What Am I Reading? (Sunday Sevens)

The Otaku Author Sunday Sevens What Am I Reading

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

The Island of Giant Insects Manga

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

One Piece Manga

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

Magical Girl Apocalypse Manga

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

Seraph of the End Manga

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

Parallel Paradise Manga

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

My Hero Academia Manga

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

Attack on Titan Manga

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.

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  1. One’s I’m reading at the minute, aside from My Hero Academia and One Piece, are Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, School-Live! and Witch Hat Atelier, all of which I’d recommend.

    LOZ:TP is exactly what I’ve always wanted from a Zelda manga, it expands on the story while also not wrapping everything up in a couple of volumes. Link has a really interesting arc through the series and some real emotional trauma to overcome. Also the manga has these really dark moments and images, like when Link gets his arm cut off in volume 1!

    I can’t remember if you said you’d already read any of School-Live!, but I know you love zombies and you should definitely read it if you haven’t already started. The first few volumes have some interesting differences and extra details to the anime and the story just keeps getting better after that. There’s only one volume left to be released and I can’t wait for it!

    Witch Hat Atelier is a manga I’ve only recently found and I’m already in love with it. The artwork is gorgeous and I really love the world it’s created and the magic system it uses. There’s lots of mystery and cool designs and I’m trying to recommend this series to everyone I know.

    • I keep forgetting to check to see if my favourite anime was a manga first, especially when it has a satisfactory ending. It’s always the ones where I feel like I need to see what happens next. I’m so used to zombie series ending fairly ambiguously so never thought to check on School-Live! I loved it and will definitely check that out now that you’ve reminded me.

      Will definitely take a look at the other two too. Thanks for the recommendations.

  2. Best of luck to your arduous journey in catching up with the One Piece manga. Random fact but around two to three years ago, I remember somehow reading 700~800 chapters of One Piece two times over in about a month or so. I’m clueless on how I was ever able to accomplish that given it now takes me half a year to finish a two-cour anime season… sigh, the secret will be lost forever

    • Haha. Yeah, I know that feeling. In 2018, I managed to read over one hundred full manga volumes, but last year I only managed 33. I think I may have to start reading more digital copies as I can carry them around with me.

  3. I follow a whole bunch of series at once (my list, as I type this comment, says 60 series) – they’re mostly Shonen Jump and Manga Plus ones for weekly/biweekly reading and then there’s some others which I get from libraries/bookstores or have a more erratic schedule (incl. BnHA and Owari no Seraph). Some of my favourites are Jigokuraku (a historical action which is /not/ for little kids) and BnHA: Vigilantes. (Also note I do know enough Japanese to read manga on Japanese-language websites/apps, with a dictionary in hand just in case…I do abuse that for some series.)

    I did try reading as much as One Piece as I could at one point and made it to about 70 volumes before losing track of where I was, because it was all library stuff.

    • There’s been a slow down on the library front because of COVID-19 so I should have loads to catch up on once everything gets back to semi-normal.

      Being able to read the originals would certainly be handy, there are some that I like the look of but there’s no official translation.

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