Manga Series to Read – Shonen // March Manga Madness

I don’t read that much manga that fall in the shonen category. A lot of it is action-adventure, fantasy, or thrillers. I usually stick to anime when it comes to that. Although, I do want to try and read a few series if I can. Below, is a beginning list of shonen manga that I want to try and read.

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Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa // Status: Complete

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “auto-mail” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies…the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. – Viz Media

The Heroic Legend of Arslan by Yoshiki Tanaka and Hiromu Arakawa // Status: Ongoing

In the prosperous kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a city of splendor and wonder, ruled by the undefeated and fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan is the young and curious prince of Pars who, despite his best efforts, doesn’t seem to have what it takes to be a proper king like his father. At the age of 14, Arslan goes to his first battle and loses everything as the blood-soaked mist of war gives way to scorching flames, bringing him to face the demise of his once glorious kingdom. However, it is Arslan’s destiny to be a ruler, and despite the trials that face him, he must now embark on a journey to reclaim his fallen kingdom. – Kodansha Comics

Noragami by Adachitoka // Status: Complete

Yato is a homeless god. He doesn’t even have a shrine, not to mention worshippers! So to achieve his ambitious goals, he’s set up a service to help those in need (for a small fee), hoping he’ll eventually raise enough money to build himself the lavish temple of his dreams. Of course, he can’t afford to be picky, so Yato accepts all kinds of jobs, from finding lost kittens to helping a student overcome bullies at school. – Kodansha Comics

Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato // Status: Complete

Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth—the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. – Viz Media

A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima // Status: Complete 

Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late? – Kodansha Comics

Not entirely exhaustive, but I tried to list out some series that I want to try and read in the near future. Have you read any of these series? Do you have any shonen (and related genres) recommendations?

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