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Classic Manga for the new reader

For classic anime fans around the world, reading the manga source material can provide a slightly different view of the overall story. Here at DC Public Library, we offer a number of classic titles that span the genres of action, suspense, comedy, slice of life, dystopian, dark undertones and many more. If you are familiar with classic anime and would like to delve into classic manga, consider the following titles below. 

Hunter X Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi 
You probably won't find a more driven, motivated, or likable 12-year-old than Gon Freecss. His goal is to join the Hunter's Association and earn a coveted Hunter's license; this would grant him access to restricted ruins for priceless treasure. Along the journey he befriends a cohort of fellow Hunters while attempting to reconcile with his dad who abandoned the family a long time prior.

Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
Sailor Moon represents one of several gateway anime that introduced U.S. fans to the art form in the 1990s. The iconic magical girl series gives focus to Usagi Tsukino, a normal everyday student who one day encounters a talking cat with important information: she is now Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi becomes a fighter as evil and injustice begin to plague her Japanese town. She is later joined by four additional Sailor Scouts who all band to together in the name of the Moon Princess. 

Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama
DBZ is quintessential action anime that also introduced anime to U.S. viewers during the 1990s. Son Goku emerged as a respected champion after winning a fierce martial arts tournament some five years before the start of this story. Everything on Earth seems well as Goku moves on with his life by getting married and having a family. However, a mysterious visitor reveals that Goku is actually an alien of the Saiyan race, the most powerful warriors in the universe. As a new evil threatens peace on Earth, Son Goku must harness this great ability and assume the role of defender in tow with powerful allies. 

Bleach by Tite Kubo 
Ichigo is a 15-year-old with the ability to see spirits known as "hollows." When a group of hollows invade Karakuratown, Rukia, a shinigami girl, races from Soul Society to dispatch all bearing malicious intent. During the conflict, Rukia gives Ichigo shinigami powers to protect his town from future threats, thus kicking off the story line.

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Naruto is a young warrior who lost both of his parents many years ago; he carries with him an inner demon that serves as a constant reminder of the tragic day. He has big dreams of one day becoming the leader that everyone can look up to: the Sixth Hokage of Konoha. Before this can happen, however, he must first come to terms with his unfortunate past while proving to be a capable warrior in the presence of superiors.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
After the death of their mother, Edward and Alphonse attempt to revive her body using alchemy. However, its use for the purpose of bringing back the dead is strictly prohibited and serves great consequences: Edward loses his right arm and left leg and Alphonse sees his entire body vaporize, leaving behind only a soul. The plot centers on rectifying the taboo act and recovering their original bodies in the process.

One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
Monkey D. Luffy has always dreamed of becoming a Pirate King and finding the legendary "One Piece." What exactly is the One Piece? He actually does not know; no one does. It has been stated through folklore that the rare treasure is a sight to behold if a pirate were so lucky to find it. Luffy and a band of misfit pirates set across sea to obtain the treasure while defending themselves against stronger, more fearsome pirates.