A lot of the manga on this list have sidesplitting humor, but not all good comedy manga will make you laugh out loud. Some will make you chuckle because they are heartwarming or cute. Others will make you think or question things through their social humor and commentary, while others are so dark, they'll make you wonder whether or not you should be laughing at all.
What makes a manga funny is completely subjective, because what makes me laugh, might not make you laugh at all. That being said, I included comedy manga of all kinds in hopes that there's something here that will appeal to everyone no matter their sense of humor. There's everything from gag humor manga to romantic comedy manga to dark and black comedy manga as well as horror comedy manga on this list. Whether you like your comedy to be edgy, satirical, absurd, dry, or wholesome, I included it all!
Also in the mood for something scary or thrilling? Check out my top horror manga recommendations and sci-fi manga recommendations as well! Many new comedy manga are on the way in 2022 that you'll want to keep an eye out for also.
With that all being said, here are the most hilarious and best comedy manga I recommend checking out!
Gintama by Hideaki Sorachi
Gintama by Hideaki Sorachi is up there with Grand Blue Dreaming for me, because it's made me laugh out loud more times than I can count. It is one of the most hilarious manga I've ever read in addition to being one of my favorite sci-fi manga. In my opinion, Gintama is the best shonen of all time. Not only is it set in an unique, sci-fi world, it also has a wonderful sense of humor, perfect comedic timing, and an incredible cast of characters.
A lot of people love Gintama because of its humor, including me, but to say that Gintama is just a comedy would be doing it a disservice. Even though the series' absurdness and Hideaki Sorachi's sense of humor is a large part of its appeal and success, Gintama has so much more to offer.
Gintama gets serious later on, and while its main character Gintoki is a lovable dope, he's a complete badass as well. It's a well-balanced series that is chock-full of sidesplitting as well as action-packed panels, but it has relatable characters and moments that will connect with you on a deeper level too.
Another thing about Gintama that I love is the fact that it's episodic, but it also has an overarching story that ties everything together. The story follows Gintoki and his friends at Odd Jobs, who take on a myriad of different requests. It's set in the Edo period, but aliens called Amanto have taken over, so it has a very unique and interesting world.
Gintama was released with English translation by Viz, but only 23 of the 77 volumes were released. Here's hoping the series is fully translated one day, because it definitely deserves it!
SKET Dance by Kenta Shinohara
SKET Dance by Kenta Shinohara, who is the author behind another favorite of mine Astra Lost in Space, is one of the most hilarious manga I've ever read. The story follows a group of high schoolers in a club called Sket Dan that take on a series of requests and jobs submitted by their fellow students. Kind of like Odd Jobs in Gintama but set in a school, and the relatedness here makes a lot of sense given that Kenta Shinohara was an assistant of Hideaki Sorachi, the creator of Gintama, at one point in time.
This doesn’t mean SKET Dance doesn’t stand apart on its own, though. It’s definitely different, but I love the two for similar reasons. As a huge fan of Gintama, I was in search of something that would fill its gap in my heart and SKET Dance was just what I needed, filling the void I had and then some for a fun, enjoyable comedy that also has its fair share of heartwarming moments and a cast of characters that you can help but love.
The characters are just incredible. How they interact with one another, how different they are personality-wise yet how well they complement one another is another highlight of this series. SKET Dance is humorous and made me laugh more times than I count, but it will make you tear up a lot also.
It just hits all the right notes for me and it is one of the best comedy manga to release to date. It’s a super underrated comedy manga too, especially given how amazing it is. I really hope we get an English translated release some day, because it definitely deserves one.
Mashle: Magic and Muscles by Hajime Komoto
Mashle: Magic and Muscles is about a magic-less guy named Mashle, who lives in a magical world. What he lacks in magic though, he makes up for in brute strength. The only thing he loves more than working out and pumping iron? Cream puffs. It's one of my favorite new comedy manga, but it's action-packed as well.
It's oftentimes described as a funny Harry Potter, and while this is true and they are set in similar worlds with similar nuances, I'm fearful that this comparison may prevent some people from checking it out. To me, it has more parallels to another favorite of mine, One Punch Man. It's obvious while reading that Mashle is a parody of Harry Potter, but its humor, hilariously overpowered main character, as well as the battles and action in the series are similar to OPM or even Mob Psycho 100. So if you love series like One Punch Man or Mob Psycho 100, you'll want to check this one out.
Part of what makes Mashle so funny are the facial expressions of the characters and their over-exaggerated reactions. Mashle is a nonchalant, slightly dense guy that's bad at picking up context clues, so a lot of the humor in this series is provided through him. He is ridiculously strong, so strong that it's hilarious, and the fact that he can't use magic, but manages to convince everyone at his school that he can, makes it even more of a hilarious read.
Kyou kara Ore wa!! by Hiroyuki Nishimori
Kyou kara Ore wa!! is a manga that will have you laughing from the get go. It follows high school first years Takashi Mitsuhashi and Shinji Itou, who reinvent themselves by getting flashy haircuts and becoming delinquents. Kyou kara Ore wa!! is funny because it's about two guys, who start out as wannabe gangsters, but thanks to their recklessness and fighting abilities, become a fearsome duo that gains the attention of thugs everywhere. No matter where these two go, there's going to be shenanigans.
Despite it being a funny read, though, Kyou kara Ore wa!! has its fair share of serious moments, especially in the later arcs. Stronger opponents come out of the woodwork to challenge them, so it's not all fun and games. That being said, Kyou kara Ore wa!!, which features one of the best comedy duos in all of manga, is still mostly a humorous read. Takashi Mitsuhashi and Shinji Itou's antics and differing yet complimenting personalities are much to thank for this!
GTO by Tohru Fujisawa
GTO or Great Teacher Onizuka by Toru Fujisawa made it to the top of my ecchi manga list, but it's one of my favorite comedy manga as well. Even more so than that, though, GTO is one of the all time greats in manga that, despite first being released in the late 90's, still rivals manga released today. If you like comedy manga series that are funny, but also have a good message, GTO is a must-read.
A big reason as to why GTO is so funny is our main character Eikichi Onizuka. Whether it's his antics or mannerisms, his facial expressions, or the situations he finds himself in, Onizuka adds a lot of humor to this story. But, as you'll learn over the course of the chapters, he's so much more than the "funny guy". Onizuka is a former gang member who becomes a teacher—and he's the toughest, roughest and brashest teacher you've ever seen.
He's not afraid to break all the rules to reach his students, who are wild delinquents that are hard to teach let alone please. But he really connects with them on a deeper level and, with the help of his unconventional teaching methods, gets through to them one by one.
GTO is as fun as it is thought-provoking. More so than that, it's a lesson in how a series with simple elements can be just as meaningful and worthwhile as one with complex ones. What it offers more so than anything though is heart and soul.
You can collect GTO via the singles released by Tokyopop, but they are one of the most expensive out of print manga series you can collect right now. I really hope we get a reprint someday!
Dorohedoro by Q Hayashida
Dark humor is my thing, so it comes as no surprise, that I love Dorohedoro by Q Hayashida. Dorohedoro is set in a grim world that's full of gruesome fights, terrors, blood, and gore. But despite its sometimes heavy tone, this series has a refreshing sense of humor and lovable characters that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
In addition to being funny, Dorohedoro has an engaging storyline that's full of adventure and excitement. The story follows Caiman, a lizard-headed man that has no memory of his past. He teams up with his friend Nikaido, owner of a small restaurant called the Hungry Bug, to track down the sorcerer responsible for his transformation. The story follows their lives in a strange world called the Hole, but a new set of adventures await them in them in a place known as the Sorceror's World.
Dorohedoro is an incredibly weird and lovable series that's funny because of its dark humor and over-the-top gore. The art style is unique from any other manga I've read before too, which makes it stand out even more than it already does. On top of all that, it has some of the best characters in all of manga. For these reasons and more, it is one of my favorite manga of all time.
The Way of the Househusband by Kousuke Oono
I love manga about hardened and fearsome gangsters doing unexpected things, like the laundry or taking care of the cat, and The Way of the Househusband by Kousuke Oono is just that. In this story, the famed Tatsu aka the "Immortal Dragon" has given up his life in the Yakuza to be a househusband.
The Way of the Househusband is similar to Saiki K, which is also on this list, because it's episodic and follows the daily, normal life of an anything but ordinary main character; However, it stands out on its own because it offers a unique perspective. The series has a comedic lens that makes it different from other gangster manga and it explores more complex topics, like gender roles, that give it weight as well. On top of having an enjoyable story, The Way of the Househusband has some of the best art I've ever seen.
Mundane tasks, like shopping for groceries, are dramatized in The Way of the Househusband for added entertainment and humor. And then you have Tatsu, the man who is carrying out these tasks. He is an unpredictable character, and you just know no matter what he's doing, he'll find a way to spice things up.
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki is a romantic comedy manga as well as a 4-koma manga, meaning the pages consist of four panels of equal size. This is oftentimes used for gag comic strips, and this series is just that, but it's also a romance manga as well.
Main character Umetarou Nozaki is a manga artist and he loves his manga so much that he spends his days doing research for it. So his everyday life and everything he tries is simply a means to an end to gain understanding and experience that will help him write his manga. This is where the humor in this story really kicks in. But the comedy in this story really picks up when he meets Chiyo Sakura, who ends up falling for him. Of course, Nozaki is totally oblivious to this.
A big reason as to why Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun is such a good manga is its characters. Our main characters Chiyo and Nozaki, and their relationship, may be the main focus of this series, but they aren't the only stars in this series. A number of colorful and interesting personalities are introduced along the way that make this one even more of a comedic and lovable read.
The Eminence in Shadow by Anri Sakano & Daisuke Aizawa
The Eminence in Shadow is one of the most unique isekai manga I’ve ever read, because it not only is aware of the many tropes that exist within isekai, but it also makes use of them in an interesting way–by using said tropes as a means of comedy. The Eminence in Shadow is a self-aware isekai that pokes fun at the genre in a lighthearted, humorous way, and it’s one of my favorite new isekai to release to date. It's a parody of sorts of isekai, but I don't want this to cheapen the series in any way, because it has a good story as well.
The Eminence in Shadow is about Cid Kagenou, who is reincarnated into a fantasy world, but instead of becoming the standout main character or the flashy hero in this story, he decides to be an eminence in shadow, a puppeteer in the shadows that’s pulling the strings, instead.
In order to achieve his goals, he does his best not to stand out and appear as unassuming and unthreatening as possible when in all reality he is very strong. He leads a secret organization called the Shadow Garden, whose main goal is to destroy the Cult of Diablos, a secret cult that Cid makes up to get people to follow him as well as to give his organization a common enemy to fight against.
Little does he know though, that the Cult of Diablos is actually real. The fact that Cid is unaware of this, while his followers are, adds even more humor to this story. I personally find The Eminence in Shadow to be well-written, with great art and a funny story. The main character Cid is very cool but doesn't know it, which makes him even cooler as well.
The supporting cast is also great, and there's some good character development throughout the series. It's by far one of the best isekai comedy manga I've ever read and I hope you'll check it out! An The Eminence in Shadow anime is releasing in 2022 that you may want to look into watching as well.
Mieruko-chan by Tomoki Izumi
Mieruko-chan is a horror comedy manga that will make you laugh as much as it will thrill you. Miko, a normal girl, can see ghosts everywhere she looks, but her friends and family are totally oblivious to them. She tries to pretend herself they aren't there as well, which adds further to the humor in this story. Much of what makes Mieruko-chan funny is the situations that Miko finds herself in, but there's nods to horror that fans of the genre will laugh at also.
Another thing I enjoy about Mieruko-chan is the fact that it's episodic, but it still has an overarching plot that ties everything together. This keeps the story fresh and interesting, the reveals unexpected, and us on the edge of our seat. Because of this and more, Mieruko-chan is unlike anything else I've read in horror manga or comedy manga thanks to its unique spin.
Mieruko-chan is a captivating blend, because it's an amusing and funny read, but it's pages are filled with monsters that are the stuff of nightmares as well. The monster designs, as well as the art in this manga, are truly something to behold. If you are looking for a comedy series that is also one of the best horror manga you can read, you'll want to check out Mieruko-chan!
While Mieruko-Chan is picking up steam thanks to its anime adaptation, the manga is still underrated for how amazing it is. It strikes the perfect harmony between horror and comedy, weaving a silly but engaging story that fans of either genre will enjoy.
Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction by Inio Asano
Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction by Inio Asano, who you may also know as the creator of Goodnight Punpun and Solanin, is unique on this list because it's not only one of my favorite sci-fi manga, but it's also one of my favorite slice of life and comedy manga as well. It's not comedy in the normal sense, though, as expected for Inio Asano. Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction is satirical and it's full of social and political humor. The comedy in this series has a tinge of truth to it, so it's funny but it also cuts as well.
The characters in this series have a very pessimistic outlook on society and poke fun at the issues in their lives as a means of comedy, but humor is also a coping mechanism for them. This is an Inio Asano manga, so Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction, while comedic, still has a melancholic tone and hard-hitting moments. It's not nearly as dark or heavy feeling as his other manga, even though it can feel that way at times given then nature of what's happening in this manga. Because of this, it's the series I always recommend for first time readers of his manga.
Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction is set in Tokyo. But when the citizens of Tokyo look up to the sky, they don't see a blue expanse. Instead, they see an alien mothership looming above them. Who are these "invaders" and what do they want?
This fear of the unknown creates fear within some people and the government and the response is anything but peaceful. This creates a rift between those who would like to seek conversation and peaceful treaty with the invaders and those who would rather use force instead. It really takes a good look at what people would do in the face of something or someone they don't quite understand.
Alongside this overarching storyline, we follow MC's Koyama Kadode and Nakagawa Ouran as well as their main group of friends, who are trying their best to live a normal high school life in the midst of all that's going on, which adds some humor to this story as well. So, on one hand, this story really takes a hard look at society, but it's also a coming-of-age story.
Inio Asano's manga always have an interesting cast of characters and a unique perspective. When you read his manga, you very much know it's his, yet they all feel so different and fresh. To me, though, Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction sees him stepping out-of-the-box more so than ever before. I love all of his works, but Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction shines bright as a result of this. His humor may be an acquired taste, but regardless of if you laugh or not in this story, you will get to experience one of the best sci-fi manga as well as slice of life manga released so far.
Hinamatsuri by Masao Ohtake
Hinamatsuri by Masao Ohtake is a sci-fi comedy manga about a Yakuza member, who takes in a girl named Hina that has telekinetic abilities. You can only image the comedy that ensues from a Yakuza member living his best bachelor life, like Nitta, who suddenly becomes a parent overnight to a middle school girl, let alone one with unpredictable as well as destructive powers. He has to change his way of living now that she's in his life, which adds humor to this story, but this also makes it a heartwarming read.
As with many series on this list, one of Hinamatsuri's strengths is its characters and the dynamics between them. You have a main group of characters that interact with one another, but this manga does a great job at focusing on their individual journeys as well. As a result, you really see them come together, but also grow individually. Hinamatsuri doesn't spend too much time focusing on one character, which is refreshing, but there's also a strong sense of family as you watch this band of misfits bond together.
The series is very episodic too, which is common of comedy manga. It's very slice of life in the way that it follows the everyday lives of the characters, but of course, Hina, as well a few others, mix things up with their powers. All in all, this one is as endearing as it is funny.
If you like dry humor and stories about Yazuka members doing everyday things albeit with an anything but ordinary girl, you'll enjoy Hinamatsuri!
Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo
Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo is am action comedy manga, so it is as action-packed as it is fun to read. With a core group of characters that develop incredibly over the course of the chapters both individually and as a unit, it's impossible not to love.
Spy x Family is a story about an immensely charming family that are anything but typical. The father Loid aka Twilight is a spy, the mother Yor is an assassin, and the daughter Anya is a telepath. They were all brought together by Twilight because he needed a family to complete his mission that requires he infiltrate the highly prestigious Eden Academy to get close to his target Donovan Desmond.
As far as characters go, Spy x Family features a lot of interesting and likable personalities. Loid and Yor are two of my favorites, but Anya is the shining star of the bunch with her funny expressions and remarks. The faces she makes are comedy gold. She also has a big heart, which adds a lot of endearing moments to this series as well.
This is a family of mysterious misfits that share more in common than they realize; Each with secrets of their own that makes for an interesting dynamic, and this in turn, adds a lot of humor to the dialogue and interactions between them. And of course, there’s the fact that Anya knows everyone’s secrets, but keeps this a secret as well, that makes this scenario that much more comical.
Spy x Family kept me laughing, but it also moved me as well. I feel deeply connected to the plight of its characters, which keeps me emotionally invested in the series. A big part of its appeal is its thrilling and dramatic scenes, but its story keeps you hooked also. For these reasons and more, it's one of the best new comedy manga series to release within quite some time!
An anime for Spy x Family began airing in April 2022. It's fun experiencing the series in action, but I highly recommend checking out the manga too!
Kaguya-sama: Love is War by Aka Akasaka
Kaguya-sama: Love is War by Aka Akasaka is one of the best romantic comedy manga as well as one of the best school comedy manga I've ever read. The mind games in this series are incredible. Over the course of the chapters, you'll watch main characters Kaguya and Shirogane battle it out, trying to convince the other to confess their love. In some ways, watching them is like witnessing a chess match between two highly talented and intelligent individuals, but with added drama and theatrics that spice things up.
I personally enjoy the series because it's humorous to read, and you have to love the irony of the whole series. For Kaguya and Shirogane, admitting their love for one another would be like admitting defeat to the other, but in reality, they'd both win in the end. But, it's their stubbornness and unwillingness to admit their feelings that give the manga its purpose, and this adds humor to its premise. In addition, you have other personalities like Yuu Ishigami and Chika Fujiwara that bring a lot to the table as well.
The thing I appreciate the most about Kaguya-sama: Love is War is that it feels like a complete original. With it being a rom-com, it could have very easily fallen into the same tropes that other series commonly do, but it doesn't feel rehashed in any way. It's the series humorous and unique take on love, though, that makes it one of the best!
Beelzebub by Ryuuhei Tamura
Beelzebub is a action comedy manga by Ryuuhei Tamura was canceled unfortunately due to low sales in 2015, but it’s still a favorite of mine to this day. The story follows Tatsumi Oga, your everyday delinquent, but everything changes for him one day when he stumbles upon the baby Demon Lord, Beelzebub IV, who essentially chooses him to be his adoptive parent on Earth.
Beelzebub is ridiculously funny, over-the-top with a hilariously overpowered main character, and to top it all off, it has awesome battles. It’s not entirely just a comedy though and does have substance to it. It does get more serious over the course of the chapters, but it never loses its sense of humor along the way and has incredible characters.
The Daily Lives of High School Boys by Yasunobu Yamauchi
For those who are in search of a shorter comedy manga that still packs a punch, you'll want to check out The Daily Lives of High School Boys by Yasunobu Yamauchi. It's a 7-volume gag humor manga that's set in school and follows the daily lives of three high school students, Tadakuni, Hidenori Tabata, and Yoshitake Tanaka, so needless to say, there are a lot of funny moments and situations that occur in this one.
Much of the humor in this manga comes from our main characters and their interactions with one another, but the hilarious situations they find themselves in and the people they meet make this one a comedic read as well. It's somewhat slice of life given that it follows their daily lives, which makes it an episodic but also relatable read, but the things they get themselves into in The Daily Lives of High School Boys are absolutely absurd.
If you are looking for something that's a simple yet good comedy manga, you can't go wrong with The Daily Lives of High School Boys!
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. by Shuuichi Asou
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is a comedy manga with an overpowered main character that's set in school. This one really captured my attention because our main character Kusuo Saiki has psychic powers, and the list of what he can do with his abilities is long. He’s one of the most op main characters in manga yet feels no need to use them and he’s trying to keep this all a secret from his classmates, which only adds to this story’s humor and charm.
If you have yet to check this one out, it is somewhere in the vein of Hinamatsuri and Mob Psycho 100, so if you enjoy manga like these, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is most likely right up your alley. One thing I love about The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is its pacing. It’s really fast-paced, but nothing feels rushed, because the events that happen in this manga occur in Saiki’s everyday life. Since life is unpredictable, so is The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
That’s actually probably one of the best ways to describe the series, unpredictable, because you never know what’s going to happen next whether it be in regards to the story or its humor. It’s just one of those really feel good, never fails to cheer me up types of series and it has a special place in my heart because of this.
I really hope we get a English translated print release of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. soon, but it has a great anime adaptation if you’d like to check that out in the meantime. It's actually one of the best anime streaming on Netflix now!
Prison School by Akira Hiramoto
Prison School is not only one of my top ecchi manga, but it's one of my favorite comedy manga as well. It's an absurd series that I can't help but love, and it's one that had me laughing uncontrollably. Prison School is pretty out there and bonkers in the best way possible, and while it's raunchy humor may not be for everyone, it's one of my favorites.
Prison School follows 5 boys that are enrolled in an all-girls boarding school. At first, they are thrilled by this, but things take a turn when they are caught peeping and they are punished for their actions in an unexpected way.
Prison School may be shocking for manga readers that are new to ecchi, because it has a more graphic nature than most. But if you are someone who has a great sense of humor, Prison School is one you don't want to sleep on.
Akira Hiramoto has a realistic and highly detailed art style that makes him one of my favorites. On top of all that, he is a master of comedy and drama. Some may think his series are absurd, but it's the fact that they are absurd that makes me love them so much. Prison School is one of those series that will make you ask "What the hell am I reading?" more times than you can count, but you won't be able to put it down.
Grand Blue Dreaming by Kenji Inoue & Kimitake Yoshioka
You can't have a comedy manga recommendations list without mentioning Grand Blue Dreaming, which is by far the most hilarious comedy manga I've ever read. It has made me laugh out loud more times than any manga and has, on many occasions, made me cry from laughter. The humor in this one is absolutely absurd, and downright ridiculous, but in the absolute best way possible.
Some may waver on picking up Grand Blue Dreaming, because they think it's a manga about diving, and while it is, it's more so a comedy than sports manga. This manga is about partying as much as it is about diving, so there's a lot of drinking as well as goofing off that goes on in this series. The story follows main character Iori Kitahara, who moves in with his Uncle at his diving shop to go to college.
He's all starry-eyed and optimistic about his new life and he is ready for a fresh start. He has plans to meet college girls and live his life to its fullest. But things aren't as glamorous as he planned when he arrives and sees a group of naked men playing rock paper scissors with a hilarious twist in his Uncle's diving shop. Later on, he ends up joining the diving club, who do as much partying as they do diving. He gets wrapped up in their antics, which amps up the comedy even more.
I want to talk about the faces and expressions the characters make in this series. They are absolutely hilarious and get me every single time. There are few series that knock this out of the park as much as this one, although Spy x Family, thanks to Anya, and Prison School are up there for me also. That being said, when it comes to slapstick humor, none do it quite as well as Grand Blue Dreaming.
Apart from being my favorite comedy manga of all time, Grand Blue Dreaming is one of my top manga of all time as well! It has perfect comedic timing, amazing art, great character dynamics, and more. It will make you laugh more times than you can count, but, as you head beneath the surface and explore these beautifully drawn and rich underwater worlds, it awes and awakens something within you as well.
These are some of my favorite comedy manga to release to date! As new comedy manga come out, I'll continue to update this post. Looking for more manga recommendations? Check out my top sci-fi manga, ecchi manga, horror manga, and sports manga!