Adult, but not "Adult".
February 15, 2010 2:13 PM Subscribe
Please help me find manga and/or anime that has a story that would appeal to a mature audience, but without "mature" content.
posted by Vorteks to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (38 answers total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
It's another recommend-things-to-me-filter, and my question is kinda long. Sorry!
I like manga and anime. At least, I like them in theory. But in practice, I find it's often
very hard to find material that I actually want to view. It seems to me that most manga and anime fall
into one of two categories:
Characters in these stories are usually 12-17 years old. Stories often emphasize
feelings of being unsure of oneself, awkward social situations, the experience of growing up or
coming of age, and incredibly simplistic ideals and politics. Frequently the protaganist is a "chosen one" or
special character of some kind such that they are extremely vital in some way.
Romantic stories often involve a lot of very contrived awkward situations - getting locked in the shower with someone of the
opposite sex. Boys going to the girl's locker room by accident or when they think nobody will be there,
tripping and falling into someone, not having the nerve to say the right thing when the opportunity is
handed to you on a silver platter, etc.
Stories that involve fighting generally involve few people dying, if any. But violence manages to
solve everyone's problems. Bad guys who are beaten and then subjected to a short inspirational speech
come to see things from the hero's point of view.
Almost invariably, the characters in these stories are pretty one dimensional. That bad guys are REALLY bad.
The good guys are REALLY good. Everyone has one personality trait that makes both makes them completely
unique and also defines them as a person. The main characters can do things everyone else has found impossible
by sheer determination. The physics stretch suspension of disbelief to the breaking point.
I'm somewhat tired of these sort of stories. They feel like they lack depth to me, and after a while, they
all tend to read about the same.
These stories often feature characters that are much more mature and well-rounded. Less awkwardness.
More depth. The stories usually seem much more plausible. There may be many subtle layers to situations.
More shades of gray. At times the good guys may seem like bad guys, and vice-versa. The plot is harder to
predict. When people get hurt, they don't miraculously heal all their wounds by the end of the week. When
people fight to the death, somebody usually gets killed. When the story is romantic, the relationship
feels much more natural, and more human.
This is the sort of story I'd like to read. However...
The more mature manga tend to have much more explicit content as well. Suggestive or sexual activity,
explicit nudity, blood and gore, horror-type scenes that would give children nightmares. This is
not what I'm looking for.
So, getting to the point (sorry, it always takes me a while to do this):
I want manga and/or anime that has the depth and character development of a more "adult" story, but
I don't want any content that isn't PG/PG-13. I want a kid-safe story that an adult would enjoy. It's hard to
Two anime I found that are pretty close to my "sweet spot": Fullmetal Alchemist and Trigun. Neither of these
are perfect, but pretty decent. Trigun felt a little too child-like and silly for the first half, but I felt
it got better toward the end. FMA's main characters felt a little one-dimensional, but the rest of the cast
made up for it, for the most part.
I am looking for all genres, but no ghosts/demons/oni/vampires/werewolves/occult stuff/etc. Aliens are ok.
I know, I'm picky.
If you know of anything that meets this narrow criteria, won't you please let me know? Thanks!