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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Good Manga:

Most good manga is pretty obvious.  Whatever good anime adaptions of manga we have, those are about as good as the manga are as well.  However, there are a few exceptions in how good manga is compared to their anime adaptions -- that's when a manga isn't adapted right by the anime.  In that case, the manga can actually be much better than the anime adaption rankings would have you believe.  In that case, it might be useful to draw up a list of top ranking manga from a value added perspective compared to their anime adaptions.  In other words, the worth of manga above and beyond what the anime has already adapted, what additional good content you could get from reading the manga after watching the anime, which of course requires that the content be translated, or it's no use to us at all.

From that perspective, series like Cross Game and Dragon Ball, whose manga has already been fully and perfectly adapted into anime, have zero manga worth at all.  So what manga do have worth from this revolutionary viewpoint?  Translated manga that hasn't been properly adapted by any anime.  Or in other words, what should people be reading after they finish watching the top 200 anime, in what order of priority?

How to read these rankings:  rank -- franchise name -- author's name -- release timeline -- + indicates it is still in production, no + means there are no announced sequels to the franchise -- unique standout feature -- * means the manga is finished, no * means the manga isn't finished yet.  $ means fully translated into English, no $ means not fully translated into English.

1.  Negima/UQ Holder (Ken Akamatsu) (2003-2018+) (Classroom Harem/Immortals) $
2.  Freezing (Im Dal Young) (2007-2018+) (Pandoras) $
3.  Saki (Ritz Kobayashi) (2006-2018+) (Yuri + Mahjong) $
4.  Akame ga Kill! (Takahiro) (2010-2018+) (Assassins) $
5.  Berserk (Miura Kentarou) (1989-2018+) (Medieval Historical Fantasy) $
6.  Akatsuki no Yona (Mizuho Kusanagi) (2009-2018+) (Oriental Historical Fantasy)  $
7.  I"s (Masakazu Katsura) (1997-1999) (Girls whose names start with 'I') * $
8.  To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (Kazuma Kamachi) (2007-2018+) (Sci-fi setting) $
9.  Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (Masaki Tsuzuki) (2005-2018+) (Magical Girls + Battle)
10.  Fairy Tail (Hiro Mashima) (2006-2018+) (Mages) $
11.  Bleach (Tite Kubo) (2001-2016) (Shinigami) * $
12.  Claymore (Norihiro Yagi) (2001-2014) (Teamwork) * $
13.  Zettai Karen Children (Takashi Shiina) (2005-2018+) (Psychics)
14.  Angel Beats (Jun Maeda) (2010-2018+) (The Afterlife) 
15.  Hayate no Gotoku (Kenjiro Hata) (2004-2017) (Butler Comedy) * $
16.  Ranma 1/2 (Rumiko Takahashi) (1987-1996) (Martial Arts Mayhem) * $
17.  The World God Only Knows (Tamiki Wakaki) (2008-2014) (Gaming girls via Knowledge of Girl Games) * $
18.  Eden's Zero (Hiro Mashima) (2018+) (Very reminiscent of Fairy Tail) $
19.  H2 (Mitsuru Adachi) (1992-1999) (Unexpected Good Fortune awaits those who Keep Plugging) * $
20.  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (Izumi Tsubaki) (2011-2018+) (Funny Matchmaking) $
21.  Btooom! (Junya Inoue) (2009-2018) (Survival Game/Battle Royale) *
22.  To Love-ru (Saki Hasemi) (2006-2017) (Ecchi Perfected) * $
23.  Full Moon O Sagashite (Arina Tanemura) (2002-2004) (Widowhood) * $
24.  Vinland Saga (Makoto Yukimura) (2005-2018+) (Vikings) $
25.  Strobe Edge (Io Sakisaka) (2007-2015) (Duty versus Passion) * $
26.  History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi (Syun Matsuena) (2002-2014) (Martial Arts) * $
27.  Flame of Recca (Nobuyuki Anzai) (1995-2002) (Magic items + Battle) * $
28.  Futari Ecchi (Aki Katsu) (1997-2018+) (Sex)
29.  MIX (Mitsuru Adachi) (2012-2018+) (Stepfamily)
30.  Miyuki (Mitsuru Adachi) (1980-1984) (Idyllic '80's) * $
31.  Rurouni Kenshin (Nobuhiro Watsuki) (1994-2018+) (1800's Japan)
32.  Sora no Otoshimono (Suu Minazuki) (2007-2014) (Girls who fall from the Sky) * $
33.  Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare (Io Sakisaka) (2015-2018+) (Love Square) $
34.  Broken Blade (Yunosuke Yoshinaga) (2007-2018+) (Quartz Mecha Combat)
35.  Kimi ni Todoke (Karuho Shiina) (2005-2017) (Classical Romance) *
36.  Kodomo no Jikan (Kaworu Watashiya) (2005-2013) (Pedophilia) * $
37.  Mujaki no Rakuen (Uran) (2013-2018) (Loli porn) * $
38.  Bastard! (Kazushi Hagiwara) (1988-2011) (Sardonic Fantasy) $
39.  Shingeki no Kyojin (Hajime Isayama) (2009-2018+) (Titans) $
40.  New Game (Shoutarou Tokunou) (2014-2018+) (Cute Game Developers) $
41.  Soul Eater (Atsushi Ookubo) (2004-2014) (Madness) * $
42.  Rosario Vampire (Akihisa Ikeda) (2004-2014) (Monsters) * $
43.  Ao Haru Ride (Io Sakisaka) (2011-2015) (Exes Who Get Back Together) * $
44.  Kiwaguro no Brynhildr (Lynn Okamoto) (2012-2016) (Miracle of Everyday Living) * $
45.  Mikakunin de Shinkoukei (Cherry Arai) (2009-2018+) (Arranged Marriage)
46.  Joukamachi no Dandelion (Ayumu Kasuga) (2012-2018+) (Big families)
47.  Guyver (Yoshiki Takaya) (1985-2018+) (Genetic Engineering)
48.  Prince of Tennis (Takeshi Konomi) (1999-2018+) (Tennis)
49.  Fate/Kaleid Liner (Hiroshi Hiroyama) (2007-2018+) (Yuri + Loli + Comedy + Battle) $
50.  K-On! (Kakifly) (2007-2018+) (Friendship) $
51.  High School of the Dead (Satou Daisuke) (2006-2013) (Zombie Apocalypse) * $
52.  Chihayafuru (Yuki Suetsugu) (2007-2018+) (Karuta) $
53.  Slow Step (Mitsuru Adachi) (1986-1991) (Leading Two Lives) * $
54.  Ad Astra Per Aspera (Hata Kenjirou) (2015-2016) (Sci Fi + Comedy) * $
55.  Junai Sensation (Miyuki Obayashi) (2008-2009) (Love, Life, Self) *
56.  Sakura Zensen (Miyuki Obayashi) (2006-2007) (Relationships past and present) *
57.  Binbou Shimai Monogatari (Izumi Kazuto) (2004-2006) (Two is All You Need) * $
58.  Aishteruze Baby (Youko Maki) (2002-2005) (Child Abuse) * $
59.  Hikaru no Go (Yumi Hotta) (1998-2003) (Go) * $
60.  Sakura Trick (Tachi) (2011-2017) (Lesbianism) *
61.  RG Veda (Clamp) (1989-1996) (Gods doing Battle) * $
62.  Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa (Hayao Miyazaki) (1982-1994) (Pollution) * $
63.  Alien Nine (Hitoshi Tomizawa) (1998-2018) (Crybabies) *
64.  Nichijou (Keiichi Arawi) (2006-2015) (Zaniness Ensues) * $
65.  Yuru Yuri (Namori) (2008-2018+) (Ultimate Yuri) $
66.  Kiniro Mosaic (Yui Hara) (2010-2018+) (Cute Girls)
67.  Shinryaku! Ika Musume (Masahiro Anbe) (2007-2016) (Squid Invasion) * $
68.  Kyoukai no Rinne (Rumiko Takahashi) (2009-2017) (Shinigami Poverty Comedy) *
69.  Dimension W (Yuji Iwahara) (2011-2018+) (Odd Couple)
70.  Touch (Mitsuru Adachi) (1981-1986) (Effort Leads to Success) * $
71.  Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Kei Sanbe) (2012-2016) (Childhood + Murder Mystery) * $
72.  Hunter x Hunter (Togashi Yoshihiro) (1998-2018+) (Hunters) $
73.  Lucky Star (Kagami Yoshimizu) (2003-2018+) (Well Balanced Group of Friends)
74. Q and A (Mitsuru Adachi) (2009-2012) (Ghosts) * $
75.  Card Captor Sakura (Clamp) (1996-2018+) (Dressup)

What, specifically, are the value added portions of these manga?  What should I do after watching the anime of these series? (if they even have one):

1.  Negima:  Read the whole thing from the beginning to the end, the same with UQ Holder, the anime is worthless and best ignored.

2.  Freezing: Ditto.  But also read the manga spinoffs: Freezing Zero/Pair Love Stories/First Chronicle/Freezing Omake.

3.  Saki:  Start reading from chapter 102.  But also read the spinoff manga:  Toki, Shinohayu, Biyori and Otona no Maki.

4.  Akame ga Kill!:  Start reading the mainline manga at chapter 39.  But also read the spinoff manga: Akame ga Kill! Zero.

5.  Berserk: Read the whole thing from the beginning to the end.  Not only is the anime unreliable, the art of the Berserk manga is something the anime can never match, it's a world treasure you just have to see for yourself.

6.  Akatsuki no Yona:  Start reading from chapter 48.

7.  I"s: Read the whole thing from the beginning to the end.  The anime is worthless and best ignored.

8.  Railgun:  Start reading from chapter 40.  But also read the spinoff manga:  Accelerator and Astral Body.

9.  Nanoha:  Read A's, StrikerS, Reflection and Force in full.  Start reading Vivid from chapter 32.

10.  Fairy Tail:  Read Blue Mistral, Ice Trail, Gaiden and Fairy Girls in full.  Start reading the main series from chapter 420.

11.  Bleach:  Start reading from chapter 480.

12.  Claymore:  Start reading from chapter 57.

13.  Zettai Karen Children:  Read the whole thing from the beginning to the end.  The anime is good but it distorts things too much, you just have to start over.

14.  Angel Beats:  Read the whole thing (Heaven's Door).

15.  Hayate no Gotoku:  http://diamed-the-road-less-traveled.blogspot.com/2017/10/hayate-fillercontinuity-guide.html

16.  Ranma 1/2:  http://diamed-the-road-less-traveled.blogspot.com/2014/05/why-ranma-12-never-got-remake.html

17.  The World God Only Knows:  Start reading from chapter 42.

18.  Eden's Zero: Start reading from the beginning.  There is no anime.

19.  H2:  Start reading from chapter 70.

20.  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun:  Start reading from chapter 29.

21.  Btooom!:  Start reading from chapter 51.

22.  To Love-ru:  Read the whole thing from the beginning to the end.  Not only is the anime full of filler, but more importantly the art of the manga is in a different dimension from the lousy Xebec animators.  This isn't something you can miss out on.

23.  Full Moon O Sagashite:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  The anime is almost entirely filler.

24.  Vinland Saga:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  There is no anime.  (Though it has been announced so there will be one eventually.)

25.  Strobe Edge:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  There is no anime.

26.  History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi:  Start reading from chapter 198.

27.  Flame of Recca:  Start reading from chapter 142.

28.  Futari Ecchi:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  And the spinoff manga For Ladies.  The anime is meaninglessly short.

29.  MIX:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  There is no anime.

30.  Miyuki:  Start reading from chapter 56.

31.  Rurouni Kenshin:  Start reading from chapter 152.  Also read the Hokkaido spinoff manga.

32.  Sora no Otoshimono:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  The anime has too much filler/abridgement to ever be trusted.

33.  Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  There is no anime.

34.  Broken Blade:  Start reading from chapter 51.

35.  Kimi ni Todoke:  Start reading from chapter 44.

36.  Kodomo no Jikan:  Start reading from chapter 28.  The anime works well enough until then.

37.  Mujaki no Rakuen:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  Then be sure to read the spinoff work called 'parallel.' The anime is worthless.

38.  Bastard!:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  The anime has too much filler/abridgement and it's too short.

39.  Shingeki no Kyojin:  First wait for season 3 of the anime to come out.  Then once it's done I suspect start reading from chapter 91.

40.  New Game:  Read volumes 5 and 7+.

41.  Soul Eater:  Start reading from chapter 40.

42.  Rosario Vampire:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  The anime distorts things too much.

43.  Ao Haru Ride:  Start reading from chapter 16.

44.  Kiwaguro no Brynhildr:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  The anime has too much filler/abridgement.

45.  Mikakunin de Shinkoukei:  Start reading from volume 5 chapter 6.

46.  Joukamachi no Dandelion:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  The anime has too much filler and can't be trusted.

47.  Guyver:  Start reading from chapter 60.

48.  Prince of Tennis:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  The anime has too much filler and can't be trusted.

49.  Fate/Kaleid Liner:  Start reading from 3rei chapter 40.

50.  K-On!:  Start reading from chapter 46.  Then read K-On! Shuffle.

51.  High School of the Dead:  Start reading from chapter 16.

52.  Chihayafuru:  Start reading from chapter 93.  (though the release of season 3 will change this number that's still a long time from now.)

53.  Slow Step:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  The anime has too much filler/abridgement.

54.  Ad Astra Per Aspera:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  There is no anime.

55.  Junai Sensation:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  There is no anime.

56.  Sakura Zensen:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  There is no anime.

57.  Bimbou Shimai Monogatari:  Start reading from chapter 27.

58.  Aisheteruze Baby:  It's a short manga so just read the whole thing, the anime distorts too much.

59.  Hikaru no Go:  Start reading from chapter 173.

60.  Sakura Trick:  Start reading from volume 3 chapter 9.

61.  RG Veda:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  The anime can't be trusted.

62.  Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa:  Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  The anime can't be trusted.

63.  Alien Nine:  Start reading from chapter 15.  Then the emulators spinoff.  Then Alien 9 Next.

64.  Nichijou:  Start reading from chapter 101.

65.  Yuru Yuri:  Start reading from chapter 99.

66. Kiniro Mosaic:  Start reading from volume 6.

67.  Shinryaku! Ika Musume:  Start reading from chapter 282.  You could be more thorough but who would want to?

68.  Kyoukai no Rinne:  Some chapters are covered, some aren't, in an entirely haphazard way.  The last volume of the manga partially covered by the anime is #34.  So there would be some purpose in reading volumes 35-40, but of course none of those are translated into English.

69.  Dimension W:  Read chapters 11-15.

70.  Touch:  Start reading from chapter 243.

71.  Boku dake ga inai Machi:  Read the Gaiden spinoff manga.

72.  Hunter x Hunter:  Start reading from chapter 339.

73.  Lucky Star:  Fansubs beyond the anime start at chapter 238.  Commercial English release covers the first eight volumes if you want to plunk down some cash though.

74.  Q and A: Read the whole thing from beginning to end.  There is no anime.

75.  Card Captor Sakura:  Start reading with Clear Card-hen chapter 24 (last few panels deviate from the anime), then on to chapter 25+ as they become available.

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