Kiro Aso is an astounding artist who spends her days cooped at home or in art club room, avoiding all contact with others – especially boys. Rei Kashino is a popular motorcycle enthusiast who seems to have it all: looks, personality, and an endless supply of hot babes throwing themselves at him. When the two cross paths one day by chance, no one could have suspected how close these polar opposites would grow to be, or just how many obstacles their love would have to overcome...
Daisuke is popular with all of the ladies at school, including his childhood friend Yuzu and flirty Kazuki. However, there's one girl who not only doesn't like Daisuke, but also seems to be afraid of him – timid, guarded Hinako Aikawa. After proclaiming that she's the only girl he has no interest in, Daisuke accidentally discovers the truth about Hinako and the terrible, horrifying secret that she hasn't told a soul. Though she isn't aware that he knows, Daisuke makes a decision then and there to protect her, slowly realizing that the girl he had no interest in, is suddenly the most important thing to him...
Both Mars and Bitter Virgin have a female lead that was raped by their step-father. Both women become hateful and somewhat fearful of men (much more drastic in BV). While Mars focuses a lot on the male lead's past, BV is more focused on how the male lead come to terms with this secret and how he tries to protect her. If you liked either, you should give the other one a try.
Similar in nature and feeling are Mars and Bitter Virgin with the heroines fear of the men around them do to an awful connection to their pasts.
These titles have very similar elements, if your looking for shy girls who discover that they can do more when they meet their first love, these are keepers! although Mars is oriented to shojou going on to mature readers, Sensual Phrase goes over and extends the meaning of "making love" and "being loved".
Drama, tragedy, romance and above all very down to earth stories, nothing very exagerated.
Both Mars and Sensual Phrase deal with teen girls who develop into strong young women through a more than questionable love for strong male charaters. The mangas share the same level of dramatic twists and turns, though Sensual Phrase pushes the bar with sexual situations. If you love one you'll definitely enjoy the other.
Yuiko loves animals, but given the overly-aggressive way she tries to show her love for them, they always run away. One day Yuiko meets a strange boy named Leo who seems to be more beast than human; his fierce eyes frighten everyone away, and he harbors a dark secret: when he's threatened or sees blood, Leo loses control and behaves like a wild animal. Can Yuiko tame this wild beast, or will he run just like all the other animals she loves?
Both "Beast Master" and "Mars" contain a girl who is suddenly loved by a boy completely unlike her. The boy has a beastly nature; he beats people up and the like. In both manga, the heroine is often in a situation where she needs to be rescued by the boy, and occasionally the boy needs to be rescued by the girl. The boys are bad boys, while the girls are innocent.
Tohru Honda might just be the unluckiest girl around. After a series of unfortunate events Tohru has no place to call home - that is, until the wealthy yet cursed Sohma family offer to take her in, in exchange for performing the household chores. However, soon Tohru discovers that there's much more to the Sohma family than meets the eye. Though shocked and surprised, Tohru promises to keep their secrets; but will the Sohma family approve of an outsider knowing who they really are?
Mars and Fruits Basket are two of the most quintessential shoujo manga around, and should be checked out by both passionate shoujo fans, and anyone curious about what the demographic is all about.
Furthermore, the dynamic between the main couples in each (I'm using Kyo-Tohru as the main couple in Fruits Basket) is similar. The girl is innocent and well-behaved, while the guy is prone to outbursts of rage, and is haunted by a dark, mysterious past.
Hatsumi Narita lives in an apartment complex owned by the self-righteous and tyrannical Mrs. Tachibana, the wife of the housing company's vice president. If you are unlucky enough get on her bad side, or are even just a victim of rumors, your whole family is doomed to suffer! So when Hatsumi is caught buying a pregnancy test for her sister by Ryouki - the son of the Tachibana family who also used to bully Hatsumi when she was a child - she is naturally worried. Ryouki then attempts to blackmail Hatsumi and, fearing for the reputation of her family, she agrees to become his slave. But when her childhood friend, Azusa, suddenly moves back to the complex, he resumes his role of protecting Hatsumi from Ryouki. With complicated love stories and various hidden family secrets, it appears that this gossip-mongering housing complex is not quite so typical after all.
Mars and Hot Gimmick both have a controlling sense of feeling between the main characters while converging in a high school setting. The relationship between the characters takes some surprising twists and turns as they try to make it work.