YA Manga

The term "manga" (mahn-gah) is used to describe graphic novels from Japan aimed at both adult and younger audiences. What makes them different from American graphic novels is that they read right to left, and usually feature a distinct Japanese art style. 

This list features classics, new titles, and some that you might not have heard of that are appropriate for all ages—plus some specifically geared for older teens. So whether you are new to manga or have read almost everything in the genre, check out this list to discover old favorites and new obsessions.

Compiled by:
Lizzy S

Manga for All Ages

The Ancient Magus' Bride

Kore Yamazaki
(Manga- MANGA Ancient v. 1 Yamazak)

Hatori Chise has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. The man is a "magus," a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice!

Assassination Classroom

Yusei Matsui
(Manga- MANGA Assassi v. 1 Matsui)

The students in Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High have a new teacher: an alien octopus with bizarre powers and unlimited strength, who's just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth--unless they can kill him first! 

Chi's Sweet Home

Kanata Konami
(Juvenile Manga- J-MANGA Chisswe Complet v. 1 Konami)

Chi is a mischievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Overcome with loneliness she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow, when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment where pets are strictly not permitted.

The Devil is a Part-Timer!

Satoshi Wagahara
(Manga- MANGA Devilis v. 1 Wagahar)

It's tough being evil when you have to pay the rent! This comical tale of a demon-lord-turned-fry-slinger follows the daily travails of (former) Devil King Sadao Maou and his general Shiro Ashiya as they navigate the complexities of life in modern-day Tokyo.

Dragon Ball

Akira Toriyama
(Manga- MANGA Dragonb 3-in-1 v. 1 Toriyam)

Legend has it that if all seven of the precious orbs called "Dragon Balls" are gathered together, an incredibly powerful dragon god will appear to grant one wish. 16-year-old Bulma is on a mission to find all seven orbs, but first she must convince young Son Goku to join her on her quest. With a monkey tail, superhuman strength and a magic staff for a weapon, Son Goku is ready to set out on the adventure of a lifetime...

Fruits Basket

Natsuki Takaya
(Manga- MANGA Fruitsb Collect v. 1 Takaya)

After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, plucky high schooler Tohru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out...into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Sohma clan, and it isn't long before the owners discover her secret. The Sohmas have a secret of their own--when embraced by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac!

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil a Rún

(Manga- MANGA Girlfro v. 1 Nagabe)

In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins.

Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits

Midori Yuma
(Manga- MANGA Kakuriy Bedandb v. 1 Ioka)

Aoi Tsubaki inherited her grandfather's ability to see spirits--and his massive debt to them. Now she's been kidnapped and taken to Kakuriyo, the spirit world, to make good on his bill.

A Man and His Cat

Umi Sakurai
(Manga- MANGA Manandh v. 1 Sakurai)

A kitten languishes in a pet shop, unwanted and unloved. Having practically given up, the kitty himself is most shocked of all when an older gentleman comes into the store and wants to take him home! Will the man and the cat find what they're looking for..in each other?

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Izumi Tsubaki
(Manga- MANGA Monthly v. 1 Tsubaki)

When Chiyo finally works up the courage to tell Nozaki how she feels about him, she knows rejection is on the table...but getting recruited as a mangaka's assistant?! As Chiyo quickly discovers, Nozaki-kun, is a manga artist...a hugely popular shoujo manga artist! But for someone who makes a living drawing sweet girly romances, Nozaki-kun is a little slow on the uptake when it comes to matters of the heart in reality. 

My Brother's Husband

Gengoroh Tagame
(Manga- MANGA Mybroth v. 1 Tagame)

Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in.

My Hero Academia

Izuku Midoriya
(Manga- MANGA Myheroa v. 1 Horikos)

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called "Quirks"? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course!

One-Punch Man

(Manga- MANGA Onepunc v. 1 One)

Every time a promising villain appears, Saitama beats the snot out 'em with one punch! Can he finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom?

Our Dreams at Dusk

Yuhki Kamatani
(Manga- MANGA Ourdrea Shimana v. 1 Kamatan)

Not only is high schooler Tasuku Kaname the new kid in town, he is also terrified that he had been outed as gay. Just as he's contemplating doing the unthinkable, Tasuku meets a mysterious woman who leads him to a group of people dealing with problems not so different from his own.

Ouran High School Host Club

Bisco Hatori
(Manga- MANGA Ouranhi v. 1 Hatori)

In this screwball romantic comedy, a poor girl at a rich kids' school ends up working for the school's swankiest club-- and gets mistaken for a boy!

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

Naoko Takeuchi
(Manga- MANGA Sailorm Prettyg Eternal v. 1)

Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As SailorMoon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!

Princess Jellyfish

Akiko Higashimura
(Manga- MANGA Princes v. 1 Higashi)

Tsukimi Kurashita has a strange fascination with jellyfish. In Tokyo, she resides in Amamizukan, a safe-haven for girl geeks who regularly gush over a range of things from trains to Japanese dolls. However, a chance meeting at a pet shop has Tsukimi crossing paths with one of the things that the residents of Amamizukan have been desperately trying to avoid--a beautiful and fashionable woman! But there's much more to this woman than her trendy clothes! 

Silver Spoon

Hiromu Arakawa
(Manga- MANGA Silvers v. 1 Arakawa)

Time for a change of pace. Yuugo Hachiken flees the hustle and bustle of city life to enroll at Oezo Agricultural High School. At first he's just trying to outrun his problems, but instead he finds a place for himself in this quaint rural community.

That Blue Sky Feeling

(Manga- MANGA Thatblu v. 1 Okura)

When Noshiro transfers to a new school, he meets Sanada, a loner who doesn't seem to have friends-or want any. The other kids whisper that Sanada keeps to himself because he's secretly gay. Noshiro sets out on a campaign to win over the surly Sanada, embarking on a surprising friendship.

Witch Hat Atelier

Kamome Shirahama
(Manga- MANGA Witchha v. 1 Shiraha)

In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made. Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch...until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician.

Manga for Older Teens


Katsuhiro Ōtomo
(Manga - MANGA Akira v. 1 Otomo)

In Neo-Tokyo, built on the former site of Tokyo after World War III, two teenagers are targeted by agencies after they develop paranormal abilities.

Black Butler

Yana Toboso
(Manga- MANGA Blackbu v. 1 Toboso)

Ciel Phantomhive is a giant in the world of commerce, Queen Victoria's faithful servant ... and a slip of a twelve-year-old boy. Fortunately, his loyal butler, Sebastian, is ever at his side, ready to carry out the young master's wishes. In fact, one might even say Sebastian is too good to be true, or at least, too good to be human.

Blue Exorcist

Kazue Kato
(Manga - MANGA Blueexo v. 1 Kato)

Fight hellfire with hellfire! Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth -- the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin's veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. 

Death Note

Tsugumi Ohba
(Manga- MANGA Deathno v. 1 Oba)

The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook from a Shinigami named Ryuk that grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face he knows.

Golden Kamuy

Satoru Noda
(Manga- MANGA Goldenk v. 1 Noda)

In the early 20th century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi Sugimoto searches the wilderness of the Japanese frontier of Hokkaido for a hoard of hidden gold. With only a cryptic map and a native Ainu girl to help him, Saichi must also deal with every murderous cutthroat, bandit and rogue who knows about the treasure!

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Part 1: Phantom Blood

Hirohiko Araki
(Manga- MANGA Jojosbi Partone v. 1 Araki)

Young Jonathan Joestar's life is forever changed when he meets his new adopted brother, Dio. For some reason, Dio has a smoldering grudge against him and derives pleasure from seeing him suffer. But every man has his limits, as Dio finds out. This is the beginning of a long and hateful relationship!

Old Boy

Garon Tsuchiya
(Manga- MANGA Oldboy v. 1 Tsuchiy)

Ten years ago, they took him. He doesn't know who. He doesn't know why. His only contact with the outside world has been a television set and the voices of his jailers. Suddenly one day, his incarceration ends, again without explanation. He is sedated, stuffed inside a trunk, and dumped in a park. When he awakes, he is free to reclaim what's left of his life-- and what's left is revenge. 


Hitoshi Iwaaki
(Manga- MANGA Parasyt v. 1 Iwaaki)

A plague of alien parasites has invaded Earth, taken over human hosts and begun feasting on humanity. Most of the hosts are oblivious to their captors, but high schooler Shinichi is fighting to control his own body against an alien parasite and wondering how he can warn humanity before it is too late.

The Promised Neverland

Kaiu Shirai
(Manga- MANGA Promise v. 1 Shirai)

Emma, Norman and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. And under the care of the woman they refer to as 'Mom, ' all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. One day, though, they uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.

Tokyo Ghoul

Sui Ishida
(Manga- MANGA Tokyogh v. 1 Ishida)

Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way -- except their craving for human flesh. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.


Yasuhiro Nightow
(Manga- MANGA Trigun Omnibus v. 1 Nightow)

Vash the Stampede, the galaxy's deadliest gunslinger, emerges after two years in hiding to help his beleaguered desert homeworld, Gunsmoke. But the Stampede's many enemies have kept their motors running, and they're back on his trail and determined to bring Vash to ground - hard!

Trinity Blood

Sunao Yoshida
(Manga- MANGA Trinity v. 1 Yoshida)

In a dark and distant future, Armageddon has given rise to the fabled Second Moon - and a perpetual war between the vampires and the humans! Esther is a nun in the city of Istavan.  When she crosses paths with Abel Nightroad, a priest sent from the Vatican to combat the local order of vampires, the two form a holy alliance to battle the most evil of threats.  

Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror

Junji Ito
(Manga- MANGA Uzumaki Spirali Ito)

Kurôzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurôzu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a whirlpool from which there is no return!

The Way of the Househusband

Kousuke Oono
(Manga- MANGA Wayofth v. 1 Oono)

A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But its not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but!