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HeavennevaeH
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Sorry for sounding like a pretentious little brat ^_^''

Absolute no-no's:
Harems
Eyes-as-big-as-boobs girls in mangas
Pantyshots galleries
Ecchi, Lolicon, Shotacon, Yuri, Shoujo Ai, Yaoi but Shounen-ai doesn't bother me at all
Miaka (Fushigi-Yuugi) act-alikes and damsel in distress heroines. Think any cliche that makes you tear your hair out. Or plots that spin around completely around romance. Or around rescuing the idiot heroine that thought following the mysterious dark guy was a good idea.
Mecha (I never grew to like it...)
If it's not fantasy, action or has some sort of supernatural in it chances are I won't like it.

So something that has none of the above, has some sort of fantasy/supernatural/action/adventure...(and yes, I haunted the genre search for a looong time) would be great. And the PACING. That's by far the most important among all. I hate it when I have to sit through a 5-volume fight and then a 6-volume flashback.

Stuff that would fit in that category:
Rebirth
Angel Sanctuary (and everything by Kaori Yuki)
Anatolia Story
D.Gray-man
Fairy Tail
Violinist of Hameln
Mirai Nikki
Alichino
Shaman King probably too but it had some seriously dragging fights...

And I already have plans to read Berserk.

Thanks for taking the time to read smile...(i need to learn to make shorter posts <_<)

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more female orientated:

Blue Ramun (though may be considered a masochistic damsel in distress >.>)
Divine Melody

more male orientated:

Übel Blatt
Id
Shin Angyo Onshi

not really fantasy but may fit your bill Historie.
and not really action but you may like Ookami to Koushinryou.

Most of those are fairly violent, however if you have plans to read berserk then no real problems there.

Well anyway those are some of the ones I enjoyed.

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MajorMarmot
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I can recommend everything from CLAMP specially X and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Marchen Awakens Romance
666 satan
King of hell Personal favorite from this list.
Claymore
Second Übel Blatt
Banya This one is also really good
Bastard!!
Dangu
HunterXHunter The story is awesome. Probably best shounen ever.
Second Id Lots of fantasy
Onikiri Jyuzo This one is bloody, don't know if you like that.
Second Shin Angyo Onshi if you like drama
Superior
Trinity Blood

I would give you a quick description, but it is easier if you just read it in the database. bigrazz

Edit: BTW, I'm a guy, only X and Trinity blood are shoujo.....sorry...

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Most of what I would suggest has already been mentioned. I recommend Black God in addition to the others, although it is borderline harem.

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We have very similar taste! These are the best of what I've read:

Mekakushi no Kuni
Immortal Rain
Koori no Mamono no Monogatari (shounen ai)
Arcana Soul (highly recommended)
Demon Diary
Eternal Sabbath
Off Your Hand!
Tokyo Crazy Paradise
White Dragon
A Thousand Years of Snow

Diamond Head (not fantasy/adventure but wonderfully non-stereotypical)

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xxxholic?

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Monster
From Eroica with Love
Petshop of Horrors

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dacbiet
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fairy tail doesnt fit under dat category. big eyes big ahems and plenty of fan service.

what i recommend is GTO

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Ares
Gokusen
Deadman Wonderland
Historie
Letter Bee
Shiki
Vinland Saga
Second Claymore
Parasyte
Jisatsu Circle
Uzumaki
Death Note

Heres my list. I guarantee every single one does not center around romance, is violent(excluding Letter Bee), and is pretty nice. Most of them have at least a little bit of fantasy element, but some of them don't have any magical powers involed.

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Death Note for sure

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No cliches is tough... Hmm hmm hmm...

There are a lot of good ones that are in translation but very irregular.. and some that are simply still being written...

I would recommend Threads of Time though...

And then... Beck. And while Beck is focused on the life of a band, and not really supernatural.. Well, I felt it too unique to not post if you're trying to avoid cliches.

If you like Fairy Tail, you'd probably like Mx0 if no one has posted that.

I'll also throw in Ares... And if I think of any more that are rather original I'll add those.

Though Mx0 might have big eyed girls... I'm not sure what that is in reference to.. Example please?

[edit] And after looking at Dragonfiremule's post, i second 80% of those. Specifically Parasyte and Ares since i've read them all the way through. I like how Deadman Wonderland is unveiling but its only two volumes through. I do think Parasyte falls under what you're looking for though. Andd the others on that list i've read only partly through.[/edit]

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at the very least Mx0 the ecchi-ness isnt as open as fairy tail.

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Though Mx0 might have big eyed girls... I'm not sure what that is in reference to.. Example please?


This is probably, other than the "anime girls have big eyes" stereotype, referring to moe-style works like Kanon (Key), which are notorious for the eyes. Mx0 is pretty standard when it comes to eye-size, and with the given examples, I don't think it's a problem.

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Wow thanks everyone for the posts!

@partially:
Not too sure about Blue Ramun (but it has decent artwork ^_^) but Ubel Blatt and Shin Angyo Onshi really caught my eye.ID is already on my wishlist biggrin

@MajorMarmot
I read Tsubasa awhile ago and I might me the only person on the Earth to find it boring *runs from Tsubasa fans*

I read Claymore, but there was something about it that I didn't like. But everything else is perfect! Thaks a lotbiggrin
And I find gore far more withstandable than whiny teenage drama. And no problem if it's shoujo or not. Most of my faves don't have a very clear delimitation smile

@Crenshinibon
Black God sounds interesting, and a lame game programmer as a main character? sounds like me =))

@seasong
Yep we really do bigrazz I read Silver Diamond and Koori is next on my list, started Mekakushi awhile ago and...simply forgot about it ^_^...immortal rain is next too, Arcana Soul sounds good, and...DEMON DIARY! GOD!...I had no idea exactly what was missing from my manga folder...dammit. And i'll keep an eye on the rest smile

@palepail
I'll try giving CLAMP another go.

@oriana3k
I was wondering why From Eroica with love was looking so weird smile)...1976? Wow. It really sounds good

@dacbiet
About the ecchiness of Fairy tail...that manga is so freakin` amazing that even the fanservice is bearable (although for me
works the makes-me-crack-up way. Everything is oversized. Everything.
And it's the perfect example of a GOOD cliche manga (oxymoron yes but w/e), that twists it and swirls it and turns it around so much the oversized boobs just add up to the walking ball of madness that is FT

Not sure about GTO but heck I'll give it a try.

@Dragonfiremule

Read and loved Jisatsu Circle and somehow dropped Death Note (don't ask). I always somehow forget to put my hands on Deadman wonderland and everything else sounds good smile

@Dubby
Read Death Note, thanks anyway biggrin

@Spawnblade
I had my doubts about Threads of Time but I'll pick it up. Beck is just not my cup of tea but only now I read the synopsis. The main character really caught my eye biggrin

Eyes-bigger-than-boobs examples would be Tanemura Arina's works, that I wouldn't recommend to anyone but girls below the age of 13 (and for them it really works. it worked for me.)
Another one would be...just about every other shoujo.
Or Shakugan no Shana or Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya or Fate/stay night where the eyes weren't that big but I guess it was exactly what was irking me (I'm speaking about the animes, I doubt they have mangas).
Or Love Hina. Or Air and stuff like that. MOE. Exactly. Thanks Crenshibon smile
I'd probably say the slightly CG-ed style with fine lineart that seems like Photoshop abuse. Yep eyes

...another long post no

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GTO changed my life...sorta.

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