Top 10 Ecchi Manga of 2004
Yamato is ready for a fresh start. So when his aunt invites him to stay rent-free in her big-city boarding house in hustling, bustling Tokyo, Yamato jumps at the chance. There’s just one teensy-weensy catch: It’s an all-girl housing complex and spa! Things get even more nerve-racking when Yamato meets his neighbor Suzuka, a beautiful track-and-field star. She’s not just the cutest girl Yamato’s ever met, she’s also the coolest, the smartest, and the most intimidating. Can an ordinary guy like Yamato ever hope to win over a girl like Suzuka?
(Source: Del Rey)
Note: After story specials are included in Kimi no Iru Machi.
2. Mysterious Girlfriend X
Mikoto Urabe is a new transfer student in Akira Tsubaki’s high school class. One day, Akira happens to find Mikoto passed out asleep on her desk after classes have ended. He wakes her and tells her it’s time to go home, and discovers that she has drooled on her desk. He spontaneously reaches out to touch and taste it… and then things start getting really strange.
In this surprising and sweet twist on a high school romance story, boy meets girl and they learn about each other’s inner life through their highly unusual bond, and Akira learns to respect Mikoto as she sets a careful pace in the development of their relationship.
Included side stories:
Volume 1 contains Chapter 0 "Mysterious Girlfriend X", the original one-shot for the series.
Volume 1 contains Chapter 0.5 "Mysterious Haircut".
Volume 2 contains Chapter 12.5 "Mysterious Meow♪".
Volume 5 contains Chapter 36.5 "Nazo no 'Ossan-ka' Genshou" (謎の「おっさん化」現象).
Volume 7 contains Chapter 54.5 "Idol-hen Epilogue: Nazo no Idol M" (アイドル編エピローグ謎のアイドルM).
All-around average student Tsukune can't get accepted to any high school save one...but on his first day, he finds the rest of the student body doesn't appear average in the least. Best of all, the cutest girl on campus can't wait to fling her arms around his neck! Wait a sec'--are those her teeth around his neck too...? Tsukune's going to have one heck of a hickey when he gets home from Monster High! But does he have a chance in H-E-double-hockey-sticks of raising his grades at a school where the turf war isn't between the jocks and the nerds but the vampires and the werewolves?
There is fighting at the high school due to a power struggle for control. The granddaughter of the chief director requests help from the Aikido fighting style genius. Will he help? Or will he show his true colors with his bad boy ways?
5. Toshiue no Hito
The woman Tsutomu encounters in college was older and smaller than he is, and for some reason, looks like the same girl in his dreams. The heart-pounding love affair between him and the "older woman" begins.
Includes 2 bonus story: Ageha-chan's Lost Child (vol.3) and Stolen Breasts (vol.4).
Includes H na Manga ga Dekiru made (Hなまんがができるまで); Young Animal Arashi Vol.11
Takuro Sakamoto is a 30 year old loser still living with his parents. Fed up with his dead-end job and his life in general he's persuaded by a friend to try out virtual reality games. But even his virtual partner Tsukiko or simply "Moon" turns out to be more trouble than expected.
7. Sumomomo Momomo
Momoko is the only child of the Kuzuryuu clan, a powerful martial arts family with inhuman strength. But strong as she is, her father fears a woman will never be able to master the skills of the family. Unless Momoko marries and bears a capable heir, the Kuzuryuu line is doomed to weaken and die off! With this mission in mind, Momoko is sent to the rival Inuzuka clan, where she is to marry the son of their mighty leader. But Koushi Inuzuka abandoned the martial arts long ago. Now committed to his legal studies, the last thing Koushi has on his mind is marriage — especially not to the world’s strongest bride!
(Source: Yen Press)
8. BLAME! Academy and So On
Welcome to BLAME! Academy and So On, the spinoff set in the same “City” as Tsutomu Nihei’s science-fiction manga classic BLAME! BLAME! Academy and So On is also a parody/comedy about various characters in the main BLAME! storyline set in a traditional Japanese school environment. Various elements of the main BLAME! story are parodied, including the relationship between Killy and Cibo, and Dhomochevsky and Iko.
A bloody war that spans millenniums. Two soldiers set out to kill each other. An encounter that could change their two species’ fate forever.
2. Blame Gakuen! (ブラム学園! , Blame Academy!)
Set in the same "City" as Blame!, it is a parody and comedy about various characters in the main Blame! story in a traditional Japanese school setting. Various elements in the main Blame! story are being parodied, including the relationship between Killy and Cibo, and Dhomochevsky and Iko.
3. Blame Gakuen! Kyoto Nara Aiai-gasa (Blame Academy! Kyoto and Nara Under One Umbrella)
4. Blame Gakuen! Sakura Saku Tou no Shita de (Blame Academy! Under the Tower of Blooming Sakura)
5. Kozutsumi (Parcel / Nihei: Abba) - A man looks for his brother.
6. BLAME! NSE (ネットスフィアエンジニア, NSE: Netsphere Engineer) The much-awaited sequel to BLAME! follows a man, called a Dismantler, who is in charge of sub-dividing the nexus towers that incur Safeguard interference upon its detection of humans without the net terminal genes. Although humans are once again able to reside in the Net Sphere, the Safeguard are still a threat. The Dismantler or NSE, or Net Sphere Engineer, goes on a journey to aid mankind in their survival.
8. BLAME!² Dai 8-keishitai Pcell no Toshi Kouzoutai Dasshitsuki (第八系子体プセルの都市構造体脱出記; Chronicle of the Escape from the Megastructure by the Eighth Incarnation of Pcell)
The protagonist is a descendant of Pcell. This story happens a long time after the events of BLAME!. This young silicon creature knows well the havoc that Killy brought and decides to move towards the end of the megastructure, to look for him.
9. Numa no Kami(God of Marsh)
10. Senshi Kouchuu Suzumega (Winged Armor Suzumega / The Armored Battle Insects: Sphingidae)
(Source: Kodansha Comics & MangaUpdates)
9. My Dearest Devil Princess
A box that grants three wishes might seem like a dream come true.
At least that's what Keita thought, but inside the box he finds a girl. And this girl is no genie - Maki's a devil princess and she's come to take Keita's soul! But she can only take his soul after he makes his third wish.
So, as a sheltered demon with little knowledge of how to be evil, Maki must rely on her trusty guidebook to teach herself the ways of the nefarious arts and trick Keita into using up his wishes. Until then, Maki's going to live with Keita until he can't stand living anymore.
10. Love Celeb
Ever since she could remember Nakazono Kirara has wanted to be an idol. Her manager Hanamaki even hand picked her to become the next 'it' girl, but after a series of pointless and rather degrading gigs, Hanamaki feels it time to get serious,but what exactly IS a love celeb... enter the mysterious, silver haired man they call 'Gin' who saves her from the advances of producers who want her virginity in exchange for a job. Little does she know Gin is even worse, and proposes to buy her. After escaping his clutches she feels everything will go back to normal...but then why is she now suddenly the most talked about girl in Tokyo...
(Source: Anime News Network)
Included one-shot: Dare ni mo Ie Nai! (I Can't Tell Anyone!)