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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!

Action/Adventure

Cowboy Bepop
Attack on Titan
Bleach
.hack//SIGN
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
Gokusen
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!
Noblesse
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
Goong
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!

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  1. i know i’m late
    but let me suggest some anime for you :D

    ToraDora
    Blood-C
    Deadman Wonderland (you should read the manga as well because it goes farther than the anime)
    Working!
    Shiki
    Psycho-pass
    D-gray Man (you should read the manga for the same reason)
    Angel beats!
    Bakuman
    Darker than Black
    Gosick
    Itazura na kiss (in case you know the drama Playful kiss)
    K
    Magi
    Durarara!!
    Wolf’s rain

    that’s enough for today ;)

  2. 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 :)

  3. I just finished reading Black Bird. OMG so much feels. Definitely one of the best mangas ever.

  4. you should read gravitation, fruits basket, pet shop of horror.

  5. 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…

  6. Watch Hetalia! Seriously, it’s so awesome and funny. Each episode is only 5 minutes.

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  9. You should read Kamisama Hajimemashita. It is sooo adorable I love it. ^-^

  10. 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 -_-.

  11. You guys should try Sword Art Online. It’s really cool.

  12. Here are the manga/manhwas I’ve read so far and also finished

    In alphabetical order
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  13. 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
    Crepuscule
    Muyong Jiyong (Useful Good-for-Nothing)
    Moon-Ah
    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
    Wonted

    Mangas (Definitely forgetting some)
    Adarushan no Hanayome (The Bride of Adarshan)
    Bakuman
    Bartender: Love this
    Billionaire Girl: Sadly the ending was axed
    Kiri no Mori Hotel
    L-DK
    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
    Beelzebub
    Black Cat
    Chobits
    Clannad
    Death Note
    Durarara!!
    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
    Nichijou
    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
    Toradora
    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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).

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. 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!!!!!

  21. 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.

  22. 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! :)

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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
    Baccano
    Durarara!!
    Skip Beat
    Kimi ni Todoke
    Kuroshitsuji
    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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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!!

  28. 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

  29. 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:
    completed:
    Death Note
    Natsume Yujincho
    Durarara!!
    Nabari no Ou
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    K
    Soul Eater
    Magi
    The Devil is a Part-Timer!
    Psycho-Pass
    Pandora Hearts
    Noragami
    Log Horizon
    Kuroko no Basuke
    Free!
    D-Frag!
    Bleach

    ongoing:
    Akame ga Kill!
    Barakamon
    One Piece
    Haikyuu!!
    Tokyo Ghoul
    Zankyou no Terror

  30. 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.

  31. 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. :)

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. 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! :)

  38. 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!

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

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