TTT: Manga to Read

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This one took a bit of brainpower, no joke. I’ve also realized how very little of anime and manga I’ve watched and read lately, so I’m pretty sure half this list is something I need to remedy myself (like, seriouslah…I’m so behind on Attack on Titan right now it’s not even funny).

Ten Manga To Read If You Like These Popular Books


If you liked Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce…

Then you might like Claymore by Norihiro Yagi

Who doesn’t want to see small, feisty women with swords kicking ass? I haven’t read Claymore but from what I’ve seen of the anime, it’s set in a medieval world filled with demons (yoma) that are vanquished by women warriors named Claymores (or Silver-Eyed Witches). The Claymores are badass demon-slayers, and named so for the large swords they carry. Alanna could probably give them a run for their money, lady knight and powerful sorceress that she is by the end of the Song of the Lioness series.


If you liked Cinder by Marissa Meyer…

Then you might like Chobits by CLAMP

There’s a lot of interesting fiction where it asks the question of how far you can love someone who’s part-robot or full-robot. Cinder isn’t exactly full-blown android, but her cyborg-ness puts her at a lower rung to regular humans. Societal pressures in Cinder even go so far to say that there’s NO WAY Prince Kai can love someone like Cinder (BUT READERS KNOW BETTER, YES WE DO). In a similar vein, Chobits explores the relationship between Hideki and his personal computer, Chi, and whether androids can come to love a human and vice versa.


If you liked Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor…

Then you might like Angel Sanctuary by Kaori Yuki

My sister and I pretty much amassed 18 volumes’ worth of Angel Sanctuary back when we used to collect manga, but I swear I’ve only read up to a certain point before I stop again. Not because I started getting bored, but because things get super convoluted past the Hell Arc. Anyway, both Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Angel Sanctuary deal with angel/demon-to-human reincarnation, angels and demons, a great war, and a forbidden love.


If you liked A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin…

Then you might like Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

Is it bad that I mostly put these two books together because of so many character deaths that are amassed after a few chapters? Character deaths aside, both series deal with multiple characters struggling to survive a world where power and rank matter. If you cannot climb the ranks and play the game, you’re as good as dead. Well, in Attack on Titan, you’re as good as dead regardless, methinks.


If you liked Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar…

Then you might like Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori

Gossip Girl is all about high society, and all about how a few of the non-rich people struggle to be accepted into this world of constant cocktail dresses and Hampton parties. Bisco Hatori portrays a similar society in Ouran High School Host Club, though thankfully she doesn’t take any of it seriously, and what you get in the manga is a boat-load of rich-people-problem hilarity as well as several romances that make you squee.


If you liked The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins…

Then you might like Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (writer) and Masayuki Taguchi (illustrator)

Oh, come on. If you’ve seen/read Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, how can you NOT make a connection? Both involve young people insensibly killing each other until a victor emerges among them. Both involve a government that’s found a way in instilling fear and demoralizing its people so as to prevent nation-wide rebellion. Both have weapons, bloodshed, and lots of running around in random places whilst being televised across the nation. The backbone is the same, even with divergent storytelling. I’ve yet to read the Battle Royale book and its manga, but I’ve watched the film. That shit was intense.


If you liked Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson…

Then you might like Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Sanderson’s Allomancy and Feruchemy are amazing in that they work within the rules set forth upon Scadrial. In the same manner, Amestris has Alchemy and Alkahestry which ultimately follow the Law of Equivalent Exchange. Both Mistborn and Fullmetal Alchemist follow the story of young prodigies (Vin, a Mistborn and Edward Elric, the Fullmetal Alchemist) with far-reaching goals. Both involve antagonists with dubious but not-directly-evil moral grounds. Both also set importance in team effort as opposed to hinging dependency on ONE SOLE PERSON to save the world.


If you liked The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger…

Then you might like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by Yasutaka Tsutsui (writer) and Ranmaru Kotone (illustrator)

Confession: I did not like The Time Traveler’s Wife. But I did like what I’d seen of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and I’ve really only watched the anime movie and the live-action sequel. Time travel is tricky business, and in both TTW and GWLTT, there’s a lot of romance gained and lost, and a lot of tears shed when you know exactly what’s coming–because hell, shit’s depressing. I’ve yet to read the book or the manga of GWLTT, but it’s on my TBR list.


If you liked Twilight by Stephenie Meyer…

Then you might like Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino

Love triangles, supernaturals with heightened abilities, sparkly beautiful emo vampires, human-turned-vampire girls who need protecting…yeah. Yep. I’m pretty much talking about both Twilight and Vampire Knight here. In fact, when I first read Twilight, I pretty much saw it in my head as an anime/manga. I even envisioned Edward Cullen as Kaname! I think this is why I actually enjoyed Twilight, because I had seen it as the book-version of Vampire Knight, which I loved.


If you liked World War Z by Max Brooks…

Then you might like Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida

Flesh-eating zombies! Oh yeah. There isn’t much other similarity between World War Z and Tokyo Ghoul other than there being flesh-eating monsters out to rule the world. I just thought it was fun to recommend Tokyo Ghoul because as far as anime goes, it’s still relatively new. And there are zombies involved. Well, ghouls. And there is a war between the ghouls and the humans, who’ve come up with technology and weaponry that enable them to fight back. So I guess WWZ and TG are a little similar in that, too.

18 thoughts on “TTT: Manga to Read

  1. KANAME! Oh god, I am now fangirling at work. I love this! I’m wracking my brain on what I’m going to do for this week’s list, and this is a perfect example. With all of these that I’ve read/seen, I can see enjoying the counterpart.

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        1. The first season was just… O.O. SOGOOD. I watched it with my sister and the both of us cringed mostly at the last epi. Still, I have a weakness for the batshit crazy females…so XD

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  2. Hi there, I’m new to your blog! I’m always looking for new books/manga to read. You’ve convinced me just a little more to try Cinder and Ouran, and maybe even Tokyo Ghoul. And while I never thought I’d read a Brandon Sanderson book, the comparison to FMA (I watched Brotherhood in full earlier this year and I loved it to bits) has intrigued me.

    Btw, I read your volcano story in my ARC of The SEA is Ours (hello, fellow Pinay!) and I have to say that I am now a fan of your work. 🙂

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    1. God. Brotherhood changed my life. It was so good! I usually compare Mistborn with either FMA or Avatar: The Last Airbender. Either way is win-win I think, lol. And yes to Cinder and Ouran! I occasionally rewatch random episodes of Ouran, especially on a bad day, because that anime usually makes me laugh.

      And aww. Thanks! I’m always tickled purple to see my stuff being read and much appreciate you saying so 😀

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      1. Ugh. Brotherhood. I think I’m still reeling from how earth-shattering the entire series was for me. Ouran episodes are sitting in my sister’s laptop, so I think I’ll finally have a go at it 🙂
        You’re welcome! I’m hunting down the other anthologies and making calculations with my bank account, ahaha.

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    1. I NEED TO FINISH GRISHA SOON but otherwise I probably would agree, lol. And yeah, I loved the eastern and western versions for FMA-Mistborn and THG-Battle Royale, and the storytelling was faboo on both ends. Still, yes, agreed. Inspirations abound.


  3. I would have never compared Chobits with Cinder! And I admit I still don’t see the connection very much.
    Vampire Knight is 100% Twilight though. This makes so much sense; I couldn’t watch past the first two episodes. xD


    1. Haha. VK was my first entry into high school vampire stories, admittedly, and I am still a sucker for them. XD

      For some reason Chobits was the first thing that did come to mind for Cinder. I prolly could have found a different manga relating to cyborgs and federations but–oh crud. Nvm. I definitely could have come up with different manga that’s closer as far as a mixture of east and west and is all scifi-ey.


  4. I love this idea and you’ve named quite a few Manga(s) I enjoy, such as: Claymore, Angel Sanctuary (I’m already reading the series for this one), Fullmetal Alchemist & Tokyo Ghoul. I will now do the reverse: read the book/series according to the manga suggestion 😁 Great list 👍

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    1. Haha thanks! It’s always fun finding manga that have western counterparts. A lot of themes change even when the premise stays the same, and all due to cultural influences!


      1. Now its also interesting that you’ve mentioned culture, since manga(s) while borrowing heavily from the western culture (even with the few manga(s) I’ve mentioned) are also quite Japanese-centric so its interesting to draw parallels with western counterparts the way you have. I think out of your list I’m most interested to try reading Mistborn (I won’t deny that the cover also appeals to me). I also know why I didn’t enjoy Vampire Knight, couldn’t even get into the idea of it…Twilight! LOL!

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