fullofwhoa asked: Hey Nev! Can I ask you a big favour? Do you have any recommendations for a 10-12 year old girl who likes fantasy and wants to read more manga? My first thought was "Sailor Moon!" but since I'm not that well-read when it comes to manga I'm not sure what would be age-appropriate. If you can think of anything I'd be grateful! <3
If she’s ten,Sailor Moon should be fine. There’s also Cardcaptor Sakura, another magical girl manga, it has 1 bad thing in it (a teacher basically implies to a ten year old student he’s going to marry her when she gets older) but that’s only one page (you can just tear it out) and also just as likely to go over her head since it’s discussed vaguely. Magic Knight Rayearth is a GREAT manga about three girls kicking ass in a fantasy world with no bad stuff. There’s also Angelic Layer, which is set in a future where there’s a sort of scifi battle game using little dolls and one girl’s quest to win it.
I think Inuyasha would mostly be okay? There’s some iffy running gags and what not so you might want to examine it for yourself, but it’s mostly just a action fantasy.
Nausicaa is actually based on a 7 volume manga of the same name Miyazaki wrote and it’s very good, it does get a bit dark but I think a 10-12 year old should be able to handle it.
Fruits Basket has fantasy elements, though it’s mostly a romance/friendship manga, but it also has really dark stuff in it (it explores abuse) yet, a LOT of girls seemed to have read it around age ten when it was coming out so maybe that’s fine?
Bride’s Story isn’t a fantasy, but it might be something you want to look at for her because 1. It’s gorgeous and well written 2. It’s really educational about the Silk Road in the 1800s- but it’s also accurate to that time period including, you know, the main character being in an arranged marriage to a 12 year old (it’s made very clear they aren’t planning to get physical any time soon, though) some dark elements and isn’t afraid to show full nudity if her parents have an issue with that.
Unfortunately a lot of the other stuff I can think of was not released in the US and is only available online. And then other stuff is waaaay too dark for ten.
I really want to rec Fullmetal Alchemist whenever I talk good manga, but you should definitely wait till she’s around 14/15 to suggest that.