Reading Boruto: The Next Generation was like a cozy reunion with a good friend. If you loved the original Naruto manga, you’ll feel the same way. I strongly recommend reading it before Boruto. You’ll be familiar with the characters, terminology (chakras, bijuu, etc.), and know exactly what has happened.
The first volume of Boruto brings back a couple of the original characters with a new generation of ninjas including Boruto, Naruto’s son. Naruto is now hokage of Konoha village. Boruto doesn’t give a flip about his dad’s position. All he wants is his dad to spend more time with him and the rest of his family. Unfortunately, being hokage requires constant attention to matters of the ninja world. Naruto has to watch diligently over his village especially with a new evil creeping about.
Boruto’s a bit a brat but I’m sure he will grow out of it as the story develops. I understand he’s disappointed with his father’s absence but he should be happy to even have living parents. Naruto didn’t have doting parents present in his life. They sacrificed their lives to save Konoha a long time ago.
Boruto has potential to be the ultimate shinobi but lacks clear motivation. He plans on cheating in the upcoming Chunin exam with advanced shinobi technology. Plus, he asks Sasuke Uchiha to train him to become a better fighter to defeat his own father. He will encounter many lessons in order to become a great ninja
Boruto is part of shinobi cell Team Konohamaru with Sarada Uchiha and Mitsuki. Despite his training, Boruto has no plans of walking down the hokage path. He’d rather die than become hokage.
However, Naruto’s heroic deeds inspire Sarada Uchiha to become hokage. She takes her training seriously unlike Boruto. Sarada’s parents are Sakura Haruno and Sasuke. I have high hopes she’ll become an awesome female ninja in this series. What I like about her is her main goals doesn’t revolve around a love interest. I probably would’ve stopped reading if Sarada was in love with Boruto for the heck of adding some romance in this story.
When Sakura was her daughter’s age (11-12 years), her mission was to grab Sasuke’s attention. A quarter of her life was about Sasuke. I remember skipping some of Sakura’s chapters because it was mainly about her yearning for Sasuke. It was tiresome and repetitive! It wasn’t until 100+ chapters later Sasuke finally revealed any sign of affection towards Sakura (thank goodness).
Mitsuki is the most mysterious out of Team Konohamaru. No hints of his parents are mentioned anywhere. Why? Mitsuki’s an artificial human being. His creator may surprise you. His story only adds more spice to the main story.
The mix of old and new characters made me want to wait for the next volume. In the meantime, I’ll possibly watch the movie. Here’s the trailer if you’re interested. It’s okay if you want to start anew with this series without reading 72 volumes of Naruto. You’ll pick up the entire story line eventually.
Have you read Naruto and Boruto? Any ninja manga you recommend?
I don’t usually read sports manga but Haikyuu‘s notable characters made the story worthwhile. Haikyuu was one of those manga series I was hesitant to read at first. I expected to read the first volume then abandon it. This happened before with a previous sports manga (more details later). Thank goodness, Haikyuu is livelier than I expected!
Shoyo Hinata (the orange haired kid) is the best. I absolutely adore him! He’s a super energetic character who doesn’t let his short height stop him from becoming a star volleyball player. Shoyo dreams of playing for the national Japanese team like his favorite player “Little Giant”. He gathered a small volleyball team in middle school only to be destroyed shortly by Tobio Kageyama’s team. Since his defeat, Shoyo vowed to train harder and defeat Tobio.
Shoyo meets Tobio again in Karasano high school. This time, he has to work with him. Their relationship didn’t start off great but they had to get along in order to join the Karasano volleyball club.
Tobio Kageyama appears to be a total jerk in the beginning of the series. People call Tobio “The King of the Court” for his outstanding volleyball skills as a setter. However, the nickname came with a bad reputation due to his bossy attitude and short-temper. It came to a point his former teammates stopped playing with him because they couldn’t deal with his nonsense any longer.
Tobio promises to become a better team player. I appreciate his character development. I didn’t like him until I delve more into his backstory (you have to read for more info). There’s always a reason why a character has become an irritable pain in the butt!
Before Haikyuu, I read The Prince of Tennis. I couldn’t get into the story after the second volume and abandoned it. I felt there was a missing element to keep me hooked to the plot. Even though I liked the main character, it wasn’t enough for me as a reader to follow his journey throughout the series. I’m glad I didn’t encounter the same disappointment with Haikyuu. My perspective on sports manga have certainly changed.
Haikyuu has become my cornerstone sports manga! The story makes volleyball more fun than I remember. When I played volleyball in middle school (for gym class), my best volleyball technique was falling flat on my stomach.
I prefer badminton. Hopefully, Japan will come out with a badminton manga series!
Have you read Haikyuu?
Any other sports manga recommendation? Feel free to comment below!
Even though I’ve created the goal of reading 1,000 manga volumes, I thought I would drop it with the way my mind wanders sometimes. I’m glad kept my focus and accomplished this long journey! However, I feel a bit sad since the journey’s over. No more library sprees through the manga section pulling out volumes left and right!
Oh bump that, what’ the point of being sad? It’s not like I’m going to stop reading manga forever. That would be a dreadful life!
Back in 2012, I’ve created the challenge to see how far I can go. The manga I’ve read introduced me to a variety of adventures, interesting characters, and hyped up fandoms.
Below are the most memorable manga series I’ve read throughout the manga challenge. Creating this list was difficult since there were dozens of manga series I’ve enjoyed. If I had to read any manga series again, it would be…
1. Buddha by Osamu Tezaku
I found Osamu Tezaku’s Buddha series in my grad school library. Tezuka created a moving, vivid story of the sage’s life. I barely knew Tezaku beyond Astro Boy. It was time to expand from that! After reading Buddha, I read Apollo’s Song, Princess Knight, and Dororo.
To this day, I’m disappointed he’s no longer living (darn cancer). It would’ve been great to meet him and talk about his works.
2. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
I was introduced to Fullmetal Alchemist way back in high school and completed the manga series years later. A library I used to work at had all of the volumes and I had no patience for trying to remember where I left off in the anime.
So happy the Elric brothers (guys on the cover above) had a happy ending. They went through so much trouble all because they wanted to bring their mother back from the dead.
3. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto by Nami Sano
Sano’s short manga series (four volumes) made the list because I absolutely loved Sakamoto’s awesomeness in this “slice of life” school comedy. I was saddened to see him go in such a short time. No worries, he didn’t die. You have to read the series to see what happened (and be amazed by his greatness).
4. Magi: Labyrinth of Magic by Shinobu Ohtaka
Magi surprised me. I was taken back by the story’s magical lore associated with djinn, alchemy, and magic revolving around the legendary King Solomon. To think I almost gave up on this series thinking it was a kiddie manga.
5. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
I am grateful to be introduced to My Hero Academia! It’s one of my top favorite manga series I’ve read so far this year. I won’t forget about this superhero series for a long time after it’s completed.
6. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
I’ve known Sailor Moon FOREVER! I used to collect the episodes when it was sold on VHS and watch it when it appeared on Toonami. Last year, I finally made it to the manga series’ end. I was left a little confused by the ending but I was glad I made it to the ending nonetheless.
So what’s next?
The manga challenge list will stay up and another list revealing the latest manga I’ve been reading will come up soon.
I want to thank everyone who has been following me throughout this awesome manga journey! It won’t be the last!
My Hero Academia is an unexpected, action-packed adventure! This manga series is filled with memorable scenes and awesome characters.
Izuku Midoriya is a middle schooler with a dream of being a superhero. In a world where the majority of the world population has some form of a superpower, Izuku was born with none. These powers are called “quirks”. At school, Izuku is taunted for being “Quirkless” and given the name “Deku” meaning he can’t do anything.
However, being quirkless didn’t stop Izuku from catching the eye of the most popular superhero in town: All-Might! All-Might takes Midoriya under his wing, trains him, and offers him his “One for All” quirk. This quirk gives a host superhuman strength, speed, and agility. Izuku promises All-Might he can’t tell anyone he was given this quirk.
Eventually, Izuku begins his hero training at U.A High. Everyday, Izuku’s abilities are tested. Not only he has to focus on mastering his skills, he has to face Katsuki Bakugou, his ol’ school bully (and former friend). Plus, villains keep popping up at Izuku’s school! Izuku can’t take a darn break.
Here’s a couple of the characters and their quirks you’ll find in this series:
1. Katsuki Bakugou- “Explosion”
Izuku’s rival/friend. Katsuki has the ability to cause explosions using his sweat which produces a nitroglycerin-like substance. His quirk works great during the summer but sucks during the winter.
2. Shouto Todoroki – “Half-Hot/Half-Cold”
Shouto inherited the fire quirk from his father and ice from his mother. He can get frostbite if he uses his ice quirk too much so his fire quirk comes in handy to keep himself balanced.
3. Ochako Uraraka – “Zero Gravity”
Ochako is the first girl Izuku has “talked” to. Ochako can make anything weightless with her fingertips. Constant usage of her quirk can lead to dizziness. Even making herself weightless for too long can lead to nausea.
3. Tsuyu Asui – “Frog”
Tsuyu’s bascially a frog. She makes it cool though and I find her adorable. ^_^
4. Mina Ashido – “Acid”
This chick secretes acid! Mina’s super cute despite her dangerous ability. Best to think twice before giving her a handshake or a hug.
5. Tenya Iida – “Engine”
Tenya is the class president of U.A. High. He gains tremendous speed by transforming his calves into engines. Drinking sugary drinks can cause his engines to stall but orange juice works just fine.
If I lived in the My Hero Academia universe, my quirk would either be telekinesis, healing, talking to animals, super speed, or super strength.
Read this series if you love super hero manga! I remember seeing the first volume a few years ago and thought it was only a series targeted towards middle school boys. I finally gave it a try after hearing the hype from my friends who were waiting for the anime’s season two coming out this April:
I better start watching the first season! I’ve already finished reading the seventh volume of My Hero Academia and the next one doesn’t come out until May.