Globally, the manga market continues to grow in popularity. Statistics suggest how Japan’s manga market size owes a lot of its growth to digital content. Given the accessibility of online manga reading platforms, more readers can enjoy the thrilling narratives only Japanese mangaka can craft. In addition, many of these platforms have official English translations, making them even more accessible to a global audience! We gathered some titles of the must-read manga 2024 has to offer.

Key Takeaways:

  • Must-read manga series in this list come from recommendations of Japanese bookstores.
  • Several must-read manga 2024 has in store are available in English through platforms like Viz, MANGA Plus, and K Manga.
  • All the most popular manga series in Japan become available worldwide through professional translation and localization services.

Table of Contents:

  • Must-Read Manga 2024
  • Must-Read Manga Series With No English Release Yet
  • CCC – Professional Manga and Comics Services

Must Read Manga 2024

We based this list of manga you must read on what Japanese bookstores recommend according to research by Manga Mogura. Take a look:

1. Firefly Wedding

Hotaru no Yomeiri is a historical romance manga by Oreco Tachibana. It’s currently one of the most popular manga series among female readers. As of December 2023, there are three tankōbon volumes. These collect chapters released on Shogakukan Ura Sunday and MangaONE. Meanwhile, Comikey has English licensing rights, with 30 chapters available as of January 2024. Try this title if you like romantic suspense!

2. You and I Are Polar Opposites

Seihantai na Kimi to Boku is a high school romance manga series by Kocha Agasawa. You might recognize this name as the mangaka of The Ramparts of Ice, a must-read completed manga for male readers. You and I Are Polar Opposites has five tankōbon volumes as of November 2023. At the same time, 48 chapters in English are available on MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA. This romcom is relatable and easy-to-follow, a great representation of how opposites do attract!

Note: Viz Media licensed You and I Are Polar Opposites for English publication on October 2023. Plus, you can expect the first volume in your favorite manga and comic bookstore by May 7, 2024! Meanwhile, The Ramparts of Ice still has no news of English licensing and publishing as of January 2024.

3. Daemons of the Shadow Realm

Speaking of English publications, you might want to add Yomi no Tsugai to your bookshelf. This supernatural adventure shōnen manga is by Hiromu Arakawa. Yes, that’s the same genius behind one of the most popular manga series, Fullmetal Alchemist. Square Enix Manga & Books has released three volumes as of December 2023. Also, the latest volume just came out in Japan last January 2024. If you’re a fan of Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, this title is surely a must-read manga series.

4. Gokurakugai

Another supernatural adventure story you might want to get into is Gokurakugai by Yuto Sano. In 2023, this title received recognition from Next Manga Award and Tsutaya Comic Award, ranking ninth and seventh respectively. English chapters are available on MANGA Plus. Likewise, Viz Media publishes the manga English digitally on its website.

Pro Tip: Subscribing to official manga reading platforms like MANGA Plus and Viz Media gives you access to the latest releases. At the same time, you support the author! Consider checking out the various payment options and get access to an entire digital vault of manga chapters.

5. Kill Blue

Tadatoshi Fujimaki of Kuroko’s Basketball and Robot × LaserBeam fame is back with an exciting action comedy series. Kill Blue is about a 40-year-old hitman who turns into his younger self. Consequently, he has to relive middle school while in a middle-aged mind. Being a quite popular title in Japan, English publications are available on Viz Media and MANGA Plus. Read new chapters with the rest of the world as these platforms make them available simultaneously with Japanese releases.

6. Cipher Academy

Angō Gakuen no Iroha by Nisio Isin is an action manga with distinctions. In particular, Next Manga Award ranked it the fourth best print manga in 2023. Meanwhile, the National Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics of 2024 list ranked it 10th. What makes this title interesting is how translators find the series challenging to translate. For instance, the manga’s original translator expressed how it was “impossible to translate,” which led to replacements. True to its title, you must decipher for yourself why Cipher Academy truly is a must-read manga.

7. Nue’s Exorcist

Another title on the Nationwide Bookstores Employees’ Recommended Comics of 2024 list is Nue no Onmyōji. This supernatural action manga by Kōta Kawae is about a boy who can see spirits. One of whom is Nue, a powerful spirit. Together, they train vanquish evil spirits. So far, only three volumes are available in Japan. However, global audiences can enjoy along with Japanese fans through simultaneous English releases via MANGA Plus and Viz Media.

8. Bless

If you’re looking for modern slice of life stories, Bless by Yukino Sonoyama is one to follow. In this manga, two insecure high schoolers come together to achieve their individual dreams. One longs to be a model while the other wants to be a makeup artist. Although their dreams are unique, the theme of overcoming insecurities is a universal experience. Official English releases of Bless are available on K Manga. Furthermore, its original publisher, Kodansha, will also release English versions through its US chapter.

Must-Read Manga Series With No English Release Yet

Some must-read manga 2024 has in store have yet to be available to English-speaking audiences. Still, these titles are worth watching out for. In the meantime, here’s a sneak at two titles to look forward to once official translations are available.

9. Kujima Utaeba Ie Hororo

This title consistently appeared in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics survey for Japanese bookstore clerks in 2023 and 2024. Kujima Utaeba Ie Hororo, which translates to “If Kujima sings, I’ll be home soon,” has been serialized since September 2021 but it has no official English release. However, French readers can expect publication in February. Other readers must wait patiently until this slice of life comedy gets published in their language.

10. Katainaka no Ossan, Kensei ni Naru

Katainaka no Ossan, Kensei ni Naru by Tetsuhiro Nabeshima, Shigeru Sagasaki, and Kazuki Satо̄ is an action adventure fantasy. Its title translates to “An old man from the countryside becomes a swordsman.” This series ranked 3rd in the first Rakuten Kobo E-book Awards at Tokyo’s Josui Hall in 2023. Specifically, it won in the “I Want to Read it Now! Featured Manga” category. Being in-demand, be sure to look forward to an official English release soon!

CCC – Professional Manga and Comics Services

We narrowed the dozens of must-read manga 2024 has in store down to 10 exciting titles. These titles come from an independent journalist’s efforts to collect what Japanese bookstore recommend. While most of the titles have official English translations available, others have yet to get that global access.

That’s where professional manga and comics service providers like CCC come in. Our services include translation and localization, helping creators reach wider audiences. If you have a story that you want global audiences to experience, we’re here to help. Contact us today!