5 Best Manga Written by Female Writers

Manga are graphic novels that invaded not only Japan but the entire world as well. After successfully writing a Manga, these immensely popular arts are adapted into Anime, Movies, live-action Movies and plays.

Although the Japanese Anime|Manga industry is dominated by men, there are actually tons of animes created by women that most wouldn’t even think of. And yes, even the highly rated and famously popular ones too. In this list, you will find the 5 best manga created by women.

5. Noragami by Adachitoka

Noragami is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Adachitoka. It began serialization in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Magazine in December 2010. Noragami has enjoyed its popularity not only in Japan but overseas as well. It got an anime adaptation in January 2014. Noragami is among the top 20 most popular anime on MAL.

  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Shounen
  • Episodes: 12
Noragami

Synopsis

In times of need, if you look in the right place, you just may see a strange telephone number scrawled in red. If you call this number, you will hear a young man introduce himself as the Yato God.

Yato is a minor deity and a self-proclaimed “Delivery God,” who dreams of having millions of worshippers. Without a single shrine dedicated to his name, however, his goals are far from being realized. He spends his days doing odd jobs for five yen apiece until his weapon partner becomes fed up with her useless master and deserts him.

Just as things seem to be looking grim for the god, his fortune changes when a middle school girl, Hiyori Iki, supposedly saves Yato from a car accident, taking the hit for him. Remarkably, she survives, but the event has caused her soul to become loose and hence able to leave her body. Hiyori demands that Yato return her to normal, but upon learning that he needs a new partner to do so, reluctantly agrees to help him find one. And with Hiyori’s help, Yato’s luck may finally be turning around.

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2. Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato

Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kazue Katō. The manga was serialized in Jump Square in April 2009 and was very well received by fans. Because of the increasing popularity, it got an anime adaptation in 2011. Blue Exorcist is among the top 25 most popular anime on MAL.

  • Genres: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural, Shounen, Demons
  • Episodes: 25
Blue Exorcist

Synopsis

Humans and demons are two sides of the same coin, as are Assiah and Gehenna, their respective worlds. The only way to travel between the realms is by the means of possession, like in ghost stories. However, Satan, the ruler of Gehenna, cannot find a suitable host to possess and therefore, remains imprisoned in his world. In a desperate attempt to conquer Assiah, he sends his son instead, intending for him to eventually grow into a vessel capable of possession by the demon king.

Ao no Exorcist follows Rin Okumura who appears to be an ordinary, somewhat troublesome teenager—that is until one day he is ambushed by demons. His world turns upside down when he discovers that he is in fact the very son of Satan and that his demon father wishes for him to return so they can conquer Assiah together. Not wanting to join the king of Gehenna, Rin decides to begin training to become an exorcist so that he can fight to defend Assiah alongside his brother Yukio.

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3. Black Butler by Yana Toboso

Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. It has been serialized in Square Enix’ shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy since September 2006. Immensely popular among adults, this manga has been adapted into multiple anime series.

  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Historical, Supernatural, Shounen, Mystery, Demons
  • Episodes: 24
Black Butler

Synopsis

Young Ciel Phantomhive is known as “the Queen’s Guard Dog,” taking care of the many unsettling events that occur in Victorian England for Her Majesty. Aided by Sebastian Michaelis, his loyal butler with seemingly inhuman abilities, Ciel uses whatever means necessary to get the job done. But is there more to this black-clad butler than meets the eye?

In Ciel’s past lies a secret tragedy that enveloped him in perennial darkness—during one of his bleakest moments, he formed a contract with Sebastian, a demon, bargaining his soul in exchange for vengeance upon those who wronged him. Today, not only is Sebastian one hell of a butler, but he is also the perfect servant to carry out his master’s orders—all the while anticipating the delicious meal he will eventually make of Ciel’s soul. As the two work to unravel the mystery behind Ciel’s chain of misfortunes, a bond forms between them that neither heaven nor hell can tear apart.

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2. Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

Rumiko Takahashi’s Inuyasha is a household name for anime fans and one of the most iconic manga ever written. It was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday in Nov 1996 and had been adapted into anime since Oct 2000. Inuyasha got massive popularity which ultimately resulted in the rise of 4 feature films and tons of merchandise.

  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Historical, Supernatural, Shounen, Mystery, Demons, Magic, Romance, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 167
Inuyasha

Synopsis

Based on the Shogakukan award-winning manga of the same name, InuYasha follows Kagome Higurashi, a fifteen-year-old girl whose normal life ends when a demon drags her into a cursed well on the grounds of her family’s Shinto shrine. Instead of hitting the bottom of the well, Kagome ends up 500 years in the past during Japan’s violent Sengoku period with the demon’s true target, a wish-granting jewel called the Shikon Jewel, reborn inside of her.

After a battle with a revived demon accidentally causes the sacred jewel to shatter, Kagome enlists the help of a young hybrid dog-demon/human named Inuyasha to help her collect the shards and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Joining Kagome and Inuyasha on their quest are the orphan fox-demon Shippo, the intelligent monk Miroku, and the lethal demon slayer Sango. Together, they must set aside their differences and work together to find the power granting shards spread across feudal Japan and deal with the threats that arise.

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1. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. It was serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Shōnen Gangan shōnen manga magazine between July 2001 and June 2010. FMA is one of the most iconic works in the manga industry and is well-loved all around the world. The characters and world she created are very fascinating. Its first anime adaptation was released in October 2003, before a darker and more faithful to the manga adaptation was released in 2009. And the later one, which is titled, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is the highest-rated anime of all time according to MAL users, all thanks to Arakawa’s splendid story.

  • Genres: Action, Military, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen
  • Episodes: 51 (Brotherhood has 64)
Fullmetal Alchemist

Synopsis

Edward Elric, a young, brilliant alchemist, has lost much in his twelve-year life: when he and his brother Alphonse try to resurrect their dead mother through the forbidden act of human transmutation, Edward loses his brother as well as two of his limbs. With his supreme alchemy skills, Edward binds Alphonse’s soul to a large suit of armor.

A year later, Edward, now promoted to the Fullmetal alchemist of the state, embarks on a journey with his younger brother to obtain the Philosopher’s Stone. The fabled mythical object is rumored to be capable of amplifying an alchemist’s abilities by leaps and bounds, thus allowing them to override the fundamental law of alchemy: to gain something, an alchemist must sacrifice something of equal value. Edward hopes to draw into the military’s resources to find the fabled stone and restore his and Alphonse’s bodies to normal. However, the Elric brothers soon discover that there is more to the legendary stone than meets the eye, as they are led to the epicenter of a far darker battle than they could have ever imagined.

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