The 2000s were a decade of change for manga and anime. With the advent of digital distribution, more people than ever before were able to read and watch their favorite manga and anime. The following list is a ranking of the best manga from this decade that are available in English.
The best manga 2020 is a list of the top 15 best manga that were released in the 2000s. This list was ranked by using data collected from various sources, including Google Trends and Wikipedia.
For those who grew up watching Dragonball Z on weekday afternoons, the early 2000s marked the beginning of manga’s mainstream acceptance.
When the monthly Shonen Jump magazine first exposed readers to Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach, it was as if a whole new universe had opened up.
Then, thanks to the unauthorized fan translations that were concealed online, a whole new world opened up.
In the second part of the decade, a growing number of series with dark themes and powerful artwork made their debut.
So, from 2000 to 2009, let’s take a look at which manga series performed the best.
Battle Royale (#15)
Koushun Takami is the author of this piece. Masayuki Taguchi created the artwork.
In the middle of Battle Royale’s depravity and brutality, you might be excused for overlooking the social satire.
From 2000 through 2005, Koushun Takami translated his notorious 1999 book into this equally infamous manga.
Battle Royale isn’t exactly a pleasant read, with its violent descriptions of high students viciously, ruthlessly, and remorselessly killing one other.
It is, nevertheless, very fascinating.
Beyond the gore and lunacy, there’s a powerful anti-totalitarianism and anti-fascism message, similar to what we’d see later in The Hunger Games trilogy.
D. Gray-man is 14 years old.
Katsura Hoshino is a writer who lives in Japan.
While the narrative took some time to settle in, D. Gray-man made his debut in 2004 with a fully developed visual style.
The demons that haunted this quasi-Victorian world were really terrifying, and they proved to be much more than fodder for our heroes — the exorcists of the Black Order.
Over the years, a fascinating narrative developed, complete with a cast of memorable characters and high-octane arcs.
However, following a succession of hiatuses and more difficult-to-follow narrative elements, it has lost some steam.
13. The Thorn King
Yuji Iwahara, Yuji Iwahara, Yuji Iwahara,
We’re all too acquainted with a deadly virus spreading like wildfire at this point.
When King of Thorn first aired in 2002, it had a sci-fi feel about it.
When there is no solution in sight, our heroes are fortunate enough to be accepted into an early-stage medical study where they will be placed into a deep coma and awakened only when a cure is found.
Unfortunately for our heroes, they awaken to find a planet in shambles, totally overtaken by nature and controlled by bizarre monsters.
King of Thorn is a tightly structured adventure full of creative concepts and genuine WTF moments that still shock today, with lots of thrilling near-misses and terrible fatalities.
Bakuman is number twelve.
Tsugumi Ohba is the author of this piece. Takeshi Obata created the artwork.
Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata began their love letter to manga in 2008, after creating and drawing the mega-hit Death Note.
It’s an educational and heartbreaking tale about two youngsters who are attempting to earn a living as manga artists.
It’s chock-full of behind-the-scenes details and pays homage to the Shonen Jump style to manga.
Our primary protagonists are high school students who are aiming for the stars against insurmountable obstacles.
They compete against other writers, putting everything on the line in order to reach the top of the popularity rankings.
Bakuman, on the other hand, isn’t simply shunned by the literature.
It’s a well-told tale of who creates manga and what makes it so unique.
Fruit Basket No. 11
Natsuki Takaya is the author of this piece.
Fruits Basket was a cultural powerhouse in the 2000s, and it’s difficult to discuss shojo manga without mentioning it.
Not only did it sell like hotcakes in Japan, but it also managed to get traction in the United States long before manga became popular.
It follows a newly orphaned high school student as she is drawn into the orbit of a big and mysterious family with a strange mystery.
Fruits Basket is an emotional rollercoaster that readers are still loving 15 years later, despite its boyishly good looks and animal-transforming craziness.
Claymore is number ten.
Norihiro Yagi is the author of this piece.
Norihiro Yagi took a totally different approach to Claymore, his dark fantasy epic that started in 2001, after completing the extremely humorous and unexpectedly wholesome Angel Densetsu.
Claymore started as a decent-enough combat manga with the anti-hero trappings of something like Berserk, with an almost all female-led band of warriors and an utterly ugly race of wicked demons.
However, as the series progressed, the characters acquired surprising complexity, and the antagonists grew into much more than demons-of-the-week.
What ensued was a thrilling ride that, in hindsight, drew you into this dark universe with its serious beginning and surprising narrative twists.
Tite Kubo is the author of this piece.
For a brief while, it seemed that Bleach would be the manga of the decade.
It received so much attention that it was dubbed one of the “Big Three,” with Naruto and One Piece.
Ichigo Kurosaki’s come-from-behind miraculous wins grew less spectacular and more — pardon me — hollow after a fantastic experience in Soul Society.
The Arrancar storyline that followed was full of new characters and interesting powers, but it couldn’t maintain the enchantment.
Tite Kubo just released a one-shot that examines what happens to people who are exiled to Hell — an early piece of mythology that has never been revisited until now.
It’s an intriguing look at what could have happened if Kubo had gone to Hell instead of Hueco Mundo.
8. The Biscuit Hammer and Lucifer
Satoshi Mizukami is a writer who lives in Japan.
Amamiya Yuuhi is skeptical about the talking lizard in his bed after getting orders to take part in a supernatural war to save the planet.
With time, he learns to realize the gravity of his position. But Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is a definite cult favorite because to its believable lighthearted take to a traditional shonen premise.
During its tenure from 2005 to 2010, it did not get a large viewership.
But its compact 10-volume narrative has enough intriguing twists and turns to deserve a spot among the decade’s big hitters.
Bokurano is number seven.
Mohiro Kitoh is the author of this piece.
Bokurano follows a diverse group of pre-teens who are forced into an interstellar competition where they must fight their gigantic robot against another giant robot in a series of violent one-on-one battles.
Aside from the combat, this anime is known for its heartbreaking twist: its mecha is powered by the pilot’s own life energy.
Bokurano becomes less about huge fights and more on what it means to be alive for a short time after a certain point.
Do the characters flee or give it their best when they are on the verge of death?
Do their acts have any ramifications?
It’s a grueling trip from beginning to end, regardless of the result.
6. Berserk mode
Kentaro Miura is the author of this piece.
This decade of Berserk ramped up the hellish hellscapes and monster adversaries while simultaneously chipping away at Guts’ insane desire for vengeance, from the Tower of Conviction to an ill-fated voyage to sea.
Guts’ surprising traveling companions and a growing cast of treasured friends gradually make his trip easier to endure, despite the world’s deteriorating circumstances and a piece of gear that rips away his sense of self.
And, fortunately, that relaxation extends to us, the readers.
Berserk’s current run was just incredible.
Masashi Kishimoto is the author of this piece.
Naruto was a winner right out of the gate when it premiered in late 1999, with an amazing attention to detail and a tremendously sympathetic loser at the helm.
Naruto rapidly evolved from a popular manga to a full-fledged cultural powerhouse in the 2000s.
On a life-or-death expedition with the destiny of a whole community at risk, the adorable antics of the early chapters were cut short.
Following Naruto’s bittersweet triumph against the wicked ninjas Zabuza and Haku, the anime dives headfirst into the politically complicated and war-torn world he must traverse.
That’s not to mention how the fights really go down, with memorable ninjutsu and high-octane showdowns.
Hunter vs. Hunter
Yoshihiro Togashi, Yoshihiro Togashi, Yoshihiro Togashi
Following the conclusion of Yuyu Hakusho, Yoshihiro Togashi returned to the shonen genre with Hunter X Hunter, a story about Gon Freecss’ passionate search for his father.
Being a hunter was always a life or death situation.
But it seemed like Gon would always triumph since he was the hero at the start of the series.
With the advent of supernatural Nen powers and their terrifying wielders who work in the shadows throughout the show’s run in the 2000s, that started to alter.
The story goes from intriguingly dark adventures to full-fledged global battles in a short amount of time.
Kurapika’s quest for vengeance quickly becomes violent.
Greed Island is serial killers’ dream come true.
The gigantic chimera ants that devour humans aren’t simply a bunch of knuckleheads.
It’s a crazy journey that’s still going (hopefully) to an outrageous climax that only Togashi could pull off.
Hiroya Oku is the author of this piece.
When it ran from 2000 to 2013, Gantz was the definitive “anything goes” manga.
With its ultra-violent sci-fi combat occurring amid genuine landscape and recognizable locales, each chapter seemed like a glimpse into an alternative world.
When it wasn’t all blood and guts, it conveyed a profoundly (and at times incomprehensible) emotional tale about waging an unwinnable war and losing loved ones.
It’s difficult to imagine anything as insane as Chainsaw Man gaining on if Gantz hadn’t set the foundation in the early 2000s.
Death Note No. 2
Tsugumi Ohba is the author of this piece. Takeshi Obata created the artwork.
Death Note is undoubtedly one of the defining manga of the 2000s, despite only running from 2003 to 2006.
The titular notebook, which murders whoever’s name is put in it, would have been the ultimate star in the hands of another creative.
The Death Note, however, is nothing more than a weapon for Light Yagami to bend the universe to his will with Tsugumi Ohba at the wheel.
Light is ready to murder anybody who stands in the way of his utopian ideal of a life free of crime.
But it’s the arrival of L, the one opponent he can’t outwit, that truly makes the series stand out.
Light and L are caught in an ever-escalating game of cat-and-mouse until the first major arc comes to a spectacular climax.
Though the last narrative arc was not well received by fans, it remained a nail-biter to the very end.
1. A Single Piece
Eiichiro Oda is a Japanese author.
One Piece would still be at the top of this list even if the Alabasta, Skypiea, and Thriller Bark arcs were removed.
That’s how amazing the Water 7 and Enies Lobby tales are.
This story flips One Piece on its head after seven real-life years of forward momentum, as the Straw Hat Pirates fight to remain united as they face up against the global government’s total authority.
It’s an emotional journey that shaped the Straw Hat Pirates into champions, giving them one of the Grand Line’s most fearsome crews.
It also commemorates the precise moment at which One Piece unquestionably became the greatest manga of the 2000s period for us, the readers.
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