Top 10 Adventure Manga of 1997
1. One Piece
Gol D. Roger was known as the Pirate King, the strongest and most infamous being to have sailed the Grand Line. The capture and death of Roger by the World Government brought a change throughout the world. His last words before his death revealed the location of the greatest treasure in the world, One Piece. It was this revelation that brought about the Grand Age of Pirates, men who dreamed of finding One Piece (which promises an unlimited amount of riches and fame), and quite possibly the most coveted of titles for the person who found it, the title of the Pirate King.
Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy that defies your standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular persona of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate who ransacks villages for fun, Luffy’s reason for being a pirate is one of pure wonder; the thought of an exciting adventure and meeting new and intriguing people, along with finding One Piece, are his reasons of becoming a pirate. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Luffy and his crew travel across the Grand Line, experiencing crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach One Piece.
[Written by MAL Rewrite]
2. Pokémon Adventures
Red is just a normal kid living in the rural Pallet Town, when he decides to go out on his own adventure, along with his rival since childhood, Green. In this world of Pokemon, he makes many friends, humans and Pokemon alike. However, all is not well. Team Rocket is trying to capture Mew, a very rare Pokemon, and is performing experiments on other Pokemon, trying to increase their power. Red and his friends must battle against Team Rocket to stop their cruel experiments and unlock the secrets of Pokemon.
Having been assigned by the human elders the mission of stopping a mystical plague that has afflicted the Youkai with madness, Genjyo Sanzo assembles his team of Youkai warriors, desperately hoping that the disease will not affect them. He sets up qualifying tests that will help him determine the loyalty and worth of Cho Hakkai, Son Goku and Sha Gojyo. The team then journeys west to rid the land of madness. (Source: Tokyopop)
4. Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne
By day, Kusakabe Maron is an ordinary high school girl with more than her share of problems. But by night, she is Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, the reincarnation of Joan of Arc! Her mission: to hunt down demon-possessed paintings and exorcise the evil spirits! Too bad accomplishing this mission puts her into conflict with the authorities, who view her as a mysterious stranger vandalizing works of art. With only the help of angel-in-training Finn, she must survive high school during the day and battle evil by night!
Includes bonus stories Miyako☆Catharsis, Instant?! Access Legend★, Let's Go, Silk Road ★, The Memory of the Fish, the Snow Crystals of the Moon, I Will Be Your Happiness, and The Memory of the Fish, the Snow Crystals of the Moon 2.
5. Karakuri Circus
The protagonist, Masaru, has just inherited a big fortune after the death of his father. However, people are trying to get their hands on it by any means necessary, even if it means killing him. Narumi helped Masaru to avoid being kidnapped after fighting some weird guys. He found out that they're not humans but wooden puppets with amazing strength. After a hard fight, Narumi was forced to admit that he's no opponent for them, and just when he started to think that Masaru would be captured, Shirogane, Masaru's watcher, arrives from France with a weapon, the puppet Arlequin.
(Source: Null Scanlation)
6. Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu
10-year-old Satoshi, after finding a Pikachu messing with the wiring in his house, is on a journey to become the greatest Pokémon Master and to beat out his rival, Shigeru. Along the way, he meets with many other Pokémon trainers and advisors, including water-based trainer (and gym leader) Kasumi, ground- and rock-based trainer (and gym leader) Takeshi, and others.
A contagious Monster Flu is spreading around town like wildfire. Can the town's troublemaker and his friends get the medicine in time to save everyone?!
Paifu, a half-vampire half-werekoala, is always getting into trouble. With his trusty sidekick, Jose the ghost, he's out stealing watermelons, befriending murderers and causing a ruckus. But not everything is fun and games when the contagious Monster Flu sweeps through town. If the sick monsters don't get some medicine within a month, everyone will die! But only the one who has the medicine is the Witch who lives high atop Horned-Owl Mountain...750 miles away! With the help of a former sumo wrestler, Paifu, Jose and tagalong Arpon are off on an adventure! But, will they get the medicine in time or will they become victims themselves?!
One day Fumiki meets a strange dog at the factory. A dog who can understand human speech and push blades out from its forehead. The mysterious number "23" is carved onto its ear. Although there are many unsolved mysteries about the beast, the two begin to communicate and build trust. "23" arrived at the town following the voice of a higher power which said, "Observe mankind." Meanwhile a giant organization is moving behind the scenes to capture "23." The leader Kiryu wants "23" so that he can control "Tokoyonokuni, the land across the ocean of the dead, ancestors and human spirits. A paradise of eternal life and decadence."
9. The World Is Mine
Meet Mon, a violent killer faithful only to his own eruptive desires, and his timid companion Toshi, a demolition-devil with a fanatical thirst for destruction. Their killing-spree across Japan is destined to intersect the path of the enormous "Higumadon", a mysterious beast on a Godzilla-like rampage from Hokkaido to Tokyo.
10. Shin Chuuka Ichiban!
After passing the Guangzhou Special Chef Trials, Mao decided to travel around China, to learn more about the unique preparation of food. Upon his return, he will learn that the real battle has only just begun. The Underground Cooking Society has already begun to move...
(Source: Chinatown KM)