Kimiko_0's Mangatake a look at Kimiko_0's Anime
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|!Karapuri! (manga)||Using this just as a placeholder because it sorts first.
Manga I've read that aren't in the ANNcyclopedia:
- Ran To Haiiro No Sekai (all three are on the ANNcyclopedia's requested-to-add list, but haven't been yet as of 28-08-2016)
|.hack//Another Birth (light novel)||A retelling of the first series of .hack// games from BlackRose's POV.|
Anime I'm watching at the moment, and a few that I haven't finished in the past.
|Amanchu! (manga)||Very good||Couldn't resist reading the first few chapters while waiting for the anime to finish broadcasting. Only the introduction though; I don't want to spoil the story yet ^_^;
Watched the anime, and now I'm curious how gay the manga is. Looks like the anime stuck really close to the manga. Only a few chapters reshuffled, and not the one I thought.
Ch.24 was just dripping with subtext. Not that the others weren't already. Chs.25 and 35 reminded me of Kotonoba Drive. Oh, and ch.38 went Flying Witch. Chs.36 and 46 were silly borderline-ecchi comedy :/ Ch.48 was another supernatural mystery one.
This manga feels like it lost its focus in recent (say, the last 15 or so) chapters. The heavy subtext is gone, there's very little actual diving (there wasn't in early chapters either, but at least there were diving-related things), and the character focus is also diluted among a larger cast. It's still okay, but not as good as it was. Read up to ch.51 (2016-11-19).
|Flying Witch (manga)||I read a bit of this when it was linked on Twitter, long before the anime was announced. I think it was only a few chapters though, because only one or two eps.' stories looked familiar (Inukai's story, chasing the pheasant, summoning crows).|
|Inubaka (manga)||Was mentioned in comments on this article as one of the few manga about dogs, so I read the first three chapters. Looks reasonably realistic re: the dogs, although they don't always treat them properly. The setup is pretty far out, the Suguri fanservice is a little too prominent, and her airheadedness rather stretches believability. I suppose it's okay if you like looking at cute dogs though.|
|Kotonoba Drive (manga)||Good||This seems to be a sequel to Ashinano's earlier PositioN. Same main character, but a few years older.
(2015-09-26) Caught up on this manga again. Recent chapters feel different from earlier ones. One more character, but less mystery.
Read up to ch.22 (2016-11-19).
|New Game! (manga)||Read a few chapters of this before the anime was announced. It's cute and seems fairly realistic re: work setting.|
|Wandering Son (manga)||With about half a year between translated volumes, I have to reread the last part every time. Not really a bad thing, I just wish they'd release them more often. At this pace it takes several years to get the whole series.
Looks like vol.8 will be the last one for the foreseeable future, because translator Matt Thorn is busy with other things.
|Yotsuba&! (manga)||It's been quite a while, but I think I read through everything available back then. Maybe I should catch up some time.|
|Yozakura Quartet (manga)||Decent||Reading the manga, it seems that the first TV series only changed the overall plot, but not all that much of the details. The manga is just very vague in the early chapters, plus has a very sparse style. So the second series benefited from having more info to fill in some of the missing details. The first series was actually fairly close on a few things I thought must've been changed. The second series just skipped over most of those chapters. Pfft, this franchise really is messy. As for the ecchi stuff, the early chapters of the manga didn't have that either. I figured since both the OVAs and the second series had that it must've come from the manga, but it didn't. Or at least not at first. Later chapters (around the Ibara Michi & Hoshi No Umi arcs) have a few pantyshots here and there, which got worse over time (from Hana No Uta on), so I guess the later anime entries just adopted that style. Yah, messy.
I stopped reading this when the story got too long-winded around the Tsuki Ni Naku arc. It doesn't look like the mangaka intends to finish this story any time soon, and the talks between Akina, Enjin and the town council got more and more philosophical.
(Apologies for not commenting on the Miyazaki movies. I watched those before I became addicted to anime, so didn't write anything about them. I'll fix that when I watch them again (most are worth it).)
|Aqua (manga)||Very good||Read this because I was curious if this would give more background on the Aria setting. It doesn't really give more info, it's just the first few chapters of the Aria story, from before the title was changed. Most of this is also covered in the anime (though not all contiguously).|
|.hack//AI buster (light novel)||Very good||Hmm, I wonder if the translators actually played the games. Several terms are slightly off from their game translations.
Ah, so this story was written at the same time as the games and anime. That's why some details are different. They're only minor ones though.
Volume two's stories are spread out from before .hack//SIGN, during that anime, four years later, and finally shortly before the start of .hack//Legend Of The Twilight Bracelet.
The first four stories give some interesting background on The World and CC Corp.. The last two are short vignettes about some characters from Legend. If you're just casually interested in the .hack// anime or games, this isn't very important. For those who want to know all about The World this is a must-read.
|Kabu no Isaki (manga)||Very good||Another manga by Ashinano (of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou). It's another slightly mysterious setting, this time a world that's become ten times larger. Ashinano's love of flying and engines comes through clearly. A big question introduced in the last two volumes (Isaki dreaming of what looks like the normal world) is left unanswered, which is a little frustrating. Otherwise it's another lovely slice-of-life story.|
|Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (manga)||Excellent|
|Ohisama Egao (manga by Kozue Amano)||Straight romance ×4. I read this because Amano, but aside from some aspects of the character designs it's not really like Aria at all.|
|PositioN (manga)||Good||Another short manga by Ashinano of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou. This one has an ordinary setting, but with some little magical things happening. None of it is elaborated on, just left mysterious.|
|Roman Club (manga)||Decent||Paranormal investigation club. I read this because Amano. Apart from one character's design looking like Aria's Woody, it's not like that manga at all. It's also short, only two chapters.|
|Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (manga)||Excellent||Such feels.. Many questions. But, wow.
And I don't mean that in a silly way. It really is an awesomely special manga. Bittersweet at times, often just sweet and relaxing. It leaves many questions unanswered, but it's still one of the best iyashikei stories ever.