Post Reply Dare to be different in manga
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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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Name manga series that dares to be different than all the others. Something about it is different because it hasn't been done before or hasn't been done in a long time. It's not popular among the anime/manga fandom but it has some fans. Pretty much it's a manga series that is different from any manga series you've seen. The manga creator went out of his or her way to create something unique and it worked. If this manga ever became an anime, do you think it will make a change in the anime community. So let me hear what are some dare to be different manga series.


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Most of my favorite manga are great because of their story-telling and their characters, not necessarily because of their originality.

That being said, what I thought of when I read this post is Umi no MIsaki (by the author of Ai Yori Aoshi).

The set-up is standard shounen harem, not unlike dozens of other manga (Nisekoi, Love Hina, To Love Ru... just to name three of the most famous): a boy finds himself in an unfamiliar situation, and for a variety of improbably (in this case, supernatural) reasons, finds himself surrounded by beautiful girls who all fall in love with him.

The difference--what makes Umi no Misaki stand out--is that UnM plays the romance aspect of it straight. It takes the feelings of these people seriously. The guy isn't a dimwit who doesn't understand that beautiful girls are throwing themselves at him, nor is he so dedicated to one crush that he ignores or tramples on everyone else's feelings. Instead, he spends time trying to get to know all of the girls as individuals, while trying (to an increasingly unsuccessful degree) to keep his libido in check--not because he gets cock-blocked for comedic purposes, but because he is afraid of leading anyone on until his own feelings are settled.

Not to mention the ending is also fairly unique:


It's not a perfect manga, by any stretch, but the fact that it actually takes a typical shounen harem set-up and tries to treat it with some amount of maturity really makes it really stand-out as different in my mind.
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Some that I can think of off the top of my head...

The first is Investor Z here on CR. I'm amazed that the artist is able to keep up with such frequent updates because there is definitely a lot of thought going into each chapter. It's also amazing they talk about so many different companies and even have cameos of real people. Even though it's very dialogue heavy, there's barely a boring chapter even though the subject matter is one that really doesn't seem interesting.

Sesuji wo Pin!/Straight Up! I'm amazed that a manga about dancing, where the main characters are dressing up in fancy gowns and tuxes is doing so well in a magazine aimed at adolescent boys. The manga is pretty formulaic sports manga, but just the fact that it's in Shounen Jump kind of amazes me.
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Me and the Devil Blues is fascinating stuff. It starts out as a story based on legends about musician Robert Johnson. Unfortunately, I wasn't especially impressed regarding the story's direction in the second anthology.

My knowledge of Hyouge Mono is rather weak. I acknowledge that only a handful of the manga chapters have an English translation. That said, it's a story about a warrior who's obsessed with art and tea. It's a historical setting with no supernatural or fantasy elements.

I followed Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President when it was being translated. The story is a drama about politics, including some characters who were modeled after real people. The pacing can be a problem, since the story tends to address some 2000-era problem at a time. However, it was an enjoyable read.

Detroit Metal City held my attention for several volumes. It's a cynical comedy about a self destructive musician. Every attempt he makes to succeed damages his relationships. He'd rather be a light pop star, but finds more success as his heavy metal persona "Krauser II." I don't regret reading it, but I decided to stop because of the constant emphasis on crass humor and negativity.

My Lovely Ghost Kana is almost entirely about one relationship. Both characters have gone through challenges, and they continue to grow when they become a couple. It has some adult content. That said, if you're a mature person, read it for the story's emotional weight.
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