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A Silent Voice Ranks in YALSA's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Ajin, Your Lie in April, One-Punch Man, more make Great Graphic Novels list

The American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released its 2016 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Of the 112 overall titles, 15 manga titles are on the list. Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) additionally ranked in the Top Ten graphic novels overall this year.

The 15 manga on the overall list include:

Title: A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) GN 1-3
Creator: Yoshitoki Ōima
Publisher: Kodansha/Kodansha Comics
Shoya's life was dramatically altered after he was ostracized in elementary school for teasing Shoko for being deaf--five years later, could he hope for forgiveness?

Title: Ajin - Demi-Human GN 1-2
Creator: Gamon Sakurai, Tsuina Miura (GN1), Gamon Sakurai (GN 2)
Publisher: Kodansha/Vertical
Kei Nagai discovers that he is an ajin, a Demi-Human, and must run from everyone--his family, the government, other ajin, and shadowy groups.

Title: Akame ga KILL! GN 1 (GN)
Creator: Takahiro, Tetsuya Tashiro
Publisher: Square Enix/Yen Press
Tatsumi crosses paths with Night Raid, a team of ruthless assassins who target the upper class and who just might be the good guys?!

Title: Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyōshitsu) GN 1-3, 5 (GN)
Creator: Yusei Matsui
Japanese Publisher: Shueisha/Viz Media
Students in the lowest-ranked class in the school must kill a tentacled creature who also happens to be their teacher before he destroys the world at graduation.

Title: Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga
Creator: Jiro Kuwata
Publisher: Shonengahosha/DC Comics
Batman fight villains with the help of his sidekick Robin, Japanese-style.

Title: The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (Hataraku Maou-sama!) GN 1-3
Creator: Akio Hiiragi/Satoshi Wagahara
Publisher: ASCII Media Works/Yen Press
Satan flees a war in his dimension and becomes a fast food worker in Japan, planning to work his way up the corporate ladder and take over the world!

Title: Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto (Sakamoto desu ga?) GN 1
Creator: Nami Sano
Publisher: Enterbrain/Seven Seas Entertainment
Whether it's bullies, overzealous male models, or giant hornets, nothing stands a chance against unassailable Sakamoto, the coolest kid in school.

Title: Master Keaton GN 1-3
Creator: Hokusei Katushika, Takashi Nagasaki, Naoki Urasawa
Publisher: Shogakukan/Viz Media
Taichi Keaton, professor of archaeology, investigates insurance claims as a side job--which leads to some very dangerous situations!

Title: My Neighbor Seki (Tonari no Seki-kun) GN 1-3
Creator: Takuma Morishige
Publisher: Media Factory/Vertical
Rumi is constantly distracted by the antics of her classmate Seki who indulges in elaborate extra-curricular activities at his desk but never gets caught.

Title: One-Punch Man GN 1-2
Creator: ONE, Yūsuke Murata
Publisher: Shueisha/Viz Media
Saitama may look average, but he's capable of beating every monster in just one punch, which makes for a pretty boring life as a superhero.

Title: OPUS
Creator: Satoshi Kon
Publisher: Tokuma Shoten/Dark Horse Comics
When one of his characters doesn't like the ending of a mangaka's series, he steals the last page and the mangaka falls into the world of his story to resolve the mess.

Title: So Cute It Hurts!! (Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!!) GN 1
Creator: Gō Ikeyamada
Publisher: Shogakukan/Viz Media
When fraternal twins Meguru and Mitsuru switch places to go to their separate schools, they each fall for an unlikely person---at the same time!

Title: Tokyo Ghoul GN 1-2
Creator: Sui Ishida
Publisher: Shueisha/Viz Media
A violent encounter turns Ken Kaneki, an ordinary college student, into the first human-ghoul hybrid.

Title: Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) GN 1
Creator: Naoshi Arakawa
Publisher: Kodansha/Kodansha Comics
Disgraced piano prodigy Kosei Arima meets a brilliant violinist who challenges his status quo.

Title: Yukarism GN 1-4
Creator: Chika Shiomi
Publisher: Hakusensha/Viz Media
Yukari remembers his past life in Edo Japan and encounters others who were also part of it.

Additionally, author Sean Michael Wilson and illustrator Michiru Morikawa's Lafcadio Hearn's “The Faceless Ghost” and other Macabre Tales from Japan: A Graphic Novel made the list in the non-fiction section. Shambala published the book, and YALSA describes it as follows: "A selection of eerie Japanese folktales collected by Lafcadio Hearn in Japan around the turn of the century."

Source: ICv2

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