8 Best One Shot Manga You Can Enjoy

Reading one shot manga is a great way to experience wonderful stories if you are short on time!

The stories are self-contained personal tales that can make you laugh, cry, or think about life’s struggles.

Many of them are no longer than 50-pages, making them a great way to spend a break.

Here are my top picks of one shot manga for you to enjoy this afternoon.

Updated May 27, 2024, by Shagun Singh: It’s refreshing to come across a story that’s contained within a single chapter, providing a satisfying and complete reading experience. We’ve made some changes to this list to include a variety of standalone one-shots and pilots for other stories, perfect for readers who prefer to dive into a single story and complete it in no time.

Here Are Some Of The Best One Shot Manga To Enjoy

8. A Fine Day (Hare no Hi) (2014)

A Fine Day

MangakaNemui Asada

Genre: Drama / Shounen-ai / Slice of Life

Quick Pitch: Natsuki’s father has discovered that his son is gay and sees parallels in both of their lives.

At one point, Natsuki’s father divorced his wife after coming to terms with his own sexuality so that they both will be happy.

Now, he is keen on giving Natsuki advice without being too prying.

7. The Hands of the Demon Adored (Akuma ni Itsukushimi no Te wo) (2011)

The Hands of the Demon Adored

Mangaka: Shigeyoshi Takagi

Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Romance

Quick Pitch: Miwako is a talented pianist with beautiful hands, which captures the interest of a demon named Rin.

The two reach a strange agreement – Rin will possess Miwako’s talented hands, but only after she plays an accompaniment at a wedding.

6. By Hero (2007)

By Hero

Mangaka: Amyuu Sakura

Genre: Romance

Quick Pitch: Sendrick is a little sparrow that hates humans.

He’s spent most of his life flying away from them out of fear, but his opinion starts to change after meeting a girl named Kayana.

5. Lamenting God of Death (Nageku Shinigami) (2008)

Lamenting God of Death

Mangaka: Mitsubachi Miyuki

Genre: Fantasy / Romance

Quick Pitch: Rondo is a shinigami that retrieves the souls of dying people with a kiss.

It’s a task he’s accustomed to, but his next target is proving troublesome.

Horiuchi Honoka is a cheerful girl, but she is scheduled to die. Rondo is finding it difficult to complete his task after meeting Honoka.

4. Dear Green (2007)

Dear Green

Mangaka: AmyuuSakura

Genre: Drama / Romance

Quick Pitch: Sakura is a delinquent without future plans.

Constant comparisons to her talented older sister have left Sakura with shatter confidence, so she’s content with just going through the motions.

However, a chance meeting with a talented photographer may turn her life around.

3. Leaves of the Deep Blue Tree (Kon no Ki Konoha) (2007)

Kon no Ki Konoha

Mangaka: Sumomo Yumeka

Genre: Fantasy / Romance

Quick Pitch: As a little girl, Akino went up a mountain with her dad during autumn.

She was captivated by a blue tree, which housed the spirit of a young man named Konoha.

Every autumn, Akino visits Konoha, which strengthens her feelings for him.

2. Toki Doki (2017)

Toki Doki

Mangaka: Naoshi Komi

Genre: Drama / Romance

Quick Pitch: From the creator of Nisekoi comes a story that might destroy you.

It follows Hatsu, a girl with a rare disease that shortens her life whenever her heart rate increases.

Haru discovers her secret and promises to help her live life to the fullest.

1. A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) (2013)

A Silent Voice one shot manga

Mangaka: Yoshitoki Oima

Genre: Drama / Slice of Life

Quick Pitch: Oima’s uber-popular A Silent Voice began as an award-winning one-shot manga.

Written in 2008, the one-shot wasn’t published until 2011 due to the story content of a deaf girl being bullied at school.

The one-shot follows the same opening arc and lays down background info that appears later in the serialized version, and serves as a great sampler for anyone looking to dive into the emotion series.

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Anukul Saini

Anime and gaming enthusiast with a passion for sharing my knowledge and insights. I've watched over 1000 anime and spent countless hours playing video games.

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