* The {{bishounen}} cast of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' was created specifically to attract female viewers, something mecha series typically lacked at the time. It worked and nowadays it's rare for a mecha series ''not'' to have bishounen in the main cast. As for ''Gundam'', with the exception of ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' every show since ''Wing'' followed the "pretty boys in mecha" formula.
** Also used quite obviously in ''Anime/CodeGeass''
*** And taken to its logical conclusion with ''StarDriver'', whose protagonist [[LampshadeHanging actually carries the title]] "Ginga Bishonen" ("Galactic Pretty-Boy").
** Loran Cehack, the protagonist of ''Turn A'', [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdresses]] several times throughout, making a convincing enough girl.
** In ''Universal Century'' Garma, Quattro and Kamille are just as {{bishounen}} as ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'''s main cast.
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' has a substantial fanbase of men and older people who enjoy it for the drama of the 18th century and the charismatic Lady Oscar, though the original manga was aimed at teenage girls.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', which was aimed at a young female demographic but had a large male fandom.
** It still does, to the point where Hot Topic is selling male-specific Sailor Moon t-shirts.
** The franchise also has a very large adult female fanbase. It's big enough that a lot of the merchandise for the 20th anniversary revival is ''clearly'' aimed at adult women, with items ranging from expensive makeup sets to Sailor Moon-themed bras and panties. Which makes sense. Given how popular the show was in the early 90's, there's likely a large number of women who fondly remember it from their childhood.
*** Driving that home, a popular women's magazine in Japan actually held a high profile premier party for ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'', with men barred from attending unless they were brought by their wives, girlfriends, or female friends.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' is labeled as {{shonen}} but seems to have more female fans due to the large amount of {{bishonen}} lurking among the crew. Not to mention all the [[HoYay/BlackButler Ho Yay]].
* In another strange example, the "main target" of ''PrettyCure'' is said to be females ages 4-12... and males ages 16-35. It's telling that the director of the original series, ''FutariWaPrettyCure'', has ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' on his resume. There's also blatant {{Yuri}} subtext between the two main characters that would [[ParentalBonus go over the heads]] of younger viewers.
** This is especially noticeable in the 2010 ''HeartcatchPrettyCure''. Every episode has magical girl kung-fu fighting that rivals some {{Shounen}} fighting anime aired at the same time.
** There are, some Periphery Demographic outside those demographics. According to Youtube, the viewership of the intros of the series has significant portion of men aged 35-55, way above what it was originally meant to. According to Website/Deviantart, large amount of fanart drawers for the series are adult women.
** The Show's popularity with adult women was also acknowleged with Deluxe Make Up sets resembling the SmilePact from SmilePrettyCure.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' is a shoujo series, yet its themes of humanitarianism, environmentalism and dualism, as well as its heavy doses of action, violence, death and other dark themes makes it very often mistaken for shonen or even seinen, and is popular among boys as well as girls.
* ''GaoGaiGar'' was the final entry of the Braves series by Sunrise, and as such, aimed at children. The show didn't do very well with the main demographic, but was a smash hit with the older otaku who had grown up with the likes of ''GetterRobo''. The same happened in the U.S., where the fanbase is almost entirely adult mecha-lovers. Oddly enough, the sequel OVA series, ''GaoGaiGarFINAL'' tried to bank on the older demographic with [[DarkerAndGrittier more fanservice and violence]], and wasn't ''quite'' as well-received.
* An anime series of ''Grimms' Fairy Tales'' on [[http://www.youtube.com Youtube]] has developed quite a significant teenaged and young adult fanbase -- the demographic that has outgrown finding HappilyEverAfter satisfying but grown into finding the prince [[RightThroughHisPants climbing out of the princess' bed fully-dressed]] hilarious.
* Sports anime and manga like ''ThePrinceOfTennis'', ''KurokoNoBasuke'', ''{{Manga/Eyeshield 21}}'', ''BigWindup'', and ''YowamushiPedal'' are shonen yet their fandoms consist almost entirely of wild {{fangirl}}s. Actually, pretty much all sports anime and manga is shonen and 9 out of 10 times there will be an all-male cast. Is it any wonder why this genre is the most popular one among female otaku in Japan?
** ThePrinceOfTennis even has OtomeGame spinoffs!
* ''[[CuteyHoney Cutey/ie Honey]]'' was a dyed-in-the-wool {{seinen}} superhero sci-fi series. The more tame TV series actually attracted younger female viewers, who by this time had equated her with their more familar MagicalGirl, who themselves might have been inspired by her. Go Nagai admitted this side fandom surprised him, given the amount of racy humor is in the original work.
** Because of this, there was a spinoff series called Cutey Honey Flash, made by the same staff as Sailor Moon, aimed directly at a female audience.
*** Cutey Honey has sort of became an icon of feminine beauty in Japan, appearing in advertisements for things like weight loss drinks.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is an old Shonen anime involving KiAttacks, aliens, evil space overlords, and the occasional dinosaur. It has gained a massive American fanbase of women and girls from the ages of 14-25. This probably has something to do with the huge bulging muscles.
** ''DBZ'' seems to fit more into the MultipleDemographicAppeal based on some statistics.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' is really, really popular with girls and women. It might have something to do with the ludicrously masculine male characters. According to [[http://img3.sankakustatic.com/wp-content/gallery/safe-ix/one-piece-readership-1.jpg this chart]], there are more 50+ year old than people aged under 18 reading it.
** May also have to do with ''Manga/OnePiece'' being remarkably progressive, gender-wise, for a Shonen series. While there are still some UnfortunateImplications ([[DirtyOldMan Brook]], we're looking at you!), the show compares very favorably to the many more sexist anime out there.
** It probably also has something to do with how well constructed and worldly the whole story is. Sure the main character is somewhat childish, but the world around him is well formed and very rich with history, and the whole thing feels like it's headed to one hell of a finale, even if the story has only just reached the halfway point.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has quite a large female fanbase, probably because almost the entire cast is [[TheBeautifulElite good-looking]] (both male and female) and the [[MrFanservice male characters]] suffer a gratuitous amount of ClothingDamage. And also the HoYay.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is a weird example in that (possibly because of [[StudioGainax production team]] and copious amounts of FanService and [[FreudWasRight suspiciously sexual things]]) a large number of people don't even ''realize'' that it was [[{{Shonen}} targeted to a younger audience]] with an early Sunday timeslot. There's also the fact that the American broadcast ''wasn't'' as it aired at 11 PM Pacific time on Mondays and the dub had a moderate amount of profanity.
* ''Manga/SpottedFlower'', a {{Josei}} manga chronicling the life of a hard working Husband taking care of his pregnant Wife; this work also happens to be a SpiritualSuccessor (if not a {{Sequel}} itself, see the page) to ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'', a {{Seinen}} seires; cue to males following a manga aimed to adult women.
* One of the biggest foundations of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is the HoYay among the {{Moe Anthropomorphism}}s of several ''countries'', which the more history-based fans often find... weird. Hetalia is an odd case in that it started off as a webcomic, with no real demographic in mind. It's a Seinen manga by default, as it was picked up for serialization in the Seinen monthly magazine, Comic Birz.
* The anime for ''Manga/KOn'', a moe series aimed at otaku, became so popular with young girls that it also airs on the Japanese Disney Channel, right alongside Hamtaro and Alice Academy.
* Trigun (Shonen) and Trigun Maximum (Seinen) is very popular with [[YaoiFangirl fujoshi]] over in Japan. Most doujinshi, and fan art on Pixiv and artists' personal sites, are either yaoi or a "cute guys doing cute and funny things" type deal.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' owes much of its success to female fans, despite being an often-violent action series published in an anthology aimed squarely at boys. The show's title character, a soft-spoken, gentle {{bishonen}} with a hidden, more violent dark side, most likely helped. The well-written romance between him and the female lead most likely helped too, especially since it was one of the few {{shonen}} manga relationships that had real development and a definite resolution, while most shonen couples get bogged down in an eternal game of [[WillTheyOrWontThey "will they or won't they?"]]. When the ''Kenshin'' movie premiered in Japan, something like 2/3rds of ticket-buyers were female -- which was roughly the exact opposite of the gender split for a Shonen Jump film at the time.
* While ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is aimed at the high-school crowd, it has a fair number of fans who have been been out of school for quite a while, leading to confusion for {{seinen}} and WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids in some circles.
* A fair number of guys like ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. While they don't really care about the [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys bishonen bunch]], the story is well-structured enough for them to care, and its humor is pretty much universal. It doesn't hurt that the female characters are [[ThatCameOutWrong well developed]], and cute to boot.
* Since it's been [[PeripheryHatedom out of style with little kids since about 2004]], ''Anime/YuGiOh'''s current fandom is composed almost entirely of teenage girls. In the anime -- the [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh Card Game]] however are chock full of boys and men [[SeriousBusiness bickering on effects, spell speeds and priority]]. It's a good bet that most of the current ''YGO'' fanbase consists of fans of the AbridgedSeries.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is an interesting case, taking the usual Periphery Demographic for MagicalGirl series (16-35 year old men) and creating the series to appeal to them specifically. Even so, there are quite a few younger girls who enjoy it. So the "normal" demographic for MagicalGirl shows is the Periphery Demographic for this one? [[YourHeadASplode *head explodes*]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is a shonen series meaning it is supposed to be popular for teenage boys. In Japan, according to and surprising creator RumikoTakahashi, it was more popular amongst girls than guys and Animerica in the year 2000 said that it increased the number of female readers in the American manga market.
** In fact, most of Takahashi's works count. She is a shonen author, and most of her series are a mix of action and comedy with a male protagonist surrounded by impossibly attractive girls in fanservice-ish outfits, but as she is a woman, the female characters are more than eye-candy and are well rounded characters with actual ambitions and personalities and often take a central role in the story, they are also physically strong and quite skilled in battle. The series of Takahashi also feature a lot of romance and gags that are enjoyed by males and females alike, and because of that, her series are extremely popular amongst women and that sure had helped her to become one of the best selling manga authors of all time.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' is also a shonen series, but a fairly large minority of its readers are {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s. The WAY too many bishounen characters in that series help, and yet it's adding ''more''. Well, you can't make a show about a teenage boy who spends most of the first season running around in his underwear without atracting at least ''some'' female fans. Rebocon is a concert dedicated for this series; if you watch the video you will only hear girls screaming.
* If you just look at the title of ''Manga/MaidSama'' (StudentCouncilPresident Is A [[{{Meido}} Maid]]!), it sounds like a {{moe}} series aimed at the male {{otaku}} crowd. In fact, it's a {{shoujo}} series about the female student council president of a formerly all-boys school who has to work at a maid cafe to help her family put food on the table and attracts the attention of the school's resident {{bishounen}}. This doesn't stop guys from watching it, though. The series' equal focus on romance and wacky humor, not to mention the attractive female lead and likeable male lead, attract plenty of male fans.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' can be loosely described as a HaremComedy-[[GenreShift turned]]-[[FightingSeries fighting manga]], with [[TasteTheRainbow loads]] of {{fanservice}} and {{moe}}. The fanbase in Japan is 60% female, with a not-insignificant chunk being preteen girls. [[ItMakesSenseInContext This makes more sense]] if you know the series. Starting from about the same time as the GenreShift, Ken Akamatsu, the creator, began adding little hints of HoYay to the series. Whether this was a result of the Periphery Demographic or the cause of it is extremely debatable.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is about as girly as a {{shojo}} can get, but has nonetheless developed an adult male following that heralds it as an metafictional epic whose awesomeness can only be compared to ninjas engaged in a rock battle -- Hence it's FanNickname: Guitar Ninjas.
* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' is, rather surprisingly, a {{seinen}} series, but it enjoys attention from all the other demographics. A great deal of the interest in the show is in the fact that it's a show about a maid, but it's not a {{Meido}} show.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' was initially aimed at teenage girls, what's with its melodramatic story and dreamy atmosphere. But since it's {{Yuri}}, it has strong male fanbase. The author herself have satirized this phenomenon many times in the story. This even crosses into MultipleDemographicAppeal, as evident with the OVA release. The ending was performed by KOTOKO, who is known for performing opening and ending of {{Eroge}} aimed at men.
* ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' is a {{Kodomomuke}} series but it still has a significant teenage and adult female fanbase.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has a rather significant female fanbase, despite it very obviously pandering to guys. [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Even The Girls Want Panty And Stocking]] (and [[EvilIsSexy Scanty and Kneesocks]])? [[{{Adorkable}} Brief]] may have something to with this, too; and maybe [[BadassPreacher Garterbelt]]. Or maybe it's seeing someone do [[WishFulfillment what they wish they could do]]. And Panty's [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech "I'm just a bitch" speech]] ''was'' inspiring.
* ''Manga/ChisSweetHome'' was originally a {{Seinen}} manga. Since RidiculouslyCuteCritter was in play, it seems to attract pretty much any audience.
* Nobuyuki Fukumoto, who writes series geared at adult men with a rather unusual artstyle, has a surprisingly big female fanbase. This may be due to the infamous lack of female characters in his work, which provides fodder for Yaoi Fangirls. And, of course, {{Kaiji}} [[MemeticMutation is]] {{Moe}}.
* Viz recently mentioned that ''TigerAndBunny'' is intended for 14-25-year old males. This brought on many laughs from the rather large, [[YaoiFangirl very]] ''[[EstrogenBrigade female]]'' fandom that's formed around it. It's also ''very'' popular with BaraGenre [[ManlyGay Guys]].
* Speaking of the madness of female fans, ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' falls victim for this trope ''hard''. How hard? Consider this: in Website/{{Pixiv}} (kinda like Website/DeviantArt, but Japanese), a separate tag was made just to separate the more risque, [[BoysLove fujoshi-oriented]] ''Inazuma Eleven'' pictures from the ones that the [[{{Shounen}} target audience]] can look at. Statistically speaking, the risque pictures comprise ''more than 20%'' of all ''Inazuma Eleven'' illustrations submitted to Pixiv.
* Still on Pixiv, ''Manga/NintamaRantarou'', of all anime, also has its own separate tag for exactly the same reason. You'd never guess that from the content of the anime, which is day to day adventure of [[TrueCompanions a band of]] goofy {{ninja}} kids. Maybe it's the women who watched it in their childhood.
* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' was quite popular for children, despite aiming for the more cultural audience to get the pop culture reference. It ''does'' help how crazy and all over the place the anime is, though, which would guarantee tons of laughs.
* ''Manga/{{Kanamemo}}'' has its share of female fans appreciating the yuri context for the sake of cuteness.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', despite being a [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys bishonen-ridden]] reverse-harem series, is well-written and hilarious enough to attract a sizeable male audience as well. Another appealing aspect is that the female protagonist is a cute but sensible girl who's refreshingly more realistic than most shoujo heroines and how much focus and development is given on the host club members.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is a weird example. Like the ''Nanoha'' example above, it took the cutesy character designs (by Manga/HidamariSketch's own Creator/UmeAoki) and marketed it to the usual Periphery Demographic (adult men) of the MagicalGirl genre. Then [[WhamEpisode episode 3]] rolled around and fans realized that the creators were doing [[GenreDeconstruction something else altogether]]. However, this has not stopped the series from having both male ''and'' female fans. Mostly adults, though. This... really isn't a show for [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForLittleGirls your little sister]].
** Except that in Australia, ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has indeed developed a fanbase of young girls, thanks to children's channel Creator/{{ABC3}} airing it in full, almost entirely uncut,[[note]]The violence was entirely left intact, only the scene where Sayaka reacts to men talking about how they take sexual advantage of their girlfriends was snipped[[/note]] targeted at that demographic.
* A notable portion of the ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' fandom consists of older males. Reasons for this include the series in many ways breaking the shoujo mold, such as favoring SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan over AllGirlsWantBadBoys and focusing a good portion of the story on the non-romantic relationships between characters. Plus, Sawako is pretty relatable to a lot of timid manga/anime fans of both genders, and when she's not [[TheUnsmile unintentionally scary]], she's actually [[{{Moe}} really cute]].
* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' is published in magazines aimed for elementary school kids, but its strong sense of character and continuity draws in older readers, especially those nostalgic for the games but got tired of the anime.
** This also applies to the Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime itself, although to a lesser extent than the games and (possibly) the manga. This may be because unlike the games and manga, the anime's writers very rarely cater to the PeripheryDemographic itself. Despite this, [[NostalgiaFilter nostalgia]] for the early seasons of the anime tends to be very strong (partly due to PopCulturalOsmosis), and many people just enjoy the anime for what it is. This led to the creation of the series' action-oriented Mega Evolution Specials, which star an older protagonist and seem to be [[PanderingToTheBase made to appease older fans]], giving them the same kind of universal appeal as the games.
* ''Bakugan'' is a typical MerchandiseDriven Mons anime, generally aimed at 6-11-year-old boys. The character designs of the humans, both [[MrFanservice male]] and [[MsFanservice female]] attract teenagers and 20-somethings who could care less about the story. There are also all manner of adults who buy the figures and cards and have long discussions about the mechanics of the game.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
** The show has a much larger female audience than you would logically expect from its well-earned fame as one of the goriest, most disturbing stories in existence. This is because its female characters are non-stereotypical, not to mention that it is perhaps one of the few works of fiction that treats [[spoiler:rape]] and its psychological repercusions with realism and, what do you know, respect. And that, as fans will quickly tell you, the main story is based on more universal and epic themes than "tits and gore", infamy be dammed.
** ''Berserk'' has also attracted a number of Yaoi Fangirls due to the heavy, heavy HomoeroticSubtext between [[MindGameShip Guts and Griffith]]. That's not to say that all or even most of ''Berserk'''s female fans are there for the HoYay, though; ''Berserk'' just has a lot of MultipleDemographicAppeal, as mentioned above.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is targeted to the SeinenDemographic, but like most works in this genre it has a sizable female readership--due to the fact that most of the cast is male. The ending credits message for Episode 6, aired on the midnight before Valentine's Day, {{lampshaded}} this:
-->''It may be Valentine's Day, but don't send the characters chocolate or anything. If you're sending it anyway, please send it to [[{{sunrise}} the studio]], not the TV station.''
* Although ''LightNovel/FateZero'' comes from a [[TypeMoon company]] famous for {{Eroge}} and {{MsFanservice}}s, and [[DarkerAndEdgier is]] [[RapeAsDrama about]] [[{{Gorn}} as]] {{Seinen}} as it can get, it has gained quite the devoted EstrogenBrigade due to the [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys predominantly male cast]] and large amounts of HoYay in the anime adaptation.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Another case of a male-targeted shonen series that females fell in love with. Natsu's chest is on [[WalkingShirtlessScene full display under his vest]], and Gray Fullbuster has as many female fans in real life as he does in-universe. It's to be expected when one has a habit of stripping down to his boxers (albeit unwittingly). There are strong female leads in Lucy and Erza as well; though a fair number of women also happen to be fantasy fans.
* ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', the anime anyway, got hit with this pretty hard. The manga is a relatively gory shonen, aimed at an 11-16 male audience; the anime toned down the violence to make it more suitable for children, so it was probably aiming for a 9-14 gender-neutral audience. However, the anime also ramped up the Fanservice, but only really in terms of Yuri and Yaoi fanservice, which attracted a HUGE audience of Yaoi fans that pretty much overtook the fandom. The show's biggest {{broken base}}s are all caused by what the Yaoi fans liked or didn't like and what everyone else liked or didn't like. Poor Snow has become TheScrappy to many for being caught in the middle. (As she's the only girl NOT exploited for fanservice but whose emotional connection to the protagonist interferes with possible Yaoi pairings.)
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' has a ''very'' large female following despite being packed to the brim with [[{{Fanservice}} gratuitous fanservice]] and RuleOfCool.
** [[http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/highschool-of-the-dead/picks/results/650293/_______-likes-highschool-dead This poll]] suggests that the show is actually ''more'' popular with females than it is with males. Commonly cited explanations is the prevalence of ActionGirl, the refreshing {{Aver|ted Trope}}sion of TheSmurfettePrinciple, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] [[MrFanservice Takashi]].
* ''Anime/{{Free}}'' or [[FanNickname "Swimming Anime"]] was originally only a 30-second commercial featuring school boys on a swim team. Naturally, [[YaoiFangirl fujoshi]] picked it up immediately and caused tumblr to explode. The news of it becoming a reality in July caused multiple fangasms. Though, it is [[LGBTFanbase popular with men too]] albeit to less an extreme sense.
** Of course, KyoAni doesn't ignore the male fanbase as well as it tosses in Matsuoka Gou.
* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' is a Seinen series about a teenage who also happens to be a ''kishi'', a professional player of {{Shogi}}. Despite being about a relatively unknown game outside of Japan, the series' heavy focus on character development allows the series fanbase to both genders and a wide age range, something that's even subtly implied to be one of its selling points in the commercials for its volume releases.
* ''Anime/MagicKnightRayearth'' is a shoujo MagicalGirlWarrior series about three girls that save a HighFantasy land with magical powers, frilly skirts... And [[HumongousMecha Giant Robots]]. It has a considerably large male fanbase, most of them from the Mecha fanbase. In latin america, were the show was a big success, is one of the most beloved shoujo animes among men, even by many die hard shonen fans.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is popular among the shonen demographic. It is meant for the seinen crowd but it can easily be confused for shonen upon first glance since it basically has all of the themes one would expect a typical shonen to have. Of course it also has lots of nudity and explores topics such as sexual assault and incest which would definitely ''not'' be in any shonen series.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' conversely is aimed at the shonen demographic, but thanks to its dark themes is popular with the seinen demographic.
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