Top 10 Music Manga of 2007


1. Kids on the Slope

Drama, Music, Romance, Slice of Life

Nishimi Kaoru has moved from city to city and school to school because of his father’s job. So the first day at his new school was just routine for him. Being intellectual and the new transfer student, he has always been seen as an outcast and all Kaoru had to do was bear it until the next time he moved. But things were slightly different this time. First, he started to get close to the class president, Mukae Ritsuko, and, secondly, unlikely as it seemed, grew closer to Kawabuchi Sentaro. Sentaro was infamous for getting into fights, skipping class and was an overall bad boy. Strangely enough, the three of them find common ground in music, namely jazz, and Kaoru finds himself actually enjoying the new town.

(Source: MU)


2. K-On!

Comedy, Music

Hirasawa Yui, a young, carefree girl entering high school, has her imagination instantly captured when she sees a poster advertising the ‘Light Music Club’. Being the carefree girl that she is, she quickly signs up. However, Yui has a problem, she is unable to play an instrument.

When Yui goes to the clubroom to explain, she's greeted by the other members: Ritsu, Mio and Tsumugi. Although disheartened at Yui’s lack of musical know-how, they still try to convince her to stay to prevent the club’s disbandment. After playing Yui a short piece which re-ignites her imagination, they succeed in keeping their new member and guitarist.

Along with the tasks of school and homework, Yui begins to learn the guitar with the help of the other band members, experiencing many mishaps along the way. However, with the school-festival drawing near and Yui getting stuck with her practice, will the Light Music Club be ready in time for their debut?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


3. Crash!

Comedy, Music, Romance

Crash is about a girl named Hana who has a very unusual gift. Her home is a talent agency and she helps her mother using her "gift". She literally has nosebleeds when she sees someone with celebrity potential. Naturally, this is a secret she keeps from her classmates. On the company's anniversary, Hana is sent to find a new awesome talent. And that's when the story unfolds...

The original series ended at vol. 7 and took a four month hiatus before resuming with a second part featuring Yui, Kazuhiko's childhood friend, as the main character.

Included one-shots:
Volume 2: Present for...
Volume 3: Wagamama Hime no Yakusoku
Volume 3: Parfait Biyori
Volume 5: Piyokko 24
Piyokko is about a girl named Michiru Ogasawara who wish to be with the guy of her dreams: Koichiro Takimoto. And so, one day she bought a simple lucky charm who suddenly got alive and promised her to grant her wishes!?!
Volume 6: Parallel Bangaihen
Volume 7: Good★Game
Volume 11: ~Family☆~
Volume 16: Red Sunshine, Pink Moon Light
Volume 16: Day After Day

(Source: MU)


4. Crescendo to You

Music, Romance

"When you can play this tune, play it for me..." Suzuno has always been searching for the boy who told her that, whom she met at a piano recital when she was small. After entering high school, she was chosen to play the piano to accompany a chorus competition. Suzuno started practicing with Aiba-kun and Fujisawa-kun from her class, but Fujisawa-kun told her that they used to meet when they were small...!? (Source: Intercross)

5. Go-On!

Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Music, Romance

Ryo Katase is a high school student who has always been treated as an errand boy by his juniors on the baseball club. He has always been an unpopular guy and people even often mistakenly call his name. His life however is forever changed when Nagano, a female classmate who happens to be his high school crush, lends him Weezer's first album and when he meets Yomogida, a wild, insane, and unpredictable guy who asks him to form a band.

6. Kono Uta wa Kimi no Tameni

Music, Romance, Slice of Life

Akira, a student of the music department, played the violen only for Ibuki who is her teacher and lover. Akira is entirely devoted to Ibuki while Ibuki's love devours all of Akira to where she has lost the distinction of herself. She believed that Ibuki was her entire world. That was until she met Seike Hayato, a classmate who is the complete opposite of her... An intense, sad love story unfolds on stage in the world of classical music!

(Source: Midnight Scans)

7. Polyphonica: Cardinal Crimson

Fantasy, Music, Supernatural

In a place called Polyphonica, humans and spirits live side by side. Young musicians create magical sounds with their music, which binds the spirits to them. A struggling student named Phoron accidentally summons a spirit he met in childhood but later forgot about. Phoron could use all the help he can get, but this feisty spirit may prove to be more than he can handle!

(Source: CMX)

8. The End of Rain

Music, Slice of Life

The End of Rain was distributed at Comiket 73 by Kogado as a spin-off of their visual novel Symphonic Rain. It is an anthology containing four short stories written and illustrated by various people.

9. Alice The 101st

Drama, Music

Aristide enrolled into an elite music school following his grandfather’s dying wish for him to study music and become a great musician like his father. Aristide isn't your typical student. He comes from the countryside and learned to play the violin from his grandfather and neighbor, a stark contrast to the formal, extensive training of his peers. He was enrolled as a special case, being the 101st student admitted into a class of only 100. This and his unrefined technique attract derision from some students and teachers. Aristide obviously has raw talent, but struggles with formal technique and written scores. However, he is determined to improve and remain at the school, chasing after the memory of his father's sound.

(Source: shinkeikaku)

10. Miku-4

Drama, Music, Sci-Fi

Miku-4 is originally a doujin web comic written by an amateur writer Nagimiso. Crypton authorized him and East Press to publish this manga.

This is a sad and touching story of Hatsune Miku, a shy android created by Crypton. She grew up with the help of the people she met during her journey and gained a human mind by the devotion of an engineer.

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