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    Default Looking for romance comedy manga....

    Unlike the other guy though, I don't mind a complicated plot. So far, out of what I read, I like I"s, Open Sesame (too bad animewaves isn't really scanlating it anymore), Suzuka (until the pregnancy. After that it kinda sucked), and of course Ichigo 100% (Best manga ending I've ever read I think).

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    You will definitely want to read School Rumble. ^_^ Aside from that, though, I can't think of many shounen romances that I've read... I guess you could try Love Hina, although I bet you've read that already.
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    Yep, I have. Right now I'm just lookin for a distraction from the ichigo 100% ending. Dunno why it's so depressing o_O.

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    poor one...read some OP or bleach hehe that'll server as a good disctraction.try to read Ai kora


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    Quote Originally Posted by .Frozen View Post
    Yep, I have. Right now I'm just lookin for a distraction from the ichigo 100% ending. Dunno why it's so depressing o_O.
    It's probably depressing because: (a) You were not a supporter of the final pairing and wanted one of the other girls to pair up with Manaka (Ichigo 100% has one of the most well-developed and well-balanced love quadrangles in shounen romance, IMHO), or (b) the ending with the final pairing didn't go as far as you hoped it would (which was what depressed me), or (c) Manaka could have resolved the situation a lot faster and without a lot of heartache if he were just a little bit more honest and behaved like a man (compare him to Open Sesame's Yamato, for example... Yamato is respected for his openness and knowledge of how to act like a man. Manaka is constantly scolded for being a wuss, and that caused a bitter tang to the ending because of the other girls' feelings).

    But anyway, enough about Ichigo 100%.

    As Digi and 3955elits said, School Rumble and Ai Kora (a.k.a. Love Collage) are excellent shounen romantic comedies. Both of them focus on the comedy aspects of the series more than the romance, though. Let me try to give you ones with more romantic elements to them:

    You can try Pretty Face. Pretty Face is about Randoh Musashi, a high-school delinquent who just happens to be a genius at karate. On his way back from a tournament, he gets into a bad accident and wakes up one year later to find out that his surgeon has put a girl's face on him. This face happens to be that of the girl he had a crush on, Kurimi Rina, whose photo he kept in his wallet. Worse yet, when Randoh goes out to find out what happened in the last year, Rina spots him and mistakes him for her missing twin sister, Kurimi Yuna! Now, Randoh is stuck living in the same house as the girl he has a crush on, pretending to be her twin sister while desperately trying to pick up the pieces of his life. Completed at 52 chapters, available here at StopTazmo.

    Also, go for Maison Ikkoku if you haven't read it yet. It's simply one of the best (if not the Best) shounen/seinen romantic comedies in the last three decades. You'll definitely not be disappointed by the ending of this one. Yuusaku Godai is a ronin attempting to enter college, but he is constantly being distracted and harassed by his neighbours in the apartments of Maison Ikkoku. He is just about to move out when a new, beautiful landlady arrives - Kyoko Otonashi. Godai instantly falls in love, but he soon learns that there's a bigger hurdle than expected - Kyoko just recently became a widow and still loves her deceased husband dearly. How can one penniless college failure become a man that can replace the memory of a beloved husband - especially when he's got neighbours like the ones who live in Maison Ikkoku? A story told through 5 years of character development and 9 bunko volumes, complete.

    If you want something in a similar vein but a little gentler and slower, try Mahoraba. Shiratori Ryuushi is an art college student who moves into a new apartment which is managed by his distant cousin, Aoba Kozue, a high school girl. After seeing how Kozue has grown up, Shiratori finds himself being attracted to her, but soon comes across a major problem. Kozue has multiple-personality disorder, and when she is subjeced to great emotional stress, she changes into one of her many other personalities. Added to that is the zany residents also living in the same set of apartments, each of which have their own lives and issues to deal with. Can Shiratori pursue his romance with Kozue over the divisions of her personalities and the antics of the neighbours? And how can Kozue be healed? This series is completed in the raw, but scanlations are still ongoing (I think they're at volume 12 now...).

    Another series that's very different to the ones above (but equally good, I feel) is Salad Days. Instead of being a continuous story, Salad Days is actually an 18-volume anthology of short stories dealing with love of all kinds - young love, old love, forgotten love, everlasting love, bittersweet love, unrequited love, sacrificial love, tragic love, and love triumphant. Most of the stories are set around middle school and high school, with a few going on into college and the workplace. And some characters from previous stories also reappear in subsequent stories. Eventually, one particular couple (Futaba x Yuuki) is formed within Salad Days and their relationship is tracked off-and-on throughout the series, with their personal ending climax serving as the finishing move of the entire series (and a very satisfying ending it is, too). Completely scanlated in 18 volumes.

    And let's not forget my favourite manga-ka, Mitsuru Adachi. He writes mainly shounen sports/romances, with some comedy elements mixed in. I can probably recommend you every one of his series, but let's just start off with Rough first. Rough tells the story of Keisuke Yamato, national high school freestyle swimming bronze medallist, and Ami Ninomiya, a gymnast-turned-high-diver. The Yamatos and the Ninomiyas own rival bakery chains, and their families have been at odds for generations, so when Keisuke and Ami enter the same high school and swimming club, sparks start to fly. In spite of that, however, the two are drawn to each other and a friendship starts to form. With an extremely well-developed cast of supporting characters, Rough is an excellent story that follows the developing relationship between Keisuke and Ami throughout their high school years. 12 volumes, completely scanlated. I think all the chapters are here on StopTazmo, but I'm not sure.

    That's all for now. Of course, there are still far more shounen romantic-comedies out there, but these are some of the best in the bunch... and the rest can follow as you finish these. (Btw, how open are you to shoujo romantic comedies? That's another big genre...)

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    Romance... Comedy... Hm... Welcome to the NHK. That's my view on romance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzcity View Post
    It's probably depressing because: (a) You were not a supporter of the final pairing and wanted one of the other girls to pair up with Manaka (Ichigo 100% has one of the most well-developed and well-balanced love quadrangles in shounen romance, IMHO), or (b) the ending with the final pairing didn't go as far as you hoped it would (which was what depressed me), or (c) Manaka could have resolved the situation a lot faster and without a lot of heartache if he were just a little bit more honest and behaved like a man (compare him to Open Sesame's Yamato, for example... Yamato is respected for his openness and knowledge of how to act like a man. Manaka is constantly scolded for being a wuss, and that caused a bitter tang to the ending because of the other girls' feelings).

    But anyway, enough about Ichigo 100%.

    As Digi and 3955elits said, School Rumble and Ai Kora (a.k.a. Love Collage) are excellent shounen romantic comedies. Both of them focus on the comedy aspects of the series more than the romance, though. Let me try to give you ones with more romantic elements to them:

    You can try Pretty Face. Pretty Face is about Randoh Musashi, a high-school delinquent who just happens to be a genius at karate. On his way back from a tournament, he gets into a bad accident and wakes up one year later to find out that his surgeon has put a girl's face on him. This face happens to be that of the girl he had a crush on, Kurimi Rina, whose photo he kept in his wallet. Worse yet, when Randoh goes out to find out what happened in the last year, Rina spots him and mistakes him for her missing twin sister, Kurimi Yuna! Now, Randoh is stuck living in the same house as the girl he has a crush on, pretending to be her twin sister while desperately trying to pick up the pieces of his life. Completed at 52 chapters, available here at StopTazmo.

    Also, go for Maison Ikkoku if you haven't read it yet. It's simply one of the best (if not the Best) shounen/seinen romantic comedies in the last three decades. You'll definitely not be disappointed by the ending of this one. Yuusaku Godai is a ronin attempting to enter college, but he is constantly being distracted and harassed by his neighbours in the apartments of Maison Ikkoku. He is just about to move out when a new, beautiful landlady arrives - Kyoko Otonashi. Godai instantly falls in love, but he soon learns that there's a bigger hurdle than expected - Kyoko just recently became a widow and still loves her deceased husband dearly. How can one penniless college failure become a man that can replace the memory of a beloved husband - especially when he's got neighbours like the ones who live in Maison Ikkoku? A story told through 5 years of character development and 9 bunko volumes, complete.

    If you want something in a similar vein but a little gentler and slower, try Mahoraba. Shiratori Ryuushi is an art college student who moves into a new apartment which is managed by his distant cousin, Aoba Kozue, a high school girl. After seeing how Kozue has grown up, Shiratori finds himself being attracted to her, but soon comes across a major problem. Kozue has multiple-personality disorder, and when she is subjeced to great emotional stress, she changes into one of her many other personalities. Added to that is the zany residents also living in the same set of apartments, each of which have their own lives and issues to deal with. Can Shiratori pursue his romance with Kozue over the divisions of her personalities and the antics of the neighbours? And how can Kozue be healed? This series is completed in the raw, but scanlations are still ongoing (I think they're at volume 12 now...).

    Another series that's very different to the ones above (but equally good, I feel) is Salad Days. Instead of being a continuous story, Salad Days is actually an 18-volume anthology of short stories dealing with love of all kinds - young love, old love, forgotten love, everlasting love, bittersweet love, unrequited love, sacrificial love, tragic love, and love triumphant. Most of the stories are set around middle school and high school, with a few going on into college and the workplace. And some characters from previous stories also reappear in subsequent stories. Eventually, one particular couple (Futaba x Yuuki) is formed within Salad Days and their relationship is tracked off-and-on throughout the series, with their personal ending climax serving as the finishing move of the entire series (and a very satisfying ending it is, too). Completely scanlated in 18 volumes.

    And let's not forget my favourite manga-ka, Mitsuru Adachi. He writes mainly shounen sports/romances, with some comedy elements mixed in. I can probably recommend you every one of his series, but let's just start off with Rough first. Rough tells the story of Keisuke Yamato, national high school freestyle swimming bronze medallist, and Ami Ninomiya, a gymnast-turned-high-diver. The Yamatos and the Ninomiyas own rival bakery chains, and their families have been at odds for generations, so when Keisuke and Ami enter the same high school and swimming club, sparks start to fly. In spite of that, however, the two are drawn to each other and a friendship starts to form. With an extremely well-developed cast of supporting characters, Rough is an excellent story that follows the developing relationship between Keisuke and Ami throughout their high school years. 12 volumes, completely scanlated. I think all the chapters are here on StopTazmo, but I'm not sure.

    That's all for now. Of course, there are still far more shounen romantic-comedies out there, but these are some of the best in the bunch... and the rest can follow as you finish these. (Btw, how open are you to shoujo romantic comedies? That's another big genre...)

    -Dizzy-
    lol, seems like we have a different taste in art for manga =P. I dunno, it just seems to me like that older classic manga look just doesn't look right =P. Just not used to it XD

    EDIT: As for shojo, I don't particularly like it >_>.

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    wooooo my first post

    anyway one that i suggest that you should watch is Seto no Hanayome. its a very funny anime and it pretty much says its a love comedy in every showing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .Frozen View Post
    lol, seems like we have a different taste in art for manga =P. I dunno, it just seems to me like that older classic manga look just doesn't look right =P. Just not used to it XD

    EDIT: As for shojo, I don't particularly like it >_>.
    Ah, well. Hopefully as you read more you'll give them a shot, because I think Rumiko Takahashi and Mitsuru Adachi are better storytellers than many of the modern mangaka out there today. But it looks like you prefer realistic rather than abstract artwork, though. Should have realised it from the works you mentioned you like. If your taste really runs towards completely realistically-detailed manga characters, then Maison Ikkoku and Rough wouldn't interest you, and probably Mahoraba is out as well. The others should still be fine. In which case, it's time to dig into my second-tier layer of romantic comedies to find three more to replace them.

    You can try Parallel. It's a short 5-volume series about a guy who confesses to the girl he likes... on the very same day that his father and her mother tell them that they (the parents) are planning to get married. Since they're travelling musicians, the parents go off and leave their children to stay together in the same house while they're gone. After all, they're soon to become brother and sister, right?
    (There is another manga - Pastel - by the same mangaka, which can be found here and which you might also like... but it's like a really dragged-out, extra-fanservice-y neverending version of Parallel, so I don't really recommend it except as a guilty pleasure...)

    Also here is Kagetora. Kagetora is the best young shinobi from a ninja village high up in the mountains, sent down to protect the heir to the house of martial arts masters. The trouble is, the current heir is a cute high school girl his age, who is a complete klutz and terrible at martial arts. Kagetora immediately falls in love, but has been given the task of protecting her while training her in the martial arts. Can he reconcile the conflict between his duties and his feelings? Scanlations have stopped somewhere around volume 5, but the English manga publishers have also caught up and are now starting to go beyond the scanlations, so this is a good time if you want to buy.

    If you want something a little more grown-up, try Yume de Aetara, which is about a salaryman/loser who falls in love with a beautiful kindergarten school teacher, and does his best to try and win her - despite rich and handsome rivals, his own problems with other ladies who keep hanging on to him, and the general patheticness of his life. Despite the description, it really is quite a touching and funny romance. Sort of like Open Sesame in pacing and flow, except with a wimpy salaryman instead of an amateur high school boxing champion as it's main character. The scanlations are ongoing (so far they're up to 60 chapters or so, I think. And these are long chapters).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzcity View Post
    Ah, well. Hopefully as you read more you'll give them a shot, because I think Rumiko Takahashi and Mitsuru Adachi are better storytellers than many of the modern mangaka out there today. But it looks like you prefer realistic rather than abstract artwork, though. Should have realised it from the works you mentioned you like. If your taste really runs towards completely realistically-detailed manga characters, then Maison Ikkoku and Rough wouldn't interest you, and probably Mahoraba is out as well. The others should still be fine. In which case, it's time to dig into my second-tier layer of romantic comedies to find three more to replace them.

    You can try Parallel. It's a short 5-volume series about a guy who confesses to the girl he likes... on the very same day that his father and her mother tell them that they (the parents) are planning to get married. Since they're travelling musicians, the parents go off and leave their children to stay together in the same house while they're gone. After all, they're soon to become brother and sister, right?
    (There is another manga - Pastel - by the same mangaka, which can be found here and which you might also like... but it's like a really dragged-out, extra-fanservice-y neverending version of Parallel, so I don't really recommend it except as a guilty pleasure...)

    Also here is Kagetora. Kagetora is the best young shinobi from a ninja village high up in the mountains, sent down to protect the heir to the house of martial arts masters. The trouble is, the current heir is a cute high school girl his age, who is a complete klutz and terrible at martial arts. Kagetora immediately falls in love, but has been given the task of protecting her while training her in the martial arts. Can he reconcile the conflict between his duties and his feelings? Scanlations have stopped somewhere around volume 5, but the English manga publishers have also caught up and are now starting to go beyond the scanlations, so this is a good time if you want to buy.

    If you want something a little more grown-up, try Yume de Aetara, which is about a salaryman/loser who falls in love with a beautiful kindergarten school teacher, and does his best to try and win her - despite rich and handsome rivals, his own problems with other ladies who keep hanging on to him, and the general patheticness of his life. Despite the description, it really is quite a touching and funny romance. Sort of like Open Sesame in pacing and flow, except with a wimpy salaryman instead of an amateur high school boxing champion as it's main character. The scanlations are ongoing (so far they're up to 60 chapters or so, I think. And these are long chapters).

    -Dizzy-
    Damn, you know your manga XD. Are you a scanlator by any chance?

 

 
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