Top 5 Best Manga Series Of All Time
Japan is known for creating a lot of things, but one of the most loved items that come out of Japan is Manga. Manga is a Japanese form of storytelling told through pictures and text, kind of like American comic books. Manga though, have more details in the illustrations and fewer words in the pages to really let the images speak for themselves. Manga also has many different genres that can be written about magical girls, Shōjo which are romantic stories, Shōnen aimed towards young and teenage boys, and others. There are some manga however, that reach an audience beyond their genre and are loved by fans around the world. So keep reading to discover the five best manga series of all time!
Best Manga Series #5 – Death Note
If you saw the Netflix movie Death Note that was released in 2017 and hated it, you will be happy to know that the actual manga series is nothing like that live-action movie. Death Note is a completed manga series that has twelve books written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.
Death Note follows Light Yagami, who is a brilliant cynical teenager, who finds a Death Note that was dropped on Earth by a death god named Ryuk. The Death Note is a notebook that will kill anyone if you write their names in it. Light takes it upon himself to kill off criminals and create a perfect world. This series is packed full of action from beginning to end making you wonder what you would do if you had that power.
Best Manga Series #4 – Fruit Baskets
Fruit Baskets is a completed series written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya of twenty-three books. This manga follows Tohru Honda, a high school student, who ends up camping out in the woods in a tent after her mother dies in a car crash. But things change for her when her classmate, Yuki Soma, invites her to live with him and his family.
Tohru finds out that the Soma family is cursed. A curse that when someone in the Soma family is touched by someone of the opposite gender, they turn into a Chinese zodiac animal. So discover mysteries with the funny and romantic drama-comedy known as Fruit Baskets.
Best Manga Series #3 – Sailor Moon
Every girl knows and loves Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon is a completed manga with eighteen books written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi. Sailor Moon follows a typical goofy schoolgirl, Usagi Tsukino, who transforms into the amazing hero Sailor Moon, to protect the town from dark forces and to search for the Legendary Silver Crystal. This manga has been turned into T.V. shows, films, and merchandise all in the name of girl power. So make sure to start with the original manga books to really appreciate the story and magic of Sailor Moon.
#2 – One Piece
Sometimes a manga can transport you into a new world as you get caught up in the story. One Piece is a great read if you are looking for an epic tale. This manga is currently an ongoing series with ninety-three volumes released so far by writer and illustrator Eiichiro Oda. This series follows Monkey D. Luffy, who is off to find the world’s ultimate treasure known as the One Piece, in order to become the next Pirate King. Follow Monkey D. Luffy in his misadventures in this comedy tale of One Piece.
#1 – Fullmetal Alchemist
If you are looking for a manga series that is filled with heart, humor, and magic then you need to read Fullmetal Alchemist. This manga series is complete with twenty-seven books written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa.
Fullmetal Alchemist is based in a world where alchemy is an advanced technique that people study and train to be able to perform. Alchemy is based on equivalent exchange in which something of equal value must be lost to gain an equal exchange. But there is one rule that people must never try to do human transmutation by trying to bring someone back from the dead.
After the Elrick brothers, Edward and Alphonse lose their mother, they try to bring her back with the forbidden alchemy. During the alchemy, things go awry when Edward loses his arm and leg and Alphonse loses his whole body. Now the brothers must search for a powerful source of the Philosopher’s Stone to try to get their bodies back. Discover the wonders of alchemy with characters you won’t forget with Fullmetal Alchemist.