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I’ve been reading manga for a good twenty years now. And through these, the expansion of the manga industry has been meteoric.

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In the French-speaking market, there is an unparalleled stability. The publishers are translating works without waiting for their release, passing on the rights of less popular works.

As a result, you have at your disposal the best manga.

So I have created a list of the 65 best manga/anime with enough choice for you to find your happiness!

You will be able to find many genres and for all age categories ranging from :

  • the most popular anime/manga in the 1970s
  • to those of today.

Hopefully, there is one that can spark your interest (non ranking order).


1. Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama

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Toriyama’s manga, currently one of the most popular in the world, is based on the classic Chinese novel, “Travel to the West.

The story features Son Goku, a human-educated alien who does martial arts.

He is constantly searching for the dragon balls that allow him to conjure a dragon that can grant any wish.


2. Inuyasha by Rumiko

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Rumiko Takahashi is among the most important female mangakas still working. Many stories are written in her books such as the hilarious martial arts manga Ranma ½.

Inuyasha focuses on Kagome, a Japanese student who stumbles into a well at her family’s shrine. She then finds herself transported to the Sengoku era.

There she meets the half-dog demon, Inuyasha, and the antics begin.

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3. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

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What can we say about Naruto? A whole generation of anime fans cut their teeth on this famous adventure of an orphan boy, dreaming of becoming the best ninja in his village.

If you love highly tuned battles and awesome ninja powers, this manga is for you!

It’s also one of the most accessible stories for people wanting to start reading manga.


4. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

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When someone who loves to read manga is asked which book(s) they should put in their top 10, Fullmetal Alchemist is recommended often.

The premise is very ordinary though: when they try to revive their mother, it all goes wrong. But there’s a lot more to it than that.

Not only does it explore a bit more of the relationship between brothers after a disaster, but it also features some of the most awesome female characters you’ll see.

As well as an intriguing plot that consists of conspiracy, redemption, and sacrifice.

Despite some preferences for other works, this manga is among the best where the reader can immerse themselves.


5. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

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Please forget about Netflix’s awful, whitewashed adaptation and try reading the original manga instead.

This is based on a brilliant high school student who gets a notebook that gives him the power to kill someone he knows.

With his new abilities, he plans to create a perfect world where there would be no more crimes.

As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions…


6. Fruit Basket by Natsuki Takaya

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When a horrible car accident causes the death of her mother, Tohru Honda, a high school student, is forced to fend for herself.

The girl settles on a piece of land without really knowing that it belonged to the Sohma family. Taking pity on her, the family invites her to come and live with them.

Once there, she perceives the secret surrounding this family: a spirit of the Chinese zodiac possesses all the members of the family.

This forces them to transform themselves into animals under a set of specific conditions.

As Tohru Honda is a kind-hearted girl, she keeps this secret to herself for the happiness of the family and makes it her mission to break the curse on the family.


7. Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

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Surely one of the best works about girls with magical powers, Sailor Moon is awarded the honour of having influenced this genre as we are used to seeing it now.

The protagonist, Usagi Tsukino, learns that she happens to be Sailor Moon, whose destiny will be to defend planet Earth.

Along the way, she gathers other Sailor Scouts – female warriors destined to be representatives of other planets in the galaxy so that they can fight together and eradicate evil.


8. Olive and Tom by Yoichi Takahashi

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Olive and Tom is the passionate story of an 11-year-old student, Olivier Atton, dedicating his life to his passion.

That passion is soccer (football). He is so passionate about it that his passion turns into an obsession.

To pursue his destiny, Olivier and his mother export to the city of Fujisawa, which is well known for its excellent elementary school soccer teams.

Although he was easily the best in his former town, Olivier is facing a new challenge: fierce competition. He will then have to show perseverance and skill to be the best at all costs.


9. Masami Kurumada’s The Knights of the Zodiac

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In ancient times, a group of young men dedicated their lives to Athena. They had incredible strength that allowed them to defeat their opponents easily as well as shatter the earth beneath their feet.

These brave heroes were called Saints because they could summon the power of the Cosmos from within.

Nowadays, the Saints are renewed to embody the renewal. The young and feisty Seiya is fighting a hard battle for the Sacred Armor of Pegasus, and he will not let anyone thwart his plans.

His efforts were not without success as they were highly rewarded with several awards.

Seiya’s effort does not end there. Indeed, many dangers and enemies await him and the other saints.


10. Bleach by Tite Kubo

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Ichigo Kurosaki is a simple high school student. His family are attacked by an evil, soul-eating spirit known as a Hollow.

During this unfortunate encounter, he comes face to face with Rukia Kuchiki, a soul reaper, who gets injured while protecting Ichigo’s family.

He is then forced to take the Soul Reaper’s offer to keep his family safe and becomes a Soul Reaper.

However, with Rukia unable to regain her powers, Ichigo has the arduous responsibility of tracking down the Hollows infesting their town. But he will not be alone in his fight.

He is accompanied by his friends – his classmates Orihime Inoue, Yasutora Sado and Uryuu Ishida – each of whom has their own abilities.

Ichigo and his friends begin to become familiar with their new roles and support each other on and off the battlefield.

Ichigo soon realizes that the world isn’t just threatened by evil spirits…


11. Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi

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Yuugi Mutou spends his days being bullied between classes, and his nights playing board games and solving puzzles in his room.

One night, Yuugi manages to solve the Millennium Riddle, a seemingly impossible challenge that awakens his inner darkness and converts him into an alternative character Yami Yuugi.

Transforming into a more daring and dangerous character against his will in moments of great distress, Yuugi begins to transform into a vengeful vigilante.

That leads to him challenging bullies and evildoers to risky games where failure results in fates worse than death.


12. My Hero Academia by KOHEI HORIKOSHI

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A manga that focuses on superheroes.

Izuku Midoriya is a mere human who is born into a world where everyone around him is born with superpowers. There he sees all his chances, of becoming a superhero, shrink.

However, thanks to an unexpected event, he acquires a set of superpowers of his own. And it may well be that his dream is not so out of reach in the end…


13. Attack of the Titans by Hajime Isayama

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Isayama took the anime world by storm with his post-apocalyptic vision of a weak human race under siege by man-eating giants.

The plot has evolved from that initial premise; it’s now filled with conspiracies, an exploration of oppression that’s quite obscure, and even more obscure parallels to a real story.

Nevertheless, these early volumes remain the best manga that represents survival and action-packed adventures well.


14. The Seven Deadly Sins by Nakaba Suzuki

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In a world where injustice reigns, the Holy Knights of Britannia protect their homeland with their unmatched magic and strength.

Their most wanted targets are the “Seven Deadly Sins”: a group of criminals once considered the most powerful of Britannia’s knights.

Their alleged plot to overthrow the Kingdom of the Lions led to their defeat at the hands of the Holy Knights. Rumours persist that the seven infamous knights are still alive.

Ten years later, the Holy Knights ironically staged a coup and captured the King of the Lions, installing themselves as the new rulers of the kingdom.

Elizabeth Liones, the third princess of the kingdom, sets out to find the seven deadly sins.

She asks for their help when she stumbles upon a bar owned by Meliodas, the dragon’s sin of wrath and former leader of the disgraced knights.

The two men set out to find Meliodas’ former comrades, but is it hope or despair that awaits them on their journey?


15. One Piece by EIICHIRO ODA

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manga of the current generation.

There is no doubt about it since it holds records and has been at the top of the best-selling books in Japan since 1997.

To summarize its story, the narrative revolves around a little boy wanting to accomplish a great goal: to become the pirate king.

You can find plenty of impressive abilities, and visual and hilarious puns in this manga that prove it’s important to remember to follow your goals in life and never let our dreams slip away.


16. The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai

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In a peculiar forest, the Grace Field House is inhabited by orphans living happily within a large family headed by the “mother”, Isabella.

Although they are required to pass daily exams, the children are free to spend their time as they please, usually playing outside.

This is OK as long as they don’t venture too far from the orphanage – a rule they are expected to follow.

As a certain saying goes: all good things must come to an end!

After a few months, a child is adopted and sent to live with his new family…never to be heard from again.

However, the three older siblings at the orphanage have their suspicions about what’s going on and will do everything they can to find out the cruel fate that awaits the children living at Grace Field.

This includes the twisted nature of their beloved mom.


17. Dr. Stone by Riichiro Inagaki

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After five years, Taiju Ooki is ready to confess his love to Yuzuriha Ogawa. Just as Taiju begins his confession, a blinding green light strikes the Earth and petrifies humanity.

It turns every human into stone.

Millennia later, Taiju awakens to find that the modern world is completely nonexistent, with nature having flourished during the years when humanity stood still.

Among a world of stone statues, Taiju encounters another human still alive: his friend Senkuu, a science enthusiast who has been active for a few months.

Taiju discovers that Senkuu has developed a great project to launch the complete rebirth of civilization through science.

Taiju’s muscles and Senkuu’s brain combine, and they soon discover a method to revive those who are petrified. Meanwhile, the reason for the petrification of humanity remains unknown.


18. One-Punch Man by ONE & YUSUKE MURATA

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A semi-satirical look at a genre that includes superheroes is required. One-Punch Man follows Saitama, a young man who wants to become a hero by profession.

Unfortunately, he becomes so strong that he beats everyone with one punch. Not being used to facing challenges, Saitama must now face a crisis, how to get out of this constant boredom.


19. Astro, The Little Robot BY OSAMU TEZUKA

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Known for being the “pioneer manga” of the genre that is manga, Tezuka influenced manga in general and was responsible for many of the conventions we know today.

You can’t go wrong with any of the Tezuka titles, but I chose to include Astro, the Little Robot, which features the familiar story of a man of science who decided to build a robot when his child died.


20. Devilman Crybaby by GO NAGAI

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Originally appearing in the early 1970s, Devilman Crybaby has spawned countless spin-offs and anime adaptations, the most recent of which took Netflix by storm in early 2018.

The story centres around a boy obtaining demonic powers but putting them to beneficial use: he wants to help humans.

Unfortunately, this will get complicated for two reasons: a special friendship and whether humanity has the merit to be protected.

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Most fans are familiar with this now fundamental anime. However, as with many film adaptations, the movie condenses several thousand pages, and this erases many nuances.

This manga gives details of the conflict between the biker gang leader, Kaneda and his friend who has unstable telekinesis.

It also immerses us in a corrupt world where politics and power are the focus.


22. Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP

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CLAMP has created many beloved anime/manga among CLAMP’s works.

The story follows a girl named Sakura who releases a series of cards with magical powers. Following this, Sakura finds herself having to find them to put them back in their place.

If Sailor Moon was the pioneer in anime about a story about girls with magical powers, Cardcaptor Sakura is not far behind with a design of its own.


23. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure by HIROHIKO ARAKI

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Once considered an obscure manga according to French-language manga fans, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is being given unprecedented recognition in view of an anime transformation aired by Crunchyroll.

This rather long series goes through the destiny of the Joestar family. It is divided into distinct parts that focus on a different member of the family as well as a particular time and place.

To give you a clear idea: from the beginning, you are immersed directly in the character of Jonathan Joestar in the time of Victorian England.

The fourth part focuses on Josuke Higashikata being in a Japanese city.

This manga is one of the most influential in history, and once you’ve read enough of it, you’ll see its references in countless manga and anime.


24. Parasite by Hitoshi Iwaaki

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In this story, the “parasites” are creatures whose number and origin are unknown. They invade and take over the human mind to survive.

Shinichi Izumi is a 16-year-old high school student who lives with his parents in a quiet neighbourhood. One night, a parasite invades Shinichi’s body in an attempt to take control of it.

However, it fails to complete the process of taking control and ends up inhabiting only his right arm.

Shinichi and the Parasite – who calls himself Migi – retain their individual minds.

Shinichi has no choice but to agree to cooperate with the “parasite,” and now he must hold on to his morality as he and Migi clash against other bloodthirsty parasites.


25. Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi

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In Hunter x Hunter, the hunters are unusual men. Indeed, they are all packed with talents and possess multiple abilities ranging from the common to the extraordinary.

They have access to money and information that no one else would have the right to access.

Being a hunter is a complicated privilege to obtain. In fact, it can only be obtained by passing a difficult exam with a near-zero success rate.

Gon Freecss, a 12-year-old boy who hopes to find his missing father, embarks on a quest to pass the hunters’ exam.

Along the way, he meets three companions who aim to pass the dangerous exam: the avenger Kurapika, the aspiring doctor Leorio, and a child similar to Gon, Killua Zoldyck.


26. Akame Ga kill by Takahiro

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Akame Ga Kill takes place in a world where no one is safe from death, even with the help of their legendary imperial weapons.

It’s almost like the Game of Thrones from the anime world; there are unexpected deaths, love, betrayal, and deep, rich mythos that makes you want to know more about the world.

The characters in Akame Ga Kill are neither good nor bad. They have their own convictions, which give real weight to the choices they make.


27. High School Debut by KAZUNE KAWAHARA

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Superstar softball player in middle school, Haruna decides to pursue another goal when she enters high school: finding a boyfriend.

There’s another little problem: Haruna has never paid attention to love, clothing style, or beauty, which doesn’t especially help her in knowing how to go about finding a boyfriend.

So, in order not to lose sight of her goal, she seeks help from the famous boy. This one seems to accept but he asks one thing from Haruna: not to fall in love with him.

This story may sound clichéd around the edges, but there’s no doubt that anyone could fall in love with Haruna’s sincerity and candour.

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28. Paradise Kiss by AI YAZAWA

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Yukari is a high school student who must prepare for college entrance exams. But her plans change when she meets a bunch of fashion and design students.

Yukari then sees her life tilt her life forever.

This manga will rock you into this special world where fashion, first love and pain change a person forever.


29. Lovely Complex by AYA NAKAHARA

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Being a high school student has never been easy. It’s a complicated time when you have to avoid straying too far from society’s norms in order to be accepted by everyone.

Risa is taller than any Japanese girl and Atsushi is shorter than any Japanese boy. In fact, this is why their classmates make fun of them by associating with them very often.

Even though it’s irritating, the two put aside their differences to try to conquer their respective longed-for crushes. But things don’t go as planned…


30. Ouran High School Host Club by BISCO HATORI

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Haruhi is on scholarship at a prestigious high school. But when an accident occurs, she is owed a rather large fee without the means to pay it back.

A solution comes to her mind: her “trap” appearance allows her to pass for a boy quite easily.

One day she decides to join the Host Club as a member, where she entertains the women with tea and food. And despite the familiar ties, the Host Club at Ouran High School stands out in many ways.


31. Kimi Ni Todoke by KARUHO SHIINA

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Poor Sawako Kuronuma looks suspiciously like the girl from the well, Sadako from the Ring. This leads her classmates to exclude her and spread rumours about her.

Sawako is just a nice girl who wants to make friends with others though. Her wish soon comes true when Kazehaya, a popular boy takes an interest in her.



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You’d think that muscles and a beautiful face could be enough to fall in love with a boy… And yet, sometimes it’s not.

The proof is that Takeo Goda fits this description in every way, but no girl falls for him. All the ones who could potentially interest him end up falling head over heels for his best friend, Makoto.

One day, all that changes when Takeo meets Rinko, a girl who will take an interest in him.

With delightful touches of love, charm and seriousness, My Love Story is not so different from High School Debut.


33. Skip Beat! by YOSHIKI NAKAMURA

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Kyoko Mogami, a hardworking and serious young woman, wants to please her best friend by following him to Tokyo so he can become a show business star.

But… Her dream of marrying him one day is shattered when she discovers that he was just using her all along.

Kyoko then becomes furious and sets out to become more famous than him.

The plot around Kyoko unfolds in two points:

  • a discovery of her talents by chance.
  • and the dark side of a boy she thought was her childhood best friend.


34. Kuroko’s Basket by TADATOSHI FUJIMAKI

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The manga that kicked off the resurgence of the sports genre is none other than Kuroko’s Basket, which tells the story of a group of middle schoolers who are basketball players.

They have in the past had a dispute and now have to face each other in high school.

And it is true that the accuracy of basketball is not really emphasized in this manga/anime, nevertheless, you can find your happiness in it if you like to be touched by dramas.

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35. Haikyuu!!! by HARUICHI FURUDATE

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Shoyo Hinata loves volleyball and aspires to become one of the best players in the area. Despite his passion, Shoyo doesn’t have the stature of a great volleyball player, but he doesn’t plan to stop there.

When he becomes a high school student, he runs into Tobio Kageyama, a volleyball player he had known from a volleyball match in middle school.

These former rivals must now become an outstanding team to represent their prestigious school.

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36. Ace Of Diamond by YUJI TERAJIMA

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Although baseball is an American sport, Japanese people are not insensitive to this sport from elsewhere. The creator of this manga, Yuji Terajima, showcases baseball through the strengths and weaknesses of this sport.

The story focuses on Eijun Sawamura, a young baseball player, preferably left-handed, who is offered a place in a high school where the baseball team is powerful.


37. Chihayafuru by YUKI SUETSUGU

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The beauty of sports-related anime is that it’s not just about “traditional” sports. A good number of them involve strategy as well.

Chihayafuru offers us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a game concerning Japanese cards.

Chihaya shows a natural and unexpected aptitude towards this game.



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Takehiko Inoue is probably best known for another of his basketball mangas, Slam Dunk. But REAL is a mature take on the sport, told through the lens of wheelchair basketball.

It addresses in a beautiful way the story of people marginalized by society and addresses in a fluid way the problems that a person with a physical disability can have.

It also addresses the psychological issues that can be just as important.


39. Hajime no Ippo by George Morikawa

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Makunouchi Ippo has been bullied all his life. One day, in the midst of another assault, Ippo is saved by Takamura Mamoru, a boxer.

Ippo loses consciousness anyway due to the blows and Takamura then takes him to a boxing gym.

When he wakes up, Ippo is surprised and fascinated by the new environment surrounding him.

In an attempt to make him aware of the situation, Takamura then puts a picture of one of the people bullying him on a punching bag so that he can hit it and imagine hitting the person.

As soon as Ippo puts the blows, he realizes very quickly that he woke up something in him, forcing him to hit harder.

He then tells Takumara that he wants to learn how to box. But he’s perplexed and thinks that it will be difficult for Ippo.

He gives him a complicated task and gives him one week, not more, to accomplish it. And so begins Ippo’s journey to the top of the boxing world.

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40. Bride Stories by KAORU MORI

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The story takes place somewhere in a Central Asian country in the late 19th century where 20-year-old Amir is sent by her tribe to marry a man much younger than her.

While through this manga we discover a little more about her and her husband, we know more about other young women and men who are forced to marry.

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41. Blade Of The Immortal by HIROAKI SAMURA

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Despite the importance of historical manga about samurai such as Lone Wolf, this type of manga went out of fashion in the manga scene for almost two decades.

The situation was changed during the 1990s thanks to the samurai manga books.

Blade of the Immortal takes up the genre by mixing visuals, traditions, and samurai culture with modern speech patterns.

The result is translated into a beautiful anime, with violence, centered on the quest of a girl wanting to avenge her parents who were killed by a dangerous man.

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42. Vagabond by TAKEHITO INOUE

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Even though the author of Vagabond is famous for his sports-related manga, Inoue was keen to make this one a kind of adventure through the world of the samurai.

It’s based on the fictional life of Miyamoto Musashi, the famous author of “The Books of the Five Rings“.

The story begins in 1600 when a horrific massacre takes place at the Battle of Sekigahara.

Among the warriors is Musashi, the son of a powerful samurai, who is not about to die.



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In a story set in the era of feudal Japan, a strange pandemic kills most men. This leads to a society ruled by women where they take on all responsibilities including the role of shogun.

Their harem – the Ooku – consists of handsome men. Assuming you know anything about Japanese history, especially that concerning the Tokugawa shogun, this one should be able to fascinate you just as much.


44. Monster by NAOKI URASAWA

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Naoki Urasawa has created many mangas that appear on a few lists indicating the best mangas.

It’s only natural that I chose Monster because it defies the idea that any manga involves superpowers, supernatural beings or the apocalypse.

Same for its anime version.

The story follows a brilliant neurosurgeon who is given the opportunity to make a choice between two individuals who need saving.

Kenzo Tenma makes the choice to save a child who will unknowingly be, in the future, a great serial killer.


45. Gangsta by KOHSKE

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This urban crime drama, which has speculative elements, follows a pair of jacks-of-all-trades, ranging from drug dealing to score settlements.

The city in which they work, however, is the scene of discord among gangs as well as among the common people and veterans from past wars.

As one might expect, this conflict soon escalates to tragic and explosive consequences.


46. I am A Hero by KENGO HANAZAWA

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You can’t review Japanese manga without seeing at least one zombie apocalyptic version.

Here, an assistant Mangaka (as they are called in the business) leads an ordinary life by portraying himself as a fictional character.

When a strange disease turning people into zombies starts to spread, he sees his mediocre life take another turn.

He now has no choice but to take his destiny into his own hands and do what he can to survive.


47. Tokyo Ghoul by SUI ISHIDA

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Tokyo Ghoul and its sequel Tokyo Ghoul: re, take manga readers on a dark and Machiavellian journey.

The story follows student Ken Kaneki, who gets a romantic date with a pretty woman but she is not who she claims to be.

She eventually reveals her true nature as Ghoul and traps him in an accident. But this is not without consequences: Ken has become a monster himself.

Like Devilman, this series examines the tensions between humans and those considered “ghouls.”

This will lead to a very different conclusion…


48. Uzumaki by JUNJI ITO

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Junji Ito is recognized as one of the greatest authors who mastered the horror and thriller manga.

It’s often complicated to recognize which of his manga could be considered THE best.

However, when talking about Junji Ito, Uzumaki inevitably comes up.

The story is then based on the life of Kirie Goshima who sees his hometown suddenly struck down by a nasty curse containing spirals.

If Ito is recognized as one of the genre’s greatest masters, it’s not for nothing! This one will plunge you into a disturbing atmosphere where anguish and unease will be on the agenda…


49. Demon Slayer by Koyoharu Gotôge

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Based on the manga of the same name by Koyoharu Gotōge, Kimetsu no Yaiba captivated viewers when it debuted in April 2019.

Following Tanjiro Kamado’s adventures in a world filled with demons, Kimetsu no Yaiba and its world, which is inspired by Japanese culture in the Taishō era, has a lot to offer.

When the MC returns home he is greeted by a horrifying sight: his entire family has been massacred.

Even worse, his sister Nezuko who is the only survivor, has been transformed into a bloodthirsty demon.

Tanjiro vows to avenge his family and never abandon his sister. Tanjiro will then do whatever it takes to protect humanity.


50. Yu Yu Hakusho by YOSHIHIRO TOGASHI

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Nowadays, Togashi is famous for his many hiatuses in his more recent manga, HunterxHunter. Before the release of HunterxHunter, Togashi had written and released the manga Yu Yu Hakusho.

The story focuses on a teenage delinquent who dies saving a child but gets a second chance at life as a spirit world detective to complete the tasks assigned to him.

And if you want to know a pretty funny gossip: the creator of this manga, Togashi is the husband of Naoko Takeuchi, the author of Sailor Moon!


51. Mushishi by YUKI URUSHIBARA

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An episodic anime about a man named Ginko, who travels from place to place, searching for creatures named Mushi in order to protect the people who fall victim.

This deceptively quiet series will draw you into a powerful, human-centered story.


52. Black Butler by YANA TOBOSO

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Set in Victorian England, Black Butler focuses on Ciel, the surviving member of the Phantomhive family.

He’s an outstanding young master working for the royal family. But this one sees his tranquillity upset when he makes a pact with a demon who will impersonate his servant, Sebastian Michaelis.


53. Blue Exorcist by KAZUE KATO

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Rin and Yukio Okumura, two twins who soon find themselves orphaned end up being raised by a very tall exorcist.

However, the moment their adoptive father dies, both twins are thrown off balance. And Rin discovers something that could change him forever: his father is none other than Satan.

He sets out to eliminate him by becoming an exorcist. But everything can turn out to be much more complicated when you yourself are a half-demon…


54. Vampire Knight by MATSURI HINO

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Are you a hardcore vampire story fan? Then this manga is for you!

Yuki Cross can’t remember his old life, the one before he was bitten by a vampire. So she believes that vampires are not a threat to humanity and that they can live among humans, in peace.

Yuki is not at the end of her surprise when she discovers what she believed to be reality is nothing but a tissue of lies…


55. The Yokai Pact by YUKI MIDORIKAWA

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Takashi Natsume is able to see spirits even those around him can’t see, causing him to have an isolated childhood.

When his grandmother dies, he inherits a very strange book, indeed this book contains the names of the spirits she defeated.

So, Natsume finds himself obliged to return the names to their rightful owners.


56. Claymore by NORIHIRO YAGI

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The shonen manga genre is littered with manga featuring mostly male characters. Claymore overturns this by featuring war-loving women with a half-demon side.

These very special women must protect the general population from a demonic threat.

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57. Yona Of The Dawn by MIZUHO KUSANAGI

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In a fantasy world influenced by Korean culture, Yona is a sheltered princess who grows up carefree. But she sees her innocence ripped away from her.

Her best friend Soo-Won, whom she wanted for a husband when she grew up, suddenly kills Yona’s father.

Yona is barely saved and is left with very serious after-effects. Outside the castle, she realizes that the kingdom has fallen into chaos since her father’s death.

Yona then becomes aware of the seriousness of the situation and sets out to save her people to bring order and peace once again.


58. Fire Force by Atsushi Okubo

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In the year 198, the world is facing a human combustion that can destroy every trace of humanity.

The Underworld represents the first wave of Human Combustion, people setting alight at random.

Pyrokinetic humans able to control fire are assigned to deal with this mysterious issue.

The Defense Agency in Tokyo against fire and the Saint Church of Sol has produced a solution: the Special Fire Force.

The young and enthusiastic Shinra Kusakabe, third generation pyrokinetic, nicknamed Devil’s Footprints because of his ability to set fire to his feet finds himself becoming a full-fledged member of Company 8.

Shinra is determined to become a hero who will save the lives of those threatened by the terror of flames.


59. Black Clover by Yuki Tabat

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Asta and Yunoare are two best friends who were abandoned in the same church on the same day.

Raised together, they learned about the “Witch King” – a status reserved for someone high up in the kingdom.

They promised to fight for the position of Witch King. However, as they grew up, the difference between them became obvious.

While Yuno is capable of great things with his magic, Asta is the complete opposite: he absolutely wants to be like his best friend and does everything to awaken new powers within him.


60. Dororo by Osamu Tezuka

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The story of Dororo begins in a rather bloody way. A high-ranking samurai decides to trade his newborn baby’s organs for 48 demons in exchange for his dominance on the battlefield.

The child survives thanks to a healer who equips him with primitive prosthetics. It’s to help the son hunt multiple demons to recover his body, piece by piece, before facing his father.

During his travels, the young hero meets an orphan who claims to be the greatest thief in Japan.



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No matter how some perceive anime and manga in the French-speaking world, it can be about any genre.

Oishinbo tells the story of a rather boorish and outspoken journalist who gives his heart to a special passion: cooking!

This French-language edition works more like a best-of, with each volume collecting stories by theme.


62. My Brother’s Husband by GENGOROH TAGAME

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My Brother’s Husband is a manga highlighting stories about everyday life that everyone can experience.

The story begins when a single father is visited by the Canadian husband of his deceased twin.

This takes a close look at the difficulties LGBTQI+ people face in Japan. It has been praised many times over, and reading just a few chapters will show you why…


63. A Silent Voice by YOSHITOKI OIMA

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A Silence Voice is a manga turned anime movie, that deals with several sensitive topics in a fluid way.

This manga deals with the story of a young boy, formerly a delinquent, who tries to redeem himself. But this one is going to try to do that in an exclusive way: to get closer to the deaf girl he once bullied…

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64. Yotsuba! by KIYOHIKO AZUMA

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In the genre of contemporary manga, we can find this charming manga that tells the story of an adopted little girl, full of energy, learning the needs of everyday life.

You can expect this to be as whole as it gets.


65. Chi: A Cat’s Life by KANATA KONAMI

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Remember when Neko Atsume took the mobile game world by storm? Well, find yourself swept away in this sweet story where a kitten gets adopted by a family and befriends a young boy.

It’s something a little different.

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