Horimiya has come a long way. It was originally a webcomic called Hori-san to Miyamura-kun, written and illustrated by the mangaka HERO – Hiroki Adachi’s real name – and posted on their website, Dokkai Ahen. After his popularity soared, HERO partnered with illustrator Daisuke Hagiwara.
The series is about Kyoko Hori and Izumi Miyamura, two high school students who have different personalities than those shown abroad. Try not to judge others by appearances and it’s a rare display of how well-written characters and a non-cliché plot can make for great romance. Here are 10 more manga to read if you are a fan of the romantic comedy manga Horimiya.
10 Real Girl – Misunderstood classmate and otaku start a 3D relationship
Real Girl is about Hikari Tsutsui and Iroha Igarashi, two completely different characters from each other. Iroha has a notorious reputation for being popular and hanging out with boys, and Hikari is an otaku who is considered disgusting by her classmates.
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However, Iroha is not like the rumors, and accepts Hikari for who she is, otaku and all. The series chronicles their romance from high school to college while dating.
9 Love at 14 – Two mature youths begin to feel something for each other
Love at 14 may be about characters younger than Horimiya, but their simmering relationship and airs for their classmates is a similar point. Both Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa are intelligent, well liked by their classmates, and are in love with each other.
However, since they are both too young to understand the concept of love and dating, their interactions can be awkward at times.
8 Daily Butterfly – A pretty girl and a quiet boy love each other for the first time
Suiren Shibazeki is always claimed by the other boys in her class, but feels uncomfortable about their attention. When she enters high school and notices the first boy who doesn’t notice her just because of her looks, she slowly begins to fall in love with him.
His name is Kouha Kawasumi, and he has no interest in Suiren; However, the more he knows her, he discovers that he is also falling in love with her.
7 Sasaki & Miyano – A fudanshi and a criminal fall in love
Miyano Yoshikazu is a fudanshi – a boy who likes to read shonen-ai, or the love of boys – who does not like his feminine face. On the other hand, Shuumei Sasaki is known throughout the school as a delinquent and his senior classmate.
Although they do not speak normally, Shuumei begins to show interest in the manga that Miyano always reads. They strike up a friendship, which little by little turns into an incipient romance.
6 My love story! – A gentle giant falls in love with an adorable girl and the two start dating.
Takeo Gouda is a high school student, but with his height and scared face, all his classmates, apart from his best friend Makoto Sunakawa, talk to him.
After saving Rinko Yamato from being mugged on a train, she falls in love with him and asks if they can be a couple. Thus begins one of the most beautiful romances of a shojo series with a male protagonist in front.
5 From me to you – A shy girl falls in love with the popular boy
From Me To You is a classic shojo series that may have a lot of cliches, but it is still one of the sweetest series to read. The series, full of fluff and with a simmering romance as its central axis, centers on Sawako Kuronuma and Shouta Kazehaya.
Although her classmates avoid Sawako because she looks like a horror character, Shouta doesn’t care and tries to get closer to her. After they become friends, a romance blooms between them, and she becomes more self-confident.
4 House Of The Sun – An Age Differential Romance In A Sliced Life Story
Mao Motomiya does not have a sunny life. Her mother abandoned her and her father remarried, leaving her alone. However, when her childhood friend and neighbor Hiro Nakamura finds her in a depressed state, he offers her his home to experience what is supposed to be a normal family life: warm and happy.
However, her growing feelings for Hiro and the question of fixing her relationship with her father remain at the center of this life story.
3 Daytime Shooting Star – A student falls into a love triangle with a classmate and her teacher
Suzume Yosano moves from the countryside to the big city, where only surprises await her. After her parents tell her to move to her uncle’s house, she realizes that the man who helped her get there – Satsuki Shishio – is none other than one of her acquaintances, aside from her class teacher.
Things get even more complicated as he gets used to city life, his burgeoning feelings for his teacher, and the advances of another classmate.
2 Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku – Love is hard for nerds in this romantic comedy
Narumi Momose and Hirotaka Nifuji were childhood friends and they both knew what each other liked: Narumi liked shonen-ai and boys’ love, while Hirotaka liked video games.
They are what society calls otaku: people obsessed with their hobbies. When they meet again in a work environment, they decide to go out together, but not everything goes as planned, since they do not know how to do it. The series focuses on different characters who are otaku, making it ideal for those who wish to focus on other couples like Horimiya.
1 Kare Kano: His and Hers Circumstances – Two Companions Wearing Masks Take It Off Each Other
Yukino Miyazawa and Souichiro Arima have a secret: they are not as perfect as they appear. Yukino may look perfect, but she studies hard to get where she is in terms of grades, while Souichiro doesn’t have the best personality.
After discovering each other’s secrets, they become friends and, shortly after, boyfriends. If one reads Horimiya, the plot and the interactions of the characters surely overlap each other, since they both have the same message at the end: don’t judge a book by its cover.