Hello everyone and welcome to the results for the best manga series of 2016 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 - Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
"Ah my Magi has done it. My favorite ongoing shounen has been crowned 2016's manga champion, and it is well deserved. You will not easily find a weekly shounen manga with the degree of quality and expertise as Magi. The mangaka clearly has a more than basic understanding of real world concepts such as economics, classism, politics and spirituality. It is all wonderfully tied together in an amazing adventure with lovable and despicable characters throughout. It is not first and foremost a Battle shounen but there's plenty of that if you want it and in it's final arc the power grows to insane levels (on some Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann stuff). It is my #1 most recommended title within the top 10."
"Magi was a fun series about adventures of Aladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana who have big dreams as it was initially about Magi along w/ Djinn choosing folks to be kings and dungeons. The trio find themselves having to fight against injustice in different countries. No doubt this manga is popular as it spiked this year due to the series reaching "godhood" to which Magi was featured heavily in the battle forums."
2nd - The Seven Deadly Sins
"The immensely popular battle adventure shounen almost topped the list this year. Much like One Piece, Taizai has been in a rising-action phase for a while but it is faster paced and laced with more battles. We got to see some of the strongest characters in the series duke it out for the first time including the fabulous Sin of Pride so it was an exciting year no doubt. I love it. It's a generic battle shounen but done particularly well"
"A tale about Meliodas and his infamous knights - this manga series is fairly popular due to its story and cast. Having seen only the anime and read some of the manga, I know the series has a lot stuff to pop up and it will keep folks reading. "
3rd - The God of Highschool
"Easily the most popular Manhwa in our community and the second most popular webtoon (after One Punch Man). But the characters in God of High School are more over powered than One Punch Man. The story is simple. Not very complicated or particularly deep but it does one thing and it does it well. Fights! If you love combat series chances are you will love the martial arts battles and later on the over the top levels that some characters reach."
"One of our first manhwa titles and the most popular manhwa titles in Anime Vice. I see why since it involves lots of strong characters as it is featured in the battle forums from time to time. I read the first chapter and then 9 more chapters but I couldn't continue as it wasn't my cup of tea. Its pilot chapter was the most generic and barebone in exposition compare to other shonen series I have read."
4th - Akame ga Kill!
"I have long since read most of this series, but took a break from it ever since the Tatsumi-Rescue Arc. It's a great read, one of the darkest on this list and not a lot of happy moments, but it is well worth investing in. Now that it has come to a close I will read the last few chapters and really see if it wrapped up well, which it's anime counterpart in my opinion did not particularly achieve."
"I'm surprised this manga made in the top 5. While the series' popularity in the Anime Vice community was small, I do remember the anime (before the ending) was popular among our wiki editing. We had a huge wiki editing team. Akame ga Kill is a series that involves a lot of blood shed like Vinland Saga and Btooom, so don't expect to get attach to characters. The manga series ended in 2016. I do wonder if it had a happy ending."
5th - One Piece
"A rising-action year for One Piece and relatively quick-paced for the behemoth which has the reputation of moving cohesively yet slowly. I mean what more needs to be said? Uhh, it was #1 in annual manga sales again? For the 9th year in a row I might add. Sheesh."
"One of the Shonen Jump's trinity - Naruto and Bleach ended. This is the only one kept trucking for a long time. The vast adventures relished with the themes of romanticism following Luffy's crew still continues to keep fans reading. Due to sheer length, it's not easy for newcomers to dive into One Piece."
6th - Toriko
"Oh boy. My second favorite ongoing shounen for the last 3 years came to a close this year and it wasn't a smooth one. I prized Toriko as one of the most thorough Shounen I had come across and it pained me a little to see how Mitsutoshi was forced to conclude the series years before its time. Like fellow big name Bleach, Toriko dwindled in sales, particularly after it's anime ended. It doesn't matter if you have a collab with Dragonball and One Piece. Jump will pull the rug out from under a mangaka's feet if they don't do one thing. Keep making lots of money for them. Toriko at least cracked the top 100 most sold manga of all time before it's run ended, but how much more greatness could we have expected from the series? The final chapter revealed what would have been in store for us and what a ride it was to be."
"I finished the anime and begun to read the manga but stopped around the Meteor Garlic arc. It took a while to get into Toriko since it was kind of bizarre. I know it's a very popular series in AnimeVice and you don't see that in other anime communities. Shame, it ended in 2016 as I noted everyone wanted to see it go into space and beyond."
7th - Berserk
"Well I might as well state off the bat that Berserk is quite literally my favorite manga of all time. A little while back I wouldn't have thought I'd see this on a list given Miura's historically sporadic releases. However he put out a few chapters this year. Absolutely it deserves a spot in the top 10. Berserk is a legend among legends, but dark to the utmost extreme so it's not for everyone."
"I didn't get into Berserk until the 2016 anime. Dream and others recommend us new fans to either read the manga or watch the anime films (the films don't cover everything) for those who only like to watch anime as the older anime series and manga are hard to find legally. When I first read Berserk, I was surprised how good it was. Its popularity in Anime Vice isn't as high as shonen series. It's more niche. To see it in the top 10, Berserk has made a huge achievement despite the manga's heavy hiatus. The anime must have contributed to its revival."
8th - One-Punch Man
"Hardly a surprise at all. a Fabulous manga boosted by a more fabulous anime = very very popular. Even though the anime was last year, One Punch Man dominates the rankings, always being high in nationwide and community polls. Most of you reading this probably know what it's about, but quickly, One Punch Man is basically an Aimless Mary Sue playing Superman on a bad day. He is the definition of overpowered, hence the name One Punch Man. The redone version of the manga by Murata has impeccable artwork, but the original comic by ONE is further along in the story. You won't go wrong if you start with the anime or Murata's version of the manga, but you'll have to end with ONE's scribble-scratch if you want up to date chapters."
"I have seen the anime but haven't read the manga illustrated by Murata nor the webcomic created by One. We are only talking about manga as we don't include webcomics excluding manhwa in this poll. One Punch Man is a fun, deconstruction of superheroes while the story and characters at the beginning may seem flat and shallow, and I have seen manga comparisons, the art by Murata is gorgeous. "
9th - Bleach
"I suppose one might say even the mighty cannot stand forever. For the series that ranks 6th of all time in Jump Magazine and Top 20 most sold manga of all time, Bleach had one of the most unfulfilling and rushed endings I have seen for a major work. Perhaps not so surprising considering Jump gives the axe to any series that dwindles in sales, no matter how much money it has brought them in the past. Good for business, terrible on a loyalty standpoint however. But while the final chapters were everything but good, at least Kubo delivered 2 or 3 quality fights, among the longest and most fleshed out battles in the story's 15 year run."
"Another series like Toriko who had potential but ended too soon and in the same year of 2016. Unlike Toriko, the Bleach ending was controversial and I seen a lot of fan backlash including outside anime communities due to the ship war which I never knew was the cause of Kubo's absence on Twitter. People were burning books of Bleach. Interestingly, this backlash and notoriety made Bleach's ending more vivid than Toriko ironically."
10th - Kingdom
"Objectively easily in the top 5 if not top 3 on this list. Kingdom is an absolutely amazing historic war manga set in Ancient China's warring states. Oh boy. I can't do this justice in a paragraph so I won't try. Just read it! The first arc is the worst arc for me which says a lot considering it's damn good! The author has a remarkable working knowledge of Chinese history and incorporates it fluently in the manga. It's simply a masterpiece and finally the Japanese people have caught on, making Kingdom one of the 5 best selling series in the world for 2 consecutive years."
"I have to thank Taichokage for his recommendation for this manga series. He got me into Vinland Saga and Toriko. I was looking for something like Berserk and Legend of Arslan (Arakawa's version). Kingdom is a mature series that both explores Shonen and Seinen aspects. You have Shin, the main protagonist, whose dream is to be the great general of the heavens. He is caught into helping a young prince named Sei to take the throne of Qin Empire. It's a coming of age adventure with over 500 chapters, and it touches mature themes as the characters learn what war really means."
11th - Saint Seiya
"Like Taka I originally found Saint Seiya a bit tricky to get into because of the numerous different series. I myself am only familiar with the original so my thoughts reflect that series mostly. The art, amazing. The character designs are beautiful (almost too beautiful. Half the saints are traps!). Despite their soft demeanor, the Saints will tear you a new one if underestimated. Saint Seiya deals with the power of Cosmos and from it is derived unearthly power. It could easily be considered the "strongest" series on the list even in lieu of Dragon Ball Super being on it. Only Jojo comes close. So it's a battle manga through and through,. Not gory or bloody. It's artistic battle scenes. A nice fairly original approach to a battle shounen."
"Because of 2015, Taichokage and I just started doing this talks for best manga of the year. I got into Saint Seiya just this month but there were so many spin-offs. Since the main series ended, we have the combined spin-off rule, I made time to check out one spin-off, Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō. I got a good impression why our folks love Saint Seiya. It's pretty niche in the community compared to other fandoms. Back then, while Dragon Ball rule TV in North America as one of the great gateway anime, Saint Seiya ruled over Central and Latin America."
12th - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
"Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is my second favorite manga of all time. It is also the longest series on this list by far, being nearly as old as Dragonball but never stopping it's serialization, just changing it's frequency from weekly to monthly. Oh boy Once again it cannot be done justice in a paragraph or 2. After all it's over 100 volumes long and divided into 8 (contiguous) parts. Again let me say just try it. Part one is only 46 chapters featuring the OG protagonist Jonathan Joestar and continues through generations with new Joestar family. It starts off on a small scale but later expands to extreme levels in every sense, including power (I'm looking at you Giorno!)"
"I only watch the anime since I prefer anime over manga anytime. I'm not lost for words for JoJo as the anime is pretty faithful to the manga material. I have enjoyed JoJo. I thought it was too gar and old fashioned. That was just Part 1. JoJo is like the Final Fantasy in one shared aspect as each parts/game is standalone with its own style of story and cast of characters."
13th - Fairy Tail Taichokage
"Ok. Quite prominent here on vice and quite popular in general. For me Fairy Tail is very generic, which isn't bad just nothing I haven't seen 50 times already. There are however 2 areas with which Fairy Tail stands out as a Magic-themed battle action Shounen. Boobs and Ass ..................... Ok not quite but you're getting the idea. It goes heavy on the ecchi. The other thing that irks me a little is the "plotkai" victories. Yeah there was such a moment in the most recent chapter. See I haven't followed Fairy Tail regularly in a long time. It's just such moments in Fairy Tail are so infamous that the internet blows up when they happen (Chapter 321 for example). But what can I say? Boobs and Battles sell, and Fairy Tail ha smore than enough of both."
"One of the most popular titles in our community which makes our AnimeVice community stand apart from other anime communities because we have huge love of Fairy Tail and Toriko both in the wiki and battle communities. To sum up Fairy Tail in a few words, it's pretty much an endless adventure of Natsu and his guild, Fairy Tail, as they wreak havoc while trying to make an honest living and protect their nakama against enemies."
14th - Black Clover
"I was one of the first here on vice to catch on to Black Clover. I started reading it from the first volume. It is a bit unfairly called a copy of Naruto. Despite inspiration, it certainly is different enough where that isn't warranted. For one the power scheme is magic not ki or chakra. 2 the setting and culture is European-esque not Japanese inspired. 3rd, the Main character far more mirrors the Naruto character Rock Lee than he does Naruto himself. Being devoid of even the mechanism to use the magic power of his universe, he makes up for it with extreme work, fighting spirit and Anti-magic weaponry. Give it a try. And 4. his support group is far larger than Naruto's team 7 and they operate like one big family, more similar to Fairy Tail's Guilds actually. The first volume alone will probably be enough to either hook you or let you know if it's not for you."
"I started reading back in December 2016. The first volume gave me a Fairy Tail and Naruto vibe. You got Asta who wants to be Wizard King, and he is a strange boy who possesses no magical talent but he's physically fit. Then setting shifts to a unusual guild of wizards who are trouble makers just like Fairy Tail. It's a new and growing franchise in our community."
15th - UQ Holder!
"STILL have not given this a shot. Only loosely checked it out. But it is the successor to Negima and is pulling some decent numbers. If you are a Negima fan read it!"
"I got into UQ Holder! in January 2017 without reading Negima as I was preparing for any manga series that came up in this year's best manga of the year. I can see why this is popular. It shares shonen tropes you see in most series. It's about an immortal boy who has big dreams, and he's out an adventure with his teacher who acts like his big sister or mom."
16th - Assassination Classroom
"And thus end the glorious reign of Jump's second biggest cash cow for the last half decade. It was a fun read. Not the best on this list no, but I give it extra credit for being original with it's theme. It is not primarily battle action shounen primarily or slice of life or drama or romance or any of the most common themes. It's a problem-solving manga, the provider of said problems being a powerful genius alien who threatens to destroy the world in a set time but gives the earthlings every opportunity to take him out if only they can figure out how. It's funny and a little ingenious."
"This is one of the manga series and anime as well as they both end in 2016. It's a franchise set in a school showing how brutal Japanese schooling is and what makes it unique is Koro-sensei, a cartoonish octopus looking fellow and teacher, who takes the average students and mold them into assassins so they can kill their teacher before the deadline where Koro-sensei will destroy the world. Take that way, the franchise is just a normal series."
17th - Vinland Saga
"One of my top 10 of all time. I love the list this year. Of the list it is most often paralled to Berserk, although the only similarities their share are their talking place in early Europe, being highly dark series and having a main character that's been through some serious crap. Now that is similar but everything else aside is different. Berserk is an epic take of revenge and survival dealing with numerous religous and Spiritual aspects while Vinland Saga is about a young man and how the tides of life can change you so much that you become nigh unrecognizable. This happens to the main character of Vinland Saga at least twice, arguably 3 times. It dives deep into the psychology of characters and does it masterfully. Truly a great series. Not heavy on the battles but they are in it."
"Another historical fictional manga series which I say is much mature, graphic, and brutal than Kingdom, but I would say Kingdom has explore more themes and incorporate things you won't see in Vinland Saga: economics and politics. For Vinland Saga, I can't say I will reread it as it's just too brutal of an adventure that stems from revenge of a boy named Thorfinn who vows to kill his father's murderer, Askeladd. As he tags along with Askeladd in a war-torn country (which I believe it's the UK as it includes Wales and more). It's another coming of age story where Thorfinn learns there is more to life than revenge and war."
18th - Dragon Ball Super
"Well Toriyama's manga take is a little different from the anime. If you've seen one you've seen both........is kinda true. There are some key differences in both that would seriously contradict each other but about 85% is almost mirrored by the anime and vice versa."
"I only seen the anime and films. I have heard the manga is actually not the leading material. Also, the manga is a compression as the pacing is much quicker than the anime. I can't comment much, but for me, I would just watch the anime. I'm surprised the manga still claws in way in the top 20."
19th - My Hero Academia
"I only went as far as the anime did. I want to see this year's season before diving into the weekly manga chapters. I like it. It has it's stereotypical shounen aspects like tournaments or an underwhelming main character who acquires abnormal talent. But it is unique in it's western comic themed style. You might be a bigger fan if you are a western comic fan like myself."
"While we had One-Punch Man rocking the anime industry back in 2015, this series which also explores superheroes didn't make a bigger impact than One-Punch Man, but it doesn't stop it as it's done a good combination of the underdog theme along with shonen themes such as having a big dream. While it doesn't bring anything new, it does the old things in a brilliant mix. Sorry if I talked about the anime as I haven't read the manga. I seen folks talk about the differences which is pretty common. There are things that manga's medium can do well while there are things that only anime can do better than manga."
20th - Mida Love ♪
"Not surprisingly, the only one I don't know is the one ranked 20th, but it deserves kudos for making it on the list at all. I honestly can't give a solid opinion on this. I'd be talking out of you know where. But I do know that it's ecchi-heavy. Probably the heaviest on this list with only Fairy Tail giving it a run for it's money. But as for the quality of the series, beyond the art (which is very good) I cannot yet say."
"Last but not least, it's a manga series I barely heard of after Tivanenk corrected me. There is another series with the same name minus the musical note, and it's a hentai series. It almost got invalidated until Tivanenk corrected me. Out of the manga series, this show that had 2 votes which were high ranked votes manage to steal the last place over Twin Star Exorcists and A Certain Magical Index. I can't comment much as I never read the series."
This is a new feature for our annual event. It's not weighted. For manga, we had a much lower turnout compared to anime. We didn't know what to do at first. Toriko technically wins with 2 votes as it's the highest. In our community after the Best Anime of 2016 was posted, we had folks feeling it was awkward to have the same entry in both best and worst results. We added 2 more manga series that had a tie but wasn't included in the top results to counter Toriko as well have 3 entries to be parallel with Best Anime of 2016. Toriko
"Topping the list of most amazingly crappy manga of the entire year of 2016 is.......Toriko! Sigh. This made me a little salty. I bet I know which of you jokers voted this in too. On an honest note it was not a good ending or a good year for Toriko, but what could be done? We all know it was involuntary on the mangaka's part. At least we didn't have 4 big ass dudes risking life and limb for monkey balls this year. It was giant ass frog this time! Get your facts straight people! At least we had a proper Final Boss fight. Bah! Sincerely, a slightly triggered Toriko fan. "
"When you run a voting poll since 2012, you get a sense of what the community likes. I do know the smaller the community, the more dramatic likes and dislikes change each year. You can tell obviously who voted and who didn't voted. We didn't have a lot of Toriko fans voted which makes up the bulk of our battle community. Not a lot of anime battle communities love Toriko as much as Anime Vice does. With that amount of love and popularity, it's natural to get a lot of folks who dislike it with a passion as evident in our battle forums. And we have a large wiki editing team in the old site for that franchise."
Attack on Titan
"Oh come on guys. Of course Attack on Titan is overrated, but it's still a quality work. I mean we're in the final arc right and everybody from the Colossal Titan to the Beast Titan are involved. I bet when season 2 comes out this is gonna shoot up in it's standing here and elsewhere. Where are all the loyal manga fans these days? Anime is taking over!"
"I see why folks will vote for Attack on Titan since it has a slow pacing and the surprises it has in store for the plot doesn't get good execution as I heard. The art style can be hard to enjoy if you can't tell characters apart."
Hunter x Hunter
"Really? This is next to sacrilege. Ok ok. So the art looks like a drunk seven year old drew it with their non dominant hand and it will likely only end after all of us are dead. But lets be fair. The content we DO get is pretty darn great. Harambe didn't die so HxH could make the Worst manga of 2017 list."
"As for Hunter x Hunter, I can see people losing their patience with the manga infamous for going on hiatus. Togashi, who is known for Yu Yu Hakusho, there is a lot of high expectations for Hunter x Hunter, and the manga series has some good quality points with its mature story despite its childish main characters. I thought that was misleading."
And that's the top 20 manga as voted for by you the community. Hopefully you enjoyed the little banners Taka made for the top 10 and reading the small commentaries on each series by graet Artiste and Takashichea.
Below you will see the raw votes and total score for each of the above series.
And finally once again thank you very much for voting.
1 was for Bleach, Fairy Tail, Attack on titan, Dragon Ball Super, One Piece, Hunter x Hunter, Black Clover
You probably know which folks voted for worse manga if you look at the voting thread.
TRUE!!!!!!! Toriko battle forum can get annoying, not to mention the quality drop and the climax was not the best, and the character felt worst, with one of the most laughably bad revealed moment. That being said, my boy Midora was amazing so I can't hate on it.
тиваненк I meant the worst lol. I mean i thought you were talking about getting Toriko in the worst spot when you said we did it! Though i have to admit Toriko really went behind nearing the ending, just like Bleach. Though Bleach got much worse IMO in comparison. Well that's what you get when you rush authors to finish the manga.
тиваненк Well for Saint Seiya i didn't even need to guess but Mida Love? What's that about, because from the description of Taka i'm expecting a music hentai series... no really like i never heard of the series before.
Ps. You should fix your top picture in your signature, it's broken.
2 people voted for Mida Love. You can pretty much guess who. I honestly thought it was a Hentai series until Tivanenk corrected me. If Tivanenk didn't, I would invalidate it and the results would have had Twin Star Exorcists or Toaru.
Here are suggestions. It appears we had more misclicks. I did solve issues with the person who put all the Saint Seiya because I didn't put Saint Seiya through the spin-off rule which I corrected on the Gdoc later on.
We only had one real suggestion.
In regards to webcomics, I don't there is no point to differentiate between One Punch Man webcomic and manga because this is the manga 2016 poll which includes manga, manhwa, and manhua. Only Manhwa is allowed to have webcomics. I don't allow webcomics for manga. It has to be tankobon. I stated explicitly in the rules when asking the community to help check the Gdocs before I went to publish the voting polls.
I kept calling people. Much to my chagrin, folks put stuff that wasn't on the Gdoc, so I have to double check it. I had the same issue with Mida Love since no one told me about it on my thread. Until I talk to Tivanenk when he reported to me that his votes were missing for some reason. Luckily, when the voting period extended due to lower voter turnout, I got to check with Tivanenk with his votes. Though, he didn't fix his votes in time.
There were a total of 7 entries invalidated for this poll compared to anime poll which had zero invalidated entries. It's up to guys and gals' responsibility to help the community. I do make mistakes, but I do ask for help.
Feel free to suggest more.
Last Edit: Jan 31, 2017 23:41:14 GMT by Taka: messed up my "nots"
Technically, both your votes had to be there for Mida Love to get in. I don't know if you two planned together to vote for Mida Love in 1st place or it was by coincidence. Yeah, Mida Love barely scraped in. If one of you voted for it 2nd place or lower, it wouldn't have gone in and beat Twin Star Exorcists.
Old Man Dream: For the Pixar films from the poll I did up to yesterday, I'll be watching A Bug's Life first.
Jan 10, 2021 3:35:28 GMT
Taka: I'll be back later tonight. Hopefully, my internet will get better and stay stable. It's randomly disconnecting.
Jan 11, 2021 0:32:01 GMT
Old Man Dream: Something I hate doing when I had initially promised, but having second thoughts on the Pixar movie viewing I promised. Four months going through the retrospective has me itching to want to dabble back into older anime titles again.
Jan 12, 2021 1:28:38 GMT
Old Man Dream: Yeah, sorry guys. But I'm reneging on this. Been immersed enough in Disney the past four months and want to get back deep into things with anime. Maybe down the line, I'll do a Pixar retrospective if I have enough a case of anime burnout. But back to anime
Jan 12, 2021 1:43:22 GMT
Taka: Ok, my involvement with the Index Collab has finally concluded. Thank you and hopefully, we get more new members joining the site.
Jan 13, 2021 2:44:44 GMT
Taka: I was going to work on the simulcast guide. Getting internet problems again.
Jan 14, 2021 3:28:10 GMT
Taka: I'm not sure when to do the seasonal derby for Winter 2021 since Netflix or other companies might pop up a new anime.
Jan 16, 2021 1:47:06 GMT
Old Man Dream: Guess even with Weathering with You, Shinkai's still dabbling into his typical storytelling involving long-distance relationships, at least when it comes to Hina and Hodaka's circumstances. Only about an hour into the film thus far.
Jan 16, 2021 15:40:36 GMT
Old Man Dream: Hmmmmm.... And can't believe I'm saying this with my indifference for both: Your Name > Weathering With You.
Jan 16, 2021 18:32:40 GMT
Old Man Dream: Done with the film. Think there's enough with this where I can put a review together. Expect something up sometime later today.
Jan 16, 2021 19:19:02 GMT
Taka: Planning to watch Weathering with You. I don't remember if I watched all of the older Shinkai films. There is a shift from the sad romance to happier romance if I'm not mistaken.
Jan 16, 2021 23:09:22 GMT
Taka: Watching the Maleficent live action movie.
Jan 20, 2021 5:05:31 GMT