New mangas to pay attention in 2008

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Why a Kotomi pic? Because I can.

Daily, the manga market gets spammed with new works, ranging from one-shots, serializations or volumes; some will have some success, some will be best sellers and some will die, forgotten in the middle of the works that surpass them. A few years back, who thought that mangas like One Piece and Naruto would last more than 10 years and become references outside Japan?

That’s why I’m always eager to check the new releases created each year: 2008 has been so far an interesting year in that matter. So I wrote this list of works to pay attention along the year , because I think they have potential to become great works.

ONE-SHOTS

A good deal of mangas start as one-shots; a completed story with one chapter only and can be serialized or not in the future( kinda like a pilot chapter to see if has a good reception by the readers). I was particularly interested in these two:

Urooboe Uroboros!

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This one-shot was made by the artist of Death Note, showing that he can make a Fighting manga as he did a Psychological Seinen manga, while incorporating a similar dialogue style to his previous work.

Jamais Vu

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TANAKA Yasuki, the newcomer mangaka who made the short manga Hitomi no Catoblepas, has also made this one-shot. It is very similar to Parasite but with a Shounen content instead of Seinen. It still has some flaws but shows that the mangaka has some skills with the Shounen genre.

SERIALIZED MANGAS

These mangas are quite fresh, having only a couple of weeks of age. Even so, they have grabbed my attention due to their unique story plots and premisses.

Double Arts

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Now, this is the manga I’m more interested at the moment (it is also known as Double Ertz). A story about a world filled with a mortal disease called Troi which spreads through touch and the Sisters, girls who can temporary heal it by absorbing it into their own body. in spite of having strong immunities, the Sister will end up dying from Troi at a very young age. Elrene is one of those sisters, and she has reached her limit.

She starts having a seizures in the middle of the street, the sign that her death is near, when a young painter called Kiri tries to help and touches El, making her seizures stop. Kiri seems to be the person with the total immunity to Troi that every Sisters is looking for. but to keep herself alive, El can’t let go Kiri’s hand forever even when bathing or sleeping. With this hassle, they travel to the Sisters HQ, while avoiding the Gazelle Association, killers that are after the sisters.

Nurarihyon no Mago

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This manga revolves around Riuko Nura, a typical wuss looking high school student. But Riuko has a secret: he is 1/4 yokai and his house his filled with yokais belonging to the Nura clan and his grandfather, a shameless old guy yokai. Riuko can awaken his yokai half for one quarter of the day, which he does when one of his friend are threathened. How he will manage concealing his yokai heritage and keep the normal life of a human, while dealing with the yokai world?

UPCOMING MANGAS

Even before they are released, some mangas are already expected with anxiety because the mangaka is already known or the story is based in some other work.

Monster Hunter Orage

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Hiro Mashima, mangaka of Rave Master and Fairy Tail, will start a new manga based on Capcom’s series of games, Monster Hunter.
It will be serialized in the new manga magazine Monthly Shounen Rival, which will be released in April 4th. I will be eagerly awaiting for this one….

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13 Comments

  1. Calaveth
    Posted March 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m way more into anime than manga, but a couple of these look quite interesting. Urooboe Uroboros and Double Arts both look like something I wouldn’t mind taking a look at.

  2. Posted March 30, 2008 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m only looking forward to the last volume of DN Angel, more Naruto, and more of Deadman Wonderland. I don’t follow any other manga yet …

  3. happio
    Posted March 30, 2008 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    lol… Deadman Wonderland… yes, good gore ( I’m glad you checked out Double Arts. I just checked it out too and I’m sold since both leads have gravity-defying hair :). Oh, and it feels so… so… epic.

  4. Myu
    Posted March 31, 2008 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    First thought when I saw Urooboe Uroboros was: is that Lawliet?

    Definitely taking a look at it, and also Double Arts.

  5. Linya
    Posted March 31, 2008 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    As a manga-maniac, I’ve already taken a look at both Urooboe Uroboros! and Double Arts. I found both very enjoyable. Double Arts esp. looks very promising from the two chapters I’ve seen so far. I guess I’ll take a closer look at the other mangas you are predicting will get big later.

    @Blissmo: isn’t DN Angel on Hiatus right now?

  6. Posted March 31, 2008 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Nurarihyon no Mago… … …

    i smell a ton of Touhou crossovers.

  7. Posted March 31, 2008 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Wait, what? He’s going to end Fairy Tail or something? But, but, I love that series ;_;

    Any idea what will happen to it?

    Oh, and that top pic, where’s it from? :)

  8. Posted March 31, 2008 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    @happio, Myu, Linya: Yeah, Double Ertz (I like the original name) will be a a major hit. who doesn’t like shoonen with romance mixed together?

    @Blissmo, Linya: D.N. Angel is returning to serialization in April. But I haven’t heard it would be the last volume…

    @DrmChsr0: It would be more of Hakaba Kitara crossovers…

    @Morghus: No, he’s not ending Fairy Tail, he’s just doing 2 mangas at the same time. It isn’t as unusual at it seems ( don’t forget that famous mangakas usually have alot of assistants to work with.

    And the pic was taken from Danbooru, i don’t know specifically from where it was taken.

  9. Posted March 31, 2008 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Actually, I did forget that mangakas have alot of assistants. It didn’t even cross my mind. He’s so similar to Oda in both drawings, flow and humour, and since Oda is king… well, you get the picture. Thanks for the info :)

  10. Posted March 31, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Of course, this begs the question…is the plural of manga “manga” or “mangas.” I’ve always thought it was “manga” as in “there are tons of manga here!” Maybe it’s one of those words that can go either way. Or another way to phrase it could be “does anyone give a flying flack which it is?”

  11. Posted March 31, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    This, of course, begs the question: Is the plural of manga “manga” or “mangas.” I’ve always used “manga” like “There are tons of manga here!” Maybe it’s one of those words that can go either way. Or perhaps we can even ask “does anyone even give a flying frack which it is?” lol.

  12. Posted September 9, 2008 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    hi i love the anims there asome

  13. ANIMEKRAZY123
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    I’ve reall ALL of these and they’re really not all THAT new and i yes i luv em all
    i’m more of a manga addict than anime but i watch and read A LOT AND I MEAN A LOT of stuff so yeaWHOOO!!!

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