Sword Art Online Season 1 easily climbed up the list of popular anime titles of all time when it was released in 2012. There are a lot of factors that contributed to its success but possible the most obvious one is its art style. Sword Art Online introduced a refreshing feel. It’s as if every scene is carved out from all our expectations of what a fantasy world would be. The sceneries and overall beauty of the fantasy world is just a small part of it. Both the main and supporting characters were well thought-of. Their equipment and skills were carefully laid out to match their personality and affiliations.
The RPG elements introduced all throughout the series were also new flavors back then. Currently, there are now a lot of anime series similar to SAO like Overlord. It’s fun to watch an anime that makes you remember fun-filled memories when you were playing a MMORPG with friends. Slaying monsters to gain experience points and ganging up a powerful boss monster just to obtain rare loot are just two scenarios that will surely hype RPG fanatics while watching Sword Art Online. The love story between the two main characters, Kirito and Asuna, served as a delightful cherry on top. However, some fans are a bit disappointed that the development of their feelings toward each other seemed rush.
As Kirito and Silica were heading out after harvesting a rare item which can revive dead pets, Rosaia and a group of thieves blocked their way. Silica was scared because they were outnumbered and she had yet to know Kirito’s combat ability. Rosalia and his companions had red names. This means that they already killed players in the past. It was a dire situation for Silica but Kirito remained his cool. He was confident because of the level difference. Despite having the numbers, Rosalia’s group can’t damage Kirito enough to overcome his passive regeneration. No matter how hard they try, their efforts ended up pointless. This did not only affirm Kirito’s strength but also revealed how being trapped in a game can corrupt people. Rosalia and his group were evidently denying the fact that they will die in real life if they lose all their hit points in the game.
Kirito is the hero. He was chosen from the start to save everyone from the being trapped in SAO. It was not explained whether it was by chance or if Akihiko found something special in Kirito. He was also clueless about his destiny until a rare skill suddenly appeared. It gave him the ability to dual-wield. Kirito was still confused why he got the skill. The only thing clear to him is that he will eventually be put on a tight spot in the near future and be forced to use the skill. This is why he decided to get a spare sword. Everything displayed on the blacksmith shop he went to were not on par with his requirements. He want his second sword to be at least as strong as his main weapon. He was lucky to meet Asuna’s friend, Rika. She personally accompanied Kirito in search for a Frost dragon. The scales of an ice dragon can be used to form a strong and sharp blade. Their adventure was short-lived but Rika can’t help but admire Kirito’s bravery and skills.
After catching a rare ingredient, Kirito was searching for someone with a high cooking level. He went to his friend to discuss it and found. Fate clearly smiled on Kirito as he met Asuna there. Kirito was very excited after knowing that Asuna maxed out her cooking skill and the feeling is mutual since Asuna could barely believe that a rare ingredient is in front of her. Since Kirito is doesn’t have cooking tools, Asuna invited him to her house. Kuradeel, Asuna’s bodyguard immediately objected. He portrayed that it was his duty to protect his Vice-Captain but he clearly has ulterior motives. Asuna insisted that it was alright and shed dragged Kirito away from Kuradeel. The day after, Kuradeel was relentless in pursuing Asuna and preventing her from making a party with Kirito. His persistence even qualifies as an act of obsession as he continued to chase Asuna until Kirito stopped him. Kuradeel insisted to have a duel with Kirito. Although it ended in just a few seconds, it was long enough for Kirito to prove that he can protect Asuna.
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Heathcliff was the avatar of Kayaba Akihiko, the creator of Sword Art Online. He placed himself as the leader of the Knights of the Blood guild, the biggest and most powerful in SAO. Their guild led every expedition under the objective of clearing all the floors as soon as possible. Asuna is her Vice-Captain. Although their relationship as depicted in the anime series is only as companions, Heathcliff is protective towards Asuna. He thought of Asuna as an important piece in their guild which is why he challenged Kirito to a duel. If Kirito wins, he can leave with Asuna without further complications concerning the Knights of the Blood. However, if the duel’s result favors Heathcliff, Kirito will be forced to join their guild.
The duel did not last long. Kirito’s gear is far from shabby. He can even hold his ground against a couple of monsters without a party. Despite being an offensive behemoth, Kirito was clearly outmatched against Heathcliff’s defense. He wielded a huge shield which blocked every attack Kirito mustered.. This was happening while Kirito is slowly losing hit points from Heathcliff’s weak but precise attacks. Kirito turned the tide of the battle around by using dual swords. He somehow overpowered Heathcliff’s defense and was about to land the decisive blow when Heathcliff did something that shocked Kirito.
Gleam Eyes was the 74th Floor boss. They needed to beat 100 floors in order to finish the game and come back to the real world. Although it’s the boss of a floor that is still considerably far from their intended final destination, Gleam Eyes is a fearful opponent. It’s huge and muscular frame alone are enough to scare even the bravest vanguards in the front line.
Every previous boss battle were carefully planned to minimize casualty and optimize the use of resources but it was not the case against Gleam Eyes. Kirito and Asuna long with Klien and his guild members were force to engage it. They were left with no choice since they need to do so in order to save a group of soldiers from being slaughtered. Despite Kirito’s warning, they mindlessly fought the boss thinking that their superiority in numbers alone is enough to deal with it. Kirito was hesitant at first but Asuna gave in to her compassion and rushed to help the weary soldiers before it was too late. Her growing feelings toward Asuna and his past experience when he lost party members convinced Kirito to step in. It was obviously hopeless battle. At one point, Asuna and Klein already accepted their inevitable fate. But then again, they were clueless about Kirito’s trump card.
Have you just finished watching Sword Art Online, Overlord, Log Horizon, and other famous MMORPG anime series? The common denominator is that these are manga with game system.
Are you looking for the best RPG Manga that can satisfy your hunger for the same kind of story with a little bit of twist from here and there? Many have already fallen to the same fate just like you. It can’t be helped since manga titles with a story unfolding around a Role-playing game setup are fun to read. Those who have played a MMORPG can easily relate to the main character’s struggles. It also allows them to reminisce wonderful experiences with friends as they slay monsters to gain level and explore unknown places in-game in search for treasures and unique equipment.
Most of the manga titles we will introduce in this list of top RPG Manga are still new but very promising. Some of them are just ten chapters long as of the making of this chapter but given their potential, it’s likely for them to gain popularity and be continued for years to come. You will definitely not regret giving your time to these rpg game manga.
World Customize Creator
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This manga revolves around Tagami Yusuke. He is a video game fanatic who was summoned to another world. At first, he was clueless as to why it happened and what his real purpose on the new world is. But as his adventure unfolded from one turn of events to another, he slowly realized that he is destined to be the Evil God of Calamity. He met a couple of friends along the way as well a woman who he is very fond of. Whether it is love or simply a deeper friendship towards someone who embraced him wholeheartedly despite being a complete stranger to their world is yet to be confirmed. This mangga offers a great balance of mystery, action, romance, and RPG elements making it a must-read.
The Rising of the Shield Hero
Being an Otaku is frowned upon by many. Some consider it synonymous to laziness while others simply think of it as a time-wasting hobby. This is not true for our main protagonist Naofumi Iwatani. His passion for anime might be one of the reasons why he was transported to another world to be the Shield Hero. It may seem like good news but it’s the contrary. The Shield hero is considered the weakest. He was also put into a bad situation right from the start so no one dared to help him become what he is expected to be. Will our hero from another world prove them wrong? Is the Shield Hero really the weakest? You’ll be hooked to this manga right from the get go so don’t be surprised if you end up in the most recent chapter in just a few days.
READ Goblin Slayer Manga HERE
Often than not, goblins are treated as low-level and worthless monsters in the MMORPG world. They are monsters that we need to kill early in the game to gain battle experience and a couple of levels in preparation for bolder adventures ahead. However, this is not the case for Goblin Slayer. Despite being a Platinum rank adventurer, he is devoted in only accepting quests that involve killing goblins. This weird mindset annoyed a lot of adventurers around him. He is also an introvert which made things worse to the point that even adventurers below his rank do not give him due respect.Will our hero be able to save the day and improve his relationship with co-adventurers? Or will his hate for goblins consume him in the end? This mangga will surely entertain every reader who understands the concepts surrounding MMORPG especially those who are into gore.
Being a professional gamer is teenager’s dream a few years back. But now, because of the exponential boom of the MMORPG industry it has become a reality. Millions aspire to be one and you can’t blame them. Who could pass the opportunity to make a living while doing the thing you love most? The only catch is that among the millions who want to take on online gaming as a profession, only a handful can be successful. They are considered the best of the best and one of them is Ye Xiu. With his powerful game avatar, he dominated the MMOPRG Glory and has led his team to several championships for several years. But if our main character is exceptionally good from the start, what’s the predicament? He was forced out of their team leaving his account behind. News spread about his retirement but it was not the case. He promised to regain back what was lost and reach even greater heights with a new character yet the same old unbeatable gaming sense.
Tomokui Kanata was murdered by a person he truly trusts in his past life. To anyone who believes in reincarnation, this would instantly mean good karma in his next life. Nonetheless, it was the other way around. He was resurrected as a goblin which is considered as one of the weakest races in his new world. Probably his only saving grace is that his memory from previous life was still intact. This gave him a great advantage among his peers and made it easy for him to be their leader. He also gained unique and powerful skills from consuming monsters. Although it’s undeniably that our main protagonist is overpowered, risks are still around. Powerful beings like him lurk in the shadows and huge countries that are home to heroes are now intimidated by his presence. How will a mere goblin rule over the lands? Is he truly destined for greatness or will he eventually fall to a miserable death just like in his previous life? This is highly recommended when it comes to mmorpg manga with op mc.
Shin just finished a game that trapped thousands of players in a virtual world. He thought his mission as a hero ended but that was not the case. He was transported to another world. Or is it really a new one? Shin eventually realizes that it was the same world but a few hundred years after he liberated his fellow players. He is absurdly strong in the current world. However, this is not an assurance that none can harm him as he search for a new way to wake up and come back to the real world. This mangga is teeming with intense battles. The art style might not be as flashy compared to new mangga titles but they are well organized and the actions are vividly illustrated making it easy to imagine what is happening and be fully immersed in every page.
Love story is common in mangga. The male protagonist usually gets the girl after saving him from a predicament. This means it’s a requirement for him to be strong. This is where this mangga moved away from the norms. Our hero, Bell Cranel, is weak. Although this might not be true if we consider his innermost potential, he still started as someone who finds it hard to defeat the weakest monster in the dungeon. His dream is to save a beautiful princess in the dungeon but at his current state, it’s far from happening. How can our hero improve? Is he really weak like others say? Or is there a secret power within him that is waiting to be unleashed? Among these manga with leveling system, I have a preference with this one since the main character Bell is not that overpowered. Though we know he is strong, his leveling is gradual.
In any MMORPG it’s normal for players to focus on combat skills. Who would want to find themselves unable to kill a measly slime because they leveled up the wrong status points or skills? This is also an unwritten rule in Only Sense Online. This MMORPG features the Sense system where players choose what senses they want right from the start. Whether they’ll be great in the future or mediocre greatly depends on the senses they choose and how they can combine them. Yun decided to play with his sisters. He was clueless about virtual reality games until now. This is a great disadvantage but it can be considered negligible compared to how he chose his senses. They are all considered useless by many. Even his sisters instantly conclude that he can easily turn out as a trash character if he won’t find a way around his poor selection of sense. But is this really the case? How can Yun turn this around and become one of the best players in Only Sense Online?
RPG mangga titles usually have their protagonist transported to a new world as a man or any other fantasy world race. This one takes creativity to another notch by having the main character reincarnated as a magical sword. He died in his past life from a hit and run caused by a couple making out in their car. The fact that he was single back then aggravated the wound. We turned out to be a strong sword. He can even swing and use magic on his own. He easily killed weaker monsters around him and gained immense strength from the get-go until he was trapped in a soil that slowly absorbed his energy and disabled his magic. His adventure started when a pretty slave beast girl saved him from the trap and started wielding him. Will his power be enough to protect the little girl? Can he reach unimaginable heights despite being just a sword?
Earning real money from a MMORPG is possible. However, only a few take it seriously like Lee Hyun. He became a legend in a previous MMORPG and due to misfortunes lost a lot the money he got after selling his account. With only a few options left to earn a living for his grandmother and sister, he decided to embark on a new journey in Royal Road, a new virtual reality MMORPG. He created a character named Weed and was forced to a rare but seemingly useless class, sculptor. Can Weed discover the secret behind his class? Will his wits in playing MMORPGs help him overcome various trials ahead?
Special Mentions RPG Manga
Are you a fan of Korean mangga? Do colored illustrations make it easier for you to appreciate a mangga? If that’s the case, you should check The Gamer. This manga’s plot revolves about a regular highs school student whose perspective in real life suddenly turned into like an RPG-game. He can see level indicators above people’s heads based on their strengths and gain levels when training or defeating opponents. He eventually realized that it was a unique ability. However, it did not come solely with benefits. Having the gamer ability exposed him to a dangerous world that is entirely hidden from normal people. And there is only one way to survive; accept that everything won’t be
normal again and strive hard to be independent and strong.
Pests are common RPG monsters. They come in all sorts of sizes from small and sneaky goblins to huge and boss-like giant rats. Have you ever thought of playing an RPG as an exterminator specializing in killing these kinds of monsters? Although our hero in this manga ended up in this situation, not by choice, he handled it superbly by simply doing what he does best. How we were teleported to an RPG-like world remains a mystery yet he calmly accepted what can’t be changed and moved on. By exterminating countless monsters in a large city’s sewer, he was able to gain absurd amounts of experience in an instant. It is similar to power-leveling and the event made him the strongest person in the city without even trying. Will our exterminator hero remain to be one and simply live a casual life? Or is he destined for greatness and heroic deeds?
Konjiki no Moji Tsukai
Words are powerful. Once said, they can’t be taken back and they can easily turn the strongest allies into sworn enemies in an instant. This philosophy is taken literally in the RPG-inspired manga Konjiki no Moji Tsukai. The hero in this story is Okamura Hiiro. He was summoned to a fantasy world along with several classmates. They were called upon to be heroes of humanity and defeat the demon king. However, they found out that Hiiro does not belong to the group and was simply a bystander who got caught up in the summoning ritual. After knowing his unfair and cruel situation, he abandoned the kingdom that summoned him and started his own journey. With his unique word magic, can Hiiro survive in this beautiful but harsh magical world?
Skeleton avatars are not popular in RPG games. Who would want to look ugly and evil in a game? Everyone wants to be the hero, where beauty and strength are prerequisites. However, this does not go true with the main protagonist in Skeleton Knight. Just before he was transferred to a new world, he changed his previous dark elf avatar into a skeleton. It was also quite popular in the game he played. The irony must be the selling point since his job was a holy knight thus he found himself wearing marvelous full plate armor and wielding a holy sword upon arriving in the new world. How will the locals accept him who has the frightening appearance of an undead? Will he find capable allies and write his own heroic tale?
Saikyou no Shokugyou wa Yuusha demo Kenja demo naku Kanteishi (Kari) rashii desu yo?
Tutorial and appraisal skills are basic features in RPG games. Everyone can use it. But in this manga series, they are considered extremely rare skills. Only those who are greatly favored by god have them. Like most RPG-inspired mangas, the story started after the main protagonist was summoned in a new world. His previous life was miserable yet he persevered so god gave him several favors in this new one so he can have a better experience. This new world is a magical one where dangerous monsters, mages, and heroes exist. Having the main job as an inspector, will he be able to carve his own path toward seemingly unreachable heights?
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