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Agro
06-19-2011, 10:44 PM
MT,

A month ago I got into manga because I wanted to make comic books with my own characters and settings. But prior to that, I have no real experience with manga or anime. So I'm asking for your advice. What's a good manga series for someone new to the art?

More specifically, I'm really into fantasy (Tolkien etc), and I love seeing different art styles. But anything really will do. So any comics or series that you recommend would be much appreciated. Thanks!

jubeh
06-19-2011, 11:13 PM
I'm going to put my two cents in before everyone starts recommending cutesy nonsense and whatnot.

I recommend Sangokushi (Romance of the Three Kingdoms), Buddha, and Vagabond.

The first two are undeniably old school but classics. They're not tolkien-esque in the sense that its fantasy fiction or anything (even though they tend to bend history until its unrecognizable and warped), but they both have excellent characters and lie outside the typical settings of most manga.

Vagabond is just really amazing in every way. It's a retelling of Eiji Yoshikawa's novel Musashi, but with a lot of really unique spins. I like it a lot because it asks a lot of questions that you usually put aside when it comes to romantic stories.

weez18
06-19-2011, 11:40 PM
hmm well if u wanna c a wide range of characteristics for characters you can always check out death note..personally thts one of my favorite animes...and also if you havent already u can check out the naruto manga..awesome if you ask me lol.

Delphinus
06-20-2011, 05:18 AM
^ Death Note is fun if you don't think too hard about it, but stay away from Naruto unless you have masochistic tendencies.

Just wanted to drop that in there, since I don't really know of any good fantasy manga. I mean, I can recommend a few good sci-fi and cyberpunk series, but nothing that's similar to what you're probably thinking of.

ram
06-20-2011, 06:46 AM
start with doraemon if you want a basic one

Rio
06-20-2011, 11:52 AM
Fantasy manga's I know about:
Dragon Quest Dai Dai Dai
1/2 Prince (well, it's more about an MMO game with a fantasy setting)
Fairy Tail
Atelier Elie & Marie
Magic Knight Rayearth
.hack// (same as 1/2 Prince; an MMO with fantasy settings)
Monster Hunter Orage (short but not bad)
Toriko (not really your traditional fantasy manga but it is definitely set in a fantasy-like world or sorts)
Slayers
...and that's all that I remember for now. <_<

Bacon_Barbarian
06-20-2011, 12:56 PM
Toriko is Dragon Ball (not Z) but better.

ClockHand
06-20-2011, 01:52 PM
If you are into Fantasy, more Tolkien type, you should read:
Vinland Saga (its about vikings and its very well contextualized).
Berserk (medieval brute smashing fights)
Vagabond (as jubeh said its cool and it has a insane art).

There are plenty more but I recommend in focus on those (also the ones Jubeh has mentioned are very good to as reference). But more than just saying you want to do a fantasy story you need to ask yourself plenty of questions, like social stratification of the world, world contextualization, characters on the world, type of art, etc.

Also you need to ask yourself which is the best way to start the story. Do you want to start with a chosen one character who need to kill the villain? or a circular character who try to take revenge against his nemesis? Do you want to use magic as a constant deus ex? or do you want to take everything in a new direction?

jubeh
06-20-2011, 03:14 PM
This isn't a knock at rio, but more specifically the manga that she recommended. If you're used to well crafted worlds where every detail has been conceived, all those manga are going to seem super dumb in comparison. Not that they're inherently bad or anything.

Rio
06-20-2011, 04:05 PM
I didn't recommend them. They're just a list of manga's that are fantasy-based. They're actually far and few in between now that I've thought about it so he should at least be able to see what is out there. Who knows? Maybe he does like reading super dumb stuff just to waste time.

Ozzaharwood
06-20-2011, 04:46 PM
Rofl, good response Rio.

There are limitless amounts of manga and anime out there, and to choose just a few to recommend would be hard for me, so I'll just say go to http://myanimelist.net/ and read the reviews and plot synopsis'. You'll be able to get an idea of what each story is about, and if it has good reviews you'll probably enjoy it. IMO, any anime or manga, no matter what the story or even if it has no story, is enjoyable to me.

You said anything will do, and you also said you want to see different art styles, so I have to recommend Bakemonogatari. This was one of the greatest art and art directing styles for an anime that I have seen so far. But I have to say I didn't really enjoy the plot (Which almost never happens with me), since it was so odd and eerie. Just read reviews and find what you think you'll like, but don't spend all of your time just reading reviews. Trust me, I did it and it was a little depressing doing that for long periods of time. Also, I found myself watching some badly reviewed anime and ending up liking them, so it works both ways.

Good luck, and I hope you found this a least a little useful. c:

jubeh
06-20-2011, 04:53 PM
I didn't recommend them. They're just a list of manga's that are fantasy-based. They're actually far and few in between now that I've thought about it so he should at least be able to see what is out there. Who knows? Maybe he does like reading super dumb stuff just to waste time.

Well it's a recommendation thread, so I naturally assumed.

If he wants a list wiki has one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Fantasy_anime_and_manga

He just won't know how good they are.

Rio
06-20-2011, 05:02 PM
Well it's a recommendation thread, so I naturally assumed.
Yeah, I was wondering if someone was going to assume that I was recommending them. Thanks for making it happen Jubeh. You rock. ; )

Speaking of which, I haven't read the ones you guys recommended. I'll have to check 'em out....

ClockHand
06-20-2011, 05:33 PM
Rio@ He said he want a tolkien type of fantasy, which mean medium-highly contextualized and slow initial development. So most of those types of mangas are pretty far away of what he wants.

Oz@ I can't see how Bakemonogatari has a great directed art. There are plenty of more bold comics and mangas than that. Also the reviews on most of those sites are awfully made and mostly biased. I think the best he can do is to ask people and being very specific in what he wants.


I would stick with Jubeh recommendations, but the wiki link should have a warning because the many of those mangas/animes are not fantasy tolkien type (ex. Beyblade). So stick with Vagabond, Vinland Saga, Berserk and maybe some Claymore. Also look to some occidental comics and koreans, there is a wider variety of art style and well made stories.

Ozzaharwood
06-20-2011, 05:45 PM
Oh, I didn't read the manga, but the anime had great directed art. Sorry, I should've made that clear. He also said anything will really do, so it doesn't necessarily have to be fantasy. I've heard a lot of good things about Claymore though, so you should probably check that out. You are also right about the myanimelist thing to some extent, but if you read a few of the of the reviews you can get a general idea of what to expect. If you don't want those ones, there are other non-biased reviewers like "THEM anime reviews" and "The Nihon review." You can find a tonne just by using a search engine. I'm sure you'll enjoy p. much anything though if you are new to it, if you were like me when I first started.

Rio
06-20-2011, 07:11 PM
He said "(Tolkien etc)". For all we know, it could've just been a well-known author's name thrown as an example. But whatever - semantics. In the end, it's up to him what he's looking for. I'm surprised he hasn't replied yet considering how many replies he's got already.

Agro
06-20-2011, 07:30 PM
Wow, thank you for the responses everyone!

As others have pointed out, fantasy is just a preferred genre. I'm certainly open to anything else with good art, story, characters etc. Mainly, I'm just looking to familiarize myself with manga as I begin to draw.


I'm surprised he hasn't replied yet considering how many replies he's got already.

Sorry, I've been working. I do appreciate the responses though. Very much. Being new to this whole art has got my lost. But I'm excited - I have some good recommendations now. Thanks again everyone!

Arashi500
06-21-2011, 07:22 AM
Drifters by Kouta Hirano is very Tolkien-y. It's got elves, hobbits that are actually called hobbits not halflings, dwarves, the like. The main characters however are stylized versions of historical figures that have been (for unexplained reasons as of yet) been brought the world.

Rio
06-21-2011, 10:36 AM
Wow, thank you for the responses everyone!

As others have pointed out, fantasy is just a preferred genre. I'm certainly open to anything else with good art, story, characters etc. Mainly, I'm just looking to familiarize myself with manga as I begin to draw.

Sorry, I've been working. I do appreciate the responses though. Very much. Being new to this whole art has got my lost. But I'm excited - I have some good recommendations now. Thanks again everyone!NP, Agro. I was wondering if that was the case. Some of us here get caught up with RL sometimes.

Seeing as you're open to anything, I would recommend Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kushiro, a science fiction/cyberpunk tale. Btw, I can't believe I forgot it but if you can get your hands on it - I recommend you check out Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki. The manga is more in-depth than the anime (if you've ever seen it) so it's worth a look into.

(On a side note, if you need to add something and no one has replied yet, please use the Edit Post button at the bottom of your post.)

Agro
06-21-2011, 01:46 PM
I'll look into that. Thanks.

:)