Otaku Special: Love Triangles

Everyone love a good love story but sometimes it is a little more thrilling when the protaganist has to chose between two people striving for their affection. It is probably one of the most common themes in Shoujo and titles that have a romantic element to them.

I have comprised a list of my top 10 titles that feature love triangles in them to make your search a little easier.

Ao Haru Ride
Manga
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Status: Ongoing
Summary: Yoshioka Futaba has a few reasons why she wants to “reset” her image and life as a new high-school student. Because she’s cute and had a demure personality she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a series of misunderstandings and mishaps, she couldn’t get her feeling across to the one boy she has always liked, Tanaka Kou. Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won’t be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Mabuchi Kou. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but that they cannot go back. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago?

Vampire Knight
Anime & Manga
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Status: Complete
Note: Anime series does not complete the story so you will need to read the manga to discover the ending.
Summary: Yuuki’s earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, where she was attacked by a vampire… And then rescued by another. Now 10 years later, Cross Yuuki, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian of the vampire race, protecting her childhood crush, Kaname, from discovery as he leads a group of vampires at the elite boarding school. But also at her side is Kiryuu Zero, a childhood friend who’s hatred for the creatures that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined never to trust them.

InuYasha
Anime & Manga
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Status: Completed
Note: Anime series does not complete the story so you will need to read the manga to discover the ending.
Summary: Kagome is a modern Japanese high school girl. Never the type to believe in myths and legends, her world view dramatically changes when, one day, she’s pulled out of her own time and into another! There, in Japan’s ancient past, Kagome discovers more than a few of those dusty old legends are true, and that her destiny is linked to one legendary creature in particular–the dog-like half-demon called Inuyasha! That same trick of fate also ties them both to the Shikon Jewel, or “Jewel of Four Souls.” But demons beware…the smallest shard of the Shikon Jewel can give the user unimaginable power.

Last Game
Manga
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Status:
Ongoing
Summary:
 Yanagi’s dad is a president of a large hotel, he himself is handsome and clever, always wins the favor among girls. Moreover, he’s always on the top of class and champions in all sports meetings when he was in primary school. But after he met Kujou, a transfered student, he had never savored the taste of victory in any single match with this girl for ten years. “Let’s bid for final victory, Kujou.” There here comes the last game. Will Yanagi fall in love with Kujou while he hates his competitor but cares so much about this girl?

Lovely Complex
Anime & Manga
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Status:
Completed
Summary:
 Koizumi Risa, current height 170 cm. Her last name is translated to “small river”. A girl taller than most other girls her age. Otani Atsushi, current height 156 cm. His last name is translated to “big valley”. A guy way below the average height of a high school boy. Because this, they had bad blood towards each other.Later on, Koizumi Risa and Otani Atsushi start relying and helping each other with their own love affairs. As love failed for the both of them, a bond of friendship was formed. Along the bumpy (and comedic) road of friendship, Koizumi Risa fell in love with Otani Atsushi!…Go figure! Can Koizumi Risa, the tallest girl in the school, make Otani Atsushi, the shortest boy in their class/year, fall for her too?

NANA
Anime & Manga
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Status:
 Ongoing (On Hiatus)
Note:
 Anime series does not complete the story so you will need to read the manga to discover the ending.
Summary:
 Nana “Hachi” Komatsu hopes that moving to Tokyo will help her make a clean start and leave her capricious love life behind her. Nana Osaki, who arrives in the city at the same time, has plans to score big in the world of rock’n’roll. Although these two young women come from different backgrounds, they quickly become best friends in a whirlwind world of sex, music, fashion, gossip and all-night parties!

Ouji Ka Prince
Manga
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Status:
 Ongoing
Summary:
 Tsunagi’s a high school girl who admires the famous, beautiful and distant imperial prince: Koji Ninomiya. Tsunagi’s life takes a new light with a new classmate, Haruhi, who amazingly – and suspiciously – looks exactly like the famous prince.

Peach Girl
Anime & Manga
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Status:
Completed
Summary:
 It’s not easy being beautiful. The envy, the jealousy, the vicious rumors spread by your best friend. That’s life for young Momo. While everyone thinks that Momo is a wild party girl, the reality is that she is shy and lonely. Can Momo confess her love to her classmate, Toji, or will her best friend Sae steal him away? It’s a bittersweet drama of growing up and fitting in that will charm readers everywhere.

Skip Beat
Anime, Drama & Manga
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Status:
 Ongoing
Note:
 Anime series does not complete the story so you will need to read the manga to discover the ending.
Summary:
 Kyouko Mogami lived solely for her childhood friend Shoutaro “Shou” Fuwa. She follows Shou to Tokyo so that he may realize his dream of becoming a famous singer. Kyouko overhears the truth behind his decision to bringing her with him: he was using her as a maid; shocked and enraged Kyouko swears to take revenge by outdoing him in show business. With a new look and a new attitude, she joins LME, the agency where Ren Tsuruga (Shou’s rival and the #1 actor of LME) works, in the hopes of achieving her goal of destroying Shou’s pride.

Stardust Wink
Manga
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Status: Ongoing
Summary: Anna Koshiro has been friends with two handsome guys, Sou and Hinata, since childhood. She has a crush on Enamoto, a first-year high-schooler, but she has difficulty finding a boyfriend as everyone always wonders about the relationship between Anna and Sou and Hinata. One day, she goes to Sou s house and finds out that Sou has a girlfriend.

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2 responses to “Otaku Special: Love Triangles

  1. I thought this selection of shoujo manga+anime suggestions were very well picked. I have watched all of them (or read), and enjoyed it. Thanks to you, I would’ve never come pass such wonderful choice of love triangle animes and mangas. So thank you c:

  2. Pingback: A Manga Classic – Triangle Relationships | MANGA·

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