The 10 Best Historical Fiction Manga with Romance

There are quite a few manga titles to be found in the historical fiction genre, but not all of them contain romance. I know that a lot of you are looking for a historical manga with romance, so I've created this list just for you. Below, you'll find my list of the 10 best historical fiction manga that also have romantic elements in them.

10) Basilisk

Basilisk takes place in the year 1614. Two ninja clans, Tsubagakure of the Iga and Manjidani of Kouga, battle each other to determine which grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu will become the next shogun. The deadly competition between 10 elite ninja from each clan unleashes a centuries-old hatred that threatens to destroy all hope for peace between them.

Source: Basilisk (manga), used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

9) Fushigi Yuugi

Fushigi Yuugi tells the story of two teenaged girls, Miaka and Yui. While at the library one day, Miaka and Yui encounter a strange book known as The Universe of the Four Gods. Reading this book transports them into the novel's universe in ancient China.

Source: Fushigi Yûgi, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

8) Inuyasha

In modern-day Tokyo, Kagome Higurashi lives on the grounds of her family's Shinto shrine with her mother, grandfather and little brother. On her fifteenth birthday, when she goes to retrieve her cat, a centipede demon bursts out of the enshrined Bone Eater's Well and drags Kagome into it. But instead of hitting the bottom of the well, Kagome time travels to the past during Japan's Sengoku period.

Source: Inuyasha, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

7) A Drifting Life

A Drifting Life is a rather unique entry on this list. It is an autobiographical manga written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Tatsumi and chronicles his life from 1945 to 1960 when he began submitting and publishing manga.

Source: A Drifting Life, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

6) Emma

Set in Victorian London at the end of the 19th century, Emma is the story of a maid who falls in love with a member of the gentry. However, the young man's family disapproves of him associating with people of the lower classes.

The author and illustrator of the manga, Kaoru Mori, is a self-professed Anglophile, and attempted to recreate 1895 London with meticulous detail. The manga has a cult following in Japan, which is perhaps most clearly exemplified by an Emma-inspired and themed maid café in Shinjuku.

Source: Emma (manga), used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

5) NG Life

The story of NG Life follows Keidai Saeki, a teenager who retains memories of his past life as a gladiator in Pompeii. In the present, Keidai is reunited with his past life's wife who has reincarnated as a male; meanwhile his male best friend is reincarnated as a female with feelings for Keidai.

Source: NG Life, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

4) The Rose of Versailles

The Rose of Versailles is set in France, before and during the French Revolution. In the early part of the series, the main character is the young, flighty Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. Later on, the focus of the story shifts to a woman named Oscar François de Jarjayes. Oscar's father, General Jarjayes, despaired over never getting a son (he had six daughters), and decided to raise his youngest daughter as a man.

Source: The Rose of Versailles, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

3) Red River

Red River is about a fifteen-year-old Japanese girl named Yuri Suzuki, who is magically transported to Hattusa, the capital of the Hittite Empire in Anatolia. The story takes place during the reign of King Suppiluliuma I, at a time when the Hittite Empire was near its peak of power, rivaled only by Egypt, which was then ruled by the young Pharaoh Tutankhamen. Many of the people and events in the story are drawn from actual history, from Princes Kail Mursili, Sari Arnuwanda, and Zannanza, to battles with the neighboring Mitanni kingdom around the town of Kizzuwatna.

Source: Red River (manga), used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

2) A Bride's Story

Set in Turkic Central Asia in a rural town near the Caspian Sea during the late 19th century, the plot of A Bride's Story revolves around a young woman, Amira, who arrives from a distant village across the mountains to marry Karluk, a boy eight years younger than her. The story unfolds among details of every-day family and community life. However, the peaceful atmosphere is disturbed when Amira's family demands to take her back to their village.

Source: A Bride's Story, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

1) Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story

The story of Rurouni Kenshin begins during the 11th year of the Meiji period in Japan and follows a former assassin from the Bakumatsu, known as Hitokiri Battosai. After his work against the bakufu, Hitokiri Battosai disappears to become Himura Kenshin: a wandering samurai who protects the people of Japan with a vow of never to take another life.

Source: Rurouni Kenshin, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

And that's everything. What other romantic, historical manga would you recommend to the people reading this list?


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