Manga Updates! *May 2017 Edition*

Good news! I’ve made another manga list titled “The Manga List II: Beyond the Journey” so you can still catch up the latest manga I’ve been reading. Eventually, the list will be posted up on the Manga Corner.

Here’s what I’ve read the past month:

New Volumes

  1. Boruto: The Next Generation by Ukyo Kodachi
  2. Maid-Sama by Hiro Fujiwara

Updated Volumes

  1. Ajin: Demi-Human by Gamon Sakurai
  2. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
  3. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata
  4. Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
  5. Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

Have you read any of these volumes?  Any recommendations?  Better yet, which manga series have YOU been reading lately?

Feel free to comment below!

The Manga List II: “Beyond The Journey”

Welcome to the Manga List II: “Beyond The Journey”! For those who are not familiar with my past manga journey, this list is continuing log of the manga I’ve been reading.

The titles highlighted in bold are the most recently updated and/or added to the list.

The Manga List II

*LIST UPDATED: MAY 2017*

A

  1. Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase (6 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Ajin: Demi – Human by Gamon Sakurai (9 volumes)
  3. Amazing Agent Jennifer by  Nunzio DeFilippis (1 volume)
  4. Angel Beats!: Heaven’s Door by Jun Maeda (1 volume)
  5. Animal Land by Makoto Raiku (6 volumes)
  6. Apollo’s Song by Osamu Tezuka (2 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui (9 volumes)
  8. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama (21 volumes)
  9. Azumanga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma by (3 volumes)

B

  1. Backstage Prince by Kanoko Sakurakoji (1 volume)
  2. Bakuman by Tsugumi Oba (1 volume)
  3. Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino (13 volumes)
  4. Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa (10 volumes) *completed series*
  5. Black Butler by  Yana Toboso (10 volumes)
  6. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata (6 volumes)
  7. Bleach by Tite Kubo (68 volumes)
  8. Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato (10 volumes)
  9. Boruto: The Next Generation by Ukyo Kodachi (1 volume)
  10. Buddha by Osamu Tezuka (8 volumes) *completed series*

C

  1. Cantarella by You Higuri (6 volumes)
  2. A Centaur’s Life by Kei Murayama (3  volumes)
  3. A Certain Magical Index by Kazuma Kamachi ( 8 volumes)
  4. A Certain Scientific Accelerator by Kazuma Kamachi (4 volumes)
  5. A Certain Scientific Railgun by Kazuma Kamachi (11 volumes)
  6. Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami (12 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Comic by Ha SiHyun (2 volumes)

D

  1. Dance in the Vampire Bund by Nozomu Tamaki (14 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Dark Water by Koji Suzuki (1 volume) *completed series*
  3. Death Note by Tsugumi Oba (12 volumes) *completed series*
  4. The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto (8 volumes)

E

  1. Emma by Kaoru Mori (10 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Excel Saga by  Rikdo Koshi (12 volumes)

F

  1. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mishima (58 volumes)
  2. Fairy Tail Blue Mistral by Hiro Mashima (2 volumes)
  3. Flower of Life by Fumi Yoshinaga (3 volumes)
  4. From Far Away by Kyoko Hikawa (14 volumes) *completed series*
  5. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takara (23 volumes) *completed series*
  6. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (27 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Fushigi Yugi by Yuu Watase (18 volumes) *completed series*
  8. Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase (10 volumes)

H

  1. Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate (10 volumes)
  2. Handa-Kun by Satsuki Yoshino (4 volumes)
  3. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakomoto by Sano Nami (4 volumes) *completed series*
  4. The Heiress and the Chauffer by Keiko Ishihara (1 volume)
  5. Hellsing by Kohta Hinaro (2 volumes)
  6. Honey Blood by Miko Mitsuki (3 volumes)
  7. Horimiya by Hero (1 volume)

I

  1. Inu-Yasha by Rumiko Takahashi (45 volumes)
  2. I”s  by Masakazu Katsura (13 volumes)
  3. Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? by Fujino Omori (2 volumes)

K

  1. Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki (23 volumes)
  2. Kimi ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina (1 volume)

L

  1. Library Wars by Hiro Arikawa (14 volumes)
  2. The Limit by Keiko Suenobu (1 volume)
  3. Log Horizon by Mamare Touno (1 volume)

M

  1. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka (22 volumes)
  2. Maid-Sama by Hiro Fujiwara (4 volumes)
  3. Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  4. Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  5. Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  6. Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  7. Manga Classics: Sense & Sensibility by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  8. Mermaid Saga by Rumiko Takahashi (4 volumes) *completed series*
  9. Merman In My Tub by Itokichi (5 volumes)
  10. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun by Izumi Tsubaki (6 volumes)
  11. Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture by Mayasuki Ishikawa (2 volumes)
  12. Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation by Yoshiyuki Nishi (18 volumes) *completed series*
  13. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (7 volumes)
  14. My Love Story by Kazune Kawahara (11 volumes)

N

  1. Nana by Ai Yazawa (21 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto (72 volumes) *completed series*
  3. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto (1 volume) *completed series*
  4. Natsume’s Book of Friends by Yuki Midorikawa (1 volume)
  5. Negima by Ken Akamatsu (21 volumes)
  6. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan by Hiroshi Shiibashi (14 volumes)
  7. Nobari No Ou by Yuhki Kamatani (1 volume)

O

  1. Oh My Goddess! by Kosuke Fujishima (2 volumes)
  2. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda (81 volumes)
  3. One Punch Man by ONE (11 volumes)
  4. Orochi Blood by Kazuo Umezu ( 1 volume) *completed series*
  5. Ouran Host Club by Bisco Hatori (18 volumes) *completed series*

P

  1. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney by Kenji Kuroda (3 volumes)
  2. Presents by Kanako Inuki (1 volume)
  3. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Tekeuchi ( 12 volumes) *completed series*
  4. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Short Stories by Naoko Tekeuchi (1 volume)
  5. Prince of Tennis by Takeshi Konomi (2 volumes)
  6. Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura (4 volumes)
  7. Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka (2 volumes) *completed series*

R

  1. R.O.D. by Hideyuki Kurata (4 volumes) *completed series*
  2. The Royal Palace Goong by So Hee Park (1 volume)
  3. Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki (3 volumes)

S

  1. Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi (2 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Scary Book by Kazuo Umezu (3 Volumes) *completed series*
  3. School Rumble by Jin Kobayashi (16 volumes)
  4. The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko by Ririko Tsujita (1 volume)
  5. A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima (7 volumes) *completed series*
  6. The Spanish Duke’s Virgin Bride by Keiko Kishimoto and Chantelle Shaw (1 volume)
  7. Spice and Wolf by Isuna Hasekura (3 volumes)

T

  1. The All-New Tenchi Muyo by Hitoshi Okudo (2 volumes)
  2. Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow (1 volume)
  3. Twin Star Exorcists by Yoshiaki Sukeno (5 volumes)

V

  1. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino (17 volumes)

W

  1. The Wallflower by Tomoko Hayakawa (8 volumes)
  2. Witchcraft Works by Ryuu Mizunagi (1 volume)
  3. With the Light by Keiko Tobe (3 volumes)

Y

  1. Yukarism by Chika Shiomi (4 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Yu Yu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi (10 volumes)

Z

  1. Zatch Bell by Makoto Raiku (1 volume)
  2. Zelda: Ocarina of Time  by Akira Himekawa (2 volumes)

 

 

Manga Monday #21: “Boruto” by Ukyo Kodachi

WARNING: This post may contain spoilers!

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?

Manga Monday #20: “Haikyuu!!” by Haruichi Furudate

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.

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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!

Thoughts After Reading 1,000 Manga Volumes

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

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Buddha by Osamu Tezuka (Amazon) (Goodreads)

 

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 SongPrincess 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

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Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (Goodreads) (Amazon)

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

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Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto by Nami Sano (Amazon) (Goodreads)

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

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Magi: Labyrinth of Magic by Shinobu Ohtaka (Amazon) (Goodreads)

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

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My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (Amazon) (Goodreads)

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

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi (Amazon) (Goodreads)

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!

What’s your favorite manga series of all time?

Which manga series I should read next?

1,000 Manga Volumes Update *March 2017*: DONE!

I’ve reached over 1,022 manga volumes by the end of March 2017! Took me five years to get this point.

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Updated Manga

  1. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
  2. Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino
  3. The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto
  4. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
  5. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka
  6. Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun by Izumi Tsubaki
  7. One Punch Man by One

New Manga

  1. Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba
  2. Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate
  3. Horimiya by HERO
  4. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
  5. Kimi Ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina
  6. The Limit by Keiko Suenobu

Miscellaenous

  1. Dark Water by Koji Suzuki
  2. Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Stacy King

You can find the entire 1,000 manga volumes journey list here.

Feel free to press like and/or comment below if you have read any of the following manga above! ^_^

Manga Monday #19: “My Hero Academia” by Kohei Horikoshi

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My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (Amazon) (Goodreads)

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”

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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”

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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”

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Tsuyu’s bascially a frog. She makes it cool though and I find her adorable. ^_^

4. Mina Ashido – “Acid”

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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”

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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.

 

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Me waiting for new My Hero Academia manga

 

 

Images From: Amino Apps, Tumblr

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Have you read My Hero Academia?