Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
Today, I get to recommend some of my favorite shojo titles to JimYung, who wrote that “I enjoy Love.Com and High School Debut. I feel like they’re just the right mix of romantic comedy but I’m not looking for something like Love Hina.”
Step up for your personalized manga recommendations, JimYung!
1. Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, by Karuho Shiina, published by Viz.
Description: Sawako Kuronuma is the perfect heroine…for a horror movie. With striking similarities to a haunting movie character–jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanor–she’s mistakenly called Sadako by those around her. But behind her scary façade is a very misunderstood teenager. Too shy to fit in, all she wants to do is make some friends. But when the most popular boy in class befriends her, she’s sure to make more than just that–she’s about to make some enemies too!
2. Venus Capriccio, by Mai Nishikata, published by CMX.
Description: Takami and Akira are childhood friends who took piano lessons together when they were little. Takami was a tomboy who grew up among four brothers, while Akira was a cute, quiet boy who was skilled in piano more so than Takami. They grew up like siblings -at least, that is how Takami felt. Years later, things began to change when Akira suddenly kisses and confesses his feelings for Takami. She is startled by Akira’s unexpected affection and doesn’t know how to react…until Takumi begins to realize that her feelings for Akira are beginning to change.
3. Otomen, by Aya Kanno, published by Viz.
Description: Asuka Masamune is a guy who loves girly things–sewing, knitting, making cute stuffed animals and reading shojo comics. But in a world where boys are expected to act manly, Asuka must hide his beloved hobbies and play the part of a masculine jock instead. Ryo Miyakozuka, on the other hand, is a girl who can’t sew or bake a cake to save her life. Asuka finds himself drawn to Ryo, but she likes only the manliest of men! Can Asuka ever show his true self to anyone, much less to the girl that he’s falling for?
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