Top 10 Sci Fi Manga of 1994
1. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
Set in a post-apocalyptic Japan of the near future where the sea level has risen and flooded much of the coastal areas and Mt. Fuji has erupted within living memory. The population has been considerably reduced and political and technological institutions have broken-down. Local communities have become nations and telephone and television no longer exist (although coffee vending machines and streetlights stubbornly continue to work). There are strange new animals and plants (like flying fish and glowing streetlight trees). The remaining people have adopted a slower-paced, simpler way of life and rely more on each other. Along with the human population are some intelligent, humanoid robots. One of the robots, a female named Alpha, runs a cafe by the same name in the country outside of what remains of Yokohama. With her trusty motorscooter and her camera she travels around the area making friends with the humans and robots, having new experiences and observing the passage of time.
Note: Includes the epilogue, Touge, published with the 10 volume re-issue. Chapter count also includes 'Chapter 0' from volume 1.
2. Neon Genesis Evangelion
The manga based on the series, written and illustrated by series character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, has been serialized in Shonen Ace since 1995. The serialized and volumized editions are both published by Kadokawa Shoten. The manga exists as a separate entity from the anime, and features a number of distinct differences (examples: Shinji's eyes are brown instead of blue; Shinji and Rei's relationship is strengthened more; not all of the Angels that were in the anime appear in the manga). Drawing from the original story outline, the completed anime series, as well as his own artistic freedom, Sadamoto has portrayed an account of the story that has both distinct convergence and divergence with the anime version.
3. Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam
The story takes place 10 years after the end of Gundam F91. The movie's heroes, Seabook Arno and Cecily Fairchild, discover that Crux Dogatie of the Jupiter Energy Fleet is plotting to conquer Earth with the forces of his Jupiter Empire. In response, Cecily takes up her birth name "Berah Ronah" and recreates the Crossbone Vanguard, who disguise themselves as pirates attacking the Jupiter Energy Fleet. Seabook, under the alias "Kinkedo Nau", is one of the new Vanguard's top pilots. The other is Zabine Chareux, a veteran of the original Crossbone Vanguard. The main character of Crossbone Gundam is a teenage Newtype named Tobia Arronax, who gets swept up in the war between the Crossbone Vanguard and Jupiter Empire.
While Gundam F91 is understandably viewed as a disappointment by many Gundam fans, Crossbone Gundam is widely regarded as one of Gundam's best installments, with its likeable cast, well-written story, and unique "pirate Gundam" mechanical designs. Its quality easily leads one to wonder how Gundam F91 would have turned out had Tomino been able to complete it as the originally planned 52 episode TV series, rather than having to condense it into a single 2-hour movie.
4. A.I. Love you
Hitoshi Kobe is pretty dumb, not good at sports, and extremely unpopular. The only thing he IS good at really is creating artificial intelligence programs on his computer. His greatest work is number 30, one which very accurately simulates talking to an actual girl. One dark and stormy night, a freak lightning strike causes number Thirty to emerge from his computer screen as a real girl, and sends Hitoshi's life on a turn for the crazy.
5. Seraphim 266613336 Wings
The story is set after the world has been ravaged by "tenshi-byō" (angel disease), an affliction that eventually leads to death for all the victims. To solve the mystery of this disease, three wise men and a girl named Sera embark on a journey to the heart of Central Asia. Many enemies and conspiracies await them along the way.
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6. No Need for Tenchi!
The trouble and fun began when ordinary teenager Tenchi Masaki inadvertently released the legendary demon Ryoko from his grandfather's shrine. Turned out Ryoko was actually a marooned space pirate! Since then, she's become Tenchi's unwanted houseguest, attracting a host of other troublemaking alien women: Ayeka, a haughty alien pricess; Sasami, her mischievous little sister; and Washu, Ryoko's mad-scientist "mother." Add Ryo-oh-Ki, an adorable little carrot-eating spaceship, and you've got one full Shinto shrine!
(Source: Viz Media)
A spin-off of Tenchi OVA 1&2, No need for Tenchi follows the usual hijinx of the Tenchi gang, as well as throwing several new characters in the mix including a Ryoko clone, and Washu's other lab assistant.
7. Plastic Little: Captain's Log
After her fathers death Tita inherits the submarine ship Cha Cha Maru, and with the help of the loyal crew she sets out to catch the exotic and dangerous creatures of the Sea of Clouds.
8. Hannya Haramita
1. Aogeba Sonshi (仰ゲバ尊し)
2. DEMON SEED - Akuma no Shushi (DEMON SEED－悪魔の種子)
3. Hannya Haramita
4. Doubutsu no Oukoku (動物の王国)
5. ataraxia (アタラクシア)
6. Tonde Me ni Hairu Natsu no Mushi (飛んで目に入る夏の虫)
extra. Shippokou (尻尾考)
9. Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
Several years after the tragic event in 1989, Akira Yuki plots his revenge in taking on the most monstrous nuclear menace known to mankind-Godzilla! However he's not the only one whose targeted the King of Monsters. The intergalactic tyrant SpaceGodzilla has also aimed his sights on Godzilla! Not only that, but the entire world as well!
Two Godzillas, one earth, who will remain and hold the crown?
10. Silent Möbius Klein
Mobius Klein is the prequel Manga to Kia Asamiya's Silent Mobius Manga. It tells the story of how Fuyuka and Gigelf met, and introduces many characters that later appear in Silent Mobius, including; Rally Cheyenne and Ganossa Maximillian, as well as the relatives of other characters like Yamigumo Razan.