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|+/- Junkie (manga)||Using this just as a placeholder because it sorts first.
Manga I've read that aren't in the ANNcyclopedia:
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(all three are on the ANNcyclopedia's requested-to-add list, but haven't been yet as of 2019-04-14)
- Michiwarisou Monogatari (up to ch.5 as of 2019-08-26, but scanlation stalled a year ago, so that's probably all)
- RAiSe! (up to ch.13 as of 2020-12-11)
- Fukakai Na Boku No Subete Wo (up to ch.17 as of 2020-02-25)
- Kanojo Ni Naritai Kimi To Boku (up to ch.37 as of 2020-02-25) stopped reading because apparently the ending is bad (it wasn't really great so far either)
- So, Do You Wanna Go Out, Or? (up to ch.12 as of 2019-09-30; stalled? last update 5½mo ago as of 2020-02-25)
- Sasayaku You Ni Koi Wo Utau (up to ch.18 as of 2020-11-07)
- Kyuuketsuki-chan × Kouhai-chan (up to ch.14 as of 2020-10-30; seems to have resumed)
- Vampeerz (up to ch.23 as of 2021-04-18)
- SHY (up to ch.53 as of 2020-10-26)
- Pocha Climb! (finished (ch.11) as of 2020-09-29)
- It's Like A Spring Storm (up to ch.5 as of 2019-10-20)
- An Easy Introduction To Love Triangles (finished (ch.11) as of 2021-02-03)
- Terrarium With Key (up to ch.4 as of 2020-07-11)
- Watashi No Kobushi Wo Uketomete (finished (ch.20) as of 2020-12-11)
|.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).
Chs.52-55 are all magic dreaming about "Peter Pan", who turns out to be Towano, Katori-sensei's colleague/new boyfriend. Let's get back to the diving now, okay? Oh, after that we get a lot more diving. Also two more club members. Read up to ch.64 (2018-08-20).
|Asahinagu (manga)||Naginata are pretty cool. There's no yuri so far, and it doesn't look like that's going to happen later either, but at least it's not super het. Read up to up to ch.32 (2021-04-11).|
|A Centaur's Life (manga)||Got curious about how this depicts centaurs since I've been wondering how these critters could dress themselves or even wipe their own behinds. Apparently they're just really flexible, and maybe shorter than horses?
This is pretty cute slice-of-life. The early chapters had some so-so stuff, but not really bad or a lot. I'll have to check out the anime after it's finished.
Caught up to where scanlation is (vol.5,ch.65,p.4). Well, that was good, but kinda weirdly mixed genre. It can't quite settle on whether it just wants to be slice-of-life or alternate history or sci-fi or fantasy. Most of the time it's cute slice-of-life (even ultra cute when Shino or the younger Manami sisters are involved). Now and then it suddenly swerves to alternate history though, where a whole chapter goes into some background world-political or historical events. Kinda unsettling when it goes from ultra cute kindergarten antics in one chapter to alternate-history slavery or WW2. Then there are often hints about aliens meddling in all sorts of things, which makes it more sci-fi. The Antarcticans do that too, but that's more world-political background. The aliens are just weird. And then there was a stretch of several chapters about Himeno and Shino being stuck in some sort of medieval fantasy world with regular four-limbed humans, complete with magic. I don't know if this is just the author trying to derail his own story or if it's going somewhere ultimately, but as it is, these elements don't fit in with the slice-of-life aspect very well (or at all).When it's cute it's really cute though, and the world-building is pretty thorough. I wonder what the anime will make of it.
Wow, I hadn't read this manga in a long time, had I? The official translation seems pretty good, except they keep using variations on "big sis"/"sissie" for 姉, which is just annoying. They do translate the end-of-chapter background texts though, which adds a lot. The manga itself continues to swerve in all directions. Alternate history, fairytales, magic, aliens all appear now and then, on top of the increasing mixing of the regular stories of Himeno&friends and the world-politics stories about Antarcticans and amphibianfolk. Not sure that's a great idea, but it feels like it's gradually building up to (maybe?) some grand conclusion. The subtle differences in design between some characters as well as the huge cast make it hard to remember who's who sometimes. Still a good manga. Even if it's not always great, it's at least very intriguing and thoroughly built. Up to vol.15,ch.116 (+afterword) now (2019-09-22).
|Delicious in Dungeon (manga)||Recommended by Leah. This is really good. Art, story, world-building, even the characters are intriguing. 2020-10-16, ch.68.|
|Donuts Under a Crescent Moon (manga)||A sweet love story about two OLs, at least one of them ace it seems. Up to ch.11 as of 2020-12-03.|
|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).
Read up to ch.60 (2021-04-18) (updates every 2 months or so).
|Hakumei & Mikochi - Tiny Little Life in the Woods (manga)||Very good||The anime was just announced, so I was curious what it's like. It does remind me a little of those old Gnomes books, especially the background art and attention to details of everyday life. There are a lot of differences too, of course, but I wonder if it was a source of inspiration. Besides the setting and art, the characters are also interesting. Hakumei and Mikochi are both adults. Their friends are adults, they have jobs, they drink sake or beer now and then. Well, the latter I don't care for, but it's refreshing to see some adults again for a change. Adults who are 9cm tall in this case.
Read up to chapter 42 (2018-06-02). The anime had some stories that I hadn't read yet last year, and a few I didn't remember, but follows the manga very closely.
Chapter 56 (2019-11-09) (two-monthly?). Seems the manga was dropped by the regular scanlation group, so there's only been one new chapter in a year. Chapter 57 (2020-10-25).
|Kase-san and... (manga)||Read this (up to ch.24) after watching the movie. I'm not sure if it's finished or not? ANN says it ran from 2010 to 2014, but Baka-Updates says 'ongoing', and online it looks like the latest chapters are from this year. Anyway, it's super lovely. The only drawbacks are that it repeats the "we're dating even though we're both girls etc." introduction/side line about every chapter, and that both Yamada and Kase keep being inscure about themselves. I hope the story continues.
Ah, so it's continued under the title "Yamada To Kase-san". Although the subtitles continue as "Kase-san and __". Ch.11, did they change translators? I think I heard this one's kinda bad. Anyways, read up to ch.19 (2021-04-18).
|(The) Morose Mononokean (manga)||So up to v.6 ch.25 (incl.) is what the anime covers. And they're nearly the same. Differences are Ashiya's mom showing more flowers at the very beginning, the part about the exorcism at the big mansion (Togetoge doesn't appear in the manga, Abeno finishes the job quickly, without the quaking, and it was the mom's mother-in-law who hired them, not the daughter), and the final part of the anime, Ashiya losing his ability to see youkai temporarily, was drama-inflated quite a bit, as expected (in particular, the exorcised youkai don't all come to visit at the end, and Abeno's visit to the underworld wasn't even shown). So from here on it'll be new material.
Caught up (well, almost, but this is all that's available outside of CR) to ch.52 (2018-03-24). We've learned a bit about Hanae's dad, but not yet how both Abeno and the Legislator are familiar with the name. We also haven't learned yet what happened between Abeno and Aoi, and what kind of youkai the Mononokean is (aside from a tearoom with a talking scroll).
Hmm, I can see chs.54 and 56 online, but 53 and 55 seem to be missing. BakaUpdates lists them as available on CR, so it's not that they don't exist. I guess I'll have to wait a bit longer (2018-08-16).
Found a site that had ch.53, but it turned out the regular site also had it, just in a different 'version' of the manga. Ah well. Read up to ch.65 now (2019-05-20). Things are starting to get interesting, what with the underworld princess being ill, and Abeno's past finally starting to get revealed a tiny little bit. Mostly it's just teased yet though. Hurry up the manga please ^_^;
'the bleep is up with this site's archiving of this manga? You really have to pay attention or you miss chapters all the time. Up to ch.85 now (2020-10-17).
|New Game! (manga)||Read a few chapters of this before the anime was announced. It's cute and seems fairly realistic re: work setting.
Read up to ch.64 (2016-11). The prequel sidestory wasn't really game-related at all, just slice-of-life school stuff. I hope it'll get back to the main story now.
Ch.77 now (2018-08). They're back to the present, but with Kou in Paris it's a bit messy. I hope it doesn't lose coherence.
Ch.82 (2019-05). That New Year's chapter was kinda fanservicey. Not too much development after that yet. It seems the chapters are coming more slowly now. I hope it doesn't turn into one of those series that just fades away.
Ch.90 (2019-08). Ah, so they're scanlating from tankoubon, that's why it takes ages between releases and then a bunch show up in a short time. It's hard to keep track of all the characters now. Good thing there's a reference chart at the end of ch.90.
|So I'm a Spider, So What? (manga)||Mentioned by Leah, then I got caught up in reading it. This manga is pretty good. It's basically RPG-like, but from an unusual perspective and with a somewhat sympathetic MC. It's written so you just keep on turning pages, so now (2018-03-13) I'm stuck with nothing more to read for now at ch.25.1.
(2018-08-16) Up to ch.29.3. Kumoko finally met some of the people in charge of the world, and while she's evolving in ch.29.2 we get a little side-story in ch.29.3 about some demons? Let's get back to Kumoko soon, okay? Okay, it went back to Kumoko right after.
(2019-05-17, ch.36.1) So Kumoko has killed her first humans, and is probably going to get out of the dungeon after this battle.
(2020-01-03, ch.40.2) Indeed she did, and it looks like Mother has broken out too now. Shouldn't Kumoko be evolving a lot after defeating Alaba though? (2020-10-24, ch.47.1) An even more powerful spider(-like lady) showed up, but Mother is about to die it seems.
|Sora no Manimani (manga)||Very good||Just as good as the anime ^_^ In fact, the anime covers nearly all of the manga (that I've been able to read so far). Aside from a few panels here or there, the biggest parts missing from the anime are the (very short) interval between the first and second visits to Nogishiro (the anime made it seem like one), the second years' trip to Hokkaido (Ryuusei Distance only covered Mihoshi and Saku's phone call), and the Christmas party at Sayo's (which is when they got invited on the winter trip).
That's about all (ch.26) that's scanlated atm (2018-06-30) though. The only group currently scanlating it did their last release of SnMM in 2017, and the last before that in 2014, according to BakaUpdates. So, yah, I probably shouldn't expect to be able to read anything more for the foreseeable future :(
Still nothing new (2020-10-25).
|Twin Spica (manga)||Decent||Ah, I see. They stopped scanlation because the manga was licensed officially. Well, as it is, I read up to ch.29, which is the last one scanlated. Some details are a bit different from the anime, and some interesting bits were left out of the anime, but yes, there are many flashbacks. They're often more clumped together at the end of each volume, but they're there. The whole story is almost as much about the past or other personal dramas as it is about going to space. I wouldn't mind reading the rest of the story, but not enough to buy it.|
|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 Rachel Thorn is busy with other things. (2018) Seems they've unofficially dropped this manga completely, since Fantagraphics and Rachel Thorn are now doing another manga instead of continuing Wandering Son. Guess I'll have to read a scanlation then.
|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.
|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).|
|Double House (manga)||So-so||Found this under 'GID' at BakaUpdates. It's not really about that though. Just a crossdresser and a girl hanging out together. It's really slice-of-life in that nothing really happens. No romance, no plot. And it's short. It feels a little unfinished, but wasn't really going anywhere, so.. :/|
|Fragtime (manga)||Decent||Short, and a bit uncomfortable at times, but with a sweet ending.|
|.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.
|(The) J.K. of the Vampirelady (manga)||Good||Hmm, Seifuku No Vampiress Lord or this title.. I guess both have their flaws. Anyways, this has some cuteness and comedy, but also some annoying guys. Sure, Irie makes it clear she dislikes them just as much, but they're still there. Up to ch.13 as of 2019-08-26. Seems to be stalled: last update was 145 days ago as of 2019-11-09.
Hoh, it's back. Seemingly with another hiatus after ch.27.5, but it turns out the manga's finished. Cut somewhat short, but finished. Yeah, Aya&Ruri's story felt incomplete/rushed, and the school story felt like it was building up to something that never came about. Then the vampires ending also kinda didn't quite fit with the rest of the story, at least not as it had developed thus far. Ah well, Yuunagi×Nanase was still really super sweet, and the ending was somewhat satisfying.
|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.|
|Kemono Friends: Welcome to Japari Park (manga)||Decent||This one has a slightly different setting than the anime (no Ceruleans, more city), and has a park attendant named Nana, Red Fox and Serval as main characters. The art style is much more detailed (it is a manga after all). Overall, the mood is a little more everyday, less exuberant than the anime. A nice addition, but not as good as the anime (and no replacement anyway because the stories are unrelated).|
|Konohana Kitan (manga)||Excellent||A bit confusing, since this manga has only one entry on ANN, but two on Baka-Updates, Konohanatei Kitan and Konohana Kitan. I'm not sure if the latter is a remake or sequel or AU of the former. Anyway, the former has been completely scanlated, the latter only the first chapter. I've read all that's available, and the anime seems to be based on the former. Same comments as there, a nice and sweet yuri slice-of-life story.|
|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.28 (2017-05-02).
And finished (ch.35, 2018-03-31). It's nice to see Suu made a friend who can see the same things. I guess most of the mysteries will never be explained. That's how this manga is. Kinda sad that it's ended, but I think it's good too. It wouldn't do to stretch it out too long. I look forward to whatever Ashinano will make next.
|Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid (manga)||The anime indeed covers mostly the first 6 vols. of this manga. A few details are left out of course, and some tiny bits of vol.7 are included.
The rest of the manga is pretty much the same. The tournament arc ends early because all of the main characters are eliminated. The other competitors have by then become friends too, but even for them it's only a brief summary later on, without even a conclusion. The girls' past becomes the focus next, with Sieg(linde) ((Sieg)fried) and Cro(zelg) joining the Einhart (Claus) & Vivio (Olivie) story. In the end it's only about discovering that past though, there's not much resolution. Ix(pellia) doesn't play a role in that arc. After that it's more battles, Ix semi-waking up in chibi form, a visit to Rio's home country with many new characters introduced, and finally a closing battle between Vivio and Miura (during which Ix also wakes up for real) and Vivio and Nanoha. The latter I suppose serves as some closure for the long-time Nanoha fans who didn't get much since the training camp very early in the manga. Overall it's an okay story, without any long-term plot. It's always all positive, so that's good. There's also a ridiculous amount of fanservice, and of not even teenaged girls at that. It's nothing new for the Nanoha series, but it feels worse than most of the anime series and movies. It makes it very hard to recommend really.
|Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (manga)||Excellent||Finally got around to reading this again. I thought it was more different in tone from the movie than it turned out to be. Nausicaä doesn't die and get revived by the ohmu like in the movie, but most other events happen in some way in the manga (although often in different context or to different people). Nausicaä does almost die or is left for dead several times though, and she gets worshipped by many people. Even the legend is there (although again in a different setting). Otherwise the manga is especially much longer and dwells more on the politics and religion of war and pollution. The last volume (7; also about 1½ times as long as the others) has two unnecessary plot twists (the crypt being alive, and humans not being able to live in a purified world) and an unnecessary event (the immortal/heedra illusionist). The journey back from death in vol.6 is also too long-winded. And Kushana's story is also kinda meh after her army is lost off-page. Asbel and Ketcha I didn't really care for to begin with. Selm was rather deus-ex-machina, appearing and disappearing without any backstory. The resolution at the end was just a small textbox. After such a long story I'd like to see more of what happened afterwards, especially regarding Nausicaä herself.
All in all, definitely worth reading if you like the movie, with a really interesting and complex world, and good art, but not without flaws.
|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.|
|Our Dreams At Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare (manga)||Very good||Pretty good manga about LGBTA family and coming out to yourself. I wish the ace and trans characters would've gotten more attention, but it's really good regardless.|
|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.|
|Restaurant to Another World (manga)||Very good||Oh, I thought the anime was based on this manga, but it turns out both are based on LNs. Anyway, this is really good. A lot of overlap with the anime as expected, but also some stories and details that aren't there.|
|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.
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|High School Girls (manga)||Not really good||Tricky twet about this, so I read some of it (up to ch.19). I don't think this is really my thing.|
|Inubaka (manga)||Not really good||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.|
|IS - Otoko demo Onna demo nai Sei (manga)||So-so||Came across this as an erroneous new anime submission. It's very focused on intersex issues (as you'd expect from the title), not much else. The issues are recognizable though.
Oh, I see. From vol.2 on it's a continuous story. Whoa, fast-forward from only Haru as a baby to four kids.
Ch.30. I feel like in recent chapters it's been all about others feeling inspired by Haru, but not about Haru themself. While nice, it kinda feels like that old stereotype of a tragic disabled or sick person who is an inspiration to others. Please go back to Haru's POV soon.
Oh noes. Those docs prescribed Haru estrogen. And they were actually going to take it D: Or maybe not? I hope so.. :(
Ch.56. All this waffling back and forth between Haru and Kenji is starting to become annoying. They've each promised to stay together forever multiple times, and then they go back and say it's better to break up and.. Yeesh. I get that it's hard to be decisive at that age and under those circumstances, but twice is enough really. Quit milking this drama, Rokuhana-sensei.
Ch.60. Again a sudden time skip to four years later. That's a pretty long time for nothing story-related to happen :/ Also suddenly new characters without any introduction other than the blurbs on the chapter's first page.
Ch.70. Still with the waffling back and forth. Dang, I figured since this manga's so old it'd been scanlated completely, but it isn't. There's 17 vols. and this is only up to half of vol.16. I'd hoped to get this over with.