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Posted 1/15/11 , edited 1/15/11
Ha-ha~ Manga forum!

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My recommendations are...well, they're all shoujo-romancey. XD just a warning if you don't like that stuff.



1) Rockin' Heaven~ Sawa applies to Heaven’s Wing Academy, thinking she would look cute in the uniform. But she never expected the academy to be a previously all-boys’ school! And the head honcho of the school, the class president himself—Ran—doesn’t seem to like her one bit and takes no pains to hide it. At first, adjusting to life at the academy is tough. Sawa is bullied and teased, and the boys in the class even throw her new shoes in the water. While attempting to retrieve her shoes, she falls into the water and is unexpectedly saved by Ran, who up until this point has made her life hell. The newfound gentleness in Ran intrigues her—and she finds herself falling for him. What will her days be like for the rest of her school life?
Fav Couple:: Akira X Junichi



2) Nagatachou Strawberry~Because she is the daughter of the Prime Minister in Japan, Ichinose Hime has been unable to lead a normal school life. She moves to a high school far away from her old school hoping to lead a normal high school life, get a boyfriend, and hide her title as the Prime Minister's daughter, however, a boy named Kirihara Natsuno finds out her secret. He says he will not tell anyone her secret, but only if she pays him.



3) Winter Flowers (One-shot) ~ Yuudai, being a son of a family that makes fireworks really wanted to turn eighteen so that he could finally be able to help out in their family business.
His childhood friend Hana, also wanted the same thing to make Yuudai happy. Little did Hana know, that for Yuudai, being with her again is the most happiest thing that could ever happen to him. And she also doesn't know how much he is suffering to after a tragic incident that separated their paths.



4) Tokyo Rock Shounen (One-shots) ~ Mai dreams of being a rock star, but her band suddenly breaks up. Then, in front of Mai who's on the brink of losing hope, appears an unfashionable guy who says he likes her voice. With the help of this dull-looking guy, Mai gains some popularity, but wait, that guy is actually...!?



5) Beauty Pop~ Kiri Koshiba uses her hairstyling talents to help brighten up the lives of girls, but she does so anonymously. On the other hand, Scissors Project, "SP", a group made up of three boys at school, gives grand makeovers to handpicked girls. Shougo Narumi, the head of the group and a hairstyling genius in his own right, finds himself butting heads with Kiri. To make matters worse, Ochiai, another member of SP, plots to expose Kiri's talents. As much as Kiri tries to shy away from the spotlight, she finds herself drawn into the world of hairstyling.




6) Kamikaze Girls (One-shots) ~ Momoko is a "Lolita" stranded in the boondocks of rural Ibaraki prefecture, although she'd much rather be living in the Palace of Versailles. Ichigo is an impulsive member of a girls-only biker gang who firmly believes in honor, loyalty, and fist fighting. Together this unlikeliest of duos strikes out on a journey to find a legendary embroiderer who might just be able to make their dreams come true.


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Yeah, I was trying to name some of the less common ones. The most common ones are ones like Kimi ni Todoke, Kaichou wa Maid-Sama!, Skip Beat!, Special A, Fruits Basket, Full Moon wo Sagashite, Suki desu Suzuki-kun!, Uwasa no Midori-kun, Kare Kano, The World God Only Knows, The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Kitchen Princess, etc. (which are all good)
Posted 1/16/11
haaah -- to lazy to post pictures BUT i will name a few.

Charming Junkie -- cute!
Hana to Akuma -- omg, a very sad ending but beautiful story!
Gakuen Alice -- LOVE LOVE LOVE...its ending soon. :'(

thats it for now...
i have plenty more, i just forgot their names. o_o
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I have to say, anything by Chiba Kozue is really pure genius. The art isn't especially unique and same with character design, but the stories are really touching and heartwarming.
Ex:
Hitoribocchi wa Samishikute
Gyutto Shite Chuu
**Kimi to Koi ni Ochiru Mahou de
24 Colors- Hatsukoi no Palette
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Another mangaka I have to recommend is Komura Ayumi, mangaka of Usotsuki Lily, Hybrid Berry, and one of my favorites, Mixed Vegetables.
Mixed Vegetables~
Hanayu Ashitaba is the daughter of the celebrated Patisserie Ashitaba, but all she wants to do is be a sushi chef. Hayato Hyuga is the son of the prestigious Sushi Hyuga, and all he wants to do is be a pastry chef! It's love and leftovers at Oikawa High School Cooking Department as these star-crossed gourmands do their best to reach their cuisine dreams!

Usotsuki Lily~
Hinata Saotome is suddenly asked out by En Shinohara, a gorgeous boy in her grade. What she doesn’t know, though, is that his hobby is cross-dressing! En has always hated men, and whenever he sees his own reflection, he punches out whatever is doing the reflecting (windows, mirrors…). To combat this hatred, he dresses up as a girl. Hinata decides to go out with him anyway, despite his weird hobby.


Hybrid Berry~
Aoyagi, a gardening otaku joins the school baseball to get the attention of the guy she likes... But what happens when they have to compete over the same position in the team?

Another great manga would have to be...Iris Zero.

Iris Zero~
In a world where every boy and girl has a special power called Iris, Toru who, as a result of not having any kind of special power, was bullied from a young age, lives by his motto: “low exposure” – to live without standing out. But his peaceful school life changes when he receives a certain "Confession" from the schools most popular girl, Koyuki. His motto begins to shake!!
The school fantasy story that shakes the heart begins with their meeting.

And lastly,
Watashi ni XX Shinasai!
In class, she's a sort of zoned-out girl, and he's the year one class' most perfect, good-looking guy. But the two of them have a secret, and their extraordinary "love experience" will start now!

Himuro Yukina, known as the "Absolute Zero Snow-woman" is a cold and observant girl. In addition, she is actually a popular cell phone novelist who goes by the name of Yupina. Sadly, with no other human contact than her cousin, Yukina is unable to express more romance in her novels. Kitami Shigure, your so-called "typical bishounen", who is really a womanizer, has fallen into Yukina's trap when she blackmails him, and Shigure ends up doing Yukina's ''missions of love''. As this continue, will these ''missions'' be a opportunity for them to fall in love?
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Charisma Doll~
Sara is not an ordinary girl. She is actually the new top singer "Sala". No one can identify if "Sala" is a girl or boy. Sara is a huge fan of the number 1 band, "The Rise". The lead singer of "The Rise" is her classmate Shidou Hayase. He is also the rival of "Sala". If he found out that Sara was "Sala", who'd know what would happen...


--really cute manga, and it's not too long so you won't (probably) get bored of it quickly. I found it really cute and "Sala" extremely cool :P


Gekkou Teien~
Yuuki is a girl who lies about her gender to enroll in the theatre department of Getsuryou academy, an all boys' school where all the students are required to stay in the dorm. While hiding the fact that she's a girl, every day, she tries hard to study acting, the subject that she loves so much. One day, an upperclassman, Riku, found out her secret, causing Yuuki to be very worried, but she gradually got attracted to him. At the same time, she came to know the real reason why she was brought up as a boy...


--this was also really cute >.< XDXD there were really some moments that made me squeal XD (tho it actually wasnt with the main couple...it was with uh....an awkward couple, XD but i think they're pretty cute togetha anyways, good gender bender manga :3
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Max Lovely~
(By the same person who wrote Charisma Doll). Best friends Tokieda Airi and Sahara Taki have had a happy junior high school life, but the mysterious group "F" begins to target them because they attract too much attention! "F" has already hurt many attention-grabbing students, and they begin their attacks on Airi and Taki by trying to split the best friends apart. When this method doesn't work, they sink even lower: they target Airi's sister Nako! Airi and Taki's beautiful school life has been ruined, and now they must race to reveal the culprits of "F"...

Sounds a bit like Hana Yori Dango, but I swear it's different. Very different lol. The main characters are really cool (not a weak female lead) and all the hinted couples...were really cool >.< There's this love triangle at the end between these side characters and...I fell in love with both of the possiblities. xD All in all, I really liked this one
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Hana no Kishi~
Ever since the day Ran Kurono's older brother was killed while protecting Sei Ohtori, she has dedicated her skills and life to one day becoming the First Knight of the next head of the Ohtori family, even concealing the fact that she's a woman forever. For generations the Kurono family has served the Ohtori family as their First Knight, but 11 other lower knights with ill intentions of using the Ohtori family's authority vie for that title. Not only that, but Sei is being tested for being suitable for the title of head of the family. Upon entering Saint Rogress Academy, the days of both Ran and Sei's trials begin, all the while being helped by Sei's untidy and unrefined fiance, Ibara Tennou.



I've always loved Gender Bender (girl -> boy) Romance manga and this is definitely one of my favorites. The girl thoroughly looks like a (good looking :P) guy unlike a lot of the gender-bender mangas which you wonder why some people can't figure out that the main character is a girl just by first glance. There were many really cute and unexpected moments, and I really enjoyed this. It hasn't been fully translated yet, but it's in the process. One of my favorites
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Akuma to Love Song~
Touzuka High School is a public school with a very low grade point average. One day, a girl, who had been expelled from the state's top school, St. Katria Girls' School, transfers in...Her name is Kawaii Maria. The official reason of her expulsion was due to "violence against the teacher." Because of straightforward comments, Maria starts to become isolated from her class...What is hidden in her past and what will happen to her?


Very cute~ The main girl is unique and likeable, and isn't weak like other Shoujo mangas. The thing that made me worry is that I did like the main guy in the beginning, but then it sort of faltered once some...err, things happened, and he didn't become as involved as before. This happened before in a manhua that I read, and it just makes me feel sad since the main isn't my favorite anymore
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Bara to Dangan One-Shot
Ten years ago, Nachi and Iori were adopted by a government official. Now they work under him as bodyguards in the Secret Protection Agency "Shelter." However, despite all this shared history, the two can't seem to get along. Will this next mission be their breaking point or bring them closer together?


This is a super cute one shot :3 The girl and the boy don't get along very well, and the girl is very stoic while the boy is more brash, and the combination is super cute. If anyone wants a quick read, I'd recommend this one.
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Arisa~
For years the rash tomboyish Tsubasa had communicated with her twin through letters. She had formed the idea that the gentle Arisa led a joyful school life. But upon Arisa's sudden suicide attempt, Tsubasa vows to find the reason behind her twin's actions by taking her place at school. But will this supposed joyful life be too much for Tsubasa to handle? What does it have to do with the people disappearing from Arisa's school...


This is a really interesting plot line actually, and it's fun to read especially because of Arisa's classmate's craziness (literally o-o). And...people in the story...aren't...what they seem to be at first glance. There's more depth to them, imo. Anyways, it's ongoing, and I bookmarked it~
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