Top 50 Best Selling Manga Of All Time

 

In the vast universe of storytelling, manga stands as a beacon of cultural prowess and creative depth, with pages full of storytelling that has captured the imagination of millions worldwide. With its myriad genres, from heart-stopping action to soulful romance, along to the fantastical realms of magic and mecha, manga has cultivated an unparalleled bond with readers, leaving indelible marks on hearts and minds.

Join us as we celebrate the top 50 best selling manga of all time. The ratings are compiled based on number of manga sold and as such, the ratings are subject to change over time. At the time of writing, these figures are accurate and up to date, although we do aim to keep checking this page from time to time. So without further ado, let’s dive in!

 

Updated: 27th August 2023

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50 – Cobra

40 – Gintama

30 -Kinnikuman

20 – Captain Tsubasa

10 – Oishinbo


50 – Cobra

Approx Sales: 50 million

Cobra is a science fiction series written and illustrated by Buichi Terasawa. The story revolves around Johnson, an ordinary man who secretly leads a double life as the space pirate, Cobra.

Armed with a unique Psycho-Gun embedded in his left arm, Cobra travels through space, encountering numerous adventures, beautiful women, and deadly foes.

The manga hosts a combination of action-packed scenes, sultry heroines, and a charismatic lead character. The series is widely acclaimed for its imaginative world-building, unforgettable characters, and stylish artwork. For those who enjoy thrilling space operas, Cobra is an absolute must-read.


49 – City Hunter

Approx Sales: 50 million

Written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo, City Hunter is a captivating mix of action, comedy, and romance. Set in Tokyo, the story introduces us to Ryo Saeba, a highly skilled “sweeper” (private detective), who specializes in solving dangerous problems.

Ryo is known not only for his unmatched marksmanship but also for his relentless womanizing behavior. Throughout the series, Ryo takes on various cases, often helping distressed women, while his assistant, Kaori, tries to keep his flirtatious tendencies in check.

The manga has plenty of fast-paced action, humor, and a crackling dynamic between the lead characters.


48 – Black Jack

Approx Sales: 50 million

Black Jack, penned by the legendary Osamu Tezuka, delves into the life of Kuroo Hazama, an unlicensed but genius surgeon known as “Black Jack.” The episodic series sees Black Jack taking on seemingly impossible medical cases, often tackling ethical dilemmas and societal issues along the way.

While the manga is predominantly a medical drama, it also incorporates elements of mystery, suspense, and, at times, the supernatural! Tezuka has some deep character development too, making Black Jack more than just a series of medical tales — it’s a reflection on humanity, life, and the gray areas in between.


47 – Super Radical Gag Family

Approx Sales: 50 million

Super Radical Gag Family, or “Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku” in Japanese, is a hilarious comedy manga written and illustrated by Kenji Hamaoka. The series centers around the Osawagi family living in Urayasu, Chiba. The story provides a comedic look at the daily lives of an unconventional family, emphasizing their quirks and the chaos that often ensues.

The strength of this manga lies in its slapstick humor, exaggerated character expressions, and situations that escalate from the mundane to the absolutely absurd. For those who appreciate high-energy humor and family dynamics, Super Radical Gag Family offers endless laughs.


46 – Minami no Teio

Approx Sales: 50 million

Minami no Teio, written by Dai Tennōji and illustrated by Rikiya Go, is a thrilling tale about the gritty world of loan sharks in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district. The protagonist, Ginjiro Manda, is known as the “Emperor of Minami” due to his unmatched skills in the moneylending business.

As he navigates the treacherous waters of the underworld, readers get a glimpse into the complex world of crime, power struggles, and the morally gray decisions Ginjiro often has to make. The manga stands out for its in-depth exploration of human nature, the dark recesses of society, and the intricate web of relationships that underpin the criminal world.

With its gripping narrative and detailed character arcs, Minami no Teio offers a deep dive into the lesser-seen aspects of urban life.


45 – Ranma ½

Approx Sales: 51 million

Created by the renowned manga artist Rumiko Takahashi, Ranma ½ is a unique blend of martial arts action and romantic comedy. The story centers around a teenage martial artist named Ranma Saotome, who, due to an unfortunate accident during a training journey, transforms into a girl when splashed with cold water. Hot water reverses the effect.

This peculiar curse brings about hilarious situations, especially when combined with the tumultuous relationship he has involving his fiancée, Akane Tendo. The manga is celebrated for its memorable characters, inventive comedic scenarios, and its thoughtful exploration of gender roles and identity.


44 – Haikyu!!

Approx Sales: 53 million

Written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate, Haikyu!! is an absolute classic when it comes to manga centered on sports. More specifically here, volleyball. The story follows Shoyo Hinata, a young player passionate about volleyball, despite his short stature. After suffering a crushing defeat in his first and last middle school match, he vows to overcome his weaknesses and joins Karasuno High School’s volleyball team.

Whilst there, he’s reunited with his rival, Tobio Kageyama. With its dynamic and detailed volleyball matches, heartfelt character development, and intense rivalries, Haikyu!! captures the spirit and passion of the sport, making it a must-read for sports enthusiasts.


43 – H2

Approx Sales: 55 million

Penned by Mitsuru Adachi, H2 is a captivating blend of romance, comedy, and baseball. The story revolves around Hiro Kunimi and his friend, Hideo Tachibana, both of whom are hindered from playing baseball due to injuries.

Despite their circumstances, their love for the game remains unwavering. The narrative beautifully intertwines the characters’ high school lives, romantic endeavors, and their baseball aspirations. Adachi’s signature storytelling and delicate art style make H2 a touching and memorable read.


Berserk

42 – Berserk

Approx Sales: 55 million

Berserk, by Kentaro Miura, is a dark fantasy manga that delves deep into themes of isolation, ambition, and the nature of evil. The protagonist, Guts, is a lone mercenary with a tragic past, seeking revenge against a former comrade who betrayed him.

Berserk stands out for its intricate plot, well-developed characters, and detailed artwork. With its graphic content and mature themes, it offers a raw and often disturbing depiction of an inspired world, making it a staple for fans of dark fantasy.


41 – Bad Boys

Approx Sales: 55 million

Bad Boys, written by Hiroshi Tanaka, is a tale of delinquency, friendship, and redemption. Set in Hiroshima, it chronicles the lives of Tsukasa Kiriki and his friends as they navigate the world of high school brawls and gang conflicts. The series provides a gritty yet heartfelt portrayal of youth, camaraderie, and the consequences of one’s actions. It’s packed full of memorable segments, depicting the ups and downs faced by teenage delinquents.


40 – Gintama

Approx Sales: 55 million

Gintama, crafted by Hideaki Sorachi, is a unique blend of historical drama, sci-fi, and comedy. Set in an alternate-history Edo period where aliens known as “Amanto” have invaded Earth, the narrative follows Gintoki Sakata, a samurai who performs odd jobs to make ends meet.

Gintama masterfully switches between comedy, action, and drama, sometimes within a few pages of one another, making it both hilarious and deeply touching. Its parodies of other manga and pop culture, combined with many memorable characters, make it a standout series.


39 – Initial D

Approx Sales: 55 million

Initial D by Shuichi Shigeno is a thrilling manga dedicated to street racing in the mountain passes of Japan. The story centers around Takumi Fujiwara, a young delivery driver with an innate talent for racing.

As he gets involved in various races, readers are treated to tense and exhilarating car duels. The manga is not only about racing though; it also delves into the personal growth of its characters. The series is particularly notable for its detailed depiction of cars and its accurate portrayal of driving techniques.


38 – Crayon Shin-chan

Approx Sales: 55.5 million

Created by Yoshito Usui, Crayon Shin-chan follows the misadventures of Shinnosuke “Shin-chan” Nohara, a mischievous five-year-old boy, and his interactions with his family, friends, and teachers.

The manga, known for its humor and playful art style, delves into everyday scenarios, showcasing them from a child’s playful and often inappropriate perspective. It provides a hilarious and often insightful look into childhood, making it both a comedic and nostalgic read.


37 – Rokudenashi Blues

Approx Sales: 56 million

Rokudenashi Blues, written by Masanori Morita, is a gripping story that delves deep into the world of high school delinquency. It follows the lives of Maeda Taison and his friends as they navigate challenges, fights, and relationships in and outside school.

While the manga has its fair share of brawls and action-packed sequences, it also emphasizes friendship, loyalty, and the struggles of youth. The authentic portrayal of teenage angst and camaraderie makes it a standout in the delinquent manga genre.


36 – The Prince of Tennis

Approx Sales: 58 million

Written and illustrated by Takeshi Konomi, The Prince of Tennis follows the prodigious tennis player Ryoma Echizen. Despite his young age, Ryoma showcases immense talent, having won several championships in America.

After moving to Japan, he joins the Seishun Academy’s tennis team and faces intense competition and challenges. The series stands out for its dynamic tennis matches, character development, and the portrayal of teamwork and rivalry on and off the court.


35 – Major

Approx Sales: 60 million

Major, penned by Takuya Mitsuda, revolves around the life of Goro Honda and his passion for baseball. The series chronicles his journey from a young child to a professional baseball player, facing numerous challenges, personal growth, and relationships along the way.

With deeply emotional arcs, thrilling baseball matches, and a compelling protagonist, Major is a testament to the spirit of sports and determination.


34 – Boys Over Flowers

Approx Sales: 60 million

Created by Yoko Kamio, Boys Over Flowers (Hana Yori Dango) is a romantic drama that centers around Makino Tsukushi, a girl from a modest background attending an elite school.

She crosses paths with the school’s influential group called the “F4” and ends up in a turbulent relationship with their leader. The manga is celebrated for its compelling love triangles, social commentary, and the resilient spirit of its lead character.


33 – Tokyo Revengers

Approx Sales: 60.5 million

Penned by Ken Wakui, Tokyo Revengers combines elements of action, drama, and time travel. The story follows Takemichi Hanagaki, a man who discovers he can travel back in time after a tragic event involving his ex-girlfriend.

Determined to prevent her death and alter his bleak future, he gets involved with the Tokyo Manji Gang. The series brilliantly depicts themes of redemption, the impact of choices, and the bonds of friendship.


32 – Rurouni Kenshin

Approx Sales: 61 million

Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin is set in the Meiji era and follows Kenshin Himura, a wandering samurai who has vowed never to kill again after his actions during the war. With his reverse-blade sword, he seeks to protect the innocent and atone for his past.

The manga brilliantly combines historical context, action-packed swordplay, and moral dilemmas, making it a compelling read.


31 – Fairy Tail

Approx Sales: 70 million

Written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima, Fairy Tail revolves around the adventures of Lucy Heartfilia and Natsu Dragneel, members of the titular magic guild. Together with their friends, they face numerous challenges, battles, and threats to the world. With a blend of magic, camaraderie, and humor, Fairy Tail highlights the importance of friendship and courage.


30 – Kinnikuman

Approx Sales: 72 million

Kinnikuman, created by Yudetamago, is a unique blend of superhero wrestling and humor. The story follows Suguru Kinniku, a clumsy and comical prince of the Muscle Planet, as he competes in wrestling tournaments and battles various antagonists. With its comedic elements, intense battles, and quirky characters, Kinnikuman offers both humor and action in abundance, making it a must-read.


29 – YuYu Hakusho

Approx Sales: 77 million

Crafted by Yoshihiro Togashi, YuYu Hakusho follows Yusuke Urameshi, a delinquent teenager who, after a surprising act of kindness, finds himself in the afterlife. Granted a second chance, he becomes a Spirit Detective, dealing with supernatural threats to the living world.

With its captivating battles, spiritual themes, and character growth, YuYu Hakusho has cemented its place as a classic shonen manga and one well worth checking out.


28 – Sangokushi

Approx Sales: 78 million

Based on the historical Chinese text “Romance of the Three Kingdoms,” Sangokushi by Mitsuteru Yokoyama is a retelling of the events and figures during the end of the Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period.

With its intricate plot, political intrigue, and character dynamics, Sangokushi provides a dramatic take on historical events, making it both educational and captivating.


27 – Jujutsu Kaisen

Approx Sales: 80 million

Created by Gege Akutami, Jujutsu Kaisen delves into a world where cursed spirits arise from human negative emotions. The story follows Yuji Itadori as he joins a secret organization to combat these curses after consuming a powerful cursed object.

With its dark themes, dynamic battles, and complex characters, Jujutsu Kaisen offers a fresh and thrilling perspective on the battle shonen genre, and it’s fast becoming one of the most beloved manga of all time.


26 – Fullmetal Alchemist

Approx Sales: 80 million

Penned by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist is a tale of two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who use alchemy in their quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone to restore their bodies after a failed alchemical ritual. The series expertly weaves themes of sacrifice, redemption, and the moral consequences of unchecked ambition. Its rich narrative, combined with a steampunk setting, makes it a favorite among manga enthusiasts.


25 – Vagabond

Approx Sales: 82 million

Created by Takehiko Inoue, Vagabond is a stunningly illustrated retelling of the life of legendary samurai, Miyamoto Musashi. Drawn from historical records and the epic novel “Musashi” by Eiji Yoshikawa, the manga portrays Musashi’s journey from a wild, reckless youth to a wise and undefeated ronin. The artwork is truly breathtaking, with some incredible pictures and plenty of action to beat.

Vagabond also has intricate character development and lifelike battle scenes, making it an absolute masterpiece of historical fiction.


24 – Hunter X Hunter

Approx Sales: 84 million

Crafted by Yoshihiro Togashi, Hunter X Hunter chronicles the adventures of Gon Freecss, a young boy who becomes a Hunter to find his father, a legendary Hunter himself.

As he ventures forth, Gon encounters friends and foes, facing numerous challenges along the way. The manga is revered for its intricate plot, creative power systems, and deep character dynamics.


23 – My Hero Academia

Approx Sales: 85 million

Written by Kohei Horikoshi, My Hero Academia is set in a world where the majority of the population possesses superpowers known as “Quirks.” The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a Quirkless boy, as he aspires to become a hero.

With its blend of intense battles and commentary on heroism, this manga provides a fresh perspective on the superhero genre. For this reason, it’s perhaps no surprise to find this one beloved by many fans.


22 – Baki the Grappler

Approx Sales: 85 million

Created by Keisuke Itagaki, Baki the Grappler delves into the world of martial arts, showcasing intense battles and diverse fighting techniques. Following the journey of Baki Hanma as he trains to surpass his father, the strongest fighter in the world, the series offers a blend of adrenaline-pumping action and intricate martial arts knowledge.


21 – Sazae-san

Approx Sales: 86 million

Penned by Machiko Hasegawa, Sazae-san is a yonkoma (four-panel) manga that presents the everyday life of Sazae Fuguta and her extended family. Its charming portrayal of post-war Japanese family life, combined with light-hearted humor and plenty of drama throughout, has made it an enduring classic in the world of manga.


20 – Captain Tsubasa

Approx Sales: 90 million

Created by Yoichi Takahashi, Captain Tsubasa is a sports manga that captures the passion and dreams of young football (soccer) players. Centered around Tsubasa Oozora and his ambition to represent Japan in the World Cup, the series showcases epic matches, intense rivalries, and the spirit of sportsmanship, all through the 90 minute matches on the field.


19 – Kingdom

Approx Sales: 99 million

Penned by Yasuhisa Hara, Kingdom is a historical manga that paints a gripping tale of China’s Warring States period. Following the journey of Shin, a young war orphan who dreams of becoming the world’s greatest general, the narrative masterfully blends epic battles, political intrigue, and character growth. This is, of course, not to be confused with the Netflix series sporting the same name!


18 – Touch

Approx Sales: 100 million

Written by Mitsuru Adachi, Touch is a romantic drama intertwined with the thrills of baseball. It centers around the Uesugi twins, Tatsuya and Kazuya, alongside their childhood friend, Minami Asakura. As the trio navigates love, loss, and aspirations, the manga offers a touching portrayal of youth and ambition.


17 – The Kindaichi Case Files

Approx Sales: 100 million

Created by Seimaru Amagi and illustrated by Fumiya Sato, The Kindaichi Case Files is a detective manga that follows the adventures of Hajime Kindaichi, a high schooler who solves intricate and often bizarre mysteries.

With its well-thought-out puzzles, intriguing characters, and occasional moments of humor, the manga is a treat for mystery lovers.


16 – Hajime no Ippo

Approx Sales: 100 million

Authored by George Morikawa, Hajime no Ippo centers on the life of Ippo Makunouchi, a once timid high school student who turns to boxing as a means of personal growth and self-assertion.

The series is renowned for its realistic boxing techniques, intense training segments, and deeply emotional character arcs, chronicling Ippo’s journey through the rigorous world of professional boxing.


15 – Fist of the North Star

Approx Sales: 100 million

Created by Buronson and illustrated by Tetsuo Hara, Fist of the North Star is set in a post-apocalyptic world and follows Kenshiro, a master of the deadly martial art Hokuto Shinken. With his skills, Kenshiro protects the innocent from oppressive gangs and seeks to reunite with his beloved Julia.

The manga is celebrated for its iconic battle sequences, dramatic confrontations, and profound themes of love and sacrifice.


14 – Astro Boy

Approx Sales: 100 million

Penned by the legendary Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) chronicles the adventures of a robot boy with human-like emotions. Set in a futuristic world where robots and humans coexist, Astro Boy tackles deep themes of identity, humanity, and the complexities of existence.

Its influence on the manga and anime industry is immeasurable, solidifying its place as a pioneering work.


13 – Attack on Titan

Approx Sales: 110 million

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan is an absolute juggernaut and its growing influence on the world of manga has been helped tremendously by the ongoing quality and popularity of the anime adaptation. 

The story unfolds in a world besieged by massive humanoid Titans. The remnants of humanity shelter within enormous walled cities. Eren Yeager, the protagonist, joins the military with his friends after a traumatic Titan attack. What follows from here though is an unforgettable journey into a dangerous and brutal world.


12 – Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

Approx Sales: 120 million

Crafted by Hirohiko Araki, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a multi-generational epic that follows the adventures of the Joestar family. Each part of the series introduces a new protagonist and a unique storyline, with elements of supernatural battles, mystery, and dramatic showdowns throughout.

The series sports a diverse cast, inventive Stand battles, and a very distinctive art style which have helped garner it a dedicated fanbase.


11 – Bleach

Approx Sales: 130 million

Tite Kubo’s Bleach centers on Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager with the ability to see ghosts. After acquiring the powers of a Soul Reaper, he takes on the duty of protecting the living from malevolent spirits and guiding deceased souls to the afterlife.

With its enthralling sword fights, spiritual realms, and vast character roster, Bleach remains a staple in the shonen manga realm.


10 – Oishinbo

Approx Sales: 135 million

Penned by Tetsu Kariya and drawn by Akira Hanasaki, Oishinbo is a gourmet manga that delves into the culinary world of Japan. Following the culinary journeys of journalist Shiro Yamaoka, the series introduces readers to Japanese cuisine’s intricacies, traditions, and innovations. It’s a delightful blend of drama, romance, and gastronomic delights.


9 – Demon Slayer

Approx Sales: 150 million

Created by Koyoharu Gotouge, Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) follows Tanjiro Kamado as he seeks to avenge his family who were slaughtered by demons. Simultaneously though, he’s also looking to cure his sister, who was turned into a demon.

Set in Taisho-era Japan, the manga captivates with its breathtaking art, dynamic battles, and the poignant theme of family bonds. While the manga has now finished, the anime is still going strong, which is undoubtedly going to help drive purchases up for this one!


8 – KochiKame

Approx Sales: 156.5 million

Osamu Akimoto’s Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo (KochiKame) is one of the longest-running manga series. It humorously chronicles the antics of Ryotsu Kankichi, a maverick policeman in Tokyo’s Kameari district. With its comedic episodes, colorful cast, and light-hearted take on daily life, KochiKame has entertained readers for decades.


7 – Slam Dunk

Approx Sales: 170 million

Crafted by Takehiko Inoue, Slam Dunk is a sports manga that chronicles the life of Hanamichi Sakuragi, a high school delinquent turned basketball player. The series superbly captures the spirit, rivalry, and passion of basketball, interwoven with themes of friendship, love, and personal growth. Its impact on basketball’s popularity in Japan is undeniable, and it remains one of the most beloved sports manga ever.


6 – Naruto

Approx Sales: 250 million

Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto follows the journey of Naruto Uzumaki, an orphaned ninja with dreams of becoming the strongest ninja and leader of his village.

Amid battles, friendships, and challenges, Naruto grapples with his inner demons and strives for acceptance from his peers. The series is celebrated for its compelling characters, intricate world-building, and exploration of themes like perseverance and friendship.


5 -Doraemon

Approx Sales: 250 million

Authored by Fujiko F. Fujio, Doraemon is a heart-warming tale of a robotic cat from the 22nd century who travels back in time to aid a young boy named Nobita. Through a myriad of futuristic gadgets, Doraemon seeks to improve Nobita’s life. The series, with its blend of humor, life lessons, and sci-fi elements, has become an integral part of Japanese pop culture.


4 – Dragon Ball

Approx Sales: 260 million

Penned by Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball is an epic saga that chronicles the life of Son Goku, from his childhood quest for the Dragon Balls to intense battles against powerful foes as an adult. With its memorable cast, action-packed sequences, and comedic elements, Dragon Ball has set a gold standard for the shonen genre and has influenced countless works.


3 – Case Closed/Detective Conan

Approx Sales: 270 million

Gosho Aoyama’s Detective Conan (known as Case Closed in some regions) revolves around Shinichi Kudo, a teenage detective who is transformed into a child after being poisoned. Adopting the alias “Conan Edogawa,” he continues solving intricate cases while seeking a cure. The series is lauded for its well-crafted mysteries, engaging plot twists, and character dynamics.


2 – Golgo 13

Approx Sales: 300 million

Created by Takao Saito, Golgo 13 delves into the world of Duke Togo, a professional assassin known by his alias “Golgo 13.” Each chapter typically follows Golgo as he takes on a new assignment. Celebrated for its meticulous research, geopolitical themes, and cold, calculated protagonist, the series offers a gritty look at the life of a hitman.


1 – One Piece

Approx Sales: 516.6 million

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece sails into the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew of pirates as they search for the ultimate treasure, the “One Piece,” to become the Pirate King.

The series is renowned for its intricate world-building, epic battles, heart-wrenching moments, and themes of freedom, dreams, and friendship. With its staggering sales figures, One Piece has cemented its place as one of the most iconic manga series in history  -and it’s still ongoing to this day!


So there we have it! The top 50 best-selling manga of all time. What did you think of our list? Any surprises on here? Have you read any of these? Let us know in the comments below!

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