25 Top WEBTOON Recommendations
By Skywing Knights // January 10, 2022
UPDATED: November 10, 2023
So, if you know me particularly well, you’ll know that I really don’t have time to watch… anything. Ever. But I can read things. And I love to read things before bed to help me unwind and get to sleep. And it’s for that reason that I especially love to read WEBTOONs before I hit the hay. So… what are WEBTOONs?
Simply put, WEBTOON is a platform in which primarily independent comic artists can upload their work. And from there, readers can browse through the multitude of options available to them and find stories they enjoy. So not only is it a great way for artists just starting out to get discovered, it’s a great place to find quality stories that update fairly regularly!
At this point, I have about 10 series a day that update each evening that I can pick and choose from depending on how much I want to read, which is awesome. Best of all, so long as I’m patient, they’re free (though WEBTOON does sorely tempt me sometimes with coin offers to get extra chapters sooner!!).
So if you’re like me and don’t like waiting for monthly updates and prefer weekly ones, you’re going to want to check out WEBTOON, which is free to download via your app store on either your iPhone or Android devices. (Also, I swear I’m not sponsored, haha).
That said, what should you check out first? Here are my top 25 recommendations for stories to read on WEBTOON (in no particular order, but divided by Genre and Status):
Overall Best Stories:
1. Siren’s Lament
Official Summary: Content with her ordinary life, Lyra is somewhat of a wallflower. However, her comfortable lifestyle suddenly goes astray when she accidentally plunges into the world of sirens. Entangled in a curse, Lyra will learn that her world may be a lot bigger than she had ever imagined.
Sky Review: This story. Is. So. Good!!! I’ve loved mermaids since I was little and InstantMiso’s work is not only gorgeous, but incredibly well written and put together. It’s frankly hard to believe because it already starts out beautiful, but her art also gets even more stunning over time. All of the characters are incredibly endearing, but Lyra, Ian, and Shon are just so wonderful I could eat them up. Read it. NOW.
2. Unholy Blood
Artist: Lina Im
Official Summary: When vampires destroy her chance to have the normal life she’s always wanted, Hayan is forced to draw on her darkest secret to rid the world of the merciless hunters that took it over 10 years ago. With the support of a rising star in the local police force, Hayan steps up to protect her loved ones, face her past, and get her revenge.
Sky Review: Gah, I can’t. This story is just so freaking amazing. Another comic that is out of its world with its art, which is by far an extraordinary feature of this WEBTOON, but the thing that kept me coming back was the story. Not going to lie, I sort of thought this story might fall into the pitfalls of OP characters, but I believe through their strong focus on the pure-hearted and empathetic nature of the protagonist, Hayan, this story avoids that and really thrives. Not to mention Detective Euntae helps make the characters very relatable as well. One thing to note is that there are points where the language is strong and the violence might not be everyone’s taste. That said, overall, a great read. Definitely check this WEBTOON out.
Slice of Life and Comedy:
3. Batman: Wayne Family Adventures
Artists/Authors: Starbite, CRCPayne
Genre: Slice of Life
Official Summary: Batman needs a break. But with new vigilante Duke Thomas moving into Wayne Manor and an endless supply of adopted, fostered, and biological superhero children to manage, Bruce Wayne is going to have his hands full. Being a father can’t be harder than being Batman, right?
Sky Review: I… need one of these for the Teen Titans. But I digress. Basically, I love this. It’s incredibly adorable. Incredibly sweet. And just the perfect little comic series detailing the family life of the famous Bat Family (finally! I’ve been waiting for this for so DANG long). I’ve long said that I don’t want another nitty-gritty Batman movie, but rather a Batman movie focusing on his 10 kids and Batcow. And I stand by that. However, I’m NOT getting that (though so far, I can’t complain based off of the latest Rob Pat’N’Bat “The Batman” trailers), but this is a VERY decent second. Frankly, I really do hope it expands to the greater DC Universe, or we get something similar for other superhero families. It touches on a lot of the heart at the core of what makes up Batman stories. And it’s less brood and more good mood. 10/10 would recommend.
4. My Giant Nerd Boyfriend
Genre: Slice of Life
Official Summary: Having a boyfriend who’s a full foot taller than you might seem adorable at first, but it usually just ends up causing a whole bunch of minor inconveniences. Follow Fishball as she navigates the Malaysian life with her 6’5″ geeky boyfriend.
Sky Review: Can I just say how impressive it is that this series is nearing 700 episodes?? Just, dang, wow. While the series starts off primarily humorous, it does morph into an every day slice of life style, with doses of humor, drama, and even some fantasy (daydreaming) mixed in. Based on the author’s life, this series will give you all the feels. The WEBTOON series also has a short animated version too. So what are you waiting for? Go find out why we’re all obsessed with the Pikachu shirt. 😉
5. Sarah’s Scribbles
Artist: Sarah Andersen
Official Summary: This comic is for barely-functioning people, created by a barely-functioning person.
Sky Review: Incredibly funny and relatable… does that make me a barely-functioning person? I’d believe it. But I think it would be worth it if it meant I’d get this series more than the average Joe, because this WEBTOON series is just so fun. Also, I know you’ve seen some of these on FB. So go read the rest. -Shoves you off to the reading corner-. 😉
Supernatural and Fantasy:
Genre: Supernatural (And TONS of Romance) 😉
Official Summary: Garam has always loved to draw, but his dreams of being an artist have been on hold ever since his mother passed away. Wanting to become more independent and focus on his art, he moves into his grandmother’s empty house by the ocean. There, he meets his greatest muse: a mystical water creature with no memories of her past. Now it’s up to Garam to help her uncover what she has forgotten.
Sky Review: A very sweet and unique love story about an artist and his muse. I love the magical nature of it as well as the way the art complements the story, as though the artists’ work was specifically groomed for the story itself. For as ‘simple’ as it is, I think it’s a phenomenally warm and good read. Check out this WEBTOON if you love romance and art.
7. Men of the Harem
Artists/Author: HereLee, Alphatart, Yeongbin
Official Summary: Scorned by her lover and thrown into power after the mysterious assassination of her father, Latil must marry to secure her sovereignty of Tarium. Instead of choosing one man to become her Royal Consort, she chooses five young men from all walks of life to join her Harem. Will Latil ever solve her father’s murder, and can she keep the peace in her Harem?
Sky Review: Alright, I know what you’re thinking. Really? A harem story? Trust me when I say that the ‘harem’ is about as serious as the “Ouran High School Host Club”. The meat of this story is all with our lead. I don’t know why, but something to me about stories about scorned women are just… seriously engrossing. And I’ve been tired of being let down by ones in the past that ‘almost’ had it. In that, they ‘almost’ had a story that was satisfying to me. One where the leading lady shows that she can ‘move on’ with both strength, grace and happiness in her own way, as well as the story not being riddled with contrived plot points. This story so far is progressing wonderfully in that regard. So look this WEBTOON up. I think it will be worth your time. Also, Sir Sonnaught. That is all.
8. The First Night With the Duke
Artist/Authors: MSG, Teava, Hwang DoTol
Official Summary: A handsome, selfish noble falls for a beautiful, kind commoner — at least, that’s how the story’s supposed to go. When an average college student wakes up as Ripley, an extra in her favorite romance novel, she resolves to enjoy the luxuries of her character’s status while watching the novel’s plot unfold from the sidelines. However, her plans are soon derailed when she finds herself in bed with no other than Duke Zeronis, the novel’s hero! Dodging the villainess’ schemes, the Duke’s advances, and her own feelings, can Ripley keep the story on track and survive beyond the first night?
Sky Review: A fairly common plot thread these days – a person from our world gets switched with that of a fictional character. And I can’t say I’m crazy about the ‘initial’ instance of their intimacy. That said, dang it I’m still confused as to why I love Ripley and Zeronis as much as I do. I suppose the key is their utter acceptance of one another? It’s just, it’s really lovely in that way. And considering where the story is at now, I’m incredibly curious to see how it will end. A great adventure awaits you with this WEBTOON for sure.
9. The Wrath and the Dawn
Official Summary: Khalid, the Caliph, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. However, Shahrzad has a clever plan – not only to stay alive – but to end the murderous King’s reign of terror once and for all. (A reimagining of 1001 Nights based on the YA novel by Renee Ahdieh.)
Sky Review: This story does a fantastic job at using classics as a ‘base’ foundation for the story while also going beyond those basic elements by adding depth and rich characterization. Shahrzad and Khalid’s growth as individuals as well as husband and wife acts as the greatest feature of the story and I am especially interested to see where the story goes. Also extremely successful in world building, I can’t help but love all of the details and language pieces added into the tale. A stunning read.
Action and Superhero:
Genre: Superhero (So if superhero is a genre btw, how is “Wayne Family Adventures” not in this genre??? XD)
Official Summary: Nobody paid much attention to John – just a normal teenager at a high school where the social elite happen to possess unthinkable powers and abilities. But John’s got a secret past that threatens to bring down the school’s whole social order – and much more. Fulfilling his destiny won’t be easy though, because there are battles, frenemies and deadly conspiracies around every corner.
Sky Review: This series deserves all the positive reviews it gets. All of the characters are intriguing, which is saying something because there are a LOT of them. And the series really does dive into why there is value in kindness, forgiveness, and personal growth. Not a fan of some of the language, but overall, a great read you can find on WEBTOON.
PS! You can buy the first volume here on Amazon: UnOrdinary Volume 1
11. Reincarnated as an Unruly Heir
Artist: Jeon madu, zaemu, eunho
Official Summary: Once a rising martial arts master, Jagak Yang is known as the Ten Strike Finisher due to his ability to defeat any opponent within ten moves. Jagak is also the son of the leader of the Great Martial Alliance, an organization of virtuous martial arts sects. His future leadership over the martial arts world seems all but assured — that is, until he is assassinated by jealous rivals! Jagak is reincarnated into the body of Cheonso Ma, the playboy second-in-command of the evil Shining Light Cult. Can Jagak remain true to his principles despite his new life on the dark side?
Sky Review: This follows a style of “ancient martial arts” stories that I adore greatly. With mystical fighting styles, intriguing secret wars, and of course some all around good humor and action. While relatively new to WEBTOON, I know there are other places to find it with more chapters, though I’ve heard the WEBTOON translation is superb. So far, I’m greatly enjoying it and can’t wait to see where it goes.
Sci-Fi and Thriller:
12. It Was All You
Official Summary: In a near-future Pyeongyang, clones have become an indispensable part of human life. Tasked to test XYZ Corporation’s latest prototype, biomedical engineer Dr. Yuri Lee is marveled by LPC-6, a physically perfect and intellectually superior clone designed for a single purpose — to give unconditional love to his master. As she uncovers the depths of her unfaithful husband’s depravity, she finds solace in “Victor” and his extraordinary capacity for empathy. Will her desire for retribution and love set her onto a path of no return?
Sky Review: I… honestly didn’t know what was going on with me/why I kept reading this in the beginning of it, but I think it boiled down to the fact that as bizarre of a story as it was, I just had to know what happened next. And boy, let me tell you, so far, I’m really glad I’ve stuck with it. Many of these stories regarding robots made for humans to love ask the question of ‘what does it mean to be human?’, but I think this takes a bit of a different twist on that notion and goes further to ask ‘how far should humanity go to test a hypothesis?’ Thrilling story, well told overall. Some more mature themes I’d say? Makes you think. Don’t let the bizarre-ness of this WEBTOON fool you. It’s a good read.
13. Not Even Bones
Official Summary: Nita doesn’t hunt supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the black market – her mother does that. Nita only dissects the magical bodies for her mother. However, Nita’s about to get a real taste of the family business and there is no turning back. Now, Nita must decide whether she is willing to become a monster… (Based on the YA novel by Rebecca Schaeffer.)
Sky Review: Again, rather surprised by how much I enjoy this series. It’s got it’s squeamish moments for those with weak stomachs. But I think it wins me over with the dive into the main character’s psyche and justifications for her actions as she falls further into what many would categorize as ‘a bad guy’. I haven’t read the books, so admittedly, I’m not sure if that will actually happen. But I do have a soft spot for stories about characters who don’t particularly know how much they care to be moral or a ‘good person’. I think they’re fascinating (no wonder I watch so much Bailey Sarian and true crime related stuff).
Furthermore, the character of Kovit is also a solid cast member and counterbalance, with a drive to not make excuses for his horrific behavior and open acceptance of the fact that he’s ‘not a good person’. In that regard, the series tackles some incredibly interesting questions regarding morality as well as readers’ instincts to categorize protagonists as inherently good. And it’s a thrilling ride. Check this out if you’re good with stories about dissection.
PS! You can buy the three books the series was based on here via Amazon:
Artist: Kit Trace and Kate Flynn
Official Summary: The Marked Man has struck again, and rookie officer Callahan and her partner are the first on the scene of his latest grisly murder. The investigation quickly takes them into the dangerous depths of Shiloh, where more than just their suspect might be hiding in wait.
Sky Review: This series got me with the initial twist in the beginning. And then there was the whole world. And the mystery. Man, this mystery. I love it. The world that’s been built by these two creators is just insanely detailed and intriguing, unlike anything I’ve seen before. The characters are all unique, distinct, and charming, and yet you know there’s more to them even this far into the story that we’ve yet to learn. There’s some language in this one, fair warning. But I’m always incredibly excited by an update. Check it out if you love your mystery stories taking place is new supernatural worlds.
15. She’s Hopeless
Official Summary: Though she comes from a rich family, Gabin is a bullied loner at school. That doesn’t mean she puts up with bullying from other students, though — Gabin is infamous for her fierce personality. Worried about Gabin’s well-being, her family secretly offers Tae-ung $500,000 to transfer schools and act as her bodyguard. Will Tae-ung be able to protect her from the school bullies, all while keeping his identity hidden from Gabin and the other students?
Sky Review: An all around good story. I especially love the family drama in this. Gabin’s ongoing struggle with her Grandmother is all too familiar, speaking volumes I’m sure to those who have had to deal with family members unwilling to let them just live their lives. Not only that, but the humor is on point and many of the characters who might have seemed one dimensional at first are being built up incredibly well in ways a reader may not expect and is a well done addition each time. There’s some language, so be advised. But if you’re looking for a great story about going through high school and maybe dealing with a rich heiress who is incredibly self-sufficient and cunning, then this is definitely worth a read.
16. I Love Yoo
Official Summary: Dogged by pain and misfortune from the very beginning, Shin-Ae decides she wants nothing to do with people nor anything to do with romance. Although content with her unsocial, boring, loveless existence, her lifestyle is challenged after she ruins an unsuspecting strangers’ clothes.
Sky Review: This story has been an interesting one to say the least, both in terms of a story as well as a great example of a writer’s growth. Let me be frank, being a writer is not easy. There are so many pitfalls and the worst is when one finds themself in a rut or without purpose. “I Love Yoo” begins fairly strong, but there does come a point in which our author pauses. And I think it was because they needed the time to think, or rather, to get out of a rut. But that pause was definitely worth it.
They come back revitalized and refreshed and as a result, the story has grown from a descent ‘good story’, to one that’s incredibly enriched with tension, disappointment, heartache, friendship, and to a great extent, remarkably good hearted hope, when it doesn’t seem there should be any. Read this, especially if your desire is to be a writer. It’s a great adventure of growth, maturity, and friendships.
17. Midnight Rain
Official Summary: For work purposes, Noemi’s family settled in the estate of one of the wealthiest families in the country. There she meets Blade, the hot-headed prince, and Soren, the illegitimate son. Enjoying simple days of innocence and love, Noemi’s happy life quickly shatters into complete darkness. After tragedy, jealousy and betrayal, what will be waiting for Blade, Soren, and Noemi at the end of the road? Will love be able to save them?
Sky Review: This one is admittedly a guilty pleasure of mine. I think it will appeal more so to younger readers as the story telling style tends to be a bit more obvious and on the nose, but it’s a sweet story and the drama of the comic, which plays out like an elaborate fairy tale though it’s set in a modern setting, is just a nice ride. Like I said, a guilty pleasure. Check it out if you’d like a great bingeable read.
18. True Beauty
Official Summary: After binge-watching beauty videos online, a shy comic book fan masters the art of makeup and sees her social standing skyrocket as she becomes her school’s prettiest pretty girl overnight. But will her elite status be short-lived? How long can she keep her real self a secret? And what about that cute boy who knows her secret?
Sky Review: I… oddly relate to this story?? Not that I feel like I look… totally awful without make up on, but I can certainly relate to a lack of confidence when I do have a bare face while out in public. And it’s sort of nice to have a story not completely degrade make up as a ‘false face’. Make up, to me, is meant to be a way to accentuate your naturally beautiful self. So it’s nice not to see make up villainized.
I think the thing though that makes this story so endearing however is the fact that the author does continuously come back to this idea that ‘true beauty’ is something found within, even if our main lead has yet to fully realize it yet. There is a love triangle that has been going on since the start, but trust me when I say that so far, it’s been handled very well and all of the relationships have progressed naturally. There is definitely a reason it’s been adapted into a K-Drama. Promise. 😉
PS! The first three volumes are now available for purchase via Amazon!
Official Summary: What would you sacrifice to save your family? How far would you go to protect your people? For Clove, the last princess of a near-extinct Dragon clan, the answer is the unthinkable: MARRY your greatest sworn enemy in an effort to bring peace to your land.
Sky Review: I can’t lie, I’m obsessed with Clove and Kyro. And the art. And the story. It’s a fun ride. It’s an exciting ride. And incredibly romantic. The author has created an stunningly beautiful world filled with witty romance, political deception, and strong leads brought together by their duties to their countries, but kept together by love. I can’t recommend this series enough.
20. Lore Olympus
Artist: Rachel Smythe
Official Summary: Witness what the gods do…after dark. The friendships and the lies, the gossip and the wild parties, and of course, forbidden love. Because it turns out, the gods aren’t so different from us after all, especially when it comes to their problems. Stylish and immersive, this is one of mythology’s greatest stories — The Taking of Persephone — as it’s never been told before.
Sky Review: There’s no way I could leave this off the list. An absolutely, astonishingly, fabulously great read, hands down. There’s a reason it’s regularly the top listed series on WEBTOON. With a breathtakingly unique art style, modern, but ancient settings, and the handling of very real issues that REAL people face done so with poise and heart, this re-telling of the tale of Persephone and Hades is one not to miss. And for those also in love with it as much as I, be sure to get your hardcopy available on Amazon and in bookstores now.
PS! Lore Olympus Volumes 1 to 5 are now available on Amazon (and you know you want this WEBTOON on your bookshelf!) 😉 Meanwhile, Volume 6 is available for pre-order.
#6 Lore Olympus (Pre-Order Only. Release Date May 7, 2024)
21. Act Like You Love Me
Official Summary: 25-year-old Ji-eon is stressed, overworked, and penniless. When a mix-up at a temp job has her spending a day as famous actor Doyun Nam’s personal assistant, she takes her anger out on a doll… which turns out to have the magical ability to control him at her every whim. Now it’s her turn to be the boss.
Sky Review: This reminds me a lot of K-Drama plots, but I’m so here for it. I enjoy the main female lead, Ji-eon, for her every day self, and her employer, Doyun Nam is an entertaining male lead to follow as he deals with growing feelings for her as well as his own anxieties. Which, btw, it’s SO refreshing to have a character that actually deals with a clinically diagnosed anxiety disorder. Just saying. I appreciate that greatly.
Se-In, the second male lead, is also intriguing and I love that he is growing as a character and as a person as the story goes on. It’s interesting to see him become more aware of emotions he’s written about for years but has never actually experienced himself. And yes, there is a love triangle in there for you, but personally, I love it and can’t get enough of the male leads’ friendship/rivalry. The story took a bit to really get a good pace going, but now I’ve spent like… all of my free coins from WEBTOON in the past month on it? So you know it’s gotta be good.
22. She Would Never Know
Artist/Authors: Cafelatte, Jinha, and Elize
Official Summary: Gentle in demeanor yet fiercely independent and competent, Songa is a top assistant brand manager at Klar Cosmetics who gets things done with a smile. Thriving in life, she is suddenly caught off guard by her charming junior colleague’s enigmatic warning, “Don’t put on that lipstick.” Then an unexpected revelation changes everything.
Sky Review: Can we just talk about the fact that this series basically follows an actually HEALTHY relationship for once?!? It’s definitely the most refreshing aspect of the story. And coupled with the fact that the antagonist of the series is insanely delusional when it comes to his relationships, this series is all kinds of good. If you’re looking for the definition of a story based on a relationship layered in honesty and respect, this WEBTOON is your jam.
23. The Makeup Remover
Artist: Lee Yone
Official Summary: After years of being told to focus on studying, Yeseul feels lost when she starts college and is suddenly expected to pay attention to makeup. When a chance encounter with brilliant makeup artist Yuseong leads to her taking part in a televised makeup competition, Yeseul begins to question the role that makeup and appearance play in society.
Sky Review: This is just an incredibly wholesome story with wonderful morals, I just can’t express how awesome it is. While the story does primarily revolve around a romance, it does a wonderful job in tackling subjects such as the role of make-up in our society, expectations put on women, toxic online activity, and learning to love yourself. Seriously, this is a wonderful story and everything is handled splendidly. Definitely read this WEBTOON if it pops into your feed.
24. Let’s Play
Artist: Leeanne M. Krecic (Mongie)
Official Summary: She’s young, single and about to achieve her dream of creating incredible videogames. But then life throws her a one-two punch: a popular streamer gives her first game a scathing review. Even worse she finds out that same troublesome critic is now her new neighbor! A funny, sexy and all-too-real story about gaming, memes and social anxiety. Come for the plot, stay for the doggo.
Sky Review: This story follows Sam, an introverted game developer just beginning to explore the world of relationships, which at this point in life is a little bit more intense than most of our first relationships might have been in High School. And while for that reason, I’d definitely say it’s a story more so for adults (and older teens), I think it does a great job in focusing on a time in everyone’s life that they eventually must face: that of how to deal with emotional relationships that may eventually become intimate ones. To do this, the story follows Sam as she learns to gain confidence and trust herself and her feelings. It’s also just an incredibly well written story with art that is so fun to see (it reminds me a bit of early comics mixed with anime and the smoothness of computer animation). And I love all the details. Just, details. I love them. It’s seriously well done. Check this WEBTOON out. And remember to trust yourself, because it’s important. Just like Sam is learning to do. 😉
(And PS. This one also has an animated version. 😀 )
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25. Eaternal Nocturnal
Official Summary: The man of her dreams does exist… too bad she can’t fall asleep. When Eve is visited one night by a mysterious apparition, she finds that her chronic insomnia is miraculously cured. Meanwhile Dae, the dream eater, finds himself unexpectedly and unwillingly drawn to Eve. This can either be a dream come true or their worst nightmare.
Sky Review: I started with a romance by instantmiso and I will end on one dang it. Her newest work has just begun, but already I’m in love with it. I’m elated that instantmiso has avoided the snare of ‘repeating tropes previously successful in prior stories’ as many authors tend to fall into when they begin a new work after a massively successful one. Not only has she managed to do that, but it already has a uniqueness and individuality that is insanely enticing. I look forward to seeing where this WEBTOON will go. Also. Also, also, also. Tapi is freaking adorable. That is all. 😉
So, uh, that should DEFINITELY be enough to get you started. Please keep in mind that these are all recommendations as of January 2022. I’m sure I may have more in the future or changes. But right now, these are the stories I always look forward to seeing updates for. These authors and artists on WEBTOON deserve all of the love, so go on! Check their work out and give them that love!
PS. Be sure to tell me what your favorite WEBTOON is below! ^_^