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WAP_Master
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:38 pm Reply with quote
No Kamisama Kiss recommendation, this makes me sad.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:41 pm Reply with quote
Kind of a bummer that only four of these are licensed for an English release, but maybe it just goes to show how much manga there really is in Japan.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:26 pm Reply with quote
Yeah I find it really interesting how few of these have been licensed. Are they mainly newer titles that just haven't had enough time to "prove" themselves enough for an international market? Representation of how little manga actually makes it overseas? Or are these "hidden gems" for Japanese readers too?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:02 pm Reply with quote
Cool. Been consuming a lot of shoujo manga lately. I'll pop over to bookwalker to check out those that's not available in English.

I think there is just so many stuff that is out there in Japan that it's a given some gems won't get translated officially. But to me that is what makes searching for these stuff so interesting. Since I consume manga in both Japanese and English (and my native language)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:15 pm Reply with quote
My favorite manga right now is technically seinen, but for the most part reads like a shoujo parody that is also of the shoujo genre, and has been licensed to start release in March. It's called Kaguya-sama wants to be confessed to. I believe the American title is Love is War. Think like L's and Light's scheming in Death Note, but applied to characters in stereotypical shoujo situations. Hilarious.

Other licensed shoujo on my shelf:

Oresama Teacher (same author as Nozaki kun)
Kimi ni Todoke
My Love Story
Honey So Sweet
High School Debut (same author as My Love Story)
Library Wars
Skip Beat
Kamisama Kiss
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:33 pm Reply with quote
invalidname wrote:
Kind of a bummer that only four of these are licensed for an English release

Agreed. There are quite a few listed that I'd like to be able to check out.

But, even from the ones that are licensed, the ones I'm interest in are digital only. Hopefully that changes.
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24-year-old Aki finds herself newly single when her long-time boyfriend cheats on her. She begins living in a sharehouse with a former classmate and boyfriend from junior high, Tomoya but he has his own personal problem. For the last two years, Tomoya has struggled with erectile dysfunction but finds himself "reacting" to Aki, and so he asks for her help to cure him


This doesn’t sound like shoujo manga at all Laughing[/quote]
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Namete, Kajitte, Tokidoki Medete by Shin Yumachi (Shogakukan) Haru is bullied by her boyfriend Seishirō. Honestly, Seishirō isn't even really her boyfriend, she just accidentally gave him a love letter meant for someone else, but he refuses to return it and claims that Haruhi is his girlfriend now. He follows her at school, takes her lunch, and insists on physical affection, something that continues even when Haru goes home because he lives with her, too.


This is easily one of the creepiest descriptions for a shojo manga I've ever read. The accompanying picture of the cover (the one where the guy is pulling the girl's ribbon off from behind) is equally disturbing.

Otherwise, I'd love to see more of these series--especially the fantasy and/or time-travel ones--licensed in English!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:51 pm Reply with quote
Oh, the woes of being an anime/manga fan that doesn't speak Japanese. But on the bright side, I have some new titles to suggest to companies like Seven Seas in their monthl surveys. Razz

Someone needs to make a list of 32 licensed shojo mangas worth reading. I can think of a handful (Yona of the Dawn, Fruits Basket, Sailor Moon, Skip Beat, etc.) but not sure I can quite make it to 32, haha.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:23 pm Reply with quote
I've actually read a bit of Sabaku no Harem, and what I read I really enjoyed. It's like a much, much tamer version of Red River, minus the time travel. It's a pretty breezy read, in my opinion.

Now what I really wanna' see is Cold Game and Seven Knights, though Kami-sama no Ekohiiki kind of breaks my heart a little, though from it's very brief description, doesn't sound like it's all that interested in tackling incompatible orientations. ^^;
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:40 pm Reply with quote
Can I just say, that these editors have amazing tastes? Laughing

Or at least, tastes that align with mine? Granted, I find some of these shoujo manga yucky but usually in Kono Manga ga Sugoi or in manga awards like Kodansha manga awards, the shoujo section is usually as meh as meh can be.

This list though, is golden. Tendou-ke Monogatari, Called Game, Kimi to Wonderland. Namidame to Serenade etc....just, these are all awesome.

More of these lists from shoujo editors, please! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:50 pm Reply with quote
Glad you guys like the list. My hope is that if these recommendations interest you, you'll remember them next time Vertical/Seven Seas/any other English publisher does a poll to gauge interest. Write down the titles that you liked and let them know!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:21 am Reply with quote
WAP_Master wrote:
No Kamisama Kiss recommendation, this makes me sad.

That's probably because the final volume was released in Japan in August 2016 (it was released in English this past October).
This list just shows how frustratingly few shojo manga get licensed for English releases, especially fantasy and scifi titles. Even the vampire title isn't licensed! (Not that it looks like a particularly good vampire shojo, but still!)

If anyone from any English manga companies is reading, I totally want all the ones that involve female generals, empresses, and anything else with political machinations, and fantasy and/or scifi elements.

TsukasaElkKite wrote:
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24-year-old Aki finds herself newly single when her long-time boyfriend cheats on her. She begins living in a sharehouse with a former classmate and boyfriend from junior high, Tomoya but he has his own personal problem. For the last two years, Tomoya has struggled with erectile dysfunction but finds himself "reacting" to Aki, and so he asks for her help to cure him


This doesn’t sound like shoujo manga at all Laughing

Sounds like hentai. Or *maybe* josei!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:37 pm Reply with quote
1dbad wrote:
Someone needs to make a list of 32 licensed shojo mangas worth reading. I can think of a handful (Yona of the Dawn, Fruits Basket, Sailor Moon, Skip Beat, etc.) but not sure I can quite make it to 32, haha.


I think I could do that. xD

1. Full Moon Wo Sagashite
2. Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
3. Time Stranger Kyoko
4. Sakurahime Kaden
5. Ion
6. Missions of Love
7. I am Here!
8. Gakuen Alice (it's uh half-licensed)
9. Voice Over!
10. Yona of the Dawn
11. Fruits Basket
12. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon
13. Card Captor Sakura
14. Magic Knight Rayearth
15. Kiss of the Rose Princess
16. The Water Dragon God's Bride
17. Tears of a Lamb (nobody's read this but it's insanely good)
18. Kitchen Princess
19: Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden
20. Kaitou Saint Tail
21: MagicalxMiracle
22. Kamisama Kiss
23. Cyber Idol Mink
24. Skip Beat
25. Ancient Magnus Bride
26. Bloody Kiss
27. Shugo Chara
28. Aishiteruze Baby
29. Kiss Him Not Me
30. Crescent Moon
31. Wish
32. Kodocha

(Some are very short so have this last one)

33. Kamichama Karin (one of my faves tbh xD)

Some of these are out of print but you should find them easily at convention booths that carry old manga.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:47 pm Reply with quote
Thanks for the list, Chiibi! Very Happy
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