Manga is a wonderful medium of storytelling. The only limitation to its content is the mangaka’s imagination. In the world of manga, there is no such thing as an impossible combination of genres. There are manga out there about being in a relationship with a zombie, Buddha and Jesus being roommates in Tokyo, and even one starring a rooster. The world of manga has perhaps touched the deepest parts of weirdness, including adding comedy to stories about monsters and supernaturals. Here are the top 5 funny manga featuring the scariest of monsters!
5. Kao ga Nai Onnanoko (The Girl Without a Face)
- Authors: tearontayon
- Genres: 1
- Volumes: Romance
- Published: February 2021
The Girl Without a Face tells the story of a peculiar couple, a human and a youkai. Noppeko, the female lead, is Noppera-bō, a youkai that looks like a human but is completely devoid of facial features. Because of the no face situation, communicating between them can be a bit difficult, which leads to a lot of misunderstandings. Since Noppeko is also quite sweet and clingy, she resorts to different ways to ask for attention.
This series may not send you into a fit of laughter like the other manga in this list, but it will definitely make you all giddy. Actually, you may even catch yourself smiling every now and then. The Girl Without a Face’s strength lies on the finer details of a relationship. It’s not about the extravagant gestures, dates or gifts, it’s about the trivial, mundane acts of love. What we mean are the stupid misunderstandings, awkward shyness, and giddy romance. We find all this stuff really cute, and we think you will too!
4. Chainsaw Man
- Authors: tearontayon
- Genres: 7+
- Volumes: Action, Adventure
- Published: December 2018 – Present
Denji has rotten luck. Even before he knows anything useful in life, a huge debt is shoved down his throat. In order to pay all of it, he is forced to acquire money in any way he can. Unfortunately, that includes selling one of his testicles. When he’s no longer useful for the yakuza extorting him, they decide to get rid of him. That’s when his life turns 180 degrees. His pet, a devil, merges with him on his deathbed, which gives birth to the titular Chainsaw Man.
Chainsaw Man can get pretty dark. Even so, that’s when it shines the brightest. The manga has a lot of dark humor, which doesn’t even shy away from using blood and gore to deliver jokes. While comedy may not be Chainsaw Man’s forte, Denji has done enough foolish stuff to get included in this list. He doesn’t have the intellect of a typical shonen protagonist, or an ordinary human for that matter, but that is what makes him interesting. His below average intellect results in him coming up with unorthodox and very comical solutions and moves. The other devils and fiends, mostly those within his social circle, are also especially dumb, which often exponentially increases their overall stupidity as a whole.
3. One-Punch Man
- Authors: ONE and Yusuke Murata
- Genres: 22+
- Volumes: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
- Published: June 2012 – Present
This manga doesn’t need any introduction. Everyone should be familiar with it at this point in time, and rightly so. One-Punch Man takes a jab at superhero stories and turns them into a circus. This manga parodies superhero tropes with magnificent execution. With an overpowered protagonist who can kill anyone and everyone with a single punch, One-Punch Man has no need for plot devices.
Saitama literally plows through everything with a nonchalant expression. His lack of emotion during every situation is the crux of the manga’s humor - imagine ending the climax with a single, typical punch! The fact that the monsters are usually very arrogant only spices up the glory of their impending demise. However, it is also important to note that not all monsters are egoistic. Take Manako, the one-eyed monster, for instance. All she ever wants is to live away from fighting with her cool but useless skills. That is, of course, until she meets Saitama and becomes a gag character.
2. Kaijuu 8-gou (Monster #8/Kaiju No. 8)
- Authors: Naoya Matsumoto
- Genres: 1+
- Volumes: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
- Published: July 2020 – Present
Kaiju, the likes of Godzilla and King Kong, are running rampant. The world of Kaiju No. 8 doesn’t have a superhero who can turn into a giant. Instead, humanity’s hope falls on elite soldiers called the Defense Force. Due to age restrictions, Kafka Hibino is stuck with cleaning the remains of defeated kaijus. That is until the Defense Force suddenly decides to change the age restriction. Kafka tries getting into the Defense Force one more time, but his body gets invaded by a kaiju and he becomes Kaiju No. 8.
Kaiju No. 8 has a good balance of action and comedy. It knows when to highlight the character’s badassness, while also making sure they don’t miss the chance to fool around. Unlike Chainsaw Man’s dark humor, Kaiju No. 8 uses its comedy to lighten up a really dark setting. Even its humor is mostly stupid but unexpected. Most of the jokes will catch you off-guard, making it somehow multiple times funnier.
1. Zom 100: Zombie ni Naru made ni Shitai 100 no Koto (Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead)
- Authors: Haro Aso and Kotaro Takata
- Genres: 4+
- Volumes: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Supernatural
- Published: February 2021 - Present
Akira enthusiastically enters the world of adults after graduating from university. Unfortunately, misfortune befalls him. His supposedly peaceful life turns into hell as the company he ends up working in turns out to be a black company. His luster slowly gets drained, and he gradually becomes a “zombie” whose only purpose is to work. This, however, takes a complete turn when the zombie apocalypse starts to happen. Despite the sea of undead, Akira feels alive and free. He has even created a bucket list despite all of the chaos happening around him.
This manga is a breath of fresh air from the rancid aura typical zombie series emit. Akira’s goal is not just to survive the obvious doom, but to also improve his quality of life. It showcases an irony: living life to the fullest while surrounded by death. The absurdity of its premise alone is funny in its own right, but the stupidity of the main character makes it much better. The zombies in this manga are treated as nothing more than small bumps in the road. Even though they are the same infectious monsters, Akira doesn’t even bat an eye as he tries to check off one task after another.
Originally, monsters were used to impose fear on the audience. As time goes on and people get weirder, the supernatural is slowly incorporated into other genres. In fact, there is probably a waifu from every fictional race there is, including zombies and orcs. That being said, these supposed scary creatures have somewhat evolved across the years. Now, we can see them in a comedic light, thus, this list. Do let us know if we’ve missed anything in the comment section below!