Manga! Essentially a Japanese graphic novel, but so much more! Gripping stories. Stunning artwork. Characters you can bond with. A journey that grabs at your soul more than any other type of book I know. I am so lucky that when I was a teenager, anime and manga were getting the respect it deserves, the popularity shining more and more each year as others saw its greatness.
I have an entire tall, long five-story shelf and small one next to it full of manga since I have been collecting these paper masterpieces since I was in middle school, my other getting me my first one on accident. Hook, line, and sinker, I was in love!
So, my goal is for these next few post is to show you my top ten favorite mangas by each English translation company. One of my all-time favorite companies is Shojo Beat, focusing on Shojo mangas, the genre of romance, my passion. ^_^
You can click on each link to go to its Shojo page for a description of each one.
All of them are PG-13 OR 16+ UNLESS stated.
Check out all of Shojo Beats titles HERE.
For this list, I am NOT including any Arina Tanemura. She will have her OWN list soon (Shojo Beat has translated almost all of her manga).
This list is just for the MANGA story! Several of these titles have animes with them and sometimes, I have only watched the anime OR have read the manga AND watched the anime, but the two are different.
Top Ten Best English Translated Mangas by Shojo Beat:
- Ouran High School Host Club (18 volumes)
- Fall in love like a comic (2 volumes)
- Millennium Snow (4 volumes)
- Stepping on Roses (9 volumes)
- Happy Marriage?! (10 volumes) (17+)
- Absolute Boyfriend (6 volumes)
- Meteor Prince (2 volumes)
- Monkey High (8 volumes)
- Otomen (18 volumes)
- Demon Love Spell (6 volumes)AND/OR The Heiress and the Chauffeur (2 volumes)
There are SO many fantastic Shojo Beat mangas! =D You can check out my full list on my author website, in order from most favorites, HERE.
Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice, and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real-life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her “bubbliness.” It is Morgan’s mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.
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