Manga Update 2022!

So, since I started my job as a bookseller I have been increasingly reading more and more manga. This is due to both social media and my colleagues who are huge fans of the medium. I decided to create an annual post where I talk about all the manga I have read and plan to read. This might be a long post so let’s jump right in.

Manga I Have Read!

  • Series: Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1)
  • Author: Hiromu Arakawa
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of volumes read: 7/9

Plot: In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “”auto-mail”” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies…the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world, somewhere between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in these powers to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and leg…and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living iron. Now they are agents of the government, slaves of the military-alchemical complex, using their unique powers to obey their orders…even to kill. But their powers aren’t unique. The world crawls with evil alchemists. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher’s Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are…

  • Series: Attack on Titan
  • Author: Hajime Isayama
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of volumes read: 34/34

Full disclosure, I read the first 4 volumes and the last 2 volumes. The rest of the story I consumed through the TV show. I just could not be bothered to wait until 2023 for the ending of the story so I hurried up my read through and just decided to finish the series through the amalgamation of the manga and the anime.

Plot: For the past century, what’s left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming humankind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about to change everything…

  • Series: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba
  • Author: Koyoharu Gotouge
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of volumes read: 1/23

Plot: In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life. Learning to slay demons won’t be easy, and Tanjiro barely knows where to start. The surprise appearance of another boy named Giyu, who seems to know what’s going on, might provide some answers…but only if Tanjiro can stop Giyu from killing his sister first!

I didn’t really connect to the manga but I ended up watching the first season of the anime and loving it. I will be sticking with the anime.

  • Series: Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End
  • Author: Kanehito Yamada
  • Illustrator: Tsukasa Abe
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of volumes read: 2/Ongoing

Plot: Elf mage Frieren and her courageous fellow adventurers have defeated the Demon King and brought peace to the land. But Frieren will long outlive the rest of her former party. How will she come to understand what life means to the people around her? Decades after their victory, the funeral of one her friends confronts Frieren with her own near immortality. Frieren sets out to fulfill the last wishes of her comrades and finds herself beginning a new adventure… 

  • Series: Haikyu!!
  • Author: Haruichi Furudate
  • Genre: Sport
  • Number of volumes read: 3/45

Plot: Ever since he saw the legendary player known as “the Little Giant” compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?

  • Series: Komi Can’t Communicate
  • Author: Tomohito Oda
  • Genre: Contemporary
  • Number of volumes read: 1/Ongoing

Plot: Timid Tadano is a total wallflower, and that’s just the way he likes it. But all that changes when he finds himself alone in a classroom on the first day of high school with the legendary Komi. He quickly realizes she isn’t aloof—she’s just super awkward. Now he’s made it his mission to help her on her quest to make 100 friends!

I didn’t really care for this series so I won’t be continuing.

  • Series: Moriarty the Patriot
  • Author: Ryosuke Takeuchi
  • Illustrator: Hikaru Miyoshi
  • Genre: Historical Fiction/Espionage
  • Number of volumes read: 1/Ongoing

Plot: Before he was Sherlock’s rival, Moriarty fought against the unfair class caste system in London by making sure corrupt nobility got their comeuppance. But even the most well-intentioned plans can spin out of control—will Moriarty’s dream of a more just and equal world turn him into a hero…or a monster? In the late 19th century, Great Britain rules over a quarter of the world. Nobles sit in their fancy homes in comfort and luxury, while the working class slaves away at their jobs. When young Albert James Moriarty’s upper-class family adopts two lower-class orphans, the cruelty the boys experience at his family’s hands cements Albert’s hatred of the nobility he was born into. He asks the older of the two boys—who has a genius mind and a killer instinct—to help him rid the world of evil, starting with Albert’s own family!

  • Series: One Piece
  • Author: Eiichiro Oda
  • Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
  • Number of volumes read: 3/Ongoing

Plot: As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. Its only drawback? He’ll never be able to swim again–a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…

I personally didn’t love this manga and have no plans of continuing the series. I might try the anime but that is like over 1000 episodes! So maybe not!

  • Series: Orange
  • Author: Ichigo Takano
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance/Sci-Fi
  • Number of volumes read: 2/2

Plot: On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?

  • Series: Ouran High School Host Club
  • Author: Biscon Hatori
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Number of volumes read: 1/18

Plot: One day, Haruhi, a scholarship student at exclusive Ouran High School, breaks an $80,000 vase that belongs to the ‘Host Club’, a mysterious campus group consisting of six super-rich (and gorgeous) guys. To pay back the damages, she is forced to work for the club, and it’s there that she discovers just how wealthy the boys are and how different they are from everybody else.

This was another manga, which after reading the first volume, I decided not to continue. I watched the show and I enjoyed it enough to give the manga a go but I didn’t feel like a read through was something I wanted to commit to.

  • Series: The Promised Neverland
  • Author: Kaiu Shirai
  • Illustrator: Posuka Demizu
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of volumes read: 5/20

Plot: Life at Grace Field House has been good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious foods and plenty of playtime. But perhaps not everything is as it seems… Emma, Norman and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. And under the care of the woman they refer to as “Mom,” all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. Good food, clean clothes and the perfect environment to learn—what more could an orphan ask for? One day, though, Emma and Norman uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.

  • Series: Summer Time Rendering
  • Author: Yasuki Tanaka
  • Genre: Sci-Fi/Thriller
  • Number of volumes read: 1/13

Plot: Hearing the news of the passing of his childhood friend Ushio, Shinpei returned to his hometown on the remote island of Hitogashima to attend her funeral. Little does he know that it is the beginning of a summer full of mystery and horror! No one is prepared for the time-twisting adventures ahead that defy life and death!

Another series I won’t be continuing. Even though the plot is amazing, the fan-service is way to jarring and uncomfortable for me to continue.

Manga I Want To Read Next!

For these, I have just chosen to list the manga I already own. There are loads of manga I don’t own but want to read and if we listed all of those we would be here forever!

  • Series: Beyond the Clouds
  • Author: Nicke
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of volumes: 5 but ongoing

Plot: Living beneath the haze of Yellow Town, young Theo has never seen the stars. He works as a mechanic and spends his off hours digging through the town’s trash heap for abandoned treasures. He’s always had the soul of a dreamer, but he’s given up on living the kind of fantastical life he’s read about in books. Then, one day, he finds an amnesiac, injured girl with wings, and everything changes. Theo’s talents help fix her wing, and their quest will take them beyond the clouds, farther than either could have imagined.

  • Series: Children of the Whales
  • Author: Abi Umeda
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of volumes: 22 but ongoing

Plot: In this post-apocalyptic fantasy, a sea of sand swallows everything but the past. In an endless sea of sand drifts the Mud Whale, a floating island city of clay and magic. In its chambers a small community clings to survival, most dying young from the very powers that sustain them. Chakuro is the Archivist for the Mud Whale, diligently chronicling the lives and deaths of his people. As one of the saimia wielders, whose life spans are cut short by their own magic, he knows his time is limited and is determined to leave a better record than his predecessors. But the steady pace of their isolated existence on the Mud Whale is abruptly shattered when a scouting party discovers a mysterious young girl who seems to know more about their home than they do…

  • Series: The Faraway Paladin
  • Author: Kanata Yanagino/Mutsumi Okubashi
  • Illustrator: Kususaga Rin
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of volumes: 6

Plot: A man dies alone after living a stagnant and fruitless life—but that’s not where his story ends, as a boy named William is born into a land of fantasy and magic. Raised in a city of the dead by his new family—a mummy, a skeleton, and a ghost—he can remember glimpses of his past life, enough to know his time on Earth was wasted, and he vows not to let that happen again.

  • Series: InuYasha (Omnibus)
  • Author: Rumiko Takahashi
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of volumes: 18

Plot: Kagome is a modern Japanese high school girl. Never the type to believe in myths and legends, her world view dramatically changes when, one day, she’s pulled out of herown time and into another! There, in Japan’s ancient past, Kagome discovers more t han a few of those dusty old legends are true, and that her destiny is linked to one legendary creature in particular–the dog like half-demon called Inuyasha! That same trick of fate also ties them both to the Shikon Jewel, or ” Jewel of Four Souls”. But demons beware… the smallest shard of the Shikon Jewel can give the user unimaginable power.

  • Series: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Deluxe Edition)
  • Author: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of volumes: 2

Plot: In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. Thriving industrial societies disappeared. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and releases a miasma of poisonous spores into the air. At the periphery of the sea, tiny kingdoms are scattered on tiny parcels of land. Here lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens; a nation given fragile protection from the decaying sea’s poisons by the ocean breezes; and home to Nausicaä. Nausicaä, a young princess, has an emphatic bond with the giant Ohmu insects and animals of every creed. She fights to create tolerance, understanding and patience among empires that are fighting over the world’s remaining precious natural resources.

  • Series: Sailor Moon
  • Author: Naoko Takeuchi
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of volumes: 10

Plot: Teenager Usagi is not the best athlete, she’s never gotten good grades, and, well, she’s a bit of a crybaby. But when she meets a talking cat, she begins a journey that will teach her she has a well of great strength just beneath the surface and the heart to inspire and stand up for her friends as Sailor Moon!

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