When we talk about what Japan has given to the world, we can’t miss its comics. Japanese comics that were once a medium for entertainment have evolved into a symbol of Japanese art. Today, many people love comics not only because they are interesting to read, but they are artistic and appealing as well. For those who love to read, here are some best Japanese comics for you. No matter whether you prefer science fiction, adventure, romance, or honor, we have got you covered!
Japanese Comics: Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball is one of the most popular Japanese comics. Written by Akira Toriyama, it is about the story of Son Goku who trains in martial arts and travels the world hoping to gather 7 dragon balls to summon a wish-granting dragon. On his way, Goku makes many friends and even battles several enemies. If you are looking for a brave and bold story with a spirit of friendship and efforts, this series is for you.
Japanese Comics: Golgo 13
Golgo 13 is the oldest Japanese manga that is still in publication. The manga has been in publication in Shogakukan’s Big Comic magazine since 1968. Illustrated by Takao Saito, it is about a Duke Togo, a professional assassin for hire. The series also has plots covering major political issues such as terrorism, drug, wars, and other crimes and issues. Although Golgo 13 is a comedy comic, it has elements of mystery and science.
To date, it has sold 280 million copies, therefore being one of the best-selling manga series in all of history. It has won several awards including the 1975 Shogakukan Manga Award and the 2002 Japan Cartoonists Association Award.
One of the most successful ‘ninja’ Japanese comics, Naruto follows the title character that strives to become a ninja and copes with several battles in this journey. During the process, he gets the chance to treasure his family and friends. Written by Masashi Kishimoto, the story comes in two separate but equally intriguing part, Naruto And Naruto Shippuden. The Naruto manga series was in the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1999 to 2014. From 2002 to 2007, an animated television series came up that had a total of 220 episodes.
Doraemon is one of the most popular Japanese cartoon characters that have earned worldwide recognition. The comic focuses on one intelligent and even lovelier robotic cat, Doraemon, who travels from the future to our current timeline to meet a 5th-grade boy who is Nobita Nobi. Doraemon helps Nobita to avoid bullying by his classmates by using numerous gadgets.
The initial story of the Doraemon was first printed in January 1970. Also, the original series had a total of 1,465 stories which were published by Shogakukan. As of 2015, Doraemon has sold more than 100 million copies, which makes it one of the best selling Japanese Manga.
Originally released as a four-panel manga in a local newspaper in post-war, Sazae-san is also a popular Japanese comic. It tells the ordinary life of a family after WWII and the economic recovery period.