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Old 2012-11-19, 21:24   Link #1
Kirarakim
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Short Manga Recs

Okay I am looking for stuff to add to my Kindle for an upcoming long plane ride.

* What I want is something short and completed. Only a couple volumes at most.
* Unlicensed in the US
* Translated in English
* Nothing Ecchi please and if there is fanservice very limited

If it's something new I would rather it not have an anime adaption, maybe something you think should have an an anime adaption

However I would also love to read more classic series so these can have an anime adaption.

I am not really sure if this will help because my tastes are kind of broad but these are some of my favorite manga: Fullmetal Alchemist, Natsume Yuujinchou, Maison Ikkoku, Rurouni Kenshin, Yotsuba, Nodame Cantabile, Cross Game, Hikaru no Go. Fruits Basket, Mushishi.

Basically I am looking for something that even though its short it really left an impact on you.
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Old 2012-11-19, 22:14   Link #2
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Aren't all the manga you listed EXTREMELY long?

Here's a 6 volume shoujo story that I like:
http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=1125
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Old 2012-11-19, 22:24   Link #3
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Aren't all the manga you listed EXTREMELY long?
Yes those were just examples of manga series I like. I wasn't trying to say I want long series like those, I was just giving an impression of my tastes.

But thank you for the rec!
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Old 2012-11-19, 23:06   Link #4
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Your manga list on MAL is pretty empty. It'd be more helpful for us if you added the series you've already read to it.

As a newbie to manga, I find short manga to be an excellent gateway into the vast expanse of different stories and styles that the medium has to offer. Too often do manga newcomers jump straight into one or two long-running current manga that span dozens of volumes, and I feel that this can be overwhelming to some.

Here are some notable shorties and one-shots:

Smargs Won't Sing
One-shot.
Fantasy.

Litchi Hikari Club, a.k.a. Lychee Light Club
1 tankouban volume.
I really enjoyed this one for how theatrical and tragic it is. There is no standard "ecchi" fanservice, but there is quite a bit of nudity and sexuality, especially yaoi. Oh, and there's violence. Lots of grisly violence.

Alisa of the Silver Hair
1 tankouban volume.
Girl is betrayed by her terrible friends, and she returns after several years to get her revenge on them.
Pretty cool with some 1970's class. It's hard to find a link to it, so use this.

Ichigo no Gakkou
1 tankouban volume.
A very realistic and touching romance melodrama about the relationship between a high school teacher and his student.

Yunagi no Machi; Sakura no Kuni, a.k.a. The Town of Evening Calm; The Country of Cherry Blossoms
1 volume.
Chronicle of a young woman's life in post-WW2 Hiroshima, and her relatives a few decades later. Another realistic one. Take caution as this manga could easily draw tears.

Koi Tsukiyo no Himegoto
1 tankouban volume.
Forbidden love in the Taisho period. Pretty sweet and well-drawn, although the drama does get a bit heavy-handed.

Yuri Yuri doujinshi
Series of 6 doujinshi chapters published by Namori.
Very nice set of light yuri romance short stories.

Solanin
2 tankouban volumes.
Asano Inio seems to be hailed as one of the top notch manga authors out there. While I wasn't exceptionally moved by this manga, I thought that the young adult characters were easy to identify with, and I found the art to be gorgeous.
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Old 2012-11-19, 23:16   Link #5
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Thanks so much, those are great!

While I've read more than MAL indicates (since I mainly use the site for anime) I actually have not read a lot of manga. I usually read manga because I saw the anime first or I am already familiar with the manga-ka's other works (see my favorites list). So chances are if you recommend something I have not read it.
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Old 2012-11-20, 01:15   Link #6
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Ok before I get into short manga, if you are new to manga, you have to read Nausicaa: Of the Valley of the Wind. It's the greatest work ever by Hayao Miyazaki which is saying something. It also might be the best ever manga and its appeal is literally universal. A must-read.

Probably one one of the most famous short manga that has never been licensed in the U.S. is Vandemieru no Tsubasa the original manga by Mohiro Kitoh, of Narutaru and Bokurano fame. It's very grim and definitely not for the faint of the heart but it's beautiful and only 8 chapters long.

Another one that I liked, that is not as short, (41 chapters) is Inu Neko Jump. It was also never licensed in the US and is very short. But be warned, many people hated this.

Finally, I'm hesitant to suggest this last one as it not only has fan service but tons of full-on nudity and tons of blood. It was also licensed in the US. THis manga is Lady Snowblood by Kazuo Koike of Lone Wolf and Cub fame. It's 4 volumes of over the top samurai action and a real throwback to the chanbara era of Japanese fiction. May seem too dated and ridiculous to be enjoyable.
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Old 2012-11-20, 03:09   Link #7
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Why don't you try Atsui Hibi and Akaku Saku Koe? They're both by the author of Natsume Yuujinchou and have a similar sort of feel.
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Old 2012-11-20, 19:32   Link #8
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Ok before I get into short manga, if you are new to manga, you have to read Nausicaa: Of the Valley of the Wind. It's the greatest work ever by Hayao Miyazaki which is saying something. It also might be the best ever manga and its appeal is literally universal. A must-read.
Well like I said I've read a lot of manga that has anime adaptions because anime is how I become familiar with the original source material.

So I have read and own Nausicaa actually.

Thanks for your other recommendations.


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Why don't you try Atsui Hibi and Akaku Saku Koe? They're both by the author of Natsume Yuujinchou and have a similar sort of feel.
I actually already downloaded Akaku Saku Koe before making this post, so something like that is right up my alley.

However I might need to look into Atsui Hibi as well. Thanks for the rec.
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Old 2012-11-21, 09:27   Link #9
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I don't know how short is short for you but have you read Ohhikoshi? It's by the sane creator as Blade of the Immortal which means amazing, kinetic art. College life with all the booze, romance and lust, all told in a very tongue in cheek sort of way. Funny stuff.

Daisuke Igarashi's Witches (Children of the Sea too though it's not yet finished) has a folklorish feel to it that reminds me of Mushishi and Ghibli. Fusion of myths and religion, but you might get something else out of it.
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Old 2012-11-25, 13:22   Link #10
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Onani Master Kurosawa
even if it turns you off for a couple of chapters, just continue reading and finish it. The title and plot summary makes it look like a porn-manga, but it's not.
anyway, you'll understand once you've finished reading it. It has amazing storywriting, good character development, good plot twists and an unexpected ending that makes you wish for more
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Old 2012-11-25, 16:19   Link #11
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I generally hate short things, as anything good usually leaves me wanting a lot more, but I do think it works when the story being conveyed is purposefully pushing those feelings. As such, my recommendation would be:


Omoide Emanon

Short (one volume, two chapters, at around 150 pages total, though only about 120 of them relate to the story, with the rest being a gallery of artwork), nostalgic, and bittersweet. This is a two-ships passing by in the night type of man meets woman story, with a twist being the woman having a rather unique memory.

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