Ahhh, Spring. The season of the year where you get a chance, or the entire season if you’re adventurous, to visit and cherished cherry blossoms or beautiful large-scale public gardens with friends and family. You may prefer to spend this special occasion with your significant other, this is your chance to strengthen your bond and create special memories together!
With the context of spring, we shall now dwell into the manga world and experience Spring with our favourite characters or enjoy the story if that was your preference. Anyway, let’s begin!
10. Nanatsu No Maken Ga Shihai Suru (Seven Swords Dominate)
- Authors: Esuno, Sakae (Art), Uno, Bokuto (Story)
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen
- Volumes: 1
- Published: May 2019 – Ongoing
In Spring, a new batch of students enrolled in Kimberly Magic Academy. There, the school possessed 7 magic swords, capable to bring down any enemy they face. Oliver Horn and other magicians are welcomed by a parade of mythical creatures, but the moment didn’t last long as the underground labyrinth swallows up the students. To survive the labyrinth, Oliver allies with Nanao, a samurai girl with a katana strapped to her hip.
The art and story of this manga give us the impression of how a Harry Potter series mix with Maze Runners. This series is recent, and we can’t wait to see how the story develops and understand the purpose behind it.
9. Kimi to Wonderland (We Found Wonderland)
- Authors: Watanabe, Kana
- Genres: Comedy, School, Shoujo, Supernatural
- Volumes: 3
- Published: Jun 2017 – Apr 2018
Three years ago Nobara Morimura accidentally rode her bike off a cliff and suffered severe injuries. Because of the accident, she becomes partially deaf to humans, but she can hear the voices of animals. She finds herself like Lewis Carroll’s eternally young Alice in a world where the voices she hears most clearly are the ones in nature. This is the story of how Morimura feels like she is living in a different but, incredible world.
The manga is interesting as we get to see how a human who could understand animals interact with them while experiencing difficulties in communicating with humans. Even with the difficulties Morimura has in her life, there are comedy elements that make this story lively and you want to get out there and reconnect with nature after a long winter.
8. Sekai de Ichiban Hayai Haru (The Earliest Spring in the World)
- Authors: Kawabata, Shiki
- Genres: Mystery, Romance, School, Supernatural, Josei
- Volumes: 1
- Published: Feb 2018 – Ongoing
When Haruta Mahoro becomes a famous mangaka with the help of her dead senpai’s notes, a sense of guilt and discomfort begin to well up inside her. Mahoro begins to wonder how her senpai thinks about this work. That was when she has been brought back to the time where she first met her senpai. Now all she has to do is return this work to him. How hard can it be?
The story does bring realistic events of how mangaka goes through to submit their work to publishers and receives feedback. Most of us know that it isn’t easy to get the result you’re looking for, and you just have to earn it. The mangaka has placed a good balance of simple and detailed work of art into specific areas to allow readers to appreciate every little detail along with the story development.
7. Majo-kun to Watashi (The Wizard and Me)
- Authors: Shima, Asato
- Genres: Shoujo, Supernatural
- Volumes: 1
- Published: Mar 2016 – Jul 2016
In this world, only a selected few possess magical powers and they are hidden among human society. A new anti-social student, Mashiro Uta, came into Satake Nagi’s class. However, the moment they touched each other’s hand, Uta’s magic went haywire. As part of the Occult Research Club, that was when Nagi realizes that Uta is a witch and a male one as well. The occult research members decide to find a way to help Uta how to control his magic.
The manga depicts how difficult it is to avoid your magic from hurting anyone when you couldn’t control it in the first place and how it feels to be abnormal to others. Surely, one of us is eager to have magic implemented in our school days to make things lively in a good way.
6. Hello, hello, and hello
- Authors: Hazuki, Aya (Story), Teruya (Art)
- Genres: Drama, Romance, School
- Volumes: 1
- Published: Nov 2018 – May 2019
Out of nowhere, at the empty field where the white cat sleeps, just outside of a bookstore by the train station, Shiina Yuuki confesses her feelings to Segawa Haruyosa and asks him to take her out for a date. Feeling as if there is a special connection between them, Haruyosa reciprocates her feelings. This is the story of how meaningful encounters change one’s life.
This manga may be short, but such a short story is more than enough to bring tears to your eyes as you get to know the characters and what they have been through together. The art has a good balance of contrast that allows readers to differentiate the surroundings and the characters, but at the same time, bringing them together as a whole and display their emotions.
5. Garden Sphere
- Authors: Konno, Kengo
- Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
- Volumes: 2
- Published: Jun 2017 – Aug 2018
To end the war between countries, Roh, prince of Karna, and Sukur, princess of Horun, have been placed in a political marriage. The two meets each other for the first time at a secluded place called Garden Sphere and live together for exactly one year. The concept is similar to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, except…
Neither of them has any interest in forming a romantic relationship, but they decide to pretend and go along with the political marriage to end the war. The main issue at hand is that neither of them knows how lovers interact with each other. Now, they have one year to prepare for their plan to succeed.
This manga depicts how, to most people, people who started a relationship for the first time and being nervous around your crushes then slowly getting to know each other further as they progress. Overall, this manga provides a nostalgic experience when it comes to first love for readers, or reminds us how awkward and clumsy we are, or not, if you’re a confident person to begin with.
4. Mahou Tsukai no Deshi ga Warau Toki (When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles)
- Authors: Kanai, Chisaki
- Genres: Mystery, Shounen, Supernatural
- Volumes: 3
- Published: Sept 2013 – Sept 2014
Ouka Namae, an emotionless boy who has no purpose in life, doesn’t fight back even if he gets abuse. It couldn’t be helped. Ouka is born that way. For Ouka’s emotions to bloom, he needs to form a meaningful bond with someone special to him and resort murder, because… well, he’s a bonafide Yandere with magical power.
We initially thought this manga would be something magical and wholesome, but the story took a huge turn of an event during the flowery scenes, sometimes. Fun fact: did you know that the name Ouka is referring to as Cherry Blossom?
3. Boku wa Ashita, Kinou no Kimi to Date suru (Tomorrow I will Date With Yesterday’s You)
- Authors: Ootani, Noriko (Art), Nanatsuki, Takafumi (Story)
- Genres: Drama, Romance
- Volumes: 3
- Published: Dec 2015 – May 2017
As Minamiyama Takatoshi made his way to an art university in Kyoto by train, his eyes stumble upon Fukuju Emi and it is love at first sight. Feeling that there is no second chance for this occasion, he gathers his courage to speak to her and they start dating. Emi is cute and a lovely girl, but some things left her mysterious. What kind of secret is she hiding from Takatoshi?
The story starts strong by telling readers how important an opportunity is and not to let it go. The characters’ words, art style, and surroundings resonate our hearts by reminding of our love ones and significant other. If you prefer to read a manga that is about dating a mysterious girl you just met, give this manga a go.
2. Fuin Maou wa Mederaretai (Sealed Demon King Wants to Be Loved)
- Authors: Akisaki, Rio
- Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
- Volumes: 1
- Published: Feb 2020 – Ongoing
Ever wonder how it feels like to be a cute fluffy black creature found in the woods and taken in a cute girl. Lillian Eddington, owner of such creature and named it Woolbo. One day, when she gave a kiss to Woolbo, it then transformed into a Demon King, Graham.
After spending 10 years together with his owner, Graham couldn’t bring himself to abandon Lillian. What will Graham do? And how will Lillian see Graham as a person or a pet?
The art style of the manga emphasis more on fantasy and a tinge of comedy in a background setting. It made us feel like we’re in another world and enjoy nature and spirits. The actions and gestures look adorable and wholesome that makes you smile as you read along.
1. Ohayou, Ibarahime (Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty)
- Authors: Morino, Megumi
- Genres: Romance, Shoujo
- Volumes: 6
- Published: Nov 2014 – May 2017
Meet Tetsu Misato, a high-school boy who is energetic but afraid of ghost stories and cries easily decides to work for the society as a housekeeper instead of progressing his studies further in university. That was when Tetsu was assigned to a sole spoiled rich girl, Shizu Karasawa, who is the sole tenant of the haunted house on the hill.
After spending time with Shizu, Tetsu starts to develop romantic feelings towards her and confessed to her under the starry night sky. Shizu accepted his confession, but she gives a question to Tetsu “Will he feel the same way the next time they meet?” The next meeting, Tetsu finds Shizu at the garden, only to find out that she didn’t know Tetsu at all. Now, how will Tetsu tackle with this development?
To our surprise, the mangaka knows how to transition the art style to specific situations and emotions. The approach is well done and struck us home. You will get to see all kinds of personalities from the characters and it can be confusing sometimes, but we highly recommend readers to take it slow as many things are happening as the story progress.
Spring season, when it comes to manga and real-life scenarios, is more towards romance and enjoy the view of cherry blossoms. To us, cherry blossom trees are like a gathering spot for humans like to celebrate and thank them for bringing such an event like this to the present. Remember that you’re not alone in this world as you have family, friends and your significant other, who will always be there to support you. If you have any other manga that defines spring season, feel free to comment them down below!