Top 50 Best Manga Of All Time

Best Manga Of All Time

If you were wondering what are the Best Manga Of All Time then you have landed on the right place.

With thousands of Manga in the market, it can be tough for someone to pick out their perfect manga. However with so many options available and an ever-growing culture surrounding this genre; you’re bound find something that suits your tastes! But where do we start? With tons of different series providing content every day–how can you possibly pick?

Well, look no further! Here are the top 50 best Manga of all time, guaranteed to introduce you to something that fits your liking. And if it doesn’t then go ahead and comment below with what you’re currently looking for in a series! The possibilities are endless after all.

50. Aria


The manga Aria by Amano Kozue is an under-the-radar series that should not be missed. Starting in 2002, the story follows Akari Mizunashi as she joins her company to become one of their best tour guides and learn more about this unique world where Mars has been turned into a rehabilitation planet now known as “Aqua”.

With 12 volumes published so far with no signs of stopping anytime soon–this could very well turn out 10/10 material after all!

49. Banana Fish

Banana Fish

Do you like Gangsters? Do you prefer the Mafia or high-octane action and finally, doveyo Yaoi!

If any of these things were true for your answer then this manga needs to be on top of your reading list because it is bananas good.

The story talks about Ash Lynx who has been under care from a gangster since birth after being smart&good looking but dangerous at times he became ideal as well so much more than just some lowlife scumbag we all know in real life; while Eiji Okuma crossed paths with him caused by some murders which made them both realize their mission: kill each other!!

48. Umarekawattemo Mata, Watashi To Kekkon Shitekuremasu Ka

Umarekawattemo Mata, Watashi To Kekkon Shitekuremasu Ka

The winding story of a love that can’t be broken. Umarekawattemo Mata, Watashi to Kekkon shitekuremasu ka is 4 volume manga series which started in 2017 and written by Morinaga Miku.

It tells us about how Toranosuke Ibuki falls for his wife Kaoru during their final countdown before retirement; this couple has now grown old together with more years left behind them as they make amends on what was once great but lost over time .

47. Kono Oto Tomare!

Kono Oto Tomare!

Do you have a love of music in your life? If so, then I’m sure that the Kono Oto Tomare Series has caught your eye. It’s a manga series written and illustrated by Sakura Amyuu about Takezou who is one-of-a kind member at his school for belonging to both clubs:

The Kato Club which only welcomes string instruments as members; And another exclusive club called “The fellowship.” Now with new year right around corner he will be working hard enough just like every other Japanese highschooler do till summertime comes along after graduation!!

46. Kozure Ookami

Kozure Ookami

This is a manga about wolves, but it’s not just any old doe-eyed wolf. This story follows Ogami Itou who has been accused of treason and thrown out by his village in defense for what he believed to be right; despite being innocent though lost wife (and only child) when they rejected him because she was killed during times where people weren’t supposed to be taken from their homes.

Now with a baby in his hands he must cover up the blood of what used to be his family and do it all while hiding away from the samurai who are looking for him!!

45. Dorohedoro


Prepare yourself, weebs. The next manga on our list is nothing less than horrifying and it wouldn’t be too much of stretch if I said that horror was just at its base for this series.,

Filled with gore and darkness in all forms imaginable (not to mention some pretty crazy monsters), Dorohedoro follows the story of Caiman – who’s village has been destroyed by magicians looking to experiment with their magic upon him; how he manages not only survive but learn what really matters when thrown into an unknown world where anything might happen?

44. Beck


Beck is a music-based manga series that explores the life of Yukio Tanaka, who lost his middle school years listening to bands.

In 2000 when he meets Ryuusuke Manamu in Middle School they form their own band together and pursue whatever passion brings them joy – from making songs on instruments played by hand or with an electric guitar!

43. Hajime No Ippo: Best Sports Manga Of All Time

Hajime No Ippo

I am one of those people who can’t get enough of Hajime no Ippo. If you enjoy sports series, this work of art is for you!

The story talks about Ippo Makunouchi – a major target for bullies and his miserable life changed once he got help from boxing coach (who introduced him to gym) on that day; our boy realized he had talent in the sport which led him into becoming champion later down road as well as gaining the respect of others!

42. ReLIFE


ReLIFE is a webcomic translated into print format by the publisher of Weekly Shonen Jump. Originally, the manga started as a story about Arata Kaizaki – an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has given up on his life after quitting his job and blaming himself for not being able to succeed.

Then one day he meets Ryou Yoake – a student counsellor at his school where Kaizaki’s former classmate Chizuru Hishiro tells him that if he agrees to take part in an experiment, he can have another chance at youth!

41. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou

If you’ve seen my previous list of “top manga of 2017” you will know that Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou is a world I want to be in.

We follow the story of two girls named Kate and Yuu who – after an unknown apocalyptic event- are left behind on Earth together.

As days go by, the girls only have each other to depend on for survival with no memories from before the disaster!

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40. Yagate Kimi Ni Naru: Best Romantic Manga Of All Time

 Yagate Kimi Ni Naru

Yagate Kimi Ni Naru is a romance manga that follows two high school students who unexpectedly meet on the rooftop of their school and later become friends.

Iris and Aoi first time they hang out it’s so awkward, but as they gradually get closer to each other which only makes chemistry between them skyrocket – along with se*ual tension! But will their blossoming relationship be able to survive when discover some shocking truths about themself?

39. Pluto: Best Manga Of All Time


The first manga of this list to be made into an anime series (which is amazing by the way), Pluto follows what happens when Naoto discovers a secret hidden deep within his police department that shouldn’t exist; mind you, it’s not just anything he finds but something that holds more meaning than anything else.

38. Chainsaw Man

Chainsaw Man

This manga is a spin-off from the original story of Lone Wolf and Cub! In this one, we follow the story of Shigeru Okuzaki – a garbage man who’s been ignored all his life because he was born with a disability.

The reason behind his ‘disability’ is an abnormal thirst for revenge against those who hurt him in the past; by using nothing but chainsaws in order to kill them with the most brutal methods ever seen in manga history!

37. Blue Period

Blue Period

Yoshihiro Tatsumi is considered to be the godfather of gekiga (drama pictures) and represents one of those manga authors who always give it their all in every work he produces.

Blue Period is a musical drama that follows a young man named Shou Yashiro – a classical pianist with a cold personality who lives by himself ever since his family abandoned him because he was unable to succeed as a pianist.

But everything changes for him when he meets Nanako, a strange girl obsessed with leaving everything behind…

36. Hunter X Hunter

Hunter X Hunter

This long-running shonen series has had its ups and downs over the years, but let’s not forget that it was part of some manga magazine’s list of best selling comics!

The story follows Gon Freecss – a young boy who finds out he is the son of Ging, one of the strongest hunters on earth.

So Gon decides to become a hunter in order to find his father; only things get complicated when he realizes his dad isn’t the only person who quit hunting life…

35. Akira


If you haven’t heard of Akira yet then you must be living under a rock! I mean come on, it’s one of those anime that shaped the industry as we know it today. So what is about?

Well, earth has been destroyed because of World War III and in order to make sure such thing doesn’t happen again – all major cities were moved into an artificial island called Neo-Tokyo; only there aren’t happy days for long when suddenly…

34. Death Note

Death Note

If you’re the kind of person who thinks that anime/manga can’t get any darker than what you’ve already seen then Death Note will change your mind! We follow Light Yagami – a young genius student whose bored with his life until he discovers one day how to kill people just by writing their names in a notebook.

Aided by Ryuk, an Shinigami (God of Death), Light becomes consumed by his dark hobby – which only brings chaos into the world…

33. One Punch Man: Best Manga Of All Time On Netflix

One Punch Man

One Punch Man is a parody of the humongous amount of shonen mangas published today. The story follows Saitama – a hero who can defeat his opponents with only one punch but…

He’s never had the chance to prove this because all of his opponents are too weak to be considered as ‘heroes’ in the first place! So why does he even bother being a real hero then?

32. Natsume Yuujinchou

 Natsume Yuujinchou

The first ever manga to be translated into English by none other than Viz, Natsume Yuujinchou is one of those titles that don’t get the attention they deserve (and I’m talking about both anime and manga here).

It follows Takashi Natsume – a boy who has been able to see youkai ever since he was young; which caused him problems because others couldn’t understand what was happening.

Even though his grandmother taught him how to use it wisely, circumstances will soon force him to return back home…

31. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is a beautiful manga that takes place in the year 2100, when civilization is slowly dying because of high-tech machines are taking over most of society’s jobs.

The story follows Alpha – an android girl who operates an ice cream shop by herself near the sea… until one day she meets a boy with the same name as her original one…

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30. Nana


Nana is a story about two girls who become friends even though they have nothing in common. One is loud and enjoys life to the full – while the other one always thinks about dying…

One day, Nana Komatsu runs away from her home town with nothing but a backpack and gets on a train which takes her to Tokyo; where she soon meets Nana Osaki – an equally as lost as she girl.

Things only get complicated when both of them find out that not only their names are the same, but that they’re also living in the same apartment!

29. 20th Century Boys

20th Century Boys

This manga has everything: suspense, drama and comedy! The story follows Kenji and his tight group of friends who used to play superhero in their childhood, making a promise that they’ll all meet again when the ’20th Century Boys’ case is someday solved.

Years go by and suddenly one day Kenji learns that someone is trying to cause chaos around the world – with orders from a mysterious person called ‘Friend’.

Thinking it’s all a joke or dream, Kenji decides to forget about it… only things soon get complicated when he realizes his old friends think the exact same way as him!

28. Chobits


I’m pretty sure most of you who’ve watched anime/read manga have heard about this one before, but just in case – here’s a short summary: Chi is an android girl who doesn’t understand human feelings which makes her life more complicated than it should be.

One day she meets Hideki Motosuwa – a poor student who buys her for an insanely cheap price, deciding to take her home and fix whatever’s wrong with her.

A few days later he finally manages to get Chi up and running again but… it turns out that she has no memories of anything at all! Now what?

27. Uzumaki


Viz Media recently published this manga in English so you can find it easily if you search online but… let me tell you beforehand that this is probably the weirdest story ever written about obsession.

A small town called Kurouzu-Cho seems normal enough until one day people start noticing how everyone around them are obsessed with spirals of all shapes and sizes…

26. Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

Published in North America by Viz Media, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is one of those series which often gets forgotten because movies were released about them afterwards. Well, don’t fall into this trap – Miyazaki’s manga is one of the best things ever created!

It follows Nausicaa – a princess who tries to create peace between humans and insects; making everyone understand that they can coexist. But… not everyone sees it this way, so she sets out on an adventure in order to find out why the world has changed so much.

25. Gyo


Published by Viz Media as well, Gyo is about two people who live in Okinawa – Tadashi and Kaori – who start noticing how all kinds of fish are wandering around on land during night time.

They soon realize that not only sea creatures are affected by some kind of disease, but also that it’s spreading very fast…

24. Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist is about two brothers (Edward and Alphonse) who try to resurrect their mother but… something goes wrong and one of them loses his body while the other one gets stuck inside an armor.

After that, they decide to become State Alchemists – people who investigate rarities such as alchemy itself; hoping to find some kind of information which might lead them to the right path again.

23. Naruto: Best Manga Of All Time


Naruto follows a young ninja named Naruto Uzumaki who grew up alone because there were lots of rumors going around saying that he was the demon fox which attacked Konoha – or ‘Village Hidden In The Leaves’.

Having no parents and no friends, he meets up with a teacher – Iruka – who becomes like a father figure to him.

One day he tries to enter the Ninja Academy but… his teachers think that Naruto is the demon fox and kick him out of there.

As things get more complicated in Naruto’s life, it soon turns out that Iruka was actually lying about Naruto being the Kyuubi (demon fox) all along!

22. Vagabond (Miyamoto Musashi)

Vagabond (Miyamoto Musashi)

Vagabond is one of those series which are ONLY published in Japan, so if you want to read them you’ll have to get used to reading Japanese or get them translated.

This manga series follows Miyamoto Musashi – an orphaned samurai who gets trained by a swordsman name Yoshioka who hates the way Miyamoto fights.

There are lots of great battles in there but… be prepared for some time skips and unexplained events and characters because that’s how the author (Takehiko Inoue) wanted it to be.

21. I”s


I”s is about a man called Itsuki Minami – a guy who wants to become popular among girls; but every attempt he makes fails.. until he meets Ichitaka Seto (the protagonist) who becomes interested in him ever since they saw each other when they were 8 years old.

From then on, Ichitaka decides to help Itsuki get closer to his ideal girl – the one who is in a poster named Iori Yoshizuki…

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20. Slam Dunk: Best Sports Manga Of All Time

Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk is about a high school student called Hanamichi Sakuragi who decides to join his school’s basketball team because he has a crush on one of the cheerleaders called Haruko Akagi.

He tries and fails and tries and fails but.. eventually he becomes good enough to play on the courts with others. He then realizes that there are lots of roadblocks which must be passed in order to become successful so he trains hard for this purpose while simultaneously making friends and falling in love.

If you’re into sports manga, this one is probably something you won’t want to miss out on!

19. Hellsing


Hellsing is a manga/anime series motivated by Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel and follows a young man named Alucard who is the most powerful vampire ever created.

He fights against different kinds of creatures called ghouls which try to destroy mankind while working together with an organization called Hellsing who aims to protect the world from supernatural threats. If you’re interested, be sure to check out both versions because they are mostly different from each other…

18. Berserk: Best Action Manga Of All Time


Berserk was one of the first manga titles which got turned into an anime and it follows Guts – a guy whose life is made out of pain and hatred but… he manages to find peace thanks to his friends and companions who stick by his side.

This manga is pretty gory and dark so it’s not for everyone, but if you’re looking for something different – this might be the right thing for you!

17. Flame of Recca

Flame of Recca

Flame of Recca is about a teenage boy called Recca who has the ability to create fire with his bare hands and becomes ‘King Of The Hidden Demons’.

He decides to enter a competition where he must fight other people in order to become the ruler of the world and… along the way he meets lots of interesting characters.

Of course, some bad stuff also happens during that journey but.. that’s what makes things even more interesting!

16. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Parts 1-7)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Parts 1-7)

This manga is a long one – it consists of 8 parts and each part tells a different story about a member from the Joestar family.

This manga has everything that an action/adventure fan might appreciate: epic fights, awesome characters with unique abilities, supernatural powers and much more!

15. GTO ( Great Teacher Onizuka )

GTO ( Great Teacher Onizuka )

Truancy officer Eikichi Onizuka decides to become the teacher of the worst class at school.

However, he has no idea what he is getting himself into… At first things seem to be going pretty well for him.. but as soon as his students figure out how cool they can actually be if they use their power against him – something bad starts happening…

14. City Hunter

City Hunter

City Hunter is about a man called Ryo Saeba who works as a private eye in order to get money for his adoptive daughter’s surgery.

He’s known as the ‘City Hunter’ but.. things change when he meets a girl named Kaori Makimura who wants him to help her find her father – the only living relative she has left.

This manga is known for its action and fanservice¬† so it’s not for everyone, but still…

13. Densha Otoko (Train Man)

Densha Otoko (Train Man)

Densha Otoko is a story based on a blog which was originally published in 2001 and follows a 23 year old otaku called Hironoshin Furuh. One day, an ordinary man collapses on the train tracks.

Hironoshin Furuh decides to save him and.. as a result of this incident, he is introduced to an online community dedicated to helping people in similar situations through communication over the internet. This manga follows their adventures!

12. Lupin III

Lupin III

Lupin III is a manga based on the main character in the popular anime and movie franchise about a thief called Ars√®ne Lupin III who wants to steal treasure and kind of has a… crush with Inspector Koichi Zenigata (the police officer in charge of catching him).

There are many different versions of this story but each one follows the adventures of these two guys. If you enjoyed watching the movies or anime – you should definitely check out this version!

11. Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter is an action/adventure manga about Gon – a young boy who sets out on his own adventure in order to become a hunter. He meets friends along way, learns new skills.. and he also has the ability to turn into a beast called ‘Nen’.

This manga is pretty long and it can get confusing at times but.. it’s worth sticking around until the end!

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10. Reborn!


Reborn! is a manga about a mafia boss who has been forced to go back to the beginning and start everything from scratch.. as a child.

The only way for him to escape this sad destiny is by finding someone else who can take his place.

However, no one wants that responsibility so he decides to become a good guy and help people instead of taking their lives away…

This manga has even been made into its own anime series which you might have watched a few years ago – it was pretty popular!

9. Hana Yori Dango (Boys Before Flowers)

Hana Yori Dango (Boys Before Flowers)

Hana Yori Dango is about a girl called Tsukushi Makino who wants to escape her poor life and joins an elite school where rich kids rule the roost and only perfect people can fit in there.

Of course, she manages to break that pattern but.. things get way more interesting when she finds herself surrounded by 4 incredibly handsome – yet arrogant – boys.

In the end, she manages to find a way to deal with them and become friends!

8. Gintama


Gintama is about a samurai called Gintoki Sakata who decided that he would much rather live a life as a freelancer – making enough money in order to survive without being attached to any country or group!

He has his own business where he works together with other warriors.. It’s hilarious and action-packed at the same time so it’s worth checking out if you like those kinds of stories.

7. Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro (Neuro: The Supernatural Detective)

Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro (Neuro: The Supernatural Detective)

Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro is about a man called Neuro Nougami who was once a detective and then turned into a demon thanks to his obsession for murder and evil crimes.

He has the ability to enter peoples’ minds and control them.. but that’s not all because he can also read their thoughts, steal memories and even kill people if he wants to. If you like psychological manga – this one is definitely for you!

6. Gantz: Best Manga Series To Watch


Gantz is about two men called Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato who die in an accident only to find themselves still alive but stuck inside a room with deadly weapons…

Their task? Kill aliens who want to destroy humanity! It will definitely make your heart pound fast because of all the suspense so it’s worth putting on your to-read list!

5. Ao no Exorcist

Ao no Exorcist

Ao no Exorcist is about Rin Okumura – a teenager who finds out that he’s the son of Satan and that his world is not what it seems!

His only chance to escape this fate is by training at a school for exorcists… This manga has been made into an anime series which I definitely recommend checking out if you liked reading the actual stories themselves!

4. Katekyo Hitman Reborn

Katekyo Hitman Reborn

Katekyo Hitman Reborn is.. well, it’s actually pretty hard to explain unless you’ve already read some chapters or watched the anime.

This story follows Tsuna who wants nothing more than to get away from his mafia family but things don’t go that well when he finds out that he has to protect the world from evil forces – or else!

It’s hard to believe this manga is over already because it will always have a special place in my heart.

3. Nana


Nana is about two girls called Nana Komatsu and Nana Osaki who both end up sharing the same name because they look like sisters even though they have nothing else in common.

They end up moving to Tokyo together where they each start new lives away from their families – but that’s only the beginning of it all because as time goes by, they grow apart and their friendship starts falling apart as well…

2. InuYasha


InuYasha is about a girl called Kagome Higurashi who finds herself inside a magical world full of demons.. with only an ordinary boy named Inuyasha by her side!

It’s pretty much impossible not to love this manga if you like fantasy stories because it has everything you could ever wish for!

There are also tons of other manga out there which are similar to this one (of course!) so make sure to look them up as well!

1. One Piece: Best Manga Of All Time

One Piece

Last but not least, we have the almighty One Piece which is about a man named Monkey D. Luffy who dreams of becoming King of The Pirates with his crew at his side.

Each time they set sail for new adventures, they seem to discover new mysteries and meet tons of different characters that could change their lives forever!

This manga has always been one of the most popular ones.. so you probably already know it by heart even if you haven’t read any chapters yourself.

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Phew – so this is it when it comes to my favorite shounen manga series ever! Honestly? You can never go wrong with these because they’re all worth reading so if you don’t mind spending some free time, go read them! I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Thanks for reading and see you next time!

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