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A Kid’s Best Manga List of 2009

Quite a few manga titles for kids came out this year. Most of them were from Viz, though Tokyopop had a few and Udon debuted their own kids line.  Most of the titles broke away from the licensed properties that had dominated kids titles, with video game tie-ins being the biggest hold outs.  It was still a good year for kids manga, and next year is looking up as well with Yen Press and Vertical coming out with more titles that kids will love.

Since there’s no comic list this week, I decided to ask my 10-year-old daughter Krissy to tell me her 5 favorite kids manga that she had read this year, and tell me one thing she likes about each. These are not ranked, but listed in alphabetical order.

Animal Academy: Hakobune Hakusho

Publisher Description: Can you pledge secrecy when you are… a human being? When Fukada Neko finds herself enrolled in the mysterious Morimori Academy–a secret school for animal-human shape shifters–she soon realizes she must pretend to be a magical cat and not allow any of the other students to find out her real identity… But as she struggles with the trials and tribulations of a new school and new friends, Neko’s just-discovered feline side might bring out the true human spirit in all of her animal classmates!

Krissy Says: The people turn into animals & I love animals.

Choco Mimi

Publisher Description: Meet Choco and Mimi, best friends in eighth grade. Choco is serious and reliable while Mimi is silly and spoiled rotten, but they both have a flair for fashion! Follow their adventures as they tackle junior high one fashionable day at a time!

Krissy Says: I love Mimi. She’s crazy, just like me!

Domo: The Manga

Publisher Description: International celebrity Domo makes his English language manga debut in this full-color collection of stories. First popularized in Japan as the mascot for the national television station, Domo has won the hearts of people the world over with his hilarious and unpredictable antics. In these stories, Domo wreaks havoc on his friend Tashanna’s Wii, wins a box car race by being the car, and decides to be whatever he sees on TV, including Tarzan, a samurai, and finally, a chef.

Krissy Says: I like Domo because he’s funny.

Happy Happy Clover

Publisher Description: Clover the Bunny and her fluffy friends are always making mischief in Crescent Forest!

Krissy Says: I love the cute little rabbit Clover and her many, many adventures!

Pokemon Adventures

Publisher Description: Red doesn’t just want to train Pokémon, he wants to be their friend too. Read along as Red embarks on adventures with Pikachu, Bulbasoar and others that follow storylines from the video games!

Krissy Says: I like pokemon because they are cute and so loveable!

Lori Henderson About Lori Henderson

Lori Henderson is a mother of two teenage daughters and an avid reader. She blogs about manga at her personal blog Manga Xanadu as well as contributing and editing for Manga Village. She blogs about all things fandom (mainly Doctor Who) at her other personal blog Fangirl Xanadu. She's been at it so for over 5 years now and counting!


  1. I get the same kinds of comments from the students in Krissy’s age group in my school. They keep asking me for more manga for them.

  2. Katherine Dacey says:

    Lori, I meant to tell you earlier that these kind of posts are very helpful. “ChocoMimi” was a title whose appeal escaped me, but your mother-daughter review and follow-up piece her helped me see more value in the book.

  3. Just wanted to say that this is one of the best sites for kids of all ages. Keep up the good work!

  4. Thank you!

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