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LIST OF MANGA WITH ACTUAL ROMANCE (Last Updated January 2021) + Alphabetical Spreadsheet

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In lieu of the previous list about Anime with actual romance I've decided to release the unofficial sequel, and delve into the manga side of things.

Quite frankly, romance in manga is infinitely better than it is in anime with tons of more hidden gems, so it is a shame when almost every romance manga rec threads end up getting the exact same recs of popular series' each and every time.

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Introduction
Welcome to the romance manga list. This is a list of manga that highlights the romantic quality present within them (subjective of course) alongside a few other things, for quick and easy searching. The goal of this list is to not only bring attention to underappreciated series', but to also answer common recommendation questions, about notable tags. The list is divided into multiple sections, each of which will be explained below (also an explanation on the spreadsheet itself). A majority of the information present regarding the manga will come directly from MangaDex, as that is a far more reliable source from manga compared to say, MAL.

*Note: In seeing the list, you will inadvertently be spoiled to some extent on things romance related within the series, so do take precautions


Name
It's......the name. Ones with '(H)' indicate they're hentai doujinshi's, whereas ones with '(S)' indicate they're smut (story with sex scenes involved) manga. '(GL)' indicates yuri manga, and '(BL)' indicates yaoi manga.

*Note that hentai doujinshi's are only acceptable if they contain more than 1 chapter (although that may be subjective to change), as well as containing some actual story to it. For now, there are no plans on including pure oneshots (not counting ones included in Anthologies) however that is subject to change fuk it, oneshots too are allowed, so long as there is an actual proper story to them

Type
Defining whether the entry is either in manga, light novel, Web Comic, Oneshot (Anthology) or manhua format (any non-Japan series would be inputted as "Manhua")

Country of Origin
Where the series originates. For series' that have dual Japanese release (usually with some Korean comics), it will be marked with ideally what is represented on MangaDex

Kiss
Whether or not there is a proper kiss somewhere within the series.

For a Kiss to be counted, it has to have been either purely consensual, or consensual enough within the context i.e., a surprise kiss from the main partner. It also needs to have been explicitly shown, or at least implied enough to get the point across i.e., a kiss behind a curtain where only the silhouettes are shown

Sex
Same as above, except with whether the characters have had intercourse or no.

Similar as above, the actual sex itself has to be mostly consensual, with the context/tone of the series being taken into account. In other words, rape does not count, but a typical josei smut "she says no but is really saying yes" would (unless it pretty much becomes borderline rape then fuk that shit). There should be either: explicit showcasing they had sex e.g., Honnou Switch, or explicit/partially implicit showcasing that sex shortly followed e.g., Horimiya, Kimi ga Kirai na Koi no Hanashi

Demographic
The target demographic of the series

Chapter Count
Indicates how many chapters of the series are currently translated (in English), not including official releases. Ideally, chapter amounts would be taken from MangaDex, or any other well known site (Mangafox, Bato, etc.)

They are also colour coded to give a quick sense as to the overall length,




*Note firstly, this will be updated every once in a while when I end up feeling like it, so it may take some time for all the series' to be filled. Secondly, for series' with constantly updating chapters (like Kaguya-sama for instance), it would be difficult for me to constantly update the list each and every time, so be wary when looking at those kinds of series'


Genres
The genres of the series, as taken from Mangadex if available (because MAL has way too basic tags)

Romance Content
How much romance is present within the series. For simplicity, this will be divided into 3 categories




*Note that for some series', these classifications only apply to the latest currently translated chapter available, so they are subject to change a lot

Type
The overall tone (i.e., mood, atmosphere) of the series




Notable Themes
Various tags designed to help filter out different aspects of a series that one might be looking for




Requesting Additions
In order to request an addition to this list, simply leave a message stating the following information:
Please do not PM me or leave a comment on my profile.

      Manga Name
Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
      MAL/MangaDex Link
      How Far Does the Romance Go? (Full couple development? Mostly teasing until the end? Hardly any progress?) (Indicate whether you'd say it's 'High', 'Normal' , or 'Low' based on the criteria)
      Do The Protagonists Kiss and/or have sex?
      Any Other Relevant Information/notable themes taken from the options above? (optional) (Please also include the Tone of the series if you can)

For example, if you want the addition of the manga Mairimashita, Senpai, you would leave a message saying:

Manga Name
Mairimashita, Senpai

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Manga, Japan, Shoujo

MAL Link (if applicable) (Please do not hyperlink this)
https://myanimelist.net/manga/103562/Mairimashita_Senpai?q=mairimashita&cat=manga

How far does the romance go?
The romance goes quite far. They get together pretty much at the start and the series focuses on their development. Overall, high amounts of romance

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Yes, they do. Both of them

Any other relevant information
Super mature relationship with lots of both flirting, and communication. Very normal tone

Deviations from this format are okay. The important thing is that the message and information is clear in order for there not to be any misunderstandings.


Suggesting Changes
If you notice a typo, error, or any kind of misrepresented information, simply leave a message stating what is wrong and how it should be fixed. There is no need to follow a format.

Please not that there are bound to be disagreements regarding what qualifies for this list. It is impossible for me to fact-check every submission so I just have to trust the word of the submitter. An manga might have a kiss scene, but is the kiss out of love is it coerced? I obviously cannot check out every manga to check this, so there might be some information on this list that is taken out of context. Therefore, if you feel as if something should not be on this list, please point it out to me and explain why it should not be on here, and I will do my best to consider your reasoning and apply appropriate changes.

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Whee! I already told you this, but good job on creating this list!

Let me already give you some additions (lol)



I'll be back with more :)

Anyways, good job! I'll be looking forward to seeing this list fill up.
 
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I also added, for future reference for suggestions, please indicate both the overall Tone of the series as well as what you would label the RC as (High, Medium, Low)



Phloup said:
Whee! I already told you this, but good job on creating this list!

Let me already give you some additions (lol)



I'll be back with more :)

Anyways, good job! I'll be looking forward to seeing this list fill up.

merci beaucoup

although I have to say,

Manga Name
Armor Amour

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic
Manga, Japan, Josei

MAL Link
https://myanimelist.net/manga/85991

How far does the romance go?
Fairly far, they already going out at the start of the manga.

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Yes, both (sex is implied)

Any other relevant information
Early Couple; Pure Wholesomeness; Strong Relationship


this one's already there under its alternate name 'Ama Ama' lul











 
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Short_Circut said:

this one's already there under its alternate name 'Ama Ama' lul


Huh, I probably should've checked the synonyms too.

And for the RC and tones:

"Watashi ga Inakute mo Shiawase ni Natte Kudasai" Nante, Fuzakenna.
RC: Medium
Tone: In the middle of normal and dark, but probably more normal

Bonnouji
RC: High
Tone: Light

Fukakai na Boku no Subete wo
RC: Medium
Tone: Normal

Fuufu Ijou, Koibito Miman.
RC: Medium
Tone: Normal
 
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Nov 8, 2020 10:41 AM
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Oh my, this list is just begging me to add some. I'll definitely find some of my favs not on this list later. (`▽´)
 
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Nov 8, 2020 11:23 AM
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Might add some more later. Here are some for now. I tried to stay away from the short things that are obvious romance (like all the BL i read ^^;) All of these are manga btw.

Manga Name
See You Later, Mermaid

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Japan

MAL Link (if applicable) (Please do not hyperlink this)
https://myanimelist.net/manga/125422/See_You_Later_Mermaid

How far does the romance go?
I wanted to avoid reccing short series with an obvious focus on romance but this BL is just so top-tier.

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Yes and yes (only in tankoubun for the sex)

Any other relevant information
Childhood friends -> lovers
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Manga Name
Sensei Kunshu

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Japan, Shoujo

MAL Link (if applicable) (Please do not hyperlink this)
https://myanimelist.net/manga/56233/Sensei_Kunshu

How far does the romance go?
They get together early on, date, eventually get married. They have a kid in the epilogue.

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Yes and yes.

Any other relevant information
Some semi-relevant love triangles, but they don't overstay their welcome. Student-teacher relationship.

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Manga Name
Superior/Superior Cross (sequel)

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Japan, Shounen

MAL Link (if applicable) (Please do not hyperlink this)
https://myanimelist.net/manga/1533/Superior

How far does the romance go?
So much ANGST. Professing their love... Yeah.

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Yes and no.

Any other relevant information
Enemies to lovers :pensive:

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Manga Name
10-manbun no 1

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Japan, Shoujo

MAL Link (if applicable) (Please do not hyperlink this)
https://myanimelist.net/manga/95578/10-manbun_no_1

How far does the romance go?
They get together in like, chapter 3. Then it's about their relationship and the TRAGEDY.

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Yes and yes

Any other relevant information

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Manga Name
Futsugyou: Dansou Majutsushi to Kin no Kishi

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Japan

MAL Link (if applicable) (Please do not hyperlink this)
https://myanimelist.net/manga/121340/Futsugyou__Dansou_Majutsushi_to_Kin_no_Kishi

How far does the romance go?
ML swears fealty to her, not knowing she is female.
Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Yes and no.

Any other relevant information
No real love triangles.
—-
Manga Name
Yamada-kun to Lv999 no Koi wo Suru

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Japan

MAL Link (if applicable) (Please do not hyperlink this)
https://myanimelist.net/manga/125052/Yamada-kun_to_Lv999_no_Koi_wo_Suru

How far does the romance go?


Do the protagonists kiss/sex?


Any other relevant information
Slight age gap? College student + high school boy. There's love triangle shenanigans.
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Manga Name
Akatsuki no Yona

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Japan, Shoujo

MAL Link (if applicable) (Please do not hyperlink this)
https://myanimelist.net/manga/21525/Akatsuki_no_Yona

How far does the romance go?


Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Yes and no

Any other relevant information
Childhood friends, Love triangles, Strong relationship. Lots of focus on other stuff, so not a strong romance tone.
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Manga Name
Raise wo Chikatte Tensei shitara Taihen na Koto ni Natta

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Japan

MAL Link (if applicable) (Please do not hyperlink this)
https://myanimelist.net/manga/124704/Raise_wo_Chikatte_Tensei_shitara_Taihen_na_Koto_ni_Natta

How far does the romance go?
Nothing yet besides dates

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Don't think so

Any other relevant information
Huge age gap. He was older in previous life, now she is older. So ig both ways.
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Manga Name
Mahoutsukai no Konyakusha

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Japan

MAL Link (if applicable) (Please do not hyperlink this)
https://myanimelist.net/manga/113115/Mahoutsukai_no_Konyakusha

How far does the romance go?
They get engaged super early. Get married after volume 2? or 3, idr.

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Yes and implied

Any other relevant information
Childhood friends, mental age gap (she is older in her mind if you combine the previous life.) Slight love triangle stuff, but played more for angst!!
 
 
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@stinghy I present to you the unofficial award for having the 1st BL entry on the list :P

also, how depressing does 10-manbun no 1 get? Are we talking about having to classify it as 'Dark' tone depressing, or just tugging on the kokoro levels depressing lol


@Phloup and once again, merci


Phloup said:

Manga Name
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

shivers
 
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Short_Circut said:
@stinghy I present to you the unofficial award for having the 1st BL entry on the list :P

also, how depressing does 10-manbun no 1 get? Are we talking about having to classify it as 'Dark' tone depressing, or just tugging on the kokoro levels depressing lol


Hmmm, like, I definitely cried, but I cry easily, so it doesn't say much. It's overall uplifting (everyone is so supportive). I wouldn't say it's dark, just sad. :'(

I've read it a few times and each time my kokoro cries.
 
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Short_Circut said:

Phloup said:

Manga Name
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

shivers


lol
 
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Phloup said:


Short_Circut said:


shivers


lol

thank you for thy contributions



Manga Name
Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Manga, Japan

MAL Link
https://myanimelist.net/manga/110737

How far does the romance go?
Not very far.

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Nope, neither

Any other relevant information
Pure Wholesomeness; Gyaru; No Love Triangle

RC: Low
Tone: Light

Honestly never understood the appeal of those types of series', but oh well



also wtf is with that husband going back to fuck his wife series lmao, the cover makes it look like some ugly bastard hentai
 
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Short_Circut said:

Honestly never understood the appeal of those types of series', but oh well



also wtf is with that husband going back to fuck his wife series lmao, the cover makes it look like some ugly bastard hentai


Yeah, the "teasing" type of romance definitely seems to have become more popular recently. I find them to be rather cute, but it's definitely not for everyone.

Also, that other manga essentially is just an ugly bastard wanting to take his wife's virginity. It's a really creepy and messed up concept, but I actually enjoyed this one (it's probably a guilty pleasure type of manga). But I have a feeling that it isn't your type of manga, so probably avoid it (lol)


Also, another one:
Manga Name
Tsurutsuru to Zarazara no Aida

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Manga, Japan, Seinen

MAL Link
https://myanimelist.net/manga/63775

How far does the romance go?
The couple start dating very early, but after that, there relationship does not make any significant progress

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Kiss, yes. Sex, no.

Any other relevant information
Early Couple; Pure Wholesomeness

RC: Medium
Tone: Light
 
 
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Phloup said:
Short_Circut said:

Honestly never understood the appeal of those types of series', but oh well



also wtf is with that husband going back to fuck his wife series lmao, the cover makes it look like some ugly bastard hentai


Yeah, the "teasing" type of romance definitely seems to have become more popular recently. I find them to be rather cute, but it's definitely not for everyone.

Also, that other manga essentially is just an ugly bastard wanting to take his wife's virginity. It's a really creepy and messed up concept, but I actually enjoyed this one (it's probably a guilty pleasure type of manga). But I have a feeling that it isn't your type of manga, so probably avoid it (lol)


Also, another one:
Manga Name
Tsurutsuru to Zarazara no Aida

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Manga, Japan, Seinen

MAL Link
https://myanimelist.net/manga/63775

How far does the romance go?
The couple start dating very early, but after that, there relationship does not make any significant progress

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Kiss, yes. Sex, no.

Any other relevant information
Early Couple; Pure Wholesomeness

RC: Medium
Tone: Light

yea, I always found that with teasing series', it really depends on the intensity of the teases as well as how the one being teased reacts. Like something like Bunny Girl Senpai or Pretend-Lovers Serenade I find to be a good balance but ones like Takagi or (from what I hear) Nagatoro are just more infuriating/annoying than cute xdd, but to each their own I guess.



y'know now I'm morbidly curious in checking out that weird manga






 
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Thanks for creating this list, as well as maintaining the romance anime list. Definitely going to add many of these to my reading list.
Here we go again...
 
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The hero we don't deserve but need. Imma keep this on watched. If I can find more, I will do what I can to add them.
 
 
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Manga Name

Kyuuai Étranger

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic

Manga, Japan

MAL Link

https://myanimelist.net/manga/120507

How Far Does the Romance Go?

It depends on which chapter we are talking about. This manga is a collection of various short stories, so not all the chapters have the same level of romance. But I would say most chapters have high level of romance.

Do The Protagonists Kiss and/or have sex?

Well, it's a hentai manga, so the main characters do have sex. And luckily, there are kiss scenes as well.

Any Other Relevant Information/notable themes taken from the options above?

Kyuuai Étranger is a hentai manga, so you might not expect much romance to be there, but it is one of the very few hentai manga that, I believe, actually has plenty of romance. There isn't even any sort of harem. Every story features two characters who are actually in love with each other, or at least have some genuine feelings for each other, which makes all the stories much more enjoyable to read.
 
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EddyFiend said:
Thanks for creating this list, as well as maintaining the romance anime list. Definitely going to add many of these to my reading list.

whatever it takes to get those series' out there :P


@IrrelevantGuy thanks for the series, love me some good wholesome hentai


Highjacking this reply to talk about some updates:

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Chapter Count
Indicates how many chapters of the series are currently translated (in English), not including official releases. Ideally, chapter amounts would be taken from MangaDex, or any other well known site (Mangafox, Bato, etc.)

They are also colour coded to give a quick sense as to the overall length,




*Note firstly, this will be updated every once in a while when I end up feeling like it, so it may take some time for all the series' to be filled. Secondly, for series' with constantly updating chapters (like Kaguya-sama for instance), it would be difficult for me to constantly update the list each and every time, so be wary when looking at those kinds of series'


2.

I have now added a way to filter the list by the specific tags, in the event you want to search all the series' classified as such. Unfortunately, because Google Sheets is a giant asshat which doesn't allow 'Viewers' to have access to dropdown lists, I had to use a more bruteforce method. Currently there are 2 different options;

- The first, is having all the tags present on a single sheet with the corresponding series' listed below them, where you would have to scroll left and right to view the different tags and their series' (this sheet is labeled as Beta #1)

- The second, involves having each tag on its own separate sheet, so you can just pick and view whichever specific sheet you want in order to see the series'


I am looking for feedback on which method is more preferred, so it'd be nice if I could get some there



3.
Planning on adding "Tomboy" as a tag in the future











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My recommendations


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Manga Name
Taiyou no Ie

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic (if applicable)
Manga, Japan, Shoujo

MAL Link
https://myanimelist.net/manga/26736/Taiyou_no_Ie

How far does the romance go?
Implied marriage at the end.

Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Kiss

Any other relevant information
None

this one is already there kek


 
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Some recommendations from me :

 
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@Syureria

Manga Name
Velvet Kiss

Type, Country of Origin, Demographic
Manga, Japan

MAL Link
https://myanimelist.net/manga/22638/Velvet_Kiss

How far does the romance go?
I don't really understand, as far as they continue this relationship. I also doubt whether sexfriend can be categorized as romance but


Do the protagonists kiss/sex?
Yes and yes, Almost all chapters

Any other relevant information
What is love?

This is not hentai manga, it's true theyre always have sex. I like this manga because some of the stories in this manga are real that Was happend on real life and teenagers are caught in it. Is it just about fucking a girl having sex? of course NO ... I recommend this for those of you who want to have new experiences in romance, and also what is Tears?


this one is already there, but thanks for the other 2!


About the LN (Kanojo no Imouto to Kiss shita), does the MC literally waver between his gf and his step-sister lmao? Or is he like completely devoted to gf?
 
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About the LN (Kanojo no Imouto to Kiss shita), does the MC literally waver between his gf and his step-sister lmao? Or is he like completely devoted to gf?
This is still a mystery, I only read until chapter 12 and it is the most recent.

MC is still hesitant about choosing a step sister or GF, but in volume 1, the step sister appears more frequently than GF. For now Imouto win, xD.

I prefer Imouto than GF, lul
 
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Syureria said:
Short_Circut said:
About the LN (Kanojo no Imouto to Kiss shita), does the MC literally waver between his gf and his step-sister lmao? Or is he like completely devoted to gf?
This is still a mystery, I only read until chapter 12 and it is the most recent.

MC is still hesitant about choosing a step sister or GF, but in volume 1, the step sister appears more frequently than GF. For now Imouto win, xD.

I prefer Imouto than GF, lul

damn so is this like semi-NTR then where the MC spends all the time with the imouto and then will eventually break up with his gf lol.

idk why this happens so much with pre-existing couples in shounen-y romances :P