Sunday, July 17, 2022

I'm in a manga and anime dry-spell. Help me!!!!

    I was going back through the last year's worth of blog posts and I realized that a great many of them are pretty negative or wishy-washy about the manga I've been reading. I feel like a complete ass for not liking them. But I'm really struggling lately to find good manga and anime series that hit me the way so many used to. I don't know if what is being released has just shifted away from my tastes or what, but I just can't seem to find much that I like lately. 
    I hope you all don't think that I just rail on these series just to be mean. I also know that just beause I don't like them, doesn't mean you don't like them. That's the great thing about art. Different things hit us differently. But there have been so many manga and anime that I genuinely love and reread/rewatch and I'm not finding as much lately. Help me out by suggesting some series I need to read/watch.
    Caveat, I only read manga I can legally buy in English translations and I only watch anime that I can legally stream/buy. I have Netflix and the free Amazon Prime video, but nothing else, so that certainly hurts my search ability too. 
    What I'm looking for: shoujo and yuri mostly. High quality writing, depth of character, emotional arcs (but I also love some that are just funny and sweet too). Please send suggestions!!!!

    Here are some of my favorites (a non-exclusive list) to give you a reference:

  • Twinkle Stars
  • Fruits Basket
  • Ao Haru Ride
  • Kimi Ni Todoke
  • Sweet Blue Flowers
  • After the Rain
  • Bloom Into You
  • Ouran High School Host Club
  • Honey and Clover
  • Say I Love You
  • Kare Kano
  • Lovely Complex (Love Com)
  • Wandering Son
  • Kase-san
  • Citrus + (yes, I know it's trash)
  • Blank Canvas
  • Hana-Kimi (even though parts didn't age well)
  • Secret of the Princess
  • Pearl Pink
  • Kisses and White Lily For My Dearest Girl (even though it's got it's problems)
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls (just started reading, but so far so good)
  • My Lesbian Experience With Lonliness
  • A Silent Voice (although the movie is better)

  • Maria-sama Ga Miteru (Maria Watches Over Us)
  • Sweet Blue Flowers
  • Sakura Trick (I will defend this series until the day I die)
  • Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)
  • Fruits Basket (original version)
  • Kimi Ni Todoke
  • Chihayafuru
  • Wandering Son
  • Ouran High School Host Club
  • Honey and Clover
  • Nana
  • One Week Friends
  • True Tears (yes, I know it's trash)
  • Orange
  • Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions
  • Toradora
  • Kase-san and Morning Glories
  • Citrus (yes, I know it's trash)
  • Someday's Dreamers  II
  • Bloom Into You
  • K-On
  • Ano Hana
  • Anonymous Noise
  • Inu X Boku Secret Service
  • Usagi Drop (don't get me started on the second half of the manga though)
  • Just about all the Studio Ghibli movies
  • Liz and the Blue Bird
  • A Silent Voice
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
  • Wolf Children
  • Garden of Words
  • Your Name
SO WHAT AM I MISSING?!?!?!!? Please send suggestions in the comments. Thanks!!!!


Please legitimately purchase or borrow manga and anime. Never read scanlations or watch fansubs. Those rob the creators of the income they need to survive and reduce the chance of manga and anime being legitimately released in English.

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  1. I don't think it counts as shoujo, but a series that's available on Amazon that might be interesting is Re:CREATORS. I'd try to compare it to something else, but it's unique. Maybe think of it as reverse isekai. I love the characters, and once the story gets into gear, I thought I thought it was powerfully emotional. HTH!

    1. Thanks! I'll add it to my watch list on Prime. >_<


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