Over the last couple of years reading manga has become a really enjoyable hobby.
I’ve always struggled with reading since I was little, it’s difficult to put into words but I basically struggled to take in the information of the text which proved to be an uphill task when I was a University student. Luckily I had very understanding tutors who made my education very easy and enjoyable.
Around the time I graduated from Uni I got into manga and I must say I found it life-changing. After years of searching for reading material I found it in the form of manga. Suddenly I went from struggling to read one page to reading and enjoying literally dozens of manga and light novels.
Not only am I enjoying these stories as a fan but they’re helping me in the professional field as an artist and as an author. It may not seem much but it’s a very big deal to me and I’m very thankful that publishers like Seven Seas, Yen Press and everyone else exist to license and publish the manga that we all know and love. I’m also thankful for the Amazon Kindle, because I’m able to read and store so many manga volumes in one little device. =)
To give you a rough idea what I read, I’ll list 13 random Manga/Light Novels I’m currently reading while summarising my thoughts for each of them. =)
MY READING LIST
- Bloom into You (Seven Seas)
Yuu and Touko’s friendship started off simple but it develops deeper when they learn more about each other. They could become a lovely couple without drama but that quip made by Yuu’s Dad could be a hint of troubles to come. I don’t know why he would have a problem of Yuu having a girlfriend but the fact remains that if Yuu harbours those feelings it would put her in a tight spot.
2. Dragons Rioting (Yen Press)
This story is definitely unique, especially the circumstances with Rintaro. This is one of my favourite manga and it makes me sad a little that it’s never received an anime adaptation.
3. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (YenPress)
Light Novel Volumes: 7
Manga Volume: 6
Sword Oratoria Light Novel Volumes: 2
The first Light Novel I’ve ever read. I like reading all about Bell’s journey and how he overcomes his mistakes and trials in and outside the dungeon. I especially adore his relationship with Hestia, they’re like a young married couple.
4. Kampfer (Digital Manga Publishing)
Manga Volumes: 3
I liked the anime and took the opportunity to read it on my kindle. Although I’m enjoying the manga it is difficult to ignore the quality of the pages, especially when I have to zoom in to read the dialogue.
5. Kiss and White Lily for my Dearest Girl (YenPress)
So far the contrast of love and hate between Ayaka and Yurine is adorable and I sense it’s gradually blossoming into a beautiful relationship. Ayaka buying flowers for her “rival” is a sweet touch and proves that deep down she cares about her future girlfriend. 😉
6. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! (YenPress)
Manga Volumes: 2
Light Novel Volumes: 1
An absolutely hilarious story and I like how it’s written in the books. It doesn’t go into detail it just delves right into the plot, and that’s what I especially like about it. If there’s one thing that does disappoint me, slightly unrelated, is how the anime crew didn’t adapt Wiz’s introduction scene. It doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment, just a thought that came to mind. =)
7. My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World (J-Novel Club)
Manga Volumes: 3
I’m happy that more Light Novels are being published in English. I’m currently up to the part in volume 3 where Yoriko prevented Aiko from digging her fangs into Yuichi’s neck. This is an easy to read book and like KonoSuba and Re:Zero it has that air of self-awareness of manga cliché that seems to be the modern and current manga cliché.
8. Oh My Goddess! (Dark Horse Comics)
Reading the first book makes me appreciate the era it debuted in, I find the story and the fashion very fascinating. Belldandy is such a beautiful Goddess, if I was Keiichi I’d ask her to stay with me as well! I also appreciate the references made by KonoSuba, especially the fateful encounter between Kazama and Aqua.
9. One-Punch Man (VizMedia)
Manga Volumes: 11
One-Punch Man, or as my Auntie calls him, “One Punch Baldy Man,” haha. I got my family hooked on Non Non Biyori and now I got them all hooked on the anime and given time, the manga too. 😉
The concept of this manga is wonderfully different and I find it inspiring as an artist how Yusuke Murata and One met and turned the franchise into a massively well-earned product. =)
10. Please Tell Me! Galko-Chan (Seven Seas)
Seeing a manga with colourful pages is very refreshing on the eyes. =) The simplicity of the story is nice too. I especially like how diverse and friendly the classmates are with each other, especially Galko and Otako. =)
11. See Me After Class (Project-H)
I never dreamed that this would ever get a license and I’m delighted that it did. =D This story is very humorous and makes me chuckle every time I re-read the volumes. It’s a tad disappointing that volume 3 keeps getting back-dated but it makes me look forward to it more. =)
12. The Testament of New Sister Devil (Seven Seas)
I keep on comparing this with High School DxD, I see many similarities yet major differences.
This harem story is visually appealing but one of my favourite moments is when Basara and his group battled against the heroes that filled one whole volume. Fan-service was not needed because the story and climax of that battle was very engaging. =)
13. Witchcraft Works (Vertical)
I love expressionless girls like Ayaka, I think her kind of characters tend to be funnier when they deal with situations with a monotone face. Haha. I like her relationship with Honoka and I find it fascinating how he was initially a girl before the story came to fruition.
MY PLAN TO READ LIST (10 Selected)
- Akashic Records of the Bastard Magical Instructor (Seven Seas)
- Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon (Seven Seas)
- Flying Witch (Vertical)
- Grenadier (VizMedia)
- Hybrid x Heart (YenPress)
- Monster Girl Doctor (Seven Seas)
- My Wife is Wagatsuma-San (Kodansha)
- The Testament of Sister New Devil Storm (Seven Seas)
- To LOVE-Ru (Seven Seas)
- Yokai Girls (Seven Seas)
Thank you for reading. =)