Where to start with Manga

BEGINNER MANGA RECOMMENDATIONS

Honestly, this question feels a bit like someone asking “Where should I start reading?” Because manga is so diverse and full of genres. 

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BUT, I do understand why people ask this question. Hell, I was asking this question at one point in my life. It’s hard to know where to start when you’ve never picked up a manga before. You don’t know what will work for you, and what won’t.

*as I read more manga, I will update this with manga that I think fit a beginner-friendly title!*

My recommendations on places to start might not be the right ones for you, but even if they’re not, keep trying with Manga, you never know when you will find your favourite series! and if you’ve read these ones, then feel free to check out my MANGA category which is filled with reviews of other Manga I have loved.

*If you know nothing about Manga, check out my MANGA 101 page first*

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DEATH NOTE
type: SHONEN

Heres a cult classic. If you want to start with a popular one that really exudes the essence of SHONEN MANGA, then this is the one for you. It’s perfect if you like dark fantasy-based things that deal with morality and death.

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CARDCAPTOR SAKURA 
type: SHOJO

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I think this is perfect for younger girls, and in all honesty, even older teens and up. This is a series that deals heavily with fantasy magic, friendships, romance and coming of age. It has action and humour thrown in too that makes this an easy and fun read.

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TOKYO GHOUL 
type: SHONEN

If you love horror movies, or dark fantasies that are a little on the creepy side, then this might be for you. While it’s not scary to read, it does feature some creepy creatures, a lot of action, morality and death. I think this is perfect for almost anyone who likes things just a touch morbid.

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I HEAR THE SUNSPOT 
type: BOYS LOVE 

I know, I haven’t talked about this genre. Pretty much it’s just a genre that focuses on romance between two men. If you’re a fan of the likes of  New Adult novels, HEARTSTOPPER or RED WHITE & ROYAL BLUE, then you will love this. This also features great Hard of hearing and hearing loss rep!

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ATTACK ON TITAN 
type: SHONEN

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While this is another cult classic, I would definitely recommend this to a 15+ audience as even the first volume has some morbid scenes. This is a great dystopian type manga, so if you’re into those kinds of books that deal with people rebuilding and fighting off some kind of terror or force, this is a great choice.

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VAMPIRE KNIGHT 
type: SHOJO 

This really focuses on drama and obviously, vampires. So if you want something easy to read, that does have high stakes action, then this would be a good choice! I would recommend it to teenage girls or those who like vampire stories.

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TOTORO 
type: KODOMOMUKE 

This is a classic that is full of adventure and friendship. I would definitely recommend this to younger readers, but also all readers if you’re after something heartwarming and cute.