Recently the 10th annual Nationwide Bookstore Staff Recommended Comics tallied votes from over 2,250 bookstore workers across Japan to decide which manga titles came most highly endorsed.
So if you’re looking for a new title to get into this year, why not scroll through the top 15below and see what Japanese manga dealers can’t get enough of. There seems to be a good blend of genres this year, but which one came out on top?
Here are the top 15 manga for 2015 as chosen by Japanese bookstore staff.
Watashi ga Motete Dousunda / Boys, Please Kiss Him Instead of Me
by Satoru Yoshida
Kodaika no Hitobito
by Kozueko Morimoto
Ama-Ama to Inazuma
by Gido Amagakure
by Daruma Matsuura
Arslan Senki / The Heroic Legend of Arslan
by Yoshiki Tanaka (writer) & Hiromu Arakawa (illustrator)
Handaku (Barakamon spinoff)
by Satsuki Yoshino
Earth Star Entertainment
by Ichigo Takano
Tanakakun wa Itsumo Kedaruge
by Nozomi Uda
Niiche Sensei ~Konbini ni, Satori Sedai no Shinjin ga Maiorita~ / Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store
by Matsukoma (writer) & Hashimoto (illustrator)
Kadokawa Media Factory
Boku no Hiro Academia / My Hero Academia
by Kohei Horikoshi
And, finally, the most-recommended manga title for this year is…
Mahotsukai no Yome / The Ancient Magus’ Bride
by Kore Yamazaki
The Ancient Magus’ Bride is a fantasy story about a 15-year-old girl named Chise who doesn’t have any family and has lost the point of life. She then is bought by an inhuman sorcerer named Elias.
Although it’s in many ways a fantasy story, the reader is kept grounded by the personalities of Chise and Elias which is revealed bit by bit. Although it’s a slowly progressing journey, the story is also full of other charming characters and beautifully crafted backgrounds to enchant you into reading more and more.
With the results of the Nationwide Bookstore Staff Recommended Comics 2015 announced many manga readers took to twitter to show support for The Ancient Magus’ Bride and agree with the results. Of course, there were occasional dissenting opinions too but that’s impossible to avoid when ranking art.