5 Manga you Will Never Forget — 10 Comments

  1. Has anybody here read 子連れ狼 (Lone Wolf and Cub)? I’m almost positive that I’ll like it, but as I don’t know its difficulty level am considering reading るろうに剣心 (Ruroni Kenshin) instead.

    • Daniel,

      I just briefly skimmed through this manga, and while I don’t think it is harder than kenshin in terms of vocabulary and grammar, there is no furigana, which might bother you. Kenshin, like all shonen manga, has furigana.

    • I LOVED 子連れ狼 in my native language and about a year ago I bought many of the books in a used books store. Unfortunately for me, the lack of furigana, the onslaught of kanji-compounds and what I believe was polite language made me put them aside. I look forward to revisiting them in the future though!
      Oh, and ハイスコアガール seems awesome :)

  2. What about 金田一少年の事件簿 – Kindaichi Case Files? It’s the reason why I started Japanese in the first place, and also the reason why I’m still putting up with it.

    • I haven’t read it myself but I hear it’s pretty popular. You mind giving a Japanese level and brief description of it here for the people who might want to check it out?


    It’s quite similar to Detective Conan, which I absolutely like as well. As far as I know, only a few volumes have been scanlated, unlike the latter which is ongoing. I don’t know its Japanese level though. I suspect it to be quite advanced. I watched the J-Drama (hardsubbed alas) and didn’t know most of the words.

  4. If you don’t mind the ecchi comedy genre, Sora no Otoshimono just finished and is, hands down, the funniest manga I’ve ever read. It has furigana as well.

  5. For beginners to intermediate level is it recommended to read manga with furigana only? I’m currently reading Yotsubato and I do enjoy it, but I’m skipping those unknown kanji and just reading the kana (of course I still don´t know the meaning).

    When I get to higher level will I do the opposite or should I stop depending on furigana right now to stop developing a bad habit?

    • Above all else, I’d recommend reading manga that you enjoy reading. Furigana is a very helpful aid, but it doesn’t have to be your deciding factor. On the other hand, it’s not “bad” in any way to let yourself use it if it’s available. You’re still reading real Japanese, after all =)

      For Yotsubato in particular, it’s generally OK if (like Yotsuba) you don’t really understand what the adults are talking about. Just do your best and enjoy it – the missing pieces will fall into place on their own as you study more.

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