Hello everyone and welcome to the results for the best manga series of 2015 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 - Seven Deadly Sins
"With only Crunchyroll and Kodansha legally streaming the series, I feel this series had deserved its first place. It may not be new in terms of what it brings to the table, but it has a memorable cast, art style, and story once it gets rolling. Personally, I felt it was sluggish in the beginning. Though, it did took me a while to get used to the eyes for female characters."
"Yet another strong year for Nakaba-Sensei and his series, the Seven Deadly Sins. Although not as "Dynamic as the previous year, an immense number of major plot points have been covered, from revealing the antagonists of the second Arc, to the arrival of the final Deadly Sin. It's no surprise seeing Taizai ranking second in total sales for 2015 and ranking at the very top of our list."
2nd - One Punch Man
"No doubt the anime adaptation promoted the manga. I have argued with others about the manga's hype. I personally don't think the manga series had a foothold until the anime adaptation hit especially in Anime Vice. It was never a force to be reckon with in the last 2 years I have done collecting votes for the manga polls. I have never read it but I have seen the stunning art. I do feel the story and character development was weak especially after seeing the anime adaptation."
"A year of development. Like the #1 entry, One Punch Man was not as "crazy" as it was last year, but the plot has progressed nicely. Our main circle of protagonists has grown to include the likes of King and Fubuki, and the aspiring villain Garou is on the prowl. There is much to look forward to this year."
3rd - Bleach
"Honestly surprised this series is higher in votes than Toriko, Fairy Tail, and One Piece. It suffers the same issues with Naruto, dragging out the war arc. I hope it has a good ending since Naruto's epilogue rushed and needed spin-offs and a film to fill in loose ends. I haven't read the war arc. Just finished the Fullbring arc back in 2014. Like some folks, I still believe Bleach should have ended at the end of the Arrancar/Fake Karakura arc."
"Hax.....hax everywhere. Tite Kubo must have been tired of Bleach competing with Naruto and One Piece in battle forums, because this year, the powers revealed were all crazy. Just among the Stern Ritter alone, we had a near-immortal talking Hand, A Thor clone who takes Masochism to a whole new level, A Black Man, turned Angel, turned Chicken God, turned flock of Flamingos and Aizen if he were a Quincy Fashionista. All very overpowered I might add. That's not even mentioning the long-awaited Bankai of a certain veteran Captain. This was a year of battles and hax. Nothing new for Bleach."
4th - Toriko
"Another popular series in the community with Fairy Tail, Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach. I personally dislike the art style in Toriko. Some of you guys hate the anime adaption. I preferred it over the manga. I haven't caught up in Toriko."
"As always Toriko ranks high in our community. Compared to most previous arcs post-introduction of Gourmet World Antagonists (the 4 Beast) The PAIR Arc was rather long and controversial with it's theme ingredient and likewise the immediate following arc ANOTHER was chaotic and jumped from place to place very often. It would've been nice if ANOTHER Arc had been paced better but there is talk that the author Mitsutoshi may have been rushed. But all in all, Toriko was packed with similar ratios of action and exposition and it's typical unending cycle of hype!"
5th - Fairy Tail
"Same thing with One Piece. I started out on the anime not the manga. I have always done that. Unlike Attack on Titan and Terra Formars, I didn't give in my urges to read ahead in the manga for both Fairy Tail and One Piece."
"I do not follow Fairy Tail closely, but it's too popular in our forum for me to not be somewhat invested in it. The appearance of Brandish certainly got some of our hype receptors firing. Then we have the time skip of course and the new powers of our main cast. Natsu now 1-shotting alleged Gods................moving on, Erza should step up her performance, but I suppose she doesn't need anything new as long as she has Nakama Power ."
6th - One Piece
"No doubt this will be in the top 10. I thought it will be in the top 5 considering how many fans of One Piece we have. I have not read the manga beyond Skypiea. I only watch the anime adaptations."
"Certainly better than the previous year in my opinion. The longest Arc in One Piece's history of nearly 2 decades came to a close. The iconic villain Doflamingo played his role well and has become my favourite Shichibukai. Well, there are so many major events to mentions. The appearance of "that" man not being the least of those. But also the introduction of the newest Shichibukai or even better, the introduction of Jack. The guy is fierce to say the least. Last but not least, our main protagonist has "matured" quite a bit. Perhaps he shouldn't skip leg day as often though. Overall, a very strong year for One Piece this year."
7th - Attack on Titan
"I voted for this series. Same situation as Terra Formars. I swear to god that these Seinen series (I might be wrong on Attack on Titan) have a strange anime adaptation. I didn't think we get a second season for the anime. I don't like the character art style in Attack on Titan manga because personally, it's ugly. I can't distinguish Armin from Christa."
"We are at the prelude to what I would guess is the final Arc of Attack on Titan. Not to worry though. The ending itself is likely still years away. Anyway, I greatly enjoyed this manga this year. The so-called "Attack on Politics" Arc ended which had some folks on edge with it's slower pacing and lower rate of action. I loved it."
8th - My Hero Academia
"Same response to it with Black Clover. These are 2 new manga series that started in 2015. Black Clover which I thought was very popular due to kade17 promoting it heavily. Heck, our manga discussion for Black Clover is more active than My Hero Academia. I assume we have more votes for this series because of One-Punch Man."
"I have rarely seen a stand-alone manga become so loved so quickly as My Hero Academia aka Boku no Hero Academia. I have personally only read a little and enjoyed the little I did. It has strong western Comic influences which I have been reading even longer than manga. Seeing a marriage of the 2 is quite pleasing for me. The anime will be a smashing success."
9th - Naruto Gaiden
"Probably one of the most controversial series in our community. You either hate or love it. I personally voted for it since it was one of the few manga series I had a chance to read last year. I didn't have to vote for. It's sort of the underdog for me personally because it features Sarada. You don't see a lot of female protagonists in shonen manga nowadays. Depending on your preferences, folks who like Naruto Gaiden are for the characters. Don't expect any intense battles. It's a story about a little girl who has family problems."
"A mini sequel to Naruto's 700 chapter Main story. It was short and cute. Not much purpose to it other than to introduce us readers to the new generation of shinobi."
10th - Akame ga Kill
"Enjoyed this series as much as Terra Formars given its nature in killing tons of characters. Too bad, the anime adaption was too early and botched it up. Unlike Terra Formars, the anime adaptation finished on an anime exclusive ending. It's definitely niche for our community. Most obscure and niche series are going to fall below the top 10. You will see more mainstream by western audience definition."
"Unfortunately I fell behind, however I read well into the current arc. Things have gotten a bit crazy (as if that's anything new for this series)) and Tatsumi's power is growing. I am pretty sure the manga which is in it's final arc will resolve with Tatsumi squaring off with Esdeath rather than Akame as the anime did. Brace yourselves for death flags. In this series however, everyone probably has one. "
11th - Terra Formars
"I watched the anime and read the manga when I thought there wasn't going to be a 2nd season. I was wrong. It does have a large niche audience, and I say niche since it's not used in the battle forums or really discussed in our manga discussion. In fact, we have more anime talks on this show than manga"
"A masterfully crafted series. For me it is one of the very best on this list. This story never disappoints. The Art, the deep plot, the horror, the scientific research from the author.... It deserves the awards it has already won. This year has our protagonists largely overcome the internal betrayal, however the threat of the Terra Formars grows so rapidly that they never get a moment's rest. Almost literally. There are no breaks in this series."
12th - Dragon Ball Super
"This is one of the most popular franchises despite its poor animation in the anime for our community especially battle forums. Often, I seen folks wanting Madhouse to animate than Toei which is not going to happen ever. I have not read the manga nor watch the anime. It's funny how FUNimation isn't legally streaming this series. There was an Asian company that is doing the English dub first for the Toonami broadcast in that area. I have no intentions of reading the manga nor watching the anime. I have watched the two films on Amazon."
"The Feats! Yes. DBZ talked the Talk. DBS walks the walk. The displays of power of our characters possessing God Ki is sure to be making the for lack of a better word, DBZ Fanboys ventilate. All those universal Goku arguments we used to see all the time actually has truth to it now! And he's not even the worst one. Beerus, Champa, Whis and Vados are greater in power that our Saiyan Gods. (For now)."
13th - Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
"Finally something familiar that I have read. I watched the anime and read the manga alongside. After 2 seasons of anime, I gave in my temptations to read ahead. Boy, it's a wonderful series for those who love fantasy with a bit of dark take on war, slavery, and racism. Don't be fooled by its chibi-ness and tons of fan service. I do recommend to folks who love Fairy Tail since you are used to the fan service portion."
"Despite falling behind on Magi, this was not because I lost interest. I enjoy this series so much, I deliberately wait for months just for the chance to marathon chapters, as never before has a Shounen given me the degree of satisfaction reading it for hours on end that Magi has. Despite this I could not help being spoiled. I know we had Alibaba and Hakuryuu have their duel of fates this last year and we had a Major time-skip. Welp, time to catch up yet again."
14th - UQ Holder
"All I know about this series, is that it is set in the same universe as Negima. I haven't read Negima either, but it's on to watch list. UQ Holder! is pretty obscure in our community. I only know one person who like it, Othus. He made it as his battle theme back in the old site."
"The distant-future sequel to the well-known Shounen series Negima. Well I am slightly knowledgeable on this series, but not like my buddy Othus. It has been doing well during it's run so far. This magic themed series has managed to stand out despite being surrounded by ongoing magic-themed Shounen behemoths like Magi and Fairy Tail."
15th - Black Clover
"I chose not to read the manga since it will probably get an anime adaptation. The premise doesn't sound as appealing as it has the same Shonen vibes as Naruto and One Piece. Both characters aspiring to be kings in their respective shows. I shouldn't judge a book by its cover."
"The Youngest story on this list, trailing My Hero Academia by mere months. It was initially called a Naruto Copy, but broke away from that title as it progressed this year. It is it's own series, led by Aster, a hot-headed, physical-type main character who has no talent but makes up for it with work and discovers that he actually has a rare power. Sound cliche? Well, Black Clover is surprisingly original, not without it's shounen stereotypes but worth the read."
16th - God of Highschool
"One of the few manhwa series to make it up in the list. We have a growing demographic on manhwas and people introducing manhwa series in the battle forums. Same goes for visual novels and light novels."
"Easily the most popular Manhwa in our community and one of the most popular Korean webtoons. Led by the over-powered Jin Mo-Ri, this series is tremendously Dragonball Z inspired, however, it's execution is arguably better and certainly more consistent. The lead character is based off of Sun Wukong aka the Monkey King, the same character Son Goku is based off of. Likewise, he was a resident of earth with no memory of his origins and becomes an extremely powerful warrior on the level of becoming a planet level threat. Yes, the parallels between Jin Mo-Ri and Goku are huge to say the least. The story has advanced quite far though and become a series with characters with international and even interplanetary origins. We are presently in a rather enjoyable war arc. But no more potential spoilers. Read it and enjoy it for yourself "
17th - Sekirei
"Haven't read or watch the series. I know we have a lot of folks into ecchi. We have an active thread called the Ecchi Club. No doubt we are going to have lots of ecchi and shonen titles in our top 20 as we go along."
"This series has 3 powerful points to go over very quickly. Here is the first one. Ecchi. Just to speed things along, I'll reveal the second point now. Ecchi. Now hold on. I know this is getting a bit complex but here comes point #3. Ecchi. Now I could go on but that alone is quite a bit to swallow. Take a moment to reflect on what you just read."
18th - Food Wars!
"I have seen the anime series and have never read the manga series. It's no doubt the anime has promoted the manga series as all anime adaptations due. Food Wars' anime adaptation is very popular in our community. No doubt, this one is going to be in our top 20. I personally love Food Wars for its zany characters and over the top ecchi. It's the 2nd food porn show I watch after Gourmet Food Graffiti."
"Oh boy. 2 in a row huh? Surpassing Toriko as the most popular cooking themed shounen, This "foodrotic" series is booming. It is essentially a series about training and competing in the culinary arts and honing and utilizing said skills to satisfy the palates of unsuspecting consumers to literal orgasmic levels. Due to this element there is some ecchi to be found here. But I know many in our little community who wouldn't have it any other way."
19th - Kingdom
"Another title I haven't read yet. From the looks of the cover, I probably enjoy it since I enjoy Legend of Arslan. It might not be the exact equivalent or a good comparison."
"Truthfully, this may be my favourite manga in the whole list. Toriko, Magi and Terra Formars challenge that greatly, but I must say the skill involved in creating Kingdom which has historical context is amazing. Furthermore it is the most expansive of the aforementioned series so that gives it a leg up. The series can mostly be summed up with the following tags: strategy, warfare, historical, battle, politics. I am a sucker for strategical warfare and politics in manga. Nothing gets me more interested than those categories. Most arcs will involve at least 1 battlefield with at least 2 armies involved, including the current one. Every manga reader should read Kingdom. It's popularity boomed this last year to the point that it nearly defeated Attack on Titan in sales."
20th - Legend of Koizumi
"Both Taichokage and myself have never read the series. This underdog series rock the battle forums because our star battle users, Tivanenk and EVA, introduce this crazy satirical manga series with Hitler and Mahjong! Guess who were the 2 voters for this series."
"How could I not hear about this series on this forum? When Hitler can battle on equal grounds if not greater than the likes of Yhwach, Midora or Ainz Ooal Gown, you know the series is involved in some crazy developments. I blame Tivanenk and Eva01 for popularizing this, however I cannot deny I have added it to my read list. "
And that's the top 20 manga as voted for by you the community. Hopefully you enjoyed the little banners I made for the top 10 and reading the small commentaries on each series by Taka and graet Artiste .
Below you will see the number of votes and total score for each of the above series.
And finally once again thank you very much for voting.
Post by graet Artiste on Jan 16, 2016 20:34:04 GMT
This was a nice project where Most Staff got together and made this happen. Thanks to Yusuke for the banners and spending 4 hours with Taka tallying the votes. Thanks to Dream and Menos for writing the Best Anime Article and thanks Taka again for co-writing this one with me. And of course thanks to the community that got involved and voted. We hope you enjoy reading them.
I forgot something. Statistics especially since I do the archive on our top anime and manga results for this community since 2012 and 2013 (for manga).
Total Voters: 35!
It's a pretty good turn out especially we just migrated to a new site.
As for manga results, I will remove spin-off series that are not longer than 10 chapters and at the same time, run alongside with their main series counterpart.
Naruto Gaiden would be an exception since it was the only Naruto series running.
For series like Fairy Tail, it had more than 5 spin-off series. I didn't expect one spin-off series to get a significant amount of votes. It was Zero. We combined Zero with Fairy Tail. That's how Fairy Tail is above One Piece.
Magi's Sinbad story which is quite longer and would been exception due to being much longer. It didn't get any votes.
Spin-offs are a bit tricky. I have to think of a rule for them. It can hurt votes for main franchises that are still ongoing.
Post by graet Artiste on Jan 17, 2016 14:04:16 GMT
Crazy Diamond: I'm sure it's because of the sheer frequency of voters that know Bleach, not so much the ranking they gave it. Say a dozen or so of us voted for it in 6th-10th place. Well because so many voted for it, that's still better than if you had half as many votes for another series at 3rd or 2nd.
Just look at the top 6 results compared to the rest. A big cut-off in votes. Of the top 6, Bleach is easily in the top 3-5 best known series on the list. I reckon this would be a very different list if most users knew as many entries here as I do. I know them all except Koizumi and UQ Holder.
Taka: It's a gigantic mech franchise. I haven't seen Macross myself. I know it's a big one.
Apr 9, 2021 6:17:00 GMT
Old Man Dream: Guess we don't get it. Make things short and sweet: Through some unintentional legal wranglings, Harmony Gold's owned international rights to the Macross name for decades and its Japanese developers, disgusted by the move, had not allowed...
Apr 9, 2021 10:22:58 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...many later Macross anime outside Japan because that would profit Harmony Gold. Macross was one of three anime titles used by HG in the 1980s to edit together the popular Robotech series popular with fans during that time. Under this deal...
Apr 9, 2021 10:24:47 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT