You may know Kafi from the Southwest Regional Library circulation desk, but did you know that she’s a Manga fanatic? It’s true! Kafi decided to go one step further and give us her list of all time favorite comics (many of which had new issues in 2012).
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(The titles in bold are teen titles and that mean they might not be appropriate for everyone.)
10. Hikaru no Go by Hotta, Yumi – I don’t always like sports and competition comics, but this one is easy to get into. It’s about a young boy named Hikaru who meets a spirit who in a paste era was a master champion of the strategy game known in Japan as Go. Hikaru agrees to let this friendly ghost possess his body so that they can play go together.
8. Skip Beat! By Nakamura, Yoshiki – Although I dont’ usually read comics aimed only at girls, this comic is hilarious! It’s about a young woman who moves to the city to help her boyfriend as he makes his way to stardom. But when he makes it big, he dumps her! She decides to take her ultimate revenge by becoming even more famous than he is. It’s a barrel of laughs reading about her as she tries to achieve this goal.
7. Goong by Park, So-hee – Just as I was saying that I don’t read girly comics, I have to admit that I love this one. It was my first Korean comic. Korea has not had a monarchy for a very long time. What this author does is imagine what it would be like if Korea still had a royal family today and how the situation would play out if the prince had to marry a regular girl. It’s lots of fun and lots of drama and also provides a little peek into Korean culture and history.
6. Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson – I used to read this comicstrip a long time ago, and I recently rediscovered it. It’s classic! Calvin explores the world, goes on mini adventures, and expresses his opinion with his stuffed tiger, Hobbes, who comes to life in Calvin’s imagination. it’s old school awesome.
5. Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami, Kanata – This is another comicstrip series made by a Japanese author. It’s about a Japanese family who decides to take in a lost kitten they’ve found, even though their apartment complex doesn’t allow pets. A lot of the story is told from the kitten’s point of view, as the cat and the family figure out how to live together and keep it a secret.
4. Yotsuba&! By Azuma, Kiyohiko – Yotsuba is simply hilarious. She is a five year old little girl who is cluless about everything from how swings work to what happens when she rings a doorbell. She’s just moved with her dad to a new neighborhood, and with the help of her new friends, she enjoys the little things in life and figures out how they work.
3. Justice League Comics by various authors – I like Marvel comics, too, but nothing beats the Justice League! Any Justice League comic or film as well as any comic or film aout a member of the Justice League (particularly Batman) is a good one to me. The fact that different people come up with the stories and draw the characters is good too because it shows different people’s views of the characters and different art styles. You’re never too young or too old for some good old fashioned super hero action!
2. Bleach by Kubo, Tite – This was one of my all time favorite comics for a very long time! It’s about a boy named Ichigo who can see spirits.One day he comes in contact with a shinigami, a grim reaper, who helps spirits pass on into the next world and protects humans from harmful spirits. During a battle, the shinigami accidentally transfers her powers to Ichigo! He has to figure out how to do a shingami’s job and still get to class on time and do homework. It’s super imaginitive and has a lot of male and female characters.
1. Nodame Cantabile by Ninomiya, Tomoko – Last but not least, my favorite of 2012 is this comic about a young woman named Nodame who is attending a music school. She is silly and clueless about the world, but really talented on the piano. The problem is that she doesn’t know what to do with that talent, and is leaning towards being a kindergarten teacher, a job everyone agrees she would probably be bad at. She and her friends explore the music world and have fun as they figure out what they want to do. This comic is so silly and funny! Movies and even video games have been based on it. Even though it was hard for me to believe that a comic about music could be fun since you can’t hear the music when you’re reading, I was completely surprised by how good the story is. It’s definitely worth a try, even if you have absolutely no interest in music.