Top 11 Manga Comic Books – Must-read

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Key Takeaways

  • The top-rated manga among fans and the best seinen manga is Berserk.
  • The best shounen manga is Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan).
  • The best shoujo manga is Ao Haru Ride.
  • The best komodo-muke (kids) manga is Pocket Monster Special (Pokémon Adventures).
  • The best josei manga is Paradise Kiss.

Berserk

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  • Miura, Kentaro (Author)

Guts, a once-mercenary now bearing the moniker “Black Swordsman,” hunger for vengeance. His early life was marred by turmoil, but he eventually discovers a person he holds in high regard and believes he can confide in.

Tragically, this newfound trust shatters when this individual callously seizes everything meaningful to Guts to satiate their personal desires. Branded for annihilation, Guts finds himself consigned to a fate where he’s ceaselessly pursued by malevolent entities of the supernatural.

Embarking on a harrowing odyssey fraught with misfortune, Guts, armed with an imposing blade and formidable might, is unwavering in his resolve. Not even death itself will deter him until he succeeds in decapitating the one responsible for robbing him and his beloved of their humanity.

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  • Demographic: Seinen
  • Volumes: Ongoing
  • Chapters: Ongoing
  • Published: Aug 25, 1989 – Ongoing
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
  • Themes: Gore, Military, Mythology, Psychological

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 7: Steel Ball Run

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  • 荒木 飛呂彦 (Author)
  • Japanese (Publication Language)
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In the American Old West, an epic race is set to kick off, drawing thousands to San Diego for a shot at a $50 million jackpot. With the horse era fading away, participants can choose any vehicle for this grueling six-thousand-kilometer journey, covering up to a hundred kilometers daily through untamed wilderness. The Steel Ball Run stands as a unique spectacle.

Here, the young and disabled former horse racer, Johnny Joestar, arrives in San Diego to witness the race’s launch. It’s here he crosses paths with Gyro Zeppeli, a racer wielding mystical steel balls in lieu of a gun.

Johnny’s world is upended as he witnesses Gyro’s incredible power during a duel, where a mere touch of the steel ball grants Johnny the ability to stand on his own two feet for the first time in two years. Determined to unlock the secret behind these steel balls, Johnny joins the race, embarking on a peculiar adventure across America in the Steel Ball Run.

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  • Demographics: Seinen, Shounen
  • Volumes: 24
  • Chapters: 96
  • Status: Finished
  • Published: Jan 19, 2004 to Apr 19, 2011
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Mystery
  • Theme: Historical

Vagabond

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  • Inoue, Takehiko (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 600 Pages - 09/16/2008 (Publication...

In 16th-century Japan, Shinmen Takezou, a rugged and unruly young man, flees his village with his best friend Matahachi Honiden in search of a more exciting life. They join the Toyotomi army, hoping for glory.

However, a devastating defeat at the Battle of Sekigahara by the Tokugawa Clan separates them, with Shinmen returning home to deliver the news of Matahachi’s survival.

Upon his return, Shinmen is wrongfully accused of murdering Matahachi due to his violent past, leading to his capture and a near-death experience. A compassionate wandering monk, Takuan Soho, saves him and gives him a new identity as Musashi Miyamoto to evade authorities.

Vagabond is a fictionalized rendition of the legendary Japanese swordsman Musashi Miyamoto. It traces his journey from a young man seeking invincibility to a wise warrior who learns the value of friendship, self-discovery, and life itself.

Details:

  • Demographic: Seinen
  • Volumes: 37
  • Chapters: 327
  • Status: On Hiatus
  • Published: Sep 3, 1998 to May 21, 2015
  • Genres: Action, Adventure
  • Themes: Historical, Samurai

One Piece

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  • Oda, Eiichiro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Gol D. Roger, known as the “King of the Pirates,” reveals the existence of One Piece, a legendary treasure in the Grand Line, just before his execution. He invites anyone worthy to claim it, sparking the Great Age of Pirates.

Twenty-two years later, Monkey D. Luffy, armed with a straw hat, a small boat, and an elastic body, embarks on a quest to find One Piece and become the new Pirate King. His journey includes assembling a crew and obtaining a worthy ship to conquer the treacherous Grand Line and achieve pirate supremacy.

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Details:

  • Demographic: Shounen
  • Volumes: Ongoing
  • Chapters: Ongoing
  • Status: Publishing
  • Published: Jul 22, 1997 – Ongoing
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Monster

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Renowned Japanese neurosurgeon Kenzou Tenma, working in post-war Germany, faces a fateful decision: save the orphaned Johan Liebert, on the brink of death, or the mayor of Düsseldorf.

Tenma opts to rescue Johan, leading to the loss of his job, the end of his engagement with Eva (Heinemann’s daughter), and his professional reputation.

However, a turn of events occurs when Director Heinemann is mysteriously killed, offering Tenma a second chance. Nine years later, Tenma is the head of the surgical department and is on the verge of becoming the director. All appears to be going well until a series of gruesome murders plagues Germany, and Tenma finds himself entangled in the hunt for the same monster he saved nine years ago.

Details:

  • Demographic: Seinen
  • Volumes: 18
  • Chapters: 162
  • Status: Finished
  • Published: Dec 5, 1994 to Dec 20, 2001
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery
  • Themes: Adult Cast, Psychological

Slam Dunk

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  • Takehiko Inoue (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
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Hanamichi Sakuragi, a tall, fiery-haired teenager, enters Shohoku High with a desperate desire to end his 50-rejection streak and find a girlfriend. Despite his imposing stature and strength, his reputation for delinquency keeps most students at bay. On his first day, he’s left with two thoughts: “I hate basketball” and “I need a girlfriend.”

Haruko Akagi, unaware of his past, approaches him, asking if he likes basketball. Overwhelmed by a girl talking to him, Hanamichi, to his surprise, says yes. In the gym, Haruko asks if he can do a slam dunk.

Although a complete novice, Hanamachi’s leap ends in a head-on collision with the backboard. Impressed by his incredible physical abilities, Haruko informs the basketball captain, thrusting Hanamichi into a world of competition and revealing that basketball might be more than he thought.

Details:

  • Demographic: Shounen
  • Volumes: 31
  • Chapters: 276
  • Status: Finished
  • Published: Sep 18, 1990 to Jun 4, 1996
  • Genres: Sports
  • Themes: School, Team Sports

Vinland Saga

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Thorfinn, the son of a Viking legend, is a formidable warrior in the cunning Askeladd’s band of mercenaries. Yet, his purpose isn’t plunder; it’s revenge. He seeks to kill Askeladd, who brought tragedy to his family, in a fair duel. As Thorfinn hones his skills among the war-loving Danes, killing becomes a way of life.

One day, Askeladd learns of Danish prince Canute’s kidnapping and hatches a plan that will shape the future of England. Set in 11th-century Europe, Vinland Saga paints a brutal picture of an era consumed by violence, madness, and injustice—a paradise for the battle-hungry and hell for everyone else.

Details:

  • Demographic: Seinen
  • Volumes: Ongoing
  • Chapters: Ongoing
  • Status: Publishing
  • Published: Apr 13, 2005 – Ongoing
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama
  • Theme: Historical

Fullmetal Alchemist

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  • Arakawa, Hiromu (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 5248 Pages - 11/01/2011 (Publication...

Alchemists possess remarkable knowledge and abilities to manipulate matter through their art. However, even with its possibilities, alchemy has strict taboos, especially human transmutation, which carries severe consequences.

Despite this, the Elric siblings, Edward and Alphonse, defy the taboo in an attempt to resurrect their mother. The outcome is tragic: Edward loses a leg, and Alphonse loses his entire body, with Edward sacrificing his arm to bind Alphonse’s soul to an armor suit.

Years later, the brothers journey across the land in search of the Philosopher’s Stone to restore their bodies. Along the way, they uncover dark secrets beyond their imagination.

Details:

  • Demographic: Shounen
  • Volumes: 27
  • Chapters: 116
  • Status: Finished
  • Published: Jul 12, 2001 to Sep 11, 2010
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
  • Theme: Military

Grand Blue Dreaming

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  • Yoshioka, Kimitake (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
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In the coastal town of Izu, Iori Kitahara begins his freshman year at Izu University. His dream of a perfect college life, full of beautiful girls and good friends, takes an unexpected turn when he moves into his uncle’s scuba diving shop, Grand Blue.

There, he’s roped into rowdy, naked upperclassmen’s drinking games. Iori quickly joins in and becomes the life of the party, but this leads to a clash with his cousin, Chisa Kotegawa. Undaunted, Iori is determined to achieve his ideal college life, but can he stay on course, or will his situation take another dive?

Details:

  • Demographic: Seinen
  • Volumes: Ongoing
  • Chapters: Ongoing
  • Status: Publishing
  • Published: Apr 7, 2014 – Ongoing
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Theme: School

Goodnight Punpun

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  • Inio Asano (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
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Punpun Onodera, an ordinary 11-year-old in Japan, finds his life taking an unexpected turn when he falls for Aiko Tanaka, a new classmate. The challenges of relationships and a traumatic family incident shatter his idealism, making him question the role models he once admired.

As his problems grow, Punpun retreats into reclusiveness, deepening his inner turmoil. Instead of resolving his issues, this isolating journey propels him into a dark and complicated adulthood in this bleak coming-of-age story.

Details:

  • Demographic: Seinen
  • Volumes: 13
  • Chapters: 147
  • Status: Finished
  • Published: Mar 15, 2007 to Nov 2, 2013
  • Genres: Drama, Slice of Life
  • Theme: Psychological

Kingdom

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  • Yasuhisa Hara (Author)
  • Japanese (Publication Language)
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In China’s Warring States era, Xin and Piao, orphaned slaves, share a dream of becoming Great Generals. Their paths diverge when Piao is given a crucial role in the Qin royal palace. Before parting, they vow to become the world’s greatest generals.

After a palace coup, Xin finds a dying Piao, whose final words ignite his determination. This leads him to the young king, Zheng Ying.

Initially at odds, Xin and Zheng become comrades, embarking on a challenging journey. Zheng aims to unite the warring states under Qin, while Xin aspires to rise through the army ranks. Amid perpetual state warfare and political turmoil, both within and outside the palace, they pursue their ambitious goals, poised to reshape history.

Details:

  • Demographic: Seinen
  • Volumes: Ongoing
  • Chapters: Ongoing
  • Status: Publishing
  • Published: Jan 26, 2006 – Ongoing
  • Genres: Action
  • Themes: Historical, Military

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