What are the best must-read manga series?

Whether you're a full-fledged otaku, or you're just trying out manga-reading as a hobby, this page is perfect for you. Quench your boredom with quality content and feel free to check out the most popular and highly recommended mangas we have listed for you!

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    #1One Piece (Vol. 1)

    One Piece (Vol. 1)

    Join the adventures of the mighty pirate Luffy in finding the most sought-after treasure in the world - One Piece. The Straw Hat Pirate crew includes a swordsman, a cook, a cartographer, a doctor, a sniper, and an archaeologist.

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    Sun Su
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This is one of the best manga to read right now if you haven't yet. It is a rare instance when an anime adaptation sticks to its source material almost to the dot. This is one of those rare instances and it is great to see."
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    #2Fullmetal Alchemist (Vol. 1)

    Fullmetal Alchemist (Vol. 1)

    Edward and Alphonse Elric abused the power of alchemy by pushing it to its limit of bringing their mother back to life. They failed in taking this gamble and the siblings ended up as slaves of their military-alchemical government.

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    Zhou Zhu
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This is at the top of my list of some of the best mangas to read ever. I enjoyed reading this manga from start to finish and was left wanting for more in the end. That is how good this manga series was for me."
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    #3Naruto (Vol. 1)

    Naruto (Vol. 1)

    A mischievous and naughty young boy named Uzumaki Naruto is aiming to be the Hokage or village chief of Konoha. Known as the host of the legendary 9-tailed beast, Naruto is on his way to being the greatest ninja who ever lived.

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    Adam Elliott
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This is one of the longest-running manga series that just concluded very recently so it is a good time to check it out in its entirety. There is a lot to like here with a good and endearing story and memorable, relatable characters. The pacing was not that good though."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that KochiKame is the single manga series with the most volumes published? Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen Mae Hashutsujo is its complete title. Osamu Akimoto, the man behind this comedy manga, is its creator.

Starting in 1976, it follows the story of Kankichi Ryotsu or Ryo-san as a policeman. Other characters are Keiichi Nakagawa, Reiko Akimoto, and Daijiro Ohara. Even though it ran for 40 years, most of the characters don’t age within the series even though its timeline is in the 1970s. Its theme was also based on the latest trends and pop culture. Recognizing its success, there's an anime adaptation from 1996-2004. Not to mention its live-action films and drama adaptation. KachiKame proved its success as one of the best manga to read. How? One proof is selling over 157 million tankobon copies as of 2014. Its creator, Akimoto, received a Special Prize at the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2017. This manga bid its farewell in 2016 when Weekly Shonen Jump published its last volume. It also became the most volumes published for a single manga series by Guinness World Record. Want to read other best manga like KachiKame? Don’t worry, you can now read manga on Android phones using an app

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    #4Hunter x Hunter (Vol. 1)

    Hunter x Hunter (Vol. 1)

    Gon Freecs is a young man aspiring to be a Hunter just like his father who left him when he was young. This manga follows Gon as he strives to become a licensed and certified Hunter.

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    Yao Yan
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "I grew up reading this manga and watching the first anime adaptation for it so I may be a little biased but I do think that this is one of the top manga to read and is essential to anyone new to manga in general. Good story, good action, and good pacing."
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    #5Attack on Titan (Vol. 1)

    Attack on Titan (Vol. 1)
    For years, humans were saved from the man-eating giants known as Titans because of the 50-meter high walls surrounding them. Until one day, a titan higher than the walls appeared and it changed the fate of the humanity once more.
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    Henry Reynolds
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This manga series was obviously drawing inspiration from German history and sensibilities which is apparent in its references, names, and even how the character themselves are drawn. That is what makes it unique from the rest and makes it interesting."
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    #6Death Note (Vol. 1)

    Death Note (Vol. 1)

    Yagami Light is an intelligent student who accidentally found (and used) Death Note - a dangerous notebook owned by a death god - that whose name is written on it will die. Now, Light must find a way to escape the genius detective, L.

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    Zhao Tang
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This is one of the more serious manga series out there that delves into the human psyche and morality. The story is dark and the art style supports and compliments this to great effect."
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    #7Dragon Ball |(Vol. 1)

    Dragon Ball |(Vol. 1)

    Dragon Ball entails the epic story of Earth's strongest hero named Son Goku and the magical dragon balls. Goku goes on an adventure to save the planet from destruction against extra-terrestrial enemies.

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    Deng Qian
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "If there is one truly essential manga series that needs to be read on this list, it's this one. This is the manga that helped manga gain recognition in the West and helped inspire a generation of great manga works in the years to come."
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    #8Food Wars! (Vol. 1)

    Food Wars! (Vol. 1)

    Food Wars! is a manga about cooking created by Yuto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki first published in 2013. This sequential art manga is about Soma Yukihira's journey to a culinary school. 

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    Xu Wang
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "It's been a while since I read a food-related manga series after cooking master boy and yakitate japan and this is a great one. It's funny, light-hearted, and just easy to watch and enjoy."
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    #9Pandora Hearts (Vol. 1 )

    Pandora Hearts (Vol. 1 )

    Pandora Hearts follow the story of Oz as he goes to investigate the mysterious prison called Abyss and a bloodstained black rabbit known as Alice. There are more secrets that lie ahead waiting for him to discover.

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    Karen Rose
    Written on February 6, 2018
    "Oh. Em. Gee. This is so awesome! I've only just started reading manga. I don't really love graphic novels that're available right now. So my friend recommended this series and I was like, eh. But I'm so glad I gave it a try. The artwork is really awesome and the story is so cool. I am looking forward to finding the anime they made from this so I can watch it when I'm done."
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    #10Bakuman

    Bakuman

    Akito Takagi is planning to push his classmate, Moritaka Mashiro to collaborate with him to achieve his dream of being a mangaka. Bakuman is drama-comedy manga series written and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.

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    Kevin Qiu
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "One of the greatest slice of life manga series that you will ever read. It depicts the real and relatable struggles of any aspiring artists in their chosen field. In this case, it's being a manga artist."
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    #11Black Butler (Vol.1)

    Black Butler (Vol.1)

    The illustrious Ciel Phantomhive is a 12-year old boy known as the dog of the Queen of England. Deep inside his manor, he has a contract with a demon but loyal butler named Sebastian. Together, they are yet to reveal some dark secrets.

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    Zhang Li
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "The two characters provide a nice contrast to one another. One is an open book, ready to be read and analyzed. The other is cold and mysterious. Their interaction all throughout was interesting to see."
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    #12Fairy Tail (Vol. 1)

    Fairy Tail (Vol. 1)

    Lucy wants to join an organization fit for the most powerful wizards - Fairy Tail. On her journey, she met a strange, fire-user wizard named Natsu together with his talking cat. Will Lucy make it to Fairy Tail or will it remain a dream?

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    Amanda Soto
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This manga series had so much potential in the beginning but over time, it became a dragging mess to read later on. "
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    #13Soul Eater (Vol. 1)

    Soul Eater (Vol. 1)
    Maka is a weapon meister partnered with a living scythe named Soul Eater. Their main goal is to collect 99 tainted souls and a witch to turn Soul Eater into an ultimate weapon. Together, they battle dangerous monsters of the underworld.
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    Jane Franklin
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This is one of manga that starts out a little slow but develops quite nicely in later chapters. The art style is nice and detailed, the characters are relatable, and the story comes into its own later on."
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    #14InuYasha (Vol. 1)

    InuYasha (Vol. 1)
    Kagome discovers a magical well that brought her to a different dimension where she met a half-demon called Inu-Yasha. Together, they plan to recover the lost pieces of "Jewel of Four Souls" before the evil mortals get their hands on it.
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    Samantha Oliver
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This is one of the best manga series of all time that any fan should check out. The story is complex with a large scope and the character are really well portrayed with their emotional struggles and conflicts. Just go read it."
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    #15Drifters (Vol. 1)

    Drifters (Vol. 1)

    Drifters Volume 1 is the first volume of the Drifters series, the action and thriller manga written and illustrated by Kohta Hirano, the mangaka who created Hellsing. It is about souls of historical warriors fighting an endless battle.

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    Jerry Huang
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "Who doesn't want to see major personalities in Japenese warring states history band together to face a foreign enemy. It has elements of sci-fi and the supernatural that results in one of best reads in a while."
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    #16D. Gray-Man (Vol. 1)

    D. Gray-Man (Vol. 1)
    Allen Walker is a no-ordinary human having a cursed hand that could turn into an enormous weapon. He uses this curse to hunt down and kill monsters generated by a phantom called Akumas.
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    Walter Griffin
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This manga series was a pleasant surprise and one that I would whole-heartedly recommend to anyone looking for some a little different in the numerous shonen titles available in the market."
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    #17Ouran High School Host Club (Vol. 1)

    Ouran High School Host Club (Vol. 1)

    A scholar-student in an exclusive school for the rich and famous named Haruhi broke an $80,000 worth of vase. To pay back for the damages that she has done, she has to work for the Ouran High School Host Club.

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    Wendy Yin
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "What makes these types of stories great is that there is always someone that you will end up rooting for one way or another. Sit back, and see the story unfold for each of these characters."
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    #18Vinland Saga (Vol. 1)

    Vinland Saga (Vol. 1)

    Vinland Saga (Vol. 1) is a manga by Makoto Yukimura. Seeking for revenge, Thorfinn was raised by Vikings and became a warrior to find justice for his family. 

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    Aaron Stanley
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "the first vol in the epic viking story, it's awesome and i highly recommend it "
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    #19The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 6)

    The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 6)

    The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Part 1(Vol. 6) is a fantasy action sequential art manga created by Akira Himekawa. It is first published in 2009 by VIZ Media. 

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    Magdalena Paredes
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 6) best is a great volume in a must-read manga series. Bol. 6 is my favorite of all as I love the plot line around Princess Zelda. I could not put this one down. It is a beautiful high fantasy adventure that really is captivating."
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    #20The Earl & the Fairy (Vol. 1)

    The Earl & the Fairy (Vol. 1)

    The Earl & the Fairy (Vol. 1) is a graphic novel and a historical fiction book written by Mizue Tani for young adults. This romance-themed manga was published on March 6, 2012 by VIZ Media LLC.

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    Carol Edwards
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The art is beautiful in this book, I love it! There are many twists and turns to the story."
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    #21Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)

    Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)

    Paradise Kiss is a romantic drama manga written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. This manga tells the story of Yukari Hayasaka and her struggle to balance modeling and school. Paradise Kiss has 5 published volumes.

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    Kathy Gomez
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This is one of the most unique manga series that I have ever come across. I don't think that anyone has tried to mix shojo and fashion so well that you wonder why no one tried it sooner."
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    #22Pokémon Adventures (Vol. 1)

    Pokémon Adventures (Vol. 1)

    Pokémon Adventures (Vol. 1) is a fantasy fiction manga created by Hidenori Kusaka. This sequential art fantasy manga is about Pokemon trainer. It is first published in 1997.

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    Louis Lewis
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The best must-read manga series is Pokémon Adventures (Vol. 1). Created by Hidenori Kusaka, this manga is your entry into the world of Pokemon and it will sure to get you hooked from the first page. "
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    #23The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 5)

    The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 5)

    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Vol. 5) is a fantasy action sequential art manga created by Akira Himekawa. This manga is first published in 2001.

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    Alan Reynolds
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I am a big fan of manga and videogames so buying this was a no brainer. This manga has a lot of great art and actions scenes. "
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    #24Sakura Gari

    Sakura Gari

    Sakura Gari is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuu Watase. The manga is set in the 1920s in Japan and also the author's first manga with a young male protagonist. Sakura Gari was first published in 2007.

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    Howard Wong
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I just love manga and found a winner here. What a great read. I'll be reading this one again I'm sure."
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    #25Real (Vol. 1)

    Real (Vol. 1)
    Real (Vol. 1) is a sports manga created by Takehiko Inoue. This seinen sequential art manga is about basketball and it is first published in 2001.
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    Zhang Fang
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love Manga. Real (Vol. 1) is one of the better ones I've read. It's about basketball, which is pretty unique. I like basketball, so it was perfect for me. It's not the greatest Manga I've ever read, but it's not too bad."
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    #26Girl Got Game (Vol. 1)

    Girl Got Game (Vol. 1)

    Girl Got Game (Vol. 1) is a young adult sports manga created by Shizuru Seino. This romantic sequential art manga is first published in 2004 by Tokyopop. 

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    Ralph Oliver
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This Asian themed novel looks like a great buy for a child. It has terrific reviews and I might buy this one for my daughter, Coco."
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    #27The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 1)

    The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 1)

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Vol. 1) is a fantasy manga created by Akira Himekawa. This sequential art manga is based on a video game and first published in 2000. 

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    Rosa María Muñoz
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I bought this book for my 7 year old grandson for his birthday and he loves it. It was easy for him to read and he now wants the entire set. We've found that it is a great book to grab when we are on the go, a quick read for him while we are in the car travelling to and from school, sports games, etc. "
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    #28MeruPuri (Vol. 1)

    MeruPuri (Vol. 1)
    MeruPuri is a comedy manga series illustrated and written by Matsuri Hino. This manga follows the story of Airi Hoshina and her search for love. MeruPuri was published in four volumes.
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    Shreyas Kapur
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "While Manga is not my expertise. This one was a very enjoyable read. I think it's great for a beginner to get into. If you don't like this one, you probably won't like any."
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    #29Nephilim (Vol. 1)

    Nephilim (Vol. 1)
    Nephilim - a unique race that turns male by day and female by night. Labeled as "Gods of Death" it is said that whoever glances upon their bewitching night beauty will meet with certain death.
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    Peter Ellis
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I've been reading Nephlim ever since it first came out. I can't believe how fast its grown in popularity. I feel like all of my friends are not only reading it, but they relate to their characters! "
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    #30Red Colored Elegy

    Red Colored Elegy
    Red Colored Elegy is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Seiichi Hayashi. This one-volume gekiga manga was published between 1970 and 1971. In 2007, Toei Animation adapted the manga into an animated version.
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    Heather Vargas
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "reading is mind relaxing"
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    #31Astro Boy (Vol. 1)

    Astro Boy (Vol. 1)

    Astro Boy (Vol. 1) is a science fiction and fantasy manga created by Osamu Tezuka. This sequential art manga is about Astro Boy and his battles against Hot Dog Corps. It is first published in 1952.

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    Chen Cui
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "As far as manga series go, this was not the best first outing for this series but it did setup the stage quite well and made room for the story to grow and develop further."
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    #32Stray Love Hearts

    Stray Love Hearts

    Stray Love Hearts is a romantic comedy shojo manga written and illustrated by Aya Shouoto. This manga was serialized in Sylph magazine in 2008. Stray Love Hearts or S.L.H has 5 published volumes.

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    Marie Jordan
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "Having never heard of Stray Love Hearts I am hesitant to choose this as the best must-read manga series. I am interesting in knowing more about the book but do not have any details as to plot or characters or anything."
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    #33Backstage Prince (Vol. 1)

    Backstage Prince (Vol. 1)

    Backstage Prince is a romance manga written and illustrated by Kanoko Sakurakoji. This manga tells the story of a high school girl named Akari and her chance encounter with Ryusei, a famous kabuki actor. Backstage Prince has 2 volumes.

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    Gabriel Salgado
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Backstage Prince is a good read. It's pretty much up to par with what you'd expect from most romance mangas nowadays. The story isn't groundbreaking or anything, but it is solid for what it is. I would not say it is a must read, but definitely a strong choice if you're into the genre."
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    #34Hana-Kimi (Vol. 1)

    Hana-Kimi (Vol. 1)

    Ashiya Mizuki started to idolize a high-jump athlete, Izumi Sano, after watching him play in a competition. Mizuki decided to follow Sano by entering where he studies - an all-boys school. Now, she must disguise herself to stay by his side.

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    Sean Torres
    Written on January 28, 2018
    "This is a must have manga series. It's an easy read but still entertaining. Great for young readers and those who just like manga type books."
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    #35Oishinbo a la carte (Vol. 1)

    Oishinbo a la carte (Vol. 1)

    Oishinbo a la carte is a manga about cooking created by Tetsu Kariya and illustrated by Akira Hanasaki. This sequential art manga is about a journalist Yamaoka Shiro who goes on a culinary adventure for the ''ultimate menu''.

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    Lawrence Newman
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Oishinbo a la carte (Vol. 1) is a good manga if you enjoy cooking. Other than that, it is very middle of the road in the world of manga, and I would not recommend it."
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    #36Iron Wok Jan! (Vol. 1)

    Iron Wok Jan! (Vol. 1)

    Iron Wok Jan! is a manga about cooking created by Shinji Saijyo first published in  2002 by Dr. Master. This sequential art manga is about the competition among Jan, Kiriko, and Serene to be the greatest cuisine master. 

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    Wayne Oliver
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "im a decent mange person but i had never heard of this series. i read up on the link and it does seem very good"
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    #37Cardcaptor Sakura (Vol. 1)

    Cardcaptor Sakura (Vol. 1)

    Cardcaptor Sakura (Vol. 1) is a fantasy manga created by Clamp. This sequential art and romance manga is first published in 1998. This manga is about Sakura after she became the Master of the Clow. 

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    Jane Wade
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Cardcaptor Sakura is the first volume in a new manga series written by Clamp. This series follows a fifth grader names Sakura and she faces challenges to become Master of the Clow. A fun easy manga read for the younger set."
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    #38A Little Snow Fairy Sugar (Vol. 1)

    A Little Snow Fairy Sugar (Vol. 1)

    A Little Snow Fairy Sugar (Vol. 1) is a magical fantasy manga created by Haruka Arai. This sequential art manga is about fairies. It is first published in 2003. 

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    Hannah Wells
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This manga is a super popular series that I love to read all the time. It's not only beautifully designed but the storyline is out of this world too."
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    #39What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Vol. 1)

    What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Vol. 1)

    What Did You Eat Yesterday? is a manga about food created by award-winning author Fumi Yoshinaga first published in 2007. This sequential art manga is about two middle-aged men and the meals they shared together. 

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    Edison Meng
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "A thoroughly enjoyable and interesting slice of life manga. I love reading about the meals they eat and you even get an idea of how to reproduce them at home."
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    #40Good-Bye

    Good-Bye

    Good-Bye is a collection of gekiga stories written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel contains all the nine works produced by Yoshihiro in 1971 to 1972.

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    Ethan Simmons
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "To be honest I will not read manga. I have never really been interested nor will I ever be to only have 12 reviews on amazon and being published in 2008 leads me to believe that it is just another manga that doesn't even draw fans of the genre to it. "
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    #41Yakitate!! Japan (Vol. 1)

    Yakitate!! Japan (Vol. 1)

    Yakitate!! Japan is a manga created by Takashi Hashiguchi first published in 2002. It is about Azuma Kazuma's journey in the art of making bread and becoming a baker in Phantasia.  

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    Jennifer Wheeler
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This manga series held my attention for longer than I expected. It was fun and interesting in the beginning. Beyond the half-way point, however, things do get dull after. "
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    #42Godchild

    Godchild

    In the early 19th century in London, a 17-year old boy named Cain was forced to become the head of the Hargreaves Manor haunted by a dark past. Together with his faithful servant and sister, they investigate mysterious crimes.

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    Randy Bryant
    Written on February 3, 2018
    "This has some sick art style that I can groove with. The protagonist is highly likable and such a cool person. "
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    #43Yakitate!! Japan (Vol. 7)

    Yakitate!! Japan (Vol. 7)

    Yakitate!! Japan is a manga about baking created by Takashi Hashiguchi first published in 2003. This sequential art manga is about the competition for the third-place title between Kawshi and Suwabara. 

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    Patricia Murray
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Fun manga about bread."
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    #44Fallen Words

    Fallen Words

    Fallen Words is a historical fiction gekiga manga written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel was originally published in 2009. Fallen Words explores the oral tradition of rakugo through visual art.

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    Leo Huang
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This is not what I thought of when I thought of manga. The stories feel like little slice-of-life vignettes and the art keeps things interesting. There's a lot of insight and humor tucked in the pages as well. Might not be must-read for a lot of manga fans, but might interest many who wouldn't ordinarily be interested, making it must-read in a different way. "
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    #45Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales

    Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales

    Shirahime Syo: Snow Goddess Tales is a supernatural fiction written and illustrated by a group of mangakas called Clamp. This manga is composed of 3 short stories featuring a man's encounter with a snow goddess.

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    Roger Brooks
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Nice length of book at 192 pages. No being short-changed on the length of the story here. I really like that it is also available in hardback as I prefer hardbacks to paperbacks."
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    #46A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by the legendary Japanese mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This slice of life and drama graphic novel was originally published in 2008. It has a 2011 film adaptation entitled Tatsumi.

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    Edward Scott
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I read the A Drifting Life during a flight to Japan earlier last year and really enjoyed the illustrations and all of the interactions between all of the characters in the book. I recommend this book to all Japanese Manga fan's that enjoy really nice illustrations and book's with a lot of drama. "
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    #47Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)

    Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)
    Lone Wolf and Cubis an epic samurai manga written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Goseki Kojima and published in America by Dark Horse Comics. 
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    Vincent Weber
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Lone Wolf and Cub is one of the most famous mangas ever written. It certainly lives up to its reputation with its high quality storytelling and illustration."
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    #48The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 8)

    The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 8)

    The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Vol. 8) is a fantasy action sequential art manga created by Akira Himekawa. It is first published in 2009 by VIZ Media.

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    Ralph Oliver
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I came on here looking to find the best must read manga series of all time. I was told to try The Legend of Zelda volume 8. I didn't even know this was a manga! I loved it. "
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    #49Mixed Vegetables (Vol. 1)

    Mixed Vegetables (Vol. 1)

    Mixed Vegetables is a manga about cooking created by Ayumi Komura first published in 2005. This shojo sequential art manga is about Hanayu Ashitaba's journey to become a sushi chef. 

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    Bryan Medina
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "A good mange series but maybe not the best one there is. "
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    #50Gold Pollen and Other Stories

    Gold Pollen and Other Stories

    Gold Pollen and Other Stories is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Seiichi Hayashi. This gekiga manga celebrates Seiichi's avant-garde visual representations. The author is known for this art style in the 1960s and 1970s.

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    Frank Vasquez
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Out of all of the manga that I have read lately, Gold Pollen and Other Stories is one of my favorites. The style of this manga really connected with my interests and likes. I told all of my friends to check it out."
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    #51The Lost Warrior (Manga Graystripe's)

    The Lost Warrior (Manga Graystripe's)

    The Lost Warrior (Manga Graystripe's) is a fantasy fiction manga created by Erin Hunter. This sequential art graphic novel is first published in 2007 by HarperCollins. 

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    Heather Reyes
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book really appeals to middle schoolers and high schoolers. The fact that it's part of a series is even better as it leads to more books for them to read. "
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    #52Abandon the Old in Tokyo

    Abandon the Old in Tokyo
    Abandon the Old in Tokyo is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel is the second in Yoshihiro's three-volume series of his compiled works. It was originally published in 2006.
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    Carl Russell
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "These are poignant stories that stay with you visually and emotionally in memory. A fine narrative artistry."
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    #53Crimson Hero (Vol. 1)

    Crimson Hero (Vol. 1)

    Crimson Hero (Vol. 1) is a sports romantic manga created by Mitsuba Takanashi. This sequential art manga is first published in 2005 by VIZ Media LLC.

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    Kimberly Gomez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a great solution, the solution is best for this topic"
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    #54The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 3)

    The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 3)

    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Vol. 3) is a fantasy action manga created by Akira Himekawa and first published in 2001. This sequential art manga is about Link's search for Navi. 

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    Jeffrey Tucker
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "For a tie in manga to a video game I'm really impressed with how well Akira Himekawa expanded the story while keeping true to the source material. Plus the art design is excellent, especially how it frames dialogue. It's definitely worth picking up this series."
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    #55Assassin's Creed: Awakening (Vol. 2)

    Assassin's Creed: Awakening (Vol. 2)

    Assassin's Creed Awakening Volume 2 is the second part of the manga adaptation of the famous video game franchise, Assassin's Creed. This book is authored by Yano Takashi and illustrated by Oiwa Kenji.

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    Jessica Russell
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If your just getting into manga or have just been reading bits here and there, you need to read this series. As one of my favorite video games, Assassin's Creed quickly became one of my favorite series to read as well. Recommended for everyone who is getting into manga."
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    #56Kitchen Princess (Vol. 1)

    Kitchen Princess (Vol. 1)

    Kitchen Princess (Vol. 1) is a manga about cooking created by Natsumi Ando and Miyuki Kobayashi. This sequential art manga is first published in 2005. 

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    Zoe Hu
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This manga is pretty cute but the art is super generic and the story is geared toward a younger audience. Instead just pick up anything by CLAMP, it'll be way better."
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    #57The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 4)

    The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 4)

    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Vol. 4) is a fantasy action sequential art manga created by Akira Himekawa. It is first published in 2009 by VIZ Media.

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    He Zhang
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "The Legend of Zelda is a well known intellectual property which has managed to amass a huge following and fans around the world. The reason of its success is its unputdownable quality and the desire to read more and more until you reach the very end. Truly a phenomenon of a kind. "
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    #58Fall In Love Like a Comic (Vol. 1)

    Fall In Love Like a Comic (Vol. 1)

    Fall In Love Like a Comic is a romantic comedy manga written and illustrated by Chitose Yagami. This manga was serialized in the Ciao magazine. It was originally published in 2002.

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    Henry Bell
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This series doesn't seem especially popular, based on the low number of user reviews. The series may be very good, but if it isn't extremely popular, it may not be what I'm looking for in a must-read series. I'd rather find stuff that has a large following, that I may not have heard of before."
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    #59The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 7)

    The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 7)

    The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, Part 2 (Vol. 7) is a fantasy action sequential art manga created by Akira Himekawa. It is first published in 2009 by VIZ Media.

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    Harold Day
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The legend of Zelda Vol 7 is a very interesting comics that compose of actions, I strongly recommend it."
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    #60The Story of Saiunkoku Vol. 1

    The Story of Saiunkoku Vol. 1

    The Story of Saiunkoku Vol. 1 is a historical manga written by Kairi Yura and Sai Yukino. First published in 2009, it focuses on Shurei Hong who becomes the consort of the Emperor, Ryuki.

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    Jane Robertson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I've read book 1 and 2 of this series, and can say, without hesitation, that the story is interesting, lively, and endearing. While it's warm, it is not maudlin. In fact, the manga thrives on its strong storylines of tangled government plots, entrenched rivalries, political sedition, and the triumph of fidelity and reason over violence. Through the eyes of Shurei, a novice in the court, you will be introduced to a layered world of glib elites where nothing and no one is exactly as they seem, and nothing can safely be taken at face value. The plot evolves, steadily, through the course of the series. As you move through the books these characters become truly engaging, particularly Ryuki, the youngest prince, and survivor of an abusive family. He stands out among the cast as someone with nothing left to lose, who truly deserves to be saved before he fades away. Reviving him is the exact reason Shurei has been brought to the court."
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    #61The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 10)

    The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 10)

    The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Vol. 10) is a fantasy action sequential art manga created by Akira Himekawa. It is first published in 2010 by VIZ Media.

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    Carol Martinez
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "If you love Zelda and you have young kids, this is for you. Your stories in manga form. The drawings are clean and simple and very very cute."
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    #62Wolf's Rain (Vol. 1)

    Wolf's Rain (Vol. 1)

    Wolf's Rain is an action-adventure manga written by Keiko Nobumoto and illustrated by Toshitsugu Iida. This manga has an anime adaptation with 30 episodes released in 2003-2004. Wolf's Rain has 2 published volumes.

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    Liu Du
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "If I had to choose between the manga or the anime adaptation, I would choose the latter. The anime told the story and presented the visual better than the manga as well as having a better ending."
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    #63The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 9)

    The Legend of Zelda (Vol. 9)

    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Vol. 9) is a fantasy action sequential art manga created by Akira Himekawa. This manga is first published in 2005. 

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    Wayne Holland
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Great manga! Relive the game through the manga format, definitely unique. I like how the volumes all blend together."
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    #64BakéGyamon (Vol. 1)

    BakéGyamon (Vol. 1)

    BakéGyamon (Vol. 1) is an adventure manga created by  Mitsuhisa Tamura and Kazuhiro Fujita. This sequential art manga is about Sanshiro and a game Bakegyamon. It is first published in 2006. 

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    Jessica Carroll
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I bought this book but found it more relatable to those younger than I am. I gave it to my daughter and she loves it. I imagine she could relate more to the plot than I could. The story itself is fun and adventurous. If your child loves adventure and getting lost in a world far different than her own then this is the book to purchase. "

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Best What are the best must-read manga series
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1One Piece (Vol. 1)Books 26 Paid
2Fullmetal Alchemist (Vol. 1)Books 25 Paid
3Naruto (Vol. 1)Books 22 Paid
4Hunter x Hunter (Vol. 1)Books 22 Paid
5Attack on Titan (Vol. 1)Books 21 Paid
6Death Note (Vol. 1)Books 17 Paid
7Dragon Ball |(Vol. 1)Books 14 Paid
8Food Wars! (Vol. 1)Books 11 Paid
9Pandora Hearts (Vol. 1 )Books 6 Paid
10BakumanBooks 6 Paid
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