The loud bomb of the shonen genre can be very good with its earth-shattering martial arts, explosions and power levels. However, what if some people want something a little less garish? Something where the planet may not be at stake, but the interpersonal drama and emotional spikes make it just as shocking, harrowing and engaging.

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Although they don’t get as much attention as their largely boy-focused counterparts, shoujo manga is no less important. Whether it’s the magical adventures of girls in Sakura card sensorthe family struggles Fruit basketWhere Skip the beatA tale of revenge and pop idols, the genre offers sweet works of art with plenty of twists along the way. Unfortunately, not all shojo manga were able to complete their stories. here are the best examples that have unfortunately been left unfinished.

5 ChocoMimi

Starting with the simplest, ChocoMimi was not an epic tale of love, heartbreak and shock. It was a 4-panel comedy series in Ribon Mascot Comics. It followed best friends Choco and Mimi, their families and friends in their daily lives. Choco is well mannered but stiff, and Mimi is creative but spatial. As different as they are, they go together like peanut butter and jelly.

The manga inspired a drama CD and a live-action TV series, and ran for 16 years. Although it didn’t have an overall story, it was cut short when creator Konami Sonoda’s health failed. It turned out that she was suffering from breast cancer when the manga last aired. Sonoda sadly succumbed to the disease in August 2019, with the last ChocoMimi strip appearing in the September 2019 issue of Ribon.

4 Clover

Clamp are famous for series like xxxHOLIC, Chobitsand the above Sakura card sensor. Although not all of their streaks are over. As Clover. It was about a futuristic world where magical children called “clovers” would be picked up by the military. ‘Sue’ was special because her powers went beyond the usual flight or teleportation. To keep Sue in check, the government keeps her isolated from others to keep her emotions suppressed.

As a result, she feels lonely, but despite being the “4-leaf clover” of her country, she is lucky when she is assigned an escort; a man called Kazuhiko. He may be the partner she’s been looking for for so long. The strip was published in Kodansha’s Amie magazine and came to an abrupt end when that magazine was canceled in 1999. Clamp’s head writer Nanase Ohkawa said it would take two more books to complete, but after more than 20 years, only four volumes and an early music video are available.

3 With light: raising an autistic child

Keiko Tobe’s story is more of a josei story (for adult women) than a shojo story (for young girls). Nonetheless, Tobe’s sweet art style and endearing family history fit the bill of the genre and moved many readers. The manga followed Sachiko Azuma as she learns that her young boy Hikaru has autism. Despite the ignorant teasing of those around her, she remains determined to make her boy a “happy, hard-working adult”.

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The series started in For Mrs. magazine in 2000 and won the Excellence Award at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival. It also got a drama television series adaptation which won several awards at the Television Drama Academy Awards. The tape was discontinued in January 2009 when Tobe fell ill with cancer. Sadly, she passed away in 2010, with her last works compiled as With the Lightthe last volume.

2 Itazura Na Kiss

Created by Kaoru Tada, Itazura na Kiss was a romantic comedy of errors published in Bessatsu Margaret. Kotoko Aihara, the school ditz, confesses her love for super popular Naoki Irie. He rejects her out of hand, only for fate to have other ideas. After Kotoko’s family home is destroyed by an earthquake, her father’s former best friend invites them all to live with him until their home is rebuilt. Surprise! It’s Naoki’s father! Now Naoki has to live with Kotoko. However, as clingy and silly as she may be, Naoki begins to see something in Kotoko that he had never seen before.

The series began in 1990 and has inspired a television drama, an anime series, a trilogy of live-action films, and multiple international adaptations across Asia. Sadly, Tada only lived long enough to see the 1996 TV drama. She died in 1999 due to a domestic accident while her family was moving house. Her widower Shigeru Nishikawa authorized the re-release of her work, which has kept the series in the public eye to this day. The closest the series came to an end was in the 2008 anime, which used Tada’s original notes to give Kotoko and Naoki their long-awaited closure.

1 Granny

It’s been a pretty sad list, so let’s end with some hope. Ai Yazawa Granny focused on two friends in Tokyo who share the same first name. Nana ‘Hachi’ Komatsu (Nana K) wanted to move in with her boyfriend, while Nana Osaki (Nana O) worked on her band’s music career. From there, they hook up and clash over a number of events, from Nana O’s band feuding with her ex-boyfriend’s own rock band Trapnest, to Nana K leaving her cheating boyfriend for the bassist of Trapnest.

Granny was published in Ribon Mascot Comics’ Cookie magazine. The series had an anime in 2006 and two live-action movies in 2005 and 2006. But the manga itself went on hiatus in 2009, just when Nana K and her friends were about to take off for the England to find Nana O after her disappearance. daytime. Yazawa fell ill and was hospitalized until 2010. Fortunately, she is still around and has worked on a few projects over the years. If she will manage to finish Granny in one form or another is still pending. Either way, what’s already in print is testament to his talent and storytelling.

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