Some parents and educators may assume that all mangas are for adult readers, but there are a lot of children’s mangas that are appropriate, believe it or not, for school-aged children and even babies.
For younger kids, once your child knows how to read, some would recommend adding mangas so that you won’t confuse them.
Usually, mangas are read the same way people read books, which means that you read from right to left.
Some kids don’t have an adjustment issue, but you might want to track it just to make sure. So, if you think you’re ready to explore the best manga for kids,here is a list to get you started.
The best manga for kids in 2021:
Splatoon by Sankichi Hinodeya
This kids manga is based on a video game, a third-person shooter game that is sort of like wild paintball, as the players use different resources to scatter colored inks to take control of their territory.
Honestly, this manga is going to make a lot more sense to those who played the game than to those who didn’t, but it’s a happy action story and a lot of fun, no matter what.
Yo-Kai watch Noriyuki Kinishi
Yo-Kai Watch is a big game/anime/manga/toy franchise in Japan, and in all those formats it came to English-speaking audiences as well.
The human character, Nathan, has a special watch that helps him to see creatures that are supernatural.
He seeks them out and together they solve problems.
Except all the fighting, it’s a bit like Pokémon. While traditional Japanese spirits are referred to by the word “yokai”.
Hearts of the Kingdom: Final Mix, by Shiro Amano
Chain of Memories: Kingdom Hearts, by Shiro Amano
Hearts of the Kingdom II, by Shiro Amano
Hearts of the Kingdom/358/2 days, by Shiro Amano
These books are all based on the video game Kingdom Hearts, in which children go on quests alongside popular Disney characters, especially Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy, in “real-life” (manga-style).
This is the sort of book that would cater to true gamers, as those who have played the games and already have a sense of the world so stories make the most sense.
There are some novels besides the manga: Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts II, as well as an art book, Shiro Amano: The Kingdom Hearts Artwork.
Happy Clover Happy, by Sayuri Tatsuyama
Ready to obtain more cuteness? Clover is a bunny, a very large group of bunnies (and a hare), as well as a flying squirrel, living with her friends in the woods.
Occasionally, they go to a school run by an owl, Professor Hoot, and they like to explore the outer reaches of their home forest and get into slightly naughty scrapes.
Young lads are going to fall in love with this children’s manga.
Fluffy, Cinnamoroll Fluffy, by Yumi Tsukirino
Cinnamoroll is a flying puppy with a tail that spirals like a roll of cinnamon (hence the name).
It’s a development of the company Sanrio, which makes him a kind of Hello Kitty cousin. He lives in a café and likes to hang out with his friends Chiffon, Espresso, Cappuccino, and Baby Milk, while the dark cloud named Cavity often scares them.
Chi is a little abandoned kitten who is taken in by a family whose pets are not allowed in the apartment building. Some of the gentle humor in this series comes from the attempts of the family to conceal her from the neighbors, but most of it is just Chi doing kitten stuff, distracted by a new object, chasing and playing, falling asleep in the shoe of someone.
At the beginning, there’s a bit of potty humor, as “chi” means “pee,” and basically the cat and the little boy in the family get toilet-trained at the same time.
We can read the internal monologue of Chi (presented with some type of irritating lisp), but people don’t really know what she’s saying. This was intended to be child-friendly, the stories are short, the characters are cute, the color of the art is
Young Miss Homes by Kaoru Shintani
Young Miss Holmes is a smart take on the classic Sherlock Holmes stories, available only digitally.
In this edition, it’s Holmes’ 10-year-old niece who actually solves the mysteries, with a little support from her two maids, who have several non-domestic talents.
Shintani’s stories blend well with the originals, and the manga is a really enjoyable read.
Cows by Akira Toriyama
From Dragon Ball’s maker, Cowa! It’s a one-volume tale of a trio of the least terrifying creatures ever. Paifu is half a vampire, half a koala, so he transforms into a raging koala whenever he sees a cross.
Jose is a shape-shifting ghost who, when he’s anxious, fartes. Arpon is a monster boy who still picks battles and loses them.
The three of them undertake a dangerous journey to Horned-Owl Mountain when the monster flu comes to town to get some medication from the witch who lives there.
They trick a former sumo wrestler with a sketchy history into helping them, and along the way, they meet different monsters and dangers. Toriyama is a manga-ka master and his characters are full of life and energy.
Yotsuba by Kyohiko Azuma
Yotsuba Kowai is a five-year-old girl with green hair who lives with her adoptive father and is always curious about the world around her.
Like several five-year-olds, Yotsuba is still up to 11: there’s no stopping her when she wants to do something, and she’s excited about everything-pestering the girls next door to play with her, catching cicadas, riding her bicycle as much as she can. In short chapters, this is a domestic slice-of-life comedy.
And Azuma has a tidy, linear style, making this a simple and enjoyable read for children; even though the series is written for an adult audience, it works very well for all ages. It makes it one of the best manga for children.
Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino
It’s the city slicker, Japanese style, versus the crafty locals! Seishuu Handa, a young calligrapher prodigy, makes a career-ending mistake and slinks away to a remote island to hone his art and ponder what is next.
Rural life is not the easy idyll he thought it would be, though: kids on the island use his house as a hangout, and everywhere he goes, one little imp tags along.
Plus, the locals are savvy in their own way, in spite of their strong accents and parochial lives. This is a nice, charming manga, and the prequel, Handa-Kun, is also a great read for all ages. Hence proving it to be the best children’s manga.
Hikaru no Go by Takeshi Obata and Yumi Hotta
Perhaps “action-packed” is not the first word that comes to mind when one thinks about a board game-based manga, but it’s pulled off by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata (Death Note and Bakuman artist).
When fiddling with an old Go board, Slacker’s sixth-grader Hikaru Shindo finds new meaning in life and is possessed by the spirit of Sai, a Go master of the Heian Age (794-1185). Hikaru knows nothing about Go, but Sai pushes him to play, and Akira Toya, a serious Go player and the son of a modern Go master, soon catches his attention.
“This 23-volume series is full of friends, rivals, and complications, as with all shonen manga, and a target everybody is aiming for (playing the “Divine Move”).
Dinosaur Hour by Hitoshi Shioya
If you know a baby who loves dinosaurs, surprise them with a manga dinosaur. Each volume offers a lot of educational information about the featured dinosaur.
But in this book, it isn’t all just educational reading! The ending, which will inspire young readers to read more, will surprise readers. There are 200 pages of fun and surprises in this book.
These zany short stories about species ranging from velociraptor to dimetrodon to triceratops, baryonyx, and many more will be enjoyed by young and old readers alike as they strive to survive, escape quicksand, escort dinosaur babies, or even run from ghosts in fear!
With anthropomorphic personalities given to the dinos, though the stories are fictional.
Chocomimi by Konami Sonoda
This is sort of a sweet Strawberry Shortcake and Bratz Dolls mashup. Two best mates who have distinct personalities will be pursued by young readers.
They will enjoy this if you have a fashion-forward kid who loves color. Your young reader will enjoy the fashion tips that are ideal for pre-teens, simple recipes and guides.
The ChocoMimi fashion manga was launched by Sonoda in Shueisha’s Ribon Original magazine in May 2003.
In March 2004, the manga was transferred to Ribon magazine, where it has been serialized since then. In this year’s September issue of Ribon magazine, ChocoMimi went on hiatus earlier this month due to Sonoda’s poor health.
Niju Oranda Go by Anfernee Robinson
There are not many Black sports manga available and, despite its deep roots in the Black community as a competitive sport and enjoyable exercise, there are definitely not many Black double Dutch stories.
To announce his upcoming manga Nijū Oranda-go, author Anfernee Robinson went to his Twitter!!
Jumping double-dutch was my life when I was a young girl. My friends and I would get to school early, just so that before school began, we could jump a log.
While this children’s manga will not be available until August 2021, it’s nice to see a sports manga focused on black girls.
Children of the Sea by Daisuke Igarashi
This is perfect for teenagers who, when they were younger, enjoyed scary storybooks but have not found books that are appropriate for them.
This manga follows Ruka, who feels ghosts can be seen in the water. Her father works in an aquarium and Ruka finds herself befriending some very fascinating friends who may or may not be alive.
Ruka meets two people, “Umi” and “Sora,” on one summer vacation, whose upbringing includes strange and wonderful secrets. Ruka and the adults who know them are entangled in a complicated mesh, attracted to their exquisite swimming, almost more like floating.
In the meanwhile, an unexplained phenomenon happens worldwide: fish are disappearing. Thus starts the boys and girls’ underwater adventure to captivate us.
Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
So many of us, because of Sailor Moon, were introduced to manga and anime, and why stop now? The complexities Usagi faces every day as she tries to balance school and battle evil will be appreciated by tweens and teenagers.
This Sailor Moon version is an almost flawless translation.
From her time in middle school through high school, the series follows the adventures of the protagonist Usagi Tsukino as she turns into the titular character to quest for a powerful artifact known as the Legendary Silver Crystal.
After reading this, readers can turn into Sailor Scouts in no time. It will prove as another good children manga.
Spacepop by Corey Mickel and Sebastian Riera
Room, a place where dreams spread through an infinite ocean of stars.
This is where fate is improved, and a common hero… becomes a legend. That nothing lasts forever is the greatest life lesson that can be summoned from the ashes of a fallen empire.
An adventure in a space opera full of family drama, cosmos and war. Joshua is the heir in this manga to a family with a dark and long legacy.
Joshua has to fly with a crew through the stars and they are all ill-prepared with their defective communication equipment and weapons.
For high school readers who are Star Wars fans but want more variety in their characters, Spacepop is suitable.
Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama
Dragon Ball Z is still popular after all these years and young children love to play DBZ with each other outdoors.
Without referencing this soap opera, it’s almost impossible to discuss manga or anime. Goku is a monkey tail boy who joins Bulma to discover the sacred dragon balls that are all over the globe.
Stars Wars: The Legend of Luke Skywalker by Akira Fukaya
This is a manga which is sort like an anthology of who Luke Skywalker is and what he is. This will give young readers who want to dive into Star Wars a great introduction but aren’t sure where to start.
Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 1. By Akira Fukaya
Takashi Natsume is a 15-year-old boy who wants nothing more than to live like anyone else in normal life. But he possesses the ability to see “youkai,” or spirits, to his dismay, like his deceased grandmother, Reiko.
Natsume eventually discovers that Reiko had bequeathed him the “Book of Friends,” a book of contracts in which she had bound youkai.
Takashi Natsume has the gift of being able to see spirits close to The Notebook, making him something of a reclusive teenager.
A troubled teen soon becomes branded and learns that he is more remarkable than what others already believe he is.
Lets us discuss the importance of best children mangas and how they are classified.
Definition of Manga
Just what it is. Manga refers to a broad variety of graphic novels from Japan. And they certainly aren’t all the same.
The distinction between Manga and Anime
Two distinct things are manga and anime, although they are visually similar and some of the most popular manga series have become anime (see: Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z). Manga refers generally to graphic novels and anything printed, while anime refers to TV or movies.
5 Types of Manga
Five main types of manga exist. Shonen, shojo, seinen, josei, and kodomuke, each based on gender and age, broadly speaking.
And a number of sub-genres are there. I thought that manga, consisting of superheroes, antiheroes, and a lot of action, was like most of the comics I’ve seen and targeted mostly at boys. Some titles are sweet, some are goofy, some are romance-based, some romance-based titles are between boys, some are between girls, although that is true of some of the most popular manga.
Shonen manga is targeted at youngsters and teenage boys. Shonen manga is the most common and prevalent form by far, and boys and girls alike enjoy it. It usually features boy characters who are either a) fighting or b) funny or c) both. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto, Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama, Bleach by Tite Kubo, Tsugumi Ohba’s Death Note and Takeshi Obata are the main names.
Tween and teen girls are the subject of Shoujo manga. Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi is perhaps the most popular shoujo series, with its schoolgirls-turned-superheroes. The common romance-centered stories rely heavily on stereotypically girly stereotypes such as Prince Charming, the bad guy, and love triangles, while fantasy and sheroes exist.
The manga Kodomuke is for younger kids. These tales are sweet and simplistic. Fujiko F. Fujio’s Doraemon is a classic. And we like the more recent Konami Kanata’s Chi’s Sweet Home, about a missing cat (not least because it’s written left to right).
Its your time to tell which one of the best children manga you have already enjoyed reading and which ones you are planning to read in future.
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