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.

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4.23 avg rating — 146,894 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 100,680 ratings
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4.36 avg rating — 144,214 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 56,469 ratings
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4.44 avg rating — 37,773 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 18,986 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 24,335 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 27,621 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 16,212 ratings
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21

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4.24 avg rating — 147,774 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 29,239 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 17,045 ratings
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25

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4.26 avg rating — 28,682 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 39,429 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 6,491 ratings
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28

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4.42 avg rating — 9,250 ratings
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29

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4.10 avg rating — 110,224 ratings
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30

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4.29 avg rating — 45,202 ratings
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31

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32

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4.15 avg rating — 26,673 ratings
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33

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4.38 avg rating — 53,696 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 7,648 ratings
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37

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38

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4.17 avg rating — 19,669 ratings
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39

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4.47 avg rating — 10,001 ratings
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40

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4.42 avg rating — 84,983 ratings
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41

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4.09 avg rating — 24,810 ratings
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42

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4.11 avg rating — 9,276 ratings
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43

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4.22 avg rating — 15,582 ratings
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44

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4.50 avg rating — 40,832 ratings
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45

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4.48 avg rating — 1,911 ratings
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46

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4.38 avg rating — 8,680 ratings
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47

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4.09 avg rating — 10,155 ratings
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48

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4.17 avg rating — 10,466 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 14,977 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 17,738 ratings
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51

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4.07 avg rating — 9,768 ratings
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52

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4.08 avg rating — 7,326 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 29,680 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 18,954 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 19,037 ratings
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57

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4.05 avg rating — 403 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 8,563 ratings
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59

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3.73 avg rating — 11,611 ratings
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61

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4.18 avg rating — 24,992 ratings
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62

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4.61 avg rating — 14,772 ratings
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63

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4.23 avg rating — 6,523 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 4,769 ratings
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65

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4.36 avg rating — 6,849 ratings
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66

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4.13 avg rating — 4,194 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 14,187 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 13,813 ratings
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69

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4.29 avg rating — 6,782 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 940 ratings
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71

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4.23 avg rating — 17,945 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 6,956 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 34,664 ratings
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4.52 avg rating — 10,738 ratings
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79

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4.31 avg rating — 7,985 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 47,283 ratings
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81

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4.14 avg rating — 5,403 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 5,967 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 2,172 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 3,943 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 5,101 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 3,363 ratings
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4.36 avg rating — 3,189 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 983 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 3,692 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 6,780 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 4,093 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 5,399 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 16,879 ratings
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96

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4.12 avg rating — 3,931 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 1,512 ratings
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98

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3.84 avg rating — 7,124 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 9,052 ratings
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422 books · 811 voters · list created November 3rd, 2010 by deleted user.
Tags: japan, japanese, manga
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Chloe 108 books
28 friends
usagi ☆ミ 10473 books
979 friends
Diabolical Daemonic 2524 books
148 friends
S.P. 664 books
16 friends
Loke-lani 157 books
0 friends
Simon 462 books
45 friends
Soraya 1013 books
44 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 Mishra (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 Mishra (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 Mishra (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 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 18: 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 19: 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
_


message 20: 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 21: by Isabella (new)

Isabella Please remove Divergent as it is obviously not a manga


message 22: 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 23: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Divergent and Geisha: A Life are not manga.


message 24: by Nicole (new)

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


message 25: 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 26: by Will (new)

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


message 27: 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.


message 28: by Brandon (new)

Brandon Clarke Berserk should be way higher on this list... its BEST manga of all time not MOST POPULAR manga of all time...


message 29: by Shadowjac (new)

Shadowjac This list is for volume one only, I just removed several Tsubasa volumes whoever added them don't add them again.


message 30: by WalkingClouds (new)

WalkingClouds what about Dengeki Daisy?? Helloooo <(>O<)>


message 31: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Nunez 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..."

its a community voted thing


message 32: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Nunez this list gave me cancer


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