It’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday!!! For those of you who don’t know, Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish! Recently, The Broke & The Bookish has gone on a Top 10 Tuesday hiatus, so I have decided to come up with my own prompt this week. I recently finished reading Orange by Ichigo Takano and I completely fell in love with it. The only other manga I had read previously was Psycho-pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami, and that was purely out of my love for the anime. I’ve decided that I really want to read more manga, so I present to you: The Top 10 Manga I’d Really Love To Check Out!
Synopsis: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, a death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?
I absolutely LOVED the anime and ever since I first came across the all black editions of this manga, I knew I needed to read it as well. I hope I can get to this one soon! I’d much rather read this than watch the inevitable fail that the Netflix remake is going to be.
Synopsis: Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.
I’ve been meaning to watch this anime for a while now as it seems like something that would be completely up my alley. I can’t decide if I should read it first though…what do you think?
Synopsis: Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!
Sailor Moon was a huge part of my childhood and I have also recently started re-watching the series from the beginning! I might as well read the manga too at this point, right?!
Synopsis: Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a rural town deep in the mountains, has a dream that she is a boy living an unfamiliar life in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As they realize they are changing places, their encounter sets the cogs of fate into motion. The light novel is written by director Makoto Shinkai of the animated film Your Name.
On my recent trip to Tokyo, Japan, literally EVERYONE on the plane was watching this anime film. I kind of wish I did too as it seems like something I would really enjoy! I’d love to both read and watch this one!
Synopsis: For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. School, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outside the computerized tapestry of city control – and helping him will throw Shion’s life into chaos and start him down a path to discovering the appalling secrets behind the superficial perfection of No. 6.
I recently came across No.6 while browsing through a list of manga. It seems like something I would enjoy and I’d at least like to read the first volume to find out more about it. Has anyone read this one? I’m intrigued.
Synopsis: The science fiction tale set in 2019 in Tokyo after the city was destroyed by World War III, follows the lives of two teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, who have a consuming fear of a monstrous power known as Akira.
I know that this manga and it’s anime film counterpart are hugely popular. The film is basically a cult classic…and I still haven’t seen it yet. This is another one where I can’t decide if I should read or watch it first…help me decide?
Synopsis: Battle Royale, a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence in a dystopian world, it is one of Japan’s best-selling – and most controversial – novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one “winner” remains. The elimination contest becomes the ultimate in must-see reality television. A Japanese pulp classic available in English for the first time, Battle Royale is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today’s dog-eat-dog world. The first novel by small-town journalist Koushun Takami, it went on to become an even more notorious film by 70-year-old director Kinji Fukusaku.
I first hear about Battle Royale back when The Hunger Games was blowing up. People kept comparing the two and it definitely piqued my interest as to what this story was all about. It definitely seems dark enough to be something I would really like, so I’m hoping to give this one a try soon!
Synopsis: His name is Guts, the Black Swordsman, a feared warrior spoken of only in whispers. Bearer of a gigantic sword, an iron hand, and the scars of countless battles and tortures, his flesh is also indelibly marked with The Brand, an unholy symbol that draws the forces of darkness to him and dooms him as their sacrifice. But Guts won’t take his fate lying down; he’ll cut a crimson swath of carnage through the ranks of the damned – and anyone else foolish enough to oppose him! Accompanied by Puck the Elf, more an annoyance than a companion, Guts relentlessly follows a dark, bloodstained path that leads only to death…or vengeance.
This is one that I don’t really know much about, but I’ve seen the name everywhere. It seems hella popular and pretty dark so I’m thinking I should definitely give it a try!
Synopsis: Twenty-nine-year-old Satoru Fujinuma is floundering through life. Amid his daily drudgery, he finds himself in the grip of an incredible, inexplicable, and uncontrollable phenomenon that rewinds time, a condition that seems to only make his drab life worse. But then, one day, everything changes. A terrible incident forever changes Satoru’s life as he knows it…and with it, comes a ‘Revival’ that sends Satoru eighteen years into the past! In the body of his boyhood self, Satoru encounters sights he never imagined he would see again–the smile of his mother, alive and well, his old friends, and Kayo Hinazuki, the girl who was kidnapped and murdered when he was a boy the first time around. To return to the present and prevent the tragedy that brought him back to his childhood in the first place, Satoru begins plotting a way to change Hinazuki’s fate…But up against the clock and a faceless evil, does eleven-year-old Satoru even stand a chance?
I’ve heard a bit about the anime counterpart to this manga and it came up as a suggested title back when I still had a Crunchyroll account and it seems like something I would enjoy. I love the idea of time travel (hence why I probably loved Orange), especially when it is mixed with darker undertones.
Your Lie In April
Synopsis: Kosei Arima was a piano prodigy until his cruel taskmaster of a mother died suddenly, changing his life forever. Driven by his pain to abandon piano, Kosei now lives in a monotonous, colorless world. Having resigned himself to a bland life, he is surprised when he meets Kaori Miyazono, a violinist with an unorthodox style. Can she bring Kosei back to music, and back to life?
I watched about 5 or 6 episodes of this anime on Netflix and I’m not sure why I stopped to be honest. It was cute and I absolutely loved the story so I’m really hoping to either finish watching the anime, or start reading the manga…maybe even both!
There you have it! The top 10 manga that I’d really like to check out! Do you read manga? What do you suggest I read next? So you have any other suggestions that weren’t mentioned here? Clearly I love anything dark and serious, but I’m open to anything!
Thank you for reading!