Manga Before Flowers — Recommendation Post #1
A few things — no single manga is going to perfectly fit some of the great requests I’ve received in the last post, but I’m going to do my best to give people a few options that might work for them! Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts if you think I’ve missed a good title.
Today I offer three series for Nitz the Bloody.
Nitz the Bloody requested “closest manga equivalents of ‘post-human superhero’ stories, like WildStorm and the Ultimate Universe? If I like the kind of darkly humorous, culturally relevant takes on science fiction, what in manga would be the best?
1. Dogs, by Shirow Miwa, published by Viz.
Description: Boasting furious action, switchback plotting, magnetic characters and dazzling art, Dogs tells the story of four individuals struggling to survive a dystopian urban future by gun and sword and courage and luck.
2. Eden: It’s an Endless World, by Hiroki Endo, published by Dark Horse.
Description: Eden Volume One is both a brilliant love song to the post-apocalyptic survival genre and the beginning of a deep exploration on man’s role in the natural order. In the near future, a large portion of humanity is wiped out by a brutal, new virus that hardens the skin while dissolving internal organs. Those who aren’t immune are either severely crippled or allowed to live with cybernetically enhanced bodies. Taking advantage of a world in chaos, a paramilitary force known as the Propater topples the United Nations and seeks world domination. Elia, a young survivor searching for his mother, travels towards the Andes Mountains with an artificially intelligent combat robot. When he encounters a group of anti-Propater freedom fighters, a maelstrom of unique characters unfolds. Graphic, cyberpunk, and philosophical, Eden is a place where endearing heroes face a constant struggle for survival and violent surprises wait around every corner!
3. Bokurano: Ours, by Mohiro Kito, published online by Viz here.
Description: One summer, fifteen kids innocently wander into a nearby seaside cave. There they meet a strange man who invites them to play an exciting new video game. This game, he explains, pits one lone giant robot against a horde of alien invaders. To play the game, all they have to do is sign a simple contract. The game stops being fun when the kids find out the true purpose of their pact.