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Personally-followed manga, under-the-radar for everyone else:

 101 burnpsy, Wed, 1st Aug '12 3:45:56 PM from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Abstaining
The Eternal Fool
Haikyuu ranks amazingly in the popularity polls and sells decently for a new series. I'm starting to think you just aren't paying attention. Of course it isn't as popular as One Piece or Medaka - compare how long they've been running - less than a year VS 15 years and just under 4 years...

And just being in Jump places the series' existence in front of tens of thousands of people, at least. Even the worst Jump series sell better than many magazines' best.

edited 1st Aug '12 3:48:52 PM by burnpsy

 102 Kuro Bara Hime, Wed, 1st Aug '12 3:56:23 PM from Somewhere...I think Relationship Status: Mu
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In any case, I think this thread is more about Western popularity than Japanese popularity.

 103 burnpsy, Wed, 1st Aug '12 4:04:29 PM from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Abstaining
The Eternal Fool
Given the nature of the fanbase, I find that there usually isn't too much of a difference between the two.

The few hard sales numbers we get from both sides support that.

edited 1st Aug '12 4:05:37 PM by burnpsy

Moderate Haruhiist
Indeed this is. A series might be well-known in Japan, but if there's literally just one group translating it, and only puts out said translation in a low-key manner, well, obviously it won't be well known to us right? ^^;

Anyway, here's another one from me. I'm sorry that I'm not contributing titles as much as I SHOULD be doing, but the recent limit in transfer speeds here at the office means that I can't read as much manga as I used to.

Love Allergen: From the artist/author that gave us Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl. In a small resort town in the mountains, there is a legend of a Sakura tree that once magically created a child. However the child, because she was born of a tree, had no heart, which led to tragic consequences when she could not understand the feelings of the people around her. Centuries later, a boy who's a little too pretty for his own good (and whose elder brother and sister are a little TOO clingy), and a girl who's literally allergic to affection, soon learn the truth to the legend and... it's not quite like they expected.

They meet the embodiment of the aforementioned Sakura tree (whose leaves are BLUE by the way), an impish spirit who is also apparently very very bored. Anyway, it seems that another child of the tree is about to be born into the modern age, but the spirit wants to make sure that it doesn't goof up this time. So it "volunteers" the two kids in its goal to learn what love is, and in return she promises to cure their perceived afflictions. The problem? Neither of the two kids have any clue about what love and relationships is. This is going to be rough, for sure.
 105 burnpsy, Wed, 1st Aug '12 4:23:26 PM from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Abstaining
The Eternal Fool
Indeed this is. A series might be well-known in Japan, but if there's literally just one group translating it, and only puts out said translation in a low-key manner, well, obviously it won't be well known to us right? ^^;

As I literally just said in the post above yours, the overseas numbers show that it tends to be the exact same on both sides of the world. If something's well-known in Japan, there's usually a similar, but smaller, fanbase over here.

The better-known stuff is actually the first thing you see multiple groups rushing to scanlate.

My main issue here was how he listed a brand new series that got a lot of people's attention due to the writer and the magazine as under-the-radar, despite said series having only been launched last month and therefore having what, 4 or 5 chapters, tops?

edited 1st Aug '12 4:26:24 PM by burnpsy

Not anime one
Though there are such mangas as Mx0 that are well known and liked in Europe and America yet failed in japan...

edited 1st Aug '12 4:27:38 PM by Tenzen12

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that last line clearly is exaggeration -_-

anyway since we not japanese. i think lets what "westerner" popular
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 108 burnpsy, Wed, 1st Aug '12 4:35:09 PM from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Abstaining
The Eternal Fool
[up][up]Is it really, or is there just a vocal, relatively small base?

Given the sheer magnitude of the amount of stuff in Jump, Mx0 probably had an equally sized small following. However, the groups on the internet that actually engage in conversations on forums are not enough to support releases in many cases.

Look at Detective Conan for example. Despite the seemingly-strong internet following, FUNimation refuses to release any more of the series because of bad sales, and Viz has slowed their manga releases down to once per year due to bad sales. That said, its survival in Japan is due to a large following of almost entirely children, which we are not, and Moral Guardians mean that the series can't be marketed at kids over here.

Though I won't argue about this thread being more about Western fanbases, I think you people put too much weight on your perceptions here when not believing in the sheer similarities of both groups.

edited 1st Aug '12 4:49:12 PM by burnpsy

Moderate Haruhiist
Here's another one, but even I'm not sure if this counts for the criteria, as the translations only appeared a month or two ago, and I'm not sure if the comic is older than that (Mangaupdates seems to say that there are only 8 chapters out). No page here, and a single page of discussion at Asuki. Nothing on MAL, or in the Mangafox forums either.

Cover image for the curious:[1]

Ore ga Akuma de, Aitsu ga Yome de: One wish, for one soul. That's how things have always been, at least as far as a fiend is concerned. So what happens if a fiend hasn't gotten a soul for a while? Why, he drops to the bottom of the rankings and is pretty much the kicking boy of the devilish hierarchy. Anzamnia is one such demon, and he's pretty desperate given his ambition, especially when he's kicked out of you-know-where and is stranded in modern Japan. Wanting to get home, he crosses paths with a lonely little girl (who mistakes him for an angel) and pretty much "convinces" her to make a contract and make a wish (in return for her soul). And her wish is... for them to get married?

The chapters have been cute and fluffy so far, but the story has the right ingredients for future drama. Apparently every time our little wife wishes for something, it chips away at her life/soul. And Anzamnia is looking suspiciously hesitant in "collecting" her soul...

Edit: Seriously thinking of making a page for Popcorn Avatar as a personal project, but given how I'm not even remotely familiar with Hindu mythology I'm too worried I'd mess up, especially with all the terminology casually thrown around. Also, it's going to be a distraction to Narue No Sekai... :(

edited 1st Aug '12 6:18:00 PM by MyssaRei

Another couple:

Jackals: A fairly dark story about a professional assassin who is caught up in the political movements and gang wars of the underworld , between the mafia-like Gabriella and the triad-like Tennouren. Has notably strong female characters for a manga as well.

Kimi No Knife: A fairly psychological manga about a person who is randomly hired to become an assassin that helps kill evil people one day and accepts for the money which he uses to help his ill sister. Fairly realistic with the actual murder methods, the police investigations and the psychological trauma that the normal person would undergo after murdering people.

Question everything. Doubt everything. Distrust everything. And repeat just in case.
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I'm not sure if I mentioned it earlier, but Skip Beat! is the only pure-romace/slice-of-life manga I am currently following.

Now, it is a rather fantastical setting, but there is no real magic, just makeup and personalities. Don't have time to go into detail right now.
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Moderate Haruhiist
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Skip Beat! hardly counts in this case though, as it's a relatively known Shoujo manga, with a good-sized page here, some threads devoted to it in other communities, AND an anime. Indeed, it's one of the shows I followed (because why not, watching Kyoko transform herself for simple revenge is amusing) too.

P.S. Since I went and made a page for Popcorn Avatar, I suppose it's already one criteria less eligible for this thread. It's still not discussed though, but eh, it was a good use of my extra time.

edited 2nd Aug '12 8:46:12 AM by MyssaRei

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Tokyo ESP : from maker of Ga-Rei. basically Japanese X-men
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 114 Kiefen, Thu, 2nd Aug '12 11:23:26 AM from Germany Relationship Status: It's not my fault I'm not popular!
MINE!
[up][up][up][up] I read that one too :D The art is just gorgeous and the story is very cute

is It's Not My Fault I'm Not Popular!....errr popular?(i have heard it has a cult in 4chan but thats not saying much...)

edited 2nd Aug '12 11:25:05 AM by Kiefen

Not anime one
Yes it iswink

-What about Holyland and Suicide Island? Holyland has its audience though not sure how big. Later doesn't have even proper page but both are realy good.

-Pumpkin Scissors: It got anime (good one) still almost noone seems to heard about that.

edited 2nd Aug '12 2:52:03 PM by Tenzen12

[up] I actually did read those! Haven't updated on two of those though; I'm behind a hundred chapters or so on Holyland and I'm not in the mood to binge, and Suicide Island bored me at some point.

Holyland is sure to have its audience, it's a fairly realistic martial arts manga after all.

Urgh, my backlog just doubled in size. Thanks, guys!

 117 burnpsy, Fri, 3rd Aug '12 4:21:47 AM from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Abstaining
The Eternal Fool
[up]Mine was already too long to be doubled, but yeah, a sharp increase on my end, too. evil grin

edited 3rd Aug '12 4:21:58 AM by burnpsy

 118 Captain Katsura, Fri, 3rd Aug '12 4:24:28 AM from    Poland   
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The Legend of Koizumi: World leaders battle for the fate of the world with mahjong. Always over than the top, always.
My President is Funny Valentine.
 119 Demongodofchaos 2, Fri, 3rd Aug '12 5:07:27 AM from Reality Relationship Status: 700 wives and 300 concubines
I am become death, Destroyer of worlds
Toriko (In america): Classic 80's Shonen art style, over the top fighting, and food.

Lot's and lots of food.
I don't fight for good, and I don't fight for evil, I JUST FIGHT!

Moderate Haruhiist
I think The Legend of Koizumi/Mudazumo has just been mentioned at LEAST three times now in this thread. That kind of means that it has a following yes? I mean, it's EPIC MAHJONG.

edited 3rd Aug '12 7:10:23 AM by MyssaRei

I'm pretty sure I've heard of Toriko a few times any anyway I'm pretty sure that any series in Shonen Jump is unlikely to be under the radar for most people who read manga.
Question everything. Doubt everything. Distrust everything. And repeat just in case.
 122 burnpsy, Fri, 3rd Aug '12 5:22:26 PM from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Abstaining
The Eternal Fool
Toriko is among Jump's top series, is considered popular enough by Viz to be put into Shonen Jump Alpha's initial line-up, plus FUNimation is updating the anime every week.

...People need to do their research before listing stuff here.
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Indeed.

Got another one here, and I was wondering if anyone's read it. Slow speed at the office aside, it's on my list, so might as well throw it in.

Again!!: Yes, it has exclamation points, which means it's in no way connected to the Visual Novel we have in the wiki here.

It's graduation day, and Imamura Kinichiro is just glad to get it over with. In the three years he spent in high school, he has made zero friends, and has had zero aspirations during the time. All he has is a fleeting memory of a member of the Cheer Club (the ones wearing Gyakuran), but even then he couldn't remember her face. Anyway, he decides to pay the abandoned clubroom one last time, but in the pricess scares off a schoolmate, who thought he was trying to break in. He tries to run after her, but alas she falls off the stairs, head-first, unto the floor below (theres blood and its generally messy). Uh-oh. Then HE falls head-first after her, smacking into her bloody noggin in the process. Ouch. What follows is what you'd expect of someone dying from blood loss...

Then, all of a sudden, Kin wakes up. Except it's 2011 again, and he's back to his first year. He experiences his first day of school as a freshman all over again, except this time, since he thinks it's a dream he figures, hey, might as well try things differently.... Like joining the Cheer Club he remembered. THEN the girl he shared the accident with accosts him, because apparently SHE was sent back three years too. And given their knowledge of the future, events are starting to snowball, and things are turning different from what they experienced...

P.S. Thanks to crowmagnon for helping out after I got the Popcorn Avatar page up and running. Hey, at least that means there are TWO of us who're reading it, yes?

edited 4th Aug '12 10:21:14 AM by MyssaRei

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Gou-Dere Bishoujo Nagihara Sora : from maker or Sora no Otoshimono. a crazy ecchi manga about a boy and his suddenly appear girl that from manga. the girl then want the boy to "conquer" every girl in the world. the story crazyness escalated quickly with «ountless of innuendo and orthodox fighting style like Armpit Beam!

edited 4th Aug '12 10:43:35 AM by rrw

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Actually isn't this the Sora no Otoshimono spinoff? It's even set in the same universe, only several years later (some characters from Sora No have already appeared). Been reading it, but it's kind of still random at this point.
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