The list author says: "This is a list of the series that I have found to be enjoyable and would recommend to others who enjoy reading manga. Since I tend to have a wide range of genres that I enjoy, I will try to group the similar types together and give comparisons to other manga that might have similar themes or plots."
"My hands down favorite manga, for those who like mysteries, Sherlock Holmes, and detective stories. The series is known as Case Closed or Detective Conan. The English version is at 35 volumes and counting (the japanese is 60+!)."
"Kakeru is a normal teenage boy, or at least he thinks he is until he meets up with a group of teenage psychics on the run from a secret research facility. Joi, the leader of the band of teens insists he’s a psychic too, but Kakeru has some doubts. Supernatural/Science Fiction story, decent amount of fighting, male audience targeted (occasional female nudity). At 6 volumes."
"Naruto is a young ninja trying to become the most powerful person in his village. While I loved the first volumes of this series, I later became disappointed and lost interest in the story. I still recommend the series, as you might find the plot to your liking. Lots of fighting and adventure, use of jutsu (basically elemental magic), currently at volume 49 in the English version."
"A light-hearted storyline about a search to find the seven dragonballs and have your wish granted. The story is a quest/adventure plot with a lot of fighting (though it moves faster in the manga than in the anime), the characters use chi to do techniques involving shooting beams of energy and flying. Dragonball has 16 volumes and Dragonball Z has 26 for a total of 42 volumes in all."
"A truly excellent story about a fighter from the Bakumatsu of Japan seeking for redemption in the beginning of the Meiji period. Good characters, great fight scenes, the story also incorporates a lot of actual history (a bit altered for plot purposes), all in all a good action series. 28 volumes in all."
"This series is a reworking of the classic story "Journey to the West", with references you might recognize from other manga or anime (Goku for example). The group of four heroes travel together in order to fix what has gone wrong with the youkai, fighting their way through those who would stop them. Fantasy, action, a good amount of fighting, some mature references. 9 volumes + 9 Reload volumes."
"A very well done manga series, unfortunately hard to find, about a young boy who lost everyone he cared about and is now trying to find and save the one person left. An adventure/quest style story, desert setting with some fighting and the use of magic. Excellent storyline, a 7 volume series."
"Clamp brings some of their favorite characters in a world hoping adventure full of intrigue and the confusion of different universes containing the same people. Adventure, magic, fighting, and the confusion of time travel and multiple versions of the same person. 28 volumes."
"A boy who has an unbelievable skill with plants receives odd visitors from another universe, visitors that say he is the twin to the ruler of their dying world. A well written series in the adventure/quest style, contains some fighting, and a bit of magic. The main characters' relationship may eventually become shonen-ai, but it isn't for the first few volumes. At volume 7 currently."
"Another series by Clamp, a story about young man who is working at a store that grants wishes. The series is linked rather strongly to Tsubasa through characters and plot. There is magic, supernatural creatures, very little fighting, and odd situations. Currently at 16 volumes."
"Trying to follow his father's footsteps gets Negi a little more than he asked for when he is assigned as a teacher in a Japanese Middle School. His magical training didn't prepare him for the insanity of his all-girl class, but he is determined to succeed against all odds. Contains magic, fighting, adventure, and some near-nudity (lots of panty shots). At Volume 24 in the English."
"Tsukune started his first year of High School by making friends with one of the hottest girls in school. Unfortunately its a school for supernatural monsters, and if they find out he's human they'll kill him. A story full of magic, lots of supernatural beings, fighting and the normal High School problems. Currently 10 volumes in English."
"This is a standard school story about a teenage boy and his problems with a (sort of) love triangle, except for the fact that all the main characters have psychic abilities. A fun story with a lot of focus on the character’s relationships, supernatural aspects and a decent amount of fighting. Teen male oriented (lots of revealing tops on very well-endowed girls), 11 volumes."
"A genetic oddity causes a boy to change into his alter-ego, a master thief, whenever he gets too worked up about the girl he loves. The story gets complicated when the thief ends up in love with her twin. Action and mystery with the relationships taking a major part of the storyline. There is the use of some magic along with the strange physical change between personalities, has 13 volumes."
"Being the new girl in high school is difficult, especially when the school is full of the children of the rich and elite, but when unexplainable and odd things start to happen, that's a whole new level of difficult. Magic, spiritual beings, and high school problems make this a fun read. Currently 2 volumes."
"A story about a girl who ends up living with a group of boys who bear an odd curse that turns them into the animals of the zodiac (plus the cat). A fun yet emotional story with a lot of depth and character development right alongside the expected high jinks of transforming roommates. A total of 23 volumes."
"At a school for the children of the wealthy and elite Haruhi is a scholarship student trying to keep her grades up. A broken vase, a mistaken gender, and a persistent upperclassman has her pretending to be a guy in the school's Host Club. An amusing High School tale of relationships and crazy antics makes this story a good read. Currently 15 volumes."