Very different from the American series which love science fiction and futuristic worlds, manga takes the opposite of this logic. This is particularly the case of the shonen, which are greatly inspired by Japanese folklore and traditions.
This recipe hits the mark every time and the success is unprecedented in Japan and on the international scene. The arrival of Jujutsu Kaisen in the manga stratosphere had the effect of a tidal wave. If you loved this achievement that comes straight from the land of the rising sun, discover other manga that tackle the same themes as Jujutsu Kaisen.
1. Kimetsu No Yaiba
Kamado Tanjiro is a young boy who has provided for his family since the death of his father. One evening while returning home, he discovers with amazement the bodies of his mother as well as those of his brothers and sister in a pool of blood. His family was attacked by a man-eating demon.
On the other hand, the body of his sister Nezuko is not one of the corpses. He then decides to go in search of her and manages to find her. Nezuko has become a demon, but she manages to control herself and does not attack humans. With the help of Giyu Tomiokia, he will join the Demon Slayers and find a way to return his sister to his human form.
Ichigo Kurosaki is a Japanese teenager who has the power to see ghosts. This boy whose daily life seems quite normal apart from his ability to see ghosts finds himself overnight in the world of the Shinigami. They are supernatural beings whose mission is to fight the hollow.
One evening, Ichigo meets Rukia, a Shinigami who has found herself in a bad position in front of a hollow and is forced to share her powers with Ichigo in order to survive. From then on, his life will never be the same again and he will have to face countless hardships.
With Inuyasha, you will take a leap in time and more precisely in the Sengoku era. In those ancient times, humans rubbed shoulders with the yokai. In this chaotic world lives a half-human, half-yokai being. One day, Inuyasha breaks into a village to steal a pearl from Shikon. This pearl would have the power to make him a full-fledged yokai.
Unfortunately, his plans are thwarted by Priestess Kikyo who managed to reach a tree for eternity. But 500 years later, Kagome, a young girl falls into a well, which makes her travel through time. She will meet Inuyasha and wake him from his eternal sleep.
4. Yu Yu hakusho
Yusuke Urameshi is a 14 year old teenager. Despite his young age, he is considered a boss, a real brawler who spends more time outdoors than going to class. One day, while skipping class for the umpteenth time, he saves the life of a child about to be hit by a truck. In this chivalrous outburst, Yusuke died there.
However, his death was not on the agenda and Enma Junior, son of the king of the underworld Enma, offers him a chance to come back to life. After his resurrection, he becomes a detective of the spirit world and will have to investigate crimes perpetrated by demons and eliminate them.
You follow the adventures of one of the most famous characters of Middle Eastern legends. Son Goku travels with Genzo Sanzo, Cho Hakkai and Sha Gojyo. The story begins in Togenkyo, a place where human and yokai lived in perfect harmony. One day, the course of their life changes when the yokai are seized with a destructive madness.
They can’t help but attack humans. According to reliable sources, these disturbances are the work of yokai who try to bring the terrible demon Gyûmao back to life. A goddess by the name of Kanzeon tasks our young heroes to investigate these phenomena, find the den of monsters and prevent her resurrection.
6. Nurarihyon No Mago
You follow the daily life of Nura Rukio, the grandson of a legendary yokai who responds to the name of Nurarihyon. The latter is at the head of the Nura clan. Rukio is the third generation of Nurarihyon. Despite being the descendant of a yokai, he has human blood flowing through his veins. In addition, Rukio does not seem to want to take over.
Although he is not a full-fledged demon, his strength is very real. But he can only take on his yokai form after dark. After an incident where his friends got caught up in the face of yokai, he made the decision to bring order to the yokai world and succeed his grandfather.
7. Soul Eater
In a universe where demons and witches get hold of humans, shinigami (soul reapers) are there to stop them. His last to defend himself against his beings, use demonic weapons that can take human form. At the Shibusen School founded by Master Shinigami (the God of Death), promising young students undergo rigorous training to become Meisters.
To become Meisters, young students must successfully collect 99 Corrupted Souls and the Soul of a Witch. Once this number is reached, their demonic weapons will undergo an evolution raising them to the rank of Death Scythe. However, reaching such lofty goals and defeating the Great Devourer, humanity’s ultimate threat, will not be easy.
8. Gegege No kitaro
Gegege no Kitaro or Kitaro the Repulsive is a very popular Japanese manga that tells stories about yokai and other folk legends. The hero of the story is Kitaro, a little boy born in a cemetery and who is always accompanied by his father who is strangely a talking eye. Kitaro has only one eye and always wears the same clothes.
He maintains order and prevents any conflict between humans and yokai. Since the yokai are treacherous beings who spend most of their time playing nasty tricks on men, he therefore regularly defends them who have no means of defending themselves.
Allen Walker, a boy who looks perfectly normal except for his white hair is actually an exorcist in the service of the Congregation of the Shadows. In this universe, exorcists are considered exceptional beings chosen by God. They see themselves endowed with a power called “Innocence”.
This power is actually a weapon that allows them to annihilate Akumas. They are monsters created by an abominable being, the Millennium Count. The latter takes advantage of the suffering of humans who mourn the loss of a loved one and mirrors them to be able to bring them back to life. But it is only a lie to change them into Akuma. To make his black drawings, he can count on the Noah clan in their fight against the exorcists.
In Noragami, we tell you the story of the god Yato. If this name does not mean anything to you, it is because it is about a minor god or to be forgotten by all. If one has to make a comparison, he is the opposite extreme of a deity like Ebisu, Izanami, or Bishamonten. In this world, a god without fame is at the bottom of the ladder.
Yato doesn’t want this life and is trying everything to make a name for himself. He crosses paths with Iki Hyori, a schoolgirl whose life he saves and subsequently Yukine a shinki (divine instrument). It is the beginning of a new adventure for the god Yato in search of recognition.
11. Shaman King
Yoh Asakura is a nice boy who gets along well with everyone and loves to have fun. But Yoh is also someone special, because he is actually a shaman. A shaman is a person who is able to see and communicate with spirits. One day, he arrives in a new city. One day, he meets Manta, a boy who loves ghost stories.
While walking in a cemetery on the lookout for a ghost, he comes across a group of thugs. He is saved by Yoh who had just met Amidamaru, the spirit of a samurai. The latter agrees to become Yoh’s guardian ghost and lend him a hand during the Shamans Tournament.