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What are the best josei mangas?

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  1. 1Nana (Vol. 1)

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    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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  1. 2Nodame Cantabile, (Nodame Cantabile Series)

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    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. 



  2. 3Deep Love (Ayu's Story Series)

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    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. 

  1. 4The Crimson Spell

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    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 eventually followed him on his journey to save himself. The Crimson Spell presents a story of love, loyalty, and trust.



  2. 5Beautiful People

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    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. 




  3. 6Rasetsu

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    Rasetsu no Hana, more popularly known as Rasetsu, is a supernatural mystery manga written and illustrated by Chika Shiomi. It was first serialized in the Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine from 2006 to 2010.
  4. 7Butterflies, Flowers (Butterflies, Flowers Series)

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    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. 
  5. 8Nephilim

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    Nephilim is a manga written by Anna Hanamaki and it follows the story of a race with killing beauty. This shoujo manga was originally serialized from 2004 to 2005.

  6. 9Gokusen (Vol. 1)

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

  7. 10Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)

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    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.

  8. 11Blue Moon Bride

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    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. 

  9. 12Abandon the Old in Tokyo

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    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.
  10. 13To Marry a Stranger

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    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?

  11. 14Red Colored Elegy

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    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.
  12. 15Marriage Scandal, Showbiz Baby

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    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?

  13. 16Fallen Words

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    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.

  14. 17The Billionaire's Secret Baby

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    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. 

  15. 18A Drifting Life

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    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.

  16. 19The Italian's Token Wife

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    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. 

  17. 20Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)

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    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. 
  18. 21Midnight Secretary (Vol. 1)

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    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. 

  19. 22The Bachelor Prince

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    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? 

  20. 23The Push Man and Other Stories

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    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.
  21. 24Good-Bye

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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.

  22. 25My Real Fake Boyfriend

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    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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    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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    Fallen Words
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    Anonymous
    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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    Nephilim
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    Anonymous
    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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    Abandon the Old in Tokyo
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    Anonymous
    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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    Gokusen (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    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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    Midnight Secretary (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    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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    The Push Man and Other Stories
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    Anonymous
    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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    A Drifting Life
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    Anonymous
    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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    The Crimson Spell
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    Anonymous
    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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    Red Colored Elegy
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    Anonymous
    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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    Blue Moon Bride
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    Anonymous
    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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    Nodame Cantabile, (Nodame Cantabile Series)
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    Anonymous
    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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    Good-Bye
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    Anonymous
    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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    The Bachelor Prince
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    Anonymous
    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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    To Marry a Stranger
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    Anonymous
    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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    The Billionaire's Secret Baby
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    Anonymous
    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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    Marriage Scandal, Showbiz Baby
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    Anonymous
    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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    Deep Love (Ayu's Story Series)
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    Anonymous
    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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    Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    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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    Beautiful People
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    Anonymous
    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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    Butterflies, Flowers (Butterflies, Flowers Series)
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    Anonymous
    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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    Rasetsu
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    Anonymous
    March 21, 2018
    "If you enjoy manga you will like this book. Great storytelling and very entertaining"
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    Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    February 28, 2018
    "I would recommend this entire series. It is Josei Mangas style perfectly."
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    Nana (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2018
    "My Real Fake Boyfriend is a josei mangas"
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    My Real Fake Boyfriend
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    Anonymous
    April 4, 2018
    "JUST FOR FUN"
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    The Italian's Token Wife
This list is about What are the best josei mangas
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Nana (Vol. 1)Books 27 Paid
2Nodame Cantabile, (Nodame Cantabile Series)Books 22 Paid
3Deep Love (Ayu's Story Series)Books 21 Paid
4The Crimson SpellBooks 19 Paid
5Beautiful PeopleBooks 18 Paid
6RasetsuBooks 17 Paid
7Butterflies, Flowers (Butterflies, Flowers Series)Books 17 Paid
8NephilimBooks 11 Paid
9Gokusen (Vol. 1)Books 8 Paid
10Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)Books 4 Paid
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