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The GateCrasher Library: Anime August Special Edition

The GateCrashers are celebrating Anime August – have a look at some of our favorite mangas!

Welcome back to the hallowed halls of the GC Library. Take a deep breath. Can you smell the well loved pages just waiting for you to read them? You walk through the stacks, inspecting the titles for your next storytelling adventure. As you round the corner and out of the Young Adult section, you see them: mangas. Whether they’re a new experience for you or well-loved treasures, the GateCrashers are here to recommend their favorites, especially those they find very accessible to newcomers.


Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama

The Enigma of Amigara Fault by Junji Ito

Ranma ½ by Rumiko Takahashi

Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa

“There is beauty as well as horror, love and unity as well as grotesque transformation and vicious violence, in the spirals of Uzomaki.”

— Robert

Uzomaki by Junji Ito

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer by Satoshi Mizukami

Outlanders by Johji Manabe

Sailor Moon is a classic and for good reason, it’s one of the best magical girl stories anywhere and doubles as a great story about girls being friends. It’s super accessible to anyone and also is really easy to find basically anywhere.”

— Reagan

Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

Haiku!! by Haruichi Furudate

Nine Dragons Ball Parade written by Mikiyasu Kamada and illustrated by Ashibi Fukui

Mobile Fighter Gundam G by Kenichi Matsuzaki

Paradise Kiss has lush and memorable visual style, a cast of likeable and charming characters make for delicious drama and lovely romances.”

— Bree

Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa

Death Note written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata

To Your Eternity by Yoshitoki Oima

One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

A Man & His Cat is a comfort food manga for any cat lover, highlighting the evolution of a tear-jerking relationship between a widowed older man and his adorable outcast cat.”

— Katie

A Man & His Cat by Umi Sakurai

Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama

Nausicäa of the Valley of the Wind gave me one of the most magical reading experiences that transported me to another place and time through beautiful illustrations and an epically eco-conscious adventure.”

— Thomas

Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind by Hayao Miyazaki

Blood on the Tracks by Shuzo Oshimi

Yoshi No Zuikara by Satsuki Yoshino

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki

Fullmetal Alchemist‘s writing, from the characters to the world-building, is mature and well-realized.”

— Bec

Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Neon Genesis Evangelion by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Our Dream at Dusk is a beautiful story about coming to terms with your sexuality and developing bonds with people who exist outside of society’s forced binary outlook.”

— Matt

Our Dream at Dusk by Yuhki Kamatani

Given by Natsuki Kizu

I Hear the Sunspot by Yuki Fumino

Witch Hat Altier by Kamome Shirahama

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