Manga: Our Top 20

British newspaper the Guardian published its notorious list of the 100 greatest non-fiction books last week, giving bibliophiles yet another tallying mechanism to measure each other by ("You haven't read Erasmus' In Praise of Folly? What's wrong with you?"). Sure, we could bitch and moan about how the Communist Manifesto is sooooo obvious or about how The Right Stuff didn't make the cut.

Instead, we decided to make up our own list. It's shorter, more obscure and has a lot more pictures. We're talking manga.

Manga is a generic term for Japanese comics in the west. While some are only a few panels long on a single page, some can be 40-plus volumes and go on forever. And to make matters worse, there are so many different series and genres, it's mindboggling. So, after sifting through tons of titles and an intense debate in my head, here are the Top 20 Manga Recommendations.