Many of my readers comment about wanting to give manga titles a shot, but they are unsure of where to start. It is very intimidating to jump into the world of sequential comics, because there are so many of them out there. In addition, some of the series are so long! It is mind-boggling if you are just getting started reading graphic novels. Right Stuf is having a sale until December 23rd on all Viz Media titles, so if you are feeling adventurous, here is the perfect opportunity to pick up some manga – on sale!
All synopsis information is taken from Right Stuf –
Some of my favorite Viz series include:
Kekkaishi by Yellow Tanabe – This just keeps getting better and better!
By night, junior high student Yoshimori Sumimura is a "kekkaishi" – a demon-hunter who specializes in creating magical barriers around his prey. By day, Yoshimori’s got some other demons to battle: an addiction to sweets and a seriously crotchety grandfather!
Yoshimori’s pretty 16-year-old neighbor and childhood friend, Tokine Yukimura, is also a kekkaishi, but their families are feuding over who is the "true practitioner" of the art.
Yoshimori couldn’t care less about catching demons… until he realizes that his apathetic attitude is taking a toll on his friendship with Tokine. Just as he decides to take matters into his own hands, a couple of amphibious demons and the pesky ghost of a pastry-chef show up to complicate matters!
Sand Chronicles by Hinako Ashihara – Keep a tissue handy!
After her parents get divorced, Ann Uekusa and her mother move from Tokyo to rural Shimane. Accustomed to the anonymity of city living, Ann can’t get used to the almost overbearing kindness of the people in her mother’s hometown. But when personal tragedy strikes, Ann discovers how much she needs that kindness.
Beauty Pop by Kiyoko Arai – Who knew hair cutting battles could be so fun?
Although a truly gifted hairstylist, Kiri Koshiba has no interest in using her talent to pursue fame and fortune, unlike the three popular boys in the "Scissors Project" at school. Determined to become the best makeover team in Japan, they give showy makeovers to handpicked girls. As much as Kiri tries to shy away from the Scissors Project spotlight, she finds herself responding to beauty’s call…
Kiri’s friend Kanako gives a present to one of the members of the Scissors Project. Her act of kindness is interpreted as a bride to get a makeover, and they reject her out of hand for being too ugly. Kiri decides to help Kanako and give the boys a lesson in what true beauty is.
If you like paranormal romances, Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino might be calling your name.
Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack 10 years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy’s secret. Yuki believes that vampires and humans can coexist peacefully, but her partner has different ideas…
Claymore by Norihiro Yagi (ongoing) – Great fantasy series with epic battles and scary monsters
A Claymore – a female warrior named for the sword she carries – travels from medieval village to village to destroy Yoma, monsters who disguise themselves as humans and who are almost impossible to kill. Claymores are half-humans, half-demons who willingly transformed themselves by mixing their blood with monster’s blood.
Claire, nicknamed silver-eyed killer, is such a powerful Claymore, she can slay a Yoma using only one hand. But she must constantly struggle to keep from becoming a monster herself.
Flower in a Storm by Shigeyoshi Takagi – At only two volumes, this is silly, romantic fun.
Riko Sassoku is trying to lead a normal high school life when Ran Tachibana bursts into her classroom carrying a gun and telling her that her life is now his. Ran, the richest, most powerful 17-year-old in Japan wants her as his wife, and he’s not taking no for an answer! If Ran can’t capture her by five o’clock the next day, he’ll give up on her, but he has all that money can buy at his disposal. However, Riko has one trick up her sleeve – she has superpowers!
Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakoji (ongoing) – I am still on the fence about this one, but it is getting better with every new volume. Paranormal romance fans will like the demons and the danger.
There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend.
All that changes one day when Misao is attacked by a demon. Her childhood friend Kyo suddenly returns to save her and tend to her cuts – with his tongue! It turns out Misao is the bride of prophecy, whose blood gives power to the demon clan who claims her. But most demons want to keep her power for themselves – by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive… and decide if she likes it when Kyo licks her wounds.
Rasetsu by Chika Shiomi (ongoing) – I love this one! Great art, suspenseful, romantic. Love it!
Rasetsu Hyuga isn’t your typical 18 year old. With the ability to banish evil spirits, she works as an exorcist and hopes this will keep her mind off her fateful 20th birthday. Just three years ago, Rasetsu caught the attention of a powerful spirit who claimed her as his own. With a vow to return on her 20th birthday, he branded her with the mark of a rose on her chest. Unless she can find her true love by that date, she will be his forever.
Stepping on Roses by Rinko Ueda (ongoing) – A little on the corny side, but a fun read with great art.
Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi’s financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition – he’ll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi pull off fooling high society into thinking she’s a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth it to give everything up for this sham of a marriage?
I tried to include titles that all of the volumes are readily available, and that aren’t a gabillion volumes long. The one exception is Kekkaishi, which is over 25 volumes long, but it is one of my favorite titles, and it is well worth the effort of tracking down!