Top 10 Sci Fi Manga of 2005
1. Until Death Do Us Part
Haruka Tooyama is a twelve-year-old girl with incredible precognitive abilities. But her accuracy in predicting the future has made her a target for any number of greedy corporations that would use her power for their own profit. When she is kidnapped, Haruka uses her gift to seek out someone who can help her escape and fixes upon a blind man making his way through the busy streets of Tokyo. Though it may seem an odd choice, Haruka's powers have not led her wrong. Despite his inability to see, her chosen protector’s fighting skills become apparent when he draws a sword from his walking stick and deftly takes out her captors. Knowing she will always be pursued for her gift, Haruka begs the mystery swordsman to keep her safe... "Until Death Do Us Part".
(Source: Yen Press)
2. Eureka Seven: Psalms of Planets
Renton Thurston is a young 14-year-old who is tired of his monotonous life. The only thing that makes him happy is when he "lifts", an extreme form of aerial hoverboarding. His feelings of frustration come from his life of toil in his Grandfather's garage and being the son of an enigmatic yet legendary "hero." One day, a large LFO (Light Finding Operation) craft called Nirvash falls from the sky and a beautiful young girl named Eureka emerges and asks for repairs. When a smitten Renton literally falls over himself to help her, the two begin a journey that will change both of their destinies.
3. Zettai Karen Children
In the future, as people with ESP increase in numbers, so does the possible good and evil they can cause to society. The Japanese government establishes of the Base of Backing ESP Laboratory (BABEL), a special esper organization tasked with dealing with situations that can't be resolved by ordinary means, including dealing with espers engaged in criminal activity. Prodigy Kouichi Minamoto is assigned by BABEL to the task of supervising the most powerful espers in the country, a trio of gifted but mischievous young girls known as "The Children".
The Children and Minamoto must deal with several enemy organizations, each with conflicted views regarding the role of espers in the world, including "PANDRA", a cadre of rogue espers determined to wage war against the rest of mankind; "Black Phantom", a mercenary organization who brainwashes espers into living tools of destruction; and the "Normal People", composed solely of non-esper individuals who view espers only as a threat to be vanquished.
Note: Volume 1 is a collection of pre-serialization oneshots + the pilot chapter. All characters age in real time.
4. Saturn Apartments
Far in the future, humankind has evacuated the Earth in order to preserve it. Humans now reside in a gigantic structure that forms a ring around the Earth, thirty-five kilometers up in the sky. The society of the ring is highly stratified: the higher the floor, the greater the status. Mitsu, the lowly son of a window washer, has just graduated junior high. When his father disappears and is assumed dead, Mitsu must take on his father's occupation. As he struggles with the transition to working life, Mitsu's job treats him to an outsider's view into the various living-room dioramas of the Saturn Apartments.
Abara is set in a dystopian world, filled with large structures. The story revolves around creatures known as Gaunas, those who can shape bone like armor and weaponry around themselves by transforming. The transformation begins around the spine and then shapes layered armor. The story focuses on one such Gauna known as Kudou Denji, though he uses Itou Denji as a fake name earlier.
Includes the one shot: Digimortal.
An online game is causing players to commit suicide. One hacker rises to solve the mystery.
Jiro Matsumoto's collection of 7 short stories involving many bizarre themes including his first attempt at making an erotic short.
8. Venus Versus Virus
"Welcome to Venus Vangard. We've been expecting you."
Sumire Takahana is a seemingly normal school girl cursed with the ability to see malevolent ghosts known as "Viruses." Her life hits a crossroads after a run-in with a "gothic lolita" clad monster killer for hire, Lucia Nahashia. Not content to stay on the sidelines while these "Viruses" prey on the weak, Sumire decides to join forces with the mysterious eyepatch-wearing Lucia to hunt down these "Viruses" before they can hurt anyone else.
(Source: Seven Seas)
9. Mother Keeper
The world is split into two kinds of people: those on the "inside" of EDEN, and those on the "outside". The "inside" EDEN contains clean air, clean water and a good way of living, it lives up to it's name of a true paradise, But this EDEN couldn't contain all of the people of the world. Those who couldn't be inside the paradise that is the inner EDEN has to stay outside the "inside" EDEN. The conditions in the "outside" EDEN is the total opposite of that of the "inside" EDEN, here the land is dry and in here the people suffer from poverty caused by the "inside" EDEN. Because of this, many resistance groups have been formed. Ricalna Forde is a soldier of the resistance team COSMOS, whose mission is to infiltrate EDEN's main headquarters and destroy the "Central CPU" - that controls all of EDEN.
10. Akatsuki no Fumi
The year is 2435, and Takatsuki Minori has developed a machine that can transport historical figures from their original time to the present. His son, Akira, one day discovers that the machine has gone haywire for no reason and ends up accidentally summoning the 16th century samurai, Mori Ranmaru...