Cultivation is a concept in Taoism that describes how an individual can extend their lifespan by practicing martial and mystical arts. Cultivation manga are manga that center on such a theme.
Need some recommendations to get into the genre? Check out our list of 13+ must-read manga below.
Best Cultivation Manga Recommendations
1. Battle Through the Heavens
Xiao Yan is living in a ruthless continent where might makes rights and the strong rules over the weak.
He was once a prodigy of the Xiao Sect and his clansmen looked up to him. Things changed when at the age of 11, he lost everything.
The clansmen that once looked up to him now want him out of the clan. Xiao Yan, now a 15-year-old boy, vows to change and obtain strength so he can become the master of his fate once again.
2. Douluo Dalu 2
Douluo Dalu 2 follows the story of a young boy by the name of Hao Yuhao, who pledges himself to become a spirit master after the death of his mother and revive the Tang Sect.
Will the young boy succeed in going from zero to hero and revive the Tang Sect 10,000 years after it was founded?
3. Soul Land
This cultivation manga tells the story of Tang San. As a member of the Tang Outer Sect, Tang San spent his whole life dedicated to the mastery and creation of hidden weapons.
Wanting to reach the pinnacle of his art, Tang San stole the secret lore of the Inner Sect. Due to this, there was no way out for him but death.
After throwing himself off the deadly Hell’s Peak, Tang san was reborn in a different world.
In this new world, everyone has a spirit of their own. Those with powerful ones can practice their spirit power and become Spirit Masters.
Tang San’s spirit is the Blue Silver Grass, which turns out to be a useless spirit. Can he become a Spirit Master despite of this? Will he be able to bring Tang Sect’s glory into this realm?
4. I’m an Evil God
After he died from an accident, Xie Yan crossed over to another world. Thus his adventure in a world of martial arts and cultivation begins.
In this new world, he must survive perils, explore the Han Empire, travel across various worlds, and eventually becomes an evil god.
5. Wu Dong Qian Kun
After joining the ranks of the most powerful and respected cultivators, Lin Dong discovers that the demon’s sect is attempting to take over the world.
Wanting to return the peace to the land, he, Ying Huanhuan, and Ling Qingzhu must work together with other righteous martial artists to defeat evil.
6. The Scholar’s Reincarnation
The protagonist is a martial artist who claimed to be a “murderer”. Soon, his life came to an end after he was defeated by a suicide attack.
After his death, he was reborn as a firstborn child of a local lord. Having a second chance in life, he decides to become a better person in this new life.
7. Volcanic Age
Ju Seo Cheon managed to not just live a full life in the age of war but also became the elder of the Hwasan faction through sheer luck.
Despite this, he lived a life full of regrets and doubts. As Ju Seo Cheon lies on his deathbed, something unexpected happens: he is sent back to the past.
8. Cultivation Manga: Nano Machine
Cheon Yeo-Woon is an orphan from the Demonic Cult. His life is not an easy one as not only he was being held in disdain but his life was put in danger as well.
His life changes when his future descendant visits and inserts a nano machine into his body.
9. Immortal, Invincible
Our next cultivation manga tells a story of a protagonist who has a humble beginning. He was once a thieving child but has risen to one of the Godly Twelve Stars, earning the title of Immortal Master.
He, however, was ultimately betrayed. He is granted a chance to change that. Can he create a better future not just for himself but also for the world?
10. Mookhyang – The Origin
Number 2044 managed to endure harsh training and survive in the Demonic Faction, earning himself the title “Mookhyang”. He always had an insatiable thirst for the sword.
When he meets Yoo Baek the Blade of Illusions, his life changes. Will he achieve his life goal of rising to the Profound Demonic Realm?
11. Chronicles of Heavenly Demon
Instead of dying, Unseong was reborn as a child who is training to be an elite soldier of a demonic sect.
Now, he must embrace the very reason that caused the death of his master in his previous life and harness it to exact his revenge.
12. Legend of the Northern Blade
Jin Kwan-Ho, the fourth-generation leader of the Northern Heavenly Sect, left a son named Jin Mu-won, who has never learned anything about martial arts.
He, however, soon find the techniques that his father secretly left behind, learning the sect’s martial arts.
13. Against the Gods
Against the Gods tells the story of a boy who wakes up in another world after jumping a legendary cliff that no one but gods can jump off.
Interestingly enough, he wakes up in the body of a boy who has the same name as him.
14. Martial God Asura
Due to his weak physique, Chu Feng was always seen as disdainful to the Chu family. One day, Chu Feng decides that he has had enough of it.
He resolves to get stronger no matter what to save his mother and reclaim his father’s name.
The cultivation manga we listed above have unique stories, beautiful art styles, and of course, great fight scenes. If you haven’t got into the cultivation genre yet, this is a good time to do so.