February 22, 2013

What is Josei Manga

Paradise Kiss

 Josei Manga is manga that is intended for women.  The name translates to "ladies'" comic.  Most josei manga are written by women and target a readership of young women.

The stories usually focus on the everyday lives of women in Japan.  The style also tends to be more restrained than shonen or shojo manga.

Josei comics often portray romance in a realistic way, as opposed to the idealized romance found in other types of manga.. Josei tends to be both more sexually explicit and contain more mature storytelling.  It is also not unusual for storylines dealing with rape and infidelity  to occur in josei manga.   target specifically towards more mature audiences. Some popular josei series include Yun Kouga's Loveless and Ai Yazawa's Paradise Kiss.

February 13, 2013

What is Shoujo Manga?

Fruits Basket
Shoujo manga is a type of manga that is generally geared towards young women. 

Some popular examples of shoujo manga are Sailor Moon, Vampire Knight, Fruits Basket, and Cardcaptor Sakura.
Shoujo Manga focus around a a young female or a group of young female characters and their adventures.  The setting may be sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, contemporary, etc.  The emphasis is on the friendships, romances, and rivalries of the characters.

Although the stories are plot and character driven shoujo manga may also have action story elements.
Sailor Moon

Vampire Knight

Maid Sama

February 5, 2013

What is Shonen Manga?

There are many different types of manga out there.  The dominant and most popular kind of manga is shonen manga.

In Japanese shonen manga means "comics for boys".  Shonen manga makes up almost one half of all the manga consumed in Japan.  Shonen Jump is the best selling weekly manga publication in Japan, selling 3 million copies per week.

Shonen manga are usually full of high action and violence. Comraderie and rivalries are very important to the mostly male cast members.  Bromances abound, as do betrayals, and ever stronger foes and allies appear as the plot moves forward.  Many of the main characters are motivated by drive to become the best at something--the strongest warrior, the top ranked boxer, the king of the seven seas etc. 

Some of the most popular shonen manga are Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, and Hunter X Hunter, and Slam Dunk. 

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