Science fiction manga series are hidden treasures. While many people turn to movies and books to satisfy their sci-fi craving, they completely ignore the amazing content in manga.
Sci-fi manga bridges the gap between stunning visuals and fascinating dialogue. Ready to dive into futuristic universes and imaginative landscapes? These manga will give you your sci-fi fix.
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Planetes tells the story of a future that seems only a few generations away. It takes place in the 2070s, a time when humans have begun colonizing space.
Unfortunately, all of this space travel doesn’t come without consequence—an excess amount of space debris floats around the planets, creating treacherous travel conditions.
Hachimaki, Yuri, and Fee are hired to clean up all of this debris. As they embark on a journey to tidy up space, they each bring their own set of baggage to the table.
A worldwide plague eliminates a large portion of Earth’s population. It causes the skin to harden and organs to fail—anyone who manages to survive this disease is left crippled.
The Propater, a powerful paramilitary group, decides to use this tumultuous time as a way to exert its power over the world. Meanwhile, Elijah embarks on a search for his mother while accompanied by his father’s robot.
On a walk home, high school student Ageha Yoshina picks up a ringing payphone. He hears no one on the other end, but he does find a calling card that reads “Psyren.”
His friend, Sakurako receives the same card—however, she ends up vanishing.
Ageha decides to call the number written on the card, and subsequently gets transported to Psyren, a strange world filled with monsters.
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka follows Europol’s best detective, Gesicht, and his investigation into a series of murders. Geisicht lives in a world where robots and humans have become indistinguishable.
To make matters worse, Geisicht believes the hugely powerful seven great robots of the world are the killer’s main targets.
Every nook and cranny has been explored on Earth, except for the Abyss. This massive hole lies in the neighborhood where the orphan Riko lives—she wants to become a Cave Raider just like her lost mother.
As Riko begins her descent into the Abyss, she comes across a robot who looks like a human boy. Together, they make the perilous journey farther into the Abyss.
Love aliens? You’ll definitely want to pick up this unconventional sci-fi manga. Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction is a mouthful, but don’t let that steer you away from reading it.
After aliens invade Tokyo, Japan struggles to fight back. Amid peace protests and a gruesome war against aliens, high school students Kadode Koyama and Nakagawa Ouran just want to go on with their ordinary lives.
7. No Guns Life
In No Guns Life, you’ll meet Juzo Inui, a former soldier who has been transformed into an Extended (a.k.a. a cyborg warrior). His entire head has been replaced with a gun, and he has no recollection of how it happened.
Inui now works as a mediator for problems that have to do with the Extended. When an Extended bursts into his office and asks him to protect a child, Inui’s life gets much more complicated.
Imagine a city so overgrown with structures that you can’t see the ground. This city exists in Blame! and Kyrii must live in it.
Equipped with a Graviton Beam Emitter, Kyrii must fight his way to uncover the Net Terminal Gene. This Gene is the key to gaining access to the city’s digital control center, the NetSphere.
Japanese Anime & Manga Genres, Explained
We all know what fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and thriller mean. But anime and manga go beyond that, and there are all kinds of Japanese genre names that might perplex you.
Maybe you already understand what shonen and shoujo are all about. But what about isekai? What exactly does slice of life entail? What's the difference between ecchi and hentai? We've broken it down for you!
Understanding the Japanese genre names can be helpful when you want to find more anime to watch and manga to read. Download the printable PDF below and pin it on your wall so you always have a handy reference at hand: