2008 series debuts

Here, in alphabetical order and without any real comment, are ten series that debuted in 2008 that I really enjoyed (and continue to enjoy):

  • Black Jack, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
  • Dororo, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
  • Fairy Tail, by Hiro Mashima (Del Rey)
  • High School Debut, by Kazune Kawahara (Viz)
  • Honey and Clover, by Chica Umino (Viz)
  • Real, by Takehiko Inoue (Viz)
  • Sand Chronicles, by Hinako Ashihara (Viz)
  • Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro, by Satoko Kiyuduki (Yen Press)
  • Ultimate Venus, by Takako Shigematsu (Go! Comi)
  • Your and My Secret, by Ai Morinaga (Tokyopop)
  • I realize that Your and My Secret actually debuted in English years ago, but a first volume came out in 2008, so I’m counting it. I also realize that Sand Chronicles and Honey and Clover may technically be seen as debuting in 2007, since they’re serialized in Shojo Beat, but I wait for the trades. And, yes, I also realize that, if I do a list of series that concluded in 2008 that I really enjoyed, I may be robbing myself of Dororo, but I can always list it again, because it’s my blog and I am capricious that way.

    Y’know, it was actually kind of hard to limit that list to ten.

    3 Responses to 2008 series debuts

    1. Does the fact that Viz held 4 of those slots mean anything to you, as in, “they are putting out better new manga” or did it just happen that way?

    2. davidpwelsh says:

      I think it mostly just happened that way, though I would say that they have the benefit of volume. They certainly seem to put out the most manga, though I haven’t sat down to figure out percentages. And whoever manages their shojo line (one of my personal favorite categories) has been hitting it out of the park lately. When they aren’t cranking out stuff by Arina Tanemura, whose comics have a tendency to make my teeth hurt.

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