5 Best Action Manga of All Time

Best Action Manga

Manga have become one of the most well-known book genres throughout the world lately, which are divided into various categories. Action is a major manga genre that has lead the Japanese pop culture industry for a long time, and it’s usually mixed with other genres such as adventure and fantasy.

Lots of popular action manga present cool unique characters who have intense battles with powerful martial arts and supernatural abilities.

For both beginners and advanced readers, here is a list of 5 best action manga to read now, which contains completed legendary comic books and recent ongoing series.

1. Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール) is one of the best action manga of all time, which has led the popular manga genre for a long time. It was serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump between 1984 and 1995, created by a legend of manga artists Akira Toriyama. Its official sequel series Dragon Ball Super has been published since 2015. There are several titles of its anime franchise: Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super.

Dragon Ball focuses on a great adventure of a young boy named Son Goku, who initially starts the journey to collect the scattered seven Dragon Balls that grants a wish to the one who completes the collection. He trains hard to develop his martial arts techniques with his friends and masters and fights against a variety of strong opponent characters coming from outside the earth. In addition to him, his sons Gohan and Goten and his rivals like Vegeta are featured in the story. You can enjoy the adventurous episodes and powerful battles with supernatural techniques in Dragon Ball.

Manga artist: Akira Toriyama

Published: 1984-1995

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump

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2. Naruto

Naruto
Naruto

What is your favorite Japanese manga ever? Many manga fans will pick up the ninja-themed series Naruto as the best one. The action adventure manga began its serialization on Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999 and came to the end in 2014. The manga artist Masashi Kishimoto completed his greatest work with the 72nd volume. Its sequel title Boruto: Naruto Next Generations has been serialized by him and
Ukyo Kodachi since 2016 centering on the son of Naruto.

Naruto is set in the fictional ninja world following on a young boy named Naruto, who lives without his parents in the hidden leaf village in the Land of Fire. Although he is looked on as a hopeless ninja student by many people around him for a lack of talent, he decides to become the Hokage, the the leader of the country. He rapidly grows up realizing his hidden massive power. The action manga depicts intense battles between Naruto, his friends, teachers and various strong opponent ninja.

Manga artist: Masashi Kishimoto

Published: 1999-2014

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump

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3. Hunter × Hunter

Hunter × Hunter
Hunter × Hunter

Categorized as action and adventure, Hunter × Hunter has been loved by many fans of Shonen manga and the author Yoshihiro Togashi, who is also known for his previous masterpiece Yu Yu Hakusho. Earning much praise from across the globe, Hunter × Hunter has been published since 1998. Though its serialization has been on hiatus due to the condition of the manga artist since 2018.

In Hunter × Hunter, various fights with the characters’ energy called Nen are undoubtedly one of its highlights. You can see intense supernatural techniques and highly intelligent tactics in every part of the story. A young boy protagonist named Gon Freecss embarks on his adventure in search of his lost father Ging Freecss. Lots of unique characters – his friends Killua, Leorio and Kurapika and strong opponents – await him during the tumultuous trip.

Manga artist: Yoshihiro Togashi

Published: from 1998

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump

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4. One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man
One-Punch Man

For many global fans of modern manga, One-Punch Man (ワンパンマン) has been one of the greatest ongoing manga series since its serialization started in 2012. The superhero comedy manga was originally serialized by a manga artist One online, and it has been widely released with another creator Yusuke Murata on Tonari no Young Jump since 2012. Its anime adaptation first aired in 2015, followed by the second season in 2019.

A protagonist named Saitama dominates the action comedy manga, who has the strongest power that enables him to beat any enemies with a single punch. In addition to the bald-head hero, there are a variety of characters including a cyborg Genos, a martial arts expert Bang, espar sisters Fubuki and Tatsumaki, etc. Joining the Hero Association, they fight against villains attacking the earth.

Published: From 2012

Serialized on Tonari no Young Jump

Manga artist: Written by ONE/Illustrated by Yusuke Murata

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5. My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia

The prominent action manga My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア) has been serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump since 2014 as one of the front ongoing titles on the magazine. The Kohei Horikoshi’s manga has been already adapted into five seasons of the anime series.

My Hero Academia depicts a conflict between superheroes and villains, placing emphasis on a high schooler Izuku Midoriya. He has dreamed to become a powerful hero like the strongest icon All Might while he has no special ability called a Quirk. One day, he inherits One For All, the legendary Quirk of All Might, and grows up with his classmates and a variety of heroes.

Published: From 2014

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump

Manga artist: Kohei Horikoshi

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