Top 10 Fantasy Manga of 2007
1. Spice & Wolf
With his carthorse as his only companion, the young merchant Kraft Lawrence slowly wends his way through dusty back roads in search of profitable trade. But this monotony screeches to a halt when, one night, he encounters a harvest goddess in the guise of a beautiful young girl…with wolf ears and a tail! Longing for the northern lands of her birth, Holo the Wisewolf joins Lawrence as he follows the ebb and flow of trade through the countryside. And when the two come across a compelling but suspicious opportunity for profit, will Lawrence with his mercantile chops and Holo with her ancient instincts be able to separate the truth from the lies — and make some coin while they’re at it?!
(Source: Yen Press)
2. Hana to Akuma
14 Years ago Vivi, the demon, decided to leave the demon realm and come to the human world. There he found an abandoned baby and on a whim decided to keep it. Since then he lives together with Hana...but having a 14 year-old girl around you, is it really that simple?
(Source: Osuwari Team)
3. Broken Blade
Rygart Arrow is one in a million - he is an 'unsorcerer', one of the few people completely lacking the ability to use the quartz stones used as an energy source for everything in this world.
This status has made him an outcast and an object of scorn, leaving him unable to work machinery, fire a gun, or even light a lamp without aid. His father had desperate hopes that sending him to a military academy might awaken some power in him after all, but no such miracle occured.
Rygart has since since become a farmer on the isolated outskirts of the Country of Krisna - but the friends he made while he was there, and the loyalty he has towards them, is about to change everything.
Two of them now sit on the country's throne, and when they summon him to the capital he discovers just how sheltered his life has been - Krisna is in danger, war is about to break out, and the conditions for surrender put forward by their enemies are impossible to meet. An elite unit of enemy troops is already launching attacks on the capital - an elite unit led by their old friend Zess.
What is Rygart supposed to do when his inability to use quartz leaves him utterly useless in the face of the battle that looms ahead?
When he stumbles into a powerful and ancient mecha that the quartz-wielding people of Krisna have been unable to use, he may just have found a way to stand amongst them... but when his friends are on opposite sides, where does that truly leave him?
4. A Certain Magical Index
The story is set in a world where supernatural powers exist through science, and magic exists through religion.
In the story, Touma Kamijou is an ordinary high school boy with terrible academic scores and a power called Imagine Breaker. Imagine Breaker can defeat any other power, but it also undermines Kamijou's own good luck. His Imagine Breaker's immense strength is literally immeasurable, so hapless Kamijou is listed at the supernatural level of 0. He happens to meet a girl in white hanging off his window balcony. The girl says she is being chased by sorcerers, and Kamijou learns that the girl is a Church of England nun whose memories have been forcibly replaced by Index-Librorum-Prohibitorum — the 103,000 forbidden texts of the Church.
5. Silent Sinner in Blue
One of the manga that take place in the Touhou series (mainly known for the games by Team Shanghai Alice).
Taking place between part 10 and 10.5 of the doujin game series, Silent Sinner in Blue follows Yukari Yakumo as she prepares Reimu for a new threat originating from the Lunarian capital of Gensokyo's moon. At the same time, a lunarian Rabbit is also sent down to Gensokyo to warn Eririn Yagokoro and Kaguya Houraisan of the current state of the Lunar capital, and to try to stop Yukari from achieving her true goal.
(Source: M-U, Mangatraders)
6. Altair: A Record of Battles
For generations the Torqye Pashalu and the Balt-Rhein Empire have stood in stern opposition of each other. Then one night, when an Imperial minister is found assassinated, the two nations are plunged into a potentially explosive situation. As the generals of Torqye's council cry for war, Mahmut comes to discover the devious truth behind the assassination. Thus the young pasha's battle for his country and peace and trust in his fellow man begins...
(Source: Kodansha Comics)
The story set in the contemporary South Korea. Some 30 years ago, unidentified creatures appeared out of nowhere and have attacked people. They have caused massive destruction wherever they go. The monsters are called "Trouble", and get the world have fallen into chaos. Along with the first appearance of the "Troubles", some number of humans were born with or acquired supernatural abilities. These mutants called "Trace" are the only ones who can fight off the "Trouble". The "Trace" are also considered freaks and generally shunned by the community because some of them misused the powers for their own interest.
The plot revolves around two main characters. Sah Gang-kwon, a high school student born as a "Trace" who attempts to hide his ability. The other is Kim Yun-Seong, who acquired his "Trace" abilities during his early 30s. Soon after the acquision, his wife and daughter were taken away from him for experimental purposes.
8. Touhou Bougetsushou: Tsuki no Inaba to Chijou no Inaba
A cute and funny set of stories about two youkai rabbit girls, Reisen Udongein Inaba, Tewi Inaba, and an Exiled Lunar Princess, Kaguya Houraisan along with Reisen's Master, Erin Yagokoto, and their everyday life in Eientei.
9. Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen
The long-lasting war between the Northern and the Southern Kingdoms is unbearable. So the northern Prince Johane and the southern Princess Euda decide to tell everyone they are in love, because their marriage can stop the war. But the truth is they don’t get along at all!
(Source: Aerandria Scans)