Motivational Anime

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One of the main reasons I’m inactive on this blog is because I dedicate a lot of time to my studies. School takes up the majority of my life, like it does many others. Now I know this isn’t an excuse for my lack of posts, but here I’ve attempted to compile some anime that inspire me.

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Haikyuu!!:

Now I know that there are a lot of sports manga that are very motivation, but Haikyuu stands out. This manga is written so that you can learn from each and every character. No matter if they’re a side character or on the opposing team, Furudate effectively displays their backgrounds so that you can connect with them. I’m currently reading the manga and it’s fantastic.

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Your Lie in April:

I decided to pick this one up again after starting it so long ago. The character development is absolutely amazing and the way Kosei grows is so raw and human that it’s terrifying. The way the story progresses hits close to home, even if you (like me) have no connection to the world of music.

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Kaichou wa Maid-sama:

This series is an incredibly cute shoujo and the actual ambition of the characters, one in specific, is often overlooked. Misaki is constantly working hard, she supports her family as well as having stellar grades, and handles essentially all the work in student council. If you read the manga you get to see her ten years in the future. At that point in her life she’s about to marry Usui, who is now a doctor and she herself is a diplomat. If that isn’t goals then I have no idea what is.

 

Disney Manga

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I’m so bad at being active, but hey I’m posting now! Once again i’m taking a type of tag that is popular on youtube and doing a manga edition of it. As for why I haven’t been posting much I don’t have a good excuse I’ve just been enjoying my summer traveling, and posting wasn’t one of my priorities while traveling. Now that I’ve got my (sort of) excuses out of the way we can move on to the actual post!

PLEASE READ: The idea for this post was not created by me, and I do not take credit for it. All the questions I answered in this post were created by Katytastic on youtube and were originally meant for books, but I decided to make a manga edition.

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1. The Little Mermaid: a character out of their element, “a fish out of water”

I won’t elaborate on this one because spoilers, but Yona from Akatsuki no Yona. With the situation she was put into she is definitely the epitome of “a fish out of water”, although she does adjust to the situation she is put into and becomes totally awesome as the series progresses!

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2. Cinderella: a character who goes through a major transformation

I would pick Yona again but for the sake of not repeating anything I’ll got with another character and that character is Teru from Dengeki Daisy. Honestly I feel like this manga is so underrated, even though it’s so magnificent. If you’ve read the manga you’ll probably understand why I picked her, although she was a wonderful character from the start.

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3. Snow White: a manga with an eclectic cast of characters

Words cannot explain how much I love all the Fairy Tail characters. All of them are so interesting and unique, even the minor characters. I mean sure a lot of them fit into character stereotypes but those are also well done. Great job Mashima Hiro!!

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4. Sleeping Beauty: a manga that put you to sleep

Ranma 1/2…don’t get me wrong I adore all the characters and the plot is pretty interesting but they tended to do the same thing over and over again. I never ended up finishing the manga or anime.

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5. The Lion King: a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

It is a common trope for characters to have tragic back stories, but there are two that stuck out to me. Erza from Fairy Tail and Yuri from Angel Beats!

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6. Beauty and the Beast: a beast of a manga (a long manga) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

My answer to this one is easily Detective Conan, I mean currently it’s almost at one-thousand chapters! I watched the anime as a child and pretty recently ( December 2015) I caught up with all the chapters and I’m pretty proud of myself, it was totally worth it!

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7. Aladdin: a character who gets their wish granted, for better or for worse

Don’t hate me for this, but I honestly can’t think of a character like this. Although I’m sure I’ve read a manga with this trope.

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8. Mulan: a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Hime from Seiyuu Ka!, much like Mulan she is a girl pretending to be a boy, but for much different reasons. This manga also included a tsundere main male character and don’t we all love them?

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9. Toy Story: a manga with characters you wish would come to life

This one is a bit complicated because most of my favorite characters are from different series. But you also have to keep in mind that along with the good characters coming to life, the villainous ones would too. While thinking of all this, I decided on the characters from Eyeshield 21. Since it is a sports manga none of the “bad” characters are evil enough to kill anyone, but Agon is a pretty big asshole. I’m guilty of mainly wanting these characters to come alive because I want to meet Hiruma.

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10. Disney Descendants: your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

Oh look another Fairy Tail answer, my favorite manga villain has to be Zeref. I’m not just picking him because I think he’s attractive, but because around the first time we met his character he seemed like a good person…but he wasn’t. He wasn’t just plain evil and out to kill everything he spots, like most shounen villains.

June Manga

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I’m currently in Indiana, but I want to work on this post while I’m here, because I probably won’t be home until July starts. Anyways this month I read a lot of incredible manga and am super excited to tell you guys about them. It’s been almost a year since I’ve been running this blog, but I’ve had trouble being consistent in my updates and I plan to get better at it. Because of this goal I decided to start a monthly post on my blog where I share my thoughts on the manga I read the past month (no spoilers of course).

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Joou no Hana:

I slightly feel like it has been so long since I read this manga, even though it was just a couple of weeks ago! I highly enjoyed this manga and got Akatsuki no Yona vibes from it, because it does also include an awesome heroine and a historical setting. Throughout the story you will be constantly rooting for the main characters who are inspiring, and strong.

Rating: 9/10

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NG Life:

A work created by the same author as Akatsuki no Yona, that I loved just as much. The story is about Keidai a highschool boy who unlike others can remember his past life. In his past life he was a gladiator in Pompeii married to a beautiful woman and with wonderful friends. But all that had ended with the eruption of Mt.Vesuvius. Now living in present day he reunites with his past life best friend and lover, but problems arise when his lover is now a man and his best friend is now a cute girl! I expected this to be a strictly comedic manga, which don’t get me wrong it was very funny but it also had meaningful undertones. It also made me think about things such as the importance of living in the future rather than the past.

Rating: 10/10

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Mugen Spiral:

Not surprisingly another manga I read because of Akatsuki no Yona, this one was also written by the same author. It was a very cute story that was very fun to read, but the ending was very rushed and left many unanswered questions. I believe that the author didn’t have as much time to work on this because of Akatsuki no Yona’s popularity but this one was also a fantastic read and I really would’ve liked a better ending.

Rating: 8/10

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Sakamoto Desu ga?:

This one has been an extremely popular anime recently so I decided why not give the manga a try? I read it and it was hilarious, every chapter had me dying with laughter and I loved Sakamoto from the first chapter. Because of the title I had expected Sakamoto to be a narcissistic and comedic character, and while this manga was certainly satire Sakamoto turned out to be a very good person. I only wished to learn more about Sakamoto’s past, because he is very mysterious and we know absolutely nothing about him.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Kimi ga Uso o Tsuita:

Not a big fan of this one but I did read till the end. My trip to Indiana was a seven hour car ride and I completed this one on the car ride. I felt like the beginning started out strong but throughout the rest of the manga it sort of just started getting worse. It also started to get stereotypical and I found the romance to be sort of creepy.

Rating: 6/10

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Sennen no Yuki:

At Barnes and Nobles in Indiana I spotted this one and since it wasn’t a long manga I decided to have it as a quick read between the manga I’m currently reading and more invested in (Eyeshield 21). It was a cute read and if you’re looking for a sweet shoujo to read just to brighten your day than I highly recommend this one!

Rating: 8/10

SPOTLIGHT MANGA:

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One Outs:

In these posts I’d like to have a spotlight manga which is basically my favorite manga from that month, for June One Outs is an easy win. I’m not very into Sports so I didn’t want to read this the first time I heard about it. Later on I kept hearing that it was a psychological manga and since I love those types of manga I started read it and it was incredible. All the strategies that Tokuchi devised were brilliant and each chapter kept me at the edge of my seat. Since I don’t understand much about baseball I thought that I would have been very confused while reading this but the manga did a good job in simplifying the sport. The only problems I had while reading this was first, the huge chapter gaps. In the first one hundred chapters there are two huge gaps that are nowhere to be found on the internet. In order to understand what happened I found the corresponding episodes to the missing chapters. The anime was also fantastic,  but it was a bit of an inconvenience to go from manga to anime. My second problem with this manga was the artwork, it just wasn’t that great. But this manga was released 1998 so I can let it slide and honestly the plot is so fantastic that overtime you’ll just get used to the artwork and it won’t bother you. Since I did watch (part) of the anime I can say that the characters are certainly better looking there, and I feel like they nailed Tokuchi’s voice!

Rating: 10/10

Manga Dropped Or Put On Hold:

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Two Beasts: (DROPPED)

In addition to manga I loved I also read this trash during June. I expected this to be a cute shoujo but no it was a smut manga with a stupid heroine who clearly can’t make decisions for herself. I rarely read smut (I think I’ve only read one), but I have nothing against the genre. What I can’t stand though, are indecisive characters who let the people around her decide everything even things that are fundamentally up to her and her only.

Rating: 2/10

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Matantei Loki: (ON HOLD)

Although I certainly didn’t hate this one, I also wasn’t very willing to continue it. I ended up reading One Outs instead of this, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to continue it, hopefully sometime in the future I will continue this manga.

Rating (so far): 8/10

 

 

 

 

Most Anticipated On My TBR!

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I have a journal where I write down all the manga I want to read as well as things for this blog. I have pages and pages of manga in that notebook, but I don’t stop it there. Then I open up the Evernote app and create a checklist of the ones I prioritize, and these will generally be read before the others that are written solely in my notebook. Here are the current manga on my “most anticipated” list!      

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Note: I’ll be leaving for Indiana tomorrow, so I’ll be even less active on this blog (most likely). Now I know that in general I don’t post very much, but with me going to another state and all I don’t think I’ll have as much time to reply to comments or post on here.

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Eyeshield 21:

http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Eyeshield-21

It’s a bit of a surprise that this one is on my list, since it is a sports series but not just that but one about (american) football. Which I know absolutely nothing about! This one is on my list because as I was reading One Outs (which is my current read) and some of the comments compared Tokuchi to a character named Hiruma. Since I love Tokuchi and I was curious I searched this character up and he turned out to come from another sports manga, Eyeshield 21. I’ve also heard that the anime is trash compared to the manga so I’ll definitely be reading this series rather than watching it.

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Liar Game:

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No surprise here, but this manga is on my list once again because of One Outs. If you didn’t know already, both manga were written by the same author. And I adore One Outs, and am super stoked to read Liar Game. I’ve always loved mystery and psychological manga so I’m super excited to read a series with both tags.

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Hunter x Hunter:

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I’ve seen the anime a couple of years ago and can hardly remember it, so I decided it’s time to revisit this series, but this time by reading the manga. Although I know what happens in this story (up to a certain point at least), I’m just as excited to read this manga!

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D. Gray Man:

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I watched part of this series with my brother and loved it. I’ve been putting it off for a while now because the manga is extremely slow with updating. During April it updated so I do have some hope for it now, although I’m a bit hesitant to read this one.

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DN Angel:

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When I was younger I would always watch anime with my older brother and it wasn’t because we were super close or anything, it’s because we had to share our dad’s computer. We began to watch DN Angel and I was pretty into it until he told us we weren’t watching it anymore, he basically dictated whatever we watched haha, he told me it was because he was “older”. Now that it has been years since then I still haven’t continued DN Angel, and hopefully I’ll still enjoy it (my taste in anime/manga has changed since then).

 

 

Best Sports Manga?

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Sports is a genre that I don’t really dive into often. I guess you could just say it isn’t my cup of tea. But with the current manga I’m reading falling under the sports category, I decided why not create a post on it? I’d like to talk about some of my favorite sports manga as well as some I plan to read in the near future.

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Prince of Tennis/New Prince of Tennis: 

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This series was probably the first sports anything I watched. I started off by watching the anime a couple of years ago, then over winter break this year I read it and its sequel New Prince of Tennis. This story features our cocky main character, Echizen, and his team Seigaku. After watching and reading this I have a strange desire to play tennis, even though I know I’ll suck.  Rating 10/10

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One Outs: http://kissmanga.com/Manga/One-Outs

This is the series that I am currently reading and it is incredible! More than just involving baseball, it is a very psychological manga involving lots of strategy and thinking. At first I wasn’t very attracted to this series, because it involves baseball (which I don’t understand) but this series is able to simplify baseball enough for a beginner like me to understand. Rating 11/10 yes, I love it that much.

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Slam Dunk: http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Slam-Dunk

I don’t have much to say about this manga, because as well as only seeing the anime it has been about five years since I saw it. All I can speak of for this manga is being surprised when I actually enjoyed it! (My brother had forced me to watch it with him). I loved watching Sakuragi’s original reason for joining the basketball team change into a genuine love for the sport. Rating 8.5/10

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Not as well-known as the others for being a sports series, but certainly shows the characters love for basketball. In addition to basketball it also focuses heavily on romance. And rather than having one of those typical idiotic female characters, we get Yuki who is strong and hardworking. Rating 9/10

Sports manga that have been all the rave and I plan to read:

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Hinata Shouyou, upon seeing a volleyball match, is aiming to become “The Small Giant”, and joins his middle school volleyball club. After finding new members, they set out for the middle school tournament, where they’ve cross paths with a formidable school with the “King of the Upper Court”, Kageyama Tobio. Although their team lost, Shouyou is still determined to aim for the top and exact revenge on Kageyama. Upon entering high school, he recieved the biggest surprise–he and Kageyama are on the same school and club!

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Real: http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Real

The story revolves around three teenagers: Nomiya Tomomi, a high school dropout; Togawa Kiyoharu, an ex-sprinter who now plays wheelchair basketball; and Takahashi Hisanobu, a popular leader of the high school’s basketball team who now finds himself a paraplegic after an accident.
Real features a cast of characters who find themselves being marginalized by society, but are all united by one common feature: a desire to play basketball, with no place to play it in. Nomiya, being a high school dropout, has no future in his life. Togawa, being a difficult personality, finds himself constantly feuding with his own teammates. Takahashi, once a popular team leader, now finds himself being unable to move from the chest down.
Real also deals with the reality of physical disabilities, and the psychological inferiority that the characters struggle against. The characters break through their own psychological barriers bit by bit.

 

 

Awesome Manga Fathers

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In honor of it being Father’s day today I’d like to talk about my favorite dads from anime and manga. I find my parents to be wonderful beings, but growing up I never really got to see either my mother or father, because of this I always appreciated amazing parental figures in series I read. So shout out to all those amazing fictional and real dads out there!

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Ryoji Fujioka from Ouran Highschool Host Club:

This series was filled with hilarious characters, but I found Haruhi’s father, Ryoji, to be one of the most amusing personalities. In flashbacks and in the present we learn how deep his love for Haruhi is and his hatred for Tamaki. But in the end he wouldn’t jeopardize Haruhi and Tamaki’s relationship.

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Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist:

I miss this series so much, and Hughes even more! His daughter is adorable and I find his doting love for his family super cute. Although in the series we were not able to see much of his parenting, by what screen time they were given you can understand that he made an incredible parent.

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Kaien Cross from Vampire Knight:

I’m not a really big fan of this show now, but a few years ago you definitely could have called me obsessed. Similar to the previous fathers listed he is also whimsical and doting. He may not have been the biological father of Yuki, but that doesn’t matter because he treated her like his own. I loved that throughout the series you could see the “two sides” of him. You can see the badass side of him and the goofy headmaster him too.

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Isshin Kurosaki from Bleach:

I haven’t watched bleach in a while, but I can clearly remember his character. He raised his kids after the loss of their mother and he did a hell of a good job. In addition to being hilarious as well.

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Soichiro Kurebayashi from Dengeki Daisy:

Yes, I do know that he is Teru’s older brother, but he was her guardian in addition. Since this isn’t a spoiler and is clearly stated in the first chapter, he is deceased. Although in the series all we get are flashbacks of him, and we never get to meet him alive, I don’t think I have ever cried as much as I did for Soichiro. By the bonds he made with other characters you’re able to tell that he is a trustworthy and incredible man and guardian.

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Son Mundok from Akatsuki no Yona:

Yet again a character that is not the direct father to another character, but is a wonderful guardian. He cares deeply for Hak and the rest of the Wind Tribe. Similar to Isshin and Ichigo’s relationship from Bleach, Hak and Mundok have scenes that will make you die laughing and others that will make you die crying.

Manga That Made Me Cry!

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I can never find myself crying for situations that happen in real life, but if something sad happens in a manga or anime I will be bawling my eyes out. Here are some of the manga that have made me cry!

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Konjiki no Gash Bell!:

This one may come as a surprise, because if you’ve ever read the manga or watched the anime you’ll know that it’s not really a sad story it’s actually very funny. But it is my favorite manga so it’s a given that I would cry at the end. But the main reason I cried was because of the very last chapter(s). The author portrayed the characters relationships perfectly. And their goodbyes were extremely touching. I finished this manga on Christmas and I can remember bawling my eyes out, then having to go to a party, then coming home just to reread the last chapters and cry. I highly recommend reading this manga, even if you’ve seen the anime, the manga is definitely worth reading.

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Deep Love:

This story expands over a series of different manga, each from the perspective of a different main character. I specifically remember reading this manga so I could cry, it was a sort of challenge. This manga is incredible and one that you will never forget. The manga contains lots of adult content and I’d definitely recommend a certain level of maturity to read it. I read this manga as a ten-year old (haha I really didn’t have that “level of maturity” I was talking about:p), and it is the kind of manga that makes an impression and makes you rethink your life.

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Donten ni Warau:

I’ve talked about this manga a lot on my page and there is a reason for that. Just like the other stories I have talked about I recommend that you read this one! For the sake of not spoiling anything I won’t tell what exactly made me cry but this story is very touching. The manga focuses on three brothers and throughout the series you discover how much love they have for each other. In addition to beautiful relationships the story itself is also incredible!

Similar Manga (Recommendations)

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We all know that “mourning” period after we finish an amazing manga. We eventually move on but after completing a manga there is that empty feeling and yearning to reread it a billion times. In my list I’d like to recommend “similar manga”, where I take a manga that is popular or more popular and recommend a manga that is similar and just as amazing.

 

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If you like Akatsuki no Yona

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Joou no Hana:

Both manga have the historical tag and they both have amazing heroines. Too often female leads, especially in shoujo, are extremely useless to the plot and therefore rather annoying. Both women, Yona and Aki are treated like they are useless but persevere and show the world just how powerful they are. Akatsuki no Yona has many more chapters out then Joou no Hana, but I think both stories are heading the same way in terms of romance. Both series start off not focused on the romance very much, while it becomes important later on. I think that’s one of the likable aspects of both series, that they focus on the story line rather than just the main couple.

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If you like Rurouni Kenshin

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Donten Ni Warau:

Both manga hit you in the feels and are very heartwarming. They both involve many action packed scenes and include the “way” of the samurai. All characters are very strong, and Rurouni Kenshin may have more romance, but Donten Ni Warau is not lacking. The brotherly love in this manga is incredible and will hook you to the manga.

 

Shoujo Recommendations

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During May and so far in June I have been reading a lot of shoujo manga. Since I first started watching anime and reading manga I’ve been a sucker for romance and I still am. There are shoujo that literally all of us know of, such as Ouran Highschool Host Club or Kaichou Wa Maid sama. I’d rather not recommend super popular shoujo, so this list is filled with shoujo that are not as popular, but just as good.

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Joou no Hana: 

I read this manga earlier this month, and fell in love with it. I started reading it because it had the “historical” tag. Being an avid Akatsuki no Yona fan, I was hoping this manga would live up to it. And although I’m biased towards Akatsuki no Yona, Joou no Hana is also incredible. The female lead, Aki, is powerful and strong-willed. Throughout the story you will fall in love with the way the author portrays her. And our male lead, Hakusei is super adorable, shy, and strong. He is a complete bishounen.

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Tamago no Kimi:

I read this one over spring break and the plot is so unusual that it will intrigue you just by hearing the summary. The story is centered around a girl named Aimi, who starts off in a world that is the opposite of the world we know of, at least in terms of beauty standards. In her world things like being overweight or having acne are perceived as the “ideal”, and all humans are beautiful but unfortunately neither our world or Aimi’s understands this. While Aimi’s looks would be on par with a supermodel in our world, in her’s she is considered very ugly. When she is thrown into the world we know of her life changes, especially after her encounter with Kyou Naruse, the extreme narcassist. All the characters in this series are hilarious and this is a very enjoyable read.

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Charming Junkie:

Like Tamago no Kimi, this is a hilarious read, but heartwarming at moments too. While reading the epilogue you are able to see all the characters grow up and the direction life has taken them. It gives you an odd motherly sense and speaking of the characters, all of them are so complex in their own way.

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Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurau:

Filled with moments that will just make you go, “Ah! so cute”. The male leads in this story are just way too cute and the same thing goes for the female leads. The author of this manga (Ikeyamada Go) has also written other fantastic series, such as Moe Kare!!, and you should definitely check out other works from her.

Top 10 Anime Openings & I’m Back?!

 

My laptop hasn’t been working up till today, and I was to lazy to get it fixed. But I missed the feeling of my fingers typing and writing about all of my thoughts and feelings about Anime and Manga. Now that I’m officially back, I’d like to say I’m sorry. And I’d like to celebrate my comeback with a list on my “Top 10 Anime Openings”.

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10. Kamisama Hajimemashita OP 1

This opening is so relaxing and peaceful. When I listen to it, it’s a instant mood booster.

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9. Brothers Conflict OP 1

I absolutely hated this anime. Like most reverse haram anime, the female lead was docile and couldn’t do a thing for herself. Ema constantly needed the other males of the show to help her. Despite this, each time I heard the opening I couldn’t help dancing around in my room.

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8. Mirai Nikki OP 1

Compared to the other ones on this list, its much darker because the anime itself is dark. I get chills when I listen to this opening, and it suits that anime perfectly.

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7. Shugo Chara OP 2

I first watched Shugo Chara four years ago, and I remember completely freaking out when Ikuto was holding Amu. But that is not the only reason I picked this for number seven. The actual song always made me happy, and it still does. Back then, and now too school is not a fun place for me. But this opening always made me a little bit more excited for it.

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6. Durarara OP 1

This is just such a catchy opening. I really have no other reason for putting it on my list.

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5. Sword Art Online OP 1

I only watched SAO during summer, which I know i’m so late, but I loved the first season. Now I’m scared to watch the second season because I hear from my brother that it kind of drags the story. This opening goes from fast paced to slow, and it still manages to be a good opening!

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4. Hiiro No Kakera OP 1

This opening is so beautiful, and although I don’t typically imagine a opening like this with this anime it somehow works perfectly.

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3. Gosick OP 1

Every time I listen to this opening, my heart hurts. It reminds me of the good old times where I would spend my days watching Gosick. The opening is so upbeat and happy and so dark at the same time. The happy, but sad contrast is kind of like a foreshadowing for the entire series.

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2. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood OP 1

The beginning part gives me chills every time I listen to it, her voice is just that good.

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1. No Game, No Life OP 1

Words cannot describe how much I miss this anime, and how much I really want a second season. Like FMAB the beginning of the opening, in this case the piano part is amazing. The song itself goes from peaceful to intense rock.