Manga - Reading Suggestions

Manga - Reading Suggestions

Who doesn't like to read comics, and particularly, the Japanese equivalent that's manga? But with 1000's of genres and titles, it is quite complicated to know what genres will attraction us, and what titles to start reading, particularly if we are just beginning to discover this fascinating medium.

One thing you will need to know, manga isn't "comic books for kids", and there are genres that may cover each group age, gender and social group.

So, what manga do you have to read?

Well, lets start with the genres and some ideas of titles:

Redikomi or Josei, from the Japanese "Lady Comic". Sometimes referred to as Josei (feminine).This style is aimed from late teenage girls to adult, going past the idealized romance of Shojo, with a more realistic take on trendy Japanese girls's relationships. I like to recommend: "Midnight Secretary", "Gokusen" and "Honey and Clover".

Seinen (young man) is the male counterpart of Redikomi/Josei. Genres are comparatively the same as Shonen, except that they're darker and more somber. My recommendations: "Bastard!!", "Berserk" ad "Basilisk".

Shojo or Shoujo (literally "girl") is a manga aimed at younger females up to the age 18. A give attention to romance and relationships from a teenage girl point of view. Recommendations: "Ceres Celestial Legend", "Fushigi Yuugi" and "Love Celeb".

Shonen or Shounen (It translates literally as "boy"), the male counterpart of shojo, centering on adventure, motion and Martial Arts genres. Manga suggestions: "Bleach", "Naruto" and "Full Metal Alchemist".

Yuri or Shojo-ai relies on feminine/female romantic relationships robust, graphically portrayed themes. Shojo-ai translates literally as "Girl-love". Yuri interprets literally as "Lily". In Japan, the time period GL (Girl Love) can also be used. Beneficial readings: "Strawberry Panic", "Free Soul" and "Love My Life".

Shonen-ai / Yaoi, the male equal of Shojo-ai/. Shonen-ai translates as "Boy-love" BL (Boy Love). Much less graphic than Yuri. Recommended readings: "Depend Cain - GodChild", "Boys Subsequent Door" and "Just Across the Corner".

The following step is to actually go discover these titles. But with busy schedules and limited resources, particularly after we just need to test the waters, going to the actual manga store could be challenging. That's the reason reading manga on-line could be a good alternative.

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