To the surprise of nobody, I like to read manga from time to time and over time I got to read a fair few. I mean, the site where I watch my shows and read my chapters says that I apparently have watched 6462 episodes á 20 minutes on the site (aka 89 days and 18 hours worth of anime) as well as 1156 manga chapters. But then again, the numbers may be smaller or bigger than that, after all, I switched sites or watched shows on other platforms and essentially ended up just adding them to that site where I already watch them. Hence, there could be more shows… or it counts shows as watched and awards me points for rewatching it… or it doesn’t do that. Essentially, I could have potentially wasted more time on Anime/Manga. That’s kinda scary. Anyways, I wanted to talk about manga today that I read that not enough other people have read… and this is not a top X list. I just like these ones a lot, including Girl By The Sea, which I reviewed a while ago (another underrated manga btw). These are not the best or the only manga I can recommend but a fair few that I had in mind for this post in particular.
Gokushufudou: The Way of the House Husband
Gokushufudou is hilarious. It’s a Seinen/Comedy manga about a Yakuza-legend called “Immortal Tatsu” who changed his ways and is now taking care of his wife and the chores at home, including dinner, cleaning, shopping, and getting the best deals at the grocery store. It’s hilarious in a way as it mixes classical Yakuza tropes with the Slice of Life elements that the Way of the House Husband would provide, naturally, and it all mixes just a little too well. Certainly, I’m always happy when I get to read a new chapter. And I love how cute stuff is while people still curse or use all kinds of other words to describe their deeds that absolutely do not fit what they’re doing right now and while it may be a running gag, it is a great running gag that I still like every time I see it… and there’s other stuff I could talk about here but I don’t wanna spoil anything so give it a read!
Uchi no musuko wa tabun gay
This manga is about a mother whose son is gay and she knows it and is completely fine with it. The son tries to desperately hide but fails at it and honestly, it’s just very wholesome. I like this one because of the comedy and slice of life elements that make the whole thing quite light-hearted and wholesome while also talking about topics like toxic masculinity and self-love, which is nice honestly.
The next manga in line, Vinland Saga, is… completely different from everything so far. It’s a historical Action-Seinen-Adventure with Drama elements and tells the story of the Danish invaders of England, commonly known as Vikings. It combines parts of King Cnut the Great’s historical rise to power with the story of Thorfinn, the son of a murdered ex-Viking, that serves under mercenaries responsible for his father’s death, in order to avenge him. Thorfinn himself isn’t strong enough to avenge his father, however, but he keeps hanging on, surviving and training and challenges Askeladd from time and time again. I like that it’s taking true events and making them sound intriguing and understandable, essentially giving us nowadays a chance to sympathize with some of the characters, which is nice. At the same time, the combat is nicely choreographed and it’s overall a very nice story that hits differently in a lot of ways… also the anime is great.
I already have completed the Beastars manga a while ago but I’m currently re-reading it again and I’m really looking forward to the third season of the anime adaptation since the first two were amazing. In a world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, there is a rising conflict between herbivores and carnivores. There is a school, however, where those two groups still live together to prove that harmony is possible. Beastars follows a young wolf, Legosi, who’s in love with a small rabbit called Haru, which will obviously bring a lot of different problems to it. There’s also been a predation accident and with suspense rising, there is a lot to unpack here, and frankly, I just love the universe, the characters and the conflicts. Can highly recommend this one!
I Am A Hero
This one is a relatively old one. It started airing in 2009 and I began reading in 2012-ish when I first came into contact with anime and manga. To this day, the premise is still very interesting to me and I love it to this day as it has some interesting topics in it, even if it didn’t go too well, compared to other shows. It’s not perfect. I know. BUT it’s an interesting and kind of relatable story that follows a mangaka assistant with anxieties and fears in a post-apocalyptic world. Okay, doesn’t sound too relatable but I love the way that everything is going on in the world right now and the main character is seemingly unfazed by it due to him already seeing things before the incident that coined that age. After all, Hideo, the protagonist, has to fight with fears, worries, and delusions to at times manifest themselves near him to the point where he’s not even sure if what he sees is alright or not. It’s an interesting case of wanting to be a hero but being stopped by your worst enemy, yourself. And I like that a lot.
Well, that’s it for today’s post. Make sure to check out these mangas if you haven’t yet. Vinland Saga, Gokushufudou and Beastars have great anime adaptations btw! Either way, I hope you enjoyed this post! What manga did you read that you find underrated? Let me know!