Looking for a manga to read? In this article, we have put together the top 15 manga that you must read right now. If the anime industry today is so developed and huge, it is mainly because of the meteoric growth of manga in Western and Asian societies. Below, you can find an exhaustive list, which brings together several genres. There is something for everyone, and everything has been sorted according to the votes of users of the MyAnimeList site!
This inspiring story tells the story of a punk and a delinquent turned teacher. Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old young man, lived a difficult life, before turning around and becoming a teacher, hence his name: Great Teacher Onizuka. Many obstacles stand in his way: uncooperative colleagues, a worn-out director, his own personal history, and his general incompetence in teaching. However, he doesn’t give up because he wants to be a great teacher and prove it to everyone.
14. Made In Abyss
Made In Abyss is a relatively recent work. The world is somewhat transformed compared to ours, with a gigantic hole in the ground. The universe is much more interesting than it looks. As the adventures we follow, the characters will gradually sink into a gigantic opening hole in the earth. In the event that we venture too deeply, we do not survive long. A few courageous explorers have nevertheless had great results. One day, a young girl, Riko, meets a robot named Regu. This one comes from the bottom of the abyss, and their story starts like this…
13. Monogatari Series
This manga it’s all about personal drama, ghosts, and monsters. Indeed, the character of Koyomi Araragi is confronted with a vampire, and Koyoko is reborn as a vampire, too. Very quickly he bonded with other monsters and supernatural beings, and all the while he was trying to regain his humanity and get rid of all these supernatural phenomena.
12. 20th Century Boys
In the 1990s, Kenji Endo was the manager of a local grocery store. He is convinced that his life will never change. But, when he finds out about a recent suicide of a childhood friend, it does not take long to realize that the case may be linked to a deadly cult led by a certain friend. Kenji is convinced that he and all of his friends are being targeted and that only their friends can save the world from certain death. To add narrative depth, the manga addresses the lives of these boys in the 1990s and 1960s. Exciting!
11. Solo Leveling
Attention, little infidelity with Japan here. This Korean comic (manhwa) is taken from Chugong’s eponymous web novel series. For those who enjoy “zero to hero” type stories, this is a great choice. Thus, for each completed quest, the weak protagonist is assigned a power. It’s easy to understand the characters’ goals and motivations, which are straightforward, and make connections between them. What sets this manhwa apart is his artistry, which is one of the main reasons he ranks so high on MyAnimeList. The beauty of the manhwa is breathtaking, which instantly attracts its readers.
10. Slam Dunk
Over the past five years, sports anime have grown tremendously. Some of the most well-known examples include Haikyuu and Kuroko no Basket. The manga Slam Dunk is however at the origin of one of the first sports animes on basketball. Its story centers on Sakuragi Hanamichi, the hero of a classic sports manga (i.e. someone who isn’t interested in the game at first but gets deeply into it afterward). As it presents a friendly approach to the game, those who don’t know anything about basketball can experience it without a problem. You learn a lot about this sport here.
9. Grand Blue
We’re talking about swimming this time around, and the creators have done a great job of making swimming really look good in black and white. The main character, Iori Kitahara, moves into his uncle’s (Grand Blue) dive shop. He soon finds himself drawn into a world of drunk and comical revelers, and as he joins in the party, he reflects on his future…
Even though the story is set in China, it was written and drawn by a Japanese artist. We follow the adventures of Shin, a young boy who wishes to become the greatest general in all of China. What is particularly striking with the manga Kingdom is its ability to design an extremely smooth, interesting, and well-honed development. We identify quite easily with the internal battles he can lead, the management of his emotions, and feelings of all kinds. Kingdom is a shonen which is not limited only to fights and to the progression of the character over the chapters: the internal and foreign politics of medieval China are also in the spotlight. Be careful, there are a lot of chapters to read, but it’s worth the effort.
7. Oyasumi Punpun
This is a strange manga, less known than the others. Yet Punpun is a real nugget. Each of the characters here is morally repugnant, and you surely won’t be able to like them. Expressed like this, the work does not seem very attractive. However, the story itself is extremely well written and stages concrete social issues such as domestic violence, suicide, and rape. Here, we follow the story of Punpun Onodera, an innocent and idealistic 11-year-old child. Over the pages, we see him grow, his illusions dissipate and it is his development that is at the heart of the work. The people he once idolized are becoming imperfect, more real, and more realistic human beings.
Second manga for the incredible Inoue. Vagabond is a seinen, who immerses you in the universe of the samurai. Historic at will, there is suspense, drama, a lot of action, and extraordinarily drawn scenes. The confrontations will not only be limited to the katana, since the dialogues obtain their place in the development of the work of the characters. The certainties are tossed about, and we see a progression in the maturity of the character, Musashi Miyamoto. Then again, this protagonist’s goal is to become Japan’s most famous swordsman, as well as the best.
5. One Piece
Does One Piece really deserve its presentation? Today, it is surely the most famous manga, and the most sold in history. For many, the animated series is a monument of childhood, and it is therefore natural that the manga stands out in this ranking. For many, the paper version is preferable to the anime, if one wants to get started and follow Luffy’s adventures. The story is based on a huge treasure that is hidden in the Grand Line Ocean. Given that this is one of the greatest shonen in history, we see a huge development of the main characters, with Luffy in the lead. The manga is not finished, but we observe several phases of maturity over the course of the work.
Monster is a seinen that breaks with the habits of traditional manga. We follow the adventures of Doctor Kenzou Tenma, who chooses to save the life of a child rather than that of the mayor. Gradually, he notices that people around him are starting to be murdered. The plot, which will take him to various countries, allows us to follow his adventures through the prism of his interactions and dialogue with the characters… or himself! Indeed, the monologues are extremely interesting, very well conducted. Captivating story, twists and turns are present, everyone will certainly experience thrills at certain key moments of the story.
3. Fullmetal Alchemist
A lot of people know Fullmetal Alchemist through its two anime adaptations. The last, Brotherhood, was a real commercial success that won over the majority of viewers. So, it is no wonder that the popularity of manga has jumped over the years. We follow the adventures of two alchemist brothers, Edward and Elric, who want to bring their mother back to life. However, their operation was a complete failure, and the physical damage was irreversible… or almost. The plot is extremely well put together, the shonen brings an acute development of the characters, without however going into excess. The universe and the world are well constructed, and humor is present, which will delight most readers…
2. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Even if you haven’t watched or read JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, you certainly have heard of it. This is a real cultural phenomenon that has seduced a good part of the otaku sphere! While most manga takes place in Japanese schools or in Asia, we are here immersed in a Western universe. We follow the development and adventures of the Joestar family. Each arc brings us new characters, resulting in totally different, refreshing and intriguing events!
Yes, Berserk is the top rated manga on the MyAnimeList site. We follow the adventures of Guts, an incredible boy betrayed by his sensei, whom he loved and respected deeply. He gradually becomes a man, acquires a thirst for blood and becomes an excellent fighter. However, he carries within him a heavy burden, a misfortune that will come and pile him up many times during his adventure. However, he manages to progress thanks to his resilience and especially his exceptional strength, which is characterized by his impressive sword. If you want to immerse yourself in an action manga, fantastic, with stunning designs, we recommend that you read Berserk!
As you have noticed, many great references do not fit into this ranking. However, this top of 15 manga you must read right now is based on the votes of several thousand people, and is intended to be as impartial as possible. If you want to dig deeper into more extremely interesting anime, here’s a list: Bleach, Death Note, Naruto, Shingeki no Kyojin, Hunter x Hunter, Deep Love, Haikyuu, Pokémon, Doctor Stone, Vinland Saga, Steins Gate, Psycho Pass…