Shōjo in a Nutshell – With Recommendations

All the links lead to a magical place where you can read the manga or watch the anime.

Most shōjo animes and mangas are like Fifty Shades of Grey (minus the silly sex): a young male protagonist is overwhelming and beautiful, rich and/or in a position of authority. The girl is clumsy, homely and naive. She captures the male character with something nobody understands and, due to the goodness of her heart, she interprets his abuse as love he does not know how to express differently (BARF).

Exceptions:

  1. Skip Beat! – manga and anime
  2. Kimi ni Todoke – anime (didn’t read the manga yet)
  3. The One – manhua
  4. Hana no Namae – manga
  5. All mangas by Shimotsuki Kayoko (which are only partly shōjo)

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Shōjo manga authors I recommend because I love the artwork and their work is not too offensive to someone with a functioning brain Mitsuki Kako and Shimaki Ako.

UPDATE: You can find more (completed) girly-manga recommendations, with pictures, links and details below:

Mangas for Girls – Recommendations – six shojo/josei mangas recommendations with pictures, of course.

Shuukatsu – Kimi ni Naitei  It’s sweet as hell, yet not so much as to give you cavities. It has all those clichés I hate to love, but with a twist that reminds me why I love them.

S.P.Y. – perfect, if you’re looking for a light read and/or a manga with wet and half-naked guys all over the place.

Orange – really cute art, a story that goes beyond usual, simple love story solely focused on the two protagonists getting together.

And a coulpe shojo anime you should definitely watch:

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun – fun as hell, and only borderline shojo, but really a must-see if you’re looking for some good-quality fun and awesome characters.

Tsuki ga Kirei – I think that a true fan of shojo should not miss this one, especially if you’re like me – a die-hard fan of the holy trinity: romance, slice-of-life and school life.

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