What are the best romance manga series?

For boys, shounen manga is a lot of fun to read for all the action and cool fight scenes. Girls are left looking for something else that's more in line with their sensibilities. Thankfully, there are plenty of romance manga series to read and we've made a list of some of the best ones below.

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    #1Kamisama Kiss

    Kamisama Kiss

    Kamisama Kiss is a romance manga series that follows our unlikely heroine, Momozono Nanao has a chance encounter with a guy with fox ears in an abandoned shrine that later ends up with her in a divine agreement with this mysterious stranger.

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    Lisa Rivera
    Written on February 2, 2018
    "Kamisama Kiss is a romance-comedy manga with lots of twists. It's worth looking into for manga fans and fans of the genre."
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    #2Skip Beat! (Vol. 1)

    Skip Beat! (Vol. 1)

    Kyoko heads for Tokyo to follow and support, Sho, as he makes it as a big celebrity. Realizing that she's being treated badly and being disregarded, she decided to enter the show business to beat him in this funny romance manga series.

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    Reyna Márquez
    Written on February 6, 2018
    "Skip Beat! is one if the best new romance manga series. The artwork is amazing and the characters are just so sweet. I can't wait to read more. "
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    #3Ao Haru Ride

    Ao Haru Ride

    Ao Haru Ride is a romance manga series that follows the rising love interest between Yoshioka Futaba and her childhood friend, Mabuchi Kou and the struggles they face at the start of their budding romance.

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    Rebecca Xu
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "This manga is so cute and bittersweet! I love Kou so much and I always re-read this manga and watch the anime whenever i'm feeling extra sentimental uwu"

DID YOU KNOW?

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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    #4Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You (Vol. 1)

    Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You (Vol. 1)

    Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You is a shojo romance manga series that follows the life of Sawako Kuronuma, a high school girl that is made fun of because of her appearance. Her life changes when a popular boy in school, Shouta Kazehaya takes notice of her.

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    Crystal Mendez
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "This manga sucked me in from the first few pages and I had to keep on reading. I enjoy all the characters especially Sawako, who is quite endearing."
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    #5Fruits Basket (Vol. 1)

    Fruits Basket (Vol. 1)

    Fruits Basket is a romance manga series following Tohru Honda, an orphan who lives with the Sohma family with a special secret. They transform into the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac animals when hugged by the opposite sex.

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    Mildred Woods
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "Fruits Basket is a wonderful manga book. Fruit Baskets fits perfectly with the accompanying anime. The characters are well developed and storylines are a great journey to travel along."
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    #6Watashi ni xx Shinasai!

    Watashi ni xx Shinasai!

    Watashi ni xx Shinasai! (Missions of Love) is a shojo romance manga novel by Ema Toyama. Published by Kodansha USA in 2018, this manga tells the story of Yukina Himuro and Shigure Kitami.

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    Jane Edwards
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "This appears to fit this search well in terms of the genre of manga. There are no user reviews though, so I don't know if this is a very good choice among the genre and competing products. I'd rather see something similar with user reviews to tell me what to expect from it."
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    #7Ouran High School Host Club (Vol. 1)

    Ouran High School Host Club (Vol. 1)

    A scholar-student in an exclusive school for the rich and famous named Haruhi broke an $80,000 worth of vase. To pay back for the damages that she has done, she has to work for the Ouran High School Host Club.

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    Amanda Huang
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "This is definitely one of the most hilarious manga intros i've ever read, haruhi was just looking for a quiet place to study and suddenly her world is shaken to the core! I'm also laughing at how they thought she was a guy at first."
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    #8Hana-Kimi (Vol. 1)

    Hana-Kimi (Vol. 1)

    Ashiya Mizuki started to idolize a high-jump athlete, Izumi Sano, after watching him play in a competition. Mizuki decided to follow Sano by entering where he studies - an all-boys school. Now, she must disguise herself to stay by his side.

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    Teresa Simpson
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "This is a stand out romance manga. The premise is different than anything else I have read and it has a good amount of comedy to it. If you want something more lighthearted I'd recommend it."
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    #9InuYasha (Vol. 1)

    InuYasha (Vol. 1)
    Kagome discovers a magical well that brought her to a different dimension where she met a half-demon called Inu-Yasha. Together, they plan to recover the lost pieces of "Jewel of Four Souls" before the evil mortals get their hands on it.
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    Bruce Chen
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "By all dimensions of storytelling, this episodic adventure satisfies all and every one of them. Consistently great. Great characters. a love story, a great love story. a story that needs to be told rather than one that is just repeated."
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    #10Absolute Boyfriend (Vol. 1)

    Absolute Boyfriend (Vol. 1)
    Absolute Boyfriend (Vol. 1) is a Romance manga by Yuu Watase. It was first serialized in Shojo Comic from 2003 to 2005. Viz Media is the publisher of this manga’s English version.
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    Christian Hoffman
    Written on February 10, 2018
    "Absolute Boyfriend is written well but it's mainly suited for females. Even if it's not aimed at a male audience the art style is superb and the story telling is great as well."
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    #11Gakuen Alice

    Gakuen Alice

    Alice Academy is a special school for people with paranormal talent or "Alice". Mikan decided to follow her childhood best friend Hotaru to this prestigious school. Now, she must also learn how to use her rare power just like her friend.

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    Madison Harper
    Written on February 8, 2018
    "Gakuen Alice is my favorite manga series. It is a romance series that is pretty cool. I like the music in it too. "
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    #12Ranma 1/2 (Vol. 1)

    Ranma 1/2 (Vol. 1)

    Ranma 1/2 (Vol. 1) is a fantasy romance manga created by Rumiko Takahashi. This humorous romance sequential art manga is first published in 1988 and about Ranma who turns into a girl.  

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    Andrew Carpenter
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Ranma 1/2 is an absolutely fantastic read for just about anyone regardless of experience with manga and anime. It is a very long series but worth every single page."
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    #13Backstage Prince (Vol. 1)

    Backstage Prince (Vol. 1)

    Backstage Prince is a romance manga written and illustrated by Kanoko Sakurakoji. This manga tells the story of a high school girl named Akari and her chance encounter with Ryusei, a famous kabuki actor. Backstage Prince has 2 volumes.

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    Philip Grant
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "Pretty interesting treatment of the romance manga genre. Love the traditional theater (kabuki) thread and how it parallels the real-world plot. I would say this is ideal if you or your teen wants to get into this kind of manga without wading through a bunch of sexy crap with little quality."
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    #14Paradise 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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    Maria Johnson
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "This manga has such a different art style compared to other mangas out there. Storywise, if you're into lighthearted stuff, consider reading something else. If you want heavy drama and cold(but complex) characters like the main male protag, give this a try."
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    #15Mugen Spiral (Vol. 1)

    Mugen Spiral (Vol. 1)

    Mugen Spiral or Dream Spiral is a fantasy romance manga with two volumes written by Mizuho Kusanagi and published by Hakusensha in Japanese and Tokyopop in English. This features the story of Yayoi and Ura.

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    Evelyn Chen
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I purchased this book for my niece that is a huge manga fan. It is appropriate for a teenager and the illustrations are just fantastic. My niece loves art and she has successfully copied many of the illustrations from the book. She liked the story line a lot too. She has even asked me to get her more books from the series. "
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    #16Fall In Love Like a Comic (Vol. 1)

    Fall In Love Like a Comic (Vol. 1)

    Fall In Love Like a Comic is a romantic comedy manga written and illustrated by Chitose Yagami. This manga was serialized in the Ciao magazine. It was originally published in 2002.

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    Susan Rose
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "Nice short read if you don't have a lot of time on your hands. If you are a lover of manga like me this read is a must have. This manga is a short romance novel that will keep you interested and it's perfect if you like cutesy high school romance."
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    #17Stray Love Hearts

    Stray Love Hearts

    Stray Love Hearts is a romantic comedy shojo manga written and illustrated by Aya Shouoto. This manga was serialized in Sylph magazine in 2008. Stray Love Hearts or S.L.H has 5 published volumes.

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    Stephen Gray
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Don’t buy this if you can’t read French, the translations aren’t great and there’s a lot of cultural stuff you’ll miss out on. But if you’re looking for the definitive French Romance Manga, this is it. The only one. Stray Love Hearts is definitely one of my top 10 mangas, largely for being both entertaining and unique. Great art, too. I’ve read it a couple of times and always notice new character details or foreshadowing. It’s got a rich plot with a lot of twists, focused on likeable characters with real problems; in that sense, it’s a lot less outlandish than most mangas, but it’s definitely a fun read. Comes highly recommended for the other French-speaking manga fan out there. "
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    #18Mistress Bought and Paid For

    Mistress Bought and Paid For

    Mistress Bought and Paid For is written by Lynne Graham and illustrated by Junko Okada. It is about Lydia who took part in a fashion show organized for charity purposes. When a robbery happened and she took the blame, Christiano helped her. 

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    Walter Freeman
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "If you like Romance manga series get Mistress Bought and Paid For. This was a really inviting tale and made a ton of sense as far as the plot construction. I was really into what was going on in the book and loved it from day one."
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    #19Blue 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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    Amber Woods
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This is a great book of the romance manga genre. It has all the elements of a romance novel but set in the Manga anime world."
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    #20To 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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    Matthew Willis
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I've been looking into these Japanese stories called mangas for about week now and decided to pick this up. It's actually not bad, the writing in decent and the characters do get a fair amount of character progression though out the story. My only gripe is that these things are pretty short and quite pricey for what they are. Certainly a decent read though."
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    #21Tokyo Crazy Paradise (Vol. 1)

    Tokyo Crazy Paradise (Vol. 1)

    Tokyo Crazy Paradise is a comic book by Yoshiki Nakamura that tells the story of a woman who disguised herself as a man. She worked as a bodyguard of the third generation boss of the Yakuza group. 

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    Han Yao
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "This is one of my few favorite romance manga and I wish they'd turn it into an anime series someday"
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    #22Tenshi Ja Nai!! (Vol. 1)

    Tenshi Ja Nai!! (Vol. 1)
    Tenshi Ja Nai!! (Vol. 1) is a young adult romance fiction manga created by Takako Shigematsu. This sequential art manga is first published in 2005 by Go!Comi. 
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    April Duan
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "This is SO CUTE! I love the trope that her roommate has a big secret and Hikaru is trying her best to keep it. I want to reveal more about the story but honestly, Y'all should just read it to find yourself screaming muffled to your pillow and all that."
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    #23Voice Over! (Vol. 1)

    Voice Over! (Vol. 1)

    Voice Over! (Vol. 1) is young adult romance manga created by Maki Minami. This young adult sequential art manga is the first book in Seiyu Academy series and first published in 2009.

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    Jesse Wallace
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Enjoyable read. This is a light-hearted story that focuses on character development, and Hime Kino's development is one that I want to see! It reminds of Skip Beat! in that sense where it focuses on individual growth and focuses on getting successful in the acting industry."
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    #24Angel Diary (Vol. 1)

    Angel Diary (Vol. 1)

    Angel Diary (Vol. 1) is a fantasy romance manhwa illustrated by Kara and authored by Lee Yoon-hee. This sequential art manga is first published in 2005 by Yen Press.

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    Zachary Stone
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a great choice. It is what I was looking for. It's good if you're looking for a romance manga series."
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    #25MeruPuri (Vol. 1)

    MeruPuri (Vol. 1)
    MeruPuri is a comedy manga series illustrated and written by Matsuri Hino. This manga follows the story of Airi Hoshina and her search for love. MeruPuri was published in four volumes.
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    Larry Hall
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "MeruPuri is actually really well delivered and hilarious. The storyline is surprisingly deep, and the characters are so lovable and authentic, I actually felt like I was getting to know them."
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    #26W Juliet (Vol. 1)

    W Juliet (Vol. 1)

    W Juliet (Vol. 1) is a romance manga created by Emura. This shojo sequential art manga is first published in 1999 and about Ito Miura who played Romeo in a play. 

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    Paul Lopez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I don't typically read manga like this, but it was an interesting story, and very unique. The manga is about a performance of Romeo & Juliet that turns into an actual romance story. The interesting thing about it is the gender roles go against the norm and are actually kind of reversed."
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    #27The Earl & the Fairy (Vol. 1)

    The Earl & the Fairy (Vol. 1)

    The Earl & the Fairy (Vol. 1) is a graphic novel and a historical fiction book written by Mizue Tani for young adults. This romance-themed manga was published on March 6, 2012 by VIZ Media LLC.

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    Wayne McDonald
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is an OK book but not one of my favorite. Granted it is geared toward young adults so the romance content is going to be a bit watered down for my taste. All in all it might make a good read for the younger crowd but anyone out of their teens should probably look elsewhere. "
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    #28Sakura Gari

    Sakura Gari

    Sakura Gari is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuu Watase. The manga is set in the 1920s in Japan and also the author's first manga with a young male protagonist. Sakura Gari was first published in 2007.

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    Linda Chen
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This was different and I liked it. The pictures are excellent and the story is unique because of the period and Japanese culture of the time. It was like taking a historical journey through pre-war Japan."
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    #29The Water Dragon's Bride (Vol. 1)

    The Water Dragon's Bride (Vol. 1)

    The Water Dragon's Bride (Vol. 1) is a young adult fantasy manga created by Rei Toma. This sequential art shojo manga is published in 2015 by Viz Media LLC. 

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    Amber Reynolds
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I was surprised by this manga series. The Water Dragon's Bride is advertised as a romance book but it has some twists and turns that make this book seriously good. "
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    #30Her Majesty's Dog (Vol. 1)

    Her Majesty's Dog (Vol. 1)
    Her Majesty's Dog (Vol. 1) is a romance fantasy supernatural manga created by Mick Takeuchi. This sequential 11-volume art manga is first published in 2001 by Go Cumi.
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    Mary Weber
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I was never really into Manga until a friend of mine made me read Her Majesty's Dog (Vol. 1). This romance/fantasy really pulled me in and made me want to read all of the others in the series."
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    #31Kiss/Hug (Vol. 1)

    Kiss/Hug (Vol. 1)

    Kiss/Hug is a romantic comedy manga written and illustrated by Mitsuki Kako. This manga tells the story of a transfer student from England named Ryuu and his encounter with an attractive lady on the night of the Tanabata festival.

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    Virginia Peterson
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "I think Kiss/Hug (Vol. 1) is a must-read. I consider Kiss/Hug (Vol. 1) to be the best romance manga series. I like the context so far and await the upcoming volumes of Kiss/Hug."

Summary

Best What are the best romance manga series
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Kamisama KissBooks 78 Paid
2Skip Beat! (Vol. 1)Books 77 Paid
3Ao Haru RideBooks 75 Paid
4Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You (Vol. 1)Books 74 Paid
5Fruits Basket (Vol. 1)Books 73 Paid
6Watashi ni xx Shinasai!Books 70 Paid
7Ouran High School Host Club (Vol. 1)Books 70 Paid
8Hana-Kimi (Vol. 1)Books 69 Paid
9InuYasha (Vol. 1)Books 61 Paid
10Absolute Boyfriend (Vol. 1)Books 58 Paid
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