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Initial post: 5 Mar 2012 19:16:13 GMT
Kai says:
Hi I am looking for some manga to read nothing extremely long like naruto or one piece, something under 20 volumes would be preferred. I usually read shonen or seinen manga, almost never read shojo. I like reading deep stuff that makes you think. Thank you for your help!

Posted on 5 Mar 2012 20:00:31 GMT
D. says:
Urasawa's Monster is brilliant. But make sure you can get all volumes as some of the middle ones do sometimes go out of print for ages. Pluto is pretty awesome too. (As is 20th Century Boys, though that's not all published yet and will probably be 20-something volumes and then 21st Century Boys to conclude.)

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 16:26:40 GMT
Try Higurashi When they Cry Abducted by Demons arc (the first arc). It starts off as a typical harem slice of life manga but swiftly turns into one of the best horror manga ever! Its basically about this boy who moves to a village in the country called Hinamizawa and finds himself surrounded by 4 cute girls eager for his attention, however each one of these girls has a dark and mysterious past and the each year the Guardian deity of Hinamizawa seeks blood on the night of the Cotton Drifting!
Its not in the typical manga design going 1,2,3,4,5... but is split up into arcs, each arc resetting the storyline.
The arcs go:
Abducted by Demons (2 volumes), Cotton Drifting (2), Curse Killing (2), Time Killing (2), Beyond Midnight (2), Eye Opening (4), Atonement (3 so far) so basically there are 17 volumes at the moment. The 5th, 6th and plus arcs explain the first 4 arcs.

Probably written a bit too much but its my second favorite manga (after Bleach)!!

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 17:21:36 GMT
D.: Monster has been out of print for ages and a significant number of the volumes are ridiculously expensive.

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 22:34:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Mar 2012 22:42:43 GMT
I've just started BlackJack and it seems to be pretty good and the English release is 17 volumes:

Black Jack Volume One

You could go with Dorohedoro which is 5 volumes so far:

DOROHEDORO GN VOL 01 (MR) (C: 1-0-1)

I recommend to everyone who asks anyway:

'GTO: 14 Days in Shonan'

if you want to follow a current release but you might not like it.


but it's over 20 volumes.


but it's a loooooooooooooooong way from ever being finished yet (been going 20 years+) and it is currently 36 vols but it is one of the greatest Mangas of all time.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2012 22:50:27 GMT
D. says:
Which is why I recommended checking all volumes were available. I managed to find a complete collection on eBay after running into a couple of 100 quid + volumes a few years back, but was under the impression that a reprint was due. Or at least that was the rumour back then. It's certainly well worth keeping eyes peeled in case someone should decide to give up their collection.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2012 23:11:38 GMT
Cerberus says:
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Volume 1 (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind)

Miyazaki wrote and drew all 7 volumes and it's in my opinion the guys best work to date and puts the animated films to shame.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2012 14:39:23 GMT
Agreed, my issue was that while Viz may decide to reprint Monster, there's been no indication of it for ages. I'm mystified that they haven't started re-releasing them as 2-or-3-in-One omnibuses myself. I read the first volume years ago when the series was still in print (as far as I know), but while I thought it was excellent I was going through things that made me not want to read depressing stuff like that so I never picked up the rest (apart from a few random volumes from later in the series which I found for cheap). Oh well, at least they're reprinting Skip-Beat! and X/1999.

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 15:44:21 GMT
P L FRYER says:
I second the Pluto suggestion; it's about 7 volumes long, and it's awesome! It's a re-imagined Astro Boy story, but comes across as more like Bladerunner, very cool robot/detective story. I also recommend the original Battle Angel Alita series (not so much the sequel series, Last Order, which doesn't seem to know what it's doing as much), as that's about 9 volumes long, full of fights, blood, brains and ...philosophy? I guess? One of my favourite comics ever that, love it. Generally speaking the volumes are self contained too (from memory I think 3&4 and 7&8 tie together), so you could pretty quickly work out whether it's for you or not. Both those series tie up too, so you won't be reading them forever and ever and ever :D

I also read Nausicaa #1 recently, and yeah, it's amazing. :D

Posted on 25 Mar 2012 19:22:23 BDT
Nihilia says:
I would recommend Naruto,Fairy Tail (Fairy Tail v. funny but lots of chest related jokes) Blue Exorcist and D.Gray Man

Posted on 28 Mar 2012 13:59:28 BDT
Naley says:
Death Note. It's 12 volumes (plus the 'how to read' volume). Dark and thrilling.

Posted on 28 Mar 2012 16:57:35 BDT
Risa says:
I recommend bakuman, its still ongoing but there have only been 10 volumes released in English so far, its certainly something for manga lovers as the main character are mangakas !
Death note is another amazing series and it is short and is deep also both series are by the same author/artist duo too :P
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