Apparently 6 recs are not enough for 2013, so here comes more!
#7 Renai Shimasen Ka? (Shall We Fall in Love?)
Fuwa Rito is an otaku wasting his time in a gal game appreciation circle. Ruri is a childhood friend who has a crush on him and is worried about his otaku ways. Trying to find out who he likes, she setups a group dating between her friends and the guys of this circle in a Maid Cafe. What she doesn’t know is that certain big chested maid is about to enter the game! (Source: MU)
Typical plot, but with a few nice twists here and there to make up for a good short romance story. The art is great. Overall, this manga does bring a good closure at the conclusion. It’s nothing amazing, but what more can you ask from a 3-volume-long romance manga?
#8 Ore ga Doutei wo Sutetara Shinu Ken ni Tsuite
Ichijo Kazuya thought that he was murdered, but when he came to, he was back in his high school days. He lived his entire life as a playboy and had had countless sexual encounters with women until that fateful day that he was killed. He realizes that his murderer was his old high school friend Tanaka Masaki who was jealous of Kazuya’s relationships and his built up anger eventually exploded. Taken back 15 years into his past, it seems that he has been given a second chance at life and given a chance to make different choices. He decides that the way to prevent his eventual demise is to make sure Masaki is more successful with girls and loses his virginity before Kazuya. But fate seems to be steering Kazuya towards the path of his previous life and keeps introducing the same girls he had sexual encounters with. (Source: MangaHelpers)
An ongoing manga (at chapter 11) that shows much promise. This time, MC travels back in time to live his life differently! So far, the time-travelling element is well-handled in the story, and the narrative really focuses on the thoughts and emotions of MC, making this manga very much psychological. However, if this manga fails in terms of plot in future updates, don’t quote me on this.
#9 Sore wa Totsuzen, Unmei no Aite ga
The government uses genetic information to determine what people would be best matched to produce the best offspring possible. Once the youngest of the two is over 14 a letter is sent to both homes telling them when to meet at the coupling center, where they meet their new fiance and are given one week to get to know each other to see if they want to marry. (MAL)
There are multiple stories in this manga, each lasting a few chapters, telling different tales of how couples deal with their pairing. The stories are cute but cliched for the most part, and the characters are all likable. The winning point though is the art. It is absolutely impeccable.
This manga is currently finished with 23 chapters.
#10 Ore ga Heroine wo Tasukesugite Sekai ga Little Mokushiroku!?
Namidare Rekka has a very unusual birthright. After his 16th birthday, he will be drawn into many different stories. Each story has a heroine, and each story depends on him to be the hero. On his first day of high school, a strange uniformed girl that only he can see shows up. She claims to be from the future, and claims that his rescuing of many heroines is going to cause serious trouble for the future.
It’s not long after this encounter that his troubles begin. His childhood friend Satsuki invites him somewhere, possibly to confess her feelings for him. However, before she can, she’s kidnapped! Rekka wants desperately to help her, but he finds himself being tossed into various sci-fi and fantasy worlds, each with their own heroines in trouble. Will he be able to get back to Satsuki? Will he be able to save all the others? How can he really tell the consequences of his well-meaning actions? (Source: MangaHelpers)
The only rec out of the 10 that is a light novel adaptation. Now, I have nothing against light novel being adapted into manga. However, there is a strong tendency that mangaka will not make the full story in manga, so I am usually cautious when reading manga adaptations of light novels.
Whether this one will get a full story or not, I will be following it, simply because of its ingenuity. At least so far, the first 20 chapters try to take all of the anime/manga fantasy cliches, and incorporate it into this story. Is this manga a parody of all fantasy titles, or is it simply another harem disguised with insane setting? I do not know. Only time will tell.