From adventure to historical fiction to autobiography to monsters, manga stories are suitable for readers of all ages and interests. Their episodic nature and fantastic artwork attract millions of passionate readers around the globe. The best manga stories often get an anime adaptation.

Manga is the term for comics and graphic novels from Japan. To help you navigate this expansive world of content, here are the best 25 manga series and books you should read now:

  1. Akira
    Set in Neo-Tokyo in 2019, after the city is devastated by an explosion. Akira, a child with psychic powers, teams up with Shotaro and Tetsuo to dismantle a government conspiracy.
  2. One Piece
    Follow the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy who seeks the ultimate treasure, “One Piece,” in this legendary series by Eiichiro Oda.
  3. Attack on Titan
    A dark fantasy where humanity faces extinction by the monstrous Titans.
  4. Death Note
    A supernatural thriller where Light Yagami uses the Death Note to eliminate criminals, sparking a complex battle of wits.
  5. Dragon Ball
    Goku’s quest for the seven Dragon Balls has made this one of the most influential manga.
  6. Bleach
    Ichigo Kurosaki, a Soul Reaper, protects the human world from evil spirits.
  7. Naruto
    Follow Naruto Uzumaki’s journey from a misfit ninja to the strongest warrior using the power of chakra.
  8. Inuyasha
    A time-traveling schoolgirl teams up with a half-demon to recover a powerful jewel in feudal Japan.
  9. Hunter x Hunter
    Gon Freecss searches for his father, learning what it means to be a Hunter along the way.
  10. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
    The Joestar family’s multi-generational clashes with supernatural forces.
  11. My Hero Academia
    Izuku Midoriya trains to become a hero in a world where superpowers are common.
  12. Vagabond
    The legendary swordsman Musashi’s life in a beautifully illustrated series.
  13. Berserk
    Guts, a fierce warrior, engages in battles filled with dark fantasy elements.
  14. One-Punch Man
    Saitama can defeat any enemy with one punch, but he struggles to find a worthy challenge.
  15. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
    Tanjiro’s quest to save his sister turns into a battle against demons.
  16. Slam Dunk
    A high school basketball manga full of action and humor.
  17. Tokyo Ghoul
    Ken Kaneki’s transformation into a half-ghoul explores themes of identity and survival.
  18. 21st Century Boys
    The consequences of childhood fantasies becoming real.
  19. Case Closed (Detective Conan)
    A high school detective turned child solves mysteries while combating a sinister organization.
  20. Sailor Moon
    A group of schoolgirls with magical powers fight against dark forces.
  21. Vinland Saga
    A historical epic set during the Viking conquests of England.
  22. Uzumaki
    A town cursed by a spiral pattern, blending horror and mystery.
  23. Fruits Basket
    Tohru Honda discovers the Sohma family’s supernatural secret involving zodiac curses.
  24. Fairy Tail
    Lucy Heartfilia’s adventures with the magical guild Fairy Tail.
  25. Fullmetal Alchemist
    Two brothers use alchemy in their quest to recover what they lost in a forbidden ritual.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best manga to read right now?

In 2023, notable manga titles include Jujutsu Kaisen, Rurouni Kenshin, Oyasumi Punpun, Cardcaptor Sakura, Shinobi, and One-Punch Man. Other excellent choices are Takehiko Inoue’s Real and Yoshihiro Togashi’s Yuyu Hakusho.

What was the best manga of 2022?

Jujutsu Kaisen topped the charts as the best-selling new manga in 2022.

What is the #1 manga in the world?

One Piece holds the title for the world’s best-selling manga, having started in 1997 with an anticipated conclusion around 2025.

Sneha Mukherjee

Content and Copywriter at Wavel AI

I fuse my passion for technology with storytelling, breathing life into our innovative solutions through words. My mission transcends features, focusing on crafting engaging narratives that connect users and render AI accessible to all.