Shoujo manga is the most popular genre for young readers. These typically involve romance as the main storyline and present you with the ideals themes like including “love at first sight” and “love makes life beautiful.” Don’t take it in a negative way, but the shoujo genre is like a fantasy romance dream world for many girls.
Most of these anime shows/manga revolves around high school couples. So, if you’re looking for some cool shoujo manga, then you can find a bunch of good ones here. Without anymore bragging, shall we get into the list of best shoujo manga? I’ll take it as a yes.
Best Shoujo Manga to Read!
13. Kiss Him, Not Me! (2013-2018)
If you like light-hearted and hilarious shoujo manga, then you should go with this one. It has a pretty decent artwork along with enough humor to make you laugh hard. But what makes it more gloomy is its plot. You might’ve come across a shoujo manga where a girl ships two guys and a girl who has her reverse harem fantasy. If you combine these both, you’ll get this manga. It is definitely worth the read, so why don’t you give it a shot?
Kae Serinuma is a second-year high school student with an otaku personality. She has her fantasy, and that would be an obsession over boy’s love. Serinuma loves to see her classmates fall for each other, and she enjoys the environment. However, one day she watches an anime where her most beloved character dies, she gets utterly depressed. She spends a week without attending school and refuses to leave her room. But when she recovers from the depression, she notices a change in herself. The fat Serinuma becomes slim and beautiful. Now can she still go on with her fantasy after such a change?
12. Wolf Girl and Black Prince (2011-2016)
A desire for acceptance is the most anxious thing one could experience. And this shoujo manga portrays the same concept in the most beautiful way. The premise is not so unique, but it is not forgettable either because it makes you feel nostalgic. In a way, it is funnier than a heartful one, but in the end, you’ll like it for both aspects. So, we guess this might be your cup of tea. After all, it is one of the greatest shoujo manga ever.
Erika is a normal high school girl, but when it comes to love life, she lies to her friends about having a boyfriend to avoid humiliated. But the issue gets complicated when she randomly snaps a photo of a stranger and soon realizes that he is a popular boy in the school. Erika explains the situation and asks for his help. But Sato isn’t a kind-hearted person as he agrees on the condition if only she becomes his “dog.” Soon Erika gets to learn about his positive personality and falls for him.
11. Anonymous Noise (2013-2019)
Love triangles are always astonishing for the complications and screenplay. Anonymous Noise is one of the shoujo manga that represents this genre perfectly. The story starts with Nino singing her songs to the ocean as she holds a promise from both of her childhood friends. When her lover, Momo, and music composer Yuzu separates from her in childhood, they make a promise that her music reunites them.
As destiny favors them, the three meet in the same high school. While Nino attempts to keep their promise, Yuzu’s feelings for her from childhood arise, and Momo tries to avoid their reunion. Will they be able to keep their promise in these complications of the love triangle? You must read this shoujo manga at any cost because you’ll love it to your heart’s content. After all, it is one of the best shoujo manga of all time.
10. Blue Spring Ride (2011-2015)
Blue Spring Ride is more of an emotional ride than just a typical shoujo manga. Fate always reconciles true love, and Blue Spring Ride is a perfect example of it. Futaba Yoshioka is always bright and attractive among her classmates. But felt ostracised by other girls and she was able to avoid it because of a one-person, Kou Tanaka, who she shared a shelter once from rain. They both even plans to meet later at the summer festival, but due to a misunderstanding, Tanaka disappears from her presence.
Not forgetting what happened, Yoshioka becomes an entirely different person once she used to be at her school. Now in high school, she tries to recover her past self, and soon the fate makes its move by bringing Tanaka into her life. But this time, there is something that changed about him along with his name. We think you’ll like this shoujo manga and enjoy it to the fullest.
09. Kimi ni Todoke (2005-2017)
If you want a personal opinion on this manga, I’d say, this is my favorite one of the list. However, tastes can differ from person to person. It might be slow and frustrating at some times, but you won’t be able to enjoy it unless you endure those. In other words, Kimi no Todoke is a shoujo manga with anxiety building storyline and some of the beautiful moments. So, make sure to add this shoujo manga to your list right now.
Her classmates always misunderstand Kuronoma Sadako for her timid behavior. Even though she tries to get along with them, they refuse. It is only because her appearance resembles the ghost from “The Ring” film. Left with nothing to do, she tries to live a normal life until she gets drawn to the most popular boy in the class Kazehaya Shouto. Can this change of fate make her new friends and is there a chance of romance debut in her life? I guess you can find it after reading this fantastic shoujo manga.
08. Dengeki Daisy (2007-2013)
Dengeki Daisy captures shoujo in its way and presents you with the most fantastic story. Once you finish reading this shoujo manga, you need at least a week to move on to the next one. If you ever feel like spending your most precious time, then make sure you use it to read this lovely shoujo manga. Unlike your typical shoujo manga, it shows a more in-depth relationship between the characters. In other words, you’ll feel blessed for reading this one.
Teru Kurebayashi receives the only phone from his brother who passed away and got reminded to contact “Daisy” whenever she needs something. And thanks to that, her life has been going smoothly without any loneliness. However, she thinks of paying her debt to Daisy and finds a job at an inconsiderate school janitor, Kurosaki. While her relationship with the janitor is quite the opposite from Daisy, she somehow feels that both the worlds are connecting.
07. Fruits Basket (1998-2006)
Since we’re in 2020, you should’ve already heard about this shoujo manga. Its reboot has been quite successful from the past two years, and the anime show did live up to the manga. Fruits Basket has the most beautiful story and heartful characters. If you can’t love this manga, then probably your heart is made of stone. For the people who love reading school-life shoujo manga, you should read this one. With a heartful message and a satisfying ending, it makes your heart pound.
Tooru Honda becomes an orphan when her mom passes away, and soon she works part-time and lives in the woods in a small tent. But when the Soma family, where Yuki is her classmate offers her a room at his residence, she gets close to them. Soma family has a type of curse that makes them turn into their zodiac forms (animals) when hugged by the opposite sex. Can Tooru help Yuki and his people to get rid of the curse? And did she get a new family?
06. Horimiya (2012-present)
Horimiya is one of those gems of school romance. You’ll love it alone for its art and story. And the characters and the presentation of the plot is everything for this masterpiece. The story may not involve heavy fantasy drama or twists and turns, but it is a simple story that can make you feel pleasant with each chapter. In other words, it is not your typical shoujo manga, but it is a perfect manga for shoujo lovers. So, make sure you add it to the list right now.
Kyouko Hori is an admirable and bright student in her school, but she does have a different side. Her parents often go away due to their work, so she has to take care of her younger brother and the housework. Meanwhile, Izumi is a gentle person, but we can call him an Otaku for now. They both cross their paths outside the school and finds out they’re exact polar opposite to each other, but their other sides are almost the same. Where will this new relationship lead them?
05. Lovely Complex (2001-2007)
Before reading this amazing shoujo manga, we should warn you. This manga can make you go crazy along with a lot of tearful and happy moments. The couple in this manga is the sweetest I’ve ever witnessed and believe me, its worth it. With a perfect blend of comedy and romance, it’ll take you into a different world. And it takes only a few chapters to hook you up which is very comfortable for any manga reader. So, we’d suggest you read this shoujo manga if you love rom-coms.
Risa and Otani are two similar personalities when it comes to their love life. Risa is a bit taller than a normal girl, and Otani is a bit shorter than the average boy. They both are always laughed at as a comedy duo and even not dating anyone individually. However, this won’t let them down as they both cheer each other despite all these situations. Along the way, Risa realizes that she has feelings for Otani. Can this love bloom on both sides? I guess you’ll find it out once you read it.
04. Orange (2012-2017)
As you know, Orange is already a popular anime with lots of romance and feels. In the beginning, you might say Orange is just a typical shoujo manga, but once you get to the real part, you’ll contradict yourself. In other words, the premise might not be something immense in the beginning; you’ll love it over time. In the end, it hits you right in the heart without holding back. Anyway, you should be reading this shoujo manga since you’re here to choose a good one.
One morning Naho receives a mail ten years from the future. The letter predicts the moments that are going to happen in the future. At first, she doesn’t believe them, but when the letter mentions a transfer student Kakeru Naruse, she has no other choice but to believe it. When the letters become filled with regretful, Naho has to correct the decisions she makes. Somehow all of these incidents relate to Kakeru Naruse. Knowing that Kakeru won’t be with them in the future, will Naho able to change her fate?
03. Ouran High School Host Club (2009-2010)
Just in case if you watched this anime, you’re going to get an extra dose from the manga. Manga has a much deeper storyline which makes it more worthy. The mangaka created a beautiful setting with interesting characters. Taking character traits and far fetched ideas into consideration, this manga doesn’t lack anything so easily. It is not just a shoujo manga but also a comedic type one. You get to read a manga with a beautiful blend of comedy and high school life.
The story takes place in Ouran High School, where most of the students are rich. There exists a host club by a group of boys. A poor scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka meets them accidentally and breaks a valuable basal. Even though she doesn’t have any interest in joining the club, to pay her debt, she agrees. Tamaki Suou teaches her how to behave in the club. The crazy adventures of Ouran High School host club are just beginning. If you want to witness them, read this exciting shoujo manga.
02. Skip Beat (2002-present)
If there is anything in this list that is different from the other ones, then it is Skip Beat. Of course, in good ways but it is mostly a unique shoujo manga with a slightly different concept. Mostly, people skip it because they don’t find the summary as impressive as other shoujo manga. But trust me, when you get into the story, you’ll be glad that you didn’t abandon it. Overall, this one’s recommendable for the people who wish to read unique shoujo manga.
Kyouko admires Shou for his passion and even has a love interest in him. She follows him to Tokyo to support him while he works hard to achieve his dream in the entertainment industry. But soon she finds out that Shou sees her as a mere housekeeper, she swears to avenge him by beating him at his own game. However, her revenge plan fails when she gets rejected by an agency. But when the director of the agency gives her a second chance, she can finally start her journey.
01. ReLIFE (2013-2018)
Finally, we have ReLIFE here. You may find many types of romance manga, but you won’t find another implausible manga like ReLIFE. Despite making your heart flutter, it tells you and makes you think about your life. Sometimes you even wish to have a life as in the ReLIFE world. The artwork in the manga is too beautiful to ignore and overall, you’ll fall in love with this incredible shoujo manga. After all, it is one of the greatest shoujo manga of the decade.
Arata Kazaki leads a tough life and always wishes to change his past to make the right decisions. But since he can’t change the past, he depressingly continues his life until Ryou Yoake meets him. She offers him a pill that can revert him to his young age. Ryou is an employee of the ReLife research institute, and Arata has to live an ordinary high school life as a part of the research. At the end of the year, he’ll get a job as a reward. Can he make it possible with his adult mindset and years of forgotten lifestyle?
It seems like we’ve reached a conclusion. So, here we have completed the list of best shoujo manga, and we also picked the best ones to your liking. If you wish to choose the best one on the list, make sure you read it entirely and select one for yourself.
We hope our post is helpful to you, and also we wish you good luck in enjoying these beautiful shoujo mangas. Well, what do you think of our list? And what is your favorite shoujo manga? Is there any other manga you want us to include on our list? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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