Historical Figures Get Yassified In Manga Style Of ‘Spy x Family’, ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ & More

The animanga world is no stranger to adding its own creative touch to history. Bungou Stray Dogs, for instance, features characters named after influential authors, while Vinland Saga presents a fictionalised version of Icelandic explorer Thorfinn Karlsefni and his expedition to find Vinland.


Similarly, the World History Manga series reimagines some of history’s most notable figures in a manga aesthetic. Designed to educate readers on the important events in world history, it was first published in 2002, and will receive a revamped edition on 4 October as part of publisher Shueisha’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

The complete set consists of 18 volumes, featuring art from the illustrators of Spy x Family, My Hero Academia, The Promised Neverland, JoJo Bizarre’s Adventure, Black Clover, and more. Each book is set to retail for 1,100 yen (US$7.25) and will have more than 50 pages.

Here’s the full collection and volume guide:

  1. Civilizations of the Orient and Mediterranean – Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece by Yasuhisa Hara (Kingdom)
  2. The Beginnings of Chinese Civilization and Empire – From Yellow River to Tang Dynasty by Hiroyuki Asada (Tegami Bachi)
  3. The Glory of the Colossal Roman Empire – Ancient Rome and Byzantine by Kohei Horikoshi (My Hero Academia)
  4. Islamic World and India – The Rise and Fall of Dynasties and Religion by Kozueko Morimoto (Gokusen)
  5. Christianity and Europe’s Growth – Europe in the Middle Ages by Yuki Tabata (Black Clover)
  6. Mongolia and East Asia – From Song to Early Qing Dynasty, Korea by Fusako Kuramochi (A-Girl)
  7. Renaissance and the Reformation – Early Modern Europe by Posuka Demizu (The Promised Neverland)
  8. Europe’s Sovereign Nations – Absolute Monarchy and Enlightened Despotism by Io Sakisaka (Blue Spring Ride)
  9. Industrial Revolution and American Independance – The Emergence of Capitalism by Hikaru Miyoshi (Moriaty the Patriot)
  10. The French Revolution and the Path to Nation-Statehood – Dawn of Freedom, Human Rights and Independence by Hirohiko Araki (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
  11. Modernization and Imperialism – Expansion of Great Powers and Colonies by Yusei Matsui (Assassination Classroom)
  12. The Opium War and Xinhai Revolution – Republic of China from Late Qing by Masanori Morita (Fist of the North Star)
  13. The First World War and Russian Revolution – From Total War to International Cooperation by Satoru Noda (Golden Kamuy)
  14. Politics for the Masses and the Great Depression – Interwar Period of Prosperity and Turmoil by Shinichi Sakamoto (Innocent)
  15. The Second World War and the United Nations – The Greatest Casualty in Human History by Tatsuya Endo (Spy x Family)
  16. The Cold War and Confrontation Between East and West – Two Superpowers and a Third Force by Shinichi Sakamoto (Innocent)
  17. Multipolarization of the World – Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa by Mari Yamazaki (Thermae Romae)
  18. Globalization’s Advancement – 21st Century Challenges by Posuka Demizu (The Promised Neverland)
World History Manga

More information about the newest editions of World History Manga is available on the Shueisha website. The entire collection costs 19,800 yen (US$128) and is scheduled to release on 4 October.