I remember the blissful afternoons when I would get home from school, turn on the TV, and just plop down on my bed to watch anime. I grew up in the time of Wedding Peach, Marmalade Boy, Daimos, Voltes V, Akazukin Chacha, Cardcaptor Sakura, Ghost Fighter, Flame of Recca, Gundam Wing, and Fushigi Yuugi re-runs (back when “unite” was just another innocuous word. Thanks a lot, Nakago). Good times, good times. I read (and wrote, regrettably) a lot of fanfiction as well because the feels were too powerful to be left unattended.
Manga, on the other hand, is something I didn’t get into until recently. I’m pretty sure it was hard to get a hold of decent translated scans back in my day, and I didn’t want to get obsessed with collecting a ton of volumes I wouldn’t know what to do with after reading a few times. I think my foray into manga started when I finished watching Kimi Ni Todoke (Reaching You), which drove me absolutely bonkers because it was so adorable and romantic and relatable! As I sat in front of my laptop, browsing Fanfiction.net for the nth time, I thought, ‘There’s gotta be something more. More official!’ So, I Googled “Kimi Ni Todoke manga,” and the rest is history.
Manga Fox is my go-to website. I think there’s beef between sites like Manga Fox, which collates all the manga you can ever possibly want, and smaller sites that translate only the manga they choose to work on. I guess it’s because the smaller sites work so hard to translate, and Manga Fox just gets their work and their website traffic. Maybe? I’m so sorry, smaller sites! I really like Manga Fox because everything’s there already. I’m sorry. :s
I’ve read a lot of manga thanks to those four-hour-long commutes to and from the office, and a precious few have made it to my Bookmarks folder. Below are the completed works (save for one) that I really, really enjoyed (i.e. made me lose my marbles shipping so hard). If you’re just getting into manga like I am, I highly recommend these. Ready your precious heart for the barrage of feels.