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What are the best seinen mangas?

If you ask most manga fans today what genre they like to read, you would probably get an answer like shonen or shoujo. When in fact, one of the earliest manga magazines that was published in Japan was a seinen manga. The manga magazine in question was Weekly Manga Times and it was first released in 1956. The magazine was aimed specifically at middle-aged men and content that would be most appealing to them. At the time, it was erotic fiction and manga as well as various stories about the yakuza. The next few decades would see the rise of various manga publication companies, each targeting a specific demographic. Weekly Shonen Magazin and Weekly Shonen Sunday, the first two manga magazines, came out in 1959. Weekly Manga Action gave us Lupin III and Crayon Shin-chan. Big Comics, in 1968, gave us one of its most popular series, Golgo 13.

In 1979, Shueisha, best known for Weekly Shonen Jump, entered the seinen market with Weekly Young Jump. In fact, many of its series have been adapted into anime or live-action TV shows. Shows like Elfen Lied, Gantz, Kirara, and Zetman are some good shows to name a few. If you're new to the seinen manga genre, it's rather easy to tell if one is seinen or not. It has a lot to do with the title of the magazine that's releasing the manga series. If it has the word "young" on it, it's seinen. So what are you waiting for? Go check out our list of some of the best seinen mangas down below and start reading. Who knows, you might find yourself becoming a fan.

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  1. 1Berserk

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    Berserk revolves around the struggle of Guts - a feared warrior known as the Black Swordsman - as he escapes from the demonic forces coming after him. Will this journey lead him to death or vengeance?

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  1. 2Vagabond

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    Vagabond (Vol. 1) is a manga by Takehiko Inoue. It is about Miyamoto Musashi who survived the Battle of Sekigahara. He became an outcast in his own village and with the help of a monk and a childhood friend, he will find his way back. 

  2. 320th Century Boys (Vol. 1)

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    20th Century Boys (Vol. 1) is a manga by Naoki Urasawa and won a Prix du Festival d'Angoulême in 2004. It is about several boys who time travel in 1969 and 1997 to save the world. 

  1. 4Vinland Saga (Vol. 1)

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    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. 

  2. 5Naoki Urasawa's Monster

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    Naoki Urusawa's Monster is a thriller manga. Brilliant doctor Kenzo Tenma risks his reputation and promising career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, this child is destined for a terrible fate.

  3. 6Akira (Vol. 1)

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    Akira (Vol. 1) is a science fiction manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. Set in 2019 after Tokyo was destroyed by World War II, two teenage friends Tetsuo and Kaneda fight against a monstrous power known as Akira. 

  4. 7Parasyte

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    Parasyte is a horror manga written and illustrated by Iwaaki Hitoshi. It is about the high school boy Shin, who found out that a race of parasites has taken over a large number of people in his town.

  5. 8Uzumaki (Vol. 1)

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    After becoming obsessed with spiral patterns, the father of Shuichi Saito died under mysterious circumstances: his dead body had adapted the shape of a twisted coil. Soon after these events, the whole town gets infected with a strange disease. 



  6. 9Gantz

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    Gantz is a manga by Hiroya Oku. It is about Kei and Masaru who was struck by a train after saving the life of a drunkard. But mystery starts when they are still alive after the accident and became members of an organization called Gantz. 

  7. 10Hellsing

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    Hellsing is a dark fantasy horror manga by Kohta Hirano that debuted in 2006. It is about an organization tasked to defend England's queen against vampires, witches, and other dark forces.

  8. 11A Bride's Story (Vol. 1)

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    A Bride's Story Vol. 1 is a historical manga written by Kaoru Mori and translated by William Flanagan. Originally published in 2009, it focuses on Amir Halgal as she struggles to cope with the cultural differences with her husband.

  9. 12Black Lagoon, Vol. 1

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    Black Lagoon is a manga series that was written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe. The story follows a group of pirate mercenaries called the Lagoon Company. They smuggle goods in and around Southeast Asia in the early to mid-1990s setting.

  10. 13Blame! (Vol. 1)

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    Blame Vol. 1 is a space opera comic book series written and illustrated by Tsutomu Nihei. First published by Tokyopop in August 2005, the Blame series was released by Polygon picture as an anime film adaptation via Netflix.

  11. 14Battle Royale, Book 1

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    Battle Royale Nook 1 is a dystopian manga thriller written by Koushun Takami and Masayuki Taguchi. Originally published in 2000, it is adapted in English by Keith Giffen and translated by Tomo Iwo.

  12. 15Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1

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    Tokyo Ghoul is a dark fantasy horror manga that was written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. The story is set in an alternate world where flesh-eating ghouls exist. They blend with human society while secretly preying on them, all while evading capture from the authorities.

  13. 16Mushishi 1

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    Mushishi is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. Mushishi's story is set in an imaginary world that features ubiquitous creatures called Mushi that often display what appears as supernatural powers and a young man named Ginko, that has the knowledge and capability to deal with them.

  14. 17Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol. 1

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    Neon Genesis Evangelion is a sci-fi manga series written and illustrated by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. It follows the adventures of Shinji Ikari, a child of the new Earth who piloted Evangelion, a colossal biomechanical weapon, to battle the fearsome Angels.

  15. 18A Drifting Life

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    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.

  16. 19Real (Vol. 1)

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    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.
  17. 20Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)

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    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. 
  18. 21Wolf's Rain (Vol. 1)

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    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.

  19. 22Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales

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    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.

  20. 23The Drops of God (Vol. 1)

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    The Drops of God is a manga about wine created by Tadashi Agi and illustrated by Shu Okimoto. This sequential art manga is about the competition of two adoptive brothers for the wine collection. 

  21. 24Space Brothers

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    Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyoudai) is a manga series that was created by Chuya Koyama. It tells the story of two brothers with a dream and a promise to one day to be astronauts and meet each other in space.

  22. 25Good-Bye

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    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.

  23. 26Fallen Words

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    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.

  24. 27The Push Man and Other Stories

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    The Push Man and Other Stories is a slice of life gekiga manga written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Tatsumi in 2005. This graphic novel is a compilation of all of the gekiga short stories of Tatsumi in his entire career.

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    March 28, 2018
    "Lone Wolf and Cub is beautifully drawn and narrated manga that has finally found its way to America. This samurai tale is sprawling and large; I love how much it captures of history, myth, and humanity. The illustrations alone would be worth it--detailed and gorgeous, almost cinematic in nature. Take your time with these--the series is very long but you'll find yourself, like me, not wanting to leave the world as seen through the eyes of these great artists."
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    Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    March 28, 2018
    "I love to read manga, especially seinen manga. I found out about Naoki Urasawa's Monster (Vol. 1) from a few friends of mine that love anime and manga. I checked it out and I love it. It's a great manga thriller with really amazing art and a great plot. It's about a doctor named Kenzo Tenma and how his life changes after he saves a critically injured boy. It's really a cool story. Definitely check it out if you love manga and especially seinen manga."
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    Naoki Urasawa's Monster
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    Anonymous
    March 27, 2018
    "I am always looking for good manga, especially when it comes to seinen. I've been through a lot and some are good, and some are bad. I finally did come across this gem which is amazing. 20th Century Boys (Vol. 1) is really good. Probably the best one I've come across yet. If you haven't seen this one yet, then you should really go find it and check it out."
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    20th Century Boys (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    March 31, 2018
    "This is a manga centered around wine and wine makers, which makes it a little less than ideal for most young men's interests. As it develops, the story may become such that it grabs your attention, but without having read it all I can't be sure. The reviews are pretty good, so it wouldn't be the worst thing to try the first volume of and see if you like."
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    The Drops of God (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    March 19, 2018
    "This is one of the best manga books I have had the pleasure of experiencing. It gets this top rating because of the fantastic artwork but also the historical portrayal of Japan after the war. I took my time reading this one because I just got more out of it that way."
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    A Drifting Life
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    Anonymous
    May 3, 2018
    "A Bride's Story is one of the top seinen manga out there. It tells a beautiful story of a women facing struggles that some may feel familiar with. The main character is highly relatable and goes through several trouble that we may experience in our own lives."
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    A Bride's Story (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    March 21, 2018
    "As manga goes this is a good read. A story of enlightenment and the path the character takes. I liked it and found it interesting and well written. Good action as the main character is a sword fighter who must come back from being a killer to a samurai."
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    Vagabond
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    Anonymous
    March 15, 2018
    "The best seinen mangas for lovers of the genre is Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales. It is composed of three short stories featuring a snow goddess and her interactions with mortals. It is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully entertaining."
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    Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales
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    Anonymous
    March 23, 2018
    "Berserk (Vol. 1) is the best of seinen mangas series. The title says it all. This manga is full of excitement that really is aimed at young men. I really like how inclusive the anime is. I feel like this is the manga I've been waiting for."
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    Berserk
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    Anonymous
    April 25, 2018
    "Real (Vol. 1) is a bestselling manga created by the same author of Slam Dunk and Vagabond. Real tells a very real story of struggle, following a disabled basketball prodigy and the kid who caused his accident and becomes a social outcast."
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    Real (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    March 27, 2018
    "Yes, this is perfect for seinen, which means adolescent boys in Japanese, manga fans. It has good story line and weird alien spores that take over the town. Yes, it is another science fiction type, but still engaging for young readers."
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    Parasyte
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    Anonymous
    April 29, 2018
    "I read Blame! (Vol. 1) with my book club. I think Blame! (Vol. 1) is fun and entertaining. I think my little one now has the book and plans to read the entire series. I agree that Blame! (Vol. 1) is the best must-read young adult book."
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    Blame! (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    March 18, 2018
    "This seems to be a fairly unknown manga going off the reviews. I don't like manga or comics in general because it takes away the imagination you could get from a book and also takes away from the animation you could get from anime."
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    Fallen Words
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    Anonymous
    March 21, 2018
    "This book is a perfect suggestion for this topic. It would be a great book for those searching for this type of material. It has all elements of the topic question and the reviews are high enough to consider this one of the best."
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    Gantz
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    Anonymous
    January 20, 2020
    "This is one of the best seinen manga that I can wholeheartedly recommend to just about anyone who likes more mature themes and subject matter. It's charming, heartfelt, and it makes you want to dream again."
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    Space Brothers
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    Anonymous
    March 29, 2018
    "Good-Bye by Yoshihiro Tatsumi was a bit dark, but moving and quite engaging. I was so happy when this manga was made available in the US. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of Tatsumi!"
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    Good-Bye
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    Anonymous
    January 20, 2020
    "This is one of the more unique seinen manga that I have read but it is far from being bad. In fact, it's quite good and felt quite surreal. This is worth a read in my opinion."
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    Mushishi 1
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    Anonymous
    January 20, 2020
    "Before there was Jormugand, Black Lagoon already existed. While they both share the same concept, I personally think this series is more grounded and feels more real."
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    Black Lagoon, Vol. 1
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    Anonymous
    January 20, 2020
    "This is one mind-blowing series and one of the best seinen manga out there that I would recommend it to just about anyone. Give this one a try. You won't regret it."
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    Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol. 1
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    Anonymous
    January 20, 2020
    "Behind all the gore and violence, lies the underlying theme of life and death and the existential questions it poses to those standing in the middle of both."
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    Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1
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    Anonymous
    May 11, 2018
    "This is one of my favorite dystopian works. The plot is excellent, and the characters are well flushed out. I look forward to reading the rest."
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    Battle Royale, Book 1
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    Anonymous
    March 15, 2018
    "Manga makes for some interesting reading, and this book is up there on my list of ones I like. I really like the cover design too."
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    Wolf's Rain (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2018
    "The Push Man and Other Stories is one of my favorite seinen mangas of all time. The art and the story are both top notch."
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    The Push Man and Other Stories
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    Anonymous
    March 17, 2018
    "Seems like a great option if you're into the seinen genre. Reviews looks really good."
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    Uzumaki (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    April 18, 2018
    "Hellsing is a great manga and you will become addicted."
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    Hellsing
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    Anonymous
    April 21, 2018
    "The product page is irritate."
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    Vinland Saga (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    April 9, 2018
    "Nice book to read."
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    Akira (Vol. 1)
This list is about What are the best seinen mangas
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1BerserkBooks 59 Paid
2VagabondBooks 58 Paid
320th Century Boys (Vol. 1)Books 40 Paid
4Vinland Saga (Vol. 1)Books 39 Paid
5Naoki Urasawa's MonsterBooks 37 Paid
6Akira (Vol. 1)Books 34 Paid
7ParasyteBooks 32 Paid
8Uzumaki (Vol. 1)Books 26 Paid
9GantzBooks 26 Paid
10HellsingBooks 23 Paid
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