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Manga's Most Wanted: Great Works by Iconic Authors

Posted on 26th May 2021 by Mark Skinner

Whilst manga may be best known for big blockbuster series like Death Note, One Piece or Naruto, there are also plenty of author-led works that offer a change in pace from more high-profile action manga and provide a distinctive tone unique to that author and illustrator. Discover legendary figures like Katsushiro Otomo, Rumiko Takahashi and Naoki Urasawa in this blog devoted to manga's most wanted.   

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Rendering a post-apocalyptic Tokyo as a neon-lit, cyberpunk dystopia, Otomo unleashes biker gangs, government spooks and paranormal teenagers in a pulp starburst of artistic frenzy.
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Superbly constructed and generating remarkable suspense, Urasawa’s mix of visceral horror and nuanced crime thriller abounds in multi-layered characterisation and intricate plotting as a serial killer stalks post-reunification Germany slaying middle-aged childless couples.
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One of the pre-eminent female authors of manga, Takahashi possesses a storytelling style all her own, and this delightful historical fantasy of half-demons, magical jewels and schoolgirl pluck is her finest work.
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A fogbound Japanese coastal town is held in the thrall to the mysterious spiral in Ito’s darkly atmospheric and unnerving classic of uncanny, encroaching dread.
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A deceptively straightforward tale of adolescent yearning and the messiness of young love, Asano’s exquisitely crafted work resonates with compassion and tenderness.
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Welcome to the sumptuously gothic world of the undead Poe clan in Hagio’s utterly singular manga which utilises baroque art styles to convey a series of stories rich in romantic tragedy and lush phantasmagoria.

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Drawn with suitably painterly grace, Matsumoto’s surreal fable of strange nocturnal events at the legendary Paris art museum introduces readers to a small but charming band of felines.
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A perfect showcase for Tezuka’s sublime artistry and storytelling skills, The Book of Human Insects spins a sinister story of a young mimic and the trail of destruction and heartache she leaves behind her.
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Predominantly wordless yet gently life-affirming, Taniguchi’s singular The Walking Man takes a blissful moment to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life such as climbing a tree or splashing in puddles.
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The first volume of Mizuki’s monumental photo-realist history of 20th century Japan segues from the effects of the Great Depression to the Rape of Nanking with breathtaking virtuosity and graphic style.

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Charting the daily trials and tribulations of a bookselling skeleton, Honda’s off-beat, wryly hilarious manga is a wickedly enjoyable dissection of the stresses of retail.
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