29
Dec
09

Top Ten Manga of 2009

The manga criteria is a bit harder to judge, but just to clear the confusion, the nominees here are ONLY manga and not anime.   Yes, that means don’t expect One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail, etc – if it’s been made into an anime or will be in the upcoming season, it will not be on this list.  Unless the anime takes a completely different direction than the anime, then it won’t be on here.  Yes, I know there aren’t a lot of well-known ones but I told you guys that I read a lot of manga that I can’t wait until it becomes an anime… Fairy Tail was one of them but now, that can’t go on the list because it’s been made into the anime.  Shall we dance?

10th place – No Bra

No don’t run away it’s not the same as Chu-Bra! Haha this you would only watch for the comedy and nothing else.  Yes, they’re guys and one likes to crossdress hence the title No Bra.  It’s not a bad choice, yet it’s not one of the best ones either, since it hasn’t been made into an anime.  Personally, I found it comical… but only when I was in my good moods.

9th place – Genghis Khan

History of a great conquerer in the art of manga.  That’s basically it – it’s a wonderful depiction of how Genghis did what he did, and the artwork is simply magnificent.  Bravo sirs (as a note, this manga has two authors –> which tells you something about how epic it is).

8th place – World Embryo

Basically another doomsday scenario with the savior organization being FLAG.  It’s a good intense manga with good decent action, artwork, and storyline.  The character designs are modestly good and I wouldn’t be surprised if this manga would be given the green-light to run as an anime in early 2011 or maybe even in 2010.

7th place – Negima neo

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Yes, from the creators of Negima we bring you another spinoff of the same characters but in a different storyline.  For originality, this series would get a big-fat 1/10 but artwork and remixing-wise, it’s surprising good.   However, it’s by a different author than Negima so don’t expect the same catchy phrases and styles of comic-writing that Ken Akamatsu does.

6th place – Shinjuku

Bold and powerful, the images are dark and perfect for the environment of this manga.  I personally did not like the artwork, but I must give credit to the writer of it – it’s done brilliantly and the plot is somewhat unique and original as well.  From here on up, the manga gets hardcore and if you don’t recognize these titles, I would recommend you read these.  But then again, I actually liked Canaan, so who knows?

5th place – Cirque du Freak

Story-line seems a bit dry but the artwork is very different yet powerful enough to be effective towards the reader.  I actually enjoyed this a lot because of its interesting turns and moments, and I don’t know why I was mesmerized by it.  Hmm.

4th place – 20th Century Boys

The main character, Kenji, is a failed rock star, and the world he lives in is one of tyranny and oppression. True to Urasawa-sensei’s strengths, 20th Century Boys is full of surprising plot twists and complicated, yet satisfying relationships between the characters.  It’s a time-spanning manga, and it jumps back and forth in time.  With every chapter, you never know what’s going to happen next.

3rd place – Maximum Ride

Girls with wings are winners, and so is the artwork and plot in this.  It’s oddly attractive with many different character designs and the plot is very thrilling as well in its sci-fi context.  Personally, I enjoyed it, although I don’t understand why some others didn’t.

2nd place – Pluto

You love it, I love it.  You didn’t read it?  Well, go now.

And the grand winner of 2009 is:

kimi no iru machi (a town where you live)

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From the creators of my favorite manga Suzuka, we get the love-comedy story of a boy, a childhood friend, and a beautiful girl.  It’s a three-way relationship, yet the plot takes the most interesting of turns and events.  I find myself dying each week, clicking for updates on the latest chapters.  It’s been very consistent with the artwork, and although it’s not the highest of the best quality in terms of drawings, it’s still top-notch that everyone would enjoy.

And tomorrow, don’t miss the final list: the Top Ten ANIME of 2009 XD

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11 Responses to “Top Ten Manga of 2009”


  1. 1 Humanity_Cat
    30 December 2009 at 12:07 am

    Hmm, I read Cirque du Freak a while ago and I thought it was pretty good…it took a different ending than I thought it would, but I didn’t realize until the end that it was actually based on a series of books, which I’ll get to reading someday.
    I felt that the plot was fairly original…but I also kind of felt like it took two fairly unoriginal plots and smooshing it together…but that’s just my opinion.

    Now I never knew that there was a manga version of Maximum Ride! Interesting, I’ll have to look for it. You do know that this is based off of a series of books, right? The books were pretty good (I felt like they decreased as it went on), so I’ll be interested to see how it was transformed visually…..

    I also must say that the Genghis Khan one sounds very interesting….I love reading/watching stuff that I learn from, so I might go see if there’s an english version out.

  2. 2 SPIRAL
    30 December 2009 at 12:08 am

    @HC
    Genghis Khan is very interesting yet you learn so much, that’s why it’s so brilliant XD

  3. 3 MrPro4life
    30 December 2009 at 3:09 am

    kimi no iru machi is a stunning anime.
    the story is really good realistic and it’s real entertainment.

    also i saw the manga and read the story line it wasn’t predictable to see the relationships ending or starting diffrent. the manga is really great and i hope they will make it to a animation. the story isn’t boring because the charatures are special.

  4. 4 Poro
    30 December 2009 at 9:22 am

    this was interesting, i have crique du freak in my public library- i practically walk by it every time I’m there!!! Maximum Ride was never my favorite, but interesting to see it of all novels mangafied. I might actually see the manga fir genghis khan depending on time. I can’t for the top ten manga! “drumroll”

  5. 5 Sniper
    30 December 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Too bad Record of the Fallen Vampire is not up there; That and angel densetsu those were some of the best manga ever created…. TT-TT

  6. 6 SPIRAL
    30 December 2009 at 12:47 pm

    @Poro you mean top ten anime

  7. 7 Kagura89
    30 December 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Eh,no Fullmetal Alchemist manga on the list?
    The current arc is uber epic,considering it’s reaching the finale.
    Shame it’s not one of the list 😦

  8. 8 SPIRAL
    30 December 2009 at 3:34 pm

    @Kagura
    clearly you didn’t bother reading that I only picked manga that haven’t been made into anime

  9. 9 Yorichigo
    1 January 2010 at 12:08 am

    Dude there’s a ton of manga/manwha better than some of your list ^^ I didn’t heard of them but maybe they are great. Veritas, Witch Hunter, Dollgun, Psyren, Suki-tte Ii na yo, Seishun Pop, Sun-Ken Rock, Kamisama Dolls,Kongoh Bancho, Medaka Box, Shitsurakuen and many more I’ve discovered this year. Some of them surprise me in their way and some are alike but It’s your taste so everyone have a different taste :D.

    Suki-tte Ii na yo is one of them I was surprise the most because it was a Shoujo but I like it and same thing with seishun pop. I will check it out all the list and see if some of them are in my taste.

    • 10 SPIRAL
      1 January 2010 at 9:15 am

      lol good man – yeah, everyone has different tastes, and I honestly didn’t hear about some of yours until you mentioned them

  10. 2 January 2010 at 6:31 am

    Cirque du Freak has a manga??? Holy shit, I own all those books! The original author is an irish guy and I read the first book when it was released back when I was something like 10 years old. Put it this way: I anticipated each release of the next book as much as I did each Harry Potter book. Harkat Mulds was the shit!


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