When it comes to manga, male readers have access to a wider selection of titles and genres to choose from compared to female readers. None is as popular with male readers as shonen is, featuring over-the-top action and fight sequences. Female readers might feel left out in all of this as a result. This is where the shoujo or shojo genre comes in, which is a genre marketed specifically to female readers. The term is actually the Japanese word for "girl". The genre itself covers many subjects in various narrative styles ranging from historical drama to sci-fi. There is one differentiating factor though that sets it apart from the shonen manga genre. Shojo manga typically focuses more on relationships and emotions. In that regard, shojo manga actually focuses more on its target demographic rather than on the various genres themselves.
When shojo manga reached Western shore though, things got a bit more ambiguous. It wouldn't be uncommon for fans in the west to classify a title as shojo even though its Japanese creators label them differently. Anything that is non-offensive and features female character is classified as shojo manga. A good example of this is the manga Azumanga Daioh, which is classified as a shonen manga in Japan. This brings us to the main topic of this discussion, romance manga series. This western misconception extends to this popular shojo manga genre as well. Anything that has any sort of romance element to it, gets categorized as shojo manga. Prime examples of this are the shonen series, Love Hina and the seinen series, Oh My Goddess! All of this is quite confusing, we know. Regardless, what matters the most is that we're enjoying what we're reading, right? With that said, we went ahead and made a list of some of the best romance manga series that you guys can check out and read today. Have a look below and tell us your thoughts in the comments section as well.
Did you know that the manga "Ookami Shojou to Kuro Ouji" is one of the most loved romance manga? This top romance manga has sold over 2.4 million copies as of April 2014. While the 7th volume reached the number four place on the Oricon weekly manga chart, the company that supplies statistics on different fields in Japan with 102,872 copies sold.
"Ookami Shojou to Kuro Ouji" or most commonly known as Wolf Girl and Black Prince is a Japanese romance manga series written by Ayuko Hatta. Its story revolves around a high school student named Erika Shinohara that wants to fit in a clique so that she would not be lonely. But because her friends consist of girls who have boyfriends, she lied and tell that she also has one. She then met a guy named Kyoyo Sata and made him pretend that he is her boyfriend. It was adapted into a drama CD in 2013. It also had an anime adaptation by TYO Animations aired in Japan that ran from October 2, 2014, to December 21, 2014, lasting for twelve episodes. A movie adaptation was released on May 28, 2016. It stars Japanese actors Fumi Nikaido and Kento Yamazaki as leads and Nobuyuki Suzuki and Mugi Kadowaki as supporting casts. Despite the criticisms the series has encountered, these adaptions make Wolf Girl and Black Prince as one of the best romance manga.
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