Hello everyone and welcome to the results for the best manga series of 2018 as voted for by you. Below you will see the top 10 series in ascending order from 1, followed by the 10 closest runner ups. Each series will have a small blurb of commentary for it done by select members of staff.
Once again thank you very much for voting and hopefully your favourite series managed to crack the top 10.
1st - The Seven Deadly Sins
"A steady mainstream in the battle forum, you can always count on NNT to have a loyal legion of fans, and for good reason. The manga boosts a lovable cast of friends around Meliodas, the main protagonist, to help him fight off both the demons of the real world and his inner demon. What sets this series apart from others is its ability to keep the audience guessing. Just when you think the danger has past, the enemy appears, sometimes in the most unlikely of places. A well deserved Champion for 2018."
"This year's results for both anime and manga have the first place winner of 2017 to be the winners of 2018. The manga has won best manga of 2015 in Anime Vice, and now for the first time, we had Seven Deadly Sins win twice in a row. Most of you guys and gals know what the series is about. You are loving the series of Meliodas and his gang to be voting it for best manga, 3 times."
2nd - One-Punch Man
"If you're looking for tons of action, drama, comedy and just a hint of insanity, look no further than One-Punch Man. This series has been setting the anime and manga world ablaze with its soaring popularity and absolutely fantastic story line. I think we can all connect with Saitama, a seemingly ordinary member of society who is suddenly endowed with powers beyond his wildest dreams. What makes Saitama so amazing is that he never lets the power go to his head. With his strength he could easily rule the world but instead he chooses the noble path the Hero. Sometimes being a true Hero is tough and OPM does an excellent job of showing us how even in a world of Heroes, violence and corruption are only step away. I'm predicting OPM to be our next Champion in 2019."
"The manga has soared in exposure ever since its anime adaptation by Madhouse. It's much more of a gateway manga series than Seven Deadly Sins as it has superheroes which western fans can easily get into. One-Punch Man's success is due to ONE and Murata making the manga art bursts out with life."
3rd - Black Clover
"Poor Asta, to be born without Magic in a world that resolves around Magic is a curse few can bare. Don't worry Asta, you are the main character in a Shounen, I'm sure something amazing will happen to turn your luck around. A typical shounen with a predictable plot and almost seems like the bastard love child of Naruto and Fairy Tail. Now even having said that, I must admit, I love Black Clover. What really sets Black Clover apart from other series is the versatility of its Magic. You've got character who can make typical attacking spells and they turn around and make an entire battlefield map with their magic. The creativity with their Magic is simply amazing!"
"Black Clover is an underdog manga title in Anime Vice, but it has a small but active fan base in the battle forums. You know his name, Kade17, for pushing Black Clover through and through. Black Clover has come a long way after it has been compared to the likes of Naruto and Fairy Tail. It has now distinguished itself despite its rocky start."
4th - Berserk
"Few series have the power and awe of Berserk. The tragedy of Guts' story is something we just can't get enough of. Watching him grow from childhood to an adult and cutting his way through life is a journey you can't miss! Its an emotional roller coaster ride that I never want to end!"
"A very old manga series that has a place in Anime Vice. Despite its anime adaptations revived in last years, it help give exposure to new fans as well as Dark Horse finally reprinting old issues because Berserk manga has a very high price. The manga help pave the way for new manga series to take their shot at the dark fantasy genre."
5th - One Piece
"The old veteran still has it, coming in fifth place in 2017. Its easy to see why we all love One Piece. The cast makes of us laugh, cry and awe all in the same week. For those of us who love the Shounen series template, One Piece is a constant and reliable member of almost everyone's Top 10.
"Just like Berserk, it's one of the few manga series that is still ongoing. Albeit, One Piece hasn't had any long hiatus like Berserk and Hunter x Hunter. Oda and his staff never fail their fans. While I don't read the manga and watch the anime exclusively, I know One Piece manga still has a lot of life, I believe half of the story or less until Luffy and his crew reach One Piece."
6th - Eden's Zero
"The latest work by master author Mashima whose previously works include Rave Master (a personal favorite) and Fairy Tail. In Eden Zero we see a lot of the same character designs that Mashima is known for and a lot of the same themes, friendship, finding your place in the world, and cleavage, lots of cleavage. You can always spot something by Mashima but the same looking cleavage lol. Where Eden Zero does stand out to me though, is its more original story. The machine world, space travel and time eaters are all a welcome and refreshing change from Mashima's usually plot. I've got my fingers crossed that Eden's Zero turns out as good or better than Rave Master."
"The new manga by Hiro Mashima after Fairy Tail had ended in 2017. I thought it would be a sci fi adventure but it's magic or something in space. There is a goal at least: Rebecca and her partner Happy have a video streaming business similar to Youtube while Shiki who was bent on making friends wants to meet Mother, an unknown entity I assume to be one of the various god. I could be wrong at this point in time. The manga series is doing well in Anime Vice as we have a big fan base for Hiro Mashima works."
7th - The God of High School
"Okay so I'm going to be a little basis here because I really enjoy God of High School. It takes all of the best parts of the Dragon Ball series (martial arts and tournaments) and drops all the negative parts of Dragon Ball (ridiculous scales, flashy beams and constant screaming power ups). God of High School has always stayed turn to its roots. Its about Martial Arts and it does a very good job keeping the Martial Arts theme prominent throughout the series. Even when you have characters strong enough to shatter planets, it always comes down to the Martial Arts. Definitely a well deserved member of the top ten. "
"A very popular manhwa series in Anime Vice community. Not my cup of tea. I have a hard time getting into manhwa. You will see a lot of manhwa in the results compared to previous years of best manga of the year. Unlike the other entries aside from Noblesse, this one had at least put down a goal and premise in the first two chapters albeit it was a bit generic. I'm used to generic titles all the time in anime and manga. That makes up a bulk of what I read and eventually they will get better, most of them. In the end, they have to really hook you in. "
8th - Golden Kamuy
"The manga manages to capture the gritty nature of the most northern part of japan, Hokkaido. It shows that living in a wild winterscape brings along many situations like catching your own food and preparing it, which results in funny situations as the main character Sugimoto tries to deal with Ainu delicacies he's far from used to. The art style manages to show this very realistically and detailed, resulting in breath taking panels. They also are in a chase and get chased scenario which further adds to the direness of their situation, which all in all results in a good manga for those interested in action and nature. From what little I've read of the manga it's managed to captivate me."
"I'm only familiar with the anime adaptation. I don't know anything about the manga original source. This is from my experiences in the anime as I didn't have time to sample the manga to find similarities and differences. If you love bizarre food and the wilderness, this manga is for you. Adding to it is war and soldiers trying to transition into civilian life after the brutal war between Japan and Russia. To spice things up, you have the treasure quest that Asirpa and Sugimoto, our main protagonists take on. If you want to learn about the Ainu, this manga sheds light on the traditions and cultural practices of Ainu. It's not a documentary but you don't see a lot of manga series that really talks about indigenous people especially the Ainu."
9th - Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest
"Fairy Tail officially ended in 2017. A popular fan favorite and common name in the battle forums. Yes we all like to give Fairy Tail a bad name due to its inconsistencies and plot holes but we have to remember: Mashima didn't write this story for the battle forums, he wrote it to entertain his fans. So I ask you all, were you not entertained? Look at it from that standpoint and you'll see why Fairy Tail truly deserves to be in the Top 10!"
"I didn't know the manga had a sequel which is also a spin-off. I can't really say what it's about as I haven't read it. I'm an anime fan exclusively. I can say how Fairy Tail is one of the most popular series in our community of Anime Vice. In the old site, it had one of the biggest if not the most biggest wiki project. I enjoyed those good times despite Fairy Tail not being a manga for everyone as it has a lot of flawed story telling and overusage of friendship almost as 4Kids' Yugioh."
10th - UnOrdinary
"This webcomic series can be seen as yet another take of when superpowers become commonplace. While superpowers are common and create a hierarchy within society, the concept of superheroes in this series is much more realistic. It starts as a very generic school life series about a powerless person in a school full of people with superpowers which goes on until the daily school life is thrown into chaos. The simplistic art style functions well within the series, though people might dislike it for that and the large space in between panels. If i had to complain about one thing it would be the very slow story progression."
"This is a manhwa series I haven't heard of yet. Not something I want to continue after sampling it. It didn't really establish a strong hook or premise after the first two chapters. Like any work of fiction, those who continue to read it are the ones who really enjoy the series. "
11th - Boruto
"The follow-up to the story of Naruto. Having read Naruto, the contrast between the old rather technologically deprived world of Naruto and the somewhat technologically advanced world of Boruto came as a huge surprise. While initially i thought of it as a copy of Naruto, it turned out to show its own identity as the new generation gets the full focus. The influence of its parent series is everywhere to be found and there are a lot of callbacks to the original series, so some points might be a bit unclear if you haven't read it. Nonetheless despite my initially low expectations it turned out to be quite the good series after all."
"The successor to Naruto. I thought the Naruto franchise would be done. Boruto is surprisingly good. I know folks who came from Naruto who crave action for most will not like it for being slow. I actually enjoy it as it's a different interpretation of the series during peace time and a look at generational shift in ideals and culture. Not a lot of franchises have this generational gal explored between prequel and sequel. I like the slow take in Boruto and its characters. Don't expect to see the Naruto characters taking charge as the series focus on the children of those characters."
12th - Tower of God
"This series held the top action manhwa on LINE webtoons for a long time before unexpectedly being surpassed by UnOrdinary. The series about a boy who climbs the Tower to find what he seeks starts with quite bad artwork which greatly improves over time. The story progresses a bit like One Piece, with entire arcs taking place on specific floors before the main cast moves up higher towards the top of the tower. The story progression is neither too slow nor too fast, which makes it an enjoyable read. To read it you must be prepared for a long journey though, since it currently has over 350 chapters and still no sign of an end."
"A manhwa series I haven't read until I have to sample it. It's not cup of tea. It's about individuals who enter the Tower and they must pass a unique test on each floor to ascend in the tower. Don't expect great art work as it's hard to utilize the vertical format for these type of comics."
13th - Noblesse Hungryworld
"When trying this series be prepared to see a lot of bishie moments, as the series likes to portray its male cast as stylish as pretty as possible. The artstyle for this series is gorgeous in compared to many other manhwa and has been fine-tuned over the running of the series. While the series abruptly ended with the start of 2019, it was an enjoyable ride for me with plenty of action and enjoyable characters."
"I seen the OVA a long time ago, but I don't remember much of it. It's one of the first to show manhwa series but it didn't do much, however. I did sample the manhwa series up to chapter 4. Unlike the manhwa series I sampled on this list, this one kept my attention for so long despite the first 3 chapters not really doing anything The first chapter had no dialogue. The art style is leagues better than the manhwa series in this list. If you love bishie vampires, this one is for you."
14th - Goblin Slayer
"The titular main character Goblin Slayer does just what his name implies: goblin slaying. It is a dark series set in a fantasy world, meaning it isn't laid out for everyone just like Berserk (though Berserk goes a tad further). While most characters don't have too much depth into them, as do their names lack, the main cast of Goblin Slayer and Priestess (yes that's their names) do undergo quite the emotional change. I do like the manga, as despite the many shallow characters it does its best to slowly flesh them out. Well me also being a D&D fan, the game this series is heavenly inspired by might also have played a role."
"No doubt anime series will influence our manga votes. Goblin Slayer has a controversial start in the anime which help its exposure. You won't probably see Goblin Slayer or any manga entry that is not a Shonen, action, fantasy, or sci fi with a broader demographic other than Berserk (Berserk has a very strong presence in Anime Vice) next year. It's a dark fantasy series with depictions of goblins raping women. It's not a manga for everyone. Manga tends to be unrestrained in graphic content which is good at some stuff but bad as we might go overboard."
15th - My Hero Academia
"In what best can be described as a shounen series take on american superhero comics, the main character is on his journey to become the new symbol of justice. The influence of american comic superheroes can be clearly seen and has quite influenced it's popularity in the west. The series is everything you would expect from a shonen done right: the main character starts out as a nobody, there is the obligatory tournament arc, rescue arc, there's a rival etc. I'd personally expected this series to be higher on the list, but it seems the anime has a better reception than the manga."
"Surprised to see it below the top 10. I guess it has more love in the anime department than the manga department. In the anime, there are 3 new shonen anime and My Hero Academia has more success than Black Clover and Boruto anime in Anime Vice. The manga series is a blend of comic books just like One-Punch Man and it's more generic but it manages to make shonen tropes refreshing and doing it with great emotional drive.
16th - Orient
"This series started off rushed in my eyes. It just dumped the premise on me without too much explanation, which it later made up for by properly explaining things. The entire setting is this time built in the Warring States instead of being based on 1001 Arabic nights. The MCs want to be bushi to attack the alien invaders, the oni/kishin. The way the setting is introduced gives a huge deja vu to other series, as that type of setting is quite heavily used in many anime/manga and novels. The artstyle is quite familiar for those who have read Magi, with it coming from the same mangaka though overall i do like the latter series more honestly."
"By the same mangaka of Magi, Shinobu Ohtaka, she made a manga series a year after Magi ended. She is a hard worker. There was another mangaka whose work ended in the same year and started a new manga a year apart. Unfortunately, I could not get into Orient compared to Magi. I feel bad. I will try to get back into Orient. It's a manga series about two boys wanting to be the famous samurai, Bushi, to slay either Kishin or ogres. This manga hassn't receive its official licensing so the names will change. Orient's premise is like Magi's, it start off small. Magi was supposed to be about adventures but it become more involved about politics of nations around the world and destiny. I assume Orient will follow the same path of plot like its predecessor Magi."
17th - Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
"I sampled the first two chapters of this. Not having read the first manga in this series or watched the anime i felt confused. I'm not sure if i like it or not just from that bit, but the nostalgia factor which should be there for CLAMP series just didn't touch me."
"I have not read the manga as I only watched the anime. No doubt the anime helped the manga with exposure. Nowadays, we have a lot of magical girl shows. Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura are the olden magical girl franchises that either establish or create tropes we seen today. This manga series is a fan service with nostalgia catering to older fans."
18th - Delicious in Dungeon
"A series about traversing a dungeon in order to save an eaten party member while cooking up the dungeon monsters. The series has quite the comedic tone in it, but you have to like it as it is hit or miss. The story progression is quite laid back, with there being also a lot of text with many chapters including the entire cooking sequence and "recipe" for one of these dungeon meals. For this it's just a sense of personal taste."
"I never had read this manga before. When I sampled chapter 1, it reminds me of Toriko minus action pack battles meets the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern as the gang went back into the dungeon after escaping to rescue a party member. They live off eating monsters. It has a comedic and lackadaisical vibe for its tone. If you don't mind reading a lot as there are a lot of speech bubbles, it's a manga for you."
19th - Journey to the West
"Coming from the same creators as Feng Shen Ji, the first thing that can be said is the art in this manhua is just gorgeous. The manhua explores what happens after the tales described in the original "Journey to the West", albeit with some twists. After the return of the party with the sutras as per the original story an struggle for the possession of one sutra awakens and the MC must gather up companions to take this Sutra and head west to return it. The characters aren't too complex and the many trials they have to overcome are a mirror of what happens in the chinese novel of the same name, which gives it quite an unique feel though this may be because i don't read that much manhua. Nonetheless reading it is an enjoyable experience."
"I assume it was manhua series following the Chinese tale of Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en. I see it's like Magi's case, it just takes the names of the characters, if that is right. I never read the series and only had sample it. From the gist of chapter 1, Xiao Yu and her father rescue a wolf named Bai Lang. Later on, the Dragon people of Tian Yu Mountain encounter war at their doorstep when the Deva and their army attack them to obtain the Sutra. I seen this series pop up in the battle forum. There is a small cult following of the Wu Xia. Apparently, this is another work of Zheng Jian He, so there is fan base following the creator's manhua."
20th - Memesis
"I had to sample this manga, and just read 2 chapters. Just to be honest the entire premise of this manga is ridiculous. The two-man party going off to slay monsters for the petty reason to spite their former companion who dumped them for big-breasted females, and every time their former companion hero gets brought up they fly into a rage. The series seems to bordure and hammer so much on this running gag that it becomes annoying. It wasn't anything for me."
"Last but not least, Memesis. We had a big tie for our last titles of the 20th rank. To break the tie, we chose this one as it's obscure and not likely to return next year. The manga series is a fantasy one, a bit generic but with comedic twist for those who want an unconventional and not a goody two shoe band of characters. It is about Ash and Kijira/or Kija who is on a quest to slay the demon lord to spite Leon, a famous hero, who abandoned them for two female adventurers. I sampled chapter 1 and recommend it to ecchi fans. The art style for the face is a bit rough for ecchi fans unless you only care for other features."
This result came quite as expected, as there is quite the fanbase for Murata's redrawing of One Punch Man which i expect most votes to result from. While ONE's drawing style is very crude and simplistic as seen in his web comics, Murata's much more sophisticated manga style with detail to attention draws is what made the series so popular. The anime also falling into the liking of western crowds has also increased its popularity in the west, making the franchise also one of the more well-known ones.
"While I only had a sample of One Punch Manga and Mob Psycho anime, the style of ONE and Yusuke Murata are unique. ONE is not known for his detail art style but known for his flip book and zoom in effects. Murata emulates that style in the manga adaptation of One Punch Man manga which the anime took Murata's style which makes that franchise known. ONE's works are heightened and exposed thanks to the staff, Murata, and the anime."
And that's the top 20 manga as voted for by you the community. Hopefully you enjoyed the little banners Master Menos made for the top 10 and reading the small commentaries on each series by ZeroHungryWorld and Taka .
Below you will see the raw votes and total score for each of the above series. Thanks to Yusuke and Taka for compiling the data results.
And finally once again thank you very much for voting.
Dream: Taka: Looks like you didn't click on the link in my last comment. You'll get the DIO nod when you click on it.
Jan 7, 2020 22:15:55 GMT
Master Menos: Dream: I've always been a PC guy anyways. (Yeah, that was funny!)
Jan 8, 2020 4:09:50 GMT
Master Menos: Sidebar updated! Taka: My turn to scratch your back, Taka. 2019 me got really messed up with the job. @_@
Jan 8, 2020 4:53:59 GMT
Taka: Thanks Master Menos! I'll work on finishing the Winter 2020 guide.
Jan 9, 2020 4:50:29 GMT
Dream: My second Funi poll is done. Titles I will be watching and reviewing will include Chobits, Samurai Champloo, Spice and Wolf, Gankutsuou, and Dance in the Vampire Bund. Will let folks know which one I start off tomorrow at some point.
Jan 11, 2020 5:39:30 GMT
Dream: First anime I will sample among the Funi titles is Chobits. As a heads up, the series on Funi's Youtube channel is missing the two recap episodes the series aired. Not that I'll be missing those however.
Jan 11, 2020 15:13:09 GMT
Dream: Wow, never knew Shinbo was Gil, Sousuke, and Domon. More you know.
Jan 11, 2020 17:52:00 GMT
Dream: Just completed Chobits. Will get a review up for it at some point this afternoon.
Jan 18, 2020 18:37:22 GMT
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT