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I actually didn’t read a whole lot of shoujo mangas when I was a kid. I tend to gravitate to a lot of shounen/seinen mangas. Of the ones I read, I think only Sailor Moon classified as a a shoujo manga. I did watch quite a bit of shoujo anime though.
HOWEVER, I definitely recommend “Ah! My Goddess!” which I absolutely loved and while it’s considered a seinen manga, I think it’s something that would be up her alley. It has a fantastic story and the art is gorgeous. The manga artist actually started off as a fashion illustrator which is why I recommend it.
But genre aside, here are some mangas I think would be very good for a 14-year old with very good female characters, art, and stories:
1. Sailor Moon (of course!)
2. Revolutionary Girl Utena
3. Fushigi Yuugi (OMG! Please support this artist, she is very sweet and hard working!)
4. Ranma 1/2
5. Ah! My Goddess!
6. Card Captor Sakura
7. KareKano (His and Her Circumstance)
8. Ouran High School Host Club
That’s all I can think of at the top of my head. I refer you to my friend waggledance though. This is more of her area of expertise than mine. :D
I think those are main stream enough that you should be able to find in German, though #7 is questionable.
If anyone has any good recs, please let me know! ^^
Hmm, a tough question! I know plenty of shoujo manga and my youngest sister is actually a 14 year old as well, but she’s “too cool” for manga, ha ha… A lot of my favorite comics in that genre are fantasy comics, too… It would probably be best to play to her other interests. Is she interested in romantic comedies / love stories? Shoujo has a ton of those that she may enjoy. I’ll only name the ones enjouji hasn’t mentioned above (though I adore Cardcaptor Sakura and Ouran, especially).
Here’s a couple I like with their blurbs from Amazon -
Skip Beat - Kyoko knows she’s not plain and uninteresting, no matter what Sho says. With the help of a little makeover, Kyoko’s ready to exact her revenge. But first she needs to land an audition, and she sets her sights on the agency where Sho’s lead rival works. Her persistence pays off, but her broken heart turns out to be a disadvantage. Kyoko has lost the will to love anybody, let alone fans she’s never met. Can the agency see past this problem to Kyoko’s true star potential?
Kimi ni Todoke - Sawako Kuronuma is the perfect heroine…for a horror movie. Nicknamed “Sadako” after the haunting movie character, everyone is afraid to come near her for fear of being cursed. But her whole life changes when she befriends the most popular boy in class, Shota Kazehaya.
Say I Love You - FRIENDSHIP? FORGET IT! Mei Tachibana has no friends-and she doesn’t need them! Ever since her “friends” betrayed her in elementary school, she’s sworn off friendship entirely. All it leads to is betrayal and heartbreak, and she’s well enough on her own. But everything changes when she accidentally roundhouse kicks the most popular boy in school! However, Yamato Kurosawa isn’t angry in the slightest- in fact, he thinks his ordinary life could use an unusual girl like Mei! He won’t take no for an answer, and soon Mei and Yamato embark on an unwanted friendship that will change both of them forever.
Hana Kimi - Mizuki Ashiya has such a crush on a track star named Izumi Sano that she moves from the U.S. to Japan to enroll in the all-male high school he goes to! Pretending to be a boy, Mizuki becomes Sano’s roommate…but how can she keep such a big secret when she’s so close to the guy she wants?
Paradise Kiss - Yukari is a spirited high school senior in the process of studying for her college entrance exams. Sadly the prospect of subjecting herself to a meaningless dull life leaves her feeling depressed about the future. In a bout of frustration, Yukari begins to ignore her courses and she begins to hang out with a group of fashion design students. But what Yukari doesn’t know is that this circle is known as Paradise Kiss, and they are run by a pair of young designers already making their mark on the Asian scene. Furthermore, while her life is going to soon change, it will not be due to the elite political or commerce based future her family may have hoped for, instead her life may eventually be set in a world of high fashion, with her strutting down the catwalk as the face of Asian fashion! (warning for some sexual content)
Fruits Basket - Tohru Honda was an orphan when one day fate kicked her out of the house and on to land belonging to the mysterious Sohma family. After stumbling upon the teenage squatter, the Sohmas invite Tohru to stay in their house in exchange for cooking and cleaning. Everything goes well until she discovers the Sohma family’s secret, when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal!
Those are just a couple that I personally have enjoyed… I could go on and on really… ^^;; Hopefully this much is helpful! bibliomancer7 could probably give some choice recommendations as well!