The Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
The topic this week is graphic novels and I have chosen to focus on…
My Top Ten Favourite Mangas
- Hunter X Hunter. I have never followed a series as long as I have followed Hunter X Hunter. I still remember that day I picked it up from my local library when I was fifteen, not fully realizing what I was getting sucked into. It’s an ongoing series and it’s constantly on hiatus due to the author’s poor health but I still check up on it from time to time on Mangafox.
- Liar Game. I loved this series, even when it got kind of mathematical. I love the contrast between the two protagonists and how they balance each other out instead of falling into the hero/sidekick roles.
- Dr Frost. A Korean web comic that fuses a mix of mystery and psychology, a counselor with high IQ but an inability to emotionally relate to others must pursue the root of his clients’ problems. Flick through a couple stories here.
- Ranma ½. Ranma ½ was the first proper Japanese manga I really got into, I even purchased a few volumes so I have a real soft spot for it. One of my favourite things about this series is that I can pick up any volume and still be able to follow the plot since the volumes are independent of each other yet follow a consistent story line.
- Death Note. This series really got me into psychological dramas, I could barely keep up with Light and L’s maneuvers. There are people at work whom I never thought would be into manga who love this series so it’s really a testament to its quality.
- One Outs. No one else has seen this manga or even watched the anime so if you have please give a shout. It’s created by the same people who created Liar Game and it’s about baseball but it doesn’t really focus on baseball, rather the potential psychological gameplay behind playing baseball (if that makes any sense). I don’t even like sports but I found myself avidly reading each chapter well past midnight.
- Tales of the Unusual. A Korean web comic, it has several short supernatural short stories that range from the horror to the heart-wrenching. Check it out here.
- Thermae Romae. This premise of this series is so ridiculous but trust me, it’s so well thought out and very educational. An architect from Ancient Rome continually ends up in modern day Japan and he takes inspiration from their bathhouses and brings it back to his time. It works so ridiculously well and is surprisingly historically accurate.
- Usagi Yojimbo. I know this is not a proper manga but this was honestly the first Japanese comic I read so I have such a soft spot for it. It’s more or less historically correct. Check out my review here.
- The Hajime Kindaichi Series. Did you think I was going to make it through a listing without some sort of proper crime fiction? Well you thought wrong! They follow the same structure as the Golden Age Crime Fiction in that it is always a locked room mystery and only a select group of people could have committed the murder. After Usagi Yojimbo, this was my favourite series as a child.
In cartoon form, I guess I am more open to supernatural/fantasy themes but I can see a very consistent them of psychological dramas, historical fiction, and crime fiction.