I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 18 months ago. It's always been a personal feature, but now I'm going to try turning it into a meme. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme would be a good way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.
The linky will be below my review.
Needed: Good Contemporary Manga Series
Shoujo Manga is filled with fantasy and paranormal series. Just like American teenagers, Japanese teenage girls seem to have an infatuation with vampires. Don't get me wrong, I like my vampires as much as the next girl. In fact, I probably like them even more (Edward Cullen...sigh; Jasper Hale...sigh; Adrian Ivashkov...sign; Christian Ozera...sigh; On the manga side: Zero...sigh).
Sometimes, though, I'm in the mood for something a little more realistic. But realistic manga series aren't that easy to find. That's not true exactly - good, realistic manga series are hard to find.
The only realistic series that I've read and really loved was Sand Chronicles by Hinako Asihara.
I loved the serious issues that the series dealt with, the depth of the characters, and the tragic, drama-filled romance of Ann and Daigo. It was a bit melodramatic but felt more real than any other series I've read. I want to read more like this one.
I just read the first volume of Sugar Princess by Hisaya Nakajo. It was cute and contemporary - although I find it hard to call a series where the main character executes a perfect double axle the first time she put on ice skates realistic.
I've also read the first volumes of:
Peach Girl - Miwa Ueda
Love*Com - Aya Nakahara
Oishinbo: Fish, Sushi, and Sashimi - Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
These were okay, but I didn't love any of them. Peach Girl and Love*Com both were in the silly/stupid realm to me. Oishinbo was decent, but not in the shoujo world that I like best.
So I am looking to you for advice:
What are some good contemporary fiction manga series? Even better if they are serious, not just a flighty romance and dumb jokes.
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