Top 10 Romance Manga of 1990


1. Basara

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Basara is a post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure series and one of the most popular shoujo manga of the 90s in Japan. It is the story of how a young girl becomes "the child of destiny" and finds the strength to free her people and seek revenge for the death of her brother.

(Source: Viz)

Note: Won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo in 1992.


2. Living Game

Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life

Raizo Fuwa is a 25-year-old salaryman living in a cramped home and working in a crowded office in Tokyo. His hopes for improved conditions are dashed when the new office building his company is supposed to move into is condemned as unsafe because the construction company has been cutting corners. Since the old building is already being demolished, they have no choice but to "temporarily" move the office into Fuwa's new flat. The final complication arrives in the form of the new employee Izumi Hiyama, a high school dropout the boss has promised to take care of as a favour to her family. No landlords are willing to rent to a 15-year-old girl, so she too has to move into Fuwa's home/office.


3. Itazura na Kiss

Comedy, Romance, Drama

Ever since she entered high school, Kotoko Aihara wanted to be in the same class as Naoki Irie. The only problem, Irie is the smartest student in school while Kotoko is one of the dumbest. Now in 3rd year high school, she still isn't there. One day, her home gets destroyed and the only place else to go was to Irie's home. Now that she lives close to him, will their relationship be the same, or will it become greater than it is?

Included one-shots:
Volume 01: Boku ga Naku
Volume 20: Pink no Yuki ga Futtara

4. Owaru Koi ja Nee Daro




6. Uchi ni Oide yo

Drama, Romance, Slice of Life

A story about two people who share the same room right from the day they first meet.

(Source: MangaUpdates)

7. Botan Dourou


8. Kazeoh

Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The story is about a girl who was the reincarnation of Princess Alaia of the contient of Mu. The princess was persued by the god of water and the god of fire. She opted to marry the god of earth to end the dispute, but fell in love with Kazeoh (the god of air) before the marriage.

(Source: MangaUpdates)

9. Ringo no UFO


10. Amai Seikatsu

Comedy, Ecchi, Romance

The complicated story of a young man who goes to work for a lingerie company.

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