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Does anyone know of any good comics/manga about magic?

Asked by chelseababyy (7921 points ) February 21st, 2009

I’m talking like witches, warlocks, faeries. All that fun stuff. Was looking to get into that kind of stuff, I guess as a hobby. I’m not a fan of like Batman or anything, but I LOVE anything with magic in it.

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mrswho's avatar

Fruits Basket has people turning into zodiac animals. It’s the only manga I’ve ever read, and I liked it.

Hinata_88's avatar

I aggre wit mrswho…fruits basket is a good manga to read if you like magic.

Foolaholic's avatar

Now this is a question for me. I was the fantasy/sci-fi correspondent at the bookstore where I worked.

Anyway, from the sounds of your question, I would say you’re looking for a much more European definition of magic. Most mangas/anime base their roots in Japanese mythology, which is quite a bit different, so that might not be the best place to look. However, there’s plenty of other literature that I can recommend:

1) The Merlin Conspiracy, by Diana Wynn Jones. It has a very classic look on the whole idea of the fae, and similar mythological traits to king Arthur’s time. I was skeptical at first, but I really enjoyed it.

2) If you’re looking for the really arcane, you can try The Elric Saga (not to be confused with the Elric Brothers of Full Metal Alchemist). A series started by Micheal Moorcock in the 1960’s, it takes an extreemly aged and archaic stand on the whole ‘rules of elemental creation’, and the bonds that unite man and god. It might be thick reading, and gets very weird at times, but it might be worth looking into.

3) My personal favorite author is a British novelist by the name of Neil Gaiman. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the new movie Coraline was originally a novel by him. His is a much more modern approach to magic, and he tends to blur the lines of fantasy and reality with no real definition, but writing style is fantastic and his presentation is spot on. I recommend both Anansi Boys and Neverwhere to start with.

As far as anime, I would recommend maybe Kamichu (which is about a girl who turns into a god for no apparent reason, but is really more about growing up than anything), or maybe The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (the details of which I can’t even begin to describe. They’re not exactly what you’re looking for, but you might like them anyway. You should also look into Miyazaki’s movies if you’re not already familiar with him, be cause he’s become very fascinated in that area recently as well.

Here’s the first episode of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya for all interested. Enjoy!

DrasticDreamer's avatar

My sister says: Magician’s Apprentice by Raymond Feist – which is on the more serious side and is a series of graphic novels, of which two have been published so far.

Then there’s “Fairy Tail” by Hiro Mashima – which is a very light Manga, not any serious aspects at all.

Those are just a couple of the top of her head.

90s_kid's avatar

Not a comic, but a wicked nerdy RPG that came in mind. Thought I’d share it.
Runescape.com
I only played it for a little while, but my brother is almost 20 and still plays it!

chelseababyy's avatar

@90s_kid I hated that game. But I do love Flyff and WoW.

@foolaholic & everyone else will def check those out!

90s_kid's avatar

@chelseababyy
Wicked nerdy——but it was addicting.

chelseababyy's avatar

@90s_kid Never Winter Nights 2 is also a GREAT GAME.

Foolaholic's avatar

@chelseababyy

Lol I’m a Maple Story man myself.

chelseababyy's avatar

@Foolaholic I ABSOLUTELY ADORE MAPLE STORY. Great great game. Flyff is better graphic wise, also quest wise. Check it out. It’s free.

cyndyh's avatar

I have a few ideas for you. There’s Buffy Season 8 put out by Dark Horse Comics. It picks up where Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show left off. They also put out an Angel series that’s quite good. If you were a Buffy/Angel fan you’ll like these.

But maybe more closely related to what you describe above is a series called Fables by Bill Willingham and put out by Vertigo. The whole idea behind this series is that all the fables and fairy tales you’ve heard before have their roots in truth. So, the Big Bad Wolf, Prince Charming (same guy in all the stories), Snow White, Jack (all the Jacks of legend, same guy), Cinderella, etc. are all real. They call themselves “Fables” and they’re living in a secret community in New York City and passing as normal humans. These are really fun and creative. There’s a fun twist to all of the fairy tales you’ve heard and the artwork is pretty cool and has changed up over time with different artists. I’ve enjoyed all of these a few times over. I especially like the stories about Jack he’s always getting into trouble and the Arabian Nights tales but it helps if you’ve read a lot of the other issues and get a feel for the background to this storyline first. I also like anything to do with Bigby (as in the Big Bad Wolf). Cheers!

Foolaholic's avatar

@chelseababyy

I used to play Flyff, but I couldn’t get into it. Can’t remember why though…

adreamofautumn's avatar

The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman are definitely my vote. They’re amazing.

Foolaholic's avatar

Wow, I can’t believe I remembered to recommend Neil Gaiman, but not Terry Pratchett. He’s also a British writer who focuses on comedy in his fantasy. He’s created a world known as The Discworld, and has upwards of 30 books based on it. He also did a collaboration with Gaiman on a book called Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. That is a fantastic read, and it’s the reason I got into Gaiman’s work.

chelseababyy's avatar

Are any of these newer? I wanna actually buy them as they come out..

cyndyh's avatar

Fables is still coming out. So are Buffy and Angel.

kevinhardy's avatar

X1999
dr strange

FujiokaHaruhi192's avatar

Magic…..well I’m not all that great with magic kind of things but supernatural powers manga is pretty common.
These are some of the ones I know and love about people that have supernatural powers.
-Bleach
-Shugo Chara
-DN Angel
-Code Geass
-The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya
-Sailor Moon
-Fruits Basket
and then there’s death note….sort of anyway. But they are all good series regardless of whether they involve straight forward magic or not. I totally recommend them.

FujiokaHaruhi192's avatar

Ooh How could I forget?! These 2 are about wizards and witches a bit more like what you were looking for!
Negima?! and Sugar Sugar Ruin XDD

FujiokaHaruhi192's avatar

Oh and the Fairy cube, Rozen Maiden and ummm….The Tarot Cafe and Allichino you might also like.

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