I talk a lot about anime… a lot, but I also like to read manga. It’s usually a much longer experience as some titles can run for years before reaching a conclusion, if they ever do. These are what I’m currently keeping up with.
What Am I Reading?
In my last Sunday Sevens post, I talked about the seven anime titles that pulled me into anime and never let go. Manga was a big part of it too as I read Akira, Dirty Pair, Appleseed, and anything I could get my hands on back then too. However, rather than give you the seven manga that got me into it, I’m going to talk about the seven titles that I’m currently reading and have been for some years in a couple of cases.
7. The Island of Giant Insects
I’m mentioning this one first as I’ve only just started it. I saw the movie earlier in the year and while I’ll openly admit it’s not a great movie, it falls into one of my guilty pleasures and that’s the over the top monster movie. It was hilarious and I ended up enjoying it far more than I expected, especially with the CGI bugs that caught my attention in the trailer. The movie also ends fairly abruptly and makes out that there is much more to the story. This is my journey to find out what that is. I may also write up my thoughts on this one chapter by chapter and compare it to the movie which I’m also yet to review.
6. One Piece
This one is a bit of a mammoth undertaking, much like the anime. I am hopelessly behind on both and while I was making good progress with the anime, currently at episode 574, I am only at volume 5 of the manga. I will pick up the pace eventually, but as the series is still not finished, I’m not in too much of a hurry. It is a great series full of crazy characters and the manga is actually a little less bloated than the anime with all the recaps and flashbacks. It is definitely one I need to get back into.
5. Magical Girl Apocalypse
So, Magical Girl Apocalypse is just about the craziest thing I’ve read in a long time. I picked it up at my library without knowing anything about it and was instantly hooked. Characters die left, right, and centre, and often without warning or just as you’re getting to know them. The premise is utterly insane, but also thoroughly entertaining. I started this series a year ago and have read twelve of the sixteen volumes in the series. I tend to pick up my books at the library so often read a bit behind the release schedule, but that’s fine. Anyhow, if you like magical girls, zombies, and time travel then this is the series for you.
4. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
There are currently twenty volumes of Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign and I’ve read up to fifteen. Again, the library reading causes a bit of a lag, but I do like to read the paper copies and enjoy ploughing through a book when I can find the time. So, this one is vampires and humans fighting in a post-apocalyptic setting and it’s great. It’s another where I am enjoying the manga far more than the anime. I’m not sure exactly why, but it may be that some of the characters came across as much more whiney and indecisive in the anime.
3. Parallel Paradise
I can thank Dewbond over at Shallow Dives in Anime for this one. How shall I describe this one? Hmmm! Basically, it’s an isekai where the protagonist finds himself in a strange world where no men exist. This makes his initial encounters with the local populace rather interesting. It’s safe to say that this is not a series that you should read if there are people sitting behind you. You may even want to find a quiet dark room to read it in. There are currently 99 chapters and I’ve read 89 of them. I think I read the first sixty in two days. It’s very hard to put down. It also doesn’t have an official English translation, so it’s scanlations or you could buy the French version if that’s easier to read.
2. My Hero Academia
I started reading My Hero Academia back in August of 2018 after binge-watching the first two seasons and then the movie – Two Heroes. I was pulled in pretty hard and quickly got to work on the manga shortly after. That said, I am only up to volume sixteen which is pretty much the end of the Overhaul arc. It’s one that I will get back into shortly, even though the recent season of the anime hasn’t really set my world on fire.
1. Attack on Titan
I saved this one for last as I’ve been reading Attack on Titan since 2014. At that point, I was already behind, but I started buying two volumes every couple of weeks and devouring them faster than a titan chewing on the Survey Corps. I love this series and will be sad when it’s over, especially as it’s been a part of my life for six years. I first got into this after watching the first season in the space of twenty-four hours, having picked up the BluRay from a store in Sydney, Australia.
So, this isn’t much of a list post in reality, but I’m hoping that some of you will have read some of these or would maybe be interested in picking them up after I mentioned them. It’s always nice to have someone to talk about them with. I’d love to get some recommendations for anything you’ve read that you think I would enjoy and now you have a list of what I’m currently enjoying, so that should be easy…
Of course, I’m also reading Akame ga Kill for the second time, but then you may have seen my posts about that already…
As always, thanks for reading.