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I want to be able to read a Japanese manga (you know the ones that are huge like a book like an 8X10 size) in color that's not pornographic and easy to understand. I picked up a couple of mangas in Japan, but they were awfully hard to understand. I can read Japanese pretty well, but I remember how frustrated I was trying to read a manga. Maybe the ones in furigana might be better. I'm also female and don't like mangas with too much action either. I like them to be cute, funny, interesting, and simple. Are there such mangas like that - that anyone can recommend me here? Again, it has to be in Japanese.

Also if anyone you can recommend a website where I can find nice ones. I've order two "Crayon Shin-Chan" mangas yesterday from a website. I haven't found any others that are as good as that site.

I appreciate any help you all can give me here!🙂
 

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Originally posted by Atsukan
I want to be able to read a Japanese manga (you know the ones that are huge like a book like an 8X10 size) in color that's not pornographic and easy to understand. I picked up a couple of mangas in Japan, but they were awfully hard to understand. I can read Japanese pretty well, but I remember how frustrated I was trying to read a manga. Maybe the ones in furigana might be better. I'm also female and don't like mangas with too much action either. I like them to be cute, funny, interesting, and simple. Are there such mangas like that - that anyone can recommend me here? Again, it has to be in Japanese.

Also if anyone you can recommend a website where I can find nice ones. I've order two "Crayon Shin-Chan" mangas yesterday from a website. I haven't found any others that are as good as that site.

I appreciate any help you all can give me here!🙂

... try ranma 1/2. the kanji has hiragana beside it... amusing as well.
 

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Originally posted by Atsukan
And you're sure it's girl friendly? 😊

I think so. Rumiko Takahashi had some of the most populour shows aimed at a younger audiences in japan. Show ran for 10 years! Not to mention all the other successful series she created.
 

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I am no expert on Japanese manga...yet ^^

But if you are looking for several titles that might appeal to girls and are non-action, there are tons of romantic like ones for you to pick from.

Some of my favs are: Peach Girl, Mars, and Marmalade Boy.

They are mostly targeted for teenage girls and are full of mushy romantic stuff. But I think you will like them. ^_^

Hope that helped somewhat.🙂
 

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yeah, them shojo comics would probably be attractive for girls....although there are some boys' comics that aren't violent.....just is a matter of who's doing the artwork and the particular manga it came from.... :p

you may also like Matsumoto Reiji's stuff, famed for the Galaxy Express 999, Queen Emeraldus, Captain Harlock and Space Battleship Yamato (yes, they are SF based, but they did have universal themes that were popular for j-folks of any gender.... )
 

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If you're looking for girl-friendly type of manga, I recommend:

Fruits Basket
Hana Yori Dango
Kare Kano
Chobits

Only Kare Kano has been translated though, and Hana Yori Dango will be soon.
 

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Originally posted by Shinmeiryu
...Only Kare Kano has been translated though, and Hana Yori Dango will be soon.

chobits is too, or at least the 1st part of it. they have graphic novels 1-3 at my local video/book/music store. there could be more available but id have to ask.
 

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Thank you for your replies and for taking your time to help me! I'm going to print this page out and look into what you've recommended me! 😄

Ok, one more question here. When I read a manga, how do I read it, direction wise? From right to left? Up to down? Up to down going right? Right to left going sideways? You see, I got a Japanese manga and I'm no pro-reader in Japanese so that's why I can't figure it out myself.
:mad:
 

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Ok, I've just order a copy of Japanese Snoopy and part 1 and 2 of "What's Michael?"

I saw the anime "Love Hina #5" today and loved it! There are mangas for that, right?

Oh, and when anyone gets a chance, please tell me how to read a manga direction wise.

kansya kansya! 🙂
 

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here i scanned this from the back of one of my GTO mangas, it should do it for ya ;)
 

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jarod_007

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Well, I'm usually up to date with these things. I think if anything, you should read the following mangas.

GALS!
Ultra Maniac
Neringu Project
Ichigo 100%
Ashita no Nadja
Full Moon wo Sagashite
Rizelmine
Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsuna Koto
Hiyoko Brand

and I would highly recommend
Pretty Face
Jungle Wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu.

However, it will be VERY hard to find manga in COLOUR. The only mangas you can purchase or find in colour are the OVA series and movie series. For example, the normal series for Dragonball Z in manga form is in Black and White while the OVA/Movie series is in Full Colour. Same goes for Dr. Slump. (Actually, i think Dr. Slump has always been in colour... or maybe just the re-releases).

Alternatively, you can get scanlations online and read the english versions.
 
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yeah Dr. slump is in black and white, you can get it at toriyama world. i too am vigorously looking for furigana manga, ive been watching fansubs for 3 years and ive been learning japanese for 2 years, and ive been learning kanji for 1 month, so getting some furigana manga would really help me out. however i dont care about color. i have seen 3 episodes of mahou tsukai ni taisetsu na koto anime and it's really girl friendly, its is a shoujo manga, and hale nochi guu is a funny neutral anime.


oh yeah, chobits and fruits basket, are also very very good,

to tell you the truth, ive never actually read a manga. ive just seen a lot of fansubs, so if i liked the anime that means that the fansubs is just as good or better. i have seen one episode of fruits basket and it looks like a good shoujo anime.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, Crayon Shinchan is quite easy and has furigana. And it's also hilarious:D
 
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