media recommendations

MALA'S MEDIA RECOMMENDATION HELL HOLE

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horror post apocolyptic exploration sci-fi seinen romance josei slice of life

Dorohedoro

Dorohedoro is a seinen manga by Q Hayashida. Dorohedoro is one of my favorite manga ever. It is full of gore though, so it is not for the faint of heart. It's got beautiful detailed art that captures the gritty, decrepit world of Hole. Despite the horrible things that happen in Dorohedoro, the comedy is delightful and there is often an air of lightheartedness. There's also an anime that is 12 episodes. It only covers a fraction of Dorohedoro, and there will be no season two, because the studio behind it is now working on Chainsaw Man.

Tagged: seinen, manga
Girl's Last Tour

Another post apocalyptic manga that I adore. The artwork is beautiful. Tsukumizu always evokes the love I have for brutalism. The adventures that the two main characters go on and their dialogue truly make the story. I found Girl's Last Tour very comforting despite the melancholia.

Tagged: postapoc, manga
Shimeji Simulation

Shimeji Simulation is a story about a girl who spent two years in a closet. After emerging, mushrooms have grown from her head. It's a really bizarre story. I really like Tsukumizu's art and stories, and it has surpassed her previous work, Girl's Last Tour, for me.

Tagged: surreal, manga
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikuo

I am very fond of peaceful post apocalyptic work, so Yokohoma Shopping Log is very high on the list for me. It is quite possible in my top five list of manga.. It is about an android running a cafe. It's a very beautiful work with an air of melancholia I adore. The characters age and you relate to them losing their childhood as they grow older. The beauty and sadness of this world I feel isn't captured in many stories.

Tagged: postapoc, manga
Our Dreams at Dusk

Our Dreams at Dusk is a manga about LGBT people renovating buildings. This is a bit of simplification, but I like to say it like that because I imagine renovating buildings with my other gay friends and talking about our lives. Their various identities and emotional wellbeings are explored, and the artwork is beautiful.

Tagged: seinen, manga
Yon and Mu

While Uzumaki is Junji Ito's magnum opus, Yun and Mu in my eyes is just as much of a chef-d'oeuvre. It's just a manga about Junji Ito illustrating his life with his cats. I'd honestly recommend this to anyone who enjoys manga.

Tagged: comedy, manga
Love My Life

Love My Life is a yuri manga by one of my favorite mangakas, Ebine Yamaji. There are so many gay people in this manga. It's fun. There's also a movie, and I think both are quite enjoyable and the movie is not too far off from the manga. I know some people disagree though.

Tagged: romance, manga
Uzumaki

Uzumaki is considered by many to be Junji Ito's magnum opus, and I agree. I find the story to be so beautifully made, and the love in it connects with me today. The horror is truly shocking as well. Of course, Junji Ito's art continues to be striking. I would do anything and everything for Shuichii.

Tagged: horror, manga
Goodnight Punpun

Goodnight Punpun is one of the most miserable pieces of fiction I've read. A harrowing tale of childhood neglect, manipulation, and just the general darkness of the human psyche. The artwork is gorgeous in a strange unsettling way. I think about this manga frequently and the people who have come and gone from my life.

Tagged: seinen, manga
Hanamonogotari

Hanamonogatari is a manga that just started. It's about an elderly bisexual woman who finds an elder lesbian. It's a really sweet story so far, and there's not a lot of lesbian work about older women. It's honestly one of my favorite things at the moment despite it only being around 3 chapters at the moment.

Tagged: romance, manga
Memories of Emanon

Emanon Wanderer is a very beautiful manga illustrated by Kenji Tsuruta. The story is by Kaijo Shinji> I feel a lot of love for this manga. The beauty of it's story about and art combine to just make a really wonderful experience. It also has a sequel, Emanon Wanderer, which I enjoy but it doesn't quite capture what Memories of Emanon did for me.

Tagged: sci-fi, manga