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The final list of 2021, and I’ll be ending it off with a bang with my top 5 favorite manga! A lot amazing stories released this year from both old and new. Enjoy this last post of the year and happy new year. Oh, it won’t be numbered, so whatever order it is it doesn’t matter. Will be putting the synopsis for each manga and no spoilers, so you can pick up and read.
Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo
I’ve been telling people for a long time that Spy x Family is one of the best ongoing manga currently, and it’s finally getting the praise it deserves! Tatsuya Endo’s art and writing makes reading this series a fun ride. Y’all better start reading and buying the volumes now because once the anime drops you’re not gonna find anything.
Here’s the synopsis for Spy x Family:
The story follows a spy who has to “build a family” to execute a mission, not realizing that the girl he adopts as a daughter and the woman he agrees to be in a fake marriage with are a mind reader and an assassin, respectively.
Choujin X by Sui Ishida
I don’t know what JUMP is doing with Sui Ishida’s Choujin X, but it should be a crime. Ain’t no way a story this good isn’t getting promoted by the company, super underrated. If you’re a fan of Tokyo Ghoul, just know Sui Ishida’s art definitely stepped up big time, especially his storytelling. The series is 15 chapters in, but I can tell you those will be the best 15 chapters you’ll read.
Here’s a synopsis for Choujin X:
Choujin are humans with dangerous supernatural powers, often the cause of the surrounding destruction. Whilst on their way back home, Tokio and Azuma encounter a Choujin, who threatens to kill them. Having no chance of escape, Tokio and Azuma make a crucial decision: to become Choujin.
JoJolion by Hirohiko Araki
Hirohiko Araki’s JoJolion ended this year, and it was a long time coming. To me, this is top 3 when it comes to the JoJo series by far. I was curious with how the way the story was playing out that it’ll have a satisfying conclusion, and it did. Plus, each JoJo series just gets better and better, I don’t know how Hirohiko Araki continues to do it.
Here’s the synopsis for JoJolion:
JoJolion, touted as “Part 8” of the ongoing series, tells the story of Josuke Higashikata, who is found stuck to the mysterious Wall of Eyes by a local woman named Yasuho Hirose. … JoJolion is spirited and full of outrageously creative powers that are defined and change as the person they come from grows.
Jujutsu Kaisen By Gege Akutami
Dying on this hill by saying that when it comes to the new gen of JUMP manga, Jujutsu Kaisen is the best. Gege Akutami is a damn genius storyteller, and you can tell how incredible the author is setting future stories with characters and what’s to comes. And when shit gets serious, Gege’s art for the action goes CRAZY! My favorite arc this whole year has been seeing Maki whoop ass, and I don’t think there was any manga topping that for me.
Here’s the synopsis for Jujutsu Kaisen:
The story follows high school student Yuji Itadori as he joins a secret organization of Jujutsu Sorcerers in order to kill a powerful Curse named Ryomen Sukuna, of whom Yuji becomes the host.
Berserk by Kentaro Miura
Kentaro Miura’s Berserk definitely deserves to be on this list, hell, everyone’s list. Chapter 364 released in September, and with years of storytelling, I felt like this was a perfect bitter sweet ending from Kentaro Miura before he passed. The manga is beautifully written, art belongs in museums, and each couple of chapters will make you feel emotions. Honestly, this year solidified to me that this is the best manga ever made, and when you read it you’ll understand as well.
Read the synopsis for Berserk:
Guts, a former mercenary now known as the “Black Swordsman,” is out for revenge. After a tumultuous childhood, he finally finds someone he respects and believes he can trust, only to have everything fall apart when this person takes away everything important to Guts for the purpose of fulfilling his own desires. Now marked for death, Guts becomes condemned to a fate in which he is relentlessly pursued by demonic beings.
Setting out on a dreadful quest riddled with misfortune, Guts, armed with a massive sword and monstrous strength, will let nothing stop him, not even death itself, until he is finally able to take the head of the one who stripped him—and his loved one—of their humanity.