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No preference, really.
I dislike both. :|
We've been talking about many shoujo and some josei titles here for ages... But have you ever asked yourself, why shoujo or why josei? Do you have any preference from these two demographics? Have you tried both? What do you think of them? Or you just prefer to stick to shoujo, maybe?
I think I prefer shoujo because I like stories with teenager to young adult characters. (Those characters will keep me feeling youthful ) Also because shoujo cover fantasy genre more than josei. Josei manga somehow tend to be more realistic. The only josei I love are mostly light novels with fantasy genre.
I actually don't mind either, really. I think josei gives a nice balance combined with shoujo. In shoujo you tend to get the lovey-dovey feeling, working so hard for love and various other things you normally can't do in real life because how reckless it can be. While josei tends to be more realistic, calm, that there's a way out but not the perfect happy ending.
Not that I read lots of josei, really, since I'm the fantasy type, LOL~
^^ Oh, i'm totally opposite, i'm not into fantasy for so long..
I only read a few ongoing fantasy that still ongoing for years or something new that looks promising..
I always looking for something realistic.. i still 22 though, haha...
As for me, i prefer josei to shoujo..
I likes something realistic without that naive protagonist..
Oh well, though i read shoujo more than josei because shoujo had released much more than josei and it's translations available more..
Josei's stories always deal with another strong plot beside romance, that's what i always search..
I always dissatisfied with most shoujo's ending, they always stick with their first love no matter what which sometimes pissed me off..
Though some of shoujo actually better, i will go with josei..
I agree with windy here. I also have read more shoujo since there is more exposure to shoujo, and even if there are a lot of good ones for shoujo out there, I will still prefer Josei.
Because reading josei requires you to stand from a different viewpoint and you kind of have to set your mind to it while reading. You have more relatable characters, you can empathize with their mindsets more because of the realism.
I'm much more or else into Josei.
Sure I read Shoujo from time to time; though I prefer the realistic approach of Josei. Some Shojo also do have some realistic approach which is one of the reasons I still read Shoujo, nonetheless.
Though some Josei are quite smutty and lacking in-depth story in which saddens me.
But hey, I'm not degrading at some point.
In fact, I do enjoy some Shoujo that are heartfelt and fluffy in occasional circumstances having to enjoy lovely endings.
Another thing, some Seinen tend to have Josei demographics in which deals with real life personal issues and how protagonists' of the story deal with these. Following their progress in a story and growth as a character.
I'm kinda new here. I just want to answer (sort of) this question ..
I used to only like shoujo because it was cute and all . (i was around 16) now i'm deeply a huge fan of josei because i'm a woman you see. I still do like shoujo but less than that time 'cause i've grown (I hope my english is not too bad 'cause i'm french)
If someone do not agree with what i have just said tell me your opinion
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josei it's the step higher ... we're talking about maturity somehow .. you know in the shoujo it's often a pure love for the first time they're almost not even talking about sexuality ... but in the josei ....
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and what you said it's true the story is not really developed.. that's the only thing that is messing for me....
Last edited by Sackoyan; March 21, 2014 at 04:34 PM.
I am also a woman but I still like shoujo more than josei, but I guess that's because characters and plot story are the most important things for me. I used to think that shoujo is rather shallow when it comes to romance, but for these past years I've discovered many shoujo with very developed romance so that's also why I stick with shoujo. And I guess I prefer pure love than ... *ehem*.
I honestly prefer josei even though I grew up reading so much shoujo (Arina Tanemura, Youko Maki, Matsuri Hino) because shoujo's too... flowery for me nowadays. I mean, I like flowery stories and all that but it's so cliche nowadays. Love triangles, the girl's insecurity, misunderstandings. I mean, that does happen in josei as well but it mostly depends on how the protagonist reacts to it. In most shoujo I've read, she just retreats to her cocoon and lets that negative feeling fester in her as opposed to most josei protagonists, she just confronts the dude and kicks him in the balls if he was cheating on her. Plus school-settings are really annoying and overdone. Settings for josei manga are mostly outside of school like at a workplace or something. Plus I'm like... 25% into josei because of all the nicely drawn smut lol
Although some school settings can be cultivated properly, like, Karekano. I always loved that series. So poignant and mature, despite its school setting and coming-of-age concept.