We don’t do manga series in our recommendations here, just anime. However, that doesn’t mean that anime fans don’t want to lie in bed and read a few good chapters quietly before bed. Instead of branching out into manga recommendations, we’re going to give you a few good ones that you can look into. So if you want to read some good action manga or are just some sort of anime hipster that wants to be all “I read the manga before it was cool and animated,” then check out these action manga recommendations below.
Shinmen Takezou is wild and aggressive, leading to the villagers being fearful of him. However, he and his friend Matahachi end up running away and joining the Toyotomi army for glory. Unfortunately, after a crushing defeat at the Battle of Sekigahara, they barely make it out alive and are separated. From there, they each go on a journey. Takezou walks the path that will eventually see him as Musashi Miyamoto, legendary swordsmen.
Thorfinn is the son of a great Viking warrior and a skilled fighter in Askeladd’s band of mercenaries. However, Thorfinn is not there for the plunder, but rather because he has vowed to kill Askeladd in a duel. While his time among the band has honed his skills, his world is about to get much grander when they receive word that the Danish prince, Canute, has been taken hostage.
Hole is a decrepit and lawless district where the strong prey on the weak. Namely magic users from the high rung of society mutilate and experiment on the weak that live within. Kaiman is a resident, a man more lizard than human who hunts magic users with a pair of bayonets and who has an immunity to magic. He is a man cursed and on the hunt for the truth.
Lone Wolf and Cub
Once the shogunate’s chief executioner, treachery saw Ittou Ogami framed with treason. Furthermore, they killed his wife, but his young son was left alive. Ittou and his son travel the country in a quest for revenge as he takes on the new mantle of an assassin.
There hasn’t beeb a killer robot in eight years. However, while tracking a string of robot and human deaths, Europol detective Gesicht encounters an increasingly puzzling series of clues towards and increasingly dangerous mystery.
Eden: It’s an Endless World
After a pandemic kills 15 percent of the world population and cripples many, the secret organization Propater takes over control the world government. Propater tries to capture a boy and girl immune to the virus and raised in an old virology research center, but they escape. 20 years later, the boy, now the largest drug lord in South America, begins his fight back against the tyrannous Propater.
This is the story of the childhood and life of Eumenes, a secretary and general to Alexander the Great. Though Eumenes was a real person, not much is known of his past, so this manga tells the largely fictionalized story of his early life featuring characters from Macedonia’s rapid expansion.
After her father’s company went bankrupt, Nagasaw Shiina searches of a way to ease their financial burden. Unfortunately, she unknowingly sold herself into prostitution. During her first job, a mysterious masked man crashed the party and doled out some vigilante justice. Even stranger, she knows the man as Hazama Shou from her class. He is a man that dons a mask and carries out his vision of justice under the name Akumetsu.
After a classmate disappears, Ageha Yoshina calls the number on a mysterious card that his missing classmate had too. After answering a series of questions, they ask they ask a cryptic question – Would you like to go to Psyren? Agreeing, he finds his classmate and himself in a mystery world inhabited by monsters. With the psychic powers to fight these monsters, the pair try to stay alive in order to make it home.
In order to motivate the future generations, the Japanese government decided that one class would be randomly chosen each year, placed on a deserted island, and forced to kill each other until one remained. Shuuya Nanahara, thinking his class was on a graduation trip, finds that their class is the unlucky one chosen from the program. Now, with collars around their necks that will detonate if they try to leave the island, they must choose how much they are willing to sacrifice to stay alive.
Cage of Eden
On the way back from a school trip to Guam, Akira and his classmates survive a plane crash and find themselves stranded on a jungle island. However, this island is not what it seems, it is inhabited by mysteries, and more importantly, animals that have been extinct for millions of years. With death and danger around every corner, Akira must protect his friends and unravel the mystery.
Ten years ago, humanity was ravaged by a virus that turned its victims into monsters called Dracules. Now the only cure for these beasts is death and the elite warriors of the Virus Squad seek to bring it. Leila Mikami is a new recruit to the squad, out for vengeance for her parents. However, she is also seeking the Dragon Eye, a weapon that will make her into the most powerful warrior in the world.
This is the story of Yuu, a high schooler with no place to belong. He doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere, but will do anytime to be accepted. Eventually he finds that place, on the streets and in a world of violence where he must fight to keep it.
Ryo was once regarded as a genius and had a bright future in Tokyo University among society’s elite. However, one summer, he cracks. He murders his parents with a small knife and leaves his sister alive and cowering in the corner. This is just where his story begins, however.
In an alternate version of Japan, a law has been passed that legalizes retaliatory killings. This means if someone killed your loved one, you can legally kill or hire someone to kill them. This is the story of one such contract killer and the jobs he takes.
There are literally thousands of more action manga series out there that haven’t been animated yet. Do you have any more manga recommendations?