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What are some manga that you guys find overrated or underrated on MAL??

Personally, while i think MAL gives really accurate ratings for anime, MAL as a community doesn't always offer fair ratings for manga.

Some criteria to keep in mind.
Keeping in mind that there are 14366 ranked manga in MAL's database,
and following this distribution roughly,
1 - 2% of all manga
2 - 5% of all manga
3 - 8% of all manga
4 - 12% of all manga
5 - 23% of all manga
6 - 23% of all manga
7 - 12% of all manga
8 - 8% of all manga
9 - 5% of all manga
10 - 2% of all manga

That means roughly...
10 = 1st to 300th
9 = 300th to 1000th
8 = 1000th to 2100th
7 = 2100th to 3900th
6 = 3900th to 7100th
...

So if there is some manga that you would give a 9/10, and it is ranked 1200th, it is not really severely underrated. On the other hand, if there is a manga that deserves 6/10, and it is 500th on MAL, it would be considered overrated in your book.

Finally, keep in mind overrated/underrated is subjective. That being said, users should do their best to give reasons as to why it is overrated/underrated or else this thread will be locked.


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Aug 19, 2012 8:35 AM

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Overrated
Fairy Tail
Underrated
Spiral Bonds of Reasoning
 
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Over rated most of the top 100
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Aug 19, 2012 9:35 AM

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Overrated:

Any Naoki Urasawa manga
D.Gray-Man
Fairy Tail
One Piece

Underrated:

Eureka Seven
Fullmetal Panic! Sigma
Highschool of the Dead
Love Hina
 
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Aug 20, 2012 6:45 PM

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Overrated:
Annarasumanara
Noblesse

Underrated:
My heart is beating
Btooom!
 
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bunny_lover said:
Underrated:
Btooom!
Kimi no Iru Machi
Rave Master
Ga-rei
Naruto!! (seriously, this, at least was, a really great manga!)
Bleach!! (same reasoning as naruto)

Overrated:
20th century boys (it's pretty good. But it's not a master piece)
Annarasumanara (as much as I love webtoons, this is probably one of the worst webtoons)
Homunculus (wtf!)
Hoshi no Samidere (this is a really mediocre manga)
Shingeki no Kyojin
Noblesse (this is gotta be the slowest plot advancement ever)

The fail is strong with this one.


As usual with this kind of topic, it's gonna be about "manga's I like and other's don't like as much" and vice versa.

I'm only gonna metion Berserk. I really can't see why this managed to hold the top spot on this site for so long. Even the truly good Golden Age arc wasn't THAT much of a masterpiece and don't even get me started on what this manga has become since then...
 
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Overated :
Naruto

Underated :
Gunslinger girl.

grandy_UiD said:


As usual with this kind of topic, it's gonna be about "manga's I like and other's don't like as much" and vice versa.

Its not like overated/underated has ever been a non-subjective/objective term.
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Overrated:
BLAME!
Annarasumanara
Onani Master Kurosawa

Underrated:
Nichijou
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Aug 21, 2012 11:38 AM

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I think Girlfriends is highly underrated :/
 
Aug 21, 2012 12:19 PM

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You do know that labeling a manga as 'underrated' or 'overrated' is highly subjective, do you?
That being said, I don't find a point in making this topic...

Just for the sake of it though, I'm going to say Akumetsu is underrated (despite having quite a high average already).
 
Aug 21, 2012 4:37 PM

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Overrated:
Konjiki no gash bell
Parasyte

Underrated:
Bleach(It's not very good now i agree, but there are , so many, worst Manga out there!)
This world...is rotten
 
Aug 21, 2012 5:15 PM

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Underrated:
Kimi no Iru Machi
Ai Kora
Gamble Fish
Denpa Kyoushi

 
Aug 21, 2012 5:23 PM

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i thought kimi no iru was underrated 40-50 chapters back but lately its lost its mojo. Maybe it was more entertaining when i was marathoning it.

Underrated: Socrates in Love; probably the best 5 chapters i have ever read
 
Aug 21, 2012 5:26 PM
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8-gatsu no Hikari
Mahjong Club
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Aug 21, 2012 6:47 PM

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Another_Unknown said:
Overrated:
Any Naoki Urasawa manga


According to your list, you've only read Pluto....

Overrated: Shingeki no Kyojin. Great ideas, boring execution.

Underrated: La Mosca and Shaman Warrior. Two manhwa that deserve more recognition.
 
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Allecto said:
Another_Unknown said:
Overrated:
Any Naoki Urasawa manga


According to your list, you've only read Pluto....

Overrated: Shingeki no Kyojin. Great ideas, boring execution.

Underrated: La Mosca and Shaman Warrior. Two manhwa that deserve more recognition.


Thanks!!
I read La Mosca, and it's pretty good.

I don't think I will read shaman warrior, seeing as that it is still not fully translated...
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Dec 9, 2012 2:02 PM

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Waaw so many lists that i would not agree with, some serious height of irreconcilably distincting preferences.

Overrated :
The Breaker
Underrated :
Tezuka Osamu's works
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Snuffaluffagus said:

Underrated :
Tezuka Osamu's works

This
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Mar 17, 2013 6:30 AM

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Overrated:

Naruto
Bleach
Fairy Tail

Underrated:

Veritas
Shin Angyo Onshi
Blade of the Immortal
Memories of Emanon
 
Mar 17, 2013 11:56 AM

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Another_Unknown said:
Overrated:
Any Naoki Urasawa manga
I wonder if I would like the Monster manga as much as the anime. I'm not fond of 20th Century Boys or Pluto.
 
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I haven't read many manga but I think Wa! is really underrated. I found it pretty funny and wish more people would read it.
 
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Overrated:
BLAME!
Annarasumanara
Onani Master Kurosawa

Underrated:
Nichijou


Overrated:
Onani Master Kurosawa

Are you high?
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Mar 24, 2013 5:28 AM

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Underrated:

Dragon Drive
The Law of Ueki (Ueki no Hôsoku)
Massugu ni Ikou
 
Mar 24, 2013 8:00 PM

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overrated
naurto
bleach

underrated
Yozakura quartet
hekikai no aion
yumekai merry
franken fran
 
Mar 25, 2013 2:30 AM

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I think Girlfriends is highly underrated :/


No, it isn't overrated. It just lack of appeal. Anyone who know what Girlfriends is are obviously yuri fans, which aren't many to begin with.
 
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Akame Ga Kiru is very underrated, check it out \m/
 
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Harutora said:
Overrated:
Onani Master Kurosawa

Are you high?


I'd agree with that. Admittedly, OMK isn't as widely known but those who keep to it are practically fanatics. It was a good story, especially consideirng its doujin status, but it wasn't a masterpiece as many are liable to claim.
 
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bunny_lover said:
Underrated:
Btooom!
Kimi no Iru Machi
Rave Master
Ga-rei
Naruto!! (seriously, this, at least was, a really great manga!)
Bleach!! (same reasoning as naruto)

Overrated:
20th century boys (it's pretty good. But it's not a master piece)
Annarasumanara (as much as I love webtoons, this is probably one of the worst webtoons)
Homunculus (wtf!)
Hoshi no Samidere (this is a really mediocre manga)
Shingeki no Kyojin
Noblesse (this is gotta be the slowest plot advancement ever)


Have to revise this list.

Underrated:
Ga-rei (1213th) - just a tad bit higher would be nice
The Moment When a Fox Becomes a Wolf (3130th) - A lot of people might be put by gender-bender (me too), but this is not the type of gender-bending that disgusts people.

Overrated:
20th century boys (4th) - it's pretty good, but not as good as 4th in MAL.
Annarasumanara (44th) - someone please explain.
Homunculus (298th) - seriously?!
Hoshi no Samidare (98th) - not seeing why.
Noblesse (45th) - slow-paced, and not really offering a great story. Yet, nothing but praises from a lot of people
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Underrated:
Aiki and its sequel Aiki-S. It's a decent action manga.

Overrated: Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail.
Yoshii Kiria took over as leader of Fairytale and rebuilt it and became one of Tsukunes formidable enemies but let's save that story for another time

Hehe, let me introduce him to you again, kid. This is Shuzen Issa (who is MIA during the final battle), who will become your 'trainer' starting today. You still have much to go if you want to become the headmaster.

Like the two souls have started to become one.
 
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underrated
750 rider
er iv just read this manga my self and the fact is im abore my self for pasiing on it for these years its fantaisc manga its while not as good as Bari den is still very good Bari den being one the the best manga in the Racing Genre [ and one of the best sports manga of all time] to say this is got a good as that does not do this a diservice in any way or form
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Overrated: Molester Man

Why is this even higher than Onani Master Kurosawa?

Ezekiel said:
Another_Unknown said:
Overrated:
Any Naoki Urasawa manga
I wonder if I would like the Monster manga as much as the anime. I'm not fond of 20th Century Boys or Pluto.


It has better pacing than the anime imo.
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Overrated:

Fairy Tail
The Breaker: New Waves
Slam Dunk (It's good but the rating is just 2 high)
Bakuman
Berserk
Angel Densetsu

Underrated:

Himizu
Dangu / Shaman Warrior (EPIC, not fully translated though )
Harukana Machi-E (beautiful story)
Sekitou Elergy (This is hilarious)
Homunculus (This is just awesome psychological stuff, so I don't get why people think it's overrated)
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underrated mostly all yuri manga except Girlfriends got it's praise though, not overrated.
 
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Overrated:

Suzuka
Hellsing

Underrated:

Sundome
 
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Underrated:
The Ravages of Time
Eden: It's an Endless World!
Dorohedoro

Overrated:
Highschool of the Dead
Freezing
Fairy Tail
Gantz
Eden no Ori
 
Dec 2, 2013 11:37 AM
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Overrated: the big 3 (We all know which ones)

Underrated:
Deus Ex Machina
*Two reasons why this so under the radar. One, the name itself is confusing. If you don't know what I mean, Google the name and you'll get everything else but the manga unless you add "manga" aftewards. Secondly if the fact a chapter is released every few months if we're lucky. Don't get me wrong, its a very good manga (22 chapters currently) with a strong female character, a mech for a partner and à touch of the "old west" influence.

 
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One Punch Man is fucking overrated, its disgusting. I really don't know how people can enjoy that shit.
 
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Overrated: the big 3 (We all know which ones)

You mean all 3?
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Underrated:
Deus Ex Machina
*Two reasons why this so under the radar. One, the name itself is confusing. If you don't know what I mean, Google the name and you'll get everything else but the manga unless you add "manga" aftewards. Secondly if the fact a chapter is released every few months if we're lucky. Don't get me wrong, its a very good manga (22 chapters currently) with a strong female character, a mech for a partner and à touch of the "old west" influence.

Neh what's wrong with the female protagonist? She is unbearable.
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Drugzy said:
Underrated:
The Ravages of Time
Eden: It's an Endless World!
Dorohedoro

Overrated:
Highschool of the Dead
Freezing
Fairy Tail
Gantz
Eden no Ori


Freezing ... Really?!



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Akame Ga Kiru is very underrated, check it out m/


Akame ga kiru is ranked at #109 on MAL. As I explained before, it can't be underrated if it's placed that high.
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Freezing ... Really?!

Yep, I know it is a biased opinion but Freezing really pissed me off and I don't understand how people like it.
 
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One Punch Man is fucking overrated, its disgusting. I really don't know how people can enjoy that shit.

Disgusting? how?
 
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Masamune-kun no Revenge is underrated.
 
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Drugzy said:
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Freezing ... Really?!

Yep, I know it is a biased opinion but Freezing really pissed me off and I don't understand how people like it.


Actually. I misread your post. I thought you posted freezing on underrated section.

I totally agree with you actually. I thought it sucked, without a coherent plot line and solely win its fan base on fan-service.

And... the characters are bland as well.
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NeoAnkara said:
Masamune-kun no Revenge is underrated.


being ranked #1604 after only 8 chapters is actually no small feat. You can't expect a lot of people to give it high ranks only after a few chapters. Users usually reserve scores until it is apparent something is excellent/bad.
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Objectively the most overrated manga is Dorohedoro. Why? Because the score would be 0.06 lower were it not for this one score manipulator. Meaning it would be ranked about 65th instead of 42nd.

If that doesn't make something overrated, I don't know what does.
Weekly light novel release list (data back to 20th October 2014)
Monthly light novel sales rankings (Jan 2015 onwards)
Best selling Light Novel volumes of the year/all time*.
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Objectively the most overrated manga is Dorohedoro. Why? Because the score would be 0.06 lower were it not for this one score manipulator. Meaning it would be ranked about 65th instead of 42nd.

If that doesn't make something overrated, I don't know what does.


Do you mean that all the accounts you posted are from one person?

If not I don't see how the score is manipulated?
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bunny_lover said:
kuuderes_shadow said:
Objectively the most overrated manga is Dorohedoro. Why? Because the score would be 0.06 lower were it not for this one score manipulator. Meaning it would be ranked about 65th instead of 42nd.

If that doesn't make something overrated, I don't know what does.


Do you mean that all the accounts you posted are from one person?

If not I don't see how the score is manipulated?


Either one person or a single, small, organised group of people working in unison in a deliberate attempt to manipulate stats.

Every single one of those accounts has:
20 or fewer manga on their list (usually either one or four)
Dorohedoro as one of them, with between 110 and 123 chapters marked as read and a score of 9 or 10
Every series given a score but no scores on the list between 4 and 7, with 3s and 8s being extremely rare. And any series in their list will either always be given a score of 1-3 on every account or a score of 8-10 on every account.
No plan to watch or plan to read list.
No forum posts or comments
No "about me" section
No manga favourites from outside a group of just 6 series
If they have any manga favourites then it will include Dorohedoro (this one has one exception from the entire list).
Usually between 20 and 40 anime on their list, usually from the same 60 or so series (this latter figure is a guesstimate)
All are accounts created within the last 6 months (plus a couple of days), and all set their reading figure for Dorohedoro within a week and have not changed it since.
Older ones of the accounts that have logged back in almost always have done so to add Pandora Hearts to their reading list and manga favourites.
No more than one anime favourite from outside a group of just 7 series.
If they have any anime favourites then it will include at least one of the Higurashi series and usually Angel Beats as well. Except for a small handful that feature only Pico x CoCo x Chico instead
Favourite characters list which usually includes most of the following:
Nico Robin
Kousaka Kirino
Ryuuguu Rena
Furude Rika
Light Yagami

Saber, Hanyuu, Otonashi Yuzuru and Lelouch Lamperouge show up a lot as well, and there are quite a few that have all 9 of these characters on their favourites list, as well as the group making up almost half the favourites of CoCo out of all users on the entire site.

And there are 123 of them.
Weekly light novel release list (data back to 20th October 2014)
Monthly light novel sales rankings (Jan 2015 onwards)
Best selling Light Novel volumes of the year/all time*.
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bunny_lover said:
NeoAnkara said:
Masamune-kun no Revenge is underrated.


being ranked #1604 after only 8 chapters is actually no small feat. You can't expect a lot of people to give it high ranks only after a few chapters. Users usually reserve scores until it is apparent something is excellent/bad.
As of now it is 9.5 chapter that's out. Leaving that aside it still under 1500 mark so I still feel it underrated.
 
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80% of all Josei manga
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Overrated

Noblesse- Typical shounen battle manga but with some of the worst plot movement ever. Then the fact it pussy foots around the obvious Yaoi vibes. Yaoi should be a tag cause no straight man should be that dedicated to the MC. EVER. Even if the MC is the "master" of his race. With that said its good just not great like some people want it to be. Love the humor and Rai is quite interesting. Should of only been 150-200 chapters though.

Kuroko no Basket- Loved the first 30 chapters. Then it got into a cycle of power ups, training, foes catching up to that power up, then build up the next power up. Yaaawnnn!!!!. Then last but not least the cliche and annoying commentating by audience characters. Cheap way of explaining things. With that said, the 6th man of the Miracle Team is a good MC.

Berserk- Yes the drawings are great, yes the first 50 chapters are a masterpiece. Notice how I said the first 50. Then it becomes a shounen battle manga disguised with mature themes.
 
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