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    c4puNk is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Suzuka ISN'T a harem manga. Far from it, in fact. It's good up to a certain point. The ending is kinda rushed. Decent manga, though.

    Back to the topic: how about Love Hina? Any of the female character there is more dominating than Keitaro .

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    The short 2-volume man hua Show Me the Money, about a rich kid who just became bankrupt, had to transfer to a public school, and immediately became the debtor/personal slave of the school's girl boss.

    Lilim's Kiss talks about a young man who gets saddled with a succubus living with him because of a cosmic mishap. Along the same line, we've got To-LOVE-Ru, which basically substitutes an alien princess instead. (Heck, even Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura has the same thing...) Alternatively, Faeries Landing goes for a female fairy, with a bonus psycho stalker ex-girlfriend thrown in.

    You know, it appears to me that most harem manga would have at least one character like this - usually it's the tsundere girl or the strong girl, whichever is appropriate. Naru from Love Hina, Satsuki from Ichigo 100%, Tenmaku from Love & Collage, etc. Basically, as long as you've got a weak male lead, the females automatically dominate him. And you'll never find a more complete collection of milktoast heroes than in the realms of harem manga.

    Of course, there are also series like Ranma 1/2 and School Rumble, which feature multiple strong female personalities and a complex web of relationships. There the trouble is not that there aren't enough dominating females... rather, there are too many.

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    There's always Ah! My Goddess.
    And what about Jun'ai Tokkou Taichou? The heroine is really strong.
    And you can not say that Sunako from Perfect Girl Revolution has an easy personality-but love relationship is not so clear.
    Oh, and Her Majesty's Dog. She is master, he is her dog.

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    Welcome to the NHK is an obvious answer. The main character is dominated by his crazy otaku nieghbour, his paranoid sempai, a naive younger spoiled girl and by his own mental problems. Despite all of this it is a pure laugh fest with occasional interesting insights into human psychology. Or so they say.

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    Oh, right -- Her Majesty's Dog is exactly what I was trying to remember. That.
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    hmm I think Kimi wa Pet can be counted right? I haven't finished reading it though. The female lead literally treats the guy as his pet. XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by echoblaze View Post
    black lagoon
    Huh!? As in, Levy & Rock?? Black Lagoon is like, 99&#37; violence, fun and weird stuff. 1% romance <_<

    She gets interested in him a bit later on but it's not really covered at all.

    Great manga/anime though, interesting characters.
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    Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions. Especially dizzcity with your detailed descriptions. I've seen Black Lagoon and liked it, though it was more about the action than the romance.

    As for harem anime, I realize the strong female is usually there but there are so many other romantic interests that it weakens the ties to the dominating female. Something that is definitely a harem anime but goes against this norm is Zero no Tsukaima. I enjoyed everything about the main characters' relationship.

    I'll definitely check out Her Majesty's Dog as it sounds choice. And dizzcity, your analysis was spot on, so I'm going to take pretty much all your suggestions.

    I was wondering if this humble thread could be given new life? Please include any more suggestions, this time not limited to just manga. Anime, manga, and even live action stuff is very welcome.

    Thanks everyone!

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    ooh... now that you've opened up to anime, more to add, more to add!

    Allison and Lillia, an ongoing anime series right now. Allison and Wilhelm are childhood friends in a country that's at war. Allison is a bright, strong-willed and adventurous fighter pilot for the military, while Wil is a quiet, modest but extremely intelligent student. Every school holiday, Allison would drag Wil off onto another one of her adventures. And bit by bit, they change the world. (The first half of the series talks about Allison, the second half talks about Lillia, her daughter.)

    Rozen Maiden features Jun, a middle-school-aged boy who's retreated from the world and dares not go out. One day, he receives a mysterious box, which upon opening reveals a beautifully-made female doll. This doll, named Shinku, comes alive and declares herself as one of the Rozen Maidens, a group of dolls made by the dollmaster Rozen, and fated to fight all of her sisters. Shinku then starts ordering Jun around. Bit-by-bit, however, Jun and Shinku come to understand each other and grow into their relationship, as more Rozen Maidens turn up. Two seasons of anime, 7 volumes of manga. The ending of the first anime season is especially well-done.

    Spice & Wolf tells the story of a travelling merchant, Craft Lawrence, who encounters the wolf goddess Horo. After she's no longer wanted by farmers who are more obsessed with new farming technology than living in harmony with nature, Horo hires Lawrence to take her back to her home mountains. In the meantime, as they travel together through various difficulties, they begin to develop some affections for each other... but can a man really fall in love with a wolf goddess?

    Haha... I just remembered something. If you want a really strong (though completely silly) case of dominating females, I suggest reading the Girls Saurus manga. Very ecchi, though. Essentially, the main character has a huge trauma because a very fat girl who liked him confessed her love by baring herself naked... and when he rejected her, she beat him up. Now everywhere he encounters girls, he sees dangerous monsters instead. So what happens when he's forcibly recruited into the girls' boxing club, who throw themselves enthusiastically into trying to cure him? XD

    Hmm... aside from that, Mahoraba is a pretty decent harem-and-yet-not-a-harem romance. Art college student Shiratori Ryuushi goes to live at an apartment complex run by his second cousin Aoba Kozue. Luckily for Shiratori, Kozue seems to have feelings for him. Unluckily for Shiratori, Kozue also has multiple personality disorder, which is triggered by moments of strong emotion or stress. Some of the personalities are pretty wild, and drive him to distraction. But can Shiratori pull through and be able to heal Kozue's fractured heart? (11 manga volumes complete, 1 season of anime which ends about 2/3rds through the manga)

    And I'm still wondering if the Full Metal Panic! series should be mentioned in this... ah, why not? Chidori Kaname and Sagara Sousuke live very different lives. Chidori is a bright, beautiful, very strong-willed head-of-her-class high school girl. Sousuke is an orphaned teenage mercenary, brought up in war-torn countries and trained to pilot giant mecha called Arm Slaves. When Chidori is rumored to have hidden knowledge of "Black Technology" inside her head and targeted by terrorists, Sousuke is assigned an undercover mission to protect her. Unfortunately, he has no idea how to behave like a "normal" high school student. All hell breaks loose in Jindai High. (Numerous light novel volumes, manga adaptation, and 3 seasons of anime so far. The second season "Fumoffu", is the one for you to watch.)

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    I would also recommend Kaichou wa Maid-Sama (The President is a Maid). It's about a female Student Council President in a co-ed school that used to be an all-boys school. Of course, in order to run them, she has to be super-tough. Except, she has a secret job: she works in a maid cafe. This one is definitely a romance.
    Hellsing may not fit the criteria of a romance or shoujo, but there are two very strong and capable women: Integra Hellsing and Victoria.
    Noir, which is an anime (I don't know if there is a manga to this) is about two women who are also assassins and may or may not belong to a secret society. Not really romance, but there is a strong lesbian vibe going on throughout.
    Beauty Pop isn't really about a dominating girl as it is about an indifferent girl who, strangely enough, seems to conquer quite a few guys. It's cute, but not a particularly weighty manga.
    Cowboy Bebop has the famous Faye Valentine. Not really a romance, unless you consider Spike and Julia.

 

 
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