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    Default Favorite romance anime and manga

    The best romance anime:

    1. Otome Wa Boku Ni Koishiteru- this fluffy romantic comedy is so cute, that it warms your heart. I liked the theme of a crossdresser in a all-girls Catholic School. Unlike those idiotic male protagonists of other harem anime, Mizuho is not annoying at all, nor does he look like an idiot. I find that Mizuho is cool, has a kind personality and possesses convincing charisma

    2. Fate/Stay Night (its other genre is fantasy) but is based on a fantasy dating sim. At first I find Shiro's character annoying, but I've come to like his relationship with Saber.

    3. I My Me Strawberry Eggs- I find that a girl's awkward lesbian feelings for her teacher makes for good romantic tension as well as an interesting storyline. Hibiki's lust for a 14-year-old student also adds to the romantic tension

    4. Canvas 2- I like this anime in spite of that usual idiotic male protagonist, because of Elise Housen's characterization and her unique unrequited crush on him. It includes a complicated love triangle between a male teacher, a female teacher and one female student who is his half-French cousin. At the end, the protagonist, being a 22-year old Japanese man decides to end up with his 16-year old half-French cousin instead of a Japanese woman his age.




    5. Chobits- an entertaining sweet romance anime that explores the complexities of a relationship between a human and an android.

    6. Ai Yori Aoshi- I like it for being both romantic and funny.

    7. Tsukihime- it was a good show until the last episode. I can't forgive those bastards

    8. REC- this anime is pretty good with amazingly good-looking character designs. Unfrtunately the anime lasted very short


    Best romance manga:

    Chocolat- I liked this story about a 16-year old schoolgirl falling in love with a 28-year old gangster. The art style is clean and well-detailed. The panels flowed well, too.

    Home- a manga is about a Japanese samurai and a Spanish maiden in a story that takes place in 16th century. I find this conflicted and awkward romance between Koujirou and Maria very enduring and sweet.

    REC- I liked the manga better than the anime because the manga provides longer story, more fanservice and more in-depth relationship of Aka Onda and Fumihiko Matsumaru. I also liked the artwork.

    Oku-sama wa Joshi Kousei - the plot premise about a 17-year old schoolgirl being married to her teacher in both anime and manga was quite well executed and the story has paced well with a good sense of drama. Besides I also find the ecchi manga artwork style to be very beautiful and crisp. And the animation/character design quality of is anime counterpart easily emulates the original manga artist's style and is thus equally gorgeous.

    School of Water Business I like the concept in this manga. I find the pairing of a teacher and a student to be interesting. I also like the love triangle between a teacher, a female student and a male student.

    Suki ni Natte mo Ii- it was pretty exciting and angsty soap opera romance manga

    Arcana-- the romance relationship between the human detective and a spirit girl was well-written in a sweet way and full of suspense. The artwork is crisp, clean and well-drawn.

    Bad Teacher, Good Darling (Ikenai Teacher, Iketeru Darling)- it is short but sweet ecchi romance manga. The story was both amusing and romantic.

    Sensei- was a good romance manga. Although the art style was rather unpolished, the pace and feel for drama was neat and consistent. I also liked the relationship between Hibiki-chan and Itou-sensei. I wonder why it hadn't been animated yet?

    Kodomo no Jikan- it was a very awesome and entertaining romance comedy anime. It also brings out a lot of laughs. It has such cute and feminine loli girls like Kokonoe Rin. I also liked Kaworu's crisp, sharp and well-detailed art style and her panel-to-panel flow is great as well. In addition, the fashion designs and character designs are very pleasant for me.

    Strawberry and Chocolate (Ichigo and Chocolate) is a one-shot manga full of comedy, romance and angst about a girl having difficulties in a turbulent relationship with a stiff boorish novel writer.

    Prime Minister- an entertaining light comedy and romance manga about the 25-year old Prime Minister of Japan proposing marriage to a 16-year old schoolgirl.

    KIss- a romance manga about a 16-year old schoolgirl who was in love with her piano teacher since elementary and starts to realize her love towards him. It was a sweet, romantic and exciting romance manga.

    7 KIss- a manga oneshot about a schoolgirl who blackmails her teacher with seven day kisses (one kiss per day) starts to develop feelings towards him.

    Chocolate Cosmos-- I've read only three chapters but it had enough promise to be a great romance manga.

    Sukinara Sukitte Ieyo-- it was a short-lived but kawaii and sweet romance manga
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    There are a bunch of romance anime and manga out there. I don't read too many romance manga.

    A favorite and obscure one I like is CLAMP's Clover. There's an interesting and tragic love story in that. Dark Horse should be rereleasing it in English this year.

    Love Roma is a pretty fun romantic comedy.It's got a simple and cartoony style, but it's quite sweet.

    Nodame Cantible is a very cool series. I need to check out more of it. I picked it up on vacation on a whim and should check it out some more. I hear there's now an anime and live action Japanese show of it. I picked up a Nintendo DS music game when I visited Japan.

    Then there's the whole shonen-ai romance super genre. It's one of the most popular genres going. I want to say I heard the manga Fake is good. I forget what else I heard. A number of girls at our anime club are of course into it. My friend who is into that is asleep right now and I forget which ones they said were supposed to be good.

    Quote Originally Posted by stelok View Post
    7. Tsukihime- it was a good show until the last episode. I can't forgive those bastards
    Actually, I thought the whole anime was boring as hell. I think watching the dating sim would be more interesting. I think the animation is about the same. Blah. I'm checking out the manga. I'd rather read the book than watch the series.

    3. I My Me Strawberry Eggs- I find that a girl's awkward lesbian feelings for her teacher makes for good romantic tension as well as an interesting storyline. Hibiki's lust for a 14-year-old student also adds to the romantic tension
    Romantic? Really? I thought maybe a bit of a crush, but I saw a pretty normal teacher student relationship. Well, one with cross dressing, but that was the crux of this comedy anime. If anything it's more in the school drama / comedy genre, like GTO or Golusen, rather than romance.

    Oku-sama wa Joshi Kousei - the plot premise about a 17-year old schoolgirl being married to her teacher
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    School of Water Business I like the concept in this manga. I find the pairing of a teacher and a student to be interesting. I also like the love triangle between a teacher, a female student and a male student.
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    Bad Teacher, Good Darling (Ikenai Teacher, Iketeru Darling)- it is short but sweet ecchi romance manga. The story was both amusing and romantic.
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    Sensei
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    KIss- a romance manga about a 16-year old schoolgirl who was in love with her piano teacher since elementary and starts to realize her love towards him. It was a sweet, romantic and exciting romance manga.
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    7 KIss- a manga oneshot about a schoolgirl who blackmails her teacher with seven day kisses (one kiss per day) starts to develop feelings towards him.
    I'm sensing a pattern here.

    Prime Minister- an entertaining light comedy and romance manga about the 25-year old Prime Minister of Japan proposing marriage to a 16-year old schoolgirl.
    -blink- -blink- What? That's so bad it actually sounds kinda funny.

    Kodomo no Jikan- it was a very awesome and entertaining romance comedy anime. It also brings out a lot of laughs. It has such cute and feminine loli girls like Kokonoe Rin. I also liked Kaworu's crisp, sharp and well-detailed art style and her panel-to-panel flow is great as well. In addition, the fashion designs and character designs are very pleasant for me.
    Why am I not surprised this one is on the list? You know most people look at middle school girls and don't think, hey, wouldn't a romantic comedy with her adult teacher be an awesome book? I've only seen a little of this, but Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita this isn't. This is more like American Pie in middle school.

    This isn't romance. It's a comedy. A sex comedy for teen boys and perverted older guys. Don't confuse the two.

    Now I've got a couple of manga books with questionable scenes, but pedophilia isn't the central theme. I know Berserk and the Blood 2002 manga have some sex scenes with girls of questionable ages.

    Well.. um.. Fine, at least not the ones I talk about in public. I did see a couple.. questionable manga in Japan. Yet I know they're porn. I don't try to sell them as romance. They're smut. "Give me smut and nothing but!" as Tom Leher said.

    To be fair, Kodomo no Jigan is a bit in a grey zone, but it's not really what you should call romance. It's a sex comedy. It's more sex and comedy than romance.

    Actually, most of those are shonen romances. I know there's Love Hina, Ah My Goddess, and a number of others. I've actually never been able to get into those even though I'm a guy, the target audience. Guess that means I'm a big girl. A girl who likes other girls. Yet I'm oddly not into shojo ai that much.

    Oh wait. I can think of one shonen romance I like. (Actually, now that I think of it, I think Love Roma is technically shonen as it's in a shonen magazine.)

    Midori No Hibi. It's about a guy who discovers his right hand is the only girlfriend he ever needs. No really. This shy girl at shchool has a crush on him and he never notices her. suddenly, he wakes up to find she's somehow his right hand.
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    Midori No Hibi. It's about a guy who discovers his right hand is the only girlfriend he ever needs. No really. This shy girl at shchool has a crush on him and he never notices her. suddenly, he wakes up to find she's somehow his right hand.
    Midori no Hibi/Days is a good shounen romance. The anime ruined it though, taking away a nice percentage of Seiji and Midori's character development, the advancement in their relationship, some of their misadventures etc. I mean, it maintains the original plot but it strips away some of the quality that made the manga enjoyable.

    Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase is another good title(if you don't mind the lolita theme). \

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Xenos View Post
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    Why am I not surprised this one is on the list? You know most people look at middle school girls and don't think, hey, wouldn't a romantic comedy with her adult teacher be an awesome book? I've only seen a little of this, but Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita this isn't. This is more like American Pie in middle school.

    This isn't romance. It's a comedy. A sex comedy for teen boys and perverted older guys. Don't confuse the two.
    I believe that manga may also be aimed for young girls who would have a crush on their teachers. That is not unusual for schoolgirls reaching puberty in real life. Besides the Kodomo no Jikan's mangaka/creator is a woman.

    Don't forget that all CLAMP manga-ka are women as well and they wrote about a teacher-and-student romance between Terada and Rika in Card Captor Sakura manga They also created a manga called Suki which is about relationship between a 32-year old teacher and his female high school student.

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    -blink- -blink- What? That's so bad it actually sounds kinda funny.




    Quote Originally Posted by Len Ikari145 View Post
    Midori no Hibi/Days is a good shounen romance. The anime ruined it though, taking away a nice percentage of Seiji and Midori's character development, the advancement in their relationship, some of their misadventures etc. I mean, it maintains the original plot but it strips away some of the quality that made the manga enjoyable.
    I still haven't read the Midori no Hibi/Days manga but I did watch the anime of Midori no Hibi/Days. I really liked it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Len Ikari145 View Post

    Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase is another good title(if you don't mind the lolita theme). \
    Oh, yes, I agree rather wholeheartedly . I saw both the anime and manga of Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase but I liked the anime better for its superior animated character designs. I didnt like the original manga character designs. The manga character designs look very rubbery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stelok View Post
    I believe that manga may also be aimed for young girls who would have a crush on their teachers. That is not unusual for schoolgirls reaching puberty in real life. Besides the Kodomo no Jikan's mangaka/creator is a woman.
    -_- I really don't want to know why you want young girls reading these sex comedies about falling in love with older guys. No. I don't care if the author is female, she's still writing for a male audience. It is a male fantasy. pssst. Most of these shonen romance titles with girls fawning over pretty lame male protagonists? Total fantasy. Like I said, they're barely romance. They're male wish fulfillment as much as Superman is.
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    Hey, I didn't say that I want young girls to read sex comedies. As a matter of fact, I knew Kodomo no Jikan is mainly for many of us male otakus to read. That part of my statement about KnJ's target audience was sarcasm.

    And oh I suppose you also regard that the target audience of Cardcaptor Sakura, Angelic Layer and Suki is consisted of older guys because they had Rika x Terada and Shiro Asou x Hinata Asahi? I thought they were supposed to be shoujo romance manga for young girls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stelok View Post
    Hey, I didn't say that I want young girls to read sex comedies. As a matter of fact, I knew Kodomo no Jikan is mainly for many of us male otakus to read. That part of my statement about KnJ's target audience was sarcasm.

    And oh I suppose you also regard that the target audience of Cardcaptor Sakura, Angelic Layer and Suki is consisted of older guys because they had Rika x Terada and Shiro Asou x Hinata Asahi? I thought they were supposed to be shoujo romance manga for young girls.
    A lot of guys like Card captor sakura and Angelic layer for the fighting, not the romances. Angelic layer never had a strong romance in it other than her mother and "Mister Icchan" Which is normal, they are about the same age. The rest aren't mutual, it's a big pile of crushes. The order goes like this:
    Tomayo > Kotaro > Misaki > Ohjiro > Shuko = Icchan.
    I didn't get far in the manga, I've watched the Anime more than anything. However a pile of crushes and one love springing up between people who work together thus granting them plenty of sexual tension, Isn't romance.
    Not to say you couldn't have just one couple and produce a romance.

    I think you just are looking for a younger woman paired with an older man in manga, and reading more into it than is there. It's little more than a crush.

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    I have a soft spot for Video Girl Ai because it was one of the first mangas I bought multiple volumes of, even if irregularly, and the ending stayed with me.

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    I have a soft spot for Video Girl Ai
    Same here.

    I was a teen when i first read that manga, some 15 years ago at least, and i just loved it. The story at first may sound extremely silly and all but that's good stuff.

    Really good stuff.

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    A, A', Emma, Heart of Thomas, Oh My Goddess, Fake, Clover, Urusei Yatsura, Plica, A House in Venice, Milk Morinaga works, Pieta, Love My Life, Mint de Kiss Me...

    I'm easily dragged in to the ones that don't progress forever and the ones that jump straight to the climactic moments.

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    Bakemonogatari is the wittiest, funniest anime I've ever seen and totally sells me on the totally serious but hilarious leads getting together. This thing has all kinds of supernatural stuff and the main lead is slightly vampiric, but all that is secondary to the dialogue and the quirky ways characters relate to one another.

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    For manga, definitively Love Hina.

    As for anime, I can't recall anything that has made me feel more warm and fuzzy inside then Toradora!.
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    Crest of the Stars and Banner of the Stars are absolutely wonderful anime. There may be a galactic war of mindboggling scale going on, but that doesn't stop the author from focusing on the relationship between the leads Jinto and Lafiel. Beautifully told with no unnecessary angst or excessive emoting.

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    I don't go for the overly mushy stuff. I tend to like romance stories that are combined with other types of stories.

    Favorite romantic anime:
    My Bride Is A Mermaid. Wacky and zany above average harem comedy about undersea mob families (seriously) with a genuine love story amid all the hilarity.

    Favorite romantic manga:
    Kagetora. Clueless modern-day ninja falls in love with the equally clueless girl he's assigned to protect. Manages to be funny and touching without getting becoming soppy.
    Always remember this stuff isn't real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    For manga, definitively Love Hina.
    Seconded.

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