Top 10 Adventure Manga of 1998
1. Hunter x Hunter
Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other men. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters.
(Source: Shonen Jump)
2. Chrno Crusade
America in the Roaring 20s. On the surface, it's a positive, peaceful time after the violence of the Great War. But lurking in the shadows is a dark element ready to snatch that peace away. Sister Rosette Christopher, an exorcist working as a part of the Magdala Order, has a duty to fight the demons which appear and cause destruction. But along with her companion Chrono, she usually ends up causing more destruction than the demons themselves! On one particular mission, they meet a young girl with a beautiful voice named Azmaria, who is being targeted by her own stepfather. As Rosette and Chrno work to save her, more is revealed about the relationship between them. There is more to these two than meets the eye.
3. Trigun Maximum
Much of the damage attributed to "Vash" is caused by the activities of bounty hunters who are after the 60,000,000,000$$ (sixty billion "double dollars") reward on Vash's head for the destruction of a city called July. Vash does not clearly remember the destruction of July, and only wants "love and peace", as he puts it; though he is a gunfighter of inhuman skill, he uses his weapons only to save lives wherever he can.
As the series progresses, more is gradually learned about Vash's mysterious history and the history of the human civilization on Gunsmoke, the desert planet the series is set on. The series is often humorous in tone, but at the same time it involves very serious character development and especially in later episodes it becomes quite emotionally intense. Vash is occasionally joined by a priest, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, who is almost as good a gunfighter as Vash himself, and later is targeted by a band of assassins known as the Gung-Ho Guns for reasons which are mysterious at first.
Trigun evolves into a very serious discussion of the nature of morality, posing questions such as: What is the nature of morality? Can we judge different moral codes? If a person is forced to betray their moral code, does that betrayal invalidate that moral code, and can the person still try to live up to that moral code? Can the person find redemption from their wrongs, and if so, how?
4. Shaman King
Yoh Asakura is a shaman--one of the gifted few who, thanks to training or natural talent, can channel spirits that most people can't even see. With the help of his fiance, Anna, Yoh is in training for the ultimate shaman sports event: the "Shaman Fight in Tokyo," the once-every-500-years tournament to see who can shape humanity's future and become the Shaman King. But unfortunately for Yoh, every shaman in the world is competing for the same prize...
The later serialized one-shots, Mappa Douji, Relax and the short manga, Funbari no Uta are also included in the volumes of Shaman King.
The side story Funbari no Uta, which lasts for five chapters, is set seven years after the end of the manga series and features Hana Asakura and his journey with his uncle Ryu to gather up the 5 elemental warriors
The side story Mappa-Douji shows Hao's childhood in his original life. It follows the story of Hao in feudal Japan through the death of his mother at the hands of humans, meeting his first spirit friend, and developing his mind reading powers and other advanced shamanic abilities. The side story Relax follows Hao gathering followers for the tournament years before it started.
Note: This entry is for the original printing of Shaman King. Please see Shaman King (Kanzenban Edition) for the chapters not included in this edition.
5. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Released in 1998, it is an interesting adaptation of the classic videogame. There are two parts to this manga: 'Child Saga' and 'Adult Saga'. The protagonist is Link either as a child or an adult and during the course of the book he is on a quest to stop Ganondorf from taking over Hyrule. Princess Zelda helps him in his quest. The book more-or-less follows the same plot as the game; however there are a few differences in plot from the game. There are ten chapters in the first book, and eight in the second. Some of the added information in the manga is added to explain certain points; for example, in the manga pierced ears is a traditional rite of Sheikah passage, although this is not included in the game.
6. Yongbi the Invincible
Yongbi is a bounty hunter without fear or reproach. Especially without fear, actually. Despite his greed and his penchant for drinking (fortunately shared by his faithful horse) and women, Yongbi is still a charming young man. And when a boy carrying a medallion, source of much envy, finds himself under the protection of the adventurer, those who cross their path must prepare for the worst!
(Source: Random Scanlations)
7. Appare Jipangu!
Yusura is a ‘Hikeshi-ya’, a ‘Sadness Fighter’. She carries a staff called Kongomaru that can absorb people’s sadness and turn blue, then turn the sadness into energy. Using Kongomaru, she helps to solve people’s problems (for a small fee, of course), accompanied by her sidekick Minekichi, a young man named Samon, and a ninja, Kazenosuke—and all the while she tries to find clues to the whereabouts of her real parents.
8. Cowboy Bebop Shooting Star
Kai Lucas hires the Bebop crew to find his mischievous doppelganger, but the bounty goes bust and Spike and Jet once again find themselves broke - and hungry. And to add to their woes, Spike ends up mysteriously on the police's most wanted list, either the butt of a joke or the victim of a severe computer glitch. But what's worse, being targeted by every bounty hunter in the solar system, or taking on a kid-genius, a genius puppy and a genus: fatale, species: femme as part of the crew. Well, if Scorpion or the Dragon Head Family doesn't kill them, the extra mouths to feed certainly will. (Source: Tokyopop)
9. Full Ahead! Coco Bangai-hen
A collection of stories that take place before the tales in the main Full Ahead! Coco series.
10. Grandia: 4 Koma Manga Theater
A collection of 4koma manga strips based on the GameArts RPG Grandia.