Originally Posted by Sakura8
Arashi, I've been wondering about Hikaru no Go. When I read the plot synopsis, I thought, "A whole series about go? A chess game? Where's the excitement in that?" But the manga's so long-running I figure it's got to be exciting somehow.
Isn't it funny how many shounen-ai stories are written by females, though?
Have you ever read/seen Ranma 1/2? Read the manga first, then try some of the later seasons (4 and up) for the anime. The original English VA for male Ranma in the anime wasn't so good. Then they replaced her (yes a she as a voice for a he) with the same guy, Richard Cox, who does the voice of InuYasha.
Ooh, I also recommend Shakugan no Shana (mostly referred to as just Shana) for anime. The manga's so-so.
Hikaru No Go is exciting because it's based on a game that's been around for a thousand years. Go isn't quite like chess because to capture a stone you must surround it. The board for the players can easily become a warzone. I think it scares my parents whenever a friend and I set up the go board because we become totally silent when playing. Both the anime and manga have incredible style to it's art and it's just beautiful. The characters are deep as well. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good anime or manga to watch. I began watching it and seriously paid attention to the Go terms and what was happening. Slowly I learned to play Go from there with the help of a book as well. It's also a great way to get into a game not many people have heard of. (My dad always cheats though.)
XD I think too many boys are afraid to look at Shounen-Ai manga let alone write it. I think it's cool though how a lot of shounen-ai and yaoi manga are written by girls. The art style tends to be more gentle in some ways. I'm afraid to say the name of my favorite title for Shounen-ai because I don't want to corrupt the younger kids here. They can discover it for themselves.