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Shoujo Manga opinions?

I've enjoyed a handful of shoujo manga/anime in the past: Kare Kano, Gakuen Alice, Skip Beat, Perfect Girl Evolution and Nodame Cantabille.

Was looking to try out something new and these were the mangas recced over here that I'll be checking ou at some point:

Also looking up: Koukou Debut, Emma, Mint na Bokura, Crimson Hero and Basara

Koukou Debut, Mint na Bokura and Crimson Hero I've read before but am not sure why I stopped.

If y'all have read/checked out any of these manga before, would love to hear your opinions whether they be postive or negative :)
The art is in a pretty old style, since it was started in the 70s XD so you might want to try the 2005 version of the anime first. I've been at Aja for years to watch it because, really. Theatre, rivalry, femslash. How can you not.

I also adore Lovely Complex, Mint na Bokura, and WJuliet. But no one should live their life without having read Basara. It should be a law. :|
I LOVE LOVELY COMPLEX! I need to catch up on the manga, but I watched the anime earlier in the year and I adored it. So much so that I even watched the live action movie, which wasn't great, but I found it entertaining anyway. I really, really like the manga and the anime though.

I've read YKK, and it's a seinen manga, and I really love it but it's not for everyone. It's very slow moving and has a dreamy quality about it. It's science fiction at its best, IMO, showing the end of days of the human race from the POV of an android girl. It's not depressing at all though. She's delightful in her discovery of the world around her and of herself. I highly recommend it (I think it won a bunch of awards, so I'm not the only one who likes it), but don't be expecting shoujo.

I've read W-Juliet, which is fun and very much typical shoujo. I like it but expect cliches.

Basara is great, but it's historical-type fantasy first, romance second. You have to want lots of plots and politics if you read it. The art is weird at first too, but it grew on me.

Oh, if you like Skip Beat, you may want to try another series of hers I like, Tokyo Crazy Paradise. Shoujo plus yakuza, what could be better? ;P

Other shoujo recommendations of mine: Marmalade Boy, Fruits Basket, NANA, Ouran High School Host Club, Saiunkoku Monogartari, Vampire Knight, Sensei, RG Veda, Emma, Mars, From Far Away
Lovely Complex is entirely lovely. Even though there are cliches, it doesn't read like typical shoujo mangas. I just think that it's very heart-warming a series. The anime is quite awesome, too. :)

Koukou Debut is wonderful as well. Love the beginning, although it does get a bit cliche later on.

W-Juliet is chock-full of cliches, imo, but I think it's a good series nonetheless. :)
Hana Yori Dango has to be on that list. I tend to watch shounen, but I watched the first season of the jdrama (which was awesome as well) then read the 30+ volumes of the manga in less than three days. LIFE, WHAT LIFE. It drag around the mid20's but even so HYD = ♥.
I usually don't read shojo but I loved W-Juliet when it was still unlicensed and scanlations appeared at scanlation sites. Then it got licensed and scanlations've been discontinued and taken down. I think it happened just before the last part of volume 9. :(
Glass Mask +++++ (classic)
VB Rose + (too many dialogues and the spasm of the main character turns me off!)
Kanata Kara +++ (classic, in a way a bit similar in idea compared to Red River)
Lovely Complex ++++ (it's funny)
W-Juliet +++ (if you enjoy gender-bending theme)
Emma +++ (aahhh.... cute seinen and dramatic no-dialogue scenes are brilliant)
Basara +++++ (you must buy this, even if you don't have money to eat!)

I recommend:
7 Seeds by Yumi Tamura (the same mangaka of Basara)