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Manga in Minutes: Top 10 Comics of 2013

As you know by now, CBR has posted its list of Top 100 Comics of 2013. As one of the site contributors I took part in it, but naturally not everything I selected for my personal Top 10 made the list. With that in mind I thought I’d try something a little different to kick off the new year and post my personal Top 10 Comics of 2013 as my first column of 2014!

A little information regarding the criteria for this list. The comics/manga has to have come out in 2013 or, in the case of mini-series, the final issue had to have been published in 2013. Also, any foreign material that first saw print in the US during 2013 is eligible.

With that out of the way, here are my Top 10 picks, a runner up, and my thoughts and comments.
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Manga in Minutes: Triton of the Sea, Vol. 2

Triton of the Sea, Vol. 2Triton of the Sea, Vol. 2
Created by Osamu Tezuka
DMP, 436pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Osamu Tezuka’s tale of watery adventure and vengeance comes to its conclusion with Triton of the Sea, Vol. 2! Poseidon’s children have all fallen at the hands of Triton and the final showdown between the two rivals shall commence… or will it? Twists and turns send Triton’s tale into some rather unexpected directions in the final volume of the series.
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Manga in Minutes: Attack on Titan, Vols. 8 + 9

Attack on Titan, Vol. 9Attack on Titan, Vol. 8 + 9
by Hajime Isayama
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (16+)

A disastrous expedition beyond the wall has led to a terrifying discovery, Eren’s not the only person capable of turning into a Titan! Now Levi, Eren and Mikasa must create a plan to trap and uncover the identity of the mysterious Female Titan. Just when things couldn’t get anymore confusing or tense, word comes that the worst case scenario may have occurred, the Titans have breached the wall! Twists, turns, revelations and action all come courtesy of Hajmie Isayama in volumes 8 and 9 of his hit series, Attack on Titan!
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Manga in Minutes: Triton of the Sea, Vol. 1

Triton of the Sea, Vol. 1Triton of the Sea, Vol. 1
Created by Osamu Tezuka
DMP, 484pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Digital Manga continues to build on their Osamu Tezukua line with Triton of the Sea, Vol. 1! Found abandoned in a cave, young Triton is adopted by a human family and raised as one of their own. But as he grows, he discovers his origins and the legacy of his true family. As the last surviving member of the underwater Triton clan, young Triton must train and prepare himself for the inevitable showdown with his ancestral enemies and those responsible for wiping out his biological family, the Poseidon clan!
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Manga in Minutes: Sailor Mon Short Stories, Vol. 2

Sailor Moon Short Stories, Vol. 2Sailor Moon Short Stories, Vol. 2
Created by Naoko Takeuchi
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

At long last the Kodansha Comics release of Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon comes to an end, with Sailor Moon Short Stories, Vol. 2. The second in a two volume collection of short stories contains “Princess Kaguya’s Lover”, a touching story of a cat and the man she loves, “Casa Blanca Memory”, which gives us some insight into the life of Rei/Sailor Mars, and wraps up with the comedic “Parallel Sailor Moon” It’s love, loss and wacky hijinks in the second and final volume of Sailor Moon Short Stories!
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Manga in Minutes: Fairy Tail, Vols. 31 + 32

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Created by Hiro Mashima
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

My first look at the world of Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail comes courtesy of Fairy Tail, Vols. 31 and 32! This fantasy series is set in a world full of magic and follows the adventures of the sorcerers guild known as Fairy Tail! These volumes pick up after a climatic battle, which resulted in the core members of Fairy Tail being trapped on an island in a mystical stasis for 7 years. Now they’re free and have returned to their guild, only to find that the world’s moved on and their guild has fallen far behind their rivals in powers and abilities. In an attempt to improve their guild’s standing, the Fairy Tail members enter themselves into a massive wizard tournament. Now they must face off against 7 other guilds, while being caught up in the intrigue, dark magic, and other challenges that surround the Grand Magic Games!
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Manga in Minutes: The Strange Tale of the Twilight Demon

The Strange Tale of the Twilight DemonThe Strange Tale of the Twilight Demon
Created by Midori Hagi
DMP/Emanga, 41pp
Rating: Young Adults (16 +)

The Strange Tale of the Twilight Demon is a very short story from creator Midori Hagi, which follows a boy named Imaru as he investigates the disappearance of a classmate and its connections to a strange urban legend. It’s my first exposure to the work of Midori Hagi and probably my last.
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Manga in Minutes: Kitaro

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Created by Shigeru Mizuki
Drawn & Quarterly, 430pp
Rating: Not Rated

One of the most recognizable characters in Japan finally makes his US debut in Kitaro, a collection of stories from Shigeru Mizuki’s classic GeGeGe no Kitaro series! Originally created in 1967, Mizuki based the character of Kitaro and his adventures upon stories he heard as a child from both his grandmother, and from a popular form of entertainment at the time known as kamishibai. Drawing upon these sources he’d give life to Kitaro, a young boy who straddled the line between the yokai world and the human world, acting as a guardian, mediator, doctor and more for both sides as the situation dictates.
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Manga in Minutes: Sankarea, Vol. 3

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Created by Mitsuru Hattori
Kodansha Comics, 160pp
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

An odd mashup of horror and romantic comedy, Mitsuru Hattori’s Sankarea tells the tale of Chihiro Furuya, a teen whose obsession with zombies has recently led him into experimenting in the necromantic arts, and Sanka Rea, a rich and sheltered school girl who Furuya befriends and who aids him in his first real attempt at creating a zombie. When the potion seemingly fails, Rea returns home and quickly gets on her father’s bad side. After the fight she drinks some of the zombie potion she secretly stole in a suicide attempt, only to discover that the potion didn’t fail at all.. it works just fine! Now a zombie Rea moves in with Furuya and his family and is determined to enjoy everything she never had a chance to while properly alive!

Sankarea, Vol. 3 picks up from there and introduces further complications into the already tangled web that makes up Furuya and Rea’s lives as they find themselves under the scrutiny of a young foreign girl with ties to Furuya’s grandfather. A girl who’s fully aware of Rea’s zombie nature and who just may hold the key to preserving her slowly decaying body! Meanwhile romantic triangles simmer beneath the surface as the duo’s friends and relatives begin to deal with the new status quo!
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Manga in Minutes: The Flowers of Evil, Vol. 2 + 3

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Created by Shuzo Oshimi
Vertical
Rating: Unrated

Both disturbing and fascinating, volumes two and three of Shuzo Oshimi’s Flowers of Evil continue it’s unnerving and darkly comedic coming of age tale! Hapless Kasuga finds himself unable to shake off the strange hold that the twisted Nakamura has over him. Under her watchful eye his relationship with class mate and girl of his dreams, Saeki deepens.
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Manga in Minutes: Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 2

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by Tsutomu Nihei
Verical, Inc., 186 pp
Rating: Not Rated

Tsutomu Nihei’s sci-fi/mecha series continues with Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 2! Things start off badly for the beleaguered Seed Ship, the Sidonia, facing tragedy following tragedy following a failed attempt at staving off a Gauna attack. Will our hero, the clumsy and accident prone Nagate Tanikaze be able to turn the tide?
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Manga in Minutes: Erementar Gerade, Vols. 17 + 18

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By Mayumi Azuma
DMP
Rating: Teen (13 +)

After a long, hard road the conclusion to Mayumi Azuma’s Erementar Gerade is here. Cou and Rin have finally made it to Edel Garden, only to discover that it was far from the paradise it was rumored to be. Separated from the rest of their friends, Cou and Ren must do battle with some of the most powerful members of the mysterious Orga Night, while their friends… pretty much do the exact same thing. Surely all the questions will be answered in these final volumes!
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Manga in Minutes: Attack on Titan, Vol. 5

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by Hajime Isayama
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp
Rating: Teen (16+)

Hajime Isayama’s tale of humanity undersiege continues with Attack on Titan, Vol. 5. With the most recent Titan attack successfully repelled, the remnants of humanity are now forced to decide what to do with Eren Yaeger, a young man who was crucial to humanities push back against the Titans. The twist? He can turn into a Titan! Accusations of sacrilege, worries about what it means for humanity, paranoia and more all come together in Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan, Vol. 5!
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Manga in Minutes: Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 27

Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 27Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 27
by Hiroaki Samura
Dark Horse, 248 pp
Rating: 18 +

One half meditative contemplation on revenge, one half blood spattered carnage, Blade of the Immortal has been a consistently solid series for over a decade. Having finished up its run in Japan earlier this year, the 27th volume of the US edition brings us one step closer to the grand finale, and as that nears the battle between the Itto Ryu and the government forces led by the disgraced Kagimura collide. The Itto Ryu’s elderly Kashin Koji faces off against Kagimura’s daughter, Ryo, and Ban, a member of the Suicide Squad-esque Rokki-Dan. Meanwhile, Rin and Manji recover after the brutal events of the last volume, and two old friends make their long awaited return. Hiroaki Samura’s epic continues to race towards its conclusion with Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 27!
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Manga in Minutes: Happy-Go-Lucky Days, Vols. 1 + 2

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by Takako Shimura
DMP/Emanga
Rating: Mature (18+)

Not having read anything from Takako Shimura before, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from Happy-Go-Lucky Days. What I found is a two volume anthology that’s a bit of a mixed bag. The series collects a number of short stories focusing on the relationships and sexual awakenings of a variety of different characters, ranging from a teacher who falls for his students, to coming of age tales, to ghost stories. While there’s no central plot holding the series together, most of the stories are thematically linked through their focus on relationships, and a couple of stories are even connected via familial ties.
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