Ever since I discovered anime, manga became a close second. I love seeing how easily accessible manga is not and the abundant of titles now available just waiting to be discovered. I decided to share some of my favorite ongoing series (that may still need to be released in English). I prefer owning manga in their digital format because then I can lug them around and read what I want.
I’ve decided to share five ongoing series that I’m keeping my eyes on. There are many more ongoing series that I love (like One Piece and Case Closed), but I decided to share series that may not have as much attention as they should need.
Series I was introduced to through the anime:
›› Ace of the Diamond by Yuuji Terajima
Eijun Sawamura had his heart set on the middle-school national baseball championships. But his team is eliminated thanks to a wild pitch thrown by Eijun himself. He’s planning to go to high school with his teammates and try again next year when he’s scouted by the famous Seido High School Baseball team. When he goes for a campus visit, he finds himself on the receiving end of a baptism by fire! His experience forming a battery with up-and-coming catcher Miyuki rekindles his passion for baseball!!
- 47 volumes total, 14 volumes digitally released
- Sports manga, baseball
- I own 6 volumes.
- I really hope that Act II gets picked up.
There is a quality surrounding Sawamura’s personality that I can’t help but like. He isn’t the skilled player who everyone feels threatened by. He is not the most reliable player with barely any skills that can be helpful to the team, but he is the most persistent person who does not give up. Trust me when I say he often has setbacks, but I always find myself overjoyed when I see him overcome these trials. Time is taken to explore each teammate, their skills, their ambitions, their thoughts. I can’t help but become attached to each character as more volumes go past.
›› Days by Tsuyoshi Yasuda
From Tsuyoshi Yasuda, the author of Over Drive and Furimuku Na Kimi Wa, comes the most exciting soccer manga in the world! During his last spring break before starting high school, Tsukushi Tsukamoto meets Jin Kazama, who invites him to a pick-up soccer game. Their chance meeting, and his first-ever experience with soccer, move kind-hearted, timid Tsukushi to enroll in his new high school’s soccer club, which is among the strongest in all of Japan. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, there’s something amazing hidden inside Tsukushi’s heart…and through the trials and tribulations of his time in the soccer club, it’s beginning to blossom!
- 28 volumes currently, 9 volumes digitally released
- Sports manga, soccer
- I own 3 volumes.
- Tsukushi is an interesting character.
I do have to say that Kazama’s personality in the anime is dialed back a bit from the manga. Tsukushi is a beginner to soccer (or football, depending on where you’re from) and he is not a sudden genius in the sport either. His skills strengthen through practice whether it’s on his own time or in team practice. He has the determination to put in 100% into the training because doesn’t want to be a burden to his teammates. His kindness and consideration really make him pop out.
›› The Royal Tutor by Higasa Akai
Accepting the post of royal tutor at the court of the king of Granzreich, Heine Wittgenstein is a little professor with a big job ahead of him! Each of the kingdom’s four princes has a rather distinct personality. Does their diminutive new instructor have what it takes to lay down some learning? It’s a comedy of educational proportions!
- 11 volumes currently, 7 volumes released
- I own 2 volumes.
- A manga with princes. I find myself having a soft spot for princes finding their own way through life.
I suppose that having a manga full of bishounen doesn’t hurt. There are four princes, each with their own distinct personality, that Heine has to tutor. He not only is well versed in all subjects, but he also tries to make his students think outside of the box. I enjoyed the humor and how each lesson allows each prince to grow and develop.
Series I picked up because of the description:
›› Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
When young adventurer Laios and his company are attacked and soundly thrashed by a dragon deep in a dungeon, the party loses all its money and provisions…and a member! They’re eager to go back and save her, but there is just one problem: If they set out with no food or coin to speak of, they’re sure to starve on the way! But Laios comes up with a brilliant idea: “Let’s eat the monsters!” Slimes, basilisks, and even dragons…none are safe from the appetites of these dungeon-crawling gourmands!
- 6 volumes currently, 5 volumes released
- I own 4 volumes.
I’ve never read anything like this. All the characters are interesting and each bring their own humor into the story. I love seeing how all the ingredients come together and the food, although a bit out of the norm, looks delicious. Time is taken to explore the dungeon and we are able to see that a dungeon has its own ecosystem. To hear more of my thoughts, I have posted a mini review up here.
›› A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School by Mai Tanaka
Rookie teacher Haruaki Abe is as cowardly as they come. It’s hard enough for him to handle human students without whimpering-and now he’s going to be teaching at a school full of monsters?! It’s a classroom of horrors for Haruaki, as his mischievous students use every means at their disposal to prank him! Will this poor teacher be able to get his group of ghouls under control, or is this class destined for failure?
- 7 volumes currently, 3 volumes released
- I own 1 volume.
Haruaki is an interesting person. Although his students take advantage of his wimpy personality, there is a bond formed as he becomes the teacher to these ghouls (I can’t help but read “ghoul” as yokai though). There is an element of mystery surrounding Haruaki, but it is not in his character to stick up for himself. At times the events can get silly but I enjoyed the chemistry that exists between Haruaki and his students. Each of his students are interesting to the point and have a backstory I would like to know.