Comment on the list of the member above you. (Manga Ver.)
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ArtieBoy: Not much manga on your list. It seems to be mostly entry-level shonen and seinen. It's good to read the basics before moving on to more obscure series I guess.
You seem to have enjoyed Skyhigh so why not check out Tsutomu Takahashi's other manga as well? Jiraishin in particular may be to your liking.
Freesia, Akira Lone Wolf and Cub, Sangokushi, Eden: It's an Endless World and Parasyte fit your tastes as well.
While not necessarily action-oriented the following are very suspenseful titles you may like: Ikigami, Sanctuary, MW, Ode to Kirihito and Buddha.
Try to look at the recommendations for series that you like so you can learn about new titles that you may not normally come across otherwise.
For me, please don't comment on the style or look of my list as I couldn't care less about that. I use the feature for organizational purposes rather than to be fashionable.
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I don't have any complains about the list style,i like the blue text on the black background,easy to read,also i like reading the Tags you wrote,even if i myself would hate writing them for my list.
Our compatibility is relatively low,only 55% but it does not seem like we share that many manga titles,21, you seem to be a romance/slice of life fan while i am not,i can't say i enjoy manga from the romance genre that much but i have yet to really give it a chance, still i definitely plan on reading some manga that can be found on your list,for example: Gunsalinger Girl, Monster, Believers, Bradherley's Coach, Harukana Machi-E...
As for recommendations,try some of Taiyo Matsumoto's manga ,not sure it will suit your tastes,but still.
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I've stuck spoiler tags around individual segments because I wrote an awful lot (as I tend to do when I talk to people :P).
My defense and/or replies.
People may choose whether or not they want to consider me the last person to post or not, I don't mind either way :)
Haha. If you were criticising the manga itself I wouldn't bat an eyelid, but being all ;___; about a yaoi at all is a little abrupt. I'm going to make the crazy assumption that its not a genre you're fond of :P
As I said to classicalzawa though, Lumen Lunae is actually the only one of my favourites I probably wouldn't recommend to anyone else.
It also isn't really yaoi. I'd say it were shounen-ai, but its hard to do that when theres very little ai. Almost none, in fact.
Lots of kissing, hatred and murder mind you.
It is the implication though. And considering the art for thecouple that is the closest to being drawn that way, I can't in good conscience deny it its yaoi tag.
Lumen Lunae is also on there because its by one of my favourite mangaka, Mineko Ohkami.
As much as I may like her Dragon Knights series, it meanders an awful lot in both quality and story over its 27 volumes (still recommended though :P)... and as much as the artwork in Strawberry Palace is very pretty, some of those characters are too damn young.
Lumen Lunae, at 5 volumes and on hiatus, definitely starts to meader away from the initial setup, but I think its probably better for it.
She can make you care about minor characters surprisingly quickly, and some of her layout work is superb. (Some of it is rather sloppy/busy too, but the rest... wow).
If I can find some examples I'll edit them in under a spoiler tag!
Now, if I were actually planning to recommend a supernatural yaoi it would be Ze ;)
I enjoyed Emma, though I haven't yet finished Bangaihen which is just being released as part of Emma in the US.
Otoyomegatari, however, blows it out of the water. Its brilliant, historical, funny, romantic and incredibly detailed.
Some insane detail in the artwork. Theres a series of youtube videos of her sketching/drawing/toning Amira too (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
If only it were released a little more frequently. Damn bimonthly magazines :(
Ecole du Ciel
I was already used to Mikimoto's drawings from Marionette Generation in Animerica Extra, so I was able to get into Ecole far easier once I managed to get past the covers.
Its definitely not going to be everyones taste, but I think the story shows great progression as it goes on, particularly once time starts progressing past the school, and the mech battles are drawn very well.
(In addition to that, they actually show emotion and action and characters you can tell appart. That really should be something you can take for granted, but the Gundam SEED manga proved me wrong on that front).
TMD/Kurosagi (the other two on the list) and DVD/7SEEDs (the two that didn't quite make it) I mentioned briefly at the top of the spoiler tag directed at Classicalzawa above :)
Shameless copy of that segment, if split a teeny bit:
Team Medical Dragon is medical drama done right (It feels very well paced at the 8ish volumes I've read so far, but as I know its quite a bit longer I do wonder how many volumes it can go based on the characters initial set goal as the aim).
Kurosagi is episodic black comedy/supernatural mystery with ghosts and a 'people get what they deserve' sort of tone.
To get Otoyomegatari onto my list I had to work out what to kick off of it, and the one that lost out was DVD. One of the few manhwa to truly strike me as brilliant, it was surreal. Odd friendships and hallucinations!
Pretty sure DramaQueen are dead now though, so a license rescue is the only hope. I also read that the ending is bad which unnerved me a bit. I hope it isn't :|
There are a couple of others teetering at just below the edge of the favourites list though, one of which is 7SEEDs from the author of Basara. Post-apocalyptic survivors in an evolved world. It only loses out because although I really like the characters, the interweaving stories, the world itself, and how things seem to be fitting together, I get hung up on how they survived in such a 'hostile' world while they were helpless and 'out of commision' before they woke up :P)
Re:Ratings (+ Love Hina, Maison Ikkoku, Lament, Bradherleys)
Just because I've ranked something a 6 or so doesn't mean I don't enjoy it, it just means that in my opinion it was only okay. Okay can still be worth reading.
I even enjoy some of my 5s, I just consider them rather unremarkable and/or forgettable after the fact (or have read a similar thing done far better by someone else :P)
I actually enjoyed Love Hina to start with, but as it went on I got rather bored with it. Some of the volumes I read were kodansha bilingual volumes as well which didn't read completely smoothly.
Maison Ikkoku was something I read in pamphlet comic form (though I did pick up the viz rerelease of v1 second hand), and it just seemed very slow to me, and I had other things I preferred to read at the time so it got dropped by the wayside.
I think I've actually read more than 2 volumes, but I know I haven't read anywhere near all of them.
Lament of the Lamb made me glad it wasn't just a plain 'vampire manga'. The characters are what did it for me, and it seemed paced almost perfectly.
Bradherley's Coach was brilliant. Its by no means 'comfortable' reading, but I can't deny that the story as its presented is great. Its shocking, and emotional, and violent, and gripping.
And, nasty though it is, I can sort of picture it happening. Humans aren't always nice, after all.
The afterword did sort of spoil it a bit though, when he revealed that he originally planned for it to be erotic. Even that I could have taken, but the continuation that the reason he thought it didn't turn out to be an erotic manga was because the sex scenes decreased.... ugh. No.
Bradherley's is great. And without that afterword it is far, far better. I'm still trying to block the afternote out. As you can see, I haven't quite made it yet ;)
Re: My list and my tags.
It is indeed the basic one. I did try a couple of times to make something 'different' because I've seen so many good list designs, but it ended up looking a right mess so I switched back.
And got rid of that horrid, hard to read black/red default colour scheme :P
Yes, there are an awful lot of titles on my list, of all genres, because I'm willing to give almost anything a go :)
Unhealthy is a loaded term :(
Theres more BL than yaoi, but I don't think theres that much of it. I could be wrong though ;)
As for tags, when I first started tagging things, tags still displayed on profiles, so I used the tags as they were used then. Back when that still worked, by profile would handily tell people the genres I liked most, be that sci-fi or supernatural or whatever else by making the tags larger or smaller on that section of my page.
Its also why I started tagging publishers; so I could see which publishers I was buying more from ^^
Alas, the tags no longer work that way :(
I live in hope they will again some day, so I have no immediate plans to change ^^
Re: Re: Your tags ;)
Strong reaction there :P
I wasn't actually trying to say you used commas too much with the "commas, that break, different parts, of what, you're writing, into separate tags" comment.
It wasn't a criticism of you, it was a criticism of how the tag system split otherwise normal sentences into parts due to comma useage.
The main problem for me wasn't the commas anyway (though that was what I mentioned most), it was that one mangas comments and the next aren't always clearly separated. Which again, isn't really your fault, its just how tags are aligned.
It was the comment on the manga list of the person above you thread.
It wasn't necessarily the agree with the person above you or say nice things about the person above you thread ;)
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I like the layout with the tabs. Made it so the list wasn't overwhelming. We didn't have a lot in common (only 2 shared) so I enjoyed reading through getting ideas of what to add to my list. I found the colours fairly easy to read (the blue on black) but the list was squished on the right hand edge of my screen, and that made it difficult to read. (Could just be my computer though, it tends to do things like that)
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We share 4 titles, (not sure why it says 2...) only 3 are ones you voted on though.
Biggest deviation was 3 for B reaction (hated that manga, dropped it), others were both 1 different.
Overall nice list and nice background. Colors seem to work well and keep it visible. Could use less non-action mangas though. :P