What is this genre all about? Romance describes a story that deals with love between two or more characters typically also having an optimistic ending. Romance is also a difficulty encountered when creating a harem.
We present you the list of Romance manga you should read right now.
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Top 20 Romance manga you should read right now. [2023 List]
- 20. Yaoshenji
- 19. Kaette kudasai! Akutsu-san
- 18. Kinninaru Hito ga Otoko Jyanakatta
- 17. Shounen no Abyss
- 16. Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san
- 15. Tamen De Gushi
- 14. Horimiya
- 13. 1-nichi Goto ni Tsun ga Hetteku Tsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsundere Joshi
- 12. Jigoku Raku
- 11. How to Get My Husband on My Side
- 10. Koe no Katachi
- 9. Gyeolhon Jangsa
- 8. Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi
- 7. Case Closed
- 6. Tokyo卍Revengers
- 5. Eojjeodaboni Cheonsaengyeonbun
- 4. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
- 3. Beware of the Villainess!
- 2. Otomege Sekai wa Mob ni Kibishii Sekai desu
- 1. Natsu Jikan
In his past life, although too weak to protect his home when it counted, out of grave determination Nie Li became the strongest Demon Spiritist and stood at the pinnacle of the martial world. However, he lost his life during the battle with the Sage Emperor and six deity-ranked beasts.
His soul was then brought back to when he was still 13 years old. Although he's the weakest in his class with the lowest talent, having only a red soul realm and a weak one at that, with the aid of the vast knowledge which he accumulated from his previous life, he decided to train faster than anyone could expect. He also decided to help those who died nobly in his previous life to train faster as well.
He aims to protect the city from the coming future of being devastated by demon beasts and the previous fate of ending up destroyed. He aims to protect his lover, friends, family and fellow citizens who died in the beast assault or its aftermath. And he aims to destroy the so-called Sacred family who arrogantly abandoned their duty and betrayed the city in his past life.
Tales of Demons and Gods is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: Yaoshenji
19. Kaette kudasai! Akutsu-san
Timid Ooyama keeps to himself at school, and he certainly never gets involved with Akutsu Riko, a delinquent as buxom as she is notorious. But when she turns up at his apartment out of the blue, what’s he supposed to do, kick her out? She’s gorgeous! And scary! But things get complicated when Akutsu asks to stay the night, then starts turning up over and over again after school–reading Ooyama’s manga, sprawling out on his bed, and digging up his smut stash. Why exactly is she claiming his life as her hangout?! She makes it clear there’s no way she could possibly like him, but the teasing threatens to boil over into something more in this sexy yet adorable slice-of-life rom-com!
Please Go Home, Akutsu-san! is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: 帰ってください！ 阿久津さん, 求妳快走吧，阿久津！, Please Go Home, Akutsu-san!, Yankee Musume, ヤンキー娘
18. Kinninaru Hito ga Otoko Jyanakatta
Kininatteru Hito ga Otoko ja Nakatta depicts the love story between a high school girl and her classmate who she mistakes as a guy outside of school. They eventually bond over their shared taste in rock music.
Note: Kininatteru Hito ga Otoko ja Nakatta began as a web comic released on the author's Twitter account since April 10, 2022, and published in print by Kadokawa since April 19, 2023.
The Guy She Was Interested in Wasn't a Guy At All is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: 気になってる人が男じゃなかった, The Person She Fell For Wasn't A Boy, Ki ni Natteru Hito ga Otoko Janakatta
17. Shounen no Abyss
In a town with nothing, in the middle of a daily life with seemingly no signs of change, high schooler Reiji Kurose was "just" living. Family, dreams for the future, childhood friends. All of them were binding him down to that city. He thought he would "just" keep on living like that. Until he met her. Is there hope in living? Is there light waiting ahead? It's the start of a boy meets girl series which reflects the "now".
Boy's Abyss is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: 少年のアビス, World End Boy Meets Girl
16. Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san
Nagatoro is a freshman girl in high school who loves bullying her Senpai. But he puts up with it, even after being put through all kinds of embarrassing situations, because he's in love with her.
Please don't bully me, Nagatoro is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: イジらないで、長瀞さん, Please don't bully me, Nagatoro-san, Please don't bully me, Nagatoro
15. Tamen De Gushi
The funny romantic story of how Qiu Tong and Sun Jing met and fell in love.
Their Story is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: SQ: Begin W/Your Name!, Tamen De Gushi, SQ: Cong Ni De Mingzi Kaishi, SQ从你的名字开始
At school, Kyouko Hori is known for being smart, attractive, and popular. On the other hand, her classmate, the boring, gloomy Izumi Miyamura tends to get painted as a "loser fanboy." But when a liberally pierced and tattooed (not to mention downright gorgeous) Miyamura appears unexpectedly on the doorstep of secretly plain-Jane homebody Hori, these two similarly dissimilar teenagers discover that there are multiple sides to every story...and person!
-Includes 20 extra chapters.
-The 17th volume got released on July 18, 2023. This was 2 years after its original ending. This new volume included 10 extra chapters.
Note: Chapter count includes 20 extra chapters.
Horimiya has finished publishing and it has 152 Chapters. It is also Known as: ホリミヤ, Horimiya
13. 1-nichi Goto ni Tsun ga Hetteku Tsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsundere Joshi
A tsundere girl getting less and less tsun day by day.
The Tsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsundere Girl Getting Less and Less Tsun Day by Day has finished publishing and it has 106 Chapters. It is also Known as: 1日ごとにツンが減ってくツンツンツンツンツンツンツンツンツンツンツンデレ女子, Gadis Tsuntsuntsuntsuntsuntsun tsuntsuntsuntsuntsundere yang Kian Hari Lewat Kian Menyusut Ke-Tsun-annya, TSVNTSVNTSVNTSVNTSVNTSVNTSVNTSVNDERE PVELLA PER DIES PAVLATIM MINVSCVLVS TSVN FIT
12. Jigoku Raku
Gabimaru the Hollow is one of the most vicious assassins ever to come out of the ninja village of Iwagakure. He’s ruthlessly efficient, but a betrayal results in him being handed a death sentence. He has only one hope—in order to earn his freedom, he must travel to a long-hidden island and recover an elixir that will make the shogun immortal. Failure is not an option. On this island, heaven and hell are just a hair’s breadth away.
Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku has finished publishing and it has 127 Chapters. It is also Known as: 地獄楽, Jigokuraku, Paradition, Heavenhell, Jigoku Raku (KAKU Yuuji)
11. How to Get My Husband on My Side
She became a villainess who died by her husband’s hands in the novel. To be more precise, she became a supporting character who died while being used as a tool for political marriage by her father and brother. One day, my damn father crawled out and chose my fifth groom. The problem is that the chosen person was the best Paladin of the North and the very person who will kill me and my family in the future. First, I have to find a way to live. In the novel, before finding a way to save my sister-in-law that was going to die by my hands, there are many challenges I need to overcome. Such as melting my husband’s cold exterior, gaining the Northerner’s favor, and overcoming the Duke’s contempt. If I can overcome these challenges, wouldn’t my life be saved later? "I fell in love with you!" So please spare me!
How to Get My Husband on My Side is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: How to Get My Husband on My Side
10. Koe no Katachi
Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can't hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children's cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?
A Silent Voice has finished publishing and it has 64 Chapters. It is also Known as: 聲の形, The Shape of Voice
9. Gyeolhon Jangsa
Bianca de Blanchefort. The wife of Zachary de Arno, thrown out of Arno family after his death due to her self-indulgent, frivolous, and immoral behavior. She had nowhere to go, the Blanchefort family having already fallen to ruin, and was more or less kicked to a convent out in the border. A woman who ultimately met her end on a cold stone floor. A villainess with no honor: that was Bianca’s life before she went back in time. “Is this truly reality? Did I really travel back to the past?” This was neither a dream nor a hallucination. This feeling of hunger, fatigue, the vivid sense of everything around her… This was all real. If this was indeed reality… If God truly gave her one more precious chance…! ‘I’m going to carry out a business. A marriage is a business in the end. Zachary’s child will be the perfect source of financial support. I’m sure my dowry will remain safe too. I won’t have to lose the Blanchefort or Arno territories to that damned viscount either.’ Then whether it be through seduction or persuasion, she needed to give birth to her husband, Zachary’s child. “How much was my dowry exactly?” “400 calves, 900 pigs, 100 units of silverware, 300 rolls of silk, 2 crates of jewels, and a portion of a territory… Equivalent to a two-year budget for the Arno county.” “Don’t you think you should compensate for that?”
Gyeolhon Jangsa is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: Marriage of Convenience, The Marriage Business
8. Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi
The story of an Annoying Senpai and his Kouhai.
My Senpai is Annoying is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: 先輩がうざい後輩の話, Senpai ga Urusai Kouhai no Hanashi, My Senpai is Annoying
7. Case Closed
Kudo Shinichi is a seventeen year-old high school detective whom people call the "Modern Sherlock Holmes." However, one night after a date with his childhood sweetheart, Ran, Shinichi witnessed an illegal trade and, caught off his guard, was knocked unconscious and fed a drug that was supposed to kill him... but he woke up and found himself shrunken to a seven year-old. In order to track down the men who did this to him, Shinichi hid his identity and lived with Ran, whose father happened to be a hopeless detective, and with that came a series of murders and mysteries that he must solve.
Detective Conan is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: Meitantei Conan, 名探偵コナン, Meitantei Conan, Detective Conan Kaito Kid Special Collection
Hanagaki Takemichi was once a low-life punk, but after biting off more than he could chew with a gang in middle school, he ran away from his old life. Now that he’s an adult, the gang that once terrorized him has grown into the largest gang in Tokyo, and they’ve started killing people–including his old girlfriend! After learning this news, a mysterious force on a train platform shoves Takemichi right in front of an approaching train. As his life flashes before his eyes, he blinks to find himself transported back to middle school, before he fled from the gang! Now he has the chance to right what went wrong all those years ago. Can he save his girlfriend’s life in the future–and what else might he change if he’s rewriting the past?
- Winner of the Shounen Manga category of the 44th annual Kodansha Manga Awards.
- Includes 1 extra chapter.
Tokyo Revengers has finished publishing and it has 278 Chapters. It is also Known as: 東京卍リベンジャーズ, Tokyo Manji Revengers, Toukyou Revengers, Toukyou卍Revengers
5. Eojjeodaboni Cheonsaengyeonbun
‘How long have I been laying down at home…?’ Han Jia, who is turning 32 this year (she’s a freelancer who still doesn’t have a full-time job/jobless), suffers because of the pressure given by people around her that keep telling her to get married. Around the same time, Jin Mincheol, her childhood friend who came to Jia’s hometown for holiday, is having the same problem. Then, the two people got married just like that. Now that they have married….. ‘Huh? We match each other more than i thought?’
Maybe Meant to Be is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: Accidentally Heavenly Match, Match Made in Heaven by Chance
4. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
As leaders of their prestigious academy’s student council, Kaguya and Miyuki are the elite of the elite! But it’s lonely at the top… Luckily for them, they’ve fallen in love! There’s just one problem—they both have too much pride to admit it. And so begins the daily scheming to get the object of their affection to confess their romantic feelings first… Love is a war you win by losing.
- The first 10 chapters were published in Monthly Miracle Jump. It switched to Weekly Young Jump starting with Ch. 11, with the chapter count being reset. This entry still includes the first 10 chapters from Miracle Jump.
- Winner of the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award for "Best General Manga" category in 2019.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War has finished publishing and it has 281 Chapters. It is also Known as: かぐや様は告らせたい～天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦～, Kaguya Wants to be Confessed To: The Geniuses' War of Love and Brains
3. Beware of the Villainess!
A refreshing, unique villainess who's been dropped in the world of a novel, only to overthrow it all! The reason why? She couldn't just stand by and watch the female lead be manipulated by all four shitty male leads. The story of a villainess, who intends to throw out all the jackasses, and a wolf that only yearns for her!
Beware of the Villainess! has finished publishing and it has 128 Chapters. It is also Known as: Gare à la vilaine!, その悪女に気をつけてください, 小心那个恶女！, 恶毒女配今天不营业, ระวังไว้ ยัยตัวร้ายกำลังมา
2. Otomege Sekai wa Mob ni Kibishii Sekai desu
Leon, a former Japanese worker, was reincarnated into an “otome game” world, and despaired at how it was a world where females hold dominance over males. It was as if men were just livestock that served as stepping stones for females in this world. The only exceptions were the game’s romantic targets, a group of handsome men led by the crown prince.
In these bizarre circumstances, Leon held one weapon: his knowledge from his previous world, where his brazen sister had forced him to complete this game. Leon, who really just wants to to live as a shut-in in the countryside, uses that knowledge to raise a ferocious revolt against the women and handsome men.
Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs is currently publishing and has Chapters. It is also Known as: 乙女ゲー世界はモブに厳しい世界です, The World of Otome Games Is Tough for Mobs, Thế Giới Otomegame Thật Khắc Nghiệt Với Nhân Vật Quần Chúng, 乙女游戏世界对路人角色很不友好, 여성향 게임 세계는 엑스트라에게 어려운 세상입니다
1. Natsu Jikan
Compilation of five one-shots:
1. Natsujikan (Summertime Memories)
A boy goes to meet a stranger after his mother died. The mother left a lot of love-letters to this man...
2. Torrid Night
After years have past Takaaki has returned to his childhood home and his stepbrother Nozomi. They are the only family they have left, and both hold secrets from the past that can destroy them. But the dark passion they feel is dangerous too...
3. That's What God Says
4. Sweet Little Devil
Izumi and Tetsuya are neighbors, both with very similar problems. Does one's appearance really determine who you are or how you should be? Were these neighbors fated to be together?
5) The Sleeping Man
Naoki and Tatsuya were high school classmates and close friends, with Tatsuya having the task of waking up his ever sleeping friend. They agreed to meet at the dawn of the new millienium, and though they both show up, there's something off....
Summertime Memory has finished publishing and it has 5 Chapters. It is also Known as: 夏時間, The Sleeping Man, Torrid Night, That's What God Says, Sweet Little Devil, Nettaiya, Kamisama no Iutoori, Nemuru Otoko, Sleeping Man