Manga comics have been a part of Japanese culture for decades, but for many readers worldwide, the thought of reading them can be quite overwhelming. The unique art style and storytelling methods require a bit of adjusting, but once you dive in, you’ll discover a wealth of unique stories awaiting you. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the hidden gems and lesser-known manga(มังงะ) comics that are worth checking out.
- “A Silent Voice” by Yoshitoki Ōima
This manga series tells the story of a young boy named Shoya Ishida who becomes the target of bullying after trying to rid his class of a deaf girl named Shoko Nishimiya. Years later, the two meet again, and Ishida is looking for redemption and makes an effort to make amends with Nishimiya. “A Silent Voice” is a poignant reflection on the power of redemption, friendship, and the importance of standing up for what’s right.
- “March Comes in Like a Lion” by Chica Umino
Shogi, a Japanese version of chess, serves as the backdrop for this manga series that follows the story of Rei Kiriyama, a young professional shogi player who is grappling with depression and loneliness. The series also explores the lives of other shogi players, and the challenges they face inside and outside their careers. The story is a deep dive into human emotion, self-growth and societal pressures that will leave readers feeling introspective and empathetic.
- “Yotsuba&!” by Kiyohiko Azuma
If you’re looking for something light-hearted and fun, then “Yotsuba&!” is the manga for you. The series follows the adventures of a five-year-old girl named Yotsuba Koiwai and her daily shenanigans with her father and neighbors. The series is a heartwarming and joyous look at the world through the eyes of a child and will leave readers feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
- “Mushishi” by Yuki Urushibara
“Mushishi” is a fantastical and mystical series set in ancient Japan, where humans coexist with supernatural creatures called mushi. Ginko, a “mushi-shi” or mushi master, travels the land to investigate instances involving mushi and helps people understand and coexist with them. The series is a beautiful and ethereal take on Japanese folklore and mythology that explores themes of humanity, spirituality, and the balance of nature.
- “Land of the Lustrous” by Haruko Ichikawa
This manga series features a unique cast of characters in a fantasy world where they protect themselves from attacks from moon people. But these characters aren’t human–they’re in fact, living gemstones with their own unique personalities and backstories. “Land of the Lustrous” is a visually stunning series with a grand epic feel, as the gemstones explore what it means to be alive.
Manga comics offer readers a broad spectrum of stories that are unique, creative, and fascinating. Whether you’re looking for something funny or thought-provoking, there is a manga series out there waiting for you. Give these lesser-known titles a chance, and you may be surprised at how much you enjoy them. So, step outside your comfort zone and explore the world of manga, and discover the unique stories that await you.