON DIARY:Gods and demons wage a neverending battle with the mortal realm as their battlefield. It is foretold that one would arise who could restore harmony between gods and demons. Enter Raenef, heir to a set of demon royalty, a hardly courtly material. The demon king assigns Eclipse to be his tutor. The two begin a journey of discovery and are soon joined by a human knight and a god-blessed priest.
    Thoughts: I haven’t actually finish this but I am going to recommend it anyway!

    Other of my favourites are: Hana Yori Dango, Full Metal Alchemist and so much more I doubt I remember.

    3 years ago
  76. Martina! This might blow your mind, but the TAIWANESE version of HANA KIMI is AMAZING!!!! It blew the other two out of the water; it was truly a enjoyable watch. And even though it was really corny, did anyone else tear up on the live action of Sailor Moon, when something *ahem* sad happened? I don’t want to spoil it if someone wants to give it a shot.

    3 years ago
  77. Oh! Another anime I really enjoy is Hell Girl!

    3 years ago
  78. Oh, webcomics, I would like to talk a bit about them since it makes me a little sad when people say “I is so good for a webcomic, I was impressed”

    Manga Style:
    Grey is… (greyismanga),by deeJuu-san – I get so biased when I start talking about Grey is… So I am just going to say: It is not BL (It is not better or worse for not being BL, it is just that everybody thinks it is when they start reading), the art is BEAUTIFUL, it is slice of life, it has a perfect balance between funny and angst. You can find it at Grey is… website, Tapastic and Inkblazers.

    Fisheye Placebo, by Yuumei: I am not the first one talking about it guys, so yeah, it is awesome.You can find it at Deviantart and Tapastic.

    1000 Words, by Yuumei: It is an one shot about divorce. It is beautiful. You can find it at Deviantart.

    Knite, by Yuumei: About these kids that want to put stars back in China’s sky, so they attach christmas lights to their kites at night. Angst. You can find it at Deviantart and Tapastic.

    Strays, by Samantha Whitten and Stacey Pefferkorn (one of them is responsible for Gamercar): It is colofurl, so I don’t know if it can be called a manga xD But big eyes. It is a fantasy in a world where everybody (I think it is everybody) have both a human and an animal form.

    End., by myself (Talic-os) : Sorry to talk about something made by me, but it is an online manga, right? This manga is about Enders, they are the people in charge of taking people’s souls after their death.
    I am not the person translating it from portuguese to english (so better english there?)
    It is available at Tapastic, Inkblazers and Smackjeeves, there is also a tumblr (endextras) for extras.

    For more amazing webcomics, I would recommend Inkblazers and Tapastic. If the comic is popular, they even pay for the author! Inkblazers used to be called “mangamagazine” so yeah, lots of mangas there.

    And some webcomics thatare not manga, but are pretty cool.

    Prague Race, by Leppu: It is dumb fantasy with awesome traditional art. You can find it at Inkblazers and Smackjeeves.
    Grim Tales and PPG, at snafu-comics, 2 awesome cartoon fanzines, but they can kind of destroy your childhood (without porn).
    Gamercat, at Tapastic.
    Fail by error at Tapastic.
    FML (Fuck my life) at SmackJeeves. By deviantart moosefroos. It was journal strips, and he doesn’t do it anymore, but his deviantart is really cool with funny doodles.

    3 years ago
  79. Martina Martina Martina!! You NEED to watch the Taiwanese drama version of HanaKimi if you haven’t yet. I’ve watched both the Japanese and Korean versions and neither of them came up to par with this one. The actress who plays Mizuki actually passes off as a boy and makes the entire show that much more convincing. The manga is one of my all time favorites and the drama easily became one of my top ten due to the acting and its accuracy to the novels. 200% recommend it :DDD

    3 years ago
  80. Martina, have you watched or read NANA? It is one of my all-time favorite animus EVARRRRR. You’re going to need to grab a box of tissues for that one.

    3 years ago
  81. Omg lol that Cowboy Bebop song !!! I remember watching the anime on tv when i was in elementary school and i will always doze off without fail hahahaha XD Martina you have to watch/read D.Gray-Man (my all time favourite) and Skip Beat !!! And if you like gore i think you will like Corpse Party :D

    3 years ago
  82. zil

    (uh damn you keyboard !)

    Letter to momo had a somehow a Ghibli’s feeling. Garden of Words was cool too. And that’s it, hope you’ll find that manga you where searching for.

    3 years ago
  83. zil

    Martina, I don’t know if it is the right one, but maybe the manga you are searching for is Black Rose Alice
    by Setona Mizushiro, there is vampires, insects and a girl in a accident in it.

    As for manga, I totally recommand Devils and Realist by Utako Yukihiro and Madoka Takadono ; Trinity Blood (vampires again) by Sunao Yoshida, Kiyo Kyujyo ; Gangsta by Koshke ; Bastard!! by Kazushi Hagiwara ; Ao no Exorcist by Kazue Kato ; and my favorite : Berserk by Kentaro Miura.

    For anime, my favorite of all time : Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, followed by Ninja Scroll. I also liked The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, Millenium Actress. Letter to Momo was also cute and h

    3 years ago
  84. I am soooooooooooooooo happy that you guys have FINALLY made a TL;DR on this topic! I had just been to Japan recently and I went TOTALLY Fangorilla in every anime store I went to (I live in Australia so I can only find anime on the internet). I have seen a wide range of anime in my time and i love many that you have put on your website, such as Bleach and Ouran High School Host Club I totally adore and I am excited forthe new season of Attack on Titan (I approve with your wide range!) but I do have a few surgesstions that you may like to watch! Naruto and One Piece are well known animes but they are al1 round awesome! Martina, I’m sure these are ones that you can get into with Simon because there aresome epic battle scenes! One Piece really got me into anime when i first got started so I’m sure they’ll be great for a beguinner like Simon. When you spokeof beautiful manga/manhwa artwork, it reminded me a bit of Kamisama Hajimemashita, which has absolutely georgious illistrations. Heres one for you Martina: Hiiro no Kakera. I’m not sure if ther is a manga, but if u find it, let me know! its really sweet with a splash of action and romance!
    Thanks for the list! I’ve been searching for some new animes!

    p.s I hope Simon gets better soon!
    p.p.s I have been meaning to say thank you for introducing me to Scottish Fold cats. Because of you guys, I now have one myself! Her name is Aildh (A-lee)and she is so beautiful and sweet! She’s my Nasty conpanion!

    3 years ago
  85. I love the Webtoon Trump. I just started reading it and I am already loving it.
    It has really great art too!

    3 years ago
  86. I love the Webtoon Trump. I just started reading it and I am already loving it.
    It has really great art and I’m loving it!

    3 years ago
  87. I really love watching anime .
    – Skip Beat & Hana Kimi
    Probably two of my favorites that I’d like enough to actually watch the live version. Japan’s version of Hana Kimi was fantastic

    3 years ago
  88. I’ve also read so many Manga(s) and now I can’t remember the titles of most of them anymore
    Well I’ll tell you the ones that I read the most at least see if you can find some for you to read

    Beauty pop ; Crash!(fujiwara yuka); Wild life; Yakitate japan; Saijou no meii; Dragon voice; Kurohime; Gdgd-dogs; Pixie pop; Kook in iru yo; Freezing (although it’s probably not good for minors to read); Kuroko no basuke; Love so life; Akb49-renai… ; Assassination classroom; Honey x honey(also not for minors); shokugeki no sama; watashi in xx shinasai; AAA; Denpa kyoushi; haikyuu!!; ability; gamble fish(well…also not for minors); Karneval; bowling king(I think it’s not for minors); my brother and boyfriend(manhwa) and most of hwang mi-ri’s manhwa(s); ageha 100%; kodomo no omocha(also love the anime);ore to atashi no kareshi-sama; fly high!(oouchi natsumi) not to mention naruto, one piece, toriko and there are a lot of Manga(s) that I really like but I just can’t remember the titles as I say above and when I can’t find anything interesting I always read these ones from the start again

    I’m searching for manga(s) again and I just can’t find anything interesting TTㅅTT that’s why I’m here, there has to be at least one person that has read something interesting that I haven’t read yet

    3 years ago
  89. Hello Martina and Simon!
    I actually have watched two amazing (in my opinion) Korean anime films: Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox and My Beautiful Girl, Mari. Both are by the same director Lee Sung-gang. If you have not heard about or watched these, I highly recommend them! :)

    3 years ago
  90. I used to read SO much manga and watch animes!
    It all started with Ranma 1/2 – which is just hilarious and still my favourite.
    I won’t give you the whole list, but anything from Arina Tanemura I think is wonderful. So so dramatic and lots of romance.

    Except for Studio Ghibli I would say my favourite animes are Clannad, Kanon 2006 and yes dear friends, Ouran High School Host Club! There is also Suzumiya Haruhi no yuuutsu and from that one came Lucky Star, which is really quirky and funny as well. Whoa, I know I made an online list on all my manga and anime – but where on earth was it?? Martina, I don’t have time to start reading manga again! Noooooooo *Texting friend to force her to watch Sailor Moon with me*

    3 years ago
  91. There are so many good manga/manwha/anime available! For manga/anime, do you prefer the manga source or the anime adaptation? (ex. bleach, one piece, naruto, kenshin etc) Here are some of my favorites.

    Air Gear – Warning, the author/artist Oh!Great is the king of fanservice. Take that as you will. I love the series because if the fantastic art, the outrageous humor, and memorable characters. The protagonist Ikki enters the world of Air Trek, powered skates, where AT wearers can skate at extreme speed and ride the wind.

    Eureka Seven
    Deadman Wonderland- both Eureke Seven and Deadman are written/drawn by the same author/artist combo and involve great worldbuilding and character development along with gorgeous art.

    Tower of God- by far my favorite webtoon. The worldbuilding and very deliberate story draw you in and you’ll find yourself loving the characters and the setting.

    Hikaru no Go- a manga about the game of Go. A story about a boy meeting a ghost and entering a world he never knew existed in everyday life. It all leads to one unforgetable journey. Let’s Five!

    Bakuman- a manga about mangaka. Love, the challenges of life, a story about pursuing your passions. Great art by Takeshi Obata eho also drew Hikaru no Go and Death Note.

    Hyoka- a slice of life anime that was charming and engrossing all the way through. The story of the classical literature club and the mysteries they solve.

    One Punch Man- Read the Yusuke Murata drawn series. The original is written and drawn by One. A deconstruction of super hero stories. What happens when a superhero is too strong? That’s what this series explores.

    Blame! by Tsutomu Nihei- a post apocalyptic manga with interesting and terrific art. The story can be really confusing.
    Knight of Sidonia- Nihei’s latest work and entry into the giant mecha genre.

    The Breaker- a manwha that now has a weekly serialized sequel. The original has a clearer story in my opinion. The art in both is fantastic.

    Horimiya – a great slice of life story about a boy and a girl who get to know each other for who they are, not how they look.

    Shokugeki no Soma- a cooking manga, didn’t think I’d like a cooking manga, but seriosly good art gets me every time.

    3 years ago
  92. Aside from the ones you’ve already brilliantly listed, these are some of my favorites. A lot of these are short and/or completed series, so you can probably go binge read them when you have time.

    Can’t See, Can’t hear, But Love
    Nineteen, Twenty-one
    Tower of God
    Pink Lady

    Cat Street (by the same mangaka who made ‘Hana Yori Dango’)
    Kare Kano
    Princess Jellyfish
    Red River
    Paradise Kiss
    Beauty Pop (very similar to Ouran High School Host Club)
    Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan (adapted from the famous Korean novel ‘Our Happy Hours’)

    Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    Magical Witch Punie-chan
    Rurouni Kenshin (After you watch the anime, make sure to watch the OVAs! They’re gorgeous.)
    Yu Yu Hakusho

    3 years ago
  93. my favorite anime list (hope u like)
    another (favorite anime)
    Cardcaptor Sakura
    fairy tail
    ao no exorcist
    kamisama hajimemashita (best shoujo)
    D-frag (hilarious)
    dangan ronpa
    mirai nikki
    ghost stories
    shingeki no kyojin
    sword art online
    selector infected wixoss
    mekakucity actors
    inu x boku ss
    death note
    tokyo esp, tokyo ghoul, rokujouma no shinryakusha, glasslip and ao haru ride (from these season)

    3 years ago
  94. OMG!!!!!! Martina I LOVE YOU!!! I Started reading Noblesse right after watching this vid and it is SOOOOOO FHRGB#$%FBH*DSLD GOOD!!!! The characters are just so cute and completely AWESOME at the same time! I don’t know how I’m gonna cope when I finish all 300+chapters in a day! Seriously.. I hate waiting for updates T.T

    3 years ago
  95. I really enjoyed this video! Aside from the ones Simon and Martina metioned, some that really stand out are:

    -Baccano! (This is a precious underdog gem!!
    the anime opening is AWESOME, jazzy with bass and funky. And so much divers charachters!. Including alchemists, thieves, thugs, Mafiosi and Camorristi. It is set in various time periods, mostly 1950’s. From funny to action, advanture and scary. The animation is also in a really cool style.

    – Angel Beats! (warning you will cry)
    – Ano Hana (warning you will cry again)

    – D. Gray-Man (really good classic big one)

    -Zetusen no Tempest (really interesting/sad storyline which turns around completly)

    – Durarara! (just really good and enjoyable, with divers characters. Not typical, inspired on irish folkore I think)

    -Darker than black (awesome badass main character, each episode tends to stand on itself though, and we pretend 2nd season didn’t happen :’)

    – Nodame Cantabile (light hearted, bit silly and fun, lots of music)
    -Usagi Drop (don’t know what is was but it captured me with the light hearted child)
    – Natsume Yuujnchou (light hearted, relaxing alsmost :p but really good)

    – Deadman Wonderland (really loved the anime opening and again liked the design/art which I always find really important)

    3 years ago
  96. I’m a vegetarian and I was wondering is there are any Korean foods that are safe for vegetarians to eat and are still good.

    3 years ago
  97. I really enjoyed watching this video! Hopefully Simon feels better soon! Some of my favorite mangas are:
    -Blade of the Immortal (the artwork is pretty awesome)
    -Bride story (again, ridiculously intricate artwork)
    -Paradise Kiss
    -Rurouni Kenshin
    Some of my favorite animes are:
    -All things Studio Ghibli
    -Cowboy Bebop
    -Samurai Champloo
    -Fruit’s Basket
    -Rurouni Kenshin (as well as the OAV’s and the movie that takes place much later)
    -Blue seed
    -Gundam wing

    3 years ago
  98. One of my favorite online manhwas is Cheese in the Trap (치즈인더트랩). You have to read it on the author’s naver, but a couple of scanlation sites offer bookmarks that translate directly over the comic. It’s pretty long, too, so be aware.

    3 years ago
  99. Awesome list! I have to check out some of the manhwas you mentioned in the video! But did you guys read the manga version of Ouran Host Club? Anyways, here are some of the mangas and Studio Ghibil stuff I recommend:
    – Cardcaptor Sakura
    – Porco Rosso (Studio Ghibil film)
    – Rurouni Kenshin
    – Pandora Hearts
    – Angelic Layer
    – Clover
    – Magic Knights
    – Knights Of the Zodiac
    – Pretty much anything by Clamp (like Cardcaptor Sakura, Angelic Layer, Clover, Magic Knighhts, etc.) <– I think you guys will love their fantasy/sci-fi storyline and beautiful drawings.

    3 years ago
  100. There is this musical, it’s not anime-based or manga-based actually, but if you like a dark-fantasy anime/manga you might like this. It’s called ステーシーズ 少女再殺歌劇 (Stacies: Shoujou Saisatsu Kaigeki) or in English, Stacies: Girl’s Re-killing Theater. Yes, it’s a dark-themed musical, basically about girls turned into Stacies (singular: Stacy. In here, means zombies.) when they hit certain age, only can be re-killed if they’re turned into 165 pieces. You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qArbtd2oUy8
    And if you like it, let me know. I’ll introduce you to the deeper and darker side of the fandom, thank you 8D

    Now, for the anime and manga, there will be no end if we talk about this topic LOL. I’ll recommend a few I can remember right now. Currently I enjoy Slice of Life, like Yotsuba&, Poyo Poyo, Pucchimas! and Pucchimas!!, Chibi Devil, basically animes you watch for laughing purpose. Pucchimas! and Pucchimas!! is CUTE AS HELL. You like idol, then give it a shot. You don’t like idol, then just give it a shot anyway. You’ll die of the cuteness of this anime. It’s short, and it’s freaking hilarious.

    I like cute things, but then I like dark-themed anime/manga too, especially those with a hint of tragedy. I enjoyed Death Note, Judge (recently they made a Live Action version of this thing, but I haven’t watched it yet. But I love the manga, the ending twist is just gonna blew your mind), Black Butler, Battle Royale (you might have watched the movie, or read the book. If so, give the manga a shot. It’s freaking realistic, it’s not for those with weak heart, but the characters are more thoroughly developed there), Resident Evil (that manga is just so asdfglsjf), and there are others but sadly my memory can’t recall them at the moment.

    No, my list is not done yet. Bakuman (I love one of the OP, but I forgot which one), Prince of Tennis, Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Gourmet (it’s about the Prime Minister’s chef. It’s filled with food, as the name explains itself, but filled with politics too, hence R-rated), Love Lies, Hiyokoi (about a high school girl with height of 150 cm, and her boyfriend, a tall guy with height of 190 cm. It’s cute, and kinda hilarious), Ouran Host Club (of course, we all love this after all), Kaichou wa Maid-sama, La Corda D’Oro, Detective Conan (even now, I still wait for the new movie of this thing every year, even though I kinda lost interest in it’s manga/anime), Doraemon (let’s admit, everyone wants a Dokomademo Door), Kingdom Hearts (I don’t enjoy the manga as much as I enjoy the game, but, well) and many more god-how-can-I-forget.

    Nowadays I don’t watch any anime, but I still read manga. Well, Hello!Project basically took all my free time and drifted me away from KPOP and anime/manga lol

    3 years ago
  101. I haven’t watched any anime in so long… For a while I was reading Jellyfish Princess, but I kind of stopped. Any anime other than Studio Ghibli I should say, haha. Favorites from the past include: CardCaptor Sakura (my first), Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, several Gundam series (Wing and Zeta for sure), FullMetal Alchemist… so many others that I just can’t recall as well.

    As I got older I started wanting to watch live action TV shows and stuff. It’s not that I don’t like anime, it’s that I didn’t care for the recycled plots and all of the similar stuff that kept happening. I’m like, haven’t I seen this show before? There are a few newer anime on my lists that I want to try out, but I haven’t gotten around to them.

    Speaking of lists, several imgur users have taken the time to compile different lists of anime that they personally enjoyed, with descriptions and sometimes links to watch them. I actually just watched the movie ‘A Letter to Momo’ from one of these, and it was VERY good. I hope someone can find a good anime to watch from these, I think the lists were very helpful!


    3 years ago
  102. Lol I’ve read/watched all of the manga/manhwas/live-actions you have mentiones (except amybe 2) xDDDD
    I read weebtoons and I totally love Orange Caramel!! it already ended a few months ago and it was awesome :3 another webtoon is Crepuscle, about other supernatural creatures :DD

    Really I prefer Japanese live action over korean or taiwanese ones, I suppose because it’s their country and the actors performance are closer to those of the manga ^^ (fav actors: Oguri Shun and Matsumoto Jun and Toma Ikuta thay are lovely~)

    Also I’m more into gore and shonen, so the last season’s animes are more to my taste like Tokyo goul and Akame ga kiru. I also like Elfen Lied and Gantz xD

    You should watch No Game No Life, it’s like ..SAO? about being inside a videogame, but I think is quite interesting XD
    Also Black Bullet if you are into action AND Lolis xD (every good anime has a badass Loli~)

    3 years ago
  103. I didn’t know that avatar is anime. I thought this is just.. cartoon. My grandfather is fan of avatar :D
    My favorite anime :
    Sailor moon and Shaman king (I see them when I was little)
    Kaichou wa maid-sama
    Code Geass
    Gurren Lagann
    Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Yes, I’m weird)

    This is not all (I just forgot names).
    And my favorite mangas : Kuroshitsuji, Skip Beat and Kaicou wa maid-sama.
    I tried to watch more anime buuuuuut korean dramas says me “NO”

    3 years ago
  104. I think I found out the manga you wanted to find. I believe you were talking about Diabolik Lovers. I am not 100% sure but I found out it is similar. If it is not I am very sorry xx

    3 years ago
  105. OKAMI!!!!!! There’s actually someone else that has played it?!? I make references to that game all the time and it seems like no one has ever heard of it. Brilliant. I could possibly go into a thesis on why it’s an amazing game – animation style being a huge part of it.

    And I completely agree with Martina on the Hana Kimi. That will always be one of my top mangas to live actions ever. I know it’s not a popular opinion, but I seem to always prefer the Japanese live actions to the Korean. I think it may just be the camp factor (as with Sailor Moon). Thank you guys so much for posting this. It made my day to go back to my younger years and fangirl over stuff I read in highschool.

    3 years ago
  106. What about Freezing (프리징) and Kurokami (흑신)? Both mangas/manhwas are made by Koreans.

    3 years ago
  107. My favorite ones are Vampire knight, death note, Kaichou wa Maid-sama!, Ouran Host Club, kuroshitsuji and there´s a manhwa that i read some time ago about the cursed twins or something like that, i really like the manhwa drawings they are really beautiful and the ones i´ve read are really detailed.
    I have to say that i was really disappointed when i saw the Ouran Host Club and the Yamato Nadeshiko live actions or tv drama but i really love the anime versions.
    I love romance so most of the manga, manhwa, anime, drama and live actions i´ve seen are a little corny There are so many ilove!! like: heart no kuni no alice, meru puri, Princess tutu, chobits, The bride of Adarshan, Hana to Akuma, Another, etc, etc,etc.

    3 years ago
  108. Okay, probably already mentioned – but R.O.D the TV, for the book lover out their

    3 years ago
  109. Oh man, I’ve read a lot of the ones you’ve mentioned! Kuroshitsuji, Goong, Ouran High, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Hana Kimi, so many.

    I have to say my all time favourites and recommendations are slice of life manga, two by the same mangaka – Mori Kaoru. Emma and A Bride’s Story are both absolutely beautiful and soooood detailed that she drops my jaw every time. Emma is about a maid during the Victorian era who falls in love with the eldest son of a wealthy family, and the way it was described I thought it would be tacky or cheesy, but it was not at all. Beautifully done, the characters and plot are so great, absolutely wonderful, I loved every bit of it! A Bride’s Story, or Otoyomegatari, is about 19th cent in the Silk Road with a 20 year old girl (far too old to be a bride in that time) recently married to a boy eight years her junior. Again, absolutely wonderfully done, the detail in this one is astonishing! The Middle Eastern patterns are so intricate and to think she spends that much time on a single page is astonishing. I cannot say enough for these two! I never want to put them down, I love them so.

    Another favourite of mine is again, another slice of life, is Yotsubato! It’s much simpler in art style and in plot, but nevertheless absolutely adorable and heart warming. Yotsuba is a young girl who has adventures with her father and neighbours, her world is so bright and quirky! Her motto is “today is the best day!” which always seems true for her. This is another one that I treasure every moment reading, not willing to put it down once I’ve finished one volume. Everything about this manga is absolutely lovely and sweet, and I have to say a must read!

    Thanks so much for sharing your favourite mangas, manhwas, and animes with us Martina! ^^

    3 years ago
    • Ah, I forgot to mention for Mori Kaoru is that she has dedicated many hours to researching the history of both eras, aiming for accuracy and details, so it really does feel like you’re experiencing a different time and culture, it’s captivating in that way!

      3 years ago
  110. So…this post has a lot of comments!

    3 years ago
    • Of course!!!! I myself discovered K-Pop and EYK through manga, so it’s hardly surprising to me that so many Nasties love manga, manhwa, and anime as well. On that note, have you guts considered doing a TL;DR on your favorite Korean Dramas? Martina, I was so happy to hear you liked Boys Over Flowers that I would love to hear what other shows you and everyone else from EYK would recommend.

      3 years ago
  111. Don’t give up on SNK (Attack on Titan)!! Yes, I agree the inner and outer monologues can be super annoying and unrealistic during certain circumstances in the anime … but even though the plot may seem to be lost, it gets a lot better as the season continues. I’m not sure where you are in the season, but I think maybe a little bit before halfway through, things start to change and like, wow, plot twists! And the ending is just mind blowing! (like the ending, ending … after the credits roll for the last time.) So keep watching and don’t give up D:

    3 years ago

    3 years ago
  113. Just hearing that you like more than a few of the mangas and manhwas that I like gives me a deeper connection to you guys. I live in a small town and the Japanese wave hasn’t hit here yet. I am alone. :( However, knowing my fav youtubers like what I like gives me nice warm feels. :)
    On to my list!
    Tsuki No Shippo
    Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden (and just FY, but Genbu is WAY BETTER. but pretty much anything by Yuu Watase)
    Sakura Juuyuushi
    Otogimoyou Ayanishiki
    Gokuraku Seishun Hockey Club
    Pig Bride
    Tenkuu Seiryuu
    Kakan no Madonna

    This is just a few, but if someone somewhere finds a comic they love from this list, then that makes my day!

    3 years ago
  114. I think YOU BOTH would really like PSYCHO-PASS. Oh please oh please take a look! It’s so good. : O
    (also I agreed with everything else you talked about Martina so I have nothing more to say).

    dada-dada-dannnnnn dada-dadadannnnnnnnn *continues Cowboy Bebop song into the horizon*

    3 years ago
  115. OMG I looooove Kaichou wa Maid-sama, I think I’ve read it at least five times over. Misa and Takumi’s relationship is like the sweetest thing ever T_T. I think out of all your favs, the ones that I like are Bleach, One Piece, Kaichou wa Maid-sama (of course), and Ouran High School Host Club. I didn’t like Vampire Knight that much, mostly because of Yuuki herself >.> I dunno if it was because of her choices, or maybe behavior? I haven’t read a lot of your favs for the action/adventure mangas, but I have been looking for some to read, I’m just not that easily sold to those types of mangas, I think it may be because I’m looking for a specific type, I dunno.
    Other manga I like are:
    – 07 Ghost
    – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu/Assassination Classroom (I recommend this to anyone and everyone. IT’S AWESOME)
    – D. Gray-man (the manga in which goes on hiatus after every chapter cause the author gets sick easily, but I still read it cause it’s awesome and I wish it updated more often)
    – Gakuen Alice
    – Horimiya (the remake, not the original 4koma.)
    – Kamisama Hajimemashita (OMG, I love this just as much as Kaichou wa Maid-sama. It’s so good.)
    – Karneval
    – Kateikyou Hitman Reborn (It took me a while to buy into this series, because gosh, the first hundred chapters, give or take, were pretty boring and slow; however afterwards it was really good.)
    – Kurogane (no it’s not the character from Tsubasa, I think this manga is seriously under-appreciated. I wish it was made into an anime and that the manga continued, but no. It had to end.)
    – Last Game (The couple in this is so pure, that sometimes I just wished they’d do a little more…)
    – Love so Life (I recommend this manga, it’s really cute and sweet)
    – Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi/ the Leftover Princess and the Round-Table Knight (I know the title is long right? lol. This is actually a manga adapted from a jap light novel. The manga was discontinued T_T but I’ve been trying to find ways to read a translation of the light novel. It’s pretty awesome, and I think this is the only manga in which I’m falling in love with the girl instead of all the hotties in her harem.)
    – Seiyuu Ka! (Another manga I wish was made into an anime. I think it would have been awesome.)
    – Witch Hunter (I think this is the only Manhwa in my list)
    – xxxHolic (I’ve never actually tried reading Tsubasa, but I love this manga. I’m currently waiting for the hiatus on the sequel to be lifted which might take a while because the sequel for tsubasa is coming out.)

    Some manga that I’m currently reading and on the fence about are:
    – Girls of the Wild ( a Manhwa, but I kinda dropped it, cause it was getting sort of boring…)
    – Nisekoi/Fake Love (it’s funny, but sometimes I kinda wanna slap the main guy character.)

    3 years ago
  116. can you guys maybe tell us about the geek/anime/gaming/cosplay community in korea? i’ve heard it’s not as widespread there as it is here in the states but i do see a lot of excellent korean cosplayers and there are a lot of MMOs that are popular overthere. are there any notable conventions?

    3 years ago
    For Martina~ You should absolutely read Yume Kira Dream Shoppe because it’s super cute and feel-good and the art is really gorgeous, and i think you’d also like Absolute Boyfriend and Nana. And if you liked the drama version of Hana Kimi i totally recommend you watch the Taiwanese drama version with Ella and Fahrenheit because the reactions in that drama are killer!
    You should also watch Sword Art Online! i think Simon would like it as well, especially if you liked any of the .Hack stuff.

    Speaking of Simon, it’s not a manga but you were talking about games being turned into shows and such and i think he’d like a show called Yuusha Yoshihiko To Maou No Shiro. apparently it’s somewhat based on the Dragon Quest game, but it’s one of those goofy shows that look deliberately low-budget but are still insanely hilarious.

    3 years ago
  118. Martina, I don’t know if you’ve read this or not, but I loved Great Teacher Onizuka. I’m sure Simon would like it too. My brother was obsessed with the manga, anime, and TV show (from 1998) as I was.
    I started reading Paradise Kiss and Nana (since I like the movie with Mika Nakashima). Sailor Moon is the best anime! Dragonball a close second.
    Studio Ghibli is in a category on its own because of its awesomeness.

    3 years ago
  119. Martina, I love you. I wish you were my bestest friend~! =D

    3 years ago
  120. Huh… Erm… Where do I start… My favorites (manga, manhwa, anime): ONNNNEEEE PIIIIIEEEEECCCEEEE, Fairy Tail, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bride of the Water God, Toradora, Sword Art Online, Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, Attack on Titan (All Levi. All Levi. Who’s Eren? pshhh idk who he is) Black Butler, Ouran High School Host Club.

    3 years ago
  121. u finally did thius video yayayaayayayyaay!! i agree with most of what u said. and bride of the water was soooo beautiful. and if i were to recomend a manga/anime it would be kuroko no basket. just watch the first episode witrh out asking any questions and u will knw y. i am not gonna recommend any shoujo or action cuz u wud have already watched or read it.please give kuroko no basket a try i knw its a sports anime and sports anime are usually bad but this is different .this is epicness . please give it a chance

    3 years ago
  122. I watched blue exorcist(stopped after a while),fairy tail and vampire knight but the love of my life at the moment is pokemon (the entire series)

    3 years ago
  123. Back in the day my favorite animes were Sailor Moon, Macross, and Ranma 1/2. I still really love anime but I don’t get to watch it as often as I used to. Off the top of my head Sgt. Frog, Princess Jellyfish, Ghost Hunt ( I love it’s super spooky ghost stories), and Rosario + Vampire. Those are some just off the top of my head. I like animes and mangas that are goofy or have folk tales the most. I think one series that should get an honorable mention is Yami Shibai. It’s got little shorty animation, and their urban legends, the animation can be downright creepy.

    As far as Manwas go, I haven’t read a lot of them, but one I loved was ‘Friendly Winter’. It’s a really touching story about two friends with very special needs, that care a lot about each other. It is a story that really touches your heart (I kept crying reading it)! Then there are those comics, I can’t remember what they are called but they are ghost stories where the ghost looks like it’s coming right at you, it’s nightmare fuel for days. Pretty awesome!

    3 years ago
  124. I don’t read as much manga as I did before, I guess university takes all of my time nowadays…. -_- sigh so I’m a little behind the new releases of manga and anime.
    I have to admit that I love mangas with a lot of detail in the drawing so I usually get more interested in a manga because of the visuals than the story lol. I love CLAMP mangas because I adore all the detail of the female outfits (Chobits, Card Captor Sakura, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, XXXHolic, Clover, etc)

    For the people who likes, as Martina said with the The Bride of the Water God manhwa, really detailed drawing techniques I recommend you to check the mangas of Arina Tanemura, she is one of my favourite artists and she has amazing skills (but only if you like Shoujo ;) )

    My favourite manga of hers is Full Moon wo sagashite. Its a bittersweet story of a girl who wants to become a singer but she has a tumor in her throat so she will die soon, but suddenly two cute-hilarious shinigamis (death angels) appear and help her to follow her dream. I love the story because you can find a lot of fun/cute moments (her chibis are adorable) that will make you laugh but on the other hand the story has its dark moments and makes you think about life and death.

    Other mangas from her:
    I.O.N (one volume), Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Time Stranger Kyoko, Shinshi Domei Cross, Sakura Hime Kaden, Fuudanjuku Monogatari,31 Ai Dream, Zettai Kakusei Tenshi Mistress Fortune…

    As for anime with great visuals and stories: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (it will change your life and the way you see magical girl stories), all of Key Studio animes (Air TV, Clannad, Kanon 2006, Angel Beats) and EF a fairytale of the two (A tale of memories/A tale of melodies,–>>the openings are amazing but these are not ‘light-happy’ stories, you have been warned ;))

    Hope this has been of some use to someone! ;)

    3 years ago
  125. Here are some but not all, of my personal favorites (some of which have already been covered above), peppered with a couple of western anime influenced animated series. Some of these are a little more philosophical, complex, mature, and often takes time to include story elements that need to be spread out over several episodes to develop and allow the viewer to fully become involved with the main/side stories & characters.

    Akira – No need to elaborate, this iconic film is sheer cyberpunk perfection. It has left an indelible cinematic legacy, on various forms of media, and some wonderful homages, including Osric Chau’s backed live action homage and Player Piano’s cover of Shoji Yamashiro’s (under the pseudonym Tsutomu Ōhashi) “Kaneda”.

    Darker than Black & Darker Than Black: Gemini of The Meteor – Love this well executed series overall (A talking cat that has a reason for talking to begin with, who knew?), a devastating event occurs simultaneously on two opposing sides of the planet that leaves lasting impressions on characters & situations who aren’t what they at first appear to be. With that basic premise, if I share more, that would just spoil the surprises in this series.

    Chevalier D’Eon – Based off an infamous historical French duelist, well written, gorgeous animation.

    Cowboy Bebop: The Series & Cowboy Bebop: The Movie – Obviously this is a given. Yoko Kanno’s compositions & roster of guest musicians/singers, while amazing all on their own, the platinum gilding to this particular lily.

    Ghost In The Shell & GITS: Stand Alone Complex 1 & 2 – Of course the original film is hands down one of the best anime movies in the last 20 years (though some viewers may be put off by some scenes of nudity in the film), they’re both heavily philosophical, ethically questionable (more so in the series), stunning animation, and more brilliant music from Yoko Kanno with contributions form Origa on the series them songs.

    Death Note – People know it so well, so I won’t cover it too much, only that I wish that there had been more episodes covering some minor details, like L’s childhood & where the idea of death notes originated and first came into use.

    Lupin III – Classic Monkey Punch late 60s-early 70s anime (hooray for syndication, before the internet ever was…well, the internet, as we currently know it anyway) that eventually influenced Cowboy Bebop in many ways. Based on Maurice Leblanc’s Arsene Lupin series.

    FLCL – Chance portals, mechas, and intergalactic espionage, well done I might add.

    Black Lagoon – If John Woo & Joss Whedon collaborated on an anime, they’d probably do something like this, focusing on a group of for hire pirates/smugglers/mercenaries. Clearly violent content, but the dialogue is whip-smart & sardonic.

    Samurai Champloo – I did read you guys are currently covering this and trust me when I say it is worth watching the entire series, especially the last few episodes. The narrator sequences, animation, voice work (even the English dub, a difficult thing to achieve indeed), historical/cultural details (remixed but they’re there), and music by the late Nujabes (who recruited Minmi on the serene end theme “Shiki no Uta”) are just fantastic bonuses.

    The Last Airbender & Korra – The level of detail on this is cleverly dense but so worth it, allowing the characters to not only develop, but evolve with an ever changing world.

    Space Dandy – A recent one, but I’m giving it the go ahead because it’s got some of the same creative people behind Cowboy Bebop, and sometimes you need good silliness, fourth wall breaking social commentary, & episode centric stories to make your day just that much better. It also reminds me of another series (see the next recommendation) that might act as a counterpoint to this one, including using the same characters who fall into dire situations you’d expect them never to return from.

    Aeon Flux: The Series – A Gnostic themed dystopic sci-fi set series, some people find Peter Chung’s dystopic animation rough (intentional, as it was influenced by Rugrats, an animated series he had worked on previous to Aeon Flux), but it’s quite unlike anything I had ever seen prior to it’s release. Like Airbender & Korra, this is a North American based anime, but as previously mentioned with Space Dandy, focuses on episodic tales with the same characters. I’ll only mention the live action film because I do think the casting was decent & it was aesthetically pleasing, but in trying to convey certain things tied to the original, a lot was left by the wayside in favor of unrelated or retooled plot points, so it came off as poorly executed compared to the animation.

    Paranoia Agent – Oh so much is going on here that trying to explain it would be a travesty at best, a little disturbing, a lot of mind blowing concepts, lovely animation, emotional score/songs by Susumu Hirasawa (Dream Island Obsession is bursting with energy). Just know that this is one of, if not, the best, Satoshi Kon projects ever (and to date hsi only series) and if you have the chance to spend time watching the one and only season of this, please do. While I’m at it, watch more Satoshi Kon: Millennium Actress; Paprika; Perfect Blue (the rights of which were purchased by Darren Aronofsky, who later used some of the story elements/aesthetics on “Black Swan”); Tokyo Godfathers.

    Durarara!! – Influenced by Irish folklore, this is not your typical girl needs to get her head on straight story.
    The Big O – A dystopic future, film noir themed story set 40 years past an event that left the survivors with no memories prior to it. Oh and giant mecha robot fights here and there.

    Black Butler – Vengeance, thy name is a enslaved demon protector. ‘Who’s an efficient no questions asked, blank faced, demon posing as my human manservant? Who? That’s right you are Sebastian!’ Did I mention the person enslaving the demon is a small asthmatic boy whose parents were killed by unknown means? And yet surprisingly, very funny dialogue, characters, & sequences of this macabre story.

    Outlaw Star – Potentially an influence on “Firefly”/”Serenity”, this humorous space western/opera follows protagonists who inadvertently hold the key to a powerful, wholly unique, intergalactic spaceship.

    Fullmetal Alchemist & Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Tragic, witty, empathetic (the mother & the chimera episode, all the cries), steampunk themed WWII era that takes place on a parallel world, where alchemic practitioners are tightly controlled, it’s entertaining but it never seems convoluted or clunky.

    Attack On Titan – This one is a bit of slow burn, but I can see why the creators are slowly releasing plot points/details (Please don’t turn into what Bleach has become. You can do it!), but it’s intriguing and may be worth the wait. I do catch myself silently humming “I’ll Make A Man Out of You” from Mulan during the training sequences, don’t know if anyone else is doing this. Also Mikasa is the bomb.

    Witch Hunter Robin & Wolf’s Rain – Two worthwhile shows focusing on supernatural elements. Witch Hunter Robin’s eponymous protagonist is deeply conflicted in her duties in capturing those confirmed as witches (people who are unaware but genetically disposed to abilities that leave them unprepared for the psychological repercussions), while the main characters of Wolf’s Rain are part of an werewolf species bordering on extinction living in a post apocalyptic world who are consistently thwarted in their endeavors trying to lead humanity to a better place called Paradise.

    Blood+, Moonphase, & Hellsing – Three great vampire themed shows, Blood+ is darkly tragic & gloriously violent, Moonphase dips on the dark side but is largely hilarious (with an upbeat, tongue in cheek theme by Dmitri From Paris), and steampunk Hellsing has Alucard (and that’s all I need really from it really).

    3 years ago
  126. I love most of the mangas and manhwa listed on the post, but I can recommend some more:

    – Cheese in the trap: This webtoon is awesome, it has a kick ass female main character and the story is really good – here is the link: http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/list.nhn?titleId=186811&no=88&weekday=thu and if you want to have it translated oddsquad.org is doing the translation in naver, so you can support the artist.
    – The Breaker
    – The Breaker New Waves

    – Hot blooded woman

    – Hana Kimi: I love this one, and for the live action I highly recommend the Taiwanese version, it sticked so much to the manga that even the script is the same as the manga dialogues. And you can really believe that the female character is a he!
    -Nodame cantabile
    -Nodame cantabile opera hen
    – Claymore
    – Saint Oniisan
    – Hellsing (It has two adaptations, but the one that goes exactly as the manga in story line and art is the second one: Hellsing Ultimate)
    – Drifters
    – Koi dano Ai dano
    – Taiyou No Ie
    – Otome Youkai Zakuro
    – Kirugumi Boueitai
    – Akatsuki no Yona
    – Toukyou ESP
    – Ga Rei
    – Natsume Yuujinchou

    Chinese Manhwa:
    – Chang Ge Xing (http://www.u17.com/comic/14325.html)

    I can recommend a bit more, but the ones that are listed above are the ones that I constantly read.

    3 years ago
    • Cheese in the trap!! Such a good recommendation : ) I was going to suggest it but read the comments first, glad someone beat me to it!

      3 years ago
  127. I’m so so so glad you did this topic because I’ve recently got into a number of webtoon manhwas and found them so different from the mainstream mangas in Japan!

    I would particularly like to flag ‘The Gamer’, which is about a guy with RPG like abilities; ‘Flow’ which is about the twelve zodiacs and people infused with such power; ‘City of the Dead Sorcerer’ is a fantasy one which has quite a good plot as well!

    I also read most of the mainstream mangas as well, like Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Fairy Tail, Magi etc. but my recent favourites are cooking related ones (because they make me hungry):

    Nobunaga no Chef (this one’s placed in Japanese history so it’s very interesting)
    Shokugeki no Soma (I love cooking battles!)

    3 years ago
  128. The manga you asked about sounds suspiciously like fruits basket gone terribly wrong….lol XD
    By the way, fruits basket is very good and definitely worth watching!

    3 years ago
  129. Oh I’m glad someone else likes Black Bird! I’ve been following that manga series since it came out. Love it! Also agree with a lot of your recommendations. A newer series called Black Bullet is also very good. Plus have to throw in Naruto and Durarara. Thanks for making this video! :)

    3 years ago
  130. I love majority of the manga/ manhwa listed above . HONEYYY SENPAIII!!!
    Favorite manga:
    Detective Conan ( first manga I ever read)
    The World Only God Knows
    Eden no Ori
    Denpa Kyoushi
    1/2 Prince
    Kamisama hajimemashita
    Ghost hunt
    and for hana no kimi, you should also check out the taiwan version, they do a pretty good job.

    3 years ago
  131. I really like Trigun. It’s a little older, futuristic, space kind but it has some really great undertones. I like pretty much any Studio Ghibli movie I have seen but I refuse to watch Grave of the Fireflies because I know the plot and I know I will cry buckets.

    3 years ago
  132. Simon and Martina,
    I doubt that you will even see this as it will probably be swallowed up in the hundreds of comments already on this post. When you were in Australia last year, it was my friend Tiffany and I who bought manga for everyone in the EYK crew! We’re just so amazed that now you’re into Blue Exorcist because of that! Thank you so much for mentioning us in the post!! We were some of the unfortunate fans who didn’t get inside to meet you, but waited outside until the sun went down. We were still so grateful that you came out to greet everyone, if only for a moment! We ended up giving one of the staff the bag of manga to pass on to you. We’re so lucky that you got it!
    You have so many fans in Australia, and we loved having you here! Come back again soon, can’t wait to actually meet you next time!
    From Maaika and Tiffany, Sydney Australia.

    3 years ago
    • Oh so you were the ones who gave her that manga? I was pretty impressed, I’d actually never heard of it before :O

      3 years ago
  133. Hi there ^.^!! You should really check out Watashi Ni XX Shinasai !! It’s currently my favourite shoujo manga and I can’t stop reading it lol ^O^

    3 years ago
  134. So I saw this post and got super duper excited – thanks Martina and Simon for sharing! I grew up watching Sailor Moon and Inuyasha, but now I tend to go for shorter, odder titles like Fooly Cooly, Welcome to the NHK, Arakawa Under the Bridge and Eden of the East. I actually loved Samurai Champloo though apparently no one else does (q_q”). I’m glad you saw the genius in Nujabes!
    Otherwise also loved Ouran and all the Ghibli’s – I’ll go back to Howl’s Moving Castle every now and then for the feels. Trigun deserves a mention for the being the thing that made me my first friend when I moved to Montreal. <3

    3 years ago
  135. I kind of drifted off from manga and anime into dramas XD but still return to some of my favborites when the mood strikes me~ mushishi, fullmetal alchemist, cowboy bebop, lovely comple, absolute boyfriend (also has a super cute drama xD)
    When it comes to dramas I love the Japanese Hana yori dango, hana kimi and the korean Goong (both manwha and drama!) :D and the movie Antique bakery too (waffleboy from coffee prince is in it haha!)it’s quite different from it’s manga “parent” though..
    also I love the manga the wallflower/perfect girl evolution that made me addicted to several Japanese bands! XD not too fond of the drama though…

    3 years ago
  136. ANIME!!!!! I would love love love for you guys to start doing an anime thing like reviews or something. My favorite mangas, short list so this is not everything by any means, are Death Note, HanaDan and Fairy Tail. I do love Bride of the Water God as well it’s just so unbelievably stunning and detailed how could you not?
    I’m way more into anime though and I do a weekly anime review on YT so my list is crazy long. My favorites are probably Fairy Tail (I’m a huge guildie can you tell?), Black Butler (are you watching the new season because it’s wonderful), Sailor Moon ofc (the new season is stunning and way closer to the mangas style of animation than the original), Sword Art Online is a new favorite (you should watch it if you like video game type animes), No Game No Life is in the same boat as SAO but way more sarcastic and logic based as opposed to RPG style, if you haven’t watched Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica you need to because it’s life changing especially since you love Sailor Moon so much (skip the last episode though because it’s terrible), I watched Attack on Titan but I’m with you guys I didn’t love it as much as the rest of the world did to the chagrin of my otaku friends, I personally love an anime called Chihayafuru which is about competitive karuta but I think it’s kind of a niche thing, Shugo Chara is a lot like Sailor Moon for me just way cuter and with the sexiest cat boy ever (Ikuto for life), Black Rock Shooter is another one that is a must watch because it’s so psychologically interesting (Psycho Pass is in that boat as well but I like it less than BRS), Guilty Crown is a really great sci fi dystopian anime with the most gorgeous soundtrack ever, Ouran of course because I have a soul and my last few (sorry that this went forever) are Clannad and Angel Beats because they made me weep like I’ve never wept before.
    Also Miyazaki everything, except Ponyo, because his movies are amazing.
    I think I’m done … maybe … sorry >.< I adore anime and if you ever want an anime buddy in Korea let me know because I am so there.

    3 years ago
    • http://hummingbird.me/users/hyosunsong/library I’m just going to leave this here in case you were curious about other animes not listed (because 15 isn’t enough apparently). Hummingbird is fairly new but it’s a great site where you can catalogue what you’ve watched, are watching, want to watch etc and get recommendations from other users. I love it, I honestly don’t know how I managed without it before.

      3 years ago
  137. Favorite Manga*:
    Meitantei Conan / Detective Conan,
    Kindaichi shounen no jikenbo / Kindaichi case files,
    Rupan Sansei / Lupin III,
    Ghost Hunt,
    Shinrei Tantei Yakumo / Psychic Detective Yakumo ( fist and second – 2007 to 2008 and 2009 which is still ongoing),
    Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic,
    Magi – Sinbad no Bokuen / Adventure of Sinbad,
    Rabbit Doubt ( horror and over ),
    Marmalade boy ( drama *lol* – it was nice…And it is old…Early 90’s old )

    * Read a whole bunch but they did not make it onto the ” favorite ” list.

    Favorite Manhwas:
    S.I.D. / Supernatural Investigation Department
    The Breaker,
    The Breaker New Waves.

    Favorite Anime**:
    Meitantei Conan / Detective Conan,
    Kindaichi shounen no jikenbo / Kindaichi case files,
    Hunter x Hunter ( old one and kind of new one ),
    Rupan Sansei / Lupin III,
    Cowboy Bebop,
    Noir ,
    Bleach ( before the time skip ),
    One Piece ( sometimes ),
    Ghost hunt,
    Shinrei Tantei Yakumo / Psychic Detective Yakumo,
    Magi – Labyrinth of magic ( unless they screw it up too much ).

    ** Watched many – – too many to count. These made the ” favorite” list. There are also works which I liked in the past but could not watch again as an adult today ( am looking at you Wedding Peach and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne ).
    Might have forgotten some manga and / or anime.

    And I love / adore Hayao Miyazaki – sans work.
    Special mention of Mitsuru Adachi – san. Love your humor man – not kidding.

    3 years ago
  138. I think this was a legit topic to talk about xD I was actually going to ask you guys this question on Twitter or Facebook but I kept forgetting :P
    And I agree with the opinions both Martina and Simon has on anime and Attack on Titans xD Attack on Titans has too much plot and scheming and GOREEEE. So it’s a bit monotonous, like, there’s only a few moments in the anime where there’s a laid back moment and a joke pops out of nowhere and it’s so hilarious.(Don’t continue reading if you hate spoliers! WARNING) For example, in one of the later episodes, there was a segment where Armin was almost killed by the Female titan(trying not to spoil it) but Reiner and Jean helped him to escape, apparently, Jean’s horse won’t return to him and they only had one horse, which will be impossible for all 3 to be together. However, Krista appears with 2 horses, one turned out to be Jean’s. And when they praised her for being a kind person towards animals, she sort of blushed and they all have this serious faces, saying like she’s a goddess, “I want to marry her” which was damn hilarious. SOOOOOOO getting back to the point , I agree with Simon sorta, there can be improvements :D (Hoping the movie coming out in 2015 won’t be a total failure like Avatar: The Last Airbender btw do you guys know that Black Butler will be releasing a movie very soon??? Or it may have already released, idk :P )

    3 years ago
  139. I’ve actually seen the Noblesse manhwa on several scanlations sites… does that mean the webtoon was so popular it made it into the ‘published’ world online? does it mean I can find webtoons on other sites than korean ones where I don’t understand anything?
    or did it get transformed into manhwa or something?

    3 years ago
    • you can try mangacow.com, they do a lot of korean manhwa

      3 years ago
    • Most manhwas and webtoons you can find on the same websites who have the english translations of mangas. You just need their english names so you can type them in the search bar on those websites.

      3 years ago
  140. Thank you for the info. on there being a new Sailor Moon series. I read it and watched it in English and Japanese and may watch it. I did also watch the live-action Japanese series and laughed a great deal, but what else would you want from sentai.

    I actually watched some anime when I was a child and didn’t know it since it was dubbed. This included Voltron and Nausicca (movie). I have started getting interested again when sailor moon was being shown on TV before school. I then got reinvolved again when I was a freshman in college since I heard about the anime club that met every Friday when classes were in session. Needless to say I went wild and got to not only love anime, but also anime music videos, manga, and live-action dramas.

    The first few shows were actually the end of the series of Fushigi Yuugi, Kenshin, Gundam Wing, and Evangelion, to name a few. I finally went back and watched them. Fushigi Yuugi is still one of my all time favorites as a manga/anime and for the music.

    Suggestions: Fruits Basket (manga/anime), Full House (Korean drama), Secret Garden (Korean drama), Devil Beside You (manga/drama), The Moon That Embraces The Sun (drama), Rurouni Kenshin (manga & most of the anime through the Shishio arc), The Duelist (Korean movie), City Hunter (Korean drama), My Lovely Sam Soon (My Name Is Kim Sam Soon) (drama), Gu Family Book (drama), Princess Tutu (anime), The Master’s Sun (drama), etc.

    I could go into this for hours. I also suggest you look up AMVs (anime music videos). There are some really good ones.

    3 years ago
  141. HEY MARTINA! Since you obviously seem to like shoujo anime (and btw, the new Sailor Moon is fantastic!) you should really check out this hilarious new series called “Gekkan Shoujou Nozaki-Kun”, as well as this series from a couple years ago called “Kuragehime.” Both are wacky and wonderful shows!

    3 years ago
  142. Hey Martina! If you want a place to keep all the lists of manhwas, mangas, and animes that you’ve created on paper there’s an awesome website for that: myanimelist.net It’s gotten me even more addicted to anime and manga because they have so much listed there and I keep finding interesting things to read and watch. Give it a go!

    3 years ago
  143. I love manga, but I love love love webtoons. I highly suggest Tower of God and Kubera and I just their plots and art. There’s also The Gamer, Black Haze (this is rising up my list of favorites because some of the attitude and facial expressions in this are hilarious in my opinion), Flow, Trump, and Dice: The Cube that Changes Everything which are also lovely. I loved Wonted at first, but I feel like I’m slowly losing interest. I tried to read Noblesse, Orange Marmalade, and Under Prin, but those just don’t do it for me. And Crepuscule is much too slow for me personally. Like a Bird’s art is amazing, but I think the translators dropped it so not quite sure about that one. Speaking of which, Naver’s really cracking down on asking groups to stop translating because they started releasing “official” English translations of some of their webtoons. The problem is that their translating slowly so it’ll take forever to catch up, and plus their translations often time don’t explain cultural jokes. So that’s a pet peeve of mine currently with webtoons… Thank goodness for Black Haze and it not being hosted by Naver anymore. So… I think that’s about it for me, but I’m probably forgetting so many precious things.
    Oh and it isn’t a webtoon, but it is a webcomimc that I absolutely love called Fisheye Placebo, which I absolutely love. From hacktivists(hacking activism) and totalitarian governments to the mindblowing art, the comic is beautiful, in a dark way. Plus there’s humor! I love the artist’s other works, Knite and 1000 Words. Her stories just hit so many chords in me. I highly suggest it! If you feel like this post flooded you with things to check out, maybe just try 1000 Words. It’s beautiful and just a single chapter. And if you’re looking for more lengthy to read, check out Tower of God or Kubera then. (/is not into things that’s completely full of romance) /ends dork out.

    3 years ago
  144. Read, watched and enjoyed a lot of Martina’s favorites. “Fruits Basket” also left a strong impression on me. Like many manga I’ve read, the artwork is a bit stiff at first, yet I quickly found myself fascinated by the story and characters. It was exciting anticipating which family member, their gender and animal sign would be introduced next. If I remember correctly, the anime was decent and followed the manga quite closely, but ended early into the series.

    3 years ago
  145. RED RIVER!!!!!! If you haven’t read it, it takes place in a lesser-known civilization in ancient history. Some parts are historically incorrect, but the storyline is good. Other recommendations: Kare Kano, Inuyasha, Yugioh; duel monsters( Which I found actually has a storyline), and RUROUNI KENSHIN. Loved in your list: Hana Yori Dango(seen both dramas), Vampire Knight, Gokusen(seen drama), Fairy Tail, Death Note, Bleach and Black Butler.

    3 years ago
    • I also read a couple in the list I had forgotten. Definitely give Full Metal Alchemist, and Naruto a shot as well.

      3 years ago
  146. Cheese in the trap is soo good seriously. It has a dark theme but still have a bit of comedy and romance thrown in between. ya’ll should read it! ^^

    3 years ago
    • Cheese in the trap is soo good seriously. It has a dark theme but still have a bit of comedy and romance thrown in between. ya’ll should read it! ^^
      And if you want a sob story: CLANNAD it’s soooo good.

      3 years ago
  147. Super happy to see you guys give us your reviews on animes/mangas/manhwas
    Naruto was my first manga and yu-gi-oh was my first anime… or did I read the yu-gi-oh mangas first? when you have a big brother shounen seemed more appealing than shoujo) anywho, both are great series… in the defense of naruto, it was a good series that’s been dragged on for too long. yu-gi-oh in it’s manga form was waaaaaaaaay darker than the anime and even the japanese version was censored out for american audiences. Bleach is also a good series that’s just like naruto, strung on for too long.
    Danagan Ronpa!!!! It’s a video game on the lines of phoenix wright but, with a darker twist in my opinion. It’s first game has gotten an anime and it was hinted at the end of the last episode that the second game was also going to receive an anime adaption. Neon genesis evangelion is also pretty good, on the confusing side at times. Beauty pop is a pretty good series too. it’s in the shojo genre and it follows a group of teens who aim for different spots in the world of beauticians (is that even the right term? i mean they wanna be hair stylist, nail artist, dermatologist or something like that). Haikyuu!! is a great anime and manga about volleyball. Very different from slam dunk or kuroku no basuke. and probably my guilty pleasure: those shojo animes that aren’t meant for prepubescent girls. Shhhhhhhh I know. If you’re even in the mood for cute magical girls who are teaching you small lessons, pretty cure is always a go to. It’s a one season franchise that gives you new characters to work with every season (they have a annual movie where the two main protagonist gather up with all the past precure, it’s great.) I recommend smile, heartcatch and suite but, there’s 8 other seasons for you to choose from. Speaking of magical girls we gun move onto that. I have two of them in mind. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and puella magi madoka magica. mgln has three series and three films. and pmmm will just rip your heart out so don’t watch it. EVER. But if you feel up to it, it’s beautifully animated and you just get so attached to the characters ;^; That’s pretty much all i got right now but, I’m open to recs! I haven’t really been into manga and anime since my freshmen year of high school.

    3 years ago
  148. Ok so this question could very well have been asked but… there are a lot of comments to get through to try and find it!
    As someone who has never read a manga or manhwa, but am super interested in trying them out… what is the best place/way to get my hands on one? An addition question- I actually live in Korea. Is it possible to find them in English here fairly easily?

    3 years ago
    • Manga: Soul Catcher(S), Get Backers, Shokugeki No Soma, Saiki Kusuo no PSI Nan, Silver Spoon,

      3 years ago
    • best way would probably be through manga sites like mangareader.net mangafox and etc.

      3 years ago
  149. Oh and check out the webtoon Cheese in the trap. It’s grouped in the Romance category on Naver but it’s actually a dark-ish slice of life

    3 years ago
  150. You guys should check out Ghost in the shell:Stand Alone Complex. It’s a Sci-fi anime and its awesome!!
    I agree with what Martina said about Attack on Titan…Eren is so annoying!! You should also check out Ruroni Kenshin and Inuyasha.

    3 years ago
  151. Bride of the Water God was my first Manhwa :D The art was just truly awesome! Another Manhwa I got into because the art was so pretty was Model by Lee So-Young the story is good but the art is what mostly caught my attention. I don’t really know that much Manhwa though. I grew up with Toonami so I use to rush home after school and watch Gundam Wing, G Gundam, Yu Yu Hakusho, Rorouni Kenshin, Dragon Ball, DBZ, Knights of the Zodiac and lots of other action packed animes and of course Sailor Moon and Cardcaptors. Then in middle school I discovered Adult Swim and I use to sneak out of my room to watch the violent anime my mother never wanted me to watch. I saw Inuyasha, Ghost in the Shell: SAC, Witch Hunter Robin, Full Metal Alchemist , Wolfs Rain and many other Classics like Cowboy Bebop. Samurai Champloo is great it is one of those animes you can’t take seriously. I learned that the hard way, I was like “why is that samurai wearing glasses?” “glasses weren’t even invented!” but then over time I suspended my disbelief and fell in love with it, I didn’t like the ending though ha ha!

    I use to watch Animes all the time and read manga all the time but now I’m really selective of what I read and watch. My friends called me an anime snob cause I didn’t like Puella Madoka Magica or Attack on Titan U n U and Idk I just didn’t like it as much as I thought I would and I couldn’t get into them. I feel like I notice too many similarities with other animes and mangas and I just end up predicting whats gonna happen and idk I just ruin stuff. All my friends are into Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures now, I read some of the badly translated scanlations in middle school so idk I just can’t get into it anymore i’m trying though I remember I really liked the art style and Jotaro was cool. I do love the new Sailor Moon I feel like i’m reliving my childhood. Another Anime which I completely loved and I’m starting to read the Manga is Princess Jellyfish A.K.A Kurage hime. I really recommend it to anyone who is a nerd, I relate so much to the girls in the dormitory. I really think you would like that one Martina!!! ^ u ^

    So Yeah please recommend me some animes I usually prefer animes that aren’t too long OTL I already gave up on One Piece and Inuyasha long ago, as a college student I don’t have as much free time to get into long animes. Or if they are long but have short episodes that is great, I’ve been Watching Senyuu which I think Simon and Martina might like, the episodes are usually like 5min long and they are really hilarious XD I love animes that make me laugh. I also don’t mind anime movies like all of Satoshi Kon’s films are amazing (Perfect Blue, Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers,etc.) Studio Ghibli is great and old school animes like Vampire Hunter D, Blood: the Las Vampire, and Ninja Scrolls are still awesome but I don’t recommend em for young people or people who don’t like blood gore and adult content. OH I forgot Ah My Goddess! and Please save my Earth both are classics. I’m sorry I ramble on too much. If anyone has a myanimelist account please feel free to add me :D my username is Rainbutterfly ^ u ^

    3 years ago
    • Finally, someone mentioned Model XD I seriously recommend ppl who enjoys Bride of the Water God to try out Lee So Young’s works. I agree her art makes you cry.

      3 years ago
  152. I’m so glad you guys did this topic! Whenever I talk about my favorite anime I get so excited just like Martina! I actually haven’t seen much of the anime you mentioned except for Sailor Moon, Avatar the Last Airbender/Korra, and Ouran Host Club. This was very interesting for me to watch because you discussed the Korean side which I hadn’t really thought about. By the way, I know that Avatar the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra was animated in Korea :) I’m so glad you mentioned Avatar by the way, there has been arguments about whether or not it should be considered anime. To me, it has the anime feel so I consider it anime. But anyway I have recommendations for everyone!
    1. Clannad & Clannad After Story – it’s slice of life/romance and I recommend it because it has an amazing way of manipulating your emotions. A lot of people said they cried, and though I personally didn’t, I was really sad. It’s quite beautiful :) The animation is stunning.
    2. Princess Tutu – it’s a magical girl one and it’s one of the best! There is a dark undertone and you want to know the history!
    3. Steins Gate – it’s sci-fi and it deals with the concept of time travel and parallel universe.
    4. Shinsekai Yori (or From the New World) – this one deals with pk powers and takes place in the future. It starts with children and follower their story into adulthood. Dark undertones and makes you think. You also feel like you are on the adventure with the characters.
    5. Angel Beats! – High school for the dead basically. Pretty art and it has good humor. The characters are very interesting and it gets you right in the feels (I cried more than once).
    6. Usagi Drop – I like alternative anime and this one definitely hits the mark! It deals with parenting which most anime don’t do.
    7. Nodame Cantabile – slice of life/romance/drama/humor. This one was made into live action and I recommend that as well! It deal with two music students. One who wants to be a composer and the other who is talented with piano but not ‘refined’. There is a season in which they visit Paris and that was fun to see. You got to see how they struggled living in a new country.
    These are all I can think of for now :)
    I haven’t read that much manga. The only one I read was Fruits Basket.
    I hope someone likes these!

    3 years ago
  153. XD Funny thing about Attack on Titan. That is definitely my feelings as well!. Erin is the BOMB for me, but I find myself just sitting there and cringing while he SCREAMS about how hes gonna take vengance and Titans suck and people are dumb for being any less passinate than he is and hurhurhur–hurhur-turn to big titan stomp on yo face. TADAH! But the show is pretty rad, the blood and action is just so YES and Levi is just a fangirl explosion waiting to happen with his awesomness. But yes. I understand your pain, but it’s worth it. I know it is….or I’m deluded…but I doubt that.

    Martina, you got some of my favorites up already but here’s some others that I like! WARNING! Not alot of people share my love for some of these, but I stand by my lovelies forever!(or at least until they pull a fruits basket)
    GetBackers- WEIRD! Thats a word for it. yup yup. has a semi-focused(not really) plot line following two really funny dudes for hire. it’s action packed, but, um, over look the strange inappropriate instances and you might just make it out alive. the Anime is cleaner than the manga so watch it first I guess? ^^;; ehehe(im not pervy i swears) Naruto- Im sorry for whatever hate or unhappiness you may have with this series, but I love it, I’ve been following it since I was eleven and while complaints about this series (Naruto Shippuden included) the characters are really good (Itachi ftw) and it’s plot is a push to fight for better days and what not. Like I said, I stand by my fandoms! :D Togainu No Chi- I swear I am NOT a perv. When it’s not being a totally X rated video game, the manga and the anime are actually good. The setting just gives you this really chaotic feel where everything is crazy and deadly. The artwork is great and its about fighting soooo, yah. I’d reccommend it. Tiger and Bunny- Is cool for Mecha-Superhero action. It’s funny while playing the serious card and pokes at age and “old timey morals” sometimes. Try it out! Godchild- I liked it. Gentlemanly dudes, a cute butler, and totally screwed up families. So…a grown up Black Butler??? Nah. It has it’s own charm. The story plays off the Cain and Abel story and so the MC named Cain is treated as this child/man with a curse. The MC is like a vigilante sherlock holmes ciel phantomhive who gets the ladies attention. Alichino- Honestly my first real manga. The artwork is so very beautiful. Even if you don’t wind up liking the story, at least have a look at that art. Pandora Hearts- Long as that series is turned out to be it is good. Hmm, long series love…I’m starting to see a pattern… Kitchen Princess- I am a bit of a glutton and loved it because of all the sweets it inspired me to make(no seriously, they give you her recipes in the back! So yummy! ) but the story, even for a shojo, was sweet and actually made my heart juices flow. Wolf’s Rain- I’m just going to hope that you forgot to mention this one. I took on this anime and cowboy bebop at the same exact time, was really little, and let’s just say I was emotionally exhausted from all awesome of this show. *special note! I used to do the openng credits dance from Cowboy bebop too!*
    Why is Durarara at the end of my list? Cuz I’m sleepy. Thats all. It’s fun, confusing, and sadly not long enough. Watch it for Izaya if nothing else.

    There are so many special treasures out there hidden in the world of anime that should be addressed by my comment but by the end, it’ll look like more of a thesis paper. Anywho, these listed are some of my favorites that you possibly haven’t heard of/tried so I hope you like some of them at least. and again I AM NOT PERVY McPervvyson!

    PS= Samurai Champloo opening song is my theme song for life =P

    3 years ago
  154. Okay, so I used to be a huge manga/anime geek. I’m not so hardcore into them anymore, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still love them and read/watch them occasionally. I’ll capslock the names of my recommended manga/anime so that they are easily picked out of what I’m sure will be a long post. :)

    I love, of course, the big 2 for Western manga/anime geeks: NARUTO and BLEACH (I stopped watching the anime in both cases and switched to the manga because they both had inordinate amounts of filler episodes…). I got tired and annoyed with BLEACH when it didn’t end after the whole Aizen arc, not to give anything away. I just felt like this was what the whole series was leading towards, and when it didn’t end, it felt to me like the mangaka (the person who writes/illustrates manga) was extending the series beyond its natural end just to continue making money… :/ But up until that, I really loved it. NARUTO is taking forever to get to the climax, so I stopped reading it to give it time to accumulate chapters. It’s still really good, though.

    My real favorites are RUROUNI KENSHIN and CHRONO CRUSADE (the manga). RUROUNI KENSHIN is a classic. The series is only 28 volumes, and it’s been finished for years, but it still holds up as one of my all-time favorites. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes manga, boy or girl. It has interesting, well-developed characters, love interest between the main two characters that doesn’t overwhelm the plot, and the plot itself, while being a bit arcy (that is to say, the whole series is made up of a few story arcs), is nevertheless cohesive and compelling. I really love it. CHRONO CRUSADE is pretty obscure, and I’ve never met another manga/anime geek who has heard of it, but I think it is severely under-appreciated in the manga/anime sphere. It’s only 8 volumes, but the characters and the plot are compelling and so well developed and the drawings are absolutely beautiful (my favorite out of all the manga I have read). It’s set in a fantastical version of the 1920s where there are demons and nuns fight evil demons and the main character is best friends with a demon and they fall in love and there’s so much more to it and it’s so complicated and great that there’s no way for me to properly describe it. X) The anime is not as good because it totally changes the ending, though, so just read it. :)

    Other than my real favorites, I have a few more recommendations:
    -OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB is an obvious one. I much prefer the anime to the manga in this case, mostly because I dislike the style of the artwork in the manga.
    -PRETEAR (the manga, although the anime is good, too), also fairly unknown, is pretty good. It’s only 4 volumes, for anyone who likes short series’. The illustrations are beautiful, the characters are good, there are handsome men (for those who are into that ;D), and the plot is pretty good. It’s a bit angsty, though, and slightly unrealistic. But it’s still pretty good.
    -TSUBASA: RESERVOIR CHRONICLE (the manga) was really good until it hit a point where it got too sad and angsty for me (it was a volume somewhere in the teens, I think). I was so unhappy when it did that, though, because I loved it before that! For anyone who knows Clamp manga, especially CARDCAPTOR SAKURA (which I would recommend, too, although I only watched the anime), TSUBASA: RESERVOIR CHRONICLE takes the characters from CARDCAPTOR SAKURA, ages them, and sticks them into a new fantasy universe. The characters from XXXHOLIC are also included a bit.
    -KAICHOU WA MAID-SAMA (the anime), as recommended by Martina, is a cute school-time romance, as is TORADORA (also the anime), although it’s a touch more intense.
    -CLANNAD (anime) is a beautiful romance that I watched until it hit an incident that made it too sad for me to continue, although things turn out alright at the very end.
    -CHOBITS (both the manga and the anime) is hilarious and adorable, although I never actually finished it (don’t remember why…).
    -And finally, my guilty pleasure: SHUGO CHARA. Honestly, it’s pretty ridiculous and silly and the main character is I think in middle school and it’s in the magic girl genre, but I harbor a secret love for both the manga and the anime. For a long time I had a problem with trying to break out of what I perceived was the way others viewed me. I felt like I had conflicting sides of my personality that I had to suppress because of some weird, external image of myself that I felt I had to portray, so this manga/anime really spoke to me. Plus, it has a hot guy (older than the main character… I’m not a pedo, I promise! Haha~) that plays the violin and transforms into a cat-man (not sure how to describe the magic girl type transformation result…) and has blue hair and is a bad-boy with a soft heart and… yeah… X)

    So anyways, that’s all I can think of for now (I’m sure there are more that I’m not thinking of :D). I hope some of you look them up! And then hit me up and we can talk about them~! :)

    3 years ago
    • And I totally forgot about FRUITS BASKET! That one’s soooo good! The characters are awesome, and the plot line is interesting and a bit mysterious for a while (you don’t really know why the characters are in the situation they are in until later in the series as the main character tries to figure it out herself). It’s more psychologically-driven than it is plot-driven (and I mean psychological in terms of the psychology of the characters and why they do what they do, not psychological in terms of dark and creepy or whatever), but I really love this about it because it’s done beautifully. And the end is perfect. ^^ I was so obsessed with this series in middle school that I literally printed out the entire series on the school printers and put them in 2 large binders (rather than waiting for all the volumes to be translated and sold in stores). :D

      3 years ago
    • Just want to note that I didn’t really describe plot-lines because I figured they’re easy enough to Google; I thought it would be more useful to describe why I liked them, instead. :)

      3 years ago
  155. OMG you should totally watch summer days with coo, is so… so… cute and sad and cute and sad TTwTT.
    i did like bride of the water god and there is another manhwa that i read called nan omma non appa, its good … i wanna read noblesse now hahahah… well maybe you guys could watch naruto (i do really like it) and kimini todoke (i love this one)…. and lately i’ve been watching mahouka koukou no rettousei (is cool) and some really gore anime like tokyo goul, akame ga kill and psyco pass…

    3 years ago
  156. I’m in the middle of a ton of mangas/manhwas It’s frustrating when I can’t find more chapters translated though. Dengeki Daisy, Legal Drug / Drug & Drop (cmmon CLAMP I mean really, get this story together man!), Miunohri to Swan, Parfait Tic, Skip Beat, 1/2 Prince to name a few.

    Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles is my favorite manga of all time. The anime however isn’t so great. The animation company that picked it up started it out as a cute kids show before the manga finished and didn’t realize how dark the story would get. It’s based on alternate more grown up versions of the Card captors kids.

    Princess Tutu is a great and cute anime that has it’s dark sides to it too. I was surprised how this anime had the depth it did. It is ballet themed and full of adorableness too. Highly recommend it.

    Princess Jellyfish is a newer anime that was good enough that I bought the blu-ray for it. It’s about a group of women that live together in a dorm like building, who are all socially awkward and have their obsessive hobbies.

    Clannad.& Afterstory How how do I love you Clannad. It’s how hilarious laughter moments. It’s got cry your eyes out moments. Do watch for sure. So love, much sad, many laugh.

    Rurouni Kenshin was one of my first animes and I loved it to bits. Yay for Samurais!

    Outlaw Star – An oldie but a goodie. It’s like outlaws, in space!

    Daily lives of Highschool Boys – It’s a slice of life anime but it was very funny. Watched it with my little brother and we shared many laughs.

    I could list & explain so many more that I loved like Full Metal Alchemist, Fullmetal Panic, xxxHolic, Trigun, Eureka Seven, Deadman Wonderland, Digimon, Fairy Tail, Ouran HSHC, 5 Centimeters per Second, Chrono Crusade, Chuunibyou, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Denno Coil.. I could keep going for awhile…

    Just about anything Studio Ghibli touches is gold too.

    3 years ago
    • I forgot movies aside from Ghibi…

      3 years ago
      • …That was odd..Yay for weird internet!?
        Summer Wars Completely reminded me of the style the Digimon movie was in.
        The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
        Digimon the Movie
        La Maison en Petits Cubes – Very artsy fartsy!
        The Place Promised in Our Early Days
        5 Centimeters Per Second

        These last two were very prettily animated and the stories were touching.

        Movies are great for when you don’t want to commit to a full on series.

        3 years ago
  157. I’m putting my recommendations here too because i doubt anyone will read my mongo comment on the youtube video OTL anyways….My own recommended animes/mangas/manhwas!
    1. Detective Conan! My all time favorite. It’s got a butt ton of chapters but don’t let it scare you, it’s good! ;x;
    2. Of course the classics and populars like FMA, Fairy Tail and OHSHC go here too, but I don’t want to give them a bunch of numbers, so honorary spot!
    3. Aside from FMA, Arwakawa, the artist of FMA, has recently started a new series I like a lot called “Silver Spoon!” Give it a try, it’s really cute ;v;
    1. Michelin Star! (Found on Tapastic) It’s good and has amazing food drawings that make me hungy OTL
    2. Girl the Wild’s (Found on mangahere) I like this one a lot! Despite the fact that the characters don’t seem to stick to the original summary introduction thing for too long OTL
    3. The Devil Who Couldn’t Fly (Found on Tapastic) a really cute but kind of silly one that has a bit of a darker undertone~
    1. Kill La Kill~ Really really REALLY GOOD don’t let the semi-inappropriate costumes and somewhat low-brow humor fool you, this is a good series!
    2. Folktales From Japan. This one is kind of cute, it animates 3 different legends and folktales from Japanese lore, it’s pretty interesting to watch and learn about some Japanese legend!
    3. Pokemon X and Y. Yes. Pokemon. don’t judge! I actually rather like this season. Yeah it’s still a kid’s show, but it’s kind of fun!
    4. Ojamajo Doremi/Magical Doremi. This is a show I watched as a kid when 4kids dubbed the first season of it in english. They only dubbed the first season though which is a shame. Not only was it adorable, but it teaches kids and particularly young girls valuable lessons as the protagonists grow up and deal with some very adult problems. (Divorce, Cancer, Moving to a new country (or place), dear Friends going different ways, learning to care for other living beings) It’s a great show really. It can be hard to find the original japanese version of the first season (Though english can usually be found fine), and difficult to find good quality episodes of the second, and the third and fourth seasons were near impossible to find until gogoanime uploaded them! (I nearly jumped and shouted for joy when I saw them on gogoanime’s list) but anyways, that’s it for my lists i suppose. This is sort of off-topic but since we’re talking comics I’ve been reading a lot of webcomics, so i thought I might list some of the best ones here!
    Web Comics:
    1. Ava’s Demon. BEAUTIFUL ART FOR MILES yeeessss and the story is SUPER COOL.
    2. Cucumber Quest. Adorable Art, Adorable Characters. AWESOME story.
    3. Flora (AKA Floraverse). Interesting universe! again, more really cool art.
    4. Monster Pulse. HOLY COW TALK ABOUT COOL IDEAS. I absolutely love the idea behind this comic!
    5. A Redtail’s Dream. It’s a completed series but wowee-wow-wow was the storytelling and art of this comic to DIE FOR omg i still like to go back and re-read it occasionally.

    SORRY LONG POST IS LONG //runs and hides//

    3 years ago
  158. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge/ The wallflower: I laughed so hard watching the anime. Ouran High School Host Club is one of my all time favorites. Skip Beat is great, and her endless transformations are so amazing. xxxHOLiC… I usually hate anything remotely scary, but I enjoyed it. Last but not least: Kamisama Hajimemashita and Nodame Cantabile. All must watch and read, in my opinion.

    3 years ago
  159. First time I heard someone talk about Noblesse and I’m pretty happy. I like that manhwa =3. I have been slowing down on mangas and haven’t read most of those you talked about, but I’ve liked the Attack on Titan manga (there are so many more characters to love more than Eren) and Avatar the Last Airbender is BOMB (even if it’s not really an anime since it’s not japanese nor korean). My boyfriend and I have been leeching the new Legend of Korra episodes. As suggestions, I’d say Kimi ni Todoke is really sweet as a manga, and if you like informative/slice of life mangas I’d recommend Bartender and Team Medical Dragon, respectively talking about, well bar tending and the medical system in Japan. I don’t watch a lot of anime, but I enjoyed Sword Art Online a lot. The main characters are very human, which I appreciated (they’re not invincible and never down or scared). Also, I’ve started Kill la Kill, which I’d qualify as a “mature magical girl anime”. It’s awfully ridiculous, but it’s very funny. Oh ! And I can never recommend Fullmetal Alchemist too much. It’s an AMAZING anime AND manga. The drawings are awesome and the plot is very interesting and carries a perfect balance of intrigue, humour and drama. So far, I’v liked the two anime series they’ve made (the first FMA series, then Brotherhood) and I think they complement each other up to some point. If I had one anime to say you MUST watch, it would be Fullmetal Alchemist.

    There’s the end of my long comment. Also, if you like comics and food, I’d suggest you check out Michelin Star on Tapastic. It’s a cooking comic and you wouldn’t believe how each meal they present makes you hungry (a bit like the FAPFAP), and it takes place in South Korea =)

    3 years ago
  160. Let me just rant here for a second (this is not an angry, offended rant; just something that irks me whenever I hear it). Avatar is NOT an anime. Even Brian and Mike, the creators of the show, strongly say that it is not anime. It is just influenced by Asian style animation because they were both big fans of anime as teens and the bending is based on martial arts.

    On the other side of things, I am so pleased that you guys liked A:TLA. In my opinion it was and still may be one of the best shows on tv. I’m very picky with Western television based on the way the script and story is written and how well it was all filmed. So when you mentioned it I have to admit I squealed.

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention Cardcaptor Sakura or Tokyo Mew Mew. I wasn’t allowed to watch Sailor Moon when I was a kid and anytime I sneaked the mangas I got in huge trouble. So Tokyo Mew Mew and Cardcaptor Sakura were a bit similar and were still great to wake up early Saturday morning to watch. Also, if you have the time, I highly recommend you guys read/watch and Kodacha. The art is older Tokyo Pop so it’s nostalgic and the story isn’t overly ‘anime’ but it’s my all time favorite. And the show is fun to watch. I hope you guys check it out!

    3 years ago
  161. I’ve read most of what Martina recommended. For Anime, I don’t really watch (I don’t really have the patience for them) but the one that I did watch for start to finish is Darker Than Black. It’s really good, it’s about a kind of mutant but the genetic mutation is because of a wall that suddenly appeared (those who like Attack on the Titan will like this one). For Manga, I recommend everything from CLAMP ( Card Captor Sakura, Chobits…) though you might get frustrated because some of them have been dropped.
    Another manga I recommend is Aqua and its sequel Aria, which are more a Slice of Life than a story following a plot. I find the story really soothing and I always discover something and I always discover something new in my life that I’m so used to it that I don’t usually pay attention to it ( I read this manga once every year).
    If anyone is interested in more, here’s my read list (the one with a score of 9 or 10 are the one I recommend): http://myanimelist.net/mangalist/iyela

    3 years ago
  162. I’m not sure if someone answered your question already or not, Martina, but the manga you were talking about, the one with the spiders and vampires, is called Kuro bara Alice( black rose alice). Also I have to agree with the Cardcapator Sakura recommendation, its adorable and even though the romance is occurring between 10 year olds, its still really good! And Hetalia is really good too, you’ll never view countries in the same light again, its one of those fandoms that once you enter it becomes extremely hard to leave,but that just shows how good it is.

    P.S-I’ve been following you guys for a couple months now and finally decided to make an account, I just want to say keep up the good work and that your videos are hilarious,you guys don’t nearly get the recognition you deserve for your level of comedy.

    3 years ago
  163. Ooh I’m late.

    Ok so I still enjoy and read Naruto ( http://www.mangahit.com/manga/naruto ), haha, IDC I STILL LIKE IT.
    Anyway, some other stuff that other people may not be aware of:

    Eyeshield 21 http://www.mangareader.net/134/eyeshield-21.html
    It’s about Japanese students playing American football – which i don’t like watching at all but dang! I love this manga! It’s excellent! Also it’s quite long but it’s over so you don’t have to wait for updates, haha

    Otoyomegatari http://www.mangareader.net/1113/otoyomegatari.html
    English translated title is “Bride’s Tale”
    It starts off with the story of a 20 year old woman in the middle east/asian area who marries a 12 year old boy. It’s very interesting and the art is so detailed and beautiful.
    Seriously, it’s handled very tastefully!! Check it out.

    Yotsubato! http://www.mangareader.net/132/yotsubato.html
    This is adorable. It’s slice-of-life comic about a 5 year old girl and her life.
    Such a sweet comic and so so funny (and this is coming from someone who doesn’t like children)

    I Am A Hero http://mangafox.me/manga/i_am_a_hero/
    It’s about zombies. Yes I know, zombies are so overrated now but idc. I liked them before they were wildly popular and I like them now. Zombies.
    The main story is about a young man with his own mental issues dealing with the zombie apocolypse. It’s incredibly interesting and the art is wild and grabs at you.

    Artists you should look into if you enjoy horror/guro mangas

    Junji Ito http://www.openawesome.com/junjiito.html

    Shintaro http://v2012.mangapark.com/author/kago+shintaro
    His stuff may be a little jacked up lmao, so… proceed with caution.

    Okay I think that’s most of the stuff I currently keep up with atm.
    I started reading Attack on Titan! but got bored of it after a while, sry

    So, tell me if y’all enjoy anything I posted!

    3 years ago
  164. Oh anime I remember that, have not watched one since foreever .
    My favorites are

    1. Kino’s Journey (About a girl and her talking motorcycle traveling to distant lands)
    2. Ergo Proxy (awesome dystopian fun that requires the audience to think)

    Favorite manga:
    Yotsuba& (funny stories about a little girl named yotsuba, its hilarious and cute)

    I grew up on DBZ, inuyasha, gundam wing, g gundam, sailor moon, foolycooly, and cowboy bebop

    3 years ago
  165. okay i think the anime Martina is looking for is KUROBARA ALICE????its about a female teacher who dies and gets resurrected as an old unrequited lover of a vampire whos suppose to fall in love with one of the vampires who live in the house hold??? hope this is the manga because its a good story

    3 years ago
  166. I rarely read manga so I’ll just list off some of my favourite anime:
    Ouran High School Host Club
    Saiunkoku Monogatari

    I also made a video talking about the different versions of Hana Yori Dango. Check it out if you have time :)

    3 years ago
  167. I recommend a manga called Defense Devil. Really nice graphics and interesting story + some character development.

    3 years ago
  168. I don’t watch too many anime or read too much manga, but I do have a nice list

    1) Avatar and Legend of Korra: Love the use of Asian characters, the design, the story… My bf and I love watching it
    2) Sailor Moon: I will admit that watching the original anime now makes it cheesy.. but it’s still good. I LOVE the reboot of the anime. It’s so faithful and Mamo chan is sooo much more sexier in this version ^^ uh… wait.. what did I just say? I got my bf interested in the reboot
    3) Cardcaptor Sakura: I haven’t watched the entire series, but I remember most of the cards and episodes. I like the magical feel to it.
    4) Hetalia: Is there anyone in the comments that likes Hetalia? I love the political, cultural, and historical satire to it…(though maybe it’s because I like politics…) It’s a great 5 min anime and if you know some world history, it’s really hilarious to watch.

    1) Sailor Moon: IT’S AWESOME
    2) Hetalia: The countries and nations that don’t get shown on the anime are hilarious in the manga. Hopefully the author gets back to the comic after he finishes his current project
    3) Naruto: I don’t really know why I’m still reading it. It’s getting extremely weird as the chapters go by… I think it’s just an inpulse that I read each new chapter.
    4) Most Diabolik Lovers manga: I know it’s based off the game, the girl is completly useless, and it’s S&M. I just have a guilty pleasure to it…

    This isn’t on my list, but my bf LOVES Neon Genesis Evangelion. Somene please explain the anime to me. I have no clue what everything is about…

    3 years ago
    • I love Hetalia! I got my friend into it after a few episodes. I’ve also watched Diabolik Lovers. Great concept, but I was annoyed when the main girl became too submissive. I mean, she was willing to fight back in the first episode, but what the heck?! *Rant rant*

      3 years ago
      • Some of my guy friends got me into Hetalia because they knew I’d love the show.

        The anime of Diabolik lovers is bad. Just.. bad. It’s based off the game from Otomate, but it’s really off…

        3 years ago
  169. If you’re looking for a manga to read, read Pandora Hearts! It’s interesting and funny and sad and perfection.

    Basically, the series is about this kid named Oz Vessalius who, on the night of his coming of age ceremony, is thrown into this weird dimension called the Abyss. He forms a contract with a chain (the monsters that live in the Abyss) and escapes, ending up ten years in the future. From there, the series just spirals into this complicated, but really well-written plot that incorporates events from one hundred years ago and the current storyline. It explores good vs. evil, the nature of sacrifice, friendship, the power of love, how actions have consequences, and a million other topics. All the characters are interesting and well-developed, and the art is GORGEOUS. It’s literally my favorite series ever and I recommend to everyone.

    The series is just wrapping up. Retrace 96 (the chapters are called retraces) comes out tomorrow in Japan and there’s only a few more after it! The English translation is only a few volumes behind, and all the chapters are scanned and translated by FallenSyndicate and posted online. It’s definitely worth a look!

    3 years ago
  170. =D Just wanted to mention that there was a Taiwanese version of Absolute Boyfriend made that was very good, since I see that’s on your list of favorite mangas. It had the girl from the Korean Boys Over Flowers, and the main guy was played by a Tai actor who also played Jang Geun Suk’s character from ‘You’re Beautiful’ in the Taiwanese remake of that. ANYWAY, long story short, it’s good, and Jiro Wang is gorgeous, and it is worth a watch, and thank you for being awesome, and sorry about your headache Simon, hope you feel better!

    3 years ago
  171. A TL;DR on manga! YAAAAY! Thanks so much for the suggestions :D This is my list:
    1) Naruto: It’s worth the hype (maybe not the more recent chapters, but the earlier arcs)
    2) Bleach: Ditto
    3) GINTAMAAAAAAAAA: OMG how I love this anime. Satire to a whole new level. Funny as hell and just plain awesome.
    4) Fairy Tail: So much sexism in terms of imagery, but really good strong characters :)
    5) Fullmetal Alchemist: Some of the strongest female characters I have seen in shonen manga, and terrific storyline and fantasy universe. LOVED IT.
    6) Get Backers: Oldie but a goodie.
    7) Ruroni Kenshin (Samurai X)

    3 years ago
  172. Well if you’re a huge sailor moon fan you should see the sailor moon musical. If you haven’t I highly recommend it they stay pretty close to the story line in the manga but there might be an extra villain in there, but that’s about it. You will get a kick out of seeing their silly skits and they even have the sailor star lights appear and do a concert just like they do in the manga ^^. I copied the link to the first musical if anyone wants to watch it, it has English subs too (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqIqLy-NxW8). There are 12 performances in total starting from 1993 till 2004. Hmm as for manga recommendations my list would be a page long. For mangas I would say Glass Mask, Ah! Itoshi no Banchousama, American Ghost Jack, Backstage Prince, Black Bird, Crash!, Daa! Daa! Daa!, Hiiro Ouji(vampire), Kamikami Kaeshi, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Kamisama Hajimemashita, Kanata Kara, Kenketsu Rush(vampire), Koakuma Lion, MAR (Märchen Awakens Romance), Midnight Secretary(vampire), My Boyfriend is a Vampire, Omamori no kamisama, Ookami-heika no Hanayome, Vampire Crisis, Wild Ones, Kiss Hug, Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro, and Dr. Duo. Hope you find something you like.

    3 years ago
    • Martina I think the manga you talked about was Kurobara Alice

      3 years ago
    • Martina, the manga you must be talking about is Kurobara Alice. Its about a group of vampires living together and to survive they need a female to create more vampire butterflies thus more vampires are created. So when she dies more vampire butterflies are created from her remains.

      3 years ago
  173. Oh man, you have a lot of good series on your list.
    Have you read the Blue Exorcist spin off? (Salaryman Exorcist: The Sorrows of Okumura) It’s really funny and there isn’t a storyline, just random events set around Okumura.
    Free! is in this summer, although you should probably watch the first season before the new one. Drammatical Murder is also really popular, but you might want to look it up and read about it first ;;

    Here’s my list ;u;
    -The Labyrinth of Magic (the anime changes a lot of the manga though)
    -Free! (lot’s of fanservice, but can still make you cry)
    -Yamada and the Seven Witches (also the same author as Yankee-kun to Megane-chan)
    -Full Metal Alchemist (everyone’s favourite)
    -ToraDora (a really popular romance series)
    -Deadman Wonderland
    -D.Gray-Man (story gets super confusing though)
    -Kuroko no Basket
    -Kill la Kill (also lots of fanservice, but the story gets really intense)
    -Tsuritama (super colourful/happy/sad)
    -Hell’s Kitchen >_>

    gosh there’s a lot more that aren’t on the list
    have fun crying over characters :)

    3 years ago
    • ahh, totally forgot

      Ava’s Demon
      a really great webcomic with amazing art that isn’t that long yet, can probably read through it in a few hours, updates often, also has some animation to it

      The Black Brick Road of Oz
      also amazing art, a great twist on The Wizard of Oz, really short so far, with interactive segments

      The Property of Hate
      incredible backgrounds, amazing art, also not that long right now, the author/artist has a great blog

      all of them are online webcomics, just really stories and even better art

      3 years ago
  174. First off, I would like to say that I now love Martina exponentially more than I did before watching this video XD Cowboy Bebop was my childhood!! I thoroughly enjoyed Martina’s rendition of the intro. haha. I love most of these animus and mangas mentioned!! ATLA and Korra are my favorite!! I got a tattoo of the element symbols after watching ATLA!! Moving on, there has always been mangas and animes about girls living in a house with a bunch of boys, and that got old for me. So my brother and I discovered Love Hina, which is about a boy who ends up living in a girls’ dorm because his grandmother owned it and now he inherited the building, but he thought it was just a regular hotel and was unaware that his grandmother had turned it into a female-only dorm. It’s more of a romantic comedy… with a heavier emphasis on comedy for the most part. So I recommend it it to both of you!! I was surprised my brother loved it so much, but like I said, it’s really funny. I also have a question, do you guys watch dubbed versions, or do you prefer subbed versions of animes? I personally enjoy watching subbed versions because sometimes the voices are significantly changed when dubbed. Ooh! I just thought of another anime/manga I loved!! Fruits Basket!! It’s about a family that is associated with the zodiac, some of the family members are “cursed” when they are touched by the opposite sex or if they become to exhausted, they transform from human to their zodiac animal. There is also a mystery behind the cat, since he isn’t really considered in the Zodiac calendar, but he’s still a zodiac animal. It’s a cute anime, and just like in real life, the cat and the rat don’t get along in it! XD
    I am too excited from all this anime talk… I will mention one last anime and then stop because I can go on forever. haha. If you like creepy mystery stuff, I recommend Paranoia Agent! So much weirdness happens and sometimes the episodes get creepy, but it’s all based on an alleged attacker who is in his teens, he attacks unsuspecting people with a bat and escapes easily because he goes around wearing roller blades. In the beginning, he is never found but somehow more and more people are claiming to be attacked by him, so the police begin to think it was imagined by the people because they are stressed out or distraught over something in their life. It’s one of my favorite animes! Okay, I will stop now, I hope you get a chance to watch or read any of these! BYE~

    3 years ago
  175. The fact that you watch/read Fairy Tail makes me very happy. The fact hat you’ve played Okami makes me very happy as well.
    Watch Fullmetal Alchemist, it’s one of the best shounen animes/mangas out there. Also, Sword Art Online. That one’s good. There’s a new season for it, Gun Gale Online.
    There’s one thing that makes me very, very, sad.
    Y U NO WATCH NARUTO???!!!!

    3 years ago
  176. I like your list Martina :)There’s two manga/ anime I lick, it is Yamato Nadeshiko, it is so funny it’s worth the watch and the other one is Ghost hunt… I was almost scared while watching it!

    3 years ago
  177. You like a lot of the same manga and anime I like, Martina! That makes me happy :D I like how you also mentioned Hayao Miyazaki movies, because my boyfriend and I absolutely LOVE pretty much every single one of the movies he directs. On that note, I saw you didn’t mention the Miyazaki movie Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which has kind of the same vibe as Princess Mononoke in terms of environmental consciousness or conscientiousness or whatever the word is. I think it’s pretty good, so give it a try if you want ^^ I watched Sailor Moon Crystal last week, and it was SO GOOD, I’m sure you’ll be impressed, too. I totally agree with you on The Bride of the Water God, also, I love that series and its art, just haven’t gotten the chance to read it lately. I watched Ouran Host Club on Netflix and I fell in love pretty much at the first episode. I still joke with my boyfriend about it, saying, “Haru-chan, Haru-chan!” like Honey would. I actually was never able to get through the Korean live action version of Boys Over Flowers (don’t murder me, fangirls, pls) because Jandi and Joonpyo’s romance that was still ALMOST romance in episode 11 was frustrating me. Maybe that’s because I watched Secret Garden before that as the first k-drama I watched, and was expecting quicker developments and stuff like that, but I’ll definitely give the manga version a try since you recommend it so highly! And thanks for finally making an episode about your anime/manga/manhwa interests! It was nice to hear about them and have the chance to compare and contrast our interests with you guys~ :)

    3 years ago
  178. I actually dropped Attack on Titan because Eren was really annoying. And I highly recommend Magic Knight Rayearth and Princess Tutu!
    Magic Knight Rayearth: Three girls get zapped to a magical land called Cephiro to become Magic Knights because the protector of the country (called the Pillar), Princess Emeraude, was kidnapped by the high priest and right-hand man, Zagato. It may sound cliche, but it’s a great adventure story with good character development for the main characters (heck, they get armor that changes form when they grow mentally). There’s two seasons (haven’t finished the second season yet), but the first season is where the journey is and LET ME TELL YOU, the first season’s end is AMAZING.
    Princess Tutu: MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE. It’s about a duck that turns into a girl that turns into a magical girl! The duck/girl (whose name is literally Duck) finds out that the guy she admires at her school has actually lost his heart so in order to get them back, she goes around town getting pieces of it back by healing peoples’ hearts with dance. That may sound simple, but the story’s waaaaay more complex than that. Also, THE BALLET TEACHER IS A CAT. A TALKING CAT.

    3 years ago
  179. I grew up watching “Americanized Anime” like Sailor Moon, The Dragon Ball Series, YuYu Hakusho, Tenchi Muyo, and Pokémon (If that even counts). But, it wasn’t until I discovered MY ALL TIME FAVORITE ANIME INUYASHA, that relized how much the U.S. censored these shows! InuYasha was the first anime I watched that was completely uncensored and unchanged from the original Japanese to the English dub version. And the great thing about it is the anime is 100% true to the manga! Watching one episode is like reading one chapter. This is an anime that I believe both Martina and Simon would enjoy watching because it has a little bit of everything! Time Travel, Romance, Comedy, Action, Adventure, and just an overall great storyline with amazing characters! Simon, from one guy to another I seriously think you should give this one a chance!

    3 years ago
  180. I would have to get out my notebook if I wanted to post a long rambling post. But alas, I will not. This is a recommendation that Simon might actually like a lot. It is a manhwa and can be found on comic naver or the english version on mangahere.com. Its called Breaker, which is complete, and its continuation, Breaker: New Wave.

    Happy Reading

    3 years ago
  181. I liked a lot in your list, they were actually quite good animes :)
    Have you watched Sword Art Online? It was quite famous and it’s still going on right now. I also liked ‘Kyoukai no Kanata’ (or Beyond The Boundary), dunno if you’ll like it?? ‘Bokura wa minna kawaisou’ was a nice Slice of Life anime I enjoyed too ^^

    3 years ago
  182. fa

    I seriously can’t believe myself, I am not the type to leave comments behind but I just…..#can’t find the word to express my feelings on this topic…Well…you read MANGA and MANHWA (WEBTOONS) did you read MANHUA(?)[the chinese ones].
    I really love MANGA, MANHWA(WEBTOONS), MANHWA, ANIME. Really can’t stop talking about it. I probably already read a tons of MANGA, MANHWA, MANHUA I’ll recommend you some (maybe u already read/watch them)
    MANGA : Dengeki daisy, nisekoi, skip beat, akuma to love song, vampire knight, d-tray man, kimi ni todoke, deadman wonderland, beelzebub, obaka-chan koigatariki, katekyo hitman reborn, claymore, ubel blatt, bakuman, hunterxhunter, code breaker, cross game (any other adachi mitsuru), oresama teacher, gakuen babysitters, sun-ken rock, kekkaishi, silver spoon (I like the anime), bloody monday, team medical dragon, rave master (better than fairy tail maybe?), 666 satan, shokugeki no soma, sore demo sekai wa utsukushii…(really can’t stop)
    MANHWA(WEBTOONS) : the breaker, the breaker:new waves, noblesse(w), black haze(w), tower of god(w), godly bells/divine bells(w), the gamer(w), the god of high school(w), killer stall(w), lessa(W), crimson knight(w), Id, saver, song of the doll, ciel~the last autumn story, absolute witch,….
    MANHUA : 1/2 prince, the one, feng shen ji, blood and steel, youth gone wild(?), chang ge xing/choukakou…(well manhua is hard to came by, they mostly in the form of a novel)
    there’s just so many that I’d love to share with you but I don’t know if our preference r the same or not, well I hope that you’ll check out something that I recommend… :D

    3 years ago
    • ooh you read tower of god xD i really really like tog i think it’s very interisting and good and the author is still improving :D
      it’s a shame that there is also a young audience for it otherwise he could give it a more serious and intense touch

      3 years ago
    • fa

      oops….I forgot to include Kingdom(manga)haha…
      mmm…since we’re on the topics you know there’s genres in manga, manhwa, manhua, and anime right???
      Can I ask what you guys think about genres shounen ai/yaoi ; shoujou ai/yuri ??? because it seems like thats very popular in japan itself (or maybe the world??)

      3 years ago
  183. It’s okay, Martina. It’s not nerdy. This is a topic I think a lot of people were looking forward to. I definitely was and am excited to talk about this, so forgive me (everyone) for this long post!
    My problem is that I seldom finish dramas and mangas and anime. I mostly stick to one-shots (nothing longer than a few chapters, at the most).
    For example, I was really into “Vampire Knight” when I was younger, but I stopped reading after maybe volume five and then stopped watching probably halfway through season two? I’m not sure. I can say the same about “Maid-Sama”, which I read maybe 50 or 60 chapters off and watched the first 8 episodes of and then dropped it. Not because they’re bad, but just because I’m lazy. I don’t like commitment.
    There are some mangas that I have finished. “Hana-Kimi”, “Fruits Basket”, & “Absolute Boyfriend”, for example. I also watched the entire anime of “Fruits Basket” and “Ouran Host Club”, and I watched the Korean and Japanese live version of “Hana-Kimi” and the Japanese live-action of “Absolute Boyfriend”. I also saw all of the Korean live-action and most of the Japanese live-action of “Itazura na Kiss” (Playful Kiss/Mischievous Kiss). I’ve finished a few manhwas too. “Love in the Mask” and “The Moment When a Fox Becomes a Wolf” are two I remember finishing, for example.
    Some recommended stuff would be “Ghost Hunt”, for one. It’s really well written and funny and it’s pretty scary, and even if there is a romance, it’s pretty much one-sided and gives the story humor. I read the last few volumes of the manga, because more happens past the ending of the anime, and I think it really answers any questions the anime brings up and provides full closure. I also just started a manga and (brand new) anime called “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun”, which I think even Simon will enjoy. I’ve seen some people posting that “Kimi ni Todoke” is good; I’ve read some of the manga and watched some of the anime and the live-action film, and it is. It’s really fluffy and innocent and adorable. Something similar but a little darker and more realistic is “Say I Love You”. I haven’t finished the manga or anime but have full intentions to, and I am searching for the film online as it just came out in Japan.”Kore wa Zombie desu ka?” is hilarious and “Angel Beats” was amazing.
    And “Hetalia”! I almost forgot! The anime and manga are all incredibly funny. They make fun of history and country stereotypes by making the countries into people. It’s hilarious.

    Now I feel like finishing all those mangas I didn’t finish, like “Mixed Vegetables” and “Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun”. And more one-shots. Always one-shots.

    3 years ago
    I think we (Martina) share the same taste!! Totally a fan of hana kimi and hana yori dango manga! <3<3<3
    I love the shoujo/josei genre and I recommend Lovely Complex, Hotaru no Hikari (the liveaction is awesome toooo), W Juliet and and if you are into orchestra and classical, you can't miss Nodame Cantabile ALL MANGA ANIME AND LIVEACTION ARE FANTASTIC!

    Shounen manga definitely OnePiece is the best (bias alert), but others like Mirei Nikki, Claymore (taking really long for each chapters to be out)and GANTZ (this is some awesome gruesome stuff, liveaction movie kinda meh though)are a few of my favorites. XD XD XD

    Hope your cafe will be ready by september! Will be making my first visit there and I am getting so excited already!!

    3 years ago
  185. Skip beat and love,chunibyo and ither delusions are also really great!! Martina, love your hair and make up <3 (simon lovely beard….shape? Idek haha!)

    3 years ago
  186. Alice in the Kingdom of Hearts- Started as a visual novel but got a manga. Very well drawn, really cute and a great spin-off of the classic Alice in Wonderland. And hot guys. Need I say more?
    Afterschool Charisma- I’m currently reading it and looks promising. About clones of famous historical people (but much more good looking) in a school. They all are expected to succeed their ‘original’ but then of course sh!t happens, action, you know.
    Otomen- OMG this is so adorable; a girly guy (an otomen) and a tomboy fall for each other and the characters are so adorable and very well drawn might I add and the story line progresses smoothly. Romcom, fluffy, funny and they absolutely need to make an anime of this manga.
    Free!- Hot shirtless guys. Nuff said. Mainly for fanservice, but a pretty cute anime. I recommend after watching this, you watch the parody ‘50% off’. Too funny, and Nagisa’s thug voice XD Cannot be unheard.
    Death Note- I know Martina has seen this but I just NEED to mention it. Death Note is just amazing, I loved every second of it. The characters are so well developed and the plot is so complicated and it’s just so good. So good. So. Good. If you haven’t seen it, you have to. Don’t get put off by the washed out colour palette, the story is amazing.

    3 years ago
  187. +1 for more eatyourkimchi anime openings! I lol’d but I dont think you should call it ‘s&m [do] openings’ :S

    I’m so bad for watching anime, I keep trying to get back into it but I never have time! My friend and I meet up every few months and watch about 40 new animes, we just watch the first episode though. we start at 10am and watch right through till the next day. There is much tea consumed!

    I’m stupidly excited about the new sailor moon series. They’ve as good as said they remade it entirely for the generation that grew up watching it which is awesome, maybe a dbz remake soon? or the other ones that were on fox kids back in the day!

    3 years ago
  188. Gookusen is definitely one of my favourite mangas, the style of drawing and the story and just- awesome. A kind of similar manga is Angel Densetsu in the feels not in the story and SWOOT which is just like. Comedy and gold and yankies and delinquents and weird fighting. There’s also Psyren which is in my top five mangas ever because it has time travel and weird powers and it at the same time down to earth and the main character is similar to Oga in Beelzebub and that’s saying something OK? It’s just awesome.
    There are two korean manhwas that I read that blew me away and they are The Breaker (which has a sequel and it’s drawn so DAMN GOODD) which is like the weak guy being taught martial arts and getting strong and then Annarasumanara is slice of life and I think everyone is school should read it because it preaches about pressure from parents and society and school life it was very true and very sad(yeah I thought it was juberish to in the beginning ) but then I cried like a baby half way through so yeah. I recommend 100%
    Now I’m pretty sure you’re aware of Psycho Pass which is a great futuristic anime and critique if you look at it right. Durarara which I must recommend because it awesome and weird and clearly slice of life just fits in there too. Eureka 7 is one of the sci-fi animes that I could stomach because sci-fi and me don’t usually mix at all but this was just awesome with giant robots and mecha and just the whole concept was perfect and the colors in the anime AND THE GOSH DARN MUSIC I CAN’T.
    Wow this is getting long ok just 2 more to go if you want fantasy world but serious go Ghost 07- anime in my opinion didn’t happen because it ended in such a cliffhanger I wanted to strange myself but the manga is super good and so much bromance. The very last manga I would like to recommend is my utmost favourite, will forever be in my top 5, that I re-read five times and it is Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro aka Private Evil Eye Nougami Neuro aka Private Detective Nougami Neuro. It’s about a demon that comes to our world so it can eat puzzles/evil energy off of people who’ve commited a crime and he meets Yako and decides she should be his slave and it mystery and comedy and DARK comedy and an itsy biysy love story happening I just couldn’t with this manga I try to recommend it to everyone and the way that it’s drawn is so different I love this mangaka. (who also made another manga about an alien teacher who makes his student try to kill him with automatic weapons is name is Ansatsu Kyoushitsu its great).
    So yeah I have a lot of feels but please keep us updated what you decide to watch ok?

    3 years ago
  189. my two best recommendations i have are anime’s

    Baccano!: an awesome suspenseful anime set in a 1920s gangster era, and the voice acting is stellar in BOTH the japanese and the english, because in the english they put on the silly new york accents its adorable. its also very short, about 12 episodes, so its one of the few animes ive seen where every episode is an integral part of the story, theres no nonsense or filler. It has a clear and definite ending which is very satisfying

    and Axis Powers Hetalia: an adorable manga and anime which personifies all the world’s countries and plays around and makes jokes about their idiosyncracies. especially about the relationship between Japan and Germany and Italy during WWII

    3 years ago
  190. My anime/manga list-
    Kuroko no Basuke
    Uta no Prince Sama

    Martina, I really think you would like Magi :) There are 2 seasons, and season 3 is rumoured to come out soon :D
    Also, the manga is really cool hehe x)

    3 years ago
  191. My anime/manga list-
    Kuroko no Basuke
    Uta no Prince Sama

    Martina, I really think you would like Magi :) There are 2 seasons, and season 3 is rumoured to come out soon :D
    Aldo, the manga is really cool hehe x)

    3 years ago
  192. I really like Vampire Knight, the ending bothered me a bit because it seemed cut short but maybe that’s just me expecting a big finale :L If you liked it though, try Bloody Cross. I picked it up in France a couple of years back and it has a similar feel only way more light hearted. :D
    And If you like Kaichou wa Maid-sama then try Dengeki Daisy :)
    Also I really like Reborn although the end frustrates me to no end >:( The characters are always laugh out loud funny and I mean one’s a complete loser meant to be a mafia boss and the other is a hitman… and a baby! What’s not to love about that!? xD Persevere through the first couple of books of introducing characters though because it is definitely worth it for the rest.
    Then there are classics like Battle Royale which really shouldn’t be overlooked because the story is just divine and pretty much kick started The Hunger Games. NO MATTER HOW HARD THEY ARE TO FIND! and also Full Metal Alchemist, though more recent, will always be one of the best in my eyes, the two main characters are heartbreakingly well conceived and the story is just beautiful. *glorified baby pose*
    And by the authors of Deathnote there’s Bakuman which is about to high schoolers that decide to team up to create manga and is PERFECT for the ULTIMATE MANGA LOVER! I highly recommend it! If there’s one manga I want everyone that reads this to try it’s this one. The main characters are immediately lovable and relatable and their rivals are just crazy and lovely and Neiji-sama is my one true manga love :3 (yes even with that hair) and HONESTLY just try it! You’ll love it and you’ll thank me for it!
    P.S. : And if anyone can honestly tell me they didn’t cry their eyes out when Ace died and then the 20 or so chapters on Luffy and Ace’s background story after that, and then that one chapter after those with the aftermath with Luffy crying his eyes out about Ace’s death then I don’t even know anymore…

    3 years ago
  193. oh there’s just too many i like, if i could read Japanese it would be worse lol. i think my favorite still is Death Note and One piece kinda, obvious choice’s but still haha ive completely gone off Bleach tho. i think the first manga i bought was a manga called crescent moon, its pretty sweet.

    3 years ago
  194. It’s interesting how you *know* who someone is by their Anime / Manga choices o.O I have a library completely full of Manga hauled by my SO back from Japan … in ever expanding volumes (Simon, I empathize although Martina is a bit of a light-weight compared to what we have).

    I see Black Butler, d.Grayman, FMA, Kenshin out there in the comments but no Saber Marionette?????? wahh? ::shock:: As a series with a neat bow around it, a point and a finale, Its always had a soft spot and ticks most of the Anime boxes for me.

    3 years ago
  195. I only have a few mangas/manhwas that I like (ha! just kidding.) So happy to know that there are many like-minded people like me since I basically grew up with mangas/manhwas (doraemon, cardcaptor sakura, kenji, patlabor, ryuuden, master cooking boy, and so many more!!) The mangas/manhwas that will always have special place in my heart are the gourmet manga ( yakitate!! japan, oishinbo, shinya shokudou, kinou nani tabeta, kitchen princess, delicious!, kami no shizuku, antique bakery, kodoko no gourmet,yumeiro patissiere, nobunaga no chef, and again, SO..SO.. many more.) (Got tired of typing.. ^.^’) It is always a pleasure to see this topic come up since this proves people who says that mangas/manhwas are only for children wrong.

    3 years ago
  196. So I registered on here just to tell you guys that you need to re-think your thoughts about Shingeki no Kyojin. It’s completely not what you think.
    Spoiler alert below
    The titans aren’t just eating because they’re glutinous nor do they intentionally represent the 1% of society. However, you are partially right, the government and rich are selfish. Instead of sending the best soldiers out to gain intelligence and fight or protect the citizens, they use them to protect themselves even though they’re the farthest from the Titans. Remember, there’s nothing actually known about them other than where to kill them and that there’s special types, so it is assumed they are gluttonous since they can service without food. If you can’t wait until next year for season 2, I recommend reading the manga. The drawings aren’t as nice, however my friend used to refuse to read it until I hinted to her what I discovered while reading and she ended up reading it as well. The Titans are actually looking… For something, and why would the Colossal Titan and Armored Titan want to breach the wall if they’re human.
    Also, I felt kind of the same way about Erin as you guys. At first he’s weak and then he changes and becomes stronger and then goes back to being weak. However, doesn’t that happen to most action heroes? So it doesn’t bother me as much any more. I hope you guys realized at the season finale that there were Titans in the wall… How could they have gotten there without the government knowing??? hmm…that’s going to be one of the big themes. I hope this changed your mind about the show but didn’t spoil to much for you. Also… Mikasa Ackerman and Levi Ackerman???? They’re not close blood relatives but there’s got to be some connection. So yeah, read the manga and you will be mind blown.
    Oh, almost forgot, if you guys haven’t listened to the soundtrack, you definitely need to. I have been listening almost every day for the past three months. It’s on YouTube, best anime soundtrack ever.

    3 years ago
  197. I forgot “Mushishi” ^^’ It’s a very nice and peaceful anime (and manga). I recommend it for its originality and its spirit ! If you feel sad or angry, watch one episode and you’ll feel zen ;)

    3 years ago
  198. I am beside k-pop fan, actually an anime/manga fan (freak) XD
    This is my list:
    Fairy Tail (anime)
    One Piece (anime and I think manga soon)
    Naruto (anime and manga)
    Yu-Gi-Oh! (manga)
    Kingdom Hearts (manga of course)
    Ouran Host Club (Anime and live-action)
    Toradora! (anime)
    Fruits Basket (anime and manga)
    I watch or read much more,but I am going to stop here.

    3 years ago
  199. Ada

    I noticed a lot of animes/mangas up there that I enjoy as well! My taste is weird it varies a lot, from very lighthearted, to dark and broody like. I won’t reveal the story because I don’t like it when other do that so I don’t do it, but I will say the general feel the show has, my general opinion, and suggestive material in case anyone is sensitive about that.
    These are some of the other animes/mangas I really enjoy that were not up there:

    Princess Tutu: I feel has a similar vibe to Sailor Moon, it’s mostly light hearted with some emotional scenes. I think Martina would really enjoy this one xD

    Full Metal Alchemist: This one is a good action adventure. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is much better though, it follows a similar story as the first FMA, but this one sticks better to the manga. On it’s own, FMA is pretty good I feel, but FMAB is animated better, better detail, and the story is easier to follow because it follows the manga better.

    Fruits Basket: It’s very sweet and light hearted.

    Dogs: I’ve only read the prelude manga and saw very little of the anime, but I do love this one’s stories. This one is very dark though and does show sexual related things.

    Chobits: Another sweet hearted show. If it weren’t for the often reference to porn or things of that nature I would show my younger sister this one. A lot of it’s comedy comes from porn. xD

    Rin: Another quite dark one, with many sexual references and showing, but I quite enjoy it’s story.

    Pokemon: This one I’m very particular though. I’m fine with it up until the Master Quest Season. After that I feel like it’s getting drawn out. I’ve seen bits and pieces of later episodes, and will likely eventually watch them just to say that I have. Who knows, maybe my opinion will change. Currently I feel that it’s too drawn out, the new pokemon are strange, and just in general is overdone. I happily enjoy the older seasons though, enjoyed them as a child and enjoy them now.

    Dance in the Vampire Bund: Another quite sexualized anime, but I still enjoy the story in it.

    Okami-San and her seven companions: Another quite light hearted show

    Wolf’s Rain: Good Action/Adventure story. Drawn beautifully. Very heavy in emotion and drama though, very little to none light moments.

    Wolf Children: A fairly new movie that came out, and I absolutely love it. The animation is beautiful and story kinda bittersweet, but lovely all the same.

    Code Geass: Can be seen as quite dark, but the fantasy story is fantastic and very well animated.

    Baka and Test: Very cute and light hearted, occasional suggestive material, but nothing terrible. I find it quite funny.

    Demon King Daimo: Quite funny. Very suggestive material. As it goes along slowly gets darker, but ends on a cheery note.

    Witch Blade: Lovely, sad story. Some suggestive material. Has many sweet moments, though also has many dark moments.

    Pretty sure I’m missing a couple, but can’t pull their names off the top of my head. I didn’t show any BL manga/anime because I know that those are not everyone’s cup of tea.
    One I would NOT recommend is Girls Bravo. Just….. no. Just no. It’s ridiculous, it’s bad, just no. I literally only watched it to the end just to see how bad it could get. It’s really, really bad. I can laugh at really silly things, but most of the time watching this I laughed because it was so bad and was actually embarrassed. If you can stand brightly colored, EXTREMELY sexualized, over the top material… it’s your funeral. I for one wish I could scrub my brain of that one.

    3 years ago
  200. Hi Martina and Simon (from France) !! Nice topic ;)
    I saw that a lot of people suggest you different mangas/manwha and animes. Most of them are really good. I would like to present my favorite manga and its adaptation in anime -which exactly follows the manga. It’s “Monster” written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa (who also did “Pluto”, “Twentieth century” etc). The genre is : mystery, horror, psychological, well it’s an excellent Thriller. The plot takes us into a thriller halfway between fiction and historical facts in Germany and Czech Republic, in the context of German reunification (after the fall of the Berlin Wall).
    I suggested this anime to different kind of people : people who likes manga/aime and people who didn’t like or wasn’t interested by it. Both loved it !! ^^ When you begin, you want to know the end, it’s addictive !
    Well…what else, ah! I also wanted to talk about “Yotsbua &” which is a very nice (and cute!) manga. It’s a light comedy and reading it without smilling (and laughing ^^) is quite difficult.

    I really recommend these both manga ^^ I hope you’ll try (or another nasty girl or boy who’ll read this post)see them.

    Je vous souhaite bon courage pour vos projets !!

    (sorry for my mistakes if I did some ;) )

    3 years ago
  201. WOAAAH this is so enlightening. Jdramas were kind of my pathway into kdrama and then kpop but I never knew so many of the first drama’s I watched were actually mangas before. I knew a couple were but wow this is so interesting.
    I’ve only watched the drama versions of Hana Kimi (Jap, first ever drama <3.. and unfortunatley korean), Hana Yori Dango (both versions are so good,I agree martina my friends always pick one or the other but I can't !!),Gokusen, Mei Chan no Shitsuji, Goong, Absolute Boyfriend and Nodame Cantabile but because I never really had any friends or anything that were into manga so I never took too much interest either. BUT NOW since so many of my fave classic dramas are on there hihi I might take the time to read a few :D, the fact that they're some of my favourite dramas makes me really excited and who knows more of the dramas I like might turn out to originally be managas too from the looks of it

    3 years ago
  202. I’m just wondering what the viewers who aren’t anime or manga fans are thinking looking at all these comments.

    3 years ago
    • When I was a kid, in Indonesia, I don’t think we had ‘anime fans’ or a ‘manga fans’ – because it was such a commonplace thing. Turn on the TV, you see anime (eg Doraemon, Ninja Hattori-kun). Go to the bookstore, you see manga (eg Astro Boy, Glass Mask). I think it’s the same in most Asian countries?

      3 years ago
    Anyhow, here are some of my recommendations!

    Anime Recommendations:
    -Nodame Cantabile (has a great live action drama as well and music is nice!)
    -Free! (…hot swimmers…’nuf said, it’s mostly for fan service but it’s nice :D)
    -Tsubasa Chronicles
    -Code Geass
    -Cardcaptor Sakura (can’t beat the classics)
    -Get Backers
    -Psycho Pass (if you like dystopia :D)
    -Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
    -Say ‘I Love You’ (beware of the fluff)

    Manga Recommendations:
    -Absolute Boyfriend (there’s a live action drama as well)
    -Boy Princess (this is the only manhwa i’ve ever read… and it’s BL :D)
    -Faster Than a Kiss
    -Fruits Basket
    -Hirunaka no Ryuusei
    -Ouran High School Host Club (THE ANIME IS NOT ENOUGH! MANGA NEEDS TO BE READ <—massive OHSHC fan)
    -Pretty Face (Simon would love this actually… :D)
    -The Gentlemen's Alliance
    -Vampire Game (it's an oldie and the art is nice :D)

    Notice how it's a bit in the alphabetical side… I have an excel file just for my anime/manga :D (DEDICATION!)

    Anyways, enjoy! Hopefully you guys enjoy Sweden! :)

    3 years ago
  204. I found Anime and Manga when I had just moved to a new high school in 2008 (age 13) and was befriended by people who loved it. I soon discovered how addictive it was and came to love it just as much as my friends.

    My Anime Recommendations:
    – D.N.Angel
    – Code Geass
    – Angel Beats
    – Ghost Hunt (Scary/Horror themes)
    – Fruits Basket
    – Nichijou : My Ordinary Life
    – Rozen Maiden
    – Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles

    Manga Recommendations:
    – Black Cat (My Favourite Manga)
    – Claymore
    – Shaman King

    3 years ago
  205. Hey Martina,

    The manga with the vampires is called Kurobara Alice :-) I read it too ^_^

    3 years ago
  206. The Seoul Sailor Moon Sleep Over was last weekend. We watched all 200 episodes of the original series, plus the movies, and debuted the new episode. There was a never ending supply of shenanigans and tomfoolery to be had by all. Sounds like the group that hosts those gatherings may be your sort of people. ^__^

    3 years ago
  207. Hehe. Martina, I also keep a notebook filled with all the books I read and I include the manga I have read. I remember I use to write names of manga I’ve read and then give them a star rating (1-5 stars). hehe. i have loved manga since i was in 3rd grade. Oh, you should try reading: Mermaid’s Scar by Rumiko Takahashi and Barefoot Gen. I wonder if you’ve read it? or watched the animated movie(there are 2 parts).

    3 years ago
  208. The amount that I’ve watched anime or read manga has decreased a lot these past few years, but there are a few I’ve watched somewhat recently that I’ve really enjoyed:
    -Mirai Nikki/Future Diary: About a boy put in a battle royale situation where he must fight other owners of future diaries to become the new god of time and space. It’s very dark and gorey, but the story line is excellent and I watched it in like a week, and am currently rewatching it. It’s only problem is the main character, Yuki, is super whiney and 90% of the time I want to slap him, and he has almost no character development. But the other characters are so great it makes up for it.
    -Deadman Wonderland: Another battle royale situation, but this one is in a prison. Also very dark (I watch a lot of dark animes…). Kinda similar in feel to Mirai Nikki, but overall I find the characters more likable. Supposedly the manga is better/more detailed, but I have yet to read it.
    -Welcome to NHK: A guy who is a hikikomori catches the interest of a girl who wants to ‘cure’ him, which ends up getting him involved in making a video game, plus like 2 more plot lines. Also conspiracy theories. This one is a strange mix of comedy and a dark drama. You’ll watch like 5 hilarious episodes and then suddenly, bam, feels.
    -Princess Princess: The happiest anime on this list. It’s a shounen-ai about a guy that goes to an all boys highschool where he’s chosen to be a princess. Both hilarious and absolutely adorable. Also only 12 episodes long so it’s a quick watch.
    -Dengeki Daisy: A romantic comedy about a girl whose brother died, so she has only one form of support, Daisy, who she texts. One day at school she breaks a window and has to work for the janitor (the love interest). It’s really cute, and something I like to read when I want something light, that still has a good story.

    Every other anime/manga I would normally recommend you’ve mentioned. Also, if you’re ever into playing those dating sims, Hatoful Boyfriend is absolutely wonderful. It’s about birds and a human pretending to be a bird. I never play dating sims, but this game is great.

    3 years ago
    • Hatoful Boyfriend is set to come out on Steam in ~1 month, if I recall correctly; reading through Angie Gallant’s Let’s Play was really entertaining

      3 years ago
  209. Anime and mangas (and recently, manhwas) are a guilty pleasure I gladly partake in almost daily. ;-)

    My recommendations:

    – Stepping on Roses [romance, rich guy/poor girl, Meji era]
    – Tail of the Moon [romance, ninjas, comedy]
    – Red River (also known as Anatolia Story) [time travel, romance, ancient civilisations, action]
    – Earl and Fairy [1800s London, romance, fantasy, fairies, drama]
    – Kimi Ni Todoke [high school, slice of life, comedy, gentle romance]
    – Sengoku Danshi Hana no Ran [time travel to modern times, romance, entertainment industry, hot guys]
    – Ten no Ryuu Chi no Sakura [dragons, high school, romance, mystery, hot guys]
    – Akatsuki no Yuna [estranged princess, dragons, fantasy, historical]
    – Chou Yo Hana Yo (Butterflies, Flowers) [romance, modern Japan, servant/noble woman, comedy, smut]

    – Uta No Prince Sama [musical, comedy, romance, hot boys galore!]
    – Nana [musical, slice of life, drama, friendship]
    – Angel Beats [musical, after death, mystery, action]

    There are a heap of others, but this is it for now as there are heaps of other great suggestions by the other Nasties. :-D

    3 years ago
  210. WELL! Let’s just say, Martina, that all of us here feel as you do when we discuss this topic! – just look at me…got all registered just to comment here…cuz I LOVE that you love this so much <3 (Sailor Moon FOREVER ~ totally agree with the idea that everything Sailor Moon will be AWESOME – period! Same as you, grew up with Sailor Moon in the morning before school started Shin Angyo Onshi (or Blade of the Phantom Master)
    = beautiful art, never-saw-that-coming-what-the-heck story…check it out.

    The Manga: (I’ll mention those I’ve not read on here as often yet and my absolute loves)
    -> Sailor Moon – duh…the manga cracked me up! I laughed so hard…and out loud.
    -> Most Anything CLAMP – Card Captor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth, Clover…
    -> D.N. Angel (hasn’t actually been completed by the mangaka, but beautiful art)
    -> Skip Beat – HILARIOUS!!! never quite what you would expect from the characters
    -> Full Metal Alchemist – mind-blowing story
    -> Rurouni Kenshin – beautifully drawn, and heart-wrenching storyline
    -> Full Metal Panic – you’ll laugh…I promise.
    -> Salad Days – a compilation of short stories from the same artist. Beautiful, creative, and always something to look forward to. I came across this one randomly at one point and re-read it whenever I get the chance to (I burnt it on a cd…a CD! who DOES THAT ANYMORE? granted this was probably in the early 2000’s when no one knew what Manga was yet)
    -> S.A. – a girl who loves to wrestle?! muahaha…I used to watch wwf with my dad…
    -> Mekakushi no Kuni – beautiful…absolutely beautiful. You’ll wanna read this mangaka’s other works afterwords too.
    -> Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai – Lovely characters and storyline. Older times, but love it very much.
    -> Tokyo Crazy Paradise – same mangaka as Skip Beat, and just as fun to read!

    J-dramas: (cuz I got no new anime to recommend…)
    -> GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka
    -> Nodame Cantabile
    -> Nobuta wo Produce
    -> Code Blue (1 & 2)

    And there you have it! Now…I will go find my CD of SALAD DAYS and re-read that AWESOMENESS!

    3 years ago
    • *ahem*ahem* just kidding about the anime…I recommend one that I haven’t read on here yet:
      -> Hikaru No Go – you’ll get addicted and wanna learn how to play “go”…beautiful story too.

      3 years ago
    • hmmm…something happened in that comment that I did not realize until I posted it. What I meant to say after my SAILOR MOON rant is this:

      *Ahem* anywho…on to the shares ~

      The ONLY Manwha that I’ve EVER fully read and LOVED:
      -> Shin Angyo Onshi (Blade of the Phantom Master)
      = beautiful art, never-saw-that-coming-what-the-heck story…check it out.

      – done!

      3 years ago
  211. I’m surprised that there’s no chatter here about this particular manga: Dengeki Daisy. If you haven’t read it yet, go, go and read it quickly! It’s drawn beautifully and it’s really funny as well!

    Other recommendations:
    Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii
    Love So Life
    Oresama Teacher
    1/2 Prince
    Skip Beat!
    Kamisama Hajimemashita
    Akagami no Shirayukihime
    Shitsuji-sama no Okiniiri
    Ah! Itoshi no Banchousama

    I could mention so many more, but I shall leave it at this.

    3 years ago
  212. Here are some of the animes I reccomend watching Martina!!! xD
    Kuroko no basket
    TOKYO GHOUL!!!! (You have to watch this it’s amazing!!!!)
    Black Bullet
    Code Geass
    Akame ga Kill
    Barakamon! (Seriously funny)
    Bokura wa minna kawaisou
    HUNTER x HUNTER!!!!!(Amazing story line although it’s has 100+ episodes)
    Monogatari series
    Shugo Chara
    Card Captor Sakura
    Clannad (Kind of slow but the feels!!!)
    And finally Hamatora The Animation
    P.S. You should read the Kuroshitsuji manga!! It’s better than the anime in my opinion!!

    3 years ago
  213. Hey Simon and Martina! I am becoming a big manga/anime fan and I know the typical favorites (Beelzebub, Nartuto, Fairytale, Bleech)… but I guess I’m a bit like a hipster and don’t read those ones, because they are over hyped.
    I’m really happy you like Ao no exorcist, I loved the anime so much I would stay up until 4 in the morning and couldn’t go to sleep because my heart was pounding due to all the action scenes!
    Either way, seeing your manga’s I think I know one Martina would love. It’s actually an old manga and anime called Fruit’s basket. Honestly, it’s the funniest anime ever! They dubbed the anime in English, but of course there is a Japanese version and this was one of my first anime I ever watched! It’s really a great one and I recommend you watching it! Also another classic, which is actually my favorite is called Chobits. Seriously, no joke, it’s hilarious, it’s dramatic and sad as well. It’s actually all in one and I guess that’s why it’s a classic. I read the manga in like two days, it was THAT good and the anime was as good too! Your life will not be complete without it! (Just kidding…Or am I? *Cue gasp*) Lastly one of my favorite manga’s (other than Pokemon, yes, I read it and it’s 100x better than the *Let’s all be friends* anime version) is called Akuma to love song. This means the devil’s love song. It’s a slow romance, but the main focus is on a girl named Maria. This is a very serious manga, it has it’s funny moments, but it’s sad, she lost her mother due to suicide. (Because her mother was raped at the age of 16 and everybody called her a slut and Maria, the daughter, was also shunned and the mother wanted to kill Maria and herself, but Maria escaped. She goes to a new school where she is bullied and it’s just a beautiful story about a girl looking for her past, falling in love, making true friends and developing her feelings. She used to be heartless, but because of the friends she makes she knows how to feel in love, how to feel happy and also sadness. Martina, you will love this manga! It’s really a good one!

    3 years ago
  214. -tackles Martina lovingly-
    This is absolutely one of my favorite topics in the world, and I love, love, love you for doing a video on it. Also, you like so many of the same anime that I do that it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. :D
    Okay, so, on to recommendations. These fall into so many different categories that I just can’t separate them out. Also, I watched them all as anime, but I would imagine that the mangas are pretty spectacular as well.

    Black Bullet (Warning: You may cry.)
    Gundam 00
    Tokyo Ravens
    Soul Eater
    Sekaiichi Hatsukoi (If you’re into yaoi. If not, better pass this one up.)
    The Third
    Kobato (This one is also a little sad)
    Sukitte Ii Na Yo
    Witch Hunter Robin
    Red Data Girl
    Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
    Darker Than Black (All three seasons)
    Saiunkoku Monogatari
    Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan & Hakuouki Hekketsuroku (I dare you not to cry at the end of Hekketsuroku. I certainly couldn’t stop myself.)
    Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha/Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (All seasons are worth watching, but I like the first one best.)
    Inu x Boku SS
    Air TV (Sad, again. Strong possiblity of tears.)
    Kimi ni Todoke
    Princess Tutu
    Asatte no Houkou
    Clannad & Clannad: After Story (I bawled my eyes out while watching After Story. The first season got me a little bit too.)
    Shion no Ou
    Chrono Crusade
    Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei/The Irregular at Magic High School

    These are all I have right now. I’ve watched a lot more than this small list, but these are the ones with the best plots, and that you don’t have on your list. Most of the others I’ve watched are pretty silly in comparison. :P

    3 years ago
  215. I don’t really watch anime, but I LOVE reading manga ♡

    Orange (TAKANO ichigo) – A girl gets a letter from herself from, but its from herself 10 years in the future. She thinks its a joke, but everything in the letter seems to be happening including getting a new transfer student Naruse Kakeru. Two weeks later she gets another letter saying to “please watch over Kakeru closely”. It such a unique manga and the story is so well thought out. I HIGHLY recommend to read it. (Genres:Drama, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice Of Life, TRAGEDY ㅠㅠ)

    Zetsuen no Tempest,Hirunaka no Ryuusei,Pika Ichi,Noragami

    I know a lot more, but these ones are the ones I’m currently anticipating updates for the most ^^

    3 years ago
  216. You must also try
    Sword Art Online (a.k.a SAO)
    Kuroko no Basuke
    Diabolic Lovers
    No Game No Life
    Aoki Hagane No Arpeggio (Arpeggio of the Blue Steel)
    Kimi Ni Todoke
    K Project
    They are all so EPIC

    3 years ago
  217. Dude this is officially getting LIT THE HELL UP!!!!

    Try Fullmetal Alchemist
    Eureka 7 (AO aka the sequel is optional)
    Death Note
    Black Bullet
    Sword Art Online
    Space Dandy for teh lulz
    Blood+ (Blood-C is seems eh…..)
    The Devil is a part-timer
    Eden of the East (The movies help too)
    Soul Eater
    Angel Beats(feels alert)
    Sengoku Basara for impossible action
    Black Lagoon if you want to know if Tarantino directed an anime kinda
    Deadman Wonderland
    Strike the Blood
    The Irregular at the Magic Highschool
    aaaannnndddd thats all I got for now…….other beings! the thought train has fallen and it can’t get up!

    3 years ago
  218. The first time that I watched my neighbour totoro I fell in love with it ( I was 5-6 years old I can’t really remember how old I was when I first saw it ) now I am 13 years old and I have never seen the whole movie when I was little I only saw the movie for 15-20 min but I still remember little tiny bits of it. I have tried to look for the movie on many stores but I have never seen it on stores but I buy different things that have totoro on it like for example I have a backpack and a keychain they remind me of my old school and friends I had in my kindergarden elementary school. Any ways I recommend that you guys watch the movie Ponyo I love that movie you can watch it for free on YouTube. I have heard that this movie called The Cat Returns is good it’s by studio Ghibli!! Good luck guys!!

    3 years ago
  219. MARTINA!!!!! So I don’t know if you’ve read the Kuroshitsuji manga (if you haven’t read it, I LOVE it a lot more than the anime!!!) But…if you have read it, I wondering if you were award that they are adapting the Noah’s Circus Ark and The Murder Mystery as well AND that the first episode came out, sooooooo check it out!!!! =D =)

    3 years ago
  220. MARTINA!!!!! So I don’t know if you’ve read the Kuroshitsuji manga (if you haven’t read it, I LOVE it a lot more than the anime!!!) But…if you have read it, I wondering if you were award that they are adapting the Noah’s Circus Ark and The Murder Mystery as well AND that the first episode came out, sooooooo check it out!!!! =D

    3 years ago
  221. I kinda have a unique taste when it comes to anime and manga series. I’m not a fan of anything gory or really dark (i.e. Attack on Titan – I know I’m a weenie). So here are some lighter recommendations:

    -Princess Jellyfish: It’s about a young girl living in a boarding house for Otakus.
    -Princess Tutu: A duck who is a girl who is also a magical prima donna (ballet, not slang for diva) must save a prince of a dead man’s story.
    -High School Rumble: This one doesn’t really have a strong main story line. It’s based more on a bunch of mini stories in different perspectives. The series is hilarious and can be enjoyable for both male and female audiences.
    -My Bride is a Mermaid: A young boy goes to his grandma’s house for the summer and almost drowns in the sea, but is rescued by a young mermaid girl. However, humans are not allowed to know about mermaids. So he either has to marry the girl or let his family be slain by the undersea yakuza.
    -Ghost Hunt: A high school girl joins a ghost hunting agency who investigate various incidents. This may sound a bit like Scooby-Doo, but the culprits tend to be supernatural sources. I may have had to cover my eyes a few times…
    -Okami-san & Her Seven Companions: A group of students run a favor-doing agency. They will perform favors with the promise of one of equal worth can be asked for at any time.
    -Moon Phase: A photographer discovers a young vampire girl on a business venture to a haunted mansion. The girl entraps him so that she may take a bite out of him and make him her slave. When she finally bites him, the mind-controlling powers don’t seem to work.

    -Stepping on Roses/Stepping on Roses Barefoot: A poor girl tries her best to take care of her “adopted” siblings and her older brother’s immense gambling debt. When on of the children falls ill, she takes the child to a hospital only to be turned away from not being able to pay for any fees. Needing money desperately, she goes to the red light district to sell herself. A young man comes to buy her, but little to her knowledge he has purchased her life, not her love.
    -Bride of the Water God: I just picked this up at the bookstore last month and I’m really glad I’m not the only one who reads it!

    3 years ago
  222. My avatar for maybe about 3 years now, or even more than that, comes from Kimi ni Todoke. It’s this lovely romance with great secondary character and it’s just sooooooo good. I even introduced it to some of my guy friends and they enjoy it. It’s just so well done and the story is great and you feel really involve in each characters story and all. I know the anime is done (I think so) and it’s one of the few anime that made me cry my eyes out. The manga is still ongoing, and I cannot say I prefer one over the other, there’s just so damn good… I’m a little late on the manga though so I don’t know if it’s still as good now as the first few 20 to 30 chapters were.

    Then there’s Genshiken. It’s sooooooo terribly funny. And it has this strange addictive quality where even the make believe anime (though they actual did an real anime of it afterward)they use in the story grows on you in a weird way since you only know the song and a few characters/plot twist here and there. It’s basically the story of a group of nerdz that have this cosplay/anime/manga club in college, and that one girl that starts to date one of those guy, but she’s not into those thing at all and it’s the way they’re soooo terribly into their stuff and disconnect from the rest of the world and the way she perceive them as loser but still kinda try to be part of the group, even though she’s kinda of of the cool kidz/bad kidz. There’s was this one ep with her having something dangling from her nose and one of the boys of the group trying to think of a way that would be ok to say it to her without causing her to be mad or be sad. Yeah, the WHOLE ep is about that. There’s nothing quite like this anime. The first 2 season are awesome. The last one… meh… I don’t know. There was a big hiatus between the first 2 and the third and it’s not the same anymore. But it definitely is one of the best 2 first season I’ve ever watched.

    I really enjoyed Claymore too. Even though I wasn’t enjoying it as much as other stuff when I started to watch it, it stayed with me sooo damn much. It’s just so old school in the story and somewhat innovative in the way it uses part of it to make it a little bit different. Like it’s mainly a group of strong women with big sword fighthing these demons that are killing normal people. But the thing is to become a Claymore, you need to become half human half demon, so it kinda eat you inside until the demon take all the place. The main character is alright, but it’s the whole back story and the other Claymore around that are just mindblowing.

    Finally, and this one is not mainstream at all, there’s Hourou Musuko. It’s a story about a boy that likes to cross dress and a girl that would have wanted to be a boy. The main thing that really caught me was the drawing in the anime. I’ve never seen something quite like that. And the ambience of it all is just so airy and somewhat nostalgic, it’s really the universe that keeps you in it. It was a really beautiful way to talk about a somewhat not that well understood issue.

    Then, there’s all those mainstream stuff too. I was a really big Sailor Moon fan when I was younger, I use to dream that they would be my friend in school and that we would have so much fun and all (I was young…) There’s School Rumble that is so much fun too, because of the over cliché character and the way they’re always doing the exact thing you think they will. I got this inside joke with my friend that watched it too and like when we’re excited, when just put two small piece of hair in our hand, make them flap a bit and say “Karasuma-kun!”.

    I was really surprised your list didn’t include Nodame Cantabile! I didn’t read the manga (I think, I’m not sure since it’s been a looooong time), but I’ve watched both the anime and the live action version. And OMG it’s soooo good. And you learn or rediscover so much music and just wow. They’re planning on doing the Korean version of the live action and are in the process of casting it. I’ve heard that the Japanese creator has a “veto” on anyone being cast, so I might be looking foward to see this K-version because, if there wasn’t that… you just know they would cast some random idol and, with the story, it wouldn’t do, at all.

    So to sum up, if you only have to check out 3 of the anime/manga I’ve talked about : Kimi ni Todoke, Genshiken, Nodame Cantabile. They are all really really awesome and have a somewhat high popularity/cult statut to back them up too.

    3 years ago
    • I don’t know about Genshiken (I never really got into it myself), but I must second these recommendations for Kimi ni Todoke and Nodame Cantabile. With Kimi ni Todoke, I felt like I was watching the cheesiest, most innocent and naive high school romance drama: something I really enjoy. That said, I felt like it went on too long, but the cuteness is totally worth it. Martina, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it, given your propensity for other shoujo romances like Boys over Flowers and Hana Kimi.
      My history with Nodame is going to make this post long but, I hope, worth it. Going into university, I was just getting into Korean music and dramas; I wasn’t really into anime or anything Japanese for that matter. But then, one of my friends suggested that I would like Nodame Cantabile. So I watched it. And loved it. And watched it again. And loved it more. And then I watched the live-action drama. And I had to get used to the changes before I liked it, but I really enjoyed it. Then I watched it again. And fell in love with it. Nodame is easily still one of my favourite anime/manga/drama franchises after almost a decade of ingesting Asian entertainment, and I can’t recommend it enough. You could call it my “gateway” anime after all, as some people are fond of saying.
      And if you’re interested in something more inclined for the artsy, something that uses cinematography, colouring, and content in symbolic ways at nearly all times, check out Penguindrum. You may not get all the symbols (nobody does, just check out all of the essays on the interwebz), but when it opens on a shot of a cherub hanging from the roof by a string accomanied by the words, “I hate the word fate,” then you should know that you’ve got something more than its art style and colour palette would lead you to believe.

      3 years ago
      • I’ll check this Penguindrum soon, I’m interested. I forgot to mention Tatami Galaxy too. I still don’t know if I really like it or if it just stuck with me somehow. It’s just sooo weird, like nothing I’ve seen before. And I think it might be still available with eng sub, completely free somewhere because I watched it on Youtube if I remember correctly, on an official anime channel or something, at that time.

        3 years ago
        • You can find Tatami Galaxy on Funimation, I believe. Not sure if there’s a legal method of streaming it outside of North America, however. Another of my favourites :D
          If you’re a fan of the writing, then Uchouten Kazoku (or Eccentric Family, as it’s called on Crunchyroll) may be up your alley as well (it’s by the same author). It’s not by the same director though, so the animation is not in any way similar (not that any of Masaaki Yuasa’s works are in any way similar outside of their quirkiness).

          3 years ago
  223. One I notice that you didn’t mention was Fruits Basket. Any thoughts on that one? I LOVED it!!!

    3 years ago
    • BTW – the manga is better than the anime. The anime is fun, but it didn’t go to the end of the manga. It stopped part way through.

      3 years ago
  224. I am a die hard Yaoi manga fan so I’ve read some of the ones you’ve mentioned, but not many. What I’d really like to know is this:
    What on Earth do you like about One Piece?!?! I seriously would like to know because I tried to get into it (people online kept saying it was awesome) and it was just monkey balls awful! I’d really like someone to explain to me the appeal. I really would. I promise, I’m not being sarcastic.
    I’m definitely going to check out some of your recommendations, like Noblesse and Yankee-kun to Megane-chan. I’ve never heard of the latter, but I understand the references and it sounds intriguing!

    And, have you read any yaoi manga?
    AND, I haven’t read much manhwa because there seems to be so much tragedy in almost all of them. Do you find that to be true as well?

    3 years ago
  225. Well with Hana Kimi there was a Taiwan drama. It was my fav of it. You should watch it. With the anime I have love that for so long I do not know were to start. Like Martina I started with Sailor Moon, and she had name a lot of the ones I like.
    Marmalade Boy
    Gundam Wings.
    Outlaw Star
    Yu Yu Hakusho
    There is so much more and most of these you can say are older anime but they are so good. You can not be the classics.

    3 years ago
  226. I’m a big fan of a lot of the things you like! Hana Kimi continues to be one of my favorites (other than Sailor Moon of course). I was really into Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler for a long time, though the manga has gotten a bit frustrating for me in that it doesn’t seem to be addressing the underlying plot anymore…though they’re apparently making a anime version of the Noah’s Ark Circus arc, which has been my favorite arc thus far, so that’s something to look forward to!

    As for recommendations, I have a few of my favorites from -back in the day-. The only animes I have been able to really get into as of late are Madoka Magica (which is quite good and thought provoking if you stick through it to the end), and Attack on Titan.

    So my recommendations are…! :


    Marmalade Boy – pretty much the first manga (again, other than Sailor Moon) that I ever got in to, so it dates itself a bit, but charming because of it. It’s about an obscure situation where two sets of married couples decide to switch their partners and all live in one house, and their children Yuu and Miki are now step-siblings. Though they fall for each other and keep it a secret from their parents.

    Kare Kano/His and Her Circumstances – A romance between two honor students who pretend to be perfect but find each other out to be quite flawed. The anime is really funny but ends way before the manga series does. If you continue reading on in the manga it gets a bit dark with the back-story development of the characters, though. I honestly prefer the the more lightheartedness of the anime in this case.

    Fruits Basket – If you have not read this, I would highly recommend it! The characters are all part of the Chinese zodiac, and whenever they get touched/hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into their zodiac. There is also Kyo, who is the cat zodiac, who is sort of the black sheep of the zodiac due to legend. It’s really cute and funny, and if you read to the end, has a lot of in-depth character development and thought-provoking themes.

    NANA – About two girls named Nana who move to Toyko at the same time and end up living together. one of them is in a band trying to make it big, the other (who gets nicknamed Hachiko)is just making her way in life, though a bit selfishly. They end up becoming good friends, and Hachiko ends up making herself a bit of a better person with her new friendship with Nana. There is of course drama and heartache, but overall it’s a good read!


    Evangelion – if you want something a bit psychoanalytical and obscure at times, this is the anime for you. The anime came first, if I am not mistaken, so I would watch that over reading the manga first. In the easiest way to describe it: it’s set in a post-apocolyptic world where children are chosen to pilot mecha called Evangelion in order to try to prevent another impact. It has awesome robot action while also delving into the psychological burden it causes on the children.


    Inuyasha – One of those animes that get really long and repetitive, but it’s still quite enjoyable.

    Wolf’s Rain – I honestly don’t remember a huge amount about the plot of this anime because I watched it in bits and pieces on TV, but I can tell you it’s about a small group of wolves who can cast a spell on their selves in order to appear human, and they’re searching for a place called Paradise. The music in this series is beautiful–jazzy, soft, and relaxing. The artwork is also very nice.

    Tiger and Bunny – A superhero show that is sort of self-aware, and is overall quite funny.

    Magical girl:

    Pretear – Sort of silly, but enjoyable to watch. It’s about a girl who basically fuses with these guys who magically came into her life in order to get their powers and fight off bad guys. Of course she falls in love with one of the guys and adventures are had!

    Madoka Magica – I know I mentioned this before, but it’s not your average magical girl anime. It really delves into the consequences of becoming a magical girl. It’s a quick watch, so I would recommend it!

    I sort of got carried away with this…but I hope you might find something in this list interesting!

    3 years ago
  227. Simon and Martina certainly got the conversation going on this one. Almost 500 comments in about 12 hours. So many great anime, so much to say.

    3 years ago
  228. I’m surprised I know a lot of the anime Martina mentioned :D I like Simon also got bored with Cowboy Bebop and never finished watching it >.< Sailor Moon is awesome and I was sad when it was cancelled and I never went on to read it because I was too little and didnt have a computer XD I still need to finish watching Fairy Tale and Ouran Host Club. UGH. With Attack on Titan you really have to be patient until you get to the good parts. Its worth it though! I really like the anime :DD I DISAGREE with ya'll on Samurai Champloo!! I really liked that anime!!

    My favorite animes are Inuyahsha, Death Note, Code Geass, Fullmetal Alchemist (currently watching Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood ^^), Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundam Seed/Gundam Seed Destiny, G Gundam, S-cry-Ed, Dragon Ball Z, Fruits Baskets, Card Captors, Hamtaro, Spiral, Detective Conan

    The only anime I actually like read was Vampire Knight! When I was in high school it was really popular!!

    I also highly disliked the Korean drama version of Boys Over Flowers..I dont care what everyone says..it sucked! The japanese version is the best!!

    3 years ago
  229. Hey, can I jump on the recommend-my-favourite-series bandwagon? :D
    I tried to list more obscure series that hasn’t already been mentioned….damn it was hard. You guys are so well-read!!

    Manhwa (Korean)
    – Masca
    – Savage Garden
    – Yeonmo
    – Princess (Thuyvan_TV also mentioned this)

    Manhua (Chinese)
    – Chang Ge Xing – SUPEERRRBBBBB
    – Once Again
    – Lovely Everywhere

    Manga (Japanese)
    – Eden – It’s an Endless World!
    – Tomodachi no Hanashi
    – Dorohedoro
    – Kingyou Sou
    – Bonnouji
    – Toshokan Sensou/Library Wars: Love & War
    – Sugar Dark – Umerareta Yami to Shoujo

    Or you could check them out on Baka-Updates Manga

    3 years ago
  230. I never really got deep into watching anime or reading manga, but in my circle of friends everyone did. I guess I was the odd one out. BUT, needless to say I did watch/read some.. As I had already mentioned on youtube I used to be into Ranma ½ . It’s a funny and quirky anime that involves a boy and his father falling into cursed spring water when the son was training causing him to turn into a woman when exposed to cold water and his father into a giant panda, they can turn back to their regular bodies when exposed to hot water. I also watched a lot of Dragon Ball Z most of it I can’t even remember I just know I watched it every night. Same concept with Sailor Moon, but I can actually remember Sailor Moon more than DBZ lmao. And of course there’s Ouran Host Club.. ah, aren’t we all waiting for a season 2? Anyone? no? just me??

    As for manga the only ones I’ve read is Naruto, and Teahouse. I haven’t kept up with Teahouse because I actually only read that online, after they stopped updating the site I didn’t check back anymore. It’s about a yaoi brothel so I wouldn’t recommend younger audiences to read it lmao. Naruto has got to be my favorite manga, I love the series but I wouldn’t say I prefer it over the manga. The series tend to add a lot of extra side stories and ain’ nobody got time for that! D: I need the good stuff. The real drama.

    I really want to give Attack On Titan a chance.. I just don’t want to get sucked in like I did with Naruto. I swore to my best friend I wouldn’t get sucked into Naruto but it happened and now!!! D: idk if I can handle it.. DECISIONS DECISIONS!! lmao

    3 years ago
  231. I never really see people talk about this manga, it’s called Oresama Teacher. It’s just so awesome, does anyone else read it? If you don’t give it a chance. You should also read Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun, it’s by the same author, it also has an anime that just came out.

    Oresama Teacher Summary:
    Kurosaki Mafuyu was a juvenile delinquent and head of her gang before her subsequent arrest got her expelled from high school. Now that she’s transferred to a new high school, she’s determined to become an “ultra-shiny, super feminine high school student.” But with a new friend like Hayasaka-kun and a homeroom teacher like Saeki Takaomi (who may be more than he seems), will Mafuyu really be able to live a girly-girl high school life!?

    Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun Summary:
    Sakura Chiyo confesses to her crush, Nozaki-kun, but he mistakes her as a fan! Unable to convey her feelings, what happens when he invites her to his house?

    3 years ago
  232. I totally forgot to mention the Manhwa “Orange Marmalade”. Anyone else read it???

    3 years ago
  233. Recommendations :D no problem! I’ve read a lot of stories through my never-ending obsession with comics and stories, but here are a few that I think are absolutely worth reading/watch (that weren’t on your list):
    – AFTER SCHOOL NIGHTMARE* (genre: school life; the curviest curve ball will hit you by the time you’re done!)
    – AIR GEAR (genre: shounen; Naruto meets roller blades and big boobs, good story though)
    – SAVER & BASARA (genre: gender-bender adventure fantasy; 2 separate series, cross dressing meets civil strife in a foreign land)
    – GUNDAM SEED & GUNDAM SEED DESTINY* (genre: gundam; it’s like Avatar meets Gundams and human genetic engineering)
    – 1/2 PRINCE (genre: virtual-reality adventure; Taiwanese version of .hack//sign…except better imo)
    – KUROKO NO BASUKE* (genre: shounen; Naruto meets team Avatar with basketball and a slice of humble pie)
    – KOI DANO AI DANO (genre: mystery shoujo; Japanese high school romance meets Sherlock and Robin Hood…and estrogen)
    – YOUNG JUSTICE (genre: superhero? You two probably already know this one. despite the changes to the heroes’ stories, I still liked it)
    – I WISH* (genre: fantasy romance; dramatic life of what it’s like to be a genie)
    – CRIMSON HERO (genre: sports, shoujo, school life; simple but a nice read)
    – SOUL TO SEOUL (genre: shoujo, drama; teen angst on steroids)
    – EMMA* (genre: Victorian romance; this is one of the most well-done shoujo series I have ever read)
    – RUROUNI KENSHIN (genre: Samurai with a splash of shoujo; Japanese robin hood?)
    – NARUTO (genre: under-dog ninja; I know you know this one. Despite the disappointments in the recent chapters, I still love this one. my childhood!)
    – KIMI WA PET (genre: mature romantic comedy? aka “Tramps like us”; old but good)

    * These are definitely classic favorites of mine. The stories are beautiful but keep to their genre well.

    I really liked your review! Your thoughts on the series you mentioned were interesting. I’m not a big fan of series like Hana Kimi and Boys over Flowers. I’m okay with shoujo if there’s another over-arching plot aside from the two main characters falling in love. I *LOVE* Avatar & LoK, dropped AoT (got way too frustrated with Eren), and Studio Ghibli pretty much steered me to the path of nerdom I proudly live today. On another note, I love Korean webtoons! Even though none are on my list, I figure you’re probably aware of any I will mention. They remind me of how manga used to be. It’s great that there’s such a big industry for comics in Japan, but I feel that it’s been saturated with series and authors who just want to write stories that sell or will be turned to anime. AoT is one of the first series in a long time to blow up the way series like Naruto, Bleach, Hana Yori Dango, etc did. I know I may get a lot of flack for this, and, admittedly, I haven’t been following the anime/manga scene as much as I did before, but there’s a reason for why I drifted away from it. A lot of the new series are way too predictable. The same can be said with mainstream literature nowadays. Though webtoons are not completely exempt from this criticism, I feel that webtoon artists have more creative license to do what they want with stories….well, for now. Anyways, my rant about this. Sorry, my nerdiness came out and made this reply way longer than I initially intended.

    3 years ago
  234. I totally agree with you on the Attack on Titan. When it first came out, I never really felt like watching it. To be honest, I felt like it was just another one of those “character gets stuck in video game” kind of plots (obviously, I didn’t read the synopsis…). I was shocked when I kept hearing about it everywhere and when I visited Japan, IT WAS EVERYWHERE. EVERYWHERE! It was on flyers, in the book stores, on billboards, on the subway; I was shocked. So I decided to watch it but I was ultimately disappointed in the main character (of course he was a titan… didn’t see that one coming =_=). I don’t think it was bad, I just thought for a show that had so much hype would be a little more exciting. Either way, I liked the fact that it was a great concept and plus, the artwork for this show was GREAT. I loved it. Another anime that I thought had great artwork was “No game, no life” It came out just recently but the show was pretty great too.

    I’d have to say for my favourite animes and mangas they would have to be:
    Inuyasha (DEFINITELY my #1 anime of all time…this was my childhood)
    Kaichou wa maid sama
    Kimi ni todoke
    Lovely Complex
    Death Note (WOOHOO MY NAME IS KIRA. Really it is… I get made fun of all the time.)
    Sekaiichi Hatsukoi (hehehehe)
    Blue Excorcist (Second season please?!?!?!?)
    Natsume Yuujinchou (Seriously one of the best shows EVER. Martina, I really recommend this one)
    Hana to Akuma
    Usagi Drop (aka. Bunny Drop, the live action movie just came out too on Viki but is only available to those with a viki pass. Definitely recommend it. It made me cry!!!~ Read the manga too!)
    The Wallflower
    Code Geass

    There’s probably more but I can’t remember them all. Also speaking of Ghibli (perhaps the most amazing animation studio of all times) movies, Martina, you have to, HAVE TO, visit the Ghibli museum in Japan. I went this year for the first time and I was blown away by how great it was. Miyazaki’s artwork was everywhere and I was star-struck. I had tears in my eyes T-T Next time you go to Japan, put it on your to-do list.

    Btw loved this topic for a Tldr. <3

    3 years ago
  235. I already commented on the Youtube Video but I forgot to mention some of my favourite animes/recommendations as well.I’m not going to break them off into Genres but more so .. plot genres if that makes sense.

    Interesting Concept Animes:
    No game No Life ( It’s a little.. creepy with the whole brother sister thing BUT give it a chance and once you get past that it’s SO COOL)
    Madoka Magica -Puella Magi Madoka Magica ( Not your average Magical Girls ;) )
    Chu-2 ( It’s pretty much a slice of life anime but the characters are super comic book.. cosplayers)
    Sword Art Online – (One of my FAVOURITES! Super cool story of people who go into a game and get trapped)

    Cute animes/ Magical Girls:
    Fruits Basket- ( Just overall really sweet and cute)
    Chobits- It is a bit different story wise but still cutesy also very funny
    Mew Mew Power aka Tokyo Mew Mew- Magical Girl anime
    Card Captor Sakura – Another Magical Girl type Anime
    Hamtaro- It’s a cartoonish anime about a hamster.. Basically it’s my childhood and it was amazing.

    B Gata H Kei aka Yamada’s First Time – It’s SUPER funny and inappropriate but its one of the best comedy animes I’ve seen
    Okami-San and her seven companions- really good mix of everything funny, cute, pervy jokes, and ass kicking too!

    I have soo many others but yeah thats a few I recommend new and older.

    3 years ago
    • I love all your recommendations!
      I have a big plush Hamtaro! It’s so cute! :3
      Fruits basket, Chobits, Mew Mew power they are all girly, but so good!
      Also B Gata H kei is borderline H and ecchi so be warned if you are not a big fan of that :P. I thought it was funny and good :D

      3 years ago
  236. To be honest, I’m not very cultured when it comes to anime and manga. As for 만화, all I know is that my boyfriend obsessively reads them, and it seems like most of his friends do as well.
    I’m not sure how well known this manga is, but they are honestly the best one I have laid eyes on:
    Dengeki Daisy.
    Dengeki Daisy has some of the most loveable characters I have ever encountered. Although I have found some of plot repetitive,the main characters are so delightful and charming that I could pretty much forgive any bad plot twists.
    Does anyone else like Dengeki Daisy? ^____^

    3 years ago
  237. Avatar and Korra are my favorite animes ever!!!!! I love them both equally. The 3rd season of Korra has just come out. Right now it’s episode 6. If I miss an episode, I usually watch it on animehere.com.

    3 years ago
  238. My favorite Anime
    1. Code Geass and R2. (It’s fantastic and heartbreaking, action packed for those who like that, but very human. It also has a delightfully complicated main character who stretches the meaning of both a good person and a bad person.)
    2. X the series (The movie is okay, but obviously so much happens in such a little time. The series is so much better, again, obviously. I love Subaru and Seichiro ;_;)
    3. Ouran High School (at first i thought this was a random show like Excel Saga, but the characters kept evolving, which I appreciated. Excel Saga is hilarious for the very fact that is should not be taken seriously lol but OHS became so much more *for the lack of a better word* deep.)
    As for Manga, I read a lot of Yaoi ^///^
    1. Erie Queerie (the title hahaha! but it’s good, and bromancy~)
    2. Fake (two detectives with different styles of solving a case. It’s a yaoi mystery.)
    3. The Art of Loving (children under the age of 16 beware. haha.)
    4. Flat Lovers (Flat as in *apartment*. very cute <3)
    5. Almost Crying (different stories. Also incredibly cute.)
    As for non-yaoi:
    1. Kodocha or Kodomo No Omocha or Child's Play (My very first Manga ever! I'm biased, so this is the best for me also. Sana and Akito~)
    2. DN-Angel
    3. Absolute Boyfriend

    I've kind of stopped reading Mangas though…It's very hard for me to like an anime as well. It has to be incredibly impressive. I started to watch Attack on Titans but I think I lost interest around the fourth episode. I wanted to watch it with my sister, but then I forgot I was watching it lol I'll probably get back on it.

    3 years ago
  239. While we’re on this topic, I’d like to recommend some relevant websites that I use:

    1. Manga Database: Baka-Updates Manga

    2. Anime Database: AniDB

    3. Drama Database: D-Addicts

    Any others that you guys use?

    3 years ago
    • Been using D-Addicts for years. Used to use Baka-Updates, but changed to Manga Traders instead.

      3 years ago
      • I’ve been on Manga Traders for yeaarrrsss!!! I made some really good friends there. Love that site. It recently got hacked though? That was kinda sad.
        These days I’ve been reading more on my phone than on the PC, so I shifted to baka-updates to check new releases, and then use the Manga Searcher app to download them to my phone.
        Speaking of apps, what are the best manga-reading apps out there? Most of the other ones I’ve tried don’t have the series I’m looking for :/

        3 years ago
    • I use http://www.anime-planet.com/users/Starsania to keep track of what I’ve seen or read. Now if only I’d be more faithful in updating it.

      3 years ago
  240. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! This is the best. I was grading lab reports but I had to take a break when I saw this.
    Avatar is the THE BEST. Thanks for recognizing it.
    Anything Miazaki is the best.
    I am not an expert and have not watched a lot of anime but a few of my favorites not mentioned are:
    Fruits basket (love it)
    Ahhh! My goddess (adorable)
    Last Exile (love it)
    Fullmetal Alchemist (good but dark)
    Trinity blood (a bit dark)
    Ranma 1/2 (an oldie but a goodie)

    PLEASE do korean dramas next!

    3 years ago
  241. BB

    I’m not so into anime, though I have watched a couple like FMA and OHSHC (which is amazing). There are a couple very underestimated series that are a good watch, a lot of them my favorites.

    ♥ Paranoia Agent /series/psychological thriller
    ♥ Perfect Blue /movie/psychological thriller
    ♥ Paprika /movie/psychological thriller
    ♥ Memories /movieuhhIguess…
    ♥ Millennium Actress /movie/drama
    ♥ Tokyo Godfathers /movie/comedy
    Okay so all of those where directed by Satoshi Kon and I’ve gotta say, I AM A HUGE FAN.

    ♥ Fantastic Children /series/mystery
    ♥ Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru /series/comedy
    ♥ Kill Me Baby /series/comedy

    3 years ago
  242. I just have to comments:
    1) If you decide to watch Full Metal Alchemist like a lot of people are recommending, watch the Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood version instead of the original. The Brotherhood version is closer to the manga and according to my friend, who watched both versions of the series back-to-back, Brotherhood is also better than the original, although she considered both versions to be good overall.

    2) Apparently Sailor Moon Crystal will only air twice a month and it is estimated to have 26 episodes so if you decide to wait for the series it might be a while longer.

    3 years ago
  243. Wow! I tried to make a list of all the manga and anime that I really like and it was far far too long, and somewhat obscure too. I’ll try to limit my list to stuff that’s not already been mentioned (much). But first I’m going to be a radical and say: Manwha – HATE IT! I have read oh-so-many chapters of so many manwha and I have yet to find more than one or two that didn’t completely disappoint me. For example: “Bride of the Water God” – simply breath-taking art and the story started out good then go so complex and repetitive and sad that I had to give it up, same goes for “Goong” and even “The Queen’s Knight”. “100% Perfect Girl”, “Snow Drop”, “Bibi”, “Really?!” all started out good and then just meandered into making no sense any more. “Love in the Mask”, “Sarasah”, and “Full House” all start out so great but then, it’s like the told the writer to draw out the story for another year or so just as it was about to end and it was ruined. I do like “The One”, “Hot Blooded Woman”, and “Tail of the Moon” but that’s it. I don’t know why manwha has to be so overly dramatic with ridiculous tragic situations all the time ,I can’t read such heart-rending stuff.

    So, manga, in no particular order:
    Paradise Kiss, NaNa (animes great too)
    Red River
    Mixed Vegetables
    Skip Beat!
    A Delicious Relationship, Real Clothes, Ashita no Ousama
    Strobe Edge
    Lovely Complex
    Nodame Cantabile (the anime is awesome too but the manga goes further)
    Touch (old but great)
    Silver (kinda ecchi)
    GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka)
    Itazura na Kiss
    Blade of the Immortal
    Fruits Basket, Hoshi wa Utau
    Akuma no Love Song
    Kodomo no Odocha (looks young, but isn’t, would be great for Martina)
    Kare Kano (also the anime)
    Lome Wolf and Cub
    Flowers & Bees
    Kimi ni Todoke

    Honey & Clover
    Vision of Escaflowne
    Moonlight Mile
    Chi’s Sweet Home, Chi’s New Address
    Outlaw Star (dub better than sub)
    Michiko to Hachin
    Eden of the East
    Samurai Flamenco

    As for Sailor Moon Crystal…….it’s a redo of the anime with the manga artwork. Feels far too redundant at this point. It’s so much a redo, they could re-use the original audio. Seriously. I, personally, was disappointed. Maybe they will ad more later, but considering there is less in the manga than the anime already…..

    3 years ago
    • Actually, the new anime is going to follow the original manga. The older anime contained a lot of unnecessary filler episodes that didn’t even happen in the manga. The author of the manga actually has a say in what goes into this new anime, which i think it better than just doing whatever the hell they want like they did the last time.

      3 years ago
  244. Yes I’m soooo happy you said Hana Kimi! I liked the Taiwanese version the best all but the ending which I must say was terribly rushed and kinda confusing and frustrating. But I must say it’s probably because I’m biased in the fact that I can understand a little bit of what they are saying and that the three main characters, Ashiya(Ella from S.H.E), Sano(Wu Chun from Fahrenheit), and Nakatsu(Jiro Wang also from Fahrenheit) are all from chinese groups that I use to listen to before kpop… Anyways also I want to say Fruit Basket even though I haven’t read it I just recently watched the anime with my cousin. Also I want to say Tokyo Mew Mew but I read it back when I was a kid… can I say it was back when I was a kid when I’m still a high schooler? Well who knows. But I remembered it so I decided I wanted to watch the anime but they transform so many times and it takes like forever so I didn’t make it past episode 4/52, but I recommend the manga it has a pretty interesting story plot as far as I remember. Also Maid-Sama and Full Metal Alchemist!

    3 years ago
  245. I also like Fairy Tail, Death Note, Black Butler, Vampire Knight and Ouran High School Host Club. I watched a little bit of Princess Ressurection and started watching Attack on Titan and want to watch Blue Exorcist and Bleach.

    Some Anime and Manga I like and would suggest are Hetalia: Axis Powers, Yugioh, Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater (Just started watching this and I like it already), D. Gray Man, Fruits Basket, Gakuen Alice, Gravitation, Durarara!!, Yugioh GX, Yami no Matsuei (Descendants of Darkness), Junjou Romantica, Ghost Hunt, Loveless, Uta no Prince-sama, Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, Sukisho, Joker/Clover/Heart/Diamond no Kuni no Alice and Karneval.

    Other ones I’m going to start watching/reading are Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Prince of Tennis, Kuroko no Basket, Tokyo Mew Mew (I have seen a little bit of it), D.N. Angel, Pandora Hearts and Free! Iwatobi Swim Club.

    Any that I missed that you would suggest?

    3 years ago
  246. Okay, so at the mention of anime, you instantly had my heart *cracks knuckles.
    For the longest time, I wasn’t able to watch anime or enjoy manga as much because of my studies, but now that I have graduated college and have free time (somewhat) I like to watch new and old!

    Attack on Titan: it’s new to me! I thought I wouldn’t like it because I don’t really like action-y stuff or gore. But then again, I read “Doll,” which is a manga series, and that has gore (some) in it. I actually really like it, and bawled my eyes out the first episode

    Sailor Moon: OF COURSE I’M WATCHING THE NEW SAILOR MOON! I love the animation style, and I’ve never read the manga, but I really want to! SAILOR MOON IS A HUGE PART OF MY CHILDHOOD, OKAY?

    Diabolik Lovers: It’s okay. Kinda cheesey and over the top. Not my style, but my friend Kayla likes it, so I thought I’d give it a chance.

    Inuyasha: Yes, I love it to no end! I’ve seen the entire series, but not the movies, and I haven’r read the manga. But the anime is bomb, and it’s how I was introduced to BoA, so win=win!

    Kekkaishi: AMAZING! love the story line, and the characters are just fantastic. It’s where theyse two modern day kids are protecting an abandoned school where spirits keep coming out. It’s just so fantastic.

    Chobits: love it! First manga, and the anime is beautiful and amazing and hilarious as well. Can’t tell you how many tears I’ve shed for this series. Hideki finds Chi, a persecom (person-shaped computer) in the trash, and figures out she’s a self-learning AI! It’s really cool and sweet.

    Avatar/Korra: are life. Period. Love those shows.

    Studio Ghibli I love:

    Castle in the Sky
    Grave of the Fireflies
    My Neighbor Totoro
    Kiki’s Delivery Service
    Porco Rosso
    Whisper of the Heart
    Princess Mononoke
    Spirited Away
    The Cat Returns
    Howl’s Moving Castle

    And then there’s this new director, Makoto Shinkai, he’s got lots of great fantastical animes to choose from, but my first from him was “The Place Promised to Us In Our Early Days,” and the animation is just as beautiful as Hayao Miyazaki’s!

    Midori Days: also a manga, this anime is HILARIOUS! I found out about it from one of the clerks at the comic book store here in town. It’s about a guy with a girl as his right hand. That’s right. the girl is his RIGHT HAND!

    Alright, I’ve only read one manhwa, and that’s “Click,” by Lee Young Ran. It’s a genderbender, and HILARIOUS! I didn’t like the ending though, the guy didn’t end up with who I wanted him to. darn it.


    Hana Kimi: haven’t watched the Japanese version, but it has Shun Oguri who played Rui in HanaYori Dango, so it’s on my list

    Ouran High School Host Club: This might sound like treachery to you, but I actually like the live action more than the anime. And I’m going to watch the movie they released back in 2012 at some point, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    But yeah, gonna leave my fangasm at that, or I’d be here for hours. :D

    PS, been meaning to read Bride of the Water God.

    3 years ago
    • Studio Ghibli is like my all time favourite animation studio. omg. They are like the reason I really want study animation. >.<
      If you had to choose only one, which Ghibli movie would you say is your fav?

      3 years ago
  247. Haha, I have a list just like yours, Martina. I’ve read manga and watched anime since I can remember.
    It’s hard to choose witch one to recomend… I’m just gonna divide it in not shoujos and shoujos.
    Not shoujos
    :Reversal. xxxHolic. Soul Eater. Blood C. DICE: The Cube that Changes Everything. Donten ni Warau. Full Metal Alchemist. Full Metal Panic. Rave Master. Naruto. Blood+. Darker than Black. Code Geass. Get Backers. X1999. Shinrei Tantei Yakumo. Rurouni Kenshin. Trigun.
    14-sai no Koi. Magico. Akatsuki no Yona. Ao Haru Ride. Aoi Kiseki. Hirunaka no Ryuusei. Hana-kun to Koisuru Watashi. Horimiya. Kamisama hajimemashita. Kimi ni Todoke. Bloody Kiss. Gu Fang Bu Zi Shang. Hakushaku to Yousei. Hana to Akuma. Heart no Kuni no Alice. Hidarite no Love Letter. Hotarubi no Mori e (the movie). Kimi ni Koishitei desu ka. Last Game. Ookami-heika no Hanayome.
    And… Those are the ones I can remember now ^^U

    3 years ago
  248. Here are a few manga that I enjoy that I haven’t seen recommended enough:

    Dawn of the Arcana (aka Reimei no Arcana) – Fantasy/ Action/ Romance – A princess who is hated by her family for her hair color is forced to marry an arrogant prince of the neighboring country. She also discovers she has an unusual gift – the power to see the future. The story is very engaging and I found myself getting invested with all of the characters, even the villains.

    Say I love You – Romance – The anime is just gorgeous. Beautifully drawn. The story is very cliche, a shy high school girl catches the attention of the most popular guy in school. I like it because the tropes are handled honestly. For example, when someone gets jealous they actually -gasp! – talk to their boyfriend and explain how they are feeling. The manga’s art is not as “pretty” as the anime but I prefer it since it has a bit more humor.

    Shinobi Life – Action/ Fantasy/ Romance – A time-travelling ninja comes to the present and acts as a bodyguard to a woman who resembles the Princess he used to protect. Silly and goofy at first, this manga takes on slightly darker themes as it progresses.

    Orange by Takano Ichigo – Drama/ Romance – A high school girl receives a letter written to herself from 10 years in the future. The letter (and subsequent ones) try to guide her toward making different decisions, and prevent a major incident in her friends’ lives. This was might have affected me more than most, since I lost my husband recently. His passing was sudden and unexpected but there’s always a part of you that asks “What if I could go back and change something…”

    Rasetsu (aka Rasetsu no Hana) – Supernatural/ Romance/ Comedy – This is actually a sequel to the manga Yurara but I preferred Rasetsu more. A young woman is an exorcist and works in an agency (think Ghostbusters crossed with a detective agency). She is also cursed by a demon who will claim her unless she falls in love by her 20th birthday. Good mix of humor, romance and not too scary for a wuss like me.

    3 years ago
  249. Anime led me to Manga. I watched a live action version of Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture that led me to K-Drama and then to EYK. It’s been fun.
    I like and recommend, depending on who people are and what they like:

    Case Closed
    Hare + Guu
    Fruits Basket
    Ah! My Goddess!
    Ninja Nonsense

    3 years ago
    • Whoops hit the send button too quickly.
      NANA. Loved NANA.
      Honey and Clover
      Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

      3 years ago
  250. *cough*itotallydidnotjustcreateanaccountjusttosharemyrecommendations*cough*

    Ahem. So anyways, I’ve sorta fallen out of my manga and anime phase now, but I used to spend almost all my waking moments either reading or watching them (not joking. I would even read manga on the school computers). I’ve either watched or read many of the series mentioned, and quite a few are also on my favourites list (like Hana Kimi, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Ouran High School Host Club and Kuroshitsuji).

    I actually liked the Taiwanese version of Hana Kimi over the Japanese version. Never watched the Korean version though. I’m just gonna list a bunch of recommendations that weren’t mentioned but I think are really good (with a short comment for each). Oh gosh. This is going to be a pretty long list.

    Fullmetal Alchemist – I loved both the manga and the anime; the manga ever so slightly more but yea. I recommend this to everyone. This was such an amazing series. Just the story line and the feels. omg.

    Itazura na Kiss – An adorable anime and live-action drama. I know it was originally a manga series, but I’ve never read it. The story line is just too cute and it’s a really nice romantic story.

    Rurouni Kenshin – A more older anime and manga series, but very, very good. It’s a more heavier sort of series, but there are light-hearted moments too. The story gives you a LOT of feels, but that’s what I like about this series.

    Tiger & Bunny – This anime was totally not what I had in mind. It was a combination of two things I’m not too fond of; superheroes and mecha. But when I gave it a chance, boy was I wrong. It was not the kid show I thought it was. The plot is actually a lot heavier than I expected and really focuses on the character developments.

    BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad – I’ve only seen the anime, but I know it was originally a manga. Despite the name of the series, it’s actually a sorta slice of life show about a band.

    K-ON! – Another music genre anime (and manga), this one I think was a nice watch. Wasn’t heavy on the plot, nice animation and all the songs are really enjoyable.

    Durarara!! – I’ve only seen the anime, but I really like the story line for the series. Although I do have a few irks about how it played out, I thought that it was a very enjoyable watch.

    Special A – A super adorable anime and manga that just made my heart melt and I just would really recommend it if you really love shojo manga/anime.

    Katekyo Hitman Reborn – A pretty long shonen series (both the anime and manga), but I really enjoyed the plot. While near the end it kinda got like Naruto and Bleach annoying in the fact that the main characters just never seem to stop leveling up and defeating the bad guy, overall I think the series ended off satisfying and it was more bearable than the other two mentioned series (in my opinion).

    Angel Beats! – A super funny anime that also tears your heart apart. That is all I have to say because if I say anymore I am going to start tearing up.

    Umineko no Naku Koro ni – A horror anime that was originally a soft novel series. The plot of the show is very interesting and although it did sort of get confusing at times, I just thought that it was a very different series than I usually watched and found it original.

    Cardcaptor Sakura – One of the first anime I ever watched, not including Sailor Moon and Inu-yasha. Tbh, I don’t think I really have to explain this series because it’s one of those shows that I think many people grew up with (I know I did. :P).

    Nijū Mensō no Musume (aka. Daughter of Twenty Faces) – This took me forever to find the name because I keep forgetting it. Ohmygosh. I really loved this series (I’ve only watched the anime and never read the manga). It’s a mystery and liked the (sorta, but maybe not really) twist to the masked thief.

    Hana to Akuma – A very cute and adorable manga that I would recommend to any shojo manga lovers. It’s about a demon who finds a human baby and kinda raises her up. The ending is a heart breaker, so I would just say to prepare your heart for it.

    Power!! (aka. Girl Got Game) – A manga that I really recommend if you liked Hana Kimi. It’s very similar in the way that the main character has to pose as a guy while studying, but this time it’s because her father applied her to school famous for it’s boy’s basketball program as he wants her to fulfill his dream of becoming a basketball star. It’s just an adorable manga.

    Some other honorable mentions: Angel Sanctuary, Charisma Doll, Penguin Brothers, Shinshi Doumei Cross (aka. The Gentlemen’s Allicance), Black Cat, Hakuouki, Zombie Loan, Blood +, Air Gear, D.N. Angel, Yumeiro Patissiere, Un-Go, Penguin Revolution, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~, Code Geass, Earl and Fairy, Bakuman and Switch (it’s a manga).

    PHEW. That was a lot of typing and remembering/looking through my list. I hope you enjoy some of these recommendations. c:

    3 years ago
    • I used to love Card Captor Sakura. I still have my Kiro plushie and cards.

      3 years ago
      • I remember my friend having a set of the Clow cards and I was so jealous of her cuz I wanted a set of my own so badly. :P
        I actually ended up reading the manga series of it a few years back because I was bored, and then I realized how weird it kinda actually is, as they’re only in grade 5, yet one of the students has a crush on the teachers and just ???? idek.

        3 years ago
    • Okay first off I also really like some of the animes and mangas you named off Full Metal Alchemist, Maid-Sama even though I’m not that into animes and mangas. Also I really liked Hana Kimi I think it’s my all time favorite. I do have to say that I really like the Taiwanese version(all except that super rushed horrible ending)but it might have been because I was really biased because the main characters are chinese singers…

      3 years ago
      • Thanks! And I would be lying if I said that I didn’t just like the Taiwanese version better because I found the male leads to be very attractive looking. :P

        3 years ago
  251. Martina, I was really excited when you mentioned Noblesse!! I’ve been reading that recently and I love it. As for another webtoon that you should definitely read, it’s Cheese in the Trap. Weird name, yes, but oh my god is it sooooo good. It’s kind of a slice of life romance but not in the cliche way, and I love the main character because she’s more like a normal university student in real life.

    As for animes, I have to say there is one you MUST watch, and seriously it is so good: Code Geass. Hands down my favorite anime series of all time, and nothing since has beat it. It has a genius character plus action and a unique, complex plot that never gets bland; to me plots that are too straight forward are boring. (Kind of like Death Note but a lot better?)
    There’s a brand new one called Aldnoah.Zero, too. It’s action, but it has only 2 episodes so far, so I’ll see how it goes.
    I like Attack on Titan, but if you read the manga you’ll start to get more of the plot, I feel. I personally don’t mind Eren, but yes I agree Mikasa and Levi are so much better. Plus, there is a side story manga of Levi’s past life called Shingeki no Kyojin Gaiden-Kuinaki Sentaku ^-^.

    I guess I don’t have much to suggest, but I kind of want to make sure I don’t suggest anything that I’ll regret later haha. Oh, Studio Ghibli is basically the best for animated movies. Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle? Favorite anime movies.

    3 years ago
  252. i really love to read mangas and manhwas and need to recomment you (The Breakers) its like the best manhwa i ever red^^

    3 years ago
  253. As far as manhwa goes, my top favorite would be Love in the Mask. Teen Spirit is a really good one, too, although the author has passed away (RIP).

    I’ve read so many manga, it’s hard to pick a place to start. Naruto and Fairy Tail are pretty good.
    For shoujo, I really like Skip Beat, Akatsuki no Yona, Shiawase Kissa 3-choume, Seiyuu Ka!, and Eensy-Weensy Monster (the female protagonist is SO cute! and the story is really adorable as well). There are a lot more, but too many to list.
    There are mangas that I really liked, such as Akame Ga Kill is a good for a horror genre, and there is also Piano no Mori (lots of classical music references. Sukitte Ii na Yo is REALLY good too! (warning: smut)

    Now for anime, Durarara! is probably my FAVORITE EVER! SECOND SEASON! YESSSSS!! And I’m really hooked on Orihara Izaya <3.
    I like Ouran High School Host Club, although I read the manga and then watched the anime, and I have to say I like both, but the ending in the manga was better in my opinion. But with the help of the host club,I managed to find other people who love anime and manga too, so I'm glad I watched it :).
    No Game No Life is a recent one that finished. It's really good if you like animes with OP characters.
    Mahouka is also good, but the anime is kind of disappointing. I would recommend the manga (or the light novel).
    The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi is SUPER great. The light novels are worth reading, as well as the anime which is TOTALLY awesome and open to theories surrounding the protagonist.
    I also like One Week Friends, Nichijou, Anohara (REALLY sad, but awesome), Angel Beats, Sword Art Online (first season. Second season is eh), Log Horizon, SKET Dance, Kuroshitsuji (yay Book of Circus arc!!) , You and Me (first and second season), My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Hanasaku Iroha. I can't think of anymore, but there are more!
    I've read Kaichou was Maid-Sama and really love it! I haven't watched the anime yet, though.

    Ah, man. So much manga and anime!

    3 years ago
  254. Here’s a list for Simon. Watch a couple episodes from these and I think you should find at least one that you like. Most of Martina’s interests are in drama. These shows are more action.

    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
    (In a future where technology has allowed us to shirk our organic bodies for robotic ones can we still maintain our humanity or are we no longer human.)

    Elfen Lied
    (Little girls born with incredible powers long for love and friendship while simultaniously thirsting for savage blood shed. Explores the shunning of those who are different and the consequences of those actions.)

    (New York gangsters and immortals come together in this fast paced action anime. Just pure entertainment.)

    Mushi shi
    (The most serene and calming anime about invisible creatures that effect villagers daily lives.)

    Sword Art Online
    (Trapped in a fantasy based virtual reality, gamers must play to survive while also trying to continue to live normal lives.)

    3 years ago
  255. I have a collection majority of series in magnas the only completed series is Count Cain/Godchild set in Victorian England with Earl Cain solving mysteries and overthrowing an organization called Delilah series by Kaori Yuki and it is excellent and as far as I know it hasn’t been made in to Anime but drama CD’s it is really good. I also like Black Butler, Yu-Gi-Oh, Inuyasha, Dragon Ball series (Have only Drgaon ball and Z but have seen all three), Inukami, and a few more that I cannot remember. Most of the series I have watched in Anime but still need to finish. I loved them and the one I do not have in Magna but liked the anime is Beyblade. (Seriously Kai Hiwatari could actually stand up to Seto Kaiba if they ever met.) I also like the Japan Tokyo Mew Mew not American Mew Mew Power (Cheesy) as an anime. Whoever likes Mew Mew Power what do you like about it???? Maybe because I found Tokyo Mew Mew online while I was in college and never watched Mew Mew Anime when I was younger. Anyways, that’s what I like.

    3 years ago
    • *Dragon Ball

      Also Count Cain Series was made before the Godchild series so when you read both of them you will notice a stylistic difference between the two since there is probably around a 10 year difference between the two. Count Cain Series ran from 1991-1994 and Godchild ran from May 2001-October 2003 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Cain.

      3 years ago
  256. OMG I was so excited when Martina mentioned Noblesse since I was really into it to, but got impatient to wait each week for only one chapter. So I have stopped watching/reading it for awhile now. Maybe I should get back into it.
    I recently watched Black Butler as well and found out that it is still ongoing! I watched to season 2 of that anime and the end was kind of sad. I want to find out more of what happened, but I think it would be hard to transition from anime to manga halfway through. Anyone think the same?
    I also haven’t seen (yet!) any people mentioning Naruto and Naruto shippuuden (forgot how to spell that) which I’m kind of sad to hear since I really like Naruto. Incidentally I have stopped with the manga as well because of my impatience to wait for one chapter every week :(
    I also thoroughly enjoyed all Studio Gibli’s movies, but haven’t had the chance to see the latest one that came out “The Wind Rises”.

    3 years ago
  257. Hey you guys! Actually, I’m pretty sure I read from multiple places that although Avatar is an American TV show it was actually mostly animated in Korea! Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but if I’m not wrong then that’s really cool!

    3 years ago
  258. That manga kind of sounds like Kuro Bara Alice.

    If you want to watch something funny and weird try Penguin Drum.

    3 years ago
  259. NiO

    do you watch other “magical girl” genre animes? if not watch “Madoka Magica”

    3 years ago
  260. If it’s too hot and you need to chill, here’s one Korean webtoon you can read(English version):

    3 years ago
  261. First, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST. It’s just pure awesomeness, with all the action and drama and stuff, it’s my all time favorite and if you do watch it I assure you NO REGRETS…that’s how good it is ^^
    Second, Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X. This is a classic, but I think that in itself is one of its charms, and among the mangas/animes that have movies, I’d say the rurouni kenshin live action movies are just the bomb, and they do so well in the fighting scenes!
    Lastly, (though I think Martina would like this better than simon): Kaichou wa maid-sama! This is just the right mix of comedy and romance :) the manga was also finished around late last year I think? So yeah!

    3 years ago
  262. People interested in the life of 20 somethings in Korea can can check out the great Catsby (위대한 캣츠비)…really beautifully drawn

    3 years ago
  263. CLAMP, anyone? :)

    3 years ago
    • Me! I totally love xxxHolic, Sakura Card Captors, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, X1999… That’s all the CLAMP’s animes I’ve watched :D

      3 years ago
  264. I recommend Soul Eater and Kimi Ni Todoke and read High School Debut. :) You won’t regret it!

    3 years ago
  265. On the subject of animes, you guys should try watching Sword Art Online:) I absolutely love it. The second season just came out too.

    3 years ago
  266. I’ve been a fan of manga, manwha and anime as far as I can remember~~ I first watched Sailor Moon series which got me hooked up to anime and manga!! My favorite animes/mangas are Ouran High School Host Club, Fruits Basket, Hana Kimi, Sailor Moon, Black Butler, Skip Beat, Bleach, 07 Ghost, Tokyo Crazy Paradise and so on (I can’t name all of them >w<). I started reading Manwha recently and I really love works by Han Yu Rang (한유랑) and Hwang Mi Ri (황미리). The anime I am currently watching right now is Free! which is an anime about a swimming club at a high school. I recommend Fruits Basket, Full Moon wo Sagashite, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (which I liked the manga better), Gentlemen's Alliance (Tanemura Arina), Psycho Pass, Tsubasa Chronicle, Card Captor Sakura, Alice 19th (Manga), Imadoki (Manga), Ichigo Jikan (Kumagai Kyoko)~~. And I'm going to watch the new Sailor Moon Crystal which Martina told me about which will be so exciting!!!!

    3 years ago
  267. IM SO EXCITED WE GET TO TALK ABOUT THIS GUYS ok so some so my absolute favourite mangas are Natsume’s book of friends (I have read and watched the anime) it’s a wonderful series. I highly recommend it to everyone. Other series that I love are akagami no shirayukihime, which is by far one of my favourite shoujos, and Adekan (absolutely stunning art – reminiscent of art nouveau and Art Deco) but it’s also kind of twisted and dark. My favourite shounen ai is doukyuusei by nakamura asumiko, as well as it’s sequels. It’s a great love story with realistic characters that you can easily relate to and feel for.
    Anyway, those are some of my manga/anime recommendations. But there’s something else I wanna bring up. I find that shoujos are all turning into the same thing. I understand that there are guidelines to a perfect ‘school life romance’ but I can predict the entire story just by reading the first 20 pages. I really liked reading shoujo, but now I can’t find any that can keep my attention. Of course, I don’t mean to include all of the shoujo manga out there – I’ve read MAID-SAMA, the wallflower, dengeki daisy, ouran host club, Kimi ni todoke, tora dora and that one with the tall chick and the short guy (which I really loved but can’t remember the name of). ANYWAYS – I hope that you guys get where I’m coming from. To me, I just can’t find any shoujo (school life) that makes a strong impact right from the get-go.
    So, hopefully you guys can help me change my opinion! ANYONE HAVE SOME GREAT SCHOOL LIFE ROMANCE RECOMMENDATIONS?
    and if any of reach the end of this comment -bless you- I have just one more question. It’s about the super awesome webtoon Orange Marmalade.

    3 years ago
  268. I’ve read like soooo many manga/manwha that when I saw your TL;DR I was so excited!!!
    You should definitely read/watch those

    Manhwa: Tower of God, Black Haze, The Breaker, S.I.D., Lessa, Dice, TAL, Aftershcool War Activities, Dr. Frost, Automata, Annarasumanara, Diamond Dust…

    Manga: Hana to Akuma, Ubel Blatt, 07 Ghosts, Karneval, Natsume Yujinchou, Zetsuen no Tempest, The One, Keishichou Tokuhanka 007, Aphorism, 1/2 Prince, Id, Crow, D.Gray-man, Ghost Hunt, It started with a Kiss, Count Cain, Petshop of Horrors, Trigun, Chobits, Angel sanctuary, Another, Immortal Rain, Mushishi, Tokyo Crazy Paradise, Necromancer, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, Shibatora, Arisa, xxxHolic, Rosario+Vampire, Bakuman, Liar Game, Rurouni Kenshin…

    Anime: Hakkenden, No Game no Life, K Project, Mahouka Koukou no Reittousei, Free!, Hamatora …
    And I’ve probably forgot to put some, but I’ve tried not to rewrite what the others already recommended you.

    3 years ago
    • Yay for The Breaker !! And for 1/2 Prince (wich is a manhua (chinese), by the way ;D) !!

      3 years ago
    • Natsume yuujinchou is my favourite! AND I FORGOT TO PUT 07 GHOST IN MY COMMENT! Those are definitely in my top 5.

      3 years ago
  269. I second Cowboy Bebop! Hmm, I remember quite enjoyed Elfen Lied, Read or Die, and Ghost in the Shell.

    3 years ago
  270. If you like Ouran: Ao Haru Ride, Chihayafuru, Full Moon wo Sagashite, Toradora!, Kimi ni Todoke, Tamako Market, Free!, Natsume Yuujinchou, Kodocha, NANA (some adult content), Kaze Hikaru(historical), Candy Candy (70’s anime)

    If you want more action: Durarara (starts off slow but worth it), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Gintama (makes a lot of Japanese pop culture ref.), Noragami, Persona 4 The Animation, Tokyo Ghoul (blood and gore), Neon Genesis Evagelion.

    Slice of Life/Comedy: Gin no Saji, Daily Lives of High school Boys(very funny), Bakuman.

    Sports: Giant Killing, Haikyuu!!

    Really Good Movies: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Kotonoha no Niwa (beautiful animation)

    3 years ago

    3 years ago
  272. Fun fact: Studio Mir, which is based out of Seoul, animates Avatar: The Last Airbender Series and most of Legend of Korra. Beginnings Part 1 and 2 were also animated by them. The more you know… *shooting star*

    3 years ago
  273. I’ve been waiting for this video! I bookmarked every manga mentioned, I haven’t been able to find a good manga in a while. My recommendations (and warning):
    – Bleach: This was my first anime and it is AMAZING, the animation, the characters, the plot, the comedy. But for the last 2 arcs they changed the animation,and I just can’t get over it. (Toshiro looks like a puppy now)
    – Fairy Tail: Also, absolutely amazing. The OVAs though…….
    – Kaichou was Maid Sama: I loved the anime, but I continued on and read the manga and I stopped after 20 chapters or so cause THE SAME DARN THING KEEPS REPEATING.
    – Skip Beat: This is my favorite shoujo manga/anime, it’s very funny
    – Code Geass: I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s definitely worth watching, I loved it
    – Full Metal Alchemist: The plot was very good and I loved the bits of comedy they added
    – Avatar- Legend of Aang!!: I’ve watched the series a total of 4 times, and it keeps me hooked every time. It’s hilarious, has a good plot and its so different from other animes. But I absolutely hate Legend of Korra, I grew up watching Legend of Aang, and I can’t accept the fact that all my favorite avatar characters have gotten married and died!!
    I also love high school debut, hana kimi, Blue Exorcist, death note and that’s about all that comes to mind right now

    3 years ago
  274. I grew up in NYC, and I would always search for the subbed Sailor Moon VHS tapes at the Elizabeth Center in Chinatown. Since the US stopped dubbing them for a bit, I became addicted, and eventually bought the entire series … on ripped vhs tapes. They are somewhere in the deep recesses of my parents’ attic, waiting to be thrown out in a future yard sale.

    A show I love is “Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi”. Created by Gainax (EVA, FLCL), it is a great fun series for anime lovers; each episode satirizes a genre in anime (mobile suits, fantasy, and other otaku characteristics). Another nice treat is that the style of animation changes depending on what world the protagonists are in.

    trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ34lcZOlyQ

    3 years ago
  275. Ok guys…I was the white girl who back in the day got all her Asian friends into anime (no seriously)
    But anyway, my brother really likes the old anime called Captain Harlock (like 1970’s old) and the original Gundam series. (It is actually really good!) A couple anime that I liked was Escaflowne, Princess Mononoke movie, Ranma 1/2, and Nana by Ai Yazawa. Nana was also sooo popular in Japan when I was in high school.
    Martina, I think you would like the series “Honey and Clover” by Chica Umino. It’s about art students trying to find their way in the world after graduating from art school in Japan. It is my all-time favorite manga. There was also a live-action movie which probably wasn’t that well-received, but I actually thought it was well done and the actors played a more realistic version of their characters.
    One manhwa that I read waaaayyy back in the day (more like 2002-2003 era) was called “Red Moon” by Hwang Mi Na. The only other one I’ve read was “Cheese in the Trap”. I never finished either of them, but “Red Moon” had nice illustrations but the story got kind of weird in the middle. “Cheese in the Trap” I think might be a web comic, but I’m not 100% sure.

    3 years ago
  276. I grew up with Sailor Moon which is my #1 all time favorite anime it will never change case closed! My TV program in the afternoon as school was out was Toonami, which it FINALLY came back (so happy!!), that started with Sailor Moon, DBZ, Big O… basically whatever was the ‘it’ anime. I recommend (animes, mangas, & what few manhwas I found; that hopefully haven’t been mentioned yet):

    Legend, Berserk (anime was a bit confusing but the manga explains everything better, warning it is gruesome), Spice and Wolf (another favorite, the manga can be a little boring), Fruits Basket (cursed zodiac family, Momiji is so cute! Anime didn’t have many episodes so the manga is the better way to go but anime is still worth watching), Thunder Cats (old and new), Marmalade Boy (if you can find it), anything by Maya Shinjou (Love Celeb, Sensual Phrase, Love Monster), Loveless, Akagami no Shirayukihime, Tenjo Tenge, MAR, Beast Master, Alice in the Country of Hearts (there are side stories in the Country of Clover), Saiunkoku Monogatari, Pandora Hearts, Arata, Vampire Game, Queen’s Knight, Tokyo Boys and Girls, Pet SHop of Horrors, Stepping on Roses, Betrayal Knows My Name, Arisa, Jyu-Oh-Sei, Metamo Kiss, Cross by Sumiko Amakawa, Pretear, Flowers in a Storm, Honey Mustard (if you can find it), Land of Silver Rain, Tail of the Moon, Lagoon Engine Einsatz, Bound Beauty, Fuushigi Yuugi & Fuushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden, Canterella, Ceres, Kamui, Her Majesty’s Dog, Juvenile Orion, Gate by Hirotaka Kisaragi, Moonlight Meow, Crimson Spell, Angels’ Coffin, Wolf’s Rain (do not waster your time on the manga, it was crap), Demon Dairy (the ending…. *shakes head*), Les Bijoux, Panty and Stocking (that’s their names & the father is Garter Belt), Space Dandy, The Earl and Fairy, Aquarion & Aquarion Evol, Blood+, Blue Sub No.6, Card Captor Sakura, Code Lyoko (not a Japanese anime! But still good), Deltora Quest (this started out as a book & they made into a anime that follows it), Digimon (I personally did not like all of the series but worth it), DNAngel, Flint the Time Detective, Gundam Wing (or Mobile Suit Gundam), Hell Girl, Herioic Age, Ziods & Ziods Chaotic Century (I still have the put-together-yourself Ziods), Saint Seiya, Tenchi Muyo (all of it!), Tsubasa Chrnoicles (again read the manga but the anime is still good), xxxHolic & xxxHolic Rei, Clamp mangas (Tsubasa, xxxHolic, Clover, Chobits!), Yu Yu Hakusho, Vampire Hunter D (everything), Trinity Blood, Shinzo, Samurai Jack (not Japanese but with a samurai fighting evil voiced my Mako!), The Pirates of Dark Water! (so sad it never finished), Swat Kats, Vampire Princess Mayu, King of Bandits Jing, Monster Rancher, Moribito-Guardian of the Spirit, Mushi-shi, s-CRY-ed, Rurouni Kenshin (the Japanese live action so HOT!), ReBoot, Oban Star-racers, Orphen, Rave Master (manga over the anime), Record of Lodoss War, Ronin Warriors!, Outlaw Star!, Alice 19th, Hapi Mari, Stardust Wink, Claymore (another gruesome manga/anime), Kyou Koi wo Hajimemasu, Are You Alice?, Free! Iwatobi Swimming Club, Soul Eater, Nan Eomma Nun Appa, Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective, Nurarihyon No Mago, Blue Dragon Grado, Ookami-san to Shichinin no Chuugentachi, Chronicles of the Grim Peedler, Chrno Cursade, Code Geass, Red River, Deadman Wonderland, Scarlet Palace, Durarara!, Dragon Who, Shaman King, Elfin Lied, Fall in Love Lie a Comic, Faster Than a Kiss, X, Spirit of the Ocean, Sword Art Online (anime only!), Tegami Bachi, Hayate the Combat Butler, Kitchen Princess, Tiara, Toriko (I haven’t read this but a friend of mine is, it’s all about delicious food), V.B. Rose, Trigun, Inuyasha (I did enjoy this series but it started to take too long so I found it online & watched a few episode in the final series & still understood what was happening), Until the Full Moon, Kekkaishi, Laon, Antique Romance.

    Okay so that’s pretty much everything that I have read or watched or both (at least what I can remember looking at the manga list). Sorry Martina I looked and looked while making my list but i could not find the manga. Maybe if I had a little more information I could find it, maybe names or characters, or who wrote it (long shot there), or who published it, is it an older or newer manga? (I have been given a mission/challenge I must find!)

    3 years ago
  277. Yay!!!! Thank you Martina for one of the best TL;DR videos ever!!! I love Ouran too, but I have to ask, have you read the manga? I love the manga just as much as the anime, but the manga ending is much better in my opinion. I’m also a big fan of Mei’s Butler, Black Bird, and Vampire Knight as well (I’m even check the website of the translators for Mei’s Butler for new chapters, only 59 out right now). I love Boys Over Flowers, but just the Korean drama because I just couldn’t get over the corny outfits in the manga and anime. Oh, and Studio Ghibli is the best!!! I’ve seen almost every single movie and have many on DVD.
    Anime: Sword Art Online, Special A, AKB0048 and sequel series AKB0048: Next Stage, Baka to Test, Tears to Tiara, Fruits Basket, and one of my personal favorites: Princess Tutu (Simon I know this sounds super girly but it’s actually really awesome, I swear.)
    Manga: 1/2 Prince, anything by CLAMP, Kitchen Princess, Gentlemen’s Alliance, Full Moon(this one mighty make you cry), Sakura Hime, Arisa, Kare Kano, MeruPeri, Skip Beat, Shugo Chara, Mamotte! Lollipop, Gate 7 (which is by CLAMP) ….and probably more I’m not remembering.
    Last but not least, Martina have you seen the Jaguar car commercial that has the actor for Loki in it? It’s so cool!

    3 years ago
  278. Soooo, since we are talking about manhwas and manga/anime/etc…

    You should check out:

    Tower of God – It has a great story and the drawing is pretty awesome. Problem with this manhwa is that it’s on break at the current time being and I need my fix XD. Thought to suggest this since you mentioned Noblesse and the topic was about manhwas

    The Gamer – Another manhwa that has an interest story. Won’t really appreciate the gag humor if you aren’t into gaming MMOs

    Drifters – A must if you loved Hellsing… since it’s from the same author as Hellsing. And if you are familiar with the Hellsing series, you would know that Hirano Koutais infamous for inconsistent updates for his manga… but it’s so good.

    Ansatsu Kyoushitsu – Funny manga about a monster that can destroy the world deciding to teach a group of high school students that are considered degenerates/failures. Good action scenes and the story line is a solid. Drawing style is interesting also since its not the typical smooth curve like human features but crisp lines… if you know what I mean.

    Shokugeki no Soma – As much as you two love food, I’m surprised you guys didn’t list any food mangas like addicted to curry or this one. Foodies must for this manga since… well, food.

    Classic mangas like GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) or Akumetsu.

    Anime, I’m completely new on anime.

    Anyhow, check these manga/manhwa out!

    3 years ago
  279. Watched most of the animes of your lists haha :D I loved Attack on Titans! I think it was a great anime that was original and exciting each ep. You guys should watch Sword Art Online pretty good one :) For mangas I still read the big 3 even though arks have been going on for years already lol, but for shoujo I read Skip Beat. I hear Tower of God is a popular manhwa but I haven’t started yet. Right now I’m watch Fairy Tail and SAO II each week, been watching anime since 7 and Sailor Moon was my first one.

    3 years ago
    • Can we talk about dramas next lol, anyone watching the Korran remake of Fated to Love You? Loving that right now :)

      3 years ago
  280. Katekyo Hitman Reborn. The manga and the anime is amazing. The storyline is hilarious for the first arc, and yeah you might get a little pissed off at some points, but the plot gets a darker as the series continues. The anime caps off after one of the major arcs, so please read the manga! You will not be disappointed (and I know that i’m not really saying much about it isn’t convincing, but trust me it’s AWESOME)! Also these too: Durarara, Fairy Tails, and some of my current favorites Free! Iwatobi Swim Club and Kuroko no Basket.

    3 years ago
  281. I don’t read as much anymore (and I don’t watch any anime versions if they exist for a series), and what I do read I’m becoming increasingly more picky about. But my current favorite titles at the moment are:

    One Piece (ofc)
    Hozuki no Reitetsu
    Saint Oniisan
    Houseki no Kuni (probably my favorite of the year!)
    Orenchi no Furo Jijou
    Natsume Yuujinchou
    Assassination Classroom

    And a few BL titles (or should I say authors? BLs tend to not run in long series like other genres). I noticed as I typed that I definitely seem to prefer seinen.

    3 years ago
    • Where did you read Orenchi no Furo Jijou?! I’ve been looking everywhere but can’t find it :(

      3 years ago
    • Wow, your taste is similar to mine! I haven’t read Houseki no Kuni and Orenchi no Furo Jijou yet though. Thanks!

      3 years ago
  282. Has anyone heard of President Dad? It’s a manhwa my sister found at our library. It’s about this teenage girl whose dad becomes the president of South Korea, and she has to deal with that major life change and all the problems associated with being a teenager. Also, a cartoon series called Code Lyoko is originally a french series that tried to imitate the drawing style of anime. It’s about these kids who find a supercomputer and try to defeat XANA, which is like an evil computer program. There are so many suggestions for anime/manga/manhwa that I tried to find something people haven’t said yet! It was kinda hard :P

    3 years ago
  283. NAAAARRRRRRUUUUTTTTOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!………………ok I’m done. I also recommend Fruits Basket for a romance/school-life manga. It was also made into an anime and one of the few dubbed animes out there that doesn’t sound horrible. I always recommend this to individuals who are new to this “genre,” because the storyline is simple and easy to follow for those while being unique enough to help them transition into other series. Also, many complain about reading subtitles and the “successful” (at least to me) dubbing may help influence them to watch the anime as well.

    3 years ago
    • Fruits Basket is what helped me transition to subs instead of dub. I had a dvd and I tried both – subs FTW! It’s the only way to learn (even tiny parts) of another language.

      3 years ago
  284. ok love sailor moon she was the first anime and Manga that I watched and read!! all the dragon ball dragon ball z and so on all of studio Ghibli movies tokyo mew mew Tsubasa Marmalade boy Fruit basket kare kano black bird Emma ive read the Manhwa snow drop there is this other one I read with a man mermaid but I can’t remember the name Maison Ikkoku nana loveless Inuyasha (both) angelic layer Dn angel I LIKE THIS MOVIE CALLED WOLF CHILDEN THAT WAS REALY GOOD AND U SHOULD WATCH IT!!!! LUPIN THE THIRD FOOLY COOLY TRIGUN witch hunter robin M.A.R.S!!!!!!!BASARA this was an other first for me I read crimson hero there are a lot more of anime and manga that I have watched and read but i can’t think of any more so ill leave it at that!

    3 years ago
  285. FAIRY TAIL!!! *SCREAM LIKE A LITTLE GIRL* I can’t express my love for that manga. I even day dream and write fan fkctions about it. (Nalu all the way) well this tldr was FABULOUS 10/10! You guys also got me into High school host club. Have a good day and Martina, also watch Puella magi Madoka magica and mekaku city actors (the manga is called kageuro daze) Bai!

    3 years ago
  286. I absolutely love the new sailor moon! It’s amazing and really good! It’s… different though I can tell you that. They didn’t animate any of the unique facial expressions Usagi used to make, it’s kinda sad

    Durarara!! is a really good mystery and suspense kind of anime, both subbed and dubbed (skip episode 1 and it is PREFECT)
    Case Closed is mystery, it’s kind of weird but it’s really suspenseful and has a lot of unique mysteries.
    Say I Love You is a really cute, sappy romance manga and the anime is really cute
    Alice in the Country of Hearts is really fun and interesting, think Alice in Wonderland meets human versions of all the animal characters, but they’re all like in the mafia or gangs. It’s action/romance and it isn’t really meant for anyone under 15
    Kamichama Karin is a really cute magical girl manga; it really just has a special place in my heart and if you like romance and magical girls, it’s really good and funny

    3 years ago
  287. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend the anime “Itazura na Kiss” (which is also a manga). It’s about this klutz of a girl who isn’t very smart who falls in love with the most popular, handsome,smart guy in school. She ends up writing a love letter to him and totally rejects her. Circumstances bring them together when her house collapses from an earthquake. Her and her dad end up moving into her Dad’s friend’s house, which happens to be the house of the guy she is in love with. After some time goes by and she is rejected repeatedly, he ends up falling in love with her. They get married. He becomes a doctor and she becomes a nurse just so she can be with him all the time. It is a cute, funny, and romantic comedy.

    Otherwise, I agree with your lists above. I totally love One Piece, Bleach, Ouran Host Club, Absolute Boyfriend, Boys Over Flowers, and Hana Kimi. Have you seen the live action of Absolute Boyfriend? It is so good and it has that Hiro Mizushima from the Black Butler movie in it!

    3 years ago
  288. ONE PIECE. *foams at mouth*
    One Piece is one of my absolute favorite things ever and I need to catch up on it SO BADLY. It’s one of those rare series where I love almost every character. There are so few characters I genuinely dislike.

    Samurai Champloo is really great once you get into it. It’s not as disjointed as maybe it feels at first, everything comes together by the end.

    From your list I’m also a fan of Cowboy Bebop, Sailor Moon, Ouran High School Host Club, Bleach, Death Note, Sailor Moon, Avatar the Last Airbender, Legend of Korra (HENRY ROLLINS VOICES THE VILLAIN IN SEASON 3), and ALL OF THE GIBLI.

    Some of my absolute favorites that didn’t make your list (most of which I highly recommend if you haven’t seen them) are Trigun (I’ve read the manga and watched the anime), Neon Genesis Evangelion (though I sometimes don’t make it through the last few episodes because my brain starts hurting), Inuyasha (read), xxxHolic (read/watched), Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (read/watched), Magic Knight Rayearth, Fushigi Yuugi (read/watched), Card Captor Sakura (read/watched), and Gurren Lagann (I most highly recommend this one).

    3 years ago
  289. Such a great TL;DR! I’ve been wanting a new anime to watch recently, now I have SO many options! Here’s my list as well: Sailor Moon, Ronin Warriors, Pokemon, Digimon, Gundam Seed (LOVE!!!), Gundam Seed Destiny, Wolf’s Rain (sooo good!), Fruits Basket (the manga, not the anime – the only complete manga series I’ve ever read/owned), Inuyasha, Fullmetal Alchemist, Chobits, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Serial Experiments Lain, Ouran Host Club… I’m sure there’s more but that’s all I can remember at the moment. Can’t wait to try out some new ones!

    3 years ago
  290. To be honest, I really like sorta… How do I put this? Um, ‘mature’ shows. Not full on hentai or ecchi! I’m a girl for god sake! I don’t mean mature in a sexual way! I mean mature as in a realistic slash adult style humor. Those, crack me up, or make me bite my fingers on the edge of my seat. I recommend Panty and Stocking or Black Lagoon.

    Panty and Stocking is an anime that contains parodies of western media. They poke fun at the concept of blue eyes, blonde hair girl stereo type that is found in most western media. The art style looks similar to Powerpuff girls and the comedy is almost like Two and a Half Men or How I meet your mother. Everything in there, is somewhat related to Western Media. However, its better to enjoy it when you just turn off your mature side of you and just let your 14 year old out. I highly recommend the dub, because it’s better to hear them cussing then read their ‘engrish’

    Black Lagoon is similar in a way, but much much darker. The plots are realistic in a way, sometimes cruel, and there’s plenty of badass action. The plots or atmosphere sometimes never end with stereo typical happy endings, and the characters usually don’t give a flying ffff on what happens to other people. It follows a group, the Black Lagoon, through their jobs all around. They’re the type of group that will do anything to put food on the table. I again, recommend the dub because the dub in this anime matches the characters of the show wayyyy tooo damnnn well….

    3 years ago
  291. You have to watch the new sailor moon! IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! Apparently a new ep is out every 2 weeks though. Is this true? I can’t wait 2 weeks between eps! A week yeah but 2 weeks!?!?! Anyway I prefer watching anime to reading mangas, well technically I read anime too. But there’s some manga’s I’ve read that I liked. Peach Girl is one. It’s about high school dramas. However I started reading it again but I can’t really get into it anymore. Maybe my tastes have changed? There is an anime of it out as well. I have a love hate relationship with Attack on Titan. I love the cliff hangers but I hate the Titans. They scare me so much T_T I lel at your annoyance with Eren though xD I’m watching the eng dub and it’s just.. it’s refreshing not having to read but some of the voices I can’t take seriously xD If you like slice of life/comedy, then I recommend Azumanga Daioh. It’s where my profile pic comes from. This anime is hilarious, I was in tears at some parts! :’) Wow I think this is the longest comment I’ve left on this site. This is what anime does to ya!

    3 years ago
  292. I don’t have much experience with animes/mangas/manwahs but I have heard of:
    ~black butler
    ~SAO {sword art online} its about these ppl who got stuck in a game that if u die in the game u die for real, my teacher made my class watch it in L.A. class, its a good anime
    these are the only anime and manga or manwah

    3 years ago
  293. If you’re looking for a manga/anime to transform your entire existence/ outlook on life, I would DEFINITELY recommend Fruits Basket (Furuba). It’s fantastically written and the plot is so heartbreaking and just incredible. I remember reading them in middle school and crying while reading almost all the volumes. The anime is really good too, but its only downside is that it’s a lot shorter haha. It’s actually pretty funny, the comic randomly came up when talking to a friend in college and he told me that those comics actually played a major part in repairing the strained relationship between him and his brother. It’s literally life changing! Some other ones I used to read are Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, Marmalade Boy, InuYasha, Naruto, and One Piece

    3 years ago
  294. First experience with comics is manwha in children’s magazines but all of the animations I watched in Korea were animes. I missed them dearly when I moved to US. Eventually anime became big in US and made it easier for me to find them in the video rentals (do people even remember VHS?) then eventually to online streaming services. There are few “manwhabang” in my neighborhood but these places are small and I felt too old to sit there and read, so I moved to scanlation sites. I felt bad I wasn’t paying for the books I was reading but if I really like it I’d buy the whole series such as Hana Kimi, Death Notes, Paradise Kiss, Full Metal Alchemist, etc. If I like an anime and I know it has a manga source, I’d go read the manga.

    Paradise Kiss anime introduced me to new music of Franz Ferdinand and Rurouni Kenshin (or Samurai X as marketed in North America) First OVA Soundtrack was awesome! I like a lot of music from anime but I seldom want to buy them.

    Now a days I read Naver webtoons. I had been reading scanlation of Noblesse (series still on-going) but then it occurred to me that I could read it straight from the Korean website and not wait for the translation. I currently read many series from Naver!

    What can I say about Ghibli? Watched all of them!!! They are so good and I’m really going to miss Miyazaki now that he’s retired.

    3 years ago
  295. I’m a major manga and anime fan. I’ll just make a list of MANGA that I love!

    Bokura ga Ita
    Ao no Exorcist
    Ao Haru Ride
    Strobe Edge
    Dengeki Daisy
    ReRe Hello
    Ten Count
    Tonari no Kaibutsu-Kun
    Kyou no Kira-Kun
    Hibi Chouchou
    Suki tte Ii na yo
    Seven Days

    This is a short list because I read a lot and those are defenitely some of my favorites! Ofc I also loved Sailor Moon, Fullmetal Alchemist, etc!
    If you are interested to see else else I would recommend, check myanimelist :) – http://myanimelist.net/profile/IdentityMad

    3 years ago
  296. OMG ! I really love kaichou wa maid sama, Kurohitsuji ,and switch girl is one of my favorites , btw the live action is perfect !
    my recommendations are :
    Yamato nadeshiko shichi henge
    Bokura Ga ita
    Lovely Complex
    Nodame Contaible
    Paradise Kiss
    Ayashi no ceres
    School Rumble
    Rozen Maiden & Rozen Maiden tales
    tonari no kaibutsu-kun
    Azumanga Daioh

    3 years ago
  297. I’m surprised tou guys didn’t go take a peek at Anime expo in LA this year! I’m not sure when you left LA, but anime expo was july 3rd-6th and is most of the ttime on fouth of july weekend. They even had a meet and greet with the new english dub cast of Sailor Moon. You guys should come next year!

    3 years ago
    • Also, you should watch the jdrama version of Nodame Cantabile, it’s really silly but also has a great story line to it. :D

      3 years ago
  298. Pfffffftt people who say anime & manga are nerdy are just missing out :P Like a lot of k-pop fans I was into anime/manga before kpop, and I’ve watched/read a lot of the series you’ve mentioned.

    I haven’t read many manhwa, I’ve only read some of Noblesse and a BL one, but the art style is usually so beautiful I love them~ Korea you need to make some anime it’d be great!

    I feel exactly the same way about Attack On Titan, I think its a little overrated. I appreciate its concept and everything, but I don’t think its that great. But I stopped watching it because everyone dies all the time and I couldn’t stand it anymore lol. I just want to know if they’ll make it to the basement or not.

    I’m a little disappointed you guys weren’t into Samurai Champloo, its one of my favourite animes. The animation and SOUNDTRACK is amazing and I think it ended really nicely (im a big fan of historical Japanese stuff though, the anime itself can be a bit bland at times) BUT I’m soooo happy you got into NUJABES hes one of my fav artists!! Too bad he passed away :( But I love his music a lot

    Anyway, I have a lot of favoruite series (Death Note, OHSHC, Bleach, DRRR!!, Darker than Black, Studio Ghibli films, Hellsing, and watching Sailor Moon Crystal looks great so far :P plz review it when you get to watching it) but my tied top two series are ONE PIECE and GINTAMA.

    You mentioned ONE PIECE, so Im curious about how you feel about it, but I just absolutely LOVE the characters and adventure and comedy and fantasy, and I’m getting bored of reading Naruto and Bleach because the story is dying but One Piece is still going so strong and Oda is an amazing mangaka in my opinion. I’m so happy to see its popularity in Japan and Korea (I think it needs more attention in the western anime world…) I need to check out Fairy Tail and I’ve never seen much of Avatar, but they seem similar, I just love series like this :)

    And you might not have heard of this series, since its only really popular in Japan, but I really recommend you get around to watching GINTAMA (its a long on-going series so it might be too time consuming for busy people like you) But omg it is the FUNNIEST series ever! I don’t mean “lol” funny like a lot of anime are, but I’ve actually literally rolled on the ground crying from laughter hehehe. Its crude and ooh so nasty and it makes a lot of parodies of other series and its just so fun. Some people mightn’t like it because there isn’t really a storyline (it took me about a hundred episodes before I became a big fan because of the lack of storyline, its kind of an episodic daily life styled series) but its something to watch for the comedy & characters not really the story. Don’t get me wrong, it has serious moments too and great action scenes, I’ve cried in parts too. But the majority of it is a gag manga and the characters are the best (theres seriously only like 2 characters in the entire series that are taken seriously) And its probably the only series where there are NORMAL BREAST-SIZED WOMEN HOORAY! (and the women are really strong too, stronger than the men most of the time actually)
    If Eat Your Kimchi was a manga series I think it’d be similar to Gintama :)
    (now go watch gintama, then watch the movies & read the manga when you finish the anime (which hopefully might be continued one day considering its popularity))

    Thnx for reading ^^ (my shameless Gintama promoting)

    3 years ago
    • THANK YOU! You took the words out of my mouth. Gintama is the funniest anime ever! Everyone I know (the people who watched it of course) loves it! Even my mom likes Gintama

      3 years ago
      • Yaay love meeting fellow Gintama fans! I think its such an underrated series but it is indeed hilarious :) Everyone should watch it

        3 years ago
  299. “Attack on Titan” is good, but I honestly want to punch Eren in the face the whole time. The plot gets disjointed near the end of the anime because it isn’t a complete series so it basically leaves you in the middle of nowhere. The manga gets into the ugly side of humanity/politics and sort of worth reading because it does not focus on Eren. That is if you can get past the art style.

    Also, I LOVE Avatar. Korra is good, but I thought the writing of Avatar was superior. Also, I’m not a big fan of the animation for Korra (excepting the Season 2 episodes with the Avatar Origin story which had excellent animation). I haven’t watched Sailor Moon Crystal yet, but planning to after a few more episodes are out. :D

    Free! Iwatobi Swim Club – Swimming anime about friendship with mildly homoerotic subtext. Lots of great back muscles. Season 2 (Free! Eternal Summer) is airing right now. [silly]

    Silver Spoon – Excellent slice of life series about going to an agriculture school. All the (fresh farm) food porn. Created by Hiromu Arakawa who is also the manga-ka for the next rec.

    Fullmetal Alchemist – absolutely amazing action-adventure series. One of my favorite series of all time. The story is a combination of funny, dark, and heart breaking. There’s incredible character development/growth and a satisfying ending. Basically, take “Avatar: the Last Airbender” storytelling level humor + character development, add some “Attack on Titan” level darkness, set it in a Korra-like industrializing world and you get FMA.

    Yamada and the 7 Witches (Yamada-kun to 7-nin majo) – I call it, “that series where everyone is kissing everyone”. Hands down my favorite running Manga series next to “ONE PIECE”. Every person I’ve recced this to has enjoyed it. The TV Drama is just as hilarious as the manga because it’s incredibly over-the-top. Created by the same manga-ka as “Yankee-kun to Megane-chan”.

    Madoka Magica – Interesting series because it is basically a deconstruction of the magical girl genre.

    Nodame Cantabile – Lovely, light-hearted, funny romance (I guess?) genre. Manga, anime, and drama are all well done. I like the drama best because it’s a series about classical music students so it helps when you have pieces playing. I think there’s going to be a Korean adaptation?

    I also enjoy this Korean web series: http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/list.nhn?titleId=186811&no=58&weekday=

    3 years ago
    • Loved Silver Spoon! It sounds boring, but it’s so realistic and funny. Highly recommend, even if you’ve never seen a farm animal in your life.

      3 years ago
  300. I’ll be honest, I’m not into Anime or manga/manhwa, so I can’t add anything to that conversation. However I do like literary graphic novels and I am determined to participate by shoving them into this discussion. From that genre I would recommend:
    Persepolis- Marjane Satrapi
    Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth- Chris Ware (side note, I consider Chris Ware to be a literary genius who simply chooses to express himself primarily in graphic form. This book is as profound and raw as anything penned by William Faulkner.)
    Pyongyang- Guy Delisle
    Maus-Art Spiegelman
    Ghost World-Daniel Clowes
    Shortcomings-Adrian Tomine (pissed off SO.MANY.PEOPLE. Love that he gave exactly zero fucks. Adore his artwork.)
    Anything associated with Harvey Pekar. I was fortunate to see him on a panel once before he died. He glared at me, which is exactly what you want Harvey Pekar to do. I just love that there is a series of brilliant comic books and brilliant movie about the very ordinary life of a very ordinary (and cantankerous) man. Evidence that even the most ordinary of lives are works of art.

    3 years ago
    • I loved Maus. I didn’t read Persepolis but watched the film version which was very good.

      3 years ago
    • I am completely unfamiliar with graphic novels, and I don’t recognise any of those titles. Are they mainly American? British? Are they all in English? Is there an online database for them somewhere?

      3 years ago
      • Persepolis and Pyongyang were originally in French, but have been translated into many languages. The rest were originally in English. Movies have been made out of Persepolis, Ghost World and American Splendor (Harvey Pekar’s stuff).

        3 years ago
      • I can’t speak for other titles but Maus is in English.

        3 years ago
  301. Not going to read all 330+ comments, but I want to throw my favorites into the mix! Sorry if there are repeats!

    Claymore – This was the first anime I watched. It’s actiony and gory and awesome. One of the main characters is a young boy who’s annoying as you-know-what, but the rest of the show is full of bad@$$ female half-monster characters that have to defend humans against monsters called Yoma.

    Darker than Black – I didn’t see this one a lot in the comments, but it’s awesome! It’s another action one about a mysterious forcefield called Hell’s Gate that appears in Tokyo. After a similar forcefield wiped out a good chunk of South America, scientists are trying to find out wtf is happening. Meanwhile, since the appearance of the Gate, people with special abilities called “contractors” have appeared.

    Angel Beats! – ALL TIME FAVORITE ANIME EVER! A bunch of dead teenagers are stuck in limbo (which takes the shape of a school campus). They all had really unfair lives and refuse to accept that those are the only lives they get, so they are resisting “moving on”. However, as they all slowly start to realize that their lives weren’t meaningless…..well, I won’t spoil it. It gets deep-ish. First anime to make me cry.

    D.Gray-Man – Exorcists (not in the traditional sense of the word) with special abilities have to defend the world against monsters called Akuma, created by the Millennium Earl to destroy humanity.

    Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood – If you haven’t seen it, just watch it. The feels. OHGODTHEFEELS. Watch FMA before FMA Botherhood. Both shows are excellent, but Brotherhood is better and truer to the manga.

    Soul Eater – Maka is a Meister, a fighter who partners up with living weapons to collect souls and fight evil. The story revolves around Maka and Soul (her partner) as they fight the Madness.

    And speaking of ATLA, Simon and Martina, have you guys checked out the graphic novels the creators of the show put out after the show finished? Overall I think they’re ok, and they pick up right where Avatar left off so if you want a little more of the story (like what happened to Zuko’s mom) they are nice. Just thought I would mention it if you haven’t seen them!

    3 years ago
    • OMG! Your list is exactly what I was going to post. lol. *high five* Those are good recommendations and some of my favorites! I am more of an action/fantasy type fan. Not really a big fan of romance, so that’s why most of my favorites are action/fantasy. lol.

      3 years ago
      • Yay! *high five* I get really easily annoyed with the way female characters tend to be written in romance mangas and animes. Too needy. I like the stronger action/fantasy female leads!

        3 years ago
    • Realizing my entire list is action/fantasy (so maybe that will be helpful for Simon). Shoujo – no. Just no. Nope. Can’t do it.

      3 years ago
  302. Anything by manga artist Rumiko Takahashi! These are my favorites:
    Ranma (manga version is my fav)
    Inuyasha (anime and manga)
    Maison Ikkoku (anime and manga)
    One Pound Gospel (manga)
    Mermaid Saga (manga)

    My life was changed when I read these books/watched these shows. lol. Many are old stories, but I was amazed by how relatable, funny, and touching they can be. They are timeless! Many say that her works have influenced the new generation of manga/anime in so many ways.

    I can’t even find the right words that can describe how much I love her stories.
    I highly recommend!

    3 years ago
  303. I’m going to be “that” person who finds anime and manga a bit weird. I think it’s because when I decided to learn Japanese years and years ago, people assumed that I loved anime and manga, to the point where classmates who enjoyed manga would try to discuss it with me and I had no clue what they were talking about. I guess it just annoyed me when people would see graffiti on my folders and be like “Do you know Japanese?” “Some.” “Omg do you like anime and m-” “NO!”

    I didn’t, and still don’t, have any interest in them, but I think the constant assumption put me off, even though it was almost 10 years ago (I’m over it, of course.. o.O) I only liked jpop and gyaru fashion (I still am a gyaru, but Kpop stole my heart).

    The only anime I’ve watched are Pokemon (does that count?) Cardcaptors and Fruits Basket. I’ve read Dear Friends manga, because I liked the movie a lot since the lead character Rina was so badass (at the start anyway :/) Goong was my first ever Korean drama and it was originally a manhwa (which I bought for my bff’s birthday – she got us both into the black hole that is k-dramas)- I think a lot of dramas I’ve watched are based from manhwa too, and I think it’s cool that graphic novels can have such an impact.

    It’s interesting you say that there’s not a lot of Korean manhwa in book stores. There’s a comic book store near me (in Ireland) which has a pretty large selection of Korean manhwa as well as Japanese manga. I dunno if they sell well or not, but it’s nice that they’re there, they’re very cheap to buy so it’s good for fans :)

    3 years ago
  304. Did you know a new season of Kuroshitsuji just started? I’m so excited about it, I just watched the first episode and I forgot how epic this anime was!

    Sailor Moon’s a classic and I’m sooooo happy you’re talking about Perfect Girl Evolution! This is one o my favorite anime EVER! Usually I don’t think that anime humour is really funny, but this anime was AWESOME! Loved it!

    As for my recommendations:

    Go watch Clannad right now! This anime made me cry like and laugh like no other anime ever did. At first I thought it was kinda boring, but once you get familiar with the characters, you get really attached to them. This anime depicts the good and bad times in life and how both are necessary in order to be truly happy. But I’m warning you, you’re going to cry for sure, it’s just beautiful!

    In a totally different type of anime, my favorite is definitely Jigoku Shoujo (Hell Girl). The soundtrack is A-MA-ZING, the best I’ve ever heard ! It really makes you reflect on mankind, vengeance, and so many other topics. I loved it so much!

    Shiki. I was so hooked on this anime I’ve watched it entirely in 3 days (which is something I never did). It’s basically about a family of vampires moving to a remote village and kinda instaure mayhem. One thing that I loved about this anime is that the characters have realistic reactions. When they are faced to this situation, they do not assume from the get go that “oh they don’t go outside during the day so they’re definitely vampires”. They’re in denial for quite a long time. JUST WATCH OUT! You won’t regret it!

    Spice and Wolf is just a heartwarming slice-of-life anime during medieval times. I won’t make a resume but it’s really sweet, I loved it. :)

    And for my childhood nostalgia… CARDCAPTOR SAKURA! God I loved this anime so much when I was a kid you have no idea! :D

    3 years ago
  305. I used to read a lot of manga/manhwa/manhua but these days all I read are “Yotsubato!” which I totally recommend. I also really like “Flat” and both are slice of life mangas.
    Since Martina is so into Manga, it’d be really interesting to do a WANK at a 만화방! They used to be really popular back in the day~… (ugh I sound old)
    Anyways, a reason why Korea is more into webtoons is that they’ve had online access to manga/manhwa for much longer than other people. I can’t speak for Japanese people but they had online access to manga in the early 2000’s I remember going onto Daum to read Manga/manhwa.

    3 years ago
  306. OK, I HAVE to recommend the manhwa artist/author, Hwang Miri. The first manhwa I read by her is called Hot Blooded Woman, which TOTALLY hooked me. I started reading a variety of her other manhwas and to be honest, even though I loved them too, they were a bit repetitive. For example, the female lead is ALWAYS some strong/rebellious poor girl who meets a guy who is just as strong or stronger (and rich of course) in which they eventually fall in love. I never got bored of her work despite this because she always has some differences and I grew to love each and every one of her works. Also, her works gave me a Hana Yori Dango sort of feel to it?

    3 years ago
  307. Omg!! I am so glad you did a TL:DR on this!^^ I have got to agree that Hana Kimi and Ouran High School Host Club are amazing! And then of course there is Fairy Tail, Naruto and Bleach. One of my all time favorites is Fruits Basket! Martina, if you have not read or watched this one PLEASE do!^^
    Last but not least the Studio Ghibli creations are the #1 by far and nothing can even and ever compare! Thanks for letting ud have our little nerd out! ♡

    3 years ago
  308. The lenght and amount of comments is just WOW. I would like to share with you guise this online novel I am reading. It’s called “Royal road” and it is set in future Korea. Emmm, I really suck at expaining stuff so please, read the description they have on their site. http://www.royalroadl.com/table-of-content/ It sounds serious, but it is actually really funny.

    3 years ago
  309. It funny how most of the recommendations I can go “oh yeah! that one was so good! oh and this one and this one too!” lol. As for the ones I haven’t read: I wish you all good luck in the weeks to come. I’ll be under a rock with no life finishing all of them. ;P

    3 years ago
  310. ooh God… animes…I think I have seen the whole all Studio Ghibli films or so. I just finished watching Ouran Host Club, just perfect and a korean drama remake would be awesome… I also love Chugo Chara, Clannad, Kamisama hajimemashita, Yumeiro Patissiere, and there are some more but I don’t remember the names :( shame… now I’m currently watching Toradora, sooo cute! ^.^
    PS: all of them are very girly animes…

    3 years ago
  311. Also, I forgot to mention: ANYTHING Miyazaki and/or Studio Ghibli is EXCELLENT & I Love it to pieces! <3<3 x3

    3 years ago
  312. One Piece & Fairy Tail are SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD! <3<3<3<3 I started watching Fairy Tail not that long ago, but I already ADORE IT! Natsu is my freaking HERO. <3<3 This as a real Cool video, guise! <3<3
    Oh! By the way: Simon! If you get headaches when it rains/storms sometimes, it may very well be that the changing atmospheric pressure a storm front brings may be affecting your sinuses: I have the same problem often with sinus pressure headaches. If that is the case, one little nasal decongestant pill, like Psuedoephedrine HCI, will help you out! And it doesn't make you drowsy like antihistamines do. :D

    3 years ago
  313. Recommend Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. Romantic comedy.

    3 years ago
  314. Okat here we go…
    I’ve watched alot of anime recently I’m more of the comedy-romance anime type of girl ..
    Here is a list of some of the anime that I have watched ever since I began my super-duper anime crush :
    Itazura na kiss.
    Skip beat.
    Ouran highschool host club.
    Sword art online(i really recommend this anime)***.
    Bokura ga ita.
    Vampire knight/guilty.
    Inu x boku ss.
    Kimi ni todoke 1+2.
    Itsuka tenma no kuro-usagi.
    Hataruka maou-sama= the devil is a part timer.
    Bgata h kei- super funny.
    Lovely complex.
    Special a.
    Wall flower.
    Earl and fairy.
    Romio x julliet.
    Those are the best anime serieses that i can remember ahh.. theres also clanned and clanned after story^^..Hmm now for the movies:
    I really like Hayao Miyazaki’s work I love all of his movies I also love all of studio Ghilbis work
    Castle in the sky.
    My neighbor Totoro.
    Kikis delivery service.
    Porco Rosso.
    Princess Mononoke(AMAZING).
    Spirted away(I loved this movie ever since i was a kid).
    Howls moving castle(THIS MOVIEE IS AWESOMEE).
    The wind rises.
    Tales from the sea.
    From up on poppy hill.
    Whisper of the heart.
    Tokio kakeru shojo.
    Children who chase lost voices.
    These are all of the anime that I remember and highly recommend .
    I love you guys <3!!

    3 years ago
  315. AHHHHHHH YOU LIKE SO MANY ANIMES I LIKE :3 i love maid-sama, hana-kimi, ouran, and switch girl(did you watch the live action too?)~ i also love kimi ni todoke, love so life, no game no life, attack on titan and a lot more!

    3 years ago
  316. If you love vampires, you should totally watch SHIKI. It’s just amazing and the plot is so smart. Also, the animation is so good.

    If you love crying your eyes out, even after watching the anime *tears roll down as I write this*, watch Angel Beats, AnoHana and Clannad. Seriously, Angel Beats is my all time favorite. It’s a mix of drama, action and supernatural. You never expect a thing but then the deep stories hit you right in your face and you cry for days.

    If you love really clean animation, MECHA and mindf*ck plots which give off a life lesson that’ll hit you in your face, watch Code Geass. My 2nd favorite anime. It’s just… I can’t express it’s epicness. You will fall in love with the main character, Lelouch.

    3 years ago
  317. Full Metal Alchemist, Slam Dunk, Death Note, Attack on Titan, Avatar (both), Gakuen Alice, Beck and Nana are the anime/manga that I would recommend to anyone because it’s just impossible to not like those. Seriously.

    5 cm per second and Koizora are great, too. I absolutely love them but not everyone loves them. I guess they’re kind of a hit or miss?

    3 years ago
    • Aaaargh i forgot to mention Detective School Q in my list of ‘impossible-to-not-like’.

      Hunter x Hunter, Fairy Tail, Naruto (first few comics), One Piece, Rave, Samurai Champloo are cool but sometimes the plot line is pointless and childish. But if you’re into that kind of thing, they are cool to watch.

      3 years ago
      • (replying to myself because i always forget to mention sth -_- sorry)

        SOOZEE PORORO IS NOT MANGA!!! SooZee is so funny >.<

        3 years ago
  318. I’m sooo excited for the Sailor Moon too, as I grew up with it as well! :D I made the mistake of watching the first episode (which was amazing by the way), and now I just want more! Going to stop watching for now so I can binge watch when the whole series is done airing. And I know what you mean with Attack on Titan! ERIN IS SO FRUSTRATING. God I just want to slap some sense into him.

    A manga I would highly recommend is After School Nightmare. It just has a really unique concept, and I blew through the whole series in a few days.

    Descendants of Darkness (the anime and the manga) is also extremely good. My friend recommended this to me when I was just getting into anime. It’s a supernatural one that involves shinigami and trying to sort out humans who are supposed to be moving on to the afterlife. Another one that has great anime and manga is Fruits Basket which has to do with zodiac animals in human form… I have a feeling you’d really like that one, Martina!

    There are so many animes I could recommend, but I’ll just stick with a few. One of my all time favourites that is severely under-appreciated is Red Garden. It’s a high school supernatural-ish anime that revolves around these four girls. The character development is my favourite aspect of it, and the stories are too (if you get to the series, watch the OVA too! SO GOOD)… in the first few episodes they break out into a random song… but please don’t let that deter you! (The actual soundtrack has those songs that are sung quite beautifully by Kokia)

    Another one is Hamatora, which just recently finished its first season. Has to do with this private detective agency that has a great cast of interesting characters that all have a special power. It manages to blend dark and comedic elements together really well. They just started a second season.

    If you want a really great happy-go-lucky anime that you don’t really need to think about, watch Silver Spoon. Everyone is absolutely hilarious in that anime and you can watch it in bits and pieces. It’s about farming, but my God is it ever fantastic. Another one in this category would be Natsume’s Book of Friends, which is about Japanese yokai (which are like demons or spirits) that a high school boy can see, but the characters are all awesome.

    Usagi Drop and Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day are both really, really amazing (albeit kind of tearjerkers… but I highly recommend them). Madoka Magica is also a really great anime if you want a twist on the magical school girl/shojo genre.

    Some great films: Tokyo Godfathers, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Wold Children, Grave of the Fireflies, Millennium Actress, Paprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Cat Returns. God, there are so many more!

    I’m looking forward to getting to some of your recommendations, Martina! Thanks for the great video, and I apologize for my long post! I was wondering, could you guys do a post/video like this related to video games?

    3 years ago
    • Re: Usagi Drop. Ugh. No… just, no. I’m speaking specifically about the manga, which still inspires me to go on long, rage-filled tirades about the ending. (And don’t give me any excuses about cultural differences, blah blah blah.) I won’t spoil it for those that haven’t read it (though I should, if only to save others from rage and disappointment). I’ve heard the anime itself is actually quite adorable since it covers Rin when she’s little, pre-time skip, but I can’t bring myself to watch it.

      3 years ago
      • Oh, I’ve never read the manga, but I know what happens in it, which is why I refuse to read it. My recommendation is solely for the anime.

        3 years ago
  319. Oooohhh so much to talk about!!! ^-^ but i’ll keep this short and sweet! LOVE Sailor Moon and Fairy Tail!!! some that you didn’t mention that I would recommend are.. Rave Master(if you know fairy tail you will recognize a certain carrot nosed dog thing..lol), Rurouni Kenshin, G Gundam & Gundam Seed, Yu Yu Hakusho, Inuyasha, Blood+, Witch Hunter Robin, Dragonball, Dragonball Z, Dragonball GT and Chobits. Enjoy!! ;) <3

    3 years ago
  320. I KNOW THAT MANGA!! It’s Kuro Bara Alice or Black Rose Alice. The author is awesome!! Wrote some other really interesting manga, on very different themes (mostly psycological, not typical romance), each so well-developed.

    I love Bride of the WaterGod!! And BlackBird and everything else you said! Like OMG Martina we should like totally be friendzzzzzzz. One manhwa/webtoon I’m currently into is Girls of the Wild’s, it’s as beautifully drawn as Noblesse. Another good korean series is The Breaker.

    Some good ones to check out:
    Kaichou wa Maid Sama (fun)
    Bakuman (Fun/Interesting)
    Pandora Hearts (Beautiful/Interesting)
    Blade of the Immortal (intense)
    Deadman wonderland (intense)
    Claymore (intense)
    Elfen Lied (intense)
    Nurarihyon no Mago (funtense)
    Blood Lad (fun)
    Tora Dora (fun)
    Dance in the Vampire Bund (beautiful/funTENSE)
    Gantz (intense)
    Absolute Boyfriend (ㅠ.ㅠ)
    Samurai Deeper Kyo (funtense)
    +C Sword and Cornett (Beautiful/funteresting)
    Angel Densentsu (LOL)
    Chobits (fun/sweet)
    ZETMAN (Beautifully drawn/intense)
    BLAME! (surreal/intense)

    3 years ago
  321. O.O Gokusen was a manhwa? I had not idea I have the entire anime series…always thinking it was Japanese… It’s ones of my faves.

    3 years ago
  322. There is honestly so much I could talk about with anime and manga. The first anime I ever watched was Sailor Moon, but I didn’t really know it was called anime I just thought of it as a cartoon. If I went into a list of what anime’s I’ve watched it would take forever. Some anime though that I am currently watching and loving are The irregular at magic high school, sword art online, Black Butler: Book of Circus, RE:Hamatora, Akame ga KILL!, Free! Eternal Summer, and Tokyo Ghoul. There all pretty good but one of my all time favorite anime’s is Black Butler so I was reacting much like Martina was to Sailor Moon’s remake but for the new season of Black Butler.
    I have read a lot of mangas and I don’t remember half of the ones I read until I go back and read them again. Yes I am a repeat reader! lol There are just SOOOO many good mangas/animes.
    Some mangas I’ve read and/or currently reading include, Tokyo Ghoul, The Irregular at Magic High School, Kaichou was Maid-sama!, Kuroko’s Basketball, Prince of Tennis, Id (which is actually a manhwa), Akagami no Shirayuki, Naruto, Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist, Ghost Hunt, and many more!

    I have to go to class now but I might add some more titles later! :)

    3 years ago
  323. I have watched so many animes (mostly action packed) and i dont even remember their names anymore!

    i LOVED Avatar the last airbender! Switch girl is hilarious xD Kaichou wa maid sama is awesome.
    However the anime that currently holds my heart, and probably my future happiness depending on whether a season 3 will be released is Chihayafuru!!! And yes, i actually find the game (karuta) extremely interesting and fun, and yes, i now own my own set of karuta cards (for those interested there is an app i found, Wasuramoti, with the poems).
    Aaaaaaaaaand of course.. NODAME CANTABILE.. no words.. And while i love both the manga and the anime, the Japanese drama (and movies) takes the cake because it was simply amazing (Ueno Juri <3<3<3!)!! It was sooo funny, and the music was great, and it makes you appreciate classical music more. Personally it was the reason i started playing piano again xD

    I also enjoyed The law of Ueki, Full metal panic, Ouran Host Club (and now i want a cake), Paradise kiss, Yamato nadeshiko and more that i dont remember because i never thought to write them down :S

    3 years ago
  324. Ok, I would highly recommend PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA, which is kind of like CARDCAPTOR SAKURA meets FAUST. Overall it is a brilliant deconstruction of the Shojo magical girl convention, it is devastating at times, but really quite well done. It is also only 12 episodes and a movie (unlike the 200 episodes of SAILOR MOON, I love it, but it is sooooo lang) so you can get through it really quickly.

    I also adore Miyazaki’s epic manga NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND. I am a big fan of the film as well, but it only covers about the first quarter of the manga. I have a beautiful hardcover edition that is well worth picking up if you see it. I recently picked up a reprint of MACH GO GO, the manga that SPEED RACER is based on, and it is as delightful as the anime and film.

    I’ll also put a plug in for FLCL and READ OR DIE, two of my favourite animes, and I have a soft spot for the original GUNDAM series.

    My favourite discovery in the past year though is the autobiographical manga A DRIFTING LIFE by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. It beautifully chronicles the life of the famed manga artist as well as post-World War II Japan. The film which has been adapted from the book, TATSUMI, brings some his comics too, providing a greater context for and appreciation of his work (to me the film is very much akin to PERSEPOLIS and AMERICAN SPLENDOR, two of my favourite movies and comic books).

    But, SAILOR MOON is probably my all-time favourite manga, and always will be; while COWBOY BEBOP is my favourite anime :)

    3 years ago
  325. I absolutely LOVE reading manga/manhwa/webtoons/anime!! I’ve read/watched so many, it’s hard to remember the good ones… xD

    Out of the ones you recommended, I definitely love Bleach. The artwork is absolutely AMAZING. There’s so much movement in every scene, and everything is drawn so deliberately epic. It’s too bad the story is just so… meh. Even with that though, it’s the best shonen series I have ever read.

    Avatar: The Last Airbender is also really good. I remember being so excited when I found it on Netflix; I immediately marathoned the entire series with my siblings :3 I really didn’t like the sequel though. Korra is just too… frustrating to deal with.

    Anyways, here are my recommendations!

    [[Webtoons]] You should really look into more of these! There are a whole bunch of really awesome webtoons out there.
    1. Black Haze – Magic, high school, evil demons, and comedy. What more could you ask for? (HIGHLY recommended. Don’t let the art put you off, it gets much, much better. This is, hands downs, the best webtoon I have ever read!)
    2. Kubera – Set in a world with gods, sura, and humans, follow Kubera Leez, as her journey for vengeance for the destruction of her village draws her into a dangerous web of entwined fates.
    3. Tower of God – A boy climbs the Tower in search of a girl who is his everything. Fights are fought and friendships are made, as his 100-floor journey continues. (Lots of action and plot twists.)

    1. One-Punch Man – In a world with superheroes, an average hero strives to make a name for himself. His method? Winning battles with a single punch. (My god, the art… If you haven’t read this, you don’t know what you’re missing. Also, it’s posted online, so get ready for COLOOORRRRRR!!!)
    2. Fullmetal Alchemist – Two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, lost their bodies in a alchemical transmutation gone wrong. Now they search for the elusive Philosopher’s Stone to become whole again.

    1. Baccano – Set mainly on the transcontinental train, the Flying Pussyfoot. Immortals, alchemists, gangsters, thieves, and the infamous Rail Tracer all come together in an explosive way. (The anime is not set in a linear pattern, so there’s a lot of jumping around timeline-wise. But by the time it ends, all of the different plot lines have been stitched together to form an amazing finale.)
    2. Durarara – A lot like bacanno (it’s actually set in the same universe). The main characters are 3 students, but the focus is not on them as much as it is on the city of Ikebukuro itself. Weirdness and hilarity abound.
    3. Fate/Zero – Seven mages and their legendary heroes compete in a deadly competition for the wish-granting Holy Grail. (Wonderful soundtrack, beautiful visuals, epic battles… and feels. Lots and lots of feels.)
    4. Gintama – Feudal Japan, but with 100% more aliens! Comedy series with a liberal sprinkling of shonen battles and plots.
    5. Darker than Black – With the sudden appearance of the mysterious Heaven and Hell Gates, people begin manifesting supernatural powers at the expense of their emotions. (Only watch the first one. Not the sequel… Sequel? What sequel? I’ve never heard of any sequel.)

    1. Sword of the Stranger – An absolutely amazing movie. Focuses on a wandering swordsman who rescues a young boy who is being targeted for nefarious purposes.

    3 years ago
  326. I love harem and reverse harem anime (along with much more of course).
    My favourites in the above genre (otherwise the list would be too long) are… Vampire Knight, Ouran High Host Club, The World God Only Knows and Hiiro no Kakera.

    I never watched all of Sailor Moon cause I was fairly young when it was on TV in New Zealand. But I always loved Tuxedo Mask (even have a plush doll of him) and can’t wait to watch Crystal. Haven’t started yet for the same reason as Martina.

    My ABSOLUTE FAVOURITES OF ALL TIME are Death Note and Bleach however, because they’re among my firsts and I watch them with my sister who normally shuns my taste in Asian things.

    3 years ago
  327. OMG! It’s time for my anime fangirl to come out!
    First of all, Attack on Titan is one of my favorite animes! While Eren is totally incapable sometimes (if not always) the other characters like Mikasa and Levi are very interesting in terms of their characterization. Armin is one of my favorite characters as he plays a bigger role as a strategist. The manga is quite good as the events that happen after the anime (season 2 isn’t out yet) build on the story of characters and world. A lot of interesting questions are made but sadly few answers are given. I would suggest picking up the manga from where the anime ended because the art style definitely improved throughout the story, it releases monthly and creates a lot of anticipation for the next chapter!
    Now my current favorite anime is No Game No Life. It’s about these two otaku siblings who are geniuses at games. They get sucked into a world where everything is determined by games! It’s perfect for any gaming fans and is a very beautifully illustrated anime. It’s has a couple ecchi elements but it’s hilarious by how it’s done. This anime was released during this Spring and has 12 episodes, no second season confirmed yet. :(
    Another great anime is Code Geass. The protagonist is extremely intelligent and basically leads a rebellion against an empire which mistreats their colonies and is merciless to its people. It has a ton of action including mecha fighting as well as strategy. It’s my top rewatch anime! If you’re reading Simon and Martina, I would highly recommend it!

    3 years ago
  328. I really liked this TL;DR guys! I’m starting to watch through a bunch of anime that I haven’t yet, but there are a lot of anime that I still enjoy and some I recommend just for the music! There’s a lot more that have great music so I would like recommendations too!

    Ergo Proxy- love the music and the dark cyberpunk atmosphere. It’s a short anime, I think only 24 episodes, but definitely something to check out.
    Wolf’s Rain- still have to finish it but it is so touching and beautifully drawn. Great story all around!
    Inuyasha- one of the first lengthy anime I watched on TV and I love everything about it: the fantasy, the history, the music, characters, etc.
    NANA- great slice of life anime, the two main characters have a great connection, and it has romance too.
    Ghost in the Shell- awesome, awesome, awesome! Although I still have to re-watch some episodes because the story line does get confusing but it has great action, a kick ass opening song (actually any Yoko Kanno song is kick ass!), and the animation is good. Cowboy Bebop and Kids on the Slope also have her music, and they are great animes too!
    DragonBall Z- I watched this constantly with my brother when we were kids and sometimes we have marathon watching. Great action! I also recommend watching DragonBall Z Abridged by TeamFourStar it’s hilarious!
    Kamisama Kiss- sweet little anime. The main character’s a little naive but the anime is cute!
    Tenchi Muyo- I remember seeing this on TV and I thought it was hilarious.
    Princess Tutu- I like the fairy-tale aspect and it has ballet. The main character is cute and funny too.
    Saiunkoko Monogatari- this is a histocial-based anime and I loved the opening song and the traditional music throughout. It is slow storywise but I liked the history of the anime.
    Blood+ – I watched the first couple episodes and it is interesting. It has a dark atmosphere and vampires, so win-win.
    Angel Beats- a short anime and it has a really sad ending but for some reason I didn’t ball my eyes out, anyway it also has great rock music and I wish it was longer to flesh out the characters more.
    Excel Saga- I loved the nonsensical humor and Excel’s endless energy.

    There’s more anime but I can’t think of them at the moment, but as far as movies go I liked Vampire Hunter D, Armitage, any and all Studio Ghibli movies, and 5 centimeters per second.

    3 years ago
  329. Personally, I LOVED Black Bullet when it first came out. But my main complaints with this anime is that they keep killing off everyone to fast and it seems that Satomi is the only sane person left in the entire world.
    However, I anime I absolutely HATED was JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Too many bad guys.
    I love No Game, No Life, Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Skip Beat, Angel Beats, Shugo Chara, Kill La Kill, One Piece, The Mange Artist and his Assistants, and several others.

    3 years ago
  330. For me, it isn’t my favorite anime, but Naruto has kind of travelled with me a good majority of my life so its kind of like family to me. I started watching in maybe 6th or 7th grade and am still watching now In my 4th year of college. That’s about 10-11 years I have been following it. Yes I even watched the 3 years of fillers. Back when Dattebayo was still subbing it. But once Shippuden hit the fan, crunchyroll and hulu began to take the reigns of providing subbed Naruto Shippuden.

    Which leads me to how I ever became a fan of kpop, hulu advertising like bosses to the target demographic that I fit in. Saw an ad with the oh so perfect definition of “hot asian” Kim Hyun Joong and watched some of Playful Kiss and then watched Boys over Flowers. Spiralling vortex… spiralling vortex

    3 years ago
  331. People often recommend animes to me, but the only ones I have really liked were Attack on Titan, Blue Exorcist, and, of course, the Studio Ghibli movies. My favorites were Ouran High School Host Club, Toradora, and The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. I don’t know a lot about anime, but I thought you would mention Toradora and Sakurasou because to me, they were really good, and, me not being really involved in anime culture, I thought they would be more popular. (BTW I love your videos and… -whispers- Martina’s hair)

    3 years ago
  332. Okay. So I had so many comments on this I actually had to start writing them before the video was over.

    One- totally started making a list from this video. I love anime and manga but often find myself either lacking stuff to watch because Netflix doesn’t have much or overwhelmed by all the choices on sites like crunchyroll or mangafox. So I am always open to suggestions because it helps me so much. Thank you a million!

    Two- Full House the Korean drama….bores me to tears. I stopped around the last 3-5 episodes right when it started to get repetitive. It almost felt like the writers had finished the story in less episodes than the station bought so they had to drag stuff out unnecessarily to fill the extra space. I don’t recommend it…

    Three- SULLI MAKES A TERRIBLE BOY! Not much else to say there…just…glad others agree…. although i was rather impressed with her acting aside from that so…yeah.

    Four- never actually saw boys over flowers anime manga or Korean drama…will eventually do that..or Ouran but it is on a list

    Five- the sailor moon live action made my childhood! WATCH SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL!

    Anywho! I don’t have a lot of recommendations because everyone likes different stuff but “Trinity Blood” and “blood+”. They are both kind of in the same vein as Hellsing being that they involve vampires. Trinity Blood has a lot in common with Trigun. (Another recommendation of you haven’t already seen it). Oh! Witch Hunter Robin. By far one of my favorite series to date and I feel I don’t hear a lot of people talking about it.

    This was fun! Probably the most I’ve ever commented…ever!

    3 years ago
  333. This is paradise for people who don’t know what to watch or read after finishing a series. Nasties know what they’re talking about.

    3 years ago
  334. To add to mine earlier, thinking about it don’t know why I didn’t recommend xxxHolic and Princess Jellyfish as well!

    3 years ago
  335. Yes for Sailor Moon Mondays! It releases bimonthly, I believe. That way, you can do kpop one week, and Sailor Moon the next.

    I am sure not one person will complain.

    3 years ago
    • Actually on Crunchyroll I believe the episodes come out biWEEKLY. I went to a Crunchyroll Panel at an Anime Convention and I’m pretty sure they said every 2 weeks.

      3 years ago
      • Whoops, got the wording confused. Thanks for catching my mistake!

        3 years ago