*This is Part 2 of a 3-Part Post Series. Enjoy!
This is the second set of 10 romance manga that I personally recommend with strong or talented heroines. Please note that the titles in this list are not limited to the shoujo genre. Enjoy!
10 Recommended Romantic Manga With Strong Female Protagonists (Part 2):
10. Gokuraku Seishun Hockey Bu (極楽青春ホッケー部 / My Heavenly Hockey Club)
By Morinaga Ai (森永あい). This manga is hilarious! Hana is tomboyish and not very lady-like. She eats a ton and sleeps just as much. I like that she’s dense when it comes to romantic possibilities with the hot members of the hockey club. She becomes an amazing goalie when she’s asleep—I know, right?!! The romance is cute, but not the best. Still I recommend this manga.
9. Oresama Teacher (俺様ティーチャー)
By Tsubaki Izumi (椿 いづみ). There’s not much romance in this manga, but the possibility is definitely there. Mafuyu is incredibly strong. I freaking love her! She’s a former delinquent; an ex-banchō to boot. Seeing this thin girl doing all of these complicated martial arts moves is hilarious. I just wish there is more romance. Nevertheless, I recommend this manga.
8. Fly High! (フライハイ！)
By Oouchi Natsumi (小桜池なつみ). I’m not too fond of the cutesy art style, but the premise is interesting. Meru was raised as a boy and trained by her father, so she’s physically strong. What I don’t like is that she tries to hide her strength because she wants to appear girlier. I’m like, “Girl, if you’re strong, you gotta show it to the world and be proud of it!” Unfortunately, this is the story’s main premise so what can I do? I just feel that it’s a dumbing down of what could be a better manga. On a brighter note, the romance element is more satisfying compared to Oresama Teacher.
7. Vanilla Ice (바닐라 아이스)
Manhwa by Kim Woo Hyun (김우현). This manhwa is so cool! There’s a gender bender element which is hilarious, but also cool at the same time. The art style can be rough around the edges, but I personally find it pretty. Taehee is the heroine and she comes from a family of extremely good-looking and sexy bodyguards. As a result, she’s a martial arts expert. She also looks pretty hot in a suit. She’s often mistaken as a boy and other girls fall in love with her. The romance is hot—love it! And all the guys are gorgeous. Definitely recommended!
6. W Pinch!! (Wピンチ!!)
By Azuki Ryou (亜月亮). Although this manga uses two of the most annoying shoujo clichés of amnesia and split personality, I think they work well with the story without being too annoying. Don’t get me wrong. There are still many annoying parts in this manga, but what shoujo manga doesn’t? Like Fly High!, I’m not too fond of the cutesy art style. They look like 7-year olds for goodness sake! The story is pretty good, though. Arisa is a former delinquent and bully but then she knocks her head and develops amnesia—I know, right? But trust me, give this manga a chance. She then obtains a new personality which is that of an annoying crybaby. However, when she’s faced with danger, her old personality surfaces and she becomes bad-ass once again.
5. S · A: Special A (S·Aスペシャル·エー)
By Minami Maki (南 マキ). This manga is so cute! I like the art style. It’s pretty and cute at the same time. It’s like Last Game, but funnier and more over-the-top. However, unlike in Last Game where the heroine is always #1, Hikari in Special A is always #2 to the hero Kei. Oh my gosh. Kei is hot! You know what? Just watch the anime. It’s pretty good. And then you can read the manga to finish it up. Hikari is strong and smart, but whatever she does, she still couldn’t win against Kei. She’s obsessed with defeating Kei all the time that it’s sometimes annoying, but the romantic tension between them is adorable.
4. Dengeki Daisy (電撃デイジー)
By Motomi Kyōsuke (最富 キョウスケ). I had mixed feelings about this manga when I first read it. I don’t find the heroine Teru physically attractive. I admire her strong will and courage, but her physical strength is inconsistent. There are times when she displays superhuman strength and reflexes, but there are also times that she’s helpless to save herself. However, as the story progresses, I began to empathize with her character and root for her. I really like the story. Kurosaki is hot, not to mention he’s extremely smart and talented programmer/hacker. I love the romantic development between them, although I couldn’t help but cringe at the lolicon comments thrown at them by the other characters. Highly recommended!
3. Warau Kanoko-sama (笑うかのこ様)
By Tsujita Ririko (辻田りり子). Oh my gosh. This manga is AWESOME! When I first learned about and read this manga, it felt like I discovered a hidden treasure. There’s not much romance in this manga, but the romantic tension is definitely there especially on the hero Tsubaki’s end. Kanoko has the strongest mentality of all the shoujo heroines I’ve ever read. She never gives in to bullies; in fact, she turns it around and blackmails her bullies instead! I know, right? She’s awesome. She’s not gorgeous. She’s described as plain, but her bullet-straight personality is a force to be reckoned with. She’s overly independent, so she doesn’t ask for help. She tries to solve problems by herself. Anyway, she’s awesome and I actually want to be like her personality-wise. Another one that I love is Tsubaki! He’s so hot, but what I love the most about him is that he’s very supportive of Kanoko and follows her around whenever she transfers schools. So adorable! I can babble endlessly about this manga, so just read it! Highly recommended!
2. Koi da no Ai da no (恋だの愛だの)
By Tsujita Ririko (辻田りり子). This is the sequel of Warau Kanoko-sama. It has all the good things from Warau Kanoko-sama plus more. Yes, it has ROMANCE!!! Wohoo! This time Kanoko and Tsubaki are in high school. Kanoko now lives by herself, so she doesn’t have to transfer schools whenever her mysterious father move due to work. This means that Kanoko and Tsubaki are closer than ever. Kanoko treats Tsubaki as her best friend, but of course Tsubaki loves her romantically in secret. Like Last Game and Special A, the heroine here is dense about the hero’s feelings for her. Another exciting thing added in this sequel is a love triangle between Kanoko, Tsubaki and the student council president who also looks gorgeous, by the way. Did I forget to mention that almost everyone in this manga are gorgeous? The ending is awesome and extremely satisfying. I highly recommend this so very, very much.
1. Akatsuki no Yona (暁のヨナ / Yona of the Dawn)
By Kusanagi Mizuho (草凪 みずほ). I talked about Akatsuki no Yona in one of my most popular posts “6 Must-Watch Reverse Harem Anime With Beautiful & Meaningful Stories”. Like what I said in that post, Yona’s character development is one of the best I’ve ever read/watched in a series. She starts off as weak, spoiled and annoying, but due to unfortunate events, she is forced to become stronger, braver, and fiercer in order to survive. She’s a bad-ass with the bow and arrow. The romance is sweet and definitely appeals to gyaku harem fans like myself. I want a season 2 of the anime! Definitely a must-read! P.S. Hak’s the man! Absolutely love him!
And that’s it for Part 2 of this 3-part post series of my Recommended Romantic Manga With Strong Female Protagonists. Tune in for my next set of 10 recommended romance manga coming up SOON. So if you know of a romance manga with a strong female lead that you don’t see in today’s list, perhaps you’ll see it on Part 3.
Happy reading, my fellow romance manga fans! Cheers!
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