At face value, Kyou no Kira-kun looks like just another shoujo manga, with staples like the unpopular girl, a charismatic boy, a cute animal sidekick, and endless high school drama. But this manga’s charm lies in how it handles all these cliches.
Usagi Drop could have been a fantastic josei manga that dealt with real-world issues in a lighthearted, fun way. But its ending had many readers, myself included, asking some uncomfortable questions and wondering just where things took a controversial turn.
At first blush, Chobits seems like your run-of-the-mill ecchi manga. But beyond the provocative illustrations and suggestive dialog lies a poignant story that taps into a classic sci-fi conundrum: can man love machine?
Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode follows the formulaic pattern of most magical girl narratives: ordinary schoolgirl gains extraordinary powers, fights a slew of bad guys, and falls in love.
Hatsukoi Rhapsody by Aoyama Haruno follows Abe, a charming high school girl who can’t seem to forget her first love, Fujiwara.