Long-running series like One Piece and My Hero Academia are nearing their climaxes, while Spy x Family continues to do well in its anime adaptation. Jujutsu Kaisen has just finished a battle between its strongest characters. All of these are hot manga worth reading for any manga fan living in the present day.
However, there are still more manga worth reading in 2024. Some have recently started and quickly become the talk of the town, while others have gained dramatically increased attention due to their popularity and announcements of anime adaptations. It’s tough to narrow down the many recommended manga, but we have carefully selected the best manga to read in 2024 with undeniable quality that are not just a passing fad.
We live in a convenient world where manga can be instantly translated and distributed globally through online platforms. Of course, there’s also the pleasure of reading manga in a completed paperback form, enjoying the feel of the paper after some time has passed. If there’s a title you’re interested in, try reading it right away. If you get hooked on the manga, watching its anime adaptation is also recommended, as it offers a different perspective to deepen your understanding of the work.
All of the following manga are truly recommended, but for an objective assessment, We have also included their scores from the popular anime and manga database website MyAnimeList as of December 23, 2023.
So, let’s check out the latest manga trends!
1. Chainsaw Man
Without a doubt, the manga artist who has significantly expanded his fame in recent years is Tatsuki Fujimoto, known for his masterpiece Chainsaw Man (チェンソーマン). Following the trends set by Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Jujutsu Kaisen, this dark fantasy manga, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump and became a major hit. The first part, the Public Safety Arc, concluded with its 11th volume in 2020. The second part, the School Arc, is currently being well-received, and it’s a manga that people who haven’t caught up with the latest chapters should definitely continue reading in real time in 2024. The latest 16th volume was just released in December 2023.
The first part focused on the battles of Chainsaw Man, but the second part shifts its focus to
Denji as a human instead of the strongest Devil. Particularly in the first half of the second part, the main character is not Denji, but Asa Mitaka. She is half-possessed by the War Devil, a demon whose goal is to defeat Chainsaw Man. The depiction of a world that seems like a microcosm of “something bad” in modern times may leave some readers astonished. It is indeed one of the must-read manga of the moment. Additionally, there’s exciting news that a sequel in the form of an anime movie, Chainsaw Man – The Movie: Reze Arc, has been announced.
This manga has been rated 8.74/10 on MAL.
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2. Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End
As of 2024, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End (葬送のフリーレン) is not only one of the most popular manga but also likely to be regarded as one of the all-time best manga in the future. It extracts key elements from past fantasy and isekai genre manga, while maintaining a high level of originality. The goal of Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End differs from many similar genre manga where the protagonists aim to defeat a powerful enemy like a demon king. This story unfolds in a world where that goal has already been achieved.
Following the natural passing of her former party member, the hero Himmel, the long-lived elf Frieren begins a new journey to learn more about humans. On this journey, she encounters former companions Heiter and Eisen, and meets young people like Fern and Stark, who become her good partners. The manga often reflects on Frieren’s memories of adventures with Himmel and others, warming the narrative. Instead of flashy magical battle scenes, the human drama that unfolds during the journey truly shines in this manga.
Serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday since 2020, the finest manga, written by Kanehito Yamada and illustrated by Tsukasa Abe, continues to thrive. As of December 2023, 12 volumes have been published. Additionally, from October to March, the anime adaptation of Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End was broadcasted, achieving a high level of completion that rivals the manga. Along with the manga, the anime adaptation is also a must-check.
This manga has been rated 8.69/10 on MAL.
3. Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction
The manga 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), which blends science fiction with slice-of-life, is a work by Inio Asano that has continuously garnered attention among manga fans since its publication started in 2014. Why should it be highlighted as a manga to read in 2024? The reason is that this manga is finally being adapted into a two-part anime movie in March and April 2024. While the anime adaptation is certainly anticipated and likely to be a hit, it’s recommended to enjoy the original world and story in the manga before watching the anime.
Set in a world where three years have passed since aliens arrived in Tokyo with a massive flying saucer, the “mothership” ominously continues to hover in the sky. Meanwhile, high school girls Kadode Koyama and Ouran Nakagawa are enjoying their everyday lives. The manga beautifully depicts this coexistence of the extraordinary and the ordinary as if it were normal. Experience this new dystopian world.
Inio Asano’s highly acclaimed masterpiece Goodnight Punpun (おやすみプンプン), while seemingly less likely to be adapted into an anime in the near future, is another recommended manga. It vividly portrays painfully realistic episodes lurking in everyday life, making it a truly unique work.
This manga has been rated 8.22/10 on MAL.
4. Sakamoto Days
As for manga recommendations for 2024, or rather manga that should be a top priority to read anytime for those who haven’t yet, Sakamoto Days is a must-read. Since its serialization began in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2020, it has become a face of the new era of Weekly Shonen Jump alongside Jujutsu Kaisen. Sakamoto Days is also the first serial manga by the manga artist Yuto Suzuki. As of November 2023, 14 volumes have already been published, providing plenty of content to enjoy.
The story follows Taro Sakamoto, who was once the strongest and most legendary assassin, but now leads a peaceful everyday life after getting married. However, due to his notorious past, he is constantly attacked by numerous assassins. He continues to fight to protect his daily life with his outstanding battle skills. The comedy and flashy action elements remind one of One-Punch Man, while the plot of a former powerful figure retiring is reminiscent of Rurouni Kenshin. It’s a must for future anime adaptation, and both anime and manga fans can’t really talk about recent trends without checking it out.
This manga has been rated 8.04/10 on MAL.
In the classic genre of sports, one of your must-reads for 2024 should be Haikyu!! (ハイキュー!!). This manga by Haruichi Furudate began serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2012 and had already concluded in 2020. However, the anime adaptation, which started in 2014, is finally entering its final part. The first movie, Haikyu!! the Movie: Decisive Battle at the Garbage Dump, will be released in February 2024, making it one of the hottest series right now.
The charm of this volleyball-themed manga is that it can be enjoyed regardless of whether you like volleyball or have knowledge about it. Focusing just on the protagonist Shoyo Hinata’s team, Karasuno High School, reveals a cast of characters brimming with personality, and members from other schools also play significant roles in the story (reminding some fans of Slam Dunk). The successes and setbacks of these characters deeply engage the readers’ emotions. Settling down to binge-read all 45 volumes is one way to enjoy it.
This manga has been rated 8.85/10 on MAL.
6. Kaiju No. 8
The new next-generation hero action series Kaiju No. 8 (怪獣8号) has been attracting attention from across the world since its debut in 2020, and it’s finally getting an anime adaptation in the spring of 2024. Written by Naoya Matsumoto and serialized on Shonen Jump+ starting in 2020, it’s a manga from one of the platforms producing the most high-quality manga today.
The scenario of extraterrestrial life forms attacking the earth is common, but in Kaiju No. 8, the invaders are ferocious monsters known as Kaiju, depicted almost like natural disasters. The strongest Kaiju are assigned numbers like typhoons, and their strength is indicated using a unit called Fortitude, similar to the magnitude scale. The cool members of the Anti-Kaiju Defense Force confront these enemies. It’s a growth story where each member of the Defense Force levels up, but the presence of the protagonist, Kafka Hibino, who unintentionally absorbs the power of a Kaiju, also makes the manga appealing. He can “metamorphose” into a Kaiju form after swallowing a bug-like monster.
This manga has been rated 7.72/10 on MAL.
Dandadan (ダンダダン) doesn’t just stop at being a cool shonen manga; its psychedelic atmosphere continues to make it a super cool and prominent work. It’s an action comedy manga themed around paranormal phenomena like ghosts and aliens. The high school student Momo, who has a medium grandmother, believes in ghosts but not in aliens. The other protagonist, the otaku Okarun, believes in the opposite. Momo is strong-willed and Okarun is timid, so their personalities are opposites, but their shared interest in the unreal world of the occult leads their lives to intersect.
Dandadan has been written by the manga artist Yukinobu Tatsu since 2021. Alongside works like Spy x Family and Kaiju No. 8, it is one of the titles that make Shonen Jump+ the world’s best online manga platform these days. It has been decided that Dandadan will also be adapted into an anime in the autumn of 2024. As of the end of 2023, 12 volumes have already been published, but it’s never too late to start reading now. Get up to date with the latest trends by reading Dandadan.
This manga has been rated 8.29/10 on MAL.
Pluto is a suspenseful science fiction manga serialized from 2003 to 2009 by Naoki Urasawa. It’s the original work adapted into the current Netflix anime of the same title. This manga is a remake based on the The Greatest Robot on Earth episode from Osamu Tezuka’s legendary manga Astro Boy. With the magnificent anime adaptation in 2023, manga enthusiasts are encouraged to enjoy the original world in manga form. It’s a complete series in 8 volumes, making it an easy and recommended read.
The main character is not Atom (although he’s an important character), but Gesicht, a Europol special investigator. Gesicht is one of the world’s most advanced robots, indistinguishable in appearance from humans. There are seven of these top-tier robots including him and Atom in the world, and a mysterious case unfolds targeting the destruction of these robots. Gesicht, facing threats to his colleagues and himself, starts investigating a mysterious entity known as Pluto. Amidst the blend of mysteries and conspiracies, the greatest charm of this manga is arguably the presence of highly advanced robots even striving to understand human emotions. Reading this manga in today’s world of advanced AI technology provokes even deeper thoughts.
This manga has been rated 8.63/10 on MAL.
9. Teasing Master Takagi-san
Teasing Master Takagi-san (からかい上手の高木さん) may not be for every manga fan around the world. However, when discussing anime and manga today, the genre of slice-of-life romantic comedy cannot be ignored. One of the masterpieces of this genre is Teasing Master Takagi-san, which I’d like to introduce here. Especially since it concluded in 2023, it’s a series you’ll want to binge-read now. The manga revolves around a middle school student, Takagi-san, who frequently teases and plays pranks on her classmate, Nishikata (throughout the series, they are only referred to by their surnames). Mini-games ensue, and Nishikata invariably loses. These everyday scenes are depicted with heartwarming episodes, and readers find themselves comfortably immersed in them.
The manga, written by Soichiro Yamamoto, was serialized from 2013 to 2023 and comprises 20 volumes. It was adapted into an anime by Shin-Ei Animation starting in 2018, so watching that and then reading the manga continuation is also a good approach. The charm of the manga is dominated by Takagi-san’s cuteness and the pure relationship between the two. It has even established a sub-genre known as the San Series. Takagi-san is a great entry point for those new to slice-of-life manga.
This manga has been rated 8.09/10 on MAL.
10. Tying the Knot with an Amagami Sister
The latest romantic comedy manga that’s rapidly gaining popularity is Tying the Knot with an Amagami Sister (甘神さんちの縁結び). Many manga fans are captivated by the trio of heroines in this series. Tying the Knot with an Amagami Sister is a manga by Marcey Naito, serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine since 2021. While it’s based in the slice-of-life genre, it often incorporates fantasy elements. An anime adaptation has already been decided and is scheduled to air in 2024, which is why it’s recommended to read the manga beforehand, making it one of the best manga to read in 2024.
The protagonist is Uryu Kamihate, a second-year high school student who lost his parents at a young age. He ends up living with the family of the Amagami Shrine, distant relatives of his. An interesting aspect is that he, an atheist, becomes involved with a Shinto shrine. There, he meets the three sisters and shrine maidens, Yae, Yuna, and Asahi. The story begins when their grandfather and the shrine’s priest, Chidori, instructs Uryu to marry one of his granddaughters and become his son-in-law.
This manga has been rated 7.56/10 on MAL.
There are still many manga that I would recommend, but for now, I have chosen those that are currently at the peak of their popularity and seem to match the tastes of a wider audience. The best manga lists from past years are still useful, so if you’re looking for more recommendations, be sure to check them out.
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