I adore Manga and Anime.The art is stunning, the storylines are engrossing, and they are always fun (and slightly addictive) to read. I love Japanese culture...sigh...
So here's a list of my top ten favourites, accompanied by a little description of each, obtained and edited from the Anime News Network and One Manga
1. Death Note
Yagami Light is an ace student who one day discovers the "Death Note": a notebook from the realm of the Death Gods, with the power to kill people with only a name and face. With the Death Note in hand, Light decides to create his perfect world, without crime or criminals. However, when criminals start dropping dead one by one, the authorites send the legendary detective L to track down the killer, and a battle of wits, deception and logic ensues...
2. Howl's Moving Castle
A plain young girl's life is changed when an evil witch transforms her into an old woman. Sophie runs away in search of a cure, and along the way, Sophie encounters the moving castle owned by the dreaded wizard Howl. There she befriends Howl's apprentice Markl, Howl's fire demon Calcifer, and eventually, the beautiful Howl himself, who has his own terrible secrets...
In a world populated by ninjas with amazing powers, Naruto Uzumaki is a boy with dreams of becoming a great ninja himself. Little does Naruto know, an evil demon was placed inside him to protect his village...
4. Fruits Basket
The enigmatic Sohma family shares a great secret; its members are possessed by spirits of the Chinese Zodiac, which appear when they are hugged by a member of the opposite sex.
Tohru Honda, an orphaned high school freshman, is given lodging in the Sohma household in exchange for taking care of household chores, she discovers their secret, and but begins to fall in love...
Young Ash Ketchum sets out on a journey to befriend and train Pokemon - creatures of nature that possess amazing abilities.
6. Ouran High School Host Club
Haruhi, a female 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, dressed as a guy. It's there that she discovers just how different these boys are, and begins to fall in love...
7. One Piece
Seeking to be the greatest pirate in the world, young Monkey D. Luffy, endowed with stretching powers from the legendary "Gomu Gomu" Devil's fruit, travels towards the Grand Line in search of One Piece, the greatest treasure in the world.
Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but when he encounters Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki.While fighting an evil Hollow spirit, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family from Hollows; but Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits and, along with Rukia, it's Ichigo's job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves find peace.
9. Her Majesty's Dog
Amane Kamori is a powerful medium, able to control living creatures and things through the use of its real name. Her her guardian demon dog is Hyoue, who she powers up through kissing. Forbidden from revealing her identity, she and Hyoue move to Tokyo, where together, they work to help both the living and the dead.
Amane deals with jealous classmates who don't understand why the handsome Hyoue is so devoted to her, as well as with her own family attempting to force her to come home. The family attempts to break her bond with Hyoue. Hyoue hedevotes himself to his master, while struggling to hide the forbidden feelings he has for her.
In the future, personal computers have developped into "Persocons", mobile computers that look like human beings. Hideki Motosuwa, a prep school student, recovers an outdated Persocon, who can only say "Chii". Having much better performance, it soon becomes apparent that Chii may be a "Chobit", an advanced Persocon rumoured to have independent thought.
So that's it! There's my top ten. Ahhh...it brings back so many wonderful memories.
Q: Do you or have you, every read/watched manga/anime? If so, do you like it, and what are your favourites? (If you have any)