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The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked

With thousands of manga titles out there, and new ones being published all the time, it can be hard to figure out which series are truly worth the time investment. This list, which highlights the best manga of all time, can help you out on your quest to find good manga.

You've probably heard of some of the best manga out there, like Naruto, Dragon Ball, and My Hero Academia. But there are some manga on this list that might have slipped under your radar, like Showa: A History of Japan and Wandering Son.

If you see something on the list that you love, vote it up. This will help other would-be manga readers find their next great read.

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  • Berserk
    1
    Berserk (Wowow, 1997) is a Japanese dark fantasy anime series based on the manga series by Kentaro Miura from OLM animation studio. Guts is a skilled swordsman who joins forces with a mercenary group ...more
  • Vagabond
    2
    Vagabond is a 1998 Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue. It portrays a fictionalized account of the life of Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, based on Eiji Yoshikawa's ...more
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (JNN, 2003) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa from Bones animation production. Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric search for the ...more
  • Monster
    4
    Monster (Nippon TV, 2004) is a Japanese psychological thriller anime series based on the manga by Naoki Urasawa from Madhouse animation studio. Kenzo Tenma, a Japanese surgeon living in Germany, ...more
  • Vinland Saga
    5
    Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn vows to avenge the death of his father.
  • Hunter × Hunter (Japanese: ハンター×ハンター, Hepburn: Hantā Hantā, abbreviated: HxH) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump ...more
  • Death Note
    7
    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a teen genius who stumbles across a ...more
  • One-Punch Man
    8
    A bored superhero searches for meaning in a world riddled with monsters.
  • The adventures of a family destined to fight supernatural foes.
  • Attack on Titan
    10
    Three friends join the Survey Corps to try to take their world back from the Titans.
  • Akira
    11
    Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and Taro ...more
  • Naruto
    12
    Naruto Uzumaki is is determined to develop his ninja skills.
  • One Piece
    13
    An elastic man searches for the elusive pirate treasure, One Piece.
  • 20th Century Boys is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. It was originally serialized in Big Comic Spirits from 1999 to 2006, with the 249 chapters published into 22 ...more
  • Dragon Ball
    15
    Goku and Bluma begin a quest to find the seven Dragon Balls.
  • Goodnight Punpun
    16

    Goodnight Punpun

  • Mob, a school boy blessed with supernatural powers, leads an emotionally disturbed life.
  • Slam Dunk
    18
    A high school freshman joins the basketball team to impress his crush and becomes a star.
  • Bleach
    19
    Ichigo Kurosaki becomes a Soul Reaper.
  • Uzumaki
    20
    Uzumaki is a seinen horror manga series written and illustrated by Junji Ito. Appearing as a serial in the weekly manga magazine Big Comic Spirits from 1998 to 1999, the chapters were compiled into ...more
  • A teenager and an alien parasite work together to survive their unique circumstances.
  • Gintama
    22
    Gin Tama is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi. A full anime series debuted on April 4, 2006 on TV Tokyo and finished on March 25, 2010. The story is set in an alternate ...more
  • Young orphans raised for a sinister purpose look for a way to escape from their evil caretaker.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (Studio Gallop, 1996), also known as Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai X, is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki. A ...more
  • Hajime no Ippo (Nippon TV, 2000) is a Japanese action sports anime series based on the manga by George Morikawa from Madhouse animation studio. Makunouchi Ippo, a high school student, begins his ...more