5 Manga You Need To Read in 2021

No matter if you are a long time manga fanatic or recently became a fan thanks to the lockdown or if you’re looking to venture into the world of Japanese comic books, we welcome you! 

Dive into the world of the best of the best manga to read this year, let the action, comedy and drama of the comics swoop you away into imaginary and real worlds with their definite style. If you’re a beginner in this fascinating world, don’t be discouraged by the new way of reading them, after a page or two you’ll forget all about it.

Manga is usually the predecessor of anime, such being the case of Black Clover for e.g. Thanks to the success of the manga, an anime soon followed and then the creators decided to make a video game based on the comic and these triumphs led to a film announcement. 

Follow us on the journey of the best manga you simply need to read!

Attack on Titan

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Genre: action, action fiction, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, fantasy

Volumes: 34

The story is known to many as it’s popularity slowly rivals that of the most popular ones like Bleach and Naruto. The manga is written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama and this masterpiece is almost to its end. The comic is about to finish after an eleven year run of publications, the first ever print being in a monthly magazine back in 2009, after which realizing the potential it carried, it got the first volume published in 2010. There will be 34 volumes released in total on June 9, 2021. 

There is a constant dose of bloodshed and tragedy, horroristic visuals and a slightly raw drawing style. The Titans are attacking the humans in the enclosed city where they lived for a 100 years of serenity, there is bound to be blood and swerling emotions. No one is what they seem to be – a friend easily becomes the enemy and vice versa. 

The manga is a perfect candidate for a binge-reading that will pull you into a made up world full of twists. The manga has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. 

Deadman Wonderland

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Genre: dystopia, thriller, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic

Volumes: 13

The manga was written by Jinsei Kataoka and the illustrations were done by Kazuma Kondou. A bizarre world became the reality of the people who survived the devastating earthquake that flooded most of the city. The manga targets the young teen audience as the main character is a 14 year old highschool boy, who unjustly ends up imprisoned in the eerie cirkus-like prison where the convicts from time to time have to fight each other to the death in order to amuse the Japanese audience.

The jury is still out on whether the manga is considered a Shonen or a Seinen. The first ever publication was in 2008 in the monthly manga magazine Shōnen Ace and many dark shonen works are mistaken for seinen. The manga ended its run in 2013 and it birthed one season of anime. It has over 108,000 copies worldwide.

Assassination Classroom

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Genre: action, comedy, sci-fi

Volumes: 21

Another highly successful manga that is written and illustrated by the same person,  Yūsei Matsui. The story is about a big yellow octopus-like space creature that blew up a significant part of the moon and wants to destroy the Earth as well. Humans are given a year to destroy him, and in the meantime, he has applied as a teacher to a school. The class he teaches is more than a team of bad students, as they are tasked with killing the creature named Korosensei with anti-sensei weapons developed by the government. The manga is incredibly strong in the line of humor, the plot is absurdly funny and the reader simply falls in line of loving the protagonist octopus despite being obviously an antihero. 

It’s a twisted, unique story, targeting the Shonen demography, that first got published in the  Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine in 2012 and it lasted until 2016. The manga got so popular that it got adapted into manga with an amazing 46 episodes. The manga has over 20 million copies in circulation.

My Hero Academia

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Genre: adventure, fantasy, comedy, sci-fi

Volumes: 30

This superhero manga is written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. My Hero Academia is more than a cliché in the industry. You have the protagonist with no superpowers in the beginning, a teacher who is yet to figure out how to be one, a school with exams and all the infights of students you can imagine, and the bad uniforms. The drawing style, the colorful characters, all invite you to join them on the quest of becoming trained heroes.  The characters are meticulously structured and they are equally significant. The heroes in Japan are recognised and funded by the state, unlike in the Marvel comics. 

Also serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, it’s first publication was in 2014 and it is still in development. It was the kickoff for a successful anime series that is still running and is in it’s 5th season, it has several spin-offs, and has 5 volumes in Light novels. As of April 2021, it has over 50 copies worldwide. 

Death Note

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Genre: thriller, mystery, psychological thriller

Volumes: 12

The Death Note manga was written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. Nothing is black and white in this manga. The struggle and friendship between L and Light gives the story it’s frame and strength. It’s a battle of minds that seems endless for a long time, since no matter how different the two characters are – their minds are very similar. L is an eccentric genius, while Light is more of a calm character. Ryuk, the god of death, is bored. And what do gods do when they get bored? They disturb stagnant waters. He descends into the world of humans to be entertained by mortal beings. But since that is still not enough, why not throw a rock into the seemingly calm water?

Death Note ran in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine for 3 years. It got an anime adaptation of one season, a video game and other media. The manga has over 30 million copies in circulation.


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