I’ve been reading
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
So I have created a list of the 65 best
You will be able to find many genres and for all age categories ranging from :
- the most popular
anime/ mangain 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
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.
Inuyasha by Rumiko
Rumiko Takahashi is among the most important female mangakas still working. Many stories are written in her books such as the hilarious martial arts
There she meets the half-dog demon,
3. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
What can we say about
If you love highly tuned battles and awesome ninja powers, this
It’s also one of the most accessible stories for people wanting to start reading
4. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
When someone who loves to read
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, 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
5. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Please forget about Netflix’s awful, whitewashed adaptation and try reading the original
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
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
Surely one of the best works about girls with magical powers, Sailor Moon is awarded the honor 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
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: a 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
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
Ichigo Kurosaki 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 have 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
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
Izuku Midoriya is a mere human who is born into a world where everyone around him was 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
Isayama took the
The plot has evolved from that initial premise; it’s now filled with conspiracies, an exploration on oppression that’s quite obscure, and even more obscure parallels to a real story.
Nevertheless, these early volumes remain the best
14. The Seven Deadly Sins by Nakaba Suzuki
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
Their alleged plot to overthrow the Kingdom of the Lions led to their defeat at the hands of the Holy Knights. Rumors persist that the seven infamous knights are still alive.
Ten years later, the Holy Knights ironically stage a coup and capture 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
There is no doubt about it since it holds records and is in 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, visual and hilarious puns in this
16. The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai
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
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 non-existent, 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
A semi-satirical look at a genre that includes superheroes is required. One-Punch Man follows Saitama, a young man wanting 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
Known for being the “pioneer
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
Originally appearing in the early 1970s, Devilman Crybaby has spawned countless spin-offs and
The story centers 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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21. Akira by KATSUHIRO OTOMO
Most fans are familiar with this now fundamental
It also immerses us in a corrupt world where politics and power are the focus.
22. Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
CLAMP has created many beloved
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 among
23. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure by HIROHIKO ARAKI
Once considered an obscure
This rather long
To give you a clear idea: from the beginning, you are immersed directly on the character of Jonathan Joestar in the time of Victorian England.
The fourth part focuses on Josuke Higashikata being in a Japanese city.
24. Parasite by Hitoshi Iwaaki
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 neighborhood. 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
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
It’s almost like the Game of Thrones from the
The characters in
27. High School Debut by KAZUNE KAWAHARA
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,
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 candor.
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28. Paradise Kiss by AI YAZAWA
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.
29. Lovely Complex by AYA NAKAHARA
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 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
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
Poor Sawako Kuronuma looks suspiciously like the girl from the well, Sadako from the Ring. This leads her classmates to exclude her and spread rumors 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.
32. My Love Story of KAZUNE KAWAHARA AND HARUKO
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
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 became 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
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
35. Haikyuu!!! by HARUICHI FURUDATE
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.
36. Ace Of Diamond by YUJI TERAJIMA
Although baseball is an American sport, Japanese people are not insensitive to this sport from elsewhere. The creator of this
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
37. Chihayafuru by YUKI SUETSUGU
The beauty of sports-related
Chihayafuru offers us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a game concerning Japanese cards.
Chihaya shows a natural and unexpected aptitude towards this game.
38. Real by TAKEHIKO INOUE
Takehiko Inoue is probably best known for another of his basketball mangas, Slam Dunk. But REAL is a
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
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.
40. Bride Stories by KAORU MORI
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
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41. Blade Of The Immortal by HIROAKI SAMURA
Despite the importance of historical
The situation was changed during the 1990s thanks to the samurai
Blade of the Immortal takes up the genre by mixing visuals, traditions, samurai culture with modern speech patterns.
The result is translated into a beautiful
42. Vagabond by TAKEHITO INOUE
Even though the author of Vagabond is famous for his sports-related
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 where a horrific massacre takes place at the Battle of Sekigahara.
Among the warriors is Musashi, the son of a
43. Ouku by FUMI YOSHINAGA
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
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
Same for its
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
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
You can’t review Japanese
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
Tokyo Ghoul and its sequel Tokyo Ghoul: re, take
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
Junji Ito is recognized as one of the greatest authors mastering the horror and thriller
It’s often complicated to recognize which of his
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
Based on the
Following Tanjiro Kamado’s adventures in a world filled with demons,
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
Nowadays, Togashi is famous for his many hiatuses in his more recent
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
51. Mushishi by YUKI URUSHIBARA
This deceptively quiet series will draw you into a
52. Black Butler by YANA TOBOSO
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
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
Are you a hardcore vampire story fan? Then this
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 surprises when she discovers what she believed to be reality is nothing but a tissue of lies…
55. The Yokai Pact by YUKI MIDORIKAWA
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
These very special women must protect the general population from a demonic threat.
57. Yona Of The Dawn by MIZUHO KUSANAGI
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
In the year 198, the world is facing a human combustion that can destroy every trace of humanity.
The Underworld represents a 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 have produced a solution: the Special
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
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
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.
61. Oishinbo by TETSU KARIYA AND AKIRA HANASAKI
No matter how some perceive
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
My Brother’s Husband is a
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
A Silence Voice is a
64. Yotsuba! by KIYOHIKO AZUMA
In the genre of contemporary
You can expect this to be as whole as it gets.
65. Chi: A Cat’s Life by KANATA KONAMI
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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