Top 10 Supernatural Manga of 2008
1. Kamisama Kiss
Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she's just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity!
Nanami has all kinda of new responsibilities she doesn't understand, dangers she's unaware of, and a cranky ex-familiar who's...actually pretty hot. What's a new-fledged godling to do?
2. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
A young woman, by some strange occurrence, was left to die alone in the former building of Seikyou Academy. Mysteriously, there is one person who can see her in ghost form: Niiya Teiichi, a freshman. Now they both seek to find out the reasoning behind her death, and what could have caused it.
(Source: DBR Scanslations)
3. Ran and the Gray World
Meet the Urumas, a slightly dysfunctional family of four sorcerers. Mom, being the most powerful sorceress around, works away from home keeping the world safe. Dad picks up the slack and takes care of the family. Except when he's out, which is when the older brother Jin finds himself in the unenviable position of keeping tabs on his sister Ran. And Ran, the youngest, is a willful girl with too much power and too little wisdom. Let's take a look at Ran's everyday misadventures, shall we?
(Source: Storm in Heaven)
Includes 6 extra chapters:
Volume 3: 今日もやります梅ももさくら
Volume 4: マジカルドクター別珍先生、黒羽泰の今日のお仕事
Volume 5: 少女たちの水玉お風呂タイム
Volume 7: 静のあのころさすらい道中記、みんなの日比くんむここのあらず
4. Good Luck Girl!
Sakura Ichiko is a 16 year old girl who leads a charmed life and is blessed with beauty, brains, and health. She has an abundance of “Happiness Energy”, which can make people happy, but at the cost of absorbing all the “Happiness Energy” from her surroundings. She has caused the energy balance of the world to become unbalanced and because of this, she becomes the target of a Poverty God named Momiji. Momiji goal is to remove Ichiko’s power of absorbing other people’s Happiness Energy and to return all the energy she has taken to its rightful place.
Volume 6: Binbougami Ga!' Is!
Volume 6: You Binbougami!
Volume 10: Extra Round: You'll Put Them in the Most Delicious Place Of All
Volume 11: Extra Round 1: It's Better to Grow Up Slowly
Volume 11: Extra Round 2: Did Somebody Call for a Prince!!!
Volume 13: Extra Round 1: I'm Glad the Three of Us Could Come
Volume 13: Extra Round 2: A Pet's Misbehavior is the Owners Responsibility You Know
Volume 16: Art Book Extra Round: Come Here
Oneshot: not included in any volume, in was published in Weekly Shounen Jump to promote the main series, which ran in Jump SQ
5. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
Rikuo grew up in a house full of yokai, so he always thought they were cool. But the kids in his class talk about yokai like they're bad! When his grandfather announces Rikuo as his chosen heir to run the Nura clan, Rikuo is torn between his human nature and his duties as a yokai. The rest of the clan's not so crazy about a wimpy part-human as their ruler, particularly Gagoze, a high-ranking yokai who would rather eat a human than be ruled by one.
6. Shaman King (Kanzenban Edition)
Shaman King (Kanzenban Edition) is a reprint of the original Shaman King series but with differences including the addition of new chapters (which changes the chapter numbering). The releases also included 16 special bonus chapters called "Shaman King Remix Track."
Note: This entry will only contain the extra chapters included in this edition.
Chapters 286 onwards were published in Jump SQ.
The following chapters are featured only in the kanzenban volumes, which do not contain the original chapter 285. The additional chapters 265–6 are collected in volume 24, renumbering all subsequent chapters of the series. Chapters 287–91 are in volume 26 and chapters 292–300 in volume 27.
-Reincarnation 265. Aku no Shoutai (悪の正体, Evil's True Form)
-Reincarnation 266. Shinjitsu no Seigi (真実の正義, The Real Justice)
-Reincarnation 287. Good Morning Mu Tairiku (グッドモーニング ムー大陸, Good Morning Mu Continent)
-Reincarnation 288. Falling Dam-ko (フォーリンダム子)
-Reincarnation 289. Invisible Jurin (インビジブルジュリーン, Invisible Jungle)
-Reincarnation 290. Neko wa Sabishii Hito ni Natsuku (猫は寂しい人間〈ひと〉になつく, Cats Are Attached to Sad People)
-Reincarnation 291. Nikume Nichrome Samonakuba Ore wa Taoren (憎めニクロム さもなくば俺は倒れん Hate Me, Nichrome, Otherwise I Won't Lose)
-Reincarnation 292. Dokonjou Mame no Ki (ど根性豆の木, The Gutsy Beanstalk)
-Reincarnation 293. Kaze no Shinka (風の真価, The Real Value of Wind)
-Reincarnation 294. Last Test Shaman Fight
-Reincarnation 295. Yume no Ato (夢のあと, After the Dream)
-Reincarnation 296. Patch to no Souguu (パッチとの遭遇, Encounter With the Patch)
-Reincarnation 297-299. Shaman King: God End (シャーマンキング God End)
-Reincarnation 300. The Last Words
7. Rozen Maiden
Direct sequel to the first Rozen Maiden series though still named the same.
Jun is an adult in college trying to live his life after a hikikomori youth. He has a job at a convenience store and is the subject of much ridicule. One day a magazine is mistakenly sent to the store. A magazine entitled "How to Make a Girl".
8. Lovers Doll
When Shin hears about a doll known as the "bloody doll" from his friends, he can't help but be curious. Instantly falling in love with the figurine he decides to buy it, but there are rumors about the doll and how it got its name. It can supposedly move and talk, one owner even claimed that it drank his blood.
Unfazed, Shin buys the doll anyway to find out that the rumors might not be as ridiculous as they sound...
9. Cavalier of the Abyss
Sequel to Immortal Regis. Reading the entirety of the prequel is highly recommended, otherwise, this story from chapter 4 on will spoil it and/or be confusing.
Cavalier of the Abyss (so far) is set only in the world of Chaos. There is now a Regis of Chaos.
Riding the bus one day, Sakurakouji Sakura looks out the window to see people being burned alive with a blue fire and a boy her age who's unharmed and standing over the people. She comes back to the site the next day and there are no corpses or evidence of any kind of murder, just a small fire. She then goes to class to find there's a new transfer student, Oogami Rei, who looks exactly like the boy she saw before and wears a black glove only on his left hand. Oogami is a Code Breaker, one who "does not exist". He is a seemingly cold-blooded killer who follows the principle of "an eye for an eye", to "use evil against evil". Convinced that killing is not right, Sakurakouji sets out to stop him and penetrate his icy heart.