Top 10 Drama Manga of 1990

87%

1. Slam Dunk

Comedy, Drama, Sports

Hanamichi Sakuragi's got no game with girls--none at all! It doesn't help that he's known for throwing down at a moment's notice and always coming out on top. A hopeless bruiser, he's been rejected by 50 girls in a row! All that changes when he meets the girl of his dreams, Haruko, and she's actually not afraid of him! When she introduces him to the game of basketball, his life is changed forever...

(Source: Viz)

Includes the one-shot Slam Dunk: 10 Days After.

79%

2. Yu Yu Hakusho

Action, Comedy, Drama, Supernatural

Yusuke Urameshi was a tough teen delinquent until one selfless act changed his life...by ending it. When he died saving a little kid from a speeding car, the afterlife didn't know what to do with him, so it gave him a second chance at life. Now, Yusuke is a ghost with a mission, performing good deeds at the behest of Botan, the ferrywoman of the River Styx, and Koenma, the pacifier-sucking judge of the dead.

(Source: Viz)

77%

3. Sanctuary

Action, Drama, Thriller

Two young men vow to transform the destiny of Japan, by any means. As children, they survived the horrors of the Cambodian killing fields together. Now, can they topple the leaders of both the Japanese Parliament and the yakuza crime syndicate?

Although cold and calculating when need be, Hojo and Asami exemplify the traits their colleagues lack: loyalty to friends, compassion for the downtrodden...and an irresistible way with women.

Deputy Police Chief Ishihara sets out to expose their ingenious machinations, but instead falls helplessly in love with Hojo...

(Source: MangaUpdates)

74%

4. Tokyo Babylon

Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural

Subaru Sumeragi is a 16 year old, cheerful and extremely caring Onmyou medium (the head of his family, the Sumeragi clan) who confronts and helps take care of ghosts and spirits with the help of his twin sister, Hokuto, and his gentleman friend, Seishiro. Subaru does his best to help anyone he meets, but the entire atmosphere of the polluted city of Tokyo in the 90s, brings about a feeling of desperation that threatens to drag Subaru's spirit down. (Source:ANN)

73%

5. Basara

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Basara is a post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure series and one of the most popular shoujo manga of the 90s in Japan. It is the story of how a young girl becomes "the child of destiny" and finds the strength to free her people and seek revenge for the death of her brother.

(Source: Viz)

Note: Won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo in 1992.

65%

6. Zero

Drama, Sports

Goshima is a boxer who has held the world championship title for years and never once lost a match - thus earning himself the nickname 'Zero'. His coach, Araki, describes him as 'a flower that blooms only within the ring'. But with his 30th birthday approaching, everyone begins to question Goshima's worth. Thus he decides to look for the ultimate opponent to give him his final match.

(Source: MangaUpdates)

63%

7. The Legend of Mother Sarah

Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama

Orbiting serenely above a long-ago poisoned earth, the last bastion of human civilization is the space colonies. After a terrorist attack, the colonists are forced into exile on the blighted planet below. In the confusion, a young mother is separated from her family and is flung into a bleak, uncertain future...

But Sarah will not rest until she finds her children. Katsuhiro Otomo has explored the dark side of the psyche with Domu and the corruption that comes with absolute power in Akira. Now Otomo has set his sights on the enduring power of hope. Welcome to The Legend of Mother Sarah. This volume collects all eight issues this compelling series, one of the finest ever produced.

(Source: Dark Horse)

63%

8. Itazura na Kiss

Comedy, Romance, Drama

Ever since she entered high school, Kotoko Aihara wanted to be in the same class as Naoki Irie. The only problem, Irie is the smartest student in school while Kotoko is one of the dumbest. Now in 3rd year high school, she still isn't there. One day, her home gets destroyed and the only place else to go was to Irie's home. Now that she lives close to him, will their relationship be the same, or will it become greater than it is?

Included one-shots:
Volume 01: Boku ga Naku
Volume 20: Pink no Yuki ga Futtara

60%

9. Nijiiro Tougarashi

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The story is set in a place very similar in appearance to Earth in the Edo period. However, Adachi (the mangaka) regularly reminds the reader all throughout the series that the setting is another planet in the distant future which just happens to look like Earth.

After the death of his mother, Shichimi sets out to join his step-brothers and -sister who live together in Karakuri Tenement, a place provided by the father they have never met. He finds out that each of them had different mothers (all of whom have died), but were fathered by the same man. Not long after Shichimi's arrival, the siblings decide to journey to visit the graves of each of their mothers. On this journey, they encounter many dangers.

(Source: Wikipedia)

56%

10. Zankoku na Douwa-tachi

Drama, Horror, Mystery

A collection of oneshots:

Cruel Fairytales
When Martin and his sister were young, they tried to run away from home. They ran into the forest only to find an unexpected gruesome scene: women were hanged on the trees. Both siblings were traumatised and the younger sister ran away. Now, an older Martin desperately tries to find his sister.

Blanche
Blanche's life was perfect. Her father, the mayor, was rich and she got everything she wanted. But one day her house blows up and she's left as the only survivor with no money at all. She vows revenge on the person who blew the house up and plans it with a strange boy she meets...

Backstage Mage
Lying on the floor after being beaten by his father, Aleister's mother died after saying "I will be reborn. Wait for me until then" and leaving him her precious ring. 17 years later Aleister bumps into a girl and the ring reacts...

Sono Toki Teina wa Kako wo Mita -
Teina has the ability to see the past and because of her ability, Sergeant Kaiji has requested for her help in in solving a case involving the sudden brutal killings of policemen. Teina realizes that Kaiji was actually her past life’s lover and agrees to help him. As she tries to see the past, a sudden dark force seems to be stopping her, and she realizes that these murders are more than what they seem.

(Source: MU)

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