The 10 Best Manga Books
This wiki has been updated 25 times since it was first published in March of 2018. Whether you're an avid reader already or just a lover of anime who's interested in getting into the source material from which almost every hit series is derived, there'll be something for you to read on our list of the best manga books. We've included top titles in a handful of genres, from slice-of-life to action and horror, ranked here by story quality and artistic merit. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
June 09, 2020:
As an avid reader myself, I don't need to imagine how subjectively awful some other otaku might find my selections, especially given my intent to keep it contemporary, with the assumption that the likes of Osamu Tezuka and Shigeru Mizuki are already on serious readers' bookshelves. There were a few undeniably necessary additions this time around, however, as well as some niche titles that were sent packing.
Wandering Son, for example, while a beautiful story about LGBTQ youth, could be painfully slow. For a very different take on school life, we turned to Komi Can't Communicate, whose main character could be interpreted as being on the autism/Asperger's spectrum given her reluctance to speak. We also added Vinland Saga, which might be one of the most engrossing shonen titles since Berserk, with a sprawling narrative and a similarly stoic yet powerful protagonist. It's exploration of the father/son dynamic and its thematic roots in an old Buddhist revenge story grant it a timelessness that translated well into its anime adaptation, which garnered a bunch of nominations and a win or two from Crunchyroll.