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.

Should not be confused with ''{{Bishoujo}}''. [[NamesTheSame Or]] [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Lord Shojo]].

Note that the word is correctly romanized as "shōjo" not "shoujo". [[SpellMyNameWithAnS We won't kill you if you mess it up.]]
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!!Examples:

[[index]]
* ''Manga/AbsoluteBoyfriend''
* ''Manga/{{Adekan}}''
* ''Manga/AfterSchoolNightmare''
* ''Manga/AimForTheAce''
* ''Manga/AiOreLoveMe''
* ''Manga/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin''
* ''Manga/AiShiteNight''
* ''Manga/AkazukinChacha''
* ''Manga/AkumaDeSourou''
* ''Manga/AkumaNaEros''
* ''Manga/{{Alice 19th}}''
* ''Manga/AliceAcademy''
* ''Manga/AmeNochiHare''
* ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''
* ''Manga/AngelCrush''
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary''
* ''Anime/AnimalDetectivesKiruminzoo''
* ''Manga/AntiqueBakery''
* ''Manga/AoHaruRide''
* ''Manga/ApothecariusArgentum''
* ''Manga/{{Arisa}}''
* ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''
* ''Manga/AskDrRin''
* ''Manga/AttackNumberOne'' - The first televised female sports {{anime}}.
* ''Anime/AttackerYou'' - Its SpiritualSuccessor
* ''Manga/AyakashiKoiEmaki''
* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres''
* ''Manga/BabyAndMe''
* ''Manga/BarajouNoKiss''
* ''Manga/{{Basara}}''
* ''Manga/BeastMaster''
* ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'' - A western example clearly inspired by shoujo anime, both aesthetically and thematically.
* ''Manga/BeautyPop''
* ''Series/BishoujoKamenPoitrine''
* ''Manga/BlackBird''
* ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName''
* ''Manga/BokuWaKisuDeUsoWoTsuku''
* ''Manga/BokuWaOokami''
* ''LightNovel/TheBrideOfAdarshan''
* ''Manga/CandyCandy''
* ''Manga/CatStreet''
[[/index]]
* Vast number of Creator/{{CLAMP}} works, although it should be noted that there are bishies in all their mangas Notable works include:
[[index]]
** ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''
** ''Manga/TokyoBabylon''
** ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' - although it also has a gigantic {{seinen}} PeripheryDemographic, due to the action and insanely dark story.
** ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''
[[/index]]
[[index]]
* ''Manga/{{Claudine}}...!'' - By Creator/RiyokoIkeda, dealing with the very sensitive topic of {{transsexual}}ity.
* ''Manga/CherryJuice''
* ''Manga/TheCherryProject''
* ''Manga/ChibiMarukoChan''
* ''Anime/CinderellaMonogatari''
* ''[[Anime/CodeGeass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion]]'' (The manga. The anime is Seinen)
* ''Anime/CorrectorYui''
* ''Manga/{{Crown}}''
* ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove''
* ''Manga/CuteXGuy''
* ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara''
* ''Manga/CrescentMoon''
* ''Manga/DemonLoveSpell''
* ''Manga/DengekiDaisy''
* ''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.
* ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness''
* ''Manga/DesireClimax''
* ''Manga/ADevilAndHerLoveSong''
* ''Manga/{{Diece}}''
* ''Manga/DNAngel''
* ''LightNovel/EarlAndFairy''
* ''Manga/EdenNoHana''
* ''Manga/EvyioneOceanFantasy''
* ''Manga/FairyCube''
* ''Manga/FairyNavigatorRuna''
* ''Manga/FamilyComplex''
* ''Manga/FasterThanAKiss''
* ''Manga/FromFarAway''
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket''
* ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite''
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugiByakkoIbun'' (prequel of the above)
* ''Manga/GakuenAlice''
* ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters''
* ''Manga/GdgdDogs''
* ''[[Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gensomaden Saiyuki]]'' - technically only the sequel, as the original is {{shonen}}
* ''Manga/GirlGotGame'' (''Power!!'')
* ''Manga/GlassMask'' (''Glass no Kamen''), one of the LongRunners in shoujo {{manga}}, having been there since 1976.
* ''Manga/HaikaraSanGaTooru''
* ''Manga/HajimariNoNiina''
* ''Manga/HakkendenTouhouHakkenIbun''
* ''Anime/{{Hakuouki}}''
* ''Manga/HanaNoKishi''
* ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun''
* ''Manga/HanaNoNamae''
* ''Manga/HanasakeruSeishounen''
* ''Manga/HanaToAkuma''
* ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' (''Boys Over Flowers'')
* ''Manga/HaouAiren''
* ''Manga/HappyHappyClover''
* ''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.
* ''Manga/HibiChouchou''
* ''Manga/HibikiNoMahou''
* ''Manga/HighSchoolDebut''
* ''VisualNovel/HiiroNoKakera''
* ''Manga/HirunakaNoRyuusei''
* ''Manga/HoneyHoneyNoSutekiNaBouken'' - one of the first shoujo {{manga}} series that became successful, being written by a woman.
* ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose''
* ''Manga/HotGimmick''
* ''Manga/HoukagoXPonytail''
* ''Manga/IlegenesKokuyouNoKiseki''
* ''Manga/ImHere''
* ''Manga/ImmortalRain''
* ''Manga/{{ION}}''
* ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss''
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}''
** ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle''
** ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine''
** ''Anime/JewelpetKiraDeco''
** ''Anime/JewelpetHappiness''
** ''Anime/LadyJewelpet''
** ''Anime/JewelpetMagicalChange''
* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail''
* ''Manga/KamichamaKarin''
* ''Manga/KamikamiKaeshi''
* ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne''
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss''
* ''Manga/KarakuriOdette''
* ''Manga/KareKano'' (aka ''Kareshi Kanojo no Jijyo'', and better known in the US as ''His and Her Circumstances'')
* ''Manga/KareWaTomodachi''
* ''Manga/KedamonoDamono''
* ''Manga/KilalaPrincess''
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke''
* ''Manga/KinKyoriRennai''
* ''Manga/KirarinRevolution''
* ''Manga/KitchenPrincess''
* ''Manga/KMemoryOfRed''
* ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha''
* ''Literature/{{Koizora}}''
* ''Manga/KokoNiIruYo''
* ''Manga/KokoWaGreenwood'' - Subverts the standards by having an all-male lead cast despite not being a BoysLove series. In addition, the major romance between the main protagonist and a secondary female character is told from ''his'' point of view.
* ''Manga/KurobaraAlice''
* ''Manga/KyoKoiOHajimemasu''
* ''LightNovel/KyouKaraMaou''
* ''Manga/{{Lady}}''
* ''Manga/{{Life}}''
* ''Manga/{{Limit}}''
* ''Manga/LoveCeleb'', although it edges near to ''{{Josei}}''.
* ''Manga/LoveIsInTheBag''
* ''Manga/LovelyComplex''
* ''Manga/LoveSoLife''
* ''Manga/MademoiselleButterfly''
* ''Manga/MagicalXMiracle''
* ''Manga/MahouTsukaiNoYome''
* ''Manga/MamotteLollipop''
* ''Manga/MagicalPokemonJourney'''
* ''Anime/MagicUsersClub''
* ''Manga/MaidSama''
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru''
* ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy''
* ''Manga/{{Mars}}''
* ''Manga/MekakushiNoKuni''
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''
* ''Manga/MillenniumSnow''
* ''Manga/MonkeyHigh''
* ''Manga/MoonChild'' ''(Tsuki no Ko)''
* ''Manga/MyHeavenlyHockeyClub''
* ''Manga/MyLittleMonster''
* ''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.
* ''Manga/MusashiNumberNine''
* ''Manga/{{Namaikizakari}}''
* ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'' - Features a male protagonist, and WordOfGod says [[NoHuggingNoKissing it will never have romance in it]].
* ''VideoGame/NeoAngelique''
* ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionCampusApocalypse''
* ''Manga/NGLife''
* ''Manga/NinePuzzle''
* ''Anime/{{Noein}}'' - Like ''Anime/DennouCoil'', it has important action components, but the emphasis of the series remains on the friendships and relationships between Haruka's friends and the time-travellers.
* ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS''
* ''Manga/OmoiOmowareFuriFurare''
* ''Manga/OniisamaE''
* ''Manga/OokamiShoujoToKuroOuji''
* ''Manga/{{Orange}}'' - It's currently serialized in a seinen magazine, but it was first released on a shoujo magazine.
* ''Manga/OresamaTeacher''
* ''Manga/{{Otomen}}''
* ''Manga/OukeNoMonshou'' - Along with ''Manga/GlassMask'', this {{manga}} is among the [[LongRunners longest runners]] in here, since it has been around ever since 1976.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is both an example and an AffectionateParody of the genre.
* ''LightNovel/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'', specifically the ''Usagi no Mark'' and ''Miu-Sama no Iu Toori'' spinoffs
* ''Manga/PenguinRevolution''
* ''Manga/PixiePop''
* ''Manga/PlainLove''
* ''Manga/{{Pochamani}}''
* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}''
* ''Anime/PrettyCure''
** ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure''
** ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar''
** ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5''
** ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure''
** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''
** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure''
** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure''
** ''Anime/DokiDokiPreCure''
** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure''
** ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure''
* ''Manga/PrincessAi''
* ''Manga/PrincessKnight'' (AKA ''Ribon no Kishi''), one of the earliest shoujo {{manga}}, but not the very first. Created by the "God of {{Manga}}" himself, OsamuTezuka.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu''
* ''PrivateActress''
* ''Manga/PsychicDetectiveYakumo''
* ''Manga/PureTrance''
* ''Manga/ReimeiNoArcana''
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''
* ''Manga/{{Sabagebu}}''
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''
** ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''
* ''Manga/SakuraGari''
* ''Manga/SakuraHimeKaden''
* ''Manga/SayILoveYou''
* ''Manga/SeihoBoysHighSchool''
* ''Manga/{{Seimaden}}''
* ''Manga/SeishunKouryakuhon''
* ''Manga/SeiyuuKa''
* ''Manga/SensualPhrase''
* ''Manga/ShinshiDoumeiCross''
* ''Manga/ShinshunkiMimanOkotowari''
* ''Manga/ShiroAri''
* ''Manga/ShiroNoEden''
* ''Manga/ShugoChara''
* ''Manga/SilverDiamond''
* ''Anime/{{Simoun}}''
* ''Manga/SkipBeat''
* ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair''
* ''Manga/SoraLog''
* ''Manga/SoredemoSekaiWaUtsukushii''
* ''Manga/SpecialA''
* ''Manga/StardustWink''
* ''Manga/StrobeEdge''
* ''Manga/SuperGALS!'' ''Kotobuki Ran''
* ''Manga/{{Swan}}''
* ''Manga/SweetBlack''
* ''Manga/TailOfTheMoon''
* ''Manga/TaiyouNoIe''
* ''Manga/TenshiNankaJaNai''
* ''Manga/TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo''
* ''Manga/TimeStrangerKyoko''
* ''Manga/TokimekiTonight''
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''
* ''Manga/TowaKamoShirenai''
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' - (The manga. The original light novels are aimed more at a male audience.)
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari''
* ''Manga/UmibeNoOnnanoko'' - though this work has also been classified as a josei due to its mature content
* ''Manga/UntilTheFullMoon''
* ''Manga/UsotsukiLily''
* ''Manga/VampireKnight''
* ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu''
* ''Manga/{{Vassalord}}''
* ''Manga/VenusCapriccio''
* ''Manga/VirginRipper''
* ''Manga/TheWallflower''
* ''Manga/WatashiGaMoteteDousunda''
* ''Manga/WatashiNiXXShinasai!''
* ''Manga/WildOnes''
* ''Manga/WeddingPeach''
* ''Manga/WJuliet''
* The standard for Creator/AiYazawa, despite being commonly mistaken for ''{{josei}}''.
** ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari''
** ''{{Manga/Nana}}''
** ''Manga/ParadiseKiss''
** ''Manga/TenshiNankaJaNai''
* ''Manga/YumeiroPatissiere''
* ''Manga/YumeMiruTaiyou''
* ''Manga/{{Yurara}}''
* ''Manga/ZettaiHeiwaDaisakusen''
* ''Manga/{{Zetsuai 1989}}'' - The sequel ''Bronze'' starts as shoujo, but later shifts to {{josei}}.
[[/index]]

!! Series sometimes mistaken for shoujo:

* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' - Seinen, published at the equally {{seinen}} magazine ''Afternoon''
* ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}'', ''PrivateActress'' and other newer works by 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.
* ''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''.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' - Like ''LuckyStar'', it's a {{shonen}}.
* ''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.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' - CastFullOfPrettyBoys and tons of HoYay. It's a {{shonen}} series.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' - Most people [[AdaptationDisplacement don't know]] that the anime is actually based on a DatingSim VisualNovel aimed at a {{Seinen}} demographic.
* ''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!
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' It jumps into several genres with such frequency that pinning it down is nearly impossible, but it ran in ''ShonenAce'' and is therefore officially {{shonen}}.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': The titular character may be female and there may be a lot of ShipTease between her and the secondary male protagonist, but the series is actually written for a male audience. Considering how often the female characters (especially [[ReluctantFanserviceGirl Mikuru]]) wear {{Fanservice}}y outfits, it's hardly a surprise.
* ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'' - Like ''NodameCantabile'' below, it's actually {{josei}}, and they lump it in with shoujo.
* ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'' - Very {{moe}} {{seinen}} ([[http://www.amazon.com/Strawberry-Marshmallow-Cute-Does-Vol/dp/B000F3AAMK Amazon.com]] even goes so far as to say that it's obviously targeted at adolescent girls and that boys and older viewers will find it cloying.)
* ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' - Even though the premise is very {{shoujo}}-like, the execution is typically {{shonen}}.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'' - Even though most main characters are girls and dealing with "girly" subjects, it's still a {{shonen}}.
* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' - Despite being a MagicalGirl show, the anime was aimed [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForLittleGirls primarily at men]] and the manga ran in a {{seinen}} magazine.
* ''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.
* ''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.
* ''Manga/PitaTen''
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' - Seems like shojo incarnate, but the manga adaption ran in a shonen magazine.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' - Despite being a MagicalGirl show, it was created as quite a bleak {{seinen}}.
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' - It's based on a DatingSim. What do you think?
* ''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.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''
* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' - Despite having "strawberry" in the title which is typical of shoujo, {{TOW}} says it's a {{seinen}}.
* ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou''
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