My Manga Collection – Part 2

Here’s the second part of my manga collection blogs. The first post covered the first nine series I own, including a couple mangas I recently picked up. This blog will cover everything I have on my second shelf, which is mainly stuff I’m not reading right now.

Bakuman – Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata:
Written by the same pairing who wrote Death Note, Bakuman was the first manga I ever bought. It’s what started it all for me I guess. The series follows two young manga artists from deciding to work together to being accomplished mangaka in Shonen Jump. It gives fantastic insight into the mechanics of making manga as well as having great side stories to hold on to the readers. My favourite manga to date and I recommend it to everyone.

Dragonball – Akira Toriyama:
Dragonball is really one of the greats in terms of shonen manga and anime. I picked this up after rewatching the Dragonball Z Anime. I never watched Dragonball when I was a ounger so I decided to read the manga. I bought the first three volumes before seeing the 3in-1’s that have been getting released. I’m now buying and reading them as they come out, which is great because they are considerably cheaper and it seems as though the series will continue right through all 42 volumes of Dragonball and Dragonball Z.

Dragon Knights Mineko Ohkami:
I picked up volumes 3, 4 and 5 of this series for a euro a piece when a comic book shop was clearing out some of their older stock. I’ve only read volume 3, but din’t care too much for it. I intend to buy volumes 1 and 2 sometime and give it another shot. The volume I read seemed to be mainly filler and they talked a lot about what happened in the earlier volumes. I don’t think started on volume 3 gives the series much of a chance, so I’ll give it another shot sometime.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Masami Kurumada:
This is another of the apparently great shonens from the 1980’s. Unfortunately, Saint Seiya has aged nearly as well as Dragonball and other series, and I found the first volume a little boring. As with Dragon Knights I will give it another chance sometime and pick up some more of the series, but for now I’m happy to just have the first volume sitting in my collections on its own.

The Legend of Zelda – Akira Himekawa:
I bought three of the ten Legend of Zelda mangas when I first saw the set in a shop. I never played the games when I was younger and thought it would be a good way to mix in with the franchise. I really enjoyed the manga. The artwork is really nice to look at and fits in with the stories nicely. In saying that the artwork changes drastically in two of the volumes I don’t have, and I didn’t care much for it. If you’re a Zelda fan I think you would enjoy these, and if your not, they are still great reads. Each volume is based on a different game, so in theory you can pick them up in any order, but there is a particular order to read them in too. Whichever you prefer really.

Neon Genesis Evangelion – Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Khara and Gainax:
The series is based on the anime version of neon genesis, but takes a somewhat different journey. If you enjoyed the anime, you should read the mangas because it is different and gives a different angle on it. I picked this up at the same time I bought the first volumes of Bakuman. So it really helped me to get interested in Manga, for that it will always hold a special place for me. I have the four Vizbig editions which I strongly recommend as well as volume 13. The final volume is finally due to be released in Japan this year, and hints have been made that a simultaneous English release will be out as well. Looking forward to that.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary – Takumi Yoshimura, Gainax and Khara:
Now, I said that the manga for Eva takes a bit of a different path, but the Shinji Ikari Detective Diary is in a whole different dimension. The short two volume series adapts the story of the original series, making the characters work for two rival detective agencies. It is a really interesting read, and if you love Eva and you need to buy this. The story is very short, and often feels rushed, but it is still enjoyable.

Clover – Clamp:
I spotted this in a bookstore and thought it looked interesting so I went home and found it selling on amazon for 1p. I bought it, read, thought about it, read it again. It’s different. The all in one edition has all four volumes and reads in reverse order of the events. Part one in the end of the story, part 2 in the middle and parts 3 and 4 are the start. I enjoyed the story, but it left me with a lot of questions about the world that it takes place in which are only slightly touched on.

Fruit Basket – Natsuki Takaya and Ouran High School Host Club – Bisco Hatori:
I group these two series together as I bought a couple volumes of them together on the cheap in a used book store, and equally disliked them. I have nothing against the stories, I’m simply not that interested in them. I’ll just leave that there.

I have a few graphic novels and comics that are not manga that I think I’ll just make a quick note about as well now.

Priest – Min-woo Hyung:
Priest is a Manhwa (Korean comic) that I picked up at the same time as Fruit Basket and Ouran High School. It looks really good, but I actually havn’t had the chance to read it yet. I’ll post a first impression on the blog whenever I do.

Scott Pilgrim – Bryan Lee O’Malley:
One of my favourite series and films. I got a film cutting at comic con last month which was the only non manga pickup I got. I just really really like Scott Pilgrim, everyone should go read it

Jennifer Wilde – Curley, McHugh and Downey, Roisin Dubh – Curley, McHugh and Daly:
Two Irish Comics I’ve picked up while in Dublin recently, not read them yet.

Zombies HI – Daniel McLoughlin, Kevin Gio Logue, John Campbell:
A really good series about a Zombie Apocalypse in Derry. I’ve met the writers a couple of times and they are quite nice lads too. I have parts 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and the part 1-5 all-in-one collection. The lads have signed all of them as well as done a drawing of me and the girlfriend as zombies. If you live in Ireland or the UK, I recommend tracking this series down and giving it a read.

So that’s everything I have now. I’ll be back soon with a couple first impressions and reflection posts as soon as I can get them written.



Manga Collection – Part 1 (Return of the Turtle)

I’ve fallen away from my blog in recent months, and for those who read it regularly, I’m sorry. I really miss writing them myself so I am going to try my best to keep it going a bit. In one of my previous blogs I mentioned that I will do a collection list of my manga, so I think that will be as good a place as any to get back in the zone. I’m actually looking forward to this because I’ll get to look over what I have.

One Piece – Eiichiro Oda:
Kick things off with the only of the ‘big three’ series’ that I own. To date I own volumes 1-13, which is the entire of the East Blue arc and the start of Baroque Works. I started reading One Piece in about October of last year and been slowly working my way through the series. The second box set (volumes 24-46) is due to be released in November, so I’ll catch up by then and buy that.

Abandon the Old in Tokyo – Yoshihiro Tatsumi:
I’ve written a couple blogs about this collection, and if you’ve read them you will probably know that I wasn’t too impressed with some of the stories. I bought the collection off of Amazon UK when I was just starting to read manga after googling series for an older age group. Abandon the Old in Tokyo was suggested so I bought it. If you’re a sort of poetic person who enjoys looking as the hidden meaning behind stories, you might enjoy the collection. If you enjoy stories about men having sex with dogs, you too will enjoy this collection of one-shots… Moving steadily onwards.

Magi – Shinobu Ohtaka:
I only recently acquired the first volume of Magi while on a recent weekend trip up to Belfast. I’d heard a lot about the series on Facebook and YouTube so thought I would give it a try. I have to say, I really did enjoy this volume and I can’t wait to pick up some more of it. If you haven’t heard of magi yet, it is a retelling of the story of Aladdin, and the artwork is great. I would highly recommend this series to anyone. Volume 9 has just been released in English so It’s not too far into the story that anyone can catch up. In Japan volume 21 is the most recent available, so it will be a worthy read for the foreseeable future.

Maoh: Juvenile Remix – Megumi Osuga:
This is another series which I have posted several reflections on in the past. Last night I finished reading volume 8, and I cannot wait to pick up the last two volumes to finish the series. (A final review will be posted afterwards). As I mentioned in some of the reflections the series does start out very slowly and builds momentum as it goes along. In volume 6 the story really gets rolling and has me gripped. The series deals a lot with morals and questioning the norm of society. It’s a good read for anyone interested in reading stories about social division as well as action seekers, with an endless array of assassins appearing as the story moves forward.

Attack on Titan – Hajime Isayama:
I was a little late on the Attack on Titan band wagon, as I tend to be with most series. I have up to volume four right now, and intend on buying more. The story is fantastic, but I really don’t like the artwork. The artwork seems to be a major issue judging from other posts and videos I’ve seen in regards to the manga. However, I’ve been assured the artwork gets better in the newer volumes, so I’m going to hold out in hopes that it does.

Btooom! – Junya Inoue:
Btooom! is one of very few anime’s that I have actually watched, and it had me gripped from episode one. The same goes for the manga. I have already read all of the available chapters online and only recently started buying the volumes to reread. I’m up to volume four, but know that I will have more soon. The concept is very similar to Battle Royale (another series I need to get my hands on in the near future).

Pokemon Adventures – Hidenori Kusaka and Mato:
It’s Pokemon, do I really need to say anything else. I loved the anime as a kid. I loved the trading cards. I still love playing the games. Once I started reading manga, I had to own Pokemon Adventures. I only have volume one right know because for some reason every shop has volumes 3-7, but you can’t get volume 2 anywhere. It’s in my next order to be delivered in the near future, and I hope to get up to volume 7 then, completing both the Red and Yellow arcs.

FLCL – Hajime Ueda, Story by Gainax:
Everyone has the series that makes them go ‘What the fuck am I reading’. FLCL is usually that. It’s actually the series my friends forced me to watch to convince me to start watching Anime. It kind of worked I guess. I only got the first volume yesterday and read it all in one sitting. The second and final volume will arrive shortly. I think the description really sums up how odd this series is “-from beyond the stars drops an impish defender sent forth to stop alien robots from destroying the Earth. Where do the robots come from? Well, from Naota’s forehead for starters.”

Apocalypse Meow – Motofumi Kobayashi:
I spotted this series in a used book shop yesterday and knew I just had to own it. Partially because it looks awesome, and also because they were selling in for less than a quarter the price it is on Amazon UK. I haven’t had a chance to give them a read yet, but I will soon and I will get back to you about it when I do. Basically the series is about the Vietnam War, but the human characters have been replaced my animals.

That’s the end of my first shelf, so I think I will leave it there for today. I will post about the other shelf in the near future, so look out for that. Let me know if you have read any of the series I’ve mentioned here and let me know what you thought of it. As I said at the start, I am really happy to be back to the blogging community, and look forward to writing more and talking with some of you in the future.

(Back to kick some ass)