Even though my all-time favorites are mostly from the shounen genre, I’m still this silly girl who adores slice of life/romance series every now and then. When I came back I was completely surprised on how many great series serializing right now. I was easily fallen in love with ‘em. And that’s huge for me because I’m quite picky. I tend to love shoujo series that are mellow with bit of humor and the development of the couple is gradual. So I’m so happy to have read series like Hibi Chouchou, Hirunaka no Ryuusei (Gawd, I’m in love with this series! Mamura and Suzume must happen!) and now Rere Hello (why, the couple are so adorable >.<).
I know there was this dude who said what it felt to me as reprimanding attitude towards adult reading young adult. But seriously, I really don’t bother with these kinds of opinions. I enjoy what I want and for me reading slice of life shoujo manga makes me happy. Isn’t that what is important? I don’t want to pretend to read those hard stuff if I don’t enjoy it. These stories makes me smile, swoon and most of all enjoy. The great thing as an adult reader is I get to understand the different age demographic now. Because I was once at that age so I know; reminiscing is good once in a while.
So because I’m in the mood with reminiscing, I’ll share you some of my favorite shoujo (one josei) series. I was rewatching Honey & Clover and this sparked this post.
Honey & Clover (Hachimitsu to Clover). I loved this series! I cried, laughed, empathized with the characters, mostly with Takemoto. When I watched it, I was in the same place as him. A person who was completely (I think I’m still is) lost. This is a good series that I highly recommend; love stories that not necessarily requited (but I’m positive for Nomiya and Ayu because asdfggfghklj; Nomiya was made for her!) and an ending that didn’t look like one. (Plus the OST of this is so amazing, the songs made the moments in the anime stood out more.)
Lovely Complex. Funny series! Sometimes the guy you fall for is not the ideal guy. I mean, Otani is short boy, Koizumi is tall girl. People even called comedy duo but even though they were unlikely pair, I loved how they became a couple. Who cares if the guy is shorter nobody understands her better than Otani!
Fruits Basket. I loved this series. I remember I was cursing my class schedule because it overlaps with the time it was airing here. But post anime is so much better. Like Honey & Clover it brought lots of emotion out of me. This is what I love with Takaya-sensei’s story; it was subtle but lots of impact.
Ouran High School Host Club. This is so funny, it just enjoyable from beginning to end. And while I liked Tamaki and Haruhi as a couple, I was silently shipping Kyoya and Haruhi, too (and maybe Hikaru as well). It’s reverse harem, I’m bound to get confused! But seriously the ending was really nice. A spot is well deserved in my all-time faves.
Dengeki Daisy. Ok so, Kyousuke Motomi is a girl (sensei, you had confused me, don’t refer yourself as a guy anymore!). But to the topic, I’ve been a fan of Motomi’s work even before I read Dengeki Daisy, but of course I fell in love with this one much more. And every time I hear Time After Time, it reminds me of the couple.
And then of course there’s Skip Beat but I already featured it here (and it isn’t complete yet).
Do you also read/watch shoujo manga/anime? What are your favorites? Would you like to share it with me?