Here is the first article to derive from my Candlemas Resolutions. You might expect the article on C. S. Lewis’ The Discarded Image soon, which shall meet another of these resolutions. By the way, comment not only on the manga, but if you feel like there’s a better way for me to write these recommendations. I’d like to make these posts as interesting as possible now that I’ll be doing them on a monthly basis.
1) 81 Diver by Shibata Yokusaru
You can read my thoughts on the series in this post. (Incidentally, it seems like that post influenced D. M. Dutcher to do his own version of Quick Takes. Click here for his post.) Unfortunately, a Japanese person uploading 81 Diver was arrested. If he was the only one, who knows if more chapters shall ever be released. Actually, looking at the copious numbers of Japanese arrested for this crime is appalling. Check out all the links under that article too!!! Almost makes me want to stop reading manga online. At least, Crunchyroll has a decent selection of legal manga.
2) Cerberus by Fukui Takami
This stands as the only horror anime on my list. Certain elements of the manga remind me of Bleach, but it has a darker mood than that popular show. Evil demons/monsters/youma/youkai/whatever-you-prefer named kuzure (Never heard of them before) are intent on devouring human beings. Our hero, Kei, and a childhood friend suffer the misfortune of meeting one of these monsters while exploring a grave site. But, within that graveyard is a grave protector named Yukifusa, with whom Kei makes a contract in order to save the life of his childhood friend. Now, Kei becomes tasked with the mission of destroying kuzure lest his powers deplete, which will cause his demise.