Romance manga can make your heart race with their cuteness and fluffiness as you find yourself wanting more and more. But, it can be a little bit frustrating when the manga takes dozens of chapters for the main characters to even confess their feelings and start dating.
So, I’m going to share with you some good manga where the main characters start dating early in the story. Instead of focusing on how they got together, these manga focus more on their relationship after they start dating which leaves plenty of time for relationship development.
1. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
Narumi has always had bad luck when it comes to boyfriends. Every boyfriend she’s ever had broke up with her after finding out she’s an otaku. Now, she goes to great lengths to hide her hobby.
Her secret almost got revealed when she runs into her childhood friend Hirotaka at her new job. Hirotaka is also an otaku but he’s more into games than manga and anime. She asks him to make sure her secret doesn’t get out, but he comes up with another proposal: Why don’t you just date someone who’s okay with you being an otaku? Like Me?
This one’s a really popular romance manga that you might’ve already heard of unless you’re new to the romance genre. Definitely give it a try. It’s one of my favorite Josei manga.
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2. Will You Marry Me Again if You Are Reborn?
Ever since he was a kid, Toranosuke has loved his servant Kaoru, but he never had the guts to confess, until one day, when Kaoru was arranged to marry another man. After he confessed, they slowly built a healthy relationship.
Years later, the couple has gotten old and Toranosuke is in hospital living his last months or days. So, the couple begins to reminisce about their younger days and all the time they spent together.
If you want a sweet romance manga about an adult couple without all the misunderstandings and drama, then this one’s for you. It’s set around the time world war 2 happened and it’s definitely going to make you cry a lot, especially during the war arc.
This one’s another great manga with a pretty popular anime you might already know of.
Hori Kyouko has never had time to hang out with her friends as her parents are always busy with work and she’s the one responsible for taking care of the house and her little brother.
One day, after her brother falls down and hurts himself, one of her classmates Miyamura helps him and brings him to her house. But, the Miyamura in front of her is nothing like he is in school.
In school, everyone thinks of him as a gloomy otaku, but he actually has all kinds of tattoos and piercings. So, their friendship starts which soon turns into something more.
4. My Love Story with Yamada-kun at Lv999
This one was recently adapted into an anime, so, you can choose either the manga or the anime, whichever one you prefer. It’s about a heartbroken kind girl and an oblivious boy who’s only interested in games.
Akane started playing an online game called Forest of Savior just because her boyfriend liked it. But, her boyfriend dumps her after falling in love with a girl he met in the game. Despite her broken heart, she logs into the game one last time and ends up venting out her anger at a player named Yamada.
She attends a gaming convention hoping to make her ex jealous and runs into Yamada, who turns out to be a really popular and handsome guy in real life. After getting drunk, she wakes up in his bed.
5. Ase to Sekken
Yae got her dream job at Lilia Drop, one of the biggest manufacturers of women’s cosmetics. The reason she loves this company is because of her slightly more sweaty body than the average which leaves a body odor she’s ashamed of and the company’s products are the only thing that can help mask it.
One day, she catches the attention of Naroti Koutarou, the man behind all the products she uses. Out of nowhere, he asks to smell her. He intends to use her unique smell to create a new product and for that, he needs to smell her!!
6. Boarding School Juliet
Dahlia Academy is a prestigious school for the rich and talented attended by students from the enemy nations, the eastern Nation of Touwa, and the Principality of West.
The conflicts between the two nations have reached the academy and its students. The students are now divided into two sides with either one trying to bring the other side down.
Romio Inuzuka is the Touwa side’s leader and no one knows that he is actually in love with Juliet Persia, the leader of their enemies side. He manages to confess to her and to his surprise she accepts. But, they can’t let anyone know about their secret relationship cause if they did, there will be serious consequences.
7. Futari Ashita mo Sorenari ni
Alt. Title: It Takes Two Tomorrow, Too
After over a year of dating, 25-year-old Yuya Aida and 28-year-old Rio Aihara decide to move in together in a one-bedroom apartment. This manga follows their everyday life of living together but not yet married.
It’s a light-hearted slice-of-life romance manga with sweet characters and lovely dynamics between them. No drama, no misunderstandings, or trouble of any kind, just sweet everyday life moments.
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8. Lovesick Ellie
Eriko spends most of her time at school fantasizing about her handsome and perfect classmate Omi-kun. She also tweets her daily fantasies online using the name Lovesick Ellie.
But, one day, she overhears him talking to their teacher and realizes that he’s not as perfect as she thought. While running away, she accidentally drops her phone which Omi picks up and sees her Twitter page.
This is a super wholesome manga with a bit weird but adorable female lead.
9. High School Debut
Haruna spent her middle school on the softball team and never really cared about boys and dating. In High School, she decided that it was finally time for her to have a manga-type relationship with someone.
But, no guy ever bothers to even look her way. She’s doing something wrong and she needs to know what. So, she asks for help from Yoh, a handsome guy in her school. She begs him to be her love coach and impressed by her determination, he agrees to help on the condition that she promises not to fall for him.
10. Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie
Izumi’s girlfriend Shikimori is extremely cute, intelligent, and strong but, at times she can easily go from cute to dangerously cool, and Izumi likes to be around when that happens. They walk home together, hold hands, tease each other, and make memories of their high school days.
11. Around 30 dakedo, Hatsukoi desu.
After her friend introduced her to Inoue-san, 28 years old Yamamoto finally got herself a boyfriend. But, Inoue is the first boyfriend she’s ever had and she has no experience whatsoever when it comes to dating.
The truth is that Inoue has never had a girlfriend either and he is just as oblivious to love as her. So, begins the wholesome romance between two people who are experiencing it for the first time.
12. Kono Kaisha ni Suki na Hito ga Imasu
Around the office people know Tateishi and Mitsuya as colleagues who fight like cats. Despite that, they’ve had feelings for each other for quite some time. After confessing, they finally start dating, but they can’t let anyone know about their relationship. So, the two started dating in secret while working in the same company.
This manga is a hidden gem you should definitely check out if you like office romances.
13. Seihantai na Kimi to Boku
Suzuki is an energetic high school girl who always goes with the flow to please everyone around her. Unlike Suzuki, her classmate Tani doesn’t bother to change himself to suit others, and somehow, she finds it charming.
She has a crush on him but can’t bring herself to say anything because she doesn’t want anyone to find out about her feelings. But, after finally working up some courage, she confessed…
14. Hayaku Shitai Futari
Yuri and Keiichiro go to neighboring schools and take the same train every day. They soon fell in love with each other and even confessed. But, Keiichiro comes from a prestigious family. Both his father and grandfather used to be presidents and the future of the family is on his shoulders.
According to his family’s rules, he can’t have any kind of sexual relationship with a woman until he turns 18 years old. So, they’ve started dating, but they can’t even hold hands…
15. Fujiyama-san wa Shishunki
Towering at 181cm Fujiyama is the tallest girl in her school. Kanba-kun has known her since they were kids. One day, with the help of his friends, tries to take a picture of the girls changing clothes and ends up seeing Fujiyama undressing.
He couldn’t get the image out of his head and finally, asked her out. Follow him as he ogles after his tall girlfriend.