50 Best Romance Manga You Need to Read in 2023

50 Best Romance Manga You Need to Read in 2022

The romance genre, along with its subgenres, is well-known in the West and is not one of those inherently Japanese genres (like isekai or ecchi), but Japanese works tend to give it a somewhat specific touch. If you like such stories, we have a list of the 50 best romance manga you need to read.

50. Ouran High School Host Club

Original Run: September 2002 – November 2010
Number of Volumes: 18

Ouran High School is a privileged educational institution where children of the richest and noblest families in Japan (children of politicians and big business tycoons) go to school. At the school, some of the best teachers in the country design the curriculum in such a way as not to overload the pampered wealthy students. Thanks to such care, they have a huge amount of free time that they spend on their hobbies.

One of the adornments of the Ouran School is the so-called “Host Club”, where rich and handsome young men use their natural abilities to entertain equally rich and beautiful girls with a certain benefit for themselves.

By chance, Haruhi Fujioka, who had enrolled in this school thanks to his academic achievements, enters the abandoned music classroom in which this club is based. After accidentally knocking a luxurious 8-million yen vase off a stand, Haruhi Fujioka found himself in virtual slavery by the wealthy members of the Host Club. From now on, he must go to the store, work as a servant, carry out small errands and do other dirty work in the club until graduation, thereby fulfilling his duties to the club.

49. Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro

Original Run: November 1, 2017 – present
Number of Volumes: 13

Naoto, a shy second-year high school boy meets a first-year girl, Nagatoro, and his quiet and monotonous life is completely turned upside down: it all begins when, in the library, she and her friends accidentally notice the pages of a manga fallen to the ground next to the young man and drawn by him; after the group begins to comment on him in a contemptuous way, Nagatoro realizes the Senpai’s embarrassment and laughs at him until he is reduced to tears.

Since that day, Nagatoro spends her days in the company of Naoto, constantly bullying, insulting, and teasing him. In a short time, however, it becomes increasingly evident (for the reader and the other characters, but not for the protagonist) that the girl’s attitudes are actually not sardonic, but well-intentioned, and flirtatious, and that the girl has developed affection towards him: as the events progress, in fact, something begins to blossom between the two that is more than just what it seems to be.

48. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

Original Run: August 25, 2011 – present
Number of Volumes: 13

The high school student Chiyo Sakura has fallen in love with her classmate Umetaro Nozaki, but it is difficult for her to admit this to him. After one unsuccessful attempt, he takes it home with him. But contrary to Sakura’s hopes, he thinks she is a fan – Nozaki is a mangaka and draws a comic series for girls (“Shōjo”), which appears in the magazine Gekkan Shōjo Romance.

She has long since noticed her talent in the art club, so he recruits her as an Inker. Sakura likes to do this, after all, she is so close to him and maybe she can still confess her love to him. Through the frequent work together, they make new friends and Sakura learns about the work of a mangaka. So Nozaki first goes in search of interesting people who he can use as a template for his stories.

Sakura introduces him to her classmate Yuzuki Seo – a sporty, helpful, but also rough and insensitive girl. Through Nozaki, Sakura met Mikoto Mikoshiba, who drew Nozaki the decorations and patterns. Mikoto is a would-be womanizer who often knocks out slogans but is shortly afterward ashamed of himself.

47. Kamisama Kiss

Original Run: February 20, 2008 – May 20, 2016
Number of Volumes: 25

Nanami Momozono’s father has a thing for gambling, which causes them to live in misery. One day, her father runs away from home and abandons her, leaving behind his debts. Unable to pay the rent, Nanami is evicted from her apartment. She then wanders the streets until she meets a strange man, who gives her his house after hearing her story.

He leaves after kissing her on the forehead. When she goes to the address he gave her, Nanami realizes that the house is actually a temple, where spirits live, including a boy with fox ears and a tail. She learns that by kissing her, the man made her the new god of the Earth and she will have to face many situations to keep her place as a divinity!

46. So Cute it Hurts!!

Original Run: August 2012 – August 2015
Number of Volumes: 15

Mitsuru and Megumu Kobayashi are twin brothers and sisters who go to their respective high schools. When Mitsuru needs his sister’s abilities to pass a history test, he forces her to swap places with him in high school. Mitsuru crossdresses as Megumu and quickly gets confused with the high school idol Azusa Tokugawa but falls in love with the deaf girl Shino Takenaka. Megumu, on the other hand, discovers that her brother’s high school is a place for troublemakers, where she falls in love with the boy Aoi Sanada, who goes blindfolded.

45. Hiyokoi

Original Run: November 2009 – November 2014
Number of Volumes: 14

This manga is about a 15-year-old girl who is 1.40m tall named Hiyori Nishiyama. She is very shy and unfortunately started her return to school several months late. She falls in love with Yushin Hirose who is the complete opposite of her: he is tall (he measures 1.90 m), popular and anyone can become his friend.

44. Dengeki Daisy

Original Run: May 2007 – October 12, 2013
Number of Volumes: 16

The day her brother Sōichiro Kurebayashi dies, Teru finds herself alone. The latter, having strangely planned everything before his death, gives her a cell phone with which she can reach a certain “Daisy”. This is how, thanks to the encouraging emails of this mysterious character, she was able to move forward and continue to live despite this tragic event.

However, in high school, all is not well; Teru is actually the target of the student council and hides it from “Daisy” who promised to help him in any circumstances. One day, Teru, being persecuted by the student council, accidentally breaks a window. To repay her, she becomes the minion of the cruel Kurosaki, the new guardian of the school, who will not hesitate to overexploit her. But behind this blond thug with bad manners and questionable behavior could hide a whole different face.

43. Gakuen Alice

Original Run: February 19, 2003 – June 20, 2013
Number of Volumes: 31

Gakuen Alice tells the story of Mikan Sakura, a 10-year-old girl who, in search of her best friend Imai Hotaru, unexpectedly enters a very special and strange school. Only people who possess an Alice can enter it, that is, a special power that can be of any kind, from telepathy or flying to controlling fire or becoming a cat.

Alice Magic School is a manga that shows us the greatness of friendship, love, companionship, and the eradication of student abuse, which is what is wanted to be eradicated in some schools where they still have that methodology.

42. Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu

Original Run: February 2007 – February 2014
Number of Volumes: 15

High school student Tsubaki Hibino loves cute things and styling her sister’s hair but thinks none of it looks good on her. Therefore, she only wears old-fashioned braids and a long skirt when she goes to school. On her first day of high school, she meets Kyouta Tsubaki, the boy who finished first in the entrance exams. He has long hair, which she says doesn’t flatter him at all, and his demeanor leaves something to be desired.

From the first moments, he irritates Tsubaki who begins to hate him. They have the same name: Tsubaki, this being Tsubaki’s first name, and Kyouta’s last name, which irritates him even more. And to top it off, they are in the same class!

41. Takane and Hana

Original Run: December 20, 2014 – July 20, 2020
Number of Volumes: 18

The older daughter of employee Nonomura has caught the eye of his boss, who wants to marry her off to his 26-year-old grandson, Takane Saibara. This is how an omiai is arranged so that the couple can get to know each other. But Yukari is already taken and refuses to appear at the Omiai. In order not to offend her father’s boss, her 16-year-old sister Hana has to step in.

She tries to pull herself together, but when Takane behaves rudely and arrogantly towards her, she freaks out and leaves the Omiai. The next day, while still worrying about her father’s job, Takane unexpectedly picks Hana up on a date. She is still repelled by him, but agrees for her father’s sake. The young company heir seems to be seriously interested in the rebellious Hana and slowly they get to know each other’s worlds.

40. Real Girl

Original Run: July 23, 2011 – May 24, 2016
Number of Volumes: 12

Hikaru Tsutsui is a high school student, often shunned and mocked by his peers for his otaku nature. One day, after arriving late for school, he is forced to clean the pool together with Iroha Higurashi, a beautiful girl with a very bad reputation. Later Iroha asks him to go out together and Hikaru accepts, but the two can only be together for six months, at the end of which the girl will have to change schools due to the work of her father.

39. A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow

Original Run: June 27, 2017 – March 27, 2021
Number of Volumes: 9

Konatsu Amano has to move from her beloved Tokyo to her aunt in a small town on the coast because her father has to go abroad for work. She finds it difficult to settle in and make new friends in the country.

But at her new school, she meets Koyuki Honami, who runs the aquarium club and is its only member. Konatsu also joins and gets to know the otherwise unapproachable Koyuki better. While Koyuki rejects the advances of many other students – especially the boys – she is happy about Konatsu’s joining the club and opens up to her.

38. Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Original Run: October 25, 2011 – May 13, 2016
Number of Volumes: 16

Erika Shinohara, just started high school. She wants to make friends at all costs. But she has a big flaw, she can’t help but lie when she feels lost. She then makes her classmates believe that she is dating a boy. However, her prince charming does not exist. At the age of 16, Erika never even had a boyfriend.

Having suspicions, she is asked to bring a photo of her boyfriend, she takes a photo of a handsome young man she meets in the street whom she introduces as her boyfriend. This young man turns out to be Sata, a student from his high school whose slyness is matched only by his great beauty. Erika finds herself trapped by this dangerous manipulator.

37. Living-Room Matsunaga-san

Original Run: December 24, 2016 – June 24, 2021
Number of Volumes: 11

Miko Sonoda has to leave home at the age of 17 because her mother has to take care of her sick grandmother. Miko stays in her uncle’s dorm. The men there are sympathetic to her, but also suspect. The nail stylist Asako Onuki, also a roommate, offers her help when there are problems. Of the men, Jun Matsunaga in particular helps her, but he is also scary and sometimes frightens her. But over time she realizes what she has in him and how much she likes him.

36. Hibi Chōchō

Original Run: February 20, 2012 – June 5, 2015
Number of Volumes: 12

High school student Suiren Shibazeki is very popular with both boys and girls, but finds it a burden. By the time she enters high school, she has developed into a withdrawn, shy girl who tends to avoid others. Her only friend is Aya Shimizu. Even in the new school, she gets the unwanted attention of her classmates, only Taichi Kawasumi shows no interest in her.

As Suiren later learns, the quiet karate athlete has problems talking to girls himself. But when Suiren is harassed by another boy, Kawasumi comes to her aid. And so he arouses her interest and she falls in love with him. But due to their shyness, it takes a long time and requires the help of their friends for Kawasumi and Suiren to become a couple.

35. Kodocha

Original Run: August 1994 – November 1998
Number of Volumes: 10

The story begins with Hayama Akito, a bad boy, and Sana Kurata, 11 years old, in primary school and actress, who can no longer bear to see Akito lowering the school level in this way. When she discovers that he is actually blackmailing teachers, she decides to get revenge. With the help of Tsuyoshi, a friend of Akito’s who can no longer stand his evil deeds, she manages to take a picture of him with his pants down, and begins to blackmail him.

She decides to follow Akito home and then discovers more things than she wanted. She sees Akito being kicked out by his sister, who calls him a monster and an assassin at the same time. It is later discovered that his mother died in childbirth, and that is the reason why his family members hate him so much.

34. Inu × Boku SS

Original Run: April 22, 2009 – February 22, 2014
Number of Volumes: 11

Ririchiyo Shirakīn is a girl from a wealthy family, who is marginalized by everyone in her school for who she is. She is also treated exceptionally by her family since she is her successor. Due to this, Ririchiyo has developed a surly and arrogant personality that protects him from people, but at the same time distances them from them.

However, her father will see to it that in the future, Ririchiyo can go to a very special place; the Ayakashi Mansion, where supernatural spirits are said to dwell. Ririchiyo arrived there to be alone, but she will not be, because a bodyguard from the mansion, Soushi Miketsukami, has come to serve her and accompany her at all times.

33. The Demon Prince of Momochi House

Original Run: July 24, 2013 – August 24, 2019
Number of Volumes: 16

On her sixteenth birthday, Momochi Himari, despite being an orphan, unexpectedly inherits an old house. Despite the warnings she receives that the Momochi house is haunted, she having nowhere else to go she still decides to move there. Upon arriving at the scene, she discovers that her house is squatted by three handsome young men: Aoi, Yukari and Ise.

The three immediately warn the unsuspecting Himari that she must leave the house as soon as possible, also using the story of ghosts and curses, but she doesn’t want to. Soon, she will discover that this is all true: her house turns out to be on the border between the human and the spirit world, and she is destined to act as the guardian between the two.

32. Beauty Pop

Original Run: 2003 – 2008
Number of Volumes: 10

The young Kiri Koshiba has a gift for hairdressing. Of a nonchalant nature, she however quickly encounters problems with the “Scissors Project”, a group of boys dealing with makeovers for young girls. They are led by the hot-tempered Narumi, who aspires to one day become Japan’s top hairdresser.

31. Crimson Hero

Original Run: 2003 – 2011
Number of Volumes: 20

Nobara Sumiyoshi is a fifteen-year-old girl, the daughter of the okami (manager) of an important ryōtei (traditional Japanese restaurant); Her mother presses Nobara to lose her tomboy habits and learn the art of serving customers, but she’d rather leave the role of young okami to her pretty little sister Soka instead, because she has another passion that completely absorbs her: volleyball.

30. Fly Me to the Moon

Original Run: February 14, 2018 – present
Number of Volumes: 19

On a snowy winter night, Nasa Yuzaki, a boy with a peculiar name, meets a beautiful girl he falls in love at first sight, Tsukasa Tsukuyomi, just before his high school entrance exam. As Nasa crosses the road to challenge him, he is run over by a truck. After the girl saves him, Nasa, who compares her to Princess Kaguya, decides to pursue her even though he is badly injured to meet her at a bus stop.

He ends up confessing his love to her and asks her out on a date. The young girl imposes a drastic condition on him, that of “first getting married before starting a relationship”, which Nasa accepts without hesitation before fainting. When Nasa, who had previously decided not to go to high school to look for Tsukasa, turns 18, he still thinks about the promise he made that night.

Then, Tsukasa suddenly shows up at the door of her house with a marriage form, starting their relationship and marriage. Despite the many mysteries that remain, Nasa and Tsukasa are now a married couple, spending their daily lives together to deepen their relationship.

29. Lovely★Complex

Original Run: September 2001 – December 2006
Number of Volumes: 17

The tall Risa Koizumi and her short classmate Atsushi Ōtani both go to the first grade of high school. They are often referred to as “All Hanshin Kyojin,” a well-known Japanese comedy duo, because of their size differences and frequent arguments. But both are otherwise very similar, have the same taste in music and develop a good friendship with each other.

Her classmates Ryōji Suzuki and Chiharu Tanaka, Nobuko Ishihara, and Heikichi Nakao, found each other in the summer, so Koizumi and Ōtani are now surrounded by two couples. Now they finally want to fall in love, and Koizumi soon finds out that Ōtani already had a girlfriend in Mayu Kanzaki.

Koizumi soon meets Haruka Fukagawa again, a kindergarten friend of hers, who now falls in love with her. The one year younger transsexual Seishiro / Seiko Kotobuki falls in love with Ōtani, who rejects her when it is discovered that she is a boy by birth.

After a while, Koizumi falls in love with Ōtani, but initially cannot admit this to himself. However, her friends soon realize that she is in love with him and support her. But even when Koizumi manages to convey her feelings to Ōtani, Ōtani misunderstands them and sees Koizumi only as a good friend. Only next summer does he understand that Koizumi has fallen in love with him.

28. Dreamin’ Sun

Original Run: October 13, 2007 – August 11, 2011
Number of Volumes: 10

The girl Shimana Kameko no longer feels happy at home. After her mother died, her father remarried and now has a second child with Shimana’s stepmother. The family’s focus is now on their little brother, and Shimana fears that if she accepts the new family, she will betray her late mother. She skips school and wants to run away from home. In the park, she stumbles upon Taiga Fujiwara, who is lying there drunk. He doesn’t come to his house because he was locked out for being drunk and offers Kameko a room on three conditions.

27. My Love Story!!

Original Run: October 2011 – July 13, 2016
Number of Volumes: 13

Takeo Gōda and Makoto Sunakawa are childhood friends, despite their great physical and psychological difference. The first conceals great sensitivity behind an imposing body and easily falls in love without success because all the girls he has loved have preferred his friend to him, while the second is of great beauty but remains indifferent to the passions he unleashed.

One day, Takeo intervenes in the metro to protect a young girl, Rinko Yamato, from being touched by a pervert. This one multiplies the gestures of gratitude against him but shows a certain embarrassment in his presence, which Takeo attributes to the fact that she too has certainly fallen in love with Makoto. However, it seems that, this time, it’s Takeo who is the object of love at first sight.

26. Skip Beat!

Original Run: February 7, 2002 – present
Number of Volumes: 47

Mogami Kyōko and Fuwa Shōtarō are childhood friends. Kyōko has always known Shō, helps his parents, takes care of him and forgives him everything, like a prince. Also, when at the age of 16, the latter leaves Kyoto, his hometown, to run away to Tokyo where he has a chance to break into the song, he asks Kyōko to accompany him.

She accepts, very happy to have been chosen by her childhood friend. But once there, Shō is totally absorbed in his work as a singer. He almost never enters the apartment they occupy, while Kyōko combines the jobs in order to be able to pay the rent and the lifestyle of Shō, now become famous. Despite the difficulties, the young girl continues to work until exhaustion for her prince, and all this while keeping a smile!

25. Ao Haru Ride

Original Run: January 13, 2011 – February 13, 2015
Number of Volumes: 13

While Futaba Yoshioka enters high school, she does not have good memories of middle school, where the boy she was in love with, Kô Tanaka, left without her being able to confess her feelings to him. Luck turns since she finds him by chance in high school. However, he does not have the same name and his personality has changed somewhat. With her new friends, she will learn to tame him and get closer to him, but also to get to know him and regain her self-confidence.

24. orange

Original Run: March 13, 2012 – May 31, 2017
Number of Volumes: 6

Naho is a sixteen-year-old high school student living in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. His daily life is turned upside down by the receipt of a letter from the future. It would have been written by Naho herself, ten years later. This Naho is now twenty-six years old and is eaten away by remorse. Through this letter, she intends to prevent Naho from repeating the same errors. Thus, the letter contains elements on the events of the coming months and instructions mainly concerning the arrival of a new student in the class, Kakeru.

23. Say I Love You.

Original Run: 2008 – July 24, 2017
Number of Volumes: 18

Mei Tachibana is 16 and has never had a boyfriend and feels lonely. Suddenly, of all people, the crush at her school is interested in her: Yamato Kurosawa. Mei falls in love with Yamato and the friendship develops into a real and serious relationship.

The two have to survive different crises and collect their first experiences together. Above all, Aiko Muto is against the relationship. Over time, Mei makes new friends and Aiko ultimately recognizes the relationship.

22. Honey So Sweet

Original Run: August 2012 – December 2015
Number of Volumes: 8

Nao Kogure is an orphaned girl who lives with her uncle Sosuke, who is a little older than her; Nao is unsure how to view Sasuke, at the same time feeling feelings of gratitude and love towards her. Arriving in high school, Nao is unexpectedly approached by Taiga Onise, a boy considered by all to be a hooligan; after taking her out of school, the young man offers her a bouquet of red roses and proposes to get engaged to him, with the assumption of a future marriage.

The girl, taken by the fright, agrees to her request, so the two start dating; later, Taiga will reveal the reason for his singular request: previously, on a rainy day, Nao had been the only one to stop to leave Onise – beaten, almost unconscious and lying on the side of the road – some patches and his umbrella.

21. Blue Flag

Original Run: February 1, 2017 – April 8, 2020
Number of Volumes: 8

Taichi is in the same class as Toma, a childhood friend who is successful in several areas, and Futaba, whose clumsiness is unbearable to him. The latter, at the bend of a meeting at the bookstore, confesses to him that she is in love with Tôma. Taichi will end up, in front of Futaba’s excessive shyness, by resigning himself to help her, to push her to get closer to her friend.

20. Komi Can’t Communicate

Original Run: May 18, 2016 – present
Number of Volumes: 24

Komi Shouko is a girl who attends Itan High private school, where she is extremely popular with her peers due to her beauty and her seemingly haughty and superior attitude. On the first day of class, she meets Tadano Hitohito, her neighbor.

He discovers, after trying to talk to her, that Komi actually suffers from a communication disorder that prevents her from speaking in front of other people and, consequently, from being able to make friends with anyone. Tadano thus promises to help her achieve her goal of finding a hundred friends.

19. The Quintessential Quintuplets

Original Run: August 9, 2017 – February 19, 2020
Number of Volumes: 14

One day, Fūtarō meets Itsuki Nakano, a new student transferred to his high school, who asks him to teach her how to study. However, Fūtarō refuses her request and pisses her off by responding nonchalantly.

Immediately after this conversation, Raiha informs him that their father has found him an odd job of being “tutor to a millionaire’s daughter”, a job he accepts in order to clear the family debt. However, he soon realizes that his job is actually to teach the Nakano Quintuplets, of which Itsuki is the youngest, and must help them graduate.

Fūtarō is very perplexed in the face of the five sisters with different personalities, and who have in common a total disinterest in studies which is expressed by appalling notes.

18. Snow White with the Red Hair

Original Run: August 10, 2006 – present
Number of Volumes: 24

Shirayuki is a herbalist from the Kingdom of Tanbarun characterized by a single peculiarity: her red hair. When the prince of Tanbarun, Raji, orders her to become her concubine because of her, she cuts her hair and flees to the nearby Kingdom of Clarines.

Along her journey, Shirayuki meets her second son Zen prince, and her two guards, Mitsuhide and Kiki, who help her escape from Raji. After also rescuing Zen due to poisoning, she Shirayuki embarks on the path to become a herbalist in the royal palace of Clarines.

From that moment, her life begins to intertwine with that of the characters linked to the court, and in particular to that of Zen, for which she begins to feel ever stronger feelings.

17. Maid Sama!

Original Run: December 24, 2005 – September 24, 2013
Number of Volumes: 18

The Seika High School was once a school for boys only, but over time it opened up to girls too. The isolation created a harsh climate in the classes, so the girls find it very difficult to gain a foothold and repeatedly suffer from the humiliation of the boys.

The girl Misaki Ayuzawa still manages to assert herself against her classmates and become the first student representative. Because of her behavior, she is soon seen as a man-hater but is respected or feared. But behind this facade, she also fights against various other problems.

16. Strobe Edge

Original Run: 2007 – 2010
Number of Volumes: 10

Ninako, a high school student, fell in love with Ren, the most handsome boy in high school. But he already has a girlfriend. Also, Ninako’s best friend Daiki, and later Takumi Ando tells her that he loves her. Misunderstandings ensue.

15. Yumeiro Patissiere

Original Run: October 2008 – July 2011
Number of Volumes: 12

Amano Ichigo is a rather awkward young schoolgirl, who grew up in the shadow of her younger sister, who was very good at the piano. Her life is turned upside down the day she meets Henri-sensei, a renowned pastry chef. The latter, who discovered that Ichigo possessed a sense of taste of extremely rare finesse, recommends her to the Sainte-Marie Academy. In this private school, which trains the elite in pastry, Ichigo will have a hard time finding his place, being good at tasting cakes, but certainly not at making them.

14. S・A

Original Run: April 1, 2003 – March 19, 2009
Number of Volumes: 17

Since she was little, Hanazono Hikari has been the best in all areas. Until Kei Takishima, the son of the President of the Takishima group, arrives and beats her hands down during an improvised wrestling match. Since this humiliation, Hikari has only one idea in mind: to beat Takishima. So she begs her father who sends her to the same high school as her opponent, the prestigious Hakusenkan Academy, although not as fortunate as him, and immediately enters the Special A class that brings together the school’s seven best students.

13. A Girl on the Shore

Original Run: July 7, 2009 – January 7, 2013
Number of Volumes: 2

Koume lives in a small village with a beach that even in summer does not attract anyone. The young girl has just experienced a romantic disappointment towards the handsome Misaki. After this disillusion Koume confides in Kosuke, a boy who has been in love with her for several years. Koume and Kosuke will have a rather surprising relationship.

12. Fruits Basket

Original Run: July 18, 1998 – November 20, 2006
Number of Volumes: 23

Tohru Honda is a 16-year-old high school student who lives alone in a tent after the death of her mother. Without knowing it, she moved to the property of the Sôma family. When she explores the surroundings, she sees a house and enters it. There she meets Yuki and Shigure Soma. Having learned that she was living in a tent, they offered to stay with them in exchange for household chores.

Tohru accepts and then begins to live with Yuki, Kyô, and Shigure. Very quickly, she learns the secret of the family: 13 of its members are victims of a curse. These people transform into one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, and the cat, when a person of the opposite sex throws themselves at their neck or when they feel embarrassed or even weakened.

They become human again a few minutes later (the duration of the transformation can vary), but reappear completely naked (which can be very annoying, especially for Tohru who is often there during the transformation).

11. Daytime Shooting Star

Original Run: May 20, 2011 – November 5, 2014
Number of Volumes: 13

Suzume Yosano’s parents move to Bangladesh as her father gets a job and gets posted there while she herself moves to Tokyo to live with her uncle Yukichi. When she gets lost on the way to her uncle’s house, a strange man helps her. On the first day of school, she finds out that this strange man is her homeroom teacher, Satsuki Shishio. Eventually, she falls in love with him. Since Suzume’s uncle and Shishio Satsuki are acquainted with each other, they see each other quite frequently over time. When she finally confesses her feelings to her class teacher, he rejects her.

10. Toradora!

Original Run: July 27, 2007 – present
Number of Volumes: 10

Ryuuji Takasu is a Japanese student who has just returned to the 12th grade and who lives alone with his mother. He would love to be an ordinary high school student, but he has one flaw: his intimidating eyes. Because of his sinister demeanor, stupid rumors keep circulating about him, including the fact that he would hit anyone who dared to jostle him and that he would be ready to kill, while he is a very sensitive young man.

Because of this, he has great difficulty in making friends; the heaviest to bear is the absence of a romantic relationship. Luckily, he is in the same class as his best friend Yūsaku Kitamura and his crush, the pretty Minori Kushieda.

Short-lived joy as he will literally run into the local tsundere, Taiga Aisaka (nicknamed the pocket tiger because of his small size and aggressiveness). In particular, he will discover that Taiga is in love with his best friend Yusaku.

It is then the beginning of a sulfurous relationship between these two, between this tsundere who will take advantage of him and make him his housekeeper and incidentally a punching bag, but who keeps him close to him in order to get closer to him. Kitamura, while Ryuji hopes to do the same with the energetic and no less odd Kushieda.

9. Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku

Original Run: April 17, 2014 – July 16, 2021
Number of Volumes: 11

The series follows the awkward romantic comedy between “otaku” office workers, one of whom, Narumi Momose, is a stern fujoshi who somehow tries to hide her passions from others while her partner, Hirotaka Nifuji, is a beautiful, competent man addicted to video games who only lets go of his console to work. If they seem perfect for each other, love is still complicated for the otaku.

8. Boys Over Flowers

Original Run: October 1992 – June 2008
Number of Volumes: 37

Boys Over Flowers tells the story of sixteen-year-old Tsukushi Makino, whose parents sacrificed everything to send her to Eitoku, a private school for children from good families, far beyond their means, in the hope of raising money, and her finding a handsome and rich son-in-law.

Tsukushi’s vision is not really the same. It must be said that the atmosphere that reigns there is terrible. The students are bad to the bone, like stereotypes of the children of the rich, especially the F4, a group of four extremely rich boys who rule in Eitoku. Anyone who opposes the F4 will receive the infamous red card and be persecuted by the whole school.

Makino is determined to stay in her corner for the remaining two years and devote herself to her studies. But one day, Tsukushi’s only friend, Makiko, stumbles upon Tsukasa Dômyôji, the head of F4 and heir to the Dômyôji group, the richest in Japan. She begs his forgiveness but the boys don’t seem ready to listen to her.

7. Last Game

Original Run: July 24, 2011 – June 24, 2016
Number of Volumes: 11

Yanagi Naoto is a rich and good-looking boy, who in addition to being the first in his class can boast the admiration of everyone around him; Suddenly, the arrival of Kujō Mikoto puts an end to his idyll of him, because – although he acts without the slightest malice – he ends up being more skilled than Yanagi at anything. The young man, wounded in her pride, then tries to challenge the girl in the most disparate activities, but always ends up finishing second to her.

He, thus, begins to meditate on the cruelest of revenge, a real “Last Game”: he would have made Kujō fall in love with himself, and then shatter her heart in a blatant way. The transition from theory to practice, however, proves more complicated than expected, as Yanagi – although he does not want to admit it – begins to find himself really attracted to his rival of all time.

6. Horimiya

Original Run: February 2007 – December 22, 2011
Number of Volumes: 10

Kyōko Hori is a bright and popular high school girl, contrasting with her classmate, Izumi Miyamura, a gloomy boy and supposed otaku wearing glasses. Outside of school, Hori is a homebody who dresses simply and takes care of the house and her younger brother Souta. One day, when Souta returned home injured, he was helped by a stranger with multiple piercings.

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This person is revealed to be Miyamura. While surprised that he is a different person at school, Hori is upset when Miyamura saw his true appearance at home, but the two agree to keep their true selves a secret from their classmates.

5. After the Rain

Original Run: June 27, 2014 – March 19, 2018
Number of Volumes: 10

Akira is a 17-year-old girl who works in a family restaurant after school. She is secretly in love with the restaurant manager, Masami Kondo, a 45-year-old divorced man with one child. He is neither handsome nor charismatic, just an ordinary man, a little tired, disillusioned, aware of his situation and his advancing age.

4. Noragami

Original Run: December 6, 2010 – present
Number of Volumes: 24 + 2 special

Hiyori Iki was a normal middle school student until she was rammed by a bus trying to save someone from being run over. The stranger wears a sports suit and a scarf and later turns out to be God Yato. This incident causes her to become half an ayakashi, a demon. When she meets Yato again and learns that he is a god, she asks him to help her get back to normal. But Yato recently lost his sacred weapon (shinki) – another supernatural being who serves a god and strengthens his power.

He is also only a very little-known and therefore weak god. When both are attacked by an Ayakashi, Yato chooses a boy’s ghost as the new Shinki and names him Yukine. This turns out to be a good weapon, but is very insecure and impetuous due to his early death. Even with Yukine’s help, Yato cannot help Hiyori at first. When he turns to Tenjin, god of education, he sees that his former weapon Mayu now serves him.

3. March Comes In like a Lion

Original Run: July 13, 2007 – present
Number of Volumes: 16

Rei Kiriyama, a 17-year-old professional shōgi player, lives alone in Tokyo. Having no more family and very few friends, he prefers to live alone after distancing himself from his adoptive family, but the loneliness weighs on him. The only people close to him are Akari Kawamoto, a young single woman, and her two younger sisters, Hinata and Momo. In contact with them, he will gradually assert himself, and mature as a player and person.

2. Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Original Run: May 19, 2015 – present
Number of Volumes: 25

The Shūchiin Academy is a prestigious school where the country’s future elites, almost exclusively the children of the rich, continue their studies. Within the high school students’ office, the two brilliant exemplary models of the academy, the vice-president Kaguya Shinomiya and the president – from a modest background – Miyuki Shirogane, conceive of love in a particular way: they are attracted to one by the other, but it is impossible for them to confess their feelings because of their too much pride, even if a semester has passed.

Indeed, considering the correlation between inequality of love interest and the relationship of domination in a relationship of this ilk, they each conclude that whoever confesses first, will become the “loser” of the couple and will inevitably come from there. to be submitted by the other. Thus begins their daily life filled with various plots and other stratagems to force the other to confess his feelings.

1. Kimi ni Todoke

Original Run: May 25, 2006 – November 13, 2017
Number of Volumes: 30

The high school student Sawako Kuronuma is loathed by her classmates, as various rumors manifested in the school that she could see ghosts and curse people. The reason for this is the similarity of her name to Sadako, a character from the Ring.

Many students fear her presence and avoid her as much as possible. Only the new and very popular student Shōta Kazehaya treats her like any other girl. One day they get the opportunity to talk to each other, which turns their entire life upside down.

With his help, she tries to make new friends and to talk to strangers like any other schoolgirl. She is almost exaggeratedly grateful for his support and a close relationship slowly develops between the two, which has to overcome many hurdles.

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  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.