Drama
Drama manga heavily emphasize their characters' emotional development. Whether by experiencing the protagonist’s emotional turmoil, viewing heated character interactions, or exploring a passionate romance, any manga that humanizes its characters through emphasizing their flaws qualifies as a Drama. (Source: Anime-Planet)
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In a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, herbivores and carnivores coexist with each other. For the adolescents of the Cherryton School, school life is filled with hope, romance, distrust, and uneasiness. The main character is Legosi the wolf, a member of the drama club. Despite his menacing appearance, he has a very gentle heart. Throughout most of his life, he has always been an object of fear and hatred by other animals, and he's been quite accustomed to that lifestyle. But soon, he finds himself becoming more involved with his fellow classmates who have their own share of insecurities and finds his life in school changing slowly.

  • Winner of the 2018 Manga Taisho Award.
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    Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by demons, people have begun to burst into flame, leading to the establishment of a special firefighting department: the Fire Force, ready to roll on a moment's notice to fight spontaneous combustion anywhere it might break out.

    One of the Fire Force teams is about to get a unique addition: Shinra, a boy who possesses the unique power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous "devil's footprints" and destroying his shoes in the process. Can the Fire Force discover the source of this strange phenomenon and put a stop to it? Or will the city burn to ashes first?

    Note: English Chapters 0 - 20 were scanlated by MangaStream and cannot be uploaded here.

    Author's Twitter: @Atsushi_Ohkubo
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    Lies are forbidden and love is doubly forbidden. In the near future, when young people in Japan turn sixteen, they are assigned a marriage partner by the government. People don't have to go through the trouble of looking for someone, and everyone accepts that the country will find a compatible partner to make them happy. Yukari Nejima is fifteen years old. He lives in a small corner of the country, and just can't seem to get ahead in life. Both academically and athletically he's below average. But within him, he hides a heart burning with passion! In this world in which love is forbidden, what will happen to him when he falls in love?
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    I've failed in this life. This is the start of my new 13 lives, together with Death.
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    Asuka is a twenty four years old successful career woman who dreams of marriage so she can become a full time housewife and someone who can create a warm home where in her husband would always be fond of returning Nanami Ryuu is the complete opposite; although he is someone sincere in his job and a gentleman to women, for him, marriage is nothing but a hindrance. To Asuka, Nanami is a person who belongs to a different world and will never connect with her own, a matter which is insignificant, because right now she expects that her dreams of married life will soon be realized since she feels her boyfriend of five years will propose to her soon…
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    A collection of surreal oneshots with a garden theme.

    Story 1, Mansion Aquarium: A sick boy finds himself in an usual situation.
    Story 2, Eureka Garden: A girl with a wild imagination is enchanted by a garden.
    Story 3, The Garden of Me: A young wife copes with a troubled marriage.
    Story 4, Two Guys in a Garden: A student gets way more than he bargained for when he visits his professor’s house.
    Story 5, A Gardener’s Day Off: A man has a peculiar encounter on his day off from work.
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    "Don't touch our mom!" Two children, a boy and a girl, block the demon boss outside. The woman he has his eyes on was not only claimed by someone else first but also has two kids! "Heart robber, get out here!" Facing the crazy roars of the king is the very pure and innocent yet sexy mother...X years ago, she was violated against her will, is that her fault? C'mon you perverted and possessive madman, she's a victim too! Huh? Why does this boy look like my own son? Could it be...

    "I spent a night with a stranger at a hotel, having mistaken him for my boyfriend under the influence of alcohol. I tried to forget about that day and start over with my boyfriend ... but after some time, I broke up with my boyfriend and became the mother of beautiful twins. After many challenges, I was chosen to be the secretary of a chairman at a large company! However, Chairman Lee is quite familiar?!"

    Scanlation Status: Thousand Smiles Scans have dropped this due to licensing.
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    Haru visits Canada to spend the summer holidays in the woodland house of his strict, strong-willed mother, Haruko. There, she burdens him with the responsibility of caring for his younger adoptive brother – a wild and unruly little boy named Ren, who trusts no-one and who prefers to wander in the woods with Haruko's dogs rather than associate other people. Haruko orders Haru to "civilize" Ren.

    As the young man strives to teach Ren how to live in human society, their relationship gradually improves – so much so that Haru plans on taking his "little brother" to Japan with him once he finds a job.

    Unfortunately, fate has a cruel habit of interfering with one's plans...
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    Saliphie, the 99th sacrifice to the terrifying demon king, learns two secrets about the king: The first, that he has been letting the sacrifices go in secret. The second, that half of his blood is that of a human. She gets to know the king's kindness and sorrow, and then it's announced that the king has taken Saliphie, who wishes to become a source of energy for the king, as his queen, and...?
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    Set in Central Asia in a rural town near the Caspian Sea during the 19th century, the story revolves around a young woman, Amir, who arrives from a distant village across the mountains to marry Karluk, a boy eight years her junior. The story unfolds among details of everyday family and community life. However, the peaceful atmosphere is disturbed when Amir's family demands to take her back to their village.

  • Won the 7th Annual Manga Taisho Award in 2014.
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    Zagan is feared as an evil mage, he is awkward and has a sharp tongue, and once again had to put down thieves that encroached on his territory when he was researching that morning. In a dark auction, he finds a white slave elf, Nephie, who holds a peerless beauty. Falling in love with her at first sight, he uses his fortune to buy her, but as poor as he is socially, he doesn’t understand how to connect with her. Thus, the clumsy cohabitation of the mage that can’t convey his love, and the slave that pines for her master but doesn’t understand how to bring it up, begins.


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    All’s fair when love is war!

    Two geniuses. Two brains. Two hearts. One battle. Who will confess their love first…?!

    Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are two geniuses who stand atop their prestigious academy’s student council, making them the elite among elite. But it’s lonely at the top and each has fallen for the other. There’s just one huge problem standing in the way of lovey-dovey bliss—they’re both too prideful to be the first to confess their romantic feelings and thus become the “loser” in the competition of love! And so begins their daily schemes to force the other to confess first!

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    The story is set in the distant future. The land is ruined, and humanity establishes the mobile fort city Plantation. Pilots produced inside Plantation live in Mistilteinn, also know as the "birdcage." Children live there knowing nothing of the outside world or the freedom of the sky. Their lives consist of battling to carry out missions. Their enemies are mysterious giant lifeforms known as Kyouryuu, and the children pilot robots called FranXX to face off against them. For the children, riding the FranXX proves their existence.

    A boy named Hiro is called Code:016, and he was once known as a prodigy. However, he has fallen behind, and his existence seems unnecessary. Not piloting a FranXX is the same as ceasing to exist. One day, a mysterious girl known as "Zero Two" appears before him. Two horns grow out of her head.
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    Ayasaki Hayate, 16, the world's unluckiest boy.
    Working hard as a child for food and school fees, his unemployed and indebted parents sold him to the yakuza for his internal organs. After temporarily escaping the criminals and contemplating the benefits of a life of crime, he was saved by a wealthy young girl, who now employs him as a live-in butler.
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    One day, out of nowhere, a gorgeous man calling himself a River God appears before Lin Lu. This Stunning beauty then begs Lin Lu to adopt him. Urging for a contract to be made between the two. What will Lin Lu decide? And can this River God's words be believed?
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    People have been created that are human-animal hybrids, and powerful businesses bet on the outcome of their duels. College student Nomoto Yuuya's casual acquaintances ask him to drive them around to pick up girls one day, which he soon finds out means by force. The girl they kidnap is an animal-human hybrid named Hitomi, who slaughters all of them except Yuuya. Hitomi is a honey badger, which has been called the most fearless of all animals. Now Hitomi is assigned to stay with Yuuya, for his protection!
    Killing Bites are underworld duels between human-animal hybrids. One beast who knows no fear will fight in this animalistic world full of fear and insanity. This ultimate battle of the beasts will shock you to your core!

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    Facing this misguided fate, Zai Min, Yong Zhu and Si Xian are all struggling in order to defend their love between each other. Who can tell them exactly what is the law to maintaining this relationship of theirs?
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    Tsugawa Tatsuya just lost his parents in an accident... but he's trying not to let that keep him too down as he starts high school.
    While trying to obey his father's final wish for him to become an upstanding man, he ends up helping a girl who was being bullied. Despite her exceedingly cold nature, he just can't leave her alone... which may not necessarily be to his benefit, as he ends up getting wrapped up in a world where things like parasitic mind-controlling bugs exist...

    [PL] Tatsuya Tsugawa traci w wypadku samochodowym oboje rodziców. Mimo, że dopiero rozpoczyna licealne życie musi pogodzić się z losem. Pierwszego dnia szkoły spotyka dziewczynę, Miyazaki Seine, która jest szykanowana przez koleżanki z klasy. Postawia jej pomóc, jednak niespodziewanie zostaje odtrącony. Wbrew woli dziewczyny drąży temat i dowiaduje się, że ta posiada w sobie tytułowego AiONa, smoka który żyje w jej ciele i żywi się Mushi, potworami z morza, które wychodzą na ląd by kontrolować ludzi. Młody multimilioner, rodzice zostawili mu spory majątek, postawia zaprzyjaźnić się z nią i oferuje schronienie w swojej wilii. Rozpoczyna się więc przygoda, która prowadzi do walki z królowymi wód – Syrenami.
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    Dias fulfilled his parents' will to help others, and kept fighting on the battlefield to that end. Now known as the "Savior Hero" from his long wartime career, he was rewarded with a vast territory from the king. After having met the horned Kijin (鬼人) girl Aruna who lives there, he begins his new slow life as a lord.


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  • Artist's Twitter: @YUMBOtsugaruno

  • Japanese Light Novel: Bookwalker
  • Japanese Web Novel: syosetu
  • Alternative Raw: Niconico manga
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    The Twelve City, a land governed by the leaders of the families who bear in their names the Chinese zodiac. In a city where youkai and humans coexist, the cat youkai who holds a grudge against the Rat Family appears in front of Nekuni Kyouichi, the head of the Rat Family. It's a malice-covered Hateful cat who is aiming for his life. But that youkai is Nekogasaki Natsuho, who's also extremely anxious around other people... Just like the saying "Curiosity killed the cat" goes, will these feelings also kill the cat?
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    A cute manga about a demon girl with her son.

    Feel the Love in it!

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    Midnight. Awakened by the echoing sound in my room, I was met with a frightening pair of "legs." Since then, as if wishing to merely make its presence known, it remained in my room without letting itself be seen. In the same way it was spreading its encircling net, little by little it encroached on my life until at last it appeared before me. Its true form was that of an exceedingly beautiful "nameless monster." Desperate resistance was futile as the monster dropped its hand towards me. I could not escape or resist. Hiding it from my skeptical lover and friends, thus opened the curtain to our strange life together. Quietly, the senses I had as a human were dying as my normal life continued to collapse. The moment I knew what was awaiting me, I was presented with an important decision.

    At the same time the monster first appeared before me, the public was disturbed by a string of bizarre murders. It was then that I began to wonder whether they and my beautiful yet eerie roommate were connected.
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    "Ethics" is the path of humanity, a principle that becomes the norm of morality. It is not necessary to learn it, but the lessons are laden with the truths of life. Cool ethics teacher Takayanagi confronts his students' problems and their beliefs.

    French :
    "L'Éthique" est une voie de l'humanité, un chemin qui définit les normes de la moralité. Il n'est pas nécessaire de l'apprendre, mais ses leçons se construisent autour des vérités de la vie. Takayanagi, le professeur d'Éthique, se confronte aux problèmes et convictions de ses élèves.
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    An omnibus collection of interconnected short stories by Douman Seiman.
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    Nakajima Atsushi was kicked out of his orphanage, and now he has no place to go and no food. While he is standing by a river, on the brink of starvation, he rescues a man whimsically attempting suicide. That man is Dazai Osamu, and he and his partner Kunikida are members of a very special detective agency. They have supernatural powers, and deal with cases that are too dangerous for the police or the military. They're tracking down a tiger that has appeared in the area recently, around the time Atsushi came to the area. The tiger seems to have a connection to Atsushi, and by the time the case is solved, it is clear that Atsushi's future will involve much more of Dazai and the rest of the detectives!

    Available in English:
    Yen Press - worldwide release
    Kadokawa Gempak Starz - Malaysian release
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    Naples, 2001. Giorno Giovanna is a small-time crook with one big dream—to become a "Gang-Star." No ordinary thief, Giorno has a connection to the remarkable Joestar bloodline, and possesses a Stand named Gold Experience. His dream starts to become reality when he meets Bruno Bucciarati, a mobster from the gang Passione and a fellow Stand user himself. Realizing that they share similar ideals, and both disagree with the gang's harmful affairs, Giorno reveals his goal to Bruno: with Bruno's help, he will reform Passione by overthrowing the boss.

    As Giorno becomes a member of Passione, and is inducted into Bruno's squad, he discovers that it is no simple gang; its numbers are teeming with Stand users. Now confronted by other squads of differing loyalties and unpredictable caliber, their goal to change the gang from the inside out will be a tough one. Taking on these adversaries, Giorno attempts to rise through the ranks and inch closer to the boss, a man who is shrouded in mystery.
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    Darren Shan's an ordinary schoolboy, until he and his best friend Steve get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a bizarre freak show featuring such arcane performers. In the midst of the ghoulish excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognises that one of the performers -- Mr Crepsley -- is in fact a vampire! That's when the hands of fate changes the lives of them forever!

    Based on the english novel series Cirque Du Freak by author Darren Shan.
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    An intelligent and domineering woman encounters a carefree, flamboyant prince at a brothel. Initially, she thinks of it as nothing more than a chance meeting, but little did she know their fates would end up being so deeply intertwined...

    "If you hold no love for me, then I will give up my love for you as well."

    A romance story about love and loss set in ancient times.
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    Ayumu Shiiba is studying for the all-important high school entrance exams. She is struggling to get by, but thankfully has help from her best friend Shii-chan, who is at the top of their class. Test results come back and their friendship falls apart when Ayumu surpasses Shii-chan’s scores and gets into her high school of choice while Shii-chan doesn’t! Losing Shii-chan is so painful for Ayumu that she starts cutting her wrists for comfort. Hoping for a fresh start, Ayumu arrives at her new high school and finally opens up to a new friend, Manami. But will Manami prove to be the friend that Ayumu truly needs or send her further in a downward spiral?

    Note: Was adapted into a 11 episode Japanese drama.

    In 2006, this manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for shoujo.
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    29-year-old programmer Suzuki Ichirou finds himself transported into a fantasy RPG. Within the game, he's a 15-year-old named Satou. At first he thinks he's dreaming, but his experiences seem very real. Due to his use of a 3-time-use special power (meteor shower), he ends up wiping out an army of lizardmen and becoming very high level. He hides his level and plans to live peacefully and meet new people, though developments in the game story (like the return of a demon king) might get in his way.
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    The useless maid, Marie, has never been able to do anything correctly. But, after caring for a dying prisoner, she becomes a person she had always wanted to be. This is the start of the capable maid, Marie.
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    In order to fulfil her mission of bringing peace to her homeland, the Uyghur Princess Amelia travels to Chang'an and marries Emperor Dezong of Tang's ninth prince, Li Qian. While she had been considered very capable in her homeland, the complex and foreign customs of the Tang court are something else entirely; and although she had not expected love in a political marriage, the sheer disinterest and arrogance of her husband is very hard to handle, no matter how capable and handsome he may be. Securing peace between the Uyghur Khaganate and the Tang Empire is not going to be easy, especially with the rebellion taking place in Tang.

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    Na esperança de unir Uighur e Tang, a Princesa Aimala deve se casar com o 9º príncipe de Tang. No entanto, Aimala está longe de ser uma princesa comum: antes de conhecer o Imperador, ela troca de lugar com sua pobre empregada para ter mais liberdade! Mas parece que o futuro marido dela não é muito tipico: ao chegar ao palácio, ele não aparece para conhecê-la! Que futuro espera esse casal que nada pensa sobre o casamento e qual será o destino de seus países trancados na guerra?!
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    One day, a four-year-old boy came to a sudden realization: the world is not fair. Eighty percent of the world's population wield special abilities, known as "quirks," which have given many the power to make their childhood dreams of becoming a superhero a reality. Unfortunately, Izuku Midoriya was one of the few born without a quirk, suffering from discrimination because of it. Yet, he refuses to give up on his dream of becoming a hero; determined to do the impossible, Izuku sets his sights on the elite hero training academy, UA High.

    However, everything changes after a chance meeting with the number one hero and Izuku's idol, All Might. Discovering that his dream is not a dead end, the powerless boy undergoes special training, working harder than ever before. Eventually, this leads to him inheriting All Might's power, and with his newfound abilities, gets into his school of choice, beginning his grueling journey to become the successor of the best hero on the planet.

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    In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush in the wilderness of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.

    Russian / Русский:

  • Winner of the 9th Manga Taisho Award in 2016.
  • Nominated for the 20th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and 40th Kodansha Manga Awards that same year.
  • Winner of the 22th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2018.


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    A volume collection of sweet, short and fun 4 pages manga for everyone to enjoy and adore.

    Chapter 1 - Kudo Makoto
    Chapter 2 - Konbu Wakame
    Chapter 3 - Akitaka
    Chapter 4 - Ikuhana Niiro
    Chapter 5 - Niichi
    Chapter 6 - Wakai Ken
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    A young Aryan wakes up in a hotel room and sees a man lying on top of her, but all she can remember is having a drink with her sister. Luckily she manages to escape from more terror, but still ends up broke. She passes out after giving birth, and when she wakes up her stepsister and stepmother can no longer be found in the hospital...

    Five years later, she moves to Ningguo as an exchange med student, and with her is her 5 year old son who walks into another kid with identical appearance.
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    “Be quiet. Shut up and live like the dead”

    Ebony Vonieck is a convicted felon for the murder of her fiance and father. While waiting for her execution in prison, she is suddenly released from her hell when she is informed that the Archduke of Schneider Castle is waiting for her. Expecting her life to become a living hell, what awaits her instead is a household of warm employees and servants. Ebony has no idea that the Archduke will help change her life.
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    In the world of magic, there lived a kind-hearted prince, Linkenel. Prince Linkenel was born with the most powerful magical power in history. His magical power was so powerful that the king had to seal that power within his body from the time he was an infant, not releasing it until the day he comes of age. On July 1024, on Linkenel’s coming-of-age ceremony, Rieswinn, the God of Water, appeared at the ceremony and attempted to abduct the prince in order to claim Linkenel’s power as his own. As Rieswinn casts his water magic in the hall, drowning everyone within it, to spare the king’s and queen’s lives, Linkenel agreed to join with Rieswinn. As they were about to depart, one of Linkenel’s best companion, a puppy named Lyle, tried to intervene. As Linkenel begged Rieswinn to keep the pup by his side, Rieswinn brutally slaughtered the puppy claiming Linkenel is now his and should not be swayed by anything else.

    Shifting to the modern world, Kanba Yoichi, the protagonist, is a high schooler who has been having dreams about Prince Linkenel, who he refers to as his master, since the passing of his mother. However, his dream has always been the same and ends exactly at the same location (where Lyle was slaughtered and Linkenel was taken away) every time for the past six years. Longing to save his “master,” he stumbles across a fortune teller, who gives him a magical coin to “let him see the sequel of the dream he has been having.” After trying to place the coin under his pillow, Yoichi finds himself in the magical world and, there, he meets with his master. And thus, the magical story of the two begins.
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    Can sensei be the heroine? Please?

    Due to a traumatic experience, I have a distrust of people called “sensei”. I, Saiki Makoto, was called by after school by the most popular and beautiful teacher at my school, Fujiki Maka-sensei.

    “I… love you” Eh– a confession out of the blue!? “Until you say you love me, I will continue to pursue you”

    Ever since then, I’ve been called by for “guidance counselling” after school, somehow watched AV together, being given excessive skin-ship, went on dates together. Over time, I gradually became conscious of Sensei…? But isn’t it bad for Sensei to go out with her student?

    A romance that is absolutely NG, the forbidden love between us two.

    Lesson start!


    Alternative Raw: http://seiga.nicovideo.jp/comic/40299

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