Best 21 Apocalypse Manga to Prepare You for Anything

The apocalypse is a genre that has captured the imaginations of readers and viewers for decades, and manga is no exception. Whether it’s a world-ending disaster, a zombie outbreak, or a post-apocalyptic society, the world of manga has explored every facet of the end of the world. From action-packed adventures to heartbreaking dramas, there’s something for every apocalypse fan in the world of manga. In this article, I’ll be exploring the 20 best apocalypse manga that will take you on a thrilling ride through the end of the world and beyond. Get ready to experience the end of the world in a whole new way!

Top 2 Best Apocalypse Manga

1. 7 Seeds

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In an apocalypse manga far, far away, there is a timid shut-in named Natsu who wakes up in a capsule in the middle of a storm. She is surrounded by six strangers, and they are all informed that they have been in cryogenic sleep while the world was destroyed. Their mission, along with four other teams, is to rebuild human civilization. The new world is hostile, with new animals and plants, diseases, and weird weather patterns that make it seem alien.

To make matters worse, Natsu has to get along with her new allies, including the raucous punk Semimaru, the grizzled cop Botan, and Arashi, who is still pining for his ex-girlfriend Hana. But hey, at least Arashi is perfect boyfriend material, right? Well, maybe not so much.

Despite the challenges, this post-apocalyptic manga manages to keep things gritty and realistic without becoming a large, sinful bloodbath of violence. The story is original, exploring the aspect of what happens when humans die out. It is thrilling and suspenseful, with teenagers fighting for survival against terrifying monsters and harsh conditions. The emotions range from touching to heart-wrenching, and the story isn’t afraid to be bloody. But it manages to balance the violence with emotional depth, making it an extremely rewarding experience for readers.

However, “7 Seeds” stumbles in its story structure, becoming formulaic with a repetitive pattern of finding a location, learning something new, overcoming hurdles, and then leaving to find another location. Progress toward rebuilding humanity takes a backseat for most of the manga, leaving readers feeling a bit sluggish and uneventful at times. But despite this flaw, the manga’s world-building and character growth make it worth the read.

In the end, “7 Seeds” is a story about human strength, both physical and emotional, and the will to survive no matter what. It is a funny and gripping tale that keeps readers on the edge of their seats, wondering what will happen next. And who knows, maybe one day we’ll all wake up from cryogenic sleep and have to rebuild human civilization ourselves. But until then, we’ll just have to settle for reading about it in “7 Seeds.”

2. Green Worldz

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The world is a beautiful place filled with lush greenery and chirping birds. However, in 2017, everything changes when the vegetation in Tokyo rises and takes over the planet, faster than a teenager swiping right on Tinder. Suddenly, the world is overrun by plants, and humans are no longer at the top of the food chain. Amidst the chaos and destruction, a glimmer of hope emerges in the form of a high school student named Akira, who has a fierce determination to survive. He sets out to challenge the plants.

Initially, Akira thinks he can take on the plants with a lawnmower and some gardening shears, but he soon finds out that these are no ordinary plants. They are sentient, with minds of their own and a thirst for human blood. The art in Green Worldz gives Akira and his plant enemies a creepy, horror-movie vibe, and the scenes are beautifully drawn with attention to detail.

Despite the terrifying images, “Green Worldz” has strong female protagonists, which is refreshing. And even though there are some confusing points, it keeps the reader thoroughly entertained. “Green Worldz” is like Little Shop of Horrors meets The Walking Dead, but with a high school kid as the hero. Who knew that a bunch of plants could be so scary?

3. Apocalypse no Toride

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Maeda Yoshiaki is a high school student named Maeda Yoshiaki. He is just your average innocent kid until he is accused of murder. To make matters worse, the murderer is a zombie! Of course, no one believes him and he is thrown into the Juvenile Reformatory Shouran Academy, aka prison.

In prison, he meets his cellmates: Iwakura Gou, a former terrorist member, Yamanoi Mitsuru, a tactical genius, and Yoshioka Masafumi. These unlikely heroes try to survive prison life when a sudden epidemic strikes the world outside. And don’t you know it, a van carrying infected humans crashes into the prison, introducing them to the undead threat.

Now, they must fight to stay alive in a world overrun by zombies. The zombies mutate, and there’s even a being that controls them! There are unique twists and strong bonds, like a father/child relationship and a bromance that made me laugh and cry at the same time.

It’s apocalypse manga gory art at its finest. So, if you’re squeamish, you might want to close your eyes during some panels. But if you love zombies, this is the perfect mix for you.

4. BioMeat: Nectar

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In the future, the world struggles with hunger and overflowing landfills, and the Japanese have come up with a brilliant idea – Bio-Meat. These creatures are garbage disposals on steroids, consuming everything in their path except glass and metal. The government decides to keep them in a dome, where they can feast on Japan’s waste.

However, the Bio-Meat creatures, or BMs for short, manage to escape their dome and begin consuming everything in sight, including humans! Citizens have to run for their lives or else be turned into a happy meals for these horrendous monsters.

As chaos erupts across the country, some people take advantage of the situation to indulge in their darker side. They start hoarding supplies and using violence to protect their stash. But some band together, helping each other out and fighting against the BMs.

Amidst this chaos, there is an apocalyptic manga called BioMeat Nectar. It shows the different ways people react to a doomsday scenario. The artwork is so realistic that it shows the characters’ insides, both physically and emotionally. The characters are simple yet relatable, and they undergo some interesting development as the story progresses.

At times, “BioMeat: Nectar” gets a bit boring, but I stuck through the end, and it was so satisfying that it makes up for the slower parts. The last arc of the manga is my favorite. Perhaps it’s because it resonates with the chaos and uncertainty that is happening in the 21st-century chaos.

So, what have we learned from this? Maybe we shouldn’t rely on man-made solutions to fix our problems. Or perhaps, we should always be prepared for the worst, just in case the government’s plans go awry. But hey, at least we got a great post-apocalyptic manga out of it!

5. Highschool of the Dead

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In a High school, a group of students finds themselves amid a zombie apocalypse. And boy, do they have some adapting to do! They quickly realize that their typical high schools problems, like pimples and math tests, were nothing compared to fighting for their lives against the undead.

But as the saying goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” And these high schoolers are nothing if not tough. They band together to survive, facing all sorts of obstacles and challenges along the way. Yep! There’s nothing quite like the threat of a zombie attack to bring out both the best and worst in people.

“Highschool of the Dead” did an excellent job of exploring the gray area that many of the characters found themselves in. Some rose to the occasion and became heroes, while others… well, let’s just say they didn’t handle the situation quite as well. But it all makes for a thrilling read that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

It’s an apocalypse manga that knows how to portray FMC excellently, making them feel like real people rather than just two-dimensional eye candy. It’s not often that you see that level of nuance.

But let’s talk about art for a moment, shall we? My goodness, it is stunning. It rivals even the likes of “Berserk” and “Vagabond”, which is no small feat. Every page is a feast for the eyes, and I could hardly tear myself away.

Of course, with all that complexity in the story, you need to give it your full attention. This isn’t one of those apocalypse mangas you can skim through and still get the gist of things. No, every page, every chapter, and every volume needs to be thoroughly read and reviewed. But trust me, it’s worth it.

It’s a shame that the story got discontinued, but I suppose all good things must come to an end. Rest in Peace, Sato Senpai. You truly created a masterpiece that deserves a 10/10 rating.

6. Trigun

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“Trigun” – an apocalypse manga that packs a punch! It’s all about Vash the Stampede, an outlaw with a whopping bounty on his head. Wherever Vash goes, chaos and destruction seem to follow. But don’t be fooled, Vash is a total sweetheart and a pacifist who hates violence and murder. The crazy bounties he accumulates are all caused by the bandits who attack him, not him!

To make things even more entertaining, Vash is followed around by two women from the insurance office. They’re always trying to minimize the damages caused by their encounters, but they tend to get caught up in their sticky situations.

With a whopping sixty billion double-dollar bounty on his head, Vash just can’t seem to catch a break from the money-grubbing citizens with itchy trigger fingers. But why is Vash worth so much dead? You’ll have to dive into this wild adventure to find out!

This manga is a blast from the past! I haven’t read it since middle school, but re-reading it was almost like diving back into something with fresh eyes. The 90s and early 2000s had something special happening with creative works, and “Trigun” is no exception. It’s original and stands out with its westerns on an alien planet, weird, quirky, and deadly characters, and a nice sense of humor. The artwork is excellent, but sometimes the action can be a little hard to follow.

The plot technique is all about mysteries and unveiling answers to unanswered questions. Like, what is Vash’s origin? Is Vash human? What are Plants? It’s a fun ride, and “Trigun” makes this adventure feel like it’s the first time. So saddle up, partner, and get ready for a wild apocalypse manga ride!

7. Fist of the North Star

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In an apocalyptic manga world, gangs run wild, and law and order are a thing of the past. But fear not, because the hero of the story is here to save the day! Ken, the Divine Fist of the North Star, is a cross between Mad Max and Bruce Lee, and he’s not afraid to use his Hokuto Shinken martial arts skills to bring justice to the wasteland. With just a poke to the pressure points, Ken can split his enemies’ heads open, and he’s not shy about doing so.

But while the plot and characters may be predictable, the true star of Fist of the North Star is the art. The attention to detail is phenomenal, with black-and-white illustrations showcasing every muscle and wrinkle on the characters’ bodies.

And let’s not forget the gore. The deaths in “Fist Of The North Star” are so gruesome that even the most hardened horror fans will be left in shock. Guts and bones fly everywhere, with bodies exploding and splitting in half like it’s nobody’s business. It’s all quite bloody and violent but in a strangely satisfying way. It’s hard to believe that all of this was done on a weekly schedule, but the artist, Tetsuo Hara, somehow managed to pull it off.

If you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, over-the-top violence, and MCs with a strong sense of justice, then Fist of the North Star is definitely the manga for you. So why not give it a try and see if Ken’s Divine Fist can punch its way into your heart?

8. Blame!

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Killy roams the desolate levels of a mysterious superstructure, a lone wolf amidst the ruins. He’s heard whispers of survivors up above, but all he encounters are menacing mutants, deadly robots, and ragtag groups of humans fighting for survival. While there may be a grand battle brewing between various factions, known as The Authority, Killy couldn’t care less about their politics. All he’s after are the Net Terminal genes, artifacts from a time before the world fell apart. To stay alive, Killy knows he must keep ascending, no matter the danger that awaits him.

What makes “Blame!” such a fascinating story is that it’s mostly silent. It’s like a game of charades, but with manga panels. You have to use your brain to piece together the world that Killy is in, and let me tell you, it’s not your average futuristic utopia. It’s more like a dystopian nightmare with some cool tech gadgets thrown in.

The author, Tsutomu Nihei, really trusts his readers to figure things out on their own, which is a refreshing change from those books that dump a ton of exposition on you all at once. And the artwork! It’s like looking at a dark, eerie dream that you don’t want to wake up from. Even two decades later, it’s still a masterpiece.

So if you’re looking for a sci-fi manga that will make you scratch your head in confusion and awe, Blame! is the book for you. Just don’t blame me if you start having nightmares about giant superstructures and mutant creatures.

9. Dr. Stone

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The world is hit with a flash of light that turns everyone into stone. Humanity is stoned, literally. Fast forward 3,700 years later, and high schooler Taiju Oki wakes up from his stony slumber. He finds that his Science Club president friend, Senku Ishigami, had already woken up and was working on a plan to restart civilization. Senku is the brain, and Taiju is the brawn. Together, they work on reviving the rest of humanity, stone by stone. But there’s a twist in their plan. One of the first humans they revive is Tsukasa Shishio, who’s all brawn and has no brain. Tsukasa believes in a world where the strong survive and the weak perish, whereas Senku’s all about science and reviving humanity back to its former glory. It’s a battle of brains versus brawn.

As the story progresses, it becomes clear that Dr. Stone isn’t just another Shonen anime. It’s not just about good versus bad or advancing toward an overarching plot. Instead, each arc has a definite end goal, and the characters work hard, fight hard, and mature along the way. And there’s plenty of foreshadowing, adding to the excitement and anticipation.

If you’re looking for an apocalyptic manga that’s more of a “let’s build back society from scratch” than “let’s fight to survive,” then “Dr. Stone” is the manga for you! And while I admit that some of the science and explanations can get a little dull, overall it’s pretty entertaining. The characters are all a bit wacky and exaggerated, and the drama is turned up to 11. Seriously, there are so many moments where characters stare off into the distance with a thoughtful expression while the light shimmers around them – it’s like they’re in a shampoo commercial or something.

But what sets the apocalypse manga apart is the art. Boichi does a fantastic job with the level of detail in the characters and their surroundings. Even the rocks and wood have a level of detail that makes you wonder how anyone can draw like that.

Sure, there are some flaws – like the repetitiveness of some plotlines and the occasional contrived moment – but it’s still a pretty enjoyable experience. And honestly, it’s way more interesting than my education journey – I wish my classes had been this exciting!

10. Girls’ Last Tour

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In a world full of bleakness and despair, two girls refuse to let the end of the world get them down. Meet Chito and Yuuri, two survivors who roam the ruins of their once-great civilization on their trusty motorbike, the Kettenkrad. They’re on the hunt for their next meal and some fuel to keep their wheels turning, but they find so much more than that. With each other, they’ve found a reason to keep going, to keep living, even in a world that seems determined to snuff out any light.

And what a world it is. The art in “Girls’ Last Tour”, is breathtakingly haunting, each panel bringing to life the details of a world that’s been destroyed. But there are moments of beauty too, as the two girls explore the remnants of the past and learn about the history, culture, and technology of a civilization long gone. It’s a world that’s been lovingly crafted, and the characters that inhabit it are just as memorable.

But it’s Chito and Yuuri’s relationship that steals the show. They’re like two peas in a pod, bickering and bantering one moment, making up and bonding the next. They are sisters in all but blood, and their love for each other is what keeps them going through even the toughest of times. They’re the ultimate survival duo, each making up for the other’s weaknesses and pulling each other through bit by bit. It’s heartwarming to see them grow together, even in the face of the end of the world.

In the end, “Girls’ Last Tour”, is a tragic yet beautiful story. It’s a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there’s still a reason to keep going, to keep living. Chi and Yuu may be the last survivors in a world that’s ended, but as long as they have each other, they’re never truly alone. So hop on the Kettenkrad and join them on their journey through a world that’s been destroyed, but not forgotten. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a little ray of sunshine in the darkness too.

11. Akira

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In this world, psychics roam free and there’s a gang of badass motorcyclists led by Kaneda. They cause mayhem and mischief until one day, Kaneda gets caught up in a government conspiracy involving a powerful psychic named Akira.

Kaneda’s not interested in saving the world from Akira’s destruction. He’s more concerned with his friend Tetsuo, who recently gained psychic abilities and turned into a jerk. Kaneda teams up with a girl named Kei, hoping to take down Tetsuo with his bare hands.

Meanwhile, Tetsuo befriends Akira, even though Akira caused the danger. They team up because they’re on the same psychic “frequency.”

The story of Akira is an epic tale of action, philosophy, and motorcycles. It’s a giant art book, with solid plot development and interesting character arcs. The sci-fi aspect is fantastic, and the themes explored are deep and thought-provoking.

Sure, there are a few slow parts in the middle, and some people argue that the bikes are too important to the story. But overall, Akira is a masterpiece that stands the test of time. It’s a work of art that makes you laugh, cry, and want to hop on a motorcycle and ride off into the sunset. So the next time people rave about Akira, don’t be afraid to jump on the bandwagon. This is one classic that’s worth the hype!

12. Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)

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Humanity lives in fear of becoming a giant’s meal and has to hide behind walls. There is a cadet by the name of Eren Yeager, who has already lost his family to the titan scourge, leaving him with an unwavering desire to safeguard whatever remnants he has. Despite the constant threat of titans lurking outside the walls, life inside the city is surprisingly normal for Eren and his fellow soldiers. They are just like any other group of soldiers, with their ranks and divisions to defend the city, scout the titan-infested lands, or police the streets. But all that changes when an enormous Titan appears out of nowhere, threatening to shatter the delicate peace of the walled city. Eren and his comrades are sent out to face the creature head-on, but little do they know what lies ahead.

As the story progresses, MC finds himself betrayed by his comrades, tortured by the truth about his own father’s role in the titan invasion, and forced to commit mass genocide to save what he believes is left of humanity. In other words, things get a little crazy.

But despite all the death, destruction, and drama, the story of AOT is still one of the most compelling and entertaining apocalypse manga out there. Sure, the fandom can be a bit intense, but what do you expect from a huge fandom?

One thing that sets AOT apart is how it blends Western and Japanese storytelling styles. It’s like a mix of steampunk and fantasy, but it still feels uniquely Japanese. The plot twists and epic moments had me on the edge of my seat, and I won’t lie, I shed a few tears along the way. Isayama also gives us some real-life lessons, and each character has their own story that’s worth exploring. Even the main character’s memory loss is handled well, which is pretty impressive considering how often that trope is used.

So, I’d say “Attack on Titan”, is a 10/10. The only thing that could make it better is a fandom that knows how to appreciate it properly. But hey, you can’t have everything, right?

13. Nausicaa of Valley of the Wind

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In a world where pollution has run rampant and humanity is constantly at war for the little bit of livable land left, lives a peaceful princess named Nausicaa. Her life takes a drastic turn when her kingdom becomes embroiled in a bitter war between two empires, Torumekia and Dorok, for control over the last remaining lands. Nausicaa, forced to serve the Torumekian warrior princess Kushana, decides to forge her path toward peace and coexistence with the mutated insects and poisonous forests that cover the land.

As Nausicaa embarks on her journey, she faces countless challenges and obstacles. From dealing with the slow first act to the questionable panel layout, Nausicaa proves to be a solid piece of drama. If you’re a fan of fantasy or just looking to try reading a good apocalypse manga, Nausicaa is a great choice, but be prepared to take in all the complicated details.

Despite the difficulties, Nausicaa’s indomitable yet gentle spirit wins the devotion of all she meets and unites the world as one. Her journey proves to be the means to its end, and the story shows that sometimes it takes one person to make a difference.

“Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind”, is an impressive mountain of work, showcasing Miyazaki’s heart and soul poured into it. The art may be more similar to “comics” than ” apocalypse manga,” but it’s still a visually stunning and engaging story. So, if you’re up for a great adventure and a little brain power, give Nausicaa a chance. Who knows, you might just find yourself united with the rest of the world in admiration for this amazing princess.

14. Neon Genesis Evangelion

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It was just another day in Tokyo-3 when suddenly, an Angel appears out of nowhere! It is a giant cybernetic monster, wreaking havoc and destruction everywhere it goes. Luckily, the fate of the world doesn’t rest on the shoulders of some buff superhero, but on the nebbishy, introverted Shinji Ikari.

Shinji, armed with his talent for piloting giant mechas, bravely steps up to save the day. But let’s be honest, we all know the real heroes of this story are the teenagers operating the complicated equipment. What is it with manga and the belief that only hormonal adolescents can save the world?

As the apocalypse manga progresses, the stakes get higher, the monsters get weirder, and the plot twists get wilder. But what stands out to our protagonist is the manga adaptation. The art and the lore guides are a nice bonus, and it is a masterful adaptation of the original anime.

It is so good that even those who don’t typically care for mecha and science fiction find themselves hooked. Four hours straight of reading? That’s some serious commitment. But the payoff was worth it because Neon Genesis Evangelion is a magnum opus.

15. Coppelion

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It’s the year 2036 and Tokyo has been turned into a ghost town since a nuclear meltdown happened in 2016. Suddenly, a distress signal is heard, and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force appears, accompanied by their secret weapon: three teenage girls from the Coppelion special unit.

These girls have been genetically engineered to be immune to radiation and have unique skills that make them the perfect candidates to search for survivors in the ruined capital. Surprisingly, they don’t wear any radiation protection gear, but we assume that their special powers protect them from the deadly radiation too.

As the girls move through the deserted city, the artwork becomes one of the most notable aspects of the anime. The art is fascinating, and the scenery blends well with the tone of the action. The character designs are also impressive, featuring hair and expressions that remind us of Bakuman’s characters.

The pacing of the manga is the real star of the show, with the artwork doing an excellent job of depicting it. The flow of the girls’ movement is shown beautifully, and it helps the story to unfold in a way that keeps the audience hooked.

We learn that genetic engineering can be a real lifesaver, and radiation is no match for teenage girls with special powers. When it comes to manga, the art, and pacing are just as important as the story itself. Who knows, maybe one day, we will send teenage girls on secret missions to save the world, just like in Coppelion. After all, it worked for them, right?

16. Dolly Kill Kill

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Iruma Ikaruga is living his best high-school life until aliens invade with their flesh-eating bugs, ruining everything. Humanity is on the brink of extinction, and only 1% of the population has survived the carnage. Iruma is on the verge of giving up, but fate has other plans. One day, while contemplating suicide, Iruma stumbles upon Yuu Banira and saves her from some would-be rapists. Grateful for his heroism, Banira invites Iruma to join the resistance group, Trial and Error. Despite his reluctance, Iruma agrees and witnesses their daring plan to capture a Dolly, one of the giant doll-like monsters. However, their success is short-lived as a more powerful and intelligent “Pygmy Doll” appears and wreaks havoc. Despite the chaos, this encounter proves vital in unraveling the mystery behind the Dollies’ purpose and existence.

But let’s be honest, the real selling point of “Dolly Kill Kill”, is the art! The Dollies and dollhouses are truly unique and fitting, making for a visually stunning experience. And despite the heavy premise, the chapters are fast-paced and easy to digest, making it a thrilling read for anyone in need of a new manga.

So while there are still many questions left unanswered, “Dolly Kill Kill” does well enough to keep readers hooked and excited for what’s to come. Plus, with a strong localization, it’s worth checking out for all manga lovers out there! Who knows, maybe one day we’ll even get to see Iruma and the gang take down those creepy Dollies for good!

17. Basara

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In 2099, Japan is hit by a massive catastrophe that left the country in shambles. The only ones left in power were the emperor and his four sons, who ruled with an iron fist. The only hope for the country is a prophecy that speaks of a “Child of Destiny” who can free them from the royal family’s tyranny. Enter Sarasa, the twin sister of Tatara, the true Child of Destiny. Despite being overshadowed by her brother, Sarasa supports him in every way she could. But tragedy strikes when the emperor’s youngest son, the Red King, attacked her village and killed Tatara. In a brave move, Sarasa takes on her brother’s name and vows to avenge him and protect her people.

Sarasa’s journey is one filled with adventure, action, and even love. Along the way, she meets a cast of memorable characters, each with their own unique charisma and personal development. The art in starts a little rough around the edges, but it evolves into something truly special. The scenes are so well done, they’ll leave you breathless.

18. Eden: It’s An Endless World

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Humanity is under attack by a mysterious virus that turns its skin into a crusty shell. It’s like a real-life version of being stuck in a plaster cast, but without any of the fun. The infected slowly lose sensation in their limbs and eventually succumb to paralysis and death. Thanks to the efforts of world governments, the epidemic has been stopped before it wiped out the entire population. Despite the victory, the geopolitical situation remains unstable, and a shadowy organization called Propater is gaining more and more influence, trying to take advantage of the chaos and fill the power vacuum left by the virus.

Amid all this uncertainty, there is one thing that can bring joy to post-apocalyptic manga fans everywhere: Eden: It’s an Endless World! This series of 18 volumes is like a breath of fresh air in a world filled with doom and gloom. Sure, the concept of a virus wiping out humanity isn’t exactly new, but the twist here is that the survivors have to grapple with some seriously cringe-worthy ethical dilemmas. The art is amazing too, and the covers alone are enough to make your heart race.

“Eden: It’s an Endless World!” is like a perfect mix of introspective mystery and high-octane action. It’s the kind of apocalyptic manga that can get your blood pumping while still making you ponder the meaning of life. And in a world where 15% of the population has just been wiped out, that’s no small feat. Just be sure to wear gloves while reading it, because you never know when a mysterious virus might strike again.

19. I am a Hero

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Hideo Suzuki is a struggling manga artist who has spent most of his life as a background character. He’s so fed up with his unfulfilling existence that he starts hallucinating and having delusions. But little does he know that he’s about to get a rude awakening in the form of a deadly zombie virus known as “ZQN”

Hideo finds himself amid a zombie outbreak, armed only with a backpack and a shotgun. Who hasn’t fantasized about being the hero in a zombie apocalypse? The twist here is that Hideo is a manga artist, so he’s probably better equipped to draw the zombies than to fight them.

But don’t worry, Hideo finds some friends along the way, and some enemies too. After all, who can you trust in a world where the dead are coming back to life and trying to eat you? It’s a psychological thriller that kept me on the edge, wondering who the real enemy is – the dead or the living?

The artist draws the zombies in a very gory fashion. But if you’re into that kind of thing, then this manga is for you. The zombie deaths are epic, and every chapter is necessary to develop the characters and the knowledge of the outbreak.

“I Am A Hero” is a scary apocalypse manga. But if you’re looking for more action and fan service, then maybe “Highschool of the Dead” is more your speed. Either way, just be sure to have a shotgun and backpack on hand in case of a zombie apocalypse.

20. School-Live! (Gakkougurashi)

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Yuki Takeya is a cheerful and optimistic high school student who spends most of her time with her friends in the School Living Club. But what seems like an innocent after-school club is a cover-up for something much more sinister. You see, their school has been overrun by zombies, and the girls are the only survivors.

Yuuri Wakasa is the group’s leader, a no-nonsense girl who takes charge and keeps everyone in line. Kurumi Ebisuzawa is the muscle of the group, quick to grab her trusty shovel to take out any zombie that crosses her path. And then there’s Megu-nee, their teacher, who is always there to lend a helping hand.

Despite the constant danger, Yuki still manages to find joy in their situation, seeking out fun activities to keep their spirits up. Meanwhile, the others work hard to keep her in the dark about the true horrors of their situation.

As they struggle to survive, the girls learn to rely on each other, forming a bond that goes beyond friendship. They all have their quirks and personalities, from the hot-headed Kurumi to the emotionally manipulative Yuki. And yet, they all come together in a desperate fight for survival.

It’s the kind of apocalypse manga that got everything from zombies to psychological manipulation. But don’t let the cute, innocent appearance of the manga fool you – things get dark and twisted real quick.

I mean, sure, the author could have focused more on the plot and less on the characters. But where’s the fun in that? This manga is all about creating unnecessary tension and drama in places where you least expect it. And who cares if some characters magically survive when they should have died? It’s all about the slow-moving enemies, baby.

“School-Live!” will mess with your head like nothing else. And that’s what drew me to it in the first place. It’s playing 4D chess with your mind, and you’re just a pawn in its game.

21. Magical Girl Apocalypse

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Kii Kogami thought he had it all figured out. A simple life, filled with mundane activities and predictable routines. But then, out of nowhere, a group of magical girls comes barging in, killing his classmates and turning them into flesh-eating zombies. Talk about a rude awakening!

Now Kii is stuck in a never-ending nightmare, trying to stay alive while being constantly chased by these homicidal monsters. Luckily, he’s not alone. He’s got a busty sidekick named Yoruka, his childhood friend Tsukune, and even a would-be medical student named Ren to help him out.

But let’s be real here, these are not your average survivors. Yoruka’s assets are so distracting, it’s a miracle they haven’t been bitten yet. Tsukune is as clueless as ever, and Ren’s medical knowledge seems to only come in handy when someone is already half-dead.

Will they make it out alive? Who knows. But one thing is for sure, Kii’s dreams of a normal life are now replaced with a never-ending battle for survival against a horde of magical girl zombies. The truth about their invasion can wait because right now, they just need to make it through the day without getting bitten.

This manga is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. One minute you’re enjoying the ultraviolence, the next minute you’re wondering why the heck magical girl robots are causing the apocalypse.

The story starts strong with a premise we’re all familiar with, but then it takes a hard left turn and you’re left wondering if you’re even reading the same manga anymore. The first half is great, with crazy plot twists and interesting characters. But then the second half hits and it’s like the author forgot what made the first half so good. Flashbacks within flashbacks? Confusing plot elements that change the genre? Come on, man!

That being said, the art is pretty good and the characters are a mixed bag. The major players in the first half are interesting, but in the second half, they fade into obscurity. And let’s not forget the time-traveling and different timelines, which can be confusing at times. But hey, the ending is pretty emotional, so that’s a plus.

Overall, I can’t decide whether I love or hate this manga. It’s like a rollercoaster ride, but not the fun kind. Would I recommend it? Eh, maybe. But be warned, this manga is not for the faint of heart. Ultraviolence warning!

Having studied scriptwriting in London, I subsequently worked on a number of film sets. I write about pop culture trends, films, and tv series on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and Hulu.