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Thread: Manga Guide

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    What is manga
    Manga is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons. Outside of Japan, it usually refers specifically to Japanese comics.
    There are many active fansubbing groups out there translating the various mangas (and not just from japanese, but also from korean and chinese) and the translated scans of these mangas are called scanlations.

    Manga & Anime
    Chances are that if you like anime, and don't have any strong feelings against reading, then you'll like manga.
    Many popular anime series are actually adaptations from manga series though the faithfulness of the transposition from manga -> anime varies widely. In some cases they are very similar (eg hunter x hunter), in others most episodes are similar but there are occasionally original storylines (e.g. detective conan & naruto) and in some cases it seems like all they've kept is the name of the story and maybe the characters.

    Why bother with Manga
    There are various advantages associated with manga over anime, like smaller file size, number of series available and the speed you can go through storylines. Manga is also good if you can't wait to see whats going to happen next in your favourite anime as the manga is usually quite far ahead. Manga also often goes on much longer than anime does, e.g. Berserk is still going, so you get to find out what happens next if the anime leaves the ending kind of open.
    Bottom line is you should give it a go because you might like it.

    Where to get Manga
    By far and away the best source i've found is lurk which uses IRC to distribute files from various bots and they have about 10000 files available made up of a mixture of chapters and volumes (groups of chapters).
    #lurk (the lurk IRC channel) can be found on IRChighway and the main 2 bots are mirrors (storing manga #-K) and neverwhere (manga L-Z). Once you start following a series new releases can be found on the wandypot bot. MIRC is the standard program for getting things from IRC and and if you have any problems either post below or read a guide on MIRC. As usual read the guidelines on the website/channel to see what you can and can't do on the channel (don't use @find !!)

    Other sources include all the usual filesharing networks, or a wide variety of websites which detail the releases of various fansubbing groups (many fansubbing groups post info on the web and release the stuff through MIRC).
    Bakaupdates lists many new releases and for reviews/ratings of mangas check out Anime news network.

    Other links can be found through wikipedia and by searching google for scanlations.

    Reading Manga
    Manga normally comes in a zip or rar file, so personally I'd strongly recommend you get CDisplay, as it can read direct from zip and rar files without any need for extracting them.
    If you want to use your own normal picture viewer then you'll need WinRAR or some other unzipping programme (7-zip is free).

    Overall my top picks are Berserk, One Piece, Hellsing and Ichigo 100%

    If you like fighting stuff (referred to as 'shounen') check out 'Berserk', 'Ares' and 'Vanguard'. Another light hearted one is 'One Piece'.

    If you like comedy check out 'GTO' (and its prequel 'shonen junai gumi'), 'yakitate japan' and 'midori no hibi'

    If you like romancey stuff (referred to as 'shoujo') check out kare kano, hana yori dango and love hina.

    If you like ecchi (don't know best way to describe this in english) check out 'Ichigo 100%', 'Gunsmith cats' and 'Love Hina'.

    If you like more adult stuff (as in psychological or f**ked up, rather than porn) this is referred to as 'seinan' check out 20th century boys, blame, homunculus and koroshiya. NB the last two can be pretty weird at times!

    Why write all this
    It seemed to me that Manga had been ignored on this board and I thought it was a shame as its really very good. (also i have exams soon and this is a displacement activity to avoid revising T_T )
    Last edited by ilw; 04-27-2006 at 06:48 PM.

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    Just a quick recommendation - Hajime no Ippo is an excellent manga. It follows a young boy who becomes a boxer and, well, gets really good at it. Lots of action, comedy and even a little bit of romance.

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    Zombie Hunter is one I read recently, pretty cool. I liked the artwork so much that I actually cropped some of it to use in the header of my anime link post page:

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  5. Movies & TV   -   #5
    Hellsing is quite worth trying out - The Hellsing Project scanlation group is now working through 9th tome, if I'm correct.
    There was one OAV made some years back - not really worth bothering with - and another of which only the first episode is out so far, known as "Hellsing Untimate OAV" - this one is one of the best OAV's I ever saw.

  6. Movies & TV   -   #6
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    13 has a huge source of anime that's updated regulary.
    The top of the page is all links to download.

    It's been a pretty good site so far for myself to find a few hard to get ones.

  7. Movies & TV   -   #7
    The Fullmetal Alchemist manga is great once it separates from the show. I'm really getting into it now, up to the V. 13 and I think they've released up to V.14 (50-something chapters).

    Hellsing is great although I've only read the first three. MUCH better than the manga.

    Berserk is great too and the artwork is stunning. I don't know where to find scanlations though, any help would be appreciated.

  8. Movies & TV   -   #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvanUnisil View Post
    Berserk is great too and the artwork is stunning. I don't know where to find scanlations though, any help would be appreciated.
    That would be The Hawks and for the latest Evil-Genius

  9. Movies & TV   -   #9
    Cheers mate, I'll look into it now.

    ps. I was just in Stockholm about a month ago, staying with a friend and his flatmates. I was there for a month and I loved the place, you guys have THE most gorgeous women.

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    thank you man

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