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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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
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….