parts melodrama, historical romance, and supernatural fantasy. Japanese history predominates a heavily structured plot, which mainly involves the continued aggression between magic using guardians, or "possessors," and the denizens of a "feudal underworld," or the restless souls of long-dead samurai attempting to re-ignite ancient war on the modern plane.
Clannad（Popularity：10 hits） Clannad is set in a high-school located in a Japanese town. Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year student who doesn't take his studies seriously. Always late for class, he's seen as a delinquent by the rest of his classmates who are busy preparing for their entrance examinations. Needless to say, he doesn't have too many close friends either.
Tomoya seems not to mind too--until he meets a few other g...
X-day（Popularity：10 hits） From Tokyopop:
It's senior year, and Rica is seriously stressed out. She's got more homework, exams, and papers than she can handle, and was recently dumped by her boyfriend. In other words: Life sucks! One day, she's chatting online when she meets three classmates who hate school as much as she does. Together, they hatch a plan to blow up the school when no one is present. The countdown is on fo...
From Aerandria Scans:
Eight years have passed since Haruna, once a child genius, quit university and became a poor detective. Haruna's uncle suddenly visits with a job for him--to take care of a child helper-robot, A-3. Will A-3 help Haruna find what is missing from his life?
Aqua（Popularity：10 hits） From Tokyopop:
After 150 years of terraforming, Aqua, the planet formerly known as Mars, now has over 90% of its surface covered by water. A young girl named Akari Mizunashi arrives at the city of Neo-Venezia, an exact replica of the old Italian city of Venice, hoping to become an Undine, the most coveted job on Aqua. Follow Akari's adventures as she discovers the wonders of Aria in this prequel ...
5 years ago, Haruki's brother Hiroki was swept away by the raging river when the bridge Haruki had built broke, and Haruki believes he is responsible for his death. A mix of 3 one-shots
Tamaki has a HUGE problem! She blushes at the drop of a hat, so everyone knows what she is thinking! She finally makes a decision to stop letting her fear of embarrassment control her -- she gets a job where her crush is working so that she can confess her feelings to him... but then things go awry in an unexpected way!
Daisuke's always had a habit of sneaking into Tomo... 1-3) 37°C no Boyfriend
Wakaba got locked up in an elevator with a completely strange guy. Moreover, they happened to share a kiss. He's someone she'd never meet again... or so Wakaba thought, but it turned out that that guy, Chitose, is the boyfriend of Nao, her friend!
Nao introduced a surprised Wakaba to her upperclassman in her club, Takaomi, but no matter what, Wakaba can't forget about Chit... From Manga-Sketchbook:
14 pages short story which originally appeared in AERA COMIC'S "Nippon no Manga" anthology.
To get anything other than the pretty pictures out of this short story, one should have read Natsume Souseki's Sanshiro. It's a textless oneshot (full color) about a girl and her life out on a flooded city. :
Nine years ago, while on holiday, NONOZUMI Kanata received her first kiss from a boy named Haruka. Now age 15, Kanata has continued to love him and treasures a photograph of them together, which she always carries with her. Finding that she will be spending the Summer Holidays alone, she decides to find Haruka using the address on the photograph as her only clue. As she has never travelled al... The manga is about the Sengoku Jidai (Warring States Period) of Feudal Japan. The rulers of the land - Daimyo - and their servants - Samurai - fight to get the rule of all Japan. Especially, the most powerful ones are the Devil King Oda Nobunaga of Owari, the Tiger of Kai Takeda Shingen, the Dragon of Echigo Uesugi Kenshin, the Hojos of Odawara Castle Fateful Encounters:
Judo-loving Mitsuka has been looking forward to finding her true love since starting high school. While walking through the park one afternoon, she encounters a very cute boy napping on a bench. The next day a new coach arrives at Mitsuka's judo club. And who turns up? The cutie on the napping on the bench of course! His smile makes her heart race, and her name on his lips mak... Kei is a young, not-so-successful screenwriter. One day, she finds an unexpected visitor at the door of her apartment. A little girl named Niko, a secret child of a famous actress Mifuyu Shibano. Niko is sent to Kei because she is the only person who knows this secret, since she used to work for Mifuyu when she was not so famous. As she begins to live with Niko, she finds the girl is very self-con...
Mind Game（Popularity：10 hits） On top of being bad at studying, Misato, a grade 9 student, has bad luck with her love life as well. This is a story about this girl’s fresh first love.
Volume 2 also contains two side stories.
-- Aerandria Scans
V. Koibito no Namae
1. Lover's Name
One night, Ei Ariga the private detective was hit on by an obnoxious stranger whilst out working on a case handled by his father's agency. Then the timid and very polite Ryouichirou, who is a dead-ringer for the playboy stranger, turns up at the agency and tries to engage their services to find out why and how someone is breaking and entering his apartment. ... Inside the jungles of Vietnam, a courageous Special Ops. Unit is fighting the most infamous war of decades past the Vietnam War. This bold account follows the brave exploits of Sergeant Perky? Perkins and his unit?of rabbits! Join Rats, Perky and Botaski as they fight against the cats of the Viet Cong. From the Tet Offensive to the My Canh bombing, watch these commando-style bunnies through an an...
Blood（Popularity：10 hits） From Nihonmaru:
A story about Vinny (a gang leader), his best friend Sean, Skip and Dick (respectively, the errand boy and the muscle of the gang), Kyle (Vinny's younger brother) and Sandy (Vinny's girlfriend). Vinny is homophobic, Kyle is gay and in a relationship with Sean. When Vinny finds out about it, troubles have their start.
There's Vinny, the gang leader, and h...
Tomoki had always been in love with his sempai, but had never been able to tell him how he feels. On the sempai’s wedding day (which Tomoki reluctantly attends), a heartbroken Tomoki meets up with the sempai’s younger brother, Atsuya, who had now grown into a handsome young man from the last time Tomoki saw him. Atsuya had always known how Tomoki felt about his brother, having witnessed Tomoki mas... An anthology of 6 stories.
1. With Those Fingers, Those Lips -- A playboy decides to mend his way?
2. Shakuren/Miraculous Love
3. Toge Made Itoshii (Dear Until The Thorns) -- A sweet story of how a girl found love after her ex cheated on her
4. That's What Makes You A Liar -- What's real and what's not? The heroine learns to stand up for herself.
5. Make Love to Me with That Voice... Nanako Kobayashi, a 17-year-old teenager, has an ugly face who seems to not have a care for the world. One day, she got a call, only to be given two choices to answer a question. A devil suddenly appears, taking the form of her teddy bear. The devil is willing to grant her three wishes; each based on two options; What wishes will Nanako choose?
"Once upon a time I dreamed I was a butt... Yokami Futsu, or Fu-chan as he is commonly known, was brought up by his grandfather after his father died. But now his grandfather had also died – leaving behind a large amount of debt. At the funeral, his grandfather’s cousin (who looks uncannily like grandpa himself!) suddenly appears and declares that he wants to take care of him. Together, they start living in a dilapidated, run down house and... Kouhei is a doctor at the local university hospital who has lost touch with his high school friend Tadashi. While Kouhei grew up to become a successful young doctor, Tadashi became a jobless, poor-as-dirt, flaming gay writer. But one lonely night, at his wits end, Tadashi sends Kouhei a text message and receives a reply. Of course Tadashi has secretly harbored feelings for Kouhei for a long time. ... Growing older is pretty rough and Kenji is finding out just how hard it can be as life starts wearing down on him. On top of trying to make ends meet running a convenience store he has to care for the niece that his missing sister left in his care. Memories of youth make it easier, until those memories come back to haunt him.
Continuation of Urasawa Naoki's masterpiece, 20th Century Boys.