Top 10 Sci Fi Manga of 1996


1. Blame!

Action, Drama, Horror, Psychological, Sci-Fi

Killy is a man of few words. He wanders, seemingly endlessly, through a lonely, gargantuan labyrinth of concrete and steel, fighting off cyborgs and other futuristic nightmares, searching only for something called Net Terminal Genes. And he has a very powerful gun, which he uses without hesitation whenever anything resembling danger rears its ugly head.

Who is this quiet, violent, determined man and what are these Genes he seeks? The small communities he finds tucked into the crevices of this towering, dystopic ruin hardly give him leads on his treasure, driving him to find larger enclaves of civilization where people can reveal more about the world he lives in and the quarry he seeks.

(Source: Tokyopop)

Volume 1 contains an extra story.


2. Ceres: Celestial Legend

Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi

Aya and her twin brother Aki thought they were going to a celebration of their sixteenth birthday at their grandfather's home, but the funeral-like atmosphere tips them off that something's not right. Their "birthday present" turns out to be a mummified hand--the power of which forces an awakening within Aya, and painful wounds all over Aki's body! Grandfather Mikage announces that Aki will be heir to the Mikage fortune, and Aya must die! But Aya has allies in the athletic cook and martial artist Yûhi, and the attractive, mysterious Tôya. But can even two handsome and resourceful guys save Aya when it's her own power that's out of control?

(Source: Viz)


3. Hoshin Engi

Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy, Sci-Fi

When his clan is wiped out by a beautiful demon, young Taikobo finds himself in charge of the mysterious Hoshin Project. Its mission: find all immortals living in the human world and seal them away forever. But who do you trust--and whose side are you really on--when you've been trained to hunt demons by a demon?

(Source: Viz)


4. Eat-Man

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Bolt Crank travels the world as the World's Greatest Mercenary. He got that moniker due to his skills, as well as his ability to eat anything, and then reproduce it in his right hand. During his adventures he meets new friends, as well as his rival Hard. But, his mysterious past with a man named Leon Field comes into play later on when Shadow, a man who can control machines and calls himself Bolt Crank, and Stella, a woman who wants to mechanize every human on the planet, has Bolt going back to an old, unfinished mission he left behind long ago.



5. The Candidate for Goddess

Adventure, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi

It is the year 4088. It has been over one thousand years since the Crisis of Systems (Lost Property), which resulted in the destruction of four planetary systems, leaving only a single inhabitable planet, Zion. Mankind is forced to live in space colonies, since that one planet is constantly being invaded by alien life forms that have come to be known as Victim.
To stop the aliens and to allow people to land on Zion, mankind has developed the astronomical humanoid weapons, Ingrids, also known as Goddesses. G.O.A. (Goddess Operation Academy) is a school dedicated to the training of young men to pilot these Ingrids ... (Source: Tokyopop)


6. Burn-Up: Excess & W

Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Sci-Fi

This is a one volume long manga book with three short stories which follow the adventures of "Warriors", a special ops team that specializes in national security. From fighting man made bio weapons to capturing a pervert on the loose and ending up stranded by space chaos

From JKP

7. Omega

Action, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Thriller, Horror

8. Lampo

Action, Drama, Ecchi, Sci-Fi

9. Akatsuki no Uta

Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

1-2. Shungeki no Kokuu (Attack of a Moment)
3. Sora ni Hane ga... (In the Sky, a Feather...)
4-5. Gemel Uchuu Buki-ten (Gemel's Shop of Space Weapons)
6. Gastroking no Touchaku (The Advent of Gastroking)

10. Dirty Pair Flash DX

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A compilation of five manga stories by woman artist Oono "Takemaru", which appeared in March to July of 1996; stories are along the lines of science fiction/fantasy adventure; published on 25 August 1996 by Dengeki Comics (EX series); 5-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches (15 x 22 cm.), 196 pages, including a four-page color introduction; ISBN4-07-305053-2


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