Japan's Bookstore Employees Rank Top Manga of 2014
posted on by Emma Hanashiro
The Honya Club website announced the "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2014" on Tuesday. The results, collected from surveys given to the bookstore employees, reflects the recommendations for series with five published volumes or less.
Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2014 Results:1. Sakamoto Desu ga?
Sakamoto, a gopher to his upperclassmen in middle school, is suddenly accepted as the coolest guy in high school, with everything he does thought of as art.
After a car accident, high-schooler Kei Nagai is turned into an "Ajin," a hideous and immortal being. Along with his one friend Kai, he escapes into the mountains away from humans, and meets other Ajin.
3. Shokugeki no Souma
Story: Yuuto Tsukuda
Art: Shun Saeki
Middle-schooler Soma Yukihira works everyday at his home in order to surpass his father as a master chef. However, suddenly, his father tells him to enter cooking school.
4. The Seven Deadly Sins
After the death of the king due to the Holy Knights, Princess Elizabeth calls together the legendary warriors, the Seven Deadly Sins.
5. One-Punch Man
Art: Yuusuke Murata
The manga follows the hero "Saitama," a legend who is far too strong, and can take down evil criminals in one punch.
Art: Daisuke Hagiwara
The manga follows Hori, a female high school student who looks flashy but is actually a family-oriented kind of girl, and Miya, a male high-schooler who looks normal but in fact has lots of piercings and tattoos.
7. Honey So Sweet
As a middle-schooler, Nao finds a delinquent collapsed on a rainy day, but since she is a coward, she left him an umbrella and ran away. In high school, she reunites with him, only to have him ask, "Please date me before marriage!"
8. Kū Neru Futari Sumu Futari
Ritsuko and Shuichi have been dating for ten years, and living together for eight. The two are more than lovers, and just before marriage.
9. Hibi Chōchō
Suiren, the most beautiful girl in school, is interested in tough karate boy Kawasumi. However, they are not very good at getting their feelings across.
26-year old Wakako drinks sake at bars alone every night, searching for her place to belong.
11. Bungo Stray Dogs
Story: Kafka Asagiri Art: Haruka 35
After young man Kyo Nakajima saves a man from his wish of suicide, he and his friends join the "Arms Detective Company," a group that gathers together people with special powers.
Two boys met on a stormy night: Tsukushi, a boy with no special traits at all, and Jin, a soccer genius. On that night, Jin drags Tsukushi into the world of high school soccer.
13. Yugami-kun ni wa Tomodachi ga Inai
The story of the comedy manga revolves around Yūji Yugami and Chihiro Watanuki, who sit next to each other in class. Unfortunately for Chihiro, the transfer student Yūji is weird... extremely weird. Even though he's the ace of the baseball club, he hasn't adapted to the club at all. He also stands apart from the rest of the class, but seems completely satisfied with being alone.
14. P to JK
Female high-schooler Kako met Kota at a party for adults. Although she gets into a good mood with him, she finds out he's actually a policeman.
15. Itsuka Tiffany de Chōshoku o
The story revolves around different girls who go to different restaurants for breakfast.
A nominating committee composed mainly of bookstore staffers created a similar list for the the seventh Manga Taisho awards ("Cartoon Grand Prize").
Source: Comic Natalie
Update: Tsuyoshi Yasuda and Chie Shinkyu's spellings corrected. Thanks, kirisaki_kabuto
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