Top Ten Best Manga Ever

The Top Ten

1 One Piece

The reason one piece is great is not just because of a good story telling and really nice pacing.
Many mangas excel at these things and have even better pacing.
One piece is close to heart because it's a really huge world unlike Naruto (where you know everyone who has some character). Oda is like the real god of one piece universe, a universe that is very intricately woven and is moving at every point of time. Oda gives an impression that no part of his universe is still at any point of time(unlike Naruto).
The world of one piece is still expanding, you are meeting more characters you like and those who you have forgotten. One piece isn't just a storyline, it is a world altogether- a world that you must visit.

One piece shines in both short term and long term storytelling while its plot and art style may seem childish it is anything but dealing with serious tones such as cannibalism and slavery with a light hearted touch. Oda is in particular a master of long term story telling and can even make a seemingly insignificant detail in a chapter immensly important over 400 chapters (or around 8 years in irl time) later.

This series is so unbelievably good, that I often struggle to find the words to describe it. Once you start the series you get a sort of nostalgic feeling, even if you've never read it before. You're introduced to the Straw Hats and their dreams and even though they may seem very generic at first, once you go on this voyage with the Straw Hats, you'll never dare to call their dreams cliche. After the East Blue saga, the adventure truly begins in the Grand Line! You'll spend the first half of the series jumping from island to island, each one fully fleshed out with well written characters, locations, and other unique elements. You'll go on a fun and, mostly, care-free journey with this incredible crew. Then, in the second half of the series, you'll go to fewer islands but in exchange, each one is somehow even more fleshed out then before. The story has many twists and turns with new characters constantly being introduced and throwing off everything you thought you knew about this ...more

It's insane..
Hunter X Hunter used to be my favorite anime never thought one piece will snatch the position .. everything is explained in such a detailed that is pretty hard to find even a single plot holes

2 Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa. It is about two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, trying to restore their bodies after failing at bringing their mother back to life. It aired in 2003 and was remade as Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood ...read more.

Full Metal Alchemist (the manga, not the original anime-- Brotherhood was the better of the two) is probably the most emotional story I've ever gone through and stuck with. Originally I wanted nothing to do with it because of it being a mainstream choice and having a bad rep for the first anime version. When I went back and actually looked into it, I was sucked into it. The fact that it takes two almost anti-hero's and puts them through struggles similar to what adolescents face as they mature is not only remarkable, but it is also eye opening. The ultimate antagonist is by far the best I've come across. FMA (B) taught me that we cannot hope to be perfect-- there's just no such thing. We must revel in being mortal while we live and appreciate the time given to us. No matter how many times life knocks us down, we MUST push through. There is always a better day. I don't know.. But while Naruto is on the top of my own list, Full Metal Alchemist quickly comes in right behind it. Go read ...more

There is no power arc at all which makes this manga the best because the characters are limited to their own skills and this makes them realistic as they have time to develop great personalities. If you contrast this with eg One Piece Naruto Bleach or Fairy Tail the power arcs in those stories is just plain ridiculous which hinders the development of characters. To conclude FMA is a masterpiece on art at its own level as all the characters are not OPed and have genuine personalities and feelings which allow one to really dive into the story and walk beside each character to experience a work of art.

By far, this was the most educational manga, one of alchemy and the travels of the young and short Fullmetal Alchemist Edward Elric and his brother, Alphonse. These two, when they were about 10 and 9, attempted the forbidden alchemy to bring their mother back to life. Didn't work so well... Ed lost a leg, Al lost his body, Ed uses his arm as return for Al's soul.

Now, equipped with automail for his lost limbs, Ed becomes a state and then national alchemist at only 12, to try to gain something that could restore their lives.

Full Metal Alchemist is excellent in many ways. While the story sometimes gets very heartfelt and serious (there are a couple of sad moments that might stay with you for a long time), there is always room for humor and optimism. Every single member of the cast is interesting and appealing, the plot is unique, strong and well-written. The quality NEVER breaks down neither story-wise nor art-wise and keeps you on your toes until the end. Can recommend to everyone. One of the greatest mangas ever.

3 Naruto

Naruto is one of the best manga of all time, believe it! If Hinata was much more prevalent and there were much more NaruHina moments in it, I would say it's the absolute best! I wish that Naruto and Hinata had been on the same team, as well as having gotten together during Part I.

Naruto is a special manga to me. One thing is it always show scenes of the past so that you wont be forgetting about what happen back then since it consists so many episodes. Another thing is Naruto is not only is an adventurous manga instead it gives us many signs of true humanity and we often learn things from Naruto. He also changes many of the characters' lives including the enemies'. Lastly it also shows a lot of touching scenes that really makes me overwhelmed and cry. For instance like the episode where it shows the story back during the invasion of the Nine Tails and Minato and Kushina sacrifice for Naruto on the 1st day he was born. I cried for that and its one of the most touching scene no doubt there's more touching scenes. I really love Naruto this manga so much.

Naruto is the best manga series ever! It's wide range of mixed emotions help make it a wonderful series for everyone! Naruto is so considerate of others and will never ever give up, even if it costs him his life! Naruto is also an awesome series with awesome ninja techniques and the like. When you read Naruto or watch it, you feel close to the characters that sometimes you feel part of the action. Also what happens to the characters, has affects on you too! Naruto is also really funny at times and can make you laugh constantly. The series also has many great morals that we can relate to in real life. Naruto should ba rated the best manga series in the world!

Naruto isn't treasured by a thousand people just because of his strength, that is madly WRONG! Many people can't see it, but I do. T isn't the fighting the only reason that makes you watch that manga, it's the atmosphere. The romance, the laughter, the sadness and undeniable anger is the reason, it shows you all your feelings deep inside your soul, from the bottom of your heart. My country isn't much, not much things that we can brag about, and my school friends crazily adore Naruto just because of skill, and when I want to tell them that more valuable isn't his skill, but his amazing lion spirit that never gave up, that what truly made us smile. But seeing all that hope, inspiring shine on my friends eyes makes Me understand that they treasure they're version. So, for now that's all I have to say. Ananomus

4 Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball (which technically includes the Dragon Ball Z sires going up to vol. 42) is one of the best post-modern pieces in not just manga, but in literature itself (in comparison to the Chines folk tale the monkey king. I know this is an extremely bold statement but the sophistication in writing and illustration are almost untouchable compared to other authors. In addition I believe that Bleach, Naruto, One Piece and fairy tale are at the top because of the of the age groups that group up around them especially in the US, while Dragon ball hit its peek of popularity in the US in the early 2000's. Even en now while I am in my twenties I still have the same appreciation that I did being ten and reading the series for the first time!

Wow, it's honestly pathetic that Naruto can be ranked higher than this classic piece of work. Masashi Kishimoto himself has stated that he viewed Akira Toriyama as his inspiration. Naruto is too damn long for it's own good. It's tried so hard to reach to a wide audience that it has transformed from a manga/anime which did utilize the "never give up" aspect of life into a drama! Seriously and Bleach? Are you kidding me? I can understand Death Note because of the whole mental concept of the manga and One Piece because it appeals to a wide audience without needing to be a soap opera but seriously, what the hell is Naruto and Bleach doing here? Anybody that seriously thinks that Naruto is the best manga of all time is obviously a 12 year old that has never watched any other anime or picked up any other manga. Wow, over a class like Dragon Ball... Hell Detective Conan and even YU YU HAKUSHO IS BETTER. Fanboys these days, really...

I know that opinions are individual and can't be judged by others.. BUT, FACTS might have some say in the matter. The thing about DBZ is that it was the most influential anime EVER. No other was such a phenomenon of popularity and, seriously, I think we will never see something close to it. I remember that students where massively skipping school to see the episodes and it was even reported on the news. DBZ was not only BY FAR the most addicting manga ever but he was responsible to project this kind of anime to the world. Every person who is voting for Naruto and Bleach are nothing but kids who never saw anything else. And I am not biased because I grew up with the DB saga, from the 1st to the GT. I say I am not because when Mangas like Death Note came out, I really accepted them as the most elaborated anime I ever saw. But the thing is that DB swept a generation years. DB was not a simple anime but A CULTURE BY ITSELF.

Dragon ball is the first series but the second series of dragon ball (dragonball z) is the best ever it's awesome anime in the world and we can't compare dragon ball z with others because it has the best storyline and most action packed and adventurous anime. It's number 1 anime created in the world ever.

5 Berserk Berserk, also known as Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk, is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1997 to 1998. An adaptation of the manga Berserk, it comprises 25 half-hour episodes produced by Oriental Light and Magic and first aired on Nippon TV.

I am not shocked to see that Berserk isn't number 1 because in terms of popularity, One Piece and everything else above Berserk is more popular and have been read by most people. I now give advise to you all who haven't read Berserk... READ IT! You will see why this is considered by many and most critics to be the greatest manga ever created. This manga is so brilliant in story telling, writing, characters, art, and pacing that it could also be considered one of the greatest fiction works of all time. The dialogue is breath taking, and the chemistry between the characters so believable and touching that it eventually builds up to what is probably the most horrific betrayal scene ever written or drawn on paper. I've read it so many times and it still sends shivers down my spine. If you like manga, you owe it to yourself to read this masterpiece. An experience you will never forget.

As someone whos tried and failed many time to get into manga all I can say is that berserk really did it for me. I am still currently reading and cannot put it down

As I delve into this manga I delve in the darkness of the human psyche.

Never in my entire life I have read something so rich as berserk. The ambient is a unruly, cruel, dark world where only steel rules. Then we met guts, an anti-hero who is born in a grotesque way in this world. He mets other, deep and stunning humans and creatures. We see him fight on either gorgeous, Stunning, or Dark places. As the story progresses we get to see this world being combined with another, magic filled world. And then we explore this true darkness with him, and even the few good things that meant to him are taken away.

Even so he continues, he pushes on, he becomes a beast.

A deep long and intricately planned storyline of a lone warrior, the ambitious goals of a young general and the friendship, dependance and enmity that surround the two are what give the incredibly well choreographed, wonderfully drawn battles an scenes so much power. Each character has his unique appeal, unmistakable design even of their faces. The story is gritty, dark and the author fears not to make sacrifices of likable characters when they are necessary, but this just makes Guts' struggles have more impact and inspire more hope. This is more an epic tragedy combined with dark high fantasy than just a manga.

6 Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga. ...read more.

Most people play favorites on voting so bleach here is down but on all on going manga, I do think that bleach the best. Well, people have different tastes, but I say that bleach's story is much deeper than Naruto's or one piece's that's why most people can't get the full essence of its story. I'm not over rating it but it's the truth. Although my favorite is bleach, but I can't deny that Naruto is still the first because it's well balance. Naruto's story isn't hard to cope up with and it's interesting. While bleach's story, as I said earlier is more for an adult and people might find it hard to cope up with. But if you are able to get its essence then you'll find it as the best on going manga (only applicable if you prefer uniformly organized structure of literature).. Third is one piece, because if you are an adventure lover, you'll like it. But because of its childish plot/story you can even skip a few hundreds of episodes/chapters and still cope up with the story... Well, it's not ...more

Oh and that you supposedly can skip "hundreds of chapters/episodes" of One Piece is just a straight up lie. Every single arc in One Piece introduces something that is important to the story be it characters, lore or world changing events that influence the overarching plot. Even something that got introduced in chapter 155 can be suddenly very important even 500 chapters later. Naruto and Bleach (and most other series in general) can not even slightly compare!

Please! Bleach should be the first one or the second. Look around you and see how popular this series is. I can't believe they put fairy tail out there. I know it's good but it has NO competition with THE BLEACH! It's one of the most, MOST POPULAR MANGA'S OUT THERE! Though it's popularity has decreased in Japan a little but it still holds the position of the MOST LOVED MANGA IN THE WHOLE WORLD. It has a real plot with amazing characters (except orihime). It's not another bull happy to lucky crap. It has AWESOME fights not pansy one! This is a joke to put inon the 7th rank

I really don't know how this epic manga ended up in 7th place. Sure there's a lot of fillers, but they were needed for the plot. In fact, the plot is the main part of the story, where it wasn't just you wake up and suddenly become a hero, or you're a hero and each neew story you fight a different enemy, always winning. It took the time to see the character grow into who they are and it includes character with DEPTH. Not many mangas are like this, and more people need to enjoy that unless you want crappy mangas with no history at all to rule the manga world.

I voted this one not because it's the first manga I ever read but because of the plot. I personally think that Bleach has a whole lot better characters and events. How shinigamis fight eachother in soul society (another dimension of the world) and eventually the main character finds out more about his secrets, his family, friends and enemies. Also the one of the best parts are when the shinigamis in soul society becomes friends with the main character. There's so many comic and action at the same time NO ROMANCE TOO which I loveALSO THE GIRL CHARACTERS ARE FRIKISNGLY STRONG

7 Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami - a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

Death note is perhaps the greatest tragedy in manga. Its beginning is the best manga I have ever read and manages to make even the most mundane scenes tense and exciting. But unfortunately after around midway through the series the quality just drops off massively and it becomes very underwhelming. Overall it is good but can never top something as consistently outstanding as one piece.

With a different style from the others, I think this manga is one of the best I've ever read and seen. It's a mental battle, and it seems like a chess game sometimes. I love it

This is by far the best manga ever... It completely breaks off the model popular shounen manga follow, which is having a character who blurs the line between man and beast yet is charismatic as protagonist(in simple, the lovable idiot), who is unnaturally strong/powerful, and faces off against even stronger enemies to decide the fate of the world/universe, who then beat the living pulp out of him; and when all hope of defeating him is lost somehow finds the strength to carry on and beats him after realizing he's got the fate of the people close to hiworld/universe on his back...

Don't get me wrong, I love all that kind of manga too, Goku was my childhood hero, I love naruto too, and fairytail cracks me up (sorry but definitely not One piece, haven't seen/read much but what I have has been ridiculously dumb, sorry).

Anyway you got to admit when it comes to quality Death Note by far surpasses any manga there is at the moment...

I really loved the manga. I haven't even seen the anime, nor do I want to. The manga was so epic, the art, the thrill, the mystery, and maan, the suspense! I can't imagine it ending in less than 40 episodes when it kept me hooked for more than a 100 chapters! I really love how the story telling style and art blends so amazingly with the plot, considering its two separate people! Best manga for me EVER! P.S. If you read it, read Bakuman later. It feels like the side story of the making of death note. It's just too good to miss.

8 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated ...read more.

The thing is, Fairy Tail shares importance in life, friendship, and love. It's not just a stupid "power of friendship" thing. It shows the IMPORTANCE of friends and what they do. characters like Natsu, Lucy, Gray, Juvia, Wendy, Erza, Gageel, and the Fairy Tail guild show that they protect each other. My favorite part was when Natsu wanted to kill Jellal for making Erza cry. But accepted him when he actually changed. That's what friends do, protect, accept, and care. Fairy Tail was so, so meaningful. It really changed my life to be honest.

The attitudes and emotions of all the individual characters are realistic and unique.

The storyline gets straight to the point, there's no messing around. Every chapter has a distinct purpose and feels like a lot more happens than in other manga series.

It's far funnier than the all the manga I read whilst being able to maintain a high level of seriousness when it counts. A balance that most manga get wrong.

All in all this is my favorite manga because it prompts the right emotions in the reader at the right times combining the notions of fun, family and community with badass fight scenes. It reminds me of when I was a kid wishing I was a super saiyan. Only now I wish I was a Dragon-Slayer.

Too Good to be in 8th spot on any manga list.

This is absolutely, bar none without a doubt top five Manga/Anime! The art, the different stories and character background stories. The main plots are crazy cool, the way they mix action and the emotion into the series is wicked tight. They have fun, mad, sad, romantic, comedic, inspirational moments, and a plethora of juicy one liners that you will remember and think back to quite often. I especially love how they don't wear the same outfit's for long and change hairstyles as well. The character growth Is beyond fantastic! There is a character for each and every human being on this planet that you can fall in love with. Also the fan service is just the right amount for viewers of all ages. I can go on & on I strongly suggest this series to anyone who likes DBZ, Naruto, One Piece, Bleach.

If you people have a life I know fairy tail should be first just watch it, then you will see what it is about. Fairy tail the best anime show ever. Things happen there that can't happen here. They learn how to bond really close. They have a special connection. They learn how to work together. They all share the same feelings. The reason fairy tail is for each other. Fairy tail has magic powers that I can only dream about. Fairy tail has even tied with my top favorite show named winx club. I have been watching that movie sence I was 3 and ne ER could have imagined that a show can even tie with winx club, but it has. There 6 people in the group there names are Lucy, Natsu, Erza, Gray, Wendy, and Happy. Together there are the strongest team ever. Fairy tail is amazing. If I can have anything in the world I would chose to be part of fairy tail and learn what they do and make some real friends. So this is why I think fairy tail is NUMBER 1!

9 Dragon Ball Z

When I saw the sheer volume of its issues, I had thought that I had needs year to be done with it and now here I am with the entire manga completed in less than one month
Absolutely fantastic, for a long time I was quite going through the Hangover if having finished it and couldn't pick up any manga. Absolutely fab.. DBZ and DB both are love, even though I had to vote dbz here.

Dragon Ball Z is the best manga. It is so much better than it's anime adaption which has to many fillers.
There a a lot of timeskips but they play them by so smoothly. Freiza saga was way better than the anime it was much shorter and incredibly told. The anime version of the Frieza saga sucked it spanned from episodes 87 to 107 and the "five minute fight" is TEN EPISODES LONG.

The reason this is far down the list is because dragon ball refers to the whole series, including dragon ball z and dragon ball super.

I do agree that dragon ball z is better than dragonball but it would still make sense to put them all together as they all tie to one another.

I think that Dragon Ball Z must've been the first on the top of the list. I love its characters because all of them have their own style, power and strength. But I also love the original Dragon Ball which should be the second on the list.

10 Hunter x Hunter Hunter × Hunter is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. In 1999, Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show premiered on Japan's Fuji TV and ran until 2001. Three separate original video ...read more.

Such a gorgeous gem of a manga! It got away with breaking so many shounen rules, and gave us this brilliant action packed manga/anime packed with deep,fascinating characters, villains you end up falling in love with, arcs that will keep you on the edge of your seat, second guessing everything, and battles that will give you chills and thrills. So much thought was put into the whole thing, it's just beautiful. You just get so emotionally attached to it by the end. Has to be my favorite anime ever, and my third favorite manga (after Berserk and Skip Beat of course). If you've never seen it, then please consider, cause it is such a waste to skip out on this one, guys. Believe me, I almost did.

I started reading manga back in early 2007, a little bit before I started reading Fairy Tail and finished Rave Master, but there was always something about this Manga that interested me. It's one of Shonen Jump's longest running (current) manga series, and the storyline is amazing. It's like you never know what's coming next! There's also the variety or characters included in the series. They each have different traits and drive the plot to make it better every time! Hunter X Hunter is my most favorite manga of all time, so I'm hoping you all see it shine through!

Exceptional world-building, character interactions and development, but that's just the prerequisite for this amazing manga. The best part about Hunter x Hunter is that it doesn't stay at world level; it questions things you wouldn't even think of until you're bed-ridden and about to breathe your last breath! What is humanity? What is wrong, what is right? Why are humans this way? What does anything mean? What are you doing reading any other manga?

I first saw the anime and loved the logic of the characters way to deal with hunters test and after, when they learned how to use nem, it's awesome to see how Gon gets stronger and helps everyone he mets while trying to find his father. After the last anime episode in treasure island, I had to see if he met Gin, I found the manga and its 10 times cooler and more bloody! Maybe not the best Manga in the world, but it's my top 3.

The Contenders

11 D. Gray-Man D.Gray-man (Japanese: ディー・グレイマン Hepburn: Dī Gureiman?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsura Hoshino. Set in the 19th century, the series tells the story of a boy named Allen Walker, a member of an organization of exorcists who make use of an ancient substance ...read more.

This manga is honestly one of the best I've ever read. Although at the start it may seem a little innocent and not that serious, things get VERY dark. I think it is amazing how the plot evolved, and how the characters adapt to difficult situations. Also something that I really like is how all of the characters are very deep in their own ways and show many sides throughout the manga. The art style is also beautiful, especially in the more recent chapters.

D. Gray-Man's a Gothic beauty and the art is amazingly beautiful. It's inspirational, and the characters are seemingly and REALLY hawt :3 On top of all THAT (waves hand), D. Gray-Man's plot and storyline intermingle with all of the main characters, telling their life stories and struggles. It brings to mind of horrors which normal people wouldn't have ever thought of.
With only 217 chapters as of 1-2-13, this manga is quickly gaining strength in the world of otakus. Mangaka Katsura Hoshino does a beautiful illustration of this manga, and her art has been praised readily by many. Her career is already becoming more and more illustrious, and will continue to add more glory to the D. Gray-Man series~!

D. Gray-man was actually the first manga I had ever read because they had up to volume 13 at the library. I fell in love instantly, and I consider it guaranteed that anyone who reads this amazing work of art will to. It's a bit sketchy with the art in the beginning, but in the last chapters since the hiatus everything is fabulous. This should be in the top ten, especially since it's set to recontinue on June 17th 2015.

This manga is so beautiful with its amazing characters, story line and dark themes. The characters are so in depth that you will love them as soon as you read it! The story line is not your average shounen, as it displays lots of dark scenes and themes. The art is so amazing and is very detailed! I definitely recommend anyone to read it!

12 Slam Dunk

This is my favourite manga above all. I'm not saying the others have nothing to do, but for me it's simpy the one which has make me cry, laugh and feel the emotion between every match while I was reading and watching it. Not only that but also the art is amazing, realistic but refreshing, you can see in their faces what they feel, simply too expressive. Now and then I think I'm becoming more of a 90's manga lover than nothing, there're good mangas now, but in that decade there were very good ones.

It's not strange is one of the most beloved manga in shonen jump and all Japan, sure it's... For me is a masterpiece.

BEST MANGA OF ALL-TIME. This is the first manga that I ever read 9 years ago and is STILL my favorite manga after reading tons of mangas since. It really impacted my life in a positive way that no other mangas have. Slam Dunk really connected with me mentally and emotionally. I can honestly relate to it and find myself attached to the story-line. Not to mention, the whole flow of the manga is superb, no plotholes, fillers etc.

You do not need to be a basketball/sports fan to be interested in this manga, because what you lack in knowledge of the sport is made up by the detailed explanation from the author in certain rules at crucial moments. Furthermore, the main factor that makes this manga so great is how much emotions it expresses through its storyline more so than the sport itself. I was 12 when I first read the manga. The following year, I entered middle school and became a basketball player BECAUSE OF THIS MANGA. I went on and continued playing in college for a total of 6 ...more

Every time I read slam dunk, the feelings seem to be unchanged from the first time. This manga not only brings us joy but also shows us many meaningful things like the spirit, friendship and how they stood up after being a loser. As every chapter pass, I can feel their emotions, their resolution and dream to be the greatest basketball team of Japan, even laugh and cry with them. This manga was published before I was born but it worth reading for all generations. I've learnt a lot from SLAM DUNK.

The best ever manga that I've watched and read... It must be on top 1 because the story doesn't need characters with super power just to make it interesting... The whole story and characters was very interesting all of them has their own unique qualities... Very enjoyable and memorable.. Love it so much especially Hisashi Mitsui he's my favorite among all the characters.

13 Vagabond

reading this series is like an addiction, you just can't stop no how much you want to.
if you are planning on reading this manga I would recommend getting the viz big editions, you will end up saving money if you get them off amazon and the reading experience is much better. you get the bigger artwork and the volumes are 3 in 1 perfect for a long read. honestly, I am sad that this manga is so low on this list I do think its easily top 3 out of the list along with one piece and berserk, and I think if vagabond had an anime it would be more well-known and I think it would be number 1

Vagabond is the most amazing manga I have ever read. (And I've read them all! )
For me, the two things that matter the most is artwork and character development and depth. In mangas like bleach or Naruto, the characters are very one dimensional and predictable. The reason is of course because these manga are aimed at a younger audience. But vagabond blew me away. I finished reading the last update and then a few months later I read the first few chapters again. AND I COULD NOT RECOGNIZE THE GUY! In those 300 chapters, the hero's character had changed so much, and it felt so natural while it was happening! But it was unbelievable. What a moment. What a manga!
It is the only manga where two people can just stand and stare at each other without a word for two whole chapters, and just the thoughts going on in their heads are so riveting! I love this manga man! Vagabond is the best!

I've read quite a few mangas yet and this one might not be the best, but it is absolutly a must read! Yeah, you have fighting, cool caracters and a wonderful artwork, but that aside this manga has something I think no other has: You, as the reader, are so much connected to the main character (s) that you learn, feel and discover with them! That is, in my opinion, the greatest thing a manga can do to you! It's absolutly amazing! Read it, you will see the world and your life from a different angle!

I'm surprised this is so low. It is driven by perhaps the most well developed protagonist in all of manga, Musashi, in seinen and shounen alike. The art is amongst the best in the industry and the action to character relationships are solid and pull you in. It's a far better manga than One Piece or Naruto.

This is the gold standard of samurai-themed manga, the nonpareil if you may.

14 InuYasha InuYasha is a manga franchise created by Rumiko Takahashi. It was adapted into two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The first was broadcast for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV in Japan from October 16, 2000 until September 13, 2004. The second series, called Inuyasha: The Final Act, began airing ...read more.

An actual good story...until it wears thin. Takahashi just doesn't know where to go after a great opening. This could have easily been cut in half and been the better for it. Still, you can't take away how great the characters are and the brilliance of the initial plot. This ranks as number 1 since its failings are the same that all long-running series have.

You can really tell the ages of those rating anime and manga...all the top stuff is for middle school kids. Dragonball Z, Naruto, One Piece...all have their good points, though I'm nit so sure about One Piece, but they are intended for...let's say simpler audiences.

Ahh... InuYasha, my obsession of six years! It may focus a lot on romance but the characters are very unique and are bursting with potential! The plot can drag on a lot (Naraku I'm looking at you! ) and Kagomes personality would drive a lot of males away from the show- as she strays from the every day shounen main girl characters. InuYasha fights in almost every episode/chapter but tends to rely on only a hand full of attacks. But he makes up for that with quite a bit of personality.

Although there are MANY flaws in this story from Miroku and Sango being the narrators of Almost EVERY battle. (Sango: "did InuYashas wind scar just bounce back at him!? " Miroku: "yes! It seems the foe has a barrier that reflects demonic attacks! " Shippo: "I still exist! " Kind of a thing.)

It is without a doubt a mostly girl fan base (but males DO know quite a bit about it.)

My best advice is to try it and take it as you go, not everyone will see the charm but the ones who do won't ...more

I really really do not understand how this is not in Top 10. But I guess this is an oldie. A good one.
This was the first manga I have ever read. The plot is amazing and shows true character depth. It has sown me a lot because the plot is ironic in real life, and the mangaka makes it so that we can relate. The plot is a new twist to an overused road. The characters varies and makes it fun watching them interact.
This manga and anime is truly one of the best, and one of the ones that future mangaka will learn off of.

The best fullstop, the story has such depth into it. The main thing about it is that the story is so real. Not about how on recovers lost love, lives happily ever after, it brings out the conflicts in a soul, it is the only manga to have come closest to the question, "Can a man fall in love twice? "

15 Jojo's Bizarre Adventures Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an anime and manga franchise originally written by Hirohiko Araki. It centers around the perilous journey of the members of the legendary Joestar bloodline.

Jojo is easily up there for one of the best animes because of the amazing plot and storyline. People criticize this because of the animations, but if you really invest your time more into the story it will slap you in the face. Jotaro and his star platinum are the most amazing things to see when he defeats Dio. Trust me, watch this.

How is Fairy Tail beating this? Jojo has beautiful art and clear passion from its creator. The characters are memorable beyond words and have stuck with me for years.

It's not just about vampires, but ancient super-beings, a serial killer, Italian gangs, prison life, a transcontinental horse race, and amnesia. With eight separate protagonists and changing casts, stories and themes fail to stagnate over the 121 volumes of JoJo-awesomeness, especially with fights from part 3 onward having the supernatural power of Stands. Being physical manifestations of your soul, Stands are an iconic power system where each user has a unique ability, forcing our protagonists to use their minds instead of their fists to defeat the enemy, entailing inventive and creative resolves to bizarre battles and circumstances. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is one of the most beautiful and fabulous artworks I've seen and is an essential read for all manga lovers.

Whilst some of the early parts are a bit of a slog to get through, the introduction of stands represents one of the most interesting and tactical battle based manga series, easily outclassing those that followed, and it never settled for running a story to the ground, each part sets up an antagonist, eventually brings itself to a round close, one part focuses on a vampire who has the most powerful ability known so far, the next a serial killer with a hand fetish of all things, when araki is confident in his characters their stand can be as simple as healing others and its compelling enough.

also wanna lowkey part 7 as a standalone would be number one due to its vastly improved artstyle.

16 Monster

Extremely underrated. My Top 5 of all time and I read a lot of manga, including Arigatou, Berzerk, 20th cb, homunculus. This one left the hardest impression on me. every chapter unfolds stories and the best twists. Loved the ending

I would vote for either FMA, Attack On Titan or Berserk until I saw Monster on the list. It is by far the most underrated manga (and anime). Its start is really slow and all but after a few chapters you get obsessed with it. Urasawa's masterpiece has the best plot that easily surpasses other mystery mangas. The suspense is just huge and that makes it more enjoyable. Furthermore, its charachters (both heroes and antagonists) are simply amazing with each one having a different personality. This is a must read.

I' not a fanboy; I enjoy a good story, I enjoy Naruto, Bleach and One Piece to a point. Monster is a amazing story. I'm not a fanboy. Monster is from a very critical perspective (I'm critical on everything; I have never given anything a 10/10) is not the best manga. It's the best fiction every written, thank you for your time, I hope you decide to check out this amazing series.

So, most mainstream mangas get the top ten but these two master pieces (Monster and 20th Century Boy) isn't even close to top 10?! It's the BEST MANGA list, not THE MOST POPULAR MANGA list.

Compare the complexity and detail of the plots between this non-mainstream battle manga and those mainstream battle and powerup with nakama or must save friends manga, Naoki Urasawa is the George R.R. Martin, the J.R.R. Tolkien of the manga world.

17 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between September 2011 and September 2014, and it has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes as of August 2014.

I have read a lot of different manga from Bleach(700+ chapters) to dead man wonderland. I am never not reading a manga. The point I am trying to make is that I have read many different series and Tokyo Ghoul is by far the best manga that I have ever read! It draws you in so hard and leaves you wanting more! You can never put it down!

I use an app to read my manga but I actually want to buy the series(TG and TG :re) just to collect them! I want stickers for my car, my laptop, a hoodie, a phone cover, etc. I just want to surround myself with TG merchandise! Not just any merchandise though, it has to be touka and Kaneki merch!

The series let's you follow along with their character development and their relationship development. You want... You need them to be together and it's all you hope for! SPOILER... Then they get married and have a kid. The whole time you think and feel like one of and or both of them are going to die but they don't. It's a happy ever after while ...more

How is this not higher? This has the perfect balance of darkness and beauty (and plenty of sadness, may I add). I loved and still do love all of the characters. They all seem so unique to me! However, try your best to avoid spoilers. It may ruin the experience. Try to read the manga before watching the anime, too. The anime doesn't follow the same storyline as the manga, which disappointed me. But, the anime is still worth it. After you finish the main series, I recommend reading :re. Don't do much research on :re before finishing the entire manga, though. I learned the hard way. In summary, give this manga a chance! It is absolutely worth reading.

If u have watched the anime and think its amazing... Well, then behold! The MANGA IS SO AMAZING! It's the best manga I have read that shows how the main character goes through a psychological change. Plus it's beautifully displayed that tells about human eating creatures(ghouls- not naked titans ) that tells about how they interact with the humans. My fave line in the manga is that the main lead ghoul female character says that they aka ghouls only want to live because there is no way of their survival unless they eat humans... ANYWAYS BE SURE TO READ THE MANGA! ' Even if it has a slow start, DON'T STOP READING!

It's a pretty good manga with a nice story line I was dissapointed in the anime though but its actually not that bad its just that they sensor the deathscenes. The story is about a boy named kaneki who lives in Tokyo which is being haunted by ghouls but these aren't ghouls your thinking about ghosts and all that no their actually people who have no choice but to feast on human flesh. One day kaneki meets a girl named rize who seems to be the girl of his dreams she decides to go out with him. You have no idea how the story will turn out later on. So yeah a recommended manga. If your into slow paced fights and sensored scenes I geuss you can watch the anime. At least they got the drama part right. So yeah hope you'll give it a try. Thanks to the people who read this whole thing I know it must have been hard.

18 Hajime No Ippo

I would put Hajime as one of the underrated mainstream manga. I dislike manga with simple cliche plots. This is the only one I felt is the best "boy to hero" manga out there.

Simply outstanding, my blood gets pumped just reading. And the tenacity, and the ever evolving characters can actually teach you a thing or two about life. The mangaka has managed to put a soul into his work that for all it's fans makes Hajime No Ippo immortal. It's the only manga that wants me to burn through it as quickly as possible also savor each page as long as possible.

As this Manga has over 900 chapters one can say it's simply good because it was never cancelled. That has to mean something. Furthermore the story of the weak Ippo keeps you reading until you want to know what happen, until you are enlightend by Ippo's trainers words: Off to the world, brat.

When I first looked at this I thought there was no way I'd ever be able to like a manga about boxing. After about the 5th time of me reading it I can now say that was completely wrong. By far one of my favorites

19 One-Punch Man

Well, in the end good wins almost every time against evil! ( Naruto, death note,m m arc, dragon Ball) Just thinking to invent a manga based around that, and just with one punch is absurd and iconic.
One punch man is just a geniality! For many aspects, much better than any action/fighting manga as it easily end up with just a punch :)
Manga is entertaining and amazing! Absolutely top 10

Great manga. It belongs in everyone's top 10. Great comedy, amazing action, superb story, and some of the best art work that I've ever seen on my life. It has greatest manga potential and is so addictive. Put all this together and add the regular but completely overpowered protagonist, saitama and you've got something amazing. EVERYONE MUST READ!

great art style, story is funny. my guilty pleasure manga. Simple plot, generally empty sugar without nutritional content manga, but everyone just love it.

It's cheating.
One piece came in this list before 3 years
AOT came in this list before 6 months
While one punch man came in this list within 25 days.
If every manga in this list is released on same date, OPM is surely in top 8
Don't forget that OPM has more fans in central America than one piece and naruto.

How is it "cheating" exactly? It is natural that series that are older than One Punch man were added much earlier. Stop being such a whiney fanboy!

20 Parasyte The anime was simulcast by Crunchyroll outside of Asia. Aside from the manga and anime, the series also has two live-action film adaptations. The Chinese Ministry of Culture blacklisted Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu as well as 37 other works on June 9, 2015. ...read more.

I'm surprised Parasyte is all the way down here! This is one of my favorite manga, and had me on the edge of my seat as much as laughing my way off of it! I recommend it to all Tokyo Ghoul fans(and if you haven't read Tokyo Ghoul, I highly recommend that too)!

Creepy science fiction story similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. This thriller will not let you go until the very end.

It's a great psychological horror

It was very nice.

21 Great Teacher Onizuka Great Teacher Onizuka, officially abbreviated as GTO, is a Japanese shōnen manga written and illustrated by Tooru Fujisawa. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from May 1997 to April 2002.

For me GTO is the best manga I've ever read because it gives us a very strong message: Whoever you are, whatever your age, no matter what you have experienced, you can change, you can be happy.
The main character: Eikichi Onizuka is in my opinion very interesting because we know he has struggled, we see his evolution. He help and inspire others people. This is a very charismatic person.

Sory for my bad English I'm French

This manga has been a long time favorite! Nothings beaten it yet the characters feel like they come to life, I felt so sad when it ended. Great run! I wish I could find another just like this one in the future

GTO's main character has resounded an incredible role model in my mind. The content can be considerably ecchi, but if you look past that you'll find characters who will stick with you till the end...

Eikichi Onizuka is one of the greatest characters ever imagined. You find yourself caring about what happens to the hero and that is testimony of a good manga.

22 20th Century Boys

This was just a manga I thought had quite a few chapters so it could pass time. I started reading it with the mentality that it would pass time and that I would move on to something else afterwards. I know it is a bit older, and action-wise, it's no Naruto. You should still READ IT because of the plot. I personally hate mangas and animes that come out these days that are only about how good the graphics are and where the plot is awful. They don't make 'em like 20th Century Boys anymore. Sorry for the wall of text I had to get it out.

The plot of this on spans over a 50 year period, constantly moving forward with a lot of flashbacks. A lot of awesome characters that you can't stop caring about. And also an awesome villain who is smart, manipulative and shrouded with mystery... A whole lot of mystery!

The ending was very good in fact but Uraswa wrote a very short squeal, 21st century boys, and made it even better! He is the best and he spent a lot of time (8 years) to turn that group of kids from the 70's into a masterpiece.

GO READ IT! LIKE RIGHT NOW!

It's a masterpiece. I went to the manga store in my town and had no clue what to read. I asked for advice and he mentioned 20th century boys. To be honest, I didn't want to buy it. He said buy the first volume if you didn't like it come and change it with anything you want. I went home and started reading and never stopped till I finish the first volume. then the day after I went to the shop and bought all the volumes.

After I read the first book I was absolutely hooked, I had to read more. Quite underrated but it absolutely fantastic! Every book and even chapter leaves it at a point where you are desperate to read on! One of the best manga I have ever read, must read.

23 Yu Yu Hakusho Yu Yu Hakusho is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. An anime adaptation consisting of 112 television episodes was directed by Noriyuki Abe and co-produced by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising, and Studio Pierrot. The television series originally aired on Japan's Fuji TV network from October ...read more.

Yu Yu Hakusho is epic! The storyline, characters, and artwork are the best. I LOVE the main characters, their fighting styles, and personalities so much! I loved the way the suspense, romance, and humor really got to me. I could go on forever with a list of what I like about this series. The only thing I didn't like was finishing a page and realizing that it was over. T^T

I think this anime is an all time classic, I mean really 36, it deserves way better. The characters are wonderful, the romance, the fightinh even the plot line is quite impressive, besides this came out way before bleach, Naruto etc and should be given more credit than 36.

The artwork was great in this story! Not only that, it gave us suspence and humor, as well as seriousness and a romantic relationship. The plot was original as well as the character design.

I've red this twice and still awesome, for the story and the art is the best for the manga that released on old times..

24 Akira

First one that I saw! And still one of the best!

Akira is a film that surpasses all other anime, and is one of- if not the best animated film of all time, Akira has earned it's landmark as a break through milestone animated, The One thing about Akira is it is not for children Akira isn't gory but contains many bloody scenes as well as some strong language and a scene of partial nudity, other than that Akira is an excellent film.

If you haven't read this only because ypu "saw the movie and don't need to read it", read it anyway! The movie, though it is amazing, missed so many details, and changed sone scenes, (spoiler alert) like how Tetsuo become the leader of the clowns, are how Yamagata trys to shoot Tetsuo during the fight scene between the bike gangs of Neo-Tokyo vs. The clowns, and that's why Tetsuo kills him (spoiler alert over) It is an amazing read, and is in SO much detail. If you are into a gritty, imaginative, and thrilling story, CHECK. IT. OUT.

Seriously, how the hell is this masterpiece so low?! The fact that it isn't even in the top tens shows that there is something wrong with people. In here, people either haven't read this manga, or fanboy over things like Fairy Tail (that it sucks and it's unbelievable that it is top 5). This needs to be HIGHER!

Just finished reading the series. I was blown away at Otomo's eye for detail and his ability to convey action--a LOT of action. About half of the 3,000 page story is essentially one giant chase scene! A masterwork if ever there was one.

25 The Breaker: New Waves

The single best manga (manwha) that currently runs in my opinion
Great art, Good storyline, thrilling characters.
And very inspiring as a life lesson about willpower

Every chapter that releases makes me hold my breath and sit on the edge of my chair till the very last page.
Then makes me grind my teeth waiting for the next release..

This is something that the current top 5 haven't succeeded at for me lately.

This manga is undervalued, and under appreciated
And deserves to be in the top 15 at least..

If you're interested in reading it, I suggest you read the breaker first
(which is the first part of this storyline)

~20 male

This manga is literally the most amazing manga out there. I've read Gantz, Naruto, HotD, Bleach, Monster, I mean, you list it and I've had the free time to grind through chapter. The Prequel to this is what caught me: "The Breaker." In the beginning it seems very boring because if you haven't read the prequel then you have no idea what's going on. BUT! The creator of this manga deserves AWARDS. I Literally have nail-biting, thought-riveting, daily panic attacks just waiting for the next chapter of this series. The story is so deep and the manga itself is Unrivaled.

He breaker caught my eye about a month ago, beautiful art, complex storyline, complex character development and a great twist at the end. New waves continues where the breaker left off, with all of the above aspects. An absolute must read for action manga fans.
It's storyline is complex yet easy to follow, with emotions abound. You get attached to multiple characters as you see their continued progression and development.

Truly a work of art.

If you are looking for the action New Waves got it.
If you are looking for how a boy grows to a man New Waves got it.
If you are looking for a story with fighting and a epic storyline New Waves is what you are looking for.

The only bad thind with New Waves is that you have to read The Breaker first to understand. But I promise you that The Breaker is a story of epic proportion. And so is The Breaker New Waves.

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