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Looking for refreshing historical shoujo/josei with strong female lead

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Post #573098

12:40 am, Oct 10 2012
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Recently fell in love with historical/ancient setting manga! I am looking for more, refreshing historical shoujos/josei where it's not all about romance and where not every other good-looking guy is head-over-heels for the girl! The girl has to be strong in personality, or she has to be the type who can grow up and mature through the series into a strong lead, no Mary Sue-type female lead please smile

Some examples of series that I really love in this category are: Koukyuu Days - Shichisei Kuni Monogatari, Joou no Hana, Dokuhime,Akatsuki no Yona, Bride of the Water God, and Basara. Does anyone have any other mangas to recommend?

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2:20 am, Oct 10 2012
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I'm not a big fan of historical mangas, but here are the ones I know, some I read, some I haven't:
Red River
The Story of Saiunkoku (watch the anime for this one)
Ookami-heika no Hanayome
The Great Merchant Kim Manduk
Akatsuki no Aria

Some may not completely suit your request, but I still recommend them. I highly recommend this one too: Otoyomegatari- it fist your request perfectly, it has very elaborate art and well, breathtaking (well, romance is not really there though).

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Post #573107

3:14 am, Oct 10 2012
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The first thing that comes to mind is Ichi.

Post #573117
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5:45 am, Oct 10 2012
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Tales from the Land of Daughters - ShengNan's Story

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9:43 pm, Oct 11 2012
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you've read saver right?

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11:30 pm, Oct 11 2012
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you should read Ooku

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Post #573332

6:49 am, Oct 12 2012
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thanks for the suggestions guys! I'm already reading Ooku, and I've watched the Saiunkoku anime and read Saver as well. Hmm, anymore to recommend?

Post #573641
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8:16 pm, Oct 14 2012
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The only ones I have left to suggest aren't perfect fits. Nevertheless, they're quite good.

Sengoku Strays has a girl from the present going back to the Sengoku era.

The first thing that came to mind for me was Rurouni Kenshin... but it isn't a shoujo/josei, and the main character is male. However, if you somehow haven't read it, by all means do. It's phenomenal. Anyways I bring this up because Donten ni Warau is a shoujo apparently similar in genre and categories.

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8:50 pm, Oct 14 2012
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Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori realy good but realy loong

Post #573644

8:52 pm, Oct 14 2012
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As an addition to other people's suggestions, I would add Yume no Shizuku, Ougon no Torikago and Kaze Hikaru.

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