Shôjo (romance)

 

 

5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai
YA FIC SHINKAI

Takaki Tohno quickly befriends Akari Shinohara when she transfers to his school. They grow closer to each other due to similar interests and attitudes; for instance, they both prefer to stay inside during recess due to their constitutions. As a result, they form a strong bond.

 

Peach Girl by Miwa Ueda
YA FIC UEDA

Momo, a high school student who is constantly misunderstood, has had a secret crush on Toji for years, but she must try to keep her so-called friend Sae from finding out because it has become obvious that Sae wants everything Momo admires.

 

Beauty Pop by Arai, Kiyoko
YA FIC ARAI

Even though she is trying to stay away from the Scissors Project, Kiri Koshiba may need to display her talents and help Tsuyoshi Niida compete in a hairstyling competition.

 

Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase
YA FIC WATASE

Shy Riiko has been rejected too many times by cute guys, so when she's offered a free trial of a mysterious Nightly Lover, she takes it. A package appears at her door with a naked guy who wants to be her boyfriend.

 

Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova
YA FIC CHMAKOVA

When Christie settles in the Artist Alley of her first anime convention, she sees it as an opportunity to promote the comic she has started with her boyfriend. But the conventions are never what you expect and soon the whirlwind of events sweeps Christie off her feet and changes her life.

 

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Tkaya
YA FIC OKAZAKI

Tohru Honda is an orphaned teenager who comes to live with the Sohma family in exchange for housekeeping duties, but she soon comes to know the family secret.

 

Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori
YA FIC HATORI

A poor girl at a rich kids’ school ends up working for the Ouran High School’s most upscale club and gets mistaken for a boy! One day, Haruhi, breaks an $80,000 vase that belongs to the “Host Club,” a mysterious campus group consisting of six superrich (and gorgeous) guys. To pay back the damages, she is forced to work for the club, and it’s there that she discovers just how wealthy the boys are and how different they are from everybody.

 

Shonen (action)

 

 

Attack on Titan. 1 by Hajime Isayama
YA FIC ISAYAMA

For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming human-kind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about change everything.

 

Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura
YA FIC SAMURA

Manji, a ronin warrior of feudal Japan, has been cursed with immortality and to rid his eternal suffering and lift the curse, he must slay one thousand enemies, and his quest begins with a young girl who seeks revenge on her parents' killers.

 

Bleach by Tite Kubo
YA FIC KUBO

Ichigo Kursaki has always seen ghosts, but the day he meets Rukai Kuciki changes everything. When the Soul Reaper lends him some of her power to fight a Hollow—a soul-eating spirits that’s drawn to psychic people—he takes it all, weakening her and making himself a Soul Reaper in the process. Now, it’s his job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits- find peace.

 

Genju no Seiza by Matsuri Akino
YA FIC AKINO
Presents the adventures of Kamishina, who discovers that he is the reincarnated spiritual ruler of the little-known country of Dhalashar.

 

GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) by Tohru Fujisawa
YA FIC FUJISAWA

Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old ex-biker, decides that he is going to become the best teacher in the world but his class is full of bullies, blackmailers, and sadists. (1998 Kodansha Manga Award for shonen.)

 

 

Ichiro by Ryan Inzana
YA FIC INZANA

Ichiro, the son of a fallen American soldier, relocates with his mother to her ancestral Japan, where after visiting temples with his grandfather, he experiences a supernatural encounter that teaches him about the natures of humans, gods, and war.

 

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
YA FIC KISHIMOTO

In the village of Konohagakure, school is literally a battlefield where classmates are ninjas in training competing to become the greatest ninja in the land.

 

One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
YA FIC ODA

When Monkey D. Luffy accidentally gains the power to stretch like rubber at the cost of never being able to swim again, he and his crew of pirate wannabes set off in search of the "One Piece," the greatest treasure in the world.

 

 

Horror Manga (monsters, ghosts, vampires, etc.)

 

Chibi Vampire by Yuna Kagesaki
YA FIC KAGESAKI

Karin is a cute little girl who also happens to be a vampire with a twist. Once a month, she experiences intense bleeding from her nose. So rather than stealing blood from humans she actually gives her blood to them. If done right, this can be an extremely positive experience that benefits the “victim” as much as the vampire. The problem is that Karin never seems to do things right!

 

Death Note by Tsugumi Oba
YA FIC OBA

When high school student Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a Shinigami death god, he discovers that any person whose name is written in it dies, so Light decides to use the notebook to rid the world of evil.

 

 

Uzumaki. 1, Spiral into Horror by Junji Ito¯
YA FIC ITO

Kuro^zu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: "uzumaki," the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world which causes the inhabitants to go mad.

 

Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino
YA FIC HINO

Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of Cross Academy, a school attended by two groups: the Day Class and the Night Class. It is their duty to protect the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires.

 

Inuyasha by Ramiko Takahashi
YA FIC TAKAHASHI

Follow the adventures of high school student Kagome and the feral half-demon dog-boy, Inuyasha, as they join forces to reclaim the “Jewel of Four Souls” to prevent evil mortals and demons from using its terrifying powers.

 

 

Updated October 2013