Best Mangas About Kingdoms And Their War
Some want glory, some want the riches, some are fighting to protect their family, and some to get revenge for the family they lost, these are the stories of Great kingdoms and their wars.
I have been a sucker for mangas about the kingdoms since I read this great manga Called “Kingdom” – first on the list.
It had everything a shounen reader would like: a king protagonist who dreams of something unachievable and his friend a small warrior who wants to become a general after rising from the status of a slave.
What I loved about this manga was how it was so full of massive wars, that were won using brilliant strategy and insane tactics that used to blow my mind and also with its amazing action scenes that will make you crave for more such mangas.
That’s what happened to me, So I went on a binge of mangas about kingdoms and their wars and these lists of mangas are the best I have found till now.
Created by Yasuhisa Hara
- Genres: Action, Drama Historical, Military, Seinen
- Volumes: 60
- Original Run: Jan 2006 – Present
This manga is what a story about Kingdoms and War should look like, Full of brutal war Filled with strategies and action one after another that would never cease to amaze you.
It is a story about the Warring State Period from Chinese history, where a King of Qin Attempted to Unify the whole of China, filled with many characters based on historical figures.
The story focuses on an orphan Xin who with his best friend Piao dreamed of becoming a great general under heaven and a young king of Qin, Ying Zheng who had his eyes set on surpassing his father and uniting all the warring states in China.
Zheng was a king just in name and had no power whatsoever, due to which he was always at risk of assassination, one of those attempts ended up killing Piao who was a doppelganger of the king.
Which in the end brings Xin and Zheng together, Xin decides to save Zheng and help stop the coup attempt by Zheng’s Step-brother and help Zheng to reclaim the Qin throne.
Created by Makoto Yukimura
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Historical, Seinen
- Volumes: 23
- Original Run: Apr 2005 – Present
This manga has its share of Kingdoms and war, but unlike the kingdom, it focuses more on a journey of a kid and how war changes him to become a bloodthirsty warrior and so on.
The reason this manga is in the list though the plot seems like a regular shounen plot and it has fewer wars is because it shows a side of war that you have never seen.
Thor’s Snorresson was a Viking Commander who had deserted from the war, to live a peaceful life with his wife fifteen year ago.
One day Jomsviking Floki Arrives in his village to ask Thor to once again fight for them and tells him his desertion would be forgiven if fight for one last time.
Thor’s son, Thorfinn Sneaks into their ship as they leave from their home, only to be ambushed by mercenaries led by a man named Askeladd, who is after Thor’s Head on the order of Floki.
Thor’s fight against many mercenaries showing off his prowess that was feared by many, till Thorfinn is taken, hostage.
Thor is then executed by the mercenary on the promise that his son would not be harmed if he let them kill him.
Thorfinn after his father’s death keeps on following Askellad’s Crew with the hope to take revenge for his father and thus start his journey fueled by revenge and hatred.
Altair – A Record of Battles
Created by Kotono Kato
- Genres: Military, Adventure, Historical, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
- Volumes: 23
- Original Run: Jul 2007 – Present
This manga was something I just found recently while researching for this post and fell in love with it.
The story focuses on a pacifist young man named Mahmut was the youngest Pasha in the Turkiye Stratocracy, who had just one aim to stop Wars to ever occur.
He had lost his whole family in a war during which the Balt-Rhein Empire attacked his village and killed everyone.
Balt-Rhein Empire who are still the biggest threat to his homeland and who under their generals keep on plotting to take over their and their allies land under strategic pretext.
Due to which his homeland is always under the threat of war, which is fueled by the empire and his other council members who think that only war could end the empire’s thirst for conquering.
As his quest goes on he realizes that stopping the war is not as easy as he once thought it could be and also that as Pasha he has to think about all his people well being rather than focusing on just his aim to stop any war from happening.
Arslan no Senki
Created by Yoshiki Tanka and Hiromu Arakawa
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen
- Volumes: 14
- Original Run: Jul 2013 – Present
The Story follows the life of Arslan the crown prince of the kingdom of pars, which is divided into two parts.
One is ruled by his father Andragors III, who falls victim to a treacherous plot by his own men and loses his empire to his neighboring kingdom of Lusitania.
Arslan escapes with his life during the coup with his loyal servant Daryun and runs to recruit exceptional tactician Narsus for help to save his kingdom.
Narsus who once was under his father and had been dismissed due to his unconventional plots and internal politics decides to join Arslan and with him come his young servant Elam.
As his journey goes forward he meets Farangis, a priestess who was asked to join and help him, and Gieve a musician and con-man.
Arslan and his ragtag group of companions are now the only force against his enemy empire and its leading force general, an exceptional warrior of unknown origin who is known as “Silver mask”.
Akatsuki No Yona
Created by Mizuho Kusanagi
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Shoujo, Romance, Fantasy
- Volumes: 31
- Original Run: Aug 04, 2009 – Present
It is one of a shoujo manga that has a storyline that could compete with most shounen manga any day, filled with magic, betrayal, war, and kingdoms.
2000 Year ago Kouko was a nation founded by the Crimson Dragon God, who came down to earth from heaven as a human and ruled it as a king.
In a time when evil was rampant and the Dragon King was forced to fight humans, he was helped by four dragons who had also joined him as human warriors to bring prosperity to the Kouka Kingdom.
2000 years later, Yona is the sole princess of a pacifist king under the sky tribe, who had only seen a lavish and sheltered life, with no idea about the reality outside her castle wall.
One day it all changed when Su-Won, her cousin who she had been in love with since childhood, killed her father for the throne and aim’s for her life as well.
She is saved by her bodyguard and childhood friend Hak, who takes and runs from their kingdom as a fugitive toward Fuuga the capital of wind tribe to seek help from wind tribe head Son Mundok, Hak’s grandfather.
Moundok suggests they should seek the help of an exiled priest, who tells her about the Crimson Dragon King and his Four Dragon Warriors who could help her if they really exist.
Ravage of Time
Created by Chan Mou
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Military
- Volumes: 66
- Original Run: 2001
This Chinese manga is few of the mangas that are famous in all circles, it is a retelling of the events that occurred during the Late Han dynasty and Three Kingdoms periods of history.
The manga focuses a good deal on the politics and warfare of the three kingdom period and is perfect for those who like mind games, strategies, and tactics in a manga, thus its place in this list.
Sima Yi is an unofficial leader of the Sima clan, a very rich and successful merchant family that has a large influence on the politics and economy of the kingdom.
Due to his skill to recognize profitable ventures and ways to get rich from a young age, all elders of the sima clan had deferred their power to Sima Yi a long time ago.
They also commanded a group of assassins called “Handicapped Warriors”, who assisted them by killing influential people to manipulate politics, that is led by one who is said to be the best assassin in the land, Liaoyuan Huo, a “one-eyed assassin”.
Created by Shinobu Ohtaka
- Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen
- Volumes: 37
- Original Run: June 2009 – Oct 2017
Magi is a series that is largely based on 1001 stories of the Arabian Nights, mostly focusing on the characters of Aladdin, Alibaba, and Sinbad.
Loosely based on real-life regions and nations, the story is set in an alternate world where all living beings have an essence known as “Rukh”, which returns to a huge flow as they die that is known as “Guidance”.
This flow of rukh is what maintains the eternal cycle of birth and rebirth, people can use the rukh in their body as energy called “Mogoi” to power magical weapons and ability.
The story follows a young boy named Aladdin who has lived in seclusion all his life, Decides to travel the world with his friend Ugo, a Djinn that lives in his flute.
On his journey, he met Alibaba Saluja, a young man who was waiting for a chance to explore the nearby dungeon and claim its vast treasure.
Aladdin and Alibaba soon become friends and decide to conquer the dungeon together, despite the opposition of Jamil and his warriors.
Created by Hitoshi Iwaaki
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Historical, Seinen
- Volumes: 11
- Original Run: Jan 2003 – Present
The story focuses on the life story of Eumenes who was a secretary and general to Alexander the Great.
Eumenes, who was considered a right-hand man of the great general, is known by very few due to the achievements of the general overshadowed his achievements.
But one doesn’t merely become some capable to become the right hand of Alexander the Great, he had to fight for that position fiercely with his talent, confidence, and intellect.
He traveled great distances and had to go through numerous struggles to meet and befriend many influential names of his time.
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If you love a manga that was about kingdoms and their wars and was not on this list please comment on that manga name as I would love to read it and add more similar manga about kingdoms in this post.