Top 10 Best Shoujo Manga
The “shoujo” genre in the manga world is a general genre that caters most especially to girls. No wonder it often contains fluttery and flowery themes with scopes including romance, love, magic, and fairy tale motifs. While it’s not really exclusive to girls only, it’s practically enjoyed by people of all walks in life. That said, the shoujo manga genre is basically one with a particular essence popularly and widely enjoyed by the whole world.
So, now that you’re here, what better else to do than to read the best shoujo manga out there. Here they are, lined according to rank. Agree or not, here are the most recommended, the most popular, and the best shoujo manga for you to get your hands on and read!
10 – Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
With a story and theme that is so much alike to what people consider as a fairy tale, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (a.k.a. Snow White with the Red Hair) presents a fantastical world that captures the essence of the magic contained in fairy tales. If there’s Snow White in the fairy tale world, then there’s Akagami no Shirayuki-hime in the manga world! And mind you, this manga series is on top 10 of this list!
Shirayuki is young woman whose name literally means “Snow White.” She has a unique name but what’s more unique about Shirayuki is her beautiful red hair. But with her quirks come a terrible problem—the vain prince of Tabarun has fallen for her! The prince wants her to be her concubine!
With the prince of Tabarun bent on forcing her to be his concubine, Shirayuki cuts her hair short and flees the country. Along the way, she meets another prince by fate. That prince is Zen, and he’s the destined person who will eventually become Shirayuki’s prince charming and change her life forever.
9 – Nana
Relishing the glamor of the 9th seat on this list is a manga that’s so realistic you just can’t help but relate and feel immersed. This manga is called Nana and it’s a drama and romance series that portrays the realities of life and its nuances.
Nana follows the lives of two women with the same name—Nana! Both of them are in the big city, and they’re in it to win everything! Their dreams, their hopes, and their lives—Nana Komatsu and Nana Osaki are determined to fulfill everything they can. One meeting leads to another. Two fates intertwine! This is the beginning of a life experience that will mark lasting memories in both Nana Komatsu and Nana Osaki’s heart, mind, and soul.
8 – Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
Nothing screams shoujo manga more than stories that are showered with romantic moments, self-discoveries, and love in general. And for top 8, we’ve got a series that stands tall with its relatable scenario and lovely jiffies. The series in question is none other than—Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (a.k.a. My Little Monster)!
Shizuku Mizutani is a cold-hearted girl who only cares about her academic excellence. Haru Yoshida, on the other hand, is a troublemaker who has issues of his own. The moment Shizuku was asked to deliver some notes to Haru, a spark ignited in their hearts! Can they be friends? Will they be able to manage their awkward personalities and begin experiencing new sights and sounds in life? Surely, with their meeting, one thing will eventually lead to another!
7 – Cardcaptor Sakura
When one says shoujo manga, then the title Cardcaptor Sakura should instantly pop up! Why? Well, it’s all because it’s a classic! Yes, Cardcaptor Sakura is so famous and popular that it blazed a trail to the shoujo world. It’s magical and it’s lovely! Also, Cardcaptor Sakura is a shoujo manga pioneer!
Sakura Kinomoto has a big problem! While in the library, she accidentally released the troublesome Clow cards into the wild. No one else is responsible for the luckless event but her! Fortunately, she is granted with magical powers. And so, with the power of a cardcaptor, she will try to fulfill the mission of gathering all the Clow cards and prevent impish chaos from running rampant in the city.
6 – Akatsuki no Yona (Dawn of Yona)
Now this isn’t your typical shoujo manga! While Akatsuki no Yona (a.k.a. Dawn of Yona) might seem generic at first sight, it surprises everyone as it gradually shifts to a major progression where all expectations are exceeded. Yes, it’s that brilliant! And that’s why it’s on top 6 on this list.
The time for Princess Yona to rise up to the occasion is now! Even though she has lived a life of luxury and comfort so far, the circumstances have turned upside down and she has no other choice left but to fight. A betrayal is the cause of her kingdom’s usurpation, and Yona’s hope for survival, as well as her kingdom’s chance for redemption, is now in her hands.
5 – Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances
Transcending the limits of typical shoujo manga, here comes a series that is both heartwarming and heart-wrenching. It goes by the title Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances, and it clearly makes the heart throb enough for it to be on the 5th spot of this list.
This is the story of a boy and a girl who met in high school and fell in love. Yukino Miyazawa is a girl who sports a perfect model student façade. On the other hand, Souichiro Arima is boy who is an excellent student without all the hidden agendas and fake propagandas. Unexpectedly, Souichiro overtakes Yukino in the academic roll, prompting her to be cautious of him. Their interactions led from one thing to another until…Souichiro suddenly confesses his love for her.
Thus, it began! Not only does Yukino have to regain the top 1 spot in the school but she also has to deal with the new emotions and feelings welling inside her. Will this be the highlight of Yukino’s and Souichiro’s high school lives? What’s in the future for both of them? The both will soon find out!
4 – Fruits Basket
On top 4 is a series that’s highly reputable and grand to many fans around the world. With its sweet-and-spicy comedic moments and bittersweet emotional jiffies, Fruits Basket have proven and continues to prove that it’s indeed a shoujo force to be reckoned with! It’s so good it makes the heart flutter in all kinds of amazing ways.
The Souma family has an accursed secret—they are possessed by the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac! With circumstances as dire as they can be, Tooru Honda discovers the truth about the Souma family. Luckily, the discovery leads to the turnabout of her fate. Not only does she have a new family now, her unluckiness has ceased! Or did it? Tooru must now keep the secret buried else a terrible consequence awaits!
3 – Orange
Orange isn’t just a story about romance! More than romance and school hijinks, Orange is about love, life, and friendship. And it executes everything in such an incredible way that feelings just can’t help but overflow and well uncontrollably inside. As such, making its way to the 3rd spot on this list is but a piece of cake!
A letter from the future has arrived, and it’s now in the hands of high school girl Naho Takamiya. Of course, she doesn’t believe anything the letter details, brushing it off as a prank. But then, the future begins to unfold and the letter from the future is on point!
Surprisingly, the letter points to one person as the centerpiece—the new transfer student Kakeru Naruse. Who is he? What does he have to do with the future? What’s his role in the greater scheme of things? Naho and her friends will soon discover the enigma of fate, the future, their bonds, and their uncanny connection with Kakeru.
2 – Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
No one should mention the word shoujo without mentioning Kaichou wa Maid-sama! Why? Well, that’s because this manga is one of the best in the genre. Just by reading it, you would realize how well-catered it is to the demographic of the genre, and how it even exceeds that! It’s very romantic and hilarious that it’s a perfect read for everyone—especially girls!
Misaki Ayuzawa is the ruthless student council president of Seika High School. She rules with an iron fist and usually targets the boys of the school in order to protect the girls. She has a secret she thinks is embarrassing though—she works as a maid in a maid café! So, when the most popular boy in school—Usui Takumi—discovers her secret, an unusual interaction begins! Is it love? Or is it something else? Well, Misaka and Usui have a lot of time to spare for them to discover all the nuances of their quirky relationship!
1 – Ouran High School Host Club
Hail the best shoujo manga in the world! Mind you, many people regard this as their top 1. And so, it’s here, right on the number 1 spot—Ouran High School Host Club! With a perfect blend of all the elements of the shoujo genre, this series dazzles, bewilders, and enchants every reader into getting hooked and ultimately loving it. And that’s the definitive goal of a great shoujo manga—to make readers fall in love! Kiss, kiss, fall in love!
Haruhi Fujioka was able to enter the super prestigious Ouran High School through talent alone. Thus, she feels out-of-place most of the time. Then, the most unexpected moment came. Haruhi accidentally broke the ultra-expensive vase of the Ouran High School Host Club! As expected, she can’t afford it. And so, the only way to pay off her debt is to work as a host.
Haruhi is now the newest host of the club! But there’s a twist—she has to pretend to be a guy in order to do her work. After all, the Ouran High School Host Club is an all-male club that entertains gals in the school for fun and enjoyment.