What I have always loved about Manga is the sheer variety of subjects that are tackled within Manga, everything from the Naruto style fighting manga to Manga adaptations of the works of HP Lovecraft. With all of us spending more time at home it is a perfect time to dive into a Manga series with multiple volumes, the reading version of binge watching. So here are my suggestions for Manga series that should help you pass the hours. I have included only the first volume in my list but I will put the current number of volumes available in the US in the description.
Osamu Tezuka$14.95 $13.75
The inspiration for this list. Osamu Tezuka is often called the Father of modern Manga and is probably best known for creating Astro Boy. His 8 volume biography of the Buddha combines beautiful artwork with a well told biography of Siddhartha Gautama as he undergoes the long process of becoming the Buddha. I often use this series as an example of just how much can be achieved in the Manga form
Ryoko Kui$15.00 $13.80
We go from the serious to the silly with Delicious in Dungeon, an 8 volume manga that combines the fantasy and cooking manga genres. The story follows a party of Dungeon explorers who as they delve deeper and deeper into the unknown are forced to come up with tasty ways to cook the monsters that they slay in the dungeon. I know it sounds odd but the series really works
Gou Tanabe$19.99 $18.39
This is an adaptation that only has 2 volumes, but I think it it worth including on this list as I have read it multiple times in the past year. Lovecraft often keeps the horrors in his stories just off stage to heighten the tension, so I was not sure how well he would translate into a visual format like Manga. Gou Tanabe has hit it out of the park with this adaptation, capturing all the creepy horror and slow buildup to madness that makes Lovecraft great in an art style that both shows and hides the subjects as needed. Worth checking out both for Lovecraft fans and horror fans in general
Hirohiko Araki$19.99 $18.39
This is my stretch for this list, as people either love JoJo's Bizarre adventure or it leaves them cold. This series follows the members of the Jostar family through multiple generations as they battle the supernatural. Each story arc has 2-3 volumes that follow a specific Josar family member starting in Victorian London and going through modern times. Highly stylized art that carries through the series makes this 16 volume manga stand out in the crowded manga world
Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki$12.99 $11.95
Oishinbo is a 7 volume manga series about Japanese food culture that is pulled from the over 100 volumes of the series that have been published in Japan over the past 30 years. Each of the 7 volumes has stories grouped by food type, from Rice to Vegetables drawn from across the whole Japanese series run. I love the look into the details of food culture that would probably just go over the head of an outsider but are important to both the characters in the story and any culture. I only wish there were move volumes available.