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The Best Spin-off 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 manga spin-offs. From JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure to My Hero Academia, 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 get them added on!

Ginkai no Speed Star – Michiharu Kusonoki

Ginkai no Speed Star is a spin-off series for Michiharu’s Kusonoki’s Wangan Midnight racing manga. This series serves as a continuation of the series due to Kusonoki running into problems with Kodansha. It follows Akihiro, who wants to become the Shuto Expressway’s best racer with his signature Porsche 911 Turbo vehicle. 

Many readers adore this series for feeling different compared to other racing media. Where others strongly focus on the intense racing competition, Ginkai no Speed Star highlights its characters’ everyday lives as they strive to make companions and enjoy the minor things in life. Thankfully, readers don’t need to read the mainline series to enjoy this relatable tale. 

Attack on Titan: No Regrets – Gun Snark

Attack On Titan: No Regrets is an enjoyable spin-off from the popular series Attack On Titan. It follows Captain Levi Ackerman and gives viewers a deep dive into his past and intertwines it seamlessly with the mainline narrative. By shedding light on the early days of the Survey Corps, No Regrets deepens readers’ understanding of the Attack On Titan mythos. 

It provides crucial insight into Levi’s character, delving into his motivations, struggles, and what leads him to become the person we know him as today. The ways Gun Snark expands upon Levi’s background and the story at hand gives Hajime Isayama’s work greater depth, enriching the readers’ experience with it. 

GT-R: Great Transporter Ryuji – Tooru Fujisawa

For those who loved Eikichi’s wild antics in Great Teacher Onizuka, you’ll love the amount of bizarre and hilarious content Tooru Fujisawa inserts into this spin-off title. From wild car chase segments to amusing misunderstandings, you’ll have a hard time holding your giggles in while reading this title.

In addition to shedding more light on Ryuji’s character along with the supporting cast who crop up in the world, GT-R: Great Transporter Ryuji is a fun spin-off everyone should check out. 

Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan – Hirohiko Araki

Assassination Classroom: Extra Chapters – Yusei Matsui

Assassination Classroom: Extra Chapters is as the title suggests. These were additional story beats Yusei inserted into Assassination Classroom’s final volume. These were meant to complement the tale’s ending and give readers closure on a few things. Many of these give readers some comical and heartfelt instances involving the series’s mascot and teacher, Koro-sensei. 

From Koro-sensei obsessing over adult media to his weirdly socializing with co-workers, Matsui wanted to leave readers with something wholesome. Considering how the manga ends, many readers will appreciate the tone he went with for the Extra Chapters.

If you were a huge fan of Koro-sensei’s character and were devastated by the way Matsui concluded his tale in the manga, give Assassination Classroom: Extra Chapters a read. 

Dragon Ball Side Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha – Dragon Garow Lee

If you blended the isekai genre with Dragon Ball, you’d get something like this manga. Written and illustrated by Dragon Garow Lee, this spin-off focuses on the overlooked and often goofed-on character, Yamcha. Many adore this work for its clever and self-aware storytelling. It follows a die-hard Dragon Ball fan who gets mysteriously reincarnated as Yamcha. 

Lee pokes fun at Yamcha’s character throughout this tale but takes the time to delve into his shortcomings. He skillfully pays homage to Dragon Ball by providing an interesting isekai twist on its tale. Moreover, the spin-off gives Yamcha some more defining moments, often changing events to make him look cooler than he appears in Dragon Ball Z. This will appeal to Yamcha’s fanbase the most.

On top of capturing Akira Toriyama’s art style, Dragon Garow Lee’s Dragon Ball Side Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha is a spin-off manga that’s worth your time. 

Shokugeki no Souma: L’étoile – Michiko Itou

Shokugeki no Souma: L’étoile is a captivating spin-off series set in the Food Wars universe. It follows the daily endeavors of the series’s protagonist Yukihira Souma’s greatest adversary, Kojiro Shinomiya, who flees to France to sharpen his cooking skills. Although this manga may not appeal to those who only care for Soma, it delivers nice insight into French cuisine, 

Many readers will appreciate Michiko Itou’s strong attention to detail in France’s locales. From the bustling streets to the rich architecture and food, you’ll be immersed in the environment Kojiro finds himself. Additionally, Kojiro is a fascinating character to observe in this work as Itou sheds more light on his character’s background, motivations, and cooking expertise.

If you’ve never read Food Wars, then you’ll be happy to know that you can read and enjoy this tale without prior knowledge of the mainline series. 

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes – Hideyuki Furuhashi

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes is an amazing spin-off series and a nice departure from the main My Hero Academia storyline. It focuses on the less glamorous world of vigilantes as opposed to heroes. Nonetheless, it contains similar action-packed sequences, compelling characters, and thought-provoking themes that’ll keep you hooked. 

The manga’s battles and encounters are thrilling at their core. Each chapter treats readers to impressive displays of heroism as characters navigate the dark underbelly of the hero’s society. It delves into the moral grey areas and the consequences of one’s actions. This challenges readers to reflect on the nature of heroism and the limits of justice. 

Bungo Stray Dogs: Beast – Kafka Asagiri

Bungo Stray Dogs: Beast is just as captivating as the mainline Bungo Stray Dogs series. It takes what fans loved from the cast and places them in an alternate reality, offering a fresh take on the franchise. This spin-off immerses readers in a world where the characters possess different abilities and face new challenges. 

With its new enemies, the manga features more high-stakes battles and intense confrontations that’ll send chills down your spine. The narrative mixes action, mystery, and supernatural elements, giving readers an unpredictable and stimulating experience throughout its run.

On top of giving audiences more complex character dynamics and stunning artwork to glance at, Bungo Stray Dogs: Beast is a must-read for the audience’s fanbase. 

Salaryman Exorcist – Kazue Katou

Salaryman Exorcist focuses on Yukio Okumura, Rin’s twin brother. Despite being a stern individual in the mainline series, Kazue Katou opted for a comedic tone with the spin-off and placed Yukio in various hilarious situations. This manga serves as Katou’s way to force Yukio into circumstances he’d never be a part of in the mainline series’s manga. 

From cleaning things off holiday decorations to wearing his eyeglasses in bizarre ways, you’ll be weirded out and slightly amused by the things Kotou has Yukio do in this manga. Nonetheless, it’s a refreshing way of giving audiences another side to Yukio’s character, allowing them to foster a tighter connection with him. However, it’s best for readers to read the original Blue Exorcist manga if they have the urge to read this spin-off. 

So, there we have it, our picks for the best manga spin-offs 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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