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Manga for an 8 yr old first time reader

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Posted 12/2/18 , edited 12/2/18

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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.


She is, but we're still working on her reading. I mean, she can read, but it takes her a while.

But thanks for all the recommendations guys and gals. I see a lot of things she would like. I'll let you know which on I decided on later.

Yotsuba looks really cute.
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Posted 12/7/18 , edited 12/7/18
I got her Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card. We've already watched the anime but I figured you can't go wrong with Cardcaptor Sakura for a girls first manga.

I was in the the book store yesterday for half an hour looking around. Nothing really clicked but Sakura seemed like the best choice since I know my little booger and magical girl stuff is kinda her thing now.

Why can't she be into Dragon Ball or JoJo.....? Those are realms I know about.
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Posted 12/8/18 , edited 12/8/18

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I got her Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card. We've already watched the anime but I figured you can't go wrong with Cardcaptor Sakura for a girls first manga.

I was in the the book store yesterday for half an hour looking around. Nothing really clicked but Sakura seemed like the best choice since I know my little booger and magical girl stuff is kinda her thing now.

Why can't she be into Dragon Ball or JoJo.....? Those are realms I know about.


Because a Girl that grows up with JoJo would be guaranteed to develop unrealistic expectations for male bodys.

Did you think about "Flying Witch"? It's demografic isn't necessaryly small girls, but the Story (especially of the Manga) is cute enough, I guess. Maybe a little bit laid back, but it's really fun.
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Posted 12/8/18 , edited 12/8/18

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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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Get out of here! xD that manga is for real men, like me.

Given the fact there is a love scene in the "Kare Kano" manga somewhere, I don't think that is appropriate for an 8-year-old. Truth be told, what is deemed appropriate for a native Japanese audience of a certain age might be more teen or 18+ to an audience of another native population.

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Posted 12/8/18 , edited 12/8/18
I'm also gonna agree with Tokyo Mew Mew. I'd also like to suggest Bamboo Blade. And you said she likes One Piece and Naruto, so what about My Hero Academia? Noragami is also pretty good ( from what I've read/watched so far).
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Given the fact there is a love scene in the "Kare Kano" manga somewhere, I don't think that is appropriate for an 8-year-old. Truth be told, what is deemed appropriate for a native Japanese audience of a certain age might be more teen or 18+ to an audience of another native population.


That's the thing with Japan, there are limited age barriers and yet there's a great deal of gender barriers. Dragon Ball, for example, is too violent for 8 years olds in the West, yet in Japan, every kid would read the series no sweat. Even Italy has limited age barriers and said pen pal wasn't affected by any mature themes seen on Kare Kano or even Evangelion.

So yeah! in the west, children's novels like The Magic School Bus or James and the Giant Peach are far more appropriate and easier to recommend to kids than any manga.
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Posted 12/9/18 , edited 1/2/19
Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, It's a cute manga about a princess who gets abducted by the demon king.

Princess doesn't care she was kidnaped and all she wants is a good comfortable place to sleep, She will go to any lengths to obtain it often to the dismay of the demons.

Very funny and appropriate for a young girl to read!
Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle is licensed by Viz media.
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Posted 12/9/18 , edited 12/9/18
Since Cardcaptor Sakura was suggested already(And you bought her Clear Card Arc) she might like Flying Witch too.

It's slice of life and pretty quiet.
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Posted 12/10/18 , edited 12/11/18
If she is reading stuff like Naruto which is actually a lot darker and more violent than most people remember it as, then she might like Yona of the Dawn. It's a well written shoujo adventure manga with a strong female lead. There is about as much romance in it as something like Naruto which is to say it is not the main focus of the story and the MC and her companions are strong, kind and memorable characters.

When it comes to explicit content the romance is incredibly tame and I think culminates in a kiss after like 150+ chapters, but there is some serious violence about on par with what you would see in Naruto although it occurs less frequently. There is a strong overall moral core to this series although it does tackle some rather mature and complex subjects at times.

I was going to recommend the excellent Kumo desu ga, Nani ka, but upon thinking about it for a bit it's way too mature and complex for an 8 year old despite having a rather cute and fun female lead.

Urara Meirochou is an adorable shoujo manga about young girls learning to become magical fortune tellers. It's very age appropriate and fits the bill for stories about cute magical girls going on adventures.

Nicola's Leisurely Demon World Travelogue is cute manga about a little witch girl exploring the demon world. It's wholesome and age appropriate. It reads a lot like a Grim's fairy tale and there is usually some sort of moral to each little story arc.
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Posted 12/11/18 , edited 12/11/18
I know you asked for Manga, but honestly, there's a lot that was suggested that would go over an 8 year old's head. There is a graphic novel series called The Amulet that I got my nephew when he was struggling to read. It got him interested and its really well done and meant for a young audience. In fact, if you can't find manga you are comfortable with, try graphic novels. Its funny, but sometimes that's easier because the humor is more western than eastern and there is definitely a difference in the two. Hilda is another great graphic novel that has its own cartoon show on Netflix now.

It also depends on if you want sexual preferences avoided. I know that Card Captor Sakura has things that not all mothers want their young children reading about just yet, including that one of the young girls in Sakura's class is 'secertly' engaged to her adult teacher (And I doubt the parents set up this arrangement). The art is beautiful and it looks so cute and innocent, but sometimes there are things in there that are mentioned that shouldn't have been for such a young audience, but that's up to your discretion, not mine or anybody else's. But that publishing studio in general has produced some very iffy manga moral-wise (seeing as western culture is vastly different than eastern culture).

Like Naruto and One Piece have a lot of pervy jokes and sometimes, I feel, cross the line a bit for a young audience in violence and they do swear, but again, everyone is different. I definitely don't recommend Usagi Drops and am warning you about it now. The anime is pretty much Adopted Father and Daughter relationship, but the Manga is not like that,
so please, be aware of that if you decide to give that one a try.

If she likes dogs, there is one with very little romance at all (though I never got to the very end) called Inubaka which is all about a pet shop and this girl and her mutt dog that work there. That might be a bit complicated for her at that age, but it goes into the dog breed world and some dog sports as well.

One I read with no pairing when I was much younger (ten or eleven however), though, was one called Magical X Miracle. It only has 6 or so books and there is no romance. Its about a girl who has the same face as the missing head wizard and is conned into pretending to be him while his friends try to track him down before the nation notices.

I hope that helps. There are so many manga's out there that are just not meant for children and I applaud you for wanting to get age appropriate manga. My own mother never understood this culture and I probably got into things that I probably shouldn't have as a young girl and wish my mother had been around to help me filter through it sans harsh judgment on my interest.

Good Luck!!
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Posted 12/11/18 , edited 12/11/18

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Chi's Sweet Home is always an excellent choice for young readers, as is Azumanga Daioh. I would also recommend Laid-Back Camp, Flying Witch, and Hakumai & Mikochi. For something with a bit more maturity, I'd say get her started on The Ancient Magus' Bride.



I agree on here, Chi's sweet home is funny, innocent and safe lovely cat manga, that also has some real word issues, like how dealing with pet can cause issues to family and how to overcome them.

It's also entertaining enough for adults to read, so it's the perfect example for all ages manga =)
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Posted 12/12/18 , edited 12/12/18

Kicchu wrote:
I'm also gonna agree with Tokyo Mew Mew.


btw, Nakayosi is giving away the 1st volume of Tokyo Mew Mew for free for a limited time!
until Dec 24th 0:00 Japan Time.
this is in commemoration of the magazine's 60th anniversary.

https://www.cmoa.jp/title/103845/
https://booklive.jp/product/index/title_id/60002337/vol_no/001
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Posted 12/12/18 , edited 12/13/18
I briefly glanced at what other people suggested to see if anyone had mentioned Little Witch Academia, and I think only one other person had. I'd echo them, it's a great series that is perfect for younger kids. I have an 8 year old nephew who I watched the anime version with, he really enjoyed it. I liked it as well and ended up buying the two manga volumes that are available in English so far.
It's really wholesome, a cross between Harry Potter and Card Captor Sakura.
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Posted 12/12/18 , edited 12/13/18
Going to second someone's suggestion for Shugo Chara! Magical girl genre with some light romance.
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Posted 12/20/18 , edited 12/20/18
Hyper Police is another good option, very relatable characters that you won't find in conventional manga.
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