[NCent] Shoujos (Japanese Mangas) Recommendations

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Here we go with part 2! I love reading shoujos even more than reading shonens because I am a romantic at core (and a masochist since I love to watch/read stuff that make me cry…). Hopefully you will like my list! :3 

I love reading shoujos even more than reading shonens. With beautiful drawings (who can resist cute girls with big shining eyes?) and a focus on love, each of the following mangas are pulling my heartstrings strongly. I read a lot of shojos and I find myself to be the expert over shojos among my friends. Here is a list of my favorite ones. A special mention to Ai Yawawa and Yumi Tamura, the two mangakas who only writes masterpieces.

The shoujos of our childhood:

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  • Sakura Card Captor by Clamp
  • Sailor Moon by Takeuchi Naoko

Older shoujos that sticks with me:

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  • Hana Yori Dango by Kamio Youko 🙂
  • Marmalade Boy by Yoshizumi Wataru
  • Yami No Purple Eyes by Sinohara Chie

Fun and Lighthearted shoujos

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  • Skip Beat by Nakamaru Yoshiki
  • Switch Girl by Aida Natsumi
  • Beauty Pop by Aira Kiyoko
  • Ultra Maniac by Yoshizumi Wataru
  • Mint na Bokura by Yoshizumi Wataru
  • Datte Suki Nan Damon by Yoshizumi Wataru

Cute shoujo

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  • Aishiteruze Baby by Maki Youko

Cute Romance

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  • Tokyo Juliet by Kitagawa Miyuki
  • Itazura na Kiss by Tada Kaoru
  • Kare First Love by Miyasaka Kaho
  • Lovely Complex by Nakahara Aya
  • Get Love!! Soccer Prince by Ikeyamada Go
  • Kimi Ni Todoke by Shiina Karuho ❤
  • Tomo-Chan wa Onnanoko! by Yanagida Fumita ❤

Sad mangas, but also sweet

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  • Tonari no Atashi by Nanba Atsuko ❤
  • I am not An angel Tenshi Nanka ja Nai by Ai Yazawa ❤
  • Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa
  • Sand Chronicles Sunadokei by Hinako Ashihara 🙂
  • I Give My First Love To You Boku NoHatsukoi o Kimi Ni Sasagu by Kotomi Aoki ❤
  • We Were There Bokura ga ita by Yuki Obata 🙂
  • Orange by Takano Ichigo 🙂
  • Comme Elles Ano Ko to Issho by Fujisue Sakura
  • Ao Haru Ride by Sakisaka Io

If you want to cry, this is for you!

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  • Fruits Basket by Takaya Natsuki
  • 7 Seeds by Yumi Tamura ❤
  • Basara by Yumi Tamura ❤ 🙂
  • Nana by Ai Yawawa ❤ 🙂

I put a ❤ for each strongly recommended shoujos to try-out. The two last categories are my favorites because the stories are extremly well written/drawn. We truly fall in love which each manga’s heroine as they go through the hardships of love. For a shoujo to be good for me, it needs a lot strong and likable heroien. She can be mary-sue, but she cannot be annoying. Next, I like the story to make me feel. Sweet or angsty, as long as I can connect to the characters than I am happy. Finally, I also want to mention that I despise very much any mangas that talk about 1) Love between siblings and 2) Love between teachers. I know these are themes coming up a lot in dramas and a lot a lot in shoujos, but in general, I just try to boycott them as much as I can (unless they are true masterpieces).

Sidenote: Intellectualkitten’s recommendations have 🙂 next to them.

That’s, hope you liked my post ^^

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38 thoughts on “[NCent] Shoujos (Japanese Mangas) Recommendations

  1. maoh says:

    The ones that I finished reading from this list are Itazura na Kiss, Lovely Complex <3, Bokura ga ita, Paradise Kiss <3, Ao Haru Ride, and I am reading Orange. I liked all of these but Lovely Complex is by far my favorite. I really loved the anime and manga, even if I was frustrated most of the time ^^

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    • Yeah! A fellow shoujo fan! And you read a lot, like me hehe
      I love Lovely Complex too, the couple is so funny. They may not be perfect height wise, but they are a total match in every other categories!

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      • maoh says:

        I do like Shoujo but I dont read it as often anymore. As I have gotten older, I find Josei more interesting. Paradise Kiss and Nana are Josei. But yes I have read a lot of shoujo manga ^__^

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      • wow, maybe I should search a bit more about Josei genre. I always put everything in the shoujo category haha
        Paradise Kiss and Nana are both so good!! I still read them, but it is harder to find good mangas these days as I already did a few round of the most popular ones ^^

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      • intellectualkitten says:

        Haha, Basara and 7 Seeds are also considered as Josei. They are basically shojou for a more mature audience. So the setting is no longer middle school or high school 😛

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      • maoh says:

        yes it is hard to find good mangas these days :/ Another Josei that I like is Princess Jellyfish, it is really funny and cute. Some other popular ones that I have not read are Honey & Clover (one of my friends loves it), Nodame Cantabile, and Chiyahafuru.

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      • Thanks for all the recommendations! I like the drawing style of Princess Jellyfish so I may try that one out soon :O
        I remember reading Honey&Cloud back then, but it didn’t still to me too much. I heard of Nodame Cantabile, but never tried it yet either.. Will put them on my to read list :3

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  2. Yami No Purple Eyes was so promsing at th begining but then smth went wrong as like all Shinohara Chios work. I like Tamura Yumi so much, 7 seeds is incredible work.

    I’d like to recommend Ikuemi Ryo. Her stories are bittersweet and a bit intensive, they worth attention. She has many really good mangas like Principals,Kiyoku Yawaku, Ketchup Mayonnaise,Watashi ga Itemo Inakutemo,Cousin, Torch Song Ecology and many others

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    • Yami No Purple was actually the first shoujo that scared me, those eyes are creepy! But the drawings are so pretty and I do love the story. 7 Seeds is the best! I recently convinced Ikitten to read it too and she has been obsessed ever since hehe
      Ikuemi Ryo has really pretty drawing style, reminds me a bit of Tamura Yumi as both are very realistic drawings. Thanks for the recommendation, I will definitely give them a try. Whenever I have difficulty to sleep I check out some shoujos. This one seems good for that purpose ❤

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      • I don’t like Red River because it is anti-historical bullshit as many other mangas that cover history of country’s outside of Japan. And her all charters are the same.

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      • Oh I read a bit of Anatolia Story. Really liked the beginning, but the shoujo was just so long and apparently, based on reviews, the female character doesn’t really mature much. So I decided to stop. The drawings were really pretty too, maybe one day I will pick it back. I think mangas are the best when portraying Japanese culture, but that was one of the good “foreigner” works ^^

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  3. Fabi says:

    Shoujo is my thing like yours.

    I don’t know how many and I can’t say the names of all the shoujos I’ve watched.

    I’m not watching any anime anymore. But I still watch the TV’s drama version of anyone that gets my attention.

    Sailor Moon was the first shoujo anime I watched in the year of 1996.
    Once upon a time I was obsessed with Sakura too.

    I always say that Japanese TV series of the 80’s and 90’s together with the awesome animes from these periods of time that made me so interested about watching other forms of entertainment from Japan and beyond Japan.

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    • Yeah, I just read mangas randomly. xD It took me a while to track down all the ones above because I suck at remembering Japanese names xD
      Sailor Moon was so good back in the days! It is the legendary shoujo of all time. And I still think that even today, not many mangas can compete with it when it comes to prettiness. Sakura was so good and cute, and the costumes are just .. *fangirls* But yeah, when you get out and realize how unhealthy some relationships used to be.. sigh..
      Japan has a crazily well developped entertainment world that includes mangas, animes, video games, music (Jpop), dramas, and so much more! That is the reason all my friend want to travel to Japan to visit, even more than China or Korea. xD

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  4. Pooh says:

    Actually I never read manga you’ve been post but I watch the drama itazurana kiss all version(taiwan, japan&korea) also hana dori yango but I think taiwan version is the best than others version (even there is lee min ho at korean version)..so,which story do you think will suitable for our LY&WC as OTP? 😉😉

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    • Totally! Especially when it comes to shoujos, the best adaptations always end up being Taiwanese, with sometime Japanese (Hana Yori Dango was soo good!). Thailand’s Mike D’Angelo specialised a bit in that genre before and was doing well too. China’s shoujo-to-drama game is not that strong. As for Korea, well, everything they adapt end up becoming makjangs. xD Which is fine for many, but not my cup of tea.
      OMG, thanks for that question!! I immediately thought about itazurana kiss! That would be the most perfect for them :3 Marmalade Boy, Devil Beside You, Why Why Love, etc. There are so many choices!! I am thinking of any cute romance with a cold/handsome male lead and a cute female lead. xD OMG, let’s ship those two to Taiwan to do a really cheesy one 8D

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      • Pooh says:

        Yes..thailand’s version is good too, I have ever ship both the otp too at that time before I found mike already have a son even not married yet…sighh..korean version a little bit weird, I think because the actress not cute enough when acting (ariel & barbie are the best)….just imagine how cute both of them potray in Itazurana Kiss as WC said LY is a good kisser hahahaha..

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      • Yeah, Mike’s past does sound messy. But he is such an eye candy ~~
        Yes! And they kissed each other so many times already xD So, there will be 0 awkwardness between them ^^

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  5. ChocolateCosmos says:

    Despite reading some shonen mangas, I’ve read a ton of shoujos. I remembered an old laptop of mine where I had 100 + bookmarks purely on shoujo mangas. It gotten so big to the point where I have forgotten half of the ones I was going to read. I understand when you said you have forgotten some of the titles. For me I always have trouble recalling the titles and mangaka names lol. Only the well known ones like Sailor Moon do I recognize right away 😛

    In the “sad mangas, but sweet” category I’m pretty sure I bookmark every one except Sand Chronicles ( I went to search each of these mangas on this post with google and I saw the art lol). I think I’m a sucker for that type of story as well. I think back then there were less translators and not a lot of people were reading it as much as the lighthearted ones so the updates took forever. Also some manga hosting sites shut down and at that point I kept on hoping I would come across a website that did have viruses or so many ads.

    In terms of oldies, Sailor Moon wins them all out. I would follow along with my cousin when we were kids so that we can go borrow more volumes of Sailor Moon from the public library ( I think the library only let around 3 books per person). I think we had from dvds, cds, posters, wallpapers, and even cards of the Sailor Moon franchise. I also remember a Luna plushie as well lying somewhere in my cousin’s bedroom before. Sakura Card Captor was the anime I watched when there was no Sailor Moon or Pokemon lol. I didn’t read Yami no Purple Eyes by Chie Shinohara , but I’ve read her other work (Red River).

    The very last shoujo I recalled finishing was Last Game. I think nowadays a lot of shoujos either take it slow with the romance or they just go straight for it and then drag the conflicts for many chapters. If not you get the ones with the harem and at that point open endings become so common for that harem type.

    The oldies were gems ❤

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    • Haha, yeah! It is hard to learn Japanese and some titles are like one line long @_@ I also do that! I search good shoujos and save a whole list in my bookmarks.. and leave them there. I do go from time to time, but I end up deleting the list after a while 😛
      What I like with Shoujos is must of them are short. So even if they are less hyped, we can get an ending and a complete translation.
      SAME! Went to the library to borrow Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Naruto, etc.. Basically, my favorite activity as a kid was to go read at the library :3 Omg, I wish I had your goodies ❤ They sound so cute and awesome!
      I like the oldies, but also the new ones. For me, as long as it cute and can make me cry, I will like it xD

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  6. Cat says:

    Hm. I am super old school. Daughter of the Nile/Crest of the Royal Family and Glass Mask (girl with a thousand masks). How many years now and still no ending for wiThe of these. Meh.

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  7. I actually took interest in reading mangas after watching Hana Yori Dango. It also made me realize that Meteor Garden’s still the best version (very biased of course lol). I couldn’t continue reading though as much as I wanted to because I tend to be really lazy but thank you very much for this! Might actually use this for reference someday 😉 and I love how most titles here are familiar to me because of Taiwanese dramas haha

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    • intellectualkitten says:

      Yes, Taiwanese dramas often picked up the most classic mangas to adapt, so they all have amazing plots 🙂
      For me, it was the inverse, I got into dramas thanks to Hana Yori Dango xD

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  8. Shee says:

    Saw Basara’s image and clicked in! Recently finished it and really loved it! Realized that a lot of mangas I like are in the sad but sweet categories, especially Orange. Even though I have gotten older, shoujo would always have a place in my heart ❤

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    • Same! ❤ Basara as well as most of the mangas I list here are mangas that I will go back to read from time to time. If someone ask me for recommendations, I would also pick from here :3

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  9. fiveinone says:

    if you like shojos which can make you cry, the most recent one that I had read was Your lie in April. it’s really T_______T

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