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It's pretty funny, but my husband enjoys shoujo anime more than I do. If Shojo Beat hadn't come out, I doubt I'd be reading much shoujo manga.
But I attribute my enjoyment of shonen titles to the fact that that was all that was available when I was in high school. So I grew up liking those types of stories.
Now that shoujo manga and anime is much more available, and my husband is always nagging me to watch this or that, I am enjoying shoujo more and more.
*splitted the posts above and made a new topic about Shoujo in general
What I really like about Shoujo is the character development. In most Shonen mangas you don't have that. Of course the character become stronger but mostly the personality stays the same.
If we take our popular Naruto you will see that he is almost identical from the beginning of the manga uptil now regarding how he behaves. Of course he has gained new techniques but other than that there isn't too much change.
Shojou mangas deal with personal processes and thus play on another area/level than Shonen mangas.
Both types have their own good points, of course. Because of that I enjoy reading both. You can't really say which is better it always depends on your personal opinion.
I really have to agree with you Miso the character development is by far the most attractive feature of the Shoujo mangaverse. In fact I was just talking a bit about that when I recomended the Fruits Basket manga in another thread.
I also like both kinds, some days just action and not too much character develpoment is fun but there are other times when I really want to be able to read a manga and feel closer to the characters and maybe indulge in some sappy romance.
Is it just me though when I sometimes read Shonen manga, Naruto for example, I find myself really hoping for more in depth character story lines and (gasp) a bit of romance? I mean I know that it most likely will not happen...but it is fun to imagine the what-ifs in a story. I guess that is what fanfiction is for though.
Do you think that there is a manga out there that would include the best parts of both worlds? A manga that has action, detailed character development and some romance? If anyone knows of a manga like that tell me so I can run out and get it right now. o_o
Perhaps X/1999 by Clamp? It's offically Shoujo but actually it has much action as it deals with two groups fighting at the end of the world.Originally Posted by Tamerlane
It's pretty famous, you already might know it.
And I am too lazy to summarize it now.
Wikipedia will help me:
Thanks for the recomendation! I have heard of that series before but I was not to sure about it.
::rummages thru the ol anime collection::
Wait.....I actually have part of it here.....how odd.....I wonder how long I have had this?
I guess I will try to watch at least the first part of it this weekend sometime. I will be sure to tell you what I think of it.
As much as I enjoy reading Shojo comics, I'm past high school being in my 20's, and I'd like to read something more mature. I'm aware of Yaoi and have read and enjoyed a few series. But I want to read some non-yaoi manga that's aimed at people my age.
So the big question is - is there anything in english? Has any Josei been published?
If there is any translated Josei on the internet, I'd also be curious about it.
One Josei title I hear the most about is Kimi wa Petto, or as Tokyopop sells it - Tramps Like Us. I haven't read it, but I've heard good things about it and the art is decent. Other than that title I'm not much help, sorry.
It was also adapted into a Jdrama starring Matsumoto Jun, if you're interested in Jdramas...
Hehe, sorry I have no avatar and signature as of yet, just joined 30 seconds ago. Anyways, I have just recently, as in the last two or three years, been turned on to manga. I have up until now stuck to pretty action centered manga but being a guy, have been a bit embarassed to admit I am kind of interested in shoujo manga. I was just waondering what one comic in particular you guys would suggest, and download links.
I think there's no need for embarassment in reading shoujo if you're a guy. There are many boys out there reading shoujo.
I sugget you look thru Your Favourite Shoujo Manga to get some hints on what mangas might be good.
But all in all it depends on which type you like. There are funny series, more serious ones, the magical girl ones and so on.
Thanks. I'll take a closer look at it.
This is an awfully late reply, but I'd highly recommend anything by Moyoco Anno. Happy Mania and Flowers and Bees are two manga of the Josei genre for sale in the US. (I was really impressed with the translation in Flowers and Bees, as well -- they had me laughing out loud.)
Nodame Cantabile - very popular in Japan, but I can't believe no one is scanlating it
Del Rey is releasing fairy fast speed though.
NANA is a josei manga, you'd enjoy it!
Kare Kano too is considered josei, though they're still in high school. See, Kare Kano isn't too light in the later chapters.
Edit: Hrm, I jsut realized none of these are technically josei
"Fruits Basket" (shoujo)
Still ongoing, very popular. Alot of extremely emotional scenes that leave you crying. (bring tissue)
"Skip Beat" (shoujo)
A very popular manga in Japan, by the same author as "Toukyou Crazy Paradise".
If you like showbusiness, then youll love this manga.
This is a very mature themed manga, and its very gut-wrenching.
(I was physically nauseated after reading the first four volumes, so this is very traumatic. do not say you werent warned)
A comedy with mature situation, and a few romantic moments. This one is easy seinen (not josei, sorry) reading.
I'm partial to it because Im currently translating it though :P
Edit: fb ended?. I have to order the last volume then.