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The Best Parody Manga of All Time

Although many people cherish watching anime, they often forget that most anime serve as adaptations of the original source material. While there are some instances where the anime is better than the manga, those instances are few and far between.

With the amount of manga released on a daily basis, it could be hard to cut through all those books to find the “Best of” for any chosen topic.

Well, we’re here to help celebrate and shine a spotlight on some of the latest, greatest, and unforgettable manga through the years. For our ongoing series of articles depicting the best manga, our attention this time turns to those strongly focusing on parody. From superhero-inspired tales to those that are downright absurd, there’s a good choice to whet your appetite.

Of course, if we’ve missed any of your favorites, feel free to comment below and we’ll add them!

One Punch Man – ONE

One Punch Man is one of the best parody manga you’ll ever read. The series follows Saitama, an average man who can defeat any opponent with a single punch. Through its over-the-top humor and witty commentary, One Punch Man cleverly mocks the conventions and tropes of superhero stories.

The series constantly subverts the typical superhero formula, including those moments where our heroes struggle through intense battles and overcome immense obstacles. Saitama’s incredible strength and effortless victories serve as a humorous commentary on the predictability of traditional superhero narratives. By highlighting Saitama’s absurd strength, the manga exposes the readers to the genre’s flaws, giving them a fresh take on heroism’s notions.

With some stunning action scenarios and jabs at pop culture, One Punch Man promises a good time. 

Machimaho – I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl! – Souryuu

This manga with an elongated title is one of the best magical girl parody manga you’ll ever read. It takes the comforting and wholesome magical girl concept and flips it on its head. It follows a delinquent turned magical girl named Majiba who’d rather bash villains’ skulls in than play dress up with cuddly creatures. Based on its protagonist’s rowdy attitude, you can expect the manga’s tone to follow suit. 

Souryuu excellently pokes fun at magical girls through Majiba’s character. You’ll catch her using slurs, smoking cigarettes, and participating in all types of mischief that you’d never find something like Sailor Moon’s Usagi or Cardcaptor Sakura’s Sakura doing. It[‘s these hilarious and crude depictions that’ll keep audiences engaged with this story.

If you’re looking for a comical and action-packed take on magical girls, check this manga out. 

Attack On Titan: Junior High – Saki Nakagawa

Sakamoto Days – Yuto Suzuki

Sket Dance – Kenta Shinohara

Sket Dance is a fantastic manga that can switch between comedy and heartfelt storytelling on the fly. The story takes place in high school and follows a special club called the Sket Brigade. Its members consist of Kazuyoshi, Hime, and their leader Yuusuke. They all have notable traits despite being slackers. They’re dedicated to helping people with their issues despite being problematic people. 

This manga is known for its ability to degrade conventions set in school-themed mangas. The series playfully exaggerates the archetypal characters and situations found in high school-based stories. From overly dramatic student council president to incompetent teachers, Sket Dance delivers relentless parody that keeps readers entertained.

Shokugeki No Sanji – Yuto Tsukuda

Shokugeki No Sanji, written by Yuto Tsukuda, is a delightful parody manga that combines the world of One Piece with Yuto’s Food Wars series. The series centers around One Piece’s Sanji, as he navigates the culinary world and engages in over-the-top cooking battles.

This manga is a perfect fusion between One Piece and Food Wars. It integrates One Piece’s whimsical nature and Food Wars’s combative culinary aspects well. It not only spawns hilarious situations but generates a sense of familiarity and nostalgia for fans of both series. Moreover, this series contains delightful cooking techniques, ingredients, and presentations.

If you’re looking for a series that pays tribute to two of Shonen Jump’s best properties, check this out. 

Hetalia Axis Powers – Hidekaz Himaruya

Hetalia Axis Powers is a wonderful parody manga. It has a unique concept, clever historical satire, and is known for being slightly educational. The manga takes a comical approach to retelling key events and relationships in world history. It personifies countries as colorful anime males, providing readers with a fresh take on historical events. 

The manga utilizes the personification of countries as characters to offer readers a funny take on history.  The light-hearted portrayal of historical locales and events provides readers with a new way to appreciate history. You’ll love the hilarious dynamic between Germany and Italy and the playful banter between the Allies and Axis Powers.

Everything culminates into an experience that’ll help the audience understand and appreciate past events that shaped our world to what it’s become today. 

Mashle: Magic and Muscles – Hajime Koumoto

Mashle: Magic and Muscles is a funny, action-packed magic academy manga. It follows Mash, a boy born into a world without magical capabilities. Mash’s reliance on physical strength and sheer determination sets the stage for absurd situations. These poke fun at the conventions established in the fantasy genre. That said, Mashle’s comedic execution is wonderful. 

The series emphasizes humor through the stark contrast between Mash’s lack of magical abilities and the fantastical world he inhabits. The characters’ over-the-top, brute strength and unconventional methods of solving problems result in absurd and comical scenarios that keep readers entertained.

With its ability to deliver a thrilling combination of action and comedy, Mashle: Magic and Muscles stands out as a great parody of the fantasy genre. 

Lucky Star – Kagami Yoshimizu

Lucky Star has rightfully earned its place among the parody manga here. The series follows the lives of four school girls with distinct personalities, as they navigate school, friendships, and various otaku interests.

Lucky Star’s strength lies in its ability to poke fun at tropes in anime, manga, and gaming, making it a great parody manga that resonates with fans. The manga’s ability to capture the everyday nuances of life makes it a hit with audiences though. The series delves into the mundane aspects of life, like school, chores, and random conversations. Its satire of these ordinary moments brings out the comedy in the smallest of details. making an incredibly relatable read.

If you love tales that are laid-back, funny, and contain many references, check this out. 

Pop Team Epic – Bkub Okawa

Pop Team Epic is an absurd, unpredictable manga that pushes the boundaries of unconventional storytelling. The series follows Popuko and Pipimi, two violent and irreverent high school girls who find themselves in bizarre and nonsensical situations. This series is loved for its readiness to challenge traditional storytelling methods. 

The series often disregards continuity, genre expectations, and even its own character’s identities. Popuko and Pipimi take on countless personalities and appearances throughout the manga, parodying various famous characters from anime, manga, and pop culture.

The constant subversion of expectations and the silliness to break the rules of storytelling, make this a fascinating read for parody enthusiasts. 

So, there we have it, our picks for the best parody manga through the years!

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!

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