Manga, the comic genre originated from Japan is the graphic novel written in the Japenese language. The origin of Manga is from the 19th century and since its origin, the comic book genre has gained a lot of popularity among comic book lovers.
The term that is used to refer to Manga is used for both comic books and cartoons. The interesting concept of Manga instantly caught the attention of people and became a popularized concept since its origin. Each manga book has its own theme and storyline one better than the other. Whether you are a fan of science fiction, horror, comedy, or romance, you will find everything in the manga.
Manga includes some whimsical drawings and impromptu sketches. With time Manga has established itself as one of the most popular methods of storytelling. There are very significant differences between comic books and manga which had divided the comic book lovers into two categories. The one who love American comic books and the one who love Japanese manga books.
If you are curious about manga books and thinking about starting to read some then the Japanese manga world has a lot to offer you. From numerous amount of books selecting the best one is a tough task so to make your task easy we have brought you some of the most famous manga books of all time. You can choose the best manga as per your preference and theme from the below:
There’s a high chance you have already heard about Naruto. Naruto is the manga book written by Masashi Kishimoto. The story of the book revolves around a boy named Naruto. Naruto is the troublemaking child from a village who is having some difficulties graduating from the Ninja Academy. The boy with a dream of becoming the leader of the village is yet to discover some complicated history of the village.
Many years ago the nine-tailed fox spirit attacked the very village and claimed the lives of so many people including the king. After years the village came at peace but there’s still much to discover in the story.
2. 20th Century Boys
20th Century Boys is written by Naoki Urasawa. The plot of the story belongs to the lives of a group of young children who predicts how the earth will be destroyed. When they grow up they see their prediction becoming a reality. In the background, you will also see an intense mystery going on.
Naoki Urasawa is known for strong characterization in the novels and brilliantly telling the story. 20th Century Boys stores all the elements that one needs in a science fiction book. It has horror, post-apocalyptic feature, epic landscapes, and wild humor.
3. Fruit Basket
Fruit Basket is written by Natsuki Takaya. The novel follows the life of a teenage girl named Tohru Honda. Tohru Honda deals with her life when she becomes an orphan and gets kicked out of her own house. Around the same time, the girl is invited by the Sohma family to come live with them in exchange for some housekeeping works like cooking and cleaning.
During her stay, she discovers some interesting detail about the mysterious truth about the Sohma family. The family secret of the Sohma family is that they turn into the Chinese zodiac animals when hugged by someone of the opposite gender.
4. Death Note
Death Note is written by Tsugumi Ohba. In Death Note, the readers will explore the adventures of Light Yagami, the ace student who finds the Death Note. Death Note which is the book dropped by a rogue Shinigami god changes everything in the life of Yagami.
The interesting fact about the Death Note is that any name written on it will die and the story moves forward when Light uses the book to get rid of all the evil in the world. But when he did that, the authorities of the city get very suspicious about people dropping dead suddenly and get a detective named L to search the case.
Now it is up to Light, how he tackles the situation on his own.
5. Full Metal Alchemist
Full Metal Alchemist is written by Hiromu Arakawa. The book is about the mystical power that alters the natural world, Alchemy, Alchemy is something between magic, art, and science. Through this book, the readers will get to know what kind of impact does this power has on the life of two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric.
The story moves forward as they try to fight with evil. Full Metal Alchemist is full of plot twists and turns that will keep you interested in the book for a long time. The will somehow disturb you on some level and will make you question your own morals.
Next of the list of best manga books, we have Bleach. The story and art of Bleach are given by Tite Kubo. With the help of this book, the readers will explore the life of Ichigo Kurosaki. The boy who has always been able to see ghosts. The life of the boy takes a huge turn when he meets a mysterious member of soul society and a soul reaper, Rukia Kuchiki.
Now Ichigo thinks it’s his duty to protect the world from all the evil spirits when he learns that the world that he lives in is full of the evil souls and spirits like Rukia. And bring the peach in the world. It is considered as one of the best manga books offered by any manga creator.
Akira is written by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story tells you the tale of the city built on the ashes of annihilated Tokyo called the Neo Tokyo. The blast because of the result of world war III which happened because of an unknown origin. Now the story will make you explore the life of Tetsuo and Kaneda whose life is changed forever when they get targeted for a shadowy agency as Tetsuo was experiencing the paranormal abilities woken up in him.
Akira is considered as one of the best mangas ever written. The elements in the story are so brilliantly put that it will keep you hooked until the end.
8. Dragon Ball
Before the release of famous Dragon Ball Zee, Akira Toriyama has introduced Dragon Ball, The comic book that deals with the life of Goku when he was a kid. Through this book, you will be able to find out about the life of Goku from a young age and how his life changes completely when he meets Bulma, the girl whose mission in life is to collect all the seven dragon balls.
The reason why she wants to collect all the seven dragon balls is that after the mission is accomplished a big dragon will appear who will grant her one wish. But the only problem with her quest is that the dragon balls that she wants to collect are distributed all over the world.
That’s when she meets Goku and her life changes forever. Goku helps Bulman in her quest and you will learn how with the help of a magic staff as a weapon and a flying cloud, these two explore the world.
9. Ouran High School Host Club
The story and Art of the Ouran High School Host Club are given by Bisco Hatori. The best part about this manga is that the book will let you experience all the emotions inside you and you will laugh and cry and fall in love all at the same time with this book. The book is so good that you will want it to last forever.
The story of Ouran High School Host Slub revolves around a scholarship student named Haruhi. The girl who accidentally break a very expensive vase of the Host Club worth $80,000. Now to pay off that money she is forced to work at the club where she explores a whole new world.
10. Rurouni Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin is written and portrayed by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The plot of the story is set in history during the Meiji Period in Japan. It follows the life of Hiruma Kenshin, the peaceful wanderer who is formerly known as the assassin Hitokiri Battosai. His life changes completely when he meets Kamiya Kauro when he first arrives in Tokyo. The girl claims to be in a fight with a murderer named Hitokori Battosai.
The book is believed to be a classic and it deals with the adventures of a samurai in a brilliant manner. You will have a good time reading this manga and will not get disappointed.
11. One-Punch Man
One Punch Man is written by ONE and the art is by Yusuke Marata. The series of the book brought a new wave in the Japanese Manga world as it has challenged a lot of stereotypes of the genre. The story of the book revolves around a man whose power is that he can fight any opponent with just one punch. The superhero fights the villain in the story and each time when a promising opponent appears in the story, Saitama destroys him with just one punch.
With the fight being one sided you may think the tension will not be enough but let us tell you with each fight the stress will get more and more.
12. World Trigger
World Trigger by Daisuke Ashihara is another great manga book in the list. The book is yet to be published but as per the critics and reviewers it provides us with promising content that every manga lover seeks for in his book.
The book revolves around the idea that a dimension is burst open from the earth and some monsters have entered the planet named neighbours. Now a named Osamu Mikumo is trying everything in his power to defend the planet.
He may not be the best among the elite warriors who are fighting the other dimensional villains but he is dedicated towards defending his home with the help of his neighbour friend Yuma.
13. Sailor Moon
Sailor moon is written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi. The author has brilliantly created the manga book that revolves around a girl named Usagi Tsukino. The life of this normal girl changes forever when she meets Luna. Luna is a special cat who tries to convince Usagi that she is not a normal girl but Sailor Moon.
Luna also tells Usagi that being Sailor Moon it is her duty to fight with the evil and defend innocent. For that she will have to take the identity of a mysterious moon princess.
In her mission she is also accompanied by other Sailor scouts known as sailor senshi and fight with the evil altogether. Sailor moon is known to be one of the greatest manga books that we have and it is popular among the readers for all the right reasons.
14. Hana Kimi
Next on the list is Hana Kimi, another great manga book which you’ll find on almost every great manga books list. The book is written and illustrated by hHsaya Nakajo. The storyline and plot of the book is unique and that’s what makes it worth reading by manga lovers.
It is about a Japanese-American track and field stat Mizuki who is starting her school in Japan. But here comes the plot twist, she is not going to just any school in Japan, instead she is going to an all boys school by disguising herself as a boy.
The reason why she is doing so is because she wants to stay close to her idol, high jumper Izumi Sano. But Mizuki gets surprised when she finds out that Izumi is not just her classmate but roommate too. Now the story moves forward as Mizuki hides her identity with everyone.
15. 5 Centimeters Per Second
The last but definitely not the least is 5 centimetre per second. The manga book is written by Makoto Shinkai and illustrated by Yukoko Seiki. It provides you with a different genre that will make you experience real heartbreak. Full of emotions, the book is known for bringing tears in your eyes everytime you read it.
The story of the book revolves around a boy and a girl named Takaki Tohno and Akari Shinohara respectively who instantly became friends when Akari gets transferred to his school. The two develop a strong bond due to their similar interests and hobbies and grow closer to each other.
Despite being so close to each other they started drifting apart when Akira had to move to Tochigi due to her parents job. They try to keep contact by writing letters but eventually get separated.
The above mentioned manga books consist of different genres that are based on different ideas. Written by different authors each one of them provides us with a story that keeps us hooked until the very end.
Not just the story but the illustrations given in these manga books are also impressive and applaud worthy. The talented authors and illustrators of these books have worked so hard in providing us with a great book.
If you have read or happen to know any great manga books, do let us know in the comment section about them, also if you have any questions, you can ask them by commenting below, we will be happy to help you.