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Post #746621

9:55 pm, Dec 7 2017
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Hey I'm looking for manga recommendations for manga that address sex/intimacy maturely. I don't mean manga that have sex or smutty scenes, but just brings it up in a casual or realistic manner. The couple doesn't even have to actually have sex. Here's some examples of what I'm talking about...

Cheese in the Trap: Main couple doesn't take physical intimacy for granted, progresses from kissing to hand holding to sleeping in the same bed as emotional rapport is gradually increased.

Devil's Line: Main couple is sexually attracted to one another. Although the plot makes the situation pretty kinky, they actually discuss their sexualities and so on in honest conversation.

Ran to Haiiro no Sekai: One of the male leads is a "playboy" and is sexually attracted to the main girl but respects her boundaries and never takes it farther.

Mars: Main female lead embraces wanting to have a healthy sexual relationship with the male lead and fucking owns it too.

Basara: Main couple have a (relatively) normal sexual relationship until plot makes things super awkward between them haha. Sex is shown to sometimes be wonderful, and other times a dangerous tool.

Anatolia Story/Red River: Although the manga includes other rape-y parts, the main couple have a normal sexual relationship and the story even covers some parts of pregnancy.

Usotsuki Lily: Young couple eventually wants to have sex with one another, but talk about it and decide they're not quite ready yet.

Savage Garden: The intimacy isn't healthy but the story actually acknowledges that these sort of clandestine meetings actually happen (and have happened) in history.

Bonnouji: BEST EXAMPLE. Normal healthy couple, and the manga actually shows the progression of their physical relationship. Super casual vibe.

Jackass!: Male couple (and best friends) explores kink in a non-rapey and non-shaming way, which is rare for yaoi manga. Plus they actually talk through problematic parts of their relationship.

Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou: Already a great example for shoujo involving relationships that evolve in a relatively normal way.

Sekine-kun no Koi: Main guy lusts after/crushes on the main girl and it's normal and not weird. They actually end up having sex in the end and it's great and doesn't feel forced or fan-servicey at all. Also explores some topics of sexual abuse.

Sabishisugite Lesbian Fuzoku Ni Ikimashita Report: ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE. A straight up autobiography of the mangaka coming to terms with her attraction for women, and hiring an escort to try to work her emotional baggage out.

SOOO basically anything that brings up the topic of sex or other forms of intimacy without resorting to the default "ohoho I'm going to attack you" thing. Or shaming or rape-y vibes like you normally see in shoujo, smut, and yaoi. Super cool with couples of any gender configuration.

At the very least, maybe this list will help others who are interested in this same thing? Lol. Thanks in advance guys.

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11:11 pm, Dec 7 2017
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Man, you've got a great list and some of those I will now have to check out or get caught up on (mainly Devil's Line and Cheese in the Trap respectively). As for suggestions, try out:

Talk to Me (Female protag wants to experiment sexually and tries to figure out how to communicate that to her boyfriend.)
How Far Have You Gone? (Slice of life newlywed's sex life where wife doesn't have much experience and the husband does and they explore that along with just other slice of life stuff.)
Honto Yajuu (This one I'm not too sure on, though I feel like the two are very good at communication with each other in general, but there may be an "ohoho...attack you" from both of them to each other.)

And though you only asked for Asian comics, there are really good Western ones so here are a few more:

Love not Found (Sci-fi where people don't touch each other anymore and two people explore touching each other.)
Shades of A (An asexual man and middle aged transvestite have a relationship with each other.)
Alfie (This is pr0n in a fantasy setting, but it's really good at sex positivity, but so far there hasn't been much on the romance side since so much of it is about discovering yourself.)

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Post #746624

11:58 pm, Dec 7 2017
Posts: 8

Wow thanks a lot for your recommendations! I ended up starting to read Shades of A before I realized it, haha.

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6:13 pm, Dec 8 2017
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Thank you!

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