20 Underrated Modern Manga You Should Definitely Read

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Vote up the manga that you think deserves more appreciation.

Are you tired of asking for manga recommendations and getting back series that you already know about? While popular manga can be wonderful, sometimes you want to read something that's fresh and new. With that in mind, we're bringing you some underrated modern manga that you may not already know about.

For romance fans, there's A Sign of Affection, a story about a Deaf college girl falling in love. Love high-octane, action-packed stories that are weird as hell? Dai Dark follows a kid whose cursed bones make him a target for everyone in the galaxy. Want something cute and family-oriented? Try I Think Our Son Is Gay, a manga about a young mother waiting for her son to come out so that she can support him. Hopefully, you'll find something on this list that speaks to you.


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    80 VOTES

    Sakamoto Days

    Sakamoto Days
    Photo: Sakamoto Days / Viz Media

    Few would suspect that Taro Sakamoto, an ordinary-seeming husband, father, and shopkeeper, was once a world-famous hitman. 

    He'd hoped to leave his past behind and leave a peaceful, normal life, but unfortunately for him, that's not possible. If he doesn't reprise his old career, he'll become a target. But his reluctance to do the job isn't the only problem - he's also totally out of shape, and totally out of practice. 

  • 2
    58 VOTES


    Photo: Dandadan / Viz Media

    Do you believe in aliens? What about ghosts? Ken Takakura is sure that ghosts aren't real, but he believes strongly in extraterrestrial life. Momo Ayase thinks aliens are pretty far-fetched, but there's no doubt in her mind that ghosts exist. 

    The two set about trying to prove their own versions of reality, but reality has its own ideas. The truth exceeds anything either of them imagined. 

  • 3
    64 VOTES

    Frieren: Beyond Journey's End

    Frieren: Beyond Journey's End
    Photo: Frieren: Beyond Journey's End / Viz Media

    After defeating the demon lord, a group consisting of several humans and one elf, the group starts preparing to say goodbye and go back to their normal lives. Elves live much longer than humans do, so as time passes Frieren is the only adventurer left. 

    Before one of her companions expires, he leaves her in charge of a young apprentice named Fern. Frieren and Fern begin traveling together, collecting magic spells and revisiting the places where Frieren once adventured with her companions. Along the way, she must come to terms with the ways in which she failed to connect with her human companions before they passed away. 

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    46 VOTES

    Dai Dark

    Dai Dark
    Photo: Dai Dark / Seven Seas Entertainment

    From the creator of Dorohedoro comes an equally off-the-wall manga, Dai Dark. Zaha Sanko is an ordinary teenager, except for one thing - his bones are cursed to grant the wishes of anyone who possesses them. Sounds cool, except that means that he has enemies all over the galaxy trying to tear his skeleton out of his body. 

    With help from an actual skeleton named Avakian, he tries to figure out how this mess got started, and what he can do to stop it. 


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    30 VOTES

    A Man and His Cat

    A Man and His Cat
    Photo: A Man and His Cat / Square Enix Manga

    Want to read something totally adorable and heartwarming? Check out A Man & His Cat. This manga follows a cat who no one seems to want to adopt from the pet store. He finally finds his forever home with a lonely elderly man whose wife has passed. 

    As the two go through the trials of daily life, they form a bond that gives their existence meaning. 

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    50 VOTES


    Photo: Mashle / Viz Media

    If your favorite character from Naruto is Rock Lee, Mashle might be right up your alley. In a world where magic rules, Mash Burnedead was born with no ability to use magic at all. 

    Despite this disadvantage, he decides to enroll in Easton Magic Academy in the hopes of becoming a Divine Visionary. Instead of using magic, he plans to accomplish all his goals through muscle power.