Anyone with young teen boys into Manga?

(19 Posts)
winnybella Sat 29-Jun-13 00:08:17

DS liked all the ones you mentioned in your OP and now is reading Fairy Tail.

Thanks jane - we head off on holiday tomorrow so I will look into those when we get back - I am sure they would particularly love the Death Note novel.

janesnowdon1 Fri 28-Jun-13 22:10:36

1.Black Butler is a big favourite in our house about a demon butler set in a very fancy gothic Victorianesque London

2. Vampire Knight
3. (Older but still good) - Yu-Gi-Oh
4. (bit girly but my son laughs a lot at them) Fruits basket

Has he tried reading/or writing fan fiction about his favourite manga series - my children seem to spend a lot of time doing this now (online)

There is a Death note novel which is good called Another note.

No2 son is now obsessed with Japan and wants to go to a Uni with a Japanese exchange programme.....He's still 11 hmm

As a bit of balance I've just given him a book (true story) about a guy who ended up as a Japanese prisoner during the war. It's written in a very matter of fact way and not sensationalised but it was very cruel and brutal treatment - in the end the author meets up with one of his captors and forgives him so I think it will be a good read for him.

LittleNoona Sun 23-Jun-13 23:56:52

Love studio Ghibli!

Thanks again April - they are both quite advanced readers so I am sure it wont be too much of an issue - youngest is reading The curious incident of the Dog in the night time at the moment and my almost 13 year old is reading a lot of "adult" books - carefully vetted of course!

Thanks Little eNoona - i'd appreciate that. My youngest did his school project on Anime and Manga but I think it is just him in his class though some of his friends are happy enough tt play the computer games with him. They are lucky that they both like it. Eldest loves doing the drawings more than his brother and the both love the episodes/movies.

It's probably my fault for introducing Studio Ghibli as an alternative to Disney when they were little smile

LittleNoona Sun 23-Jun-13 23:44:31

My dd loves manga and anime! She has lots of books - will have a look tomorrow and see if there's any not mentioned here.

She's found it really difficult to find any other kids here age who are into that kind of stuff, does your ds have the same problem?

Oh, and I love death note - am currently drinking tea from an "L" mug! grin

AprilLudgate Sun 23-Jun-13 23:39:50

Ha ha!

I'm not a fan of Superhero stuff, which is difficult when you have a friend obsessed with them, who is constantly shoving comic books on your lap for you to read.

V for Vendetta may be a little 'grown up', the film adaptation is a 15, but it's really worth reading/watching, even if it's saved for when they are a little older. It's fantastic though, probably the best graphic novel out there imo.

I'm glad to have helped, and I hope you find something they love! smile

Yes, My 11 year old has a bit of a cute kitten obsession that he keeps hidden from his friends grin

They've had a few graphic versions of books that they have already read but they definitely don't like comics with Superhero stuff and that ilk. Though they were both Beano and Dandy addicts when they were very little smile

I look at the V for Vendetta too - thanks again.

AprilLudgate Sun 23-Jun-13 23:27:49

I'm not sure, I think there is plenty for boys, but I do agree a lot is aimed at girls. Maybe because it's an easy thing to be made 'cute'? With that type of drawing - the whole big eyes and cute animals kind of thing. I don't really know!

Just a thought, your boys might be interested in graphic novels as well as manga? Like V For Vendetta?

they read and rearead the books over and over - I think One Piece seems to be the favourite for the moment.

Is it really more a girls thing than a boys? A lot of the books seem more aimed at girls I think.

AprilLudgate Sun 23-Jun-13 23:10:58

That's no problem - I hope they enjoy them as much as I did smile

Thank you April, that's very kind - they are not that far yet - we have the Death Note Black books so that is the ones that are 2 books in 1 I think - he already has the first 2 ( so technically the first 4 ?) and I've ordered the next 2 so that would take him up to 8 I think.

I'll have a look at Buso Renkin too - thanks again.

AprilLudgate Sun 23-Jun-13 22:43:44

OH and if he doesn't already have it, I have the 13th Death Note book which is the 'encyclopaedia' for DN that I am more than happy to send to you as I'm trying to cut down on books!

AprilLudgate Sun 23-Jun-13 22:36:25

yy to Bleach!

If he hasn't finished them all already, he should definitely stick with Death Note - I love it. I'm an 18yo girl but read them when I was a bit younger, I've been re-reading them now I've finished my A Level and it's just as good as I remember!
The ending is fantastic but I won't spoil it grin There's also films of them (as well as the anime) if he'd like more of it.

Buso Renkin isn't bad although I've only read a bit of it, so that's something you could look into if you're struggling with ideas.

Righto - I've ordered the first two 3 in 1 editions of Bleach and the next two Death Note books too. Ta smile

Thanks Exogenesis. I'll have a look for that one. Some I have seen definitely seem to be aimed at older ages and girls rather than boys, but between the books, Magazines, Video games and DVDs my house is bursting with the stuff smile

Exogenesis Sun 23-Jun-13 18:45:56

no teenage boy here but, I read alot of Manga myself blush

I would try bleach. there are about 56 volumes....

Looking for a new series of Manga books for my boys. They like One piece, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist and Naruto. Were into Dragonball Z when they were younger.

I want to get some new books for birthdays coming up but all the books that I can see in Waterstones seem to be more aimed at girls and wouldn't go down well at this age smile

Thanks for any recommendations - I've put this in books too smile

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