Top 10 Drama Manga of 1997
1. Great Teacher Onizuka
Onizuka is a reformed biker gang leader who has his sights set on an honorable new ambition: to become the world's greatest teacher... for the purpose of meeting sexy high school girls. Okay, so he's mostly reformed.
However, strict administrators and a class of ruthless delinquents stand between Onizuka and his goal and they will use any means, however illegal or low, to drive the new teacher away. Perfect, because Onizuka's methods won't be found in any teaching manual; he cares about the difference between legal and illegal activities about as much as he cares for the age difference between himself and a high school girl.
So get ready for math that doesn't add up, language you'd be slapped for using, and biology that would make a grown man blush... unless of course, you're the Great Teacher Onizuka.
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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.
Shy Ichitaka has a crush on his high-school classmate Iori, but ever since she posed for semi-provocative swimsuit photos in a magazine, she's had a lot of sleazy guys hitting on her. Ichitaka's afraid to make his feelings known for fear Iori will think he's just another creep.
4. Phantom Thief Jeanne
High school student Maron Kusakabe has a secret: she’s Phantom Thief Jeanne. She sneaks into private art collections to steal paintings in which demons reside. Jeanne’s task is to seal the demons before they can devour human hearts. So far she’s been able to evade the police on her midnight outings, but now another thief has come onto the scene—Phantom Sinbad—and he’s trying to take the paintings before she does!
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.
Kazuhiko is a young, but already deeply wounded black ops agent of a baroque, retro-tech future - pulled out of retirement to escort Sue, a mysterious waif, to a destination she alone knows. Suu and Kazuhiko have never met . . . yet she knows him, having grown up since the age of four with her only human contact being two distant voices: that of her elderly "grandma," General Ko, and of Kazuhiko's dead girlfriend, Oruha. And Suu has been kept in that cage all these years because of what she is, and what the Clover Leaf Project found her to be -- a military top secret, and the most dangerous person in the world.
(Source: Dark Horse Comics)
Makoto Amano wants to become an actor, but his stern father has decreed that the only way Makoto can pursue his dream is to spend the last two years of high school as a girl! He quickly makes friends with popular tomboy Ito Miura, another drama enthusiast at this new high school and the only student to find out his secret--but are they more than pals?
7. Junji Ito Horror Comic Collection Flesh-Colored Horror
The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 3 theme: The Human Body
1. Long Hair in the Attic
3. The Bee Hive
4. Dying Young
5. Headless Statues
6. Flesh Coloured Horror
8. Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Namekuji no Shoujo
The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 7.
1. Slug Girl
2. Out of Its Element/Thing that Drifted Ashore
6. The Groaning Drain
The chapters 1 and 4 have been adapted by Ito Junji: Collection in episodes 3 and 4 respectively.
9. Komatta Toki ni wa Hoshi ni Kike
Fujishima Takara goes to high school and will start living in a dorm because he has lost all his family except for his father, who's always away for his work. Takara has to share a room with Hosaka Kiyomine. Living together isn't easy, and many rows ensue. Kiyomine is very introverted, while Takara is just the opposite. At first the two get on each other's nerves because of those differences. But things turn towards friendship and later on towards love.
10. Yesterday wo Utatte
After college, Rikuo Uozumi, a boy without much ambition in life, takes on a job at a convenience store. The days pass by uneventfully for Rikuo until he meets his former girlfriend and classmate, but especially thanks to the unusual Haru Nonaka, and her pet raven… Readers of Toume Kei’s other works- Hitsuji no Uta, Luno, Kurogane- will enjoy her unique style.