Anime/Manga I Dropped

Since I have shared my favorite anime and manga I thought it only fair to show you ones that I have disliked or dropped. I find these videos or posts really interesting and sometimes helpful because sometimes when a series is very hyped and praised people will read or watch it based off of the positive reviews only. This is more of a problem when you are spending money on manga. I enjoy hearing why people did not like a particular series to give a different perspective! Also I am not saying all of these anime or manga are bad or even that I really disliked them. For most cases I just did not love it enough to spend money on it or continue watching.

Anime: My Hero Academia

Starting right with the big guns here… It is with a heavy heart that MHA is on this list considering it is the very first anime I watched (besides pokemon as a child) and what started my love for anime. I had always blindly assumed all anime was weird and cringy so once I watched MHA my mind was blown. I was getting bored of most tv shows by this point and this just opened me up to a whole new world.

I loved the first two seasons and thought season three was okay. I was hoping season four would bring back my love for the anime however I couldn’t make it through the first ten episodes.. I was so bored and found it so hard to even watch a 25 minute episode. I am not sure if i just didn’t care for the characters or expected more from the fights or many different things. I know the manga readers say it got much better but for me there is no more MHA in my future.

I still cherish what My Hero Academia did for me and for anime in general. I do not hate on the show or think it is awful, I don’t even mind Deku! I personally think I just watched so many more shows that I enjoyed better and made MHA seem more middle tier.

Manga: Jujutsu Kaisen

This I know I will get hate for haha. I got volume one of JJK when only two volumes were out and I first started collecting manga. I read and enjoyed the volume but put it on the back burner to read things I was interested in more. I wasn’t sure yet if it was going to be a battle shonen or more of a comedy slice of life exorcist manga. Which it kind of is both. Point is I felt no strong connection or need to pick up another volume so I sold it.

Many months later when the anime came out I watched it and loved it! I enjoy the comedy based scenes more in anime form and the animation was incredible. I would have enjoyed the manga if I kept reading but for this one I will stick to being an anime only.

Anime: Code Geass

Well.. I feel like I am just digging my own grave at this point. I went into code geass firmly expecting to love it. Lelouch is someone always compared with light and death note is one of my favorite anime ever so needless to say I was very excited. However for some reason I found it very boring…

With this anime I would actually like you to talk me into giving it another shot! I only watched around seven episodes and will gladly take back my boring comment if it really does get better.. but who knows. This was a few years ago when I tried watching and all I really remember that made me mad was an entire episode dedicated to finding a cat? I don’t know change my mind!

Manga: Hells Paradise

Hells Paradise is another manga which I hopped on the hype train of. The covers were very pretty and the premise of an immortal ninja and a battle royale seemed right up my alley. Like Jujutsu Kaisen I did not exactly dislike this anime but did not find it interesting enough to keep collecting. I read the first two volumes and was just not all impressed. I felt like a lot was happening all at once and I did not really understand it or care about it. There were many characters that were lightly introduced then given a small backstory and died. Even the main characters were kind of bland to me…

Hells Paradise is getting an anime and I will give it a chance and hopefully enjoy it like I did Jujutsu Kaisen!

Anime: No Game No Life

The last anime I will be discussing in this post is No Game No life. I actually made it up to the last two episodes before dropping it. The premise is very interesting and death note or kakeguri like in the mind games and gambling. That along with the aesthetically pleasing pastel color animation show why this is a very popular anime. I however got very bored. They would cheat at a game and win and repeat. A big turn off was the brother sister thing which I am just not a fan of and on top of that I cant think of one character I even enjoyed or didn’t think was very annoying. I enjoyed the first few episodes and did not care to know how it ended and that is the jist of No Game No Life.

Manga: Ajin

Once again on the surface Ajin looked like a really cool manga with amazing art. (The art was amazing), I read up to volume four and was usually confused in the world and what was even happening during the demi human fights. On top of that the manga was $14 for some reason and it wasn’t worth what I was not really enjoying reading. I know the anime got a lot of hate so I will most likely not be reading or watching Ajin anytime soon.

Thanks so much for reading! Comment if you think I should give one of these series another chance…..

Top 5 Manga!

Now onto manga which is my preferred choice to anime at the moment. That being said I have read much less manga and have not completed many full series so this list is due to change eventually. Comment some manga recommendations down below! Also yes that is my collection in the top picture.

  1. Vinland Saga

If you read my favorite anime post or follow me on any social media this will come as no surprise. I am obsessed with this manga and really love where it is going passed the anime and how the characters are developing. I am currently caught up with 11 volumes and waiting for the 12th has been such a struggle );

The art is amazing and I love having it in physical forms and having the art in my collection whenever. If you enjoyed the anime and would like to know more of the story or if you haven’t watched the anime go check out the manga! Rating (10/10).

2. Rikudou

From what I have seen in the manga community Rikudou is a fairly unknown manga, at least in the United States. I first seen it on a youtube video about the best psychological mangas. Sadly there is no English print and I haven’t even been able to find a Japanese copy for purchase so I do have to read it online.

Rikudou is about a young man named Riku who has been through an extremely traumatic childhood and becomes interested in boxing to get his anger out. Because of his past it is very hard to get Riku down no matter how hurt he is. Although he has much less training and does not have the amazing form of the other boxers in his area, Riku’s hard work makes him a top up and coming underdog. You get the amazing action and adrenaline of a sports anime complemented with a very psychological and depressing inner conflict in not only Riku but his friends and other boxers he faces.

This manga is definitely more on the explicit side and will not shy away from dark topics which I enjoy. It makes you want to work hard and put your all into something just like Riku. As every manga on the list has amazing art, this manga tops anything I have seen. Its very realistic and flows seamlessly making the fight scenes look like you’re watching a movie. I would recommend this to anyone who likes sport manga or depressing yet compelling stories. I hope i can get a physical copy I need this art!! Rating (10/10).

3. Twin Star Exorcists

I have said this many times but in my opinion Twin Star Exorcists is one of the most underrated manga out right now. This series has everything any of the popular shonen manga but does it better than most in my opinion.

The series follows two exorcists who are told they are involved in a prophecy that will eventually defeat all of the evil spirits or “kegare”. They are due to get married and have the prophecy child. While this seems pretty silly and cheesy, the story is much more than that. We are introduced to a variety of characters all with unique personalities and exorcist powers. Theres cool tournament arcs, bloody battles with kegare, and a story that evolves with each volume.

One of my favorite things about the story is that even the kegare have different personality traits and feelings that humanize them even though they’re main goal is to kill humans, readers are drawn to their personalities and reasoning and even end up liking some kegare. Its the classic dilemma of who is really in the wrong here? Who is the bad guy? Along with that unlike other shonen this series is not afraid to kill people off or have the main characters lose battles or suffer grave injuries. You are actually afraid a character could die because it happens a decent amount.

The covers are some of my favorite covers in anime and the art style is very clean and dark yet cute at times as well. Theres small portions of comedy thrown in but for the most part Twin Stars is a thrilling read and if you are a shonen fan you need to check it out! Also, it does have an anime that does not follow the manga and I was not a fan of so definitely go for the manga over the anime. Rating (9/10).

4. Battle Royale

I describe Battle Royale to people as Hunger Games on crack. It is in my opinion a more realistic portrayal of what would really happen if this was something the world did for population control. That on top of the fact these participants are all highschoolers. Imagine the feeling of going to this random island, getting deadly weapons, and knowing only one of your classmates will survive. You either kill or be killed. It is interesting to see how people change and what goes through their minds when in this horrific situation.

This is one of the most explicit manga I have ever read. It goes into great detail with the murders and other awful things that happen on the island. It also goes into characters back stories and relationships with other classmates which just adds to the pain when you watch them be brutally murdered. I found myself holding out hope for my favorite characters saying they will find a way out of this only to be crushed when they die, although I should’ve known. This is the manga I show people when they think manga is lame and they always become interested.

The manga is very hard to find but if you’re into this kind of thing it is a must read. It has a live action movie I have not watched but would love an anime if done right. Rating (9/10).

5. Deadman Wonderland

Coming in at number five is Deadman Wonderland which is ironically the first manga I have ever gotten and what made me want to collect manga in the first place. The anime was amazing but did not have an ending so I needed the manga and it did not disappoint. I am not going to say Deadman Wonderland is the best critically acclaimed manga, however out of everything I have read so far I enjoyed it enough to make my list.

The premise is so cool and unique. A prison where people can go like an amusement park and watch the bad criminals die in inhumane ways. Ganta is blamed for the murder of his entire class and sent to this prison. They have sensors on their necks where if they do not follow rules it will explode… Then there is this mysterious girl in a jumpsuit who appears randomly, eats a lot of food, and is extremely strong when she wants to be. On top of all this there is an underground fighting ring with peoples called deadmen who control blood where the punishment is the removal of a limb.

The action scenes in this manga with blood fighting is really cool mixed with the rich people cheering for the deadmen to die makes for a dark scenery. The characters are all very unique and share the common goal of taking over the corrupt prison. The crazy characters, amazing action, plot twists, and general unsettling mood of the manga make this a great read! Rating (9/10). P.S. Crow is my favorite 🙂

Thank you for reading! Tune in next to see popular anime and manga I have dropped….

My Top 5 Manga/Anime

Time to judge! If you are going to read my views on manga/anime I feel it is right for you to understand my taste and as I said judge me…. I am ready

  1. Vinland Saga!

Coming in at number one is Vinland Saga. This show completely shocked me. I am not any sort of history buff or care about vikings in particular however after all of the praise I was seeing it get I decided to check it out. For anyone not familiar, Vinland Saga is about a young boy named Thorfinn and his journey into the viking world.

The animation style and sound are both beautiful however what I think makes the show so great is the enthralling story and dynamic characters. The story itself really takes you on a journey and leads you through many emotions. Sad deaths, powerful battles, religion, love, and comedy. It has everything!

As I mentioned before Vinland Saga has some of the most dynamic characters in any anime. The antagonist Askeladd is at the top of many peoples antagonists lists for the fact that you hate to love him. The growth and inner conflict in two other characters Canute and Thorfinn really get you invested into the story and make things realistic to the viewer. Most of the characters are even based off of real people in history! Needless to say, if you haven’t yet please go watch or read Vinland Saga!!! My dad also approves and he doesn’t even like anime haha! Rating (10/10)

2. Death Note!

Number two on my list should not surprise anyone… Death Note. Everyone in the anime scene has either seen this anime or knows all about it and for good reason. Psychological anime is my favorite genre and this show absolutely nails it. It was one of the first five anime I have ever watched and completely changed my mind on anime. I did not think any show or anime in general could be that clever and unique. I have changed many people into anime fans from telling them to watch death note. Light is one of my all time favorite characters and death note will always hold a special place in my heart. Rating (10/10)

3. Gurren Lagann!

As with Vinland Saga, I did not expect much going into Gurren Lagann. I am not really a fan of mech anime and I really did not even know what the series was about. On the surface it looks like a cool mech fighting anime however it goes much much deeper than that.

Gurren Lagann is set in a world where humans are forced to live underground in horrid conditions to stay away from the horrors on the surface. Two brothers Kamina and Simon escape and find out first hand how terrifying the surface is. Finding some survivors along the way the story follows a brutal fight for these characters to not only try to survive but take the surface back for humanity using mechs.

Yoko, Kamina, and Simon are all amazing characters that make you feel all of their feelings as well as the many supporting characters. The deaths of some of these characters hit me pretty hard and just reminded me how scary and powerful this situation is. All of that being said I highly recommend this anime! The ending was not my favorite and it is not the greatest story out there, but it is one of the few anime that will always stick in my mind and bring out certain emotions. Rating (9.5/10)

4. Monster!

Monster is one of the most well written stories/shows I have ever watched. I really wanted to get into this story so I watched the anime instead of getting the manga as everyone said the anime followed it pretty much perfectly. Urasawa who is the writer is a genius story teller and my favorite mangaka.

Monster tells the story of a surgeon who gets involved in a series of murders in which he knows who the killer is but nobody else is aware. The surgeon, Tenma goes on his own manhunt for this killer who is essentially a phantom and even has the viewer guessing if he is real or made up t some points. Tenma is one of the most generous, smart, and selfless characters I have ever seen. That contrasted with the antagonist, Johan, who is a top notch sociopath makes for a thrilling ride. Johan is my favorite antagonist in all of anime. He knows how to get his way in any situation and mold people to do things for him as he pleases. He seems to feel no emotion whatsoever. His eery messages to Tenma along with his seamless killing methods make him someone that will put fear into anybody but Tenma faces him head on.

The story can be very slow and tedious feeling at times however it is important for the feeling of the show and to shine light into the lives of supporting characters or Johan’s past which make the story that much better. I was always needing to see where the story would go next and it was never predictable. If you don’t mind slow burners if it means an amazing story then you need to go watch or read monster!! Rating (10/10)

5. Dororo

Last but not least is Dororo. As I like depressing and emotional stories Dororo is right up my alley. The series follows Hyakkimaru who was born with practically no living organs or limbs due to his father making a deal with demons. Hyakkimaru is sent adrift in a river only to happen upon a man willing to do everything to help this poor child live. With prosthetic limbs which can also be used as swords, he fights demons to get one of his limbs, senses, or organs back.

A young child named Dororo who seemingly has no family of her own befriends and takes interest in this mysterious man and goes on the adventure bringing a very heartwarming sibling bond into the show along with great action. Hyakkimaru along with getting his senses back starts learning more about being human from Dororo and caring for someone besides himself. The animation is beautiful and the intro is my favorite intro of all time! If anything check out that intro. Rating (9/10)

Thank you fro reading!! Next post will be my top 5 manga!

Intro and what to expect

Welcome! I am very excited to venture into the blogging world. I have been watching anime for about 5 years and collecting manga for one year. I currently have over 200 volumes. My goal for this blog is to have a place where I can share my opinions and experiences with people who love anime and manga just like me. I would love if you messaged me on Instagram and we can talk about the topics as well!

I am going to post weekly but do not have a set schedule at this point in time. I would like to post reviews, general discussions, updates on what I am reading and watching, and plenty more! With that being said thank you so much for checking out my blog and I hope you can find some enjoyment in my website!