The Power of Friendship

In most comics and manga, the main character’s story is one of trouble and tabulation. The main character, generally male, can only grow because of the people around them. Because of these strong connections, the main character becomes more and more powerful until they can defeat the main villain of the story or even just the next baddie.

In comic books, teams like, The Avengers, The X-Men and The Justice League have been seen.

Justice League Cover
Justice League Cover
The Avengers Cover
The Avengers Cover
X-Men Cover
X-Men Cover


In manga, some of the most popular shōnen (story centered around a main character who is under the age of 15) teams are: Naruto, Bleach and One Piece.

Naruto's Growth
Naruto’s Growth
The One Piece Crew
The One Piece Crew
Ichigo's Growth
Ichigo’s Growth



Other genera of manga like shōujo (aimed towards young girls; romance stories, female main character), mecha (robots, sometimes Transformer like, usually with a male main character) and sports (the main character is usually male and in high school). Some of the popular series of each genera are listed here.

Shōujo: Fruits Basket, Cardcaptor Sakura & Vampire Knight

Mecha: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gurren Lagann & Code Geass

Sports: Free!, Prince of Tennis and Haikyuu!!

To learn more about different genera of manga you can follow these links. One for general manga genera and one for a little more specific genera that you may not have knew existed.

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