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I've been reading a lot of Romance manga lately, like Horimiya, L DK, Sukitte li Na Yo, and Kimi ni Todoke.
I kind of want to expand my reading a little bit to some action, because the highschool setting is getting old.

The problem is I prefer romance since it provides better character development over action orientated stories. Most action manga I've read is "Main character fights extremely strong opponent, gets his ass kicked to an inch of his life, then pulls out some over powered attack and beats the bad guy in one hit." Rinse, repeat.

So are there any good action orientated manga that has a romance subplot. And I mean actual romance, not harems, not ecchi, not love interest dies in the second chapter, meaning no tragic love story please, or only some subtle hint of a romance you'd need to desperately read between the lines to actually see.

It's an extremely specific request, but there's gotta be at least one manga out there that fits the bill.
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I've been reading a lot of Romance manga lately, like Horimiya, L DK, Sukitte li Na Yo, and Kimi ni Todoke.
I kind of want to expand my reading a little bit to some action, because the highschool setting is getting old.

The problem is I prefer romance since it provides better character development over action orientated stories. Most action manga I've read is "Main character fights extremely strong opponent, gets his ass kicked to an inch of his life, then pulls out some over powered attack and beats the bad guy in one hit." Rinse, repeat.

So are there any good action orientated manga that has a romance subplot. And I mean actual romance, not harems, not ecchi, not love interest dies in the second chapter, meaning no tragic love story please, or only some subtle hint of a romance you'd need to desperately read between the lines to actually see.

It's an extremely specific request, but there's gotta be at least one manga out there that fits the bill.


After reading all that and scouring through the multitude of manga I'm currently reading and have read so far... I'm gonna have to say Break Blade (or Broken Blade, whichever translation title you prefer). Romance does play a part in the series and action is prevalent and it's not a "oh noes I'm about to die, better pull something out of my ass to take out that enemy mech" kinda bull either. The only downside I can see to a series that as a mech fan, I rate higher than Gundam, is that its a mech manga. So if you don't like the mech genre, you might not enjoy it. I highly suggest giving it a shot and if you are still interested, watch the 6 movies that are here on CR to see how freaking breath taking the animation is.
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After reading all that and scouring through the multitude of manga I'm currently reading and have read so far... I'm gonna have to say Break Blade (or Broken Blade, whichever translation title you prefer). Romance does play a part in the series and action is prevalent and it's not a "oh noes I'm about to die, better pull something out of my ass to take out that enemy mech" kinda bull either. The only downside I can see to a series that as a mech fan, I rate higher than Gundam, is that its a mech manga. So if you don't like the mech genre, you might not enjoy it. I highly suggest giving it a shot and if you are still interested, watch the 6 movies that are here on CR to see how freaking breath taking the animation is.


Thanks for the recommendation, I'll give it a shot. I'm not a fan of mech, but I don't hate it either. Just never really watched or read anything mech related. As long as the story is good, I'll try anything, really.
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Sounds like we might have similar tastes, so here are some that I've liked; note that none of these are really "action manga", but all have a significant action component to them. Note that some of them are about high schoolers, or are even set in high school, but they all have a VERY different feel from something like Kimi ni Todoko or Say "I Love You":

KageTora: It's a love-at-first-sight/forbidden love manga, about a ninja and the girl he's been assigned to protect and train. In other words, it's a romance manga, but it's set in a martial arts dojo, and so most chapters have at least a smattering of sparring or fighting. Also, don't let the cliched set-up fool you--the manga is very good.

Angel Densetsu: About a guy ("an angel with the face of a devil") who gets involved with a group of high school delinquents; it's one of my favorite manga. There is a moderate amount of street brawling, and a slow-to-develop but ultimately very satisfying love story.

Full Metal Panic/ FMP: Sigma: Adaptation of the LN source material, about an elite mercenary assigned to protect a high school girl for reasons that neither of them fully understand. Action sequences are mostly in the second half, as is most of the plot. And the resolution, when it finally comes, is fantastic.

Kanokon: The anime about the fox girl and the human she loves is awful, but as long as the extremely high ecchi-ness factor doesn't bother you, the manga is actually quite good. Action ramps up over the course of the series, and various groups try to separate this cross-species couple, usually by force.

Btooom: Still ongoing, about a NEET dropped on an island and forced to play a death game. The romance aspects aren't as well done as they ought to be, but still good enough to keep me interested, and the plot and action sequences are very well done. (Warning: There is a small amount of sexual violence--not celebrated and not much shown, but don't be caught off guard.)

Arpeggio of Blue Steel: This might be what you are looking for. Ongoing series about a ultra-futuristic submarine trying to save the world; romance bits are very slow to develop, but it does seem headed in that direction. Plot and action sequences are better than the anime, which was somewhat different.

And finally, I'll assume that you've either read or rejected it already, but it is worth mentioning:

Ah My Goddess: My absolute favorite manga; the last third of it, it evolves into more of an action manga (although still with Bell and Keichi's relationship at it's core).
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Posted 3/15/15
Berzerk...definetely good action and romance.
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