Time Traveling Manga That Is Worth Your Time
In my last post about short mangas, there were three mangas whose story was dependent on time traveling, which they executed brilliantly.
Which made me intrigued about how much other manga were there which was about time traveling and how differently time traveling would be shown in it.
So here is the list of some very good time traveling manga…
Created by Kei Sanbe
- Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Seinen
- Volumes: 9
- Original Run: 2012 – 2016
This manga uses time traveling in a way that the main character has no control whatsoever over it he just gets aware of the fact just a few sec before it happens, just like Spider-Man power where he can sense danger.
The main character is always forcefully transported into the past, once he is there he has to find out what he is supposed to avert and whom to save.
In this manga Satoru Fijinma is a young man who has an ability, where he is always sent back in time to a moment where something bad is about to happen, he calls this power “REVIVAL”.
Suddenly one day his life is overturned when he comes back home to find his mother murdered and him being farmed for it somehow.
While escaping from his house after being suspected, he is suddenly transported back to his childhood body, Eighteen years into the past to a time where he was just an elementary school student.
He soon connects his mother’s murder and the kidnapping of three children that happened during his elementary school was related somehow and that is what he now has to avert.
So now to save his mother he has to solve the kidnapping and stop the culprit who is smart enough to not get caught for the last 18 Years.
All you need is kill
Created by Takeshi Obata and Ryosuke Takeuchi
- Genres: Action, Science-Fiction, Military, Seinen
- Volumes: 2
- Original Run: Jan 2014 – May 2014
In this manga, the main character has the power where whenever he dies, he is transported back to the exact same day at the same point in time.
This manga was the inspiration for Tom Cruise’s movie “Edge of Tomorrow“.
Keiji Kiyiya is a new recruit of the United Defence Force (UDF) who are in preparation to attack an army of mysterious creatures called “Mimics”.
During his first attack, Keiji is killed in a few seconds where instead of dying, he finds himself back in the past.
At first, he thinks of it as a bad dream, but after dying again and again and getting back to the same point in time, he realizes that he somehow is stuck in a time loop and the only way to go forward is to survive.
Created by Tappei Nagatsuki
- Genres: Time Traveling, Adventure, Dark Fantasy, Isekai
- Volumes: 17
- Original Run: Jun 2014 – present
Just like all you need is kill manga, the main character here has the power where he transferred back in time automatically every time he dies and that happens very often, very suddenly and unexpectedly.
Subaru Natsuki, a NEET was suddenly summoned to another world one day without any idea who summoned him or what he had to do hear.
The first person he befriends in this world is Satella, a Half-elf with silver hair, and her pet named Puch, who were after a thief named Felt at that who has stolen her insignia.
While trying to get the insignia back he and Satella are killed by someone and this is when he finds out that he has a power called “Return By Death ” that just sends him back in time on his death.
He now has to use this power to find out how and why he was killed and has to stop whoever was trying to kill him, for which he had to brutally die a number of times.
Created by Motoka Murakami
- Genres: Time Traveling, Historical, Medical
- Volumes: 20
- Original Run: 2000 – Nov 2010
Here the main character is a surgeon, who is transported back in time to the end of the Edo Period.
Jin Minkata is a brain surgeon who, while operating on a 40-year-old man, comes upon a tumor in the shape of a child that seemed like a fetus tissue.
This mysterious cancerous tissue somehow transports jin through time to the Edo period, with his memory of modern medicine intact.
Now with his knowledge of modern medicine, he starts helping people as much it is possible as most of his skill is useless without modern technology, he has to face many fatal diseases and injuries, by creating many things that had changed the world once all by himself.
Sengoku Komachi Kuroutan: Noukou Giga
Created by Sawada Hajime and Kyouchikutou
- Genres: Time Traveling, Action, Fantasy, Historical
- Volumes: 8
- Original Run: May 2017 – present
This manga is all about a person traveling to the past and using her knowledge to improve technology starting from agriculture to weapons.
Shizuko Ayanokouji was an ordinary Agriculture Highschool student who on her way back from school lost consciousness, when she wakes up she finds herself in the Sengoku period, where some men start chasing her with ill intentions.
She is rescued by Oda Nobunaga and his underling, who due to his weird interest in her attire let her live.
Nobunaga, who thought of her as Nanban (Someone from the west) let her live with a condition that she has to prove her worth by improving the lives of his people using Nanban Technology.
Created by Ken Waku
- Genres: Time Traveling, Action, Science Fiction
- Volumes: 20
- Original Run: Mar 2017 – present
The protagonist here can travel between the past and present using a particular action that he uses to change his past.
One random day while watching the news, Takemichi Hanagaki finds out that the only girlfriend Hinata Tachibana he ever had was killed by a gang named Tokyo Manji Gang.
Takemichi who was already at his rock bottom, living in a crappy apartment and being treated like an idiot by his younger boss, forget the news soon.
One day while waiting for the train he is pushed on to the track by some when instead of dying he is transported back to the past to a time where he was a middle schooler.
Soon he starts to remember that Middle School was the time he had started to run away from everything in fear.
Leaving everybody in his life behind, but this time he would change his future and stop Hinata from dying.
Cage OF Eden
Created by Yoshinobu Yamada
- Genres: Mystery, Survival, Action, Adventure
- Volumes: 21
- Original Run: Nov 2008 – Jan 2013
Akira Sengoku and his class were flying back to japan from their school trip to Guam, the plane also had many other students from their school and some other passengers.
Their peaceful journey takes an unexpected turn when suddenly turbulence hits their plane and it crashes onto an unknown island in the middle of the pacific.
Akira, on waking up from his unconscious state, finds out from his friends that they are on an island that somehow is filled with prehistoric animals and plants that were extinct a long time ago.
Akira and a small group of survivors start exploring the island filled with dangerous creatures and many survivors who have gone insane due to circumstance and try to solve the mystery surrounding the island and to find a way back home.
A Distance Neighbourhood
Created by Jiro Taniguchi
- Genres: Time Traveling, Drama, Slice Of Life, Seinen
- Volumes: 2
- Original Run: 1998 – 1999
This small manga with just 2 volumes, is great for a short read about being transported back in time.
Hiroshi Nakahara is a middle-aged salaryman, who one day accidentally boards a train which was on the way to his old hometown, he nostalgically gets down there just to visit his mother’s grave.
But for some unknown reason, he loses consciousness on his mother’s grave, just to wake up as an 8th grader’s body with his memory intact.
At first, he enjoyed his new situation where he is smarter and more knowledgeable than anyone there and doing things that he regretted no doing in his childhood.
But soon he came to the conclusion that the biggest regret of his life was that, he could not help his mother more as she had to take care of his whole family after his father had walked out on them.
So now he plans to do everything he could possibly do to stop his father from leaving once again as the said day is approaching.
My Wife is Wagatsuma-san
Created by Yuu Kuraishi and Keishi Nishikida
- Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Slice Of Life
- Volumes: 13
- Original Run: Sep 2011 – Sep 2014
Hitoshi Aoshima is an average and unpopular boy, who wants a girlfriend like the smartest and most beautiful girl in his class like Wagatsuma Ai.
One day he just wakes in the future, 10 years in the future to be precise and the person waking him up is Ai who is his wife now.
But his time in the future is limited as he soon returns to the regular time.
He soon starts using the information he gets for the future to get close to Ai, but many times it just changes his future to bad scenarios like where he is not married to Ai at all.
Nobunaga no Chef
Created by Mitsuru Nishimura and Takuro Kajikawa
- Genres: Time Traveling, Historical, Seinen
- Volumes: 27
- Original Run: Mar 2011 – present
Ken is a young chef from the modern era, who was transported to the Sengoku period how and why he doesn’t know, as he has lost most of his memories.
His first memory after waking up from an unconscious state is of being chased by soldiers, who are out to kill him due to his appearance as they suspect him to be a spy.
During his escape, he meets a blacksmith girl who helps him, and to return that favor of saving his life he cooks his first meal in this era, which tasted unline anything she had ever tasted.
Soon his talent for cooking becomes the talk of the village so much that people start lining up to just taste his cooking, which comes to the notice of Oda Nobunaga who ends up recruiting him as his personal chef.