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I just started reading Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Love is Hard for an Otaku). It's a slice of life/romance/comedy whose main characters are 2 otakus in their mid 20s. I recommend it if you feel like reading a lighthearted manga with minimal drama.
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Strawberry Panic, started watching it 10 years ago in high school. Always will have a soft spot for this animu.
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Swan is my favorite girly manga! It's about an ameteur ballet dancer from Hokkaido who enters a national competition and befriends a group of really skilled dancers that notice her potential. The art is gorgeous and I like how the main character has to learn a lot from her peers because she wasn't taught very well.
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Nana, it makes me cry everytime and it's just a well-written show. I wish there were more like this.
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Cat Street. It has romance but main theme is friendship.
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Beauty Pop is probably my favorite shojo manga. It's pretty atypical for the genre, like the MC is pretty aloof and tomboyish and isn't super emotional and dudes aren't always falling over themselves trying to be with her. Plus it's centered around beauty makeovers like hair, nails, and makeup. It's really sweet and there isn't a lot of drama.
Watashi ga Motete Dousunda is a pretty fun anime where the MC is a fat BL fujoshi who get's cute suddenly and some dudes at her school try to get with her.
Oshiete! Galko-chan is pretty comfy and centered around female friendship.
Boys over Flowers is a classic favorite of mine, it's so stereotypically shojo and hits all of those cheesy tropes.
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Thank you anon for reminding me about Cat Street! I really enjoyed the characters including the lolita girl.
To contribute I'm still reading Skip Beat, extremely slow-paced romance but the focus on the MCs working and developing as a person is nice.
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Tsubasa chronicle! Did any of you watch this one?
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It's from Sakisaka Io. Your typical shoujo high school romance, you could say, but, coming from someone who have read plenty of those, it's really unique in some way. Main heroes are very well-written, especially the boy (picture related), he's unusally deep, sensitive, empathetic and gentle. I find the interactions very natural, yet with many very sweet "heart skipping a beat" moments. I don't know, there's something to this manga that has me coming back to it from time to time.
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Tamen de gushi
It's not my favorite but I'm currently reading Otonari complex and I'm loving it. It's a gender bender but for once I don't find either of the main characters annoying.
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Orange is great, both the manga and the anime. The manga is beautifully drawn and the story and characters are just so, so great. The anime has some cheap/shitty animation at times but the voice acting makes up for it.
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Hibi Chouchou is super cute! It's about schools most beautiful, but shy and modest girl and karate obsessed, cool and really modest boy!
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say i love you
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Oh my god Nana, I used to love that manga until fucking Komatsu left Nobu, after that I just couldn't keep reading
. I love all of Ai Yazawa works, Paradise Kiss was amazing and bittersweet and Gokinjo Monogatari was incredibly cute. >>10024
I think I'm going to give it a read, I dig the drawing style.
I enjoyed Usotsuki Lily. It's about a guy who confesses to a girl who later finds out he spends most of his time cross dressing because he can't stand looking at his own body, mostly because he hates men.
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Nana, and Girl Friends.
I love cute girls doing cute fashionable things like shopping or cooking, but made by women, not men.
And of course fujo stuff galore. Not sure if that counts as girly.
Anyone have the name of that eating disorder manga?
I also liked Helter Skelter and Parakiss a lot. Love me some fashion manga>>10031
Let's please not litter this thread with fujo. There's already a boy love thread
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Do you remember more details about that manga?
I would recommend Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan for anyone that loves bittersweet stories. Made me cry like a baby.
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Their Story is so sweet and precious and perfect.
Sun Jing <3 <3 <3
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ok so i marathoned watashi ga motete dousunda today because of your post
this one could be just as great as ouran high school host club, but it sadly isnt. ive had to push myself to come through the first few episodes, but after that it does get really funny at moments
what i didnt like:
- no shading new age crapola art
- 1st ep is such a rush job. they reveal the whole plot in the first ep and after that its just a competition
- the girl is a hc fujoshi but acts so fucking brand new all of the time
- too hysterical to enjoy it to the max
- fujoshi pandering was over the top and could imo have a better impact if it was subtler. we arent reatarded - we dont act retarded (like the lead act) and we get the jokes, no need to explain every little thing
what i did like
- i usually go for the tsundere one, but ive fallen hard for mutsumi sempai and i thought about him in the shower earlier
- male characters were really nice, stereotipes, but nice & they do see some character growth
- a great tease; you want the smut but you know youd be disappointed if you actually got some
- some parts were really funny, like way above average funny
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In Clothes Called Fat? That's the only one I know of that focuses on it a lot. Bulimia is also brought up in River's Edge, which is one of my favorite manga (and one of its main characters reappears in Helter Skelter).
>>10035>fujoshi pandering was over the top and could imo have a better impact if it was subtler.
I don't know if it was pandering. I'm not into BL and don't really participate in fandom stuff so it seemed like they were trying to make the jokes clear to non-fujoshis. I actually used to hate BL and this show kinda changed my mind about it a bit, like I kinda get why people are into it now lol.
Mutsumi best boy.
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Ugghh, skip beat. It was my all time favorite manga but I gave up when the plot got too convoluted. Is there an endgame in sight yet?>>10018
I love beauty pop! I've never seen anyone else praise it before, it's criminally underrated. She's a really atypical heroine, she never has a beautiful all along moment or a makeover, the character just falls for her for her talents.
This thread makes me nostalgic for Shojo Beat.
Some of my favorites
One of the best mangas that feature lolita fashion accurately. The drawings are gorgeous, and I really loved the main character and her journey.
>Sugar Sugar Rune
The anime was all but trash at the end, but the manga stayed strong. I liked the food and sweets theme of the magical world, and the female friendship between Chocolat and Vanilla was the best part of the whole story.
It's a really understated drama, and very realistic, not full of all the standard shojo cliches.
Does anyone have any shojos you loved then grew to hate? Vampire Knight became absolute gabrage, the main character of Absolute Boyfriend was unlikable, and Black Bird became really rapey.
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>>10038> Suki tte ii na yo, it just bothered me how Mei's personality changed completely and became your typical boring shojo heroine> Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge because it never went anywhere> Kare Kano, because of the fucking ending
I also remember watching the live action of Hana Yori Dango (which I loved) and tried to read the manga afterwards. What a mistake I made, it was beyond terrible.>Kimi wa Pet, I don't exactly hate it but once again I hated how Sumire went from badass to bland
I think one of my favorite shojo mangas would be Bokura ga ita but I want to sue the mangaka for all the emotional distress it caused me.
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Yumemiru Taiyou, the art is beautiful and story was ride on emotional rollercoaster
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Check out Nana Haruta's work. Most of her main characters are normal girls. In her recent work the main girl is a little bit shy but not really extremely and it get's better. Anyways I love her work not really into shojo but after Arina Tanemura is only producing shit she is my new hope.
(Picture is from her manga Stardust wink)
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Ahh OP thank you for reminding me about Lovely Complex! It's a great love comedy about the relationship between a tall girl and a short guy. Both the anime and manga is super cute and enjoyable!
yes, but we cant discuss best boy there, because hes not gay. its a reverse harem anime, where the girl ships the boys in her own harem
the thing is that it has a strong kuragehime feel, so i ultimately wouldnt call it a girly anime. her becoming perfect in order for the boys to like her, her acting like the damsel in distress half the time, being clueless and imediately estranged from her girl friend is a off putting. her not choosing any guy ("staying true to herself") at the end does not make up for it - it is still a series about a girl constantly thinking about boys
ouran, on the other hand, has a strong and foremost smart girl lead that could be a great role model despite getting with prince at the end. even though the guys act gay all of the time (which is NOT the case with KHNM) it does not come off as smutty at all
anyway i forgot where i was going with this really, but please just let us go at it. its not a huge derailment
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youre right, i was looking at the wrong way. i also think i have a distorted image of what fujoshi is supposed to mean. here fujoshi is depicted like a girl version of a (imo) nasty guy otaku, while i was thinking of slightly older women that smoke cigarettes, watch josei and read bl ocasionally
how i long for the old days
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IDK I don't feel like its very well liked, but I loved Fruits Basket, the manga and the anime, but the books are much more dear to my heart.
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First manga I ever read. It occupies a very special place in my heart. I will never forget this story. They're friendship and romantic relationship is something I can only dream of. I really wish the anime had been of better quality. I would personally pay for the production of a remake with more episodes if I had the money.
I have a lot of mixed feelings on Fruits Basket. First I liked it, but then I really hated Tohru. She was so obnoxiously perfect and had no flaws and I resented that kind of heroine.
But the manga, Tohru aside, had some really interesting plot threads. The backstory of Tohru's yankee mother falling in love with her teacher father (age difference kink made it appealing). The fucked up backstory of Hana and Haru. Akito's gender reveal and her mother issues. Yuki falling in love with Machi. Kureno and Arisa's romance. All of that was a million times more interesting than Tohru and Kyo's love story and I wish there was an anime adaptation of that
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Who is bringing up BL except in passing ? Calm the tits.
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Thanks, because of your recommendation I read beauty pop and it's one of my fav manga's
Anyone else is fan of hwang mi ri and hwang yu rang ?
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I want the MC's life>tfw no nerdy girl gang to live with>tfw no pretty boy who is somehow into me
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Dengeki Daisy was one of my top favorite manga to read in 7th grade. I was nearly late for school trying to read this. The story is super cute and funny. 10/10 would recommend.
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Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.
Not sure if this belongs here. I've always considered it to cater to a female audience and be incredible girly despite having loads of fan service. I don't watch much anime but I love Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. I always go back and re-watch it at least once a year.
I think it counts. I think it's a show either gender will like fanservice or no, but I also think it has enough raunchy girl-specific humor that a lot of girls can get into it. If you're reading this right now and haven't seen it, check it out. The art style is a great blend of american style and anime, the music is great (Especially if you like Teddyloid) and the ending will give you the biggest blue balls for more that you'll ever have.
Seriously, season 2 WHEN?
that was actually the first anime i ever watched from beginning to end, back when i was in high school.
there's rumours going around that the second season might be announced soon. and the soundtrack is great.https://twitter.com/TeddyLoidSpace/status/881213673858932736
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If that's on topic I want to mention mangas were there's mostly girls in it and almost no guys (No idea why I like it so much)
Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw : Girls fighting zombies
Claymore : Girls fighting monsters
Nejimaki Kagyu (pic related): Highschool girls fighting
I can't recall the name of the mangas with girls on an island fighting for pins during certains hours. The art was very good.
I want to also recommend Kakegurui, there's a guy protagonist but the rest are mainly girls. It's about a gambling highschool with the characters playing different games and betting insane amounts of money.
Also asking for other mangas with strong or smart female characters !
The Wallflower/Perfect Girl Evolution
And this isn't anime but I'd recommend a one-shot manga by Aki Shimizu called Neet Onna to Shougaku 2-nensei, it's a story about a female neet that befriends a second grader with family problems. It's really heartwarming.
Might be kinda off the cuff, but I've been reading Kumo desu ga nani ka? and the MC is technically a girl who turns into a spider
and fights stuff. It's pretty enjoyable so far imo.
God I love this anime, Stocking is one of my fave characters forever but god do I hate that ending.
SEASON 2 WHEN GAINAX???>>10067
Read it but forgot where and I never related so hard to something. Except the "ultra clingy to mom" part.
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Could someone please recommend a shoujo ai similar to Sasameki Koto / Whispered Words?
I love the original zodiac story and how the cat became cursed… I don't really know how to describe it but it was just sort of simple and beautiful.
My favourite of all time manga/anime is Nodame Cantibile and Oiishi Kankei, both completed so worth a read!
Hana & Hina
Kiss & White Lily
Bloom Into You
Kase-san & Morning Glories
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness
Kindred Spirits on the Roof
All of these are released in English!
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Swan has really gorgeous art!!
Considering the director of Panty & Stocking is now at Studio Trigger
, not sure how season 2 could happen. But something like FLCL is getting a sequel after so many years, I suppose anything is possible.>>10015
I read this after seeing this recommendation and it's lovely, but I can't seem to find anything online past volume 2.
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I love Bloom into You. Anime when?
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I really loved Wedding Peach in junior high, it has a early 90s nostalgic feel to me. It's pretty cliche nowadays but I still like it.
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Nekota no Koto ga Ki ni Natte Shikatanai is about a elementary school girl whose classmate has a cathead for no reason, its really cute and a good read if you want a girly series with no drama
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I'll admit that I never saw the hype around Chobits. I finished both the manga and anime in junior high but I found it to be dull. I don't know, it just bored the shit out of me. At the same time I was reading Love Hina and I had loads more fun with that but I realize it isn't exactly aimed towards girls.
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I know, but when I was growing up Chobits was hailed as this masterpiece of a series by a lot of people both here and overseas. The only character I legitimately felt sympathy for in that series was the landlady. Freya and Elda were just boring characters doing cute things and the other persecoms weren't too memorable either. I enjoyed series like Love Hina, Ah! My Goddess, Cutie Honey, Full Metal Panic, Maison Ikkoku, and Kimagure Orange Road way more. Full Moon wasn't bad though, I will say that much.
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Miwa Ueda's art is great too.
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Shiiiiieeeet, Love Hina was probs the first manga I really fucking loved. Sweden had this magazine with Chobits, GTO, power!, love hina etc and it was the shit. Deffo made my teen years more bearable.
Read some other of Akamatsus stuff too, he got this comfy vibe even tho many of his characters look the same manga to manga.
I always see girls shitting on harems as if they're all blind fanservice even though Love Hina, Tenchi Muyo, The World Only God Knows, etc were great series.
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MANGA MANIA! <3
After I got into Nippon culture in my early teens my older sister let me take over all her old MM magazines. Good times. My junior high school also carried most of the Love Hina and a lot of the Vampire Knight volumes. I also bought Shojo Stars for as long as the magazine ran. Ugh. Memories.
I’ve wanted to read NANA by Ai Yazawa for the longest time… I know it’s like one of the most basic of shoujo manga but I used to skim through it at the city library after school and it has that sort of nice, calm and reassuring quality to me. Life was so much simpler back then.
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My favorite girly manga ever will always be NANA and Paradise KISS. However, I also really loved Princess Tutu more than I thought I would. It was on tv one day and i watched a few episodes and never looked back.
It'd also surprisingly dark.
check up Utena (the anime tv series, not the manga). You should love it too.
Warning: it's even darker and more psychological.
Themes of incest, chikd grooming, statutory rape and abuse
make for a pretty dark series IMHO (especially in comparison to Princess Tutu). It has breather episodes, but wouldnt recommend it to someone looking for a fun and cutesy series.
I don't get what point you are trying to make. Are you saying it's not worth to see Utena cause different anime series (which ones? would like to see them) also offer social commentary?
TBH I never get tired of "smart" anime like Utena or Paranoia Agent. We get so few of those tbh. Good thing that at least seinen manga is going strong.
Why not the manga?
Wanted to check it out but I don't really like watching anime I would much rather read especially since most of the time the manga is better (having more content that wouldn't fit into the anime for example)
Manga is a watered down version of anime. It's censored from most of controversial content.
For example, one lesbian character gets turned into a very much straight jealous not-even-girlfriend of the douchebag prince (who also becomes a less complicated character). One important character is absent, etc.
There are some rumors about mangaka being homophobic as she didn't want the main les couple to get together. She has drawn a manga version of the movie which is as yuri as it comes, so idk.
You won't find most of what made the anime so good (social commentary, morally grey characters, etc) in the manga and can end up disappointed.
I also usually prefer manga to anime but in this case anime is THE source material. It's very cutesy shoujo and simplistic. It's a nice read, but after you see the real thing, to compare how much you can bowdlerize a mature anime.
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Can I get some recommendation for manga where the guy is smaller than the girl like lovely complex.
Rare request, the boy and the girl couple is the smallest in the class.
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Same anon. I found a new shoujo that suit my taste. The guy is my type as well. Also this scene gave me life
Hey anon, I love these types of couples. Here's a tip (although it sucks) I used this to find some mangas that follow the same pattern. https://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?category=Tall+Female+Lead
From here, I found at least 5, although I don't remember them, sorry.
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Did anyone here heard about the new Fruits Basket anime? It has been announced a few weeks ago and I'm really looking forward to it! I'm disappointed Seki Tomokazu won't be Kyo's voice actor but we'll have a male voice actor for Yuki so it's all good, and iirc he's Haru's voice actor from Free!. It looks like the art style will be more inspired by the one used in the first volumes so that's great too.
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I love Kare Kano.
The story of how Yukino and Arima learn to accept each other as their genuine selves. It also touches upon other characters with their struggles and relationships. Tsubasa is one of my other favorite characters.
It's such a shame the anime got the Gainax treatment, if it finished the entire manga's story I would've loved it even more. It's honestly worth it to watch. Hideaki Anno did a great job directing the anime.
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I love Kare Kano…so much. I first watched it a couple years ago and just recently watched it again. There's just something about it that is so refreshing. (I watched it after binge watching a lot of other romance animes) It felt really different then the others, and the art style and animation is beautiful, Yukino is truly a unique character and she will always been one of my favorites. I also love the monologues through out the series, and prefer Yukino's English dub voice rather then her Japanese one. Arima's on the other hand took some getting used to lol.
I'm thinking about continuing the manga when I get the chance, although I heard it gets kinda dark, I don't mind though. Okay…I think I'm done gushing about this anime lol
i have honestly rewatched it almost once a year since i first saw it back in 2006. the story never gets old.
i related to a lot of both Yukino and Arima's struggles to the point where I went into a deep depression after watching it for the first time through. nothing ever hit so close to home until i happened to have checked it out, I was like 14 at the time, too.
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am I the only one who liked this anime?
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No I love it too lol, I thought the relationships were interesting and entertaining. Natsume was my fave character, she's so relatable. Honestly, shoujo like this is so nice to see, especially with a protagonist who is cold at first and slowly warms up to the idea of dating. I loved how determined Shizuku was and as a middle school girl she sort of inspired me lol.
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I think Ao no Flag/Blue Flag is considered seinen (because of the mag it's serialized in?) but god it really is the best romance manga I've read in years, and from what I've seen a lot of women enjoy it despite it being seinen. Complex characters, lgb themes, and it had a small arc about this girl character that had her complaining about how female/male relationships always fall through bc men always see her as just a potential girlfriend candidate and never as a human being. I love it.
Oh, same. I kinda always end up cheering for the second guy even though they won't win because I'm weirdly into the unrequited love aspect.
Of course, the time I don't like the side guy he wins.
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If I'm not wrong I think that's kimi wa petto. It's wacky at times but definitely one of my all time favourites mainly because I want their relationship so much. tfw you will never come home to a cute bf who will comfort you.
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I'd recommend Kaleido Star as a good show, thought it's animated with small bits of fanservice depending on how you look at it. Also Super Gals as it's ridiculously silly and focused on the kogal/gyaru subcultures and focusing on deeper issues that they come across.>>10102
I'm like ages behind everyone here, but if it's Full Moon wo Sagashite you're talking about, it's a good series but the relationships are a little weird considering the age gaps between Mitsuki/Takuto and Mitsuki/Eichi. I think the anime even widened the gap between Eichi and Mitsuki.>>10118
IDK if you're still on lolcow, but didn't the Utena manga start publication in 1996 before the anime aired?>>10131>>10132
Yeah, it feels like it. Maybe there's more out there now, but there's a lot more focus of the shonen and fanservice-y ones instead and the shoujo ones are harder to find.
oh shit! didn't expect to see this, i'm currently reading GALS! i was about to recommend it too. i remember watching the anime way back when I was middle school.
I love the messages the series gives to the reader. Definitely helped me develop a sense of self.
That's one of the few things I hope for in a shoujo manga is that, if the love interest is a creep starting out, then he hopefully
has some character development later on. But some of the manga I've adored when I was younger are littered with shitty LIs (Kaito from Mermaid Melody, Chiaki from Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, hell every love interest from an Arina Tanemura manga usually starts out shitty). Some of them get better, but lord not by much.
There's actually a common and depressing explanation for this.
A girl can often rarely admit she wants to fuck around with boys, so shoujo overcompensates by making all the guys rapists so she can get her fix and still stay "pure".
Even women-oriented media isn't safe from this which makes me suspect male editors have too big a monopoly or women authors simply can't include sex and be seen as respectable.
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Yeah, but in the reverse. If I created characters myself and wrote (very bad, of course) stories in my early teens, I'd write males as passive about creepy, forceful romantic advances (that he secretly wanted).
On topic, ctrl+f'd and no one mentioned ore mono! I'm surprised, it was a big love of mine in HS for the cute relationship.
(pic related to both points in my post lol)
I relate to this! I was a late bloomer so had no bf most of my school years. I got my horny teen romance fix from shoujo and it gave me really stupid expectations of intimacy. I've had to work so hard to break the almost pornsick damage it did to me. Had to learn to be turned on by normal things again, and to look for men that respect me rather than borderline molest me.
I think josei and seinen are better suited for a grown woman that has no patience for shitty narrative and rapey "romance". I've been wanting to find something like Nana, that manga has always been my favorite female-oriented work.
I reread Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne which was actually my first anime/manga experience and it… it aged so poorly, you guys. Constant molestation and extremely shitty plot. The art is kinda nice but holy shit how did I ever enjoy this garbage?!
I just bingeread this all as soon as I read your recommendation, anon.
I loved it until Mami's subplot began. What she's saying was true and I cannot believe a seinen manga was the one to say it, I just can't overlook that she's a temp stall for the development of the main trio.
As refreshing as it is, it's still cliche and I think that's what prevents me from fully embracing her as a character.
Japan is pretty bad socially, like in all regards. Most of the shit in anime that seems bizarre to most people is totally real. Like how weakly the characters show emotion, or the lack of parents being around, the weird way characters get attracted to eachother with very little interaction.
I wouldn't wish being Japanese on anyone.
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White Note Pad by Tomoko Yamashita
It's about a high school girl with low self esteem and a depressed middle aged man switching bodies.
The middle aged guy is doing a lot better as a teen girl and becomes a model and the girl living in the guy's body decides she wants to change and better herself too.
I'm shit at explaining,sorry,but it's by the same artist who did Hibari No Asa
hi anons im glad someone mentioned ao no flag it might be my favourite at the moment, but one thing its not seinen its actually shounen which surprises me 10x more that they would have a gay character since i feel its more a josei thing.
its such a great and refreshing manga i recommend to everyone that reads manga lmao.
It's shounen?! What the hell. Two gay characters (g/l) seems impossible for a shounen manga, I first thought it was josei and even seinen seemed a bit impossible.
But yeah I love it and I'm so happy to see that othets love it as much as I do!!
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Last winter I was on a Takako Shimura binge and I need to repeat it and catch up to Koi-iji. "I'm a Runaway Girl" is my favorite manga from her and it has so many varied characters, it's both sad and healing, every story is named after an 80s song.
Also does 3-Gatsu no Lion count? I think it has a very feminine approach to Shogi, other mangaka would focus on competitiveness, but Umino takes a look into the lives and issues of the players.
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I'm super stressed out right now because uni stuff and when my stress takes it to the final level I'll start binge brain numbing media.
This time is the fucking yuri manga. Fortunately there is so many series to read.
So far I have read:
Girlfriends by Morinaga Milk
A+ waifus high recommend. If you are new to yuri like me this is the gateway drug.
Citrus by Saburouta
very similar setting than girlfriends but they are stepsisters and that's kinda twisted in a good way
Tamen De Gushi/Their story by Tan Jiu
Techically manwa or something because it's Chinese. I really like this because it's ongoing series. First chapters are not very professional compared to Girlfriends and Citrus but it's still cute. There is too much hinting on boylove which is super annoying because we are there for the cute gurls!!
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Not really a manga but this webtoon is GREAT
The protag is soo relatable and the art is super pretty, it's a must read
Well idk I'm not ugly, don't have any pimples and know nothing about make up but i found her character's inner struggles relatable
I have to admit it tho, I almost dropped it when that Suho fucker appeared his face pisses me off
It's like a girl's version of Lookism and I think Korea really needs this type of content with their beauty obsessed culture and all
I always end up hating all shoujo crap I come across so I'll just see how long it will last
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Thanks for the recommendation, it's got great expressions.
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Seconded I love this so much
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I'm still bingeing Yuri as my thesis' deadline is just around the corner…
I just finished 'Pulse' (author: Ratana Satis) and I think it's my new favorite!
The main characters are adults which is a big plus because as much I love blushing school girls ahem ahem lusting after mature women feels more acceptable, as a adult female.
And there's more sex scenes which is great. It was a pleasant surprise that there's also a BDSM relationship. Femdom is the shit.
Also, I read Gunjou (Nakamura Ching) because it was in Yuri list and I felt betrayed. It's not 'Yuri' like cute girls etc It was story about two horrible adult females who hate each other. It made me extremely sad for DAYS.
Also I found out that same sex marriage is not recognized in Japan and that also made me super sad. All those ending chapters with matching wedding dresses WERE LIE. How can I enjoy Yuri waifus when real life lesbian couples can't have their happy ending?!
Life is not serious. You should try to be cringe sometimes - it makes dull normal life more bearable.
But you are probably teens and afraid being ’cringe’ because that’s what teens do.
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I'm more into comedy shoujo so I picked some I absolutely loved and laughed my ass out.
Popular dominant girl, respected by every classmate, secretly a "housewife" because of her busy parents. Shy plain guy, secretly a show-off full of tattoos and piercings. They both find about each other's secret and tag along more.
This is fairly old, I remember it being popular in the 2000's. Half American - half Japanese girl has the biggest crush on a Japanese athlete, so she plainly moves to Japan, to study at the same school as him. It's a boys school, she has to crossdress, and her dormmate is her crush.
An orphan girl, poor as shit, gets by on scholarships, but she's always positive. She has a cellphone her brother left her before he died, with a contact called "Daisy", which is her emotional support.
The ex-leader of a gang moves to a dorm school, expecting to turn into a normal girl, ready to start over. There, she bumps into her teacher, which is also her childhood friend, and the previous leader of the same gang.
The main character is a NEET given the chance to land a good job if he participates on some weird project, which make him appear 10 years younger and pass him through an entire highschool year attempting to reform him.
Skip Beat and Kuragehime are also two of my big time favorites but they've already been posted.
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Does anyone have an adult manga recommendation?
Workplace or office environment centered in adult issues would be great
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Not sure how good it is, but Suppli is what you are looking for (it's a josei manga).
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Real Clothes is about a department store seller that gets moved to the clothes section and slowly learns to become a manager
It's a bit like Devil wears Prada but better done and it's mostly about the MC's emotional development although there's some romance thrown in
Oishii Kankei by the same author is good too, it's about a girl who starts working at a restaurant because she has a crush on the chef. Problem is she's a former rich kid who has no idea about cooking but she slowly develops into a great character
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I mostly read ultra violent seinen and moe trash, but when I want to kick back and read something girly Clamp is my go-to author and Tokyo Babylon is probably my favorite shojo ever.
They are pretty popular though so I'll recommend a few other ones.
From Far away is a really great fantasy manga where the heroine finds herself in a alternative magical world, where she has the power to unleash evil. It feels very similar to Red River another on I'd recommend.
Mars is a great good girl falls for bad-boy story. It is a cliche plot but is executed very well and all the characters are super likable.
Hell Girl is episodic stories about a girl who drags people to hell after their name has been entered into a website. It's one of those stories that well not technically the most well written its premise keeps you reading.
Descendants of Darkness is a light BL (emphasis on light) where a shinigami is tasked with making sure souls reach the afterlife. It contains lots of comedy shenanigans and banter, but doesn't shy away from subjects like abuse. It is a lot better than it looks.
Ultra Maniac is a cutesy friendship manga, about a girl and her friend who is a witch (though not a very good one). It's cute and innocent very feel-good.
Gakuen Prince is very refreshing, it is about a boy who goes to a school full of horny perverted girls who all want to fuck him (as they do all other boys who enroll) this isn't harem garbage though it is still clearly a shojo, it just happens to feature a bunch of female perverts and that makes it stand out next to the dime a dozen shojo romances.
Gakuen Alice on the other hand is a kid-friendly but surprisingly dark manga. It features a girl who goes to a school which is the anime equivalent of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. It has a real dichotomy between cute romantic comedy of the students and the shady and scary way the school is run and a lot of adults behave. Really good read.
Fall in Love Like a Comic is trash, I know it is and yet I love it. It's about a shojo manga artist who falls in love and then can write better stories. Only 2 volumes long and a total guilty pleasure.
Speaking of guilty pleasures Your & My Secret is probably the biggest one I have. It is solely responsible for getting my into genderswapping manga and whatnot. It's about a wimpy boy and manly girl who accidentally switch bodies and each end up finding out they kinda like it. One of my favorite manga ever tbqh.
Trinity Blood is a fun light novel adaptation about war and vampires. It's one of those things you can throw at people to prove that shojo isn't all just romance shit. As a Catholic it's also nice to have a manga about the Vatican and packed with religious themes that doesn't depict religion as evil. It's not accurate or preaching something, but it is nice. Shady church is an overdone trope anyway.
Heart of Thomas is an interesting read and one I would say is essential for fujos. It is written by the mother of BL manga Moto Hagio, and is an early influential example of the genre. Despite this the BL elements are very light and the focus is more on drama instead of romance.
I could rec more but I'll stop for now. Out of the 318 shojo I've got rated I've got about 50 or so more in the 4-5 star range I'd recommend. If anyone is interested I'll post more, otherwise I'll stop wasting space :P
I was in art & design school back in the days and Kakukaku Shikajika has great nostalgic feel because of that. https://myanimelist.net/manga/44307/Kakukaku_Shikajika
It's probably the most realistic manga, what i have ever read.
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I really, really wish the mangaka finished Yami no matsuei . It's probably one of my favorites. such beautiful art
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nta but I just looked this up and holy shit it looks completely different
You are not alone anon, I also fucking love Clamp, tho I can't get into anything newer than Chobits. I adore X/1999 (recently bought all the volumes since I always wanted to have them, as I reread the manga every few years), Tokyo Babylon, Clover, Magic Knight Rayearth and so on. I wish I could enjoy Xxxholic, Kobato and Legal Drug but something makes them boring to me…
If you enjoy X or TB you might like Kaori Yuki's work like Angel Sanctuary.
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This is a relatively new manga. I really love the dynamic between the two main characters. The blonde is a fuccboy but the brunet doesn't put up with his shit.
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>>11775>If you enjoy X or TB you might like Kaori Yuki's work like Angel Sanctuary.
Never really got into Angel Sanctuary but as the poster up there who said that Tokyo Babylon was her favorite manga, I can confirm that she has manga of a similar tone. My favorite works she has done are The Cain Saga and Godchild. Really nice Victorian era manga which are related to each other. They've got mystery solving, horror, and gorgeous art.
I think Tsubasa Chronicle is a Clamp pinnacle. Fucks me up in all kinds of way and it truly elevates my enjoyment of their interconnected stories like xxxholic and Chobits.
Kaori Yuki is awesome for them grimdark feelz.
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Just learned that Alice in the Country of Hearts had a whole lot more spin-offs then I previously realized like 20 different spin-off manga. I'm now in the mood to go through and read them. It's one of the only reverse-harems I like.
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>only one mention of ore monogatari
Time to fix this.
I love this anime because i love size difference and i want a real big beefy boyfriend that's kind too.
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Been on a josei binge lately. I also enjoy seinen but the female gaze discussion really got me to seek out feminine narratives specifically created by and for women. I really like Moyoco Anno's work. My favorite manga of hers so far is Memoirs of Amorous gentlemen.
I'm basically trawling through mangarock for josei manga that exclude the following tags:
I also filtered out ongoing manga because I'm not going to add a third manga to my list of shit that's never going to end (see: Berserk and Nana).
Do recommend josei that isn't fujoshit if you think people are sleeping on a gem!
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GOOD TASTE ANON
Takeo is a fucking hunk.(I love his mom too!) I love big beefy boys and the anime itself is so sweet. I cry every episode like an idiot because it's such a cute and wholesome show.
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Here are some Josei recs. I haven't read as many good non-fujo ones compared to other manga demographics unfortunately.
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers is one of those role-reversal stories. The population of men has severely fallen so women end up filling their roles and vice-versa. Kind of like an Edo Period Y: The Last Man, not quite as actiony as that though. It's more based around politics and exploration of gender. Based on what you posted this would probably be to your taste.
If you're reading Nana you've probably already heard of it, but Paradise Kiss is pretty good. It's by the same author but is much lighter in tone, not substance-less though.
Princess Jellyfish is a great manga about female otaku, and by otaku I don't mean anime-fan I mean the actual meaning of the world. Girls with highly specialized unique interests. It's sad that the manga is often times mainly brought up because the main male character is a trap. The series is so much more, it explores female interests and otakuism but doesn't really glorify it or shy away from showing that the girls are weird and far from perfect and it has themes of girls realizing they don't need to meet society's expectations of womanhood.
Doll is interesting. It's an anthology about androids called "Dolls" and each story focuses on interpersonal relationships with them, some romantic some platonic. It's a criminally underrated series and has a lovely Gothic Lolita tone to it. If you like check out the authors other works like Beautiful People (another anthology though not based around a central concept) and Dokuhime.
Lastly I'd like to recommend Bunny Drop. A cute series about a man taking care of the illegitimate child that his now deceased grandfather had. The story follows her from a young child up to a young adult. Prepare to rage as the series progresses though, the author makes some interesting decisions that make you wonder what she was thinking.
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Usagi Drop is infuriating
and It's hard to ever re-read the series because you'll have that horrible, creepy ending looming over the entire thing after the first read-through. Loved the manga until the later stuff… happened. For those curious the little kid and the dad figure get together in the end, when she's a bit older
Just picked up a korean one, manhwa? Is that the term? Anyway it's called The Stories of Those Around Me and it's pretty comfy. It's about 3 women who are friends, with different personalities. The comic follows them through mini stories in their daily lives, and each mini story has some continuity though the chapters do stand on their own decently.
Anyone read any works by Kaoru Fujiwara? I was going to read her one manga about vampires but I realized I'm really not into vampires anymore. I love her art style but not sure which work of hers to read…
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Size difference anon again, saw no recommendations for Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun either so here i am again. It's about a girl who falls in love with a famous shoujo mangaka who has no idea how she feels about him.
It's super cute and it's definitely up there with ore monogatari for me. (Neither of them have second seasons and it makes me extremely sad)
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Came back to shill it more bc I really like this manhwa.
I like that the writing is super un-autistic which is a huge thing that takes away from most manga I've read.
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HapiMari is another good Josei. It's a little cliche (which I personally like, super 2009) but it's interesting seeing the different conflicts the couple find themselves in and how they make up. I mostly love it for the main girl because she's so funny and cute.
The mangaka is also coming out with a new manga called "An Incurable Case of Love" and it's supposed to be released this October.