Top 10 Comedy Manga of 2003


1. Yotsuba&!

Comedy, Slice of Life

Yotsuba's daily life is full of adventure. She is energetic, curious, and a bit odd—odd enough to be called strange by her father as well as ignorant of many things that even a five-year-old should know. Because of this, the most ordinary experience can become an adventure for her. As the days progress, she makes new friends and shows those around her that every day can be enjoyable.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


2. Gintama

Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Drama

The samurai didn't stand a chance. First, the aliens invaded Japan. Next, they took all the jobs. And then they confiscated everyone's swords. So what does a hotheaded former samurai like Sakata "Gin" Gintoki do to make ends meet? Take any odd job that comes his way, even if it means losing his dignity.

(Source: Viz)

Included one-shots: Dandelion, Shirokuro, Bankara-san ga Tooru


3. xxxHOLiC

Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

XXXHolic is a supernatural/comedy themed manga/anime that is apart of the CLAMP series. It is one of the more popular of the CLAMP series and often shows other CLAMP series being mentioned (ex. Chobits, Sakura Chronicles).

It revolves around a boy named Watanuki and how he stumbled upon a shop owned by a woman named Yuuko. Yuuko's power is to grant wishes, but she can only do so with proper payment. Since Watanuki has seen spirits ever since he was born, Yuuko offers to take away his sight of the spirits in exchange for him working at the shop. He agrees and works at the shop until his debt is repaid.
(Source: xxxHolic Wikia)

The series was re-named to xxxHolic•Rou on the title pages of each chapter from chapter 186 and on, but remains ×××Holic on the front covers, spines and indicias of the corresponding Japanese volumes (16 and 17).
A oneshot published in May 2010 to commemorate the switch was later collected into Volume 18.


4. Saikyou Densetsu Kurosawa

Action, Comedy, Drama, Psychological

44 years old, single, working in a construction company for his entire life. All Kurosawa wants is a little respect from his co-workers. And a little popularity won't hurt. Unfortunately Kurosawa's plans fail miserably from time to time and one day, he finds himself right in the middle of a fight against...delinquent middle schoolers?


5. School Rumble

Comedy, Romance

Second-year student Tsukamoto Tenma learns that her secret crush, Karasuma Oji, will be transferring to a school in America. In a last-ditch effort to reveal her love to him, she writes a long (but anonymous) love letter. When Karasuma ends up postponing his transfer for another year, Tenma realizes she has to tell him how she feels before time runs out again. But her extreme nervousness around him prompts her to try and setup all sorts of schemes to get close to him and let him know, without actually coming out and saying it. Meanwhile, unknown to Tenma, the school delinquent, Harima Kenji, has the biggest crush on her, as well as the same anxieties about being direct. Around this love triangle of clueless people are a few of Tenma's friends, and her younger (but older looking, more mature, and more popular) sister, Yakumo. (Source: ANN)

This manga consists of 283 sharp chapters and 62 flat chapters.

Sharp and Flat refers to the musical notations.


6. Negima! Magister Negi Magi

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy

After graduated from a magic academy, 10-year-old genius boy Negi Springfield was assigned to a huge Japanese school as an English teacher for practical training. To his surprise, the 8th grade class assigned for him is all-girl. In addition to teaching (and being teased by) those 31 pretty girls while trying to keep his magic capability in secret, he's also looking for clues about his father, who was once known as "Thousand Master" but mysteriously disappeared years ago.

(Source: ANN)


7. High School Debut

Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life

Haruna Nagashima gave her all to softball in middle school, and now that she's made her high school debut she's decided to give her all for a new goal. Getting a boyfriend and falling in love!

However, she has one small problem. Since she never paid any attention to fashion or trend in middle school she has no idea how to go about attracting her yet-to-be-found love. But a chance encounter with with Yoh Komiyama provides her with the opportunity she needs. If he coaches her in how to become attractive, surely she can find herself a boyfriend!

(Source: Boku-Tachi)

The last two volume, Koukou Debut -Enrenhen-, contains oneshots and side-stories of the series.


8. Beauty Pop


Although a truly gifted hairstylist, Kiri Koshiba has no interest in using her talent to pursue fame and fortune, unlike the three popular boys in the "Scissors Project" at school. Determined to become the best makeover team in Japan, they give showy makeovers to handpicked girls. As much as Kiri tries to shy away from the Scissors Project spotlight, she finds herself responding to beauty's call...

Included one-shots:
Volume 2: Dream Come True
Volume 3: Teen Drop
Volume 7: Twisted Typhoon; I Want to Be a Prince
Volume 10: Shampoo's Concern; Hysteric Heart; Daily Life in the Narumi Family


9. Chibi Vampire

Comedy, Drama, Romance, Supernatural

Karin is a cute little girl who also happens to be a vampire...with a twist. Once a month, she experiences intense bleeding from her nose--we're talking gushers! In other words, she's a vamp with blood to spare, so rather than stealing blood from humans she actually gives her blood to them. If done right, this can be an extremely positive experience that benefits the "victim" as much as the vampire. The problem is that Karin never seems to do things right!

(Source: Tokyopop)


10. S.A: Special A

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Have you ever known someone who was better than you at everything you did? Hikari does. She's known Kei since they were both six years old and he's surpassed her at everything. Now they are the top two students in an extremely prestigious high school, with Kei holding firmly to that number one position, and Hikari is still determined to beat him, no matter what it takes.

(Source: MAL)

Volume 1 contains one-shot: Incomplete Chorus
Volume 8 contains Special Short - about what Kei was like as a child and when he and Hikari first met.
Volume 9 contains Special Short - about when Yuhiro meets Sakura.
Volume 11 contains one-shot: Food Paradise

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