#ReadManga18 Reading Challenge Update 1

It took longer than I expected, but I’ve filled in all of the challenges I’ve completed so far this year. While this wasn’t difficult, it was a little time consuming. Several of the manga I’ve read could potentially fill more than one challenge, but I wanted to limit it to one right now. For completions sake I might use one manga for multiple categories, but I wanted to see what I managed without relying on grouping challenges together first.

The majority of the manga I’ve finished have already been reviewed on the blog. All links are included below if you are interested in what I thought. Beginning with the second update I will be including a short paragraph of what I generally thought about each new manga and challenge crossed off the list. Reviews that have not been uploaded yet (I Am A Hero Vol 2, I Am A Hero Vol 3, K-On! Vol 1) are planned for the next few weeks.

I think this is going to be a really great challenge. I’m already strategizing just what I’ll read for certain sections and what I could possibly read for some of the harder ones. Other challenges I sort of know what I’ll be reading. Take, for example, the manwah challenge. I own no manwah myself and my library has exactly one manwah series in its collection.



  1. A meta manga (Any manga that also features manga in it.)
  2. A battle manga
  3. A horror manga – I Am A Hero Omnibus Vol 2 & Vol 3 by Kengo Hanazawa
  4. A comedy manga – City Vol 1 by Keiichi Arawi
  5. A romance manga – Papillon Vol 1 by Miwa Ueda
  6. A 4-koma manga (This is a specific comedy format. 4-panels are stacked on top of each other reminiscent of comic strips) – K-On! Vol 1 by Kakifly
  7. A historical manga
  8. A martial arts manga
  9. A sports manga – Again!! Vol 1 by Mitsuro Kubo
  10. A foodie manga – Food Wars! Vol 2 by Yuta Tsukuda, Shun Saeki, and Yuki Morisaki
  11. A mecha manga
  12. A josei manga (This is a manga that was specifically marketed to an adult female audience)
  13. An out-of-print manga
  14. A hyped manga
  15. A gekiga or alternative manga (Any title that doesn’t fit into the mainstream of manga would work for this one.)
  16. A nonfiction manga
  17. A borrowed manga
  18. A western/steam-punk manga
  19. A space/science fiction manga – BLAME! Omnibus Vol 1 by Tsutomu Nihei 
  20. A harem/reverse-harem manga
  21. A contemporary/slice-of-life manga
  22. A thriller/mystery manga
  23. An OEL “manga” (OEL stands for Original English Language. Any “manga” or manga-inspired comic book or graphic novel that wasn’t written in Japanese would work for this challenge.)
  24. A digital only/or digital-first release manga (This refers to legally licensed digital releases available through the English publisher. Please do not read scans for this challenge.)
  25. A translated manga, where the title was not changed from Japanese
  26. A manga that features a character with a disability
  27. A manga that features a transforming character
  28. A manga that features siblings
  29. A manga features a character with super-powers – My Hero Academia Vol 11 & Vol 12 by Kohei Horikoshi
  30. A manga that features non-human characters
  31. A manga that features gods or monsters
  32. A manga that features a female main character – Giant Spider & Me: A Tale of the Post Apocalypse Vol 1 by Kikori Morino
  33. A manga that features an LGBT+ character (Bonus: written by an LGBT+ author)
  34. A manga set in a country outside of Japan
  35. A manga that you’ve owned for over a year
  36. A manga that is older than you
  37. A manga by 2+ authors
  38. A manga with a 1-word title
  39. A manga with a colour in the title
  40. A manga from an author you like
  41. A manga recommended to you
  42. A manga from a genre you rarely/never read from
  43. A new to you author
  44. A collection of short stories – Shiver by Junji Ito
  45. A hardcover release
  46. A 2018 release (volume 1) – Juana and the Dragonnewts’ Seven Kingdoms Vol 1 by Kiyohisa Tanaka
  47. Read the manga/watch the anime
  48. A manhwa/manhua
  49. Catch-up on or complete a series
  50. A light novel (This is a genre of Japanese fiction that has close ties to the manga industry. Usually published as a serial, and often featuring the same stories and characters as the manga or anime.) – Outbreak Company Vol 1 by Ichiro Sakaki
  51. A comic/graphic novel from another country (Manga only represents Japan’s comic book traditions. Don’t forget to check out the great work coming out of other countries!) – Goldfisch Vol 1 & Vol 2 by Nana Yaa
  52. Your favourite manga



  1. 2+ series by the same translator
  2. A manga in original Japanese
  3. 3+ series by the same author
  4. An omnibus/single-volume over 500 pages
  5. An award winner

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Kathleen Townsend

Kate writes things, reads things, and writes about things she reads. She’s had a few short stories published, and works as a freelance editor. Favorite genres include epic & high fantasy, science fiction, time travel stories, video game related tales, light novels, and manga.

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