As a child, I used to watch a lot of anime on TV, as I grew up, I ended up drifting away from it. Death Note was the one that brought me back to this world after a long stay away. Bleach took over my whole world after that and then there was no turning back.
Slowly, I got into reading manga as well, since I’m a very fast reader and anime takes too long to watch.
As a manga enthusiast – just a better way to say otaku, there is one thing I always look for. Recommendation lists.
For a while, I toyed with the idea of creating my own list and finally, I’ve taken a step forward on that.
The manga listed below are some of the best, with concepts that mainstream manga do not touch. These rarely have any romance or Moe moments and are fast paced, action genres. Here are my top 5 recommendations!
Tags: Action, Mystery, Seinen, Horror, Supernatural, Mature
Mangaka: Sakurai Gamon/Miura Tsuina(First Volume Writer)
Summary: The story follows Kei Nagai, a high school student who gets into an accident and realizes that he cannot die and is not exactly human but Ajin(Demi-Human). He runs away with the help of a friend, but is dragged into the fight between humans and Ajin, forced to choose a side.
Status: Ongoing (44 chapters)
Recommendation: Ajin does not just have an amazing concept, it also has brilliantly thought out strategies. It is a fast paced thriller guaranteed to leave you with your eyes wide and mouth hanging open.
This series is rated Mature for it’s gore, which is not as much as Tokyo Ghoul, but still very much there.
I love this series because all the characters are shrouded in grey. There are no overly emotional main characters like shounen manga and as I’ve mentioned before, the strategies and fight scenes are out of this world.
Tags: Mystery, School Life, Seinen, Horror, Drama
Mangaka: Ayatsuji Yukito
Summary: 26 years ago, in a third year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki.When she suddenly died, unable to take it, her classmates begin to behave as if she is still alive until graduation. Then, in spring 1998, Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into this school and is suspicious of the mysterious behavior of the students and this particular student Misaki Mei who always seems to be alone, drawing.
Status: Complete (20 chapters)
Recommendation: At first glance, this seems to be your run-of-the-mill horror manga, Student Transfers in->Something supernatural happens->ghost only he can see etc.
However,as you get deeper into the story, all that seems to be run-of-the-mill falls off as just the cover of the actual story.
It is also one of the few manga on this list without notable gore.
This is another riveting manga. Usually, horror manga target the high school crowd as the affected, But Ayatsuji sensei takes the entire cast from Middle schoolers which makes it so much more interesting since they aren’t as mature as high schoolers, translating into their actions.
3. DICE- The Cube that changes Everything
Tags: Action, School Life, Psychological, Slice of Life, Shounen, Supernatural
Mangaka: Yun Hyunseok
Summary: What if you could restart your life with a different setting like a game? What if you could change your appearence, strength, agility etc on the roll of a die? Dong Tae always gets bullied by his classmates, until the transfer student Tae Bin gives him an alternative.
Status: Ongoing(175 chapters)
Recommendation: This isn’t actually a manga, but a manhwa, which means the panels are read left to right, like english.
This manhwa is unbelievable in it’s simple foundation. People are unhappy with the traits they are born with and given the chance, would want to change them.
This manga is a harsh unveiling of how much we want to fit into our ideals of beauty, intelligence, speed and how the surrounding world perceives us differently because of those traits.
I often say that our worst nightmare would be our dreams come true. To get something, something must be offered in return.
I generally stay away from the Video Game/MMORPG genre, but this one is different because it happens in real life, with innocent bystanders.
Again,there is notable gore as you go deeper into the story
4. Kaguya Hime
Tags: Mystery, Shoujo, Adventure, Horror, Drama
Mangaka: Shimizu Reiko
Summary: On Kabuchi-jima, an island ruled by Kaguya hime, ten children were raised as sacrificial victims. Several of the children believed they had outrun their fate when they escaped the island, but a decade later, the kids are still dying. Their only hope is to reunite and head to that island, in a race against time, to appease the bloodthirsty Kaguya hime.
Status: Ongoing(50 chapters)
Recommendation: The only Shoujo manga on this list, Kaguya hime does not fall behind the shounen or seinen ones. Set like the Final Destination stories, Kaguya hime follows this pattern until a point. That’s where the concept comes in. Once you’ve hit this point, there is no turning back. This manga is very well written, with a host of varied characters and intentions. The age groups of the characters also vary, although not greatly and lead to a more diverse set of reactions to each situation. All in all, this manga is like Final Destination+ Lost+something utterly unique.
There isn’t much gore, but you won’t need it, the revelations are quite chilling anyway.
5. Bokura No Kiseki
Tags: Josei, Supernatural, Gender Bender, Mystery, Fantasy, Action, Historical
Mangaka: Kumeta Natsuo
Summary: Minami Harusumi, an average student has had recurring dreams of Veronica, a princess of a kingdom that is on its path to destruction. He believes it to be his past life and is made the butt of all jokes. However, when the teasing turns to bullying he unintentionally uses magic, something that Veronica studied.
Now he needs to find out the truth behind the past, at the same time, the other students undergo changes. What exactly is going on?
Status: Ongoing(50 chapters)
Recommendation: Bokura no Kiseki is one of the manga I found by accident. This absolutely Earth shattering manga starts of with this absolutely average guy who believes he was a princess in his previous life. Laughable? Not really. After he ends up using magic, he is sure that what he suspected was right, he is Veronica. Here Kumeta sensei adds characters, varied and shady. When the rest of the characters surface, you can only believe that they are who they say they are because you have no way to confirm it.
I also like how Kumeta sensei creates types of magic and traits of types that can be used by particular ranks of people.
This manga is fast paced, although slow updating and is one of the best reads, in my opinion.
I don’t really understand why it has not received the recognition it should.
This is just part I, there are a lot more like Death Note, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi etc.