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Best Popular Japanese Manga to Read in English

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In this issue, I will introduce “Japanese manga (comics) with interesting stories”.

I will mainly introduce works that have already been completed.

If you want to enjoy the interesting stories all at once, check them out.

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Daemons of the Shadow Realm

  • What is the fate of the manly hero “Yuru” and his brother-loving twin sister “Asa”?
  • In addition to the xenobiotic battles by the Tsugai, the brainwashing by enemies and allies is also cool!
  • A story with clever foreshadowing. If you like to think about the story, you should definitely read this book!

The manga “Daemons of the Shadow Realm” tells the story of two pairs of xenomorphs, called “tsuguai,” who are accompanied by a pair of xenomorphic creatures.

Yuru, a boy living in the “East Village” deep in the mountains, lives a humble life as a hunter.

His twin sister Asa, on the other hand, is living in a prison cell for some reason in order to fulfill her ” task.

The East Village is peaceful and tranquil, but it is also somewhat unnatural.

What is the secret of this village?

And what is the identity of the mysterious group that suddenly attacked the East Village?

The story of Yuru and Asa, the “twin siblings,” and the “Tsugai-users” who follow the deformed creatures, begins.

The author is Hiromu Arakawa, who has created masterpieces such as “Fullmetal Alchemist” and “Silver Spoon.

This time, Arakawa depicts a dark fantasy set in modern Japan.

The Elusive Samurai

  • Historical manga with a unique worldview by Yusei Matsui!
  • The main character Tokiyuki and other characters are lively and attractive!
  • Although it is historical, the gags and interesting storyline make it easy to read!

The Elusive Samurai is a historical/Japanese fantasy manga set in the Nanboku-cho period(A.D. 1333) of Japan.

It is a new work by Matsui Yusei, creator of “Majin Tantei Neuro: Nougami Neuro” and “Assassination Classroom”.

The main character, Hojo Tokiyuki, is a kind-hearted boy who is the son of the highest-ranking samurai authority, but is better at running away from his training than anything else.

After the fall of the Kamakura Shogunate, Tokiyuki is pursued by his archrival Ashikaga Takauji, and he decides to regain the stolen Kamakura by “fighting while running away” from various pursuers.

Fullmetal Alchemist

This manga contains expressions intended for ages 17 and older.

For the sake of their deceased mother, two young brothers try the forbidden “human body smelting”.

In return, the older brother loses one arm and one leg, and the younger brother loses his entire body.

In order to regain their respective lost bodies, their journey to find the “Philosopher’s Stone” begins.

This manga is a dark fantasy, but there are many gags.

The main character, Edward (Ed), and many other bright characters make this manga easy to read, even though the worldview is on the darker side.

The foreshadowing scattered throughout the story is also interesting, and you get the sense that each of the characters is very much alive.


This manga is a dark fantasy.

But it’s an uplifting masterpiece!

Fruit Basket

Toru Honda, a high school girl who has been living at her relative’s house without her parents, accidentally decides to live in a tent in a small mountain.

One day, however, her classmate Yuki Souma finds out that she is living in a tent.

To Toru’s surprise, the place where she pitched her tent was on land owned by the Souma family.

After losing her tent in a landslide, Toru ends up staying at the home of Shigure Souma, a member of the Souma clan.

Toru thought she had managed to settle the situation, but on her first day there, she discovers the “secret of the Souma Clan”.


This manga illuminates the bonds between people, both warm and sad.

It is for those who want to enjoy gags and sadness.

Attack on Titan

This manga contains expressions intended for ages 17 and older.

The “last humans” live in a land surrounded by a triple wall to protect themselves from the threat of the Titans.

One day, after 100 years of peace, when it seems as if the peaceful life will continue forever, the wall is destroyed by the “Armored Titan” and the “Colossal Titan”.

The main character “Eren Jaeger,” whose mother was preyed upon by a Titan that entered the walls, vows to destroy the Titans and becomes a soldier.

From the beginning to the end of the work, the foreshadowing is meticulously laid out in great detail.


The characters pursue the mystery while overcoming one crisis after another.

The exciting tension just won’t stop!


This manga contains expressions intended for ages 15 and older.

One day, Satoru Fujinuma, an unsuccessful manga artist, experiences a strange phenomenon called “revival”.

In a “revival,” time is suddenly rewound, and if he does not solve the case that is happening there, he is sent back to the past again and again.

A “revival” occurs again when Satoru’s mother, Sachiko, is murdered by someone and he is accused of the murder.

Somehow, Satoru is transported to the past 18 years ago and becomes an elementary school student.

He realizes that this is the time when the “serial child abduction and murder cases” were taking place.

Convinced that “his mother’s death” and “the death of a classmate” are connected, Satoru goes back and forth between the past and present to solve the case and track down the culprit.


Who is the culprit really…?

Umineko When They Cry

This manga contains expressions intended for ages 17 and older.

Was it done by a human? Or was it the work of witches?

Starting with a criminal threat from a “witch” who calls herself Beatrice, crimes that are impossible for humans to commit occur one after another on the isolated island of Rokkenjima.

Kinzo Ushiromiya, his children, grandchildren, and servants gather for the annual family meeting.

Are the tragedies that befall them one after another the work of witches? Or are they the work of human beings?


I recommend this manga to anyone looking for a one-note mystery!

The original story is written by Ryuukishi 07, the same author as “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)”.

The manga version features the following.

  • You don’t have to read the massive text of the original story to enjoy it pictorially!
  • The descriptions also complement the original story, making it easy to follow the story!
  • You can see each famous scene in powerful depiction!

The story slips into your mind, so if you are busy and want to savor the goodness of the story, read the manga version.

On the other hand, I recommend the game version for those who want to enjoy deducing the story for yourself.

You can get the game version on Steam.


“Higurashi When They Cry” by the same author is another masterpiece!

This manga contains expressions intended for ages 17 and older.


This manga contains expressions intended for ages 15 and older.

If you want to read a “genius vs. genius” brain battle manga, “DEATH NOTE” is definitely the one for you.

The Death Note was dropped in the human world by the god of death, Ryuk.

It is a notebook in which a person can die just by writing his or her name.

The main character “Yagami Light” decides to use the Death Note to create a “new world” without criminals.

As Light purges criminals one after another, the world-famous detective “L”


You are evil!

L” criticizes him.

Provoked by L, Light uses the Death Note to dispose of L.

However, L, whom Light was supposed to have taken care of, was a fake.

This is where the epic battle of wits between Light and L, two geniuses, begins.

This is a masterpiece of suspense manga, with one surprising development after another.


If you haven’t read it yet, I urge you to read DEATH NOTE!

Demon Slayer

This manga contains expressions intended for ages 15 and older.

The story of a boy who fights evil demons in order to turn his sister, who has become a demon, back into a human.

The worldview modeled on Japan in the Taisho era (1912-1926) and the structure of the story make this a wonderful manga.

The only thing I can say that is wrong with this manga is this.

The background of each character is so well-developed that it is difficult to single out a “favorite character”.

It is a manga that you will want to read over and over again, even after you have read the story to the end.

This is an outside story.

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