Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole #11 – The Super Manga Edition

While I was reading through the blogs I follow, I found a weekly post made by Lost in a Story and I thought it would be something fun between reviews.

Here’s how it works (taken from the original post):

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Huge post incoming. I got to the spot in my tbr where I went on a manga-adding-spree. Individual volumes instead of just the first until I start reading it. This is gonna be exhausting.

want-to-read shelf as of August 5, 2018: 577

13398025Puella Magi Madoka Magica Vol 3

Madoka is horrified to learn the true nature of the witches she and her friends, the Magical Girls, have been fighting-and the terrible fate that awaits any Magical Girl who accepts Kyubey’s offer of power. Having watched countless Magical Girls sacrificed for the larger aims of his people, Kyubey is only interested in securing more girls to that end, and Madoka is left with his chilling reminder that she too is destined to be a Magical Girl of incredible power… Can Madoka and her friends escape this tragic fate?

Verdict: Go

18583278Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story Vol. 1-3

Mami’s warm personality has made it difficult for her to adjust to her solitary life as a magical girl, where survival often takes precedence over kindness. When she meets Kyouko Sakura, a fellow lone wolf, she is excited at the prospect of working together with another magical girl and forging a friendship built on ultimate trust. But many are the sacrifices all magical girls must make, and the consequences of Kyouko’s choice are only just becoming clear to her. When the pain becomes unbearable, will Kyouko remain standing beside Mami as a force for the greater good…?

Verdict: Go

11546833DRRR!! Durarara!! Vol 2-4

If you see Shizuo Heiwajima, don’t wait around. Run!!
Mikado is an average high-schooler whose life has been anything but since moving to Ikebukuro! After coming face to-neck?-with the legendary “Headless Rider,” Mikado can hardly wait to encounter more of the city’s peculiar residents. But when Mikado is caught in the middle of a feud between Izaya Orihara and Shizuo Heiwajima, he soon realizes that Ikebukuro’s most unbelievable characters are also among its most dangerous…

Verdict: Go

25207178My Little Monster Vol 9-15

Mizutani is a self-absorbed overachiever, concerned only with maintaining the highest grades in school. Haru is an impulsive short tempered brute, who scares everyone with his explosive bursts of violence. Haru gets suspended on the first day of school when he encounters some bullies harassing a student and dispatches the bullies with great bloody violence. Mizutani is tasked with delivering school materials to Haru who interprets this as an act of friendship and latches on to Mizutani, much to her dismay. And so begins a strange and potentially combustible relationship!

Verdict: Keep

13354244Princess Jellyfish Vol 1-17

Tsukimi Kurashita, a jellyfish hardcore fan, moved to Tokyo with the vision of becoming an illustrator. She moved into the residence Amamizu which has the distinction of being inhabited only by otaku girls, and of course, be forbidden to men! Then one night, Tsukimi went out to visit a lovely jellyfish locked in a tiny aquarium, her fate will be upset by her encounter with a girl too “fashionable” to be true!

Verdict: Go

21988985Sword Art Online: Aincrad Vol. 1-2

In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online – a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other – debuts, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, the elation of the players quickly turns to horror as they discover that, for all its amazing features, SAO is missing one of the most basic functions of any MMORPG – a log-out button. Now trapped in the virtual world of Aincrad, their bodies held captive by NerveGear in the real world, users are issued a chilling ultimatum: conquer all one hundred floors of Aincrad to regain your freedom. But in the warped world of SAO, “Game Over” means certain death – both virtual and real…

Verdict: Go

2074907Rainbow Vol 1-22

I can’t find the synopsis in English so…

Verdict: Go

15196

Maus Vol 1-2

A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father’s story and history itself.

Verdict: Keep

555466Trigun: Deep Space Planet Future Gun Action!! Vol. 1-2

Action, comedy, science fiction, and western gunslinger action congregate within these pages. Created by Yasuhiro Nightow, this compound of genre-bending ingredients has turned the Trigun animation into a wildly popular series, and finally, the long-awaited manga comes to America.

Somehow the past has placed a sixty billion double dollar bounty on Vash’s head, and the gunslinging pacifist can’t seem to get away from money grubbing, itchy-trigger-finger citizenry. Find out why Vash is worth so much money dead! Feel the clumsy worry of the unfortunate citizens of the pulverous planet! Follow the follies of an unlikely hero in a forbidding world! Join Vash the Stampede – with his troubled past and an uncanny ability to dodge a gazillion bullets – and a cavalcade of unlucky characters on a dusty, desert planet in the distant future.

Verdict: Keep

1783636Translucent Vol 1-5

Teen-centric, quirky and romantic, Translucent will appeal to shojo fans who like a little twist with their gakuen mono! Shizuka is an introverted girl, dealing with schoolwork, boys, and a medical condition that begins to turn her invisible! She finds support with Mamoru, a boy who is falling for Shizuka despite her condition, and with Keiko, another girl who suffers from this illness and has finally turned completely invisible. The mysterious disease that these teens struggle with becomes a metaphor in the ordinary lives of the students in their classes, as they try to work their way through their friendships and romances. Writer and artist Kazuhiro Okamoto knows how important surfaces are to people, especially at such a pivotal time in one’s life – when dreams are meant to be chased, despite all hurdles. Translucent’s shifting variables between what people can see, what people think they see, and what people wish to see in themselves and others makes for an emotionally sensitive manga, peppered with moments of surprising humor, heartbreak and drama.

Verdict: Go

3678413Goth

A notebook that leads to murder – a refrigerator filled with hands… a pit of dead dogs… an accidental suicide… a boy buried alive – and where two teenagers linked by an obsession with murder and torture explore the recesses of humanity’s dark side.

Verdict: Keep

24262524Doubt Vol 1-4

Rabbit Doubt-a mobile phone game-has taken Japan by storm. In it, players are rabbits who must uncover the wolf in rabbit’s clothing before falling prey to its mistrust-sowing wiles…as well as its teeth. When a group of teen players decides to meet offline for fun, the last thing they expect is to lose consciousness and wake up trapped in an abandoned building, mysterious bar codes tattooed on their bodies, and a corpse strung up in front of them. To stay alive and find a way out, they have but one option-to sniff out the lying wolf in their midst. Will these virtual acquaintances be able to pull it together in the real world and figure out what’s going on in time to avoid ending up as the wolf’s dinner?

Verdict: Go

6567105Future Diary Vol 3-12

In the next volume of diary holders and deceit, even the most seemingly innocent can’t be trusted.  Yukiteru, Yuno, and Kurusu have been attacked by Tsubaki, another diary holder and Priestess, at her temple.  Yuno manages to open up an escape route, but they run out of energy and are captured.  As Tsubaki orders Yuno to be killed, nothing is less certain for our trio than the one thing they had learned to trust – the future.

Verdict: Go

217376The Wallflower Vol. 1-36

MAKEOVER OF THE CENTURY
It’s a gorgeous, spacious mansion, and four handsome, fifteen-year-old friends are allowed to live in it for free! There’s only one condition–that within three years the guys must transform the owner’s wallflower niece into a lady befitting the palace in which they all live! How hard can it be?
Enter Sunako Nakahara, the agoraphobic, horror-movie-loving, pockmark-faced, frizzy-haired, fashion-illiterate recluse who tends to break into explosive nosebleeds whenever she sees anyone attractive. This project is going to take more than our four heroes ever expected: it needs a miracle!

Verdict: Go

I love the anime, but I don’t really want to read it.

93371Akira Vol. 1-6

The science fiction tale set in 2019 in Tokyo after the city was destroyed by World War III, follows the lives of two teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, who have a consuming fear of a monstrous power known as Akira.

Verdict: Keep

13549765In These Words Vol 1-3

Asano Katsuya is a US trained psychiatrist who has been recruited by the Tokyo Police Department to provide a profile through the victims’ data. Based on Asano’s profile and recommendation, an elaborate plan is put into place to lure the serial killer out – a plan that bore successful results Now, after three years and twelve victims, Shinohara Keiji is finally in police custody. Shinohara has promised a thorough confession, however, on the absolute terms that Asano has to be the one to receive it. Besides the curious request by the killer whom Asano was only familiar with on paper, disturbing nightmares begin to plague him as soon as he’s given the case…

Verdict: Go

5071325CUT

Chiaki Sakaguchi is a highly sociable and popular high school senior who has a dark secret in his heart. Chiaka is not at all acting like himself. In fact, he recently skipped his college entrance exams. Is Chiaka’s classmate the only one who may be able to unveil the unholy perversion that has secretly crept into Chiaka’s life?

Verdict: Go

57893Battle Royale Vol. 1-15

Battle Royale, a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence in a dystopian world, it is one of Japan’s best-selling – and most controversial – novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one “winner” remains. The elimination contest becomes the ultimate in must-see reality television. A Japanese pulp classic available in English for the first time, Battle Royale is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today’s dog-eat-dog world. The first novel by small-town journalist Koushun Takami, it went on to become an even more notorious film by 70-year-old director Kinji Fukusaku.

Verdict: Go

555478FLCL Vol 1-4

Naota is a lonely boy in a lonely town living a quiet life amidst utter chaos. His father’s a perv and his grandfather a nut. His brother left to seek riches playing baseball in America, and now the brother’s ex-girlfriend won’t leave Naota alone. Then, from beyond the stars drops an impish defender sent forth to stop alien robots from destroying the Earth. Where do the alien robots come from? Well, from Naota’s forehead for starters. From the twisted mind that brought us End of Evangelion comes this bizarre tale of adolescence in a futuristic, fantastical world.

Verdict: Keep

23267261Merman in My Tub Vol. 1-8

What happens when an intruder from the sea stakes claim to your bathtub? A cool yet demure teenage boy named Tatsumi must learn to live with the self-obsessed and playful merman, Wakasa, in a small Tokyo apartment. These two dissimilar young men will learn what it takes to deal with one another in their everyday lives. Who knows, maybe something beyond friendship will unfold between them? Stranger things have happened. Or have they?

Verdict: Keep

23546765Emma Vol. 1-5

Calling upon his inimitable former governess, young aristocrat William Jones is startled to find his knock answered by a clever, bespectacled maid–Emma. From that moment forward, the two are drawn to each other and slowly but surely grow ever closer. But as the love between Emma and William builds, so too do the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart. For in Victorian London, some things are simply not done, and marrying outside of one’s social class just happens to be one such taboo…

Verdict: Go

23695Mermaid Saga Vol. 1-6

From the creator of InuYasha!Eating the flesh of a mermaid grants eternal life. But living forever can be a blessing or a curse. Immortal lovers Yuta and Mana are relatively lucky… others who partake of the mermaid’s flesh are transformed into savage lost souls!

Verdict: Keep

13630053Aphorism Vol. 1-14

Nara Shika High School, is a seemingly normal school. However, unknown to the public is the cruel truth of what really goes on in the school’s halls. Rather than studying, students are forced to struggle for their very survival. And the strong bonds of friendship may be the only difference between life and death.

Verdict: Go

569663R.O.D. Read or Die Vol 1-4

Two cool librarians have superpowers, including the power to control paper. Rated for young adults.

Verdict: Go

I know, it’s a shocker.

829494R.O.D. Read or Dream Vol 1-4

Three Sisters–One Power: Michelle is a romantic daydreamer and hardcore book collector. Maggie is a soft-spoken bookworm who always gets mistaken for a boy. Anita is a tomboy who doesn’t have time for reading. Together, they’re the Paper Sisters, three very different siblings united by a strange power. Michelle, Maggie and Anita all have the ability to control paper in any way they desire. And from their Hong Kong detective agency, they solve any and all cases involving books.

Verdict: Go

16071888Wolfsmund Vol 1-8

The tale of William Tell has never been rendered this beautifully as in Mitsuhisa Kuji’s stunning debut work Wolfsmund, where a fortified barrier-station torments the Swiss Alliance murdering all who stand against it, until William and his son attempt to defy it.

A fascinating reimagining of a European legend, Wolfsmund is a retelling of the William Tell legend with a focus on an actual landmark in the Uri district of Switzerland, the Devil’s Bridge at St. Gotthard Pass. Filled with action, politics and drama it has all the makings of The Game of Thrones, including its share of bloodbaths, but told through a historical fiction perspective.

Verdict: Go

80995477 Billion Needles Vol. 1-4

Always sporting her headphones to try to close out the world around her, Hikaru is clearly a reclusive teen aged girl.  And within her body resides another life-form known as Ciel, a hunter in search of an intergalactic murderer intent on wiping out humanity. In 7 Billion Needles, two lives share one heart as they race to protect each other and what they most cherish.

Verdict: Keep

13536598The Limit Vol 1-6

In classrooms across the globe there are cliques. These circles have set their own rules and standards that they attempt to impose on their peers, to varying success. Sometimes these groups go beyond the principles of friendship and scholarship. And in seemingly increasing numbers some of these groups turn to perversely righteous self-preservation.

Verdict: Go

74928Hellsing Vol. 1-10

There’s a secret organization somewhere in England created to defend the Queen and country from monsters of all sorts. Yes, it’s hard to believe in this day and age…. but really, isn’t this the true age of monsters?

Enter Hellsing, an agency, long in tooth, with the experience, know-how, and…er…equipment to handle the problems that arise when vampires, ghouls take on these dark forces.

“What equipment?” you may say. How about another vampire, and a big pistol loaded with special silver bullets? That oughta do the trick.

Hellsing the long-awaited manga is finally in America, thanks to Dark Horse Comics and the folks at Digital Manga, and you’re gonna love it. Come get some smart-ass gore and action as only Japan seems to produce, in that crazy “non-Western” formats the kids seem to love. And nice and thick at over 200 pages!

Verdict: Go

12899749Flowers of Evil Vol 1-11

Takao Kasuga is a bookworm. And his favorite book right now is Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil. While the young man may often be seen lost in thought as he rabidly consumes page after page, Takao is not much of a student. Actually when we are first introduced to the middle school teen, we find him sneaking some reading as he receives and F on a recent language exam.

Nakagawa is known as the class bully. When she is not receiving zeros she is usually muttering profanities to those around her. While she doesn’t care for books or their readers, she does have a thing for troublemakers. Takao may not be one, but having read over his shoulder a few times, she knows he is not very innocent. If anything he is bored and aware of it.

Together, by chance, they shake up their entire rural community as Takao tries to break out of his shell in a random moment of passion and affection…not directed towards Nakamura. And contrary to Takao’s predictions, the girl he was falling for, Nanako Saeki, responds by eventually accepting the bibliophile for who he is. Or at least, who she thinks he is.

And therein lies the conflict. Takao is not a hero. He is not trouble-maker, either. He is a regular teen who through equal moments of cowardice and chivalry takes a long step towards adulthood as he desperately tries to cover up a dark secret. Takao Kusuga has stolen an item precious to someone he is attracted to, and if he doesn’t form a “contract” with his new best friend, she is going to tell.

Verdict: Keep

7645432Double Mints

“I’ve killed a woman.” The overbearing voice on the phone was that of a high school classmate named Mitsuo Ichikawa. Buried memories from the past resurface within the heart of a man who carries the same name, Mitsuo Ichikawa. Events drag him right back into the passions of the past. The two reunite as accomplices, yet their relationship as master and servant slowly changes into something different…

Verdict: Go912233

Ai no Kusabi Vol. 1-8

In the future, on a distant star lives a new society. Ruled by a computer system named Jupiter, men are divided into classes based on their hair color. The Blondies, genetically altered by Jupiter, are the highest class and occupy the capital city of Tanagura. Those with black hair, Mongrels, are forced to live in the slums, Ceres. Iason, the leader of the Blondies, encounters Riki, a mongrel, in the streets of Ceres one night and sets out to own him.

Verdict: Go

98413Nana Vol. 1-21

Nana Komatsu is a young woman who’s endured an unending string of boyfriend problems. Moving to Tokyo, she’s hoping to take control of her life. Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is cool, confident & focused. She swaggers into town and proceeds to kick down the doors to Tokyo’s underground punk scene.

Verdict: Go

1152857Aqua Vol 1-2

After 150 years of transformation, the planet Aqua (formerly called Mars) now has more than 90 percent of its surface covered by water. A young girl named Akari arrives in the city of Neo-Venezia, an exact replica of Italys Venice, hoping to become an Undine, the most coveted job on Aqua.

Verdict: Go

7338243Library Wars: Love & War Vol. 1-15

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves–the Library Forces!

Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she’s finally a recruit, she’s finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her!

Verdict: Go

1999849Hell Girl Vol 1-10

When you thirst for revenge, there’s a surefire way to get it: Simply go to the strange website that appears only at midnight, and enter the name of your enemy. The Hell Girl will appear to drag your tormentor to eternal damnation. But you will have to pay a price . . . your soul!

Verdict: Go

1758561Alive: The Final Evolution Vol 3-21

Taisuke and Yuta are searching for their kidnapped friends when they are ambushed by the wind-wielding Morio. Can Taisuke use his burgeoning powers to escape? Whom can Taisuke and Yuta trust?

Verdict: Go

13494466Another Vol. 1-5

In the spring of 1998, Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to Yomiyama North Middle School. In class, he develops a sense of unease as he notices that the people around him act like they’re walking on eggshells, and students and teachers alike seem frightened. As a chain of horrific deaths begin to unfold around him, he comes to discover that he has been placed in the cursed Class 3 in which the student body head count is always one more than expected. Class 3 is haunted by a vengeful spirit responsible for gruesome deaths in an effort to satisfy its spite. To stop the vicious cycle gripping his new school, Kouichi decides to get to the bottom of the curse, but is he prepared for the horror that lies ahead…?

Verdict: Keep

555469Trigun Maximum Vol 1-14

As an anime series, Trigun gained a multitude of fans across the otaku landscape before gaining a huge mainstream manga audience. Now, Trigun goes beyond the storyline laid out in the anime and the first two volumes of the manga into brand new territory!

Our hero Vash the Stampede disappeared for two years after blasting a crater onto the moon orbiting the desert planet he saved from annihilation. But, with good and bad people alike trying to track him down he won’t stay lost for long! Count on more crazy gunslinger action, new dastardly villains…and a new outfit to boot!

Verdict: Keep

23705477Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 2-14

Unable to discard his humanity but equally unable to suppress his Ghoul hunger, Ken finds salvation in the kindness of friendly Ghouls who teach him how to pass as human and eat flesh humanely. But recent upheavals in Ghoul society attract the police like wolves to prey, and they don’t discriminate between conscientious and monstrous Ghouls.

Verdict: Go

WHEW! That was tough! But, that’s most of the manga for now. I might come across more later, but that’s the bulk of it.

-Final tally-
∴Start: 577
∴Go: 81
∴Keep: 26
∴Total: 496

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3 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #11 – The Super Manga Edition

  1. That is quite a stack of manga!

    I enjoyed the Madoca Magica and Durarara animes, not sure I’d have the patience to read either mangas. I enjoyed Nana, but lost steam around volume 12.

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