High School Drama manga is a beloved genre that takes readers into the world of high school students. These stories dive deep into the personal and romantic relationships of teens, showing the ups and downs of love, friendship, and growing up.
With a mix of comedy, romance, and drama, these manga make for a relatable and enjoyable experience for readers of all ages. Not just limited to Japan, High School Drama manga is popular all around the world.
1. Country Girl – From “TRianThology – Alice in the Land of the Three-Sided Mirror”
Mikihiko is having the time of his life in middle school, surrounded by his three best friends. But when he fails his high school entrance exams and starts missing class, his world is thrown into chaos.
His friend Keiko, who cares deeply about their friendship, tries everything to bring things back to the way they were. As they make the transition to high school, they will face many challenges that will test their personalities. What will happen to them as they navigate this new chapter in their lives?
2. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!
Kuroki Tomoko is a high school student who seems to have it all – she’s popular, has a wealth of dating experience, and has even dated 100 boys in the virtual world of Otome games.
But in reality, she’s a 15-year-old loner who struggles to connect with others and is often referred to as a “mojo”. When things don’t go as she hoped at school and she realizes she isn’t as popular as she thought, she takes a good look at herself and is shocked by what she finds.
3. Kono Ai wo Owarasete kurenai ka
Yuzu is a huge fan of Hayami Madoka and Madoka is her only source of support as she doesn’t have friends or family who care for her. However, Sachiko who is Madoka’s best friend is the one person Yuzu hates with hate.
To vent out her frustration, she creates a secret account where she posts mean comments about Sachiko. But when Sachiko finds out, instead of getting mad at Yuzu, she tries to be friends with her and offers her a chance to talk to Madoka. But unfortunately, an accident happens, and they end up switching bodies, with Sachiko in coma.
4. Kimi wa Houkago Insomnia
Nakami is a hardworking high school student but he’s known for being grumpy and not sociable which makes him not well-liked by his classmates. The reason for his bad attitude is that he suffers from a sleeping disorder which causes him to spend many sleepless nights.
During the preparations for the school festival, he’s sent to the school’s astronomy observatory to gather cardboard boxes. The observatory is believed to be haunted by the past events of the now-defunct astronomy club.
But surprisingly, Nakami finds the place to be peaceful and a good place to sleep. While there, he finds his classmate Isaki who also struggles with insomnia and she’s hiding in a fallen locker. They find comfort in sleeping together in the observatory and make it their own private sanctuary. But will this solve their insomnia problem?
5. Please Leave Me Alone (For Some Reason, She Wants to Change a Lone Wolf’s Helpless High School Life.)
“Let’s plan how to make some friends” This is the story of my journey to find love and friendship in my second chance at high school. It’s the worst and the best high school romantic comedy. Love, friendship and the joys of youth are what I always wanted in high school, but I ended up alone.
But just before graduation, “Don’t die, Nanamura-kun!” Sora Hanamitsuji, a girl so beautiful that models can’t compare, saved me from getting hit by a truck. My life should have ended there, but instead, the accident sent Hanamitsuji and me back to the day of our high school’s entrance ceremony.
This second chance at high school isn’t as fun and youthful as I hoped, but Hanamitsuji won’t let me go through it alone. “Well, I’ll help you make friends.” This is a story of my second chance at high school, the worst and best high school romantic comedy.
6. Yomawari Sensei
The author, who is a high school teacher, shares his experiences of working on “night patrol” in Yokohama City for 12 years. Through this role, he has come across many young people who are struggling with difficult issues such as self-harm and drug abuse.
7. Blue Period
Yatora is the perfect high school student, with good grades and a lot of friends. But his success comes easily, making his life boring. One day, he wanders into the art room and a single painting catches his eye, introducing him to a kind of beauty he never knew existed. He becomes captivated and consumed by it, and soon learns that creating art can be challenging and unforgiving.
8. Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey
“In this captivating autobiography, Akiko Hayashi shares the story of her journey as a high school student. The tale begins in her third year, where she is introduced to an art class led by Kenzou Hidaka, a teacher who is known for being strict and demanding.
He uses a bamboo sword to keep his students focused on their work. At first, Akiko found it hard to understand the unique methods of the class and her fellow students. However, she didn’t give up and kept going, despite the difficulties.
With the help of her friend Futami and the challenging instruction of Hidaka, Akiko found her passion for art and honed her skills, ultimately becoming a successful mangaka. This is a story of determination, self-discovery, and the power of art to change lives.”
9. Home Room
Sachiko, a high school student, faces a difficult situation as she is bullied daily and is the target of constant unpleasant pranks in class. The person responsible remains unknown, but Sachiko has found comfort in her beloved Aida-sensei.
He is bright, handsome, and has a strong sense of justice, which makes him popular among everyone. To Sachiko, he is her personal hero. However, Sachiko is unaware that Aida-sensei has a secret hidden from her.
This story highlights the struggles of a student going through bullying and the importance of having a support system to help them through it.
10. We Shall Now Begin Ethics
“Ethics” is an essential part of human existence, it is a guide that helps us to understand and determine what is right and wrong. It is not something that can be learned through textbooks, but through the lessons of life.
In this context, we meet Takayanagi, a teacher of ethics, who helps his students navigate the complexities of morality and ethics. He approaches the problems and beliefs of his students in a composed and thoughtful manner, providing a valuable learning experience for them.
He is a teacher who not only teaches the subject but also helps the students to understand the importance of ethics in our lives.
High School drama manhwa/manga explores themes such as friendship, love, bullying, self-discovery, and growing up, which are relatable to many readers regardless of their age. These stories can be emotional and thought-provoking, and they offer a valuable learning experience for readers.