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1. The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins is a Japanese fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. It was serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine from October 2012 to March 2020, with the chapters collected into 41 tankōbon volumes.
2. Vinland Saga
Vinland Saga is a Japanese historical manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Yukimura. The series is published by Kodansha, and was first serialized in the youth-targeted Weekly Shōnen Magazine before moving to the monthly manga magazine Monthly Afternoon, aimed at young adult men.
3. Spice and Wolf
Spice and Wolf is a Japanese light novel series written by Isuna Hasekura, with illustrations by Jū Ayakura. ASCII Media Works has published 23 novels since February 2006 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint.
4. Snow White with the Red Hair
Snow White with the Red Hair is a Japanese shōjo manga written by Sorata Akizuki. It was serialized in Hakusensha’s bi-monthly shōjo manga magazine, LaLa DX but has since moved to monthly LaLa and is published in collected volumes by Hakusensha.
5. Grimoire of Zero
Grimoire of Zero is a Japanese light novel series written by Kakeru Kobashiri and illustrated by Yoshinori Shizuma. The light novel won the Grand Prize at the 20th annual Dengeki Novel Awards. ASCII Media Works has published it in eleven volumes from February 2014 to December 10, 2017.
6. Goblin Slayer
Goblin Slayer stylized GOBLIN SLAYER! is a Japanese dark fantasy light novel series written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatsuki. A manga adaptation by Kōsuke Kurose is serialized in the Monthly Big Gangan magazine, and a second adaptation by Masahiro Ikeno runs in the same magazine. A prequel manga by Kento Eida runs in Young Gangan.
Both the novels and the manga adaptations have been licensed by North American publisher Yen Press. Three audio drama CDs have been released, bundled with the fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth light novels. An anime television series adaptation by White Fox aired from October to December 2018. An anime film, titled Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown, premiered in February 2020. A second season has been announced.
7. Altair: A Record of Battles
Altair: A Record of Battles is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kotono Kato. It tells the story about Tuğril Mahmut, a young military officer and his exploits to protect his country from invasion by a neighboring empire. The manga is serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Sirius since July 2007.
8. Ascendance of a Bookworm
Ascendance of a Bookworm is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Miya Kazuki and illustrated by Yū Shiina. It was serialized online between September 2013 and March 2017 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was later acquired by TO Books, who has published 29 volumes since January 2015.
Slayers is a Japanese light novel series written by Hajime Kanzaka and illustrated by Rui Araizumi. The novels have been serialized in Dragon Magazine since 1989, before being published into individual volumes. They follow the adventures of teenage sorceress Lina Inverse and her companions as they journey through their world. Using powerful magic and swordsmanship they battle overreaching wizards, demons seeking to destroy the world, and an occasional hapless gang of bandits.
10. Interspecies Reviewers
Interspecies Reviewers is a Japanese fantasy sex comedy manga series written by Amahara and illustrated by masha. It has been serialized through Nico Nico Seiga’s manga website Dragon Dragon Age since August 2016 and has been collected in seven tankōbon volumes by Fujimi Shobo.