Agathe is a half Japanese who is currently living in Japan. She loves watching anime and reading manga.
Bored? Looking for a good manhwa to kill time? Then, you might want to take a look at these manhwa recommendations. Perhaps, you will find the one that suits your taste. Here's what's included in this list:
- Dr. Frost
- Oh! Holy!
- Super Secret
- For the Sake of Sita
- Westwood Vibrato
- Spirit Fingers
Lookism has an interesting plot with a good amount of humor and drama! It’s a manhwa about an overweight boy named Park Hyung Suk who turned handsome overnight with a little twist. Since then, his life has never been the same. Along the way, he will learn more about life through his new experiences. You will be introduced to lots of interesting characters as well. This manhwa addresses topics such as bullying, stereotypes, and discrimination. It’s definitely worth your time!
2. Dr. Frost
This manhwa by Jongbeom Lee is similar to Sherlock Holmes or Kuroshitsuji. It’s about an emotionless psychologist who instead of solving crimes like Sherlock Holmes, solves people’s life problems. The underlying problems in their lives are always related to psychology. The emotionless psychologist is none other than Dr. Frost who solves case after case with the company of his assistant, Yoon and his dog, Pavlov. You’ll not only be able to read about the cases but also watch Dr. Frost develop into a better individual as he solves them. You’ll also be intrigued and educated by the psychology terms that appear in the story as well! It’s an interesting read, especially if you like mysteries or if you're interested in psychology. Perhaps, after reading it, you will be interested in studying psychology?
Ever imagine having a psychopath as your father? Even in your wildest dreams, you wouldn’t want one as your father. You’re in for one heck of a ride if you decide to read Bastard by Youngchan Hwang. But don’t worry, the ride will be a memorable one, so why not consider it? You’ll feel scared, nervous, happy, and a lot more when you read it. As you read, you’ll begin to doubt yourself and question a lot of what comes up. You will eventually doubt everyone and find yourself second-guessing many things. The plot twist in Bastard is just amazing and you’ll feel the creepiness. That’s what a good thriller manhwa is supposed to do! If you end up wondering who the real killer is in this story, you might have to find out for yourself.
As the title says, the male protagonist, Jiho, is untouchable. Jiho has mysophobia, hence the reason why he is untouchable. But the thing is Sia Lee needs to touch him. You see, she is a modern vampire who absorbs energy through physical touches. Of course, she could have lived by touching other people, but who can pass up a delicious human like Jiho? Watch Sia Lee’s hilarious struggles to make Jiho open up to her. Will she succeed? Find out yourself! You can read it on Webtoon. It’s a manhwa by massstar. He/she certainly has done a great job in blending romance, humor, and drama.
5. Oh! Holy!
Oh! Holy! By Ahyun has an interesting stock of characters. The characters such as Holy and Jamie are very unique and the plot is just as interesting. Holy is the beautiful school idol while Jamie is the loner, but if you think it’s a typical love story, you’re wrong! Holy is not the stereotypical stuck-up or overly kind character you will find in lots of movies. You’ll just have to see for yourself how the manhwa is written. While Oh! Holy! has a theme most people would find scary, it’s done in a very humorous way that actually won't scare readers. In fact, you’ll probably smile and laugh through the story.
6. Super Secret
Super Secret by eon will make you squeal because of its cuteness! It’s a manhwa with fantasy, humor, and romance. So, the boy next door is a werewolf. It’s definitely a super secret, right? You wouldn’t want anyone finding out you were a werewolf if you were him. I recommend this if you like stories with a combination of humor, fantasy, and romance!
7. For The Sake of Sita
For The Sake of Sita by Haga is a brilliant story you won't be able to forget. It’s about a medical student from Korea who falls in love with the former Kumari. It’s about second chances and sacrificing yourself for the ones you love. It’s full of angst that's portrayed in an appealing way and you will feel like crying at the end. A good angst-ridden story is supposed to make you feel flooded with strong emotions! Other than the story, you’ll be able to learn about other countries’ cultures through this manhwa in a fun way. So, consider reading For The Sake of Sita.
8. Westwood Vibrato
This is similar to Dr. Frost in a way except it’s with music. Instead of solving cases, the main character, Cornelia, fixes broken music instruments. There are stories behind all of the musical instruments. There’s more to music instruments than you think. After all, music is able to express feelings—feelings you wouldn’t be able to express through mere words. The story is set in South Africa and you’ll learn a lot about important matters such as slavery, wars, and other topics. You’ll be introduced to the main character’s backstory as well. Oh, and the art is captivating! Westwood Vibrato by Inwan Youn and Sunhee Kim is a heartwarming manhwa that is worth reading. Don’t miss out on this beautifully told manhwa or you’ll regret it.
9. Spirit Fingers
Spirit Fingers by kyoungchal Han is a manhwa that falls under the category of humor, romance and drama. It’s the perfect slice-of-life story if you are looking for something light to read. Wooyeon thinks she is just an ordinary girl and she's insecure until she joins a drawing club called Spirit Fingers! Through the club, Wooyeon begins to find her own confidence and perhaps, a romance? What I like about this story is the main character’s development. Wooyeon is not a type of damsel-in-distress character who needs a man to reassure her about her insecurities. She is the kind of girl everyone should aspire to be. This manhwa teaches readers to embrace themselves and their weirdness.
Annarasumanara is the kind of manhwa that tugs at your heartstrings. It’s a manhwa by Ilkwon Ha about a high school student named Yoon Ah-ee who’s broke and in debt. She tries to support herself and her sister through part time jobs. Then, she meets a magician in an abandoned theme park. After that meeting, her life was never the same. This story is told with vignettes and simple plot, but it’s also told in an enchanting way that will leave a deep impression you. It’s a profound story about life and you will learn a lot from this manhwa. The art is done in an avant-garde black and white style that will capture your heart. Read it and you won’t regret it. Oh, and you might start believing in magic as well!
Did you find any manhwa in this recommendation that interests you? Well, if you find one, I hope you enjoy it!
Questions & Answers
Question: Why isn't "Killing Stalking" on this list?
Answer: Is "Killing Stalking" a manhwa? If so, I've never heard of it. Since it's a Top 10 article, I can only include ten. However, I'll be coming up with another manhwa recommendation with a more detailed genre.
Question: Have you, the writer of this article, read the webtoon "Flow"? If not, I recommend you to read it. The plot, the story, the characters, and everything is epic. This webtoon is a roller coaster of emotions.
Answer: If I'm not mistaken I've read a couple of chapters of it but haven't gotten around to reading more. I'll definitely have to resume reading if it is truly epic like you said.
Question: What are the other Manhwa’s you have read that are not from Webtoon?
Answer: I've read Killing Stalking, Who Made Me a Princess, and a lot more since I've made the list. Unfortunately, I can't read Korean so I cannot do that. Btw, recently I'm hooked on Money Game and Her Secret. It's a great manhwa!
Question: Why isn't Tower of God on this list?
Answer: I'm planning to make an action genre webtoon list so I'm going to add the webtoon there.
Question: Why isn't Unordinary on this list?
Answer: I can only include 10 manhwa which is why a lot of other great manhwa cannot make it onto the list. However, I'll make another article with a more specific genre list so stay tuned for that!
Agathe L (author) on September 16, 2020:
Hello. This article is outdated because it was published years ago. I've found many more great webtoon since then so I will have to update my list. Either way, thank you for dropping by
Agathe L (author) on September 16, 2020:
Hi!! It's been awhile since I published this article so the list is a little outdated. I've read Who Made Me a Princess and it got me hooked! I love the characters and the plot so I wholeheartedly agree with you. It seems that you are into the 'isekai' genre hahaha but I understand why. It is truly unique. Thanks for dropping by!
Agathe L (author) on September 16, 2020:
Def have to check that out! Also, it's been awhile since the article was published and since then I've found a lot of awesome webtoon/manhwa so I need to update the list for sure! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment:)
duke on June 08, 2020:
solo leveling ? failed list
SomeRandomBoredGirl on April 28, 2020:
I didn't see my favourite manhwa's but my favs are really good. The reason why they're not that popular in the comic industry(?) is because they're published on not so popular sites. For example, Webtoon is probably the most popular site to read comics. And I think these manhwa's deserve more readers because the art is legendary and beautiful. Look up 'Who Made Me A Princess', the art is even better than Ahyun's (srry Ahyun u still draw bootiful).
Who Made Me A Princess (my fav) - Wrong Confession (A False Confession) - Inso's Law (the artist is Ahyun, the same artist from 'Oh! Holy' but the art is even more beautiful than 'Oh! Holy's and it's based on a webnovel) - Seduce The Villain's Father - Beware Of The Villainess! - Stairway Of Time - The Reason Why Raeliana Ended Up At The Duke's Mansion - Why Are You Doing This, Duke? - Charlotte Has Five Disciples - Doctor Elise (The Queen With A Scalpel) - Survive As The Hero's Wife - Virtues Of The Villainess - I'm Stanning The Prince - The Villain's Savior - Lady Baby & A Capable Maid.
Otaku on April 14, 2020:
Solo leveling, noblesse, tower of god, moonlight sculpture..
Why is it not in the list? Bad very bad top 10 list
asdf on March 12, 2020:
Hale on February 25, 2020:
Why isn't Solo Leveling on the list
MangaLOVERS on February 06, 2020:
yeah solo levelling is the most epic manga
No one on February 02, 2020:
Solo Leveling and The Beginning After the End
Kru on January 06, 2020:
I'd recommend solo leveling and noblesse.
Nik on December 15, 2019:
Solo Leveling and True Beauty!
george on November 13, 2019:
Firthsail on September 22, 2019:
solo leveling should be no.1
Ok on September 09, 2019:
Why does the poll go to 102%
LonteArab on September 04, 2019:
What about After school war activities?
Thats a good manhwa too.
Jin Woo on July 31, 2019:
Where's Solo Leveling?
Manhwa lover on July 10, 2019:
You all should read Lost In Translation! It’s really good and shows the problems of idols. I also think it might be based off of the Korean group Day6, which I love.
Ropus on May 26, 2019:
Solo Levelling is a good recommendation for the list
suzukiSarx on December 29, 2018:
PINOCCHIO by Maru is the best manwha Ive read so far then Bastard. I finished them in 2 days. Pinocchio made me laugh, think and cry so much. I read it twice. I recommend it alot.
OverGod on November 11, 2018:
No Breaker? Fail list.
Cle on September 11, 2018:
Why not "Dice"? Dice is similar to Lookism
Park Hyung Suk on August 03, 2018:
Can you tell me more of the manwhas that are similar to "Lookism", please???
Better then the rest of you Korean loving Fagss. Jpan for the win on May 02, 2018:
yeah my men, if you looking for some good martial arts,??? try some of that God of High school, Girls the wild, and God of Martial arts, and my favoutier Naruto
L'evandoske d'arc on April 28, 2018:
I wanted some martial arts manhwa but this stills good. :3
Serenity L on February 06, 2018:
Just a short comment,
Annarasumanara is so simple yet so beautiful. The author finds a way to represent everything differently and you will learn many lessons. I highly recommend Annarasumanara.
sam on January 09, 2018:
Highly recommend Bastard. It's very good.
Agathe L (author) on August 13, 2017:
Thanks for reading as well! The others are mostly dominated by romance, I'm not sure if it's your cup of tea. Since you seem to like thriller and mystery, I'd recommend Dr. Frost. Lookism is good too. Oh, and Westwood Vibrato! It's not really thriller and mystery but it talks about some important stuff like the wars.
Oh wow, I just checked out Lezhin and it seems like a really good. It features manhwa I've never seen too - I mostly read from Webtoon and I didn't know about Lezhin. I'm very glad you told me because I'm into dark stuff like murders and stuff haha. There's not much on Webtoon. Thank you for telling me.
clockworkerr0r on August 10, 2017:
Thanks for the awesome list! I've heard of some of these before, like Bastard, but I'll have to give the others a try too.
If you like Manhwa, you should definitely check out Lezhin. They have a ton of manhwa to choose from and a lot of different genres as well. They also update different manhwa daily, and they're partnered with the artists of each series, so by reading through Lezhin, you're supporting the artists! They definitely have a lot of darker titles, similar to the feel of Bastard, so I would recommend starting with those first.
I would love to see a future post ranking Lezhin Manhwa, especially since it seems like we have similar tastes.
Agathe L (author) on June 16, 2017:
Hahahaha, I'm not sure what's funny though. Is it the title? Lol. Care to make one joke so I understand?
Exactly right. Like, he is not biased and he is able to think clearly. It's a good manhwa!
nipster on June 15, 2017:
Bastard! Hahahaha! That's funny. I can make so many jokes about that.
Dr. Frost seems like it'd be real deep. It doesn't surpise me that an emotionless guy could tell you what's wrong with you. I'd think it'd be easier for an emotionless guy to look at someone's life objectively.