Top 10 Music Manga of 2012
1. Kono Oto Tomare!
Since the graduation of the senior members of the club, Takezou ends up being the sole member of the "Koto" (traditional Japanese string instrument) club. Now that the new school year has begun, Takezou will have to seek out new members into the club, or the club will become terminated. Out of nowhere, a new member barges into the near-abandoned club room, demanding to join the club. How will Takezou be able to keep his club alive and deal with this rascal of a new member?
2. Kids on the Slope: Bonus Track
Once again, we join Sentarou, Kaoru and their friends in a short jam session of friendship, music and love.
1. Junichi and Yurika, after Junichi's move to Tokyo
2. A short story about Kouta, Ritsuko and the guy who answered the phone when Kaoru called Ritsuko
3. Tsutomu Murae (Ritsuko's dad) and how he finds his way into Jazz
4. Sentarou Kawabuchi and how he discovers his new resolve
5. After story...
3. Diamond Dust
This is the story of a girl who was forced to become a piano prodigy with the pressure starting from the moment she was born. Her family has had distinguished musicians in their past. She is constantly forced by her father to practice (up to 12 hours a day, 10 if he's being nice), wear gloves whenever she's not playing, no friends, makeup, etc.
4. Love Live! - School Idol Project
Otonokizaka High School stands on the border of three cities: Akihabara – a pop culture mecca that's evolving by the minute; Kanda – a conservative, cultured city where history and tradition reign supreme; and Jinbo – a quiet area reserved for a more mature, sophisticated population. Amidst this culture clash, the school now faces closure due to the enrollment of fewer and fewer students.
With the school planning to close within three years, nine female students come together with one thing in mind—form a pop idol group to revive the school's popularity and keep it from shutting down. "In order to protect our beloved school, there's only one thing we can do...become pop stars!"
Their goal is simple: Become an overnight sensation and use their nationwide media exposure to promote their school and bring in a wave of new students to the ailing area. A simple but solid plan, they figure. Naturally, they're nervous and wonder if this plan can really succeed, but for better or worse their new journey has begun...
"All we can ask for is just a tiny bit of support from you. We truly believe that with your help, we can change the world around us. We will make our dreams come true!"
(Source: NIS America)
6. The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gekijou
Our idol friends are back again today! Get a rare look at how idols spend their days off, as well as their comical interactions with each other in this hyper-fun-filled short anime.
7. MomoPro Z
A manga following the activities of the 5 members of the hit idol group Momoiro Clover Z
9. Bokutachi Otoko no Ko
Based on the drama CD series of the same name, Bokutachi Otoko no Ko follows three boys named Seri, Ren, and Tama who dream of becoming top idols. Little did they know they would come together under Barney's agency to form a cross-dressing idol unit! With the help of the Barney's agency president, Fujishiro Ryuichi, and their manager, Yuji Takigawa, they will become Japan's top cross-dressing idols!
10. Tari Tari
The story centers around five Japanese high school students who are too young to be called adults, but who no longer think of themselves as children.
Wakana Sakai once took music lessons, but she withdrew from music after losing her mother. Konatsu Miyamoto is a positive-thinking girl who loves singing and spends time after school at the vocal music club. Sawa Okita is a spirited archery club member who dreams of becoming a horse rider. Daichi Tanaka is a chronically late badminton team member who lives with his college student sister. "Wiin" just transfered into Wakana's class after 12 years abroad in Austria.
Music brings Wakana, Konatsu, Sawa and the others together into an ensemble during their last summer in high school.