Top 25 Detective Manga of All Time We Love

Here are the best detective manga of all time to read and enjoy no matter where you may be!

Top 25 Detective Manga of All Time We Love? Mysteries will always attract us and where there is a mystery detectives are trying to investigate, unraveling and solve these cases to discover who did what, and how.

Investigating mysteries, analyzing evidence, and using logic to close cases are the backbone of detective manga, and it has always been a popular genre for manga enthusiasts who love mystery or the curious reader. But what is the best detective manga of all time? Well, We tried to find the best detective manga!

Get ready to be pulled into a world of characters, with some of the best stories told, where you will analyze and deduce clues along with our protagonist(s). Something is afoot in this 25 detective mystery manga!

In no particular order here are the best detective manga of all time

25.
Ron Kamonohashi: Deranged Detective

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  • Mangaka: Amano Akira
  • Genres: Mystery, Shounen, Police
  • Volumes: 2+
  • Published: Oct 11, 2020 to present

Number 25 on our list of best detective manga is Ron Kamonohashi: Deranged Detective from the creator of the manga Hitman Reborn! Some have even compared the protagonist of the series to Lelouch’s Geass of Code Geass.

Plot Summary

Despite lacking the skills suited for his role on the Metropolitan Police Department investigative team, Totomaru Isshiki wants to solve murders and help people. Following the advice of one of his seniors, he ventures out to enlist the aid of the reclusive Ron Kamonohashi. Five years ago, Ron was the most promising detective from the illustrious Detective Training Academy Blue; yet for reasons unknown to the public, he sank into obscurity.

Ron Kamonohashi: Deranged Detective is a more light-hearted take on the detective genre where the story’s mysteries are relatively simple and easy to solve, but where the series shine is the humor and characters. Characters and personalities are reminiscent of the casts of Reborn. It is a fun read, you can pick up and just laugh without having to immerse yourself in a deep plot.

24.
Kemono Jihen

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  • Mangaka: Shou Aimoto
  • Genres: Action, Shounen, Supernatural
  • Volumes: 14+
  • Published: Dec 2, 2016 to present

Kemono Jihen is a detective manga with an interesting plot, with many things going on, which makes reading this manga very enjoyable, it covers dark topics as well as somewhat heartwarming ones as well.

Plot Summary

When dead animals mysteriously start appearing in a remote village, a detective from Tokyo named Kohachi Inugami is brought in to investigate the cause. Upon arriving, Inugami finds a young boy named Kabane working in the fields and quickly befriends him, eventually bringing him on to help solve the case.

Kemono Jihen is a detective manga that handles character development and design well. None of the characters seemed like an afterthought and their unique designs and personalities help make them recognizable. Detective manga readers who love supernatural elements, especially urban myths should definitely give Kemono Jihen a try.

23.
Keishichou Tokuhanka 007

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  • Mangaka: Eiri Kaji
  • Genres: Shoujo, Supernatural, Police
  • Volumes: 11
  • Published: Oct 20, 2006 to Mar 20, 2012

Keishichou Tokuhanka 007 is a detective manga with shoujo elements and a 90s art-style vibe. It has a very sweet story where our two protagonists’ interactions were always comedic and heart-warming.

Plot Summary

The “Special crime investigation department 007” includes the most capable and extraordinary investigators and Fuyuki, who also becomes one of its members, is very capable, too. And they paired her with Kuze, a cool and very handsome detective. Their combination proves to be the most dangerous one the police headquarters had ever seen!

Keishichou Tokuhanka 007 is definitely a detective manga that seems to be made especially for fans of the genre that also want shoujo with their mystery. Overall, it was a really enjoyable manga that took a little getting used to for me, but it was a good read after a few chapters.

22.
Sherlock Holmes no Chousen

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  • Mangaka: Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, Haruka Komusubi
  • Genres: Mystery, Historical
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: Dec 20, 2011

At number 22 is a cast of legendary detectives, Sherlock Holmes no Chousen. They made the manga up of 5 short stories, telling the story of how Dr. Watson and Holmes meet and so on.

Plot Summary

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are solving many criminal cases but one thing is weird: All the cases are verly likely to each other. So who is the mastermind of all these cases?

Sherlock Holmes no Chousen is a really short and interesting read for mystery and detective fans or for introducing someone to the genre who doesn’t want to read a long detective manga for the first time and is still easily familiar to people that are not fans of the detective genre. Give it a read!

21.
Sakura’s Best

Sakura no Ichiban!

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  • Mangaka: Yuna Kagesaki
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Martial Arts, Romance, School, Slice of Life
  • Volumes: 5
  • Published: 2001 to 2003

Sakura’s Best interestingly combines the romance, detective genre, history, and many funny manga tropes we are used to reading. It is a detective manga for the shoujo reader.

Plot Summary

A young girl named Hinomori Asami starts her studies at the Sakura Hill School for Girls in Tokyo, but the capital is a dangerous place, and mysteries abound.

Sakura’s Best is not too long that it becomes boring, they take you on a quick fun-filled adventure with mystery and cuteness overload! and has just as quick as it all starts you reach the end right on time to leave the story feeling memorable instead of drawn out.

20.
Detective School Q

Tantei Gakuen Q

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  • Mangaka: Shin Kibayashi, Fumiya Satou
  • Genres: Comedy, Mystery, Drama, School, Shounen, Police
  • Volumes: 22
  • Published: May 23, 2001 to Jul 20, 2005

What do you get when you add a bunch of kids and mysteries? Detective School Q! It is a series that knows exactly what it is and runs with it, no action or unnecessary ecchi scenes, just good old fashion brainpower. It is a must-read for detective manga fans.

Plot Summary

Detective School Q is the story of a group of young students from Class Q of Dan Detective School (DDS), a renowned detective academy founded by Morihiko Dan, the most famous detective in Japan, and the adventures and mysteries they unfold and solve together. They eventually work against Pluto, a mysterious organization which creates almost fool-proof plans that only a handful of detectives can solve.

If you have already watched Detective School Q the anime, you should know how unique and well-written the story is. It is a detective manga series with a bit for everyone even if you aren’t a detective genre fan the story keeps you well entertained.

19.
Arisa

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  • Mangaka: Natsumi Ando
  • Genres: Mystery, Drama, School, Shoujo, Psychological
  • Volumes: 12
  • Published: Dec 29, 2008 to Aug 3, 2012

Arisa is a mystery manga that I like to think of like a detective manga that got my attention after seeing various recommendations of it online. It feels very tele novella like sometimes because of its plot twists. Which felt like a change of pace to what I am used to reading.

Plot Summary

Tsubasa and Arisa are twin sisters who haven’t seen each other for three years because of their parents’ divorce. They have communicated through letters, but finally decide to meet each other again. Arisa, the more gentle of the twins, suggests that Tsubasa take her place at school for a day, just for fun. However, there are things about Arisa and her school that she hasn’t mentioned to Tsubasa — dangerous things.

Arisa is a detective manga for fans of mystery, shoujo, and psychological thrillers that balances the lighter tone and darker tones of the series amazingly well. It is a detective manga for the little girl manga reader in all of us.

18.
Bungo Stray Dogs

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  • Mangaka: Kafka Asagiri, Harukawa35
  • Genres: Action, Supernatural, Seinen
  • Volumes: 21+
  • Published: Dec 4, 2012 to present

Bungo Stray Dogs is a detective manga that incorporates a lot of unfamiliar elements into itself but strangely enough, it works, creating a beautifully crafted plot, art, and memorable characters.

Plot Summary

Atsushi Nakajima is on the brink of death after being kicked out of his orphanage. With no food and nowhere to go, all hope seems lost—until he saves a mysterious man called Osamu Dazai from drowning. Much to his partner Doppo Kunikida’s irritation, Dazai offers Atsushi a meal and reveals they work for the Armed Detective Agency, an organization of gifted individuals who take care of criminal cases the authorities cannot. He offers him a position in the agency.

As a detective manga, Bungo Stray Dogs has captured a spot in many readers’ top 10, even fans that are not fans of the detective manga series, find it has a lot of potentials. Even if you don’t find it exceptional, it definitely has a lot going on to at the least be a good time-passer.

17.
Moriarty the Patriot

Yuukoku no Moriarty

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  • Mangaka: Ryousuke Takeuchi, Hikaru Miyoshi
  • Genres: Mystery, Shounen, Psychological
  • Volumes: 15+
  • Published: Aug 4, 2016 to present

Moriarty the Patriot is an interesting detective manga that takes an interesting perspective on a story that has been told a thousand times by trying to humanize our antihero, showing life and motivation of why he does what he does.

Plot Summary

In the late 19th century, the British Empire has become a global power. Because of the strict class stratification, the average citizen has little chance of successfully rising to the top, where the despicable nobility rules over them all. Moriarty the Patriot puts a new spin on Arthur Conan Doyle’s original work by putting the spotlight on its main antagonist and exploring how he came to be the first and only “criminal consultant.”

For avid fans of detective manga and Sherlock Holmes fans, Moriarty the Patriot is definitely a breath of fresh air. The art is good, characters feel genuinely real. I grew attached to some of them and with a series usually focused on seriousness, there was humor now and then. Try it.

16.
Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime

“Bungaku Shoujo” Series

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  • Mangaka: Mizuki Nomura, Rito Kōsaka
  • Genres: Mystery, Drama, Romance
  • Volumes: 3
  • Published: August 2008 to November 2010

Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime is a detective manga that should remind some of its lucky readers of being in high school. And going on this mystery-driven quirky plot with its memorable character is one detective manga series fans of the genre shouldn’t miss.

Plot Summary

Konoha Inoue lives out his days as a normal high schooler, hiding his dark past as a best-selling author who wrote under the guise of a 14-year-old girl. A member of the literature club, he writes improv stories that serve as snacks for third-year student Tooko Amano, the only other member of the club and a self-styled “book girl” who literally eats written words. Konoha is forced to tag along with Tooko as she seeks strange, literature-filled cases to investigate.

Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime is a beautiful and well-written detective manga series by Mizuki Nomura. The series felt reminiscent of Spice and Wolf or Your lie in April, calm and sweet even though it could be dark and depressing sometimes.

15.
Kechonpa

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  • Mangaka: Chiaki Hijiri
  • Genres: Drama, Josei, Mystery, Police
  • Volumes: 3
  • Published: 2009 to 2012

Kechonpa is a real hidden gem detective manga with a little for everyone slice of life, gyaru, light romance, comedy, mystery, a strong female lead, and well-done dialogue. I really don’t know why more people are not talking about it.

Plot Summary

Stylish Charisma Gal Ririko becomes an amateur detective on the streets of Shibuya to impress police detective Nii, a man she’s adored since childhood and regards as her fiance. However, Nii frowns upon the excesses of gal style, so Ririko has to quickly transform herself into a demure uni student each time she sees him.

Kechonpa may seem unusual at first glance for a detective manga, but it’s definitely worth your time. It had a lot of josei-style comedy that I thought was a delightful change of pace, double identities, and the plot interestingly combined fashion and detective themes.

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14.
Usotoki Rhetoric

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  • Mangaka: Ritsu Miyako
  • Genres: Mystery, Historical, Romance, Shoujo
  • Volumes: 10
  • Published: Jun 26, 2012 to Mar 26, 2018

Usotoki Rhetoric is a manga that has a lot to offer detective mystery lovers and historical-based manga readers with its nicely flowing slow-burn plot.

Plot Summary

Sixteen-year-old Kanoko Urabe knows that someone is lying if she can hear the strange, echoing sound of clanging metal in their voice. As a young and overly honest child, she would point out the lies of other villagers, and was ostracized as a result. In a chance encounter, Kanoko meets Souma Iwai, a gifted but penniless detective. After she is forced to demonstrate her ability, he expresses appreciation for what she can do and agrees to take her in, asking the girl to be his assistant.

If you are looking for a detective manga that is light-hearted with adorable characters and a realistic take on shoujo, Usotoki Rhetoric is a good detective manga to waste your time with.

13.
Ms. Rinna’s Lovesickness!

Rinna Keibu wa Iki ga Dekinai

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  • Mangaka: Ayune Araragi
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Shounen, Police
  • Volumes: 3
  • Published: Oct 27, 2016 to Dec 27, 2017

Ms. Rinna’s Lovesickness! is a simple and fun-to-read detective manga that I am not sure many might have heard of.

Plot Summary

Rinna, the top-class inspector of the London Police Department, and Meishi, the clumsy private detective. This is the love story between the two of them…

It’s an episodic, slice of life, mystery, ecchi, boy meet girl detective manga that I found really enjoyable. Every theme or troupe didn’t feel forced, Ms. Rinna’s Lovesickness! is a quick short, and fun read. Try this especially for newbie detective readers or veterans of the genre looking for a fun little read.

12.
Young Miss Holmes

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  • Mangaka: Kaoru Shintani
  • Genres: Mystery, Historical, Seinen
  • Volumes: 7
  • Published: Aug 5, 2006 to Sep 5, 2011

Young Miss Holmes is a detective manga series that follows the classic style of creating mysteries, suspense, and having companions to follow along to solve the mysteries with.

Plot Summary

Christie Holmes is a prodigy. At ten years old, she’s as familiar with the sciences and classics as any older student at Cambridge or Oxford. And her facility with logic is reminiscent of her uncle, the eminent Sherlock Holmes himself. So, what’s a brilliant young girl to do when her parents are away in India, leaving her behind in the care of maids and servants? Solve mysteries, of course.

Young Miss Holmes is a manga series I would recommend especially for readers who love Detective Conan and want to see a young blonde female lead with amazing problem-solving skills and a lot of mysteries.

11.
Gosick

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  • Mangaka: Kazuki Sakuraba, Sakuya Amano
  • Genres: Mystery, Historical, Shounen
  • Volumes: 8
  • Published: Dec 8, 2007 to Apr 9, 2012

Gosick is another detective manga series I love reading and favorite of a lot of old readers of this genre. The two protagonists’ chemistry really gives me a Sherlock and Watson vibe that just feels so natural and not forced at all.

Plot Summary

Kujo Kazuya is studying abroad in Sovuria (a fictional country in Europe), where he meets the mysterious Victorique. Possessing a brilliant mind, which she calls “fountain of wisdom,” she seems to know everything, although she never attends classes and is restricted to her room and the school’s library.

Gosick is a detective manga series for readers that love characters that feel real, suspense, and complex cases that will have you guessing. If you are really into mysteries and haven’t read this yet, try it.

10.
Mystery for My Dear A

Shinainaru A-jou e no Mystery

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  • Mangaka: Satoshi Morie
  • Genres: Mystery, Josei
  • Volumes: 3
  • Published: Oct 7, 2016 to Apr 7, 2018

At number 10 on my list is another obscure detective manga, Mystery for My Dear A that seems to be made for book lovers. It has an interesting plot and the dynamic between the two characters I absolutely loved.

Plot Summary

Ayano is a girl with her head in the clouds: she loves reading so much that she scarcely pays attention to the real world. Hoping to bring her back to reality, Ayano’s mother sends her to Noumi Takayuki, a onetime author who now works as a consulting detective. As Takayuki’s assistant, will Ayano find a reason to love the world around her? And will she be able to help Takayuki fight his inner sorrows?

Mystery for My Dear A is a detective manga that shows the mangaka love for books through its lots and lots of book references and with an easily relatable main protagonist there is a lot to love about this manga series, even though it feels rushed at some points.

9.
Brutal: Confessions of a Homicide Investigator

Brutal: Satsujin Keisatsukan no Kokuhaku

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  • Mangaka: Kei Koga, Ryou Izawa
  • Genres: Drama, Police, Psychological, Josei
  • Volumes: 5+
  • Published: Jun 28, 2019 to present

Brutal: Confessions of a Homicide Investigator is an unusual detective manga series that reminded me of Dexter (TV series) when I started reading it. Topics covered can be quite heavy but there is a lot of comedic relief from our protagonist.

Plot Summary

Handsome, successful, and talented, detective Hiroki Dan has it all. Each investigation solved is another good deed to add to his pile of closed cases. However, while his work is fulfilling, there are still times when he becomes frustrated; the police are helpless when vile people are beyond the reach of the law. It is for this very reason that Hiroki takes matters into his own hands.

While Brutal: Confessions of a Homicide Investigator might not be a well-known detective manga it is still a very good one, that really made me question my opinions of right and wrong. It’s gory and spine-chillingly worth wasting your time on.

8.
Bloody Monday

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  • Mangaka: Shin Kibayashi, Kouji Megumi
  • Genres: Action, Drama, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Psychological
  • Volumes: 11
  • Published: Mar 28, 2007 to Apr 15, 2009

Bloody Monday is a manga series with a lot of plot twists, suspense, and exaggerated heroes. That tries to take a more down-to-earth approach to tell its story.

Plot Summary

When a KGB agent is murdered in Japan, the only clue to his death is a memory chip found at the scene of the crime. Fujimaru is recruited by Third-I to decode the chip, which contains a video file of an event called the “Christmas Massacre.” Investigating the incident further, Fujimaru’s father uncovers more information about the homicide and a mysterious code, “Bloody Monday,” before being framed for the murder of his superior. Now, it is up to the hacker Fujimaru to utilize his expertise to help Third-I prevent the spread of terror and destruction in Japan, while attempting to clear his father’s name.

Bloody Monday is a series that is meant for detective manga readers that love the idea of hacking and is good enough to keep you just interested enough to see where the story is heading. It would be nice to see it as an anime someday, maybe.

7.
Neuro: Supernatural Detective

Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro

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  • Mangaka: Yuusei Matsui
  • Genres: Mystery, Shounen, Supernatural
  • Volumes: 23
  • Published: Feb 21, 2005 to Apr 20, 2009

If you are looking for a detective manga that is different, unique, bizarre, and unconventional, try Neuro: Supernatural Detective.

Plot Summary

The Demon Neuro has a raging hunger for “enigmas.” Being dissatisfied with his current regime in hell, he comes to the mortal realm in order to satiate his ever-growing appetite. The murder case of a young girl’s father seems to be sufficiently enticing for the Demon’s needs… But what else might happen between these two?

Neuro: Supernatural Detective is a pleasant story to read regardless if you are not looking for anything I mentioned above. It has a lot of elements added into it but the series prominent one is the psychological theme, figuring out the motivations behind the crime.

6.
Heaven’s Memo Pad

Kamisama no Memochou

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  • Mangaka: Hikaru Sugii, Tiv
  • Genres: Comedy, Mystery, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
  • Volumes: 3
  • Published: August 2010 to September 2012

Heaven’s Memo Pad is an interesting detective manga that seems to follow a bit of the same ideas as manga like Death Note and Gosick.

Plot Summary

Narumi is an assistant to detective Alice, a NEET teenage girl who stays in her pajamas and operates within her bedroom. She uses her vast network of people and the internet to solve cases. Will Alice be able to solve them in her PJs?

Heaven’s Memo Pad is a series with some dark themes and starts slow but picks up if you stick it out, becoming more entertaining and charming. It’s a series that made me try to figure out the who, what, why, when, and how.

5.
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka

Pluto

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  • Mangaka: Naoki Urasawa, Osamu Tezuka
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen
  • Volumes: 8
  • Published: Sep 9, 2003 to Apr 1, 2009

Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka is an emotionally powerful detective manga series created with Naoki Urasawa, the man that gave us Monster and 20th Century Boys.

Plot Summary

After the death of the world-famous Swiss robot Montblanc. Robotic Europol detective and war veteran Gesicht is sent to investigate Montblanc’s tragic demise. Gesicht uncovers evidence of a mysterious entity known only as “Pluto.” Along with this, he learns of a plot to dismantle the eight specialized robots from around the world who took part in the war. Racing against time to save those who remain, Gesicht grapples with his memory, morality, and a world full of hate, desperately attempting to defend the fragile coexistence of man and machine.

Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka is a manga series with plenty of well-done cliffhangers and a great future-retro setting I would love to live in. It’s a masterpiece.

4.
The Kindaichi Case Files

Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: File Series

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  • Mangaka: Shin Kibayashi, Youzaburou Kanari, Fumiya Satou
  • Genres: Mystery, Drama, Shounen, Supernatural, Psychological
  • Volumes: 27
  • Published: Oct 14, 1992 to Oct 22, 1997

The Kindaichi Case Files is a classic detective murder mystery manga, with a lot of misdirection and red herrings that keep you guessing and turning page after page.

Plot Summary

Kindaichi and his best-bud, Miyuki travels to various places where a murder has taken place, typically involving ghosts, curses, myths and folklore of significant events from the distant past, and solves the mystery using ingenious deductions of curious clues and his cool magic.

The Kindaichi Case Files is a brilliant series and I highly recommend it to detective manga fans that love locked-room murder mysteries.

Honourable Mentions

Q.E.D.: Shoumei Shuuryou

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  • Mangaka: Motohiro Katou
  • Genres: Mystery, Shounen
  • Volumes: 50
  • Published: Jun 20, 1997 to Feb 17, 2015

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch)

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  • Mangaka: Gorou Taniguchi, Ichirou Ookouchi, Majiko!
  • Genres: Action, Drama, School, Sci-Fi, Shoujo, Supernatural, Military
  • Volumes: 8
  • Published: Aug 24, 2006 to Feb 24, 2010

Lizzie Newton: Victorian Mysteries (Lady Detective)

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  • Manhwaga: Gi Ha Lee, Hye Jin Jeon
  • Genres: Mystery, Historical, Romance, Shoujo
  • Volumes: 6
  • Published: Apr 26, 2011 to Feb 19, 2013

Inspector Akane Tsunemori (Psycho Pass)

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  • Mangaka: Gen Urobuchi, Hikaru Miyoshi
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Police, Psychological
  • Volumes: 6
  • Published: Nov 2, 2012 to Dec 4, 2014

ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi)

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  • Mangaka: Kei Sanbe
  • Genres: Mystery, Supernatural, Psychological, Seinen
  • Volumes: 9
  • Published: Jun 4, 2012 to Nov 4, 2016

Un-Go: Defeated Detective Yuki Shinjuro (Un-Go: Haisen Tantei Yuuki Shinjuur)

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  • Mangaka: J-ta Yamada
  • Genres: Mystery, Supernatural
  • Volumes: 3
  • Published: Sep 10, 2011 to May 10, 2013

The Ghost in the Shell (Koukaku Kidoutai: The Ghost in the Shell)

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  • Mangaka: Masamune Shirow
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Police, Psychological, Seinen
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: Mar 1989 to Sep 1991

Spiral: Bonds of Reasoning (Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna)

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  • Mangaka: Kyou Shirodaira, Eita Mizuno
  • Genres: Mystery, Drama, School, Shounen, Thriller
  • Volumes: 15
  • Published: Aug 11, 1999 to Oct 12, 2005

Karakuri Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon

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  • Mangaka: Takeshi Obata, Masaru Miyazaki
  • Genres: Mystery, Shounen
  • Volumes: 4
  • Published: May 9, 1995 to Dec 5, 1995

Hyouka

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  • Mangaka: Honobu Yonezawa, Task Ohna
  • Genres: Mystery, Drama, School, Shounen, Slice of Life
  • Volumes: 13+
  • Published: Jan 26, 2012 to present

Remote

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  • Mangaka: Shin Kibayashi, Tadashi Agi, Tetsuya Koshiba
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Ecchi, Psychological, Seinen
  • Volumes: 10
  • Published: 2002 to 2004

3.
Death Note

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  • Mangaka: Takeshi Obata, Tsugumi Ohba
  • Genres: Mystery, Drama, Shounen, Supernatural, Psychological
  • Volumes: 12
  • Published: Dec 1, 2003 to May 15, 2006

Death Note is a series with a lot of hype about it, it is a perfect detective manga of suspense and thriller. And I am sure a lot of you have read it by now or heard about it.

Plot Summary

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects–and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?

Death Note is a detective series anyone can enjoy and should always be in your first recommendations for people not familiar with the genre. It is a series that had me guessing till the very end and rooting for our evil protagonist at the very end.

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Monster

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  • Mangaka: Naoki Urasawa
  • Genres: Mystery, Drama, Psychological, Seinen
  • Volumes: 18
  • Published: Dec 5, 1994 to Dec 20, 2001

At number 2 is Monster, an intense and well-written page-turner manga that is also well known and well-liked by fans of the detective manga genre.

Plot Summary

Kenzou Tenma, a renowned Japanese neurosurgeon working in post-war Germany, faces a difficult choice: to operate on Johan Liebert, an orphan boy on the verge of death, or on the mayor of Düsseldorf. In the end, Tenma decides to gamble his reputation by saving Johan, effectively leaving the mayor for dead. Nine years later, Tenma is the head of the surgical department and close to becoming the director himself. Soon he becomes entangled in a chain of gruesome murders that have taken place throughout Germany. The culprit is a monster—the same one that Tenma saved on that fateful day nine years ago.

Monster is one of the best psychological thrillers with an intelligent plot and unpredictable plot twists, memorable and deep characters. It is a manga series I recommend you finally find time to read.

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Case Closed

Detective Conan

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  • Mangaka: Gosho Aoyama
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Shounen, Police
  • Volumes: 100+
  • Published: Jan 5, 1994 to present

Case Closed, or Detective Conan is a detective manga that has really grown on me and many readers. It’s a manga every fan of the genre should read even a bit of.

Plot Summary

Kudo Shinichi is a high school detective who was poisoned during a confrontation with suspicious criminals, and was transformed to look like a child! Now he staying with the Mouri family and secretly continuing to solve cases while investigating the organization who put him in this situation. Hailed as the savior of the Japanese Police Department, he uses a combination of observational skills, critical thinking, and all-around knowledge to solve cases that leave the police stumped.

Detective Conan is a series I feel that really knows how to balance out the funny hilarious moments with the seriousness of the manga. And I like how for me I can leave it for a while and jump right into a new chapter again with a new case and be able to still follow the plot easily without having to back track.


We finally reached the end, if you made it this far woow. What do you think of detective manga? Do you think there is one I missed? or Which are your favourite ones? What did you think of my list? Have you read one of them? What did you think? Give me a piece of your mind in the comment section below.

Till next time remember… We’re in this together!

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Spends a lot of free time writing, reading, watching and playing all things Anime, Manga and Gaming. Can also be found learning game dev, SEO and web optimization techniques. Loves all genres with an interesting plot but as a soft spot for shounen, slice of life, comedy and horror.
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