Top 25 Romance Manga You Can’t Afford to Miss!

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Romance manga isn’t the rare or unexplored genre, yet it always brings the readers’ newest content.

Whether it be ShoujoYuriYaoi, or other sub-genres, every romance manga consist of lovely and alluring characters.

So, why don’t we get into the list of best romance manga without wasting any of your precious time?

Best Romance Manga List!

1. Horimiya

Hori and Miya, two different lives (although classmates) but hide the same personality inside. When they get close to each other, their lives take a turning point.

I can’t resist but make Horimiya no.1 on the list because there haven’t been that many anime and manga that hit me in the feels.

But Horimiya, with a perfect story, humor, characters, and on-point romance, left me speechless, and in the end, it became my favorite romance manga.

Both paperback and Kindle editions are available in the link below!

2. Skip Beat

Kyouko moves along with his lover, who decides to become an idol and works hard to make his dream possible. Unfortunately, he finds her boring, and Kyouko swears she’ll beat him in his own game.

Usually, revenge-based stories don’t contain much romance. But this one is a pleasant surprise for me and you as well.

It has a standard storyline, exciting characters, and never lets you down throughout the read.

Both paperback and Kindle editions are available in the link below!

3. Given

Ritsuka Uenoyama got bored with everything, even with his passion, playing the guitar. But once he meets Mafuyu Sato, a vocalist, everything feels different in his life.

Given is a masterpiece of the yaoi manga genre. If you’re into boys’ love manga, then this one is a completed gold-standard romance manga.

A beautiful story with adorable characters that can make you cry, laugh, and be happy at times.

Both paperback and Kindle editions are available in the link below!

4. SQ: Begin W/Your Name

Sun Jing and Qiutong study at adjacent schools, and every day they meet at the bus station. For some reason, Sun feels Qiu’s smile as warm sunshine. Love?

Yet another odd and beautiful romance manhua on the list. Although it is a Yuri manhua, it is also a must-read for romance or shoujo lovers.

If you’re looking for a cutefluffy, and heart-warming romance manga, then this one is for you.

5. Kaichou-wa Maid Sama

Misaki Ayuzawa became the student council’s president and was known as “Demon President” for boys. But she has a secret as well since she works at a maid cafe.

When the most popular boy in the school, Takumi Usui, finds it out, he could now twist her around his little finger.

A story doesn’t need a strong base for it to be a pleasing romance and Maid-sama manga proves that statement.

With beautiful art, interesting characters, and hilarious moments, it is a perfect romance manga for you.

6. Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Kaguya and Shinomiya are the elites of the academy and also a part of the student council. They both have fallen in love with each other but won’t express it because of pride.

Instead, they try to make the other one confess. Begins the war of love, and who wins in the end?

Kaguya-sama: Love is War is a phenomenal romance manga with a unique approach. It is pure perfection with a great blend of comedy and romance.

It also has an anime adaptation with two seasons, and it has successfully adapted the manga.

Both paperback and Kindle editions are available in the link below!

7. Tonikaku Kawaii

Tonikaku Kawaii follows Nasa Yuzaki, who falls in love with Tsukasa at first encounter. When he immediately confesses his love, she agrees but on one condition.

I’ll go out with you, but only if we get married!” Here begins the beautiful newlywed couple’s journey with so many sweet, funny, and cute moments.

Right in the first chapter, this manga starts with an awkward scene and is super fun to read.

The main couple is cute, and romance is simply off the charts. So, make sure to read this fluffy romance manga.

8. A Bride’s Story

Otoyomegatari sets in a rural town of the 19th century and Amira Hergal comes through a distant village to marry Karluk. But it seems like it won’t be that easy.

Firstly, the art in this manga is splendid, making the viewer feel appreciative. It has a slice of life theme and never goes out of the story.

It also gives you a good meaning on the culture of Asia and how marriage practices tradition used to be.

Both hardcover and Kindle editions are available in the link below!

9. Love so Life

Shiharu, a high schooler who works at a daycare, gets an offer to babysit two twins belong to Seiji. Soon she falls in love with his family and him?

I feel bad for placing it in No.9 but for now, let’s hope you’ve found this, thankfully. Love so Life is more like a “no-regret” type manga.

It is heartwarminghilarious, and often makes you cry. So, you must read this one.

10.Taisho Maiden Fairytale

The story sets in the 19th century and revolves around Tamahiko, who loses his right arm in an accident. He is no longer considered an heir by his father.

Just when he wants to end this suffering life, Yuzuki, a teenage girl, comes as his bride to take care of him and also to become sunshine in his life.

Nothing is better than a bittersweet romance, and you have one right here. Everything is masterfully crafted in this beautiful story, and in my opinion, It is underrated.

11. Kimi no Todoke

Sawako Kuronuma is ignored by everyone in her class just because she resembles Sadako from the movie “Ring.”

But when class’s hottie Kazehaya becomes her only friend and gets close to her, a page of romance appears in her life’s diary.

Some people love this manga, and some people think it is dull. So it is up to you to decide what category are you in. But one thing is for sure; it is a fantastic romance manga.

Both paperback and Kindle editions are available in the link below!

12. Just One Smile is Very Alluring

LuWeiWei is a top-class player in an online game and also a beauty in her college’s department. But soon, she falls in love with the most popular guy in the entire university.

Naturally, Chinese romance manhua or drama have a separate fanbase. And this manhua is all you need to know why they’re so good.

It also has a Chinese drama with the name “Love 020.” I particularly love romance a lot in this one.

“There is also a live-action Chinese drama for this story, which is extremely romantic and alluring in every way. You can watch it from the link below!”

13. Pulse

Mei is a heart surgeon who lets off stress through sex and always thinks of it as a tool of joy but not affection.

But when she meets Lynn in the hospital corridor, her whole life changes, and will she finally learn the true meaning of sex?

Pulse is yet another yuri/GL webtoon with one amazing concept. The romance feels not only beautiful but also erotic and lusty.

Related: Read Pulse Manhwa: What a Bliss!

14. Cross Game

The story is about Kou Kitamura and his friends who are determined to fulfill the wish of the person he values dearly.

The concept mainly revolves around the game Baseball, and surprisingly, there is enough romance to spark a little interest in you.

The story is so good, and the concept of Shoujo romance is already very familiar among the youth these days.

Both paperback and Kindle editions are available in the link below!

15. Bonnouji

Ozawa has just got out of a relationship, and she meets Oyamada, a loner, and finds his personality attractive.

Soon they both get closer to each other, and a glint of romance sparks between them.

Bonnouji is a beautiful romance manga with a simple and sweet storyline. It feels cute and more realistic than regular ones.

The way it shows both the leads and how they led their lives makes you feel attached to the characters.

16. Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms

A man and woman meet again and again in three different lives through countless coincidences. Will they get together by facing all these trials?

Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms or Eternal Love is one of the most obsessive manhuas I’ve read. It also has a Chinese drama with the same name.

The artwork in this manga is truly astonishing, and the characters are very well-drawn.

“There is also a live-action Chinese drama for this story, which is heart-wrenchingly romantic and beautiful in every way. You can watch it from the link below!”

17. Dengeki Daisy

The story follows Teru, a kind girl who has nothing but a cellphone left by her brother before passing away.

The only source of Teru’s encouragement is Daisy, who connects with her through the cellphone.

The best selling point in the manga is its characters, and the flow of the story is flawless.

While the humor is quite attractive, the romance between the characters is so good.

Both paperback and Kindle editions are available in the link below!

18. Red River

The story follows a young girl named Yuri who gets transported to Hattusa by Queen Nakia to use her as a human sacrifice.

The only way for her to survive is by becoming the concubine of the empire. What awaits her in the future?

Red River is one of the most beautiful manga I’ve read, and with a constantly engaging plot, it never disappoints us.

The artwork is gorgeous, the characters are flawless, and literally, everything in this romance manga is perfect.

19. Last Game

Yanagi used to be No.1 at everything until Kujou joins his school. Deciding to beat her, he follows wherever she goes, and you know, the sweet romance begins.

Last Game is a twisted yet pure love story as it shows how desperate Yanagi becomes towards Kanagi.

It is an excellent combination of a sweet love story and intriguing humor. This romance manga will definitely make you read until the ending chapter.

20. Lovely Complex

The story is about a tall girl named Risa and a short boy named Atsushi who end up becoming classmates.

Explore their life journeys as how this unusual romance builds up between them.

This shoujo romance manga has gained a lot of popularity among manga lovers worldwide.

With a beautiful story, engaging characters, and hilarious moments, it constantly entices the reader.

Both paperback and Kindle editions are available in the link below!

21. Nodame Cantabile

Shinichi is a top-notch musician, and his phobia of flying makes him stay in Japan. When he meets Megumi, her musical sense makes him fall for her right away.

Music and Romance stick like bread and jam. This manga gives me the feels of “Your Lie in April” sometimes, although the plot differs greatly.

The characters, story, and music all are likable, and you would find romance more appealing between the main leads.

Both paperback and Kindle editions are available in the link below!

22. Emma

The story follows a maid Emma and a young son of a merchant William Jones who both fall in love, but society forbids this relationship.

The works of Kaoru Mori (mangaka) always show realism, and in this one, you can pretty much know why.

While the chemistry between the characters is undoubtedly unique, the story makes it even more impressive.

Both paperback and Kindle editions are available in the link below!

23. High School Debut

Haruna, a softball pitcher, has never been in love, and since she’s in high school now, she wants a shoujo manga-style relationship.

She hires Yoh, who doesn’t like girls since they always bring troubles but helps Haruna on one condition: not to fall in love with him.

High School Debut is one of the romance mangas where you find every chapter with not much surprise but yet can’t stop reading every one of them.

The characters are awesome and make the whole show exciting. So, you might as well add this one to your list.

24. Citrus

The story follows Yuzuko Aihara and Mei Aihara, two step-sisters who both form an unlikely relationship, and as it gets complicated, their love for each other grows.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Yuri manga, and with Citrus, it leaped into a whole new level.

Firstly, the artwork in the manga is gorgeous, and the characters are so good. With every chapter, it made me obsessive, and probably it’ll make you the same.

25. Futari no Rekai Shoka

The story explores the romance between a bookstore owner named Kanako and a teenager named Akio who loves reading books.

Futari no Rekai Shoka is a cute little love story with a fascinating couple. Although it has only a few chapters, those are more than enough to captivate you.

If you’re looking for a short romance manga with a sweet storyline, then this one is for you.

After having the whole banquet, wouldn’t it be nice to have a dessert? Well, here are a few more romance manga recommendations with a slight change in genres.

Shoujo Romance Manga Recommendations:

High School Romance Manga Recommendations:

Concluding Romance Manga!

Well, that sums up the list, and you have a whole lot of 25 lovely and amazing titles that can keep you occupied for at least a couple of weeks.

These romance manga on the list are all well-balanced with romance and plot. So, you’ll enjoy every one of them without any dissatisfaction.

So, what do you think about our list? Do you think any other manga deserves a spot on the list? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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Hanumanth Reddy

Hanumanth is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Anime Ukiyo. He's a seasonal anime watcher and shares his knowledge on anime through his writing. He loved anime for a long time and in the process of loving it more, he created this amazing website.

6 Comments

  1. Which manga is the middle panel of the title image from? 🙂

    1. Citrus (Yuri Manga)

      1. Yaoi Mangas are ways more popular that Yuri. Not These yuri here ><

        1. BL is more popular.

  2. Tenju No Kuni or Blissful Land should be in this list. Similar Manga as Otoyomegatari (a bride’s story)

    1. BL is way more popular. Its true.

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