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'{{Bishoujo}}' simply means "pretty girl" in Japanese.

A ''bishoujo series'', however, is a more loaded term. They are {{Fanservice}} series [[{{Shonen}} aimed towards]] [[{{Seinen}} male audiences]]. These series will use highly attractive female characters (often of TheBeautifulElite variety, although this is not necessary) up to [[ChristmasCake about twenty-five years old]] whenever possible. This is especially noticeable in a series where male characters and older women make unusually few to no appearances, [[ImprobablyFemaleCast even if the story's setting and premise would suggest otherwise]].

Lately, among fans, it often takes a self-derogatory tone. Many bishoujo series blatantly appeal to male audiences with pandering tropes, causing large amounts of SelectiveSquick and ValuesDissonance that help cement the {{otaku}} stereotype. Adding a guy to the mix ironically just gets it labeled as a HaremGenre story.

When a series of this kind does attract {{Fangirl}}s, the series often loses this term. Compare and contrast ShoujoDemographic and MagicalGirl, in which there are cute girls, but the target audience is female. Also contrast PuniPlush, {{Gonk}}, {{Hunk}}, {{Bishonen}}.

ImprobablyFemaleCast is a SubTrope.

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'' This is an East Asian media only trope. Please do not put Western examples here.''

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* Pretty much every girl in ''ElfenLied'', Diclonius and human alike, is very beautiful. Because of this, the opening scene is particularly memorable, what with Lucy going on a killing spree [[FullFrontalAssault while wearing nothing but a mask]].
* ''GunslingerGirl'' has an especially jarring dichotomy between the age of the girls in question and their occupation.
* Naturally sent up in ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', which featured a {{bishoujo}} episode in which the art became noticeably more shiny and all of the male regulars except Pedro were deliberately excluded. Pedro's BigNo comes when the male cast finally comes to exact punishment for his appearance -- and we still don't get a good look at any of them.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' - although it is expressly ''not'' a HaremSeries, but rather a SchoolgirlSeries; the only regular male characters are a creepy, middle-aged teacher with a [[{{Joshikousei}} fetish for high school girls]] and a giant floating orange cat that [[MindScrew may or may not]] be Chiyo's father. Plus, you know, [[TheOneGuy that one schoolboy]] who fixes Yukari's bike and is then thrown into the series whenever they need to show another student aside from the main cast? [[http://i30.tinypic.com/atuqop.jpg Yeah, we're talking about him.]]
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' is a bishoujo series; the VideoGame/GalaxyAngel gameverse has the same characters as a HaremGenre, but the anime removes the central male.
* ''SoukouNoStrain''.
* ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'', where only beautiful young girls appear to be allowed to steer sight-seeing gondolas.
* ''KoihimeMusou'' is notable for its sheer volume of bishoujo. There are literally dozens of all shapes and sizes.
* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' is a YuriGenre example.
* ''TenshiNiNarumon''.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu''.
* ''StrikeWitches''.

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* ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses''.
* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Beach Volleyball'', complete with revolutionary JigglePhysics.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''.
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''.
* ''VideoGame/VanguardPrincess''.
* ''Tokidensho Angel Eyes''.
* ''{{Neptunia}}'' is nothing but this.
* ''Getter Love!!''
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. An astounding grand total of two males appear in the official works, and one of them is a magical cloud. The females? About 60+ of them, not counting pre-Windows versions.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. A VisualNovel made by an international team in the style of Japanese {{Dating Sim}}s.

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