Fangirls Unleashed: Fall in Love with Manga!
It’s February! The month of chocolate, flowers and waiting in line for hours at restaurants because you forgot to make a reservation, even though your significant other told you to make some last month, but you were too busy playing the new Monster Hunter World game because….priorities. While you’re waiting, why not take the chance to fall in love with some Manga! Manga is a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels. A lot of manga is often made into anime which is a Japanese style of animation. There’s tons of Manga to choose from and we have gathered a few of our favorites, new and old, for you to fall head over heels for.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. I watched the anime before I read the manga for this one (The anime is definitely worth checking out). I am a big fan of fantasy and anything having to do with dragons, so when I saw that this manga had magic, dragons and comedy, I just had to give it a shot. Miss Kobayashi is just your typical ordinary human who happens to have a dragon with magical powers as a maid. At first, Kobayashi wants nothing to do with Tohru. Tohru knows very little about humans and, as a matter of fact, despises all of them except for Kobayashi. This unique duo learns to live together despite their differences and meet several other wacky, yet cute, characters along the way. I love the art style of this manga, the characters are so lively and Tohru is just the cutest dragon maid you’ve ever seen. I recommend this for lovers of Ranma ½ or Himouto! Umaru-chan. If you just love a funny and cute manga, this one’s for you.
Waiting for Spring. I am actually a big fan of romance…romance manga that is. So when I saw this sitting on the shelf I thought I would give it a shot. Mitsuki has just entered into a new high school and she is determined to break out of her shell and make new friends. Her plans get deterred however when she accidentally makes friends with the four most popular basketball players at school! Now she’s worried that all the girls in school will hate her, but maybe she can still salvage some friendships even when half the girls in school want to kill her. This manga has comedy, romance and, of course, a very dramatic love triangle. I am not the biggest sports fan, but I loved the illustrations of the basketball matches, they were intense and I found myself being drawn into the sports aspect more and more. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a romance manga with a strong love for sports manga such as Haikyu!!
Sweet Blue Flowers is the story of Akira Okudaira and her reuniting with her best friend from kindergarten. Fumi is also excited to be reunited with Akira, but her love life is getting in the way of her enjoying their reunion. Fumi isn't sure what to make of her feelings when she falls for an older female classmate. Fumi is grappling with a broken heart and the fact that her sweetheart was another woman… Can Akira’s kindness help Fumi come back from her despair? This a great story about friendship, love and a great slice of life manga.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, I actually don’t care much for Valentine’s Day. I’m a health nut so my sweets have to be dark chocolate, my favorite color is green over pink, and I have a strong hatred for flowers because I’m severely allergic to them. But to get into the lovey-dovey mood of Valentine’s Day, here are my favorite mangas that have me head over heels for them.
Attack on Titan. I actually binged-watched the entire first season of Attack on Titan on Netflix before I started reading the manga. I was hooked from the very first episode, when you discover that mankind is on the brink of extinction as a result of giant Titans who hunger for human flesh. Once I finished Season 1, I immediately maxed out my 10-item hold limit for weeks, trying to see what happened beyond the show. There are incredible action sequences, intense friendships, shady politics, and an underlying mystery of what’s in protagonist Eren’s basement. One of my all-time favorite mangas to date.
One Punch Man. One Punch Man is hilarious and had me giggling throughout the entire series. It showcases superhero One Punch Man who is so powerful that he defeats his enemies with just one punch, hence his name. The opponents that he faces are so unique, from the psychic Tatsumaki who can lift cities to the self explanatory Armored Gorilla. All of them are begging to be used as cosplay inspirations. If you’re a fan of superheroes, One Punch Man might be your next obsession.
Death Note. Death Note most recently resurfaced as a Netflix Original Movie, but it’s the anime and the manga that will blow your mind. Death Note focuses on teenager Light Yagami who discovers a notebook that will kill whoever’s name you write in it. There are so many twists and turns that this manga will have you guessing until the very end. This is honestly the most clever plot line that I have ever encountered, and it’s a great pick as a book club discussion because the fan theories will keep you talking for hours.
Did you know that SJPL has their own version of Netflix, called Hoopla? It was all the rage in 2017 and it’s still going strong. There’s movies and music and audiobooks oh my! Did we also mention that just like everything at the library (except for late fines) it’s completely free? I predict that this might be a great no-spend date night idea in the future.
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Addie and Alyssa are the duo behind Fangirls Unleashed, San Jose Public Library workers and bloggers. Our mission is to show people what’s trending in the young adult and geeky world and how to explore those interest through San José Public Library. Follow us on social media to see #What'sNewAtTheLibrary and our latest convention adventure.
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This blog post has been a collaboration between Adilene Rogers and Alyssa Mendoza.