Thanks to Linda reminding me of one of my favourite romance mangas, I decided to re-read some of those (and ended up ordering some because I have no self-control). Since these at some point in time have been my comfort reads I thought I would share so everyone can also spend a few hours or days being comforted by these light romances.
All these mangas are generally light-hearted, there’s no age gaps (don’t even get me started on how much I dislike student/teacher romance or high school student/grown man), there’s some angst in these but no love triangle and more importantly no sexual assault or rape (another trope I need mangas to get over).
Disclaimer: Some of these mangas have been licensed, for those I will put official links you can buy the volumes, for those that haven’t I won’t be putting up links but they’re easily found through google (*wink wink*)
1. Kimi ni Todoke
Kuronuma Sawako is completely misunderstood by her classmates. Her timid and sweet demeanor is often mistaken for malicious behavior. This is due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from “The Ring,” which has led her peers to give her the nickname Sadako. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, she is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, whose “100% refreshing” personality earns him great admiration from Sawako. So when Kazehaya starts talking to her, maybe there is hope for the friendships Sawako has always longed for. Maybe…there is even a little hope for some romance in her
Disclaimer: This is a very famous manga/anime, it doesn’t start as cheerful or light but as the story progresses and you see how Sawako starts to open up it gets less sad, it is still very light-hearted and even those times were you are almost crying you will end up smiling. It’s a little bit of a slowburn so take your time.
2. Yagate Kimi ni Naru (Bloom into You)
Yuu has always loved shoujo manga and awaits the day she gets a love confession that sends her heart aflutter with bubbles and hearts, and yet when a junior high classmate confesses his feelings to her…she feels nothing. Disappointed and confused, Yuu enters high school still unsure how to respond. That’s when Yuu sees the beautiful student council president Nanami turn down a suitor with such maturity that she’s inspired to ask her for help.
But when the next person to confess to Yuu is Nanami herself, has her shoujo romance finally begun?
3. Kase-san series
Yui Yamada has always been a shy girl, keeping to her small circle of friends and fulfilling her duties as the “Plant Appointee” by greenifying the school. Yet, one day, she ends up crossing paths with the track and field team’s ace, Tomoka Kase. Kase is outgoing and athletic, while Yamada has never played sports or participated in a club
However, despite being polar opposites, the pair soon find themselves becoming closer.
With lots to learn about relationships, and each other, will their feelings bloom into something more?
4. Takane no Hana Nara Ochitekoi!!
Shiraishi Kouta has the brains and the looks, both handsome and smart. He’s the most popular guy at school. And as the prince of the school, there is no girl who can resist his charm, every girl at school falls in love with him… or so he thought, until the badass, cool lofty flower, Kurokawa Kaori, fails to fall for his charms. But what happens when it turns out Kurokawa is even better at playing a prince than he is? Just who exactly is supposed to be falling for who!! Now, instead of making Kurokawa fall for him, he ends up falling for her. A falling-in-love comedy by a new author, sure to make boys squeal!
5. Seven Days: Monday → Sunday
It is rumored that Touji Seryou, one of the more popular boys at school, will go out with whoever asks him out on a Monday morning. On this particular Monday morning, Yuzuru Shino, Seryou’s senpai at the archery club decides on a whim, and well-aware of Seryou’s reputation, to ask him to go out. Thinking that it will be treated as a joke, they’re both guys after all, imagine Shino’s surprise when Seryou takes him up on the offer! The catch, though, Seryou by the end of the week breaks up with that person. In essence, Seryou is a lover with a one-week expiration date. But will Shino prove to be the exception to that rule?
6. Omairi desu yo
Miza Yuuji is the so-called “beautiful priest” of Uguisuzaka Shopping District, loved and respected by all not only for his skills as a Buddhist priest but for his demure demeanor and kind air. While he professes to have pledged himself to the cloth, vowing to remain unmarried and celibate for life… he’s harbored a crush on his best friend Saburou since middle school. Now that Saburou’s back in town, taking over his parents’ tofu shop after an eight-year absence, Yuuji must deal with feelings he thought he’d long since moved past—and that’s when he gets drunk one evening in Saburou’s presence.
7. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
GAMES OVER ROMANCE.
Narumi Momose has had it rough: Every boyfriend she’s had dumped her once they found out she was an otaku, so she’s gone to great lengths to hide it. When a chance meeting at her new job with childhood friend, fellow otaku, and now coworker Hirotaka Nifuji almost gets her secret outed at work, she comes up with a plan to make sure he never speaks up. But he comes up with a counter-proposal: Why doesn’t she just date him instead? In love, there are no save points.
Disclaimer: this is one of my favourite manga, I would even recommend the anime, it’s that good and funny! Both couples are cute in their own way and there;s little angst, very much comedy intended and silly.
8. Merry Checker
By day, Shiomi is just any ordinary office worker. At night, he becomes Shio, a sarcastic blogger who keeps an online diary with thousands of visits. Other than that, he lives a lonely life, perfect for a grumpy guy like him. Everything changes when he meets Miya in one of the meetings, the fashionable character for whom half the blogosphere sighs. Shio and her colleagues are surprised to discover that Miya is not the giddy young woman they had imagined, but a man of almost two meters of peace, love and good feelings. That night, Shio ends up sleeping at Miya’s house. What he doesn’t know is that his new friend has been reading his diary for years and what he feels for him is, perhaps, more than admiration. To his surprise, Shio doesn’t dislike noticing it. Can the curmudgeon costume be removed at last?
[Licensed in spanish]
9. Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi
The story of an annoying Senpai and his Kouhai.
Igarashi Futuba is a hardworking young office lady. Her new job, however, would be great if her senpai, Takeda Harui wasn’t so incredibly annoying! Takeda annoys her constantly! Futuba hate his laugh, she hates how big he is, and she really hates that he treats her like a little kid. Just because Futuba is short and looks younger doesn’t make her a kid, and yet she finds herself growing closer to him. And just because she spends so much time with Takeda doesn’t mean she sees him as anything but an annoying senpai… or does she?!
10. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
Shirayuki is Tanbarun’s friendly neighborhood herbalist, whose unique red hair ends up drawing unwanted attention from the vain prince of Tanbarun, Raji Shenazard. Faced with the unattractive proposition to become his concubine, Shirayuki chops off her hair and flees the country overnight. In her journey deep into the forest, she encounters Zen Wistalia, the prince of the neighboring country of Clarines. When Zen takes a bite out of a poisoned apple that Prince Raji sends in order to recapture Shirayuki, she expertly uses the herbs at her disposal to cure him. Together with Zen and his two friends, Kiki and Mitsuhide, Shirayuki travels to Clarines, where she aims to make a life for herself as an apothecary of the royal court. As Zen slowly begins to mean more to her than the prince of her new country, the two of them must learn to work together toward their respective dreams despite the difference in status.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
The boy of her dreams…is a girl’s manga artist?!
To the eyes of high school student Chiyo Sakura, classmate Umetarou Nozaki–brawny of build and brusque of tongue–is a dreamboat! When Chiyo finally works up the courage to tell Nozaki how she feels about him, she knows rejection is on the table…but getting recruited as a manga-ka’s assistant?! Never in a million years!
But for someone who makes a living drawing sweet girly romances, Nozaki-kun is a little slow on the uptake when it comes to matters of the heart in reality. And so Chiyo’s daily life of manga making and heartache begins!
Disclaimer: Now, although this manga (former webcomic) is about romance there’s not really a romance plot driving the story, it’s more about comedy than the couples getting together. It’s still a very silly and word the read manga.
Hana to Hoshi
Hanai is a junior higher and the best at table tennis. She’s never lost, and she’s won many tournaments, but after some freshman she’s never heard of beats her like it was nothing, she starts losing every game after that and she can’t get rid of that feeling of defeat. Now it’s her first day of high school and she’s decided to quit table tennis and live an ordinary high school life, but on the first day, she runs into the very girl that first defeated her. It turns out that she’s also quit table tennis, but this girl always has a cold expression on her face and Hanai can’t help but feel that this girl is always looking down on her and trying to mess up her perfect high school life. One day the girl falls asleep in class, and Hanai reaches over to wake her up. As she does so, the girl, still half asleep, looks up at her with a smile and almost kisses her. The girl later tells Hanai that she was having a dream about her, but Hanai coldly brushes it off thinking she’s just messing with her and walks away – as the girl behind her looks down while blushing
Sayonara, Itoshi no My Friend
Tatsuo Andou is a makeup artist for a fashion photographer. Every day he has to see how models fawn over the new hairstylist, Haga Hajime. To tell the truth, he is and tired of this. One such morning, he comes across one of the models running out of Haga’s room with tears in her eyes. He can’t help himself and has a long talk with Haga about how rude and antisocial he is. But that’s when Tatsuo realizes, Haga doesn’t really know how to treat others. More importantly it seems he doesn’t even have a single friend – until now? Tatsuo is determined to show Haga how to be friends, even when Haga isn’t too interested. But what is that feeling? He thinks Haga is cute? He wants to kiss him? Maybe he’s not just interested in being Haga’s friend.
This was a fun list to make – I might make a webcomic/webtoon part 2 list, I mean don’t we all want to talk about Heartstopper and Lore Olympus?
Until next time,