I wish I had the time, but since getting a full-time job with the state, I barely keep up with reading novels (on the train to work). I'm squeezing in time to read manga in the morning while I eat, but not every day. I'm trying to catch up with SJ then SB. But I have a feeling I won't be renewing my subscription when it comes around. But that's not too bad since it'll give me more time to read manga volumes that I'll be more interested in. Her Majesty's Dog is my favorite right now. And I'm borrowing the first volume of Heroes are Extinct from a friend and it's really good so far.
But yeah, the only reason I'm still getting SJ is because it's just pretty awesome to be able to read Naruto in large paper format. And now Bleach too, now that it's being published in SJ.
But now that they've been publishing Naruto feverishly - 3 volumes for each of the last three months - I can understand why people might just stop getting SJ altogether if they were only interested in Naruto. It is a lot of volumes to purchase. They just want to get to the timeskip in the magazine already, I guess because of the anime. And because Yu-Gi-Oh is almost over.
Overall though, I've started to like seinen (mature manga) a whole lot better than shonen. They just have overall more interesting stories.
I stopped buying the individual volumes because I wasn't keeping up. I still have 3 volumes to read, I think I stopped about volume 17 or so. But I have a friend who is buying them that said he'd let me borrow them when I get to catching up. I may do that soon.
No, I think it's because Yu-Gi-Oh is ending and they needed something else to replace it... as well as their plans to jump ahead to Naruto Part 2, they won't be able to show as many Naruto chapters anymore. And Bleach was the best candidate because the volumes were catching up quickly and now they just have around 10-11 volumes' worth of material, they had to slow down a bit. It's pretty savvy thinking.
Post by The Sonar Chicken on Dec 29, 2007 8:30:41 GMT
Team Medical Dragon Coo's World Claymore Horou Musoku Beck Demon Sacred Yakumo Tatsu Book Club Gokusen Ghost only(forget the cruddy title: the stories are really quite fun!) Priest Ares
There's also Dog's which is really good but since the chapters are sporadic, you'll have to wait a while for any new stories.
Also, there's these 2 titles: Son of Dawn and Oz which I'm waiting for. Son of Dawn is a huge mix of politics, conspiracies and exciting adventure and it takes place in Myanmar. While Oz is a bit antiquated since it was published in 1992, it's got a rather high level of scientific and political concepts.
Unfortunately for me, though it is my decision, I am not renewing my Shonen Jump subscription. I currently have 5 mags I haven't read and I'm steadily losing interest and time.
I mean, I like Naruto and Hikaru No Go, and I really like Bleach. But I'll probably get those in trades when I feel like starting up on those again, or maybe just borrow Naruto and Bleach from my friend as he gets them. I'm just not sure about Hikaru because I don't want to start with vol 1...
Or there's always online, if I ever get around to it.
I read the first volume of Heroes are Extinct and it's quite funny! There are two more volumes to the series, and they're all out.
"A hero from a distant star arrives on Earth to pit his strength against Earth's famous superheroes! Only problem is Earth doesn't really have any superheroes. Growing up watching super-hero TV shows from Earth - think Power Rangers or Ultraman, our fearless hero decides to amass an army on his home planet and invade Earth to pit his strength against them. Only when the invasion starts, no one comes to stop him. What is an alien on Earth supposed to do with entire army and no one to fight?!?"
Post by The Sonar Chicken on Jun 22, 2008 16:12:28 GMT
Right now, I'm not too interested in many mainstream series and have found myself rapidly losing attention in most of them, unless there's some quality which catches my attention.
Please be warned that some of these titles I'm reading/have read, might contain a certain degree of sexual content, between various genders. And there're series I won't post here 'cos some of them, though really good, contain very extreme violence and highly disturbing imagery to turn most people's stomachs.
Anyways, these 3 are series I highly recommend. They're replete with folklore, mythology, rich in storytelling and often transcend the boundaries of time with aspects both old and modern.
Ice Eagle Fire Hawk (Well... this is a political BL story. And yes, you will need a certain level of political and financial knowledge if you want to understand the story. ) www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=14022
It's a rather unique manga about nomadic life in the 19th century Silk Road and also about the marriage between Amira and Karluk, a boy who's 8 years younger than her. The manga doesn't just focus on the relations between everyone but also on cultural aspects including woodcrafting, archery, embroidery and other aspects.