***chungky: Once again apologies for releasing this post so late! I’m so glad the world spins around because our friends in the Americas are still in 14th February. It’s actually 11:41pm now so strictly speaking, we still made it :D***
If you’re having a lazy day at home today or maybe you’re not even bothered by all the drama going on, here are a few reads to get you in the mood for love of all kinds – be it forbidden love or shounen ai, we tried compiling a range.
Here we go in no particular order:
Title: Renai Kaidan Sayoko-san
Artist: Kanzaki Shummi
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance, Seinen, Supernatural
Sayoko is an incredibly kind, but solitary, young kimono-clad lady who has certain supernatural abilities. She can see ghosts, and she frees them from their places of death by agreeing to let them haunt her instead. As a result, everywhere she goes, she is followed by an army of well-meaning spirits that only she can see. Her weirdness tends to throw any normal people who would have otherwise possibly become her friends… that is, until Inaba, a poor college student, just happens to accidentally run over her with his bicycle.
Chungky wanted shounen romance – and after dissing my Bakuman and School Rumble idea (and my favourite pairing!) I ditched my own plans for Sankarea in place of Renai Kaidan Sayoko-san. It’s seinen, but it’s got this super shounen feel minus blowing up buildings plus a personal Hyakki Yakō. A cute, innocent and sweet supernatural interjection to add some unique spice to your Valentine reading!
Title: Akuma to Dolce
Artist: Suzuki Julietta
Ogura Mayuri is a loner in high school, with a penchant for cooking and magic that her mother taught her. She’s already summoned a little demon familiar to help her with baking and other small chores.
But when she accidentally summons a high level demon named Beaut upon spilling tea on her skirt, he allows her to make one wish that he will grant. Mayuri wishes for the stain on her skirt to disappear in exchange for candy. The demon Beaut is outraged by the simple request, but he gets distracted by the smell of sweets – Beaut’s weakness.
Mayuri now uses Beaut’s weakness to bind him to her and do her bidding.
I’ve read this years ago and it still makes me flutter inside in a really dreamy sort of way. It features a unique relationship between a loner girl & a devil. A romance with a devil? Sacrilage! Blasphemy! Well, love conquers all & that’s what makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day reading. The heroine attracts her love interest by baking sweet goodies too, which makes that 2x more perfect for V-Day. I like how there’s progression, it makes things sweeter & I think it’s important to note that this devil actually acts like a devil in a particular arc. I enjoy Suzuki Julietta’s works very much, they always have a super-natural theme going on. Try this for a forbidden romance!
Title: Family Complex
Artist: Tsuda Mikiyo
Genre: Comedy, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Family Complex… This is exactly what Akira Sakamoto suffers from, being the second eldest son of the Sakamoto family and the only NORMAL person. The rest of the family consists of beauties, from the parents to the eldest son and the 2 daughters. Poor Akira feels that he’s totally out of place, and tries to hide this from the others… but then one day it all comes out. How will his family react to this?
This time Chungky wanted a family love sort of story, and I had to go excavate through the archives of my history to find Family Complex. Love isn’t restricted to finding your life partner – don’t forget the people who had the (mis)fortune to deal with you and your whole life and still love you implicitly or explicitly despite all that jazz. It’s got 6 chapters which each chapter narrating the perspective of one family member and their stories are really cute, so it’s a nice short read to go appreciate your family.
Title: Seven Days
Artist: Takarai Rihito
Genre: Drama, School Life, Shounen Ai
It is rumored that Touji Seryou, one of the more popular boys at school, would go out with anyone who asks him out on a Monday morning. But on this particular Monday morning, the first person he meets at the school gate is no other than Yuzuru Shino, Seryou’s sempai at the archery club. On a whim, and well-aware of Seryou’s reputation, Shino asks Seryou to go out with him. Thinking that it will be treated as a joke, they’re both guys after all, imagine Shino’s surprise when Seryou takes him up on the offer! There is a catch, though. While Seryou does go out with the first girl who asks him out on a Monday morning, the other side of the coin is – by the end of the week, he will break up with that person. In essence, Seryou is a lover with a one-week expiration date. But will Shino prove to be the exception to that rule?
This is by far the best shounen ai manga I’ve read in my entire life. It really makes you appreciate and look at love as a boundless concept. It’s another soft and mellow read which story takes it’s time to unfold. It’s pace really adds up to the experience of conveying real genuine feelings & sincerity. If you love manga with romance, this is a chart-topper in your list even if you’re not a fan or supporter of BL.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Gender Bender, Mature, Romance, Shoujo, Tragedy
Born under a prophecy that will liberate and unite Japan, Sarasa has had to take her brother Tatara’s place as the “Boy of Destiny.” Fighting for the oppressed, Sarasa journeys across Japan to gain allies and defeat her enemies–all while keeping her identity a secret!
Basara is the best, most extreme example I can think of for a classic romance. This probably has something to do with the fact that it’s a 1992 work, but there’s just this very… well, classic feel to the romance in Basara that is just – well – award winning (and it is). It’s a trashy romance novel sort of romance, except that it’s not trashy. Weird coming from a not-so shoujo/romance fan, but I think this love examplifies epic. If you want the type of love that isn’t periodic and can just touch the heart of anyone transcending generations of time, this might just be it =)
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
from both chungky & arawr(this is chungky who added this line, I don’t know why I wrote myself in third person, I think it’ll make things less confusing. Lol).