Hello. We are back into our weekly recommendation (insert the clap sound effects here). I am currently so in love with manga. Not like I have not fallen in love with this one medium, but recently I am so absorbed into it because with manga, I can easily cram 2-3 episodes worth of anime faster and with more detail also.
But anyway, today’s topic is about 25 best shoujo manga of all time. From this title alone, you can expect there will be so many love stories, cliches, and stuff, and of course it would be dedicated to females (duh, it is shoujo after all). So yeah, I will assume that you are all interested in this specific demographic before you dive in.
If you ask me why manga? Why not the anime? Would it be the same if I recommend the anime instead? Well no, and actually no. It is not. There are few reasons why manga is a better choice (not saying that anime is the worse one. You get the point).
First, there are some parts in the manga that would be cut out because of various things. Second, as I said, it is simply faster by reading the manga rather than watching the anime. And last but not least, there are some of these titles that have not been adapted into anime yet. And they are good.
And as usual, I will use Myanimelist as my reference when it comes to score. I will also not include some of my trademark (that is an exaggeration I know lol) cheeky and sassy comments for these entries, and only talk about the synopsis only. Thus, it would be more comprehensive to understand. Hopefully.
Okay, when the rules are clear, we can now start by number 25:
Best Shoujo Manga of All Time
25. Missions of Love
Yukina Himuro, a third year junior high school student, has a reputation as the “Absolute Zero Snow Woman” by her classmates based on her cold gaze and demeanor. Yukina is also a popular novelist. Yukina wrote the story but the ratings fell.
One day, Yukina overhears the student council president Shigure Kitami, who is popular with girls and good manners, rejecting one of the girls who confessed his love for her, she then writes something down in the book Yukina sees. Yukina approaches Shigure with info and makes him do something for and for him which she calls “Mission”.
24. Vampire Knight
Yuki’s earliest memory is a stormy winter night when she was attacked by a renegade vampire and saved by Kaname Kuran, a pure-blood vampire. Ten years later, Yuki is adopted by the daughter of the director of the Cross Academy, Kaien Cross, and has become the guardian of the vampire race.
At her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend whose hatred of beings who destroy everything he loves makes him never trust them. This coexistence arrangement seems fine, but have the vampires really given up on their way of killing them, or is there some darker truth behind their actions?
23. Hibi Chouchou
Whenever Suiren Shibazeki came by, heads turned at her cute and charming looks. In elementary school, boys paid so much attention to her that she avoided her altogether. In high school, she attends an all-girls school hoping to avoid unwanted attention, but she is still suffocated by her classmates’ prey.
After graduating from high school, Suiren returns to mixed school and takes center stage again. One day a boy named Kouha Kawasumi, a talented karate student who is equally quiet, saves him from a group of boys. Thus, start a heartwarming romance that blossoms between the two soft-spoken youths.
22. Say I Love You
16-year-old Mei Tachibana decides she does not need friends because they just hurt her. She is the complete opposite of Yamato Kurosawa, the most popular boy in school, who dated several girls in his year. Mei’s aloof behavior immediately caught the attention of Yamato, who vows to be her friend no matter what.
The two teenagers soon get into an unusual relationship, much to the chagrin of Mei and her jealous classmates. As they get closer, Mei must determine whether or not his affection is real and whether she has the courage to say “I love you”.
21. Cheeky Brat
Yuki Machida, a sophomore high school student, is the manager of the school’s basketball team. During the welcoming ceremony, she meets Sho Naruse, a cheeky student who is a year younger than him and also joins the basketball team. Day after day, Sho tests her patience with his selfish and lustful comments.
However, Yuki falls in love with the basketball team captain Kido, who recently got a girlfriend. One day Sho learns of Yuki’s feelings for Kido. After the last game of the year, Sho admits to Yuki that he is in love with her and declares he will win it. Yuki confesses her feelings to Sho and they become a couple.
20. Strobe Edge
Middle school student Ninako Kinoshita has never fallen in love with anyone until she meets her popular schoolmate Ren Ichinose while taking the train to school. She gradually falls in love with him when she meets him, although she has to face the fact that Ren is already in a committed relationship with Mayuka Korenaga, a model and older sister of her friend Daiki, whose love confession
Ninako rejects and its subsequent ups and downs Relationship with Ninako’s best friend Sayuri Uehara. Through Ren, Ninako is also introduced to her friend Takumi Ando, who, despite her inclinations as a girl, is completely in love with her.
19. High School Debut
While in high school, Haruna Nagashima immersed herself in the game of softball while secretly dreaming of finding a romance, but to no avail. For her, high school has just started and now is the perfect opportunity to fall in love with a potential boyfriend. But there was one problem: she did not know where to start.
On the first day of school, she accidentally runs into You Komiyama, the most popular boy of the year. With his stunning looks, Haruna was sure he could help. The handsome boy reluctantly agrees to teach him love on one condition: she must not fall in love with him.
18. My Little Monster
Shizuku Mizutani is a so-called “study-bug” who does not really care about her classmates and instead strives to become a successful professional like her mother. Her world changes, however, when she is bribed to deliver the notebook of the delinquent Yoshida Haru, the school dropped out after a fierce battle that stopped him.
Despite the aggressive introduction, Haru soon becomes convinced that they are friends and even goes so far as to confess his love for her. As she spends more time with Haru, Shizuku learns that behind his tough outward appearance, he has a kind and honest soul.
17. Ao Haru Ride
Futaba Yoshioka is a 16-year-old high school student who tries to adapt to his peers by acting “unfeminine” because her classmates have ostracized him out of jealousy in the past. One day she meets Kou Tanaka, his first love who had previously moved to Nagasaki in high school. Kou, who today bears the surname “Mabuchi”, has become a completely different person than she knew back then.
At the beginning of the new school year, Futaba decides to make positive changes for herself and as a volunteer as a class representative. She is accompanied by Kou and his classmates, who all feel connected to one another.
16. Last Game
Born into a wealthy family with a high social status, Naoto Yanagi is not only rich and spoiled, but also intelligent, luxurious, handsome and has never lost to anyone before until Mikoto Kuujo transitions into his class. The two are completely opposite, as Mikoto is poor and very practical and has almost no knowledge of emotions.
They developed a one-sided rivalry where Naoto fought her on all fronts but, to his dismay, always suffered defeat. Vowing to win against hwe at least once, he follows Mikoto through middle school, high school, and eventually college, where he challenges her to one “final game” to decide which of them is better.
15. Daytime Shooting Star
Suzume Yosano has lived in the countryside for 15 years of her life. When her parents decide to move abroad for work and leave her with her uncle in Tokyo, she finds himself in a whole new environment. However, on the way to her uncle’s house, she got lost and passed out.
When she wakes up safely at his uncle’s house, he learns that a strange man has brought him there and that he is an acquaintance of her uncle. When Suzume first goes to her new school, she also discovers that the strange man in question named Satsuki Shishio is actually her class teacher.
14. Snow White with the Red Hair
Shirayuki is the friendly herbalist of Tanbarun whose quirky red hair ends up attracting unwanted attention from the vain Prince of Tanbarun, Raji Shenazard. Remembering the unattractive offer to become his concubine, Shirayuki cut her hair and fled the country overnight.
Then she meets Zen Wistalia, a prince from the neighboring country of Clarines. When Zen takes a bite of the poisoned apple that Prince Raji sent to reclaim Shirayuki, she expertly uses the potion at his disposal to heal him. With Zen and his two friends Kiki and Mitsuhide, Shirayuki travels to Clarines, where she wants to build a life as a pharmacist in the palace.
13. House of the Sun
Mao has lived in Tokyo since childhood and enjoys spending time with the Nakamura family. After experiencing difficult circumstances at home, she finds happiness in the Nakamura household. However, that feeling was lost when Mr and Mrs Nakamura died after a tragic incident.
Mao, now a high school student, her parents divorced and her father has decided to remarry. Hiro Nakamura, Mao’s childhood friend, learns that her parents have abandoned her and offers Mao to live with him. Mao decided to stay there until she could reconcile with her father and return to his original home. As they spend their days together, Hiro and Mao become even closer.
12. From Me to You
15-year-old high school student Sawako Kuronuma, nicknamed Sadako by her classmates for her resemblance to a character from The Ring, has always been feared and misunderstood for her appearance; Rumors at school said she could see ghosts and curse people. However, despite her ominous appearance, she is actually a cute and humble girl who only wants to help.
She had been avoided for so long that the idea of making friends was foreign to her. When the popular boy Kazehaya talks to her, everything changes. He finds himself in a new world, making new friends and talking to other people.
11. Dengeki Daisy
When Teru’s older brother dies, she has little more than a cell phone with the address of an elusive character named Daisy, whom Teru’s brother says she will be taken care of. Daisy becomes Teru’s strength over the next few years as he faces his own life.
One afternoon after bullies are mysteriously expelled from the student council, Teru accidentally breaks a school window, resulting in her working for a grumpy and cruel school guard named Tasuku Kurosaki. When Teru starts working for the ominous school janitor, his feelings begin to transcend those of master and servant, and she begins to question Daisy’s true identity.
10. Lovely Complex
When the above-average height of 172 cm Risa Koizumi finds out that her arch-nemesis, the above-average 156 cm Atsushi Ootani, has a romantic interest in her friend, she decides to team up with him. After all, she also has feelings for his friend. Unfortunately, however, their respective crushes fall in love instead.
Determined to find new love after their recent misfortune, the two decide to encourage each other while maintaining their usual dynamic of constant bickering. Even though they keep denying it, Risa and Ootani are more alike than they admit: they both have bad grades, the same appetite, and a tendency to behave very childishly.
One morning Naho Takamiya receives a letter claiming to be himself in 10 years. The letter revealed a number of events that would take place that day. At first Naho thought it was a joke; But when the letter mentions a student named Kakeru Naruse who actually switched to his class that day, she is forced to believe what it says.
As Naho continues reading the letter, her future self mentions some regrets and urges Naho to make the right decision now. And somehow, these regrets all seem to be connected to Kakeru.
8. Cardcaptor Sakura
Sakura Kinomoto is an energetic and sweet 10 year old girl who attends Tomoeda Elementary School. One day, not long after entering fourth grade, Sakura finds a mysterious book called “The Clow” hidden in her father’s bookshelf.
When opened, a small winged creature with an Osakan accent exits the book and introduces himself as Keroboros, a Seal creature who guards magical cards known as Clow Cards and prevents them from leaving the book. Unfortunately for the posh guards, the Clow Cards seem to have escaped and now it is up to Sakura to catch them before the cards unleash their powers and wreak havoc on Tomoeda.
Seika High School was an all-boys school but has since grown to be co-edge. Misaki Ayuzawa is the first female president of the school’s student council to be nicknamed “Devil President” due to her mastery of aikido and enforced iron rules.
But Misaki has an embarrassing secret: she has to work at a maid café to support her family. If anyone in his school found out, his reputation would be completely destroyed. And after Takumi Usui, the most popular boy in school, discovers his secret, what she fears may possibly happen.
6. Ouran High School Host Club
Haruhi Fujioka, scholarship holder of the famous Ouran Academy, a fictional school for wealthy children in Bunkyo, Tokyo. In search of a quiet place to study, Haruhi finds the abandoned Third Music Room, the place where the Ouran Academy Host Club, a group of six male students, meets to entertain female “customers” with sweets and tea.
During their first meeting, Haruhi accidentally destroys an antique vase worth 8,000,000 yen and has to pay off debts as a club errand boy. Her short hair, casual clothes, and gendered face made the hosts mistake him for a male student.
5. Fruits Basket
Honda Tohru is an orphan who has no other place than a tent in the forest until the Souma family brings him in. However, the Soumas are no ordinary family and they hide a big secret: when hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into animals of the Chinese zodiac.
Now Tohru Souma must help Kyo and Yuki hide their curse from their classmates and friends Arisa Uotani and Saki Hanajima. As he is pulled further into the mysterious world of Soumas, she meets more families and makes friends along the way. She then learns that this curse has caused much suffering and has broken many Soumas.
4. Kamisama Kiss
As she sat on a park bench collecting her thoughts, Nanami Momozono met a strange man who was hanging from a tree because he was being chased by a dog. After saving him from the dogs, he learns that the man’s name is Mikage.
After learning about Nanami’s current situation, which is a perfect example of how good deeds are rewarded, she gives her house as a token of gratitude. He accepted the offer because he was homeless. When Nanami arrives at Mikage, she is surprised to find that it is not an ordinary house, but a shrine of worship.
3. Skip Beat!
16-year-old Kyouko Mogami follows her childhood friend and love interest Shoutarou “Shou” Fuwa to Tokyo to support him as he works on his dream of becoming a top idol in the entertainment industry.
But after learning that Shou thinks of her as nothing more than a housemaid, she vows to retaliate by getting into the entertainment industry herself and beating him after his own game. However, Kyouko’s revenge plan suffers an immediate setback when she is rejected by her chosen talent agency. Fortunately, the agency president gave him a second chance and placed her in the newly created “Love Me” section.
Nana Komatsu is a naive, unmotivated girl who spent her high school years chasing crush after crush. Although she is constantly faced with failure in her search for love, her mood is never tarnished. Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is resolute and proud. She fell in love with music and was a member of the band.
However, when faced with a choice between her relationship and her music career, she chose the latter and broke up with her boyfriend. Two girls with the same name but very different ambitions sit together on their way to the city and, as fate would have it, end up sharing the same apartment. Then a deep and unique bond is forged where they support each other.
1. Yona of the Dawn
The Kouka Kingdom was once ruled by a human-shaped red dragon. By his side, four dragon-blood warriors helped him lead the kingdom to prosperity. Time passed and this story became a legend to tell the children. As the only daughter of Kouka, Yona lives a peaceful and easy life.
He falls in love with his cousin Su-won and is protected by his bodyguard Son Hak. After her beloved Su-won staged a bloody coup and killed her father, Yona just had to run away with Hak by her side. Surrounded by enemies on all sides, the exiled princess still longs to save her kingdom.