This week's Top Ten topic is a FREEBIE, so I can make it anything I want. I thought about it and I decided to make a list of YA books that fans of anime and manga would enjoy or appreciate. All of these, at some point while I was reading them, had an anime feel to them or made me think that they would make an awesome anime series. Sometimes I read a book and wish it could be a movie, other times, I'll wish it could be animated. I know a lot of Otaku who might like to find a book or two to read, so I figured I'd make a list. There are many types of anime, I'll break my list down and explain why I think each book/series will appeal to anime fans.
A little background on me - I love anime (Japanese Animation). I have a huge collection of both anime and manga (Japanese Comics). I also love to draw it. I haven't been drawing much lately though because I don't have the time. I'll share some of my stuff at the end of this post.
Here are ten YA books/series for anime fans:
Japanese Mythology and Culture
Paper Gods series by Amanda Sun
Ancient Japanese gods, drawings that come to life, Japanese culture, cute boys, spunky girl, romance, Yakuza, kendo...holy moly...this series has it all! If you like anime, read this series!!! The first two books are Ink and Rain. Shadow is a prequel eBook novella. Book three, Storm, will be released in June of this year.
The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
An incredible fantasy world that is like an alternate Russia is ruled by magic and threatened by terrifying monsters who live in darkness. Alina Starkov must fight to save her world. There are kickass pirates in the second book. If you're an anime fan, you'll enjoy this series, especially if you also are a fan of fantasy.
About a girl who can manipulate the threads of time. It's got a steampunk element, chimera, lots of fighting and colorful characters. The Infinite will be available March 10th.
Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
This is a story about an ordinary schoolgirl who is pulled into an alternate world full of magic and monsters with the task of defeating her evil doppelganger. Sound familair?
Alice in Wonderland is a pretty common theme in anime and manga. This gorgeous, modern retelling will appeal to otaku.
If you like Cowboy Bebop or Outlaw Star, this is a must read. Also, fans of the tv show Firefly will love it.
Zodiac by Romina Russell
This stunning Space Opera just begs to be animated. The galaxy created by Romina Russell is colorful and unique. So much so, that only anime could do this justice. HERE is my review if you want to check it out.
Ticker by Lisa Mantchev
Wacky steampunk hijinks, fantastical contraptions, floating sky ships, action, mad scientists, augmented metal body parts, fun, fashion, romance and cake. This would make an awesome anime.
A deadly virus turns ordinary teens into super-soldiers who eventually fight back against the government.
Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland
Vengeance Bound is about a girl who owes the vicious, bloodthirsty Furies (of Greek mythology) for saving her life. They take up residence in her head and force her to hunt down "bad" men. She's a killer, but you sympathize with her because she was a victim and she's helping to stop others from becoming victims. It's like Dexter meets Elfen Lied (pictured below).
And as promised, here are some things I made:
What is your top ten topic today?