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Family Friendly Manga Officially Published in English

Mar 17 2023, 12:24 AM | Updated Aug 29, 2023 6:40 PM
For all the parents and other older relatives, librarians, and teachers out there, here is a list of manga that are appropriate for everyone of all ages and could make for a lovely spot on any and all kinds of bookshelves.

WORK IN PROGRESS: I will add descriptions and maybe add more later.
Give me a break, it's 3 am here rn lol

Manga has always been popular with kids, and those in the West who visit their local library may notice that kids tend to gravitate to the graphic novel sections, sometimes just for these Japanese comics! Many of the most famous, popular, and beloved manga may be serialized in magazines aimed at children in Japan, but may surprise those in the West with how violent/fanservice-y/not-exactly-child-friendly they may be to Western sensibilities. Because of this, it can be awkward and/or uncomfortable to share with younger family members, and had any parent glimpsed the wrong manga they might unfortunately ban their child from manga entirely!
So this stack is for those who don't want to go on the wrong step, and want to introduce manga to anyone younger or let them start building a manga collection on reasonable terms. Or for those who want some generally lighter reads. Either approach is fine :P

Disclaimer: I try to put all kinds of series here, but I will admit that there may be a large bias for relatively older shoujo series... not necessarily because I think shoujo always deserves more love and far more credit than people give the demographic tag, but simply because much of it includes series I personally grew up reading. Though there are also nostalgic picks that aren't shoujo in here too. Either way, sorry if I didn't put in any of your childhood favorites haha.

Recommended further research:
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Check out my mahou shoujo stack!

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This stack contains licensed titles that have been OUT OF PRINT and series that apply will be indicated as such. This means it is near impossible to find these new without destroying your wallet, but there is still a chance in the ever-growing secondhand market! To find these older, hard-to-find series, I recommend the following sites:

BookFinder is also a huge help with searching for listings with bargain prices! To get the best results, look up the ISBN for English prints of series and copy-paste them into the search.
Happy Happy Clover
Manga, 5 vol, 2005 Me:- Author:-
Viz Media - 5 volumes = OUT OF PRINT.

Fuwa Fuwa♥Cinnamon

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll

Fuwa Fuwa♥Cinnamon
Manga, 5 vol, 2004 Me:- Author:7
Viz Media - 5 volumes = OUT OF PRINT.
Chi's Sweet Home
Manga, 12 vol, 2004 Me:- Author:9
Cardcaptor Sakura
Manga, 12 vol, 1996 Me:- Author:10
1. TokyoPop - 6 volumes, 2000-2002 = The first 6 volumes were printed in small-size volumes, flipped to left-to-right format. OUT OF PRINT.

2. TokyoPop - 12 volumes, 2002-2004 = The later 6 volumes that were not released earlier were printed in original right-to-left format and subtitled "Master of the Clow"; the first 6 volumes were later republished in its original right-to-left format with a slightly newer translation and new book covers to match. OUT OF PRINT.

3. Dark Horse - 4 volumes, 2010-2012 = All 12 volumes were combined into 4 large omnibus volumes that featured a new translation, full-color pages, and retained the original pink covers of the Japanese print. OUT OF PRINT.

4. Kodansha Comics - "Collector's Edition" 9 volumes, 2019-2021 = Based on the 2015 special edition as part of Nakayoshi's 60th anniversary, all 12 volumes are put together into a special large hardcover print that comes with a new translation and collectible Clow Cards inside.
$29.99 USD per new volume.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen
Manga, 16 vol, 2016 Me:- Author:-
Pocket Monsters Special
Manga, ? vol, 1997 Me:- Author:-
Pokémon DP: Pocket Monsters Diamond Pearl Monogatari
Manga, 8 vol, 2007 Me:- Author:7
Pocket Monsters: PiPiPi★Adventure
Manga, 10 vol, 1997 Me:- Author:-
Viz Media - only 7 out of 10 volumes were released = OUT OF PRINT.
Fairy Idol Kanon
Manga, 4 vol, 2003 Me:- Author:8
Udon Entertainment - 4 volumes, 2009-2010 = OUT OF PRINT.

Itazura Majoko no Daibouken

The Big Adventures of Majoko

Itazura Majoko no Daibouken
Manga, 5 vol, 2004 Me:- Author:-
Udon Entertainment - 5 volumes, 2009-2010 = OUT OF PRINT.

Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon: Ginji no Kyuujotai

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team

Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon: Ginji no Kyuujotai
Manga, 1 vol, 2006 Me:- Author:-
Disney Fairies
Manga, 3 vol, 2007 Me:- Author:8
Disney's Magical Dance!!
Manga, 2 vol, 2008 Me:- Author:5


Disney Stitch!

Manga, 2 vol, 2008 Me:- Author:5

Disney Fairies: Chiisana Yousei Petite no Nikki

Disney Fairies: The Petite Fairy's Diary

Disney Fairies: Chiisana Yousei Petite no Nikki
Manga, 1 vol, 2006 Me:- Author:6
Manga, 5 vol, 2005 Me:- Author:5
Kingdom Hearts
Manga, 4 vol, 2003 Me:- Author:-
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Manga, 2 vol, 2005 Me:- Author:-

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days
Manga, 5 vol, 2009 Me:- Author:-
Kingdom Hearts II
Manga, 10 vol, 2006 Me:- Author:-
Yuzu no Doubutsu Karte: Kochira Wan Nyan Doubutsu Byouin
Manga, 7 vol, 2016 Me:- Author:8
Kaitou Saint Tail
Manga, 7 vol, 1994 Me:- Author:7
TokyoPop - 7 volumes, 2001-2002 = Relatively smaller-size volumes, flipped left-to-right format. Individual chapter-by-chapter issues were also apparently available. OUT OF PRINT.
Yotsuba to!
Manga, ? vol, 2003 Me:- Author:9
Dennou Shoujo☆Mink
Manga, 6 vol, 1999 Me:- Author:7
TokyoPop - 6 volumes, 2004-2005 = OUT OF PRINT.
Manga, ? vol, 2015 Me:- Author:6

Splatoon: Ikasu Kids 4-koma Fes

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show

Splatoon: Ikasu Kids 4-koma Fes
Manga, ? vol, 2017 Me:- Author:5
Manga, 11 vol, 2003 Me:- Author:-

Baron: Neko no Danshaku

Baron: The Cat Returns

Baron: Neko no Danshaku
Manga, 1 vol, 2002 Me:- Author:8
Makasete PET-kun
Manga, 4 vol, 2005 Me:- Author:7
Viz Media - 4 volumes = OUT OF PRINT.

Princess to Mahou no Kiss

The Princess and the Frog

Princess to Mahou no Kiss
Manga, 1 vol, 2010 Me:- Author:6
Super Mario Adventures: Mario no Daibouken
Manga, 1 vol, 1992 Me:- Author:-
Uchuu no Swan
Manga, 3 vol, 2006 Me:- Author:7
Udon Entertainment - 3 volumes, 2010 = OUT OF PRINT.
Zo Zo Zo Zombie-kun
Manga, 11 vol, 2012 Me:- Author:-

Dengeki! Pikachu

Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Dengeki! Pikachu
Manga, 4 vol, 1997 Me:- Author:-
Disclaimer: FAMILY FRIENDLINESS ONLY APPLIES TO VIZ'S CENSORED ENGLISH ADAPTATION OF THE MANGA. The original Japanese version has way too heavy sexualized art to be considered kid-friendly.

Viz Media - 4 volumes = OUT OF PRINT.

Nicola no Oyururi Makai Kikou

Nicola Traveling Around the Demons' World

Nicola no Oyururi Makai Kikou
Manga, 4 vol, 2017 Me:- Author:9
Monsters, Inc.
Manga, 1 vol, 2002 Me:- Author:5
Manga, 1 vol, 2008 Me:- Author:5
Ultra Maniac
Manga, 5 vol, 2002 Me:- Author:8
Viz Media - 5 volumes, 2005-2006 = OUT OF PRINT.
Manga, 5 vol, 2006 Me:- Author:-
Pocket Monsters: Satoshi to Gou no Monogatari!
Manga, 4 vol, 2019 Me:- Author:-

Sugar Princess

Sugar Princess: Skating to Win

Sugar Princess
Manga, 2 vol, 2005 Me:- Author:-

Kijitora Neko no Koume-san

Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat

Kijitora Neko no Koume-san
Manga, ? vol, 2008 Me:- Author:-
Neko Youkai
Manga, ? vol, 2016 Me:- Author:-

Aku no Himitsu Kessha Neko

The Evil Secret Society of Cats

Aku no Himitsu Kessha Neko
Manga, ? vol, 2019 Me:- Author:-
Fushigi Neko no Kyuu-chan
Manga, ? vol, 2018 Me:- Author:-
Fukufuku Fu-nya~n: Koneko da Nyan
Manga, 2 vol, 2013 Me:- Author:-
Youkai Watch
Manga, ? vol, 2012 Me:- Author:7
Pen to House: Pen wa Kainushi ga Suki
Manga, 3 vol, 2019 Me:- Author:8

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