We all have those series we never thought we’d like. They could be from a genre we’re not a big fan of, the art-style isn’t too our liking or the story sounds mediocre. But sometimes we decide to give it a chance, and may be pleasantly surprised. This post features five manga which I was so certain I wouldn’t like, but I ended up kinda loving.
Okusan – Ooi Masakazu
As soon as I saw this series my first thought was ‘god, not another boob monster’, but it ended up being a boob goddess! The series is a gag manga that follows a young wife’s daily life. It’s filled with short and sweet stories, mostly staring her boobs, as she hangs out with neighbours, gets into trouble and flirts with her husband. It’s definitely not going to win any awards, but it’s a cute story that never fails to bring a smile to my face.
Funouhan – Miyatsuki Arata
On the other end of the spectrum is Funouhan. I found this series while I was searching for horror manga, and the first chapter actually really put me off it. I waited a few months and saw it again with some more chapters and figured I’d give it another shot. Sure enough, I began to enjoy it. Funouhan doesn’t seem to really have much of a plot, it essentially follows this guy ‘Funouhan’ as people request him to murder other people. Except Funouhan never gets his hands dirty, he uses hypnosis to murder people. The series is quite dark, and definitely not for everyone, but perfect for when I’m in the mood for something screwed up!
Lovely Complex – Aya Nakahara
Lovely Complex (aka Love.Com) is actually quite a popular shoujo manga. Throughout high school people constantly recommended this series to me, and it was only a few years ago I actually read it. The series follows two high school students – a very short boy and a very tall girl – and their budding romance. It touches on a lot of issues like body image and school pressures. But it does have a lot of the cliche tropes of shoujos like love triangles and silly misunderstandings. So why was I surprised i liked it? I actually really don’t like Shoujo manga – at all. Lovely Complex was the first shoujo I actually enjoyed (yes that includes Ouran High School – sorry to disappoint).
Geletaria Supernova – Kitahala Lyee
So my first impressions of this series was definitely not as strong as the others on this list. I came across Geletaria Supernova when I was searching for a new BL series to read, I saw the cover and kind fo shrugged – looked pretty standard, maybe even a below average series – but gosh did I fall. The series follows a university student who has a friends with benefits relationship with a handsome stranger. Before they head off for sexy time, they eat at the same ice cream shop. However, the student slowly becomes more and more interested in the handsome stranger. There was something so innocent yet fragile about this series – like everything could go wrong in a split second. It was a really fun series to read, and I do read it time and time again.
Kannou Sensei – Yoshida Motoi
In all my years of reading manga, actually consuming any kind of media, I have never really liked age-gaps in romances. I don’t know why, it just…irks me? So when I saw Kannou Sensei, a romance between a 20 year old woman and a middle-aged man, I was sure I’d dislike it. But it actually really surprised me. It sounds odd but reading this series reminded me of those old Audrey Hepburn movies – a sassy but kind of innocent young woman trying to understand the affections of an (and often awkward) older man. It definitely helps that the art is gorgeous in this series!
Thank you for reading! Do you have any series you accidentally fell in love with :)?
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