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Manga that I Recommend (#3)

Previous Editions: 5 Manga that I Recommend | 5 More Manga I Recommend

*Remember to read Right to Left*

#11.) Dengeki Daisy

Genre: Romance, School Life, Mystery, Drama

Author: Motomi Kyousuke

Chapters: 80

Summary: Teru lost her older brother, her only living relative, to cancer while in middle school. Before he died, he gave her a cell phone she could use to contact his “replacement”, an entity called Daisy. Teru knows nothing about this person, besides the fact that their reassurance and comfort was the only reason she got up in the morning. Daisy is closer to her than she realizes and may not be the angel she believes him to be.

My Rating: An absolutely beautiful story. It gets a bit slow and tedious at parts, but they can be skipped over with little impact. Teru is a protagonist any reader will love and sympathize with.

#12.) Until Death Do Us Part

Genre: Action, Martial Arts, Drama

Author: Takashige Hiroshi

Chapters: 214

Summary: Haruka is a twelve-year-old girl with precognitive abilities (she can see into the future). She’s being targeted by criminal organizations all over the world and is kidnapped after finding her parents murdered in their home. Using her power, she sees the one and only person who can help her – a blind samurai struggling to live in modern society. He’s interested in the prospect of having more enemies to test his strength against and agrees to protect her “until death do them part”.

My Rating: The martial arts ranting can be a bit annoying, but I just skim through it and get to the action. I would’ve liked to see more interaction between Haruka and her bodyguard because they’re both immature and sarcastic, making a hilarious pair. Overall, I love it and think it’s a pretty unique read.

#13.) Sora Log

Genre: Romance, Drama, School Life

Author: Mitsuki Kako

Chapters: 15

Summary: Hikaru spent most of her childhood in the hospital and therefore looks at the world from a different perspective. She’s adorably naive, but her wisdom shines through when those close to her need reassurance. Her upperclassman, a quiet boy with blond hair, accidentally reveals that he, too, enjoys astronomy and Hikaru declares them to now be friends, despite everyone telling her to stay away.

My Rating: Cutest manga couple ever! Hikaru is just so adorable and lovable. She knows what she wants and goes for it, no matter what anyone else says. Plus, the drawing style is gorgeous and so detailed.

#14.) MiriamMiriam Vol.1 Ch.0 page 1 at

Genre: Adventure, Romance, Action

Author: Hikawa Kyouko

Chapters: 7 (each at around 200 pages)

Summary: Miriam is an orphan in the Wild West. She’s taken in by a sweet woman named Grace and learns what it means to have a happy family. Grace hires three young men to help her manage the ranch and they quickly become attached to the feisty little girl. As she grows up into a beautiful woman, she becomes especially close with one of the ranch hands. It will take a tragic twist of events to convince him of that, of course.

My Rating: Miriam is a beautiful story of people forming a family during difficult times. Plus, Miriam is the cutest and spunkiest protagonist. She whips all those adults into shape and rules over the ranch with an iron fist.

 #15.) Ichigo Jikan

Genre: Romance, Drama, School Life

Author: Kumagai Kyoko

Chapters: 11

Summary: Ichiko has been accepted into her dream school, but there’s a serious problem: she was promised a dorm to live in and when she arrives…no rooms are available. To appease her, the school sends her to a nearby apartment used by staff for temporary housing. She’s shocked to discover her new roommate is actually a boy and he’s not at all pleased with her being there.

My Rating: Ichiko and Ran are a great couple – she’s naive and intelligent, he’s hardworking and sarcastic. I read the whole manga in one sitting because every chapter was a cliffhanger and I just couldn’t wait to see what happened!

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5 More Manga I Recommend

First Edition5 Manga that I Recommend

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#6.) Haikei, Nanashi-sama

Genre: One Shot, Romance, School Life

Author: Naoda Tsuboko

Chapters: 1

Summary: Terao Chigusa is a very shy high school student who spends her free time working in the school’s library. She recommends her favorite book to the boy she has a crush on, but he instead passes the book to a friend, who just so happens to be Terao’s worst nightmare. Takaya can’t stand her simpering and snaps at her whenever possible, but he reads the book anyway and comes up with a plan…

My Rating: This is the cutest thing I’ve ever read. Seriously. As a shy girl myself, I always hoped something like this would happen to me.

#7.) Hanatsukihime

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Supernatural

Author: Hibiki Wataru

Chapters: 8

Summary: When Lys was born, her heart didn’t beat. In order to save her, her mother struck up a deal with a demon. In exchange for her life, the demon would lend Lys his heart for 16 years. Demons are unable to feel emotions and, out of curiosity, will link themselves to a human in order to experience them. Lys, now 15, supports herself and her companion, Siva, by dancing and other odd jobs. As her birthday approaches, she hopes to meet her demon and somehow extend their deal.

My Rating: A beautifully drawn story. Lys is a wonderful, kindhearted girl, but is an outcast of society because of the tattoo on her chest that symbolizes her deal with a demon. As a reader, you’ll quick find yourself siding with her and wishing her happiness. I highly recommend. Be warned, though: it’s an emotional roller-coaster.

#8.) Samurai Deeper Kyo

Genre: Adventure, martial arts, supernatural, romance

Author: Kamijyo Akimine

Chapters: 308

Summary: It’s the 17th century and Yuya, a beautiful teenage girl, makes a living being a bounty hunter. She meets Kyoshiro, a traveling medicine seller, and decides to accompany him. Soon afterward, Yuya discovers Kyoshiro isn’t all he seems to be and may even have a connection to her older brother’s murder.

My Rating: Besides the excessive (and unnecessary) amounts of nudity and emphasis on the female body, I love this manga. The overall storyline is amazing and kept my interest from start to finish.

#9.) Ojousama Wa Oyomesama

Genre: Romance, drama, comedy

Author: Hazuki Megumi

Chapters: ~29

Summary: Towako is the daughter of a prominent, long-established family. As a child, she was told she would marry a boy born on the same day as her. Every year for her birthday, she was given an updated photo of this boy. On her 18th birthday, the boy, Yuuga, is kidnapped and brought to her home in order to prepare for their wedding. Towako is shocked to learn that Yuuga isn’t interested in such a weird situation and wasn’t even aware of her existence.

My Rating: Despite her obliviousness to the world around her, Towako is adorable. I actually laughed aloud a few times at her antics. I recommend this for anyone looking for a funny, lighthearted read.

#10.) Mademoiselle Butterfly

Genre: Drama, historical, romance

Author: Ogura Akane

Chapters: 9

Summary: Butterfly was sold to a geisha house as a child. She falls for their neighbor, a tattoo artist named Chinatsu, and visits him on a daily basis. Unfortunately, he thinks of her as a child, even as she grows into a beautiful teenager. Butterfly, however, is determined to change his mind.

My Rating: A very cute story. I wasn’t expecting the sudden twist toward the end, but it truly made their relationship so much more beautiful. I highly recommend. But make sure to keep the tissues handy.

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5 Manga that I Recommend

I love manga. Not only are they entertaining stories, but they also offer an interesting glimpse into another country’s culture. The manga I’ve chosen for this list aren’t “popular”. I found them by digging through websites and doing random searches.

**Remember: read from Right to Left**

#1.) Wild Wing

Genre: Action, One Shot, Romance, Shoujo

Author: Yumi Kirro

Chapters: 3

Summary: Miyabe lives a carefree life of luxury in her father’s laboratory, constantly monitored by servants because her body is too weak to venture outside. She’s told stories of the mutated creatures living outside the walls surrounding the town, horrible abominations overcome with savage desires. When she accidentally falls into a river and is whisked out into the wilds, she comes to realize everything she’s ever been told are lies.

My rating: Loved it! It’s an original, interesting plot that immediately caught my attention. The theme revolves around science being a double-edged sword – beneficial, yet terrifying in its power and uncertainty.

#2.) Otogi Moyou Ayanishiki

Genre: Action, adventure, comedy, fantasy, historical, romance, shoujo, supernatural

Author: Hikawa Kyouko

Chapters: 21

SequelOtogimoyou Ayanishiki Futatabi (just skip past the first chapter, which is an unrelated short story)

Summary: Suzu is a seemingly ordinary village girl who happens to attract spirits. As a girl, she was taken under the wing of a young man named Shinkuro and taught how to control her powers. Shinkuro left the village to challenge the sorcerer summoning demons into their world and never returned. All Suzu has to remember him by is a flute.

My Rating: An interesting take on sorcery and demons. I really like Suzu, because she can be both a beautiful lady and also an accomplished, fearless sorceress. She’s so sweet and kind that she can only summon lower-class demons, but she’s capable of casting powerful magic.

#3.) Nousatsu Rock Star

Genre: Comedy, one shot, romance, school life, shoujo

Author: Kikuchi Kamaro

Chapters: 1

Summary: Fujisaki Maki had a peaceful school life with many friends. One day, she saves Nobitani, a nerdy weakling constantly being bullied, and unintentionally turns the bullying on herself. With Nobitani as her only remaining friend, she’s shocked to discover that he’s not who he says he is.

My Rating: Maki and Nobitani make the cutest couple. She sacrifices everything to save him and he repays her with his undying loyalty, plus a few perks related to his ‘other identity’.

More Chapters: Nousatsu Rock Shounen

#4.) Fruits Basket

Genre: Romance, fantasy, school life, tragedy

Author: Natsuki Takaya

Chapters: 136

Summary: The enigmatic Sohma family shares a great secret: its members are possessed by spirits of the Chinese Zodiac. When they are hugged by members of the opposite sex, they transform into their Zodiac animal! Tohru Honda, an orphaned high school freshman, is given lodging by the Sohmas in exchange for taking care of household chores. The humble Tohru is quite grateful for the Sohma family’s generosity and the longer she stays with them, the more they realize what a blessing she is in their lives as well

My Rating: This is the first manga that actually made me cry, and not just little sniffles but actual tears rolling down my face. It’s a beautiful story of heartbroken, dysfunctional people coming together and healing each other’s wounds. I highly recommend it.

#5.) Heart Assassin

Genre: Comedy, one shot, romance

Author: Sora Kakeru

Chapters: 1

Summary: Kanazaki is the new kid in school and already has a reputation for being a die-hard delinquent that should be avoided at all costs. The teacher asks Fujisawa to give him a tour of the school and her kindness attracts the very scary Kanazaki.

My Rating: A very cute, quick read. Kanzaki is a real character. His outside is indeed scary, but he’s just a mushy, confused teenage boy.