TOP 10 MANGA TO READ DURING LOCKDOWN


As we all know, everyone is going through a tough time during this pandemic. Some people lost their jobs and loved ones, homes, and businesses. Where ever you are, we pray and hope you’ll be able to go through.
Now in Kumomori-chan~! Here’s top 10 Manga to read at home as you wait for all these commotion to be over.

Monogatari Series
Cover from Bakemonogatari Manga
Author : Nishio Ishin 西尾 維新

If you’re familiar with the anime you’ll probably like the manga even more. The Monogatari series revolves around Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who has almost restored his humanity after briefly becoming a vampire during spring break. One day, a classmate of his, the reclusive Hitagi Senjōgahara, falls down a flight of stairs at school into Koyomi’s arms. To his surprise, he discovers that Hitagi weighs almost nothing, in defiance of physics. Despite being threatened to keep away, Koyomi offers his help and introduces her to Meme Oshino, a strange middle-aged man living in an abandoned cram school who helped reverse his vampirism. Once Koyomi helps solve Hitagi’s problem, she decides to become his girlfriend.

Author : Tooru Fujisawa 藤沢 とおる

When I was young I used to hoard all the GTO volumes because goddamn it relates so much to my delinquent teen years. They made several adaptations of GTO including live action series but let’s be real here nothing beat reading the Manga. The story revolves around Eikichi Onizuka who is a 22-year-old ex-gang member and a virgin. While peeping up girls’ skirts at a local shopping mall, Onizuka meets a girl who agrees to go out on a date with him. Onizuka’s attempt to sleep with her fails when her current “boyfriend”, her teacher, shows up at the love hotel they are in and asks her to return to him. The teacher is old and unattractive, but has sufficient influence over her that she leaps from a second-story window and lands in his arms.

Slam Dunk
Author : Takehiko Inoue 井上 雄彦

The year 2020 Where you can read and watch all sorts of sport-related animes and mangas such as Kuroko’s Basketball and Haikyu!! Here’s another classic on our list. Either I’m getting old or the nostalgic feel of old anime made me sad for some reason. The Story is about Hanamichi Sakuragi who’s a delinquent and the leader of a gang. Sakuragi is very unpopular with girls, having been rejected an astonishing fifty times. In his first year at Shohoku High School, he meets Haruko Akagi, the girl of his dreams, and is overjoyed when she is not repulsed or scared of him like all the other girls he has asked out.

Hanebado!
Author : Kousuke Hamada 濱田浩輔

Don’t let the first volume manga cover fool you! If you fancy oppai-jiggling anime that breaks the law of physic, this manga is definitely for you. They made an anime adaption not too long ago and it doesn’t disappoint one bit! In the sporting world of badminton, Uchika Hanesaki was a reigning champion. Her daughter Ayano would follow her mother and trained with Uchika for many years. One day in her middle school Ayano caught a cold before an important badminton match and subsequently lost, causing Uchika to leave her and Ayano to be raised by her grandparents. Her mother leaving resulted in Ayano being depressed and stopped playing badminton at a competitive level. Now as Ayano is in her first year in high school, she is recruited by former player Kentaro Tachibana to join the badminton club. While there, she learns to overcome her fears from playing badminton again.

Solo Leveling
Author : Chu-Gong 추

Solo Leveling is one of our favorite non-Japanese manga (Manhwa) of all time. Excellent art design and very interesting story line. If you like Sword Art Online and Log Horizon, you might want to check this title out! This Manhwa is about a portal that appeared suddenly and connect the real world to a world full of monsters and creatures of all kinds, some people have acquired powers and the ability to hunt them: they are called hunters. The protagonist of the story, Sung Jin-Woo, is the weakest of the rank E hunters and barely stronger than a normal human. He is nicknamed by his fellow hunters as “the weakest”. One day, he and other hunters find themselves trapped in an extremely dangerous dungeon, and only a few of them survive and manage to escape. Sung Jin-Woo himself hardly survives and is the only one who completes all the trials in this dungeon. He then turns into a “player” who can now see an interface showing him quests. Will he succeed in becoming the most powerful hunter?

Uzumaki
Author : Junji Ito 伊藤 潤二

Any hardcore fans of Junji Ito would recognize this masterpiece. If you like horror and don’t know what to pick, try this title instead. Not to be confused with Uzumaki Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. Uzumaki follows a high-school teenager, Kirie Goshima (五島桐絵); her boyfriend, Shuichi Saito (斎藤秀一); and the citizens of the small, fictional Japanese town of Kurouzu-cho (黒渦町, Black Vortex Town), which is cursed by supernatural events involving spirals. As the story progresses, Kirie and Shuichi witness how the spiral curse affects the people around them, causing the citizens to become obsessed or paranoid about spirals. Shuichi becomes reclusive after both of his parents die from the horrific psychological and physical powers of the spirals.

Isekai Nonbiri Nouka (Farming Life In Another World)
Author : Kinosuke Naitou 内藤騎之介

Does the word Isekai ring any bell to you? that’s right. Time for some otherworldly anime! (literally) Machio Hiruka, a 39-year-old executive, died of overwork trying to save the company he worked for and which went bankrupt. A deity offers to teleport him to another world by taking care of his body, rejuvenating him and granting him a wish to start his new life. Hiruka’s wishes seem to the deity very simple, he ends up granting him several. This is how Hiruka finds himself propelled into another world, with a body improved by the divinity, in an isolated forest where he can live a peaceful life as a farmer using a divine agricultural tool that can change shape. However, Hiruka will not be alone for long.

Maoujou de Oyasumi (Sleepy Princess In The Demon Castle)
Author: Kagiji Kumanomata 熊之股鍵次

The synopsis is literally in the title. It’s about a princess who just wanted peace and quite. Again, don’t let the cover art fool you. This one’s here is a personal favorite! What evils will Princess Aurora Sya Lis Goodereste have to face while she waits for a brave and strong hero to rescue her?—is what the humans wonder, but the princess is more concerned with finding a nice place to get a good night’s rest, and woe to anyone who gets in her way.

Author : Ryouko Kui 九井谅子

If you like the game D&D you might want to check this title out! In a fantasy world of dungeon exploration, guilds go out on expeditions to raid dungeons, hoping to find the mysterious Golden Kingdom claimed to be the treasure of a certain island dungeon. The story starts with a failed mission, where six members of a team try to take on a dragon, but end up escaping at the cost of losing a member to the dragon’s stomach. After this, two team members leave to join another team, leaving only Laios (a human swordsman), Chilchuck (a halfling locksmith), and Marcille (an elven spellcaster) to grieve over Laios’ sister, Falin (a human spellcaster). Feeling indebted to their close teammate Falin, who used magic to teleport the team outside to safety, the remainder of the team brainstorms how to get back to the dungeon level with the dragon in time to save Falin from digestion.

Author : Masashi Kishimoto 岸本 斉史

The number 1 recommendation on our list is Samurai 8! This Samurai X Cyberpunk is truly one of a kind. Sure there’s a lot of Cyberpunk-ish anime in the past but this is from the creator of Naruto and Boruto. Check it out! Now, you might be disappointed when I tell you they canceled the series officially not to long ago. Don’t let that negativity hold you from reading the manga.

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