Top 10 Action Manga of 2008
1. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
The manga is about Rikuo Nura, a kid that is 3/4 human and 1/4 youkai. He lives in a house full of spirits alongside his grandfather who is the leader of the youkai. Rikuo is destined to take over his grandfather leadership but his human side has no interest. Rikuo is just a normal kid who has no interest to become the leader of youkai.
In a world where the taste and texture of food are an extremely important part of life, a man with superhuman skills is regularly hired by restaurants and the rich as a hunter of precious foods. With the "help" of his timid accomplice, inspired by Toriko's greatness to accompany him, he travels to capture the evasive and ferocious animals he needs to create the ultimate dinner course.
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Nai searches for someone important to him, with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. Gareki steals and pick-pockets to get by from day to day. The two meet in a strange mansion where they are set-up, and soon become wanted criminals by military security operatives. When Nai and Gareki find themselves desperate in a hopeless predicament, they encounter none other than the country's most powerful defense organization—"Circus"!!
4. Shaman King (Kanzenban Edition)
Shaman King (Kanzenban Edition) is a reprint of the original Shaman King series but with differences including the addition of new chapters (which changes the chapter numbering). The releases also included 16 special bonus chapters called "Shaman King Remix Track."
Note: This entry will only contain the extra chapters included in this edition.
Chapters 286 onwards were published in Jump SQ.
The following chapters are featured only in the kanzenban volumes, which do not contain the original chapter 285. The additional chapters 265–6 are collected in volume 24, renumbering all subsequent chapters of the series. Chapters 287–91 are in volume 26 and chapters 292–300 in volume 27.
-Reincarnation 265. Aku no Shoutai (悪の正体, Evil's True Form)
-Reincarnation 266. Shinjitsu no Seigi (真実の正義, The Real Justice)
-Reincarnation 287. Good Morning Mu Tairiku (グッドモーニング ムー大陸, Good Morning Mu Continent)
-Reincarnation 288. Falling Dam-ko (フォーリンダム子)
-Reincarnation 289. Invisible Jurin (インビジブルジュリーン, Invisible Jungle)
-Reincarnation 290. Neko wa Sabishii Hito ni Natsuku (猫は寂しい人間〈ひと〉になつく, Cats Are Attached to Sad People)
-Reincarnation 291. Nikume Nichrome Samonakuba Ore wa Taoren (憎めニクロム さもなくば俺は倒れん Hate Me, Nichrome, Otherwise I Won't Lose)
-Reincarnation 292. Dokonjou Mame no Ki (ど根性豆の木, The Gutsy Beanstalk)
-Reincarnation 293. Kaze no Shinka (風の真価, The Real Value of Wind)
-Reincarnation 294. Last Test Shaman Fight
-Reincarnation 295. Yume no Ato (夢のあと, After the Dream)
-Reincarnation 296. Patch to no Souguu (パッチとの遭遇, Encounter With the Patch)
-Reincarnation 297-299. Shaman King: God End (シャーマンキング God End)
-Reincarnation 300. The Last Words
Compilation of short stories:
1. Hotel: Since 2079 [2006's Morning #25]: It is the year 2272 A.D. A computer continues to live on in order to complete a mission in a world where all life, including Mankind, has gone extinct. This is a record of those 27 million years of its heroic struggle.
(Released: Jun 1, 2006)
2. Present [2007's Morning #2-3]: Hanako suffers from a terrible disease. After awakening from a deep slumber, Hanako has only three days to live. Set in the future, Present tells a story based on human feelings where the truth isn’t always what it seems.
3. Subete wa Maguro no Tame datta (It Was All for the Tuna) [2008's Morning #31]: Tuna have become extinct and Jun Shiozaki will do everything possible and imaginable to bring them back.
(Released: Jul 17, 2008)
4. Stephanos [2007 Mandala Vol. 1]: Set in modern-day Japan, our main character Noriko finds out that she is pregnant with her lover Matsumura’s baby. He, however, is an important doctor with a family and everything already. Noriko wants to have the baby, but Matsumura says that it’s actually a rapidly growing cancer and that they have to remove it immediately. It might also be neither of these things…
5. Diadem [2008 Mandala Vol. 2]: A "Diadem" is a word for 'crown' that has its root in Greek. "Stephanos", which appeared in "Mandala" 01, was also a 'crown'. It seems that we could consider this the second work in a continuing series of shorts that should perhaps be called a "Crown series
(Source: MangaUpdates and Boichi)
6. Cage of Eden
Akira and his classmates are on a plane that crashes on an island inhabited by a species thought to have been extinct. Some of his classmates are eaten alive, some kill others in desperation. Now Akira and a few other survivors are trying to stay alive through what seems to be a horrible nightmare.
Ishidou Natsuo is a gifted girl who can achieve anything she wants in sports. Because of this she is permanently bored, as there aren’t any real challenges to her abilites to make her feel alive. One day she receives an invitation of a merry girl to join her martial arts club. Irritated by her happy expression, Natsuo decides to accept the invitation just as a pretext to beat her up, but she receives a shocking surprise.
8. Dream Eater Merry
Ten years ago Fujiwara noticed he had a power to see multicolored auras surrounding people's bodies. Ever since then he's been having a weird dream about a war with cats. One day he meets a mysterious girl, that, after being picked on by crows and fallen from a tree, goes to search for her lost hat. Later that day, Fujiwara finds himself in a daydream, being attacked by the same cats he fights at night.
9. Double Arts
A boy and a girl are forced to join hands for all eternity!? In a land ravaged by an epidemic known as "Troy", the only people with healing arts capable of stopping the seizures caused by the disease are the Sisters. Although they have a high resistance to the disease, they are searching for a person who is truly immune, if they exist, so that they can find a cure. The main character is Sister Elraine, one of the Sisters who becomes infected with Troy. But, when she touches Kiri, a seemingly ordinary boy, her seizures stop. Could he be the one!?
Volume 1: Island
10. Cavalier of the Abyss
Sequel to Immortal Regis. Reading the entirety of the prequel is highly recommended, otherwise, this story from chapter 4 on will spoil it and/or be confusing.
Cavalier of the Abyss (so far) is set only in the world of Chaos. There is now a Regis of Chaos.