I figured a good place to begin was with an inventory of my current manga and anime titles.
I’ve only recently got started in this, so my collection is still growing. These are what I currently have on my shelves:
Banana Fish (my favorite artwork)
Eerie Queerie (my favorite story)
Fake (the one that started it all)
Gravitation (overall favorite)
Hikaru no Go
Mars (truly romantic and riveting)
I’ll be adding: Kizuna (comes out starting in August)
Comic Party (awesomely funny)
Final Fantasy: Unlimited
Gravitation (the one that started it all for me, and an awesome series—I’ve got an “eBay Dub” of the OVA too)
Hikaru no Go (unfortunately, a Chinese dub with mediocre subtitling—don’t know if/when it’ll get a US release)
His & Her Circumstances (a totally incredible series!)
Wedding Peach (so goofy it’s funny—”I am the love angel—I am Wedding Peach—And I am EXTREMELY angry with you!” Tee hee!)
Things I might add: Gundam Seed, Happy Lesson, Last Exile, Pretear, Shingu (if/when Right Stuf actually announces it and doesn’t just tease me with an awesome trailer), Tokyo Babylon OVA.
You notice that the lists pretty much correspond, though I didn’t necessarily buy the Manga before the Anime or vice versa. As I discover new things, read Shonen Jump or Newtype USA and most importantly view more and more trailers, I discover new things. You can probably tell already, though, that my tastes are rather eclectic but lean toward the romance side especially Shonen-ai—I guess I’m just an old romantic! But I’ve seen some cool things so far and learned a lot.