TOP Manga to read January (2/2): Farewell Eri, Ikusa no Ko, etc.

By Juliet

– Posted on 13 Jan 2023 at 09:00

It’s time for manga recommendations! So, which top manga should you not miss in January 2023? We take stock of the releases from January 15 to 31!

When researching which is the best manga to read, one of the first things you need to think about is the genre. Do you prefer shōnen action stories, seinen slices of life or something else? Once you know what genre you prefer, it becomes much easier to find titles that you might like. For example, suppose you want to find the best shōnen manga among the series already in progress. In this case, titles like Dr Stone Where Edens Zero might interest you. If on the other hand, if you’re looking for something new, it’s towards titles like Ikusa no Ko you have to turn. You may also want to check out classics like BLEACH Where naruto. The same goes for all genres.

Of course, there are plenty of other great manga that aren’t necessarily as well-known or mainstream as can be. Jujutsu Kaisen, chain saw man Where The attack of the Titans. So, another option to find the best manga to read in January 2023 is to simply check recommendations from media outlets or influencers. To help you in your choice, we have made a selection of four titles not to be missed at the end of January!

TOP Manga to read in January 2023

Our selection of four titles not to be missed at the end of January 2023!

Ikusa no Ko T01 & T02 at Mangetsu – Released January 18, 2023

Ikusa no Ko

The first two volumes of the Ikusa no Ko manga will be released simultaneously on January 18, 2023.

As a manga fan, there are authors you should know. I am thinking, for example, of Kentarô Miura, author of BerserkTsukasa Hojo, author of CityHunteror even Naoko Takeuchi, author of Sailor Moon. But you have certainly heard of Tetsuo Hara, author of Hokuto no Ken a.k.a Ken, the survivor. Alongside other mangakas, Hara is one of those geniuses who cannot be ignored as his work has marked the manga industry and his works are so recognizable. At the start of the year, the publishing house Are you eating (A.O.Ashi, Deep 3etc.) invites us to discover the series Ikusa no Ko, created in collaboration between Tetsuo Hara and Seibô Kitahara. A historical adventure manga not to be missed, especially if you are interested in Japanese history.

We no longer need to introduce the famous Oda Nobunaga, one of the greatest daimyo that Japan has ever known. A true legend, his story, but above all his character, has inspired a great many works of fiction. In Ikusa no Ko, Hara and Kitahara offer us a fictionalized version of Nobunaga’s life. In the first two volumes, we discover his youth, his eccentric behavior and his already impressive character.

5 reasons to read Ikusa no Ko

  1. Tetsuo Hara is drawing (major reason to read Ikusa no KoOf course).
  2. We discover a particularly popular historical figure, even today.
  3. The character of Oda Nobunaga is very interesting to follow.
  4. A very well explained historical context.
  5. Throughout the volumes, there are many explanations on certain points in order to understand the events as much as possible.

The children of the whale T21 at Glénat – Released January 18, 2023

children of the whale

Volume 21 of the manga Children of the Whale will be released on January 18, 2023. There will only be two volumes left before the end.

I wish I could say that we no longer present the series children of the whale. However, although it meets with some success in Japan, the series is much more discreet in France. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a seinen to read, Abi Umeda’s title is certainly one of the best in its category. When I started reading the series, in 2017, I was personally caught by the author’s graphic style, but also by the characters. It is quite rare that secondary characters are so developed. The mangaka, who was Miyazaki’s assistant, manages with a magnificent tour de force to make the reader become attached, not to one character in particular, but to a multitude.

In a world that is made of nothing but sand, a huge boat sails on the waves called the Glaise Whale. On board lives a people, some of whose members are able to manipulate the saimia, a supernatural power that they draw straight from their emotions. Those able to use the saimia are doomed to a short life. As they live a carefree and free life, the people of the Clay Whale will one day find that they are not alone. A discovery that will plunge them into a real struggle for their survival.

5 reasons to read Children of the Whale

  1. The story is simply amazing. We really feel the influence of Miyazaki on Abi Umeda.
  2. You will discover there all the horror of the human being, but also its splendour.
  3. The characters are all in depth.
  4. Abi Umeda has a wonderful drawing talent.
  5. The story perfectly transcribes the history of humanity. So much so that it’s disarming and frightening.

Farewell Eri at Crunchyroll – Released January 18, 2023


Farewell Eri, by Tatsuki Fujimoto, will be released on January 18, 2023 via Crunchyroll.

Like every time I read a work by Tatsuki Fujimoto, it takes me some time to digest it and especially to understand, if possible, what I’ve read. And Farewell Eri is no exception to the rule, far from it. Once again, Fujimoto manages to cover his tracks, to manipulate the reader while leaving clues here and there. This mangaka, author in particular of chain saw man and Fire Punch, manages to break the codes in order to create new ones. It constantly reshuffles the cards and renews itself more and more with each new title.

Yûta, a young schoolboy, is offered his first smartphone for his birthday. On this occasion, his mother asks him a favor. Suffering from an incurable disease, she asks her young son to film her until the end. Hours and hours of film that Yûta will use to edit a film for the high school party. Unfortunately, the film will not have the reviews hoped for by the young man. As he plans to kill himself, his meeting with Eri will change everything.

5 reasons to read Farewell Eri

  1. Fujimoto pays homage to the 7th art.
  2. The story grips you.
  3. The character of Eri symbolizes eternal renewal.
  4. Farewell Eri is one of those manga that mark.
  5. The background of the story could well change your vision of things.

The original sin of Takopi T01 & T02 at Pika Edition – Released January 25, 2023

Takopi's Original Sin

The two volumes of the manga The original sin of Takopi will be released on January 25, 2023.

Taizen5, manga author Takopi’s Original Sin, could well be one of the revelations of the next few years. Just like Tatsuki Fujimoto, this new mangaka, about whom we know little, breaks the codes to better immerse us in his universe. I have rarely been deeply marked by a work, including outside the manga. However, reading Takopi’s Original Sin, I quickly understood that I will not come out unscathed from this story. A sadly banal, but heartbreaking story. A story worthy of the worst news stories. A story you won’t forget and which may well remind you of your humanity.

Takopi is a young alien from the planet Happy. His mission is to spread joy on Earth. As soon as he arrives, he will meet Shizuka, a little girl with a deeply sad look who does not smile. Using her happy gadgets, Takopi decides to do everything to make Shizuka happy. Unfortunately for our little alien, things don’t go as well as he hoped and the darkness of being human might just be the biggest obstacle.

5 Reasons to Read The Original Sin of Takopi

  1. History will mark you for a long time.
  2. Taizen5 has an incredible talent for drawing and scripting.
  3. You will face the worst of human beings.
  4. The story deals with many social facts.
  5. You will understand that sometimes being kind is not enough.

TOP Manga to read January (2/2): Farewell Eri, Ikusa no Ko, etc. – melty