1. Top 10 favorite manga? (Whether you elaborate on it is your choice)
I haven't read enough manga to choose a top 10, but can tell about the ones I have read that I liked. Such as 'Midori no Hibi'
, which is basically a romcom and spoof of the harem genre. The premise is pretty out there though, but it makes sense in context.
I think what I liked best about it, was how well it was written. For all the humor, the characters are fairly well grounded and there's loads of development as it progresses. Seiji is one of the few protagonists I've ever liked in anything because of how fleshed out and believable his character is. Ayase grows on you and you'll likely find yourself rooting for her, even though it's obvious it isn't meant to be.
And, no, that wasn't a spoiler, 'cuz it doesn't end the way you'd think. If you've got some free time and you've never read it, I'd recommend it. If nothing else, you're bound to get some laughs out of it... and plenty of feels.
2. 5 manga you would totally recommend for everyone? (may or may not be among those in question 1)
Well, like I said, I haven't read that many. I more into anime.
But, if you're into web comics, I could recommend some of those, like Eerie Cuties
and Magick Chicks.
3. Top 5 male manga characters? 5 female? (be it because of badassery, trolling prowess, development, depth, appearance, boobs, sexual presence, abilities, power, intelligence etc.)
This is gonna be a pretty limited selection but:top 5 male manga characters
1. Kiichi Gotoh (Patlabor)
- easily one of the most well written characters ever. The simplest way to put is, he's everything Kubo tries to portray Urahara as (i.e. shady mysterious morally grey chessmaster type), except far more convincing, since Oshii actually has the character show his work.
When Gotoh puts a plan together, you see where he gets his information from, his decision making process, and how he carries it out. And it helps that he employs the type of real world strategies you'd expect from a seasoned police captain. They didn't have to tell
you he was good. The viwer could see it for themselves.
2. Asuma Shinohara ('Patlabor)
- he can be thought of as Gotoh's "student", in the sense that Gotoh takes a shine to him and begins teaching him strategy. First, using subtle indirect methods, then more or less teaching him formally; which is best illustrated in Movie 1.
Asuma's a bit of a complainer, but whenever he's assigned a task, he does it and he's thorough.. In fact, he's kinda like Hisagi: levelheaded, responsible, and all-around decent sorta guy. Speaking of whom....
3. Hisagi Shuuhei ('Bleach')
- were it not for Rukia, he'd be my overall favorite lieutenant. What he lacks in raw power, is made up for with a cool head, quick decision making, skill, and pragmatism. And that's what I appreciate most about his character. It isn't something you often see in shounen, he's more like a seinen character.
Sadly, it doesn't count for much these days, since the power levels in 'Bleach'
have become ridiculous. Even so, he still remains one favorite characters in the series.
4. Seiji Sawamura ('Midori no Hibi')
- I already talked a bit about this guy, so I'll pick up from where I left off. Basically, whereas most harem protagonists are uber nice guys, or extreme doormats who take all the flack they're given, 'cuz they're too nice to say anything, Seiji isn't. If someone pisses him off, he's gonna let them know and it won't take long for him to do it.
I'll understand if that makes him sound mean and insensitive and, to a degree, he is. But there's a reason for that and, once it's revealed, you'll definitely start to understand where all that anger and rebelliousness stems from. However, long before it gets to that point, it's pretty easy to see that Seiji's bark is worse than his bite. Though the guys he roughs up would probably disagree.
5. Ryoga Hibiki ('Ranma ½')
- he's one of the few characters from that series that I liked, best summed up in his character profile in the spoiler.
4. You can choose 3 mangaka to make the greatest manga of all time. Who would you choose? Who do what? For example: 1 does art, 1 does storyline and character development, 1 is responsible for a specific task like comedy or you can have 2 do art and all 3 do storyline. It's up to you.
Wow. You're really
into manga, aren't you?
Anyway, aside from Mamoru Oshii, Kubo, and Hideki Anno, I'm not too familiar with that many mangka, so I honestly couldn't say. I'd probably be more familiar with their art styles, than the mangaka themselves.
5. Top 5 favorite abilities/powers from manga?
Again, that's gonna be pretty limited, considering. Of the few that I've read, 'Bleach'
is the only one that has characters with any sort of powers. The others were serinen, or slice-of-life. But Nigeki Kessatsu is one of the most broken abilities that I've seen.
At least, it would be, if it was handled by a different writer. If Kubo had her fight with any modicum of common sense, she'd be as broken as Ty Lee. A lot of times when it seems that I'm griping about her, i'm really not. It just gets me that an otherwise awesome ability is squandered, because the mangaka repeatedly has her piss away her advantage by telling the enemy about it, rather than simply use it and get it over with.
6. Top 5 characters of each of the Big3 you do read? (so 5 each)
I only read 'Bleach'
and my top 7 can be seen on my profile page.
And on that note... whew! This is easily one of my longest replies ever.
Edited by FongShwei69, 19 December 2013 - 06:59 AM.