Last updated on August 28, 2016
I’ve read countless one shots over the past few years since I got into manga, and it’s one of my favorite manga categories. I think, when the one shot is properly executed, the one shot can be extremely well made and addicting, something you want to read over and over again. I also think that when a one shot is really good, you want it to be serialized, and it makes you crave more of the story. But… there’s a fair share, if not more, one shot manga that can be better. My one shot manga list has a few of those, but I do read good ones, too, if I say so myself. 🙂 Here’s my list! Please enjoy! I’ll update this over time as well. (Links to the manga scans are also included.)
- Seito Kaishitsu Kare ga Doku wo Haku Riyuu Megane no Uso by Akegami Takara
This is such an adorable manga, and it’s unique too. The drawing is absolutely flawless, and I’m a huge fan of this mangaka. The story is about a student council president being hypnotized, and, when he takes off his glasses, his true nature/desires show… 🙂 Very interesting! It’s a romance one shot, by the way.
- Rijin wa Chou by Akegami Takara
Another one shot by Akegami Takara! This is about a 20-year old student who likes to date a lot of guys, play around, have that freedom, etc., and she meets a 33-year old dude next door from her apartment… Well, things certainly get fun 🙂 I think this is a wonderful one shot because the age gap between the two main characters is a rare case for people dating. It also hints the difficulties they might go through when being in a serious relationship as the age gap can also display the maturity level difference between the two. This one shot manga is one that I wanted to be serialized. I think it’d be a fabulous hit.
- Witch of the Flower Forest by Kasai Sui
This is such a darling story. It’s similar to the Hansel & Gretel fairy tale, but it has a nice “witch” this time. 🙂
- Romantic Beauty by Doumoto Nao
This is a good story about a girl who was made fun of and isolated due to her weight. She confesses to her crush at graduation before she moves to another town, but she gets terribly rejected. After a year and a half, she comes back into town, completely made over and totally cute. She’s back in town to find her prince, but who will it be?! Super cute story, has a little smut in it. Good drawings, too. Very cute boys as well 😉 I did a full, detailed summary of this one shot manga already and put my full thoughts in the post, so you can read it here.
- Otokonoko ni Toriko by Akegami Takara
Sorry people for spamming you with Akegami Takara’s work, but seriously, check this mangaka out. Great artwork and story lines! This particular story is about a mature, experienced, mysterious, popular beauty and a clumsy, inexperienced guy. I love the role reversals here because most romance manga stories have the guy being more experienced than the girl, so this was such a refreshing story. It’s also really cute and funny! Definitely read it.
- Adele To Darius by Onda Shizuru
This is an adorable romance story set in historical times about a brave slave girl, Adele, who gets bought by the “King of Cruelty.” Despite his nickname, Adele seeks revenge for her friend who she thought was executed, but… not everything is what it seems. 🙂 Super cute love story!
- 8:05 no Hengao-san by Kawabata Shiki
Unique and cute, this one shot manga is a simple romance manga that starts out with two kids who grow up into high school students. Every morning, they make funny faces at each other, and this continues for years. They never even introduce themselves until the very end! Very cute, funny story.
- Airuika by Tsutsumi Kakeru
Well, this has got to the one of the… more “out there” one shot manga stories. It’s a romance story, and it has its cute moments. It’s about a guy who can’t drink anything but tears, and he meets a girl who accepts that part of him. She’s a sweet girl, too, and she’s had a crush on the guy for ages. He happens to be a bartender, and she wanted to work there with him. Go read it and see how the story unfolds!
- Anastasia by Katou Kotono
I’m a huge history nut, and the entire story/legend about Anastasia, one of the Russian princesses who supposedly went missing during a rebellion or something (I forget xD), is one of the stories that I love. Perhaps it’s due to the animated movie lol but anyway it’s still a great story. Anastasia by Katou Kotono puts a spin on the story. This story isn’t romantic, but there tons of deep meaning to it. I think it can be romantic and turn into a romance manga if it were longer, but I do like that it’s a one shot. So it’s about a soldier who isn’t very popular with other soldiers. But, during the rebellion or something, he helps Anastasia cos he developed a soft spot for her. Well, you’ll have to read the rest 😛 It’s cute, though. Tsundere-type main character haha
- Angel Time by Matsumoto Natsumi
Ah, this story! I love stories like these. Angel Time is a romance one shot manga story, and it’s about a girl who’s in love with her sensei. But, one day, she writes that she loves her sensei on her desk. Then she receives a reply from someone who’s in the past! Oh, cute story. Check it out.
- Angel Sky by Kurumatani Haruko
This story is about a girl who’s in love with her childhood friend (I think) and they’re always together. One day, though, the girl sees an angel next to her friend and the angel says that her friend is going to die! Turns out the angel is a guardian angel… So what will the girl do to save her love?
- Balance Days by Noda Daisuke
Cute romance manga about a guy and girl who have swimming lessons together late at night at school… There’s some drama, but it makes the story a lot more interesting and has a deeper meaning at the end. 😀 It’s a cute story, check it out!
- Bitter Trap by Takagi Shigeyoshi
Oh man, one of my favorite mangakas! This mangaka wrote Flower in a Storm, and I love that story, too. (It’s not a one shot, but it’s short.) Bitter Trap is about a girl who was once part of a wealthy family, but her dad’s business went bankrupt. Now she’s being set up with a guy who’s from a wealthy family, too, but she actually hates him and wants revenge for something he did to her long ago…! What could it be and what will happen between these two? Cute, interesting, and lovely story. Guy can seem like a jerk, though xD But he has his sweet moments.
- Christmas ni Kagayaku by Miyagi Anna
So this story is in the romance/shoujo genre, and it’s about a girl who has trouble talking and interacting with guys due to a bad relationship in the past. But then a guy confesses to her and she freaks out, then he says they can start out as friends. The girl’s ex comes into the picture, too…!
- Dare nimo Naisho by Nashizuki Uta
Oh, oh, oh! This mangaka draws such pretty characters, and the art is incredible. The story’s cute, too, and it’s a romance manga about childhood friends who share the same feelings for each other. But the guy is hiding a secret…! Find out what it is by reading it 😛
- Edo Karuta and Hira Hira by Ame Arare
If you like Japanese history tied in with shoujo romance stories, Edo Karuta is definitely a must-read! It’s a series of short stories, and the characters are all involved in each other’s lives somehow, though it’s a minor detail. The third story is heart-breaking with a happy end, so be wary when reading that one since you may be sensitive to the story. Hira Hira also has historical Japanese stories, which I think are all romance. Some are sad, though. I prefer Edo Karuta more.
- Hajimete Nandesu by Momota Sayo
Cute romance story about a tomboy and a popular, handsome guy. The guy has been in love with the girl for 8 years, but she hasn’t realized it and doesn’t know why he likes her. There’s slight nudity in the story towards the end, just FYI for those who are sensitive to semi-adult material xD
- Ichikyuu by Mimori Ao
I wish the main girl character were different, really… but, overall, cute romance story about a nerdy, genuine guy who likes a girl and confesses to her. She starts to notice him a lot more and…! Well, read it and find out the rest.
- Image Change Manual – Love Version First Story by Mitsuki Miko
This is a series of short stories by different mangakas, but only this story has been released. It’s a cute story about a tomboy who changes into a girlier person cos she’s fallen in love haha xD
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