50 Best-Selling Manga of All Time – Ranked

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50 Best-Selling Manga
50 Best-Selling Manga

Welcome to the exciting world of manga where stories come to life through a unique blend of beautiful artwork and engaging storytelling. Manga has captivated readers for generations with its ability to transport us into other worlds and introduce us to unforgettable characters.

Are you a die-hard fan of manga, or just getting started on your journey into this incredible art form? Whether you are an experienced reader or a new comer, you are in for a treat! In this article we will be taking a closer look at 50 of the best selling manga series of all time.

From classic titles to modern masterpieces that are taking the world by storm, we’ll be exploring the exciting and diverse world of manga. Whether you’re looking for action, romance, comedy, or drama, there’s something for everyone here!

So sit back, relax and get ready to dive into a world of adventure, excitement and imagination. From the classic “Dragon Ball” to the modern “One piece,” these mangas have become cultural phenomena. They have inspired countless fans and have become a part of modern popular culture. Here is a list of 50 bestelling mangas for our readers!

1. One Piece 

One Piece is the undisputed King of manga, with 480 millions copies worldwide. It follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young boy. He dreams of becoming Pirate King, and of doing that, he needs to find the legendary treasure known as One Piece

One Piece
One Piece

But Luffy isn’t alone on his journey. He is joined by a group of eccentric characters, each with their own unique skills and personalities. Together, they navigate the treacherous waters of Grand Line, facing off against other pirates, deadly sea monsters, and even powerful government agents.

As they travel, they encounter a vast array of islands and cultures, each with their own challenges and secrets. But through it all, Luffy remains steadfast in pursuing his goals, never backing down in the face of adversity.

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  • Total sales: 516.6 million
  • Number of volumes: 104
  • Years published: 1997 – Present

2. Goglo 13

Goglo 13 is a thrilling manga and remains one of the longest running manga series yet. It revolves around the life of Duge Togo, also known as Golgo 13, the most lethal and enigmatic assassin in the world.

Duke Togo is a man of few words, but his reputation precedes him. He’s a master of disguise, an expect marksman and has an unwavering dedication to his clients. Whether he’s taking down a powerful politician, a corrupt business tycoon or a dangerous drug lord, Golgo 13 always gets the job done with precision and efficiency. 

Golgo 13
Golgo 13

But Duke Togo’s life is not just about killing. He is a man with a complex past, haunted by the memories of his childhood and the people he’s lost along the way. As he navigates the dangerous world of international espionage and assassin, he also grapples with his own morale code and the consequences of his actions.

Golgo 13 travels the world, taking on assignments that lead him from bustling streets of Tokyo to the desolate deserts of Middle East. He faces off against formidable opponents including rival assassins, government agents and even supernatural forces.

  • Total sales: 300 million
  • Number of volumes: 207
  • Years published: 1968 – Present

3. Detective Conan

Detective Conan, also known as known as Case Closed is a manga and anime series created by Gosho Aoyama, selling more than 230 million copies worldwide. The story follows high school detective Shinichi Kudo, who is transformed into a child after being poisoned by a criminal organization. Under the pseudonym Conan Edogawa, he continues to solve cases while searching for a cure to regain his original body.

Detective Conan
Detective Conan

Conan works with his friend and neighbor, Ran Mori and her father, a bumbling private detective named Kogoro Mori. Together, they investigate various crimes and mysteries, often encountering dangerous criminals and life-threatening situations.

As Conan solves cases and gathers clues, he slowly uncovers the truth behind his transformation and the criminal organization responsible. Along the way, he also develops relationship with characters, such as his former love interest Shiho Miyano, who is also connected to the criminal organization.

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  • Total sales: 270 million
  • Number of volumes: 102
  • Years published: 1994 – Present

4. Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball is a legendary manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama, which sold over 300 million copies worldwide. The story follows the adventure of a young boy named Goku who possesses incredible strength and pure heart. Goku sets out on a quest to find seven magical Dragon Balls, which, when, gathered can grant any wish.

Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball

Goke meets a wide array of characters, including other powerful fighters like himself and mysterious beings like shape-shifting pig Oolong and the talking cat Korin. Goku must battle fierce foes such as the ruthless emperor Pilaf, the Saiyan warrior Prince Vegeta and androids created by evil scientist Dr. Gero. 

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  • Total sales: 260 million
  • Number of volumes: 42
  • Years published: 1984-1995

5. Doraemon 

Doraemon has been a childhood favorite for most people with its futuristic gadgets and intriguing characters. The story follows a young boy named Nobita Nobi, who lives in Tokyo, Japan, and is constantly bullied by his classmates. One day a robotic cat named Doraemon travels back in time from 22nd century to help Nobita overcome his problems and improve his future.


Doraemon has a magic pocket that contains a variety of futuristic gadgets and tools which he uses to help Nobita with his daily life and solve problem. These gadgets range from time machines to teleportation devices and dream readers and transformation pills and often lead to humorous and imaginative adventures for Nobita and his friends.

During their adventure, Nobita and Doraemon counter a variety of characters, including Nobita’s classmates, family members and neighbors. They also travel to various locations in time and space, encountering a variety of historical figures and exploring the world.

  • Total sales: 250 million
  • Number of volumes: 45
  • Years published: 1969 – 1996

6. Naruto

Naruto is one of the most popular manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. It sold over 250 million copies worldwide. The story is set in a fictional world with ninjas, and each has powerful techniques. The manga follows the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young orphan boy with a dream of becoming the strongest ninja in his village, known as the Hokage.


Naruto is initially ostracized by the other villagers due to the fact that he is the host of the Nine-Tailed Fox, a powerful demon that nearly destroyed the village years ago. Despite this, Naruto remains optimistic and determined, and with the help of his friends and mentors, he gradually gains the respect and admiration of those around him.

Throughout the series, Naruto battles powerful foes uncovers long-hidden secrets about his past, and develop new techniques and skills. He is joined by a cast of memorable characters, including his rival and friend Sasuke, his mentor Kakashi, and his best friend and eventual love interest Sakura.

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  • Total sales: 250 million
  • Number of volumes: 72
  • Years published: 1999 – 2014

7. Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk is a manga series created by Takehiko Inoue, which tells the story of Hanamichi Sakuragi, a delinquent high school student. He falls in love with basketball after being rejected by a girl he likes, who is a basketball fan. Hanamichi decides to join the basketball team to impress her but soon discovers a true passion for the sport.

Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk

As a member of the Shohoku High School basketball team, Hanamichi faces a wide range of opponents, including his rival Rukawa, a talented and cool-headed player. Together with his teammates, Hanamichi learns the ins and outs of basketball, trains hard, and works to become a better player.

The series is known for its intense and realistic depiction of basketball games and its characters’ growth as both players and individuals. It sold over 150 million copies worldwide, being one of the most famous mangas in the sports genre.

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  • Total sales: 170 million
  • Number of volumes: 31
  • Years published: 1990 – 1996

8. Kochikame

Kochikame, also known as Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-Mae Hashutsujo, is a manga series created by Osamu Akimoto. The story is set in the Katsushika ward of Tokyo and follows the daily lives and antics of the officers and staff of a local police station. It is an extremely popular series, having sold over 155 million copies worldwide.


The manga revolves around the main character, Ryotsu Kankichi, a lazy and sometimes incompetent police officer who is nonetheless dedicated to his job and his colleagues. Ryotsu’s adventures and misadventures often involve solving crimes, apprehending criminals, and dealing with the eccentric characters that populate the station and the surrounding neighborhood.

  • Total sales: 156.6 million
  • Number of volumes: 201
  • Years published: 1976 – 2016

9. Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer is a shounen manga which gained massive popularity after the release of it’s visually stunning anime. It tells the story of Tanjiro Kamado, a young boy who becomes a demon slayer after his family is brutally attacked by demons.

Tanjiro is determined to avenge his family and protect his younger sister, Nezuko, who has been turned into a demon herself. Together, they embark on a perilous journey to find a cure for Nezuko’s condition and to eliminate the demons responsible for their tragedy.

Demon Slayer
Demon Slayer

Along his journey, Tanjiro meets enigmatic and charming characters, including fellow demon slayers and demons with their own unique abilities and motivations. He also discovers the history and lore of the demon world, as well as the secrets of his own family and their connection to the demon slayer corps.

As Tanjiro and his allies face increasingly powerful and cunning demons, they must hone their skills and develop new techniques in order to survive. They encounter challenges and tragedies that test their resolve, but they remain committed to their mission of protecting humanity from the horrors of the demon world.

  • Total sales: 150 million
  • Number of volumes: 23
  • Years published: 2016-2020

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10. Crayon Shin-Chan

Crayon Shinchan is a childhood favorite of all, a hilarious manga series that showcases the misadventures of Shinnosuke “Shin” Nohara, a mischievous and energetic 5-year-old boy with a knack for getting into trouble.

Crayon Shin-Chan
Crayon Shin-Chan

Shin lives with his parents, his baby sister, and his dog, and spends most of his time playing with his friends, causing chaos in his neighborhood, and making his parents’ lives more difficult. Despite his young age, Shin has a wild imagination and a mischievous streak that often gets him into trouble.

He has a habit of making inappropriate jokes and engaging in childish pranks, much to the frustration of his parents and teachers. We see Shin and his friends embark on wacky adventures, from trying to catch a ghost to saving their local park from being turned into a shopping mall. 

  • Total sales: 148 million
  • Number of volumes: 61
  • Years published: 1990 – Present

11. Oishinbo

Oishinbo is a unique and fascinating manga that explores the world of Japanese cuisine and culture through the eyes of Yamaoka Shiro, a food writer and culinary expert.


Yamaoka is assigned by his newspaper to create the “Ultimate Menu,” a collection of dishes that represent the best of Japanese cuisine. Along the way, he is joined by his colleagues and friends, who all have their own areas of expertise and opinions on what should be included in the menu.

Through their adventures, Yamaoka and his team travel across Japan, exploring different regions and learning about the unique ingredients and cooking techniques that make Japanese cuisine so special. They also encounter a variety of culinary experts, including rival chefs, food critics, and industry insiders.

  • Total sales: 135 million
  • Number of volumes: 111
  • Years published: 1993 – 2014

12. Bleach

Bleach is one of the “Big Three” and has garnered a lot of attention and fame with its intricate plot, action sequences, and imaginative world-building. The new season of Bleach anime came out in 2022 after being on hiatus for the past 10 years. The manga series, written and illustrated by Tite Kubo, has sold over 120 million copies worldwide.

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The story follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, a high school student with the ability to see ghosts. One day, he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper – a supernatural being responsible for guiding souls to the afterlife. When Rukia is injured while trying to save Ichigo from a Hollow – a malevolent lost soul – she transfers her powers to him, and he becomes a substitute Soul Reaper.


As a Soul Reaper, Ichigo is tasked with protecting the living world from Hollows and other malevolent spirits. Along the way, he teams up with other Soul Reapers and forms alliances with unlikely allies, including a group of powerful Arrancars – Hollows that have gained Soul Reaper-like powers.

  • Total sales: 130 million
  • Number of volumes: 74
  • Years published: 2001 – 2016

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13. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki, has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The series spans several generations of the Joestar family, each with its own unique story and abilities. The basic plot follows the battles of these Joestars against supernatural and powerful enemies.

Jojo's Bizarre Adventures
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures

Each generation of Joestars features a different protagonist, and their stories range from battling evil vampires to fighting against powerful Stand users – people who can manifest a unique and powerful spirit creature called a “Stand.”

The series is known for its creative battle scenes, as well as its unique art style and fashion design. The series explores themes such as the nature of good and evil, the power of friendship, and the importance of family. It also features a diverse cast of characters, each with its own distinct personality and motivations.

  • Total sales: 120 million
  • Number of volumes: 131
  • Years published: 1997 – Present

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14. Attack on Titans

Attack on Titan is a dark and gruesome manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. The story takes place in a world where humanity is confined to a walled city in order to protect themselves from massive human-like creatures called Titans, who are driven by a gluttonous hunger for human flesh.

Attack on Titans
Attack on Titans

The story follows a young boy called Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert as they join the military and set out to uncover the truth behind the Titans and their existence. The series deals with complex emotions like morality, identity, politics, and the lengths to which humanity will go for its own survival. 

  • Total sales: 110 million
  • Number of volumes: 34
  • Years published: 2009 – 2021

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15. Astro Boy

Astro Boy is a beloved classic manga series that tells the story of a young robot named Astro who is created by Dr. Tenma, a brilliant scientist who has lost his own son. Driven by grief and a desire to create the perfect replacement for his son, Dr. Tenma imbues Astro with advanced technology, including superhuman strength, flight, and a range of other incredible abilities.

Astro Boy
Astro Boy

As Astro begins to explore the world around him, he quickly realizes that he is different from other robots and humans. Though he is designed to be a machine, he possesses a deep sense of compassion and empathy that sets him apart. Over the course of the series, Astro faces numerous challenges, including battles with other robots and villains who seek to control him for their own purposes.

Despite the many dangers he faces, Astro remains steadfast in his commitment to protecting the people and robots he cares about. Along the way, he forms close bonds with a group of humans and robots who become his loyal friends and allies, including Dr. Ochanomizu, a brilliant scientist who becomes Astro’s mentor and father figure, and Uran, a female robot who becomes his closest confidante.

  • Total sales: 100 million
  • Number of volumes: 23
  • Years published: 1952 – 1968

16. Fist of the North Star

Fist of the North Star is a post-apocalyptic manga series set in a world devastated by a nuclear war that has left only a few survivors. The story centers on Kenshiro, a martial artist who possesses a deadly fighting style known as Hokuto Shinken, which allows him to target and destroy his opponents’ vital points.

Fist of the North Star
Fist of the North Star

Kenshiro wanders the barren wasteland in search of his lost love, Yuria, while also using his skills to protect the weak and innocent from the ruthless warlords and gangs that dominate the land. Along the way, he encounters a colorful cast of characters, each with their own tragic backstory and motivations.

While Kenshiro battles his way through the wasteland, he must confront his own inner demons and come to terms with the harsh realities of a world without mercy or compassion. He is forced to make difficult choices and sacrifices in order to survive, with his battles often leaving him physically and emotionally scarred.

  • Total sales: 100 million
  • Number of volumes: 27
  • Years published: 1983 – 1988

17. Hajime no Ippo

“Hajime no Ippo” is a shounen manga. It narrates the tale of Ippo Makunouchi, a shy and reserved high school student who is frequently bullied by his classmates. One day, he is saved from a group of bullies by a professional boxer named Mamoru Takamura, who inspires Ippo to take up boxing himself.

Hajime no Ippo
Hajime no Ippo

As Ippo begins his training and enters the world of professional boxing, he faces a series of challenges and opponents, both inside and outside the ring. Along with his coach Kamogawa Genji and his friends at the gym, Ippo develops his skills and discovers his own strength and courage.

Ippo battles his way through various weight classes and seeks to become the Japanese featherweight champion. Along the way, he faces formidable opponents, including his rival Miyata Ichirou, and deals with personal struggles and setbacks.

  • Total sales: 100 million
  • Number of volumes: 134
  • Years published: 1989 – Present

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18. The Kindaichi Case Files

The Kindaichi Case Files is a popular mystery manga series that follows the adventures of Hajime Kindaichi, a high school student with a talent for solving complex criminal cases.

Throughout the series, Kindaichi is called upon to investigate a variety of crimes, including murders, thefts, and kidnappings. He is aided in his investigations by his childhood friend and love interest, Miyuki Nanase, as well as a rotating cast of supporting characters.

The Kindaichi Case Files
The Kindaichi Case Files

Despite his young age, Kindaichi possesses a brilliant mind and a deep understanding of human nature that allows him to unravel even the most baffling of mysteries. He uses his keen observational skills, deductive reasoning, and encyclopedic knowledge of crime to piece together the clues and solve the case.

As Kindaichi delves deeper into each case, he uncovers a web of lies, betrayals, and hidden motives that often lead him to suspect even the most unlikely suspects. As he goes ahead, he must confront his inner demons and realize the darkness of the human nature.

  • Total sales: 100 million
  • Number of volumes: 87
  • Years published: 1992 – Present

19. Touch

Touch is a classic sports and romance manga series, written by Mitsuru Adachi. The story is about two twin brothers, Tatsuya and Kazuya Uesugi, and their childhood friend, Minami Asakura. The series is set in the small town of Meisei, where baseball is the most popular sport and a source of great pride for the community.

Kazuya is the star player of the local baseball team, while Tatsuya is his quiet and studious younger brother. Minami is a talented athlete in her own right, with a passion for both baseball and tennis. As the three of them grow up together, they navigate the ups and downs of adolescence, struggling with their own fears, hopes, and dreams.


Tatsuya becomes increasingly drawn to baseball, despite his initial reluctance. He discovers that he has a natural talent for the sport, and with the help of Kazuya and their coach, tries to lead the Meisei High School team to victory in the national championships.

At the same time, Tatsuya and Minami begin to develop romantic feelings for each other, leading to a complex love triangle that tests the bonds of their friendship. As they navigate the challenges of high school, baseball, and young love, the three protagonists have to deal with their own insecurities and fears, while also dealing with the pressures of family, society, and their own personal ambitions.

20. Kingdom

Kingdom is set in China during the Warring States period and tells the tale of a young orphan named Xin, who dreams of becoming a great general and achieving greatness on the battlefield. Together with his best friend and fellow slave, Piao, Xin meets the young king of Qin, Ying Zheng, and pledges his allegiance to him.

  • Total sales: 100 million
  • Number of volumes: 26
  • Years published: 1981 – 1986

As Xin trains and grows stronger, he becomes embroiled in the political and military struggles of the seven warring states. Along the way, he meets other skilled warriors and generals, both friend and foe, and learns the true meaning of leadership, honor, and sacrifice.

The series is known for its astounding battles, politics, and complex characters, as well as its attention to accurate historical detail. It touches on topics like ambition, loyalty, power, and the human cost of war. 

  • Total sales: 95 million
  • Number of volumes: 67
  • Years published: 2006 – Present

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21. Sazae-San

Sazae-San is a slice of life anime about a woman called Sazae. Initially, Sazae spent most of her time with her horse instead of focusing on dressing up and putting on makeup to woo her future spouse. The author was visualizing ahead of her time when she wrote about Isono/Fuguta family representing the new form of Japanese family after World War 2.

As a very liberated lady, Sazae was often depicted as bossing her husband around, much to the chagrin of her neighbors who thought a man should be in charge of his home. Afterwards, Sazae started identifying as a feminist and encountered numerous amusing incidents as a result of her involvement in her neighborhood women’s liberation club.


Despite the nature of the series, the manga’s central dynamic—the extended family—was always presented in a fun, straightforward way. The manga finally ends with Sazae preparing her husband’s breakfast. This symbolizes Sazae being happy doing mundane and simple things in life.  

Sazae-San brings a sense of nostalgia, encapsulating the traditional Japanese society in today’s culture. Although the series was quite liberal and ahead of it’s time at the time of its release, the manga’s theme brings a bygone time to mind. 

  • Total sales: 86 million
  • Number of volumes: 45
  • Years published: 1946 – 1974

22. Baki The Grappler

Baki the Grappler is about a young martial artist, Baki Hanma, as he strives to become the strongest fighter in the world. Baki Hanma is brought up by his affluent mother Emi Akezawa, who also provides for his education in the belief that he will one day become a renowned warrior like his father, Yujiro Hanma.

Baki The Grappler
Baki The Grappler

Soon after he starts training with his father, Baki outgrows traditional training and sets out to follow his merciless father’s training route. Along the road, he encounters numerous strong fighters. Baki eventually engages in combat with his father but loses without a fight. He develops deep anger and hatred towards his father after his father kills Emi who was trying to save Baki.

Baki continues on his journey as he meets and fights many powerful opponents, including his father’s old rivals and even some of his own friends. As Baki continues to grow stronger, he must also learn to control his emotions and use his strength for good. With the help of his friends and mentors, Baki must overcome all obstacles in his path and prove himself to be the strongest fighter in the world.

  • Total sales: 85 million
  • Number of volumes: 143
  • Years published: 1991 – Present

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23. My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia, written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi, has sold over 80 million copies worldwide. The story takes place in a world where almost everyone has a unique superpower known as a Quirk. The series follows the story of Izuku Midoriya, a young boy without a Quirk who dreams of becoming a hero like his idol, All Might.

My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia

After a chance encounters with All Might, Izuku is given the opportunity to train at the prestigious U.A. High School, a school for aspiring heroes. There, he learns how to control his newly acquired Quirk and begins to make friends and allies among his classmates.

  • Total sales: 85 million
  • Number of volumes: 37
  • Years published: 2014 – Present

24. Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter is well-loved by fans worldwide. The manga went on a hiatus in 2018 due to the author’s poor health, but the return of the manga created a buzz amongst its fans. The protagonist of the story is a young boy named Gon Freecss. He discovers that his father, who he believed to be dead, is actually a legendary hunter – a member of an elite group of individuals with exceptional skills, knowledge, and abilities.

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Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter

Determined to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a hunter himself, Gon sets out on a journey to take the hunter exam, a grueling and dangerous test that only a small percentage of applicants pass. Along the way, he meets and befriends several other hunters, including the cunning and charismatic Kurapika, the hot-headed and impulsive Leorio, and the enigmatic and powerful Killua.

Together, the group faces a variety of challenges, such as battling dangerous creatures and competing in high-stakes tournaments. As they delve deeper into the world of hunters, they come across the dark and dangerous side of the profession, forcing them to confront their own fears and limits.

  • Total sales: 84 million
  • Number of volumes: 37
  • Years published: 1998 – Present

Also Read: Strongest Hunter X Hunter Characters – Ranked

25. Vagabond

Vagabond is one of the best seinen manga written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue, selling more than 82 million copies. It is loosely based on the life of the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. The manga revolves around Musashi, a skilled samurai who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.


After killing his first opponent in a duel, Musashi becomes consumed by his desire to become the greatest swordsman in Japan. Along the way, he faces a variety of challenges, including other skilled warriors, personal demons, and the fleeting nature of fame and glory.

As Musashi continues to hone his skills and gain new insights into himself and the world around him, he comes to realize that true strength and wisdom come not from defeating others but from understanding and accepting oneself. 

  • Total sales: 82 million
  • Number of volumes: 37
  • Years published: 1999 – 2015

26. Fullmetal Alchemist

The story of “Fullmetal Alchemist” takes place in a fictional world where alchemy – the practice of manipulating matter – is a fundamental part of daily life. The series follows the adventures of two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who use their knowledge of alchemy to try to resurrect their deceased mother.

Fullmetal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist

Their attempt results in a disastrous accident that costs Edward his left leg and right arm, while Alphonse loses his entire body and is only saved by his brother bonding his soul to a suit of armor. The brothers then set out on a journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone – a legendary artifact that is said to grant immense power and can be used to restore their bodies.

Throughout the series, we see the two brothers face formidable opponents as they try to navigate this world by themselves. Struck with the feeling of loss after their mother’s death, the manga narrates how the brothers overcome their struggles and unearth the mysteries that might change everything.

  • Total sales: 80 million
  • Number of volumes: 27
  • Years published: 2001 – 2010

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27. Fairy Tail

Natsu Dragneel is a teenage wizard from the magical guild Fairy Tail. Along with his friends, Lucy Heartfilia and Happy, Natsu embarks on a quest to find his foster father, the dragon Igneel.

The story begins with Natsu and Lucy meeting for the first time. Natsu is a wizard from the Fairy Tail guild, while Lucy is a celestial wizard who dreams of joining the guild. After a brief altercation, they become fast friends and set off on a journey to find the dragon Igneel.

Fairy Tail
Fairy Tail

Along the way, they meet Happy, a talking cat, and Gray Fullbuster, an ice wizard. The group soon discovers that Igneel has been missing for seven years and is believed to be dead. Natsu refuses to accept this and continues his search, eventually discovering that Igneel is alive and being held captive by the dark wizard Zeref.

With the help of their new allies, Natsu and his friends set out to rescue Igneel and defeat Zeref. The group soon finds themselves embroiled in a war between the magical guilds of Fiore.

  • Total sales: 72 million
  • Number of volumes: 63
  • Years published: 2006 – 2017

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28. Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin is a manga series created by Nobuhiro Watsuki, and it sold over 70 million copies. The story is set in Japan during the Meiji period and follows a former assassin named Kenshin Himura, who has vowed to use his sword to protect the innocent instead of taking lives.

Rorouni Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin

Kenshin’s past catches up with him as he encounters various enemies from his past who seek revenge or wishes to utilize his skills for their own gain. Along the way, he also meets a variety of allies, including a young girl named Kaoru Kamiya, who runs a dojo and becomes his love interest.

The series explores themes of atonement, redemption, and the challenges of maintaining a peaceful society in the midst of violent conflict. 

  • Total sales: 72 million
  • Number of volumes: 28
  • Years published: 1994 – 1999

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 29. Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen is a supernatural action manga series written and illustrated by Gege Akutami. Yuji Itadori is a high school student who is gifted with immense physical strength. After consuming a cursed finger belonging to the powerful sorcerer Ryomen Sukuna, Yuji is thrust into the world of Jujutsu, a form of sorcery used to battle evil spirits known as Curses.

Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen

Yuji joins the Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College, a school dedicated to training Jujutsu sorcerers. He quickly makes friends with fellow students Megumi Fushiguro, Nobara Kugisaki, and Satoru Gojo. Together, they must battle the Curses that threaten humanity.

The stakes are high as the Curses become more powerful and numerous. With the help of their teachers, Yuji and his friends must learn to master their Jujutsu skills and use them to protect the world from destruction. Along the way, they will discover secrets about themselves and the power.

  • Total sales: 70 million
  • Number of volumes: 22
  • Years published: 2018 – Present

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49. Tokyo Revengers

Tokyo Revengers” has gained a lot of popularity lately, with its unique story and enigmatic characters. Takemichi Hanagaki is a 26-year-old man who travels back in time to his middle school years in order to save the life of his ex-girlfriend, Hinata Tachibana, who was murdered by a gang known as the Tokyo Manji Gang.

Tokyo Revengers
Tokyo Revengers

In the past, Takemichi reunites with his middle school gang, the Tokyo Manji Gang, and becomes involved in their turf wars and power struggles. He must also confront his own troubled past and the mistakes he made in his relationship with Hinata.

As Takemichi tries to change the future and prevent Hinata’s death, he must also navigate the dangerous world of the Tokyo Manji Gang and its rival factions. He forms alliances with members of the gang, including the charismatic leader, Manjiro Sano, and the enigmatic vice-leader, Ken Ryuguji, as well as confronts powerful enemies who seek to maintain the status quo.

  • Total sales: 70 million
  • Number of volumes: 31
  • Years published: 2017 – 2022

31. Boys Over Flowers

Boys Over Flowers is a classic shoujo manga series that won the hearts of many during its release. Tsukushi Makino is a poor but hardworking high school student who attends the prestigious Eitoku Academy. Despite her humble background, Tsukushi is determined to make something of herself and prove that she is just as capable as her wealthy peers.

Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers

When Tsukushi stands up to the school’s most popular and powerful clique, the F4, she finds herself in a dangerous situation. The F4 are four handsome and wealthy boys who rule the school with an iron fist. Tsukushi’s courage and determination catches the attention of the F4’s leader, Tsukasa Domyoji, who begins to develop feelings for her.

Tsukushi and Tsukasa’s relationship is complicated by the fact that Tsukushi is in love with another student, Rui Hanazawa. Rui is a mysterious and aloof figure who has a troubled past. Tsukushi must choose between her feelings for Rui and the possibility of a future with Tsukasa.

  • Total sales: 61 million
  • Number of volumes: 37
  • Years published: 1992 – 2003

32. Initial D

Initial D is a manga series that will appease to all car and racing fans. It follows the story of Takumi Fujiwara, an 18-year-old high school student living in the mountain town of Akina. Takumi works as a tofu delivery boy for his father’s store and has become an expert driver on the mountain roads.

Initial D
Initial D

One night, Takumi is challenged to a race by a mysterious driver known as the “Akina Speedstar”. Takumi reluctantly accepts and wins the race, earning him the respect of the local street racers. This leads to Takumi being recruited by the Akina Speedstars to race against other teams in the area.

Takumi soon finds himself in a rivalry with Ryosuke Takahashi, leader of the Red Suns racing team. As Takumi and Ryosuke battle it out on the mountain roads, Takumi’s driving skills improve and he begins to gain recognition from other racers.

Meanwhile, Takumi’s friend Itsuki Takeuchi joins the Akina Speedstars and helps Takumi hone his racing skills. With Itsuki’s help, Takumi is able to defeat Ryosuke in a race and become the top racer in the area.

  • Total sales: 56 million
  • Number of volumes: 48
  • Years published: 1995 – 2013

Also Read: Initial D Watch Order: Streaming Guide Of The 1995 Anime

33. Gintama

Gintama is a popular manga series set in an alternate universe where aliens have invaded and taken over feudal Japan. It is well known for its perfectly timed comedic quips and action-packed battle scenes, and it sold over 55 million copies worldwide. The series follows the adventures of a samurai named Gintoki Sakata, who becomes a freelancer in order to pay the rent for his odd-jobs office. 


Together with his friends and colleagues, including the young samurai Shinpachi Shimura and the alien girl Kagura, Gintoki takes on a variety of odd jobs and wacky adventures. They face a range of challenges, from battling powerful enemies and saving the world to dealing with everyday struggles such as paying rent and finding a good meal.

  • Total sales: 55.5 million
  • Number of volumes: 77
  • Years published: 2003 – 2019

Also Read: How To Watch Gintama In Order? Movies, Series & Specials

34. Berserk

Berserk is one of the best dark fantasy manga, created by Kentaro Miura for the mature audience. This dark and twisted tale follows the journey of a lone mercenary named Guts, who is known for his immense strength and skill with a massive sword. Guts’ path is one of vengeance, as he seeks to hunt down and destroy the demonic forces that have destroyed his former life.


Along the way, he encounters a band of mercenaries led by the charismatic Griffith, who offers Guts a place among them. But as Guts becomes more entangled in the Band of Hawk’s affairs, he discovers that Griffith’s true ambition is to achieve godhood, no matter the cost.

Betrayed and left for dead, Guts sets out on a quest for vengeance, battling demons and the darkest parts of his own soul. With the help of a few loyal allies, including the powerful witch Schierke and the enigmatic Skull Knight, Guts faces his greatest challenge yet: confronting the monstrous God Hand and the ultimate source of evil itself.

  • Total sales: 55 million
  • Number of volumes: 41
  • Years published: 1989 – Present

35. Haikyuu!

Haikyuu!!” is one the most famous sports manga series that follows the journey of Shoyo Hinata, a small-statured student who dreams of becoming a great volleyball player.

Despite his lack of height, Hinata has a natural talent for the sport and is determined to prove himself on the court. After watching a championship game on TV, Hinata decides to join the volleyball club at his middle school, only to discover that he is the only member. 


He forms a mismatched team with different sports players and loses bitterly in the tournament. Later, Hinata takes admitted to Karasuno High School and became part of a team that included Kageyama Tobio, a highly skilled but difficult-to-work-with setter.

As Hinata and his teammates compete against other schools, they face numerous challenges both on and off the court. They must learn to work together as a team, improve their skills, and overcome their own personal obstacles. Along the way, they also develop strong bonds of friendship and a deep love for the sport of volleyball.

  • Total sales: 55 million
  • Number of volumes: 45
  • Years published: 2012 – 2020

Also Read: 10 Reasons Why Haikyuu Is The Best Sports Anime

36. City Hunter

The story begins with Ryo’s introduction to Kaori Makimura, a young woman who has come to Tokyo in search of her missing father. Ryo agrees to help her find him, and the two become partners in the City Hunter agency.

City Hunter
City Hunter

Ryo and Kaori take on various cases, ranging from finding lost pets to protecting VIPs from assassination attempts. Along the way, they encounter a variety of colorful characters, including the mysterious and powerful “Angel of Death” Saeko Nogami, the beautiful and deadly assassin Umibozu, and the enigmatic “City Hunter” himself.

The series follows Ryo and Kaori as they take on various cases, while also exploring the complex relationship between the two. As the series progresses, Ryo and Kaori’s relationship deepens, and they eventually fall in love.

  • Total sales: 50 million
  • Number of volumes: 35
  • Years published: 1985 – 1991
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37. Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka is a humorous manga series with lovable characters and humorous quips. Eikichi Onizuka is a 22-year-old ex-biker and gang leader who has decided to become a teacher. Onizuka’s goal is to become the greatest teacher in the world, and he sets out to do so by taking a job at a prestigious high school.

Great Teacher Onizuka
Great Teacher Onizuka

He quickly discovers that his students are unruly and disrespectful, and he must use unconventional methods to gain their respect. Onizuka’s methods include physical punishment, psychological manipulation, and even bribery. He also uses his own life experiences to teach his students valuable lessons about life.

Onizuka’s unorthodox methods often put him at odds with the school’s faculty and administration, but he is determined to succeed in his mission. As the series progresses, Onizuka’s students gradually come to respect and admire him, and he is able to help them overcome their personal issues.

  • Total sales: 50 million
  • Number of volumes: 25
  • Years published: 1997 – 2002

38. Inuyasha

Inuyasha is a manga series created by Rumiko Takahashi, which follows the story of Kagome Higurashi, a modern-day high school student who is transported to the Sengoku period of Japan. There, she discovers that she is the reincarnation of a powerful priestess and that she possesses the Shikon Jewel, a powerful gem that grants immense power to whoever possesses it.


Kagome soon meets Inuyasha, a half-demon with a troubled past and a fierce attitude. Together, they embark on a quest to find and recover the pieces of the Shikon Jewel before they fall into the hands of evil forces. Along the way, they are joined by a diverse cast of characters, including a demon slayer, a monk, and a fox demon.

  • Total sales: 50 million
  • Number of volumes: 56
  • Years published: 1996 – 2008

Also Read: Inuyasha Sequel: All To You Need To Know About The New Installment

29. Nana

Nana is a shoujo manga written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. The manga is about two young women, both named Nana, who meet on a train to Tokyo and become unlikely friends.


Nana Komatsu, also known as “Hachi,” is a naive and emotional young woman who moves to Tokyo to be with her boyfriend. Nana Osaki is a confident and ambitious punk rocker who is also moving to Tokyo to pursue her music career.

As the two Nanas navigate their way through the challenges and joys of adulthood, they rely on each other for support and understanding. They face a variety of struggles, including love, heartbreak, career setbacks, and the search for their own identities.

  • Total sales: 50 million
  • Number of volumes: 21
  • Years published: 2000 – 2009

24. Saint Seiya

Saint Seiya, also known as Knights of the Zodiac, was created by Masami Kurumada, selling over 35 million copies worldwide. The manga is about a group of young warriors known as the Saints, who are sworn to protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena and fight against the forces of evil, including the rogue Saints of the Black Cross.

Saint Seiya
Saint Seiya

The Saints possess a variety of powerful abilities derived from the constellations of the zodiac, which they use to battle against their enemies. The series features a mix of action, adventure, and supernatural elements, as well as themes of honor, loyalty, and the power of friendship.

  • Total sales: 50 million
  • Number of volumes: 28
  • Years published: 1986 – 1990

Also Read: 10 Reasons To Watch Saint Seiya: Knights Of The Zodiac

41. Yu Yu Hakusho

Yusuke Urameshi is a teenage delinquent who is killed in an accident and brought back to life as a Spirit Detective. The story begins with Yusuke’s death, which is caused by his selfless act of saving a child from an oncoming car.

Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu Yu Hakusho

After his death, Yusuke is brought back to life by the ruler of the Spirit World, Koenma. Koenma tasks Yusuke with becoming a Spirit Detective and investigating supernatural occurrences in the human world. Yusuke is joined by his friends, Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei, who all have their own unique abilities.

Together they battle against powerful demons and other supernatural forces that threaten the human world. Along the way, Yusuke learns more about himself and his own spiritual powers. The series follows Yusuke and his friends as they battle against powerful enemies, uncover secrets of the Spirit World, and learn more about themselves.

  • Total sales: 50 million
  • Number of volumes: 19
  • Years published: 1990 – 1994

42. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul, a popular manga series created by Sui Ishida, has sold over 44 million copies. The story is set in a world where ghouls, cannibalistic monsters who look like humans but must feed on human flesh to survive, live among humans in secret. The story follows a young college student named Ken Kaneki, who becomes a half-ghoul after an encounter with a ghoul named Rize Kamishiro.

Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul

As Kaneki navigates his new life as a ghoul, he deals with the challenges of living between two worlds, facing both human and ghoul society. He joins the other ghouls and becomes involved in a number of conflicts, including fights with other ghouls and clashes with human authorities who seek to eradicate ghouls.

  • Total sales: 47 million
  • Number of volumes: 30
  • Years published: 2011 – 2018

Also Read: Tokyo Ghoul Watch Order: It’s Not That Straight

43. Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon is a popular manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi, which follows the adventures of a young girl named Usagi Tsukino. One day, Usagi discovers that she is the reincarnation of a powerful princess from the distant past and that she has been chosen to protect the world from evil forces as the legendary Sailor Moon.

Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon

As Sailor Moon, Usagi is joined by a team of fellow Sailor Guardians, each with their own unique powers and personalities. Together, they battle against a wide range of villains and monsters, all while trying to balance their normal lives with their duties as protectors of the world.

Sailor Moon is well-liked for its iconic characters, detailed world-building, and themes of love and friendship, being a comfort anime for many. It had a huge influence on the magical girl genre, deviating from the classic damsel in distress trope and showcasing LGBTQ+ relationships. 

  • Total sales: 46 million
  • Number of volumes: 18
  • Years published: 1991 – 1997

Also Read: Sailor Moon Watch Order – Full Guide On How To Watch

44. Dear Boys

Dear Boys is a coming-of-age sports manga which narrates a heartfelt and moving story. It centers around Kazuhiko Aikawa, a high school student who dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. Kazuhiko is an average student at his high school, but he has a passion for basketball.

He joins the school’s basketball team and quickly discovers that his teammates are all talented players. Despite their talent, the team is struggling to win games due to their lack of teamwork and motivation. Kazuhiko takes it upon himself to motivate his teammates and help them become a cohesive unit.

Dear Boys
Dear Boys

He encourages them to practice hard and to never give up, even when the odds are against them. With Kazuhiko’s leadership, the team begins to improve and they start winning games. However, their success is short-lived as they soon face a formidable opponent in the form of the powerful and experienced Shohoku High School basketball team.

Despite their best efforts, the team is unable to defeat Shohoku and they are eliminated from the tournament. Kazuhiko is determined to prove himself and his team’s worth, and he sets out to challenge Shohoku in a rematch. With the help of his teammates, Kazuhiko works hard to improve their skills and strategies. He also learns to trust his teammates and to rely on them for support.

  • Total sales: 45 million
  • Number of volumes: 81
  • Years published: 1989 – Present

34. The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland narrates the story of a group of orphans, including the highly intelligent and resourceful Emma, the studious Norman, and the athletic and adventurous Ray, who live together in a seemingly idyllic orphanage called Grace Field House.

The Promised Neverland
The Promised Neverland

However, the children soon discover that their happy home is actually a farm and that they are being raised as food for a race of demons. Determined to escape and save their lives, Emma, Norman, and Ray devise a plan to outsmart their captors and find a way to the outside world, where they hope to find allies and a way to save their fellow orphans.

  • Total sales: 41 million
  • Number of volumes: 20
  • Years published: 2016 – 2020

46. Ace of Diamond

Ace no Diamond is one of the most popular sports manga series written and illustrated by Yuji Terajima. Eijun Sawamura is a passionate and determined young baseball pitcher who dreams of one day playing in Japan’s professional baseball league.

Ace of Diamond
Ace of Diamond


Eijun’s journey begins when he is scouted by a prestigious Tokyo high school baseball team, Seidou High. Despite his lack of experience, Eijun is determined to make the team and prove himself as a pitcher. With the help of his teammates, Eijun begins to hone his skills and develop his own unique pitching style.

As the team progresses through the tournament, Eijun and his teammates face off against some of the toughest opponents in the country. With each victory, Eijun’s confidence grows and he begins to realize his true potential as a pitcher.  

  • Total sales: 40 million
  • Number of volumes: 78
  • Years published: 2006 – 2022

47. The Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

A heartfelt isekai manga, “The Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” tell the story of Satoru Mikami, a 37-year-old corporate worker who is suddenly killed in a random attack. As he dies, he wishes to be reborn in a world of fantasy and adventure. His wish is granted when he is reincarnated as Rimuru Tempest, a slime monster in a magical world filled with monsters, dragons, and other creatures.

Rimuru quickly discovers that he has the ability to devour other creatures and absorb their abilities. With this newfound power, he sets out to explore the world and make friends with the various races inhabiting it. Along the way, he meets a powerful demon lord, Veldora, who grants him the name Rimuru Tempest and makes him his loyal servant.

The Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

The Time I Got Reincarnated as a SlimeRimuru quickly rises to power and begins to build a nation of monsters. He forms an alliance with the dwarves, goblins, and other races, and together they create a powerful kingdom. As Rimuru’s power and influence grows, he must face off against powerful enemies, including the Demon Lord Milim Nava and the Orc Lord Shizu.

Rimuru’s journey is filled with adventure, danger, and friendship as he strives to create a better world for all the races inhabiting it. Along the way, he discovers the secrets of his past life and learns how to use his newfound powers to protect those he cares about. With courage and determination, Rimuru embarks on a quest to become the most powerful being in the world.

  • Total sales: 40 million
  • Number of volumes: 22
  • Years published: 2015 – Present

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48. Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! is a manga and anime series created by Kazuki Takahashi. It follows a young high school student named Yugi Moto, who solves an ancient Egyptian puzzle and is possessed by the spirit of an ancient pharaoh. With the help of the pharaoh’s magical powers and a deck of powerful cards called Duel Monsters, Yugi becomes a skilled player in the popular trading card game.


As Yugi and his friends become involved in various Duel Monsters tournaments and battles, they encounter a variety of skilled opponents and confront a variety of challenges and mysteries. The series features a mix of action, adventure, and supernatural elements, as well as complex and detailed depictions of the rules and strategies of Duel Monsters.

  • Total sales: 40 million
  • Number of volumes: 38
  • Years published: 1996 – 2004

49. Shaman King

Shaman King” revolves around Yoh Asakura, a shaman who has the ability to communicate with spirits and seeks to become the Shaman King, a powerful shaman who can communicate with the Great Spirit and reshape the world. To achieve this goal, Yoh must compete in the Shaman Fight; a tournament held every 500 years where shamans from around the world battle each other with their spirits.

Shaman King
Shaman King

Along with his friends, including his fiancée Anna Kyoyama and his spirit partner Amidamaru, Yoh faces fierce opponents and challenges in the quest for the ultimate prize.

As Yoh progresses through the tournament, he discovers the true nature of the Shaman King and the dark forces that seek to control it. With the fate of the world at stake, Yoh and his allies must use their powers and spirits to stop the evil plans of the people who seek to use the power of the Great Spirit for their own gain.

  • Total sales: 38 million
  • Number of volumes: 35
  • Years published: 1998 – 2004

50. Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins” is a popular manga series that is set in the kingdom of Liones. The manga follows the journey of a group of powerful knights known as the “Seven Deadly Sins,” who were accused of overthrowing the kingdom ten years ago.

Seven Deadly Sins
Seven Deadly Sins

The story begins when Princess Elizabeth of Liones sets out to find the Seven Deadly Sins and seek their help in defeating the Holy Knights, who have taken over the kingdom and are using their powers to oppress the people. Along the way, Elizabeth meets Meliodas, the captain of the Seven Deadly Sins, who agrees to help her on her quest.

As Elizabeth and Meliodas gather the other members of the Seven Deadly Sins, they must confront powerful enemies, dark secrets, and personal demons. They also face challenges from other powerful factions, such as the Ten Commandments, a group of elite demons who seek to overthrow the kingdom.

  • Total sales: 38 million
  • Number of volumes: 41
  • Years published: 2012 – 2020

Also read: 50 Anime Movies Like Grave of the Fireflies To Watch

By Ansha Khokhar

Ansha Khokhar is a second year B.Tech student. She lives in Noida city of Uttar Pradesh, India. With a panache for creative writing, she has always been passionate about journaling and blogging. Neongenesis Evangelion was the first anime she ever watched and it left a deep impact on her. Since then, she has watched a variety of anime and read many mangas, and she specializes in writing about manga as a passionate reader herself. You can connect with her at khokhar.ansha@gmail.com

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