Recently I’ve been reading a lot of shoujo manga on my iPhone. I’ve been using the app Manga Rock to read the scans! It’s super convenient to store volumes and chapters on my iPhone so I can read them anywhere! You don’t even need internet – if you buy the full version (which I believe is like $3.99) you can download chapters/volumes to read them any time.
They just came out with a new, Manga Rock 2, updated app though. It won’t run properly on my iPhone 3GS though, it lags like crazy so I have to stick to the old version.
Anyway, here are some of the series that I’m currently loving! Series descriptions are from MangaFox.
All of these series are shoujo manga, meaning they are series that are marketed towards teenage girls. They typically have a strong focus on romance and relationships. I typically like this category more than josei manga, which is directed towards young/older women. (Don’t get me wrong, I still like josei series, but I tend to like shoujo more haha. I love the fluff~)
Hajimemashite Kamisama — Suzuki Julietta
Momozono Nanami’s dad, a man with a penchant for gambling, disappeared after accumulating a huge amount of debt. Thus, she was chased out of her house by the debt collectors. When she met a timid man being chased by a dog, he told her that he’d give her his house. She believed his persuasive talk, but when she went to his house… it turned out to be a shrine. Moreover, a guy with fox ears appeared, which made Nanami even more confused. What will become of homeless and confused Nanami?
Sachie’s opinion: OH MY GOD THIS SERIES, I CAN’T EVEN. This is SUCH a great series. Definitely one of my favourites so far! I started this series a few days ago and I’m all caught up (66 chapters released as of today.) I’m hooked! I’ve caught myself fangirling and squealing multiple times. The storyline is super entertaining, characters are captivating and the romance is great. The art is beautiful, and the author’s style really reminds me of Special A. I really adore this series, and I definitely recommend this to anyone whose looking for a good shoujo to read! 5/5!
L-DK — Watanabe Ayu
Shuusei Kugayama is the “prince” of his high school, but he always turns down confessions–including one from Aoi Nishimori’s best friend. Although she initially hates him for this, when Shuusei moves in next door to Aoi, who lives alone, she starts thinking that he might not be such a bad guy after all…
Sachie’s opinion: This seems like the typical girl living alone, hot guy moves next door and they fall in love shoujo manga. However, it has its own unique twists and turns in the storyline. Characters aren’t developed as well as they could be and plot is weak at times, but it’s a cute series. It has some very sweet and some very intense moments that get the heart beating fast! I really enjoyed the intense moments haha, they kept me hooked. Despite the heroine’s weak points, I’m still looking forward to the future chapters. I recommend it for those who are bored and want something cute to read, haha. 3.5/5
Switch Girl!! — Aida Natsumi
TAMIYA Nika is a beautiful, outgoing, popular high school girl. She has just the right look, just the right fashions, and is everyone’s friend. What everyone at school does not know is how hard Nika works to keep up this perfect image, and what she is REALLY like at home. When not at school, Nika is a scary, sloppy, tight-fisted girl who wears glasses, an ugly sweatsuit, and has her hair pulled back into unattractive buns. She lays around playing video games and reading manga. Her attitude is bossy and cranky, and she travels far out of her way to shop where she won’t be recognized.
Every day, Nika “Switches On” with a strict regimen of beautification that involves primping and plucking and careful dressing. The only person who knows about Nika’s Switched On/Off modes is her best friend, who is also aware of the reasons behind the changes.
However, soon a second person finds about about Nika’s personalities – someone who has his own On/Off switch, but in reverse! His name is KAMIYAMA Arata, and he is a recent transfer student. He meets Nika when she is in OFF Mode, and then again at school when she is ON. However Nika can see that he has his little secret. At school, Arata wears thick swirly-eyed glasses and messy hair that make some bullies think he is an otaku. However, at home, he ditches the glasses and is downright gorgeous! He is just the opposite of Nika, but why?
Sachie’s opinion: I originally discovered this series after a friend uploaded a picture of herself to facebook similar to the one posted above. I’m sure alot of girls can relate to being switch girls – looking completely different with and without makeup. (I know I can relate! Hehe~ I’m definitely a switch girl!) Characters are memorable, and the storyline is quite funny. I’ve caught myself laughing out loud a few times! The art style is quite comedic. There are some really great romantic moments in this series! 4.5/5!
There is actually a drama by the same name! I’ve watched a few episodes and I’m really enjoying it. Watch it here!
Those are three of my favourite series as of the moment. I’ll try to do more recommendations for manga in the future if you like! I’ve actually discovered many series through YourGimmick, a manga review blog run by a friend! She’s read hundreds, probably thousands of manga (mostly shoujo and josei I think), and posts reviews on them here. Super helpful website for shoujo manga fans!
Also, I should be posting more cosplay progress + a new video soon! 😀