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"Bishoujo" 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 story.

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, Gonk, Hunk, Bishōnen.

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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    Anime and Manga 
  • ARIA, where only beautiful young girls appear to be allowed to steer sight-seeing gondolas.
  • Pretty much every girl in Elfen Lied, Diclonius and human alike, is very beautiful. Because of this, the opening scene is particularly memorable, what with Lucy going on a killing spree while wearing nothing but a mask.
  • Naturally sent up in Excel♡Saga, 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 Big "NO!" 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.
  • Galaxy Angel is a bishoujo series; the Galaxy Angel gameverse has the same characters as a Harem Genre, but the anime removes the central male.
  • Gunslinger Girl has an especially jarring dichotomy between the age of the girls in question and their occupation.
  • I'm Gonna Be an Angel!
  • Koihime†Musou is notable for its sheer volume of bishoujo. There are literally dozens of all shapes and sizes.
  • Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry.
  • Strike Witches.
  • To Love Ru.
  • Parodied in Anime-Gataris, where the entire anime club (including Neko-sensei) inexplicably becomes full of cute girls thanks to the Reality Bleed of 2D tropes into real life.
  • Azur Lane: While the source material falls into the Harem Genre, the anime does away with the Commander as the protagonist, leading to the Shipgirls making up the entire, quite varied cast.

  • Strawberry Panic! is a Yuri Genre example, as the entire cast is made up of cute schoolgirls who have romantic feelings for each other.

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Alternative Title(s): Bishoujo Genre, Bishojo Series