10 Popular Iyashikei Manga

I recently discovered the subgenre, Iyashikei and quickly became obsessed. I started seeking out more and more titles, both anime and manga related to the genre. I discovered some really popular titles and some obscure ones. My what does Iyashikei mean post gave me the idea to put this list together.

The below manga titles are among the most read and top-rated for the subgenre. I used multiple sources to put the list together. However, please note that this list is not a rankings list. They are not listed in most read or highest rated. They are in random order. With that said, let us get into why you are here.

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10 Popular Iyashikei Manga

1. Gakuen Babysitters

Gakuen Babysitters Manga Iyashikei List
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Chapters: 122+
  • Released: 2009
  • Genre: Comedy, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Iyashikei

After their parents are killed in a plane crash, Ryuuichi and his younger brother Kotarou are taken in by the chairman of an elite academy, whom they have never met before. Ryuuichi is hired as the new babysitter at the school day-care.

2. The Morose Mononokean

The Morose Mononokean Manga Iyashikei list
  • Status: Completed
  • Alt title: Fukigen na Mononokean
  • Chapters: 92
  • Released: 2013–2021
  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural, Iyashikei

Because of a youkai attachment, Ashiya has spent the first seven days of high school in the infirmary. He eventually seeks assistance from the owner of a small tea shop called the “Mononokean.” Mysterious stories surround the Mononokean’s owner who guides the youkai who happened to wander into this world to the next world.

3. Sweetness and Lightning

Amaama to Inazuma Manga Iyashikei list
  • Status: Completed 
  • Alt title: Amaama to Inazuma
  • Chapters: 56
  • Released: 2013-2018
  • Genre: Drama, Seinen, Slice Of Life, Iyashikei

After the death of his wife, math teacher Kouhei Inuzuka is raising his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He’s terrible at cooking and doesn’t have much of an appetite, to begin with, but fate brings his small family and one of his students, Kotori Iida, together for some homemade fun. It’s no surprise that this dinner table drama is so delicious with those three cooks in the kitchen.

4. Place to Place

Acchi Kocchi Place to Place Manga Iyashikei list
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Alt title: Acchi Kocchi
  • Chapters: 71+
  • Released: 2006
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life, Iyashikei

Feelings come and go, but true love never leaves the heart. Tsumiki Miniwa is head over heels in love with her best friend, Io Otonashi. Confession is nearly impossible for her, but to her friends, they appear to be a perfect match. Tsumiki, cute and petite, comes across as more of a friend, and Io’s attitude toward her is friendlier than others. Despite constant teasing and obvious hints from his friends, Io always seems to miss the signs. Tsumiki spends most of her time at school with her friends and Io. Will she finally summon the courage to admit her true feelings?

5. Onna ga Nigate na Yankee to Shoujo no Hanashi

Tale of a Girl and a Delinquent Who's Bad with Women Manga Iyashikei list
  • Status: Completed 
  • Alt title: Tale of a Girl and a Delinquent Who’s Bad with Women / Yankee & Little Girl
  • Chapters: 25
  • Released: 2018- 
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Iyashikei

While at the library studying, “delinquent” Kumada-Kun, who freezes up and says violent things around women meets a small girl, Sayaka, in the library. He believes that she is an elementary student; and is surprised when she tutors him. She’s actually a high school student and his classmate, and she’s eager to befriend him. He is also surprised by the fact that he is not afraid of her. Is it because he sees her as a child?

6. Konohanatei Kitan

Konohanatei Kitan Manga Iyashikei list
  • Status: Completed
  • Chapters: 8
  • Released:  2009 – 2010
  • Genre: Fantasy, Girls Love, Slice of Life, Iyashikei

Konohanatei Kitan is set in a youkai village and depicts the lives of several fox Mononoke who work in a hot spring inn. The stories revolve around Yuzu, a new employee. Yuzu had always lived in the mountains, but now she must adjust to a new life working in an upper-class inn. She is initially oblivious and clumsy, but thanks to her simple cuteness, she is able to get along with all the other foxes.

7. Shachiku-san wa Youjo Yuurei ni Iyasaretai.

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Chapters: 107+
  • Released: 2019
  • Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Iyashikei

Fushihara-san spends the majority of her time at her office computer, working overtime like a corporate slave even after all of her coworkers have gone home. When a ghost in the form of a little girl rumoured to haunt the building notices Fushihara-unhealthy san’s situation, she takes it upon herself to scare Fushihara-san out of the office in order to relieve her stress. However, the ghost’s overwhelming cuteness has the opposite effect, motivating Fushihara-san to work even harder. Nonetheless, the presence of this adorable soul will only add to Furuhashi-happiness san’s and positivity as the two spend more time together.

8. Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori

Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro-Biyori Manga Iyashikei list
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Chapters: 66+
  • Released: 2013
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Iyashikei,  Seinen

Customers at the popular Japanese-style tea house Rokuhoudou can expect excellent food and drink and – if they wish – assistance in resolving any issues that may be bothering them. Rokuhoudou is staffed by four men who are exceptional experts in their respective fields: pâtissier Tsubaki, latte artist Gure, tea expert Sui, and chef Tokitaka.

9. Nomi Joshi

Nomi Joshi Manga Iyashikei list
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Chapters: 103+
  • Released: 2015
  • Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Iyashikei

Three friends, all 29, get together on a regular basis to socialise and indulge in their common interest: drinking. Michiko Takase, the office lady heroine, drinks beer; Misono Miyauchi, a short-haired, muscular book store employee, drinks sake; and Yuki Shinonome, the feminine housewife, drinks everything. The manga follows them as they visit hot springs, beer gardens, bars, and other locations to sample various drinks, pair them with delectable side dishes, and talk about work, family, how to stay warm while wearing skirts, and so on.

10. Youko-san Series

Kitsune Spirit Manga Iyashikei list
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Chapters: 117+
  • Released: 2017
  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Slice of Life, Iyashikei, Supernatural

A man in his forties goes to the mountain to commit suicide. On the way, he comes across a sealed youkai, a black fox girl in a small cave, and she requests that he free her. He does so without hesitation. The fox girl, despite her original intentions, forces the man to give up his suicide plan after she sees his will, and they eventually marry. This is the couple’s chaotic married life.

Have you read any of the above Iyashikei manga titles?

My personal favourites of the above 10 are The Morose Mononokean and Sweetness and Lightning. An anime version of this list will be available soon with different popular titles.

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  1. I love iyashikei, and not surprisingly I’ve read or seen the anime version of most of these series. Sweetness and Lightning was so adorable! Morose Mononokean was really good, I’m still waiting for the next season of that. I haven’t read Youko-san yet, but it sounds like it could be really cute and fun.

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