Edit: God damn site sending my message while I was typing.
I just finished up season 2 of The World God only Knows and I was a few episodes further into the season than I had though when I last posted. Oh well time to check dates to try and get a rough idea of when season 3 will get a home media release. Lalala....wait according to wikipedia the first episode of season 3 seems to be part of the Goddesses arc, well I guess that is fine it isn't like there were any imp....wait a sec. THEY SKIP TENRI'S ARC!?! WTF? Dammit this is supposed to be my substitution for the manga since that won't ever get an official release and they skip over one of the best arcs that is also criticially important to the plot? WHHHHHHYYYYY? Oh well there is an OVA of it. Hopefully that will get included in the DVDs or something. I mean flag 0 was on the season 1 DVD so it isn't impossible? Right? Right?!?
Do you guys subscribe to a channel or something? Or crunchyroll? I feel like it's a pain to track latest releases or old releases the way you all seem to.
I just get BluRays of stuff I like.....I don't keep up with new stuff too well. I used to listen to some anime reviewers on That Guy With the Glasses, but they tend to not last too long.
How does one Manga.
Is there any must-reads?
Ah my freind, this all depends on what you are looking for. Also whether you are looking for stuff with official translations or not. >.>
I'm going to list off my favorites that are currently running and then follow up with some good ones that have completed.
One Piece- The manga with the highest sales total. With sales totals like this, you know it has to be good. To get into some finer points, it is a well done battle manga with a varied cast of characters, where everyone actually contibutes to the storyline, humor, drama, and battles. There are no Yamchas here. The world is giant, the battles are epic, and it somehow keeps managing to get better and better. Just be warned it is long at this point (but totally worth, hell I've read it all the way through 4-5 times now).
World Trigger- This is a new series. It isn't too far along now, but it is starting to show some serious promise. I reccomend this one a. because I like it and b. to give you one option that doesn't require a serious time commitment. The battles are strategic, the characters are interesting, and the world has recently been revealed to be massive. I'm hopeful this series will last a long time.
Magi- Really I sort of notice a pattern with my manga preferences when I get to this point as once again it is a battle manga with good characters, good battles, and a massive world. This one has a bit of an Arabian Nights twist to it at first, but eventually spreads out to include Rome and ancient China also. probably a few more places to come in the future as well.
The World God Only Knows- Finally a non-battle manga reccomendation. This one....is considerably more niche. Story is about an otaku who has to use his mastery of dating sims to get real life girls to fall in love with him to save them from demons that have hidden themselves in their hearts. It sounds so stupid, but excellent writing and a strong awareness of what it is doing has turned this into an excellent read. Note: No official release. *shakes his fist at the sky*
Bakuman- This is an entertaining story about two kids who decide to create manga in high school and takes a detailed loook through the process of making a manga. It is well written and an entertaining read. Only weakness is the love plot portion which is sickenly sweet at times, but it is only sparsely sprinkled throughout. Very much worth reading.
20th Century Boys- An amazing read. I really don't know what words to use to describe it beyond a very interesting manga with some good mysteries and some very powerful moments.
Full Metal Alchemist- Excellent series from start to finish. Totally worth reading even if you have seen the first anime. If you have seen Brotherhood, then you got most of the major points (although I think the manga handles things a little better).
Everything so far either has a shit beginning or a shit ending. :P
I feel like ALL I ever hear about ANY series these days is it has a shit ending.
I'd also recommend Love Hina over Negima, but hearing it gets good half way through (once again, and despite a shit ending Negi has) may encourage me to pick it up again.
And he's got the sort-of sequel to Negi: UQ Holder.
Thanks for letting me now how you guys watch, btw
Fullmetal Alchemist did not have a shit ending. It was well built up and handled quite well. Bakuman's ending was alright.....it just ended on the love plot so the last chapter was a little weak, but that was sort of how it had to end. Really series just get shit endings when they end before the creator intended (or alternatively when they get dragged out beyond their natural life spans *glares at Bleach and Naruto*). At least with manga, no idea with anime.
Side note, Love Hina over Negima? I take it you have not gotten far in Negima have you? Because....they sort of end up in different genres after about three volumes. I suppose alternatively you might just dislike battle manga, but still Love Hina?