Yeah, what can I say, I've got some time to kill and figured I'd come up with a top manga list. It somehow go to 20, and that's a nice number, so let's go with it. If anyone out there is looking for some manga to read, consider my suggestions here!
#20) Club 9
Sadly, I've only gotten to read 3 out of 5 volumes because Dark Horse never bothered to publish the last two (much to my dismay). The artwork in this series is certainly a little strange, it's just how the guy draws, but it allow for great over exaggerations of expressions that just look great. When you get down to it, the main glue of the story is the incredibly likable main character, Haruo Hattori, a farm girl who's just moved to the big city for college. While this sounds like a rather boring lead, she quickly finds herself getting a job as a club hostess at Club 9, hence the title. It does end up being a "fish out of water" story, but it's a very good one at that because while the main character may seem a tad ditzy, she's oddly relatable to a real life human, and Haruo alone makes the story worth reading. Things had just taken a decidedly interesting turn when Dark Horse pulled the plug, sadly.
#19) Beet the Vandel Buster
Ok, here's my guilty pleasure, Beet the Vandel Buster. It's on semi-permanent hiatus as of volume 12, but first 12 volumes were still great to read. Basically, once every chapter you go "that's exactly how I think a JRPG would be in real life!". If that statement sounded interesting to you, you will find something to enjoy here. For once, the bad guys are really interesting and get quite a lot of page time, fights are alright, but the big appeal here is "it's like how a JRPG would be in real life!", and that was enough to keep me coming back for more.
#18 ) Dr. Slump
Do we have any idea wtf Toriyama was doing when he made each and every chapter of this? No, but it doesn't matter, bottom line: It's epically hilarious. It starts off as a parody of making child super robots *cough*Astro*cough* as an affectionate parody, but Toriyama lets it spiral out of control pretty quickly to "I wonder how far I can go until the readers think this is actually weird". There are tons of pointless characters who are supposed to be parodies of cameos and superheroes, except they are all incredibly lame (thankfully, everyone but the superhero realizes this, it's like someone wore their Halloween costume too long until they started believing they have super powers). Toriyama also inserts himself from time to time as a strange robotic dude and has no problem making fun of himself for his lack of ability to draw women among other things. His layout is simply amazing, he has characters use the panels like they exist in space, they'll do things like walk across the, break them, grab something else from another, etc. It's a comedy series, so it's difficult to describe all of it's humor, but there's a lot of poo, a lot of talking poo, a lot of strange characters being pointless while loving every minute of it, strange and pointless contests between characters, seeing Arale terrorize Penguin Village, watching other strange inventions of Senbei Norimaki do strange and ultimately pointless things, and there's really no plot to speak of, but for off the wall humor, it's the place to go. It also might help explain all of the random animal characters you see in Dragon Ball and DBZ, they're here too and they're a good half of the population around here.
#17) Eternal Sabbath
Eh, who knows, maybe I have a thin for child villains that I find to be awesome, but even without that, it's a good sci-fi with psychics. The author's other series is MARS, a decidedly shojo series, and I think it shows here too as apparently this is seinen, but I mistook it right away as a sci-fi shojo (particularly because every sci-fi shojo I've ever seen or read has psychics in it somewhere). It's been ages since I've read this series, but I'll be accumulating the rest of it for Xmas, I just remember "good plot, good romance" from the brief summaries I hold in my head for all good or bad series.
Del Rey recently re-printed this, glad they did, I would've overlook the ancient, flipped, Tokyopop editions for ages because they're getting hard to find anyway. Here's a series for those of you wanting plenty of gore to go along with your nature preaching. Now, I tend to have a big thing against any anime or manga that preaches something annoying (starting with the very first line in the book no less), but the good ones will quickly abandon it in favor of an actual plot, in Parasyte's case, one that involves a heck of a lot of violence and creepy things that mutilate bodies after consuming them. Hitoshi Iwaaki's art is a love or hate it thing, but either way, he has a way of drawing parasitic humans in such a way that they look just slightly off-putting and you can just tell there's something "off' about them, but you can't quite put your finger on it, it's like a drawn version of the uncanny valley, but they don't look like animated corpses either. Never is it more obvious when he does it to the main for just one panel shot. For the most part after that thing with the opening line of the series, it's a bit more subtle in conveying its message, often through the thoughts and discussions between our two mains, Shinichi and Migi. If you want a thrilling series where you actually think the main is in serious trouble of dying (because some of his enemies are just that awesome) with a good plot and setting, give it a shot. Recommend you like violence too for this one.