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Best Manga of 2008 — Readers’ Choice!

Thanks to everyone who advertised our little poll (special thanks to Melinda at there it is, plain as daylight, Brigid at Mangablog), as a result we got a nice mix of seinen junkies and shojo lovers to balance out the votes. Blackjack is the clear favorite from both reader-types, as it was not only in many people’s top three, it often was listed as their first choice. (Taking a page out of Brian Cronin’s book, people’s first choice received 3 points, second choice 2 points and third choice 1 point). More discussion to follow in the coming days as we examine the incredible range of manga people voted for.

But tonight, here are the results:

TOP THREE NEW MANGA OF 2008

1. Blackjack – Total Points 23

2. High School Debut — Total Points 16

3. Real — Total Points 14

TOP THREE CONTUINING MANGA OF 2008

1. NANA — Total 20 Points

2. xxxholic — Total 15 points

3. Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service — Total 12 points

I’m amused to note that my top three choices for new manga ended up being the top three for the entire group, albeit arranged in a slightly different order.

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Well I am reading the top 2 in continuing. I have no real interest in Black Jack, although everyone loving it makes me more curious than before. My only real exposure to Black is parodies and a pretty bad on demand black jack “movie” about kids getting high on cacti among other absurdities.

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[…] the top three for the entire group, albeit arranged in a slightly different order. 2 Comments At December 10, 2008, Grico wrote: Well I am reading the top 2 in continuing. I have no real interest in Black Jack, […]

I should probably read more of Kurosagi Corpse delivery. I liked the first volume enough, but I got so burned out on Otsuka after how incoherent MPD Psycho and Leviathan both got after a few volumes that I was hesitant to commit to another series by him.

Maybe I’ll check if the library has any volumes beyond the first one.

Blackjack is on my to-read list; I just finished Tezuka’s fantastic Buddha, so I’m looking forward to it!

[…] The votes have been tallied for Danielle Leigh’s Best Manga of 2008 poll. Now that it’s over, the comments thread on the original post makes some interesting reading as well. Well done, Danielle! […]

Thank you for your Tezuka-love, ladies and gentlemen. I, too, would have voted Black Jack — even if I weren’t its editor.

Yani Mentzas, E.V.P., Vertical, Inc.

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