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No, no, not a lesson of history in terms of how shoujo manga was developed, no.
A while ago I came upon this >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%C5%8Djo_manga << and I think it was rather an interesting story to know about how exactly shoujo manga was first born at Japan. It was so different compared to how shoujo manga now are, especially in terms of artwork, obviously.
Just curious if any of you had ever came across such old shoujo series, or probably some mentioned in that link as one of the first shoujo manga ever made.
Thank you for such an interesting thread, Phio-chan!
It's indeed very curious to note how differently Shojo were made just some decades ago. Although I've never had any contact with series from before World War II, I'm acquainted with some from the 50's onwards. My favorite old school shojo would probably be Rose of Versailles, followed by Candy Candy and Princess Knight.
Beyond the art, the concepts of genre were also very distinct from today's. The anime version of RoV, for instance, could easily be mistaken for a seinen, as it contains a serious and even grave atmosphere, perfectly fitting the story's historical themes. The manga version, however, is more distinctively shojo, as the art — especially the characters' designs — and the yuri undertones present in it were more characteristic of this demographic.
Although they are more recent, I would like also to recommend Please Save My Earth and Kodomo no Omocha. While the former is a beautifully atmospheric romantic sci-fi, the latter is an amusing and amiable comedy.
Do you have any old school favorites?
Last edited by Der Namenlose; February 03, 2013 at 08:10 AM.
Kodocha is one of first manga. I remember reading it when I was in junior high school. It's a lovely series, mainly comedy but got the serious parts too. The last 4 volumes are mostly tense. Overall it's an amazing journey. Too bad I only collect the last 4 volumes, haha~ XD