Best Manhwa Recommendations: Webtoon Masterpieces That’ll Make You Stay Up Late
Reading manhwa has been a fun and chill hobby for me. Some manhwa have made me roll with laughter, while others have pushed me to tears.
The only problem is that it’s actually hard to search for good webtoons. Digging through heaps of trash isn't fun. Thus, to save time for fans (like me) looking for great reads, I’ve compiled the best manhwa I’ve ever read.
With their great plots, characters, art, and entertainment value, these Korean manhwa and webtoons offer the full package.
The 23 Best Manhwa (Webtoons) You Must Binge Read
- Talent Swallowing Magician
- Karina’s Last Days
- Legend of the Northern Blade
- The Beginning After the End
- Girls of the Wild's
- Solo Leveling
- The Fantasie of a Stepmother
- Omniscient Reader
- Who Made Me Princess
- Tower of God
- SSS-Class Revival Hunter
- Positively Yours
- A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special
- The Male Lead’s Little Lion Daughter
- Nano Machine
- Villains Are Destined to Die
- Return of the Mad Demon
- The Greatest Estate Developer
- Return of the Blossoming Blade
- The Breaker Series
- Beware The Villainess
Tired and wounded after a gruesome battle, Rai, a powerful vampire, falls into a deep sleep to recover his strength. Eight hundred twenty years later, he wakes up only to discover the world has changed too much.
Soon enough, a series of strange events push him to become a high school student. And guess what? The school was founded by his loyal servant.
My Rating: Noblesse is a classic 9/10. The plot and world-building are incredibly engaging and fun. The characters are not cardboard templates and have real depth. And don’t forget the beautiful and fluid art style.
It’s one of the best manhwa classics I’ve ever read. Still, unlike the common fast-paced manhwa nowadays, this webtoon takes time to build up. It’s a webtoon that grows on you the more you read.
Jiwoo is a gentle and warm-hearted lad. He loves cats and keeps a bunch of strays to freeload at his home. Well, everything’s normal about him except for his cat-like reflexes.
On one fateful day, Jiwoo saves a wounded stray cat. But he discovers that he has picked up something more than he bargained for: a talking cat. Wait, there’s more! The talking cat is actually one of the most powerful ability users on the planet.
My Rating: I'll rate Eleceed 10/10. This Korean manhwa has everything, from breathtaking art to a gripping plot and lovable characters. Spice it further with punchy comedy, and you’ll get one of the best manhwa you’ll ever read.
3. Demon Devourer (Talent Swallowing Magician)
Elric is one of the last descendants of the once-powerful demon-hunting Melbringer clan. But unlike his predecessors, he has no talent for magic because of a rare mana condition.
Still, he takes heart and pursues all potential cures. He’s even willing to bet his life inside a perilous ancient dungeon just for a chance. Soon, his fate takes a shift after he awakens his demon-devouring bloodline.
Can Elric bring his ruined family back to its peak?
My Rating: I’ll rate Demon Devourer 9/10. The art is nothing short of phenomenal. The plot progression also packs the right punch. My only gripe about this manhwa is the slow-paced character development, which made it hard to resonate with the characters.
4. Karina’s Last Days
Karina has lived her life following her family’s whims—an obedient daughter, a doll, and a shadow of the Leopold family. Only her ardent passion for drawing and her ability to breathe life into her art have sustained her from suffocating circumstances.
But fate is fickle, and the same mysterious ability has cut her lifespan without her knowing. Left with only a year to live, Karina breaks her chains and escapes towards the northern frontier.
My Rating: I’ll rate this good manhwa 10/10. Karina’s Last Days is a bittersweet, romantic drama that resonates with its readers. The plotline is also stunningly deep and empathic. Add an incredible use of color themes and gorgeous art, and you’ll get this masterpiece. I have nothing but good words for this good manhwa.
5. Legend of the Northern Blade
Jin Moowon can only watch as his father dies in front of him—an inglorious death brought about by betrayal and schemes. In the end, he’s forced to live as a vagrant, not allowed to practice any martial arts.
But fate has other plans. An attack from his sect’s nemesis gives him a chance to escape to the mountains. There, he slowly reaches the peak of martial arts. He trains for revenge, as well as to clear his father’s name.
My Rating: I’ll rate Legend of the Northern Blade 10/10. This is a martial arts classic filled with everything a martial arts nerd wants. Kick-ass plotline? Check. Beautiful art plus a wide cast of intriguing and relatable characters to root for? Double check. It’s a top-tier recommended manhwa.
6. The Beginning After the End
Who said power, authority, and money can make a man happy? King Grey is a man of unrivaled martial prowess, allowing him to rule the world with an iron fist. But behind the façade of strength lies a tired, purposeless man
But destiny has better plans for him. He’ll find himself reincarnated into a world of fantasy and magic—a world that’ll give him a new purpose and reason to live.
My Rating: The Beginning After the End is a solid 8/10. This is an isekai manhwa done right. The story plays a classic hero journey and paces the plot arcs smoothly. The art looks apt and gives the action scenes the right punch.
My personal gripe about this Korean manhwa is its world-building. It's not bad but doesn’t stand out. It's loaded with tropes Tolkien would've loved in 1954. But man, in this decade, it's getting tiring. Or maybe I’m just getting too old.
7. Girls of the Wild's
Song Jae Gu is a poor but hard-working young man. So when he suddenly receives an offer for a rare, full scholarship, he grabs onto the chance.
Unbeknownst to him, the school he’ll attend is the infamous Wild’s High. It's a not-so-ordinary all-girls turned into a co-ed private school—not to mention an elite institution specializing in deadly combat sports of all kinds.
My Rating: Girls of the Wild's deserves an 8/10. It boasts mesmerizing art panels and a hooky plot. The characters are endearing, spiced further with witty comedy.
Despite its flaws, like its rushed ending, this webtoon remains in my best manhwa recommendations.
8. Solo Leveling
Jinwoo Song is a bottom-feeder hunter. He has no money, no special abilities, and no job prospects he can be proud of. He’s a poor E-class hunter with no future aside from being a deadweight porter.
But a twist of fate pushes him into a mysterious dungeon—a dungeon that’ll change his life forever.
My Rating: I'll give Solo Leveling a solid 9/10. It boasts masterful art panels and a thrilling, fast-paced flow. Jinwoo Song’s rise into power is simple and predictable but delivers the right punch and feel. It hits all the checkmarks it needs.
Still, this top webtoon lacks on the character development front. This is a recommended manhwa for beginners.
9. The Fantasie of a Stepmother
Shuri never thought she’d become a young noble widow, but it happens. Worse, now she has to deal with cunning nobles, rebellious brats, and her deceased husband’s vast business. Yes, she makes mistakes and estranges the kids, but in the end, they all grow up healthy and fine.
But her luck runs out, and she gets involved in a scheme that leads to her death. She then wakes up and discovers she's back in the past.
My Rating: I’ll rate this winner 10/10. The Fantasie of a Stepmother isn’t a B-rated second-chance-romance manhwa. Rather, it's a masterpiece that delves deeper into its characters’ personalities, struggles, and growth.
The plot progression is slow but well-paced, bringing out the depth and intricacies of its characters. The art style is mesmerizing and detailed. This work of art tops my romance manhwa recommendations, along with Karina’s Last Days.
10. Omniscient Reader
Kim Dokja is a plain salaryman barely plowing through life. This mediocre man reads a single mediocre web novel titled Three Ways to Survive the Apocalypse. He spends 10 years reading this novel as a hobby. And when it comes to an end, he is the last subscribing reader.
But one day, all hell breaks loose. Dokja finds out that the mediocre apocalyptic novel has become a world-ending reality.
My Rating: Omniscient Reader deserves a solid 9/10. The art is gorgeous and executed so well that it deserves applause. The plot taps into a well of tropes and twists them into a top-tier Korean manhwa.
Is Omniscient Reader a good read? Damn sure it is. This manhwa plays its cards right and scratches fans where most of them like it. If you’re into reading, this story is also available as a must-read web novel.
11. Who Made Me Princess
In a novel, the character Princess Athanasia De Alger Obelia dies a gruesome death at the hands of her father. Even fans of the novel couldn’t help but grit their teeth at her undeserved ending.
Then the unthinkable happens: One of the readers suddenly discovers herself inside the novel—not as the emperor, nor the main character, but as baby Athanasia herself!
My Rating: Who Made Me Princess deserves my 10/10. Who wouldn’t appreciate a bundle of top-tier art, deep and captivating characters, and a gripping plotline? It’s so damn good it pricks my stony heart.
I also love how the manhwa didn’t half-ass the solutions to the emotional wounds of its characters. It’s one of the best manhwa you must read.
12. Tower of God
What do you desire? For the lucky few who have lucked out to be selected to climb the Tower of God, nothing is impossible. Behind the risk of death lies a grand promise lays wealth, power, fame, glory, or all of it.
Still, the climb isn’t for the faint of heart—battles, competition, schemes, betrayals, and lies are part of the game. Follow Twenty-Fifth Baam’s (yes, that’s his name) adventure as he discovers the tower’s hidden truths and its mysterious origin.
My Rating: Tower of God is a hands-down classic webtoon and one of the first manhwa I’ve read. It has a very interesting world-building. The art isn’t super-tier but flows well. I’ll give it 8/10. But unlike its contemporaries, this good manhwa has a slower pace.
13. SSS-Class Revival Hunter
In an era of hunters and dungeons, Kim Gong-ja isn't anyone's hero. He is just an envious normie wishing to live like one. He has no power, no talent, and a mere puny existence.
But because of his insatiable and borderline mad jealousy, the heavens gave him a crazy ability to copy others’ hunter skills. Of course, it comes with a hefty prince—his life. Fortunately, luck is on his side. The first skill he copied? Traveling back in time upon death.
My Rating: SSS-Class Revival Hunter is an action-packed powerhouse seasoned with the right amount of drama and romance. This is one of the best manhwa worthy of a 10/10.
Its full-color art delivers the proper color tones for each scene, evoking emotions with the right color palette. The characters are also intriguing and not a set of tired cardboard cast. Then add a plot that thickens the more you read and gives you the chills.
14. Positively Yours
Jang Heewon almost felt her heart shatter when she finds out his long-time crush and best friend are now dating.
Devastated, she goes to a bar and lets off some steam to forget. There she meets a handsome stranger, Do-Joon. Add a few strong drinks and a lovely conversation. The result? A one-night stand.
My Rating: I’ll rate Positively Yours a solid 9/10. The main characters' chemistry is so damn sweet I had toothaches. The manhwa panels are also smooth and pleasing to the eye. Though the plot is simple, it’s been so well done I can only clap for more.
I’ll be honest. I don’t like modern romance manhwa much. But hey, I guess there’s always an exception, right? And for me, it’s this Korean webtoon.
15. A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special
Desir Arman and his party have fought for ten years against the apocalypse—The Shadow Labyrinths. Still, their struggles turn out into a hopeless endeavor. The apocalypse comes despite their heroic efforts.
But when he opens his eyes, he realizes he has returned 13 years to the past. Steeling his resolve, he pushes ahead, searching for his friends to once again battle against fate and the looming end.
My Rating: I’ll give A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special an 8/10. This webtoon’s strength is its story progression is a well-crafted second chance trope. Spiced it up further with a cast of interesting characters and light-hearted comedy.
Though some critics call its art boxy and exaggerated, I digress. Yes, rough, but I like it. Overall, it’s a good manhwa and a perfect starter for new readers.
16. The Male Lead’s Little Lion Daughter
Duke Voreoti is the empire’s most sought bachelor but also its most feared man. He possesses great power, staggering riches, and a handsome face.
But on a fateful day, he suddenly adopts a little girl from a random orphanage. Things get tricky fast when news broke out that the little girl looks like the duke, as feisty as him, and owns the Voreoti’s bloodline magic.
My Rating: I’ll rate The Male Lead’s Little Lion Daughter 10/10. No, this isn’t romance, but a wholesome father-daughter tandem. The characters are just so adorable I feel like I’ll get diabetes from their hilarious interactions.
The plot is also quite thick and thrilling. The art style? Just look at its cover, it's damn gorgeous.
17. Nano Machine
Cheon Yeo Woon’s life in Murim has been a cycle of dreadful mishaps and toil. But when a time-traveling descendant injects him with nano-machines, his destiny shifts anew.
From a useless prince, he’ll slowly climb to rule the heavenly demon sect as its greatest sect master in history.
My Rating: Nano Machine is a 9/10. It’s a fast-paced martial arts manhwa, perfect for readers looking for bloody action. It lacks character depth area, but it makes up with blood-pumping art and thrilling story progression.
18. Villains Are Destined to Die
In her past life, Penelope Eckhart lived a tiring life as an unwelcomed illegitimate daughter. But behind her cold and unfeeling mask is a scarred girl who seeks to escape from her predicament.
Thus, when a friend introduced her to an otome game with a life like hers, she did her best to give the character a good ending. But fate is fickle, and she transmigrates into the game. Not as a plot-armored heroine, but as Penelope Eckhart—a tragic villainess destined for death.
My Rating: Villains Are Destined to Die is a top-tier recommended manhwa. A 10/10 gem. It has a gripping plot and well-fleshed characters that’ll just make you root for them. The art style is downright splendid, pulling emotional strings at the right moments.
19. Return of the Mad Demon
Yi Zaha is a crazy man. He’s so crazy he desires to become the greatest martial master despite now having enough resources. And for that elusive dream, he’s even willing to steal and destroy. His madness didn’t even spare the Demonic Cult and stole their Heavenly Jade, causing his death.
But that isn’t the end for the mad demon. He thought he has died but wakes up and finds himself back in the past when he was still an innkeeper.
My Rating: I’ll rate Return of the Mad Demon 10/10. This Korean manhwa is a bar of comedy gold. With its fascinating art style, action-packed fights, hilarious dialogues, and trendy punchlines, this recommended manhwa is a must-read for everyone.
20. The Greatest Estate Developer
Suho Kim, a civil engineering student, finds himself transmigrated into a fantasy novel he read. A dream come true for many, but not for him. After all, he must now live as Lyod Frontera, an infamous noble douchebag—a minor villain destined to die a dog’s death.
To avert his disastrous future, he’ll use his engineering knowledge and the world’s magic to build a world he likes. From farmlands to sewage systems, he’ll build it all!
My Rating: The Greatest Estate Developer deserves a 10/10. It’s also a treasure of the meme world. The plot is a straightforward system adventure. Still, its comedic moments and interactions are glorious. This is a recommended manhwa for readers looking for great laughs.
21. Return of the Blossoming Blade
For the sake of peace, Mount Hua’s Sword Saint Chung Myung fought the leader of the demon cult to death. It was a grand battle which has brought the demise of powerful martial masters.
But a twist of destiny will wake him up a hundred years in the future. A future where the Mount Hua Sect he has treasured so much is in its last throes—debt-ridden, third-rate, and useless.
My Rating: I’ll rate Return of the Blossoming Blade 10/10. This goodie had cracked me so much my sides hurt. It’s witty, thrilling, and never boring.
The art is neat and beautiful. The characters? They’re so hilarious you’ll find this manhwa hard to put down. This is one of the best manhwa I can recommend.
22. The Breaker Series
Shi-Woon is just another bullied high school student. He is tired, hopeless, and on the verge of giving up. But his life takes a wild turn when he asks for the help of his new mysterious teacher, Chun-Woo.
After all, Chun-Woo is Murim’s infamous Nine-Arts Dragon—one of the most powerful martial artists in the world and a wanted criminal.
My Rating: The Breaker Series is a 9/10 masterpiece. It is a must-read Korean martial arts manhwa. This webtoon's character development is one of the most exciting I’ve ever read. The payoffs are great and the plot progression is so thrilling I reread it again and again. The world-building? Superb.
23. Beware the Villainess
Get ready for a wild ride as a modern-day college student finds herself transmigrated into the story's villainess, Melissa Foddebrat. With a desire to live life on her own terms, Melissa sets out to prove that she's not just the duke's daughter, but a literal plot wrecking ball.
Join her journey as she takes on cheating idiots, temper-prone werewolves, sadistic billionaires, and a stalker brother. Beware, because Melissa's villainess ways will break your jaws from laughter.
My Rating: I’ll give Beware the Villainess an 8/10. It’s loaded with gorgeous art and dead funny characters. This Korean manhwa also loves breaking tropes in fun and hilarious ways. It’s also a treasure trove for meme seekers.
Final Thoughts on the Best Manhwa
Just to be clear, this isn’t everything. I left out a few more great ones because of a lack of enough chapters to judge.
The manhwa market is still growing with speed, churning out high-quality manhwa almost every season. So I’ll continue updating this list. For now, let’s binge this long list of recommended manhwa.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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