[Thirsty Thursday] Top 10 Smut Manga [Best Recommendations]

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A lot of individuals tend to get mixed up quite a bit when they hear the mention of the term smut, so Honey’s Anime will make sure to alleviate the situation. Smut is a genre that primarily focuses on the shoujo audience with it’s over the top love, girliness, and so forth, but throws in various mature themes to really keep the reader involved. These mature themes can range from sexual acts performed, to the more serious issues pertaining to abuse and infidelity. While some may find these themes offensive, mind you there are cultural differences pertaining to the context inside the manga, so keep an open mind when sifting through the pages. Let us take a look at some of the best smut manga out there and see who manages to take the top spot!

10. Ai no Koe

  • Mangaka: Hazuki, Kanae
  • Genres: Adult, Drama, Josei, Romance, School Life, Smut
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: 2006

Ai no Koe is a manga that consists of four short stories that all have their own romantic setting, and take place in different environments. One which we’ll look at is Voices of Love that looks at the life of Mika Tsukahara, a teacher, who gets involved into a relationship with an 18-year old student named Naokazu Kuga at school. The two are actually neighbours and just can’t seem to keep their emotions in tact when around one another, and so the sexual adventures begin.

Much like the first short story of Ai no Koe, there’s always some theme that pops up that makes the reader question what’s taking place. In the case of Voices of Love, you clearly have a large age gap between the two individuals, but that clearly doesn’t stop them from engaging in sexual acts. Things get steamy in the other stories as well and largely focus on strong romantic encounters which lead to some random outcomes, but while we could spill the goods on everything, we think it’s best for you to find out!


9. Cosplay Animal

  • Mangaka: Sakou, Watari
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Shoujo, Smut
  • Volumes: 14
  • Published: April 2004 - June 2010

Rika is in her last year of being a teenager and really loves the cosplay culture, with highschool cosplay being her main theme. One night while at home skimming through the singles of an online dating site, she comes across a high school student named Hajime. The two hit it off quite well and so the two decide to meet up, with Rika pretending to be a highschool student in hopes that it would somehow keep Hajime attracted. With so much running through her mind, she questions whether or not this kinky relationship will even sustain itself over time.

Similar to Voices of Love in Ai no Koe, Rika finds herself in the arms of a much younger man but for some reason it stimulates her to the point where she can’t let go. So much happens further into the chapters when new characters are then introduced which then create this crazy love triangle, and it’s now become a contest to see who can make the strongest moves. It’s your quintessential shoujo smut with all of the extra perks to keep you guessing, so be sure to pick this one up.


8. Desire Climax

  • Mangaka: Ukyou, Ayane
  • Genres: Drama, Mature, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Smut
  • Volumes: 7
  • Published: June 2004 - July 2006

Omori Mio’s family situation isn’t in the best shape it could be in, and so she decides to take on a part time position to make ends meet. One night on her way home out of nowhere a boy grabs her, kisses her, then states that he wants to buy her. Totally shocked by his approach she stands there mute, not knowing how to comprehend just what happened.

There are going to be a lot of mature themes that are thrown at you left and right from the get go, so be sure to prepare yourself for it. The boy who seems to fancy Mio is known as Shoei, who’s known to be quite abusive in relationships and is known by his peers as Prince. Due to Mio’s weak will and family situation Shoei exploits this by taking advantage of her, but somehow Mio finds all of it arousing and lets him do what he pleases. Add in some other questionable moments such as kidnappings along with abuse, and you have yourself a soap opera in book form.


7. Itadakimasu

  • Mangaka: Yoshihara, Yuki
  • Genres: Comedy, Josei, Romance, Smut
  • Volumes: 4
  • Published: 2003 - 2004

Naeko has had her fair share of bad relationships as she’s now divorced, and working at a bridal salon. Despite constant settlements from both her ex-husband and boss to somehow work things out, she declines the offers in hopes that someday she can find the true happiness her heart desires. Her dream comes true one day when she comes face to face with a handsome boy named Ouji, and from this moment her fate changes forever.

While divorce is something that has become quite the trend in our generation, it’s still an issue that can’t be ignored as emphasized throughout this manga. Without throwing too much out there, the story starts to get real crazy once the real identity of Ouji is revealed and Naeko’s life starts to take a trip where she doesn’t want to be, but inevitably has to conspire with it all since she gives in to Ouji’s sexual desires.


6. Kaikan Phrase

  • Mangaka: Shinjo, Mayu
  • Genres: Drama, Mature, Romance, School Life, Romance, Shoujo, Smut
  • Volumes: 18
  • Published: March 1997 - 2000

Sakuya is part of a well known hard rock band named Lucifer, and plays the lead role as the singer. His stunning good looks have the panties flying onto the stage during performance, as women from all over swoon over him hoping to win his attention. Aine somehow finds herself in the midst of all of this despite being a high school student, and Sakuya takes a liking to her so he brings her on board as they work together to create songs of love.

If sex is something you enjoy, which we presume you do since you’re human, then Kaikan Phrase is sure to be right up your alley in that category. If sex was a liquid, Kaikan Phrase would must surely overfill your cup because there’s just so much of it that it may be hard to handle at times. It’s essentially love at first sight that immediately finds its way to the bedroom minutes after introduction, with the odd interruption of other jealous male characters who desperately try to manipulate and destroy the relationship along the way.


5. Midnight Secretary

  • Mangaka: Ohmi, Tomu
  • Genres: Drama, Josei, Mature, Romance, Smut, Supernatural
  • Volumes: 7
  • Published: September 2006 - June 2009

Kaya is an exceptionally skilled secretary and she knows that very well herself, so when the offer to work alongside Kyohei Touma of Touma Foods is placed in front of her, she doesn’t hesitate to take the position. In spite of Kyohei making every attempt to screw with her by intentionally failing her on everything she does, Kaya keeps everything in check even when she comes to realize that he’s a vampire. Just how long will she be able to maintain her professional attitude, knowing that Kyohei now has her in his sights?

Kaya is pretty straight forward and knows how to handle herself quite well in the series, but once Kyohei starts to throw the bait to grab her attention she simply can’t resist the temptation. The two hit it off quite well and Kaya states that she’s willing to what it takes to make it work out, despite Kyohei being quite possessive, a playboy, and abrasive at times. Kyohei has learned from his past dealing with other women, and so he truly tries to make this relationship work, often times making huge sacrifices for her. It’s a very intriguing story of human and non-human courting each other in hopes that their love will blossom despite their differences.


4. Private Prince

  • Mangaka: Enjouji, Maki
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Josei, Romance, Smut
  • Volumes: 5
  • Published: July 2005 - July 2007

The prince of Estolia Winfred decides to venture out in the world and becomes an exchange student at a school, where all the women just couldn’t take their eyes off of him with his gentleman-like demeanor and handsome features. Miyako is currently working on a thesis and desperately wants to interview the prince about his great grandmother, but is suddenly taken aback when he reveals a much darker side to this facade.

Things get real funny when Miyako discovers that the prince isn’t truly holier than thou, and that he’s a closet pervert who fancies big boobs, especially hers. Of course she completely turns him down after becoming aware of his intentions, but his constant determination to win her over is similar to how Miyako was in the beginning prior to all of this happening. It starts out as a rocky encounter but as you’ll see throughout the manga things get so lovey dovey that you’ll be happily pleased by how it all ends.


3. Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu

  • Mangaka: Minami, Kanan
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Smut
  • Volumes: 15
  • Published: September 2007 - February 2012

Tsubaki really loves her sister and tends to her needs every morning before school by styling her hair. However due to her own lack of self confidence, she feels that very same style just wouldn’t suit her and ends up going to school normally. During the ceremony she finds herself sitting next to the top class student of the first years, Kyouta, who is known to be quite boorish. Fed up of his nonsense she purposely cuts his hair because of the surly comments he made towards her, but then Kyouta does the unexpected and kisses her, swearing that she’ll be his woman.

As if the summary wasn’t enough for you things get even more interesting as the plot progresses with these two. Kyouta was clearly a playboy and could get away with anything, which was proved by the fact that Tsubaki gives in with her pushover mentality. As they say however, opposites attract, and as you course through all of the ups and downs you start to see a very interesting relationship begin to surface between them. Tsubaki stresses a lot about wanting to get into university but somehow Kyouta’s support made it easier for her to handle, despite the rough patches they had to deal with along the way. This story really looks at how relationships work and lets the reader know that it’s never all happy days and holding hands, but it’s an ongoing challenge to really understand the inner workings of your partner to ensure a full functional relationship.


2. Himitsu no Ai-Chan

  • Mangaka: Kaori
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life Shoujo, Smut
  • Volumes: 15
  • Published: July 2009 - September 2014

Reo is Aiko’s rival in basketball and Aiko constantly strives to ensure that she defeats him at all costs, but always falls short of success as Reo’s skills prove superior. One day she sees an opportunity to break through when her brother offers her a position at his maid cafe, but questions it a little since she’s unsure how to pull it off knowing how much of a tomboy she is. Not afraid of taking chances she decides to don the makeup and outfit in hopes that things will work. Surprisingly, Reo walks in one day and shows great interest in her, completely unaware of who it actually is and asks her out on a date. Aiko accepts his offer in hopes that she can get back at him by dumping him after falling in love with him, but will it work out?

This is quite the comedy duo as the two are constantly neck and neck in everything that they do, and Aiko just somehow can’t find the right approach to win. Now that the two are dating she starts to realize more and more just how much she actually likes Reo, but of course we can’t have love without some drama along the way right? There’s plenty that will leave you feeling frustrated but then other moments where you’ll be in total shock and ask yourself why it all happened. Feelings are broken, sex is awkward, but the tension between them grows in this romantic comedy that’s sure to keep you glued to every page.


1. Suki Desu Suzuki-kun!!

  • Mangaka: Ikeyamada, Go
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Smut, Sports
  • Volumes: 18
  • Published: August 2008 - June 2012

Hikaru, Sayaka, Chihiro, and Shinobu have all just entered the same middle school and are ready to plunge into their new adventure. All of them have their own unique personalities with two of them sharing the same last name, and Chihiro having a crush on Hikaru, her childhood friend. On the day of the opening ceremony Hikaru notices that Sayaka is reciting lines of her favorite drama script on the rooftop, and is immediately seduced by her natural flowing presence. Chihiro walks onto the scene to see the two hit it off and right there her heart starts to swell, and then Shinobi walks in shortly after who then succumbs to the very same pain. This spells the beginning of a love story unlike no other.

So we’ve all heard of the term love triangle many times in our lives, so much that it’s become part of our everyday culture. However just what would you do if you were entangled in a love polygon? Just the mere thought of dealing with one person is enough to make your heart shudder, but now you’ve to deal with a handful of people who are all after the same thing. It’s love at first sight that slowly turns into a competition of who can win over the other’s heart before it’s too late, but refreshing because the story takes you in various directions to spice it all up. Will Hikaru win over Sayaka’s romantic heart? Will Shinobi be able to truly confess his emotions to Chihiro? Will the drama ever end in this romantic endeavor? Be sure to pick up your copy and see who ends up with who!


Closing Statement

The smut genre will continue to draw in more attention as the popularity increases, and more quality manga releases. If there’s one thing that smut manga teaches all of us, it’s that there’s always going to be an issue which we may not entirely feel comfortable with, but we need to come to a better understanding to truly get a feel for the powerful message behind it. With so many great choices to choose from such as Love Monster for example, the smut genre will more than likely stay afloat as long as everyone supports it. Let us know what your favorite smut series is in the comments below, and be sure to like, share, and tweet out our articles to keep the community buzzing!

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Rob

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Author: Rob "NualphaJPN" B.

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