Looking for the perfect manga fix this summer? We’re here to help with 11 of our favourites. And first, a hint: if it’s not making sense, try reading from right to left!
Monster focuses on the consequences of Dr Kenzou Tenma’s decision to operate on a small boy instead of the town’s mayor. Though he saves the boy’s life, he ruins his own future as a successful surgeon. That may be the least of his problems as it turn outs his young patient will grow up to be a suspect in a series of disturbing murders. What lengths will Tenma go to in order to fix his mistake?
At Hyakkaou Private Academy, a school for the privileged and wealthy, it’s not grades that decide success, it’s the students’ gambling skills. Millions are staked in every battle, with the losers considered less than human and the winners treated like royalty. Join Yumeko Jabami as she works her way to the top of the heap and faces off against the student council.
3. Welcome to the Ballroom
Tatara Fujita is thrown into the world of competitive ballroom dancing when he is brought to a dance studio by a mysterious stranger. This manga is an entertaining way to learn a bit about the rules and categories of the activity. With a realistic storyline and mature art style, it’s sure to keep you hooked.
4.Cage of Eden
This survival manga tells the story of Akira Sengoku and his classmates, teenage survivors of a mysterious plane crash on an unknown island. Their situation takes a turn for the worse when the island’s inhabitants turn out to be prehistoric beasts. Can Akira and co survive and unveil the mystery of the island?
5 Yona of the Dawn
Yona, the princess of the kingdom Kouka, lives a happy, sheltered life. This all changes on her 16th birthday, when she witnesses the death of her father at the hands of Soo-Won, the man she is in love with. Escaping with her bodyguard and childhood friend, Son-Hak, Yona sets out on a journey to save her kingdom.
6 Black Clover
Asta and Yuno are foster brothers who compete for the position of Clover Kingdom’s Magic Emperor. They could not be any more different: while Yuno is a prodigy when it comes to magic, Asta possesses no magical abilities. This doesn’t bode well for Asta until he receives a five-leaf clover Grimoire, also known as a “black clover”.
7. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
If you’re not a fan of long, dialogue-heavy chapters, then this hilarious manga written in the “4-koma”, or four-panels-per-page format, is an excellent choice. When Chiyo Sakura confesses how she feels to her crush, Umetarou Nozaki, he hands her his autograph in response, leading to the discovery that he is in fact a well-known mangaka (manga artist). This and a series of other misunderstandings leads to Chiyo joining Nozaki’s eccentric team of assistants.
8. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
This gag manga follows the life of Kusuo Saiki, a student born with very strong psychic abilities such as telekinesis, telepathy, and teleportation. To avoid the attention that revealing his powers would bring, he spends his time keeping his psychic abilities a secret, attempting to live a normal high school life as he deals with his various quirky classmates.
9. Kaguya Wants to be Confessed To: The Geniuses’ War of Love and Brains
This is a humorous manga about two top students who, despite their mutual feelings for each other, refuse to be the first to confess. Follow Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya as they put their pride on the line, striving to get the other to confess their crush first.
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10. The Ancient Magus’ Bride
This manga tells the story of Hatori Chise, a girl who has suffered immense loss in her life. Just as she is about to give up, she meets a strange being that offers her an opportunity that she can’t resist. This magus (mage or sorcerer) appears more demon than human. Will he bring hope or despair into Hatori’s life?
This short (20-chapter) horror manga tells the story of a group of people connected by only one similarity – they are participants in a game called “Rabbit Doubt”. The group are brought to an abandoned building, where they discover that they are now playing the game in real life – and the wolf is among them …