Top 10 Action Manga of 2001
1. Fullmetal Alchemist
In this world, alchemists are those who study and perform the art of alchemical transmutation—the science of manipulating and transforming matter. They are bounded by the Law of Equivalent Exchange: in order to gain something, one must sacrifice something of equal value.
Young Edward Elric, nicknamed the "Fullmetal Alchemist", is a State Alchemist working for the government of Amestris. As a child, Edward and his little brother Alphonse attempted the forbidden art of human transmutation to revive their late mother. In the accident that ensued, Edward lost his left leg and right arm, and Alphonse's soul was sealed in a large suit of armor. To reclaim their original bodies, the Elric brothers embark on a journey to find the Philosopher's Stone, a mythical object said to allow its user to perform alchemical miracles.
In a world constantly haunted by demonic predators known as "Youma", the everyday life of humans is full of fear and suspicion, as these monsters easily blend into human society to hunt their hapless prey. However, in this world, there is also a mysterious organization, employing half-human, half-Youma warriors to effectively track down and kill the demons. Called "silver eyed witches" or "Claymores" after the huge Claymore swords they carry, these female warriors are eyed with suspicion and distrust by most because of their inhuman powers.
But there are many currents flowing in the shadows, from the mysterious machinations of the Claymore "Organization" and the twisted ambitions of the powerful "Abyssal Ones" to the hopes and desires of each Claymore warrior. This story follows the fate of Clare, one of the Claymore operatives as she sails deeper and deeper down the currents of conspiracies and revenge.
3. Zatch Bell!
When he holds a mysterious red book and chants a spell, a lightning attack comes forth. When this strange boy Gash arrives at his house, the life of lazy middle-schooler Kiyomaro Takamine is thrown into chaos!! Gradually, Gash's true identity and abilities are revealed! Children from the demon world come and attack one after another!! What is the destiny of Kiyomaro, who has decided to fight alongside Gash.!? New super-intense battle action!!
4. Shin Angyo Onshi
In Jushin, there once lived secret government agents called the amen osa (or angyō onshi in the Japanese version), who traveled the countryside in disguise. They were charged by the king with finding and punishing corrupt government officials, and bringing justice to the country's citizens.
5. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin
Zeon ace pilot, Commander Char Aznable, thought he could foil the Federation's plan to build a mobile suit by attacking their research base on colony Side 7. He was wrong. With a prototype already active, the besieged Federation forces strike back using their new weapon, the mobile suit Gundam, with devastating consequences. Amidst the fighting, young electronics wizard Amuro Ray is determined not to let his friends and family die in the crossfire. But what can one boy do to repel a squad of mobile suit-clad invaders?
After more than two hundred years of the kingdom Chronos moves to decline. Ten years of peace undermined the army and in the country, formerly called the "Land of the sword", is left of old heroes. From the south and east Chronos threaten the other two major kingdoms, and Silonika Isiris the west gaining momentum smaller states, united in the Alliance Radinka. In addition, King Chronos apparently began to lose mind ... In these challenging times Chronos's hope is only for mercenaries, which just came a new addition: the young, but incredibly skilled warrior Ares and his friends - Michael and Baron.
Scientists had predicted this disaster, and in response, the leaders of every country met to develop a plan for human survival before the meteor hit. The Seven Seeds project was developed out of this meeting. Each country froze a number of young healthy people, which allowed them to survive the meteor. After the computer determined that Earth was once again safe for human life, it released them into the world.
The Japanese government created five groups of survivors: Winter group, Spring group, Summer group A, Summer group B, and Fall group. Each group consisted of seven members and one guide. The guide carried small tubes of poison on their necks to allow them to end their lives if their situation became unbearable. The Japanese government prepared seven "Fuji" as refuges for the groups. In each Fuji, the group would find seeds and numerous books instructing them on survival in the wilderness.
Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn't change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society. While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family; but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits and, along with Rukia—who is slowly regaining her powers—it's Ichigo's job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves find peace.
Satoyama Katsuki and his best friend Kawakami Kyouta, both age 15, enrolls in Mizutani Boxing Gym to get close to their tomboyish crush, Mizutani Katsuki, whose father owns it. However, Satoyama soon finds out that she is distant from her father. Worse, it turns out that she hates boxing.
In a sparring match, everyone including Mizutani soon discovers Satoyama's hidden yet unpolished skill in boxing. Satoyama soon learns that Mizutani is really in love with boxing, but disdains it because its a man's sport of which she cannot join. Mizutani then takes it upon herself to be Satoyama's trainer/manager to reach the championship belt. Satoyama complies to be closer to his crush.
As the story progresses, we soon find out that Satoyama has a hidden past and lineage, one that would give him the necessary skill and talent to be a legendary oriental pro-boxing champion.
10. Finder Series
Vol 1: Target in the Finder (Finder no Hyouteki)
1. Target in the Finder (1st part of the Viewfinder series, 3 loosely related oneshots: You're my Loveprize in Viewfinder, Fixer & Embrace the Heat of the Night): Asami, a leader of the Japanese underworld, and Takaba, a young photojournalist, antagonize each other yet are drawn together by dark sexual desires: Asami's ruthless desire to possess and control Takaba's free spirit, and Takaba's subconscious desire for the pain and pleasure Asami offers, all while he tries to capture Asami's illegal activities in his viewfinder.
2. Love Lesson (1st part of the Love Lesson series): Ichijou saved Sakurai from a pervert on the bus on the way to the school. But his own intentions were not so pure...
3. Loving Plant (Koi wo Suru Shokubutsu) (1st part of the Koisuru series): Sports stars, Hiyama and Mizuno, find themselves caught up in something bigger than they first imagined when they go out to find out whether or not their fathers are really gay.
4. Risky Society: God Bless My Justice: A rookie to a society of people with supernatural abilities must prove himself (and his love) to his superior.
Vol 2: Cage in the Finder (Finder no Ori)
1. Splendor of High Rises (Kourou no Hana): Prequel to the main Viewfinder story, detailing how Feilong and Asami met. Four chapters.
2. Body Chase (oneshot): Takaba helps out the police by infiltrating Asami's flagship club, Sion.
3. Loving DNA (Koi wo Suru DNA) (2nd part of the Koisuru series).
Vol 3: One Wing in the Finder (Finder no Sekiyoku)
1. Naked Truth 1-5: Tokyo arc. Feilong enters the picture again, starting a long series that will finally make them see the naked truth within themselves of what they're feeling for each other.
2. Love Prize 1: Love Surprise: A light Viewfinder sidestory taking place New Year's Eve with a very drunk Takaba.
3. Baked Sweet Glasses: Overenthusiastic salesman Fujiya is determined to win over businessman Mikami. But what exactly is Fujiya aiming for? And how does he know about Mikami's secret love of sweets?
4. Koi wo Suru Baby Leaf (3rd part of the Koisuru series): The story of how the fathers met.
Vol 4: Prisoner in the Finder (Finder no Ryoshuu)
1. Naked Truth 6-12: The Hong Kong arc part 1
2. Love Prize 2: Takaba's Wonderful Day: Side story in which Asami sees photographer Takaba on a shoot and takes him on a drinking date.
3. extra - Love Lesson 2
Vol 5: Truth in the Finder (You're my Naked Truth in the Viewfinder) (Finder no Shinjitsu)
1. Love Prize 3: Takaba Akihito's Graceful Summer Holiday: A side story where Takaba is working on the beach and sees Asami.
2. Naked Truth 13-18: The Hong Kong arc part 2, the end of the Naked Truth arc.
3. Naked Truth Zero: side story about how Yoh and Feilong met.
4. Naked Truth Extra - Temporary Paradise (Naked Truth epilogue)
Vol 6: Passion in the Finder (Finder no Netsujou)
1. Escape & Love 01-05: Asami and Takaba back in Japan.
2. Love Prize 4
Animate Edition v3- Hard Working Photographer Takaba Akihito's Fulfilling Life as a Housewife.