If School Days taught us anything here at Honey’s Anime, it would be that love can be very…deadly to say the least. School Days explores the darkest elements to what can only be described as an irregular romance. However, as strange as the romance is in School Days is—which it is indeed strange—we just can’t help but love it. The manga for School Days though is quite short, meaning it’s over before you know it leaving you wanting more. Don’t worry though folks, we have you covered with similar manga to read if you like School Days?
Today on this romance horror themed list, we’re looking at 6 Manga Like School Days. Yandere, stalkers, tsundere, and love born from dark connections. These are just a few of the stories you can expect from our list. Be prepared, folks. Our 6 Manga Like School Days isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you want some entertaining and dark romance, then stick around and begin reading our list.
Similar Manga to School Days
- Authors: Itosugi, Masahiro
- Genres: Drama, Ecchi, Romance, School, Harem, Seinen
- Volumes: 6
- Published: Sept, 2011- Sept, 2014
Loving one girl is incredibly hard. However, loving two girls is nothing but trouble. Yukiteru has unfortunately just fallen into the latter situation creating a love triangle that is only going to end badly for one of the girls involved. On one end, a childhood friend named Yuno who is obsessed with Yukiteru and on the other end is Rena, a girl who feels like Yukiteru might be the one. Which girl will Yukiteru ultimately choose? The better question though might be what will happen when Yukiteru does choose one of these girls?
There are many guys in the world that wished they could be in their own harems like most manga protagonists. School Days, though, should have shown harems as being possibly deadly. If you need more proof of harems being quite dangerous, then we recommend checking out Uwa-Koi. In this deadly romance manga, you will get to see a man who ends up falling for girls but maybe not the best ones to fall in love with. Just like School Days, Uwa-Koi teaches a very valuable lesson to the reader. Be very careful of breaking a girls heart…
2. Ana Satsujin (Peephole)
- Authors: Larsson
- Genres: Ecchi, Horror, Romance
- Volumes: 8
- Published: Dec, 2013- Sept, 2016
Etsurou Kurosu has had enough of his failure of a life. Tired of the daily grind that seems to go nowhere, Kurosu decides it’s time to end it all and prepares to kill himself. During his last moments, Kurosu ends up getting scared and flails about breaking a hole in his wall, which leads into his neighbor’s, Rio Miyaichi’s, room. Kurosu finds a new lease on life and begins to peek into her room daily. However, one day when he looks into the peephole, he notices Rio killing someone. Rio tells Kurosu that she won’t hurt him if he decides to fulfill one request of hers, love her even though she is a killer…
When you fall in love with someone, you’re supposed to take them for their best and for their worst. Ana Satsujin by mangaka Larsson asks can you really take someone for their worst if they are a killer? Similar to School Days, the love found in Ana Satsujin is horror filled but strangely gripping. With a solid narrative and twisted—but interesting—group of characters, Ana Satsujin will keep you reading from volume 1 chapter 1 to volume 8. We fully recommend checking out Ana Satsujin if you’re tired of a typical romance story and need something dark.
3. Ore ga Doutei wo Sutetara Shinu Ken ni Tsuite (About if I Die of Discarded Virgin)
- Authors: Morita, Mario- Wakabayashi, Yuusuke
- Genres: Mystery, Drama, Romance, School, Supernatural
- Volumes: 4
- Published: May, 2012- Apr, 2014
Ichijou Kazuya has recently been murdered and shouldn’t be alive. However, for some reason, Kazuya is indeed alive and well but not in the current time he died in. Instead, Kazuya has been sent back in time and is once more a high school student! Kazuya realizes this rebirth might be a way to change his overly sexualized lifestyle and prevent his best friend from killing him out of jealousy. However, Kazuya will soon learn that fate might have given him a second chance but will that mean he can change his life or will it just end up going down the same dead end?
Alright, let us step away from the overly dark stories for a moment and look at Ore ga Doutei wo Sutetara Shinu Ken ni Tsuite from mangaka Morita Mario. While Ore ga Doutei wo Sutetara Shinu Ken ni Tsuite is almost like a reverse version of School Days—in terms of our protagonist Kazuya actually trying to undo his sexual misdeeds—but still contains a dramatic tale of sex being a deadly game for our main man. Ore ga Doutei wo Sutetara Shinu Ken ni Tsuite contains some impressive art a story that will have you questioning what awaits Kazuya on his battle to undo the path that leads to his demise. If you love School Days, we can’t recommend Ore ga Doutei wo Sutetara Shinu Ken ni Tsuite any harder.
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4. Dead Tube
- Authors: Yamaguchi, Mikoto- Kitakawa, Touta
- Genres: Ecchi, Horror, School, Seinen, Romance
- Volumes: 9
- Published: Apr, 2014- Present
In the current generation, there’s a desire to make videos and upload them to various sites in hope of instant fame. Wanting to also become famous himself, Tomohiro Machiya is always looking for something to film next. Unfortunately for Machiya, this filming obsessions get the attention of Mai Mashiro who wishes he would film her actions for two days. While filming a cute girl might be seen as pleasing, Mai ends up being filmed doing something horrible. Mai murders a fellow classmate and claims that it’s all for a site called Dead Tube. On Dead Tube, films get more hits when they are dark and cruel and Machiya’s video has just become a winner…what does this mean for Machiya’s life now?!
What do you get when you mix a guy into filmmaking and a girl who is a killer for views? Obviously, you get Dead Tube by mangaka Yamaguchi Mikoto and artist Kitakawa Touta. Dead Tube isn’t like most of the other manga we’ve recommended on our 6 Manga Like School Days, but that doesn’t mean the two aren’t similar. Dead Tube mirrors School Days by exploring romance bred from a dark series of events and only becomes stranger as time goes on. Currently, Dead Tube is still an ongoing series and we can only imagine what awaits further for Mai and Machiya and you can wonder alongside with us here at Honey’s Anime if you check out Dead Tube for yourselves.
5. Happy Sugar Life
- Authors: Kagisora, Tomiyaki
- Genres: Drama, Horror, Shounen
- Volumes: 7
- Published: May, 2015- Present
Matsuzaka Satou is considered the prettiest and cutest girl in school but also is known for being one of the easiest girls to get with. However, Satou’s life changes one day greatly when she meets a young girl named Shio. Vowing to protect this runaway girl, Satou begins to live only for Shio and her sake. However, Satou’s love for Shio begins to get more and more strange as time goes by. For Shio, Satou will do anything…and that means even commit murder to keep her safe.
In almost any relationship there’s always a sense of wanting to protect the one you love. Its natural to want to be the defender of someone you care about and keep them safe from any type of harm or danger. However, Happy Sugar Life by mangaka Kagisora Tomiyaki takes protection a bit…too far. Reading Happy Sugar Life with its cute art and design initially make you think it’s a cute story but as you venture further in, you see that it’s a façade. Happy Sugar Life is soon to become an anime but before that releases we recommend checking it out and witnessing how protection can become imprisonment.
6. Aku no Hana (The Flowers of Evil)
- Authors: Oshimi, Shuuzou
- Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Shounen, Psychological
- Volumes: 11
- Published: Sept, 2009- May, 2014
Kasuga Takao is a bookworm who has fallen in love with a girl named Saeki Nanako but only loves her from afar. One day when the class has left, Takao notices Saeki left her gym clothes behind and immediately takes it for himself. When the realization of what he done hits Takao he begins to worry that if his classmates found out—especially Saeki—he would be labeled a pervert and a sicko. While at first it seems like no one knows saw his action, one girl named Nakamura comes forth and claims that she knows what Takao did. Now under Nakamura’s command, what fate awaits Takao?
We wrap up this dark romance manga list of 6 Manga Like School Days with Aku no Hana by mangaka Oshimi Shuuzou. Aku no Hana at first seems like a pretty simple plot of a manipulative girl using blackmail on the main lead for random actions, it slowly becomes a psychological thrill ride that blooms romance. Though word of warning to you readers. The romance seen in Aku no Hana isn’t so nice and just like School Days, it will make you question just how dark can a romance story be before it’s basically just straight up psychological horror? However, as dark as Aku no Hana is, we think it’s one of the best manga of its kind and we know fans of School Days will truly enjoy this roller coaster thrill ride of a series. Beautiful art, wonderfully descriptive narrative and a unique theme, what’s not to love about Aku no Hana?
The beauty of dark romance in manga—or horror-like romance—is that it can sure make entertaining stories. School Days might be considered a hit or miss manga—just like the anime—but you can’t deny it’s an entertaining ride from start to finish. That same feeling can be experienced from our list above and we know some of you will definitely want to check out if you did love School Days. Have you read any of the manga above or plan to? Let us know by commenting in the comment section below! Remember to keep stuck to our hive for more manga recommendations and such curtsey of us here at Honey’s Anime.