Best Isekai Romance Manhwa (Royalty Selection)
Anime and Manga fans throughout the globe love seeing anything inspired by the very same culture. There are many subcultures spawned from this widespread entertainment culture. Manhwa is on them, a very noteworthy one at that. Manhwa is the general term for comics and printed cartoons in Korea, so these are essentially comics mainly hailing from South Korea, while North Korea has its own fair share of them as well.
Isekai series are ever so popular these days and they simply refer to a genre of works that revolve around a normal human from the real-world earth being transported to, displaced to or reincarnated in another world. Once in this new world, the characters along with the viewers adapt to it at the same pace.
What happens after a character is isekai-ed? Well, they can adapt, assimilate, learn, battle, survive, thrive but they can also fall in love! If royalty is involved, it is icing atop this cake. Thus the world is blessed with Isekai Romance Manhwa with Royalty involved. The classic nostalgia from childhood stories of princess, princesses, kings, queens and nobility come to mind in these beautiful works of art.
Here is a comprehensive list of the best Isekai Romance Manhwa so far under the Royalty subgenre, in no particular order.
Who Made Me A Princess
“Who Made Me a Princess” is a Manhwa which started publication on December 20th, 2017 and is still ongoing. It is the work of Author Plutus and Artist Spoon, boasting the genres of Comedy, Fantasy and Romance. This work is based on Plutus’s web novel of the same title and the series has been published digitally in English by TappyToon.
“The Lovely Princess” is a novel in the real world (of the series), in which the character Athanasia de Alger Obelia suffers a terrible fate. She loses her mother at birth and her father, Emperor Claude had no love for her. After getting framed for a crime, her father has her executed.
A modern day Korean woman well aware of the novel one day falls asleep after taking some sleeping pills, only to wake up as an infant Athanasia. Fearing her cruel fate, she tries to stay out of her father’s sight and ultimately avoid death at his hands. Of course her life isn’t going to be so easy as she runs into him at the age of five.
With no other alternative left, she resolves to endear herself to her father so that he would love her too much to hurt her. She is not the only one trying to live a good life though, each person she is surrounded by has their own goals.
In particular, Athanasia’s biological sister “Jannette Margarita” is set on getting a family, high ranking nobility and power. To add to the chaos is the Emperor’s past that threatens to bring down all he loves and treasures.
The First Night With The Duke
“The First Night With The Duke” also known as “I Stole the Male Lead’s First Night” is a Josei Manhwa by authors Teava and Hwang DoTol and artist MSG. It is based on the web novel written by HWANG DoTol and falls under the genres of Isekai, Fantasy, Comedy and Romance.
A real world person makes a fateful mistake one night, after she takes possession of a character named Ripley from a novel, who is both a Count’s daughter and an extra character. She had but a simple objective, to enjoy the riches and luxuries of a noblewoman that she was deprived of in her previous life.
All she can remember as Ripley was drinking alone in a corner at a night party. But somehow, she wakes up in the male lead’s bed the following day! Unsure of what happened, she is now the target of a very obsessive man and the story’s villainess.
The villainess preys on her following the remarks of the male lead knowing very little about how she is responsible for their first night together. Knowing the unfortunate fate of the female lead, Ripley now aims to get the male lead off her back, by leading him to trouble, not washing and the like.
The male lead is not such a pushover, however, as he is very obsessive, unwavering and single-minded. Yet slowly, his unmovable heart begins to waver….
The Reason Why Raeliana Ended up at the Duke’s Mansion
“The Reason Why Raeliana Ended up at the Duke’s Mansion” is an ongoing Manhwa which started publication on September 3rd, 2017. It is written by Milcha and the art is by Gorae, serialized by Kakao. It follows the genres of Romance, Comedy, Fantasy and Isekai. The series was digitally published in English by TappyToon starting from November 2, 2018.
When the real world Park Eunha dies in modern Korea, she somehow awakens in the body of Raeliana McMillan, in a world far too similar to one in a novel she had read in her past life.
Being the eldest daughter of a nouveau nouveaux riche baron, she is beloved by her family and seemingly leads a perfect life. But she is not the main character, she is but a plot device, there to die at the hands of her fiance in order to initiate the whole story.
Eunha knows the story well and is not about to resign herself to this cruel fate.
Determined to change the whole story if she must, she sets her eyes on the vieux riche male protagonist Duke Noah Volstaire Wynknight, who stands at a position of great power.
The two strike a deal, Raeliana will give him information on Noah (as she already knows how the story goes) and in exchange he pretends to be her fiance.
However the Duke is not easy to handle either, as his dual personality makes the sailing tough for her.
Empress Of Another World
“Empress Of Another World” is a Manhwa written by Lee Young Yuu and illustrated by Lim Seo-rim. The series is currently completed, having up to 50 chapters in total, published by Kakaopage. It is based on the popular series of novels by the same title. Genres include Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Isekai, and Royalty.
This series also features mature themes, like physical abuse, sexual abuse, and violence.
Real-world Korean highschool girl Sabina gets herself in a freak accident, which ultimately gets her Isekai-ed to another world. After crossing over, she is taken in by a Duke of the Crentia Kingdom.
A kind gesture, but it all tumbles down as she is then offered up to the ugly old emperor to serve as a concubine.
In what seems like a stroke of luck, the emperor is killed by an unknown assassin and thereafter a battle for the throne ensues.
Sabina now faces a vicious circle of other candidates in a battle for the throne.
For Sabina, this contest is a matter of life and death, thus she resolves to win the loyalty, support, and affection of both men and women alike, as she struggles to survive in this new world.
The Abandoned Empress
“The Abandoned Empress” is a Manhwa adaptation of Yuna Jeong’s novel series of the same title. The series has been published digitally in English by TappyToon and serialization is handled by Kakao.
It started on June 11th 2017 and is still ongoing, written by Jeong Yuna and illustrated by iNA. It falls under the genres of Drama, Fantasy, Romance and Isekai.
Aristia La Monique was promised the position of Empress from the very moment of her birth. To this end, she trained and worked hard everyday, hoping to be worthy of standing beside the Crown Prince Ruvellis Kamaludin Shana Castina as an equal.
But Ruvellis had a bigger say in the matter and he chose the Isekai-ed girl Jieun for the position instead. Hated and cast aside by the very person she strove to impress, Aristia is now reduced to a mere queen in charge of governmental affairs, she lost everything, her happiness, her pride and even her family.
In a cruel conclusion, she is eventually executed by the man she loved. But this wasn’t the end for her, as she reawakens in the same world, seven years prior.
Knowing full well the future awaiting her, this abandoned Empress resolves to change her cruel fate and grasp for certain the life she was promised yet never had.
Villains Are Destined To Die
“Villains Are Destined to Die” is a Manhwa adaptation of Gwon Gyeoeul’s work, the “Agyeok-ui Ending Jugeum-ppun” web novel series. Originally a webtoon series, it was officially published in book format by D&C Webtoon Biz from February 26, 2021 to date.
It has been published digitally in English by Tapas since October 24, 2020 and serialized by Kakao. The manhwa was first published on May 1st 2020 and features genres of Drama, Fantasy and Romance. Author Gwon Gyeoeul and artist SUOL bring this beautiful Manhwa to life.
A real world girl is obsessed with one game, so much so that it has taken over her whole life. Having played it so much, she dares to try it on Hard mode.
But Hard mode had an unexpected twist in store for her, she gets Isekai-ed into the game as the character Penelope Eckhart, the very villainess of the series. Can it get any harder than that?
Playing as the heroine was the Easy mode, as love comes so easily for her. But as Penelope, her immediate goal would be to escape death itself.
There are so many brutal endings waiting for her, be it at the hands of her brothers or even a simple fork, all paths lead to her death.
Penelope’s only ace in the hole is her extensive knowledge of the game and her wits.
In a world built to spell her doom, she resolves to win the affection of the male characters and possibly even find the “Reset” button!
Seduce The Villain’s Father
“Seduce The Villain’s Father” or “Flirting With The Villain’s Dad” is a Manhwa series based on a novel, which first released on March 31, 2020 and is still ongoing. It is written by Dalseul and illustrated by Via, following the genres of Comedy, Fantasy and Romance.
A real world girl gets trapped in a web novel titled “Brigitte Wants to be Happy!”, which she knows like the back of her hand.
Knowing what the future has in store, she thinks it’s smooth sailing for her when she suddenly realizes she is not the heroine Brigitte.
Far from that, she is in fact the heroine’s aunt, Princess Yerenika who happened to live 20 years prior to the main events of the story’s plot.
The Worst part is that this particular generation all ends up tragically dead; the heroine’s parents, herself and even the villain’s father, King Euredian.
Yerenika comes up with the plan of preventing the birth of the Villain, by flirting with his father.
She puts her seduction schemes into play as she flirts while her life hangs in the balance.
I Belong To House Castielo
“I Belong To House Castielo” or “I Am A Child Of This House” is an ongoing Manhwa by authors Cotton and Siya, with Cotton handling the art as well. It falls under the genres of Fantasy, Historical, Isekai, Romance, Slice of Life and Shojo.
“Pink Eyes” is a young girl living an unfortunate life surrounded by battery and abuse by her mother.
But as an unexpected turn of events she somehow has memories of her previous life as a 23 year old Korean woman and is aware of the fact that she is a nobleman’s illegitimate daughter.
Things seemingly start to turn in her favour when her prostitute mother takes her to the Empire’s only Duke, Ein Castielo and gains alimony from him saying Pink Eyes is his child.
Despite not believing her, the Duke buys Pink Eyes for 20,000 gold and gives her a new life as “Estelle”.
11 year old Estelle now lives under her supposed father Ein, the cold master of the House Castielo, who is feared across kingdoms for his blood-red eyes and immense magical power.
Whether or not things will proceed smoothly for her is still uncertain as the question of whether she really is a child of the house arises.
“Adelaide” is a Manhwa adaptation of Chae Habin’s web novel of the same title. Originally a webtoon series officially published in book format by D&C Media, it started on April 28th, 2020 and is currently concluded.
The manhwa ran from Dec 22th, 2017 to Sep 30th, 2019, by author Chae Habin and artist Lee Suho. Serialization was handled by Kakao and the series was published digitally in English by Tappytoon.
Adelaide was reincarnated into another world and lived there for 17 boring years. Here, she suddenly gets word of a dimensional traveler that had arrived at the Imperial Palace.
Feeling thrilled over something exciting finally happening, she attends the Debutante Ball to meet this traveler Susanne.
Susanne is revealed to be quite the gold digger and in an attempt to drive her away, the handsome Duke Felix makes a deal with Adelaide to become his “fake” fiance.
Slowly, Felix starts falling for his “fake” fiance, but Adelaide must now fight a fateful battle for his heart.
Daughter Of The Emperor
“Daughter Of The Emperor” is a Manhwa adapted from Yunsul’s novel series of the same title. This series too has been published digitally in English by TappyToon.
It initiated publication on August 5th, 2015 and is still ongoing. Serialized by Kakao, the author is Yunsula and the artist is Rino. It follows the genres of Comedy, Drama, Shojo and Fantasy.
A girl is reincarnated as Princess Ariadna Lereg Ilestri Pre Agrigent. Born to royalty, coveted by all and the centre of attention, her new life is nearly perfect.
The only catch is her father, the Emperor. A really dangerous man, an insane tyrant of a king, ruthless and merciless as he conquered ten whole empires, striking fear across all continents.
He is a terrifying nightmare of an Emperor no one else would ever dream of associating, but Ariadna cannot avoid him. She needs to survive this maniacal father somehow and live out her perfect life.
Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady With The Lamp
“Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady With The Lamp” is a Manhwa adapted from Yuin’s “Oegwauisa Elise” web novel series. It was originally a webtoon series officially published in book format by FineToon since November 25, 2020 and published in English by Tappytoon since November 23, 2018. The manhwa first published on September 18th, 2017 and is still ongoing. Author Yuin and artist Mini bring this Comedy, Fantasy and Romance series to life.
Dr. Song Jihyun is an absolute prodigy among Korean Surgeons. She had saved the lives of countless patients no matter how dire the conditions.
Her skills stem from her past life as Elise de Clorance, who was an ill-mannered wife of the Emperor, whose jealousy and greed led to the deaths of her beloved as well as her own. Her past mistakes make her more determined to save lives in her current life.
But following a tragic plane crash, she once again finds herself in the body of Elise de Clorance. Armed with knowledge of modern medicine and future events, she is finally given a chance at redemption from her fatal mistakes.
She is hellbent on saving the kingdom as a Medic but she needs to be vary of her engagement to Prince Linden de Romanoff, the man she loves so much that it spelled her own past demise.
Survive As The Hero’s Wife
“Survive as the Hero’s Wife” or “This Villainess Wants A Divorce” is a Manhwa written and illustrated by AhBin, based on the original novel by Nokki. It is published by TAPAS MEDIA 2020 and falls under the genres of Fantasy, Romance, Isekai, Arranged Marriage and Royalty.
A girl from the real world is Isekai-ed to become Carnelia Easter, a greedy secondary villainess thriving on sabotage, from the romance story she was reading.
Having hated the character while reading the story, she did not shed a tear as the villainess had her head lopped off.
Now she finds herself as this very character, who traps the prince in a marriage upon orders from the main villainess, the Evil Empress. Determined to avoid her dreadful fate, she attempts to play it smart and get the prince to divorce her instead.
But she has to factor in the Prince, the Empress, the Heroine and the Second Prince.
To top it all off is her terrible health. Her story is growing increasingly unpredictable and she wonders if she can survive after all.
“Lady Baby” is a Manhwa serialized by Kakao, which started in 2018 and is currently ongoing. Author Haeon JU and Artist Pingmin bring this Fantasy, Romance, Age Transformation, Second Chance and Time Travel series to life, which is originally based on a Web Novel.
Calliope Rustichel’s life was a terrible one, she suffered through many nature’s laws and dreadful accidents. After her family gets murdered and her own life ends thanks to an ongoing war, she is reborn as herself back when she was a baby.
Her time travel allowed her to retain her memories and now she is determined to use this second chance to find out who will murder her family in the future and ultimately stop them.
All the while, she is slowly growing from a baby to a lady.
When The Evil Girl Loves
“When The Evil Girl Loves” or “When The Villainess Loves” is a Manhwa feature genre of Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Isekai and Royalty. Serialized by Kakao, it began its run in 2020 through the work of Author Gwijo SEO and artist Daechidong Geonmulju.
A real world girl has transmigrated into the body of a Villainess Princess from a novel she had read and loved. But this Villainess is terminally ill and only death seems to await her.
Regardless, she is determined to cure this illness and live a great life in this new world, doing whatever she wants and meeting her favourite characters in person.
Easier said than done, because other characters tend to be wary around the villainess.
“You will die soon, and yet… how can you laugh like that?” rings out in her ears, but she can do exactly that on the basis of how superbly hot she is.
The Villainess Is A Marionette
“The Villainess is a Marionette” is a Manhwa based on a web novel featuring genres Fantasy, Romance, Age Transformation, Royalty, Second Chance and Time Travel.
Author Yi Rim HAN and artist Mangle tell the story of a girl Isekai-ed as Cayena, an Imperial Princess who is well known as the most beautiful woman in the Empire.
But because of this, all she knew were evilness and luxury.
Fully aware of her destiny to be used as a Chess piece by her younger brother to secure his throne and then be killed by her crazy husband, she is determined to change her fate and become an entirely different version of Cayena.
Thus ends this list of the Best Isekai Romance Manhwa under the Royalty genre so far! There are so many more out there, just waiting to be discovered and experienced! So do not hesitate to give these Manhwa a try, you will most likely not be disappointed. Will update more as needed!