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Hello everyone. I am a new member who dreams of becoming a manga artist and author.
I am so happy there is a section for manga enthusiasts and so I am really curious about everyones preferences regarding manga. >w< ~♥

So: What are you favorite mangas and genres?

My favorite genres are mostly psychological horror, thriller and yaoi. But I actually read everything that promises a good story.
The best manga in the world is Hellsing by Kouta Hirano. That man is my absolute role model as an artist and his style is the most beautiful and brutal I have ever seen.
From all the characters in the manga I love Pip Bernadotte, the captain of the Wild Geese, the most.
 

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Hellsing will always have a special place in my heart, since it took forever to came out but it was clear that everyone involved in it loved the project and took the time to make the best thing possible. The mix of mythology and real-world history is great.

I'm a huge fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki. He wanted to make a manga about humanity, wanted it to be a mult-generational epic, and it is! I learned a lot about the artistic process in general from him. There's videos of him drawing and he uses issues of Vogue and art books of Michelangelo's works, he goes on trips to the places in his manga and takes tons of notes/photos. You can take panels and find the exact places in real life. His How To Draw Manga book is very good, but it's mostly about storytelling, not literally how to draw, and he discusses power creep and why tournament arcs in shonen is just...bad. Your character constantly has to get more powerful, which means the enemies need to get more powerful, but it's more interesting to have your heroes use their powers in creative ways then to just punch harder than the other guy.

The Promised Neverland and Demon Slayer have both finished this year and are very good; lots of great worldbuilding and it's so refreshing having MCs being empathetic to the bad guys. Dr Stone is the only currently-being-published thing I'm reading and I love it. Again, the MC is very empathetic and kind and problems aren't solved by punching harder than the other guy. It also has a ton of real-world science across multiple disciplines, so I'm learning a lot. Characters have value even if they're not "book smart" or classically strong, it takes all sorts of people to run a modern society. We know what the "end game"/final challenge will be, and I have no idea how they'll engineer their way to do that, but I know they can and it'll be an amazing trip to get there.

For genres, I really like shonen, but I don't like a lot of it because it suffers the "I have an incredibly vague goal and no clear path to get to it" problem. Ash wants to be the pokemon master, but what does that mean? Beating the elite 4? Finishing his pokedex? Why does he start over with new pokemon every time? Shouldn't his pikachu destroy anything since its so over-leveled? We know that this is because the series keeps going since they keep making new pokemon, they want Ash to have pokemon for that region but, diegeticly, there's no reason for him to have been working on his goal for a decade and not be any closer to it. I want to see characters grow and I want stories to end​. Dragging them out for forever isn't satisfying.
 

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I'm not really tied to any one genre in particular. I like bits and pieces of everything, as long as its entertaining. Our current "purchase on new release" books are Gokushufudo/Way of the Househusband, A Man and his Cat, and Dungeon Meshi/Delicious in Dungeon. I also tend to grab any Junji Ito I can find. I'm not usually a fan of horror, but that man is magic (though Cat Diaries is my favorite of his because of the strange mesh of his horror style with the general everyday life with cats.)
 

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Hello!

I usually read manga for visuals more than for stories, so I'm not sure if I have a favorite genre. My fav artists are Oshimi Shuzō (The Flowers of Evil, for example) and Asao Inio, but I also like more bizarre stuff, like Maruo Suehiro (The Camellia Girl, for example – but definitely not 100% of what I've seen of his work!) and similar ero-guro style artists.

On the other hand, I like historical manga, and those I read for stories rather than art. I was obsessed with the Ōi! Ryōma series by Takeda Tetsuya/Koyama Yū (even though I generally dislike the Bakumatsu period), and I love Sugiura Hinako's books about Edo period, especially Sarusuberi (translated to English as Miss Hokusai, I think); Sugiura's art is pretty amazing, too, though.

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Immortal Rain by Kaori Ozaki.
Black Jack by Osamu Tezuka.
Blue Morning by Shoko Hidaka.

So interesting reading other people's thoughts and recommendations here! Thanks for starting the thread, Sinuka!
 
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I'm out-of-date in my manga reading, but I really like Matsuri Akino's approach in both Petshop of Horrors series, Genju no Seiza, etc. Basically, each tankoubon volume is made self-contained short stories, but all the short stories work together in contributing to/furthering an overall story arc. So you get 10 surefire payoffs, or however many chapters there are, rather than the story just continuing to slog... slog... slog... through the storyline... that never ends... and you think it's getting to where it needs to go... ooops, no you're not... the end's in sight... haha, tricked you, there's still 10 more volumes to buy... did I say 10? I meant 20... :p Ah, serial fiction...

There are others that I like for their premise (but could have been improved by some good hard editing) and other I like for their art (oh my goodness, can you not get to the point?) and others that I like for their worldbuilding or their humor or their creativity or usage of cultural elements. But I think Petshop and Genju no Seiza incorporate all-the-things, and have snappy storytelling.
 

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I am so happy that there are so many people who are into manga as I am. So happy! *happy tears* (;v;)
And such an active community as well! ♥

I have a quite big collection of manga books at home (~ 550 books ^v^') and I would love to give you some 'no-name' recommendations since I am really into the hidden pearls of the anime/manga world! ♥

Library Wars - Love and War by Kiiro Yumi/Hiro Arikawa:
A beautiful mix of romance, comedy and military telling the story of Iku Kasahara joining the Library Defense Force in order to protect books from censoreship by the government.

Chi's Sweet Home by Konami Kanata:
Chi is a small cat who lost his mother. But family Yamada finds the lonely kitten and gives him a new and exciting home.
(This one is in full color and simply melts your heart away. =w= ~♥)

The End of The World by Aoi Makino:
The fear of being bullied again at her new school drives Azusa into the arms of the schools favorite boy Teppei even though her affection goes to classmate Ryu. However, then a sudden catastrophe changes everything...
(The mangas of Aoi Makino are so beautiful, romantic and damn DARK, that really takes it out of you!)

Dengeki Daisy by Kyousuke Motomi:
Teru is completely alone after her brothers death. Only DAISY, an unknown person, who is texting her via mobile phone, gives her comfort and a person to talk to. But who is DAISY? Teru wants to find out..
(The shown loneliness of Teru really gets to you and Kurosaki is still in my Top 5-Husbando list. =w= ~ ♥)

K2 - Kill me, Kiss me by Lee Young You:
Love and school gang rivalry at Korean highschools make the lives of many students just as romantic as dangerous.
(I am always into manhwa if I find something good. I found this one at a flee market. ♫)

I hope those recommendations may be helpful or interesting to some of you. ♥♥♥
 

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550, wow! That's impressive! I need to go and count mine; it's a fair few, definitely nowhere near that much.

Thank you so much for reminding me of Library Wars. They had it at the local library when I was younger, but not the entire series, so I haven't read the whole thing. Everything I read warmed my heart. As a side-note, it was nice to have a male love interest be shorter than the female main character. That's pretty rare. The only other example I can think of with that is Lovely Complex, which is pretty awesome too.
 

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I'm a fan of CLAMP, mostly. I also enjoy Kuroshitsuji, Nozaki-kun (for laughs), Takane to Hana... And I've had an idea for a manga for forever--even tried to learn to draw--but I'm useless at it... My brain just isn't wired that way or something.
 

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Hello everyone. I am a new member who dreams of becoming a manga artist and author.
I am so happy there is a section for manga enthusiasts and so I am really curious about everyones preferences regarding manga. >w< ~♥

So: What are you favorite mangas and genres?

My favorite genres are mostly psychological horror, thriller and yaoi. But I actually read everything that promises a good story.
The best manga in the world is Hellsing by Kouta Hirano. That man is my absolute role model as an artist and his style is the most beautiful and brutal I have ever seen.
From all the characters in the manga I love Pip Bernadotte, the captain of the Wild Geese, the most.
Monster, One Punch Man, and Drifters.
 

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I really enjoy horror and some classics. Here are my favorites:

Anything and everything by Junji Ito. The one I find the most disturbing is Uzumaki.
Akira
Lone Wolf and Cub
Battle Royale
Fullmetal Alchemist
Gantz
Battle Angel Alita