Third Eye Beginner’s Guide to Manga

Hey Third Eye Faithful,

You’ve probably been aware of the awesomeness that is manga and anime for some time now, but maybe you haven’t quite yet dipped your toe in by trying a series.

Well, we’re here to help!

We all love the heck out of manga at Third Eye, and follow tons of series. We’ve put together our TOP 5 Mangas for those of you who’ve never tried a series before to check out!

Swing by & give ’em a go!


1. AKIRA

So, this is the big one in terms of great gateways into manga, and if you’ve never read it (even if you’ve seen the anime), we highly recommend giving it a go. 6 volumes of some of the best comic storytelling in any genre; AKIRA is a dystopian look at science fiction that’s captivated imaginations for decades.

Imagine the high-octane apocalyptic energy of MAD MAX FURY ROAD blended with the themes of acceptance and superhuman powers found in X-MEN, with a little bit of STRANGER THINGS thrown in – and that’s AKIRA.

Gorgeous art, great storytelling, and one of the best places to get your feet wet with manga.


2. FAIRY TAIL

Love the humor found in books like I HATE FAIRYLAND, SNOTGIRL, and more? Like the compelling and cutting edge take on SWORD & SORCERY found in RAT QUEENS, SKULLKICKERS, and more? Well, FAIRY TAIL is a must.

In FAIRY TAIL, cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards.

But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates le by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels.

Natsu’s not your typical hero – he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?


3. BERSERK

Imagine the horrors of HELLRAISER mixed with the epic scale of GAME OF THRONES. That’s BERSERK, and we love the heck out of it. This killer series has been running for a long time now, and if you’re looking for a blend of gore, grandeur, and grueling battles — then you’re gonna love BERSERK.

In BERSERK, we meet Guts, the Black Swordsman, a feared warrior spoken of only in whispers.

Bearer of a gigantic sword, an iron hand, and the scars of countless battles and tortures, his flesh is also indelibly marked with The Brand, an unholy symbol that draws the forces of darkness to him and dooms him as their sacrifice.

But Guts won’t take his fate lying down; he’ll cut a crimson swath of carnage through the ranks of the damned — and anyone else foolish enough to oppose him! Accompanied by Puck the Elf, more an annoyance than a companion, Guts relentlessly follows a dark, bloodstained path that leads only to death…or vengeance.

Created by Kenturo Miura, Berserk is manga mayhem to the extreme — violent, horrifying, and mercilessly funny — and the wellspring for the internationally popular anime series. Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, Berserk asks for no quarter — and offers none!


4. LONE WOLF AND CUB

Everyone loves a good samurai story, and LONE WOLF is probably THE best samurai story. A samurai epic of staggering proportions, the acclaimed Lone Wolf and Cub begins its second life at Dark Horse Manga with new, larger editions of over 700 pages, value priced. The brilliant storytelling of series creator Kazuo Koike and the groundbreaking cinematic visuals of Goseki Kojima create a graphic-fiction masterpiece of beauty, fury, and thematic power. Collects Lone Wolf and Cub volumes 1-2, and stories from volume 3.

 

 


5. ONE PUNCH MAN

One of the most popular new manga of recent years, ONE PUNCH MAN is a perfect blend of comedy and action that demonstrates why we love many manga so much.

In ONE PUNCH MAN, nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem — he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on!

Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom?