The Return of Manga Monday: So You Want to Get Into Manga

Starting next week, I will be bring back Manga Monday. It was one of my favorite posts of the week but life got in the way and I wasn’t able to keep up with it. With that in mind, I wrote this post, so you all will be prepared for the next coming weeks.

I really do. Let’s get to it.

Here is what you should know about manga (insert what manga is). . . there are so many different niches that one bad manga does not mean that they are all bad. If you are reader, this is something that you should be fully aware of. Manga gets a bad wrap (dare I say much worst than graphic novels/comics) due to people not understanding the cultural difference, being pretty much racist AND unwilling to try new things.

First things first is how to read manga. Manga is read from right to left. In most books, you should see a page devoted to directions. This is important, not necessarily reading the directions but know how to read manga because you can quickly get lost.

Different Sub Genres 

*Note: I believe these would be considered sub genres as each manga is still broken down as Fantasy, Horror, Contemporary etc. This could be an American thing but I am not 100% sure about that. 

  • Shonen is geared towards young boys under the age of 15.
  • Seinen is geared toward to young men between the ages of 15-24.
  • Shojo is geared toward girls between the ages of 10-18


  • Josei is geared towards adult women.
  • Kodomomuke is geared towards children.
  • Yaoi is also known as boy’s love and are stories about male gay relationships.
  • Yuri is also known as girl’s love and are stories about female gay relationships.


  • Ecchi is has a lot of suggested content (i.e. sexual) and may contain nudity.
  • Hentai is pretty much pornography with a story behind it (not to say there may not be porn with a plot but yeah that is what this is).

There may be more but this is what I have for the time being. It is important to know what you are getting into but manga doesn’t exactly shy away from certain topics. They can be extremely detailed, so knowing what you want to deep dive into is a good start.

And just because there is a particular age group that the manga is set for i.e. the demographic, you can read any manga you want. I wouldn’t obviously recommend children to read the adult themes but you know what I am trying to get at.

I read manga in two different ways. By going to Kiss Manga or purchasing at a bookstore, usually Barnes and Nobles.

One things to note with Kiss Manga is that is can be overwhelming because there are a lot of choices. Not all manga will be available on this website but you still can find a chunk of it. So happy hunting!!

Listed below are some (because there are so much more) of my favorite manga and it includes a range also some new and old.

I hope that this post was helpful ^_^ I look forward to you starting your manga journey!

4 thoughts on “The Return of Manga Monday: So You Want to Get Into Manga”

      1. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to it soon, I need to see if my library has it. I may need to reread the beginning because it’s been *years* since I started it (I think it just had a few chapters out when I started it!). :)

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