Josei is a [[MangaDemographics demographic category]] of manga, anime, and other entertainment aimed at female audiences aged 18 to 40. Like its SpearCounterpart {{Seinen}}, Josei is notable for more realistic, less idealized portrayals of romance and life than in [[{{Shojo}} works for young girls]].

It typically uses a more realistic artistic style. Most are written by women, and feature in magazines or anthology collections directly sold for the demographic. Stories typically portray everyday life for young Japanese women -- usually adults, but occasionally high school age.

Fuji TV's {{noitaminA}} anime block is notable for focusing on this demographic.

Compare {{Seinen}}, which is aimed at young men of the same age; and {{Shoujo}}, which is aimed at younger females. {{Shounen}} is aimed at younger males.
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!!Examples
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* ''[[Manga/PlusSi +C: Sword and Cornett]]''
* ''Manga/AkatsukiNoAria''
* ''Manga/{{Amatsuki}}''
* ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}''
* ''BaraNoTameNi''
* ''Manga/{{Blue}}''
* ''Manga/BokuraNoKiseki''
* ''Manga/BunnyDrop''
* ''Manga/ButterfliesFlowers''
* ''Manga/{{Chihayafuru}}''
* ''DeepLove''
* ''Manga/{{Dokuhime}}''
* ''Manga/{{DOLL}}''
* ''DoubleHouse''
* ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast''
* ''Manga/FreeSoul''
* ''Anime/GenjiMonogatari1987''
* ''Anime/GenjiMonogatariSennenki''
* ''GenjuNoSeiza''
* ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}''
* ''Manga/HapiMari''
* ''Manga/HappyMania''
* ''Manga/HelterSkelter''
* ''Manga/HotaruNoHikari''
* ''Manga/HoneyAndClover''
* ''Manga/IndigoBlue''
* ''InorihimeWaSoraNiWarau''
* ''Manga/{{Karneval}}''
* ''Manga/KaseiYakyoku''
* ''Manga/KazeHikaru''
* ''Manga/KimiWaPetto''
* ''Manga/{{Kuragehime}}''
* ''Manga/LegendOfChunHyang''
* ''Manga/LoveMyLife''
* ''Manga/MakaiOuji''
* ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin''
* ''Manga/MidnightSecretary''
* ''Manga/MusashiNumberNine''
* ''Manga/NatsuyukiRendezvous''
* ''NightOfTheBeasts''
* ''Manga/NodameCantabile''
* ''Manga/NounaiPoisonBerry''
* ''Manga/OhanaHoloholo''
* ''Manga/OkaneGaNai''
* ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'', the only StudioGhibli film to never be brought to in America (there isn't a big josei market).
* ''PapaToldMe''
* ''Manga/ParadiseKiss''
* ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors''
* ''Manga/{{Pieta}}''
* ''PlanetLadder''
* ''Manga/{{Pride}}''
* ''Manga/PrivateActress''
* ''Manga/PrivatePrince''
* ''Manga/RistoranteParadiso''
* ''Manga/RougeNoir''
* ''Manga/SakamichiNoApollon''
* ''Manga/SakuraGari''
* ''Manga/SatouKunToTanakaSan - The Blood High School''
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds''
* ''Manga/SeigiNoMikata''
* ''ShinGalboy''
* ''Manga/ShirokumaCafe''
* ''Manga/ShitsurenChocolatier''
* ''Manga/SpottedFlower''
* ''Manga/StrangePlus''
* ''Manga/{{Stretch}}'' - A romantic, YuriGenre, SliceOfLife series.
* ''Manga/{{Suppli}}''
* ''WalkinButterfly''
* ''Manga/WithTheLight''
* ''Manga/{{Zetsuai 1989}}'' - Both the original and the sequel ''Bronze'' began as {{shoujo}}, but ''Bronze'' later shifted to this genre.
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!! Series sometimes mistaken for josei:

* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': ''Very'' close, but the involvement with ''Comic Birz'' pulls it closer to the {{seinen}} category. Though now it's closer to {{shonen}} thanks to the involvement with ''Shonen Jump''.
* ''Manga/{{Nana}}'', which is really close to a josei, but it's a {{shojo}}.
** Similarly, ''Manga/ParadiseKiss''. It's an Creator/AiYazawa thing.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' (known as Black Butler in English) seems to be a mix of {{Shojo}}, more so in the anime, and {{Seinen}}, more so in the manga. As such it is often thought of as a {{Josei}} but it's actually a {{Shounen}}.
* Comic Zero Sum is a magazine targeted at women of all ages. This often leads to confusion as to whether a work is shoujo or josei. These include ''Manga/{{Amatsuki}}'', ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'', ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'', ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'' and ''Manga/HatenkouYuugi''.
* Works by Creator/MayuShinjo like ''Manga/SensualPhrase'', ''Manga/HaouAiren'', ''Manga/LoveCeleb'' or ''Manga/AkumaNaEros'', due to the extremely high [[HotterAndSexier sexual content]] that often includes SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes. The melodramatic storytelling and the fact that the protagonists tend to be girls in their late teens, however, sets them as full-blooded shoujo.
* ''Manga/SakuraGari'' by Creator/YuuWatase. Again, super sexual and melodramatic storyline makes you believe it's a {{josei}}, but technically speaking is a ''shoujo''and adverstised as such.
* ''Manga/HatarakiMan'', due to featuring a female protagonist and written by Creator/MoyocoAnno, who is well-known for writing Josei manga. It actually runs in a {{Seinen}} magazine, however.
* ''Manga/BitterVirgin'' is about a boy who finds out his classmate was [[ParentalIncest raped by her step-father]] and [[TeenPregnancy became pregnant]]. It delves into topics like abortion, molestation, [[spoiler:miscarriage]], and teen pregnancy but is not a josei or even a shoujo manga. It's seinen.
* ''Manga/{{Life}}'' is on the thin line between seeming shoujo and seeming josei. It's about a bullied high school girl that [[SelfHarm cuts herself]] and has a fair amount of graphic sexuality and violence to the point where Tokyo Pop upgraded the rating from "Older Teens" to "Mature". Still it's a shoujo manga.
* ''Manga/WanderingSon''. It's a calm SliceOfLife about kids going through elementary to college. It delves with topics like bullying, gender roles, growing up, and other topics more common in female geared works. Its anime adaptation has a watercolor look and aired on ''Creator/{{noitaminA}}''. Signs point toward josei, maybe shoujo, but it's really a seinen series.
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