"Hidden Gems of Manga"



Sports manga are nothing new, but this might be the first manga based on a handicap sport. But sports are still hardly the purpose of this series, it’s truly about characters coming to terms with tragedy in their lives.

Our first main character is Tomomi Nomiya, former basketball captain before dropping out, who got himself and a girl into an accident while driving recklessly, paralyzing her from the waist down. He feels tremendous guilt over this and doesn’t know what he can do, if anything, to make it right. He soon meets Kiyoharu Togawa, a wheelchair basketball player who lost his leg to cancer in middle school. Our last main character is Hisanobu Takahashi, alpha male basketball captain and ace player at Nomiya’s old school. An accident caused by his reckless behavior leaves him paralyzed from the waist down and he is forced to deal with his new life, no longer an alpha male and having his past issues suddenly compound upon his new life, causing him great depression.

You can really feel the pain and joy of all three characters, and indeed, any character in the series. Heartbreak is crafted expertly and it’s impossible not to get sucked into the lives of our characters. Of course, there is also a bit of wheelchair basketball for those interested. Takehiko Inoue is well known for Slam Dunk, another basketball manga, but he did plenty of research for this series (both for wheelchair basketball and handicap daily struggles) and it shows, you might even learn something! Punctuating this is Takehiko Inoue’s top-notch artwork (he’s also known for Vagabond). Art, story, characters, drama, this manga has it all, and not even coming out at a snail’s pace (keep in mind, he is also working on Vagabond right now) can hamper my excitement for each new installment. This is a must read manga for everyone.

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Munja | 03-24-15, 5:51 PM
I think this club has awesome ideas and mangas, and just posting here to bump it and keep it alive ^^

gummyghost | 02-25-15, 12:26 PM
Heyo! I hope you guys will accept me as a friend and together discover lots of manga.

Amarantos | 02-07-15, 8:19 AM
I think Maka-Maka deserves to be under the manga relations. Although it doesn't really have a story, as (I assume) pretty much every other manga listed does. It's an erotic, 2 volume long, full color yuri manga; certainly a gem of the genre if nothing else. But I think the relationship between the two principle characters - Jun and Nene - makes it truly special.

vasplar | 01-12-15, 1:10 AM
"Shut hell" should be on here asap!

FallnKnightFakir | 10-29-14, 4:03 AM
That looks interesting, I'll need to check that out when I get a chance! For now, I'll go ahead and add it to the relations

Toarujisuru | 10-29-14, 3:37 AM
I think I found a hidden gem in the manga called 'Oyaji'. Wow, simple, but really good. The artstyle will turn a lot of people off, though.

Halfsleeper | 10-17-14, 12:56 PM
@Nei-san Twin Spica is indeed brilliant from what I've read. It's a very nice coming of age manga that also manages to be quite heartfelt/touching. I think what throws first impressions off could possibly be the artwork, it's quite a contrast to how the actual content it is. I'm glad Vertical finished it's run though because it's definitely a gem.

I've just started reading Takemitsu Zamurai and personally find it flows incredibly well, while the art style is atypical (by Taiyou Matsumoto) it fits with the setting of the manga.

Nei-san | 10-16-14, 2:32 PM
I just finished reading Twin Spica. What an excellent slice-of-life series! Such a shame it doesn't as much attention it deserves, because it really is a great read.

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