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Post #579424
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11:42 am, Dec 4 2012
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I'm looking for a manga where the two leads (girl&guy) have a romantic relationship that is slowly building. Slowly not as in taking like 30 volumes to develop but also not just falling in love so quickly.
I don't mind that early on they are already dating/engaged/married (for certain reasons) but they do not have any romantic feelings or little, but after a while the romantic feelings start developing, but even if they start liking each other, they don't know how to express their feelings therefore acting cold or uncaring to each other. (I'd prefer for the lead guy to be like that.)

I want in their romance, conflicts (to show that their relationship is slowly building up, maturing) in it but I don't want 'outside' conflicts.
'Outside' meaning:
-No parents meddling with their relationship, "You can't be with him/her 'cause you're poor."
-No love triangles, I hate it that a girl/guy is meddling with the relationship. But I don't mind if it doesn't affect the relationship much.
EDIT: Not affecting meaning that they are basically insignificant, the guy/girl does not care one bit about the other girl/guy, they won't go on dates, having dinner/lunch or whatever, completely ignored by the main characters.

Anyways, the conflict I'm looking for is more like trust issues or not knowing how to express feelings or even some trivial stuff like, forgetting birthdays etc. I want problems that are between themselves.

Please no cheesy stuff between the two characters when they express their love. No stuff like, "I can't live without you!" and an example of what I hate a lot is the two main characters in Love in the Mask, I don't ever want to read a manga that has a romance like that again,,I'm not saying about the forbidden part but how lovesick they acted towards each other, it was like the end of the world if they didn't have each other. I want them to show their love with little actions such as secretly doing/helping each other, not screaming words like, "You're the only one for me!"

Some other stuff I'd like for the manga:
-Happy ending of course!
-No annoying girl character
-No weak guy character
-Preferably completely scanlated manga or at least regularly updated.
-I'd prefer that the main girl falls in love first
-The story focuses solely on the main leads romance, not multiple relationships/protagonists and all that.

An example that is similar to this, I think would be the drama "It started with a kiss." I know there is the manga, but I haven't read it and I don't plan to because I don't like reading something where I know the story.

I know that I wrote so much 'requirements' and I know there might not even be any manga that fits it, but I hope that most of the bold parts would be in the manga.

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Lost Cow

1:08 pm, Dec 4 2012
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Ao Haru Ride eyes Well, it's not complete, but I'm sure there'll be a happy ending.

Post #579434
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2:37 pm, Dec 4 2012
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Try reading Oishii Kankei. Maybe it will suit your taste preferences.

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Manga Crusader

3:20 pm, Dec 4 2012
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Ai Hime - Ai to Himegoto Completed-It is a relatively short series (13 chapters) but because the two leads are legally niece and uncle, they are at first hesitant...
Boku No Hatsukoi Wo Kimi Ni Sasagu Completed- There is some interference such as parents/love triangle, but the major plot point of this series is the male lead has a fatal heart condition and the obstacles surrounding that (it is classified as tragedy but is a VEEERY Happy Ending)
Mou Hitori no MarionetteCompleted- Deals with an actress and a Director who love each other but the Director suffers from multiple personality disorder

I have more, but these unfortunately are more focused on external interferences such as the ones you have mentioned

This is all I can really suggest for now

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Post #579438
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3:26 pm, Dec 4 2012
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Fruits Basket T_T This manga is top sh*t
Skip Beat... and it's still building...
Happy Cafe

As they played the game...I waited for someone to call "onigiri." But no one called. I was very little then. I had almost forgotten about that. [...] But they knew...there would never be room for an a fruits basket.
-Tohru Honda, Fruits Basket
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6:36 pm, Dec 4 2012
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How about Dengeki Daisy? It should fit most (if not all) of what you requested.

It's still ongoing though...

Post #579454

8:27 pm, Dec 4 2012
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maybe melo holic. no love triangles but meddling which doesn't affect the relationship.

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Post #579500

7:44 am, Dec 5 2012
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Last game

edit: Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji , i think this suits you

Post #579503
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8:41 am, Dec 5 2012
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I second Ao Haru Ride.
Also, Strobe Edge by the same author. It has a love triangle but it's not really that much of an influence.

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Post #579515
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12:38 pm, Dec 5 2012
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Ao Haru Ride and Dengeki Daisy and Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji is on my lists, I'm waiting for them to finish before I read it.
Oishii Kankei, I was so happy to see that there was no love triangles in the categories but I read it and that girl with the long black hair girl kept appearing and got on my nerves...not really what I'm looking for.
Ai Hime - Ai to Himegoto looks good, I'll read it soon.
Happy Cafe has a big Love Polygon in its category,,so not really what I'm looking for and I've tried Fruit Basket before but didn't like it.
Melo Holic is not shoujo or josei.
Pastel is shounen and has love triangle.
Last Game, Mou Hitori no Marionette and Boku No Hatsukoi Wo Kimi Ni Sasagu I've already read.
Skip Beat I'm already reading and I'm loving it!

I'm really grateful for all the suggestions, please keep suggesting more!

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