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Top 10 Manga to Learn History From


Manga fans supply a ranking of the manga they feel most likely to be useful in gleaning some understanding of history from.

The manga listed are likely to be of particular interest to budding “rekijo” – female history otaku, an affliction apparently common as it has managed to pick up its own name – although anyone who can stomach endless retellings of the Chinese classics (see below), Genji or assorted tales of samurai and crossdressing is likely to find something of interest.

The ranking:

1. Sangokushi (Mitsuteru Yokoyama)

2. Genji Monogatari (Tatsuya Egawa)

3. O~i! Ryōma (Tetsuya Takeda)

4. The Rose of Versailles (Riyoko Ikeda)

5. Asakiyumemishi (Waki Yamato)

6. Kōu to Ryuuhou (Mitsuteru Yokoyama)

7. Phoenix (Osamu Tezuka)

8. Suikoden (Mitsuteru Yokoyama)

9. Adolf (Osamu Tezuka)

10. Vagabond (Takehiko Inoue)

The total absence of the likes of Vinland Saga from the list is rather problematic to say the least, although the exquisitely illustrated Hyouge Mono’s omission can probably be excused.


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