10 Best Shoujo Manga Where Princesses Take The Lead! Princess Story Recommendations!
Hey there, manga enthusiasts! Ever wondered about leading the royal life, without the hustle and bustle of our humdrum existence? If your answer's yes (and we know it is!), you're in for a treat. We've rounded up the crème de la crème of shoujo manga where pretty princesses are calling the shots. Not only are these manga crammed with high-octane adventures, elaborate gowns, stunning tiaras and regal pageantry, they are primarily feats of self-discovery and growth.
These princess-led mangas will take you on a far-flung journey through dazzling royal courts, secret plots, heart-thumping romances, and power play dynamics. It's not all just fun and frivolity though, these princesses pack a punch, defying expectations and breaking barriers. They might have crowns, but they’re absolutely not afraid to get their hands dirty.
Whether you're looking for a light fairy tale, a deep allegory about power, or just a roller-coaster ride of emotions, you're going to find it here. Dive in headfirst and allow yourself to be whisked away to far-away kingdoms where princesses rule supreme and navigate their world with grace, bravery and a dash of audacity! So, here’s our roundup of the 10 best shoujo manga with accomplished princesses front and center. Enjoy!
『Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 1』
Yona reels from the shock of witnessing a loved one’s murder and having to fight for her life. With Hak’s help, she flees the palace and struggles to survive while evading her enemy’s forces. But where will this displaced princess go when all the paths before her are uncertain? -- VIZ Media
|Publisher||VIZ Media LLC|
|Release Date||Aug 02, 2016|
『Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 1』
A New York Times’ bestseller with gorgeous, eye-catching art and a romantic storyline that’s addicting to read. Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. While Caesar is pleasing to the eye, he is also selfish and possessive, telling Nakaba outright: “You are my property.” With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage...and a mysterious power!
|Publisher||VIZ Media LLC|
|Release Date||Dec 06, 2011|
『Nina the Starry Bride 1』
Nina had a rough start to life, stealing to survive—and eventually being sold into slavery by her closest friend. But to her surprise, her captor, Prince Azure, ordained that she would live the life of a princess...specifically, that of the recently deceased princess-priestess, Alisha. But despite her changing fortune, Nina won't give up her old life without a fight...and Azure might just be the one to finally match her wits. But how much can she trust Azure? And can she stop the feelings budding in her heart, knowing she must eventually marry another...?
|Publisher||Kodansha America LLC|
|Release Date||Apr 13, 2021|
『The Abandoned Empress, Vol. 1 (comic)』
“MY ONLY CRIME WAS LOVING YOU…” Aristia la Monique was the child of prophecy, raised to be the companion of the future emperor—until she wasn’t. When the actual child of prophecy appears on the palace grounds, Aristia is immediately cast aside by both fiancé and country and forced to watch as Jieun is handed the love, future, and throne that was supposed to be hers. Her only reward for a lifetime of obedience is death…or rather, a second chance at life! When she unexpectedly wakes up in her ten-year-old body, Aristia resolves to escape the shackles of prophecy no matter the odds. This time, she’ll take fate into her own hands!
|Publisher||Yen Press LLC|
|Release Date||Jan 25, 2022|
『Sailor Moon 1 (Naoko Takeuchi Collection)』
A new edition of the Sailor Moon manga, for a new generation of fans! Featuring an updated translation and high page count in a more affordable, portable edition, perfect to go wherever you or the legendary guardian in your life want to take it. Teenager Usagi is not the best athlete, she's never gotten good grades, and, well, she's a bit of a crybaby. But when she meets a talking cat, she begins a journey that will teach her she has a well of great strength just beneath the surface and the heart to inspire and stand up for her friends as Sailor Moon! The original Sailor Moon in a new, affordable edition.
|Publisher||National Geographic Books|
|Release Date||May 03, 2022|
『Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 1』
Sakura is the granddaughter of a mysterious moon princess who slew demons with her Blood Cherry Blossom sword. All her life Sakura has been forbidden to look at the full moon without knowing why. Then one night, unhappy over her impending marriage, Sakura gazes up at the moon, only to see a demon attacking her... -- VIZ Media
|Publisher||VIZ Media LLC|
|Release Date||Apr 30, 2012|
『Who Made Me a Princess Vol. 1』
In this full-color fantasy comic/webtoon, a modern woman is reincarnated as the doomed princess in a romance novel--and reaches out to grab a new future with both baby fists! The story of Athanasia, forsaken princess of the Obelian Empire, ends with her execution at the hands of her own father--or does it? Her tragic tale is the plot of the novel The Lovely Princess. But now, a modern woman who read the book has just woken up as baby Athanasia herself, filled with her own memories and knowledge of the story she's stuck in! Determined to survive her doomed fate, infant Athanasia embarks on this new life with a plan: avoid attention and hoard valuables to fund her escape. When her plan goes awry, she suddenly needs to charm her way into the good graces of her father, the beautiful tyrant emperor, so he doesn't kill her again!
|Publisher||Who Made Me a Princess|
|Release Date||Mar 28, 2023|
『Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts』
A young girl has resigned herself to being he next sacrificial meal for the Beast King...but the king is no mere monster! Love is more than skin-deep in this gorgeous fantasy manga.
|Publisher||Yen Press LLC|
|Release Date||May 22, 2018|
『The Rose of Versailles Volume 2』
"Oscar François de Jarjeyes is a young noblewoman raised as a son by her father. As commander of Marie Antoinette's palace guard, Oscar is brought face-to-face with the luxury of King Louis XVI's court at Versailles. Joined by her servant André, Oscar is privy to the intrigue and deceit of France's last great royal regime." -- Cover.
|Release Date||Aug 04, 2020|
『Tearmoon Empire (Manga) Volume 1』
|Release Date||Jul 11, 2023|
Alright folks, that wraps up our comprehensive list of stunning princess-led shoujo manga! Truly heart-swooning, ain’t it? These captivating tales undeniably dish the very essence of a shoujo manga, but with a dash of royal drama that keeps us borrowing endless volumes from the library. The best part? These mangas have a wild card up their sleeve - our royal heroines! These princesses aren't just about tiaras and gowns. They're the total queens of their own stories, making us binge-read chapters into the wee hours of the night, totally worth the dark circles the next day!
From slice-of-life tales to actions-packed sagas, these mangas explore what it means to be a princess in the most relatable ways. Whether it's the princess learning to navigate a new world, realizing her true power, or simply becoming the best version of herself, these stories offer oodles of inspiration, courage, and a refreshing take on femininity.
And hey, even if you're not typically into the whole royalty thing, give it a shot! There's more to these stories than courts and crowns. Honestly, it’s refreshing to see princesses who can kick butt, rule nations and still have time to fall head over heels in love. So, dive in and give these mangas a shot. Who knows, you might just find your next favorite character wearing a tiara!
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