What are the best josei mangas?

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    #1Nana (Vol. 1)

    Nana (Vol. 1)
    This is the story of two 20-years old girls, who have the same name but very different stories: while Nana Komatsu just got to the city looking for love, whereas Nana Osaki is a cool girl who is focused in becoming the next rock and roll superstar. 


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    Hannah Daniels
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "I would recommend this entire series. It is Josei Mangas style perfectly. "
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    #2Nodame Cantabile, (Nodame Cantabile Series)

    Nodame Cantabile, (Nodame Cantabile Series)
    Shinichi Chiaki has always wanted to become a conductor, but being afraid of planes and flying will make it really hard for him to succeed. One day, he meets Megumi Noda, a girl who cannot do the most basic things but has an innate talent when it comes to playing the piano, specially Cantabile style. 


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    Edward Peterson
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is one of my favorite manga book series. Chiaki is an odd lead person with a lot of quirks. But finding Megumi really sets him free as her talent is so inspiring. It's a really absorbing book and series."
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    #3Deep Love (Ayu's Story Series)

    Deep Love (Ayu's Story Series)

    This is the first cell phone novel ever made: originally, it was written on a cellular phone using text messaging, so every chapter consists of few words. The series follow Ayu, a high school student that is also a prostitute, who lives with her gigolo and drug addict boyfriend Kenji, and who only has her friend Reina as someone to spend her high school days with. 


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    Russell Porter
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Quite an interesting book and a very mature story it appears,I would not recommend this book to a child under the age of 18!"
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    #4The Crimson Spell (Vol. 1)

    The Crimson Spell (Vol. 1)
    After wielding the sword of his family, Prince Bald has turned into a demonic monster. Looking for help, he goes to see the Havi, a handsome magician that will follow him on his journey to save himself.


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    Ronald Meyer
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "I've been reading manga since I was only eleven years old, so I'm a very good judge of what manga is good! I LOVE The Crimson Spell. It has everything I've been looking for in a manga - including demons and magicians. Too scary for little kids though!"
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    #5Beautiful People

    Beautiful People
    This book is a collection of six different stories, not related to each other, but focused on the effects that any person can have to another one. For example, in 'World's End', a lesbian and a homosexual who can't stand each other finally take separate paths, only to find out they need each other. 


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    Johnny Fernandez
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "I didn't really enjoy reading Beautiful People. And I am also not sure if it is a josei manga or not."
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    #6Rasetsu (Rasetsu Issues Series)

    Rasetsu (Rasetsu Issues Series)
    Yako Hoshino, a young man with spiritual powers, comes to the agency seeking help. He's seen a lot of strange phenomena in his day, but the last thing he expects to see is Rasetsu bearing a striking resemblance to his old love Yurara.

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    Brandon Garcia
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "It may be a good manga but I don't see anything about it that makes mention of josei."
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    #7Butterflies, Flowers (Butterflies, Flowers Series)

    Butterflies, Flowers (Butterflies, Flowers Series)
    Choko Kuze is the daughter of a once powerful respectable family, that lost it all and went bankrupt. With no other choice, she joins a company as a regular worker, where her boss is treating her very hard. One day, she realizes he is one of the servants that used to work for her many years ago, creating a crazy relationship between them. 

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    María Acevedo
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This is not that good because I'm not sure what exactly is being wanted here in this product."
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    #8Nephilim (Vol. 1)

    Nephilim (Vol. 1)
    Nephilim - a unique race that turns male by day and female by night. Labeled as "Gods of Death" it is said that whoever glances upon their bewitching night beauty will meet with certain death.

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    Kathryn Woods
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Nephilim is an eye catching story with beautiful illustrations. The intriguing story kept my son glued to the book the entire time. It's a great graphic novel for fans and a real treat for true Nephilim fans. The paperback version is economical and highly recommended for reading while traveling. "
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    #9Gokusen (Vol. 1)

    Gokusen (Vol. 1)

    Gokusen is a humorous josei manga created by Kozueko Morimoto. This sequential art romance manga is first published in 2000 by Shueisha. 


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    Andrea Burke
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The lead character in this Josei manga is the granddaughter of a Yakuza boss, who wants to live a legit life as a school teacher. It turns stereotypes and convention on its head and manages to keep the reader guessing as to what's going to happen next. It was very enjoyable."
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    #10Midnight Secretary (Vol. 1)

    Midnight Secretary (Vol. 1)

    The first book of the Midnight Series starts to tell the story of Kaya Satozuka, a private secretary working in the Touma Company, and Kyouhei Touma, the director of this company and who is a vampire. 


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    Ralph White
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "I am a comic book geek since I was young and I know what is good and what is a paperweight. The "Midnight Secretary Vol.1" is a well made comic book from Japan that is well worth reading. It has a naughty story and will definitely make you want to read it cover to cover."
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    #11Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)

    Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)

    Paradise Kiss is a romantic drama manga written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. This manga tells the story of Yukari Hayasaka and her struggle to balance modeling and school. Paradise Kiss has 5 published volumes.


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    Madison Chavez
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "This story was very interesting. I really liked learning about the modeling world. I would definitely recommend it."
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    #12Blue Moon Bride

    Blue Moon Bride

    Blue Moon Bride is written by Renee Roszel and illustrated by Kako Ito. Hannah resigned after she was called "below average" by her boss and unexpected things happened when she takes a vacation at Blue Moon Inn. 


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    Patrick Gray
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Interesting novel written by Renee Roszel with artwork and illustration by Kako Ito. After being called "below average" in her work space, Hannah decides to take a vacation to Blue Moon Inn and things get weird."
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    #13Abandon the Old in Tokyo

    Abandon the Old in Tokyo
    Abandon the Old in Tokyo is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel is the second in Yoshihiro's three-volume series of his compiled works. It was originally published in 2006.

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    Brandon Smith
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Tatsumi is a legend at this point, but for those that aren't familiar, he's one of the most respected authors of gekiga manga, and does his own illustrations, as well. I've enjoyed everything he's ever produced, and anyone who's familiar with his work will like Abandon the Old as well."
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    #14To Marry a Stranger

    To Marry a Stranger

    To Marry a Stranger is written by Renee Roszel and illustrated by Takako Hashimoto. Love Mansion, who is popular for unmarried women who wants to fall in love, is visited by Helen. Will she find her true love because of a legend?


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    Kelly Stanley
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Love is a very sensitive emotion for woman. I feel the book will grab your inter fantasy for happiness, but yet will still leave you knowing something like this would never happen."
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    #15Red Colored Elegy

    Red Colored Elegy
    Red Colored Elegy is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Seiichi Hayashi. This one-volume gekiga manga was published between 1970 and 1971. In 2007, Toei Animation adapted the manga into an animated version.

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    Cynthia Howard
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "a Great Josei Manga. it's not an easy read but a deep emotional story. The illustrations are so personal and emote well. It can be difficult in a first read, so go ahead a do a second. You won't be disappointed. "
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    #16Marriage Scandal, Showbiz Baby

    Marriage Scandal, Showbiz Baby

    Marriage Scandal, Showbiz Baby is written by Sharon Kendrick and illustrated by Marito Ai. Jennifer marries a superstar Matteo and because of their busy schedule, they separated ways. What will happen if they meet again at a film festival?


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    Betty Long
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Laugh for hours and easily stay involved in the story line. This is my go to for manga now and I don't see that changing anytime soon."
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    #17Fallen Words

    Fallen Words

    Fallen Words is a historical fiction gekiga manga written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel was originally published in 2009. Fallen Words explores the oral tradition of rakugo through visual art.


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    Margaret Young
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "The 1st thing I like to add about the manga 'Fallen Words' is I love the cover page with the old man. However the magna is so much more than that with the 8 stories interestingly centered around prostitution. I like the forbidden romance of the married man and prostitute as it is sad snf shows that most people aren't perfect. Interesting manga overall. "
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    #18The Billionaire's Secret Baby

    The Billionaire's Secret Baby

    The Billionaire's Secret Baby is written by Carol Devine and illustrated by Masako Ogimaru. Meg starts to wonder what Jack Tarkenton is doing at her husband's funeral. She will do everything in her power so that he will not know about their daughter. 


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    Alexander Hunt
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This book was ok if your into josei mangas. It has good love story but it is kind of short and not much development over all a decent read."
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    #19A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by the legendary Japanese mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This slice of life and drama graphic novel was originally published in 2008. It has a 2011 film adaptation entitled Tatsumi.


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    Lori Johnson
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Drifting Life is the original gekiga manga that inspired the genre by bringing it to new heights. It became very popular and was later adapted to a film. I enjoyed the time I spent reading it, and always looked forward for another opportunity to crack it open."
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    #20The Italian's Token Wife

    The Italian's Token Wife

    The Italian's Token Wife is written by Julia James and illustrated by Kazuko Fujita. Magda, who cleans a luxury apartment, unexpectedly received a marriage proposal from Rafaello. She refused but things got messy when he tracked her down. 


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    Randy Matthews
    Written on April 4, 2018
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    #21Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)

    Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)
    Lone Wolf and Cubis an epic samurai manga written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Goseki Kojima and published in America by Dark Horse Comics. 

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    Rakesh Gavde
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "If you enjoy manga you will like this book. Great storytelling and very entertaining"
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    #22The Bachelor Prince

    The Bachelor Prince

    The Bachelor Prince is written by Debbie Macomber and illustrated by Misao Hoshiai. Prince Stefano looks for a wealthy wife to save his country. Will he accept Hope's love even if it's the only thing she can offer? 


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    Doris Contreras
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "Cute romantic story even though the cover looks childlike. I was looking for something different to read rather than my usual dark thriller. This was a nice break from that and wasn't too long."
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    #23The Push Man and Other Stories

    The Push Man and Other Stories
    The Push Man and Other Stories is a slice of life gekiga manga written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Tatsumi in 2005. This graphic novel is a compilation of all of the gekiga short stories of Tatsumi in his entire career.

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    Alfredo Téllez
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "The Push Man" is a collection of 8 page stories detailing the lives of young people in working class areas of a nameless city. The artwork is pretty, in particular the opening pages to the stories which is usually a page long illustration of a shadowy part of a city."
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    Good-Bye is a collection of gekiga stories written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel contains all the nine works produced by Yoshihiro in 1971 to 1972.


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    Craig Coleman
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "A graphic novel writen from 1971 to 1972. That may be surprising to some folks. It's pretty dark and reflects all that post war Japan had become at the time. It's not pretty, and may not be your cup of tea."
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    #25My Real Fake Boyfriend

    My Real Fake Boyfriend

    My Real Fake Boyfriend is written by Amanda Browning and illustrated by Hiromi Kobayashi. It is about the stolen letters of Rachel's grandmother and to save her from embarrassment, she needs to pretend to be in love with Nathan. 


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    Brenda Armstrong
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "My Real Fake Boyfriend is a josei mangas"


Best What are the best josei mangas
1Nana (Vol. 1)Books 27 Paid
2Nodame Cantabile, (Nodame Cantabile Series)Books 23 Paid
3Deep Love (Ayu's Story Series)Books 21 Paid
4The Crimson Spell (Vol. 1)Books 20 Paid
5Beautiful PeopleBooks 19 Paid
6Rasetsu (Rasetsu Issues Series)Books 17 Paid
7Butterflies, Flowers (Butterflies, Flowers Series)Books 17 Paid
8Nephilim (Vol. 1)Books 11 Paid
9Gokusen (Vol. 1)Books 8 Paid
10Midnight Secretary (Vol. 1)Books 3 Paid

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