Do you usually read manga? There are many popular manga in Japan. Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, etc. I’m sure many of you have read them. Japanese manga can be unrealistic, such as fantasy and action, or realistic, such as sports and human drama. In this blog, I will introduce manga that are real and can help you learn more about Japan.
Bakuman is the story of two Japanese high school students who struggle to become manga artists. It is a realistic depiction of the difficulties of succeeding as a manga artist in Japan and the harshness of drawing manga. Competition with rivals, difficulty in expression, and fighting against deadlines, there are many challenges that face manga artists. Not many people may want to become a manga artist after reading this manga. However, if you like manga, you should read this book because you can learn what goes on behind the scenes when manga is drawn.
This manga depicts the main character, Goro Inokashira, eating at a restaurant he stops by during his work. There are no dramatic events, just the main character enjoying a meal alone and his psychology. The restaurants that appear in the manga are real, and you will be able to feel the atmosphere of a Japanese restaurant. This is the work that established the “food terrorism” genre, which intensely whets the appetite of readers. Most of the restaurants that the main character visits are in Tokyo, and most of them are not high class restaurants, but popular diners. If you’re planning to come to Tokyo, you’d better read this manga before you come.
This is a manga about a main character who is only 149cm tall and struggles in the Japanese high school basketball world. At first, the main character’s high school was a weak school, but it’s depicted that the process of its growth into a strong high school with the main character. In addition, the school life, love, and emotions of the members of the basketball team are delicately described. Furthermore, a wide range of themes are covered, such as the divorce of parents, poverty and other family problems that the characters face, as well as their past traumas. This is a manga that gives you an insight into the realities of Japanese high school students.
The main character is a boy who became a professional Shogi player in junior high school. It’s described that the process of the main character, who lost his family at an early age, growing up by meeting his fellow professionals, high school friends, mentors, and many other people. It is a realistic depiction of the harshness of the professional world of shogi, and it can be enjoyed by people who don’t know shogi. It is supervised by an actual professional Shogi player. After reading it, you may become addicted to Shogi. It is a manga that has won various awards, and I recommend reading it once.