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The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked  

Anna Lindwasser
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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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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Bleach is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper from ...more
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Naruto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who searches for recognition from his peers and the ...more
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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who stumbles across a mysterious ...more
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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do ...more
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Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Fairy Tail is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima. It has been published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 2, 2006, and has been published by Kodansha in 48 ...more
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Monster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Monster is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. The manga was adapted by Madhouse into a 74-episode anime TV series, which aired April 2004 to September 2005. The ...more
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One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
One-Punch Man (TV Tokyo, 2015) is a Japanese anime series based on the webcomic by ONE. The story of Saitama, a hero that does it just for fun & can defeat his enemies with a single punch.
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Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. It was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010; the ...more
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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
My Hero Academia is a 2016 anime series based on the superhero manga series Boku no Hīrō Akademia, written by Kōhei Horikoshi. Izuku Midoriya is a regular middle school student in a world where ...more
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Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It is an adaptation of the first 194 chapters of the manga of the same name created by Akira Toriyama, which were ...more
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InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Inuyasha, also known as Inuyasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It premiered in Weekly Shōnen Sunday on November 13, 1996 and ...more
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Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Hunter × Hunter is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since March 3, 1998, although the manga has ...more
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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken?) is a 2012 television anime series produced by David Production based on the manga of the same name by Hirohiko Araki. The series ...more
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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Berserk is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired dark fantasy world, the story centers on the characters of Guts, a lone mercenary, ...more
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Vagabond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
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 ...more
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One Piece is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series ...more
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Akira is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
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 ...more
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Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Mushishi is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. It was serialized in Afternoon Seasons Zōkan from 1999 to 2002, and in Monthly Afternoon from December 2002 to August 2008. ...more
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Paradise Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Paradise Kiss, abbreviated to "ParaKiss", is a manga series written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. It appeared as a serial in the Japanese fashion magazine Zipper. Shodensha collected ...more
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20th Century Boys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
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 ...more
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Lone Wolf and Cub is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
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Vinland Saga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Vinland Saga is a 2005 Japanese historical manga series written and drawn by award-winning manga author Makoto Yukimura. Set in Dane-controlled England at the start of the 11th century, the ...more
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Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
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 ...more
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Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Fruits Basket, sometimes abbreviated Furuba, or Fruba, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. It was serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese magazine Hana to ...more
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Battle Angel Alita is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 50+ Greatest Manga of All Time, Ranked
Battle Angel Alita is a manga series created by Yukito Kishiro in 1990 and originally published in Shueisha's Business Jump magazine. Alita, a cyborg, has lost all memories and is found in a ...more