Ten Manga With Beautiful Artwork

Updated on October 25, 2019
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The Top Ten Prettiest Manga Art Work

The world of manga is full of amazing art but some have prettier artwork than others. But which titles have the prettiest and the most beautiful artwork?

This list is solely based on the artwork in the manga and not the art books or colored illustrations. Popularity was not a factor either.

Since art is subjective, you can disagree with me since I can only really speak from my objective point of view so much with regard to judging artwork.

The manga are ranked on quality of lines, complexity, appropriateness to the story style and aesthetics.

List is Subject to Change

Red River
Red River

10. Tie Between Red River and Yume no Shizuku, Ougon no Torikago

The art in Red River is both very simplistic and very complex. The lines of the characters are simple but the attention to detail for all the jewelry, costumes, and scenery is lovely. The manga is also very well research to the Ancient world.

In the same vein, Chie Shinohara's latest series, Yume no Shizuku, Ougon no Torikago's artwork is exactly the same to Red River: clean yet lavish. Since they are by the same Mangaka it stands to reason.

Both are very pleasing manga to both read and look at.

Art by Chie Shinohara.

Angel Sanctuary
Angel Sanctuary

9. Angel Sanctuary

Angel Sanctuary has longed been known more for its artwork more than its complex storyline. the art in it is very clear yet very detailed with rich clear lines. The use of shadowing and textures makes the artwork stand out.

Art by Kaori Yuki.

Hokuto no Ken; Yuria Gaiden
Hokuto no Ken; Yuria Gaiden

8. Hokuto no Ken; Yuria Gaiden

Ayumi Kasai's work has very graceful clear lines and the attention to detail on the people is lovely. The use of negative space is beautiful. The result of her work is very lovely. Art by Ayumi Kasai. Not available for sale.

Vampire Princess Miyu
Vampire Princess Miyu

7. Vampire Princess Miyu

The art in Vampire Princess Miyu has a delicate style to it that reflects the elegance of the manga perfectly. The lines are graceful, fluid, and very clear. The use of negative space adds refinement.

Art by Narumi Kakinouchi.

MeruPuri; Marchen Prince
MeruPuri; Marchen Prince

6. MeruPuri; Marchen Prince

MeruPuri is a charming fantasy story and the artwork compliments it perfectly. The attention to detail on everything is very rich and wonderful. The lines are beautiful and graceful. Art by Hino Matsuri.

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5. X/1999

Clamp is very much known for their amazing artwork and this list could have just been dominated by their work alone, but when I think of Clamp's work in terms of great artwork, X/1999 stands out as being the prettiest.

There are grace and power to the work that makes it lovely to look at. But in all honestly, you really can't go wrong with Clamp's artwork in general.

Song of the Doll
Song of the Doll

4. Song of the Doll

Song of the Doll is a Korean manga a.k.a Manhwa. The artwork in the story is very soft, clear and graceful. The details are beautiful and the negative space is utilized very well. Art by Lee Sun-Young. Not available for sale.

Cross Yourself
Cross Yourself

3. Cross Oneself

Cross Oneself or Cross, is a very underrate esoteric title that should get more love. The artwork is stunning, trust me when I say that this picture I use doesn't do the artwork nearly enough justice. The details in this manga are lovely and even when the manga needs to go a little grotesque it still maintains its beauty. Art by Sumiko Amakawa.


2. Alichino

Alichino is another manga title that is known more for its artwork than its story. But to be fair Alichino's artwork is gorgeous. The lines are crystal clear and precise. The attention to detail on every little element in this manga is stunning to behold. Art by Shurei Kouyu.

The Bride of the Water God
The Bride of the Water God

1. The Bride of the Water God

The Bride of the Water God is another manhwa. Unlike a few other titles on this list, this one is known for its artwork and its storyline. Everything in this manga is gorgeous that even when you're caught up in the story you can easily get distracted by the beauty of the artwork. The details, the lines, the use of space the complexity of the compositions, everything is stunning and the scan does not do this art enough justice. Art by Yun Mi-kyung.


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      17 months ago

      Tsk,you forgot manga Otoyomegatari. Magnificent art work and faces are more..realistic too.

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      18 months ago

      Emma (a victorian romance) has excellent artwork and I don't know why it isn't featured here.

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      19 months ago

      While bride of the water god art is undeniably beautiful but it fail to capture the most important aspect in storylines: facial expression. I found the character is painted too perfectly sometimes that it no different that a wax doll. Expressionless

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      2 years ago

      Although all of these mangas are beautifully drawn, I'm still a bit disappointed Chang ge xing didn't make the list... If you havent read it yet, I recommend u do. It has both beautiful art and a rich storyline.

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      4 years ago

      Anything by Mori Kaoru. Best art I've seen in manga ever. Just go to any random page of her manga, Otoyomegatari and you'll get what I mean. It's even prettier than Adekan, and that's saying something.

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      5 years ago

      Adekan. Just look it up. It tops ALL of these manga.

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      7 years ago

      i love the Vampire Princess Miyu


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