Weekly Shounen Jump is in a weird place right now. If you don't read manga you may not know that most of the long-running series ended between the end of last year and mid this year. Most of the others now in serialization are less than a year old. Of note is this manga, "Ayakashi Triangle". This author is most notable for "To Love Ru"(Which is supposed to sound like 'trouble' in engrish and I've never read it), but he clearly has a transformation fetish, where boys get turned into girls as this is not the first time he's made something with that subject matter. This means there are now currently three ecchi series running in WSJ, but I kind of like this one, because at least it's not harem-shit with a boring, mild-mannered MC. As you might imagine it reminds me a lot of Ranma, but he's currently stuck as a girl and there is only one love interest at this time. 5 posts and 1 image reply omitted. Click reply to view.
The MC in this manga is an 'exorcist ninja' and his job is to protect his childhood friend from spirits(ayakashi), who really want to eat her, because she's got a lot of spirit energy or some shit. The excuse for having him turned into a girl is very silly. Basically he's turned into a girl by one of these spirits, and as a result if he kills the spirit, he can't turn back to normal. Despite this the MC doesn't care that much and still wants to kill the spirit due to the danger it poses, but the love interest wants him to turn back into a boy, so she convinces him not to kill it, and this is the titular 'triangle'. It might not have the most complicated plot, but there's enough there to keep me interested, and I like the uh, art heh…
…and it might be even worse than that. Like I think they were counting comics distributed
as being sold in the conventional sense. Truly a dead industry-I'm surprised they're still making them when many of them are pulling in less money than a single full time employee earns in a year.
I've never watched Bleach because it looked generic af, same with Naruto. Then again I think they were sort of pioneers in their genre so I guess I'm not sure why I always had that opinion of them.
Naruto and Bleach were both pretty decent at the start, and have a few good arcs that serve as a reminder for why anyone ever liked them in the first place, but despite both running for 15 years, they both peaked early, and the artists were clearly out of ideas long before they ended. When it comes to the anime, I'm betting you were put-off by the awkwardness of early 2000s digital animation, and of course there was a stigma associated with it at the time. Admitting you liked Naruto as an American teenager back then is on the same level as telling someone you're a brony or something.
I really wasn't very familiar with either of them, I don't think it was a "shame" thing because I liked anime and Teen Titans and stuff-I just kind of ignored them altogether. My friends were big fans of both of them, as well as One Piece I think.