Assuming you’re new to manga, you may not know which series to start with. Maybe you’ve watched a few anime series and are looking for something to read, but don’t want to spend money on a series only to find out you don’t like it. That’s where Comixology Unlimited comes in.
Comixology Unlimited costs $5.99 per month, and gives you access to an ever-growing library of comics. Many of these are superhero comics, but not all of them. The service also offers quite a few manga series. Here are a few to start with if you want to catch up on what’s popular.
1. Attack on Titan
Even if you don’t know another series on this list, you’ve probably heard of Attack on Titan, as it’s massively popular. Set in a fantasy world where people live surrounded by huge walls built to protect them from the enormous, man-eating Titans, this series spawned a hit anime series, a few video games, and all sorts of other merchandise. To see where the franchise began, read this series.
2. Kill la Kill
In the case of most series, the manga comes first, then an anime, assuming that the manga was successful enough. When it comes to Kill la Kill, it went the other way around. This manga is actually an adaptation of the anime starring the scissor blade-wielding Ryuki Matoi. Take a standard magical girl story and make it a whole lot more violent, and that’s sort of what you get here.
3. Battle Angel Alita
If this name seems familiar, it’s because this manga served as the source material for the 2019 action movie Alita: Battle Angel. While critics’ opinions were mixed on the film, the overall general opinion of the manga it was based on seem much higher. The series follows the titular Alita who is trying to recover the lost memories of her past and hang on to her humanity as she adapts to her new cybernetic body.
4. Fairy Tail
This extremely popular series might exhibit several of the typical shōnen manga, but sometimes you want to read the equivalent of comfort food. You know what you’re getting into when you start following the adventures of Natsu Dragneel and the Fairy Tail wizard guild, but that doesn’t make it any less fun.
5. Street Fighter
Okay, so you probably know Street Fighter, even if you only recognize the name. Based on the video game franchise, this series follows Ryu and Ken, as pretty much any other media based on Street Fighter does. You’ll see more familiar faces than just those two, however, with appearances from Chun-Li, Guile, Cammy, Vega, Sagat, and yes, M. Bison.
6. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
This is another case where the manga came after the anime, except in this case, the anime series followed the original Ghost in the Shell full-length feature. Part futuristic sci-fi, part police procedural, this manga follows the law enforcement unit Section 9, lead by Major Kusanagi. As it goes on, it gets more complex, but remains a satisfying read.
7. Lone Wolf and Cub
By far the oldest series on this list, Lone Wolf and Cub was first published in 1970. This dark samurai story became the basis for several films, television series, and even a video game. If nothing else, this classic series is worth taking a look at just to see how art styles have changed since this was originally published.
Manga or Anime: Which Should You Do First?
As you’ve probably noticed, most of the titles on this list are also popular anime series. This raises the question: Which should you tackle first? If you’re having trouble deciding, take a look at our article detailing whether you should read the manga or watch the anime first.
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