Ah December -- it's that time of the year when we look back on the best of what the past year had to offer, and look ahead at what's to come in the year ahead. I gave you my picks for the Best New Manga of 2011, but I'm still pondering which ones to single out for the Best Continuing Manga Series of 2011 and which titles deserve the dubious distinction of the Worst Manga of 2011. So in the meantime, I thought I'd present the list I knew I could complete this week: My picks for the 25 Most Anticipated New Manga of 2012.
Something old, something new, something popular and something unexpected -- 2012 has lots of surprises in store for manga readers. 2012 marks the year that long-awaited classics by manga masters Moto Hagio, Shigeru Mizuki, and Yoshihiro Tatsumi will make their English language debut. Titles abandoned by the closure of TokyoPop will be making their return to the shelves, and new manga based on popular anime series and young adult novels will also have readers eagerly placing their pre-orders weeks and months in advance. Steampunk and Victorian England is hot (apparently) as are historical themes, and several titles featuring unconventional heroines.
Based on the previews I've seen at conventions and blogs, I made my picks for the top 25 graphic novels that I'm most looking forward to buying and reading in 2012. Which ones are also on your list? Or, what would you pick for your top must-buys for 2012? Add your comments below!If you'd like a peek at the other 70+ titles that are scheduled for release in 2012, check out my 2012 New Manga Preview Gallery.
There's a lot more to come in the days, weeks ahead, including my picks for the Best Continuing Manga of 2012, my picks for the Worst Manga of 2011, and hopefully, lots and lots of manga reviews to make up for the slackin' I've been doing this year. Thanks for your patience!
Image credits: © Moto Hagio