13 Best Manga of 2022 to Read in English

Best Manga of 2022

Let’s keep up with the latest manga trend next to My Hero Academia and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba!

Japanese pop culture has been more recognized worldwide lately, and you can see the unrestrained expansion of manga as well as anime and light novels. Lots of popular manga series have been translated into English and other languages as soon as the original Japanese edition released, and they have a bigger and bigger circulation in the global market today.

Specifically, several famous Japanese manga magazines like Weekly Shonen Jump help potential manga artists to create high-quality manga in waves. In 2022, tens of successful manga are adapted into anime series for their popularity.

Then, what is the hottest manga to read this year? Today, I’d like to introduce 13 most popular manga of 2022 including the worldly less-known but domestically trendy series and the must-read comic books newly serialized.

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Let’s check out the best manga to read in 2022!

1. Sakamoto Days

Sakamoto Days
Sakamoto Days

The biggest-circulation Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump has satisfied a large number of fans all over the world with unique comedy manga as well as classic adventure and action. Sakamoto Days is an ongoing action comedy manga written by Yuto Suzuki since 2020, which is looked on as one of the hottest manga in Japan at the moment.

It tells the story of Taro Sakamoto, who used to be the most famous hitman but stands back from the shady world to form a peaceful family with his wife and their daughter. In conflict with his intention, he has to fight against lots of assassins targeting at him.

Manga artist: Yuto Suzuki

Published: Since 2020

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump

Volumes: 6 (As of March, 2022)

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2. Chainsaw Man

Chainsaw Man
Chainsaw Man

Chainsaw Man (チェンソーマン), a must-read for every manga fan around the globe, has been already known as one of the greatest manga series in the 2020s. The action, dark-fantasy manga, written by Tatsuki Fujimoto, started its publication in 2018 and came to the end in 2020 earlier than many fans expected.

The shocking theme and symbolic devil characters have kept the readers absorbed. It’s announced that the following part will be serialized on Shonen Jump Plus from the summer of 2022 and its anime adaptation will be released by Mappa within this year. The latest short story of the author titled Look Back is also one of the best recommendations to read in 2022, too!

Manga artist: Tatsuki Fujimoto

Published: 2018-2020

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump

Volumes: 11

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3. Goodbye, Eri

Goodbye, Eri
Goodbye, Eri

In addition to the latest outstanding comics, a brand new impressive one-shot manga was born in April, 2022: Goodbye, Eri (さよなら絵梨). The drama short manga was made by the high-profile manga artist Tatsuki Fujimoto, who is also famous for Chainsaw Man, Fire Punch and Look Back. At the same time as Japanese edition was released on Shonen Jump Plus, its English edition was distributed on the official manga publishing website Manga Plus by Shueisha for free.

Goodbye, Eri centers on an incoming middle school student Yuta, who is given a smartphone on his birthday and asked to film his mother’s life until she dies of a disease. After he encounters a mysterious girl named Eri, he is getting into making a film.

Manga artist: Tatsuki Fujimoto

Published: 2022

Serialized on Shonen Jump Plus

Volumes: 1

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4. Spy×Family

Spy×Family
Spy×Family

What has sparked a boom the most recently is a spy-themed action comedy Spy×Family, which has been published by the author Tatsuya Endo on the online publishing platform Shonen Jump Plus every two weeks since 2019. Fans are looking forward to watching the first anime adaptation to be broadcasted from April, 2022.

Spy×Family tells the story about a fake family comprising a professional spy Loid Forger, his wife and skillful assassin Yor Forger and their adopted psychic girl Anya Forger. While the “parents” carry out their missions behind a veil of secrecy, Anya reads their minds but hide them to live peaceably. You can enjoy both the serious story of the escalation of international tensions of two great powers and the humorous scenes with comedy there.

Manga artist: Tatsuya Endo

Published: Since 2019

Serialized on Shonen Jump Plus

Volumes: 9 (As of April, 2022)

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5. Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction

Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction
Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction

Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction (デッドデッドデーモンズデデデデデストラクション) is one of the greatest manga series that finished its serialization in 2022. The coming-of-age manga mixed with fantasy contains 12 volumes published from 2014 to 2022. It is written by a renowned modern Japanese manga artist Inio Asano, who also completed Solanin (2005-2006) and Goodnight Punpun (2007-2013). It has been announced that Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction will be the first Inio Asano manga adapted into an anime series.

Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction depicts the contrast between adolescent days and a crisis of the world and humans. The setting is Tokyo, where a circular mothership has hovered in the sky as if it were air since the aliens invaded the city three years ago. A high school girl Kadode Koyama with short hair and eye glasses enjoy her school days with her best friend Ouran Nakagawa, a twintail Chunibyo girl.

Manga Artist: Inio Asano

Published: 2014-2022

Serialized on Big Comic Spirits

Volumes: 10

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6. Takopi’s Original Sin

Takopi's Original Sin
Takopi’s Original Sin

A shocking manga titled Takopi’s Original Sin (タコピーの原罪) blazed onto the Japanese comic book scene in the end of 2021, which just finished its story after being serialized on Shonen Jump Plus for more than three months. The Taizan 5’s first serialized manga series consists of 16 episodes that depict a poor elementary school girl Shizuka. She gets cruelly bullied by her classmates due to a complicated family circumstance.

One day, she encounters an octopus-shaped alien, which is named Takopi by her, it uses the Happy Tools brought from the Happy Planet to make her happy. However, they sometimes lead to unintended consequences. The English edition of the Takopi’s Original Sin’s tankobon has not been published yet, but you can read it on the official online publishing site Manga Plus by Shueisha for free.

Manga artist: Taizan 5

Published: 2021-2022

Serialized on Shonen Jump Plus

Volumes: 2

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7. Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen (呪術廻戦), which has been one of the most-watched manga series for these few years, will still continue to be a notable trend worldwide in 2022 and the next several years. The dark-fantasy adventure has been serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump since 2018, written by Gege Akutami. Following the hit anime movies Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in 2021, it’s just announced that the secound season of the television anime series will come in 2023.

In addition to the protagonist Yuji Itadori, who gets a part of the king of the Curses into his body, other coolest characters including his friend Megumi Fushiguro, his teacher Satoru Gojo and his senpai student Yuta Okkotsu have occupied the spotlight. Don’t miss the powerful battles between the jujutsu sorcerers and the Curses.

Manga artist: Gege Akutami

Published: Since 2018

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump

Volumes: 19 (As of April, 2022)

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8. Kaiju No. 8

Kaiju No. 8
Kaiju No. 8

For every fan of action and science fiction, Kaiju No. 8 (怪獣8号) is one of the hottest recommendations to read in 2022. The new action manga just started its serialization on the Shueisha’s online platform Shonen Jump Plus in 2020, which you can read in English in real time on the free official manga website Manga Plus.

A 32-year-old Monster Sweeper named Kafka Hibino, who failed the exam of the Japanese Defense Force so many times. While he decides to make efforts to become a member of the Defense Force, he gets a power to transform himself into a powerful monster by accidentally swallowing a tiny monster.

Manga artist: Naoya Matsumoto

Published: Since 2020

Serialized on Shonen Jump Plus

Volumes: 6 (As of March, 2022)

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9. Dandadan

Dandadan
Dandadan (Japanese)

The largest Japanese manga company Shueisha has focused its efforts on developing online publishing platforms Shonen Jump Plus and Manga Plus as well as the famous existing physical magazine Weekly Shonen Jump recently. what is drawing the most attention from across the world in Shonen Jump Plus is a cutting-edge action comedy Dandadan (ダンダダン). It has been written by Yukinobu Tatsu since 2021.

The occult-themed recent manga series centers on two high schoolers: Momo Ayase who believes in ghosts but disbelieves aliens; Ken Takakura who believes aliens exist but refuses to believe in ghosts. They are stepping into the supernatural world where both aliens and ghosts exist.

Manga artist: Yukinobu Tatsu

Published: Since 2021

Serialized on Shonen Jump Plus

Volumes: 4 (As of March, 2022)

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10. Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End

Frieren: Beyond Journey's End
Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End

Many manga fans are enjoying the fantasy adventure story of Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End (葬送のフリーレン) these days. It has been serialized on Weekly Shonen Sunday since 2020 as one of the most popular manga recently. The unique adventure manga doesn’t tell a story of hero party until they defeat the end boss.

It focuses on the story after the hero party beats the Devil King at the end of a 10-year journey, revolving around an elven girl Frieren, who has a lifetime for over a thousand years.

Manga artist: Kanehito Yamada (Writer)/Tsukasa Abe (Illustrator)

Published: Since 2020

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Sunday

Volumes: 7 (As of March, 2022)

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11. The Apothecary Diaries

The Apothecary Diaries
The Apothecary Diaries

The Apothecary Diaries (薬屋のひとりごと) is a trendy manga series that is getting more popular not only domestically but also worldwide. Based on the hot light novel series written by Natsu Hyuga since 2011, its manga adaptation has been made by a manga artist Itsuki Nanao since 2017. Both the fans of the light novel and manga series are expecting its anime adaptation production in the near future.

The mystery, rom-com manga is set in an Eastern country inspired by China, following a young court lady named Maomao. She is forced to provide help to solve mysteries inside the palace with her literacy and deep knowledge about medicine and poison.

Manga artist: Natsu Hyuga (Writer)/Itsuki Nanao (Illustrator)

Published: Since 2017

Serialized on Monthly Big Gangan

Volumes: 9 (As of November, 2021)

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12. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (無職転生 〜異世界行ったら本気だす〜), one of the most popular franchise in the recent past, is standing in the center of attention from Japanese and foreign fans in 2022 as well. The Isekai adventure manga has been adapted from the popular light novel series since 2014; the 2021’s anime adaptation sparked the boom of the series.

Since 33 episodes of the anime series aired, lots of fans have read this manga series for the following story. Enjoy the exciting journey of a genius magician Rudeus Greyrat, who is growing up with his family and friends!

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Manga artist: Rifujin na Magonote (Writer)/Yuka Fujikawa (Illustrator)

Published: Since 2014

Serialized on Monthly Comic Flapper

Volumes: 16 (As of November, 2021)

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13. Tokyo Revengers

Tokyo Revengers
Tokyo Revengers

As the hottest Japanese manga series, quite a few people has got into the modern science fiction Tokyo Revengers (東京卍リベンジャーズ) especially since its anime adaptation was released in 2021. The ongoing action and sci-fi manga with the theme of yanki (young Japanese delinquents) has been serialized on Weekly Shonen Magazine by Ken Wakui since 2017. The latest volume of the manga series is reaching the best part, which is highly recommended to read right now.

Tokyo Revengers is set in a modern Tokyo, centering on a 26-year-old part-time jobber Takemichi Hanagaki, who becomes aware of his supernatural ability for time travel. He decides to go back in time and become a member of the Tokyo’s largest gang group known as the Tokyo Manji Gang to save his ex-girlfriend Hinata Tachibana. In addition to the passionate protagonist, you can enjoy a variety of cool yanki characters including the leader Mikey and his best friend Draken.

Manga artist: Ken Wakui

Published: Since 2017

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Magazine

Volumes: 26 (As of February, 2022)

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