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* ''Music/ConfessionExecutiveCommitteeLoveSeries'' - Series of videos turned anime/manga and novels by Creator/HoneyWorks, with heavy inspiration from works in the demographic
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* ''VideoGame/PrettyRhythmAuroraDream''(the anime)
* ''Anime/PrettyRhythmRainbowLive'' and spinoff ''KING of PRISM'' (though the latter tries to aim for older girls as well)


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* ''Anime/PriPara''
** ''Idol Time Pripara''
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* ''Manga/ChildrenOfTheWhales''
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* ''Manga/{{Georgie}}''
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The [[UsefulNotes/MangaDemographics demographic category]] of {{anime}} and {{manga}} aimed mainly at pre-teen to teenage girls. It tends to have female leads, romantic subplots and resolutions involving personal growth. This doesn't mean ''Shoujo'' is devoid of action, though. In addition to more traditional romance stories, Shoujo can include tales of [[ActionGirl heroines who kick righteous butt]] -- while pursuing romantic subplots and personal growth.

Alternately, ''Shoujo'' stories can focus on implied or explicit homosexual relationships between men (see BoysLove for the genre, YaoiGuys for characters outside of the genre), or the romantic emphasis could also stem from [[GirlsLove relationships between women]]. Some feature all of the above, and usually feature a RelationshipCeiling.

Although series with explicit sexuality are more likely to be ''{{Josei}}'' (aimed at older women), some ''Shoujo'' may have considerable sexual content; a subgenre called ''Teens Love'' (by analogy to Boys Love) features erotic romance between heterosexual couples, with much the same narrative conventions ([[BastardBoyfriend abusive boyfriends]] and {{angst}}; or, alternately, [[MakeOutKids shiny romance]], [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex ecstatic lovemaking]], and HappilyEverAfter). This stuff tends to snuggle up as close to the "Restricted" (18+) category as it can, and so isn't often licensed for translation.

Not all romance series are ''Shoujo''. ''{{Shonen}}'' romances take the boy's perspective ({{Magical Girlfriend}}s and HaremSeries are both common), and focus on the boy pursuing the girl, or trying to resolve the LoveDodecahedron. If it doesn't have that, a ''{{Shonen}}'' romance tends to ''end'' with a declaration of love and its acceptance. ''Shoujo'' romances, by contrast, frequently involve the [[SmittenTeenageGirl heroine finding love early]] in the series, then stick around to watch the couple work through trouble in their relationship.

Aesthetically, ''Shoujo'' is typically drawn with lighter outlines than ''{{shonen}}'' {{manga}}, and with sparser backgrounds and little (if any) shading -- but, [[Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass contrariwise]], it frequently uses screentone patterns to set the emotional tone of a scene, and frames are rarely solely rectangular and borders are often absent. Character designs with eyes that are even larger than those usually used in {{manga}} and {{anime}} (the infamous dinner plate size) are also usually a giveaway that the work in question is ''Shoujo'' -- [[AnimationAnatomyAging especially when the characters are not children]].

''Shoujo'' is a demographic (usually identified by the time slot or magazine a story runs in) and shows so classified can fit into any "standard" genre, up to and including martial arts and ScienceFiction. And even this is variable; popular female leads sometimes [[TestosteroneBrigade gain a male fan following]], to the degree of the infamous [[{{Seinen}} older male fanbase]]. Anything MagicalGirl is usually ''Shoujo'' by default, [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha although there are exceptions]], specifically made for said older fanbase.

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The [[UsefulNotes/MangaDemographics demographic category]] of {{anime}} and {{manga}} aimed mainly at pre-teen to teenage girls. It tends to have female leads, romantic subplots and resolutions involving personal growth. This doesn't mean ''Shoujo'' ''Shōjo'' is devoid of action, though. In addition to more traditional romance stories, Shoujo Shōjo can include tales of [[ActionGirl heroines who kick righteous butt]] -- while pursuing romantic subplots and personal growth.

Alternately, ''Shoujo'' ''Shōjo'' stories can focus on implied or explicit homosexual relationships between men (see BoysLove for the genre, YaoiGuys for characters outside of the genre), or the romantic emphasis could also stem from [[GirlsLove [[YuriGenre relationships between women]]. Some feature all of the above, and usually feature a RelationshipCeiling.

Although series with explicit sexuality are more likely to be ''{{Josei}}'' (aimed at older women), some ''Shoujo'' ''Shōjo'' may have considerable sexual content; a subgenre called ''Teens Love'' (by analogy to Boys Love) features erotic romance between heterosexual couples, with much the same narrative conventions ([[BastardBoyfriend abusive boyfriends]] and {{angst}}; or, alternately, [[MakeOutKids shiny romance]], [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex ecstatic lovemaking]], and HappilyEverAfter). This stuff tends to snuggle up as close to the "Restricted" (18+) category as it can, and so isn't often licensed for translation.

Not all romance series are ''Shoujo''.''Shōjo''. ''{{Shonen}}'' romances take the boy's perspective ({{Magical Girlfriend}}s and HaremSeries are both common), and focus on the boy pursuing the girl, or trying to resolve the LoveDodecahedron. If it doesn't have that, a ''{{Shonen}}'' ''Shōnen'' romance tends to ''end'' with a declaration of love and its acceptance. ''Shoujo'' ''Shōjo'' romances, by contrast, frequently involve the [[SmittenTeenageGirl heroine finding love early]] in the series, then stick around to watch the couple work through trouble in their relationship.

Aesthetically, ''Shoujo'' ''Shōjo'' is typically drawn with lighter outlines than ''{{shonen}}'' {{manga}}, and with sparser backgrounds and little (if any) shading -- but, [[Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass contrariwise]], it frequently uses screentone patterns to set the emotional tone of a scene, and frames are rarely solely rectangular and borders are often absent. Character designs with eyes that are even larger than those usually used in {{manga}} and {{anime}} (the infamous dinner plate size) are also usually a giveaway that the work in question is ''Shoujo'' ''Shōjo'' -- [[AnimationAnatomyAging especially when the characters are not children]].

''Shoujo'' ''Shōjo'' is a demographic (usually identified by the time slot or magazine a story runs in) and shows so classified can fit into any "standard" genre, up to and including martial arts and ScienceFiction. And even this is variable; popular female leads sometimes [[TestosteroneBrigade gain a male fan following]], to the degree of the infamous [[{{Seinen}} older male fanbase]]. Anything MagicalGirl is usually ''Shoujo'' ''Shōjo'' by default, [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha although there are exceptions]], specifically made for said older fanbase.



* ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'' - A western example clearly inspired by shoujo anime, both aesthetically and thematically.

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* ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'' - A western example clearly inspired by shoujo Shōjo anime, both aesthetically and thematically.



* ''Literature/DeepLove'' - despite the dark theming of the story, the manga and most of its spin-offs (except ''Pao no Monogatari'' and ''REAL'') were released in Bessatsu Friend, a shoujo magazine.

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* ''Literature/DeepLove'' - despite the dark theming of the story, the manga and most of its spin-offs (except ''Pao no Monogatari'' and ''REAL'') were released in Bessatsu Friend, a shoujo shōjo magazine.



* ''Anime/DennouCoil'', which sometimes gets mistaken for {{shonen}} because of its emphasis on high-tech action scenes, but the {{manga}} adaptation ran in a shoujo magazine.

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* ''Anime/DennouCoil'', which sometimes gets mistaken for {{shonen}} because of its emphasis on high-tech action scenes, but the {{manga}} adaptation ran in a shoujo shōjo magazine.



* ''Manga/GlassMask'' (''Glass no Kamen''), one of the LongRunners in shoujo {{manga}}, having been there since 1976.

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* ''Manga/GlassMask'' (''Glass no Kamen''), one of the LongRunners in shoujo shōjo {{manga}}, having been there since 1976.



* ''Manga/HellGirl'': Even when the dark and cynical nature of the story could make it to be confused with {{Seinen}} the original manga was published on Nakayoshi, a shoujo magazine.

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* ''Manga/HellGirl'': Even when the dark and cynical nature of the story could make it to be confused with {{Seinen}} {{seinen}} the original manga was published on Nakayoshi, a shoujo shōjo magazine.



* ''Manga/HoneyHoneyNoSutekiNaBouken'' - one of the first shoujo {{manga}} series that became successful, being written by a woman.

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* ''Manga/HoneyHoneyNoSutekiNaBouken'' - one of the first shoujo shōjo {{manga}} series that became successful, being written by a woman.



* ''Manga/MyLoveStory'' - Often mistaken for being a ''shoujo''-themed ''shonen'' a la ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' due to its humor and {{Gonk}} male protagonist, but it is currently serialized in a shoujo magazine.

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* ''Manga/MyLoveStory'' - Often mistaken for being a ''shoujo''-themed ''shonen'' ''shōjo''-themed ''shōnen'' a la ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' due to its humor and {{Gonk}} male protagonist, but it is currently serialized in a shoujo shōjo magazine.



* ''Manga/{{Orange}}'' - It's currently serialized in a seinen magazine, but it was first released on a shoujo magazine.

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* ''Manga/{{Orange}}'' - It's currently serialized in a seinen magazine, but it was first released on a shoujo shōjo magazine.



* ''Manga/PrincessKnight'' (AKA ''Ribon no Kishi''), one of the earliest shoujo {{manga}}, but not the very first. Created by the "God of {{Manga}}" himself, Creator/OsamuTezuka.

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* ''Manga/PrincessKnight'' (AKA ''Ribon no Kishi''), one of the earliest shoujo {{manga}}, shōjo manga, but not the very first. Created by the "God of {{Manga}}" Manga" himself, Creator/OsamuTezuka.



* ''Manga/{{Zetsuai 1989}}'' - The sequel ''Bronze'' starts as shoujo, but later shifts to {{josei}}.

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* ''Manga/{{Zetsuai 1989}}'' - The sequel ''Bronze'' starts as shoujo, shōjo, but later shifts to {{josei}}.



!! Series sometimes mistaken for shoujo:

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!! Series sometimes mistaken for shoujo:
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* ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}'', ''Manga/PrivateActress'' and other newer works by Creator/MichiyoAkaishi. They're {{josei}} (and published in the very ''josei'' magazine "Flowers"), though to be fair Akaishi's most popular works (like ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'') '''are''' {{shoujo}}.
* ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' is hard to pin down; it contains some definite {{shoujo}} elements, but also some of {{seinen}} and {{josei}}, considering the more thoughtful subjects it sometimes touches upon. Still, it first got published in a {{shonen}} magazine, so the general consensus is to label it as such.

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* ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}'', ''Manga/PrivateActress'' and other newer works by Creator/MichiyoAkaishi. They're {{josei}} (and published in the very ''josei'' magazine "Flowers"), though to be fair Akaishi's most popular works (like ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'') '''are''' {{shoujo}}.
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* ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' is hard to pin down; it contains some definite {{shoujo}} shōjo elements, but also some of {{seinen}} and {{josei}}, considering the more thoughtful subjects it sometimes touches upon. Still, it first got published in a {{shonen}} magazine, so the general consensus is to label it as such.



* ''Manga/BitterVirgin'' - While it has many Shoujo traits and is very flowery at times, this work was published as a Seinen manga in a Seinen magazine.

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* ''Manga/BitterVirgin'' - While it has many Shoujo shōjo traits and is very flowery at times, this work was published as a Seinen manga in a Seinen magazine.



* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' - actually a mix of both shoujo and {{shonen}} genres, it features a shoujo heroine and a {{shonen}} hero. This leads to there being ''two'' manga versions, one shoujo and one shonen!

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* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' - actually a mix of both shoujo shōjo and {{shonen}} genres, it features a shoujo shōjo heroine and a {{shonen}} shōnen hero. This leads to there being ''two'' manga versions, one shoujo shōjo and one shonen!shōnen!



* ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'' - Like ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' below, it's actually {{josei}}, and they lump it in with shoujo.

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* ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'' - Like ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' below, it's actually {{josei}}, and they lump it in with shoujo.shōjo.



* ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' - Even though the premise is very {{shoujo}}-like, the execution is typically {{shonen}}.

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* ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' - Even though the premise is very {{shoujo}}-like, shōjo-like, the execution is typically {{shonen}}.



* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' - Creator/RumikoTakahashi is known for her cross-genre appeal to both shoujo and shonen fans, but this one ran in a seinen magazine.
* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' is an AffectionateParody of shoujo manga and how it's made, as well as the titular character being a shoujo mangaka and the protagonist being a girl who has a crush on him, but it was first published in ''[=GanGan=] Online'', which is a shonen online magazine. However, the author has written shoujo manga in the past (''Manga/OresamaTeacher'' being the best-known), and it has enough of a MultipleDemographicAppeal to be reprinted in shoujo anthologies.

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* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' - Creator/RumikoTakahashi is known for her cross-genre appeal to both shoujo shōjo and shonen fans, but this one ran in a seinen magazine.
* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' is an AffectionateParody of shoujo shōjo manga and how it's made, as well as the titular character being a shoujo shōjo mangaka and the protagonist being a girl who has a crush on him, but it was first published in ''[=GanGan=] Online'', which is a shonen online magazine. However, the author has written shoujo shōjo manga in the past (''Manga/OresamaTeacher'' being the best-known), and it has enough of a MultipleDemographicAppeal to be reprinted in shoujo shōjo anthologies.



* ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' - Close, but it's actually {{josei}}. Most Westerners haven't heard of {{josei}}, so they lump it in with shoujo so they don't get confused.

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* ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' - Close, but it's actually {{josei}}. Most Westerners haven't heard of {{josei}}, so they lump it in with shoujo shōjo so they don't get confused.



* ''Manga/{{Servamp}}'' - ZigZagged; It's commonly called shoujo due to its CastFullOfPrettyBoys, but it actually runs in a [[ShonenDemographic shonen]] magazine. The mistake can be forgiven as the intended audience for the magazine (''Comic Gene'') is female.

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* ''Manga/{{Servamp}}'' - ZigZagged; It's commonly called shoujo shōjo due to its CastFullOfPrettyBoys, but it actually runs in a [[ShonenDemographic shonen]] magazine. The mistake can be forgiven as the intended audience for the magazine (''Comic Gene'') is female.



* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' - Despite having "strawberry" in the title which is typical of shoujo, Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} says it's a {{seinen}}.

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* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' - Despite having "strawberry" in the title which is typical of shoujo, shōjo, Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} says it's a {{seinen}}.
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* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' has a CastFullOfPrettyBoys, a bright [[{{Kawaisa}} cutesy]] art style, HomoeroticSubtext, plenty of fanservice from the male characters, and a fandom that's [[EstrogenBrigade overwhelmingly female and teenaged]]. It would be a textbook example of a {{moe}} franchise for girls/women instead of men, if not for seinen magazine ''Comic Birz'' advertising and serializing it, and then switching to the ''Magazine/ShonenJump''.

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* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' has a CastFullOfPrettyBoys, a bright [[{{Kawaisa}} [[{{UsefulNotes/Kawaisa}} cutesy]] art style, HomoeroticSubtext, plenty of fanservice from the male characters, and a fandom that's [[EstrogenBrigade overwhelmingly female and teenaged]]. It would be a textbook example of a {{moe}} franchise for girls/women instead of men, if not for seinen magazine ''Comic Birz'' advertising and serializing it, and then switching to the ''Magazine/ShonenJump''.
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* ''Manga/NatsuENoTobira''
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* ''Webcomic/MousouTelepathy'' is often mistaken for one due to the premise, its SliceOfLife romcom status, and its female lead. The comic is featured on and published by Sai Zen Sen comics, which holds shounen titles.

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* ''Webcomic/MousouTelepathy'' is often mistaken for one due to the premise, its SliceOfLife romcom status, and its female lead. The comic is featured on and published by Sai Zen Sen comics, which holds shounen titles.titles and is a bit of a mixed bag.
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* ''Manga/ThatWolfBoyIsMine''
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* ''Webcomic/MousouTelepathy'' is often mistaken for one due to the premise, its SliceOfLife romcom status, and its female lead. The comic is featured on and published by Sai Sen Zen comics, which holds shounen titles.

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* ''Webcomic/MousouTelepathy'' is often mistaken for one due to the premise, its SliceOfLife romcom status, and its female lead. The comic is featured on and published by Sai Zen Sen Zen comics, which holds shounen titles.
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