Top 10 Drama Manga of 2013


1. A Silent Voice

Drama, Romance, Slice of Life

Based on a one-shot that won the 80th Weekly Shounen Magazine Newbie Best Mangaka Award.

Shouya is a bully. When Shouko, a girl who can't hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shouya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children's cruelty goes too far. Shouko is forced to leave the school, and Shouya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shouya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?

(Source: Kodansha Comics, edited)

Included Bonus Chapters: 1.5 and 38.5


2. Given

Music, Slice of Life, Drama, Romance

It's stuck deep inside me and I can't get it out of my head. Mafuyu's voice is an insane and dangerous weapon. That day, I started to feel that playing the guitar and playing basketball, both of which I liked very much previously, was becoming boring.

Uenoyama meets Mafuyu who's holding onto a broken guitar. The moment Uenoyama finishes fixing the guitar, Mafuyu becomes completely attached to him. However, hearing Mafuyu's song by chance leaves a deep impression on Uenoyama. An alternative love drawn by Kizu Natsuki!

(Source: MangaUpdates)


3. The Ancient Magus' Bride

Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Slice of Life

Hatori Chise is only 16, but she has lost far more than most. With neither family nor hope, it seems all doors are closed to her. But, a chance encounter began to turn the rusted wheels of fate. In her darkest hour, a mysterious magus appears before Chitose, offering a chance she couldn't turn down. This magus who seems closer to demon than human, will he bring her the light she desperately seeks, or drown her in ever deeper shadows?

(Source: MyAnimeList)


4. The Gods Lie

Drama, Romance, Slice of Life

It’s the summer when Natsuru is 11. Ever since he’s turned one of them down on Valentine’s Day, the girls of his class have been constantly ignoring him. This changes just before summer break, when Suzumura, the tallest girl in the year, suddenly talks to him. Later, Natsuru meets Suzumura again outside school and finds out she has a secret.

(Source: MangaUpdates)


5. Innocent

Drama, Psychological

In the 18th century, seeking "freedom and equality", the event that became the starting point of modern French society, the French Revolution, began. There was one more protagonist that lived within the darkness, Henry Charles Sanson. He was the fourth generation family head of the Sanson Family, and executioner of Paris.
This is the historie of him nobly facing the harsh fate...

(Source: Volume 1)

Note: Was nominated for the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Reader Award in 2014 and for the 8th Manga Taisho Award in 2015.


6. I Hear the Sunspot

Drama, Slice of Life

The story starts with college student Taichi, who comes from a not-so-well-off household and is desperately searching for work. He (literally) stumbles across fellow student Kouhei while on a job hunt, and is incredibly enticed by the delicious bento Kouhei has in hand. However, something seems a bit off about Kouhei and when Taichi consults his friends about it, he gets an answer he really wasn't expecting: Kouhei is severely hearing impaired.

(Source: MangaUpdates)


7. Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji: One Poker-hen

Drama, Psychological, Thriller

Kaiji and Kazuya face off against each other in a high-stakes game of "One Poker," a modified version of standard poker. Kazuya sets forth a gamble of 2,000,000,000 yen! How will Kaiji survive?!

(Source: MangaUpdates)

Chapter count for this arc is 101-254 in the original tankoubon.


8. Ten Count

Drama, Psychological, Romance

Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani 's attraction to his counselor grows.

(Source: SuBLime)


9. xxxHOLiC Rei

Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

A new story begins with Watanuki and Yuuko, while guests wishes are granted.

(by LuffyNoTomo)


10. Out of Control

Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life

Yuri, one of the school's most handsome guys, and Jaerim, one of the school's ugliest, collide!...or don't they...Can't understand what's going on between these two! It's Out of Control!!

(Source: Lezhin)

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