Family is important, don’t you agree? Those that always are there for you in your life or those that you grow up with are the people you can consider family. We love family themes in media like manhwa here at Honey’s Anime since we love the definition of family. That’s why we decided on a special list for you folks out there. We discussed what type of manhwa contain the best themes of family and want to share it with you all.
Welcome one and all to our Top 10 Family Manhwa list. Down below are our favorite—and some of the manhwa communities’ favorites—family themed manhwa. We have a slew of different stories that range from romance driven tales to drama filled journeys taken because of a family or for a family. These manhwas hit you right in the heart and they will make you experience emotions that many other manhwas can’t do. If that sounds like something you would enjoy then just scroll down to begin our list properly.
10. My Young Cat and My Old Dog
- Authors: Cho
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Seinen
- Volumes: 3
- Published: Apr, 2011- Jan, 2013
Are you one to have ever had this thought? What are my pets doing this very moment? In My Young Cat and My Old Dog, we follow the story of various pets and their daily lives. These tales range from the views of the owners and even occasionally show the world through the eyes of their animal family members. The world of pets is about to come to fruition in My Young Cat and My Old Dog.
Here at Honey’s Anime HQ, many of us are pet owners. While they might be out physical blood related family members, they are still parts of our family. We care about them and we show them love as they in turn show us emotions and keep us happy. That’s why we felt it was fitting to show that family can come in furry forms. My Young Cat and My Old Dog is an excellent family manhwa if you need some an enjoyable pet-based story.
9. Very! Very! Sweet
- Authors: Shin, Ji-Sang- Geo
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Shoujo
- Volumes: 8
- Published: 2006
Tsuyoshi has always been a pretty problematic child. Always in trouble and acting up, Tsuyoshi’s grandfather had a solution to maybe help his grandson out. Sending him on a quest to find enlightenment via his family’s roots, Tsuyoshi ends up in Korea. Here Tsuyoshi will meet various people that will remind him what life should be about. This journey will begin with Tsuyoshi meeting a taxi driver named Very who ends up passing out on him…
For many, the lineage of the family tree is a sacred theme. How and what our ancestors did in turn makes up how the family will be in the future and it’s important to understand that. Seeing the families from before help us as humans grow in character and to appreciate what we have. Thus, for our Top 10 Family Manhwa list, we recommend reading manhwagas Shin Ji-Sang and Geo’s Very! Very! Sweet series. Be prepared for a ton of laughs and some nice family related drama.
8. World Bring It On!
- Authors: Hwang, Mi Ri
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, School, Shoujo
- Volumes: 16
- Published: Jul, 2008- Sept, 2008
Hyo Yi should be happy that a private school usually reserved for the rich accepted her thanks to a scholarship. Unfortunately, with a school filled with privileged youth, that means bullies are bound to exist. Hyo Yi’s mentally handicapped brother—Hyo Jae Jang—becomes one of the targets of these bullies causing unease to form in Hyo Yi’s heart. Luckily for the siblings, a hero comes in named Min Ha. Now Hyo Yi and Min Ha are bound together to keep the brother safe and this in turn might create a rather romantic relationship to form between the two students.
World Bring It On! by manhwaga Hwang Mi Ri is a very rare story to be seen in the world of manhwa. Rarely do stories like World Bring It On! talk about mentally challenged characters and the struggles they deal with as well as the family who vow to protect them. That’s what makes World Bring It On! perfect for our list. With amazing shoujo themed art and a fun romance story with tons of drama as well, World Bring It On! shows how families are both strong together and how new ones can be born from that strength as well. Trust us, folks, you won’t go wrong with World Bring It On! if you’re looking for a good family manhwa to read.
7. The Bride of the Water God
- Authors: Yoon, Mi-Kyung
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
- Volumes: 24
- Published: Oct, 2007- 2014
In a small village, a terrible drought has caused the villagers within to suffer. Hoping for much needed rain the village comes together to sacrifice one of its own. Choosing Soah—a young girl native of the village—she is told that she will be offered to the water god to save her village. Soah however is saved by The Water God himself and is told she would accompany him to his Water Kingdom. Soah’s new life begins here in The Bride of the Water God.
Families sometimes can be born from quite unusual circumstances. Just look at Soah for example. Soah ends up going from sacrifice to bride to The Water God in The Bride of the Water God by manhwaga Yoon Mi-Kyung. This shows a family being born from marriage and while The Bride of the Water God might be very fantasy focused, it does still show family being created and how that can change one’s life in so many ways. The Bride of the Water God is an excellent family manhwa with beautiful art and a strong narrative that will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.
6. Romance Papa
- Authors: Lee, Youngran
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo
- Volumes: 8
- Published: Dec, 2007- Dec, 2008
There’s an old saying that sometimes one’s past actions can come back in rather curious ways. This especially rings true for Sangbum who many years ago before becoming a plastic surgeon donated sperm and now finds that someone used that sperm to conceive a child. 13-year-old Myunghae had her foster family die recently leaving her with only one place left to go, her technical biological father. Now Sangbum must become a father to this child despite not being even remotely prepared. Sangbum must also prepare for the life his daughter will have as a young female in a world of romance gone good and bad…
Romance Papa is definitely one of those rarer manhwa series as its story is quite outlandish but cute nonetheless. The idea of a sperm donor now having to raise a child years later isn’t an unheard idea in movies or even novels but in manhwa its pretty unique. However, we here at Honey’s Anime don’t just love Romance Papa for its different take on the shoujo genre but also for how it handles families becoming mature—in the case of Sangbum especially—whether they were prepared for this change or not. Romance Papa isn’t a series we hear talked about too much in the manhwa community but hopefully with it being on our Top 10 Family Manhwa list you’ll check it out and see why we like it.
5. Dear My Girls
- Authors: Kim, Hee Eun- Alcott, Louisa May
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Historical, Romance, Shoujo
- Volumes: 9
- Published: 2005- 2012
In the March family, the daughters Meg, Jo and Amy are considered popular and talented. However, for the fourth daughter—Elizabeth—she is far from either of these elements. Considered the weakest one of the March family, Elizabeth struggles to shine in their shadows. Elizabeth’s battle gets even harder when she decides to go to the same academy as them. Though fate has some interesting things in store for Elizabeth and her tale begins when she runs into a rather rude boy named Adrian.
If you’re a brother or sister of a huge family, Dear My Girls by manhwaga Kim Hee Eun and Alcott Louisa May should resonate strongly with you. Seeing poor Elizabeth—who is cute in our minds here at Honey’s Anime—struggle to prove she’s got something to offer the world is a rather relatable theme. Dear My Girls also boasts some incredible art that really makes every panel feel real and dynamic which is a rare theme for manhwa sometimes. We love Dear My Girls as many of us here at Honey’s Anime have large sibling families and know the feelings associated with sometimes having to prove your worth against them. However, at the end of the day, most families wouldn’t ever truly compete with one another and love/companionship will always strive to be stronger for siblings.
4. I Wish…
- Authors: Hyun, Ju-Suh
- Genres: Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Supernatural
- Volumes: 7
- Published: 2000
Jin Ryu got pretty angry when her family decided to take a vacation in Hawaii leaving her all alone. In her frustration, Jin even wished that they die would so they could never make it to the vacation paradise. However, Jin’s angry wish came true and her family died during the flight. Now alone, Jin is swallowed by guilt because of her wish and prays for a way to undo it. Suddenly, a strange man named K appears before Jin and proclaims he is a magician. Jin decides to become his assistant to hope there is a way to undo the mistakes of her past.
Who hasn’t said cruel things to their family in a bout of rage? It’s a normal reaction for many of us and while it doesn’t mean you should say bad things to anyone in your family it does happen from time to time. I Wish… by manhwaga Hyunn Ju-Suh reminds us to cherish our families and equally be weary of what we say during those angry moments. A family is a precious thing, folks. Learn from I Wish… and be sure to always love your parents/siblings even if they can annoy the heck out of you.
3. Shall we Have Dinner Tonight?
- Authors: Park, See-In
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
- Volumes: 3
- Published: Nov, 2013- Nov, 2014
Hae-Gyung Kim and Do-hee Woo are two single people who both recently had their hearts broken by romances. Without meaning to, Woo and Kim both eat at a local restaurant alone to mend their broken hearts. One day though, the two see each other in the restaurant and begin to get to know each other. Are these two headed for a new relationship or will they stay together only as friends? Only time will tell as they begin to resonate with each other’s pains and find common ground in the thing called love.
Shall we Have Dinner Tonight? takes our 3rd spot on our Top 10 Family Manhwa list without much trouble. While it’s not centered on a family already, Shall we Have Dinner Tonight? shows signs of a family beginning to form. Both Kim and Woo begin to reach common grounds together and love blossoms in this short 3 volume work. We loved Shall we Have Dinner Tonight? from manhwaga Park See-In and we know you’ll like it too. Definitely check it out if you need a nice romantic family manhwa to read.
2. My Secret Brother
- Authors: Willow
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Slice of Life
- Volumes: 3
- Published: 2014- Present
Hanmi might have ruined her new school life before it even started. On the first day of school, Hanmi told a lie to get the attention of Lee Gun—Hanmi’s crush—but it caused a misunderstanding to form between her and brother Junhyuk. Now the entire school thinks the siblings are dating! What can Hanmi do to save herself and remove this taboo image scattered through the school?!
One thing we understand here at Honey’s Anime HQ is how school life can be tough for sibling. Not only do siblings have to deal with each other at home but then in a place where people judge for every action taken between the family members. My Secret Brother adds a silly spin to it by making a strange romance seem to form between the family—we won’t spoil anything more than that—but that will in turn make you cry with laughter. My Secret Brother is a really good family manhwa so far and we recommend checking it out. Also, learn from My Secret Brother to avoid saying things in public that might cause people to think you’re in love with your siblings…
- Authors: Jung, Pil Won
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
- Volumes: 3
- Published: Aug, 200- May, 2010
Gang-ho is a family man in the truest definition of the word. Hard working but always trying to find time for his family, Gang-ho pushes his body to the limits more often than not. Then one day Gang-ho’s life changes when a fire burns half his face and disfigures his features. Fearing that his family—specifically his daughter—will look at him in shock, Gang-ho does something surprising. Gang-ho ends up wearing a mask and becoming a superhero known as Gugu-man!
Ending our list of our Top 10 Family Manhwa choices we look at Familyman by manhwaga Jung Pil Won. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Familyman made the top of our list when it probably embodies the true definition of family and the ideals of what a father would do for his family. Familyman is a short manhwa that can be binged in one sitting but we have found ourselves going back to it occasionally as we loved it a lot. Comedic at times and equally dramatic in others, Familyman is one of those family manhwa that stays with you when you finish it and that is why we know you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.
Here at Honey’s Anime, we love when manhwa hits us in the emotions. That’s why we love so much these family manhwa above. These family related stories truly tell tales that not many mediums can. That being said, what are some of the manhwa above you’re excited to read? Comment letting us know and for more top ten lists like this one be sure to keep returning back to our hive here at Honey’s Anime.