Weekly Shonen Jump is the longest-running and most popular manga magazine in Japan and worldwide. The magazine has sold over 7.5 billion copies all over the world.
Most of the stories serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump use action and comedy. A lot of them were adapted into anime, and developed massive fanbases globally.
On Shonen Jump’s 50th anniversary, we’re listing down some of the best titles belonging to the sci-fi, superhero, fantasy, and horror genres.
Seven of the Best and Most Famous Weekly Shonen Jump Manga Titles
Dragon Ball may be the most famous fantasy adventure manga series – ever. It chronicles the life of Son Goku, a young martial artist who sets out on an adventure to obtain seven magic balls in order to summon a wish-granting dragon.
Tite Kubo’s Bleach centers on Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager with a third eye. He becomes a Death God (or Soul Reaper) after obtaining the powers of Rukia Kuchiki, another Death God. He defends people from evil spirits using his powers and guiding souls to the afterlife. It’s an exciting tale that takes Ichigo from one realm to another. The wildly popular supernatural manga caters to both men and women.
Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu Yu Hakusho chronicles the adventures of Yusuke Urameshi, a young man who died, was resurrected and granted the title of Spirit World Detective. He befriends and becomes allies with two of the first three demons he defeats, namely Hiei and Kurama. Together with Yusuke’s rival Kazuma Kuwabara, the four battle with other demons through tournaments. His archenemy is Toguro, a powerful human turned demon shapeshifter.
Death Note is a supernatural thriller manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. It tells the story of Light Yagami, a high school student who, by fate, chances upon the “Death Note”. The “Death Note” is a notebook which grants its user to kill the names written on it. Light uses the notebook to rid the world of crime and create a utopia, but often comes face to face with L, a brilliant yet reclusive detective.
Yu-Gi-Oh is a dark fantasy manga about gaming and evil spirits. The manga follows Yugi Motou, a young boy who plays host to a dark and powerful spirit after solving an ancient puzzle. He deals with troubling beings by challenging them to Shadow Games. He and his friends also develop a friendship with the spirit and help him regain his memories.
My Hero Academia
Kohei Hirokoshi narrates the life of Izuku Midoriya, a young teenager born in a world of superheroes, but has no superpowers. He catches All Might’s attention after trying to save his friend from a villain. Afterward, he enrolls in Yuei Koko, a superhero training academe. Izuku and his friends balance training with facing the League of Villains.
This comedic fantasy manga is about Munky D. Luffy, a young man who gains the ability to stretch like rubber after eating a Devil Fruit. Luffy, together with the crazy Straw Hat pirates, set out to find the One Piece treasure and become the Pirate King.