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36 Great Manga Missed by the Eisner Awards

Critics' Choices for Best "Not-Nominated But Still Great" Manga


21. Goong - 1 nomination

Goong Volume 1
© SooHee Park

Author and Artist: SooHee Park
Publisher: Yen Press
Eisner Categories: Best Publication for Teens / Tweens, Best U.S. Edition of International Material

In a world where Korea is a monarchy, not a democracy, a young girl finds herself betrothed to the not-so-charming crown prince, who's a bit of a jerk.

"It takes a story about a regular girl marrying a prince and gives her a terrible life rather than a happy end. It has an interesting concept with a strangely well-grounded story to accommodate it."
- Connie C., Slightly Biased Manga

22. Kaze Hikaru - 1 nomination

Kaze Hikaru Volume 1
© 1997 Taeko WATANABE / Shogakukan Inc.

Author and Artist: Taeko Watanabe
Publisher: Shojo Beat / VIZ Media
Eisner Categories: Best Publication for Teens / Tweens

Set in the waning days of the samurai-era, Kaze Hikaru focuses on Tominaga Sei, a girl who disguises herself as a boy, learns swordsmanship and get accepted into the infamous special police force, the Shinsengumi.

"Another well-researched series. Despite artistic liberties, the stories are smartly written to be educational."
- Audra Furuichi, webcomic artist, co-creator of nemu*nemu

23. Kieli - 1 nomination

Kieli Volume 1 by Yukako Kabei, Shiori Teshirogi, published by Yen Press
© Yukako Kabei/MEDIA WORKS © Shiori Teshirogi/AKITA SHOTEN

Author and Artist: Yukako Kabei
Publisher: Yen Press
Eisner Categories: Best Limited Series

Teens who can see ghosts is a pretty standard manga theme, but Kieli puts its own twist on a familiar subject by teaming up a lonely girl, a disillusioned warrior and a radio that broadcasts the voice of a disembodied spirit.

"Kieli has stuck with me long after reading it. At only two volumes, I think it's a perfect fit for limited series."
- Eva Volin, No Flying No Tights, ICV2 Guide to Manga, Good Comics for Kids

24. Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service - 1 nomination

Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 1
© Eiji Otsuka, Housui Yamazaki

Author: Eiji Otsuka
Artist: Housui Yamazaki
Publisher: Dark Horse
Eisner Categories: Best Continuing Series

"While manga is generally the domain of sole creators (with uncredited assistants), works like The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service demonstrate the potential benefits of pairing talents. The tin promises "corpses," and artist Yamazaki scientifically delivers with fascinatingly grotesque bodies of those who died under circumstances running the gamut from mundane to exotic. At the same time, through Kurosagi's over educated, under-employed Scooby-Doo cast, writer Eiji Otsuka brings a distinctive, liberal arts curiosity to the collection of horror tales."
- Scott Green, Ain't It Cool News Anime

25. Let Dai - 1 nomination

Let Dai Volume 1
© SooYeon Won

Author and Artist: SooYeon Won
Publisher: NETcomics
Eisner Categories: Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Let Dai is a tragic tale of forbidden love and unforgivable betrayal. Set in a soulless neo-Seoul ruled by young punks and pleasure seekers, an amoral teenager named Dai is the living embodiment of the city's beauty and cruelty.

"Mostly, it’s just drama drama drama, and you won’t find anything this hardcore and dysfunctional outside a soap opera. Most manga fall way short of the passion of the romantic problems in this series. Romantic, dramatic, over the top angst."
- Connie C., Slightly Biased Manga, Pop Culture Shock

26. Manga Sutra: Futari H - 1 nomination

Manga Sutra Volume 1 by Katsu Aki, published by TokyoPop
© Katsu Aki / TokyoPop

Author and Artist: Katsu Aki
Publisher: TokyoPop
Eisner Categories: Best New Series

"Manga Sutra provides a story that is entertaining, funny, and very erotic. It also portrays the lead characters as being in a healthy, loving, and most importantly, monogamous marriage. A very positive book about sex that teens will actually want to read."
- Scott VonSchilling, Anime Almanac

27. Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun - 1 nomination

Nightmare Inspector Yumekui Kenbun Volume 1 by Shin Mashiba, published by VIZ Media
© 2002 Shin Mashiba / SQUARE ENIX

Author and Artist: Shin Mashiba
Publisher: VIZ Media
Eisner Categories: Best New Series

"Beautiful, jewel-like artwork and grim, horrifying plots make this horror manga a serious challenger for Petshop of Horrors and even, in its way, xxxHoLic.. Like Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei, it has a strong 1920s theme."
- Jason Thompson, Otaku USA, The Complete Guide to Manga

28. Song of the Hanging Sky - 1 nomination

Song of the Hanging Sky Volume 1 by Toriko Gin, a shojo manga series published by Go! Comi
© Toriko Gin

Author and Artist: Toriko Gin
Publisher: Go! Comi
Eisner Categories: Best Publication for Teens / Tweens

"An interesting, vaguely shojo-influenced story of a race of bird-winged people who live on the frontier of a more "advanced" civilization, sort of like Native Americans in the Wild West."
- Jason Thompson, Otaku USA, The Complete Guide to Manga

29. Tokyo Zombie - 1 nomination

Tokyo Zombie by Yusaku Hanakuma, published by Last Gasp
© Yusaku Hanakuma

Author and Artist: Yusaku Hanakuma
Publisher: CMX Manga
Eisner Categories: Best Writer/Artist, Best Continuing Series, Best Limited Series

"In this zombie crazy, mixed-martial arts crazy moment, the proposition of ju-jitsu versus the undead should be a winning one, and Yusaku Hanakuma certainly goes at it full bore with his ferociously sketched heta-uma ("good-bad") style of art."

"There's the adage that 'simple is hard.' Presumably, to tell a story with rough lines isn't easy either, but Tokyo Zombie manages to be both energetically scrawled and effectively coherent. Track the ju-jitsu grappling in a scene of Tokyo Zombie and it becomes evident that Hanakuma is accomplishing exactly what he wants."
- Scott Green, Ain't It Cool News Anime

30. Tsubasa: ReServoir Chronicle - 1 nomination

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 1
© CLAMP / Kodansha Ltd.

Author and Artist: CLAMP
Publisher: Del Rey Manga
Eisner Categories: Best Continuing Series

"CLAMP are master storytellers, and Tsubasa gives them the room to showcase all their literary talents. This series rewards careful reading as the details add nuances that will become relevant in later volumes."

"The art in this series has lots of energy and passion in it. The action scenes are visually exciting. The comedic scenes make perfect use of chibi and cartoon effects. The dramatic scenes capture the emotions each character is feeling. Tsubasa is a series where you can flip through the book and just by looking at drawings get a sense for the mood of the scenes."
- Ed Sizemore, Comics Worth Reading

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