Top 10 Adventure Manga of 1996
1. Cardcaptor Sakura
Fourth grader Sakura Kinomoto finds a strange book in her father's library -- a book made by the wizard Clow to store dangerous spirits sealed within a set of magical cards. But when Sakura opens it up, there is nothing left inside but Kero-chan, the book's cute little guardian beast... who informs Sakura that since the Clow cards seem to have escaped while he was asleep, it's now her job to capture them!
(Source: Dark Horse)
Kagome is a modern Japanese high school girl. Never the type to believe in myths and legends, her world view dramatically changes when, one day, she's pulled out of her own time and into another! There, in Japan's ancient past, Kagome discovers more than a few of those dusty old legends are true, and that her destiny is linked to one legendary creature in particular--the dog-like half-demon called Inuyasha! That same trick of fate also ties them both to the Shikon Jewel, or "Jewel of Four Souls." But demons beware...the smallest shard of the Shikon Jewel can give the user unimaginable power.
10th grader Yugi spent most of his time alone playing games--until he solved the Millennium Puzzle, a mysterious Egyptian artifact! Possessed by the puzzle, Yugi becomes Yu-Gi-Oh, the King of Games, and challenges evil-doers to the Shadow Games--weird games with high stakes and high risks! These graphic novels contain new stories not seen in the anime, including the origin of Yugi and his friends!
4. Hoshin Engi
When his clan is wiped out by a beautiful demon, young Taikobo finds himself in charge of the mysterious Hoshin Project. Its mission: find all immortals living in the human world and seal them away forever. But who do you trust--and whose side are you really on--when you've been trained to hunt demons by a demon?
5. Vampire Game
A century ago, the good king Phelios and the Vampire King Duzell had a life-threatening duel. Phelios defeated Duzell, but he was killed in the process. Now Duzell has been reincarnated as a kyawl, a catlike creature, to take revenge on Phelios's reincarnation. He becomes adopted by Princess Ishtar, one of Phelios's decendants. Duzell, with the help of Ishtar, now begins his quest for revenge!
Bolt Crank travels the world as the World's Greatest Mercenary. He got that moniker due to his skills, as well as his ability to eat anything, and then reproduce it in his right hand. During his adventures he meets new friends, as well as his rival Hard. But, his mysterious past with a man named Leon Field comes into play later on when Shadow, a man who can control machines and calls himself Bolt Crank, and Stella, a woman who wants to mechanize every human on the planet, has Bolt going back to an old, unfinished mission he left behind long ago.
7. The Candidate for Goddess
It is the year 4088. It has been over one thousand years since the Crisis of Systems (Lost Property), which resulted in the destruction of four planetary systems, leaving only a single inhabitable planet, Zion. Mankind is forced to live in space colonies, since that one planet is constantly being invaded by alien life forms that have come to be known as Victim.
To stop the aliens and to allow people to land on Zion, mankind has developed the astronomical humanoid weapons, Ingrids, also known as Goddesses. G.O.A. (Goddess Operation Academy) is a school dedicated to the training of young men to pilot these Ingrids ... (Source: Tokyopop)
8. Dr. Mordrid
The story of Dr. Mordrid, an archeologist, and his unusual adventures in the Old West.
An unexpected truth lurks in a wound caused by a giant accident. This is a human drama about Kujira, an accident investigator, who uses fearless reasoning and indomitable conviction to get to the bottom of the mystery.
10. Kami no Inu
We can never forget the incredible journey of Blanca, his indomitable will, his desire for freedom. Among the many characters created by Jiro Taniguchi, this white dog is the most loved. Sensei has shown you the love of a wild and unspoiled land. Before launching into his epic flight, Blanca had lived with a pack of wolves, mating with a female ... Taniguchi starts from here to give readers a novel of disarming beauty.