In honor of ShobuCon,( which is happening March 22, 2014 at the Greenbrier Library Branch, I decided that a super quick look at some of the types of Manga would be a good idea.   This is only a guide, there are other types not listed here.  For more information about Manga & Anime take a look at Understanding Manga and Anime by Robin E. Brenner

Shonen -boy manga- full of action and humor

kekkaishiKekkaishi by Yellow Tanabe

Yoshimori Sumimura is a demon-hunter and must patrol his school grounds nightly to hunter the demons that are drawn to the spiritually powerful area.  He has to work with his neighbor and rival demon hunter Tokine Yukimura.

Other recommendations: Naruto, Deathnote, and Bleach                                                                      

Shojo – Girl manga- light-hearted with romance

time strangerTime Stranger Kyoko by Arina Tanemura

Kyoko is Princess of the Earth in the 30th century.  She has been living an ordinary life as a high school student (she doesn’t want any one knows she is the princess).  She is given the opportunity to continue living her life out of the public eye if she can locate 12 telepaths, their holy stones and use them to wake her twin sister, who has been asleep for 16 years.

Other RecommendationsPretty Guardian Sailor Moon series, InuYasha, or Fruits Basket

Shonen- targeted toward men- action-packed with graphic violence and sexually explicit material.

lone wolfLone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima

In Japan, during the Edo-period (1603-1867), Ronin Ogami Itto, has been framed and must pursue his quest for revenge, as an assassin, as he wanders the country with his young son.

Other recommendations: The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service or Blade of the Immortal

Josei or redikomiwomen’s manga- explicit sexually or sensual content, characters dealing with adult topics, more mature story lines

midnight secMidnight Secretary by Tomu Ohmi

Kaya Satozuka has been assigned, as secretary, to the managing director of Tohma Corporation, Kyohei Tohma.  He is a womanizing, demanding, and workaholic boss who has a secret Kaya must keep from the rest of the world.  He is a vampire.  Kaya must handle his snide comments about her appearance, schedule his “dinner dates”, and protect him, but can she handle her feelings?

Other recommendations: Nana or Ai Yori Aoshi                                                                   

Kodomo- children’s manga.  Sweet with mischievous characters

chiChi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami

Chi is a kitten who becomes separated from her mom and is adopted by Yohei and his family.  Chi has to adapt to living with people and indoors, while discovering the world and tasty food.

Other recommendations: Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days, Pokemon, or Big Adventures of Majoko.

Verdict:  Enjoyed reading: Lone Wolf and Cub, it reminded me of watching old samurai films such as, Zatoichi or Yojimbo; Midnight Secretary, had an interesting take on vampires; and Chi’s Sweet Home (kawaii desuyo!!-It is sooo cute!!)  Unfortunately, I didn’t like Time Stranger or Keikkaishi, both lacked character development.  Keikkaishi had a repetitive story line, while Time Stranger rushed to finish the series.

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