Best Ongoing Manga to Read Now 2022

Best Ongoing Manga

Japanese manga is a major entertainment that people enjoy everyday as a part of their lives not just in Japan but also all over the world these days though it was looked on as a kind of subculture that only a small minority of geeks are interested in especially overseas.

New manga are first published in Japan, and some of the popular titles are translated into multiple languages and distributed to the world almost simultaneously. So, you can enjoy reading the hottest manga series in real-time wherever you live.

The problem is which manga to read now while lots of new quality manga are being made and released. To build or update you manga reading list, I’d like to introduce best ongoing manga for fans who are looking for what to read next and beginners who want to catch up with the current manga trend.

Be grateful to be alive in the same period as these wonderful manga are serialized and don’t miss the recent episodes of the popular series.

▷Check out the best manga series of all time containing the classic legends and the current trends here, too!◁

Serialized

Here is the list of the best manga series now serialized on manga magazines and online publishing platforms.

1. One Piece

One Piece
One Piece

One Piece, written by Eiichiro Oda, is the most famous and popular ongoing manga series all over the world and has already established its fame as the legendary manga of all time though it has been not completed yet. The adventure manga is reaching the 100th volume in 2021, serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump since 1997.

One Piece focuses on the adventure of Monkey D. Luffy, the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates. He has a grand ambition to become the king of the pirates all around the sea, meeting unique crews and fighting against distinctive opponent characters.

Published from 1997

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump

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2. Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen (呪術廻戦) is one of the hottest ongoing manga serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump. The dark-fantasy manga written by Gege Akutami was adapted into the first season of the anime series, followed by the first anime movie Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in 2021.

The story begins when a pink-haired high school boy with a high athletic ability Yuji Itadori swallows a finger of Ryomen Sukuna, who is the king of Curses. Jujutsu Kaisen depicts the conflict between the Jujutsu Sorcerers and the Curses while Yuji is put in a delicate and complicated situation.

Published from 2018

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump

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3. My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア) is a popular ongoing action manga among both Japanese and foreign manga fans since its serialization on Weekly Shonen Jump started in 2014. The Kohei Horikoshi’s superhero manga just reached the 30th volume in 2021 and the several popular anime adaptations have been made since 2016.

A main character Izuku Midoriya, a high shooler with green hair, is gifted a Cuirk called One For All by the legendary hero All Might although he has a grueling experience for lacking a Quirk in his childhood. Powerful battle scenes between various attractive heroes and the vicious Villains are presented throughout the story.

Published from 2014

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump

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4. Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball Super
Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball Super (ドラゴンボール超) is the official sequel of the famous manga and anime series Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, written by Akira Toriyama and illustrated by Toyotarou. The previous Dragon Ball was serailized on Weekly Shonen Jump between 1984 and 1995 and Dragon Ball Super was launched on V Jump in 2015 while its anime series also started in the same year.

Dragon Ball Super depicts the world after Goku defeats Majin Buu at the end of the original Dragon Ball. The story begins when Beerus, known as God of Destruction, awakens after a long period of dormancy and seeks a Super Saiyan God seen in his dream.

Published from 2015

Serialized on V Jump

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5. Kaiju No. 8

Kaiju No. 8
Kaiju No. 8

Kaiju No. 8 (怪獣8号), which is also known as Monster#8, is a recent ongoing manga series written by Naoya Matsumoto. The action fantasy manga has been serialized on Shonen Jump Plus since 2020.

Kaiju No. 8 has the theme of Kaiju (Japanese monsters) centering on a man named Kafka Hibino. Kafka, who comes very close to giving up joining the Defense Force and becomes a Monster Sweeper, finally becomes its member to eradicate the Kaiju. On the other hand, he accidentally gets the half-human, half-Kaiju body.

Published from 2020

Serialized on Shonen Jump Plus

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6. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (BORUTO-ボルト- NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS) has raised much attention from manga fans all over the world as the official sequel of the legendary Ninja manga masterpiece Naruto. The new adventure series is supervised by Masashi Kishimoto, who is the manga artist of Naruto.

As shown in the title, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations follows the son of the previous protagonist Naruto, whose name is Boruto. It is set in the world 15 years later from the 4th great ninja war breaks out, where the Hidden Leaf Village is ruined.

Published from 2019

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump (2016-2019)/V Jump (from 2019)

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7. One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man
One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man (ワンパンマン) is a famous and popular ongoing manga especially among international manga fans, written by ONE and illustrated by Yusuke Murata. The action comedy manga has been serialized on Tonari no Young Jump since 2012.

One-Punch Man revolves around a 25-year-old bald-head superhero named Saitama, who gets the strongest power that allows him to beat any enemy with a punch by just training very hard everyday for three years. He and other various heroes battle against powerful monsters attacking the earth.

Published from 2012

Serialized on Tonari no Young Jump

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8. Spy × Family

Spy × Family
Spy × Family

Spy × Family, written by Tatsuya Endo, is a modern spy-themed ongoing manga with action and comedy. It has been loved by a wider range of readers from kids and adults since its serialization began on Shonen Jump Plus in 2019.

Spy × Family centers on a splendid spy Loid Forger sneaks in the hostile country Ostania for his country Westalis. To pretend an ordinary father, he comes to arrange a bogus marriage with a distinguished assassin wife Yor and an adopted little psychic girl Anya.

Published from 2019

Serialized on Shonen Jump Plus

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9. Yotsuba&!

Yotsuba&!
Yotsuba&!

Yotsuba&! (よつばと!), categorized as slice of life and comedy, has been loved by a wide range of readers around the world. Written by Kiyohiko Azuma, it has been serialized on a monthly Japanese shonen manga magazine Dengeki Daioh with the theme of “Enjoy Everything” since 2012.

Yotsuba&! tells daily stories of a five-year-old sprightly and inquisitive girl Yotsuba Koiwai and her father. The slice-of-life manga begins when they move into their new place, and Yotsuba takes a pleasure in everything in the peaceful days that is ordinary for anyone else in the town.

Published from 2012

Serialized on Dengeki Daioh

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10. Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari
Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari (化物語) is a renowned light novel and anime series, which has been adapted into the manga series since 2018. The ongoing paranormal manga is created by Oh! Great based on the original novel written by Nisio Isin. Bakemonogatari is the title of first part of Monogatari Series, but is also the title of the whole part of the manga adaptation.

Bakemonogatari depicts a variety of incidents caused by apparitions called Kaii since a high school boy Koyomi Araragi is transformed into a half-human, half-vampire by the king of apparitions. Koyomi tackles the problems occurring around several heroines and himself.

Published from 2018

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Magazine

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11. The Apothecary Diaries

The Apothecary Diaries Manga
The Apothecary Diaries

A trendy light novel’s manga adaptation was released in 2017, titled The Apothecary Diaries (薬屋のひとりごと). The historical mystery manga, which is also classified into drama and romance, has been adapted by a manga artist Nekokurage from the original light novel series written by Natsu Hyuga since 2011. This is one of the existing manga series that are the most anticipated to be adapted into an anime series at the moment.

The Apothecary Diaries is set in an alternate China, casting a spotlight on on a young court lady named Maomao. She was raised by a distinguished pharmacist but kidnapped and sold for the inner palace of the East land. While she intends to maintain a low profile there, she unintentionally attracts attention from a eunuch Jinshi by solving a mystery owing to her literacy and knowledge about medicine and poison.

Published from 2017

Serialized on Monthly Big Gangan

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12. Case Closed

Case Closed
Case Closed

Case Closed (名探偵コナン), which is also known as Detective Conan, is one of the most famous and longest-running ongoing manga. The mystery manga series has been loved by both children and adults since it started to be serialized on Weekly Shonen Sunday by Gosho Aoyama in 1994. The classic manga is reaching the 100th volume while an anime series has been made since 1996 and anime movies are released every season.

Case Closed depicts incidents occurring around a young kid named Conan Edogawa, whom a splendid high schooler detective Jimmy Kudo (known as Shinichi Kudo in Japanese) is transformed into by the Black Organization’s poison. He hides from the Black Organization in search of the way to restore his original appearance.

Published from 1994

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Sunday

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13. Laid-Back Camp

Laid-Back Camp
Laid-Back Camp

Laid-Back Camp (ゆるキャン△), written by Afro, is a modern trend, serialized since 2015 and adapted into two seasons of an anime series in 2018 and 2021 and a live-action drama series. It has been announced that the first anime movie will be released in 2022.

The camp-themed, slice-of-life manga series is set in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mt. Fuji and focuses on an outdoor life of high school girls including Rin Shima who loves camping solo and Nadeshiko Kagamihara who is only beginning to go camping. There are various beautiful camping sites surrounded by rich nature and useful tips for camping in the manga series.

Published from 2015

Serialized on Manga Time Kirara Forward (2015-2019)/Comic Fuz (from 2019)

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14. Teasing Master Takagi-san

Teasing Master Takagi-san
Teasing Master Takagi-san

Teasing Master Takagi-san (からかい上手の高木さん) is a modern romantic-comedy and slice-of-life manga series, written by Soichiro Yamamoto. It has been serialized since 2013 and two seasons of an anime adaptation were released in 2018 and 2019.

Teasing Master Takagi-san focuses on everyday of two middle school students Takagi-san and Nishikata. The heroine Takagi-san teases the protagonist Nishikata wittily and adorably while he attempts to get his revenge with shallow plans.

Published from 2013

Serialized on Monthly Shonen Sunday Mini (2013-2016)/Monthly Shonen Sunday (from 2016)

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15. Tokyo Revengers

Tokyo Revengers
Tokyo Revengers

Tokyo Revengers (東京卍リベンジャーズ) is one of the hottest ongoing manga that was first adapted into its 24-episode anime series in 2021, which has sparked a boom. The action and sci-fi manga has been written by Ken Wakui since 2017.

Tokyo Revengers presents Japanese Yanki (delinquent youth), set in Tokyo in modern days. A 26-year-old part-time jobber Takemichi Hanagaki suddenly knows the truth that his ex-girlfriend in his middle school days was killed due to the internal struggle of the Tokyo Manji Gang. To change the history, he goes back in time to the past and contacts the Tokyo Manji Gang in its early stage.

Published from 2017

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Magazine

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16. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

Categorized as romance and comedy, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War (かぐや様は告らせたい〜天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦〜) has been globally welcomed by lots of modern manga fans since its serialization began in 2015. Now ongoing on Weekly Young Jump, it has been adapted into anime series by A-1 Pictures since 2019.

Set in a prestigious high school Shuchiin Academy, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War tells the story of the student council president Miyuki Shirogane and the vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. They like each other but they have too much pride to tell their feelings. The peaceful manga comically presents how they attempt to encourage each other to express their loves any way possible.

Published from 2015

Serialized on Miracle Jump (2015-2016)/Weekly Young Jump (2016-)

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17. Kingdom

Kingdom (Japanese)
Kingdom (Japanese)

Kingdom (キングダム) is one of the most popular ongoing manga series especially among adults in Japan, serialized on Weekly Young Jump since 2006. The Yasuhisa Hara’s historical manga has been also made into an anime adaptation since 2012.

The Chinese history themed action manga is set in the Warring States period, when the king of Qin Ying Zheng attempts uniformity in China. It mainly follow a poor orphan named Xin, who has a dream to become the great General of the kingdom. There are moving human dramas, powerful battle scenes and various fighting tactics in the manga.

Published from 2006

Serialized on Weekly Young Jump

18. Berserk

Berserk
Berserk

Berserk (ベルセルク) is a well-known dark-fantasy manga series with the theme of sword and sorcery, serialized from 1989. The classic manga has been loved by lots of adults for a long time and an anime adaptation has been made since 1997. Unfortunately, its manga artist Kentaro Miura passed away in May, 2021, and it was never completed by himself. However, after being stopped for over one year, Berserk is coming back to Young Animal from June 24, 2022. Its serialization has been taken over by the editors of the magazine and some manga artists who had close relationships with Kentaro Miura since then.

Berserk follows an adventure of Guts, a soldier with a large sword and a small cannon, and an elf named Puck. He continues traveling to revenge himself on archdemons called God Hand.

Published from 1989

Serialized on Monthly Animal House (1989-1992)/Young Animal (from 1992)

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On hiatus

Here is a list of the best ongoing manga on hiatus that lots of fans all over the world have looked forward to the resumption of their serialization.

19. Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter is one of the most popular and famous manga series among both domestic and international fans, written by the well-known manga artist Yoshihiro Togashi. The action adventure manga series started on Weekly Shonen Jump in 1998 and have been intermittently stopped for personal reasons of the author. It is on hiatus from the late 2018.

Hunter x Hunter depicts the growing-up story of a 12-year-old protagonist Gon Freecss, who becomes a licensed Hunter to seek his lost father. He gets more and more powerful by training and meets various unique friends and villains.

Some fans of Hunter x Hunter think the story is wrapped up with the Chimera Ant Arc while others hope the following story is updated.

Published from 1998

Serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump

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20. Vagabond

Vagabond
Vagabond

Vagabond (バガボンド) is a famous historical manga series written by Takehiko Inoue, who is also known as the manga artist of Slam Dunk. It started to be serialized on Weekly Morning in 1998 but has been on hiatus since 2015.

Vagabond is based on a Eiji Yoshikawa’s novel Musashi published between 1935 and 1939 featuring the legendary Samurai Musashi Miyamoto. The manga series depicts life of Musashi Miyamoto, set in around the 17th century. He sets out on a journey to become the strongest man fighting with powerful swordsmen and spearmen.

Published from 1998

Serialized on Weekly Morning

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