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Five Manga From The Teen Otaku Association

The Teen Otaku Association (which meets every Monday at Main, 6pm-8pm) reads a lot of manga and watches a lot of anime. Sometimes we also compare K-Pop groups or read choose-your-own-adventure Hamlet on stage. It's a toss-up.

The following are titles recommended by members of TOA and what we have to say about them. We could share a hundred more titles if asked, but we are most passionate about these series. We like their animated versions, too!


Children of the Sea , Vol. 1 by Daisuke Igarashi
ThomasM Says: "A different kind of art style. It’s not like your usual manga."
Amazon Says: R to L (Japanese Style). When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysteriou more...
Amazon Says: R to L (Japanese Style). When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does.Ruka's dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish. less...
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Attack on Titan 1 by Hajime Isayama
ThomasM Says: "It's so epic and disturbing."
Amazon Says: In this post-apocalytpic sci-fi story, humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they more...
Amazon Says: In this post-apocalytpic sci-fi story, humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming mankind. Seemingly unintelligent, they have roamed the world for years, killing everyone they see. For the past century, what's left of man has hidden in a giant, three-walled city. People believe their 100-meter-high walls will protect them from the Titans, but the sudden appearance of an immense Titan is about to change everything. Winner of the 2011 Kodansha Manga Award (Shonen) and nominated for the prestigious Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize for 2012. less...
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Skip Beat! Vol. 1 by Yoshiki Nakamura
ThomasM Says: "[The main character] Kyoko is fun to read. She changes as the series goes on."
Amazon Says: Kyoko always thought that Sho, whose family took her in when she was small, was her prince charming. However, when Sho heads for Tokyo to make it big as a musician, Kyoko goes more...
Amazon Says: Kyoko always thought that Sho, whose family took her in when she was small, was her prince charming. However, when Sho heads for Tokyo to make it big as a musician, Kyoko goes with him and has to quit high school to support his dream. But soon, being in the big city makes Kyoko realize that she has show business ambitions of her own! less...
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Naruto Vol 1 Uzumaki Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
ThomasM Says: "One of the greatest stories, period. Some people drop out after a while, but they need to just keep reading."
Amazon Says: A small collection of the original, English translation Naruto manga, Volumes 1-15. more...
Amazon Says: A small collection of the original, English translation Naruto manga, Volumes 1-15. less...
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Bleach, Vol. 1 by Tite Kubo
ThomasM Says: "Bleach is enormous and has everything."
Amazon Says: Hot-tempered 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki, the hero of the popular fantasy-adventure Bleach, has the unsettling ability to see spirits who are unable to rest in peace. H more...
Amazon Says: Hot-tempered 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki, the hero of the popular fantasy-adventure Bleach, has the unsettling ability to see spirits who are unable to rest in peace. His sixth sense leads him to Rukia, a Soul Reaper who destroys Hollows (soul-devouring monsters) and ensures the deceased find repose with the Soul Society. When she's injured in battle, Rukia transfers her sword and much of her power to Ichigo, whose spiritual energy makes him a formidable substitute Soul Reaper. But the orange-haired teenager isn't sure he wants the job: too many risks and moral dilemmas. less...
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