Anime | Meet the 26 best shoujo!

We talked about shonen, seinen, and josei before … but we haven’t even mentioned a demographic especially made for teenage girls: shoujo. The stories that fall into this demographic focus on the main character and her love relationship. In the old days, famous authors were all men, but at a point starting in the 1960s, women began to gain ground to tell problems or stories entirely their own.

Nowadays, shoujo is loved by many people, not just women, and in anime based on shoujo manga it is usually very successful. In this list we will show you the best shoujo anime out there and make it clear that you don’t have to fall into clichés to be entertaining. Let’s start!

1. Fruits Basket (2019)

Furuba Shoujo

Three seasons
Episodes:
21 + 25 + 13

Her original manga was published in the shōjo magazine Hana to Yume.

Tohru Honda ends up living in a tent after her mother’s death. This, until her classmate Yuki and her cousin Shigure Souma offered her a place in her house for her to live. But the boys are hiding a secret, which Tohru eventually finds out. In fact, the Sohma clan has a curse, and members of the clan turn into animals of the Chinese zodiac when they are hugged by someone of the opposite sex.

Fruits Basket stands out from most shoujo anime due to the way the characters grow emotionally. And while it has plenty of funny and romantic moments, the series offers some of the most dramatic story arcs in the genre today.

Note: Not to be confused with the first version of Studio Deen. Fruits Basket had a fantastic remake in 2019 at the insistence of its author, who did not enjoy the change they made to the tone of the original series. In this remake , the message that the author wanted to give is highly respected, as is the growth and drama of the stories told in it. 100% approved by Natsuki Takaya, the correct version of Fruits Basket to watch is the one that came out in 2019 with 3 seasons.

2. Ore Monogatari!! (2015)

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Episodes: 24

Her original manga was published in Shueisha’s shoujo magazine Bessatsu Margaret.

Pray Monogatari!! It has a different protagonist and a very different approach, since it focuses on the feelings of the boy. Takeo Gouda is tall and muscular, intimidating to the women at his school due to his appearance. Because of this, the girls do not notice him, but rather fall in love with his best friend Makoto, who is kind and handsome.

One day, Takeo helps little Rinko out of an awkward situation and develops an instant crush. However, following the logic he is familiar with, he assumes that the girl likes Makoto, and goes to great lengths to get them together.

Pray Monogatari!! is a romantic and fun anime, and its message is very important: we must accept ourselves, because only then can we find someone who loves us for who we are.

3. Kimi Ni Todoke (2009)

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Two seasons
Episodes:
25 + 12

Her original manga was published in Shueisha’s shoujo magazine Bessatsu Margaret.

This story does fall a bit into the clichés of shoujo, but it is not without its own charm. The protagonist of the series is Sawako Kuronuma, who receives the cruel nickname of Sadako due to her supposed similarity with the protagonist of the horror film, The Ring.

This gives her an unfair reputation as a scary girl, but in reality, Sawako is just shy. She has never had any friends, but when she meets Shouta Kazehaya, the boy shows her a kindness that she has never felt before. She becomes her friend and treats her normally, and thanks to that first step, her school life normalizes.

The problem? It is that this generates an immediate infatuation with Kazehaya, a popular and unattainable boy. But is it really? Because the boy seems to like Sawako again… This romance is as sweet as can be expected, and the tenderness that emanates from each chapter as we watch Sawako and Kazehaya grow up will surely put a smile on everyone’s face.

4. Lovely Complex (2007)

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Episodes: 24

Her original manga was published in Shueisha’s shoujo magazine Bessatsu Margaret.

Lovely Complex is a mix of comedy, romance, and drama. His characters are full of life, but they also suffer from insecurities.

Risa Koizumi is 1.72 cm tall, being one of the tallest girls in the school. Atsushi Ootani is already considered quite short at 1.56 cm tall. In addition, the two spend their lives arguing. They don’t seem to tolerate each other, but actually, they are good friends.

When little by little they discover that they have a lot in common, an adorable romance begins to blossom, despite the complexes that their height difference can bring.

5. Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta… (2020)

5 - Animes Shoujo - Hamefura

Two seasons
Episodes:
12 + 12 + Feature film to be released

His manga was published in the shoujo magazine Montly Comic Zero Sum , although the story originates from a light novel.

This anime, also known as Hamefura, is one of the most entertaining new isekai proposals we’ve seen in a long time. As that genre has catapulted into the stratosphere, Hamefura has taken elements from here and there to create the best mix of reverse harem, isekai, and dating sim, all with an original approach to the idea of ​​being transported to a new world.

Catarina Claes is the world’s main villain in Fortune Lover, a dating video game with elements of magic and suspense. But what no one knows is that the world inside Fortune Lover exists. The protagonist of this story will be transported inside the video game, and when she opens her eyes, she is the incarnation of evil: Catarina, the villain… and she knows perfectly well what it means to be the bad guy in this game.

Now, Catarina will try to reverse all her signs of doom, building friendships with everyone who symbolized the “bad ending” in the story she originally knows. What this triggers, however, is a kind of harem towards the girl: everyone who meets her is smitten by her humility, her sense of humor and her charm, regardless of her gender. And worst of all, she doesn’t seem to realize that she has all those hearts in the palm of her hand.

6. Watashi ga Motete Dosunda (2016)

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Episodes: 12

His original manga was published in the Bessatsu Friend shoujo magazine , serialized by Kodansha.

It’s not our fault that the best shoujos are reverse harems, but this series stands on its own merit for its message: stay with whoever loves you for who you are, not how you look. The title most literally translates to “I’m popular, now what do I do?” and tells the story of Kae Serinuma, a young otaku obsessed with anime and manga.

One day, Kae witnesses the death of her favorite on-screen character, and falls into a depression that prevents her from getting out of bed for a couple of weeks. After this time, she is finally forced to go back to school, but what wakes up from her instead of Kae is completely different from how her parents remember her. She lost a lot of weight, and now she is slim and unrecognizable.

The same thing happens at school: upon arrival, Kae arouses the curiosity of many boys who previously ignored her. But she Kae she was happy like this, she actually preferred it, since being an otaku, fujoshi and being the center of her attention makes her very nervous. But the most popular boys in school insist on getting close to her, and she’ll have to force herself to hide her true hobbies if she’s going to fit in…or maybe she’s better off noticing that senpai who always loves her ? have you treated well? Popularity is really complicated!

7. Ouran High School Host Club (2006)

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Episodes: 26

Her original manga was published in the shoujo magazine LaLa , serialized by Hakusensha.

Haruhi Fujioka accidentally destroys a valuable vase, located in a secret club at her high school. There, a group of students are dedicated to entertaining and accompanying girls for fun. This makes the girl indebted to the eccentric members of the club, so she starts working for them, to pay her off.

This anime is a fun love story with quirky and weird characters. In fact, the way the characters grow emotionally can bring great depth to a plot that seems too simple at times. And although the series does not have a satisfactory ending (because the manga had not ended when it was adapted), it can be described as a happy ending.

8. Kamisama Kiss (2012)

Kamisama shoujo

Two seasons
Episodes:
13 + 12

Her original manga was published in the shoujo magazine Hana to Yume.

Due to her father’s debts, Nanami Momozono loses her home and lives on the streets. But even so, he does not hesitate to save a man he knows, who is in the same situation as him. But Nanami discovers that this man is, in fact, a god, and sends her to her ruined temple so that Nanami can replace him before her duties.

This is where he meets a boy with fox ears, who has to earn his trust in order to succeed in his mission. He is the helper of the god, and Nanami will start seriously wondering if this matter is worth it.

Kamisama Kiss is a fun anime full of supernatural elements. Nanami is a strong and determined protagonist, and the story unfolds around her relationship with Tomoe, the fox boy, and how she will help him open his heart to humans again.

9. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (2012)

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Episodes: 13

His original manga was published in the shoujo/josei Dessert magazine , serialized by Kodansha.

Shizuku is a girl so focused on her schoolwork that she has a cold outlook on life. When she begins to take notes from Haru, a colleague who dropped out of school after a fight, the girl begins to see her life beyond the sterile routine in which she lives.

Shizuku and Haru are two characters who know very little about human interaction and the strength of Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (also known as My Little Monster ) lies in how they both try to learn to master their emotions.

10. Ao Haru Ride (2014)

Ao Haru Ride

Episodes: 12

His original manga was published in the Bessatsu Friend shoujo magazine , serialized by Kodansha.

Futaba Yoshioka has always drawn the attention of boys and thus was left out by her classmates in high school. Now, in a new school, the girl decides to change her attitude completely, becoming a tomboy with a voracious appetite and stomping her feet as she walks.

However, her plans get complicated when she runs into Tanaka, a boy from her old high school with whom she has a crush. Ao Haru Ride is a journey to the center of turbulent teenage emotions. With each passing episode, the audience becomes more and more attached to the characters and their internal struggles.

Unfortunately, the story isn’t finished, so you’ll have to go to the manga if you want to know how these two end.

11. Kaicho wa Maid Sama! (2010)

Kaicho wa maid sama

Episodes: 26

Her original manga was published in the shoujo magazine LaLa , serialized by Hakusensha.

Being the first female student council president is not easy. Especially when your school has just moved from an all-boys high school to a coeducational one. Misaki Ayuzawa, aptly nicknamed “the demon president” for her strict disciplinary style, is not afraid to use her mastery of Aikido techniques to judge the hordes of misbehaving students and defend the girls at Seika High School.

However, even the perfect Ayuzawa has an embarrassing secret: she works part-time at a maid cafe to help her struggling family pay the bills.

He managed to keep his work hidden from his peers and maintained his impeccable image as a star student until one day, Takumi Usui, the most popular boy in school, walks into the cafe. He could destroy her reputation with her secret, or he could use this information to get closer to her.

12. Vampire Knight (2008)

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Episodes: 13

Her original manga was published in the shoujo magazine LaLa , serialized by Hakusensha.

Cross Academy is an elite boarding school with two separate and isolated classes: the day class and the night class. On the surface, Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu are prefects at the academy, trying to keep order among the students as classes rotate through the afternoons.

Since the night class is full of very attractive elite students, it can be a bit difficult. However, it is necessary, since these “elites” are actually vampires. Yuuki and Zero act as guardians, protecting the secrets of the Night Class and the safety of their ignorant counterparts in the morning.

As the adopted daughter of the president of the academy, Yuuki takes her job with a serious and energetic attitude. She also allows him to interact with her crush and her secret savior, the dorm president of the night, Kaname Kuran. Zero, on the other hand, has a deep-seated hatred against vampires and sometimes doesn’t hesitate to kill them.

Can vampires and humans coexist, even in the strict setting of Cross Academy? Only time will tell.

13. Banana Fish (2018)

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Episodes: 24

His original manga was published in the shoujo magazine Bessatsu Shō jo Comic , serialized by Shogakukan.

Aslan Jade Callenreese, known as Ash Lynx, was a fugitive picked up on the streets of New York City. He was raised by the infamous mob godfather, Dino Golzine. Ash, 17, the boss of his own gang, gets his hands on a mysterious drug called “Banana Fish,” the same two words his older brother Griffin has mumbled since returning from the Iraq War.

However, their investigation is hampered when Dino sends his men to retrieve Ash’s drug from an underground bar he uses as a hideout.

At the bar, Skip, a friend, introduces him to Shunichi Ibe and his assistant, Eiji Okumura, who are Japanese photographers reporting on American street gangs. However, their conversation is interrupted when Shorter Wong, one of Ash’s allies, calls to warn him about Dino.

Soon Dino’s men storm the bar, and in the ensuing chaos they kidnap Skip and Eiji. Now, Ash must find a way to rescue them and continue the investigation into Banana Fish, but will his history with the mob stop him from succeeding?

14. No. 6 (2011)

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Episodes: 11

Based on a shoujo demographic novel published by Kodansha. The manga adaptation ran in the shoujo and josei demographic’s Aria magazine. It was also serialized by Kodansha.

After a war nearly wipes out the human race, the survivors live in the seemingly idyllic city called No. 6. However, the people within its walls are blissfully ignorant of the atrocities of those who live beyond. the walls, and Shion, a privileged young man, will have to confront that difference when an orphan shows up at his door.

Shion is unable to ignore an injured and hungry child, and opens the doors of her house to him. But he doesn’t know that he is guarding a fugitive, and the authorities punish him and make him lose everything he knew.

Now Shion is a teenager, and he works in a park. But when he witnesses a terrifying attack on his co-worker, the government covers up the events and frames him for murder. When he is being transferred, a black-haired teenager, just like the boy he knew so many years ago, saves his life.

15. Romeo x Juliet (2007)

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Episodes: 24

His manga was published in the shoujo magazine Monthly Asuka, published by Kadokawa Shoten.

Who said that a classic was not going to be interesting? Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet , this version is full of action, drama and fantasy.

Laertes Montague wants to seize power at any cost, and for this, he decides to massacre the crown family, the Capulets. But he doesn’t know that there is a survivor, the young Julieta, who must live hidden all her life.

Fourteen years have passed since the attack, and Juliet poses as Odin and the Red Maelstrom, the savior of Neo Verona. One day, the royal police try to arrest her for rumors that she is the heir to the Capulets, and she is rescued by Romeo.

After several encounters, Juliet and Romeo begin to fall in love, without really knowing their true identities. But when they discover that they are mortal enemies, and that Romeo’s family ended with Juliet’s, things get complicated.

16. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge♥ (2006)

Yamato nadeshiko

Episodes: 25

His original manga was published in the shoujo magazine Bessatsu Friend , serialized by Kadokawa Shoten.

His manga was published in the shoujo magazine Monthly Asuka, published by Kadokawa Shoten.

Takano Kyohei, Oda Takenaga, Toyama Yukinojo and Morii Ranmaru are going to rent a house whose rent comes with one condition: they make a “lady” out of a young tenant.

However, Nakahara Sunako, the girl who lives there, is a strange and gloomy horror movie maniac. She has a trauma from when the boy she liked told her that she was ugly, and she doesn’t like beautiful things. Also, she gets a nosebleed when she looks at something beautiful.

19. Orange (2016)

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Episodes: 13 + Feature Film

His original manga was published in the shoujo magazine Bessatsu Margaret and later in Montly Action. Bessatsu Margaret is a shojo magazine , while Montly Action is seinen.

Based on the successful manga by Ichigo Takano, Orange is a heartwarming drama. What would you do if you could change the past? Naho Takamiya one day receives a letter from her 10-year-in-the-future me that begs her to become friends with the boy who is transferring into her grade that year.

He obviously takes it as a joke, but when Kakeru Naruse transfers to his class later that day, he begins to suspect that this is no fluke. Naho and her classmates establish a nice relationship with Kakeru, but according to the letter, the Naho of the future has a lot to regret. And a lot of it has to do with this new student.

20. Akatsuki No Yona (2014)

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Episodes: 24 + 3

Her original manga was published in the shoujo magazine Hana to Yume , serialized by Hakusnsha.

In the kingdom of Kouka, they have a beautiful princess who is able to enchant anyone who meets her. Yona has grown up locked inside the palace to protect her, but everything has the end of her. One day, an act of betrayal ends everything she knows, including her position as his heir.

He will not be able to trust anyone except his best friend and bodyguard, so he decides to leave the palace, facing great dangers because of his lineage. Now that his innocence is gone, Yona swears to do whatever is in his power to gain strength and face his enemies.

21. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (2015)

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Episodes: 12 + 12

Her original manga was published in the shoujo magazine LaLa , serialized by Hakusnsha.

Shirayuki, despite having the name Snow White, has fiery red hair. She lives quietly in the country of Tanbarun, working day after day in her herbal shop. But her life changes completely when the prince of Tanbarun, Raji, tries to force her to marry him. Frightened, Shirayuki cuts her hair off and flees into the woods.

There, he meets Zen Wistalia, the second heir to the throne of the neighboring kingdom. He and her helpers rescue her from her, and the girl promises to repay her debt by working as an apothecary at the Zen country’s herbalist, Clarines.

22.Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (2014)

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Episodes: 12

Her original manga was published in the shoujo magazine Bessatsu Margaret , serialized by Shueisha.

When Erika Shinohara becomes entangled in a web of lies of her own making, she needs the help of someone who isn’t remotely willing to give it to her. She has been tricking her friends for months by saying she has a boyfriend, but when she takes a picture to prove it, she ends up in a huge mess with the most popular boy in school, whose sweet and charming boy facade immediately falls apart in front of her. to Erika.

In her place is a demon who, in exchange for impersonating her boyfriend, asks her to become his “dog”. Will Erika be able to endure this torment or is there something else about this boy that can redeem her demon image?

Subgenre: Mahou Shoujo

This is the most popular shoujo subgenre of all time, which tells the story of young people who have powers to fight, usually magical.

The first mahou shoujo manga to be released was The Princess and the Knight in 1953. But the genre gained its greatest notoriety with Sailor Moon , which reinvigorated magical girls in the 1990s.

In fact, the mahou shoujo subgenre became so successful from there that it became the basis for several Western series, such as Winx Club and My Little Pony .

Get to know some of the best examples!

23. Sailor Moon (1992)

Sailor Moon Shoujo

Episodes: 46 + 43 + 38 + 39 + 34

His original manga was published in the Nakayoshi shoujo magazine , serialized by Kodansha.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is the epithet for magical girls. The story centers on Usagi Tsukino, a clumsy and romantic girl who discovers that she is the reincarnation of a warrior of love and justice. Then she is suddenly thrown into a world of magical powers and new responsibilities by a talking cat, becoming the leader of a group of Guardians.

Together, the girls fight against terrible threats to save the earth, never losing their capacity to love and never giving up, even when all seems lost.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is undoubtedly the most popular and important mahou shoujo anime of the modern era as it has popularized the idea of ​​warrior girls who are strong yet sensitive and romantic. In addition, the anime is not only due to the success of its protagonist, but also to the set of all the warriors, each with their own personality and attributes, which makes all the girls in the world feel part of the team.

24. Card Captor Sakura (1998)

Card Captor Sakura Shoujo

Episodes: 70

His original manga was published in the Nakayoshi shoujo magazine , serialized by Kodansha.

Sakura Kinomoto is a ten year old girl dealing with her social and academic problems, when she accidentally throws a deck of magic cards. She now must retrieve them, and to do so, she must defeat them in magical battles.

Cardcaptor Sakura is aimed at a very young audience, but the anime has been able to achieve levels of success across all age groups due to its excellent emotional characterization of the protagonist and her companions.

25. Tokyo Mew Mew (2002)

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Episodes: 52

His original manga was published in the Nakayoshi shoujo magazine , serialized by Kodansha.

Ichigo Momomiya wanted her date with her first love to end better than her passing out after being “possessed” by a cat. But things get more complicated when she starts behaving like a cat, and she eventually discovers that she can transform into the cat superhero, Mew Ichigo.

After a couple of startling situations, Ichigo discovers that it’s all an experiment to create magical warriors to help the world fight off an alien invasion. There is currently an ongoing remake of this series, called Tokyo Mew Mew New.

26. Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (2004)

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Episodes: 52 + 39

His original manga was published in the Nakayoshi shoujo magazine , serialized by Kodansha.

Lucia Nanami is the mermaid princess of the North Pacific Mermaid Kingdom. One night, she leaves a magical pearl for a boy who falls off a ship during the night. Now, Lucia must enter the human world to find that pearl again, and defend her kingdom.

Using the power of music, Lucia will be able to protect herself from an evil force that is growing more and more.