Shojo manga's sexier, more sophisticated older sister josei manga had a few notable debuts this year, so we asked our readers to pick their favorite.
Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms pulled ahead early and kept the first place spot, with Walkin' Butterfly taking second place. See the full results.
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Publisher: Last Gasp
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Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms is about two young women whose lives are forever changed as a result of the atom bomb. Minami is a young seamstress who lives in Hiroshima's post-war slums. It's ten years after the bomb, but she's haunted by what she's lost and what she thinks she can never have: true love and happiness.
The second set of stories focuses on Nanami, Minami's niece. Nanami doesn't have to deal with Minami's daily hardships, but the lingering effects of the war also ripple across her happy-go-lucky life.
Publisher: Aurora Publishing
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Tall and gawky, Michiko has spent a lifetime feeling self-conscious and misjudged because of her height. A case of mistaken identity throws Michiko smack-dab in the middle of a high fashion runway show, where she's primped up, dressed up and walking the runway with other glamazons. Michiko doesn't exactly set the fashion world on fire with her debut, but that only fires her up to try harder to be a model to prove to others and herself that she can succeed at something.
Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
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A drought has got a rural village gripped in desperate times. So desperate, the villagers choose Soah, a pretty young girl to be sacrificed to the Water God, in hopes that this act will bring rain to the parched land. But to her surprise, Soah doesn't drown, and the Water God is not the monster she expects, in fact far from it. Now welcomed into the kingdom of Habaek, the Water God, Soah embarks upon an magical adventure that she never expected.
4 - Suppli
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Minami is a 20-something advertising exec who's trying to balance the demands of her career with her love life. After seven years, her live-in boyfriend grows weary of being taken for granted and leaves Minami, which leaves her wondering if she's destined to be a successful but single in her forties.
Her co-worker Ishida would love to be her next lover, but Minami finds herself attracted to Ogiwara, a handsome colleague who's also nursing a broken heart. Trouble is, Ogiwara comes with baggage that might get in the way of their newfound love for each other.
5 - The Other Side of the Mirror
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Sunny's a former Southern belle who's down on her luck and trying to survive in the big city. Lou is a former college student who earns his living by challenging people to drinking duels in bars. A night of drunken passion brings these lost souls together, and unexpected love keeps them together as they try to create a life that has more meaning than just getting by.
Publisher: Yen Press
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With The Light is about Sachiko, a young mother and her struggles to understand autism and her autistic son Hikaru. As the years go by, Sachiko deals with her own confusion, fears and feelings of failure, as friends, strangers, family and even her husband misunderstand, judge and blame her for Hikaru's behavior. With The Light provides an window into the silent and often misunderstood world of autism, manga-style.
Publisher: VIZ Media
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Country girl Suguri moves to the big city, with only her faithful mutt Lupin to protect her. But luck is on her side, as Suguri's love for dogs (and most dogs' love for her) gets her a job at Woofles, a pet shop that specializes in purebred puppies. Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs follows Suguri's adventures as she learns about different breeds of dogs and meets other owners who are equally "inubaka."
7 - Presents
Publisher: CMX Manga
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Kurumi is a pretty little girl, but her jealous classmates conspire to deprive her of birthday presents on her special day. Because Kurumi never receives a present as a child, she never grows old and becomes a wandering spirit who bestows gruesome gifts upon unsuspecting people. Presents is a collection of short stories from Japan's mistress of horror, Kanako Inuki.
8 - Mitsukazu Mihara: IC in a Sunflower
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A future in which children are bereft of sexual desire. A woman who spends her life resisting a penchant for biting. A man who gets twisted love advice from a robot maid. These are just four tales in this collection of short stories by the mistress of gothic romantic manga, Mistukazu Mihara.