Shoujo manga recs?
Oh lovely anon, I had fun with this, probably too much fun. You see, I got a little carried away and ended up making a list of 12, which isn’t so bad, but then I had to go into fangirl mode and explain while they’re all so delightful. I really urge you and anyone else looking for some new shoujo to try one of these!
Akatsuki No Yona: If you’ve seen the anime and enjoyed it, I strongly recommend reading the manga from the beginning. I’m not going to say much else about this one since the majority of you know it, but seriously, give Yona a go, you won’t be disappointed.
Kanata Kara: Oldie but goldie, as in it’s from the 90s (please don’t let that deter you). This manga follows Noriko, a girl transported to another world. Upon arrival she meets the traveling warrior, Izark, and their adventure begins. Kara is one of my favorites; it does a wonderful job juggling action, adventure, and adorable romance. As an aside, I love the fact Noriko doesn’t just know the language in the new world but has to learn it during her travels.
Last Game: Though this series does encompass a lot of stereotypical shoujo clichés, it’s also delightfully fresh. Unlike most, LG takes place in a university setting, and it’s the hero who has been in love with the heroine for a long time. Ten years, actually. Too bad he can’t just manage to spit that out. Also, did I mention she’s pretty much better than him in everything? Bring on the rivalry love (I’m having Special A flashbacks).
Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden: This is what I like to joking call “the original AkaYona.” We have our chosen girl who is prophesied to save the country, and the warriors she must collect in order to do so. One of the really cool twists in this story is that not all the warriors are men, and even more than that, all the men aren’t in love with her, save her love interest. The heroine is also quite mature and not completely inept when it comes to combat. Fair warning: there are a lot of deaths, have tissues ready if you cry easily.