Ah, the media series that started it all. They usually don’t say “the manga is better than the anime” for no reason, you know. In this list, we’ll be looking at some of the 10 best and most well-known manga series which, more often than not, ended up getting anime based off of them!
It’s only fair I start off this list with a very popular manga, Dragon Ball. I’ve met a lot of people who like the series (both the manga and the anime), and… come to think of it, I personally haven’t met a lot of people who don’t like it. Now, I know everyone has their different opinions, and who knows? Maybe you’re not a big fan of it.
Anyway, the manga follows Goku and a girl named Bulma, who are travelling to find the seven Dragon Balls. These Dragon Balls will summon the dragon Shenlong, who grants the user one wish of anything they please. Their journey takes them many places, where they end up meeting many people of all kinds who may or may not want the Dragon Balls either!
How could I not put Naruto on this list? It may not be one of the first manga, but it’s definitely one of the most popular. It follows the adventures of a young orphan boy named Naruto, looking to become the world’s strongest ninja, and gets into all sorts of hijinks. He also dreams of becoming the leader of his village, the Hokage, and all the perks that come with it.
I actually own the Death note manga series! The anime was what introduced me to anime in general, too, so I have very fond memories of it. Light Yagami’s just your average genius kid, who’s bored with life and what it has to offer. That all changes, though, when a mysterious notebook called the Death Note falls to the human world.
With it, anyone’s name whose written in the notebook shall die! Light decides to create a new world by killing all criminals using the Death Note. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but that won’t stop the arrogant Light from trying to fulfill his plan, though.
Sailor Moon is definitely one of the most popular manga, right next to Naruto and Dragon Ball. I don’t know about you all, but I remember watching a little bit of Sailor Moon Super S. I think that’s the one where Fisheye is a woman?
Anyway, the main character Usagi Tsukino befriends a magical cat named Luna, who grants her magic powers that transform her into Sailor Moon. She’s become a soldier destined to save the Earth from evil, and now she must try to balance her Sailor Moon life with her regular human girl life. (Reminds me a bit of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.)
My Hero Academia
So, I previously mentioned MHA during my last article, and since then, I’ve had a little more time to read up about the series. In this world, most people have quirks, or magical powers that enable them to do pretty much anything.
After the main character Izuku Midoriya tries to save his childhood bully Katsuki Bakugo from a villain, Japan’s greatest Hero All Might saves them both and bestows upon Izuku his own quirk, “All For One.” He ends up getting accepted into a school responsible for training the next generation of superheroes, and the story follows his adventures there.
Attack on Titan
The anime opening for AoT just started playing in my head while I was writing down the header for this. I don’t know why.
Anyway, the Titans have plagued the earth for 2,000 years. Countless people were killed, but eventually, the humans built three walls to keep the Titans out. However, one of the walls was breached, and the main character Eren Yaeger’s mother was eaten. Since then, Eren has lived to kill all the titans he could, to avenge his mom.
Astro Boy is often credited as being the first manga that started it all. It follows a young robot boy, who is, well, Astro Boy. He was created by a genius scientist Umataro Tenma after the death of his own son. He’s got robotic weapons all through his body, and he can easily use them on whatever adventures he’s gotten into this time.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
You fell for it, fool! Thunder Cross Split Attack – okay I’m sorry, I had to.
Now, here’s the thing about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – there’s no one set protagonist or storyline. It takes place over eight generations of the Joestar family, and everyone bears the nickname of JoJo. The manga’s about honing their supernatural abilities, fighting with their “stands,” and beating up muscled men with them.
It’s a real treat to watch or read.
I actually have the Tokyo Ghoul manga series myself! It’s one of the only manga series I own, next to Death Note. I still need to finish reading the final 14th volume…
Anyway, this is probably the third time I’ve talked about Tokyo Ghoul, but let me talk about it one more time. In this world, there are humans and ghouls. Ghouls look just like humans, except for one crucial difference: they hunger for human flush. Ken Kaneki, our main character, thinks he just scared a date with the beautiful Rize, but as it turns out, she was a ghoul merely interested in his flesh.
A freak accident saves his life and ends hers, however, and after being rushed to the hospital, Rize’s organs were placed into his so he may live. Now, Kaneki is a half-human half-ghoul hybrid, and he must learn to live in both worlds now.
Let me just say that the entire collection of stuff the author of Uzumaki, Junji Ito, is great. If you love body horror stuff, then you’ll love Junji Ito. Uzumaki is perhaps one of his most well-known works, next to The Enigma of Amigara Fault. Did you know that “Uzumaki” actually means “spiral” in Japanese?
Anyway, Uzumaki is about a town that’s slowly going insane, plagued by strange…spirals? That’s right – everyone seems to be obsessed with spirals and turning into them. The protagonist and her boyfriend have to find a way out fast or die from the Uzumaki curse.
Anyway, I hope you all liked this article! Have you read any of these manga series? Let me know in the comments down below! In the meantime, though, I’m Sara Ann, and I’ll see you in the next article!