Seifer's Top 5 Manga July 2019
Thought we could have a top 5 specifically for manga! I don't get to read super often, but sometimes you get more story from the manga, because technically, there is only the page limit, rather than a time limit. You also don't get to see as many manga going into anime production. Here's my list of must-read manga you should be picking up.
5. Magical Girl Apocalypse
So, they say not to judge a book by its cover, but ironically enough, I did that. I picked it up from my local book store, and immediately fell in love with it. The series is super gritty and very, very gory. It is also suuuuuper confusing, so it's best to have all the manga in your possession so that you can easily read through it all. With only 16 volumes in this series, it's a pretty quick read and without giving out too many spoilers, it's a total mind screw. Please remember that this series is 17+ and does have some triggering scenes, so be prepared for that. If you enjoy this series, there is also a spinoff called Magical Girl Site, which I believe is still in production.
In this series, you follow high schooler, Kogame Kii, who's super bored with life. He makes an off-handed wish about his life being more interesting, when a portal opens and thousands of different "Magical Girls" pop out, inciting a massacre. You're following him and his friends on a super confusing time-hopping adventure to figure out how to kill these magical girls and make life not boring again.
This was a really short run of manga before Tokyo Pop closed down. There are only 3 volumes and I love that it plays with my inner punk kid from the early 00s. It also has vampires and a bit of gore, but not nearly as much as Magical Girl Apocalypse. The style is super nifty and of course, plays on that of the punk/emo genre and even has a trans character! This was before representation got popular, and she's not the butt of the joke. I wish I could have completely appreciated this as a kid, but looking back on it to write about it, it helped shape me into who I am.
Re:Play is about a girl who is a musician in a pretty popular band who recently breaks up with her cheating boyfriend (who also happens to be their bassist) and finds Izsak, who also happens to play bass guitar, saving him from the streets. The story is pretty confusing, but once you read through the 3rd volume, everything works itself out.
3. One Piece
So, I have only seen a couple episodes of the anime, but I have started collecting the manga. I have the first 9 of 93 volumes, and hopefully one day, will be able to own all of them, which will sit on their own bookcase because as far as I know, Eiichiro Oda isn't planning on stopping. The storyline is interesting and as far as I have read, it's pretty good, even though it is very drawn out. This series is obviously not for the faint of heart, but if you are ready to strap in for the long haul, pick up this manga about pirates and becoming the Pirate King!
" The series focuses on Monkey D. Luffy, a young man who, inspired by his childhood idol and powerful pirate "Red Haired" Shanks, sets off on a journey from the East Blue Sea to find the famed treasure One Piece and proclaim himself the King of the Pirates." - Wikipedia
I seriously love Naruto. And if you don't know anything about it, or him, you've been living under a rock! This series is about a goofy ninja and if you haven't seen the anime, you can spare yourself his annoying prepubescent "BELIEVE IT" and makes it a bit more bearable. There's also a lot more detail than in the anime, which is always a plus in my book. And I mean, if I'm willing to cosplay it twelve years apart, you know it's gotta be good. The series is amazing and has a lot of detail and overcoming adversity just for being born different.
This series follows Naruto, a kid who is bent on being the leader (Hokage) of his village and his journey to becoming the best ninja from the Hidden Leaf village. He gains the nickname of the Knucklehead Ninja and proves that even when everyone counts you out, you gotta stay strong and steadfast.
Anyone who knows me knows I love this series. I love the cycle of life and death, and this series came around when I was knee deep in my emo phase as a teenager, so I'm pretty nostalgic about this series. Even though most of the series is based in the Soul Society, Tite Kubo tries to make Ichigo fashionable, which is my favorite head canon that he low-key LOVES fashion and is actually a try-hard when it comes to his clothes. Obviously both this series and Naruto are finished, but I still haven't seen or read the end. Maybe one day, I'll have all the manga. Plus, if you read Bleach rather than watch it, you get to completely skip the Bount story arc (which in my opinion is the worst arc ever).
Bleach follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a red headed teenager from Japan who can see the dead. One day, he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper trying to purify a Hollow, which is a corrupt soul. He has to save her and becomes a Soul Reaper himself. You get to watch as he grows to becoming a powerful soul reaper.