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If you’ve been reading manga for some time, you may have started wondering about its Korean cousin, Manoa, or Webtoons. The popularity of different types of manga and manua continues to grow, but one genre in particular stands out: action. As with manga, manoa movement is one of the most popular and tends to be the gateway to reading different types of manoa down the line. With such diversity in art style, subject matter, and premise, Manua’s work can become portals to reading more Manua’s works!
Read on for the best webtoons, action fantasy recommendations, the best manwha action with dominant main characters, and more.
Solo settlement by Chugong
This is based on the popular fantasy novel of the same name and talks about Jinwoo Sung, a rank E monster hunter who is just trying to stay afloat with his mother’s hospital bills and his sister’s fees looming in the back of his mind. When given the opportunity to earn more money, he jumps into it, only to realize that more money comes with monsters that are hard to beat. This is a LitRPG whose main character is one of the weakest of its kind, but that makes it even more brilliant when levels up (ha). This is a really popular game so if you are new to action manga then I highly recommend you to start here.
Mr. Ghost’s Blade by Inwan Yun and Kyungil Yang
The country known as Jyushin once had inspectors disguised as humble travelers as they passed through city after city to expose and punish corrupt officials. The world is still rotten, but Jyushin no longer exists. Despite this, there is still one mobile inspector who does justice.
This is a slightly older manoa and was so popular that it was adapted into an anime.
Saved by Eun-young Lee
Lina is the captain of the high school kendo team and she is as strong as she is alluring. Despite everything I gave her for her, realizing who she fell in love with would come as a shock. While fighting the feelings that come with this realization, she escapes and is transported to a new world at a different time where she discovers she is the hero the kingdom has been waiting for. If you are familiar with manga, you will recognize this as isekai.
The Breaker by Jeon Geuk-jin
When a constantly bullied Shioon sees the amazing fighting ability of his school’s new English teacher, Chun-Woo, he begs to become a martial arts student. Chun-Woo is willing to teach him, but only if Shioon proves his resolve. But the more Shioon knew about Chun-Woo, the more he realized that there was more to his amazing martial power than was immediately apparent.
Noblesse by Son Jae Ho
This manhwa is a work of vampire fantasy that follows Cadis Etrama Di Raizel, or Rai. After sleeping for more than 800 years, Ray wakes up to a world full of dazzling technology he doesn’t understand. He eventually finds his old servant Frankenstein, now the principal of a high school in South Korea. He enters this high school as a way to learn about the new world and meets teenage Shinwoo, a martial arts master. He soon finds himself in the same number of dangerous adventures as he did before his long sleep.
Wild Girls composed by Hun and Zheng
Wilds High has been the elite all-girls fighting school for the past 40 years. It also hosts the country’s most popular event, Wilds-League, where teenage girls engage in brutal all-out battles. Well, the school has now given admission to a male student on the condition that he does not leave. The problem was that Song Jae Gu had found himself on the wrong side of the strongest fighter, the Queen.
Get ready for all the hurricanes, fun, and a main male character who is a cinnamon roll.
The Beginning After the End: The Early Years, Book 1 by TurtleMe
King Gray is the strongest and richest in a world where physical strength and combat ability reign supreme. Despite the prestige his skills give him, he is empty inside, and lacks a reason to live. When he is reborn into a world of monsters and magic, he takes it as a second chance and strives to live a more fulfilling life this time around. He has more than that to worry about, though, like bubbles of danger beneath the surface of this new world.
Unholy Blood (White Blood) Lina Im and Jonghyun Kim
Here is Manhwa’s latest vampire fantasy! This art is Unusual. It follows Hayan, who is forced to use something she hid to make the world safe again. Get help from a new detective to fight evil And the her demons.
Tower of God Leo
This is another work manwha received adapted from the anime. 25 Pam has lived under a huge tower all his life, but when Rachel, a dear friend of his, walks into the tower, he enters it to save her. Within the tower, he encountered various kinds of beings and magic, both of which existed under the hierarchy. The plot is complex, as is the battle system, and it has been compared to everything from Alice in Wonderland to me snow hole.
Teen Mercenary By YC
When Eigen was eight years old, he lost his parents in a plane crash. Fight for survival in this strange new country, becoming a mercenary. Ten years later, he is able to return to Korea where he is reunited with his family, but there is something new for him to survive: high school. While he has to learn new skills in order to make it to school, there is also a question as to whether the school will still exist after a year of Ijin…
We hope you were able to add at least two of these actions to your TBR. After you’re done here, be sure to check out some of the action manga too!