4.042 out of 5 from 33 votes
Asuka and Tomaru have a long and rich relationship. They met fifteen years ago in the hospital, having been born on the same day, and have been fast friends ever since. The two are now young adults and still continue to do everything together and confide in each other always, but they've reached the age where they should be getting a significant other, and their once ideal relationship is now becoming complicated. The two decide to not date, but jealously still seems to enter the picture. What will become of these childhood friends?
Haruna has never been feminine; she was the star pitcher of the softball team in middle school and didn't focus on relationship, but now that she's in high school she has a new goal: to have a shoujo manga-style relationship. While Haruna tries to be attractive and get a boyfriend, she has no idea how to accomplish her goal; and thus, she recruits the reluctant Yoh as her coach. Yoh is very attractive and dislikes women and the problems they cause, but is impressed by Haruna's determination and agrees upon one condition: she promises not to fall in love with him. Thus begins the crazy relationships of Haruna, Yoh and their friends as they all struggle to find themselves and their true loves.
Both these manga have what you want from a relaxed shoujo romance. Although High School Debut is the superior of the two (and I have yet to finish Strange Orange) both have the same sort of innocent charm. They also have nice new twists on the standard-overdone shoujo plotlines.