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6:00 pm, Sep 21 2012
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Maybe a bit of a peculiar request, but I'm looking for manga that has a focus on or discusses real life issues of the modern era as a central theme or major focus (not just a side note). An example would be a manga that might address Japan's present age discrepancy problems with people living longer, fewer children being born, urbanization causing migrations of youth away from rural towns, etc...

Doesn't really matter to me if the manga's genre is fantasy, futuristic, historical, or whatnot - I'd just like to see how some mangaka may or may not have presented and examined these kinds of issues with their readers.

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I can see this series on your Wish List already, but Iryuu - Team Medical Dragon is pretty much a staunch stand against the currently established medical system.

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Team Medical Dragon is pretty unrealistic as far as criticizing the medical system. If you know anything about the medical/drug industry then the manga will seem really ridiculous.

Wandering Son is a sensitive and realistic take on issues of transgenderism.

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If you are interested in the side effects of technological developments or the change of social interactions because of stress, then you could also try:

*Reset, which deals with cases of suicide bound to an online game.

* Or category tags, like Hikikomori and such.

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shamo not exaclty your wish but it depicts sides of humanity which aren't all that nice

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Oyasumi Punpun is probably the most convincing portrait of what it's like to grow up into a role as a furiitaa. It also discusses new religion a bit (it becomes a major theme in the latter half). It's odd for me to say this, considering the surreal bends he goes on, but Asano actually treads in this kind of category quite a bit- he's one of the most clearly recognizable voices of the 'lost generation' that grew up while the economic bubble burst in the early nineties, and the issues he writes about are very applicable. Some of his oneshots (particularly the ones in Sekai no Owari to Yoakemae) have dealt with a father losing his job during that era, migration to and from the countryside, etc.





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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a satirical take on current issues.

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Something like IS - Otoko demo Onna demo Nai Sei? It deals with intersexuality.
Also seconded Hourou Musuko, Oyasumi Punpun and other Asano Inio's works,
NHK ni Youkoso! - about hikikomori
Endo Hiroki Tanpenshuu
Saikyou Densetsu Kurosawa

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