The apocalypse has long been a popular theme in various mediums. From film to literature, the concept of a world after catastrophic events, where humanity has to rebuild and redefine itself, captures our imagination. Manga, with its unique storytelling capabilities, has often ventured into these ruined landscapes, presenting readers with complex characters and haunting vistas. Here are some of the most gripping post-apocalyptic manga titles worth exploring.
Oblivion Rouge by Pap Souleye Fall
Oumi navigates the deadly initiation of the Hakkinen, a powerful army in a post-apocalyptic Africa. The landscape is scarred by a virus-induced war between the infected Liam and the immune Galoum. The Hakkinen enlist war orphans, including Oumi, to find a cure. As the initiation intensifies, Oumi aims to unite surviving recruits against the commanding Admirals. With a supernatural enemy, the Hells, emerging, the stakes rise for Oumi, Africa, and the world.
Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama:
Set in a world where humanity is on the brink of extinction due to giant humanoid creatures known as Titans, the survivors have taken refuge within massive walled cities. The story revolves around Eren Yeager and his friends who join the military to fight the Titans after their hometown is destroyed.
I am a Hero by Kengo Hanazawa:
A gripping take on the zombie apocalypse, this manga follows Hideo Suzuki, a disillusioned manga artist, as he navigates a world overrun by the infected. The realistic portrayal of society’s downfall and the intricate artwork set it apart.
Blame! by Tsutomu Nihei:
In a dark, dystopian future, the city has grown so vast and chaotic that even its creators have lost control over it. Killy, our silent protagonist, embarks on a quest to find a human with the “Net Terminal Gene” to restore order.
Fire Punch by Tatsuki Fujimoto:
In a frozen world, the story revolves around Agni and his quest for revenge. Blessed and cursed with the ability to regenerate, he becomes a living torch, bearing unimaginable pain.
Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow:
Set on a desert wasteland planet, it follows Vash the Stampede, a gunslinger with a massive bounty on his head. As he avoids bounty hunters and searches for his lost memories, the mystery of his past unfolds.
Dr. Stone by Riichiro Inagaki:
After a mysterious event turns everyone on Earth into stone, thousands of years pass before Taiju awakens. With his science-loving friend Senku, they embark on a mission to revive the stoned humanity using science.
Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo:
In a post-World War III Tokyo, a secret military project endangers the city once again. Kaneda and Tetsuo, two bikers, find themselves embroiled in a complex web of government conspiracy, psychic abilities, and societal breakdown.
Neon Genesis Evangelion by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto:
After a global cataclysm, Earth’s remaining inhabitants are under threat from mysterious beings known as Angels. Teenagers piloting giant mechs are humanity’s last defense, but the psychological toll on them is immense.
Dead Dead Demon’s De De De De Destruction by Inio Asano:
After a massive alien mothership appears above Tokyo, society continues somewhat normally. The story beautifully captures the everyday life of high school girls juxtaposed with the looming apocalypse.
Each of these manga titles offers a unique take on the post-apocalyptic genre, blending various themes from hope and despair to society’s resilience. If you’re looking for a deep dive into end-of-the-world scenarios with a twist, this list is a great place to start. What’s your favorite post apocalyptic manga or story? Let us know in the comment section below!