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Manga for Champions
I'm such a manga dork! =) From beginners to pros, this is the end-all manga list. Tell me about others and I'll read them and decide if they're worthy.   Print this list Print this list
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Magic Knight Rayearth. Volume 1
3 Volumes with Follow-Up series w/ 3 more volumes; by the CLAMP quartet, a really talented group of mangaka. A classic magical girl story with a mascot that's the greatest ever. (Though you'll have to read through the second series to find out why.) I read the first of the first series and all of the second series.
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Wish. 1
4 Volumes; another by the CLAMP quartet, this time with angels and devils flying around on earth. Truly elegant artwork and cool bad boys.
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Cover Art: Negima! 1 /
Negima! 1
Akamatsu, Ken.
36 Volumes and counting with spin-off series of 7 volumes; this series can be read by, say, older elementary-school kids. Not that it's that bad, but the first few books are a little PG.
Adult Fiction AKAMATS
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Cover Art: Sugar sugar rune. 1 /
Sugar sugar rune. 1
Anno, Moyoko
8 Volumes; Two budding witches (also best friends) go to Earth to compete for the title of Queen of the Magical World by capturing boys' hearts.
Teen Fiction ANNO
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Cover Art: Beauty pop. 1 /
Beauty pop. 1
Arai, Kiyoko.
10 Volumes; Such a cool story!! Sweet and funny and interesting...I love this.
Teen Fiction ARAI
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Cover Art: Fullmetal alchemist. 1 /
Fullmetal alchemist. 1
Arakawa, Hiromu, 1973-
27 Volumes; I just finished it recently. It's got a bit of a violent ending, but also sweet and funny. Take the time to read this if you can.
Teen Fiction ARAKAWA
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Cover Art: Tegami bachi. Volume 1, Letter and letter bee = Letter bee /
Tegami bachi. Volume 1, Letter and letter bee = Letter bee
Asada, Hiroyuki, 1968-
11 volumes; Amazing artwork and not a bad story either, though a little confusing sometimes.
Teen Fiction ASADA
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Cover Art: Yotsuba&!. 1 /
Yotsuba&!. 1
Azuma, Kiyohiko.
11 Volumes and counting; the adventures of the wackiest little kid you can imagine. Though the story doesn't go anywhere, this is one of my favorite manga series.
Teen Fiction AZUMA
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Cover Art: Animal academy. Volume 1 = Hakobune hakusho /
Animal academy. Volume 1 = Hakobune hakusho
Fujino, Moyamu, 1982-
7 Volumes; A bit of an odd ending, but the story really touches your heart. Scenario: a group of animals takes on human form and goes to a special school to learn to be human.
Teen Fiction FUJINO
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Cover Art: Guru Guru Pon-Chan. 1 /
Guru Guru Pon-Chan. 1
Ikezawa, Satomi.
8 volumes...? I'm not sure. This one's about a dog that turns into a human so she can talk to the boy she loves...also a little PG, but fun in a goofy way.
Teen Fiction IKEZAWA
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Cover Art: Tokyo mew mew /
Tokyo mew mew
Ikumi, Mia.
8 Volumes with Follow-Up Series of 2 Volumes; An amazing magical girl series with a ton of short stories at the back of the volumes. With a great upbeat tone. (I find it funny that the main character(female) shares a name with the main character of Bleach (Ichigo).)
Teen Nonfiction Book PN6790.J34 T64918 2004
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Cover Art: Naruto. Vol. 1, The tests of the ninja /
Naruto. Vol. 1, The tests of the ninja
Kishimoto, Masashi, 1974-
60 Volumes and counting; It's starting to get kind of weird, because the artist is dragging every volume out of us. But by the time you get started reading this, I'm sure he'll have gotten better. Right? 3 months later: Oh, yeah. It got better.
Teen Fiction KISHIMO
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Cover Art: The prince of tennis. Vol. 1 /
The prince of tennis. Vol. 1
Konomi, Takeshi, 1970-
42 Volumes; If you can stand watching long tennis matches, this is a great series. The end is especially touching, and it makes you love tennis.
Teen Fiction KONOMI
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Cover Art: Bleach. 1, Strawberry and the soul reapers /
Bleach. 1, Strawberry and the soul reapers
Kubo, Tite
43 Volumes and counting; Whoo hoo! Bleach is great! Though it's kind of hard to get why dead people can die again! But who cares! It's awesumm!
Teen Fiction KUBO
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Cover Art: Pokemon adventures. 1 /
Pokemon adventures. 1
Kusaka, Hidenori
14 Volumes; I don't care that it's Pokemon, it's cool and sweet and you should read it. Don't worry about not knowing anything about pokemon - it's all described in the manga. I loved the final book so much I just had to go and buy it.
Children's Fiction PN6790.J34 P64781 2009
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Cover Art: Ninja baseball Kyuma! 1 /
Ninja baseball Kyuma! 1
Maeda, Shunshin
3 Volumes; The title says it all.
Children's Fiction MAEDA
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Cover Art: Rave master. Volume 1 /
Rave master. Volume 1
Mashima, Hiro, 1977-
35 Volumes; A wackjobby manga but also kind of awesumm. The premise is amazing. If anyone's read Fairy Tail, this is by the same author. Speaking of which, if anyone's read it, tell me if it's good or not.
Teen Fiction MASHIMA
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Cover Art: One Piece. Vol. 1, Romance dawn /
One Piece. Vol. 1, Romance dawn
Oda, Eiichiro, 1975-
64 Volumes and counting; Some manga get worse as they start to reach this level. One Piece has never declined. And it currently holds the record for best-selling manga ever.
Teen Fiction ODA
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Cover Art: Animal Land. 1 /
Animal Land. 1
Raiku, Makoto
6 volumes and counting...um...you won't really get what the story is about until the sixth volume, but what the heck, that's normal right?
Teen Fiction RAIKU
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Cover Art: Dragon drive. Vol. 1, D-break!! /
Dragon drive. Vol. 1, D-break!!
Sakura, Ken-ichi.
14 Volumes; There's a virtual reality game and - wait for it - it's actually real! But funny characters and a twist help freshen up this incredibly old premise.
Teen Fiction SAKURA
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Cover Art: Cirque du Freak. Volume 1 /
Cirque du Freak. Volume 1
Shan, Darren.
12 Volumes; Based on the popular horror novels by the same name. This is a hardcore horror manga. Read it if you're into that sort of thing, but be warned that the ending kind of stinks.
Teen Fiction SHAN
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Cover Art: D. N. angel. Volume 5 /
D. N. angel. Volume 5
Sugisaki, Yukiru.
13 volumes and supposedly continuing but no sign of a new volume for a while; Curse you library catalog! The library has all the volumes of this, but it would only show me volume 5 when I searched for it here. This is really a fun series, a bit like a magical girl series, but with guys.
Teen Fiction SUGISAK
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Cover Art: InuYasha. 1 /
InuYasha. 1
Takahashi, Rumiko, 1957-
56 Volumes. Most of the action takes place in feudal Japan, which is awesumm. I'm so glad I read this.
Adult Fiction TAKAHAS
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Cover Art: Fruits basket. Volume 1 /
Fruits basket. Volume 1
Takaya, Natsuki, 1973-
23 Volumes
Teen Fiction TAKAYA
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Cover Art: Shaman king. Vol. 1, A shaman in Tokyo /
Shaman king. Vol. 1, A shaman in Tokyo
Takei, Hiroyuki
32 Volumes; this series would compete for my favorite if not for the ending. I would advise reading up to the second-to-last book and stopping there.
Teen Fiction TAKEI
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Cover Art: Ultimo. Volume 1 /
Ultimo. Volume 1
Takei, Hiroyuki
7 Volumes and continuing
Teen Fiction TAKEI
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Cover Art: Pretty guardian Sailor Moon. 1 /
Pretty guardian Sailor Moon. 1
Takeuchi, Naoko
12 Volumes, but with countless spin off series (Sailor Moon StarS, Supers, ect. (not that the library has them...)) Possibly the most popular shoujo manga ever (though not the best, in my opinion).
Teen Fiction TAKEUCH
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Cover Art: Gon. Volume 1 /
Gon. Volume 1
Tanaka, Masashi, 1962-
7 Volumes Totally without words or sound effects. pretty cool. I don't have anything else to say about this, so if you're wondering, I do know how to spell awesome. But I think my spelling is much more awesumm.
Teen Fiction TANAKA
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Cover Art: Full moon O Sagashite. 1 /
Full moon O Sagashite. 1
Tanemura, Arina
7 Volumes
Teen Fiction TANEMUR
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Cover Art: Astro boy. 1 /
Astro boy. 1
Tezuka, Osamu, 1928-1989
I dunno how many volumes there are, but I've decided to read it. (I read assorted volumes out of order first.) This was, by the way, basically the first manga that ever was.
Teen Fiction TEZUKA
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Cover Art: YuYu Hakusho. Vol. 1, Goodbye, material world! /
YuYu Hakusho. Vol. 1, Goodbye, material world!
Togashi, Yoshihiro
19 Volumes; I consider this the greatest manga of all time. If you read the whole series, I declare you a manga champion. It is my mission to spread Yuyu Hakusho to the world. (By the way, my ID picture for these lists is a character from Yuyu Hakusho.)
Teen Fiction TOGASHI
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Cover Art: Dragon Ball Z. Vol. 1 /
Dragon Ball Z. Vol. 1
Toriyama, Akira, 1955-
26 Volumes The sequel series to the legendary Dragon Ball, which I'm recording as separate because they're both so amazing.
Teen Fiction TORIYAM
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Cover Art: Dragon Ball. Vol. 1, Monkey king /
Dragon Ball. Vol. 1, Monkey king
Toriyama, Akira, 1955-
16 Volumes The prequel series to Dragon Ball Z.
Teen Fiction TORIYAM
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Cover Art: Ceres, celestial legend. Vol. 1, Aya /
Ceres, celestial legend. Vol. 1, Aya
Watase, Yuu, 1970-
14 volumes; This one should really only be read by mature readers... it has, um, PG13 themes. Not to say the story isn't interesting.
Adult Fiction WATASE
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Cover Art: Rurouni Kenshin. Vol. 1 : Meiji swordsman romantic story /
Rurouni Kenshin. Vol. 1 : Meiji swordsman romantic story
Watsuki, Nobuhiro.
28 Volumes
Adult Fiction WATSUKI
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Cover Art: Sgt. Frog. Volume 1, Enter the sergeant /
Sgt. Frog. Volume 1, Enter the sergeant
Yoshizaki, Mine.
20 Volumes, supposedly continuing but no sign of a new volume for a while
Teen Fiction YOSHIZA
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Comments
On Aug 10, 2012 at 6:12, Sepia wrote:
These are all really great manga
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On Sep 5, 2012 at 7:32, merlin wrote:
OMG!!!!I love (most of)these books!!!You have really good taste!!!=)
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On Sep 6, 2012 at 12:52, merlin wrote:
Have you read Ceres????
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On Sep 7, 2012 at 5:55, Pikachu wrote:
to "merlin": no but ive heard of it. i'll read it and see if it's good.
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On Sep 7, 2012 at 5:16, WolfMoon wrote:
To "merlin": No I haven't read Ceres. You mean Ceres: Celestial Legend, right? I've heard of it but not read it. I'll check it out. By the way, you should read Yuyu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi. I cannot say how great it is.
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