On Saturday (31/12), an Indonesian book publisher m&c! posted the list of their best-selling comics in 2022. There are ten comics included in the list. They are:
- Hai Miiko! volume 34
- Ito Junji Best of Best Short Story Collection
- Death Note Short Stories
- Kaiju No. 8 volume 1
- Oshi no Ko: Anak Idola volume 1
- Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku volume 3
- Record of Ragnarok volume 6
- Burn the Witch volume 3
- Futo Detective volume 1
Written and illustrated by Eriko Ono, Hai, Miiko! tells the story of the life of a young girl named Miiko. Published in Japan since 1995 by Shogakukan, the manga also received an anime adaptation in 1999.
Written and illustrated by the horror manga artist Junji Ito, Uzumaki tells the story of a high school girl Kirie Goshimiya and her boyfriend Shuichi Saito. Both of them live in Kurozu-Cho, a town where the spiral curse affects the people around them. Kirie wants to escape from the town. But can she escape the curse that haunts her? What actually happened in the town?
Ito Junji: Best of Best Short Story Collection contains ten short stories from Junji Ito that were released by Shogakukan in 2019. It includes the fan favourite Enigma of Amigara Fault, as well as the stories Army of One, Human Chair (an adaptation of Ranpo Edogawa’s classic short story), Venus in the Blind Spot, The Licking Woman, Umezu Sensei and Me, Other Love of This World, The Possession of Professor Kirita, The Sad Tale of the Principal Post, and Memento.
The original Death Note manga tells the story of Light Yagami, a high school student who found Death Note, a book that could kill anyone whose name is written on it. After realizing its power, he started to punish criminals using the book. Death Note: Short Stories is a compilation manga that will contain various short stories about the Death Note series, which include C-Kira, a-Kira, L-One Day, and L-The Wammy’s House short story.
Kaiju No. 8 tells the story of Kafka Hibino, a boy who wants to join the Japanese Defense Force and fight against kaiju that terrorize Japan. However, he failed the test and ended up working in a cleaning service company. One day, Kafka suddenly gained the ability to transform into a kaiju after a kaiju attack. Branded as “Kaiju Number 8”, Kafka had to hide his identity while being hunted by the Japanese Defense Force.
First serialized in April 2020 in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump, Oshi no Ko: Anak Idola tells the story of an obstetrician who finds out that his favourite idol, Ai Hoshino, is secretly pregnant. Being a loyal fan, he promises to keep it secret from everyone. However, on the day Ai is supposed to give birth, the obstetrician is murdered by an unknown assailant. Surprisingly, he is reincarnated as one of Ai’s twin children, Aquamarine Hoshino. Now, Aquamarine spends his day together with his favourite idol while looking for the truth about his murderer, who probably has ties with Ai’s secret husband.
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku tells the story of Narumi Momose, an office lady who happens to be a closet otaku. After breaking up with her boyfriend who works in the same office, Narumi applies for a job at another office. In her new workplace, she met Hirotaka Nifuji, her childhood friend who is also an otaku. Because being otaku was the reason Narumi broke up, she asks Hirotaka to keep her otaku hobby a secret. The manga was first posted as web manga on Pixiv in 2014 before getting serialized in 2015 on the digital manga platform Comic Pool. The anime adaptation aired in the spring of 2018, animated by A-1 Pictures.
Written by Shinya Umemura and illustrated by Ajichika, Record of Ragnarok tells the story of the fight between the gods and the strongest men in the world. In the story, the gods of the world have decided to end the human race due to their vice. However, Brunhild, one of the 13 demigod Valkyries, suggests an alternate proposal: rather than annihilating mankind, why not give them a fighting chance and enact Ragnarök, a one-on-one showdown between man and god? Now, Brunhild needs to assemble history’s greatest individuals or mankind will be destroyed.
Burn the Witch tells the story of Ninny Spangcole and Noel Niihashi, two “witches” or agents of the Wing Bind agency. The agency protects and manages dragons in Reverse London, a hidden side of London populated by dragons. The manga began as a one-shot chapter published on July 16, 2018, on Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. After that, Weekly Shonen Jump published the “first season” of the manga from August to September 2020, which consists of four chapters.
Futo Detective manga takes place after the end of the TV series, as Shotaro and Philip continue to solve Dopants-related cases. The manga is written by Riku Sanjo, who is the main writer of Kamen Rider W TV series, and is illustrated by Masaki Sato. Futo Detective is serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits since 2017 and has been collected into 11 volumes at the time of this writing. An anime adaptation of this manga series has been announced and is set to air in 2022.
m&c! is an Indonesian comics publisher under the Kompas-Gramedia group. Other than publishing manga, the publisher also publishes Disney comics magazines, Hong Kong martial arts comics, as well as Indonesian comics under the KOLONI imprint. The publisher also has the Akasha imprint for mature comics and the Clover imprint for domestic and translated novels.
The Indonesian Anime Times