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" simply means "pretty girl" in Japanese.
A bishoujo series
, however, is a more loaded term. They are Fanservice
series aimed towards male audiences
. These series will use highly attractive female characters (often of The Beautiful Elite
variety, although this is not necessary) up to 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, 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 Values Dissonance
that help cement the otaku
stereotype. Adding a guy to the mix ironically just gets it labeled as a Harem Genre
When a series of this kind does attract Fangirls
, the series often loses this term. Compare and contrast Shōjo (Demographic)
and Magical Girl
, in which there are cute girls, but the target audience is female. Also contrast Puni Plush
Improbably Female Cast
is a Sub-Trope
This is an East Asian media only trope. Please do not put Western examples here.
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