There is nothing like battle manga that can leave your blood pumping at God knows how many meters per second. The sheer thrill and excitement from action sequences are enough to make you ask for more.
And that is why I have come up with a list of battle manga recommendations that will leave you hooked and wanting more. Those who are new to the anime and manga industry will enjoy and thank me for this list because let's face it, battle manga are unlike any other. Those who are more veterans like myself here will most likely find some of their favorite titles on the list.
Please note that the series mentioned are not ranked and are listed in no particular order. Do let us know if you like our recommendations! Happy reading!
1. Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen is a fairly new manga and anime series that came out in March of 2018. The plot revolves around the lead boy Yuji Itadori, who accidentally swallows a decayed finger of the S-Grade curse Ryomen Sukuna. Since then began Itadori’s journey to becoming a Jujutsu sorcerer to protect the living and exorcise the curses.
You will enjoy this manga a lot because it has its perfect share of action, thrill, emotions, and humor. Oh and there’s Gojo Satoru. He is enough reason to become a weeb for this manga. There are other characters that you will like as well. You will not regret giving your time to this series.
2. One Piece
With over a thousand episodes in both manga and anime, One Piece is a masterpiece that I will recommend 10/10 times. The plot revolves around the main boy Monkey D Luffy, whose dream is to become the King of the Pirates and find the legendary treasure of One Piece. He gathers a team of pirates that you’ll absolutely come to love and then embarks on his thrilling journey to Grand Line.
If you are looking for well-woven world-building and thrilling action laced with humor, One Piece is for you. Everything ties up so well in the series and it builds up enough suspense for a big reveal every time. Eiichiro Oda is a master of his art. Trust me, you will enjoy every second of this series. Absolutely worth it.
3. Demon Slayer—Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer is a series in which you cannot decide whether the manga is better or the anime. The story revolves around the lead boy Kamado Tanjiro, whose life got struck with a tragedy. With his only alive family, his sister, being turned into a demon, Tanjiro embarks on a journey to turn her back to human by joining the ranks of the Demon Slayer Corps.
From then, the thrill and action only go uphill. It seems that the Ufotable Studios had an unlimited budget while animating the series. Koyoharu Gotouge put an equal amount of work into the manga to make it brilliantly thrilling. You should give this heart-warming and gut-wrenching series a try.
Naruto is the very first anime and manga series that I got exposed to and I am glad that it was so. Naruto revolves around the main character of the same name, who has a demon fox spirit sealed inside of him. Turns out, that demon spirit was responsible for the destruction of his home village on the night he was born. Naruto grew up to be hated by the village out of fear of the demon fox.
Naruto is essentially a ninja, with a singular goal in his mind; to become the Hokage of his village. The series is filled with action, drama, thrill, humor, emotions, and a full-blown war at the end, which was executed after a perfect amount of anticipation. This series is close to my heart and I will recommend it 13/10 times to everyone looking for battle manga series.
HunterXHunter is another brilliant battle manga series that I would like to recommend. The story revolves around a Boy named Gon, who finds out that his presumably dead father is alive and is a famous Hunter. He then leaves his home to enter the Hunter exams to become a hunter like his father.
It has been around since the time of One Piece, but due to the author taking numerous breaks, it has only been able to produce about 37 volumes of the manga and is still an ongoing series. This manga can be enjoyed by adult readers too as the depiction of the world is not subtle and does not hold back in showing grotesque scenes. You will like the characters in this series.
6. Attack on Titan
I have only one word for this series: Brilliant. Attack on Titan is set in a dystopian world where mankind is confined within three great walls that protected them from man-eating giants called Titans. Eren Yeager is the main character of the series. It is filled with countless battles for the survival of the fittest.
If Gore, blood, and some unhinged characters excite you, then Attack on Titan is exactly your cup of tea. Of course, the battle sequences are equally exciting. Do give it a try!
7. Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball may be the childhood of my generation. The main boy Goku is a Saiyan, a race of aliens whose planet got destroyed. Goku ended up on Earth and made some unlikely allies and enemies. As he starts to awaken his powers, he realizes that he has much to lose and fights to protect those who are close to him.
If you are a fan of exaggerated strength and battle sequences, you will enjoy Dragon Ball a lot. I mean, the characters can punch holes in mountains and burst through astroids with their strength. I believe that you will enjoy the series.
8. Fullmetal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist might as well be the greatest anime and manga series of all time. And I’m not even kidding. The series is set in a fictional world where alchemists rule the world. The main characters of the series are two brothers, Edward and Alphonse, who are in search of the Philosopher’s stone that could help them revive their dead mother.
The brothers were so dedicated to the search that they even lost their body parts in the process. The way the story is depicted is just brilliant and the action sequences are filled with an adrenaline rush from the excitement. I will recommend it 10/10 times no doubt.
9. My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia is filled with amazing battle sequences. The story takes place in a world where ironically, supernatural abilities are the norm. These abilities are called Quirks. One without Quirks is considered to be an outcast. That is the life story of the main boy Izuku Midoriya, a Quirkless boy who inherits the “One for All” powers of All Might.
Midoriya attends an academy for students with Quirks. But an evil organization is on the rise which uses the Quirks of its people for hostile reasons. The characters fight to fight off evil and the action sequences are absolutely thrilling. It is a brilliant series and I would love for you to give it a try.
10. One Punch Man
This is a no-brainer series that you can watch with zero effort because of how much fun it is. One Punch Man revolves around a bald man called Saitama, who has this superhuman ability to destroy anything and everything with a single punch.
Oddly enough, Saitama is the most uninteresting guy that I have ever seen. He’s got a face that looks like an egg and is pretty much bored all the time. One would pass him by without a glance while walking down the street. But it is always astonishing to see how this uninteresting guy can make you sit on the edge of your seat as you walk him through his battles (which are pretty one-sided haha). I am sure that you will not regret coming across this series.
Bleach is that one series that will drag and drag the story, but the main character goes through a massive power growth and fights off villains left and right. The story revolves around Ichigo Kurosaki who meets a shinigami. The Shinigami’s work was to ward off evil and fight the dead.
But he chooses to protect Kurosaki and pays a heavy price. In his weakened state, the Shinigami was not able to fight evil. That’s when Kurosaki comes to save the day. He becomes a stand-in for the Shinigami and takes on his job. The series is filled with brilliant fight scenes and one could sit and enjoy the manga in one setting. Do give it a try.
12. Tokyo Ghoul
I love the lead boy Ken Kaneki. He loves to read books and falls in love at first sight with a girl named Rize. But little did he know that it was a trap. You see, Rize is a vampire (the series refer to them as ghouls). In a violent encounter with the girl, Kaneki turns into a half-human half-ghoul hybrid, the first of this kind.
Thus begins Kaneki’s story of violence and survival. We follow Kaneki through his journey as he discovers his new powers and fights for his survival. The battle sequences are detailed and engaging. You will find yourself right inside the scene. You might end up loving this series.
13. Jojo’s Bizzare Adventures
Just like the title suggests, this series is filled with the most bizarre adventures that the lead character Jojo has to go through. The series is set in the 19th century when a stone mask has been awakened. The mask makes you a nocturnal vampire with physical abilities that are far beyond one’s imagination.
So when Jojo passes away and his legacy is carried on by his son, more secrets are revealed as we follow the son on some really bizarre adventures. The series has a stunning arsenal of 100 volumes and has sold about hundred million copies. The series is clearly very popular among battle manga fans and I’m sure that you will find entertainment in this bizarre story.
My list can go on and on, and I have no intention of letting this list get dragged on any longer. But I still have some anime that I would love to recommend for you to try after you have crossed out the ones on the list above.
They are The Seven Deadly Sins, Black Clover, and Tokyo Revengers. You will enjoy these anime just as much as the others.
Do let me know if you enjoyed my recommendations. You can also recommend some more series that the readers can try. Thank you for reading!