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Critics' Choice: Best Manga of 2010

Round-up of 2010's Best Manga As Picked By Comics Critics Across the Web


I already posted my Best New Manga of 2010 and Best Continuing Manga of 2010 lists, but which new graphic novels made the cut on other critics' lists?

Here's a round-up of this year's standout new manga releases, as selected by over 30 comics and manga critics across the web. The titles are listed in order of popularity -- the ones that got the most mentions are listed first. I'll be updating this as more lists go live, so check back to see how your favorite fares in the next few weeks!

Also, check out the 2009 Critics' Choice list to see 12 more critically-acclaimed titles worth reading.

2. Chi's Sweet Home - 19 critics' lists

Chi's Sweet Home Volume 1 by Konami Konata, from Vertical
© Konami Konata

Author and Artist: Kanata Konami
Publisher: Vertical
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  • "The story couldn't be simpler: a stray kitten finds a new home with a kind family. In Konami Konata's capable hands, however, Chi's Sweet Home isn't just cute animal antics; it's a warm and moving depiction of the relationship between Chi and the Yamadas." – Kate Dacey, School Library Journal

Also selected by: Publishers Weekly, Manga Curmudgeon, Manga Xanadu, Comics Reporter, Comics Worth Reading, Mania.com (Chris Beveridge, Chris K.) iFanboy.com, Manga Critic, Bookworm's Corner, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Manga Widget, Comic Attack, Anime Diet, Comics and More, Kuriousity, About.com.

3. Twin Spica - 18 critics' lists

Twin Spica Volume 1 by Kou Yaginuma, from Vertical
© Kou Yaginuma / MEDIA FACTORY

Author and Artist: Kou Yaginuma
Publisher: Vertical
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  • "Twin Spica combines the dreams of a young girl, the pride of a nation, and humanity’s quest for the stars into an unforgettable coming-of-age tale about a high school for astronauts. The style is atmospheric, leisurely, and occasionally heartbreaking."
    Casey Brienza, Graphic Novel Reporter

Also selected by: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal,The Cybils,YALSA, Manga Critic, Mania.com, Manga Curmudgeon, Comics Worth Reading, Comic Book Resources (Brigid Alverson), Robot 6, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, All About Manga, Manga Bookshelf, Manga Widget, Comics and More, Bookworm's Corner, About.com.

4. Bunny Drop - 14 critics' lists

Bunny Drop Volume 1 by Yumi Unita, published by Yen Press

Author and Artist: Yumi Unita
Publisher: Yen Press
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  • "With sparks of humor, sweet moments of sentimentality and glimpses of grief, Bunny Drop hits all the right notes."
    Lorena Nava Ruggero, Flashlight Worthy / I ♥ Manga

Also selected by: Publishers Weekly, Manga Critic, Manga Curmudgeon, Comics Worth Reading, All About Manga, Manga Bookshelf, Manga Widget, Bookworm's Corner, Manga Xanadu, Anime Diet, Kuriousity, About.com.

5. AX: Alternative Manga - 13 critics' lists

AX: Alternative Manga Vol. 1

Authors and Artists: Various
Editors: Sean Michael Wilson and Mitsuhiro Asakawa
Publisher: Top Shelf
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  • "This generous anthology of anti-cuteness spotlights the kind of manga that doesn't get much play on these shores, but clearly should." – Peter Gutierrez, Graphic Novel Reporter

Also selected by: Publishers' Weekly, National Public Radio, Graphic Novel Reporter (Casey Brienza, Peter Gutierrez), Manga Critic, Mania.com, Manga Curmudgeon, Comics Reporter, Manga Report, Manga Widget, About.com.

6. All My Darling Daughters - 12 critics' lists

All My Darling Daughters by Fumi Yoshinaga, from VIZ Signature / VIZ Media
Aisubeki Musumetachi © Fumi Yoshinaga 2003 / HAKUSENSHA, Inc.

Author and Artist: Fumi Yoshinaga
Publisher: VIZ Signature / VIZ Media
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  • "A stunning exploration of women’s lives and relationships by Fumi Yoshinaga, my favorite manga-ka. I don’t think I’ve seen before in comics an exploration of how difficult it can be for mother and daughter to learn to relate as adults, each a person in her own right." – Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading

Also selected by: Publishers Weekly, Robot 6, All About Manga, Flashlight Worthy, Manga Critic, Manga Curmudgeon, Mania.com, Manga Bookshelf, Panel Patter, About.com

7. Ayako - 10 critics' lists

© Tezuka Productions

Author and Artist: Osamu Tezuka
Publisher: Vertical
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  • "While I have been dismissive of Tezuka’s work in the past, I am fully convinced by Ayako... a must-have for any Tezuka or intelligent comics fan." - Alex Hoffman, Manga Widget

Also selected by: Publishers Weekly, Manga Critic, Mania.com, Manga Curmudgeon, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Comic Attack, Comics and More, Manga Bookshelf, About.com

8. Cross Game - 10 critics' lists

Cross Game Volume 1 by Mitsuru Adachi, from Shonen Sunday Manga / VIZ Media
CROSS GAME © 2005 Mitsuru ADACHI / Shogakukan

Author and Artist: Mitsuru Adachi
Publisher: Shonen Sunday / VIZ Media
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  • "Cross Game has pretty much everything you could ask for from a coming-of-age novel: joy, sorry, confusion, comedy, great characters, and completely recognizable slices of life."
    David Welsh, Manga Curmudgeon

Also selected by: YALSA, Comic Attack, Manga Report, Mania.com (Thomas Zoth, Chris K.), Manga Widget, Manga Critic, Bookworm's Corner, About.com.

9. Cardcaptor Sakura - 9 critics' lists

Card Captor Sakura Volume 1 by CLAMP, published by Dark Horse Manga

Author and Artist: CLAMP
Publisher: Dark Horse
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  • " With plenty of outfit changes, a tarot card-inspired magical quest, and puppy-love crushes popping up everywhere, Cardcaptor Sakura is a must read for any fan of shoujo fantasy."
    Anna, Manga Report

Also selected by: Graphic Novel Reporter, Comic Attack, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Manga Critic, Mania.com, Bookworm's Corner, Kuriousity, About.com

10. Bakuman - 8 critics' lists

Bakuman Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, from Shonen Jump Manga / VIZ Media
BAKUMAN. © 2008 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata / SHUEISHA Inc.

Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Artist: Takeshi Obata
Publisher:  Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
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  • "...a fascinating glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of the manga industry."
    - Dave Ferraro, Comics and More

Also selected by: Comics Worth Reading, iFanboy, Graphic Novel Reporter, Mania. com, Manga Bookshelf, Kuriousity, About.com.

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