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20th Century Boys

Psychological, Drama, Mystery

Growing older is pretty rough and Kenji is finding out just how hard it can be as life starts wearing down on him. On top of trying to make ends meet running a convenience store, he has to care for the niece that his missing sister left in his care. Memories of youth make it easier, until those memories come back to haunt you.

Kenji and his old friends are slowly being drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that could threaten the world. Who is the mysterious "friend", and how does he tie into Kenji's youth? Why are there disappearances and deaths tied into Ochanomizu University? The friend's memories hold the keys to the puzzle, but years between cloud the clues.


The strange occurances and the reach of the "friend" conspiracy grow by the day. It will all culminate on New Year's Eve 2000. Will Kenji and the rest of the group be able to put together the puzzle and save the world?


20th Century Boys won the 2001 Kodansha Manga Award in the General category, an Excellence Prize at the 2002 Japan Media Arts Festival, and the 2003 Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category.

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Ai Ren

Romance, Tragedy, Slice of Life

From Solaris-SVU:

Ikuru is a boy who doesn't have long to live. Growing up questioning the purpose of his life and the reason for his impending death, he's constantly confused and lonely. After learning that he doesn't have much time left, he requests that a special "girl" called a AGH-RMS (Artificial Genes Human Regenerated for Mental Support) be given to him. These people are genetically made so that they help heal and ease the mental burdens of the terminally ill.


This manga is cute, sad, and ultimately a story about life, death, and humanity.

Akagi

Akagi

Gambling A genius that fell into darkness. The god of the underworld.

Akagi runs from a chicken fight where he almost died to a Mahjong place, where a man loses all his money to the yakuza. Akagi who is only 13 tells him that he plays it wrong, although he has never played the game before. Akagi replaces him in the game, and so a legend is born.


When the police comes to check on the place to see if the kid that ran from the chicken fight is there they deny the relation of Akagi to the chicken fight. In the end the policeman invites Akagi to a much more organized Mahjong game and from there the legends only continues to enlarge.

Bambino

Bambino!

Cooking Shogo Ban, a college student from Fukuoka, likes to cook. Thanks to the owner of the restaurant where he works part-time, he finds himself working at the line of Roppongi's best Italian restaurant, Trattoria Baccanale, and discovers that the real deal isn't quite as easy as he'd thought. The manga follows Ban as he struggles to keep up with the hectic workload and his co-workers, along with issues outside the kitchen like his relationship with his girlfriend Eri, who he left behind in Fukuoka.
Gunm

Battle Angel Alita (Gunnm)

Action, Sci-fi, Cyberpunk From Viz:

Alita is a powerful cyborg with a soft heart and a mysterious past. Her second lease on life isn't easy: her heart is broken, she gains and loses friends to the cruel world of the Scrapyard far below the Utopian city of Tiphares, and she serves many masters in her quest to protect the innocent and create a new life for herself.

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Berserk

Fantasy, Horror

Guts is a powerful warrior, forged by his terrible fate, branded for death by his comrade turned demon god. His vengeful and blood soaked journey takes him through a desolate medieval Europe, battling demonic angels, monsters, bloodthirsty spirits, and even his darker self. Equipped with an iron hand and a massive sword, his enemies will know true terror when he starts to swing. 

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Blame!

Sci-fi, Cyberpunk

Blame! chronicles Killy, a mysterious traveler his Oddysey through a desolate and incomprehensibly large labyrinth known as the City. In his long journey for a human with net terminal genes, he attempts to restore order to a hostile world where the last humans are hunted down by the cybernetic abominations that wander the hollow world of the City.

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Magical Girl

Sakura Kinomoto opens a mysterious book in her local library, and thereby becomes the new master of the Clow. Her first task? Collect all the magical cards that have been released!

Anyways, it is by CLAMP, so you can expect pretty art, ambiguously bisexual characters, cuteness, and really good characters.

Cromartie

Cromartie High School

School, Comedy From ADV:

Welcome to Cromartie High—a melting pot of underachievers and overzealous bullies, where the fist rules, and the student body has the combined I.Q. of a rusty nail. After a whole lot of bad judgment and a little bad luck, Takashi Kamiyama is now attending this academy of dunces. Here, his only homework will be defending himself against the foul-mouthed robots, semi-intelligent apes, and masked villains that roam the halls of Cromartie High School!


A live-action movie was made

Dmc

Detroit Metal City

Music, Comedy, Split Personality Detroit Metal City is about a death metal band that has gained immense popularity in the indie scene. The main character is a push-over, Negishi Souichi, who is trying to make a living in the music world, but he didn't imagine in his wildest dreams that it would be in such a band. Read and see what hilarious situations he gets himself into.
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Billy Bat

Mindfuck Billy Bat is a comic-in-a-comic and the real protagonist is a Japanese-American artist named Kevin Yamagata who draws Billy Bat for "Marble Comics".

Shortly after they transition to the artist in his studio with his assistant, two actual detectives, who look like Laurel and Hardy in Dick Tracy era suits and trench coats, knock on the door and appropriate Kevin's room for the purpose of conducting surveillance on a room in an adjacent building. One of the detectives, the skinny “Laurel”, sees Kevin's work and it turns out he's a Billy Bat fan. The other chubby "Hardy" detective picks up a page and says that the characters look familiar and accuses Kevin of translating an old "Jap" comic.


As Hardy remembers the comic he thinks Kevin is ripping off, we make another Urasawaesque time jump to 1949 Tokyo and the chapter ends.

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Buraiden Gai

Jailbreak The story revolves around Kudo Gai, a mischievous 13 year old all alone in the world. He despises his classmates who live by their free will, although supported by parents, but taking it for granted. Gai soon finds out he is contradicting himself for he is being raised at an orphanage as well,and makes an attempt for independence. His actions lands him in trouble, where he is framed for murder and sent to a place in an unknown location called the 'human institute'.
Fuuko

Fuuko no Iru Mise

Slice of Life, Romance Fuuko is a shy girl—so shy that she has trouble talking to strangers. Determined to change herself, she starts working as a waitress at Café Rhodos. The people she meets on and off the job will lead her through the often frightful world of adolescence, and beyond.
Zero

Gambling Emperor Zero

Gambling Ukai Zero saves three troubled teens from a Suicide Website, and together they choose to work as modern-day 'Robin Hoods' of society. However, Zero's friends are caught by an underworld gang whose heist the group had foiled. In order to rescue them, Zero is forced to enter a gambling competition hosted by a rich, rotten old man who is looking for a talented gambler to be his rep player in an upcoming gambling tournament for millionaires from all over the world. The reward money? ONE TRILLION YEN.
Gin to kin

Gin to Kin

Action/Drama This manga describes the dealings of "Gin-ou" and his associates, in the under-belly of society, where shady dealings with stock speculators and politicians is the norm.
Glaucos

Glaucos

Sports/Diving This is a story of a boy who challenges free diving.

"Free diving (skin diving)" may remind you of the film "Le Grand Bleu." It is an extreme sport, and each meter added to its record brings us closer to the sea bed and further from the surface where one can breathe again. In this sense, free diving has a direct connection with death, with which our fight continues, refashioned over time, bit by bit. So, why would one free dive, and risk his life? The answer lies within the mysterious bond between the sea and human kind. And in the fast evolving world of competitive diving, new data emerges that casts light on this bond.

Punpun

Goodnight Punpun

Drama Witness the titular Punpun - who is depicted as a tiny, caricatured bird in an otherwise normal human setting - as he copes with his dysfunctional family and friends, his love interest, his oncoming adolescence and his hyperactive mind.
Gto

GTO - Great Teacher Onizuka

School, Comedy From Tokyopop:

Meet Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old ex-biker. He's crude, foul-mouthed, and has a split-second temper. His unlikely goal: to be the Greatest High School Teacher in the World! Of course, the only reason he wants to be a teacher is so he can try to score with the hot students... {C {C}Before he can become a full instructor, he's got to work as a student teacher to earn his credentials. Onizuka may think he's the toughest guy on campus, but when he meets his class full of bullies, blackmailers, and scheming sadists, he'll have to prove it.


GTO won the 1998 Kodansha Manga Award for shounen.

Shonan

GTO: Shonan 14 Days

School, Comedy, Sequel This is the sequel to the manga GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka). This takes place directly after the Teshigawara arc.
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Hellsing

Action, Comedy, Historical, Horror, Mature, Supernatural

From Baka-Updates:

Vampires exist. It is the duty of Hellsing, an organization sponsored by the British government, to hide that frightening fact and protect the blissfully unaware populace. Along with its own personal army, Hellsing also has a few secret weapons. Alucard, an incredibly powerful vampire, has been controlled by Hellsing for years. Although he dislikes being a servant to the Hellsing family, he certainly enjoys his job as Hellsing’s vampire exterminator.

Historie

Historie

Historical Manga Historie takes place in ancient Greece and follows the life of Eumenes and his childhood, who would later in his life grow up to be the secretary and general to Alexander the Great.

Historie was a finalist for the 10th Osamu Tezuka Culture Award.

Hns

Hoshi no Samidare

Action, Fighting, Drama, Comedy The world is in mortal peril. Sir Noi Crezant, the Lizard Knight, has been sent to gain the aid of the great warrior Amamiya Yuuhi in hopes of finding the Princess Samidare and protecting the planet from the incredible 'Biscuit Hammer' poised to crack the Earth in two. Unfortunately Yuuhi wants no part of it, and the Princess doesn't prove to be the shining 'hero of justice' role model that Noi had hoped for.
Kabu

Kabu no Isaki

Paranormal, Slice of Life

Living in the boonies, one must give great consideration to how they will get around when they turn 16. Isaki has just tuned 16 and his choice of transportation is his neighbor's Piper Cub. It might be old, but it flies well. One day he decides to fly over the 2,000m-high Ogusu mountain range to see the tower his neighbor is always talking about. But for some reason his plane feels too heavy and is using fuel faster than planned. Will he make it to the airport or crash in the bushes? And just what was making the plane feel so heavy?

Originally a one-shot, but became a regular feature to Afternoon due to its popularity.

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Kaiji

Gambling Japan, 1995. After graduating from high school, Ito Kaiji moves to Tokyo to get a job, but he fails to find steady employment because the country is mired in its first recession since World War II. Depressed, he festers in his apartment, biding the time with cheap pranks, gambles, liquor and cigarettes. Kaiji is always thinking about money and his perpetual poverty frequently brings him to tears.

Kaiji's unrelenting misery continues for two years until he is paid an unexpected visit from a man named Endo, who wants to collect an outstanding debt owed to him in Kaiji's name. Endo gives Kaiji two options - either spend ten years to repay this outstanding debt, or board the gambling ship Espoir ("hope" in French) for one night to clear the debt. Using a con, Endo pressures Kaiji into accepting the deal, believing he will never come back from the voyage.


The manga is divided into five parts: Part 1: Volume 1-13 (Complete) Part 2: Volume 14-26 (Complete) Part 3: Volume 27-39 (Complete) Part 4: Volume 40-49 (Complete) Part 5: 50-?(Ongoing)

Kurosawa

Legend of the strongest man, Kurosawa

Coming of Age, Construction Worker Manga

44 years old, single, working in a construction company for his entire life. All Kurosawa wants is a little respect from his co-workers. And a little popularity won't hurt. Unfortunately Kurosawa's plans fail miserably from time to time and one day, he finds himself right in the middle of a fight against... delinquent middle schoolers?
Living

Living Game

Slice of Life, Coming of Age, Comedy

From Prisms:

A romantic comedy about Fuwa, a guy living in a small apartment in overcrowded Tokyo, who wants to have a place of his own. Because of a building accident in their new office building, Fuwa's company (5 employees) had to move into his apartment, right after he had moved to a larger place. And the new employee (Hiyama Izumi, a 15 year-old girl) had to move into Fuwa's place, as she had just come from the country. Then Fuwa's old girlfriend Tokiko, who had already gotten married, ran away from her husband and came to Fuwa's place.

Me teru

Me-Teru no Kimochi

Hikkikomori, Coming of Age, Drama

Koizumi Shintarou is 30 years old, a virgin, and has isolated himself in his room for 15 years. He has become a burden on his father, Koizumi Yasujirou. One day, Shintarou makes a proposition that if Yasujirou gets a girlfriend, Shintarou will come out of his room. It turns out that Yasujirou has already made a girlfriend, a young beautiful woman, Yoshinaga Haruka, who is with Yasujirou for her own personal reasons.Yasujirou and Haruka decide to get married, but Yasujirou dies on their honeymoon. Now Haruka decides to take care of Shintarou, and so this weird "mother and son" are now living together.
Monster

Monster

Psychological, Crime, Mystery, Drama From Viz:

Monster weaves the riveting story of brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a famous surgeon with a promising career at a leading hospital. Tenma risks his reputation and promising career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, this child is destined for a terrible fate. A string of strange and mysterious murders begin to occur soon afterward, ones that professionally benefit Dr. Tenma, and he emerges as the primary suspect. Conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing depiction of the underbelly of hospital politics are all masterfully woven together in this compelling manga thriller.


The series won an Excellence Prize at the 1997 Japan Media Arts Festival and the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2001.

The Legend of Koizumi
Gambling

Former Prime Minister Koizumi plays mahjong against various world leaders, because apparently that is how international relations are done.

A ridiculous manga that takes itself one hundred percent serious and has amusing cararictures of various world leaders. Amusing even though I have no idea what any of the lingo means. Eventually, they play mahjong on the moon with space nazis and a robot, so there's that.

Mgx

Mysterious Girlfriend X

Romance, Mystery, School Life, Comedy Was originally a one-shot in Afternoon in 2004 before it became a series in 2006.

One day, a strange transfer student appears before Tsubaki. Urabe Mikoto is an antisocial girl, whose hobby is just sleeping during class-breaks. One day, Tsubaki goes to wake her up and accidentally tastes her drool... And gets hooked on that!


After that, he starts going out with her and gets to know her better. Her second hobby, as it turns out, is carrying around scissors in her panties and cutting paper into flowers...

Onani

Onani Master Kurosawa

Coming of Age, School, Drama, Masturbation

From Hidoi~! Translators:Onani means masturbation. And that's what this guy is good at. Every day after school, he sneaks into the mostly unused girls bathroom on the 3rd floor, and masturbates. Until one day when he's caught...This is a story of mistakes, redemption, and the choices made in between. It contains the worst and best of the human condition.
OnePunchMan manga cover
Comedy, Action, Super Hero

Saitaima is One Punch Man, a hero who can beat any opponent with one punch. Enjoy his comedic escapades of navigating the super hero bureaucracy, interspersed with some legitimately awesome fight scenes and a multitude of superheroes.

Was originally and still is a webcomic that is being redone as a fancier drawn manga. The webcomic is significantly more progressed than the manga.

Parasyte

Parasyte (Kiseijû)

Horror, Action From Del Rey:

They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures who must invade - and take control of - a human host to survive. And once they have infected their victims, they can assume any deadly form they choose: monsters with giant teeth, winged demons, creatures with blades for hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purpose behind ordinary human faces. So no one knows their secret - except an ordinary high school student. Shin is battling for control of his own body against an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?


Won the Seiun Award in 1996.

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Pluto

Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi Based off of a story arc from Osamu Tezuka's Tesuwan Atomu, Pluto follows the Europol detective Gesicht as he tries to uncover the mystery behind a string of robot and human deaths. The case becomes much more puzzling when evidence leans toward the murders being the work of a robot, which is something that hasn't happened for 8 years.
Seizon

Seizon Life

Crime Thriller Takeda is diagnosed with cancer and feels that he has nothing to live for. His wife also had had cancer, had died of it in fact, and his only daughter has been missing for fourteen years.

One day, when he is about to attempt suicide, the phone rings. It’s the police, and they inform him that the dead body of his long lost daughter has been found, that it appears to have been a homicide. Takeda is crushed but resolves then and there to spend the remaining days of his life hunting down his daughter’s killer.


The time left for Takeda to live equals the time left to put the murderer behind bars. Life is a heart-wrenching story about a father’s willpower and his search for the truth.

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Solanin

Slice of Life, Romance, Tragedy After graduating from college, Meiko went straight to work as an office lady, but she can't help feeling there should be something more to life. Determined to find a worthier goal, she quits work, but can she actually make her neubulous dreams come true- and how will her sudden decision affect her relationship with her boyfriend Taneda?
Ten

Ten - Tenna Toori no Kaidanji

Gambling Ten is a friendly guy who happens to be good at Mahjong. Or, more appropriately, good at cheating at Mahjong. If someone is betting on a Mahjong game and ends up in a pinch, they call Ten to win for them. He always does, and because he understands how frustrating it is, always has the courtesy to give the people he cheats against a chance to beat him up. With his friends Hiroyuki, Ken, Akagi, and others, he eventually decides to take on something much bigger than cheating in small gambles.
Vinland saga

Vinland Saga

Action, Vikings, Historical Manga Thorfinn is son to one of the Viking's greatest warriors, but when his father is killed in battle by the mercenary leader Askeladd, he swears his intent to have revenge. Thorfinn joins Askeladd's group in order to challenge him to a duel, and ends up caught in the middle of a war for the crown of England.

The series was nominated for the 2008 Manga Taisho award. In 2009, it was awarded the Grand Prize in the manga division of the Japan Media Arts awards.

Nhk

Welcome to the NHK!

Hikkikomori, Coming of Age

From Tokyopop:

Sato Tatsuhiro is a drug-addled "hikikomori" (a Japanese shut-in) who thinks a sinister organization, NHK (Nihon Hikikomori Kyoukai), is the cause of all his problems! He falls in love with a girl, Misaki, who he thinks is trying to assassinate him, but doesn't know how to talk to her or if he can trust her. The more he stays in his house watching anime porn, reading manga, and doing drugs, the harder it is for him to leave. Only Misaki can keep him from rotting away in his own apartment!

Ykk

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

Postapocalyptic Slice of Life

[From MangaProject]:

This is the story of Alpha Hasseno, an Alpha 7 M2 series robot. Left by her owner, she appears and acts fully human while running a small coffee shop named Cafe Alpha. It is a light-hearted story about the people Alpha comes into contact with behind the backdrop of a futuristic country-side in Japan. As we meet Alpha, she makes a shopping trip to Yokohama.


The prologue chapter of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō won Afternoon magazine's Four Seasons Award for debut works, and series won the 2007 Seiun Award for Best Manga.

Yotsuba

Yotsubato!

Slice of Life, Comedy From Yen Press:

Yotsuba is a strange little girl with a big personality! Even in the most trivial, unremarkable encounters, Yotsuba’s curiosity and enthusiasm quickly turns the everyday into the extraordinary!


Yotsuba&! received an Excellence Award for Manga at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival. In 2008 Yotsuba&! was nominated for the 12th Osamu Tezuka Culture Award and the Eisner Award "Best Publication for Kids" category, but did not win either, and was runner-up for the first annual Manga Taishō award.

Zetman

Zetman

Action, Drama, Superheroes It follows the life of a homeless boy living with his "grandpa". The story starts to kick off when they encounter a man trying to commit suicide mumbling something along the lines of "before it is too late". Of course from then on the action begins and the dark plot begins to unfold with each volume.

Oneshot RecommendationsEdit

Confession

Confession

Psychological, Drama A one-volume manga about a pair of friends on a mountain climbing trip who wind up trapped in a cabin when one is wounded, and one of the pair makes a frightening revelation...
Filament

Filament

Paranormal, Oneshot Collection

Includes:

She Got Off the Bus at the Peninsula: Mitsuko Kunizaki has inherited a small grocery store from her grandmother. Being a single mother to a little boy, she intends to close it down and move on with life. However, in the solitary store that sits next to the last bus stop at the tip of a peninsula lie some long-buried memories that slowly reemerge as Mitsuko arrives at what used to be her home—memories of a lonesome childhood and of people who came to the peninsula to end their lives.

The Labyrinth Cat: Residents who have just moved in are always lost in this complex apartment. However, there is one little feline that will help them get back to their apartment house.

Bio Luminescence (created under the pen-name Soyogo Shima)

Also includes two Mushishi stories set in modern day Japan and with different characters than the long running series.

Hotel

Hotel

Post-Apocalyptic, Drama It is the year 2272 A.D.

A computer continues to live on in order to complete a mission in a world where all life, including Mankind, has gone extinct. This is a record of those 27 million years of its heroic struggle.

Loop

L∞P

Horror, Action From Camp Kijuju:Jean, the sole heir to a fortune and mansion, is stuck in an endless loop, repeating his brutal murder over and over again. As the 100th time comes, he brings forth incredible determination to fight back and save his servants from their needless murder.
Palepoli

Palepoli

bizarre, four-panel stories Palepoli goes beyond the framework of standard four-panel manga and views its structure in new ways. Actually, Furuya knew nothing of conventional manga styles and methods when he started Palepoli. As a result, he created something that bore little similarity to other manga. Furuya notes that he selects his subject matter and methods with clear and precise intentions. I find it extremely rare for a manga artist to be this deliberate.

A portion of Palepoli was featured in Secret Comics Japan.

Present

Present

Drama, Romance (From In the Water):Hanako suffers from a terrible disease. After awakening from a deep slumber, Hanako has only three days to live. During those three days, her husband, Takao, must endure a heart-breaking experience, knowing that the person Hanako really loves isn't him.

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