Cloudy’s Top 5 Manga Art Styles

Hey guys, recently with all my new manga released, I’ve been flipping through a lot of my favourite series to remind myself of the events thus far which really inspired me to do this post on my top 5 manga styles.

5) Clamp- No shoujo artstyle list or discussion or forum exists without some mention of the clamp trademark. Unnaturally tall but slender and elegant bodies coupled with a manga aesthetic that seems so natural and effortless for the reader, clamp is simply timeless.

4) Ema Toyama- Creator of I Am Here and Watashi ni Shinasai!!- Missions of Love; you’ll instantly fall in love with these series from the art alone. Toyama’s style exaggerates the eyes and facial expressions, especially in close up panel shots. Its slice of life high school stories with a feminine touch to it making it very well received with the shojo demographic.

3) Jun Mochizuki- If you’ve read pandora hearts, you know what I mean. There’s a fine balance that you tread when adding subtle detail to the eyes to make them both cheery and creepy at the same time. There’s a sense of warped dimensionality to the plot and the characters are essential to bringing out this dark yet whimsical theme.

2) Yana Toboso- Tobaso’s famous Black Butler series has become one of the most well-loved series out there. Her art style boasts gorgeous landscape art, intricate character costume designs and stunning body figure action choreography making the panels flow seamlessly from one animated panel into the other, she’s truly a master at what she does.

1) Hotaru Odagiri- She is the author of Uraboku or Betrayal Knows My Name. Her artstyle really encapsulates the epitome of shoujo art. Stylistically, the smooth gradient colouring and excessive shading typical to shojo manga but she’s made her characters immensely distinguishable and impressionable. I originally borrowed the series from the library and I’m totally set on buying the actual volumes because the art is just so gorgeous.

Hope you guys liked this post, let me know what your favourite art styles are in the comments! Thanks for reading and I will talk to u guys soon 🙂

– Cloudy
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Cloudy Says…

Hi guys, how are you all?

We’re starting to get into the cool fall weather and the flu is really going around so I hope you’re all well! By now, you guys will probably have noticed that I’ve changed a few things on the site in terms of layout and look. Since all my posts are organized into categories, or featured on the Recent Posts widget, the home page should generally load faster and hopefully everything is more easily navigable for you guys.

I’ve decided to feature all my latest updates and news on a Cloudy Says page so be sure to check there if you’re ever wondering what I’m up to. As well, fall is the season for many many new manga releases so for fans of the series “Are You Alice?” I’ve already planned a review for volume 2 as well as one for volume 6 of Betrayal Knows My Name. Of course, these are just the series that I personally follow and several other manga that I have purchased are still sitting on my shelf waiting to be read and reviewed!

The beginning of October also brings us the new releases of the fall anime season. If you guys are interested in what that may entail, check out my Fall Samples post for my picks this season. I can’t wait to check out the new shows and a poll will be coming up very soon for you all to vote on what reviews you want this season. Right now, I’m following Diabolik Lovers and from the summer season, Kimi no Iru Machi has just finished this week so I still owe you guys one last summer anime review.

On a side note pertaining to the may-or-may-nots, I’ve recently made an otome buddy who has me playing Starry Sky~After Spring.  I’m currently in the middle of the visual novel so depending on how I feel after I’ve completed the routes, I am considering a review of the game as well as a review of the game Second Reproduction that I finished a while ago.

Now that my Cloudy Says news are going to be perpetually posted on a page, I hope you guys will find it easier to follow along my blog agenda. Thank you all so much for dropping in. It means a lot to me that you take the time to read what I write.

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– Cloudy

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The Betrayal Knows My Name Volume 1 & 2 Review

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