Manga: My Top 5 Must-Reads


I’ve grown up watching anime for as long as I can remember, with my very first being Cardcaptor Sakura and Digimon (still a huge fan of both series) but despite being the huge anime fan that I am, I have stubbornly refused to touch a manga till about 2 years ago. I  didn’t think a manga would be as entertaining as an anime since it’s literally pictures on a page as compared to moving images and sound effects. Plus, being an avid reader, my stubborn is  further reinforced by an elitist discrimination towards comics of any kind (not to say all bookworms are like that).

It was until I chanced upon Dengeki Daisy one day that I decided to give manga a try (also it was less obvious than watching an anime since I was having my internship at that time). Though I ended up dropping it, I truly enjoyed the experience. For the first few chapters at least. I was pretty surprised at how a manga is able to evoke so much intensity and emotions despite being just pictures being printed on a page. Then again, it’s the same with words in a novel. Lol. It was months later that I gave in to reading the manga of one of my favourite shoujo animes, Tonari no Kaibutsu. And omg…I was hooked. It was then that I’ve fell into this dark hole which I was doomed to never climb out of.

And so, here’s a list of my top 5 favourite mangas. May you fall into this hole just as I was.

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Manga – Hanayashiki no Juunintachi

Before my love for historical c-dramas is my love for anime which has expanded into the manga world. Since I’ve given c-dramas a break for now and moving on to mangas, thought I’d include blog posts here and there on mangas and anime that have me pinned to my bean bag as I struggle between taking a bath or moving on with the next chapter/episode.


Sakura Aki is a penniless high schooler who likes to cook and does other “unmanly” things. His grandfather and father are disciplinary on gender roles and beat up Aki everytime he does a thing that women would usually do, like cleaning. When his father leaves him absolutely broke, and with his grandfather realizing Aki’s “unmanly” flaws, he sends him to live at one of the dorms at an all girls’ school that he runs, a school where distinguished young ladies of the country attend, the Hanayashiki – Flower Estate-, to teach him a lesson. He meets Kitahiro Renge, a girl with un-ladylike manners and a meat loving obsession. An encounter that’s going to save Aki Sakura or just another problem in sight?!

Source: MangaPark

15 chapters

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