Last Updated on April 25, 2021
They’re handy, easy-to-read, and they’re from Japan. They’re called manga. And thanks to globalization and the Internet, manga now has a bigger audience than before. With more and more people getting on the craze, ever thought about picking up a title yourself?
What is manga?
Manga is basically a term for graphic novels and comic books produced and published in Japan. They’re typically in black-and-white, with colored versions published only for special editions or releases. As with most Japanese publications, you read manga from right-to-left.
These works are released in weekly/monthly manga magazines like Weekly Shōnen Jump. If the story becomes popular enough, some of the chapters are gathered and published under a volume known as tankōbon. Manga are categorized based on audience first, and genre second. For example: Golgo 13 would be categorized as Seinen (young adult men) thriller.
For those who want to read manga for the first time, it’s important to note how many volumes a title has before committing to it. Shorter stories (e.g. Slam Dunk, Fullmetal Alchemist, Love Hina) can be finished in no time. Longer or ongoing titles (e.g. Bleach, Baki, One Piece)on the other hand, can be more difficult to fit into your busy schedule.
Most Notable Manga Titles
If you’ve never tried reading manga before OR you’re wondering what to read next, a top-selling manga title can be a safe bet. As other people have already enjoyed them, there’s a good chance you would, too!
One of the best-selling manga titles in terms of copies sold is One Piece by Eiichiro Oda. Published in 1997, this manga has sold more than 480 million copies worldwide, with an ongoing story to this day. Two popular choices are Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto and Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama. Both have proven to be favorites, especially since they have anime adaptations as well.
An oldie but goodie is Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. Published between 1982 and 1990, the sci-fi story follows Shotaro Kaneda and Tetsuo Shima, and Akira, who has psychic abilities. Other interesting titles include: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Vagabond, Oyasumi Punpun, Uzumaki, and Fist of the North Star.
Always fancied yourself making the next Astro Boy or Gin Tama? Start by picking a standout manga font from this collection and see where it takes you.
Fun Manga Fonts
1. Stupendous Jack
Take kids – and adults, too! – on a fun journey using their imaginations when you use this cute and cool typeface by Tokokoo. Featuring bold shapes with a funky baseline, you will love it online games, posters, movie titles, menus, magazine covers, and YouTube thumbnails.
No cover for your new manga yet? Here comes Pandastocknet’s bold comic display font to the rescue!
Whether you’re looking for the next great font to grace your esports logo or you need something sophisticated and edgy for your t-shirt designs, you can’t go wrong with this bold typeface from gblack-id.
4. Dulce Chico
From book covers to back-to-school promotions, this layered font from Garisman is playful and versatile. It comes in two styles (Regular and Shadow) with over 350 glyphs to support 16 Latin-based languages.
5. Monolith Typeface
MehmetRehaTugcu brings to you this chipped font with no curves and a hard-carved look. It’s basically an all-caps font, but it offers alternate letters you can access via Caps Lock.
Creepy but adaptable, this display font by TypotopiaCo comes in two styles (Regular and Clean) that will look amazing whether you decide to put them on Halloween banners or on a summer concert poster.
7. Warden Regular
Say hello to your new favorite font by Ryan Prasetya! This typeface includes 3 styles (Base, Outline, Extrude) you can layer to create interesting effects to fit your kid-friendly designs.
This playful and humanist all-caps by Adilbudianto comes in two styles (Regular and Bold) you can mix and match. Experiment with various looks to make your menus, branding, book covers, labels, and posters stand out!
11. Masked Hero
Linecreative brings to you this bold and powerful sans that’s sharp, creative, and surprisingly handy. With 4 options (uppercase, lowercase, alternates 1 and 2) for each letter, the possibilities are endless. Try them on any theme – from cyberpunk, sci-fi, rave, to sports, comics, and music.
12. Komix Eighties
If you can’t say it out loud, say it instead with this awesome comic typeface by figuree. Featuring 3 styles (Regular, Regular, Bold), it will brighten up your t-shirt designs, postcards, social media photos, and animations.
13. Nezuko Typeface
With no curves, this sharp-edged typeface has a sense of urgency that can be felt with every letter and character. See it spell out emotion in your graphic novels, game design, animations, and book covers.
Keep it fun and casual using this handcrafted sans from Motokiwo. Featuring complete upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and punctuations, its childish charms will melt away worries and put a smile on anyone’s face.
15. Sushi Moshi
Hungry for a display font you could really sink your teeth into? Then take a bite out of this all-caps quirky and bold comical font by Dm Letter.
16. KIBO Squad
This flexible decorative font by Olexstudio boasts of a dynamic vibe and a uniquely rough texture. With a good set of alternates, it’s guaranteed to look gorgeous on logos, posters, book covers, as well as body copy.
17. Sour Crunch
Inspired by pop art style, this comical all-caps sans serif comes with irregular shapes to give your works a bold and animated twist.
Bold, playful, but functional, this display font by wowomnom is ideal for titles, covers, and headlines. Product comes with a set of 20 bubbles you can use for business cards, graphic novels, comic art, and more.
19. CA Kometo
Re-create the look of vintage comics when you use this superhero typeface by Cape Arcona. Featuring two styles: ‘Regular’ (the Shadow) and ‘Fill’, you can stack them for interesting effects. This oblique headline typeface is here to save your works from being bland and boring.
20. Black Friday
Bring your drawings and product packages to life with this cool display font by CocoTemplates. Chunky, sharp, but clean, it’s what your toolkit has been missing.
The perfect blend of bold and fun, this comic typeface by Rahardi Creative is surely popping!
22. Best Friends
Bring the WHAM and BAM to your graphic novels, comics, or illustrations when you try this comic book style font by Maroon Baboon that truly packs a PUNCH!
23. Dale Adventure
Ready to go where your imagination has never taken you before? Then get ready to take this energetic and adventurous sans with you.
24. Tsuki Typeface
Inspired by themes from Japanese manga and video games, NEWFLIX gives you jagged sans that has plenty to prove. Put it on the covers and titles of your books, comics, or game concepts, and watch it transform the ordinary into something sublime.
Chunky is a manga fonts set featuring lowercase, uppercase, symbols, and multilingual support. Lots of ligature in this font, suited for fashion, branding, or comics!
26. Dilo World
Dilo World is a cutesy but not too cutesy manga fonts set with a bouncy baseline and goofy, friendly feel is perfect for everything from posters, packaging, clothing, stickers, and more.