Shōnen anime and manga is typically characterized by high-action, often humorous plots featuring male protagonists. Likewise, a-okay. Everything and anything manga! In general, these works tend to contain more realistic interpersonal relationships (as opposed to shojo’s often idealized ones) and can cover darker subjects like rape and infidelity. Shojo (処女, Shojo? While many josei anime and manga have female main characters, many others have male characters. Shoujo meaning "young girl" is manga targeted at girls. ). A lot of these anime and manga have a young male hero and are focused on action, adventure, and fighting. Shonen works often have more than a fair share of fanservice as well. Discuss weekly chapters, find/recommend a new series to read, post a picture of your collection, lurk, etc! BODIES CLEFT IN TWAIN. The camaraderie between boys or men on sports teams, fighting squads and the like is often emphasized. literally, "Boy") sometimes transliterated as shounen or shonen, is a Japanese word used in English to refer to manga intended for young boys. However, for every manga that is described accurately, there is another severely simplified by its label. As you mentioned, they also tend to have more slender figures and longer limbs. Seinen anime and manga tend to be of a more violent and/or psychological nature than shonen series—though, of course, there are seinen comedies as well. While there's probably around 1 male shoujo mangaka out of 100, in shounen manga the ratio is much closer. “Seinen” (青年), on the other hand, refers to young men between the ages of 15-24. What is the difference between shoujo manga and shonen manga? Though there are variation depending of the author and artist. Strange (comic version)? More seriously, it depends heavily on the artist. Popular Shojo works include NANA, Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Fushigi Yuugi, and Ouran High School Host Club. Beyond shōnen manga, manga for men (university age and up) is called seinen manga. Words like shonen, shojo and seinen hold a lot of weight in a series' marketing, and they're generally a fair indicator of content. So while the anime and manga that fall into each of the types can technically be of any genre, knowing which anime and manga you like fall into which type serves as a good road map for finding other similar titles you might enjoy. Like manga that have a lot of romance and drama. In shojo there is a lot of use of round shapes and exaggerated big eyes, a lot of attention in representing the ideal Japanese beauty standard though often it is exaggerated. Les mangas estampillés Seinen développent leurs intrigues le plus souvent autour de la notion de pouvoir. But in Shoujo, usually the guys are mainly bishie, while in shounen is the other way around and has some kind of action but usually have at least one good looking girl for the fans. To contact the author of this post, write to BiggestinJapan@gmail.com or find him on Twitter @BiggestinJapan. Kodomomuke works tend to be simple, imaginative stories that teach morals and other core values to young readers. The camaraderie between boys or men on sports teams, fighting squads and the like is often emphasized. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoujo_manga. Is having a lot of anthropomorphic characters that are the same ethnicity but different species jarring and/or confusing to audiences? Yeah, there are fights, but it is never main focus. K-On! You joke but focus on fanservice is a real factor. From what I've seen, shoujo has thinner linework, way more screentone/effects usage, more irregular panels, and lots of details in the eyes and hair. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, http://www.mangaupdates.com/mylist.html?id=156858&list=read. Attractive female characters with exaggerated features are also common (see fan service), but are not a requirement; Dragon Ball Z, for example, has only a few such characters. All of this helps bring out a romantic, dreamy look. ), a Japanese word meaning "female virgin", Examples: Full Moon, Vampire Knight, Wanted, Abolute Boyfriend, etc. The same can be said to shoujo. Manga marketed to male readers. When shounen is the opposite. Has loads of romance as main theme. Anime and manga of the “josei” (女性) variety are aimed at adult women. Shoujo manga is what makes up the contents of Shojo Beat magazine. Most of the shoujo manga is drawn by female artists. There is also manga targeted "young women" called Josei. Shōnen, shonen, or shounen manga (Japanese: 少年漫画, shōnen manga) are manga generally marketed towards young teen males between the ages of 12 and 18. Someone who prays on people's emotion to commit evil is someone I can never forgive!!? Shoujo manga is aimed for girls and concentrates on things like romance. That's okay! Thus, shonen anime and manga are aimed at that demographic. There are lots more. ^_^. The core audience demands certain attributes. Popular josei series include Loveless, Paradise Kiss, Honey and Clover, 07-Ghost, and Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist. PEOPLE GETTING BITTEN IN HALF BY GIANTS. I was wondering the same question too yesterday. In fact, it's very likely one or two of your favorite shounen manga is penned by a female mangaka, and it wouldn't be surprising since a lot of them made it big. How do you think about the answers? New ones might not. The art style of shōnen is generally less flowery than that of shōjo, although this varies greatly from artist to artist, and some artists draw both shōnen and shōjo. While there's probably around 1 male shoujo mangaka out of 100, in shounen manga the ratio is much closer. But perhaps the most important of these to know refer to some of the different types of anime and manga. You'd be surprised; it's not that straightforward. is a Japanese word literally meaning "young girl" or "small girl", and can be used to refer to any female from grade school age through senior high school age. Putting it into words really is tougher than you'd think. Shōnen (少年, Shōnen? I can clearly see they are a different style, but for the life of me I cannot pin down exactly what the differences are besides that shoujo manga often has very detailed eyes, almost every character is very slender, and the boys are usually very tall. They can also have content of a pornographic nature (though this is not the focus of the work). Their character designs are also usually simpler and gradually focus a lot on "efficiency". Heroes sometimes prone to depend on girls. Examples: Naruto, Yu yu Hakusho, Bleach, Death Note, One Piece, etc.