Enter Manga, the World of Art
The world of manga is full of amazing art. Art, by its very nature, is meant to invoke an emotion. Some manga have illustrations intended to showcase strength, determination, action and movement, while other titles are focused on love, heartache and vulnerability. Basically, some manga are just aesthetically prettier 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 speak from my objective point of view when judging the artwork.
The manga are ranked based on the complexity and aesthetics of their artwork, as well as the quality of the artists' lines. They're also ranked based on how appropriate the art style is to the story. This list is always subject to change!
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 researched on the Ancient world of the Near Middle East.
In the same vein, Chie Shinohara's latest series, Yume no Shizuku, Ougon no Torikago's artwork is exactly the same as 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.
9. Angel Sanctuary
Angel Sanctuary has long 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.
8. Hokuto no Ken; Yuria Gaiden
Ayumi Kasai's work has very graceful clear lines, and the attention to detail to 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.
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.
6. MeruPuri; Marchen Prince
MeruPuri is a charming and delightful fantasy story, and the artwork complements it perfectly. The attention to detail on everything is very rich and wonderful. The lines are beautiful and graceful.
Art by Hino Matsuri.
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.
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.
3. Cross Oneself
Cross Oneself, or Cross, is a very underrated and esoteric title that should get more attention. The artwork is stunning; trust me when I say that this picture 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.
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.
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.
Which listed title is your favorite series?
peppuli on January 27, 2019:
Tsk,you forgot manga Otoyomegatari. Magnificent art work and faces are more..realistic too.
Stinky on December 28, 2018:
Emma (a victorian romance) has excellent artwork and I don't know why it isn't featured here.
Suhaila on November 24, 2018:
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
Anon on July 10, 2018:
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.
Anon on December 12, 2015:
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.
Percy on March 04, 2015:
Adekan. Just look it up. It tops ALL of these manga.
pinoyrecipe on January 12, 2013:
i love the Vampire Princess Miyu