If you could read and talk about manga in a class, which would it be?
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Posted 6/13/11
So, there's a project here we're doing for the summer, but I figured I'd crowdsource my friends and Otaku here at Crunchyroll!

So, as a summer program we'll be doing a study/discussion about peoples favorite manga! The hitch, these have to be non-ecchi, non-loli, and non yaoi (we're in the bible belt ). So, fire up the ol' braincells and gimme some ideas, I want the mangas to vary across the age range, so gimme your ideas on mangas and what grades you think they'll be good for and I know its a wide range but lets face it 5th grade is like one of the best times to get into manga! Some of the stories are deep (but I don't want TOO deep, see my problem) and I figure I'd range it up through highschool senior because who knows who'll come?? Anyway, titles, a quick description of the story and what grade/age you think it'd be good for. Who knows if it's popular enough maybe it can become a regular afterschool event. Wouldn't that be awesome? Just gotta find some 'safe' titles... you can imagine how some of the teachers and parents would freak out over some of our more...um... unique books .... Thanks in advance!
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Posted 6/13/11 , edited 6/13/11
I think skip beat! is a very nice shoujo title to share with the little girls.
link: http://myanimelist.net/manga/610/Skip_Beat!
I think the message it conveys a good message to girls: to be strong when hit with the worst adversities.
When life goes down hill, it isn't an entirely bad thing, because you can't go any further down!
Only way now is up

I really enjoy this manga: http://myanimelist.net/manga/10874/flat << flat.
It's a very cute manga about a kid that's very considerate towards others and in turn holds himself back from being all whiny and demanding like a normal kid. The little kid takes a liking to a young high school boy who looks after him sometimes.
It is good for kids and young adults, but I have a feeling young adults will like it more. hehe.

for a more grown up audience, I think 1/2 Prince would be great!
link: http://myanimelist.net/manga/8456/1/2_Prince
I'm pretty sure teenagers nowadays play some sort of game, and if they've played any MMO, they would LOVE 1/2 prince.
1/2 Prince is shoujo, shounen, adventure, action, romance, comedy, fantasy, gender bender all mixed into one.

for the young boys, a super hero manga will delight them I think.
link: http://myanimelist.net/manga/1534/Zetman <<< Zetman

There are many more mangas I want to mention, but they're pretty mainstream and you probably already heard of them.
I hope this helps! =)
I think your idea is awesome and I wish I thought of something like that when I was still in high school xD
Good luck!!!
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I'm sure you should cover the big three
Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece

People of all ages are into theses, and you can have tons of discussions.

You can include series that have also been popular lately like Kuroshitsuji, Fairytail, Reborn, Code Geass, etc.
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lets see.... skip beat, i would say after school nightmare, but i don't think it would be acceptable for a bible school (it's yaoish) but to be truthful since it's school appropriate it's hard to find a lot, because there is usually some sort of thing holding an anime back (large amount of cussing, violence, etc.)
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Thanks for the suggestions ladies! They were all useful, as you can see comjng up with everyone appropriate mangas is harder then you'd think.
Posted 6/21/11
Touhou
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Monster by Naoki Urasawa, although I would recommend a lot of Naoki Urasawa's work
Although a lot of his works aren't exactly rated G, they maturely display adult themes and concepts as well as have interesting well rounded characters and highly developed plots that can be studied and analyzed to great effect
As for Monster itself, one of it's main goals is to ask is whether any human at all, regardless of everything horrifying that he's ever done, is irredeemably and irrevocably evil.
I know you said you didn't want anything to deep, but damn it I get a little upset whenever I ask otaku whether or not they've read this and they respond with no.
As for age group, I read this one at a young age (middle school), although the target audience would be late teens and up. Which i think is much more appropriate, still I was never one to underestimate a younger audience.
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Fruits Basket would be a good one.
It's really cute. It's about a girl who encounters these people who turn into a specific animal from the zodiac sign if a person of the opposite sex hugs them.
I'd say it would be appropriate for grade 5+ because it may contain some/very little foul language. (It goes up to "damn" I think) So...rated G?
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Well,I did Death Note for a school project in 6th grade and I got all A's

My teacher didn't care if the title said Death

I know the title sounds like it means suicde note,but it's the best you can get

It can reach up to highschool,it's really popular.It has a good story,good characters and the concept is justice.It's like trying to find who's justice,L or Light/Kira.

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