30 Day Manga Challege Day 1

You know…I’m kind of uncertain about the answer to this question… For awhile I was 100% certain of the answer and then I started second guessing myself.

Day 01 – Your very first manga?

I originally thought it was Yoko Kamio’s Hana Yori Dango, but I don’t think that’s it. I mean…it could be, but somehow I think I might have discovered HanDan after learning about manga through a friend of mine. So after much deliberation, I think it’s a toss up between Mars and Fruits Basket both which were introduced to me by my good friend Jessie (who also introduced me to Inu Yasha the anime, not the manga).


Mars is written and illustrated by Fuyumi Soryo and is available in English thanks to now defunct Tokyopop. The story revolves around a reticent high schooler who becomes involved with a motorcycle racing classmate who helped her when their teacher was sexually harassing her. The story revolves around their love for one another and overcoming all the obstacles that come in their way. This also has a live action Taiwanese drama adaptation starring Barbie Hsu and Vic Chou (who also costarred together in the Taiwanese version of HanDan, Meteor Garden).

Fruits Basket is written by Natsuki Takaya and is also available in English thanks again to the defunct Tokyopop. This was an interesting story revolving around a family who is cursed. I won’t go into details about the curse, but just know it revolves around the Chinese zodiac. Our leading lady Honda Tohru is living on her own after her mother dies and is taken in by the Soma family. She becomes involved in their secret and their curse and slowly draws out the love of two of the Somas she lives with. It had a happy ending where she ended up just with the person I wanted her to. There is no drama adaptation, although there was rumors that there was going to be a US film. Like Cowboy Bebop, this doesn’t seem to be happening, so I won’t complain. It does have a very disappointing anime (since they made it long before the manga ended).

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