Hm, don't get around to read manga really, are more into anime from that part of the world
Although I did enjoy Hellsing a lot, but tearing London apart in multiple volumes felt a bit of ... overdoing it XD
Any here read/reading Gunslinger Girls? Rather love the take on "enhanced" child fighters, although it is another grip on the Halo mythos and Ender's Game kinda thing.
On anime side it is GitS SAC FTW! Although I am also a big fan of Haibane Renmai, Mushi-shi and .HACK//SIGN
My comment to the discussion erupting in this thread: I think *someone* managed to view the hentai anime or manga and those cannot be said to be a representative of the genre as a whole. Some of the strongest female leads I have found in comics or cartoon are in anime and manga. Also many of the Asian movies contain strong females.
But I will admit: The anime/manga has an odd idea of fan service - my boobs obeys the law of gravity, the boob movements in some of those seem to defy gravity
. Oh well - but hardly a deal breaker seeing the fan service from Hollywood contain girls in very tight leather outfits or skirts shorter than a finger nail.