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bossmama
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11:45 am, Apr 23 2013
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Where 'love' isn't treated as pure or as beautiful as in usual romance manga.
Something like, both of them know they like each other but both are too prideful to confess first, instead they find joy in making the other jealous and try to make the other confess first.
Or, they like each other but keep insisting that his/her like is 'not in that way'.
Or, they're already a couple but they don't love each other, yet they're too reluctant to be the first one to end the relationship since it will make him/her the bad guy, instead both compete each other too be the 'perfect lover' for the sake of their pride. (So perhaps they do like each other enough to maintain such relationship)
Or they're already a couple, they don't like each other yet they hide it (each of them think he/she is loved by the other), and they try hard to keep their relationship going because they are getting something from the relationship (It makes both of them a jerk, I know).
Basically any kind of relationship where the involved ones treat their relationship as a game.
I don't want anything depressing or serious, I want something fun. Fun yet serious would be a nice combination. It may be the main or side couple and the manga itself doesn't have to focus on romance. It can be shounen/shoujo ai or yaoi/yuri, as long as the couple I'm looking for is male x female. I can eat any genre except hentai (it's just... kinda hard to appreciate the plot even if there's one), and I don't mind any kind of ending.
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train93
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Uhm, I can only think of something that can partially fit your request:
Nisekoi they have to pretend to be lovers but they hate each other (at least at the beginning)
Uwagaki this one is a love game, since the male lead must try to win over a girl because of an experiment
B Gata H Kei the main girl initially just wants to lose her virginity and then dump the guy
B-Shock they are forced to live constantly close to each other, and sometimes have to pretend to be lovers
Defense Devil the girl is in denial
Kekkaishi romance is only subtle, and the girl always denies
Ranma 1/2 both pretend they don't like each other
Summer Wars they pretend to be engaged in the beginning, while the guy actually has a crush on her
And in your reading list:
14-sai no koi they pretend they aren't lovers in front of the others, while they secretely date

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hisui87
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Maybe Nonchan to Watashi .

sunder
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I'm assuming you don't just want cliche tsundere. You can find that anywhere.

Try Velvet Kiss. It's smutty tho.

jelzin89
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4:44 pm, Apr 23 2013
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maybe mysterious girlfriend x
it's a bit odd though and it doesn't fit completely

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Quote from sunder
I'm assuming you don't just want cliche tsundere. You can find that anywhere.


Pretty much my opinion. But if he's ok with that, Toradora! is probably the one which fits the most imho.

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Last Game by AMANO Shinobu fits your description quite well:
The male lead has been in love with his childhood rival for 10 years. As his pride prevents him from confessing his feelings for her, he makes it their "last game".

Slow-paced, light-hearted and sweet.

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Quote from Tripitaka
Last Game by AMANO Shinobu fits your description quite well:
The male lead has been in love with his childhood rival for 10 years. As his pride prevents him from confessing his feelings for her, he makes it their "last game".

Slow-paced, light-hearted and sweet.


I second Last Game wholeheartedly! Nisekoi also fits well, but suffers from excessive shounen plot halts.

Perhaps add Lovely Complex to the mix? Love is idealized by at least one character, but properly portrayed with real life complications.

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