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Lone Wolf and Cub (and everything Koike/Kojima)
Oni's been publishing comics that are manga-influenced for quite some time now--check out Blue Monday, Love as a Foreign Language and Scott Pilgrim for some good reads.
My favorite (currently. It tends to flip-flop a lot) is Chrono Crusade. I loved the ending :)
Some others are Dragon Knights (despite the fact that it just DOESN'T WANT TO END), Meru Puri, and Alice 19th. And a decent Western-manga comic is Bizenghast the plot's kind of iffy, but the art is prudy :3
Return to the Labyrinth has gotten mixed reviews from what I have seen. Just be aware that the front cover is done by a different artist then the inside of the book.
Well, mixed reviews are better than all bad reviews. It leaves me with SOME hope. ;) It's rather disappointing that the front cover is done by a different artist - the cover is positively beautiful!
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Return to Labyrinth is a fun read, but I think you definitely need familiarity with the movie Labyrinth in order to get full enjoyment from it. The interior art is decent and pretty easy to follow, but the character designs waver a bit in places.
I will be picking up the other books in the trilogy as they come out, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming release of the Dark Crystal graphic novels (set 100 years before the movie; there's a preview in the back of Return to Labyrinth).
Are there any more classic 70's type manga that someone can recommend? I really love that style.
If you're lucky enough to find these used, you may be interested in A, A prime and Four Shojo Stories. The latter is incredibly hard to find, but it's got some very interesting sf and fantasy shorts.
I have some Cardcaptor Sakura for her to read, but I also am looking for more recommendations on good manga for a 6yo girl. Should I just stick to Clamp, for now?
eta: Tokyo Babylon is a bit cute at first, but gets extremely violent and depressing later on. ^^; Legal Drug is also a not-for-kids CLAMP series (and on indefinite hiatus, anyway, much like X c.c). Clover, likewise, I would steer clear of for such a young child--depressing. Chobits has some very distinct sexual overtones. RG Veda is another one with violence and death all over the place. CLAMP does a lot of really dark stuff!
I don't tend to read anything child-appropriate, but I can sure help point out things to avoid. If I like it, it will probably traumatise her. ;)
The only other CLAMP works I'd recommend for her would be CLAMP School Detectives and perhaps Angelic Layer.
All these series are finished.
Tokyo Mew Mew
BB Explosion by Yasue Imai
Baron: The Cat Returns
Castle in the Sky
Di Gi Charat
My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki's Delivery Service
What's Michael These are anthologies and you probably want to screen each one, just in case. Kobayashi definately knows cats and cat lovers.
Out of print:
Magical Pokemon Adventures IIRC this series was written for girls.
Sailor Moon You may want to preview this one.
I'd definitely be careful with CLAMP titles. It seems that a lot of their all-ages friendly series are going OOP in English.
Some other titles you might want to look into are Ultra Maniac (Viz), Hikaru no Go (Viz), and +ANIMA by Natsumi Mukai (Tokyopop). I'll also second recommendations for Yotsuba& (ADV) and Corrector Yui (Tokyopop, OOP).
I would agree with lohengrin that Sailor Moon isn't appropriate for that young of a child. Also the books are now out of print and due to some binding problems (at least with my copies) the pages are very likely to fall out in chunks.
I've seen Wedding Peach at the bookstore, and My Neighbor Totoro--but only on Bento Boxes, and was wondering if that was from Manga or a Show. I'll be sure to check that out! I could never get into Sailor Moon when my older daughter watched it, she really wasn't that into it either.
When I read manga as a kid in Japan, it didn't bother me that all the characters looked like Caucasians with their huge, sparkly eyes and straight, long noses. Now living in America and an adult, I wonder if the Japanese continue to draw the Asian characters with Caucasian features because America/the Allies were the victors of WWII. If I had a daughter, with dark, almond-shaped eyes like mine, I'd hate for her to read mangas and grow up wishing her eyes were bigger like Caucasians. I know a good story is a good story, but I wonder if generations of Japanese girls are growing up to dislike their Asian features? The Chinese manga mvrdrk sent me look have Asian features.
Talk to the Japanese, they will tell you they all look Japanese, except for those rare cases where a character is meant to look like a specific race. Even hair color isn't an indication except when a point is made of it.
It may be human nature, especially in societies which are relatively 'homogenous' in appearance, that no matter how the characters are drawn, they match the people you're used to seeing.
It's especially hard with the sometimes very abstract line drawings as in manga. Especially in manga targeted at girls, it's not uncommon that hair style is the only way to tell one character from another. I think one of the hallmarks of HK comics is a much stronger realism in character faces. (Then again, there is one HK artist who draws eyebrows like fuzzy catepillars with a violent upswinging hook on the end. Those eyebrows have a life of their own ...)
>54 mvrdrk: You are right. To the Japanese they do look Japanese. I say this because when I read manga as a child, I identified with the characters, so I obviously did not think of the characters as having Caucasian characteristics.
I've found that manga marketed at girls are different from manga marketed at boys in some very broad brush ways, I'll be interested to see if you get that impression too. The flow of the panels is one difference, manga marketed at girls is less grid oriented than manga marketed at boys.
I've gotten used to the huge sparkly eye character designs and they no longer bother me. You'll find designs become less exaggerated as you get away from manga marketed to kids.