I’ve been trying to do something like this for years now. Because it’s March, I want to do something manga related, for the sake of using the phrase March Manga Madness. So, here we are! Today’s first March Manga Madness post is about my all-time favorite manga series. Here we go!
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya // Status: Complete
I’ll probably love this series forever. I love the art style. The development of the story is fluid and works so well. Fruits Basket follows a high schooler named Tohru Honda. She’s recently orphaned and trying to live on her own, but by the kindness of some not so stranger “strangers”, they welcome her into their home and she learns and grows fond of her new family, but also grows up along the way.
This series has “found family” features and a cast of good friends. However, there are some relationships that are introduced that have an age-gap, one where one of the partners is still in high school (but 18, if I remember correctly). Just wanted to point that out if it’s not your thing.
Blue Spring Ride by Io Sakisaka // Status: Complete
This manga is so cute! It’s a story of unrequited love gone wrong, but right at the same time…? I have no idea, but it’s cute. Futaba Yoshioka changes her image when she enters high school. She doesn’t want to come off as cute because she wants to have friends. All the while, she still thinks about that boy from middle school who never showed up to their meeting place. Lo and behold, he reappears, but he’s totally different than the boy she remembers. Why is he so mean?
Unfortunately, I don’t think Blue spring Ride is licensed in the U.S. I’ll be on the look out for licensing news.
Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate // Status: Ongoing
This one is going to be featured a few times in March Manga Madness. Shoyo Hinata wants to become the ace player for the Karasuno volleyball club. On the first day of high school he runs into a middle school nemesis (he only played home once, but still). Hinata is determined to get better and play in Tokyo at a National tournament.
Even though I’m not done with the manga, it’s still a favorite. I like the art style, but I also really appreciate the character development, particularly the first years – who get the most attention.
Be sure to give this series a shot if you like sports manga, ensemble cast, and humor.
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori // Status: Complete
Not my favorite series, but it is a series I definitely enjoyed reading. Haruhi Fujioka is forced to join the host club after she breaks an expensive vase. She’ll work for the most handsome boys in school to pay for it. This series makes a topsy-truvy on popular shojo manga tropes (sorta satire).
Are you a manga fan? Have you read any of the titles listed above? What are some of your favorite titles or genre?