Monday, December 26, 2011

Manga Mondays Meme (82): Manga Mondays 2011 In Review

I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 18 months ago. It's always been a personal feature, but now I'm going to try turning it into a meme. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme would be a good way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.

The linky will be below my review.

2011 in Manga

It's been a great year for Manga Mondays. I've discovered new series that I loved (and some I didn't love) and continued with old favorites. I'm excited to see what 2012 holds.

Here is a review of the manga series I read this year:

Kekkaishi by Yellow Tanabe
By night, junior high student Yoshimori Sumimura is a "kekkaishi" - a demon-hunter who specializes in creating magical barriers around his prey. By day, Yoshimori's got some other demons to battle: an addiction to sweets and a seriously crotchety grandfather! Yoshimori's pretty 16-year-old neighbour and childhood friend, Tokine Yukimura, is also a kekkaishi, but their families are feuding over who is the true practitioner of the art. Yoshimori couldn't care less about catching demons...until he realizes that his apathetic attitude is taking a toll on his friendship with Tokine. Just as he decides to take matters into his own hands, a couple of amphibious demons and the pesky ghost of a pastry-chef show up to complicate matters! (courtesy of Goodreads)

Sand Chronicles by Hinako Ashihara
After her parents get divorced, Ann Uekusa and her mother move from Tokyo to rural Shimane. Accustomed to the anonymity of city living, Ann can't get used to the almost overbearing kindness of the people in her mother's hometown. But when personal tragedy strikes, Ann discovers how much she needs that kindness. (courtesy of Goodreads)

MAR (Marchen Awakens Romance) by Nobuyuki Anzai
Ginta Toramizu is a 14-year-old kid who doesn't have a lot going for him: he's near-sighted, doesn't do well in school, sucks at sports, and to top it off - he's short! But Ginta is a dreamer and has had the same dream 102 times, always in the same fantasy world, where he is a hero blessed with all the abilities he lacks in real life. Then one day a supernatural figure appears at Ginta's school and summons him to a mysterious and exciting new world! In this strange universe filled with magic and wonder, he is strong, tough, agile - and he can see without his glasses! Thus, Ginta begins a mystical quest in search of the magical items known as 'ARMS,' one of which may have the power to send him home. Joining him on this epic journey are his companion Jack and the valuable living, talking, mustachioed iron-ball weapon known as 'Babbo,' which everyone wants but, it seems, only Ginta can possess! (courtesy of Goodreads)

Chibi Vampire by Yuna Kagesaki
Karin is a cute little girl who also happens to be a vampire...with a twist. Once a month, she experiences intense bleeding from her nose--we're talking gushers! In other words, she's a vamp with blood to spare, so rather than stealing blood from humans she actually gives her blood to them. If done right, this can be an extremely positive experience that benefits the "victim" as much as the vampire. The problem is that Karin never seems to do things right! (courtesy of Goodreads)

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
Tohru Honda was an orphan, living with her grandfather, when one day fate kicked her out of the house and she was forced to take up residence in a tent in the forest. Little did she know that the land she was staying on belonged to the Sohma family, a mysterious clan. After stumbling upon the teenage squatter, the Sohmas invite Tohru to stay in their house in exchange for housework. Everything's going well until she discovers the Sohma family's greatest secret: when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they each turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal! (courtesy of Goodreads)

Dengeki Daisy by Kyousuke Motomi
After orphan Teru Kurebayashi loses her beloved older brother, she finds solace in the messages she exchanges with DAISY, an enigmatic figure who can only be reached through the cell phone her brother left her. Meanwhile, mysterious Tasuku Kurosaki always seems to be around whenever Teru needs help. Could DAISY be a lot closer than Teru thinks? (courtesy of Goodreads)

Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino
Cross Adademy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires! (courtesy of Goodreads)

What series did you read this year?


  1. Hm... I would do this meme on my blog! I love manga and am so glad to see you included Furuba! That manga defined my high school existence haha. Sand Chronicles looks very good. I might check that out.

    I love the layout of your blog. I am totally technologically illiterate so I am awed. It's so clean and easy on the eyes. Definitely a new follower here :)

  2. Thanks for this run-down on manga - I never could figure out what Fruits Basket was about!
    Sand Chronicles sounds really good. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. Thanks for the recommendation. planning 2 read more manga next yr/ nor mal and yaoi

  4. Great list of recommendations of manga that you've read! Fruits Basket was incredible (have you seen the anime?) and I started re-reading the sand chronicles. I didn't do a run-down of manga read this year but I wish I had. Have a wonderful new year :)

    ♥ Trish
    Just a YA Girl

  5. I read a very different series from what you've read: Battle Royale. Most graphic, disturbing manga I've read, and I tend to go for dark stuff (Death Note, Monster).

  6. Oh, I bet you'd love Absolute Boyfriend, if you haven't ever read that one. It's really good, and mostly a contemporary story with a tiny bit of sci-fi. It's about as sci-fi as a high school girl buying an android boyfriend who looks completely human can get.

  7. I'm also reading Dengeki Daisy and "Vampire Knight too! I really enjoyed Fruits Basket.

    Kekkaishi, Sand Chronicles and MARS all sound interesting!

    I'm also reading these manga series:

    1. Black Bird
    2. Otomen
    3. Dawn of the Arcana
    4. Sakura Hime
    5. Ai Ore! Love Me!
    6. Alice in the Country of Hearts
    7. Blood Alone
    8. Amnesia Labyrinth

    I promise to join the Manga Monday blog hop next week!

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