Many of us Manhwa fans like action-packed stories; if they are well choreographed, then that’s just perfection.
Martial arts manhwa also known as murim manhwa is one of the Best Manhwa to read which gives you both. So today, we tried to list some awesome martial arts manhwa that you must read.
These manhwas are typically well-known for their super beautifully drawn action sequences. However, some of them have storylines that are pretty unrivaled.
Disclaimer: Now before we start as most Manhwa Fans might know God of High School, Beginning After the End – we decided not to include them on the list.
So without further ado, let’s begin!
10. The Undefeatable Swordsman
- Author: Kim Chan-Young, Sung Dae-Wung
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts
- Chapter: 136+
To begin with we have a typical cultivation manga.
The story revolves around Wumoon Song. He is the son of a lonely innkeeper and has always dreamt of becoming a strong martial artist. However, his frail body was the reason he failed to even train.
One day, a mysterious guest left behind a painting for Wumoon Song. For some reason, he was fascinated by the painting. Soon, his world changed.
The story as it goes on gets quite repetitive. However, the main character is very cool. The world of cultivation is also very beautiful. If you are a cultivation fan this one is your cup of tea. The story is quite better in regards to some of the overrated manhwas. So give it a try.
9. Records of The Cold Moon
- Author: Grey
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts
- Chapter: 131+
This story is quite good from the action perspective.
The story of Records of The Cold Moon starts after 13 years of war. Murim Alliance and Demonic Cult have been in a great war which ended when the Cult Lord died in the war.
However, after 13 years of peace one day suddenly everything changed. Alliance HQ suddenly called every Murim. So Wudong Sect one of the alliance members sent Jiseo and Soweol.
Jiseo is the genius and Seweol is the lazy disciple. However, why the sudden call? Is another war about to erupt?
The story very uniquely focuses on side characters. The art is very good. The action might feel sometimes a bit forced. Also, the main character sometimes is an idiot. However, everything as the story goes on changes. The plot is very engaging as it progresses. So highly recommended.
8. The Swordmaster’s Youngest Son
- Author: Azi, Hwangze Penguin
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
- Chapter: 39+
The story of this Manhwa is quite unique.
The Swordmaster’s Youngest Son focuses on Jin Runcandle. A cursed boy whose swordsmanship was second-rate although he was born into a clan of swordsmen. So eventually he was thrown out of the clan.
This brought Jin to his fateful meeting with Solderet. God Solderet saved him from his curse, however, Jin meets his unfortunate end.
Luckily Jin Runcandle was reincarnated as a baby. He realizes that he received his second chance at life and swore to become the ultimate swordsman.
The story of The Swordmaster’s Youngest Son Manhwa is not quite fleshed out as it is in the Light Novel. However, the art in the manhwa makes up for it. The action of this series is one the best. The main character is quite unique from many typical stories these days. So this one is a must-read if you love some serious characters with great action.
7. Chronicles of Heavenly Demon
- Author: Il-Hwang
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Action
- Chapter: 184+
Chronicles of Heavenly Demon is a story of revenge.
Hyuk Woon Seong with his master was announced to be executed. The successor of the Spear Master Sect was framed for teaching a forbidden demonic art. So with his student Woon Seong, he was killed.
However, the Spear Master Sect artifact gave a second life to Woon Seong. He was born as number 900 in the Demonic Cult. Demonic Cult and Orthodox Sect are opposite sides of the same coin.
Now, Woon Seong has only one goal-the goal, to get vengeance.
The story of this series is one of the best. The plot is very fast-paced and as it goes it gets only better. The art of this series, however, is quite derived from the story’s setting and it might take some time to get used to. Still, as you get used to it you will feel its great. Also as we go on we see the Main character’s growth both mentally and physically which is very well depicted. A must-read for the cultivation manhwa fans.
6. Nano Machine
- Author: Hanjung Wolya, Jeolmu Hyeon
- Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Sci-fi
- Chapter: 104+
Now, what happens when science meets martial arts? This manhwa is the literal example of that circumstance.
Mashin Academy is a place where Nanotechnology meets martial arts. The story revolves around Yeo-un. He is a child of mixed blood. His mother’s blood doesn’t approve him of being a High-priest. However, his father’s blood at least gives him the chance to become one of the mid-priests.
However, one day everything changed. A future descendent of Yeo-un gave him a mysterious nanomachine injection. So what will happen now? You will have to see that for yourself 😉.
This is quite unique among the list of martial arts manhwa. The science and Martial arts combination is quite intriguing to read. A classic manhwa with a very pragmatic main character. The story lore is quite good. The action panels are very great and nerve-wracking. As you read it you will get addicted to it as the pacing is very awesome too. So read it now.
- Author: Giun Ryu , Mun Jeong Hoo
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical
- Chapter: 237
In the 5th position, we have another masterpiece of a revenge plot.
Gosu tells the story of a young man Gang Yong who is set on the journey of revenge. He wants revenge on those who betrayed his master Doko Yong and almost killed him.
So after the death of his master, Gang Yong trains in seclusion and sets on the path of vengeance. However, when he reaches town he came to know that the 4 disciples who betrayed his master are already dead.
What will Gang Yong do now?
The story is very good. It begins with a very light-hearted feeling. After almost 50 chapters this story will change its tone. The pace is very solid and the art is top-notch. It is one of a kind of revenge story that will make you laugh, angry, and also excited with its great actions.
4. Murim Login
- Author: Zero-BIG, Jang
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Martial Arts,
- Chapter: 120+
Murim Login series is very underrated yet It is one of the best martial arts manhwa there is.
The story focuses on Jin Tae-Kyung. The story starts with Jin, a low-rank hunter, playing a VR murim game. However, he got stuck there, and after a lot of ups and down, he leaves the murim world. However, the most interesting thing was he also carried over the power of the murim world.
This story has very well-choreographed fight scenes along with beautiful character engagements. The depicts its characters with a lot of care. However, the only slow or uninteresting part might be its real-life world. As we get to know that it gets kinda slow paced. However, this one is very great because a lot of parts of the story are set in the murim world.
3. Legend of The Northern Blade
- Author: Woo-Gak
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Martial arts
- Chapter: 98+
Finally, we enter the top 3 of our list. Number 3 is one of the most original stories on this list.
The story of Legend of The Northern Blade revolves around Mu-won. In the Manhwa the world is threatened by the entity called Silent Night. Northern Heavenly Sect always protected everyone from the Silent Night.
One day, however, the leader of the sect was accused of alluding to the enemy. So to protect his son, Mu-won, he committed suicide. However, without any friends and family, Mu-won was imprisoned.
One night the Silent Night attacked Northern Heavenly which helps Mu-won to escape imprisonment and his journey begins. A journey to become strong, avenge his father’s death, and save the world from falling into the darkness.
If you want to read a story with a unique plot, great action with amazing art this should be your first choice. The main character is very well balanced with some great-built side characters. Mu-won is a character who always is perfect with situations at hand. His fights are hype as the antagonists are quite well developed too. That’s why it’s one of the top 3 on our list.
2. Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint
- Author: Sing Shong
- Genre: Fantasy, Action, Martial arts,
- Chapter: 125+
Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint is another manhwa with its very own concept of the story.
The story revolves around Kim Dokja. He lives his life by reading fantasy web novels. For 10 years, he has been the only reader of the novel name “Three Ways to Survive the Apocalypse”. As he thinks his life is trash, he tries to think of himself as Yu Jungheyuk, the protagonist of the novel.
However, everything changed when the world of the novel became real suddenly one day. After reading 3149 chapters of the novel. Dokja is the only person who knows about all the threats and the end of the whole story.
Thus begins the thrilling and mysterious story of survival.
The story is very unique and mysterious. The art is one of the best on this list. The more you read the more you will get immersed in the world. This story is not your typical power fantasy, however, the main character will get stronger as the story progresses. There are twists that will blow your mind. So if you still haven’t started reading the manhwa it’s time you give it a try.
1. The Breaker
- Author: Geuk Jin-Jeon, Jin-Hwan Park
- Genre: Martial arts, drama
- Chapter: 72(S1), 201+(New Waves)
At the top of the list, we have The Breaker.
Shi Woon is the protagonist of the story. He is a student of Nine Dragons High school. However, his daily life is quite suffocating. He always gets bullied and beaten by Ho Chang and his gang.
One day, Chun Woo spots Shi Woon while he was beaten to a pulp. However, Chun didn’t help and started shouting at Shi Woon for his cowardice. So, Shi Woon decides to join a martial arts school.
One day while on his way, Shi Woon saw Chun Woo fighting some people using an unknown martial arts technique. Shi Woon records everything and blackmails Chun Woo into teaching him martial art.
Thus Shi Woon’s new journey starts. Little did he know about the dangers of the Murim world.
This story is well written that you will get immersed instantly. After that comes action which is totally focused on martial arts. The art is so good that the action looks epic. The main character as the story progresses becomes more and more likable and powerful. This is a true gem for those who love martial arts. Start reading it now.
With this our exciting list of 10 best martial arts/murim manhwa comes to an end.
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