Top 10 Fantasy Manga of 1998
1. Hunter x Hunter
Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other men. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters.
(Source: Shonen Jump)
2. Chrno Crusade
America in the Roaring 20s. On the surface, it's a positive, peaceful time after the violence of the Great War. But lurking in the shadows is a dark element ready to snatch that peace away. Sister Rosette Christopher, an exorcist working as a part of the Magdala Order, has a duty to fight the demons which appear and cause destruction. But along with her companion Chrono, she usually ends up causing more destruction than the demons themselves! On one particular mission, they meet a young girl with a beautiful voice named Azmaria, who is being targeted by her own stepfather. As Rosette and Chrno work to save her, more is revealed about the relationship between them. There is more to these two than meets the eye.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Released in 1998, it is an interesting adaptation of the classic videogame. There are two parts to this manga: 'Child Saga' and 'Adult Saga'. The protagonist is Link either as a child or an adult and during the course of the book he is on a quest to stop Ganondorf from taking over Hyrule. Princess Zelda helps him in his quest. The book more-or-less follows the same plot as the game; however there are a few differences in plot from the game. There are ten chapters in the first book, and eight in the second. Some of the added information in the manga is added to explain certain points; for example, in the manga pierced ears is a traditional rite of Sheikah passage, although this is not included in the game.
In the frontier of the American West, a veil of evil threatens to engulf humanity. Servants of the fallen archangel Temozarela are paving the way for their dark lord's resurrection. One man stands in the way of the apocalypse: Ivan Isaacs, a fallen priest who sold his soul to the devil Belial for the power to fight evil. Armed with a wicked blade and silver bullets, Ivan will give the heretics a baptism of blood in his pilgrimage for humanity's redemption.
Beautiful creatures called 'Alichino' grant any wish to those who find them--but at a price!
A young lady searching for an Alichino wants to bring her brother back to life. She meets Tsugiri, a handsome young man who she thinks is an Alichino. While Tsugiri turns out to be a mere mortal, he does have a mysterious connection with these rare creatures--a connection that brings him and those around him grave danger!
6. Appare Jipangu!
Yusura is a ‘Hikeshi-ya’, a ‘Sadness Fighter’. She carries a staff called Kongomaru that can absorb people’s sadness and turn blue, then turn the sadness into energy. Using Kongomaru, she helps to solve people’s problems (for a small fee, of course), accompanied by her sidekick Minekichi, a young man named Samon, and a ninja, Kazenosuke—and all the while she tries to find clues to the whereabouts of her real parents.
After Akira Warabi's accidental death, his guardian angel, Rarirarurara, places his soul in a stuffed wallaby made by his classmate Kokoro Kokosa as a memorial tribute. Kokoro agrees to let Warabi live in her bedroom while he waits to be returned to a human body. Rarirarurara decides this will not happen quickly, as Warabi seems to be happy where he is.
8. Aqua Knight
On a small island in the vast ocean of Marmundo lives an old man and a little boy, Arrabarus and Ashika. They are the guardians of a lighthouse, which stores a mystical light they call Niselle. One day, the boy rescues a young knight, lady Ruliya, who was swept off course during a storm. Promising her savior anything as thanks, Ruliya immediately regrets it as Ashika wants to become a knight as her. The little boy decides to become her squire, but first his father challenges her to a duel. While they're fighting, Niselle is stolen by the genius Alcantara, who also kidnaps Ashika. In the battle, the lighthouse is destroyed and by some mysterious connection this kills Arrabarus. Tagmec, knight of the Underworld, emerges from the sea to claim the old man, but not before Ruliya promises to rescue the boy and the light. Tagmec informs her she is embarking on a quest of destiny. He grants her Muertogara, magical blade.
9. Full Ahead! Coco Bangai-hen
A collection of stories that take place before the tales in the main Full Ahead! Coco series.
10. Kaoru-san no Kikyou
A collection of oneshots:
1. Kimi yo Shiru ya Umi no Sakana (君よ知るや海の魚, Do You Know the Fish of the Sea?)
2. Francine (フランシーネ)
3. Chiyu (治癒, Cure)
4. Senpai (先輩)
5. Seppun (接吻, Kiss)
6. Roku-chan (ロクちゃん)
7. Konsei (混成, Mixed)
8. Honnou (本能, Instinct)
10. Fan Fan Fantasy (ファン・ファン・ファンタジー)
11. Rapunzel Down Down (ラプンツェル・ダウン・ダウン)
12. Kanpeki Walking (かんぺきWalking, Perfect Walking)
13. Yoru no Kodomo (夜の子供, Evening Child)
14. Kaoru-san no Kikyou (薫さんの帰郷, Kaoru-san's Homecoming)