Top 50 Best Manga Of All Time
Manga is a medium that attracts the attention of every anime fan out there. In fact, even if you are NOT an anime fan, the culture for manga has grown a lot over the past few years, giving rise to its sole recognition.
And for a lot of series, the statement ” Manga is Better Than The Anime” stands true *cough* Tokyo ghoul *cough*.
Therefore, many of us wish to dive into the medium to have a fun time reading these comics.
However, where should we start? With thousands of Manga in the market, it can be tough for someone to pick out the best for himself.
Luckily, I am here to save time and effort for you. In this article, we will be looking at the Top 50 Best Manga of all time.
So grab your cash, pick up your bookmark as we dive deep into the Abyss of Manga.
I hope you enjoy it!
So let’s start our list with a unique series. A manga that might not seem like a 10/10 material but actually is.
This is the Aria series. Aria is a 12 volume manga series that started back in 2002.
It is written and illustrated by Amano Kozue. The story is set in a world where Mars has been used for rehabilitation and is now known as the oceanic planet Aqua.
People from Manhome aka Earth are visiting this planet for tourism. Therefore, this manga is the journey of Akari Mizunashi as she joins the Aria company to become the best tour guide.
Yes, it doesn’t seem that amazing on the surface. However, trust me when I say this, the slice-of-life contents of this manga will give you some of the most unknown experiences.
49. Banana Fish
Do you like Gangsters? Do you like the Mafia? Do you like high-octane action? And finally, do you like Yaoi?
If any of the questions had a ‘Yes’ as your answer then this manga needs your attention.
Banana Fish Is a 19 volume manga series that started back in 1985. It is written and illustrated by Yoshida Akimi.
The story talks about Ash Lynx who has been under the care of a gangster.
He is smart, good-looking, and dangerous, making him ideal as a gangster. On the other hand, Eiji Okumura is a photographer who crossed paths with Ash, and with a series of murders, they both are now on a mission.
The mission is to find the meaning of ‘Banana Fish’ before the entire city goes into horrendous chaos.
This manga is all about action with a tablespoon of Yaoi added. I am sure that many of you like these types of stories.
So go ahead with Banana Fish.
48. Umarekawattemo Mata, Watashi to Kekkon shitekuremasu ka
Yup, the title is quite a lengthy one. But believe me, the contents of this manga are even more fulfilling than you might expect.
A love story that you can’t help but admire. Umarekawattemo Mata, Watashi to Kekkon shitekuremasu ka is a 4 volume manga series that started back in 2017.
It is written and illustrated by Morinaga Miku. The story tells us about the love that blooms between Toranosuke Ibuki and his wife Kaoru.
This couple is now at their old age with a few more years to come by.
And as they are making their final countdown, they start to look back on their life for once.
From the day when it started to today, this is the story of those who would love each other even in the next life.
This is one of the most wholesome and adorable manga series you would ever come across.
A simple and sweet love story that no one can do anything but admire.
47. Kono Oto Tomare!
Do you like Music, my friend? If yes then have you heard about the Kono Oto Tomare series?
No? Well, allow me to introduce you to it. Kono Oto Tomare! is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2012.
It is written and illustrated by Sakura Amyuu. The story talks about Takezou who is the only member of the Kato Club.
Kato, if you don’t know, is a string instrument used by Japanese citizens. Now a new school year has commenced and Takezou has to make sure that he gets new members in his club or the club is doomed.
However, a new member comes to join the club himself. But this man is nothing but insane and now our boy has to take care of both, this member, and look for new members.
46. Kozure Ookami
Hardcore anime and manga fans might have already guessed what this manga is going to be about.
For those who didn’t, ‘Ookami’ means ‘Wolf’. I think you connected the dots now. But wait, this isn’t ONLY about wolves.
Let’s look at the synopsis to know more. Kozure Ookami is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2012.
It is written and illustrated by Sakura Amyuu. The story talks about Itou Ogami, who has been accused of treason and was discarded from his village.
Moreover, despite being innocent, he lost his wife to the villagers and has his only child left.
Now he is known as an assassin and aims for revenge. However, when he does his job as an assassin, his name and his kill count increase gradually.
Soon enough he comes to be known as Lone Wolf and Cub. If you want your assassination to be done perfectly, he is the one you should look for.
This manga is not only heartwarming but also calming and exciting. A lot of feelings would emerge once you give this a try.
Prepare yourself, weebs. The next manga on our list is nothing less than horrifying. It wouldn’t be a stretch if I said that horror is just the base of this manga.
Filled with gore and darkness, this is Dorohedoro. Dorohedoro is a 23 volume manga series that started back in 2000.
It is written and illustrated by Hayashida Q. The manga talks about a world known as holes where people are treated as Guinea pigs.
Magicians experiment with their magic on them and torment them to the absolute limit. The strong are the monsters that torture the weak and this is also the reason why Caiman is looked upon as a monster.
His appearance is that of a reptile and had no memory of being in the hole.
Now Caiman is on a journey to find the truth about his past and look for his identity.
And he will crush anything and everything that comes in his path while doing so.
Many of you might already be getting the chilling and cold vibes from the synopsis.
However, the actual story is even crueler. If you are someone who gets shocked very easily then skip this manga.
It’s not for you.
Yet another amazing music-based manga is on its way, weebs. And I think many of you could relate to it if you have ever had a hobby in your life.
You did? Then let’s see how you can see yourself in Beck. Beck is a 34 volume manga series that started back in 2000.
It is written and illustrated by Sakuishi Harold. This is the journey of Yukio Tanaka who lost his middle school days listening to music.
However, when he meets Ryuusuke Manamu in Middle School, his life took a turn forever.
Now he is going to form a band with Ryuusuke and pursue his passion as a musician.
However, this path is not clear and with work, school, and life by side, this task is going to be a lot more challenging.
However, Yukio will make this a reality no matter what it takes. Beck is simple in terms of its core concepts but incredible in its execution.
It is manga like these that tell us the difference between good and great.
43. Hajime no Ippo
For anyone who enjoys boxing and martial arts, Hajime No Ippo is a must-read manga.
Like there is not even an exception. If you are a fan of sports series then this is a work of art.
Hajime no Ippo is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 1989. It is written and illustrated by Morikawa George.
The story talks about Ippo Makunouchi who was a major target for bullies. However, his miserable life changed once he got a helping hand from a boxing coach, who introduced him to a boxing gym.
On that day, our boy Ippo realized that he has a talent for boxing. And with that discovery begins the journey of Ippo to becoming the greatest boxer by making lovable friends and fighting incredible foes.
This manga has the 15th Kodansha Manga Award for the Best Shounen Manga under its belt.
Not to mention, the series sold more than 90 million copies by 2013. I don’t think I need to say more about it.
If you got a chance to live a few years of your life back again, what would you do?
Well, if you are having a hard time thinking about your past then why not take a reference.
And I think ReLife would work wonders as a reference for you. ReLIFE is a 15 volume manga series that started back in 2013.
It is written and illustrated by Yayoi Sou. This is the story of Arata Kaizaka who gets the opportunity to live his life back again after facing misery in the professional world.
With the mindset of earning cash from the ‘ReLife’ project, he takes part in it and now, he has to live his life again from 17 years old.
Yup, from 27 to 17, our boy has the opportunity to change his fate. All he has to do is make it through this one year and he will be rewarded some hefty amount for his work.
However, as he is living his old days, he starts to realize that his past was wonderful in its own way.
Look at the life of the newborn teenager as he tries to repair the ties that disturbed his life forever.
ReLife teaches us the value of life and time. These two elements are crucial while deciding our fate and the one who loses either of them is done for.
You would understand what I am saying when you will give this manga a shot.
41. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou
What would it feel like if you are the only person left in the world?
Now, this idea might seem far-fetched at first but when you dive deeper into this manga, you would realize how grounded this ideology is.
Let’s take a closer look. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou is a 6 volume manga series that started back in 2014.
It is written and illustrated by Tsukumizu. Yuuri and Chito are the only two girls left alive in the world that faced the apocalypse.
Now they are going to go from place to place, looking for food, clothing, and other important aspects for survival.
Their life is filled with a ray of Hope and a mind that looks forward to the existence of humanity.
However, as they take every step ahead, the possibility seems to vanish and hopes seem to shatter.
This manga is called ‘Girl’s Last Tour’ in English and I think you guys know why people call it that way.
This is a calm and sober piece of art that will give you the chills that will shake you from the core.
40. Yagate Kimi ni Naru
We have had Yaoi on our list before. So many of you guys might be looking for some Yuri to balance it up.
Luckily for us, that is exactly what we will be dealing with now. Yagate Kimi ni Naru is an 8 volume manga series that started back in 2015.
It is written and illustrated by Nakatani Nio. The manga talks about Yuu Kaito who is looking for a love story of her own after reading them in manga and love songs.
However, things don’t seem to work her way. That is until she meets the student council president Touko.
When Touko rejected a boy who confessed to her, Yuu approached her to learn. But to her surprise, Touko is in love with You and this relationship is going to take some wild turns.
This is a manga for anyone who loves to love their love story but with Girl’s love.
What a lovely combination, right?
Now Pluto is a manga that we don’t usually hear about in conversations. It’s an artistic manga that might not suit your taste but if it did, it’s an experience of its kind.
Pluto is an 8 volume manga series that started back in 2003. It is written and illustrated by Tezuka Osamu and Urasawa Naoki.
The story is set in a world where robots and humans share the same life.
A celebrity robot named Montblanc was killed and detective Gesicht is now asked to look over the case.
Pluto is a name that stands out the most and now Gesicht has to try his best to save the other 8 robots that could be the potential targets.
This manga might seem like a simple sci-fi at first but the amount of detail put into its creation is unreal.
You won’t believe how amazing this manga is until you read it.
38. Chainsaw Man
Rising the ranks of popularity in a short duration, we have Chainsaw Man. Even though this manga started very recently, it has gained a lot of attention from an incredible amount of people.
Chainsaw Man is an 11 volume manga series that started back in 2018. It is written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto.
The story talks about Denji who wanted a normal life but when his debt became too much, he had no option but to go after money.
Using his devil pet, he killed all those asked by the Yakuza. However, the Yakuza, later on, murdered Denji himself.
But thanks to his luck, Denji is revived by his pet Devil into a chainsaw devil.
This man can now change any of his body parts into a chainsaw. And let’s just say that things start to get very messy after that.
Chainsaw Man manga might not seem like something out of this world. But when you will read the first chapter, you will realize how gory and dark it is.
No wonder it is getting so much hype.
37. Blue Period
If you are a bit tired of seeing those fantasy series that have even a bit of non-realism then I have an amazing manga for you.
The series that might change your life forever, is Blue Period. Blue Period is a currently publishing manga series that started back in 2017.
It is written and illustrated by Yamaguchi Tsubasa. The manga talks about the life of a smart delinquent Yatora Yaguchi who wants to have a normal life.
However, it comes to his surprise that art is the activity he enjoys the most practicing.
Therefore, he decides to become an artist even though he started drawing, like 5 days ago.
And thus, begins the journey of a hero to becoming a loser. Yup, you read that correctly.
This is the story of someone sky-high hitting the rock bottom. And that is exactly what makes it so special.
If you can’t understand why I am saying so then just give this manga a read.
36. Hunter x Hunter
This manga is infamous within the anime and manga community for its Hiatus x Hiatus.
However, this manga is also famous for having one of the most incredible shonen stories in anime and manga.
Let’s have a look into it Hunter x Hunter is a manga on hiatus that started back in 1998.
It is written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. The story talks about Gon Freecs who wishes to become a ‘Hunter’ so he could find his father who lost him a long while ago.
However, becoming a Hunter is no easy task. These guys are supposed to assassinate, destroy, and hunt people for a living and THAT requires a lot of practice and skill.
Therefore, this journey of our boy Gon along with his friend Killua and many others is going to be a rollercoaster.
Make sure you accompany them all along. Hunter x Hunter is a manga that shaped the Shonen genre for good.
With its balance of humor and gore, this work might become your favorite if you give it some time.
Don’t believe me? Give it a try.
Known within the anime and Manga community as one of the greatest stories told, the next manga on our list is the parent story of the movie Akira.
Akira is a 6 volume manga series that started back in 1982. It is written and illustrated by Otomo Katsuhiro.
The story is set in neo-Tokyo, a city built over the original Tokyo that was destroyed by some unknown explosion.
In neo Tokyo, bikers and gangsters make their way to life and with Shima Tetsuo and Kaneda Shoutarou’s presence, that statement turns out to be even more true.
However, their life and the life of neo-Tokyo is going to change forever when Tetsuo gets himself involved with ‘Akira’.
This secret government weapon and its involvement with Tetsuo is going to shatter the city yet again.
Akira’s greatness lies in its execution of the narrative. Yes, the story is in fact very potent.
However, the author assured that this potent story gets an equally fabulous execution. If you love your gang and war manga then this shall be your next read.
34. Death Note
Oh, come on! Do I even need to tell you about this? Really? Probably the most popular anime series of all time originates from this manga.
It is the legendary Death Note. Death Note is a 12 volume manga series that started back in 2003.
It is written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. Death Note talks about the life of one of the smartest students in Japan, Light Yagami when he acquired Death Note.
In this book, if you write someone’s name, he/she shall die. So when Light decides to kill all the criminals using this notebook, the police department starts looking for him.
Soon enough, the world’s greatest detective, L started to look for him. And now, this is the fight between the world’s greatest detective and Japan’s smartest student.
Who will be able to prevail and prove his ‘JUSTICE’. Death Note is revolutionary. I don’t want to mention anything to you.
You should just go and read it RIGHT NOW! Just complete this list and then go and read Death Note.
If you don’t, I will be writing your name somewhere.
33. One Punch Man
Yet another very popular manga series that is bound to reach the audience it serves to.
This is the incredible One Punch Man manga. One Punch-Man is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2012.
It is written by ONE and illustrated by Yusuke Murata. One-Punch Man tells the story of Saitama, a normal human who decided to become a hero for fun.
However, when he trained to become a hero, he trained so much that he is super strong.
So much so that heroism is not fun anymore. All he does is punch once and the opponent is down.
Nothing outstanding happens. However, things start to change when he joins the Hero Association that goes against the monster association.
Yup, in this world monsters cause chaos, and to fight them, heroes are sent over.
Now the life of a hero who can defeat in just one Punch is about to begin.
Ripping off all the stereotypes you would have ever had about Shounen anime and manga, One Punch Man is one of its kind.
And did I mention that its art is way too Godly? Oh yeah, you should give this hilarious manga just 1 try.
I am sure you will end up binging it.
32. Natsume Yuujinchou
The next manga on our list is a bit of a slow burner. So if you are looking for some high-octane action then you might wanna skip this.
But if you are looking for something soothing then this is the series for you.
Natsume Yuujinchou is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2003. It is written and illustrated by Midorikawa Yuki.
The story talks about Takashi Natsume who wants a normal life just like all of us.
However, the problem stands in the fact that he has the ability to see Yokai aka Spirits.
Moreover, her grandma left a book where she bound such spirits. Now Takashi has to take care of these spirits with some of them being hostile while the others being humble.
And to help him out, Madara, a cat-like spirit, is his bodyguard for its own reasons.
This manga is for anyone who is looking for a calming yet entertaining slice-of-life series.
Seeing a boy struggle in his life between spirits and humans is interesting in its own way.
31. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
Yet another slice-of-life series is on its way, weebs. However, this time around, we will be dealing with an android instead.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is a 14 volume manga series that started back in 1994. It is written and illustrated by Ashinano Hitoshi.
The story is set in a world where humanity is on the brink of extinction and so, only androids prevail.
One such android is Alpha Hatsuseno who is running a cafe while her boss is out forever.
She doesn’t get any customers that often but a smile is always on her face.
Whenever she is free, she takes up her scooter and begins scouting the area, meeting new people, and creating memories.
This is the story of an Android living a life that many of us would love to experience.
You can bet, you would want to live it as well. The appeal of this manga is in its simplicity.
With an anxious yet cheerful time in the text, this series will give you an experience you have never had.
And possibly, never will.
I am sure that many of you guys have had dreams for your life? Astronaut, doctor, engineer are some of the professional aspirations.
However, have you ever wanted to be a musician? Nana is a 21 volume manga series that started back in 2000.
It is written and illustrated by Yazawa Ai. The manga tells the story of Nana Komatsu and Nana Osaki.
While Nana Komatsu is out in the world for her dreams of finding a lover, Nana Osaki wants to be a musician.
Both of these Nana, not only shared the same name but also shared the same train and the same apartment while visiting Tokyo.
Now as they both get involved with each other’s lives, they get a more vivid idea of life in general as they tackle their life problems.
Nana is a manga about life problems and lessons that we learn on the way.
From your love to someone to your love to something, Nana is a teacher that shows you the truth of life.
29. Tokyo Revengers
This manga is just….. How shall I put it? This manga is just incredible! Imagine skyrocketing in sales only after a few weeks of debut.
Oh yeah, that’s Tokyo Revengers for you. Tokyo Revengers is currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2017.
It is written and illustrated by Ken Wakui. The series focuses on Hanagaki Takemichi, a man who had nothing to look forward to in his life.
However, when an accident causes him to go back in time, he gets the opportunity to fix the past and save his ex-girlfriend Hinata Tachibana.
Now Takemichi has to try his best to change the past so that the Hinata in the present doesn’t die.
But wait? Why is getting involved with gangs and fights? Is it connected to his future?.
Tokyo Revengers, during its release, immediately launched itself super high in sales. Millions of copies and thousands of fans looked up to this series.
The high school gang setting is executed so well that you might end up getting addicted to it.
If I were to mention some slow manga that will lighten your mood and calm your mind, I would definitely mention Mushishi.
Mushishi is a 10 volume manga series that started back in 1999. It is written and illustrated by Urushibara Yuki.
The concept of Mushishi is the existence of ‘Mushi’, purposeless creatures with the simplest structure.
To find the meaning of Mushi and its potential purpose, Ginko goes on a search with nothing but himself.
He will try and figure out the reason why Mushishi is the way they are and look up every incident that seems to be related to them.
Mushishi is for those who love to enjoy their slow burners. Nothing is exciting, outstanding, or extraordinary.
It is a very simple series. And its simplicity is what makes it so special.
27. Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru Series
Yeah, the title seems super long. However, this series deserves your attention anyway because of how fleshed out it is.
Let’s take a deeper look at it. Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru Series is a 53 volume manga series that started back in 2007.
It is written by Ryukishi07 and illustrated by Natsumi Kei. The story talks about the Ushiromiya family where the head is about to lose his health.
Therefore, he decides to conduct a game that will not only grant massive financial rewards to the winner but also give them the leadership of the clan.
Now an all-out war has begun between family members where death and murder are not guilty.
Who will turn out at the top with their excellent survival skills? This manga is known within the community for its increase in quality.
You might not like the first version but just keep on reading. As you read more and more episodes, you will realize how fine this manga is.
26. Jumyou wo Kaitotte Moratta. Ichinen ni Tsuki, Ichimanen de.
Yup, just like the previous entry, the title is quite attention-seeking. However, just like the previous entry, this one also needs your attention.
Why? Because it’s about selling life. Jumyou wo Kaitotte Moratta Ichinen ni Tsuki, Ichimanen de. is a 3 volume manga series that started back in 2016.
It is written by Miaki Sugaru and illustrated by Taguchi Shouichi. The manga talks about Kusunoki who was so close to being broke that he didn’t have money for his next meal.
Out of desperation, he visited a store that gives money against lifespan. Although it sounds fake, it turned out to be true and Kusunoki sold 30 years of his life for ¥10,000 per year.
Now he only has three months left and he will have Miyagi look up to him until the last three days.
The next three months of his life are going to be filled with regrets, pain, and despair.
And at the end of it, he might understand the true meaning of life. A deep manga that will precisely show you the essence and meaning of life with its narrative.
Make sure you read it if you are going through tough times.
25. Uchuu Kyoudai
The English title of this manga is ‘Space Brother’, which is pretty cool if you ask me.
But what’s even cooler is the content of this manga. What is it? Let’s find out.
Uchuu Kyoudai is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2007. It is written and illustrated by Koyama Chuuya.
The story talks about two brothers who made the promise to reach out to Mars and Moon as they grow up.
And while the younger brother did end up working with Nasa, the older one lost his job and is at a detrimental stage in his life.
However, when given an opportunity to work with JAXA, he takes it up. This is how the older brother is going to experience the hardships of being an astronaut firsthand.
Space Brothers has won the 56th Shogakukan Manga Award and the 35th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category.
Not to mention, it has also won the Reader Award of the 18the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
So yeah, this manga is definitely worth all your time.
24. Made in Abyss
When you look into the dark abyss, the abyss looks back at you. That’s the thought that shows up in my mind when I think about this manga.
However, it is much more fleshed out than this. Made in Abyss is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2012.
It is written and illustrated by Tsukushi Akihito. The story is set in a town where a large hole called the Abyss exists.
Those who are daring enough to step into it are called Cave Raiders. And Riko’s mother was one of those brake cave raiders.
However, her mother hasn’t returned yet. So when she gets the chance to reach out the abyss as She meets a robot, Reg, she takes the opportunity and moves down the abyss.
However, this single step is going to change this young girl’s life forever and make her experience the worst of misery.
This is a dark manga series that shouldn’t be watched by people who have a weak heart.
I have warned you. Don’t complain to me later.
I am certain that many of you would have tried at least 1 sport in your life.
And if you had a fun time playing that sport, then I can guarantee that you will have a great time reading Haikyuu as well.
Haikyuu!! is a 45 volume manga series that started back in 2012. It is written and illustrated by Furudate Haruichi.
Haikyuu tells the story of Shoyo Hinata who, despite having a small height, wanted to be a great volleyball player.
But his dreams were shattered in Middle school after losing against Tobio Kageyama. His life proceeds normally after that but wait, he is in high school now and he wants to join the volleyball club?
Alright, what’s the problem here? What! Tobio Kageyama is in the same high school and now these sworn rivals have to work together to get the most elite team in the high school division?
Oh man, this is going to be so much fun. Haikyuu is all about fun and enjoyment.
The excitement and entertainment that one gets while reading this manga are what makes it so good.
If you have ever experienced sports in your entire life then there’s no way you wouldn’t like Haikyuu.
It is so sweet!
22. Akatsuki no Yona
The medieval age setting is a subject of appreciation for many anime fans out there.
So if we are searching for one of the best manga with such a setting, I think Yona Of The Dawn would hit our list for sure.
Akatsuki no Yona is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2009. It is written and illustrated by Kusanagi Mizuho.
The story is set in Kouka kingdom where Yona, a red-haired girl is living her life with her beloved father and has a dream of marrying her crush Su-won.
However, her life turns upside down when Su-won kills Yona’s father and takes over the kingdom.
Yona manages to escape the Kingdom with the help of her guard Hak and now, they both are on a search.
They find out that, if they wish to retake the kingdom, they would have to ask for help from the 4 dragons.
Thus begins the journey of Pampered Yona Princess to becoming a beast as she tackles every problem between her and the 4 dragons.
Once she had the power of the 4 dragons, things would work out just as she intended them to.
This manga is for all those who love the blend of action with Romance. Handsome boys and the female harem are something that readers can expect from this series.
However, an amazing and well-thought-out story is also amongst the features of this manga. Make sure to give it a read.
Although we have had our talk about Volleyball, I think it’s time to take a look at another amazing sport, Basketball.
And if we are talking about some of the best Basketball manga, I think Real is worth taking our time.
Real is a currently publishing manga series that started back in 1999. It is written and illustrated by Inoue Takehiko.
The series talks about Tomomi Nomiya, Kiyoharu Togawa, and Hisanobu Takahashi. All of these gentlemen had one or another life experience that ruined their life for the worst.
However, this is the tale of those who overcome all their weaknesses and pursue their dreams.
Paralysis, accidents, and depression are just minute hurdles that these warriors will overcome to do what they love the most.
Real is done by one of the best manga artists of all time. Inoue not only draws like a God but also creates some of the finest stories ever created.
And if you wish to start with his works then I think Real would be great for you.
20. Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
We are in the Top 20 Ladies and gentlemen. Every manga from here on is going to be on the next level.
And let’s enter this level with Nausicaa. Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä is a 7 volume manga series that started back in 1982.
It is written and illustrated by Miyazaki Hayao. The Manga tells us about Nausicaa, who is the heir of the Kingdom Valley of The Wind.
The sheer amount of war has led to humanity being close to Extinction. Those who survived before are a part of clans now just like Nausicaa.
However, these people are trying to bring history back again. And Nausicaa has to make sure that there is no war from here on out.
If she isn’t able to stop them then Humanity’s end would be on the horizon.
Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind is a manga that depicts the dangerous nature of war in an entertaining and exciting format.
For anyone who loves to enjoy their war-related stuff, this is a manga for you.
19. Koe no Katachi
I am pretty sure that many of you have already watched the movie adaptation of this manga.
If you don’t remember, let me do the honors. The next manga on our list is A Silent Voice.
Koe no Katachi is a 7 volume manga series that started back in 2013. It is written and illustrated by Ooima Yoshitoki.
The manga tells the story of Ishida who used to bully a deaf girl named Nishimiya.
However, when he got caught for his acts his life changed forever. Those who supported him during his wrong also faced him.
Now, he is all with only regret and guilt in mind. However, when he meets Nishimiya back again, he gets the opportunity to atone for his sins.
A Silent Voice is an incredible drama series that will make you cry so much.
If you think that the movie was it then you are wrong. There is A LOT of content left in the manga that you NEED to look at.
18. Yotsuba to!
A slice-of-life series done as beautifully as Yotsuba is a rare occurrence. However, that is also the reason why this series is so good in the first place, right?
Yotsuba to! is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2003. It is written and illustrated by Azuma Kiyohiko.
The story talks about the daily life of 5-years-old Yotsuba Koiwai who just moved to a new city with her father.
When she gets along with the Ayase family and learns new things every day, those around her get annoyed yet entertained with her actions.
A sweet and simple story, of a girl learning everything, from using a swing to stopping Global Warming.
The gentle atmosphere and vivid characters were praised by the critics after reading this manga.
Not to mention, the manga won the 20th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. So yeah, for any slice-of-life fan, this manga is heaven.
17. Houseki no Kuni
Now let’s talk about a manga that is not as straightforward as you might think.
This is Land of the lustrous. Houseki no Kuni is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2012.
It is written and illustrated by Ichikawa Haruko. The story is set in a world where a single island inhabits all of the life forms because of a disaster.
However, those beneath the water start to show up and the island residents are looking for their bodies to make weapons.
So these crystalized beings from the water must fight against these residents to ensure their safety.
However, to do so, they have to pay a hefty price that no one would wish to pay.
This manga is a lot deeper in its narrative than what meets the eye. The story tackles the idea of war and fights with a mature and strong approach.
If you want to enjoy some artistic manga then I think this one is waiting for you.
I know many of us have had experiences with many different teachers. However, none of them would have been even close to how good Onizuka is.
GTO is a 25 volume manga series that started back in 1996. It is written and illustrated by Fujisawa Tohru.
Great Teacher Onizuka tells the story of an ex-gangster named Eiichiro Onizuka who wants to be a teacher so that he can have a beautiful wife in his old age.
However, when he does become the teacher, he realizes the hardships of students who are studying in his school.
The students try to bully Onizuka but a few kids can’t bully a gangster, right?
So when they get comfortable with him, they take his help and tackle the problems they face.
And let’s just say that a gangster has a very different approach while tackling those adolescent problems.
GTO is incredible. It is grounded, realistic, and entertaining. With bits of Ecchi and action, this manga becomes one that everyone would have a fun time reading.
That includes you of course.
15. 3-Gatsu no Lion
This manga tells us the story of an expert and the mindset that goes on behind him.
You will realize what those ‘Lucky Ones’ have going on in their mind as you are backbiting them. 3-Gatsu no Lion is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2007.
It is written and illustrated by Umino Chika. The manga talks about Rei Kiriyama, an expert Shogi player who moves into an apartment to live alone.
Why alone? Well, that’s because he was pressurized so much by the Shogi community and his family that he couldn’t handle it.
Moreover, his communication skills are rock-bottom because of his shy nature. However, his life is going to change when he meets the Kawamoto sisters who are going to do all they can to make Rei a better person and show him the brighter side of life.
March Comes In Like A Lion is another slow burner that will teach you multiple life lessons during its air.
Without a doubt, one of the best slice-of-life manga out there. And did I mention that it won the 4th Manga Taisho Award and 35th Kodansha Manga Award?
Yeah, you have no reason to NOT read this manga.
14. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
Yup, the name is super long. But let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, this manga is absolutely stunning.
And without a doubt, one of the best pieces of romance ever created! Why? Let’s have a look at Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2015.
It is written and illustrated by Akasaka Aka. The series talks about Shuchiin academy where only the richest and/or brightest students can step in.
In this school of privilege stands Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, the vice president and president of the student council respectively.
However, both of these elite students are in love with each other BUT they won’t confess it.
Because according to them, the one who confesses the love first is going to be the loser all his/her life.
So they begin strategizing and creating situations to make sure that they make the other person confess.
Who will show up as the strongest in this battle of confession, that is Kaguya Sama for you?
The greatness of this manga comes from its execution of the concept. On the surface, this might seem like a silly idea.
But when you put it down, it turns out to be done brilliantly. If you haven’t read Kaguya Sama, then you are missing out so much man.
Give this manga a try for me.
13. Ashita no Joe
If you liked Hajime No Ippo, I am pretty sure you will also enjoy Ashita No Joe.
Because trust me when I say this, that anyone who is even remotely interested in boxing would certainly love this manga.
Ashita no Joe is a 20 volume manga series that started back in 1968. It is written by Kajiwara Ikki and illustrated by Chiba Tetsuya.
The series talks about Joe Yabuki, a man who went to prison multiple times but every time he did, he got closer and closer to boxing.
Now he is on his way to becoming the greatest boxer there has ever been and fight his rival Rikishi for sure.
This is the journey of Joe going from being an accused criminal to an actual boxer.
There isn’t much to say about Ashita no Joe. The story is a journey that gets better and better every time.
You might not find it interesting now but just read 3 chapters for me. I am sure you will return back here after completing 30.
12. 20th Century Boys
Very rarely do we see some manga as creative as the 20th Century Boys. I mean come on.
When else do you see a series change the narrative as quickly as this one did. 20th Century Boys is a 22 volume manga series that started back in 1999.
It is written and illustrated by Urasawa Naoki. The manga talks about Kenji Endo who comes across the news of one of his childhood friend’s death and the increase in activity of this group called ‘Friend’.
Later on, he realizes that this group is going to commit some of the most lethal activities that can shape the world forever and now Kenji has to do all he can to stop them and save innocent lives.
This manga is set at the end of the 20th century and using that ‘change’ narrative, it portrays its beautiful story.
Artistic and Amazing will be your response after reading this manga.
11. Grand Blue
Well well, look what we have here. Another sports manga that will open your eyes forever.
However, unlike many sports manga, Grand Blue is not JUST focusing on its sports element.
Instead, it also dives into the characters involved with the sport, making it surreal. Grand Blue is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2014.
It is written by Inoue Kenji and illustrated by Yoshioka Kimitake. The series talks about the life of Iori Kitahara who just moved in at his uncle’s place in order to attend his university.
He is looking forward to a bright student life filled with fun. However, his fun turns out to be something unimaginable when he joins the diving club.
In this club, men dance naked and celebrate all day with a beer in their hands.
However, this is just 1 of the many weird things that happen in this club.
As time goes by, Iori meets even more confusing people and encounters the sport of diving.
And as he does all of these, he understands the true essence of enjoyment. Grand Blue is a slice-of-life manga that needs your attention even if you are not a slice-of-life fan.
With its funny content and adventurous nature, I don’t think it will take much time to become one of your favorite manga of all time.
Don’t believe me? Just give it a try.
10. Slam Dunk
This is it, boys! We are in the Top 10 Best Manga. Every manga from here on out is a must-read for anyone who has been in the anime community for a while.
And remember when I said that we were dealing with one of the best Basketball manga a few entries back?
Well, now we are dealing with the absolute best basketball manga. This is Slam Dunk.
Slam Dunk is a 31 volume manga series that started back in 1990. It is written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue.
The story talks about Hanamichi Sakuragi, a tall and fearsome-looking boy who was rejected by females all his middle school life.
Moreover, he had some experiences that caused him to hate basketball forevermore. So when he was admitted to high school, he wanted to break his streak of 50 rejections very badly.
That is the reason he decided to go along with Haruko Akagi as she asked him if he can play basketball.
She requested her to make some throws and even though he failed, the team captain noticed his unreal abilities and so he started to get involved with Basketball for his team.
This is how our boy who hated basketball ended up pursuing it in high school.
However, his journey has just begun and many hurdles are yet to come. Will he be able to surpass them?
Slam Dunk is emotional, beautiful, and exciting. Very rarely do we see these combinations working so well?
I mean how else would you win the 40th Shogakukan Manga Awards and get nominated as the best manga series of all time in a public poll?
So yeah, Slam Dunk is an incredible manga that you wouldn’t wanna miss out on.
But just wait pal, the best is yet to come.
The medieval-themed manga always brings some gripping adventures along with it. And when we talk about such a series, Kingdom is a name we should include at all costs.
Kingdom is a currently-publishing manga series that started back in 2006. It is written and illustrated by Hara Yasuhisa.
The story is set in the medieval world where two orphan slaves aim to be great generals.
Xin and Piao are close friends who share this dream but unfortunately, one of them ends up losing his life.
However, right before death, Piao asked Xin to confront the potential King of their nation Qin, named Ying Zheng.
And although they start on bad terms, soon Xin and Win become comrades. With both of them having their own goals, they are supposed to fight together in order to save their nation.
And as they do so, they should also take care of their aspirations. Kingdom is one of the most critically acclaimed manga series of all time.
The art of this manga is impeccable with such an absorbing and gripping feel. No wonder it has won the 17th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Grand Prize.
And did I mention that it also won the Guinness book of world records for the manga written by the highest number of people?
So yeah, rest assured, Kingdom is worth all your time and money.
The next manga on our list is for those who want their mind bent while reading their manga.
And with one of the best stories you can find in the medium, Monster might have what it takes to satiate you.
Monster is an 18 volume manga series that started back in 1994. It is written and illustrated by Urasawa Naoki.
Monster tells the story of Kenzou Tenma who is a neurosurgeon who had the opportunity to either save Johan Leibert or Mayor Dusseldorf.
He decides to save Johan, a normal boy who was about to die. However, when he does, he gets demoted by the hospital director and loses his engagement with his daughter.
His life was going to be an unsuccessful one for sure. But things started to look different for him when the director was killed by someone.
Nine years have passed since this incident and now Tenma is close to being the director himself.
However, there is some unknown killing going on in this world. And let’s just say that the reason for these killings is none other than Tenma!
How? Read it to find out. This manga tests your morale and intelligence with its narrative.
It has won the 3rd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and 46th Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category.
If you want to enjoy some amazing manga that tackles some mature themes then Monster is for you my friend.
7. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 7: Steel Ball Run
I am certain that a lot of you guys already know about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series.
This manga created a massive impact in the medium after its arrival and is still looked upon as one of the best out there.
However, out of all the parts available, Part 7 is undoubtedly the best one. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 7: Steel Ball Run is a 24 volume manga series that started back in 2004.
It is written and illustrated by Araki Hirohiko. The story marks the beginning of Steel Ball Run, one of the most dangerous races that will cover hundreds of kilometers daily and have the cash prize of over $50,000,000.
Oh yeah, it’s epic! And Johnny Joestar wanted to just enjoy this race from the outside.
However, when he accidentally touched one of the magical balls of another racer named Gyro Zeppeli, he was able to stand on his own two feet after 2 years.
Now Johnny wants to know the secret of those steel balls and to do so, he decides to make his way to the legendary Steel Ball Run.
Yup, the manga doesn’t have any out-of-the-world stories. It’s your typical JoJo narrative. However, what makes it so special is its execution.
We don’t see such beautiful executions of the concept in anime and manga that often.
And that is why JoJo Part 7 is on the 7th rank.
6. Vinland Saga
Remember when I said that Kingdom should be included while talking about my manga? Yeah, Vinland Saga falls in the same category.
However, unlike most medieval-themed manga, this one has a qualitative and unique storyline to offer.
Vinland Saga is a currently publishing manga series that started back in 2005. It is written and illustrated by Yukimura Makoto.
Set during the England war, Vinland Saga talks about Thorfinn, the son of the greatest Viking, Thors.
However, the warrior looked upon as unbeatable, was defeated by Askeladd, and now Thorfinn is tailing Askeladd for the sake of revenge.
But Askeladd asks Thorfinn to work for him against the chance at the duel. And that marks the beginning of Thorfinn, the son of the greatest warrior, to seek his revenge.
However, as time passes by, he realizes the unknown truth of this miserable world that will open his eyes forever.
Vinland Saga is an incredible war manga that is just too good to ignore. Amazing artworks, characters, and storylines are just some of the many reasons why you should try out this manga.
And did I mention that Vinland Saga won the 13th Japan Media Art Award Grand prize?
Moreover, it also named itself as the winner of the 36th Kodansha Manga Award. I don’t think I need to mention anything more to tell you how good this series is.
We are in the Top 5 ladies and gentlemen. This is it! The final stretch.
Every manga from here on is a must-read for anyone who ever wanted to enjoy any sort of manga.
All of these series are versatile and have multiple appeals to suit your taste. And if one of your favorite themes happens to be samurai, then Vagabond will serve you very well.
Vagabond is a 37 volume manga series that started back in 1998. It is written and illustrated by Inoue Takehiko.
The manga talks about Shinmen Takezou, an excellent swordsman, who was known for his rough and aggressive nature.
However, when this nature works against him, he is framed as a killer of his friend.
When he was left out to die by the villagers, he got saved by a monk and that monk granted him a new name.
With this new name, Shinmen is on his way to becoming a better swordsman. However, this time, he is looking for the meaning of life, friends, and relationships.
Vagabond is the best manga created by Inoue Takehiko. If you remember correctly, he is the same guy responsible for Real and Slam Dunk.
So you know how amazing his drama narration and artwork are. Moreover, these features of his manga also allowed him to win the Japan Media Arts Festival Grand Prize and the 24th Kodansha Manga Award.
To add up, he has also got his hands on the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and sold over 82 million copies in 2002.
Yup, you can’t go wrong with Vagabond.
4. Fullmetal Alchemist
I am sure many of you already know about this series. It has been the most loved anime for a lot of time and the manga version is no exception.
Yup, this is the incredible Fullmetal Alchemist series. Fullmetal Alchemist is a 27 volume manga series that started back in 2001.
It is written and illustrated by Arakawa Hiromu. Fullmetal Alchemist talks about the Elric brothers who used Alchemy to revive their dead mother.
However, Alchemy is an art that works on the ‘Equivalent Exchange’ principle. And since there’s no value for a soul, they end up losing their body parts.
Now, these brothers are on their way to find the Philosopher’s stone so they can get their bodies back.
However, in their search for the Philosopher’s Stone, they are going to realize the truth of their world.
A truth that will define the fate of their existence. This manga works wonders for ANYONE reading it.
Whether a boy or girl, young or old, this manga will appeal to every single person who reads it.
For many, it is the closest thing to a ‘Perfect’ manga and once you read the series, you would realize why people say so.
There’s a reason why it won the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award and the 15th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
There’s no reason for you to skip this manga. It is incredible.
3. Oyasumi Punpun
Now we are at the Top 3 Ladies and Gentlemen. These 3 mangas are the best of the best.
If you want to enjoy the best of what this medium could offer, you should read these three to get an idea of it.
And I think there’s no better way to start the Top 3 with Goodnight Punpun.
Oyasumi Punpun is a 13 volume manga series that started back in 2007. It is written and illustrated by Inio Asano.
The manga talks about the life of Punpun Onodera who is entering his adulthood stage and experiencing the consequences.
Although he is a shy yet simple boy, Punpun is having the time of his life.
With the appearance of Aiko Tanaka, his life takes some romantic and interesting turns. However, this life is going to experience a lot more on its journey.
And these experiences are going to leave the deepest marks in Punpun’s mind. This psychological manga is known within the community as the most sorrowful story out there.
With its dark theme and morally challenging narrative, Oyasumi Punpun is a one-of-a-kind manga that you might never encounter again.
So I request you to make sure that you read it to have an experience you have never had before.
2. One Piece
For Runner Up, we have one of the most commercially successful manga series of all time.
Yup, you guessed it! For the second spot on our list, we have the legendary One Piece.
One Piece is currently-publishing manga series that started back in 1997. It is written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda.
One Piece is set in a world where pirates are found all along. However, an even bigger uprising is caused when pirate Gol D Roger declares the existence of the ultimate treasure ‘One Piece’.
So after his execution, a new era for pirates has arrived with one of them being Monkey D Luffy.
This is the journey of our boy Luffy who has determined to find One Piece and attain it at all costs.
However, on his journey, Luffy would meet lovely friends and formidable foes. This adventure is going to be a long one.
One Piece is just…… it’s just…….. OUTSTANDING! Very rarely do we see any manga that improves with every new arc.
However, One Piece manages to do so with ease while also selling to this day.
Just think about it, A manga from 1997 is going on TO THIS DAY with a new chapter almost every week.
I hope you can understand how admired this manga is. Eiichiro Oda is looked upon as one of the greatest authors ever and One Piece has around 500 MILLION COPIES SOLD.
Imagine that number! It holds some records like the highest first print run of any manga of all time in Japan.
Moreover, it was the finalist for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize from 2000-2002 CONTINUOUSLY. And to top it all off, it has won the 41st Japan Cartoonist Association Award Grand Prize.
I can’t emphasize to you enough to read the manga. Yes, it is very long but just start with the first 10 chapters.
You won’t realize when you got super invested in it.
And finally, the top ranker of our super long list. The one that defeated all those below him with ease.
This is the manga that stands at the top and I don’t think there’s any debate about it.
Yup, the first ranker on our Top 50 Best Manga list is none other than the legendary Berserk!
Berserk is a 41 volume manga series that started back in 1989. It is written and illustrated by Kentarou Miura.
Berserk dives into the life of Guts, a mercenary who lost his mother and humanity back in his childhood.
His life was worse than hell when he used to wake up to kill and survive in this cruel world.
However, soon he got assistance from someone unknown who taught him the bright side of life.
However, years later, Guts has been betrayed and now he is on an act of revenge.
The revenge to find the one who made him as miserable as he is and took everything away from him.
Granted with the ‘Black Swordsman’ name and incredible strength, Guts is on a journey to attain his revenge.
And this time, even death can’t stop him. Berserk is dark, gory, eye-opening, beautiful, and incredible.
Whether you talk about story or art, plot or characters, this manga excels in all of them and that is the reason why it is one of the most critically acclaimed manga of all time.
And not just critical acclaim but public love and awards like Award For Excellence at the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize are also bestowed on this series.
This manga is a Masterpiece created by legendary author, late Kentarou Miura. And his legacy will always be alive with the presence of Berserk.
Anyone who has ever had the idea of consuming even a page of manga is bound to admire the excellence of this series.
And that is why Berserk is at the top of our list. So there you have it, weebs!
This was the Top 50 Best Manga list that you just read. I hope you enjoyed reading and had at least 1 manga added to your list.
Thanks a lot for reading and until next time, Sayonara!