Romatic Manga with Strong Heroine
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Akuma to love song features an unusual shoujo heroine and is a brilliant manga.
Skip beat is another such manga but you have seen the anime and at least in my opinion, from the end of the anime ownwads, the manga starts dragging on with silly arcs that consist of simply throwing more bishounen into the soup.
Cat street, ashita no ousama and beauty pop also feature somewhat strong female characters. Beauty pop has some hilarious comedy as well. Also look at tokyo crazy paradise; the main female character is a true badass :) Happy Hustle high also has a tomboy heroine who feels no need to rely solely on a man to get through life.
Kimi wa petto is a wonderful josei manga with a strong and smart heroine who discovers that being strong and smart is not always enough to survive in society. If you are beyond college age and entering the work force, you will probably love kimi wa petto. Do not let its premise discourage you.
I can find more shoujo/josei titles but I want to give you some seinen ones as well; I hope you will not reject them before at least taking a look at them. The primary one I have in my mind is Wakusei no samidare; in my opinion, it is a great manga with an awesome "heroine"!
Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge is also worth looking into, its characters are pretty interesting.
Billionaire girl is also worth looking into; the main character is not precisely what you are looking for; although she is devilishly smart and intense in her work, her utter devotion to it has left her emotionally empty and she is now starting feel the dread of loneliness. There are some similarities between this manga and the Spice and Wolf anime (it is not in your list and even though you demanded manga, you cannot beat Spice and Wolf for having a heroine with precisely the qualities that you demand; I recommend it very strongly), as they share the same creator.
Then we have some action manga like Battle Angel Alita; its romance is not pronounced but is very intense when it is there.
Omoide Emanon is one of the most beautiful manga in terms of art and atmosphere; its heroine is an extremely intriguing character and you will probably keep thinking about her condition long after the end of the manga.
Ghost in the shell also has one of the strongest heroines ever, but there is no romance, at least not in any conventional sense.
Superior has a very interesting "heroine" whose heart is slowly changed by the main character. Its quality drops a little, however, near the final chapters.
Great teacher onizuka also has some very strong female characters, even though the main lead is a guy. It also has a much better end than the anime.
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Chiiko from Sekitou Elergy wants words with you. Now.
Maybe Sana from Kodocha, if you've yet to read that, too. She has more about her than most depictions of female adults in manga.
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