I've been curious about JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, as I've seen several different series or volumes of it, some listed as shounen, others as seinen. I'll try and check it out sometime soon.
Read a fair amount of a series call Shikeisyu 042
, which is pretty good. It's about a convicted killer who agrees to participate in a program that lets him work as an unpaid janitor at a high school. The catch is that he's the pilot case for a study to see if murderers can be rehabilitated with some "persuasion"... in this case, a bomb implanted in his head that will explode if he tried to hurt any one. Despite the sci-fi sounding premise, the series actually focuses a lot on human emotions and relationships, and is pretty touching overall. I enjoyed it, but only found the first 42 chapters on my favorite manga reading site. Also, I think it ends with tragedy; right near the beginning of the story, it says that the prisoner only lives for three years. Sounds like something will happen to him. Nothing NSFW in it yet. Memories of Emanon
was a short series that was... well, short. It's basically about the chance meeting of a young college student and a 17-year-old girl who has the history of all her ancestors, back billions of years to the first living organisms on Earth. They discuss some of her past lives, why she could have such a power, and what it means for humanity. Then she disappears and the story ends years later when the student (now grown) meets back up with Emanon once more. Oh, and Emanon is "No Name" backwards. Only NSFW because Emanon tends to go naked in her memories a lot.
I started to read Red Garden
, a nice gory vampire/monsterish kind of manga, but found out it only had several chapters currently available. Meh. I did the same with Kingdom of Zombie
, which was a lot more light-hearted despite the monster and violence aspects, but had the same issue. Those two combined probably explain why I dreamed of zombies and vampires last night
I'm somewhat interested in Shingetsutan Tsukihime
, but I have a feeling I've read it before... but I might have seen an anime or read another parallel manga, because the plot sounds incredibly familiar. Basically, the main character is in an accident and can see lines on everything. Even when lightly running a knife over those lines, he can cut apart anything... even humans. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? I kinda want to read the manga just to see if it strikes at my memory.*
Edit: Looked it up here, and I think I'm thinking of the anime, Kara no Kyoukai
, which some folks highly recommended a few years ago. It sounds identical in plot, except the main character (still named Shiki) is a girl instead. Guess it's all in the Fate/Stay universe, hence the overlap. Still not sure if I read the manga or not.
Edit2: Yeah, almost positive I've read this. Maybe I'll try something with the Fate/Stay universe... I think Fate/Zero has a manga series? Edited, Feb 6th 2013 8:21am by LockeColeMA