Happy 25th Birthday to VIZ!

Everyones pals Viz Media are all growed up! They dominate the market and there's a good chance that the first english language manga you ever read was a Viz release.
Inspired by the wonderful mangacurmudgeon.com I've decided to put together a list of my 25 favourite Viz releases.
But before I do, I want to congratulate everybody at Viz on a very successful 25 years and thank every single one of you for doing what you do and doing it well.

NOW! My top 25 in no particular order:

Blue Exorcist - New but a fantastic shonen book

Eyeshield 21 - My fave sports manga

Bakuman - A great insight into the crazy lives of mangaka

Death Note - THE pentultimate supernatural crime thriller

Ral Grad - I just love this guys art!

20th Century Boys - Not many books can transport you to another country, in the past THEN to the future!

Naruto, Bleach and One Piece - Purely for the impact they have had on the market. They have captured the eyes of tomorrows otaku.

Pluto - Mind boggling. Tezuka would be proud.

Kekkaishi - The best shonen series you're not reading. Now in a 3in1!

Full Metal Alchemist - Great art and more heart than you'd realise.

Dr Slump - Sadly some of the gags are lost in translation but its still a cracker.

Children of the Sea - One of the most beautiful books I have ever read.

Monster - More Urasawa goodness.

House of Five Leaves - a funny book for big kids.

Honey and Clover - Like a manga version of the TV show Friends minus that annoying Joey guy.

Kingyo Used Books - So many great references to manga by great, believeable characters.

Biomega - I don't know what the hell its about... But its great.

Genkaku Picasso - The same feel as Lychee Light Club but safe to read on trains. No doodles...

Vagabond - Samurai hack and slash thats sadly on hiatus.

Hikaru no Go - Wins points just for making board games interesting.

Nana - My rock and roll, shojo guilty pleasure.

Inuyasha - Written by an angel, about a devil dog.

Ranma 1/2 - My introduction to manga and it still holds a special place in my heart.

Well, happy birthday Viz. You're all growed up now. You've made some mistakes as you grew up but I want you to know that your mother and I are very proud of you. *sniff* I promised myself I wouldnt cry...


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