Manga anniversaries

Ever wondered when your favourite manga was first published? Here’s 50 of some of the most popular manga series with their initial Japanese publication date. A few of these stories are still going strong with hundreds of chapters.


April 3rd, 1952
Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka


October 1968
Golgo 13 by Takao Saito

August 8th, 1969
Doraemon by Fujiko Fujio


February 4th, 1980
Dr. Slump by Akira Toriyama

April 13th, 1981
Captain Tsubasa by Yōichi Takahashi

December 6th, 1982
Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo

September 13th, 1983
Fist of the North Star written by Buronson and illustrated by Tetsuo Hara

December 3rd, 1984
Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama

January 1st, 1986
Saint Seiya by Masami Kurumada

January 1st, 1987
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki

August 19th, 1987
Ranma ½ by Rumiko Takahashi

September 24th, 1988
Oh My Goddess! by Kousuke Fujishima


August 1st, 1990
Crayon Shin-chan by Yoshito Usui

October 1, 1990
Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue

December 3rd, 1990
Yu Yu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi

December 28th, 1991
Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

May 26th, 1992
Fushigi Yûgi by Yuu Watase

January 19th, 1994
Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama

April 25, 1994
Ruroni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki

December 26th, 1994
Neon Genesis Evangelion by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

September 30th, 1996
Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi

November 13th, 1996
Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

February 18th, 1997
Saiyuki by Kazuya Minekura

July 22nd, 1997
One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

March 16th, 1998
Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi

June 30th, 1998
Shaman King by Hiroyuki Takei

January 8th, 1999
Hikaru no Go written by Yumi Hotta and illustrated by Takeshi Obata

January 19th, 1999
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

July 19th, 1999
The Prince of Tennis by Takeshi Konomi

September 21st, 1999
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

November 30th, 1999
Chrono Crusade by Daisuke Moriyama


July 12th, 2001
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

August 7th, 2001
Bleach by Tite Kubo

July 23rd, 2002
Eyeshield 21 by Riichiro Inagaki

July 24th, 2002
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori

December 1st, 2003
Death Note written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata

December 8th, 2003
Gin Tama by Hideaki Sorachi

May 12th, 2004
Soul Eater by Atsushi Ohkubo

May 24th, 2004
Reborn! By Akira Amano

May 31st, 2004
D.Gray-man by Katsura Hoshino

May 15th, 2006
Ace of Diamond by Yuji Terajima

August 2nd, 2006
Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

September 16th, 2006
Black Butler by Yana Toboso

April 4th, 2009
Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato

September 9th, 2009
Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama


September 8th, 2011
Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida

February 20th, 2012
Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate

July 7th, 2014
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi

February 16th, 2015
Black Clover by Yuuki Tabata

March 6th, 2017
Dr. Stone by Riichiro Inagaki

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