Yes I know there's a Manga Rec megathread, but it hasn't been updated in months and it's pretty dead. Personally, I've felt that Manga (and Anime, I suppose) have always been mediums where standards of quality for enjoyment felt pretty low compared to novels or TV series. I've been in the anime and manga threads here and it felt like people are much less discerning in their tastes when it comes to these mediums compared to the absolutely critical tone of the fanfic subforums. The only other manga discussion board I know of is Reddit's and most of their "quality fanfics" are just popularity contest winning moeblob, generic shounen, fanservice romance harem trash or more recently isekais (basically peggy sues where the MC is a cartoonishly extreme social recluse). I'm very curious what manga DLP (or the currently active members who care to respond to this thread) thinks meet the criterion we set for fanfiction here. I guess it would be lame for me to ask others for their recommendations without giving any of my own: ====================================================================== Eden, it's a Endless World! - a post-apocalytic seinen work with plots based around politics, crime, and terrorism. It's an actually 'adult' story which means nothing elsewhere but is disappointingly rare in the manga medium with realistic characters and worldbuilding. The apocalyptic sci-fi pseudo-science jargon is even plausible! (initially) The latter half of the work is completely different however, and warrants none of my original praise. I don't want to spoil the story but people who've read it will know what I'm talking about including where the very point I'm dividing the work into is at. Still, the first half is definitely one of the greatest examples of how the manga medium can produce a great adult story that shows the medium's great potential beyond teenage waifu fetishings. ====================================================================== Gunslinger Girl - this is a work that could really only have taken place in the manga medium really. Pre-pubescent girls fighting around with big guns. (Then again, Leon the Professional, perhaps?) It has an anime adaptation of which the first season sets the story's tone perfectly and the second season does admirably (my personal controversial opinion here) if you can look past the regrettably disappointing decision by the studio to use moe-blob character designs and a different color palette for environmental design. I'd imagine most people in the manga medium would get into the work as yet another little girls with guns manga. I personally got into it myself because the work was set in Italy and I guess I was a huge Italy-boo (I remained one all the way until I actually went to the country and found out the majority of their public restrooms lacked toilet seats). The work is tragic and it tells you early on. There's nothing enviable about these girls played straight as child soldiers fighting mafias, terrorists and separatists for the national government. Neither is being brainwashed into having only one adult figure as a tether in the form of handlers who are fucked up individuals themselves. Personally, the work is enough of a character study that relates how a child soldier both loses qualities of their childlike-ness and yet still demonstrates the tragic reality of how they're still children who never got to grow up that the work doesn't veer from having a over-arching tragic and gloomy atmosphere to straight up edgy grittiness, and that's why the work is so great. Also because it's one of the few long-running works that are actually complete and still have a satisfying ending. ====================================================================== Grand Blue Whether we like it or not (I don't, personally), Manga is still a medium dominated by rom-coms, slice-of-life and school fics. It's an inherent reality of the medium and since this I intended this to be a recc thread for all genres and not a "name your edgiest grittiest seinens," I'd feel remiss for not including something from them. The reason why I dislike the dominance of these genres is because like fanfiction, the majority of them are pure fanservice trash. So I'm deciding to list one I'm currently reading and like so far. When it comes to comedy, it's all a matter of taste and there's nothing to be done about that. Something I personally felt that did it right was Grand Blue. However, I strongly believe the work only resonates with a specific demographic that I happened to fall in. As a college student, it caught my attention because it was set in college which is rare in a medium inundated by high-school works, so it felt like a breath of fresh air. The frat-style hijinks they get into related to me because that's what the non-club party atmosphere was like on my campus. The humor (mostly about drinking and alcohol so far) is generally more mature compared to high school comedy mangas. There really is no story in this work, the entire thing is about the hijinks the characters get themselves into. Grand Blue simply vibed well with me and I suppose from that sense, I do understand why people following the manga medium are much less critical of story quality compared to other mediums like literature novels, TV series or fanfiction. The genres that dominate the medium don't really allow for the same literary criticism in other mediums because of their nature. ====================================================================== However, while I don't want this to be a "name every gritty edgy seinen" thread, I do hope this thread can be more than a "list the mangas that vibe well with you." I'm hoping we can help recognize some mangas that are genuinely great and worthy of the same scrutiny we give top DLP-reviewed fanfics.