Is English your main language? Or is your English stronger than your Japanese?
I love the creativity of stories in Japanese manga and anime. A lot has made me laugh my ass off or cry my heart out. And for a long time, I wished that I didn’t have to wait for the manga to be translated or for the anime to get an English sub for me to enjoy.
With the advent of the YA and NA (young adult and new adult) genres in western books, I think we have something Anime and Manga fans can enjoy
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I love mysteries, especially when the main character is female. I admire how tough they are. Some unfortunately become cynical due to their profession requiring them to face liars, thieves, murderers and anything else in between . Admittedly, facing people who downright disrespect and harm you would make anyone question whether the job is worth it.
But these ladies continue on with their commitment to justice or basically just doing the right thing despite experiencing plenty of job-related, near-death experiences.
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YA Protagonists with the “Darker Shade of Gray” morality
The Young Adult section is full of main characters who are inherently good. They almost always do the right thing for the right reason. They may suffer a momentary lapse of judgment, but all-in-all, you can count on him (or her) to be there to save the day.
But if you’re tired of those sort, and feel like reading darker fare, then you might like the following selections. These characters have done morally reprehensible things with little to no hesitation. But for some reason, they are still likeable.
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An illiterate Beauty? A booty-licious Beast? Authors have used, reused, subverted, inverted and messed with this classic fairytale in every way possible that I’m surprised something new manages to come out every year.
Regardless of the setting or form, I find three elements to be the same in any retelling:
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