Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Bring the Girls out!

I have a list of the TOP 25 SHOUJO manga I am CURRENTLY reading! I didn't want to add any complete Shoujo manga in the list, because, as we know, a Shoujo manga is only as good as its end!

 Many Shoujo lists you find on the web are the old greats, and they are repeated, e.g. Fruits Basket, The Wallflower, Hot Gimmick, Hana-Kimi, etc. etc. Then there are other greats which are simply not my dish, e.g Vampire Knight...
So those are still recommended.

Although I cannot avoid the cliché shoujo, I will try and give a variety.

Speaking of which I am starting this journey by introducing Eight manga that were on my original list but didn't make the final cut...
Nevertheless, I recommend you check them out!

  • Shiawase Kissa Sanchoume 
Author: Matsuzuki Kou
Genres: Shoujo, Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Harem
Summary: Takamura Uru takes her mother’s remarriage as an opportunity to strike out on her own and begin a part time job. Filled with the thought of “If only I could make someone happy…”, she begins working at Café Bohneur, a shop famous for cakes; but the employees, Ichirou-kun and Shindou-san, turn out to be incredibly unsociable. These two, though frightening at first glance, begin to change something inside of her. This is the start of a romance about Uru’s search for happiness.
Reason it didn't make the list: It is a complete manga. It ends after 15 great volumes. One of my all time favourites. Although categorized as Harem, it is not the typical kind that I find the category a bit remains a romantic hilarious slice of life.

  • Strobe Edge
Author: Sakisaka Io
Genres: Shoujo, Comedy, Drama, Romance, School life
Summary: Having no experience in romance, the vibrant Ninako curiously explores the meaning of what "love" really is, and is surprised to feel a colorful range of emotions as she grows closer to the school heartthrob, the quiet yet gentle Ren, who also happens to be involved in a longtime relationship. With every intention of keeping her head held high, Ninako prepares to face the mental pain of this one-sided love that she had allowed to take root, facing a series of trials that would either contribute to her growth as a headstrong woman, or break her as it did with other girls.

However, is this really a one-sided love? Or had something been silently sown in the most hidden part of Ren's heart?
Reason it didn't make the list: It is a complete manga. It ends after 10 volumes.

  • Chocolate cosmos
Author: Haruta Nana
Genres: Shoujo, Comedy, Drama, Romance, School life
Summary: Sakurai Sayuki was born with sharp eyes that make her look like she's always angry, even though she's not. Because of her looks, students around her misunderstand her as a bully and scary girl when in fact she's "a romantic". After 15 years without a boyfriend, she started off her high school year with hopes of love...
Reason it didn't make the list: It is a complete manga. It ends after 4 volumes.

  • Natsume Yuujinchou 
Author: Midorikawa Yuki
Genres: Shoujo, Comedy, Drama, Supernatural, School life

Summary: Natsume's just an ordinary kid, except he can see spirits, just like his grandma Reiko could. Reiko, though, used to bully the spirits, and bound them to her will in the "Book of Friends". Now that Natsume has inherited this book, a never-ending stream of spirits is coming after him. But that doesn't mean there aren't malicious spirits trying to kill him. Which is where Madara (called Nyanko-sensei by Natsume) comes in; Madara serves as Natsume's bodyguard and spiritual advisor of sorts, even though he is motivated by his own desire to possess the Book of Friends.

Reason it didn't make the list: I recommend the anime over the manga. They follow the same story but the art in the manga was hard for me to get used to. The Anime is amazing, all four seasons!

  • No. 6
Author: Asano Atsuko Artist: Kino Hinoki
Genres: Shoujo, Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Tradegy
SummaryThe story is set in "No. 6," a future model city in 2013. Raised as a top-ranking elite since the age of 2, a boy named Shion lives in an exclusive area in No. 6. On the night of his 12th birthday, he rescues a boy who calls himself "Nezumi" ("Rat"). Nezumi ran away from the city's Special Security Area. From that moment on, Shion's life is changed forever...
Reason it didn't make the list: Although I should have seeing as its alternative to the cliché; However I do also recommend the anime over the manga. 

  • Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru
Author: Aoki Kotomi
Shoujo, Romance, Drama
Summary:  Ogasawara Aki is the reclusive, idealistic composer of the popular band Crude Play. Discontented with his life and with no drive to succeed, he meets Riko, the 16-year-old grocer's daughter in a band consisting of her childhood friends, and asks her to be his girlfriend on a whim. Riko, young and innocent, agrees immediately, but worries about her new boyfriend, whom she suspects has just broken up with a woman he cared very much for.
Reason it didn't make the list: Its interesting! I do recommend it. I like how the POV switches between Aki and Riko. Riko is also not the annoying type of protagonist. The mood just throws me off sometimes. I don't know where its going. Currently on Vol6.

  • Obaka-chan, Koigatariki 
Author: Sato Zakuri
Genres:  Shoujo, Comedy, Drama, Romance, School life 
Summary: Since childhood, Neiro has been known for being good at fighting, making people fear her and giving her the title of Kansai's strongest woman. Wanting to find romance, she decides to transfer to a high school in Kanto. Instead, what faced her was a specially assembled class of delinquents. Reason: I'm used to the crazy, strong girl plot. The boys don't get a lot of action. Currently on Vol4.

  • Issho ni Neyou yo
Author: Takao Shigeru
Genres: Shoujo, Romance, Drama, Psychological
Summary: Ichiko Usami is a fifteen-year-old runaway girl. One day, while she’s loitering around the riverbed with nowhere to go, a masked boy named Kohaku suddenly appears in front of her! Ichiko faints and Kohaku takes her to the mansion he shares with several others. Even while lost in wonderment at the individualistic residents, Ichiko gradually opens up to them. But why is she somehow frightened by the fallen children shoes?
Reason: Its a bit confusing due to the psychological category. Not very romantic. 


Please free to check them out and let me know what you think! They're all ones I have enjoyed reading or am currently enjoying!

Now that theses are out of the way, we are free to start on our TOP 25 Shoujo! These would have more details!


PS. Manga details were taken from MangaUpdates!


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