2018 Manga List Part 3
We finally reached the last part of my 2018 manga list. To be honest, I thought I was reading more but I guess I was not. I’ve read a lot and completed a bunch of them already. As always, looking forward to any recommendations that are in line with what I am currently reading. I could use a couple of more reading materials to pad my time. 🙂
With that said, on with the show.
Shokugeki no Soma
Shokugeki no Soma is a Japanese manga written by Yuto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. This manga has been adapted into an anime and is in its’ 3rd season. The manga follows Yukihira Soma, who used to work with his dad at a diner. His dad went on a trip and closes down the diner. Soma in the meanwhile is sent to a prestigious culinary school to broaden his cooking horizon.
Even if this manga makes me hungry all the time, its’ core is a shonen battle manga. Designing a battle manga with a niche topic is quite difficult. Bakuman was the only manga I’ve seen it accomplish well. Shokugeki manages to execute it as well while maintaining its’ own distinct sense.
Goblin Slayer is a Japanese dark fantasy light novel written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatuki. The manga is about a beginner priestess who went to complete a mission but the party was annihilated. She was the only survivor thanks to a silver ranking solo adventurer called the Goblin Slayer.
Just off the first chapter, you knew this was going to be serious and it was. It has such an impact that it set the tone for the rest of the manga. There is no light-hearted fanfare here, no cute fairies or bishonen male characters. It was all dirty, grimy, and full of violence. It reminds me of Berserk in most aspects.
If you’re not into realistic fantasy violence, you might not have the stomach for this one.
Haikyu!! is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. The story is about Karasuno High School volleyball team. They were once a renowned team a couple of years ago but fell off. Now armed with a bunch of new, talented recruits. They set off to get back to the Nationals.
If you’ve ever read or watched Prince Of Tennis, this manga is for you. Teamwork, self-sacrifice, cool moves – everything you can ask for a sports manga. The characters are boring by themselves but as a collective, they make this manga what it is.
Boku no Hero Academia
My Hero Academia is a comedy adventure manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. The manga is about Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers in a world where they are the norm. He was scouted by the world’s greatest hero, All Might, who transfers most of his powers to Midoriya. All Might hopes to raise another great hero who will take the mantle from All Might.
For those who have not read this manga, they are sleeping on this one. Academia is one of the most balanced manga out there. The characters are distinct and interesting. The action is top notch exhilarating. Even though Midoriya has the power of the greatest hero in the world, he can’t fully utilize it as he is still a kid.
Put this one on your reading list as well and enjoy.
Overall, that is what I am actively reading. There might some that pop-up eventually and I’ll remember to check back and read it (aka Witch Hunter) but these are the ones I’m really actively following. Maybe I’ll find a hidden gem that is under the radar in one of my searches.
Keep on reading and supporting the manga world.