A little early, but here we are...
Death Note (Volume 12)
Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
Hana-Kimi (Volumes 5 - 10)
Like Death Note, I feel that the last few volumes of the series Hana-Kimi (For You In Full Blossom) have been drawn out in wake of its popularity. A new character has been introduced to the series, famous up-and-coming photographer Akiha Hara. Most of the feelings and interactions of the core cast have been put on the backburner as this strange new plotline has come into the mix, dispelling some of the most intriguing aspects of the series (like the relationship between Mizuki and Nakatsu) as it attempts to fold a new regular into the story. Fortunately, it seems that this storyline is merely a small sidestep from the big picture and just hasn't done as good of a job of advancing the characters as other plotlines have, like when Mizuki's best friend from America comes to stir things up in volumes six and seven. I can overlook a little sidestory as long as the focus returns to the more intriguing parts of the book after a short enough respite. And this new character may become a valuable asset to the series - it's hard to say at this point. But one thing stands true - Hana-Kimi is a fantastic shoujo title, even this far into the series. A