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Post #546788
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11:08 am, Apr 21 2012
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Guys, please help me looking for some underrated/unappreciated/unpopular shoujo/josei mangas that you think have good qualities, or refreshing, or at least amusing in any way. I don't mind any kind of art, comedy, angst, harem, smut, incest, twincest, gender bender, confusing plot, disturbing topic/storyline or anything except for the ones in my cons list.

-Interesting, likeable, fun to watch female and male lead

-A super rich, super smart, super handsome, super good at sport, wise, capable of anything, too perfect, too understanding male lead. (Don't read it wrong, I like bishie too)
-More cons to male lead that act lazy and indifferent but actually qualify all the point above.
-A female lead that who likes to make a fool out of herself, let herself into a stupid, or embarassing, or humiliating, or dangerous, and take them helplessly without any fight or pride.
-If the guy too superior than the girl, or the otherwise.
-Yaoi/yuri, shounen/shoujo ai as the side story is fine.

Sonnan Ja Nee Yo
Love Maniac
Hybrid Berry
Mix Vegetable
all of Yuzuki Jun's works
some of Ikuemi Ryou's works
Bitou Lollipop

Thanks for reading and helping. biggrin

Post #546798
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12:57 pm, Apr 21 2012
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Watashitachi no shiawase na jikan.
works by YUMEKA Sumomo and YUKI Kaori are great.

Post #546799
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1:01 pm, Apr 21 2012
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14-sai no Koi
Taiyou no Ie

Last edited by Lorska at 1:41 pm, Apr 21

in need of romance?
uncommon, sad, sweet
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Post #546804
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1:34 pm, Apr 21 2012
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Mars and Kare Kano
oh, and maybe the Deep Love series: Deep Love - Pao no Monogatari, Deep Love - Ayu no Monogatari, Deep Love - Host and Deep Love - Reina no Unmei. Maybe you won't find them 'hidden gems', but I'll recommend them anyway because they brought tears to my eyes and believe me, I don't cry so easily. so enjoy bigrazz

EDIT: I would like to add Hana Yori Dango to the list, hope you'l enjoy it as much as I did.

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"In a world where most people would be crazy, then it would be normal to be crazy and crazy to be normal... but then again, if you were normal, then you would be crazy... isn't it crazy what a paradox a little craziness can create?"
Post #546805

1:36 pm, Apr 21 2012
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Oyayubihime Infinity and Fujieda Toru's other scanlated work, Love Allergy - I actually prefer this one, I find the main female character absolutely refreshing. Also, the dynamic between the couple throws the usual shoujo dynamic on its head - the girl is the brilliant, beautiful, warped one while the guy is the cute "does his best" type. If you liked Doubt! and Sonnan Ja Nee Yo, you'll probably like Fujieda Toru's works, since I find the types of characters she and Izumi Kaneyoshi create are similar.

Oniichan to Issho is cute.
Issho ni Neyou Yo - I can't get enough of it.
Venus Capriccio - love it to death.

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A silly pumpkin

1:37 pm, Apr 21 2012
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Ok, well, I really like strong female leads, these are quite long and a couple take some time to get into the swing of things due to the character development involved.

Ok, some you have probably heard of, but you might not have or may not have considered
Fruits Basket
Dengeki Daisy
Kanata Kara

Some you may not have heard of, please excuse me if you have. If you haven't read them, in allot of these, I couldn't stop laughing.
Bijo ga Yajuu (Beaty is the Beast)
Hot Blooded Woman
Shiawase Kissa 3-Choume
Beauty Pop
Purikyuu (short, but very funny)
Red Lion
Wararu Kanoko-sama (utterly hilarious)
Koi Dano ai Dano (unfinished sequel to Wararu Kanoko-sama)
Otokomae! Beads Karabu

Hope there the sorts of things your after. smile

We work in the dark, we do what we can, we give what we have, out doubt is our passion and our passion is our task, the rest is the madness of art. Henry james
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The Wicked Bitch

1:52 pm, Apr 21 2012
Posts: 179

hmm let me check my list

Anata ni Hana o Sasagemashou
Ano Ko to Issho
zig zag don
para paru
Colorful Pallet
Gozen 3-ji no Muhouchitai
Koi wa Tenka no Mawarimono hilarious one shot
Kimi wa Kirakira
Yuru Koi
Anya Kouro
Hana ni Arashi
Hana wa Knife o Mi ni Matou

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Post #546833
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4:01 pm, Apr 21 2012
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Not much of a hidden gem, but it seems you haven't read it yet:
Please Save My Earth

Dengeki Daisy is worth a read too.

Post #547042
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11:16 pm, Apr 22 2012
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I third Dengeki Daisy and second Kanata Kara ^^
Kingyo Sou short but amazing
Cat Street very underrated
Koi Dano Ai Dano my new favorite

Edit: Ahh, just realized this was shoujo! Replica is entirely different than these, but I find it intriguing.

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