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2007 Readers Poll: Best New Shonen Manga

Readers' Choice Results for Favorite New Shonen Manga


There were lots of new shonen manga titles that made their debut in 2007, so we asked our readers: which was your favorite?

Gin Tama emerged as the clear favorite, with Hoshin Engi and Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning tied for second place honors. See the full results.

See the results in our other readers' polls:

1 - Gin Tama

Gin Tama by Hideaki Sorachi, shonen manga series published by Shonen Jump Advanced / VIZ Media
© Hideaki Sorachi
Author and Artist: Hideaki Sorachi
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced / VIZ Media
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The samurai didn't stand a chance. First, the aliens invaded Japan. Next, they took all the jobs. And then they confiscated everyone's swords. So what does a hotheaded former samurai like Gintoki "Gin" Sakata do to make ends meet? Take any odd job that comes his way, even if it means losing his dignity...

2 (tie) - Hoshin Engi

Hoshin Engi Volume 1 by Ryu Fujisaki, published by Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
© Ryu Fujisaki
Author and Artist: Ryu Fujisaki
Publisher: Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
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When his clan is wiped out by a beautiful demon, young Taikobo finds himself in charge of the mysterious Hoshin Project. Its mission: Find all immortals living in the human world and seal them away forever. But who do you trust, and whose side are you really on, when you've been trained to hunt demons by a demon?

2 (tie) - Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning

Cover artwork for Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning by Kyo Shirodaira, Eita Mizuno
© Kyo Shirodaira, Eita Mizuno/SQUARE ENIX
Author: Kyo Shirodaira
Artist: Eita Mizuno
Publisher: Yen Press
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"Beware the Blade Children." Those were Kiyotaka Narumi's last words to his younger brother Ayumu before this world-class detective disappeared. Now in the 10th grade, Ayumu is a savvy amateur investigator who can solve mysteries that perplex even more experienced detectives, like his sister-in-law Madoka. But lately, a string of mysterious murders have been happening in the city with one thing in common: They all have clues that lead to the Blade Children.

3 - Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation

Muhyo and Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Volume 1
© Yoshiyuki Nishi / Shueisha Inc.
Author and Artist: Yoshiyuki Nishi
Publisher: Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
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Muhyo and Jiro are two boys who run a very specialized business. Pint-sized Muhyo is an expert in 'supernatural law' and for a price, he'll exorcize those scary, vengeful or annoying spirits, ghosts and demons who bedevil the living. Meanwhile, his slightly clueless companion and apprentice Jiro tries to keep his cool while all manner of strange and frightening events swirl around them.

4 (tie) - Aventura

Aventura Volume 1 by Shin Midorikawa from Del Rey Manga / Kodansha
© Shin Midorikawa / Kodansha
Author and Artist: Shin Midorikawa
Publisher: Del Rey Manga
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Lewin Randit was accepted into the Gaius School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, yet this young misfit wonders if he really has ability to conjure up the magical potential that lies within him. Can he unlock his powers before the magical forces around him harm him or his newfound friends?

4 (tie) - Black Sun, Silver Moon

Black Sun, Silver Moon Volume 1 by Tomo Maeda, published by Go! Comi
© Tomo Maeda
Author and Artist: Tomo Maeda
Publisher: Go! Comi
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When Taki accepted his new job at as a church assistant, he didn't realize that job description included dealing with zombies! When night falls, Taki ends up following his priest mentor Shikimi into the graveyard to destroy the freshly-risen dead. The enigmatic priest always seems to know when and where these creatures will appear, and as the days go by, Taki begins to suspect that the danger may also come from within...

4 (tie) - Dragon Eye

Dragon Eye Volume 1 by Kairi Fujiyama, published by Del Rey Manga / Kodansha Ltd.
© Kairi Fujiyama / Kodansha Ltd.
Author and Artist: Kairi Fujiyama
Publisher: Del Rey Manga
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Ten years ago, a deadly virus swept across the earth. Once infected, humans and animals alike are transformed into blood-thirsty monsters called Dracules. The future of humanity lies with the Vius Squad, a band of warriors who have so far escaped the virus' grasp. Leila Mikami is one of the newest recruits to the Vius Squad, and while she's a skilled fighter, she still has a lot to learn. That may not be easy when her squad captain has a rep for being a troublemaker, but what Leila doesn't know is that her new would-be mentor has a special power: The Dragon Eye.

4 (tie) - Zombie Loan

Cover artwork for Zombie-Loan Volume 1 by Peach-Pit, published by Yen Press
Author and Artist: Peach-Pit
Publisher: Yen Press
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Shy and mousy Michiru is the class doormat. But she does have one special talent: She can tell when someone's death is imminent. Her power scares her, but she soon meets two handsome and mysterious classmates who find great value in her skill. They're undead bounty hunters who battle the evil undead to pay off their" zombie-loan," and Michiru is just what they need to find their next targets.

5 - Brave Story

Brave Story Volume 1  published by TokyoPop
© Miyuki Miyabe and Yoichiro Ono
Author: Miyuki Miyabe
Artist: Yoichiro Ono
Publisher: TokyoPop
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Junior high student Wataru is just an average boy living an average life. His only real skill is playing video games. But all that changes when a mysterious transfer student comes to his school, whoops Wataru's butt at his favorite games, then drags him into a fantasy world of magic and monsters. Now, Wataru must face challenges that make his video game adventures look positively tame – and worst of all, there's no reset button to start over when those monsters threaten his life and limbs.

6 - Shiki Tsukai

Shiki Tsukai Volume 1 by Yuna Takanagi and To-Ru Zekuu, published by Del Rey Manga
© Yuna Takanagi and To-Ru Zekuu / Kodansha Ltd.
Author: Toru Zeku
Artist: Yuna Takanagi
Publisher: Del Rey Manga
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On the day he turns fourteen, Akira discovers his destiny: He’s a shiki tsukai, a warrior with the magical power to control the seasons. He also meets the beautiful Koyomi, another warrior, who is sworn to protect him. Akira needs all the protection he can get, because evil forces intent on destroying him, and the entire universe!

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