New to Manga? Me too! Series I’ve begun…

I live near London, so every time we go, we take a trip into Forbidden Planet (website) – If you haven’t been, go! It’s a nerd/fandom paradise! They sell all types of merch on the first floor, and downstairs have a huge range of graphic novels, comics and books – they regularly have authors, illustrators and visitors (these aren’t always posted on line). My boyfriend has finally convinced me to try reading Manga, and he’s managed to get me hooked.

Alice in the Country of Hearts

Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 1 (Alice in the Country of Hearts, #1-2)Kidnapped by a handsome man with rabbit ears, Alice Liddell finds herself abandoned in an odd place called Wonderland and thrust into a “game,” the rules of which she has yet to learn. Alice, ever the plucky tomboy, sets off to explore and get the lay of this strange land, intent on finding her rude kidnapper and giving him a piece of her mind (and her fist). But little does she know that she’s wandered right into the middle of a dangerous power struggle involving just about all of Wonderland’s attractive, weapon-happy denizens. And the only way for Alice to return home is to get acquainted with the lot of them?! How in the world will she manage that and still manage to stay alive?!

This was the first series I started. It was an interesting take on Alice in Wonderland. The Mad Hatter is a Mafia Boss and  The White Rabbit is in, in my opinion, a pervvy many with rabbit ears who is in love with Alice and works for the Queen of Hearts, Vivaldi. The three areas are at war with the clock tower as a neutral zone. Julius lives in the clock tower as the Keeper. Almost everyone and everything  in Wonderland is not what it seems and all carry big secrets.


Death Note

Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects–and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

This was a very easy and entertaining read. I was completely hooked from the beginning – thank goodness I have the second one! I loved the sarcasm and humour throughout. Ryuk (The Shinigami death god) was a little strange, but he definitely grew on me – Ryuk’s love of apples was hilarious.


Black Butler

Black Butler, Vol. 1 (Black Butler, #1)In the Victorian ages of London The Earl of the Phantomhive house, Ciel Phantomhive, needs to get his revenge on those who had humiliated him and destroyed what he loved. Not being able to do it alone he sells his soul to a demon he names Sebastian Michaelis. Now working as his butler, Sebastian must help the Earl Phantomhive in this suspenseful, exciting, thriller manga.

I watched the first two Anime series of Black Butler and got completely addicted. I’m so annoyed they haven’t done a third series yet!

The anime is very close to the books, so when reading this I knew straight away who everyone was and a lot of what was going to happen. I found it very amusing that it still showed what Sebastian was making Ciel for meals, which is very out of the blue and stand out, just like it does in the anime.

Sebastian is a demon who is posing as Ciel’s butler after Ciel sells his soul to him. He is an epic butler who can solve any problem.


Have you read any of these series?

Can you suggest any series?


7 thoughts on “New to Manga? Me too! Series I’ve begun…

  1. I love manga. I’ve read Death Note, but I’ve only watched Black Butler. For manga, you might like Demon Diary or Vampire Knight. I recently got hooked on Your Lie in April, but I’m trying to figure out how to get my hands on the manga.

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