Alright I haven't read too much manga but heres what I have read.
Inuyasha: It's alright has an interesting plot line but it goes on FOREVER! Don't expect to read the whole series in just a little while. It's a nice mix of comedy/romance/action.
Full Metal Alchemist: Beautiful story line, a true master peice if I ever saw one. Romance very rarely presents itself in the storyline but it is action filled and the suspense is amazing. Not to be missed.
Chobits: I didn't really finish this series because though it wasn't boring, it was extremely slow. The story line its self was interesting but some of the details of the story were crude and kinda insulting to the whole scenerio so needless to say I lost interest.
Salad Days: To my knowledge you can only find this particular manga series in english on websites. This is complete and utter Romance/Comedy, a collection of short stories about romantic episodes in ones life. They are NOT always happy endings! The series has very little mature content, which is rare in a lot of popular manga.
Lilim Kiss: This was to say the least a very interesting series. However it lacked a in depth plot line, and didn't seem to go any where, some of the characters were also very unrealistic. However despite it's flaws I enjoyed this manga as well.
Ichigo 100%: This is one of my favorite series of manga so far. Other than my very few favorites this beats most manga's I have read. A truly entertaining Romance/Comedy that pulls you in whether you like it or not. Though every once in awhile you might grow bored of it because the main character is so incredibly dense.
Fruits Basket: Another one of my favorites, the plot does not really reveal itself until later on in the series but it is a very incredible manga series. Another true master peice, though you may be turned off a little by the drawings inside. (I sure was... they kinda scared me... lol.)
I've read others but these are some of my favorites so I recomend you read them. Toodles.
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You're gonna have to do some hunting for some of these, these are all my personal favorites.
Monster: An excellent mystery thriller that I think is under-appreciated by anime/manga fans. Art and plot are both pleasing. You can get it off of AnimeDirect. The plot is about Dr. Tenma (set in Germany though), a brilliant brain surgeon who is drawn into mysterious events that crop up years after he saves a boy from a bullet wound to the head.
Parasyte: Seems like it would be a bad sci-fi slasher flick, but trust me, it is DONE WELL. Alien parasites invade the planet and supplant the heads of their human hosts, morphing themselves to both disguise and kill their prey. Shin, average high school student, is infested as well, except his hand (as opposed to head) is replaced by an erstwhile companion who bent on its own survival and its host's at any cost. The interactions between "Lefty" and Shin are quite funny at times. Lefty is easily one of my favorite characters of all time.
Love Hina (yes, you've all probably read this): The only romantic harem comedy that I've managed to hold an interest in. It's sort of "meh" after volume 8, but still it is definately worth reading. A complete loser name Keitaro tries to get into Tokyo U because of a promise he made to a girl when he was five or six-ish. He's already failed to get in twice. Kicked out of his home he makes his way to the Hinata Hot Springs Inn, except of course, it is now a girls dorm. Romantic subplots and wacky hijinks insue.
Nausicaa: Miyazaki's one and only manga, and easily amongst his best work. It has everything anyone would want in a manga: epic wars, an evil Holy Emperor, a dash of intrigue, sprawling plotline, mysterious allusions to the past and compelling characters. It takes place in a feudal-steampunk world that was created far after the collapse of advanced civilizations (think starships). Also poisonous fungal forests filled with killer insects cover much of the world.
Battle Angel Alita: Post-apocalyptic world where cybernetics is common. Takes place in the "Scrapyard" over which a technologically advanced city whose denizens both rule and suck out the life of the Scrapyard. Main character is "Alita" a female cyborg who retains knowledge of her martial arts but not her past.
Planetes: Haven't personally read it, but I have seen the anime. An adult drama that has a very realistic portrayal of the future of space development. It centers around Hachi and the debris collecting division of Technora. Debris-collecting, while necessary to space development, is a thankless task that is looked down upon by the corporate elite. Easy to relate to if you've ever felt like life is trying to kick you in the teeth when you're down.