I must confess something.
I don't know enough about manga and anime as much as I probably should. When I was asked to draw a manga sketch I was caught by surprise. My knowledge of this Japanese entertainment started with G-force in the mid-80s (and I have yet to see the original Battle of the Planets). Because the dubbing for the US version was so terrible and the music even worse I think that may have dulled my interest in pursuing this genre. Currently, my manga interest is more in the area of Gekiga-style (see: Yoshihiro Tatsumi).
My favorite anime series (the little that I have seen) are Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Bebop presently. I have seen the first 6 episodes of
Neon Genesis Evangelion and I didn't hate it. I know there's quite a bit more, but that's the problem; the market is so saturated with this style that I am overwhelmed. There's not enough time in a life to wade through the crap of it all to get the good stuff. And the manga versions are even more populated. But I'll get there.
I'm just about to start the series Fullmetal Alchemist. I've seen a few episodes and I really enjoyed it. From the little I did see it is a top notch series and, from what I hear, there is a very good manga equivalent. So I figured since my friend, Jack, donated and requested "