The Mary Sue: Manga suggestions for a preteen girl?
Greetings, Tumblr! We received this email recently and thought you could help out:
I’m a twenty-seven year old male, and I have a ten year-old niece. My question to you is whether or there are some manga, comics or anime that are appropriate for her age group and are not prone to the pitfalls…
Chi’s Sweet Home — Chi is a newborn kitten who finds herself lost. Separated from her mother, she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow., when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment…where pets are strictly not permitted.
Cardcaptor Sakura — no “risqué” costume changes, mom, Sakura’s BFF makes all the hero’s costumes, so she changes offstage.
Marvel Adventures: Power Pack — not strictly manga, but manga-influenced, the kids of the Power family interact with the superheroics of the Marvel Universe in this kid-friendly imprint. Almost anything in the Marvel Adventures line is going to be fine for a preteen to read.
Yotsuba&! — Slice of life manga of a young girl, navigating the world around her and generally being cute.
Zita the Space Girl — You’re going to have lots of luck with items from First Second, check out their website.
Chicagoland Detective Agency — another one that’s not strictly manga, but very much aimed at the preteen demographic. The lead female character is thirteen, loves manga and lolita fashion, and when she moves to Chicago falls in with a boy and a talking dog…
Babymouse: Queen of the World! — Meet Babymouse, a sassy young mouse who dreams of glamour, excitement, adventure, straight whiskers, being queen of the world, and of course, being invited to Felicia Furrypaws’s oh-so-exclusive party…