Top 10 Supernatural Manga [Best Recommendations]

There have been plenty of times where our mind drifts off into the world of fantasy, as we find ourselves in a world filled with enormous enemies, and overwhelming supernatural abilities. These dreams have now been turned into reality through anime and manga, so we thought it would be best to share our top ten best supernatural manga for all of you. The term supernatural can be defined as a variety of different things, as it can reflect on incredible godlike powers, ghosts and demons out to devour souls, and worlds that we could only imagine being in. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best out there, and explore the many realms that supernatural manga has to offer.

10. Kimi ni shika Kikoenai

  • Mangaka: Otsuichi
  • Genres: Supernatural
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: December 2013

The story follows a young and shy schoolgirl who has this fascination with cellphones. She continues to dream about owning the ideal phone that suits her own tastes. One day that dream somehow turned into a strange reality as the very same phone she imagined in her mind started to ring, and someone picks up.

Kimi ni Shika Kikoenai was initially a light novel which was then adapted into a manga of the same name, and comes with two short stories instead of three. Two young girls have gone through a lot during their high school years, and now through their pains they somehow have the ability to connect to one another telepathically through the phones in their minds. As they continue to discover more about each other, they realize that neither live in the same time and space which gets even more deeper as you read through. The second story in the manga looks at a young boy who is able to absorb the wounds of other people and take on their pains. To have a better connection to these stories, we recommend not only grabbing the manga, but be sure to pick up the original light novel.


9. Nurarihyon no Mago

  • Mangaka: Shiibashi, Hiroshi
  • Genres: Supernatural
  • Volumes: 25
  • Published: March 2008 - December 2012

Nura appears to be just a normal kid from everyone’s perspective, but in fact he’s descended from Nurarihyon, the grand master of the spirit world. All he truly wants to do is live his life like any other normal young teen, but anytime his friends find themselves in trouble his spirit energy erupts, and he transforms into a godlike yokai that closely resembles Nurarihyon to stop evil.

Nura aims to save the world from all of the evil that’s about to create chaos, and so he vows to create a legion called the Night Parade of a Hundred Demons to ensure that no one else goes through anymore suffering. Nura performs acts of chivalry and a gallant effort when it comes to battling these evil yokai, because he knows just how important his life and friends mean to him. He’ll sacrifice everything so that everyone can live the life that he had always dreamed of, and that was to just live a normal human life. This story shares a little resemblance to Ushio to Tora in a way, so if you enjoyed that story then you’ll most certainly love this one.


8. Nanatsu no Taizai

  • Mangaka: Suzuki, Nakaba
  • Genres: Supernatural
  • Volumes: 20
  • Published: October 2012 - Present

The kingdom was overtaken by an evil and mysterious group of mercenaries who wanted to control and corrupt the town, and so they blackmailed seven of the kingdom’s most powerful knights and left them imprisoned. Fortunately Meliodas knew something was up and made it his mission to release all the other six knights from their imprisonment, and put a stop to the dark powers that are terrorizing the community. Along with his pal Hawk and his beautiful girl princess Elizabeth, they all band together to ensure that the kingdom is restored, and peace returns to the hearts of the people.

This story is hyped up in so many ways because from the moment you’re greeted by all of the seven knights, you know you’re in for a treat. The first season of the series ended with an explosive battle which restored peace into the kingdom, but there are still unknown threats that are still hungry to destroy not only Meliodas and his comrades, but to reclaim the throne as their own and wreak havoc once again. There’s so much action and great dialogue that occurs all throughout the manga, that you’re always glued to what’s happening and never want to miss a beat. With so many characters to choose from, there’s a favorite for everyone, so if you love an action packed thrill ride with crazy supernatural powers, this is the one for you.


7. xxxHolic

  • Mangaka: Clamp
  • Genres: Supernatural
  • Volumes: 19
  • Published: February 2003 - February 2011

Kimihiro can see spirits but he simply cannot stand being around them, as they only seem more as a nuisance to him than anything. Fortunately after being chased by a pack of wild yokai down the street, he manages to stumble across a small eerie shop that is run by a young witch named Yuuko. He admits that he cannot take the stress any longer and requests that she get rid of the annoying yokai. Yuuko accepts his request but under a contract, Kimihiro must now work for her and assist in taking care of her own errands in this comedy driven, yokai adventure.

After accepting the offer, Kimihiro is then thrown into a crazy universe far from his own, populated with the very same creatures he desperately wanted to avoid. Yuuko always shows strong concern for Kimihiro on his endeavors, and so she usually summons her Kudakitsune or Doumeki to make sure he’s safe at all times. The yokai are constantly reckless and will do whatever it takes to get under Kimihiro’s skin, so Doumeki ensures to fend them off in very comedic ways. This yokai adventure is full of laughs as we see a young boy trying to overcome the nightmares of yokai ruining his life, while at the same time gaining new friends and learning to cope with his own insecurities along the way.


6. Mahoutsukai no Yome

  • Mangaka: Yamazaki, Kore
  • Genres: Supernatural
  • Volumes: 6
  • Published: November 2013 - Present

Chise has had a rough upbringing as her mother passed away, and her father disappearing from her life altogether. She had spent most of her childhood relocating around with relatives, until one day she finds herself on an auction block. Seeing that her family no longer cared for her, Chise is picked up by Elias Ainsworth, a boneheaded being who promises to teach her about magic and mage abilities. What strikes Chise however is not in being his apprentice, but that Elias vows to make her his bride.

This romantic slice of life adventure looks at Chise, as her life had started off on a rough road but eventually turns around for the better once Elias is introduced. Elias becomes like an inspiration to her on their travels, teaching her the importance of magic, protection, and building maturity over time. Due to her lack of parenting, much of this was new to her but overtime his ability to woo her over with intellect started to grow on her. Her dark past began to slowly wane as she grew to enjoy his teachings, and realized that despite his demonic appearance Elias came into her life to shed light on the areas which had cursed her for years.


5. Kuroshitsuji [Black Butler]

  • Mangaka: Toboso, Yana
  • Genres: Supernatural
  • Volumes: 23
  • Published: September 2006 - Present

There’s something much deadlier that’s plaguing England and threatening the Queen, and Ciel just might have the solution. After a tragic end that left both the Earl and his wife dead, Ciel is now left with the responsibility of being the next Earl with his butler Sebastian to assist him at his request. Many people are shocked by the decision as they assumed that Ciel was nothing more than a young boy with no purpose, but they eventually come to see the truth that lies behind the youthful exterior as he shows them that he’s no pushover.

The story of Kuroshitsuji looks at the life of Ciel and his demon butler Sebastian, as the two must work together to uncover the mysteries behind his parents untimely deaths, but to also understand just what’s transpiring in the underground cities of London. The story feels sort of like a young version of Sherlock Holmes, with Ciel using his clever ways to unravel the clues behind what’s happening, and Sebastian there to use his demonic powers to ensure Ciel doesn’t get caught in the crossfire. Ciel is no slouch either as he has powers of his own and vows to find out everything down to the last drop, to ensure the Queen is safe and bring justice to those who killed his parents.


4. Death Note

  • Mangaka: Ohba, Tsugumi
  • Genres: Supernatural
  • Volumes: 12
  • Published: December 2003 - May 2006

Light is hungry for justice and will do just about anything to see the corrupt world he lives in have some balance. He wishes that someday he could become a god and rid his world of all the criminals who bring suffering to the lives of others. Ryuk the shinigami accidentally drops his death note in the real world, and by fate Light discovers the book. Once Light learns of the powers this book holds, his psychotic and manipulative dreams of bringing justice to the world have now come into fruition.

Death Note has won many awards and many live dramas have been created, simply due to its extreme popularity. Light’s world changes dramatically as his once boring life as a university student turns into a crazy and deadly game of cat and mouse, as police try to track down who’s behind all of the mysterious murders that are happening. All Light desired was that these criminals be punished for their ways, but now he himself has transformed into a lunatic, filled with this insatiable lust to kill just about anyone who defies him, using his intellect to maneuver out of sticky situations and walk away clean as the true god of justice.


3. Mushishi

  • Mangaka: Urushibara, Yuki
  • Genres: Supernatural
  • Volumes: 10
  • Published: November 1999 - August 2008

Ginko is a lone wolf and isn’t much of a talker when it comes to meeting new people. However, he has this strange fascination with mushi, who are creatures that exist pretty much everywhere, and are beings that transcend the concept of life and death. The mushi are neither seen as good or bad, only here to serve their own purpose as any other being. The story follows Ginko as he grows to learn more about the mushi species and just what their mysterious roles are in this vast world.

Ginko as we come to learn in the manga is a Mushishi, which is an individual who studies the life of mushi, and uncovers information as to why they exist. We follow Ginko as he tries to detail what he can about the various mushi he encounters in the real world, but due to scarce resources pertaining to their origin he finds himself chasing after rumors more than facts. It’s a philosophical adventure as the manga questions the reader’s mind as well, penetrating your deepest thoughts to see if you can wrap your head around why mushi actually exist.


2. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 7: Steel Ball Run

  • Mangaka: 2. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 7: Steel Ball Run
  • Genres: Supernatural
  • Volumes: 24
  • Published: January 2004 - April 2011

The Jojo series has gone on to sell millions of volumes, with so many new chapters coming out constantly. Since there are so many parts that bring Jojo together, we thought it would be best to focus on one of the better arcs of the series. Steel Ball Run takes place in the 18th century Wild West era, which is around the same period as the first arc. Gyro and Johnny have their eyes set on the fifty million dollar race which is a race that spans across most of America. Their race track becomes a no holds barred land, as racers from across the nation aim to accomplish their dreams, but soon realize there’s more in store for them in the end.

Each chapter in this arc is so full of history, action, and over the top excitement, as you get to learn more about America’s past but also develop a strong bond with the characters. You’re always introduced to something freakish and outlandish which keeps you coming back to see what happens next, and the story really draws you in as you’re clamoring for more each time something extreme goes down. If you enjoy the Jojo series and are hungry to know more, then be sure to catch up to this arc as it will definitely entice you.


1. Berserk

  • Mangaka: Miura, Kentaro
  • Genres: Supernatural
  • Volumes: 39
  • Published: August 1989 - Present

There’s a reason why Guts and his band of allies have made it this far over the span of 30 years. This manga has sold millions of copies and has become an iconic franchise all across the globe. The story focuses on Guts and his lust for revenge as he’s betrayed by Griffith, and his beloved Casca has been taken captive by him. Now Guts travels all over the vast and demon filled lands in search for Casca, with his curse constantly haunting him at every direction he turns.

While we’d love to go into detail about the story in the summary, it would most likely spoil a heavy chunk of the story so we recommend watching the movies, as well as the latest anime to get a feel for everything that’s happening. The manga of course is the best place to get all of the nitty gritty, as Guts is hungry to kill just about anyone in his path to make sure Casca stays alive, and Griffith’s head finds its way on a spike sometime soon. With the tremendous help coming from a variety of characters such as the Skull Knight, there’s always action and blood spillage everywhere in this incredible story driven series. While the manga is on hiatus we insist that you catch up while you can before things start to erupt again.

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Honey’s Closing Statement

These top ten picks were such a difficult task to endure because there are so many amazing supernatural manga out there that really stand out. While we’d love to create a top 40 list at some point, we can only manage to throw ten down for now, so let’s hear some of your thoughts in the comments section below and post some of your own supernatural favorites!

As always, if you want to know about all the latest buzz straight from the bee’s nest in Japan, be sure to keep it locked here at Honey’s Anime.

Rob

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Author: Rob "NualphaJPN" B.

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