Best Manga of All Time

This is a list of the best Japanese manga of all time. Manga spans many decades; really think about your choices, don't just pick things that are popular by today's standards.

Also: PLEASE ADD ONLY THE FIRST ISSUE OF A SERIES!
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4.36 avg rating — 61,321 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 96,861 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 24,011 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 41,744 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 21,684 ratings
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4.55 avg rating — 1,817 ratings
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4.43 avg rating — 62,618 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 31,959 ratings
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4.40 avg rating — 14,544 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 13,997 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 12,736 ratings
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21

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4.28 avg rating — 21,567 ratings
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22

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4.10 avg rating — 77,513 ratings
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23

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4.34 avg rating — 12,172 ratings
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24

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4.17 avg rating — 21,771 ratings
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25

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4.29 avg rating — 16,162 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 30,890 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 11,890 ratings
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28

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4.23 avg rating — 101,883 ratings
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29

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4.22 avg rating — 12,644 ratings
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30

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4.10 avg rating — 5,226 ratings
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31

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4.21 avg rating — 19,040 ratings
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32

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4.27 avg rating — 19,822 ratings
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33

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4.27 avg rating — 4,873 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 19,530 ratings
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35

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4.35 avg rating — 33,339 ratings
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36

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4.11 avg rating — 16,607 ratings
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37

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4.02 avg rating — 7,364 ratings
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38

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4.08 avg rating — 12,962 ratings
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39

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4.37 avg rating — 6,251 ratings
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40

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4.43 avg rating — 4,753 ratings
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41

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4.23 avg rating — 6,134 ratings
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42

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3.73 avg rating — 10,262 ratings
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43

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4.35 avg rating — 8,226 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 6,815 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 5,907 ratings
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46

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4.07 avg rating — 273 ratings
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47

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4.18 avg rating — 13,060 ratings
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48

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4.35 avg rating — 3,983 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 12,801 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 13,849 ratings
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51

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4.22 avg rating — 19,752 ratings
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52

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4.25 avg rating — 5,771 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 6,558 ratings
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54

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4.22 avg rating — 11,239 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 5,934 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 3,355 ratings
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57

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4.21 avg rating — 3,619 ratings
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4.46 avg rating — 681 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 5,465 ratings
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60

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4.33 avg rating — 4,358 ratings
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61

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4.15 avg rating — 687 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 13,870 ratings
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63

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4.28 avg rating — 6,004 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 3,432 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 1,620 ratings
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66

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4.34 avg rating — 6,274 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 4,140 ratings
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4.52 avg rating — 8,004 ratings
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69

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4.06 avg rating — 1,331 ratings
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71

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3.91 avg rating — 2,825 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 4,465 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 4,976 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 2,660 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 4,979 ratings
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4.57 avg rating — 1,096 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 16,424 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 14,343 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 2,793 ratings
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81

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4.46 avg rating — 1,887 ratings
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82

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4.16 avg rating — 766 ratings
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83

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4.09 avg rating — 3,087 ratings
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84

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4.14 avg rating — 5,170 ratings
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85

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4.46 avg rating — 21,186 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 4,404 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 7,958 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 3,028 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 25,456 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 943 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 3,684 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 2,538 ratings
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92

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3.84 avg rating — 6,369 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 538 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 4,965 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 2,317 ratings
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97

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3.79 avg rating — 671 ratings
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98

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4.18 avg rating — 13,278 ratings
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99

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4.25 avg rating — 2,418 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 28,081 ratings
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316 books · 575 voters · list created November 3rd, 2010 by Nick.
Tags: japan, japanese, manga
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Chloe 88 books
16 friends
the golden witch. 9378 books
945 friends
Diabolical Daemonic 2525 books
155 friends
Steve 655 books
16 friends
Loke-lani 157 books
0 friends
Simon 448 books
37 friends
Soraya 496 books
37 friends
Cordelia 22 books
4 friends

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message 1: by Julian (new)

Julian I appreciate some of the manga above but what kind of taste do you even have for not including the all time best selling manga "One Piece"... I know many critics are calling it a trash but, Those people did not even got past 30 chapters or so... I highly recommend it... Its the greatest treasure our generation can ever find...


message 2: by Murasakichocho (new)

Murasakichocho Julian wrote: "I appreciate some of the manga above but what kind of taste do you even have for not including the all time best selling manga "One Piece"... I know many critics are calling it a trash but, Those p..."

I agree...I mean...it is really good and whoever calls it trash shall be sent to hell by me! I mean I got so attracted to it after one or a few episodes on TV,it is one of the reasons I'm watching anime now!


message 3: by Gian (new)

Gian tsk only 41 voters! not legit at all!


message 4: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Schwartz What about Nausicaa? Have people just not read it?


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Elizabeth wrote: "What about Nausicaa? Have people just not read it?"

Naussicaä of the Valley of the Wind is my favorite manga—and probably my favorite comic from any culture—of all time.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

I deleted the following titles from this list for the simple reason that they were totally miscategorized (because they aren't manga):

The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

I also deleted Naruto Volume 30 because the creator of the list asked for only the first book in a series, and Naruto Volume 1 has already been listed.


message 7: by Laura (new)

Laura Finally, I find a list with only the first volumes! It's SO much more convenient!


message 8: by Robert (new)

Robert Machay fullmetal alchemist all the way. that being said, ruriken (rurouni kenshin) is great, yu yu hakusho is so awesome and a classic, bleach is very good despite the fanboy's and all the filler with the anime and yeah.


message 9: by Ks (new)

Ks Looking at this made me depressed. I mean, Katekyo Hitman Reborn? Its good, but best of all time? THe ending was crap! And where is Elfen Lied! Its one of the few mangas that every made me truly absorbed in it, and when Lucy/Nyu died, i cried. At the ending I cried. Just writing this is making me cry from remembering! Another series missing is Dr. Slump! Everywhere it is hailed as the crowning achievent of Akira Toriyama's work, and he wrote DB and DBZ(I keep them separate only because the volumes sell as such). And how is Rave Master not in their if Fairy Tale is? However, props to the people who picked Hellsing and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles! I used to think both were underappreciated. Nice to know people do appreciate both series!


message 10: by Bakshree (new)

Bakshree Mishra What about Gakuen Alice? It does portray very young characters, but the story is poignant and beautiful! The series is still ongoing, so I can't guarantee the ending, but I trust the author... :)


message 11: by Kristen (new)

Kristen If you like shoujo manga, you should take a look at Shoujo Manga Book Club! It's a group where you can discuss you favorite manga, meet new people, vote in tournaments, play games and more!


message 12: by Bakshree (new)

Bakshree Mishra Whoa thank you :) I'm new to this universe of Mangas (Jan 2013 started it all B) ) and I have turned a bit of an otaku :D


message 13: by Kristen (new)

Kristen If you like shounen, then join Shounen Manga Book Club: the only shounen group on Goodreads!


message 14: by Bakshree (new)

Bakshree Mishra Well I havent really tried any shonen manga - I tried Fairy Tail but I couldn't appreciate the drawing style :D Guess I'm all in for flowery Shoujo stuff after all!


message 15: by Naomi (new)

Naomi Removed the following:
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 5
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 6
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 4
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 2
Lord Harry
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 7
Bridget Jones's Diary
Confessions of a Shopaholic


message 16: by Lynn (new)

Lynn I started reading manga 2 months ago, and I'm now addicted to it :P
I just can't have enough of Naruto or one piece :D


message 17: by xHoneythief (new)

xHoneythief You have the Spice & Wolf novel on here, not the manga. Just pointing it out :)


message 18: by InStitches (last edited Mar 03, 2014 06:09PM) (new)

InStitches Jisha wrote: "Well I havent really tried any shonen manga - I tried Fairy Tail but I couldn't appreciate the drawing style :D Guess I'm all in for flowery Shoujo stuff after all!"

Fairy Tail's drawing style started out a little rough. I saw the anime first and nearly quit reading it because it was so different. But if you stick with it, it smoothes out. It's one of my favorite manga, top 5 for sure. Of course, it is a shounen manga through and through. That doesn't change :P


message 19: by Asher (new)

Asher Riley How come Astro Boy isn't on this list?... it's one of the great Manga forefathers, not to mention it's brilliant.


message 20: by Johnny (new)

Johnny Bleze when we will see the new seasons of this current animes
im about to say;
_berserk
_vimpire knight
_attack on tittons
_it would be great if there would be a new season in gto
_ Beelzebub
_initial d
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message 21: by InStitches (new)

InStitches Julian wrote: "I appreciate some of the manga above but what kind of taste do you even have for not including the all time best selling manga "One Piece"... I know many critics are calling it a trash but, Those p..."

It took me a long time to get into One Piece. I thought it was garbage until I hit...oh, the Skypiea arc? I wasn't obsessed until the Impel Down arc. Now it's one of my favorite manga. It just seemed so trivial (I mean, a rubber pirate, really?) until I realized wait...there are some deep themes here. OH MY GOD I SEE MY CHILDHOOD! Now I'm watching the anime and I can't keep from smiling.


message 22: by Isabella (new)

Isabella Sparrow Please remove Divergent as it is obviously not a manga


message 23: by Angel (new)

Angel Rodriguez Pandora Hearts will always be my number 1 favorite manga series personally. Wish it was higher up, but at least it's 33 and not 55 or something like that. ^_^


message 24: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Divergent and Geisha: A Life are not manga.


message 25: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Number 172; Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella isn't a manga


message 26: by Shadowjac (new)

Shadowjac Nicole wrote: "Number 172; Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella isn't a manga"

Michelle wrote: "Divergent and Geisha: A Life are not manga."

Isabella wrote: "Please remove Divergent as it is obviously not a manga"
I removed all the novels and multiple volumes.


message 27: by Will (new)

Will was Jojo's Bizarre Adventure added on here if so what number was it?


message 28: by Shadowjac (new)

Shadowjac Will wrote: "was Jojo's Bizarre Adventure added on here if so what number was it?"

Jojo hasn't been added yet, feel free to add it by going to the "add books to this list" tab at the top of the list.


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