“Manga?” I rolled my eyes. “You’ve got to be kidding me.” Out of all the places we could have been in the bookstore, we’d ended up here?
My sister’s eyes widened and she shook her head.
“What?” I started to say. “It’s true. Manga is ridiculous.” I stopped when my brother gestured down the aisle. Five feet away a young lady was studying the manga on the shelves. I shut my mouth and got out of there as fast as I could.
“Well, that was embarrassing.” My brother said. He smiled and shook his head.
“You should have told me,” I whispered as we made our way out of the store.
My sister patted me on the shoulder. “We tried.”
This was me two years ago. I had never tried reading a manga or watching any anime. The only things that came to mind when I thought of them were half-dressed and overly muscled cartoon characters.
Right after this incident my siblings sat me down and forced me to watch an anime called Attack on Titan. By forced, I mean made me watch the first episode and then watched in shock as I powered through five more on my own.
I was hooked. The story was amazing! The characters even appeared normal, no crazy muscles or lack of clothing here. The speculative lover in me was thrilled. Here were worlds unexplored!
Since then I’ve watched quite a few anime and even added some manga to my bookshelves.
This week I thought I’d share some of my favorite anime. If you, like me, are hesitant to jump in this might interest you. Are there manga and anime that fit the lack of clothes and too much muscle description? Yes. But there are also some amazing ones out there that you won’t want to miss. 🙂
1.) Attack on Titan
What happens when the walls you’ve been hiding behind for hundreds of years are destroyed? A young boy named Eren finds out when the monsters, called Titans, break through and destroy his hometown. Left an orphan, Eren waits for the time when he can join the Survey Corps to fight for freedom and the people he’s lost.
2.) Yona of the Dawn
A young, spoiled princess loses everything and everyone when her childhood friend betrays her family. Now she’s on the run with her bodyguard Hak. Together they’ll search for the four dragons of legend, the only ones who might be able to help her take back her kingdom.
3.) Library War
What if books were considered dangerous by the government? What if the only thing keeping the government from seizing books from the people was a special library task force? This is the world that Kasahara Iku lives in.
4.) Snow White with the Red Hair
Shirayuki works as an herbalist in her hometown. Forced to flee from the unwanted attentions of a spoiled prince, she ends up in a different country under the protection of her new friend Zen. This story gives a unique twist to the old Snow White tale.
Hopefully this will be enough to get your feet wet. 🙂
Do you already watch anime? Do you have any favorites? Feel free to share in the comments.