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21 Best Manga for Beginners to Start Reading Today (2022)

When you want to start reading manga, you might feel overwhelmed by the number of choices you have and the variety of genres to choose from. It might be a bit too much for a complete beginner. This is why I decided to create this article featuring the best manga for beginners that anyone can start reading irrespective of their experience with this form of media!

At some point, anime fans eventually become interested in the world of manga. It happened to me, and it is also very likely it will happen to you. However, for those interested in reading manga as a form of media, it can be a little intimidating at first.

The way dialogues work, how it portrays scenes, and handles fighting and movement is all different. Manga is a world in itself, and carefully choosing the correct titles to begin your journey is probably the best way to start enjoying the media. For that reason, I will showcase a list of series that I believe are the most beginner-friendly manga series, with a balance between dialogues and entertaining events to keep you motivated!

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Best Manga for Beginners in 2022

1. One-Punch Man by ONE & Yusuke Murata

one punch man manga

Today, One-Punch Man has become extremely popular, thanks to its anime adaptation that has two seasons. However, as you might have expected, the manga is much more advanced when it comes to its story and character development. If you liked the anime and wanna enjoy even more content, I recommend it!

For those who know nothing about One-Punch Man, the story follows a “hero” known as Saitama who has the strength to defeat all of his enemies in just one punch, thus, One-Punch man. He eventually takes Genos, a cyborg, as his apprentice, and they involve themselves with different enemies and organizations.

This series has an outstanding balance between comedy and serious action. It also portrays an assembly of unique characters, and the way the fights are choreographed is one of the best you can find in the media. Yusuke Murata illustrates the manga, and his artwork is one the most significant reasons behind the title’s popularity!

2. Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endou

spy x family manga

Right now, Spy x Family is a boom in the world of anime and manga. The plot is amongst the most interesting you can find, and the way the series handles its premise is pretty good.

It starts with the agent known as Twilight, who is rumored to be the best spy of Westalia. Twilight is ordered to spy on a significant leader of a rival country. Because of how secretive the target is, he will have to adopt and enroll a child in a prestigious school that the target’s son attends.

Twilight then changes his identity to that of Loid Forger and takes it upon himself to adopt an orphan and find someone to marry. What he doesn’t know is that the child he adopts, a little girl known as Anya, is actually an esper capable of reading minds. And the woman he decides to marry, Yor Briar? She’s the famed assassin known as the Thorn Princess.

And so, the spy, the assassin, and the telepath start living together as a family, each having their own agendas to fulfill!

3. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

fullmetal alchemist manga

Fullmetal Alchemist is possibly one of the most popular manga series you can find, and the community heavily appreciates it. There are many reasons for this, but I believe the main one is how the series culminates without leaving loose ends.

The series primarily focuses on a couple of characters, two brothers known as Edward and Alphonse. After losing their mother, they try to resurrect her using alchemy, an act that is forbidden because of the dangers it entails.

After all, alchemy is ruled by a fundamental principle – The Law of Equivalent Exchange, which states that an equal thing has to be lost to achieve something.

The ritual results in Edward losing both his leg and arm while Alphonse loses his entire body. However, Edward manages to save Alphonse by sealing his soul inside an iron armor. After many years, they venture on a journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone, an artifact of immense power and recover that which they lost during the tragedy.

4. Dr. Stone by Riichiro Inagaki & Boichi

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Of course, Dr. Stone is filled with different interesting characters and a shonen-like approach to its plot, but its premise is the most interesting thing about the title.

After the world is suddenly overwhelmed by a dazzling light, every single human being on the planet is turned into stone statue. Years and years pass as the world is swallowed by the wonders of nature, and one day, more than 3,000 years later, our main character wakes up.

His name is Senku, and he is a proud genius and young scientist who tries to understand everything that surrounds him, and thanks to that, his mind is filled with knowledge most people ignore. He does his best to bring his best friend to life, and with his help, he will save everyone around him and put humankind back on the path toward progress.

5. Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama

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The series is often referred to as the foundation that motivated and inspired many other creators to build their franchises, Dragon Ball is a classic among classics and a worldwide phenomenon still popular even to this day, decades later.

Most of us have grown up watching the Dragon Ball anime series and reading the manga, so there’s no doubt in my mind when I say that it is one of the best manga for beginners to read!

It follows the legendary story of Goku after he meets Bulma, a young girl who managed to create a radar that could take her to the 7 Dragon Balls. These are mystical and legendary artifacts capable of achieving the impossible, i.e., fulfilling the dreams of those who manage to collect all of them.

But the story does not end there! Goku and Bulma will make plenty of comrades in their travels and face an even greater deal of villains along the way, including aliens, cyborgs, and masters of martial arts.

6. Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui

assassination classroom manga

Assassination Classroom is a masterpiece of comedy, action, and science-fiction. I believe it’s one of those titles that achieve an original and fascinating premise, masterfully developing the plot with a pretty solid conclusion.

We start with most of the moon being blasted by an unknown creature. This creature seems to be a tentacle-legged yellow alien with a head similar to that of a lollipop, and a big smile on his face. The creature also warns that he will destroy the earth in a year like he destroyed the moon, yet gives humankind a single chance of survival.

He will become the teacher of a class filled with marginalized students, and as he teaches them many life lessons, they have to attempt to kill him. The students decide to call him “Koro-Sensei” using the combination of Kanjis that translates to “Teacher” and “Unkillable,” mainly because he’s capable of moving faster than the speed of sound, and he is virtually indestructible.

7. Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto

chainsaw man manga

There are two approaches you can take when it comes to Chainsaw Man. You either wait for the anime adaptation, which is likely not to adapt the whole series right away, or you can both enjoy the manga and wait for the adaptation. Just so you know, I did the latter, and I have zero regrets!

Chainsaw Man is a peculiar series that shares some similarities to Devilman Crybaby. The central premise of the title focuses on the idea of devils and a world that was attacked by the Gun Devil, which managed to kill over a million people worldwide in an attack that lasted less than 5 minutes.

Our protagonist, Denji, is heavily involved with a gang of yakuza, and eventually becomes capable of turning into a devil. However, the public association of Devil Hunters cannot allow this. As the Chainsaw Devil, he has to either join the hunters to find and kill the Gun Devil or face death at their hands.

8. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba by Koyoharu Gotouge

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As a humble member of a family of coal burners, Tanjiro led a happy and simple life. Sadly, after returning home one day, he finds his family slaughtered by a demon, with only Nezuko, one of his little sisters, surviving the tragedy.

Yet, Nezuko herself ends up attacking him, becoming aggressive and bloodthirsty. As Tanjiro tries to calm her down, a mysterious character approaches the scene, trying to kill Nezuko in the process and claiming that she has turned into a demon.

Tanjiro, of course, tries to protect Nezuko in every way possible, and during the whole ordeal, Nezuko eventually tries to protect Tanjiro as well, which captivates the mysterious man. He introduces himself as Giyu, a demon slayer, and orders Tanjiro to find a man named Urokodaki, all for the sake of becoming a demon slayer and finding a way to turn Nezuko back into a human.

This title is undoubtedly one of the best manga for beginners because it has a straightforward story and an easy-to-understand plot. Once you read the manga, you will love watching its anime adaptation.

9. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

fruits basket manga

Fruits Basket is that series anyone who’s a fan of the shoujo and romance genre should read, especially since fans acclaim it as one of the most enjoyable pieces one can start.

The series revolves around a female character known as Tohru Honda as she struggles after her mother passes away due to a car accident. At first, she intends to move with his grandfather, only to end up camping because of a problematic family member.

Sadly, a landslide stops her journey as a camper, and Yuki Sohma, one of her classmates, decides to give her a hand. Tohru will then meet other members of the Sohma household and learn the secret of the Sohma family, a curse heavily linked to the Chinese zodiac, which she will try to lift.

10. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi

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My Hero Academia was acclaimed to be the title that would replace Naruto in the Shonen Jump. Although some believe it didn’t fit the big shoes of its predecessor, it still managed to achieve a great deal of popularity and success.

My Hero Academia tells the story of Deku, a quirkless teenager in a world where everyone has superpowers or special abilities. This, of course, breaks his heart because he has dreamed of becoming a hero since he was a kid, the same as the person he admires the most – All Might, the greatest hero of all time.

After trying to save his childhood friend and bully, Katsuki Bakugo, from a villain attack, he catches the interest of All Might himself. After the ordeal is solved, the hero tells him he will become his mentor and guide him on the path of becoming his successor and the greatest hero there is.

11. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

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One of the most admired series and one of the longest titles you can find in the world of manga, One Piece might not seem like the best manga for beginners, at least at first glance.

However, I would at least recommend giving it a try, primarily because of its incredible premise, progressive plot, and interesting and enchanting assembly characters. If you start reading and like it, you’ll probably read it entirely and reach its latest chapter within a few days.

As an introduction to the series, the title revolves around Monkey D. Luffy, a young man who wants to become the pirate king. Yet, this can only be achieved by finding the One Piece, the treasure left by the first and last pirate king, Gol D. Roger.

As a man made out of rubber due to eating a devil’s fruit, Luffy is capable of fighting with a unique style. He will become friends with other characters and eventually fight even more unique enemies while remaining true to himself in his search to find Roger’s legacy.

12. Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

bakuman manga

Bakuman is a series I recommend to people who like complex stories that tackle real issues. It comes from the hands of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the authors of Death Note.

In this particular case, it is heavily recommended for those interested in the world of art, comics, manga, or content creation. It showcases how harsh the manga industry can be, which is something that many other fields can share.

The story tackles the lives of Moritaka Mashiro, an artist, and Akito Takagi, a writer, who decide to work together to create a successful manga. Along the way, they face the harsh reality of the world, deal with intellectual differences, and compete against other creators, all for the sake of achieving their dreams.

13. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

death note manga

Although it comes from the authors of Bakuman, Death Note is a series that primarily focuses on the psychological thriller, mystery, and paranormal genres. It is also considered a must-read for most manga enthusiasts, so I would absolutely recommend you to give it a chance if you enjoy mystery and intellectual duels.

What’s more, this title is a completed manga series, which means you can read it to its conclusion without waiting for the next chapter to release!

Death Note is the story of a young man, Light Yagami, who’s frequently deemed a genius. One day, however, this genius finds a mysterious note on the floor, titled “Death Note.” After touching the note, Light becomes capable of seeing Ryuk, a death god and owner of the book, and he tells him that the note has the power to kill anyone whose name is written on it.

Instead of being intimidated by it, Light takes this as an opportunity to eliminate criminals and make the world a “better” place by killing them. This act of violence eventually catches the government’s eye and an exceptional detective known as L, who swears to capture Light. As you might have guessed, this results in an epic war of wits, strategy, and patience!

14. Naruto Series by Masashi Kishimoto

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Naruto is one of the best shonen manga series that belongs to the group frequently referred to as the Big Three, which also includes Bleach and One Piece. And just like its comrades, it might be a little intimidating for beginners due to its length.

But there’s a certain appeal to starting long series that other series won’t provide – character and plot development. Naruto takes its time to deliver its plot, showcasing the main character’s growth in the process. Of course, changes also affect many other characters, including his team members, Sakura and Sasuke.

Initially, though, the series follows the story of Naruto as a marginalized young ninja as he tries to prove to himself and others he is capable of holding the title of Hokage. He eventually ends up in a team with Sakura, Sasuke, and their teacher, Kakashi, and they slowly but steadily become better ninjas, facing many challenges and enemies in the process.

15. Orange by Ichigo Takano

orange manga

Orange could be simply described as a romance manga. Still, it is much more than just that, which is why I heavily recommend it if you are interested in reading a compelling story about friendship, love, and enough sadness to bring someone to the verge of death.

It starts with our female lead, Naho Takamiya, as she receives letters from her “future” self asking her to do specific things to avoid several of her future regrets. And most of these things involve a new transfer student named Kakeru Naruse.

At first, Naho is reluctant to follow the instructions, but noticing that not following them results in bad things, she starts to follow her future self’s advice to the best of her ability. By reading the letters, Naho eventually learns that Kakeru will commit suicide in the future and that it’s up to her to save him from his sadness.

16. Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate

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This one is a sports manga on the list, and I believe it is definitely the easiest to enjoy among the many sports titles you can read as a beginner.

Haikyuu!! revolves around volleyball. More specifically, it follows the story of a very short volleyball player named Shoyo Hinata who dreams of becoming as good as the player who inspired him, the one they call “The Little Giant.”

Because of his stature, though, Hinata is often judged by others, but he showcases incredible athleticism and jumping capabilities. He eventually joins Karasuno High School’s volleyball team, having to work beside the guy who humiliated him before this event, the genius Tobio Kageyama, whom people call “the King of the Court.”

17. Berserk by Kentarou Miura

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This one title is the title that most people consider a masterpiece of the manga world. If you enjoy manga in general, I believe it is the one series you will eventually have to read, even more, if you enjoy dark fantasy, adventure, and a combination of grotesque and wholesome developments.

The series first introduces Guts, the black swordsman, as he saves an elf being tortured by a gang of bandits. Guts is shown as a ruthless and apathetic man willing to do everything to hunt down demons, even sacrificing his own kind, all for the sake of achieving his revenge. Then, the series introduces his backstory in an arc called the Golden Age, a story when he was a much younger, lonesome mercenary.

The young Guts finds himself in front of Griffith, an intriguing character who appears to be the leader of the Band of the Falcon, a mercenary band renowned as one of the most capable in the kingdom. Guts would join the band after losing a duel against Griffith, greatly intertwining their fates as a result.

18. Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori

ouran high school host club manga

Primarily focusing on comedy and romance, this title revolves around the “host” culture. Just so you know, a host is a male entertainer that uses his charisma and intellect to attract and entertain female customers as they spend money in the store.

The Ouran High School, famous for being a school for the rich, has a host club where female customers can attend and meet its members. And, perhaps due to bad luck, our main character visits it just to break a vase valued at 8 million yen accidentally.

Thinking that Haruhi is a man because of her silhouette and appearance, the club members make her join to pay off her debt, soon discovering that she’s a girl. But she turns out to be a pretty good host, so they decide to continue the facade.

19. Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura

vinland saga manga

Vinland Saga is a very complex story about vengeance that revolves around Thorfin as he travels alongside the man who killed his father, Askeladd, and his group of mercenaries as they involve themselves in different Bellic events.

However, the series takes a fascinating approach to the struggles and fights depicted at the time, making it a pretty good choice for those who love historical plots, tales of adventure, and one of the best character development plots you will ever witness. If you love Vikings and medieval tales, this one is definitely for you!

20. Nichijou by Keiichi Arawi

nichijou manga

Nichijou is known for being a four-panel comedy manga showcasing the story of a group of different characters. It mainly revolves around 6 of them, though, as they interact with themselves and their surroundings.

For instance, we have Yuko as the girl who aspires to lead an interesting life at the cost of her grades. Mio, who, contrary to Yuko, is pretty studious and smart and also likes to draw BL, which is her biggest and most embarrassing secret. Mai, the one who barely talks and is often perceived as an oddball person with a deadpan expression, and of course, Nano, a cyborg who wants to live a normal life, constantly struggling to keep her secret and her composure.

On the other side of the spectrum, we also have a tiny little girl known as “the professor,” who created Nano, and a talking cat named Sakamoto, who can talk because of one of the professor’s inventions.

I admit it when I say that Nichijou is my favorite comedy series and is one of the best manga for beginners because of its 4-Koma nature. If you can, try it and see if you fancy it!

21. Made in Abyss by Akihito Tsukushi

made in abyss manga

Although the series appear to be cutesy at first, Made in Abyss often portrays scenes that are pretty hard to handle, even for people who have consumed similar series before. This, of course, adds to its personality but can be something that puts off some people, so start it at your own risk!

The series’ plot follows an orphan who lives in Orth, a town that surrounds a giant hole known as the Abyss. The orphan’s name is Riko, and she dreams of becoming one of the best Cave Raiders and obtaining a White Whistle just like her mother.

But this involves great dangers as she will have to explore even the deepest parts of the Abyss, which afflicts a curse upon its visitors that only gets worse the deeper they go. However, she finds a robot during one of her adventures, a robot that she decides to name Reg.

Riko and Reg eventually decide to traverse the Abyss to find out more about Reg and meet Riko’s mother, who is apparently waiting for her at the very bottom of the pit.

Conclusion

Finding a good manga to read as a beginner is not only a matter of choosing the right genre but also choosing the right length. It is also true that some series are more difficult to consume than others, which is why I showcased the ones I believe are the best for newcomers.

If one of the series catches your interest, I recommend giving it a try and reading ten chapters at the very least. If those ten chapters are enough to keep you hooked, you know you’ve found something worth reading!

So, let me know which title you will start reading in the comments section below. And if you have read a couple of titles and think there are other titles worthy of being considered the best manga for beginners, share them with us!

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Arbaz Khan

My name's Arbaz Khan, and I am the guy behind SlushTimes.com! Since I spent most of my time watching anime and reading manga, I thought of creating a website where I can talk about things I like. So here we are!

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