It’s time to reset for 2019. Here’s the new and revised list of prompts for the year. It’s slightly updated from last year — especially the 5 bonus challenges at the end!
I’m going to leave a link to last year’s list down below. Feel free to participate with the list of prompts that suit you best!
Want to play along? Find the rules (and a printable PDF) at the bottom of this page!
Manga Hoarder’s 2019 MANGA READING CHALLENGES:
- A battle manga
- A horror manga
- A comedy manga
- A romance manga
- A 4-koma manga (This is a specific comedy format. 4-panels are stacked on top of each other reminiscent of comic strips)
- A historical manga
- A martial arts manga
- A sports manga
- A foodie manga
- A mecha manga
- A josei manga (This is a manga that was specifically marketed to an adult female audience)
- An out-of-print manga
- A hyped manga
- A gekiga or alternative manga (Any title that doesn’t fit into the mainstream of manga would work for this one.)
- A nonfiction manga
- A borrowed manga
- A manga featuring manga (or other otaku culture)
- A cyberpunk manga (This is a subgenre of science fiction. It is often characterized by a world that is largely controlled by computer technology.)
- A manga set in space
- An isekai manga (A manga where a character is transported into another world)
- A contemporary/slice-of-life manga
- A thriller or mystery manga
- 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.)
- 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.)
- A translated manga where the title is the same in English as it was in the original Japanese.
- A manga that features a character with a disability
- A manga that features a transforming character
- A manga that features siblings
- A manga that features music or art
- A manga that features a character with super-powers
- A manga that features an animal companion
- A manga that features gods or monsters
- A manga that features a female main character
- A manga that features an LGBT+ character (Bonus: written by an LGBT+ author or artist)
- A manga set in a country outside of Japan
- A manga that you’ve owned for over a year
- A manga that is older than you
- A manga by 2+ authors
- A manga with a 1-word title
- A manga with a number in the title (Note: Japanese numbers count! Ooh. Punny!)
- A manga over 500 pages
- A manga recommended to you
- A manga from a genre you rarely/never read from
- A new to you author
- A collection of short stories
- A hardcover release
- The first volume in a series that began releasing in 2019.
- An award winner
- A manhwa/manhua
- Catch-up on or complete a series
- 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!)
- Your favourite manga
SUPER NINJA BONUS CHALLENGES:
*Remember, you can use titles for multiple challenges!
- Read 2+ series translated by the same translator
- Read every manga you own by one author. Pick manga where you have multiple copies or multiple titles by the same author. (Bonus: pick the author whose works you own the most of.)
- Read the alphabet. Find A-Z in the titles you read through the year. (Bonus: read 26 books that each start with a different letter)
- Read a manga from every publisher you own. (Bonus: read a manga from at least 10 different publishers)
- Read the manga/watch the anime (Bonus: pick a title where the manga was inspired by the anime, and not the reverse)
Want to play, too?
- Get the 2019 printable PDF, here: #readmanga19
- Or, check out last year’s list of challenges, here: #readmanga18
- Change the challenges to work for you
- Choose the challenges you want to complete
- Read 1 book to satisfy multiple challenges if you want to
- Read other formats of books (you don’t have to only read manga)!
Really just participate how what you want. The only thing I ask is that you don’t read scanlations for these challenges. Let’s protect the industry we love by choosing not to participate in illegal and damaging behaviours.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #readmanga19 when you share your progress on social media!
HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT YEAR OF READING!!