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Each anime show and movie is categorized into different genres based on its storyline, characters, and themes. If you are new to this magical world full of die-hard fans, you must have heard the word “Shoujo Anime,” listed as one of the genres. 

It is pretty different from the genres that we commonly see, such as Comedy and Action. So, what is Shoujo Anime? Find out all the details below.

Shoujo anime meaning explained

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To understand the meaning of the genre, let’s first understand what Shoujo means. In Japanese, the word Shoujo means “young” or “girl,” and thus, Shoujo anime is made with keeping young girls’ tastes in mind. Thus, more than a genre, we can classify it as a demographic category of anime.

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Examples of Shoujo anime include Ouran High School Host Club, Cardcaptor Sakura, Fruits Basket, and more.

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While the anime targets young girls, usually between the ages of 9 to 19, it doesn’t mean that other genders and age groups can’t watch and enjoy it. In fact, many people love watching Shoujo anime when they are in the mood for something light-hearted and full of romance.

What does Shoujo anime offer?

Shoujo anime offers romance, comedy, drama
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Shoujo anime often features romance, comedy, and drama. However, you might also get a taste of fantasy or supernatural elements in some of them. The stories usually focus on the emotions, relationships, and personal growth of the characters, especially the female protagonists.

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Shoujo anime is known for its distinctive art style, which often uses bright colors, sparkles, flowers, and cute designs. If you are having a sleepover with your friends, you can spend your night watching this type of anime while sharing your feelings with them.

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