1. Most Recently Acquired
For this one I will go with the latest volume of Yotsuba&! (volume 14 in Switzerland) since I’ve received an email that it had been released just as I was watching the announcement video. I’m going to go to my local manga shop (which is right by my place) to support a local business and get my fix at the same time (^_−)☆
Yotsuba&! is a series of vignettes about a little girl who is curious and quirky, and it’s the cutest manga ever.
2. Catch Up On a Series You’re Behind On
For this one I will go with my huge challenge of the year, catch up on Meitantei Conan! I’m currently starting volume 26 out of 95 (the series is ongoing).
If you’re not familiar with the manga, it’s basically a detective series with generally 3 different cases to be solved per volume. There is a main plot but it is EXTREMELY slow because the manga is super popular (as I said, more than 90 volumes). As a result, most cases don’t advance the main plot and are just little vignettes with a bone thrown here and there for the fans (either a plot with the main villains from time to time or relationships developing between some of the characters).
Since it is mostly random stories, it can become quite repetitive but it’s addicting at the same time. I love not knowing whether one of my favorite characters will be in the next volume or when the Men in Black will be back. But it also means I can’t binge read otherwise I get bored, so my re-read has started about 3 years ago and I’m only on volume 26 (^▽^;). My goal this year is to read one volume per week (so far I have only read 3 so I’m already failing!)
3. Adaptation of a Manga/Anime You Loved
For this one I’m going to go with The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu No Taizai), which I adore but have stopped reading a while back. I wanted to re-read the start of the series to get back into it, and I might actually do that, but why not try the anime in parallel? It’s on Netflix so ʅ(́◡◝)ʃ
This is a fantasy manga with epic battles, magic, and amazing characters loosely based on Arthur and the knights of Camelot. The Seven Deadly Sins were once knights of Britannia who were outlawed by the Holy Knights after they supposedly plotted to overthrow the king. Ten years later, the Holy Knights have taken over and are not as good as everybody thought. Princess Elizabeth wants to find the Seven Deadly Sins to save the kingdom from the Holy Knights.
4. Revisit an Old Favorite
I think for this one I’m going to group the challenges and re-read The Seven Deadly Sins, because let’s be honest time is not infinite. However, there are 2 other series I would like to revisit: Gunnm (or Battle Angel Alita in English – I love how they change all the names in the US: her name is Gally but whatever, and I’m not even going to get into the super stupid names they came up for the Conan characters, they make my eyes bleed) and Tokyo Ghoul.
I want to re-read Gunnm because I’m going to see the movie this afternoon (please please please let it be good!!) and Tokyo Ghoul because I want to finally read the sequel Tokyo Ghoul Re but I need a refresh of events/characters that are referenced all the time.
Gunnm is set in the post-apocalyptic future and follows a cyborg, Gally/Alita, who has lost all her memories and is found in a garbage heap by a cybernetics doctor who rebuilds her. She then becomes a bounty hunter and tries to figure out who she is.
Toyko Ghoul is about an alternate Japan were ghouls and humans live together, but not in harmony. Ghouls eat humans and of course it creates a little bit of tension. After being almost eaten, Ken Kaneki becomes the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, and must learn to navigate both worlds.
Oh no, I think I’m in trouble…. I was thinking of other old favorite series and now I want to re-read Berserk… so many amazing series out there!! Ok I’ll add it to my list.
Berserk is a very dark fantasy story about Guts, a mercenary who has to fight battles against fantastic beings. It has amazing characterization and the plot is fantastic, but it’s not for the faint-hearted.
5. Start a New Series & 6. Recommended to You
So many series out there!!! I don’t know where to start… Luckily my brother is also a huge manga otaku and he can spend hours reading a new series. I have asked him for recommendations at the beginning of the year and he gave me 3, so I’m going to try one of those. He is an eclectic reader like me and has recommended a shônen, a shôjo and a seinen, perfect! So I’m going to start either one of World Trigger, Kono Oto Tomare or Golden Kamuy. Unfortunately they are still ongoing series and I’m really afraid of authors going on hiatus (Nana is my biggest heartbreak ever), which is a risk especially with World Trigger which actually was on hiatus for a few years (yes, YEARS). But my brother has great taste so let’s try!
World Trigger is about a battle against Neighbors, monsters from a different world, it sounds like it’s the same genre as Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Kono Oto Tomare is a story about a Koto club in high school (koto is a traditional instrument) and how the different characters relate to each other as they are focused on competing in the Koto Nationals.
Golden Kamuy is about a veteran of the Russo-Japanese war in 1904 who hears about a treasure and decides to search for it.
7. Read Another Series by an Author You’ve Read Before
For this one I’m going to go with one of my favorite authors, Kaoru Mori, who wrote one of my favorite manga, Emma. In A Bride’s Story, she tackles the story of a family in Central Asia during the late 19th century. Amir arrives from a distant village across the mountains to marry Karluk, a young man eight years younger than her. The series then shows their relationship as it develops and also follows other families and young women. The artwork is amazing as usual!
8. Genre of Choice
I read a wide range of stories accross shônen/shôjo/seinen. Within those categories I read almost everything from SF to fantasy, life stories, romantic dramas, comedies, and sports mangas. I don’t think I have a genre that I love more than anything. I think I like Shôjo a bit less, I’m more of an action gal, so I’ll go with a shônen for this and continue Toriko.
Toriko is set in a world where huge beasts are common and the main interest of everybody is food. Toriko is a superhuman Gourmet Hunter searching for the most precious foods in the world so he can create his full-course meal. He is accompanied by the shy chef Komatsu, who wants to improve his culinary skills and to find rare ingredients. They fight against the Gourmet Corps an organization who seek to take control of the world’s entire food supply and are looking for the highly sought-after ingredient GOD. It’s a funny and action-packed series, right up my alley!
That’s it for my very ambitious TBR but I think it’s a great opportunity to get back into the manga game (✪‿✪)ノ
If you’re new to manga, know that most of the series I read are very violent, sexually-explicit, gruesome and tough to stomach. Don’t start with Berserk if you like light fluffy stories!
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