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Post #566066
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6:36 pm, Aug 15 2012
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I looked around the forums but couldn't find anything quite like what I was hoping for.

I'm looking for well written manga with a tragedy tag that doesn't end unhappily.

I like a healthy amount of angst, but if I invest my emotions into the characters of a manga I want to walk away at the end of it feeling happy about having read it. I don't mind if the tragedy is partway through and the story continues on long enough for the other characters come to terms with the loss and move on.

Bittersweet is fine partway through, but the ending should be mostly sweet.

Any genre is fine, as long as:

Must haves -
* Decent plot and/or characters.
* Sad beginning or middle. Happy end
* Romance of any kind whatsoever - even super subtle (like No.6)

Can't haves -
* Incomprehensible or silly plot
* Mind break
* If it deals with multiple relationships, the tragic relationship is not the main or final couple so you get a chance to see the surviving character be happy again (like Biyaku Cafe).

Would prefer to have little-to-no -
* Love triangles
* Misunderstanding driven plot
* Harem
* Ecchi (smut, adult, and mature is fine)

Some examples: (Spoilers ahead, of course)

Love Mode
Under Grand Hotel
Fullmetal Alchemist
Kitchen no Ohimesama
Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu
Biyaku Cafe

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A dignified

6:48 pm, Aug 15 2012
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Um... kinda tired atm; I'll see if I can add more later.

"People don't change, they just give in."
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Post #566069
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6:51 pm, Aug 15 2012
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threads of time
hiiro no isu
kagen no tsuki
please save my earth
fairy cube
endless world
kiss me princess
let dai
angel sanctuary
arigatou - might be considered as mind break

if there is an option between "to do" and "not to do", I will always choose the latter.

"what kind of crazy, twisted conclusion is that...?" - banana bread no puding
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7:36 pm, Aug 15 2012
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Post #566078
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Noblesse Forever!

7:48 pm, Aug 15 2012
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Bitter Virgin
Will edit post when I remember more.

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Post #566088

8:27 pm, Aug 15 2012
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I'm not quite sure if shoujo is the type of thing you are going for but KITCHEN PRINCESS[m] is a tragedy with a happy ending. sorry if that doesn't help :/

Post #566116
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11:04 pm, Aug 15 2012
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Cross Game
Please Save My Earth
Angel Sanctuary

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Post #566119 - Reply to (#566078) by strixflash

11:13 pm, Aug 15 2012
Posts: 58

I can't really call that a happy ending...

It's not a sad ending, I guess... but hardly a "happy" one.

Post #567425
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4:59 am, Aug 25 2012
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Thanks for all these, been working my way through. I think my favourites so far are Fairy Cube, Kiss Me Princess, Let Dai and Bitter Virgin

Would love more, if anyone has any ideas?

Post #567582

6:43 am, Aug 26 2012
Posts: 299

watashitachi no shiawase na jikan

endings are pretty bittersweet for both of those. but happy enough for me at least biggrin

Post #567601

12:06 pm, Aug 26 2012
Posts: 26

Bokurano, a realistic manga about a group of kids, chosen to save the world by battling giant robots. Bittersweet? Definitely.

watashitachi no shiawase na jikan

endings are pretty bittersweet for both of those. but happy enough for me at least

These aren't bad too!

Post #568874
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5:25 am, Sep 5 2012
Posts: 25

How about Love in the Mask?
This was one of my fav mangas for a long time, though it's a little cheesy.
It's nice and long too, and VERY romantic.
Another is Cut, but its a yaoi.
Since there were some in your list, I assumed it would be okay.
Hope I helped! biggrin

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Post #661311
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4:05 am, Feb 9 2015
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I kinda wanna revive this I'll recommend Real Fake Princess.

Post #661731
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1:44 am, Feb 17 2015
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Scrapped princess will have you crying for her in almost every chapter, but the ending is worth it.

Baku story! Super sad but has a happy ending!
Good ending (GE)
Child hazard was really short but super cute
Don't know if you will like this one, but try shin Angyo no onshi. (The girl does wear a really really really slutty outfit, but if you ignore that and read past the first few chapters then you'll start to notice what a great manga it is) p.s it does have a love story for the mc, and if you read long enough the mc will teach you what true love really is, and you'll be bawling and absolutely in love with him by the end. Or at least, I was ! <3

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