What are the best shoujo manga?

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    #1Fruits Basket (Vol. 1)

    Fruits Basket (Vol. 1)

    Tohru Honda is an orphan who lives with the Sohma family who are hiding a dark secret - when they are hugged by a person of opposite sex, they transform into the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac animals!

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    Sandra Ortega
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "In terms of shoujo-manags, Fruits Basket (Vol. 1) really disappointing. I thought that the story would be interesting but I was let down a lot. I would not suggest this manga for anybody to read."
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    #2Red River (Vol. 1)

    Red River (Vol. 1)

    Everything was going great for Yuri: she had just passed her college entrance exam, and she was also having a great love life, as she finally kissed her childhood best friend. But she noticed that something was wrong every time she went near water, until one night, something dragged her and took her to a village in Middle East. Now she has to escape, or she will be used as a human sacrifice. 

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    Patrick Weber
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This solution is good because it has a lot of good ratings on Amazon. It is highly recommended and is available for purchase in different formats."
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    #3La Corda d'Oro (Vol. 1)

    La Corda d'Oro (Vol. 1)
    As always, the Seisho Academy was holding its popular musical competition, where only the best students were allowed to participate. Kahoko, an average student of this school, had no real musical talent, but thanks to a fairy, she received a magical violin who allowed her to participate: there she will have to compete against five attractive boys. 




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    Paul Watkins
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "never heard of it before. checked the link and it seems like something i might read"
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    #4Beast Master (Vol. 1)

    Beast Master (Vol. 1)

    Beast Master by Kyousuke Motomi is a romantic comedy shoujo manga. This manga has two volumes that run between 2006 to 2007. It tells the story of two high school students who became friends after an incident.

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    Ridhi Sharma
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "I liked the style and general plot! Kind of felt like Tarzan meets rest of world, but so much deeper than that ! Absolute love- my one disappointment is that it's such a short series!"
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    #5Sailor Moon (Vol. 1)

    Sailor Moon (Vol. 1)
    Usagi and her friends are able to use the power of the Moon and the planets to fight the soldiers of the Dark Kingdom. Despite their powers, they always need the advice of two wise cats, Luna and Artemis, that guide them in their many adventures. 




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    Kyle Tran
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "If you are looking for a good shoujo-manga to read than I highly recommend Sailor Moon because it shows female characters as positive role models for other females. My daughter loves it."
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    #6Kamisama Kiss

    Kamisama Kiss

    Due to a series of unfortunate events, Momozono Nanao met a guy with fox ears in an abandoned shrine. Later on, she caught herself in a divine agreement with this stranger! Kamisama Kiss is a romance-comedy manga with lots of twists.

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    #7Vampire Knight (Vol. 1)

    Vampire Knight (Vol. 1)
    Adopted by the headmaster of the Cross Academy, Yuki is now working with Zero guarding the Academy's secret: the Academy is divided by two groups, the night shift when vampires go to school, and the day shift when everyone else attends class.


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    Tyler Wade
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "This one was pretty old. Over ten years at this point. It holds up okay enough, though. It definitely made me want to read more in the series."
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    #8The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross (Vol. 1)

    The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross (Vol. 1)
    In return for a debt of her family, Haine is now a member of the Otomiya family, so she has to attend the fancy school where she is at the bottom of the ladder. Haine will fall in love with Togu, the student council president, but as they are from very different status, she will have to work hard to get his attention. 



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    Vihaan Rangarajan
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Who says Dragonball z is where all the manga fun is. Shoujo mangas are a great way to tap into your emotions while providing an interesting story that often has drama and romance. I am looking for a new shoujo manga to start reading with and I think this is a good place to start. "
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    #9MeruPuri (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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    Ignacio Corona
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "If you are looking to get into a new manga series, here's a good starting place. You will end up buying all the books and wish it were longer. It's a good, kind of bittersweet story that teens (and older!) will enjoy."
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    #10Full Moon O Sagashite (Vol. 1)

    Full Moon O Sagashite (Vol. 1)
    Mitsuki Koyama is a girl that only dreams about becoming the next pop star, but a tumor in her throat gets on her way to these dreams. One day, she meets two harbingers of death that help her with the tumor, starting her musical career. 




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    Devansh Rodrigues
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "I love comics. I love Japan. These are a great fit for me. Full Moon O Sagashite Vol. 1 has that crazy sark of imagination and almost magic-realist fantasy that just doesn't exist in American entertainment. This is a dark and also quirky story about music and love and death and all sorts of stuff. I love it."
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    #11Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You (Vol. 1)

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

    Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You (Vol. 1) is a shojo romance slice of life manga series by Karuho Shiina published by Shueisha in Japan and Viz Media in English. This features protagonists. Sawako Kuronuma and Shouta Kazehaya.

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    Virginia Carpenter
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "If you lived Karuho Shiina's other manga series you will love this. I'm not a fan or horror but the back story of Sawako's inner shy existence as an outsider I could really relate to. Shiina's manga style is unique and her stories of complex. I really enjoyed this"
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    #12Shugo Chara! (Vol. 1)

    Shugo Chara! (Vol. 1)
    Despite her school image of being stylish and cool, Amu Hinamori is a shy girl who has trouble expressing herself. One night she wishes she had the courage to be herself and end up with three eggs, each containing a guardian that will help fulfill her dreams.
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    Yao Yan
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "This is a fascinating story that I would love to buy for my daughter. At $4.15 its a great price!"
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    #13Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Priestess

    Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Priestess
    Miaka Yuki and Yui Hongo were at the library, when one day they open a mysterious book that takes them into that novel's universe. Miaka finds herself as the priestess of Suzaku, in ancient China, and to get out of there, she will have to gather the seven celestial warriors. While doing so, she will meet Tamahome, and she will eventually fall for him, changing her escape desires. 




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    Bruce Perez
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I used to read a lot of shoujo-mangas as a kid and remember that one of the best ones I came across was Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Priestess. This manga was really interesting in the way that it was drawn and the story was illustrated. This manga has remained at the top of my list for a long time."
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    #14Maid Sama! (Vol. 1)

    Maid Sama! (Vol. 1)

    Misaki Ayuzawa is the brilliant, no-nonsense and incredibly strong student council president at Seika High School. But Misaki has a secret she vows no one in school should ever find out - she works part-time at a maid cafe!

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    Vincent Hill
    Written on March 17, 2018
    ""Maid Sama!" is an alright manga, but it does not stand out much. I read the manga after a friend recommended it to me, but I was not impressed. I read the first volume in less than an hour, but it felt longer. The manga had a typical love story that did not to create a unique spin on the formula. The art was cute, but not very different from any other shoujo, I have read and seen better shoujo-mangas."
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    #15Skip Beat! (Vol. 1)

    Skip Beat! (Vol. 1)
    Kyoko heads for Tokyo to follow and support her prince charming, Sho, as he makes it as a big celebrity. Soon, she realized that Sho is always treating her bad and disregarding her so she decided to enter the show business to beat him.
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    Will He
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Skip beat anime on amazon. People looking for an anime to watch may like this movie."
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    #16Black Bird (Vol. 1)

    Black Bird (Vol. 1)
    Even though prophecies talked about a magical world only a few could see, Misao Harada was only interested in the real world: she just wants a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. One day, she gets attacked by a demon, and her childhood friend Kyo manages to arrive in time to save her: Misao's blood will grant power to any demon who claims her. 

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    Larry Campbell
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This manga had really interesting characters. It's a lot more in depth than most of what's out there."
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    #17Hana-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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    Elizabeth Guerrero
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "this is an ok manga. the fantasy aspect is there but there's just something missing. i think the story really needs to be a bit more developed."
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    #18My Little Monster (Vol. 1)

    My Little Monster (Vol. 1)

    Shizuku, a self-absorbed overachiever meets Haru, an impulsive violent brute who latches onto her, believing she was befriending him. Published in 13 volumes, the series follows unsociable Shizuku and Haru in learning how to care for each other and others.

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    Nicole Cunningham
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "This is the first volume in Robito's most popular series. Beloved everywhere, My Little Monster is funny and heart warming. The best part is knowing there are 13 volumes. This series was later adapted to an anime, which is good, but I believe the manga series is even better! Worth reading."
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    #19Ouran 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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    #20The 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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    Jaime Vázquez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I had both a love and hate relationship with this series (which recently ended in Japan). On the one hand, I loved how the author really researched and then wove in the fae history of the British Isles. With everything from the Green Knight to Faerie queens woven in, it was a fresh take on ages old stories. I also loved the artwork - each page was a real treat to enjoy the drawings. But on the other hand, all the characters were very flat and one dimensional - mustache twirling evil villains and Edward, the hero, seeming fairly ambivalent throughout the story. The artwork felt 21st century, the characters felt very 1970s shoujo manga cliche. The heroine is a sweet character but a bit too pollyanna for my likes. Those who like innocent and sweet main characters will definitely love this book. Edward, the hero, is one of those types who seems like he doesn't care about the safety of the heroine - as long as she furthers his aims. But of course, we will be given hints throughout the series that that may not be the actual case. I think the key word here is that this is a sweet story - a sugary confection that tastes good initially but may leave you wanting something a bit more filling at the end"
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    #21The Wallflower (Vol. 1)

    The Wallflower (Vol. 1)

    Sunako Nakahara, an agoraphobic, goth-loving recluse is forced to live with four extremely handsome boys, tasked with turning her into a proper lady. With characters based on famous visual kei artists, Tomoko Hayakawa offers a fun and comedic story in The Wallflower.

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    Devansh Rodrigues
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Wallflower vol 1 is one of the manga's that will keep you entertained for a while.When I bought it,I did not realize time passing so fast because I was so immersed into it.Its very interesting."
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    #22Paradise 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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    Roy Russell
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "This looks like a pretty popular manga that has been around for a bit."
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    #23W 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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    Ling Su
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I normally don't care for Manga but this was different. This story really touched me and changed my whole position all together."
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    #24Tokyo 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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    Joseph Carlson
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Though this book skirts the edge of what shoujo is, it still is a great read for fans of the sub-genre. It has a bit everything in it and the characters are written really well even if the drawing is a stale in it's style. The series is must though for any fans of Yoskiki Nakamura."
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    #25My Neighbor Totoro (Vol. 1)

    My Neighbor Totoro (Vol. 1)

    My Neighbor Totoro is a film-manga based on Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 hit anime movie. Follow the adventures of sisters Satsuki and Mei, who moved into a "haunted house" in a rural town, and met Totoro, the endearing "Spirit of the Forest."

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    Evelyn Estrada
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "My Neighbor Totoro (Vol. 1) is a great little movie based on a manga. It's perfect for a youngster just getting into reading. Everyone should know about the Tortoro!"
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    #26The Cinderella Solution

    The Cinderella Solution

    The Cinderella Solution is written by Cathy Yardley and illustrated by Kyoko Sagara. It is about a graphic designer Charlotte who decided to transform herself into a lady to get back at her best friend Gabe. 

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    Arjun Kapoor
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This book was alright, but it did not keep my interest for long. I picked the book up when I was bored at my job. The cover looked interesting, so I decided to give it a chance. The story was not really my cup of tea because it felt like a romance story. I took me 4 weeks to read the book because I kept dropping it. The main character seemed kind of shallow and the ending was very cliche, I have read better shoujo-mangas."
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    #27The 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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    Richard Fox
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I identify with Asahi so much! I just transferred from the East coast to the West coast and it's like going to a whole new land altogether. The article in The Water Dragon's Bride is gorgeous as you'd expect, and the plot flows well."
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    #28Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

    Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

    Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms is a historical fiction manga written and illustrated by Fumiyo Kono. This manga tells the story of Minami Hirano who survived the Hiroshima bomb attack and her life in a quiet, old town.

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  26. 0

    #29To 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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    Edward Sanchez
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This romantic book is so interesting, it has a very nice story to tell and the characters on it are vividly described. I can say that i have had a very qualitative time, reading this book . "
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    #30Kiss/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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    Frances Adams
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "If your an anime fan this is where you should start your Japanese comics collection. This story is told of young love and passion between forbidden outside love affair. There is a huge following of not only the comics but their memorabilia as well, so this could turn into an investment. "
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    #31Stray 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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    Roger Reid
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "one thing that keeps me reading books is how interesting the story line is and when I read Stray Love Hearts which captured all my attention.I even forgot my appointment because I was too immersed into it."
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    #32Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales

    Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales

    Shirahime Syo: Snow Goddess Tales is a supernatural fiction written and illustrated by a group of mangakas called Clamp. This manga is composed of 3 short stories featuring a man's encounter with a snow goddess.

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    Edward Allen
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "I am not a huge manga fan. However, when I came across Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales I was mesmerized. It is brilliant storytelling, and great artwork as well."
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    #33Voice 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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    Margaret Estrada
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I feel like I've read this story before. It felt eerily familiar, however, it was still funny!"
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    #34The 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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    Juan Hernandez
    Written on March 18, 2018
    ""This has to be one of the sweetest, purely romantic, stories I've read in a long time! A lovely grown-up fairytale - a modern-day Cinderella tale - that leaves the reader feeling hopeful and happy inside! The colorful secondary characters and the Priscilla/Pietro romance added a degree of depth to the book, as did the detailed descriptions of the setting." - Donna K."
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    #35Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Vol 1)

    Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Vol 1)

    Puella Magi Madoka Magica by Magica Quartet is about Madoka Kaname who became a Pella Magi. It all started when she was offered the chance to change destiny by a cat-like creature in a dream.

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    Ignacio Suárez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Overall a good graphic novel. I think the story is very enjoyable and there is a large cast of characters you will meet, learn about and get attached to with in the first few chapters. I'd recommend this for any manga lover."
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    #36Mixed Vegetables (Vol. 1)

    Mixed Vegetables (Vol. 1)

    Mixed Vegetables is a manga about cooking created by Ayumi Komura first published in 2005. This shojo sequential art manga is about Hanayu Ashitaba's journey to become a sushi chef. 

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    Mary Walters
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Manga is rather popular currently. Mixed vegetables is a cooking comic."
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    #37Never Kiss A Stranger

    Never Kiss A Stranger

    Never Kiss a Stranger is written by Madeleine Ker. It is about Laura Golightly who travels to Europe and accidentally discovered a secret about the president of an airplane company. 

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    Dan Li
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book is pretty out there. It's a love story but I think it almost draws from anime style story telling. Like a woman being awakened to see her apartment being burgled but the cat burglar kisses her to calm her down. I don't know, I couldn't get into it."
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    #38Fall 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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    Jean Brown
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This is one of my favorite mangas! The main character Rena is so relatable. It is a romantic story where everything does not always go perfectly. You have to read it to see what will happen in the end!"
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    #39Cardcaptor Sakura (Vol. 1)

    Cardcaptor Sakura (Vol. 1)

    Cardcaptor Sakura (Vol. 1) is a fantasy manga created by Clamp. This sequential art and romance manga is first published in 1998. This manga is about Sakura after she became the Master of the Clow. 

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    Robert Schmidt
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I'm a huge fan of the Cardcaptor series. This manga definitely did not disappoint."
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    #40Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Vol. 1)

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Vol. 1)

    From renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki, comes a tale of a gentle young princess trying to save her world from destruction. Determined to stop the kingdoms from battling for the remaining meager resources of their world, Nausica is tasked with negotiating peace for all.

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    Claudia Leal
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind was one of my favorite movies, so I decided to read the book to see if it was as good as the movie and I was not disappointed. The artwork in the book is one of the best I have seen in a graphic novel in a long time. Captivating and entertaining. "
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    #41Love Hina (Vol. 1)

    Love Hina (Vol. 1)

    Keitaro Urashima's parents kick him out after he fails his entrance exams to get into Tokyo University for the second time. His grandmother agrees to take him in, on the condition that he'll be the caretaker of her girls' dorm, Hinata Lodge.

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    Timothy Bennett
    Written on March 28, 2018
    " Another manga, one with adorable art and adorable characters! The story is just as fun as well, if you like this kind of manga that is! It's something light hearted and not too deep, so if you want to read something that is more light this is something I'd suggest!"
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    #42Tenshi 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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    Jessica Wu
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This really, to me, is average shoujo at best. There are so many other great representations of this type of manga, and given the opportunity to suggest any number of titles to someone, this wouldn't be at the top of the list. The art is okay, and the storyline it follows is unimaginative and overdone. it just isn't a stellar example. "

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Best What are the best shoujo manga
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Fruits Basket (Vol. 1)Books 33 Paid
2Red River (Vol. 1)Books 33 Paid
3La Corda d'Oro (Vol. 1)Books 28 Paid
4Beast Master (Vol. 1)Books 26 Paid
5Sailor Moon (Vol. 1)Books 26 Paid
6Kamisama KissBooks 25 Paid
7Vampire Knight (Vol. 1)Books 25 Paid
8The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross (Vol. 1)Books 24 Paid
9MeruPuri (Vol. 1)Books 21 Paid
10Full Moon O Sagashite (Vol. 1)Books 19 Paid
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