The whole study list system is a staggeringly useful resource, except on the odd chance the word's not included in the dictionary. I would say it's never too early to start reading manga - when I first started Crayon Shinchan I could only read hiragana and katakana so whatever little I could understand felt like a massive achievement. Now I can read a single strip in a minute or two so it's a really good measure of your reading speed as well, which gives you a huge advantage if you're planning on sitting a JLPT at some point as they include reading sections and there's a time limit. For lower levels (N5/N4) I'd definitely say give Crayon Shinchan (from the start, the language starts off easier) or Shirokuma Café a go, probably anything in the 'slice of life' category would be good as the language should b quite simple. I'm speaking purely in terms of educational value here but anything too fantasy/plot-based and you run the risk of learning loads of words which you'll probably never get a chance to use!
No worries - thank you for noticing and asking! Some of my lists are from manga whilst others are from anime and I do indeed research/add all terms myself if there's something I think would be useful to know or for kanji reinforcement. There probably are websites out there with lists but I don't know any off the top of my head. In terms of what I've got already and how I do things, Crayon Shinchan (the manga, not the anime) has proved to be an amazing resource in terms of everyday vocabulary and naughty words. Things like Tiger Mask W and Shirokuma Café are just series I watch in my spare time for a laugh but if they say something and I can see the kanji in my head but don't know the meaning (as an example from Tiger Mask, there was 'hangeki' where I know han is 'counter/against' and geki is 'attack', so counterattack) or there's a term integral to understanding the episode that gets repeated a lot... I look it up right then and there and add it to my drills. For vocabulary building/kanji recognition manga really can't be beat because of furigana, viewing anime is good for listening comprehension/spoken usage but in my opinion is probably too passive an activity to be good for actively learning new words/kanji.
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