Best shoujo mangas
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It depends on your taste and what you're in the mood for.
♦ After School Nightmare - very psychological
♦ Skip Beat! - hilarious
♦ Cat Street - wonderful character development for the main lead
♦ Fruits Basket - a great story with a focus on family, gets heavier as it progresses
♦ Akagami no Shirayuki Hime - has a surprisingly non-ditzy lead
♦ The Bride of the Water God - the detailed art is extremely impressive
♦ Aishiteruze Baby - very sweet story
♦ Ludwig Revolution - hilarious, dark comedy
♦ Karakuri Odette - there's something about this manga that makes it stand out in a good way, despite the cliché premise
Jan 17, 2010 12:34 AM
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Well, it's hard to say what are the "best" shoujo mangas because there are many different sub-genres. I would second Mars (although it gets a little heavy at times) and Fruits Basket (which has a slight "magic" element). Actually, all of the recommendations so far are pretty good.
Since people are most likely to give you the names of some "popular" titles, here are a few lesser known titles, if you're so inclined to read them:
If you don't mind really long series, Basara is a very much under appreciated epic fantasy.
Another good series which isn't completed yet is Akagami no Shirayuki Hime, which is another fantasy. Although it's not "school slice-of-life," the innocent romance reminds me of Koukou Debut, Kimi ni Todoke, and the like.
As for comedy, Otomen makes me L-O-L, seriously. It is itself a parody of all shoujo mangas, and there is even a parody within this parody. The novelty of the idea of the story does get old after a while, however.
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-Kimi no Todoke
-Absolute Boyfriend/Zettai Kareshi
You can also use the advanced search engine to find shoujo manga by selecting the "shoujo" tag. Scores will be listed on the right.
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Jan 17, 2010 12:07 PM
Joined: Feb 2007
Wow, seems like there are a lot of good recommendations already. Here are the ones I like in particular though (omitting the ones I see in your list, and some that I see have already been recommended):
Also, you might want to check out stuff by Sumomo Yumeka. Some of her stuff is yaoi, but I love her art style, and her stories are usually cute. Mostly collections of one-shots though, if that's your thing.
Yazawa Ai also has some neat shoujo manga. I like NANA best so far. Prepare tissues.
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