For the people who are tired of reading those mangas with a light and smiling tone, the anime and mangas seinen they are a full plate. These manga always have a much more dramatic and heavy feel. Which ends up impacting a lot on the reader, whatever the emotion aroused.
But before they come and ask me why Boku no hero is on this list, I'll just say that this list is different. The manga that we will put here are the heaviest of the seinen genre. This list is focused on manga, but luckily most of the works cited here also have an anime adaptation.
Where you will find many deaths, revenge, betrayal, fight for survival, and the like. Yes, the kind where almost every chapter shows mutilations, deaths or something like that. Liked? So there are two of us, let's go straight to the list.
At the end of the article we will leave the Mangas Seinen available in Brazil for you to buy. Below we will leave a summary to facilitate your navigation.
Berserk – one of the most popular seinen manga
Guts, a former mercenary now known as the "Black Swordsman", is out for revenge. He wanders in a medieval world slaying demons, who are attracted to a demonic mark on his neck. To his aid, he has extraordinary strength gained from a harsh childhood spent with mercenaries.
He still possesses a gigantic sword, an iron left prosthesis, and the elf Puck. In his quest for revenge on the one who gave him the Mark, he encounters many interesting people and creatures, influencing everyone's lives in some way.
It is important to say that this is one of the best known and most respected manga of all time and in the whole world. Its intriguing story and development without so many clichés manages to attract the attention of all types of audiences.
Since much of the original work has already been adapted into an anime. But the latest adaptations have generated a huge uproar from fans because of their quality. In this case, 3D was a grotesque adaptation. But it's worth watching the first adaptations.
20TH Century Boys
With the end of the 20th century, people all over the world are anxious as they perceive the world changing. The turn of the century could mean the end of the world. Kenji Endo is a normal convenience store manager with a normal life.
But he realizes that something is not right. Eventually he discovers that one of his old friends has committed suicide, and that a new cult led by a figure known as "Amigo" is gaining popularity. The entire world also faces a danger that only friends have the key to stopping.
This manga is on my list of mangas to read, but I haven't had time yet. So I won't comment on it. Once I have an opinion on it I can update. But the important thing is that it is a very well-regarded manga in the industry, despite not being as popular as the previous one.
Vinland Saga – meticulous revenge seinen manga
Thorfinn is the son of one of the Vikings' greatest warriors. He is among the best fighters in the mercenary group run by Askeladd. However, his objective was not loot but revenge against Askeladd.
Thorfinn spends his childhood with the mercenary crew, honing his skills on the battlefield, awaiting the day of his revenge.
When Askeladd receives news that the Danish prince Canute has been taken hostage, he creates an ambitious plot. This one will decide the next King of England and drastically alter the lives of Thorfinn, Canute and himself.
My opinion on Vinland saga:
For those who like plots involving elaborate and careful revenge, this is certainly one of the best, and a great example of seinen manga. Surely you won't be angry with the protagonist because he did something silly.
The manga is slated to get an anime adaptation now in the July/Summer 2019 season. And I'm looking forward to it as it's one of the big hypes of the season.
In 16th century Japan, Shinmen Takezou is a wild and brutish young man, both in his appearance and in his actions. He even inspires the fear and disapproval of his entire village. So he and his best friend, Matahachi Honiden, run away to enlist in the Toyotomi army, yearning for glory.
The friends barely survive the Battle of Sekigahara. Shinmen returns home to report a family's survival. Instead, he discovers that he is a wanted criminal, for the alleged murder of his friend.
Upon being captured, he is hung from a tree and left for dead. An itinerant monk, pity him. So he secretly frees him and baptizes him with a new name to avoid persecution from the authorities: Miyamoto Musashi.
Parasyte – Kiseijuu
The protagonist of the story is a 17-year-old male student named Shinichi Izumi. One night, worm-like creatures called Parasytes appear on Earth.
They dominate the brains of human hosts, entering through their ears or noses. A Parasite tries to crawl on Shinichi's nose while he sleeps, but fails. As the boy wakes up, he enters his body through his arm.
My opinion of Kiseijuu:
As one of the first seinen manga I read, the impression was certainly favorable. Yes, I was led to read it because of the anime, I wanted to see if there were any more elaborate parts of the hour H of the couple in the series.
But it's that old story we use for anime, all anime is good when we don't have experience. It's almost the same with the sleeves, so it's hard to know the quality of it. But it's a good seinen manga, that's for sure.
Blame – the silent manga
Killy is a man of few words. He wanders, seemingly endlessly, through a lonely, gigantic labyrinth of concrete and steel, battling cyborgs and other futuristic nightmares, looking only for something called Net Terminal Genes.
And he has a very powerful weapon, which he uses without hesitation whenever something like danger raises his head. He seeks answers about who he is, the world he lives in and the quarry he seeks.
There is a very good CG movie based on the manga. I remember watching at Netflix, I recommend taking a look. One of the differentials of this manga is that it has almost no texts. Perfect for lazy people who don't like to read.
Kingdom – the wronged manga
During the Warring States period in China, Xin Li and Piao are two young brothers who dream of becoming Grand Generals despite their low status as orphaned slaves.
One day, they meet a man of nobility, who gives Piao the opportunity to take on an important duty within the royal palace state of Qin. The brothers separate, only meeting again in Piao's death. His last words send him into action and lead him to meet the soon-to-be-king of Qin young man, Zheng Ying.
My opinion about kingdom:
Without a doubt, when I think that this manga is not so recognized, I almost cry with sadness. And the worst thing, when I think about what they did with his anime, it's like I'll have dehydration if I don't hold back.
To say little, this is the only manga that I gave a 10 on the BAD (My Anime List). And I don't think I'll find another one on this level anytime soon.
Monster – One of the classic seinen manga
Dr. Kenzou Tenma is a renowned neurosurgeon of Japanese origin who works in Europe. Highly praised by his peers as one of the great young minds who will revolutionize the field, he is blessed with a beautiful bride and is on the cusp of a big promotion at the hospital where he works.
But all that is about to change with a grave dilemma that Kenzou faces one night - whether to save the life of a small boy or the town's mayor. Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the other critical patient.
A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal. However, when a series of murders takes place in the surgeon's neighborhood, all evidence points to the boy he saved, Kenzou's beliefs are shaken.
(If you haven't read this manga or watched the anime yet, you need to do so soon. Classic seinen manga are must-reads for everyone. otaku.)
Elfen lied – blood, lots of blood
Lucy is a special race of humans known as the "Diclonius", born with a pair of short horns and invisible telekinetic hands that make her the victim of inhumane scientific experiments by the government.
However, once circumstances offer her an opportunity to escape, Lucy, corrupted by confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors.
During her escape, she receives a crippling head injury that leaves her with a split personality: someone with the mentality of a harmless child who has limited speech ability.
In this state of instability, she comes across two college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who inadvertently take the injured fugitive into their care, unaware of his murderous tendencies. Which will change their lives, as they will soon find themselves drawn into the dark world of government secrecy and conspiracy.
My opinion on elfen lied:
I don't have much to say about this manga. But certainly, one must give the warning to be careful with the ending. There are some surprises and events that are kind of… Better not to give spoilers.
Oyasumi Punpun – one of the most depressing seinen manga
Punpun Onodera is a normal 11-year-old boy who lives in Japan. Unexpectedly idealistic and romantic, Punpun begins to see his life take a subtle – yet still surprising – turn for the grown-up when he meets the new girl in his class, Aiko Tanaka.
It is then that the quiet boy learns how unstable maintaining a relationship can be, and the difficulties of transitioning from a naive childhood to a complicated adult life.
When his father assaults his mother one night, Punpun realizes something else: those he looks at aren't as impressive as he thought. As his troubles mount, Punpun's shy behavior turns into voluntary seclusion.
Instead of curing you of your troubles and conflicting emotions, it only intensifies them, sending you down the dark path of maturity in this dark coming-of-age saga.
My take on oyasumi punpun:
If you get depressed easily, don't read this drug. Certainly, the intensity you have in School Days (an anime only for the strong), is nothing compared to what you will feel with this seinen manga.
Certainly, seinen manga has a characteristic of pointing out problems in life, in society, in people etc. That's why they make us reflect and feel feelings that bring us feelings, most of the time, negative.
But this is certainly the neem champion to leave people with that feeling of immeasurable loss. When we finished reading the manga, the “hollow” that remains in our soul is immeasurable.
So be careful when reading this manga doom. I marathoned and ended up regretting it, depression hit hard. my luck was the strong mentality, otherwise the consequences would be worse.
But if you're wondering why I'm nominating. Simple, seinen manga, the heavier they are, the more lessons they pass on to the writers. I believe we learn very little in happy times. Sad times are when we learn the most and develop.
List of Seinen manga available in Brazil
Let's focus on the seinen manga mentioned in this article. The list below takes you straight to the Amazon store that allows you to buy your manga more easily and at a fair price. You can also buy the complete collection soon.
Other famous seinen manga and anime
Anyway for those addicts who have read all 10 seinen manga. Here's a list of extras to take advantage of too.
- Tokyo Ghoul
- Goblin Slayer (light novel)
- Sun-Ken Rock
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