Top 5 Shoujo Manga Like A Sign of Affection That Deserve an Anime in 2024

A couple from two different manga

Are you looking for heart-fluttering romance, charming characters, and captivating narratives? In the spirit of the delightful A Sign of Affection, we’ve curated a list of 5 shoujos that deserve the spotlight of an anime adaptation in 2024.

Top 5 Shoujo Manga Like A Sign of Affection That Demand an Anime Adaptation in 2024

While the ani-manga community is usually filled to the brim with endless discussions about major shonen series (i.e. Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen, etc), the shoujo genre has often been the slightly abandoned sibling.

Although with the recent surge of Ani-manga popularity globally, even the least focused sibling now seems to be gathering decent clouts. Given that you are one with such refined taste as to have read and loved A Sign Of Affection, we hope dearly that the following list will fulfil you.

5. Ran the Peerless Beauty (Takane no Ran-san)

Ran and Akira bending down, avoiding eye contact
Ran the Peerless Beauty | Image via Kodansha

Plot: Ran Takamine is beautiful, intelligent, and athletically proficient. Her near-perfect demeanour makes her intimidating, like a flower blooming high atop a mountain. However, an encounter with the blissfully carefree Akira Saeki surprises yet comforts her.

When Ran’s mother requests her to visit Soleil, a small but elegant flower shop across town, she never expects to run into Akira again. As it turns out, his family owns Soleil and he helps around the store. But this fact embarrasses him so much that he urges Ran to keep it a secret. Enraptured by their incidental meeting, Ran continues to notice Akira at school to the point where she can no longer brush off her thoughts about him. As days turn into weeks, Ran begins to wonder which warms her heart more—the exotic blossoms at Soleil, or the boy who can speak the language of flowers.

Mangaka:  Ammitsu

Status: Completed, 42 chapters. Read here.

4. Let’s Do It Already! (Hayaku Shitai Futari)

yuuri in a manga panel from Let's Do It Already!
Let’s Do It Already! | Image via Kodansha

Plot:  Yuuri Hasegawa is a laid-back teenager attending an average school. In contrast, Keiichirou “Keiichi” Katsuragi comes from an important family of politicians, bearing their expectations for him to lead the country in the future. And yet, despite their differences, Yuuri and Keiichi are in love with each other.

Soon, Yuuri is astounded by Keiichi’s seemingly endless list of traditions that he is required to uphold. He cannot engage in any degree of intimacy, and he is constantly tailed by an armada of bodyguards who report his every movement to his family. All Yuuri wants is a normal relationship, but every attempt she makes to breach her boyfriend’s unyielding composure goes up in flames.

Mangaka: Aki Kusaka

Status: Completed, 54 chapters. Read here.

3. I Have a Crush at Work (Kono Kaisha ni Suki na Hito ga Imasu)

Yui and Masugo on the colorized cover of I Have a Crush at Work
I Have a Crush at Work | Image via Kodansha

Plot: Yui Mitsuya and Masugu Tateishi aren’t just any coworkers—they have the hots for each other! His helpful yet humble attitude makes her giddy, and her cuteness leaves him grinning like a fool. The problem is that they’re trying to keep their new relationship under wraps to avoid making things awkward at work. But seeing how they can’t keep their hands off each other, they run the risk of spilling their little secret with each passing day at the office.

Mangaka: Akamaru Enomoto

Status: Completed, 148 chapters. Read here.

2. My Darling Next Door (Tonari no Otona-kun)

Ririka and Hinocchi on the colorized cover of My Darling Next Door
My Darling Next Door | Image via Kodansha

Plot:  Ririka is a high school girl who lives alone with her father. Despite not having a boyfriend, she always has a blast at school and at home every day while leading a fulfilling life. Yet one day, she finds an extremely attractive older guy at the apartment’s garbage collection site. It turns out that he’s the salaryman who just moved in next door.

Mangaka: Rukana

Status: Completed, 20 chapters. Read here.

1. It Takes Two Tomorrow, Too (Futari Ashita mo Sorenari ni)

Yuuya and Rio on the colorized cover of It Takes Two Tomorrow, Too
It Takes Two Tomorrow, Too | Image via Kodansha
Plot: After dating for a year and three months, the unruffled Yuuya Aida asks his beautiful girlfriend Rio Aihara to move in with him. Despite busy work schedules and their age difference, their love for each other never wavers. Be it frisky fights over who ate the last pudding or serious conversations about their future together, Yuuya and Rio still find themselves nervous and bashful around each other, reminiscent of the early days of their relationship. Yet their adorable everyday dynamic is nothing short of the joy and giddiness of a couple’s true love.

Mangaka: Suzuyuki

Status: Completed, 92 chapters. Buy it here. 


Let’s raise our voices and show our support for these hidden gems. Who knows, maybe 2024 will be the year we see some of these delightful shoujo manga blossom into stunning anime adaptations.
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