23 Great Manga To Read If You're Suffering From Anime Burnout

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Anime burnout happens to the best of us. Whether you've been a lifelong fan or recently discovered a love for it, too much anime can wear anyone out. Luckily for us, manga exists! There's no music, voice acting, or flashy animation, but a good manga can make you love a story more than you ever thought possible.

Don't worry. We'll keep it spoiler-free.

1.Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura

Thorfinn holding a knife with his mouth

You don't need to be a fan of vikings to appreciate Thorfinn's journey. Though the first season of the anime is amazing, the Vinland Saga manga takes a drastic turn that you simply have to read for yourself.

Wit Studio

2.Ashita no Joe written by Ikki Kajiwara and illustrated by Tetsuya Chiba

Joe and another boxer punching each other

Whether you like boxing or not, Ashita no Joe is a beloved classic worth a read. It might be a lot older than other series you've picked up recently, but the story is timeless and generally considered a masterpiece. This is also the series that inspired 2018's Megalobox anime.

Mushi Production

3.Three Days of Happiness written by Sugaru Miaki, adapted as a manga by Shōichi Taguchi

This one is also commonly known as I Sold My Life for Ten Thousand Yen Per Year. A young man is down on his luck and comes across a shop that pays for peoples' lifespans. The string of events that follow range from heartwarming to life lessons that will make you reconsider every decision you've made.

4.Berserk by Kentaro Miura

Guts holding a sword

5.Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi

Gon holding a Hunter License

6.Monster by Naoki Urasawa

A slow-burn psychological drama that'll have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Monster is atmospheric and builds up at a steady pace, but the payoff warrants the wait.

Also, Johan Liebert. Enough said.

7.Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda

Sugimoto and Asirpa standing in a forest

A veteran of the early 20th-century Russo-Japanese War tries to find a huge fortune of gold of the Ainu people. This treasure hunt is (very) loosely based on true events, so it will make a good read for fans of historical fiction.

Geno Studio

8.Dimension W by Yuji Iwahara

Mabuchi and Mira in a car

For those looking for a sci-fi read, this futuristic bounty hunter/detective manga is well written and concise. Plus, the characters are interesting, and the series is complete. What more could you ask for?

Studio 3Hz, Studio Orange

9.Real by Takehiko Inoue

Not to be confused with Slam Dunk, Inoue's other basketball manga, Real follows three teenagers who share a love for the sport. The series features wheelchair-bound athletes overcoming their struggles to play the game they love. We highly doubt you've read a manga like this before.

10.Yu Yu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi

Yusuke looking injured

Considered a battle shonen staple by fans, Togashi's early '90s Yu Yu Hakusho is still widely appreciated to this day. While the anime is a classic, the manga features some of the author's best art to date.

Studio Pierrot

11.The Devil Is a Part-Timer by Satoshi Wagahara

Sadao smiling

The Devil Is a Part-Timer is exactly what it sounds like. This fun slice-of-life is for anyone who's ever wanted to see how Satan would fare as a fast-food employee.

White Fox

12.JoJo's Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki

Giorno Giovanna from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

The memes might've convinced you to watch the anime, but reading the manga is a great way to witness Araki's iconic art in all its glory. He has a Gucci collaboration under his belt and won multiple awards for his art. That alone should be enough to make you pick up a few JJBA volumes.

David Production Inc

13.Tokyo Ghoul + Tokyo Ghoul:re by Sui Ishida

Ken Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul

14.Houseki no Kuni by Haruko Ichikawa

Phos with a stressed expression

A futuristic series where the characters are genderless crystalline life forms called Gems. Main character Phos wants to be useful and protect the other Gems, and their journey is a wild one. This series is also commonly referred to as Land of the Lustrous.

Studio Orange

15.The Horizon by Ji-hun Jeong

Technically a manhwa (Korean, not Japanese), but it's good enough to earn a spot on your reading list. You follow two children after an apocalyptic event wiped out most of the population. It's a dark and heartbreaking read driven by profound art rather than extensive dialogue.

16.Blue Period by Tsubasa Yamaguchi

Yatora looking nervous

Blue Period is all about about the struggles and rewards of being dedicated to your art. Yatora Yaguchi finds his passion with painting, but it's not exactly smooth sailing from there.

Seven Arcs Studio

17.Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami

Itadori, Fushiguro, Gojo, and Nobara from Jujutsu Kaisen

JJK rapidly became one of the most popular shonen series after Season 1 of the anime attracted a massive audience. Yet, we doubt anyone is ready for what happens in the manga. Reading the story before having it spoiled would be the best-case scenario.


18.Nana by Ai Yazawa

Fair warning: Nana has been on hiatus since 2009. If you can come to terms with that, it's worth reading this incredible story about love, music, friendship, and heartbreak.

19.Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Al and Ed sitting together

No need to argue over which of the two anime adaptations is better. Read the source material instead.

Studio Bones

20.One-Punch Man by ONE and Yusuke Murata

Saitama punching

We've all seen the anime, but one look at the official manga art will sell you on the spot. Murata's art is something you have to see to believe.

Madhouse Studios

21.Anything by Junji Ito

Junji Ito is the token horror mangaka, so we heavily recommend any of his works if you're looking to feel uneasy. Some of the more popular options include Tomie, Uzumaki, and Sensor.

22.Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui

Koro Sensei smiling

This lighthearted sci-fi comedy is both bizarre and endearing. As its name implies, the classroom in question is being taught assassination skills to save the world. However, its heartbreaking ending may or may not bring tears to your eyes.

Lerche Studio

23.Yu-Gi-Oh by Kazuki Takahashi

Yami Yugi from the Yu-Gi-Oh anime

Yeah, we know. You've seen the anime, you love Joey's Brooklyn accent, and you probably collected the cards at some point. But you truly haven't experienced Yu-Gi-Oh until you've read the manga.

Toei Animation