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Published June 5, 2014

Ever since I was introduced to manga/anime, I’ve been hooked. Whenever I find a good manga, it is easy for me to read hundreds of chapters in a short time. Because of this, lately I have been restricting myself to reading only completed manga. So here are my personal favorite completed manga.

Honorable Mention: Death Note — Could have been so much better. If Death Note had come to an entertaining conclusion around chapter 59 then it would be considered a much better manga. Unfortunately, when I think of Death Note I remember the Near/Mello arc and the unsatisfactory conclusion.

5. Fullmetal Alchemist — Fullmetal Alchemist had it all- a well thought out and interesting plot, developed characters, and some pretty cool action scenes. The Elric brothers were captivating characters that set out on a journey to reclaim what was taken from them, encountering a few bumps along the way. I absolutely loved how the plot developed and the way it ended. Overall, one of the best manga out there.

4. Dragon Ball — I was watching Dragon Ball Z before I even knew what anime was. The Dragon Ball series was also the first manga I read and what got me hooked. What can be said about Dragon Ball that hasn’t been said before? If you haven’t read it yet, now is as good of a time as any.

3. Inuyasha —  Set in Feudal Japan, Inuyasha follows the unlikely pair of Kagome, a high school student who ends up in Japan hundreds of years before present day, and Inuyasha, a half demon who wishes to become completely demonic, on a quest to recover all the shards of a broken, powerful jewel. The story might have dragged on for a bit too long, but it was nevertheless very entertaining.

2. Gantz — This one is not for the faint hearted or any conservative types. Gantz follows a group of average people forced to fight aliens for reasons unknown. And boy, do they slaughter those aliens. This is a sci-fi/action manga with a wonderful art style. Gantz features a lot of blood and a lot of boobs. If you’re not too distracted by the visuals, the plot is really well developed and has characters you actually care for.

1. Monster — Definitely the best manga I have ever read. Monster follows the story of Kenzo Tenma, a Japanese doctor working in Germany who hunts down a serial killer that he had saved. The plot is extremely captivating and features sympathetic and dynamic characters. You really start to feel sorry for Tenma and the people he meets along his journey. I highly recommend Monster if you want a psychologically thrilling manga to read.

Thanks for taking the time to read my list. Let me know what manga you enjoy the most.

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