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Offline Bernadette

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Manga recommendations?
« on: July 22, 2020, 07:08:47 PM »
Now that I have a tablet I can actually read these! I'm looking for something slice-of-life, or historical, not fantasy. Anybody have any suggestions? In English, naturally.
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Re: Manga recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2020, 08:50:35 PM »

A new interpretation of Yamamoto Shuguro’s period novel Chiisakobe, transplanting the Edo era in the original with a modern setting. A young carpenter, Shigeji, who lost his parents and his father’s building company called Daitome in a fire, swears to himself he will rebuild the company according to the words of his father, Tomezoh, “What is important for people throughout the ages is humanity and strength of will”. He hires Ritsu, who has no place to go, as an assistant at Daitome. Some children from an orphanage, who lost their home, also show up at Daitome. The beaded young carpenter’s decision to take over his family’s business is a drama filled with the milk of human kindness.

Misoshiru De Kanpai!

Zenichirou is a middle school student raised in a motherless family. His breakfast always consists of onigiri and instant miso soup from the convenience store. Yae, a childhood friend of Zenichirou, cannot stand to see him eat such an innutritious breakfast, so she decides to make him breakfast every morning… This story conveys a simple message: eating with another person makes miso soup taste more delicious and hearty!

Waratte! Sotomura-San

Sotomura is a high-school girl widely regarded as a delinquent, feared and avoided by many of the school body. From her light-brown hair down to her long skirt and harsh manner of speaking, she completely seems the part. But after Sotomura rescues a girl named Haruno from some bullies, Haruno decides to try to get to know her better. Haruno is surprised to find out that Sotomura isn't a delinquent at all and is, in fact, just a very socially awkward girl that's bad with words and wants to make friends. She enjoys cooking, handicrafts, and hitting the supermarket sales. She also loves cute and fancy things, but she tries to hide that fact because she feels they don't suit her looks. Haruno's first step in helping Sotomura is to try to teach her how to smile, because whenever she tries, it ends up as a scary grin. Thus begins the story of Sotomura's attempts to make new friends.

Ocha Nigosu

The story follows the high school delinquent Masaya Funebashi, better known as "Devil Ma-kun" who is trying to reform his image by joining the tea ceremony club.

Investor Z

Mita Norifusa, whose "Dragon Zakura" started a revolution in Japan's world of entrance exams, now brings you another school-drama manga about stock investments! Zaizen Takashi passes his entrance exams at the top of the heap, and starts his first year in junior high school at Dojuku Gakuen, a 130-year old super-advanced institute of higher education. The day after the entrance ceremony, "the secret" of the school is revealed to him, which concerns the existence of an "investment club," consisting only of the top student from each of the 6 grades. Its club members have a mission. They must invest from a capital of 300-billion yen and yield a profit of 8%, which is their annual goal. This is why Dojuku Gakuen, boasting the highest standards of education in all of Japan, is tuition free. "The most exciting game in the world. The ultimate game of ultimate thrill… In other words, money… Investments!"

Hikaru no Go

A regular school boy, Hikaru Shindo stumbles upon an old GO board while looking through his grandpa's old storage room for something worth money. From inside the board came an old spirit named Sai who once dedicated his life to GO. Together, Sai continues to search for the move people call "The god's hand" while Hikaru slowly began interest in this ancient game and walks down the road of GO. Hikaru no GO received the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2000 and creators received Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2003 for the series.

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Re: Manga recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2020, 08:19:43 PM »
The original Yu-Gi-Oh series was pretty interesting. (Just the first seven volumes, titled "Yu-Gi-Oh". Not "Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist" or "Yu-Gi-Oh Millennium World" which are something way different.)

No idea how it looks on tablet though, or even if it's available on tablet.

The demographic is shounen... I do not know what the genre is. I think maybe "superhero", but it's nothing like Superman or Batman or anything like that. It more or less follows a high school freshman boy through his day to day life and his interactions with his friends, classmates, bullies, etc. But at night this boy (possessed by the spirit of a pharaoh) goes around challenging bullies and criminals to games, and then when they lose he punishes them with punishments that fit their crimes (sort of like the contrapasso from Dante's Inferno)

My main beefs with it are: 1.) some parts are kind of perverted (I think this was intended to be funny, not erotic... and it only happens every now and then... but yes, I find these parts crude and inappropriate), and 2.) real-world magic/the occult is presented as if it were something morally neutral rather than evil (just something to be actively aware of when reading).
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Re: Manga recommendations?
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