Stepping on Roses

Alt title: Hadashi de Bara wo Fume

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Captive Hearts

Captive Hearts

Carefree Megumi Kuroishi was living a life of luxury until the day a girl named Suzuka Kogami walked into his life. All of a sudden, Megumi finds himself kneeling at Suzuka's feet and prostrating himself like a servant! What Megumi doesn't know (until that very moment anyway) is that his family is cursed to follow the orders of the Kogami family.

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DuskFey DuskFey says...

Captive Hearts and Stepping on Roses focus on two people held together by obligation, a curse in one case and a contract in the other. Things are initially quite difficult for the low-class person, as he/she struggles with the complications of being a part of the mistress/husband's world. In spite of it all, some love manages to blossom anyway.

Ai Ore!

Ai Ore!

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DuskFey DuskFey says...

If your favorite part of this manga was the controlling guy and the innocent and naive girl, you'll probably find the other series appealing. Ai Ore! has only one controlling guy in it, but Stepping on Roses has two and a love triangle, so the dynamic is a bit different, but on the whole, I think it's a decent match.

Shinigamihime no Saikon

Shinigamihime no Saikon

Alicia Faitlin, daughter of an impoverished aristocratic family, was forced into an arranged marriage by her uncle, but the groom is killed suddenly in the middle of the ceremony. Although Alicia has been labeled "The Princess of Death" due to this incident, there's someone pursuing the matter of a second marriage with her. He is an upstart noble whose family was recently promoted to the ranks of the aristocracy, Kashburn Licen. This man is rumored to be a "Tyrant" but-?

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daysie1234 daysie1234 says...

Similar themes of social hierarchy and similar situations. In both, the girl is impoverished and ends up being "bought" as a wife for a noble who really wants nothing to do with her at first. 

Boku no Hitsugi de Bansan o

Boku no Hitsugi de Bansan o

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phoenixaurora phoenixaurora says...

For some reason, the Shinobigoto oneshot reminds me of Stepping on Roses even though the actual storyline and tone is very different.  The backstory of Kazura and Chiya from Shinobigoto reminds me of the social gap romance between the protagonist of Stepping on Roses and the second male lead.  The time period seems similar too.   

Both Kazura and Nozomu become yanderes that watch their beloved marry a dark-haired man.  Shinobigoto is kind of like what would happen if Nozomu's craziness was toned down a lot and his ghost tried to fatally rekindle the bond between him and his beloved's reincarnation who's a high school student in modern Japan.    

Kuro Hakushaku wa Hoshi o Mederu

Kuro Hakushaku wa Hoshi o Mederu

Esther Mayfield is a normal sixteen year old girl in 19th Century London. Except, ever since she was a little girl, she could see 'ghosts'. She lives in a small part of town and sells flowers to earn a living. She thought that she would continue to live like this forever. Until, one day, a handsome young Count appears in front of her. And he wants Esther to be his bride? Is he really the Prince Charming she has been waiting for?

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kkkeelie kkkeelie says...

I feel like they have a lot in common, both are

- Love triangles

- In both stories the male lead picks a poor female lead

- While Kuro Hakushaku wa Hoshi o Mederu is based in the western world, It gives the same feeling since in Stepping on Roses you are transported back to the same time except in Japan when it was facing westernization and the wealthy were very interested in western culture.

- Both female leads are overwhelmingly kind

- While the male leads tend to come off as sadistic

- It's kind of funny, because both female leads go through training to become "proper" ladies.

Differences -

- The only difference that seems to be very evident is that in Stepping on Roses there are no vampires or mythical creatures, while in Kuro Hakushaku wa Hoshi o Mederu there are.