10 Manga Like "Horimiya"
"Horimiya" is actually a combination of the names Hori Kyouko and Miyamura Izumi, the two main characters of this lovely tale.
This manga is about two individuals with contrasting personalities and secret after-school lives. It tells the story of how they slowly fall into an unusual friendship, and ultimately, in love. Both characters were minding their own business until they crossed paths. After a while, reluctance turned into friendship. As a result of their friendship, masks were unveiled and secrets were exposed. Everything begins falling into place. Breaks free and fills the air with the scents of romance. Hori and Miyamura are polar opposites. But, anything goes in love!
This is a pretty good romance/slice-of-life manga, I must say! It's very amusing and the lovey-dovey moments are certainly refreshing and pleasing. That is why I really want to recommend more titles that are so similar to it. And here it is—the list of manga like Horimiya!
Manga Similar to Horimiya
- Haru x Kiyo
- Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances
- 14-Sai no Koi (Love at Fourteen)
- Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)
- Hibi Chouchou
- 3D Kanojo (Real Girl)
- Taiyou no Ie (House of the Sun)
1. Haru x Kiyo
The Story: Miyamoto Koharu is a high school girl who’s taller than most. But her height doesn’t really get in her way of living a simple life. She's never had any romantic encounters, and is purely innocent when it comes to love. That is, until she meets the short boy Kiyoshirou Mineta. He’s going to change her life for better or worse.
The Similarity: Horimiya is an excellent romantic manga, and so is Haru x Kiyo! Both speak of tremendous challenges in love and romance. And those challenges are written so that each one clearly makes the relationship stronger and shows the reader that the relationship will persevere through all the stress and complications. That’s what makes it both good and sophisticated, so give it a read!
2. Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances
The Story: “Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances” follows the lives of high school students Yukino Miyazawa and Souichiro Arima. The story begins with Yukino’s quest of gaining everyone’s admiration at school. But then, Arima comes along and takes the #1 spot. To make things more complicated, he confesses his love for Yukino. Yukino’s at a standstill. She doesn’t know what’s happening anymore. Is this love? Or is this something else?
The Similarity: This is a story about love and discovery. Also, everyday life! The romantic hijinks are there too. The comical moments will make you laugh and smile. But this is ultimately a love story, so all sorts of other complicated feelings and emotions are to be expected as well.
The Story: This is the story of how two students with unexpected personalities ended up together. Their appearances and personalities become flipped, and so do their crushes and the way they want to express their feelings. What in the world is going on?! This is their love story.
The Similarity: Revered as one of the greatest shoujo stories out there, “Toradora!” can make your heart flutter irresistibly.The story is lively and the romance is precious. The plot is memorable and heartwarming.
The Story: Bonnouji follows the story of two condominium dwellers, Ozawa and Oyamada, as fate causes them to meet under seemingly normal circumstances. Ozawa just broke up with her boyfriend and Oyamada is a loner who has a room full of clutter. Their first encounter leads from one thing to another. From interest comes friendship, and from friendship comes love.
The Similarity: Fate plays a big role in both manga. Characters meet, play with their scenarios, and slowly fall in love in ways that are destined. Add some lighthearted and heartwarming moments and you’ve got a comical slice-of-life love story like no other.
5. 14-Sai no Koi (Love at Fourteen)
The Story: Two 14-year-old students, Kazuki and Kanata, are the most mature individuals among their peers. Both are so mature it’s actually an unusual sight for everyone. And that’s not all! Both of them are actually in love with each other. They’re mature, yes, but they’re also 14! This is the story of their tender and blooming romantic relationship.
The Similarity: Mind you, 14-Sai no Koi is not like the others. Although it has some clichés, it’s a breath of fresh air. But you’re here for the similarities, not the differences— I know! Both are really light manga. This love story is like a feather that is so lightweight it feels really ticklish!
The Story: As cute as her name is, Kinoshita Mairu thinks she’s ugly. And it’s not just her; everyone thinks so. Her confidence is always low. There’s still hope for her, though. The “school prince” Kumada Tenyuu and the “transsexual neighbor” Fuwari-chan are coming to her rescue!
The Similarity: The focus of Mairunovich is also on relationships. And relationships are never simplistic. They’re all complicated to the tiniest detail. But that’s what makes them worthwhile. Especially for romantic relationships, this is as real as it can get!
7. Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)
The Story: The girl in this story—Kuronuma Sawako—is very misunderstood. She actually looks and acts like Sadako—the horrific character from “The Ring.” As a result, she has become very awkward and almost friendless. But one day, a boy named Kazehaya Shouta comes to interact with her. This momentous interaction causes a spark—a spark that will drag Sawako from her dark shell and change her life for the better.
The Similarity: Simple yet heart-wrenching, this is what Kimi ni Todoke is about. Just like Horimiya, it tugs at your heart make you feel the love in the air. You can relate with the characters, and that is where it all begins for your romantic trip.
8. Hibi Chouchou
The Story: This is a shy-boy-meets-shy-girl story. It all starts at the beginning of high school. From the very moment Suiren made her appearance, every boy’s gaze was on her. Only one boy didn’t look her way. And that boy is none other than the quiet boy—Kouha.
The Similarity: Hibi Chouchou and Horimiya are both relaxing and chill! The main characters always dilly-dally with their feelings but still inevitably fall into one another’s arms as the plot thickens. And that’s not all! Pay attention to the personalities of the couples. Their personalities seem so alike that it’s almost uncanny.
9. 3D Kanojo (Real Girl)
The Story: Being an otaku, Tsutsui Hikari is a target for everyday insults, mockery, and jokes at school. He likes 2D girls more than 3D girls. The moment he has to clean the pool with a girl named Igarashi Iroha, his dislike for 3D girls gets affirmed even more. Despite his dislike, she is very friendly towards him and even stands up for him. Maybe 3D girls aren’t so bad after all. Will Iroha be able to change Hikari’s views on life?
The Similarity: Take a look! The designs for the main characters are extremely similar, but maybe that's already a cliché in shoujo/romance manga stories. More importantly, both manga actually feel real. It’s like they really happen in real life. And they do! Read and you’ll see.
10. Taiyou no Ie (House of the Sun)
The Story: High school student Mao Motomiya is a girl who finds herself in unhappy circumstances. She has an unfortunate situation with both her parents. She doesn’t feel like she has a place to come home to. Luckily, her childhood friend Hiro Nakamura, who was left with a spacey home after the passing of his parents, offers her a very promising proposal—to settle for a while in the Nakamura home.
The Similarity: Taiyo no Ie follows a very relaxing pace. The pace is so relaxing that you can focus on the delicate interactions of the characters and feel everything to the tiniest detail. The story is a blooming romance full of innocence and elegance that you’ll definitely enjoy with your whole heart.