There’s always this thing about shojo manga that pulls me in– maybe I’m just a sucker for romance, but no matter how cheesy the plot is, I’d always fall in love with the characters. Well, most of the time. What exactly makes it so intriguing, I wonder?
Is it the heartache that we all feel when the heroine is crying? It certainly makes the male lead wake up and do something after that, and this scene never fails to appear in most shojo mangas. Speaking of these cliches, based on my experience of reading many of such mangas, let me try to name a few! :)
Male lead: A very handsome and cool guy that is popular/athletic/an honor student/ rich
Heroine: Meh. Your average girl that could want a boyfriend/hates guys/be secretly in love/moves near to male lead’s house/works at his house/harbors a shameful secret
And of course, over time and a series of accidental happenings, the male lead somehow falls desperately in love with the heroine. Somehow. And after pushing away ex-girlfriends/boyfriends and clearing away jealous girls or protective parents (together with scenes where characters fall sick-and get lovingly tended to by the other/a lot of crying/misunderstandings/love triangles), THEY END UP TOGETHER! Yay, finally! And the kiss, of course. Ahh. Read it many times, honestly, but i’ll never stop loving any of them. I mean, look:
These kind of covers which practically shout “LOVE! SHOJO! CHEESE!” simply grab my attention! I mean, look at that hot guy holding that pretty girl. With that expression. A must read!!
But then again, for those who would prefer more interesting plots (aka still cheesy shojo but with a little unique added in), Tenjou no Kajitsu is the manga for you! Well, i’m just recommending it because I happened to chance upon it recently and although the first chapter seems like your usual cheese, it gets better and better in a short while.
And for the better, different type of cool plots like:
(I mean, you can tell from the atmosphere straightaway that this is not your regular shojo. Look at the sheer coolness of the characters and their background AND THE GUY’S EVEN HOLDING A SWORD. Plus 10000 cool points)
Anyway, that picture is not actually from a manga. Sorry if anyone is disappointed (I am too..) but it just depicts how unique other shojos are! Such examples that I can think of right now would be Hana no Kishi and Dengeki Daisy. I swear I know more but that’s all I can think of right now, sorry :(
Anyway, c’mon! Spread the love of cheese! Of beautiful shojo mangas! Of stories that will never come true (sigh. That’s the only problem. They give us false expectations of reality because the characters and plot are just too awesome to be real)!
Haha, see this pretty girl? She’s from a shojo manga (manhwa actually). And see that look in her eyes? She telling you to read her story (as well as all the shojos ever made). Its called Dear My Girls by Kim Hee Eun and I just gotta say, I absolutely love the way that her characters are drawn.
Anyway, whatever it is,
Go forth, and spread the love :)