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Old 2009-07-20, 15:49   Link #1
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Philosophical manga?

So, I've seen some anime that have a lot of philosophical stuff in them (Lain, NGE, etc.) and was wondering if there are any manga that also have a lot of philosophical issues in them? Ones that are manga-only and don't have an anime adaptation.
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Old 2009-07-20, 17:33   Link #2
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Hiroki Endo's Eden would certainly qualify, in my book. It's dark and post-apocalyptic and there's a lof af action and even some mecha elements, but it's basically a philosophical musing on human nature.
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Old 2009-07-20, 17:44   Link #3
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Yokohama Kaidaishi Kikou (brief OVA anime adaptation that only cover part of the story)
Eden: It's an Endless World!
Ghost in the Shell (brief anime adaptation (a movie that is only partially related to the manga))
Mushishi (good anime adaptation, but the manga is better)

Tezuka has a lot of good philosophical manga:
Apollo's Song
Ode to Kirihito

Yoshihiro Tatsumi's The Push Man and Other Stories and its pseudo-sequel Abandon the Old in Tokyo (and other's in Tatsumi's series) prove why manga is a valid artform to depict life (addmittedly, Tatsumi and hsi colleagues preffered the title gekiga to manga).

edit: now that I think about it, almost everything from the seinen magazine Afternoon is probably worth considering (many of these titles can be found in english). Additionally, most slice of life, not comedic anyway, could be considered philosophical.

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Old 2009-07-20, 18:14   Link #4
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OP did specify no anime adaptation...
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Old 2009-07-21, 01:04   Link #5
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While I do enjoy reading Endo's Eden, I think his one-shots are actually much better. Check out his Tanpenshuu.

On to other manga, I suggest:

Me & the Devil Blues
Nijigahara Holograph (or anything else by Inio Asano, seriously)
Freesia (love Matsumoto's one-shots as well, though I do admit they may be a bit too grotesque for some people)
Helter Skelter and River's Edge
The Yellow Book

And before I forget, raging seconds for james0246's reccomendations, particularly Yoshihiro Tatsumi's The Pushman and Other STories and Abandon the Old in Tokyo.
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Old 2009-07-21, 06:54   Link #6
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Hmm...Vampire Juuji kai perhaps? It gets pretty heavy as the plot progresses, but I got no idea as to how it will turn out. I don't think it has an anime adaptation.
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