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Post #603592
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9:51 am, Jun 15 2013
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Hi! I'm looking for some new manga to read since it's summer and I can go on a crazy binge w/o having to worry about studying or exams blah.

What I'm looking for today a manga that has a realistic, grounded feel to it. There's zero drama (or at least no random drama that happens for no reason and it derails the plot/characters)) and the characters are likable and well-developed with their own idiosyncrasies. I really liked Bonnouji! And I also enjoyed the atmosphere of Love Roma. Basically, a manga that's relaxing to read, and you enjoy reading it!

I hope my request isn't too vague? The only genre I don't like reading are shounen, harem, and genderbender (is that what it's called?). My absolute favorite genre is josei.

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A talking rock

10:32 am, Jun 15 2013
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Maybe you could try Genshiken - The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture or My Girl (SAHARA Mizu)

I don't know if you had already read those two or not, but both has realistic and grounded feeling to it.

Post #603602
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10:51 am, Jun 15 2013
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While there is some drama it's the good kind of drama in Honey and Clover, check out the anime, I'm rewatching it right now actually.

I think 14-sai no Koi would be right up your alley, light and refreshing.

You might like Usagi Drop up until the time jump, I'll second My Girl (SAHARA Mizu) which has a similar theme.

Gin no Saji is technically shonen but I think you might enjoy it regardless, a series that revolves around a city kid going to an agricultural high school.

You're probably not going to find a series as relaxed as Bonnouji, or at least I haven't found one yet.

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K-Indie ♥

5:19 pm, Jun 15 2013
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Hm, somehow I just feel like throwing these completed ones in...

* Kanojoiro no Kanojo - I think, it has a great storyline focused on friendship and the character development of the main characters. Romance is as a subplot included.

* March Rabbit and Nineteen, Twenty-One - If you don't mind webtoons, then these can be interesting with their calm setting and rather slow paced plot.

* Heaven's Door (HONGOU Ranko) - Yes, it's a traged, but you should take a look at it, if you haven't done this till now already. The characters are really likeable and it's a nice read.

"It's like love is a bonus in your life. Even without it, I'm just fine. I don't feel like pointlessly searching for it. You don't have to make yourself unhappy." (Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji)

"Why does it rain?" - "To create drama." (Drops (Andou Yuki))
Post #603654
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9:16 pm, Jun 15 2013
Posts: 525

Hmm how about:

Ryuushika Ryuushika

All of these are technically shounen, but the content is mature (not in a sexual sense) and they are not what you would usually expect of shounen mangas.

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Post #603672
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1:32 am, Jun 16 2013
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I second Yotsubato!, I also think Minami-ke is similarly funny and relaxing.
Another great read is Mahoraba, the characters are great and while it's more elaborated plot-wise than the otherwise the drama is still extremely light. Highly recommended.

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9:38 am, Jun 16 2013
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How about Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou ?
Well it's a post apocalyptic sci-fi, but without much non-realistic stuff. And it is pretty much relaxing.

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