December is here and that means we’re deep into the holiday season! That said, you might be wondering what to buy for your loved ones during these times, and the answer is simple: manga. 2020 has been a year of many ups and downs, but the breadth of manga available in English has only continued to widen. From new series to box sets, here are some recommendations that will please your fellow manga lovers this season.
By Hayate the Combat Butler creator Kenjiro Hata, Fly Me to the Moon is a sweet and refreshing spin on the rom-com formula. The series centers on Nasa Yuzaki and Tsukasa Tsukuyomi, as they go about their daily lives as a couple. Between the manga’s stellar humor and lovable characters, this is an excellent choice for fans of comedy and slice of life.
With a popular ongoing anime adaptation, Jujutsu Kaisen is one of the rising stars of Weekly Shonen Jump. The series is about teenager Yuji Itadori, who one day encounters a cursed object that changes the course of his life. Now, he must face deathly foes, as he battles cursed spirits across Japan. The manga is filled to the brim with amazing action sequences, beautiful artwork, and some surprising twists. This is a must-read battle manga!
Naoki Urasawa is one of the best thriller writers in manga and his short series Mujirushi holds to that pedigree. In crippling debt, Kamoda and his daughter Kasumi encounter a mysterious man who claims that all their problems can be solved by completing an ambitious heist. This series is simply fascinating, and it even has an unexpected cameo for fans of Mr. Osomatsu. Folks looking for a gripping read this season will love this manga!
From InuYasha to Ranma ½, Rumiko Takahashi’s work has been a foundational entry point for many anime and manga fans. That said, one of her finest series has to be Maison Ikkoku. Living in a boarding house filled with rowdy tenants, Yusaku Godai goes through the tribulations of entering college, while attempting to win the heart of his building manager Kyoko Otonashi. Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition returns the series to print with a large paperback release. This is the perfect gift for the romance fans in your life!
The Legend of Zelda is one of the most iconic franchises in gaming, but some may be unaware that it has had a multitude of manga adaptations. The Legend of Zelda – Legendary Edition Box Set compiles five of the best selling Zelda manga into a lovely treasure chest style box. This is a worthy addition to any manga reader’s collection!