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Manga for an 8 yr old first time reader

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Posted 11/29/18 , edited 11/30/18
^for the original love live, there is a manga, ligh novel and school idol diary
just be sure not to get a doujin by mistake.
love live sunshine there is a manga (miles better than anime), a manga for each unit, and aquors school idol diary should ne released sometime later.

its worth noting that she is fluent in Japanese, if i recall correctly.
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Honestly, probably the most popular manga for children around that age is Yotsuba&!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yotsuba%26!
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^ I probably should have specified that i meant none in english, and the zangief123 never said anything about his daughter being fluent in japanese.
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Posted 11/30/18 , edited 11/30/18

FieryLugia wrote:

^ I probably should have specified that i meant none in english, and the zangief123 never said anything about his daughter being fluent in japanese.


i remember him saying that in a different thread sometime ago.
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Oh, okay.
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Full Moon o Sagashite by Arina Tanemura comes to mind.

Maybe Otomen and Ouran High School Host Club could be fun as well once she's a little older.

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Give your daughter Kare Kano, a great manga for little girls. My lovely Italian pen pal told me grew up with Kare Kano and she's 29 now yet she still loves it. Another good manga for little girls would also be Candy Candy, the shoujo manga series my mom grew up with. Another option would be Pretear and it's my personal favorite shoujo manga, is it appropriate? yes, not over-the-top, crazy or anything, completely legit.


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by the by, you could also get her a light novel instead. there are two that comes to mind:

ゆめ☆かわ ここあのコスメボックス (there are a total of 3 books in the series)
which is a story about Shiratori Cocoa, a 1st year middle schooler who feels troubled for people calling her "cool" (rather than cute),
one day she finds a really cute cosmetic box in her moms bedroom and out comes a fairy called Chelsea (spelling?). Chelsea turns Cocoa into a beautiful lady called Chocola and she ends up debuting as a model.
link to Amazon Japan

another one is プリズム☆ハーツ!!
(this one has 9 books in total, its a fairly long girls comedy series)
link to Amazon Japan
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You could try "Man of Many Faces" and "Clamp School Detectives".
Both is from the creators of Cardcaptor Sakura (CLAMP).

Man of Many Faces:
Plot summary
By day nine-year-old Akira Ijuyin is a normal student at Clamp School, but at night he becomes the mysterious thief 20 Masks. His thefts are usually subject to the whims of his two mothers, which Akira pulls off without any true objections or interactions. One night Akira ducks into the room of five-year-old Utako Ōkawa in an attempt to hide from the police.
Although the pair shares a four-year age difference, they find themselves quickly falling for each other even as Akira finds himself being increasingly more involved with thefts, some of which include Utako's family. This as well as several other obstacles give the young couple's budding relationship a fair amount of difficulty.

I know this sounds like a romance manga, but it's not! It's a really cute manga and the main character is even around the age of your daughter :3

Clamp School Detectives plays at the same time as "Man of Many Faces" and in fact Akira is one of the three main characters xD
The plot is something very similar to Detective Conan, were some cases have to be solved (but these aren't cases of crime!!!).
I really loved both manga as a child and I still enjoy them even now as a grown up^^
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Tokyo Mew Mew, Chi's Sweet Home and Some CLAMP Works
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Another CLAMP title:

I introduced my 5th eldest niece to manga with Angelic Layer when she was about that age. (I'll call her Y here).

https://www.darkhorse.com/Books/18-228/Angelic-Layer-Book-1-TPB

Misaki, the main character, has a very bubbly personality. It's a sci-fi adventure about her finding herself neck deep in a new technological sport involving dolls you control with your mind.

Y's favorite part was probably the dolls themselves. On several occasions she would have me read it to her when she went to bed as a bed time story. There are some romantic subplots, but I don't recall it being the focus very often. Amazon puts it at grade level 4-6.



(#6, who's that age now, also reads manga. However, for her - it's all shonen, all the time. So not much help for recommendations there, haha.)
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I would second the recommendations of Tokyo Mew Mew and Angelic Layer!

I read both of those as a little girl myself, though I was a tad older than 8, and LOVED THEM. Tokyo Mew Mew is a lot like Sailor Moon, in that it is a cutesy magical girl series. It skews a little younger than the Sailor Moon manga, and has a few cats! (An anime came out 10+ years ago, too, but I can't comment on quality.)

Yotsuba&!, as recommended by another poster, is really fun. However, an 8 year old might get bored of the slice-of-life nature.

Shugo Chara isn't something I ever read, but I remember adverts being adorable and it was marketed to a pretty young audience. If I remember correctly, the theme was about finding yourself (the main character is an elementary school girl). Del Rey rates it as 13+, but this article (http://mangabookshelf.com/8591/off-the-shelf-for-kids-or-not-for-kids/) talks about that a little bit.

That same article talks about Hikaru no Go, which is one of my absolute all-time favorites. I started reading it when I was about 10, so age might be a factor. It's more of a shonen without being all that shonen in presentation. The story is about Hikaru, who gets possessed by a ghost who just wants to play the game Go. It has really good characterization and growth, an emphasis on hard work, and you get genuinely invested in characters that are basically playing a very old board game both professionally and not. The art is also by the person who did Death Note, so after the first few chapters the art is stellar.

A recommendation a little more off-the-wall that my sister loved: Legendz, which is basically a battle shonen with cute legendary creatures. It's a short-run series, so not much of a commitment, and it is like Pokemon in that the masters of these cute critters genuinely care about them and the critters have feelings and stories. Lots of friendship! Bonus: the girl character is good at the game.
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since she likes mermaids and sailor moon !
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Little Witch Academia actually has a manga series aimed at young girls that's ongoing and serialised in Ribon - it sounds like it would be perfect for her and has plenty of furigana if she gets stuck on understanding any kanji (apparently you mentioned she is fluent in Japanese but just in case since I don't know her kanji abilities). There's also a shorter one (five chapters so one volume) from a seinen magazine which is loosely based around the two short movies the show debuted as, but I don't think it has many furigana iirc - haven't read it in Japanese.

Additionally, I think she would adore Tokyo Mew Mew - it's a magical girl show with an environmental theme which Precure A La Mode definitely takes some ques from aesthetically
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Posted 12/2/18 , edited 12/3/18

scoobydew wrote:

Yotsuba&!

young girl hanging out with dad


I second, third, and fourth this recommendation.
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