Top 5 best hardcover manga

Fullmetal Alchemist and the Fullmetal Edition

No manga collection is complete without having the hardcover manga versions of your favorite genre. Not only do they offer a luxurious reading experience with premium paper and a quality binding, but they often come with bonus content like color pages, bigger and detailed panels or interviews of the creator. But with so many choices, where do you begin?

This list explores five best hardcover manga series that every collector must have in their shelf.

Best hardcover manga to read

5. Mobile Suit Gundam: The origin

Mobile Suit Gundam: The origin Hardcover version manga set
Mobile Suit Gundam: The origin Hardcover version manga set (Image via @Delpher_57/ Reddit)
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Mecha
  • Similar anime: Mobile Suit Gundam (obviously!)

For fans of the classic mecha anime Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin is a prequel series that dives deep into the origins of the One Year War, a pivotal conflict in the Gundam universe. The story focuses on Char Aznable and Zeon Deikun, two childhood friends who find themselves on opposing sides of the war.

The hardcover edition features stunning artwork that brings the giant robots and space battles to life in incredible detail.

4. Monster: The Perfect Edition

Monster: The Perfect Edition when all the books are aligned together
Monster: The Perfect Edition when all the books are aligned together (Image via Amazon)
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense
  • Similar anime/drama: Death Note (for the psychological mind games)

Monster is a chilling psychological thriller from the acclaimed author Naoki Urasawa. The story follows Dr. Tenma is one of the best neuro-surgeon of Germany who saves the life of a young boy named Johan Liebert. However, Johan later turns out to be a cold-blooded monster responsible for a serial killing around the city. Dr. Tenma becomes obsessed with stopping Johan, leading him down a dark path of his own.

The Perfect Edition’s detailed artwork does the most justice to Naoki Urasawa’s work. It contains set of all 1 to 9 books of the series.

3. Vinland Saga (Deluxe Edition):

Vinland Saga (Deluxe Edition) Hardcover version
Vinland Saga (Deluxe Edition) Hardcover version (Image via Amazon)
  • Genre: Historical Action
  • Similar to:  Attack on Titan

Set in 11th century Europe, Vinland Saga follows Thorfinn, a young Icelander whose life is consumed by revenge after his father is killed by the infamous Viking, Askeladd. However, as Thorfinn becomes entangled in the larger conflicts of the era, his quest for vengeance evolves into a journey of self-discovery.

Detailed battle scenes and the landscapes of Vinland Saga are truly breathtaking when presented in a larger format. The deluxe edition also includes bonus content like character sketches and historical insights.

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2. Fullmetal Alchemist (Fullmetal Edition):

Three Fullmetal Alchemist (Fullmetal Edition) Hardcover Manga cover
Fullmetal Alchemist (Fullmetal Edition) (Image via Viz Media)
  • Genre: Shounen Action, Fantasy
  • Similar to: My Hero Academia

Edward and Alphonse Elric, two alchemist brothers, attempt to use alchemy to bring their deceased mother back to life. However, their forbidden act results in a terrible consequence – Edward loses a limb and Alphonse loses his entire body. Now, they have to find the Philosopher’s Stone, a legendary artifact that allows them to undo their mistake and restore their bodies.

Hiromu Arakawa’s artwork is detailed and action-packed, perfectly suited for the complex alchemy concepts present in the story. The Fullmetal Edition features larger panels and includes more colored pages than the paperback version. The once volume of Fullmetal edition covers two volumes of original manga, so it is like buy one get one free kind of a deal.

1. Berserk (Deluxe Edition):

After 2 Years of Collecting, All 13 Dark Horse Deluxe Editions. I see space for a 14th in the far future.
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  • Genre: Dark Fantasy, Action, Adventure
  • Similar to: It is one of its kind

Berserk tells the story of Guts, a lone swordsman who wields a giant blade and fights monstrous creatures. He joins forces with Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band, and together they set off on a brutal journey filled with violence, betrayal, and supernatural forces. Kentaro Miura’s artwork is both hauntingly beautiful and incredibly graphic.

The world of Berserk is brutal and unforgiving, filled with violence and despair. The deluxe edition is no doubt the best hardcover manga that you could have. It features a larger format and higher-quality paper which allows you to fully appreciate the artwork by Kentaro Miura. However, be aware that the story can be quite graphic and emotionally heavy.


Reading manga itself is a fulfilling experience however and hardcover edition manga elevate those feelings. The quality of Hardwork allows the readers to retain the quality of texts and ink even after reading their favourite manga again and again. Since most of the Hardcover released by the creators are limited edition, they also make good collectible for the fans to cherish.

Now that you have a list of best hardcover manga to buy, you know where your next shopping spree is going to be. Till then, Adios.

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