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Is it just me, or are there only a few types of shojo anime?
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I ask this because when I look at shojo manga or anime I see cliches and stereotypes. Then maybe a few original ideas thrown in just for the hell of it.

I would give some specific examples, but typical shojo anime/manga seems to just blend together in this ball of a cheery or dimwitted girl, an impossibly hot guy, their impractical love and then jealous chicks who plot against them.

Thankfully though, some of the Fall 2012 shojo anime doesn't quite fit that pattern. (My Little Monster and Say "I love you." to name 2 of them. There could be more but I don't know them yet.)

My Little Monster has more comedy to it and randomness, but the heroine does have a brain and isn't endlessly cheerful since few people really are. And the leading man is handsome, but clueless to common sense. However, he still can recognize some of his feelings which is a change from that guy who girls pretty much seem to be able to tell what he's thinking, even though very few guys are like that, if at all. In Say "I love you," There is a hot main guy, and it it looks a little cliched, but reading it, their relationship isn't all sugary and sweet. And there are girls who do try to break them up, but they actually have rationale and deep issues that they're dealing with instead of the usual, "He's the hot guy at the school so he's everyone's property," kind of thing.

I just wonder if anyone sees this pattern too.
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Of course, there are patterns in all genres' however.
I definitely notice it quite fiercely in the Shojo cat, however Shonen/seinen has a similar problem, where even non harems somehow turn into harems at times. X_x Or shows that seem like they deserve 0 fanservice is shoving it down our throats. :P

The problem is just that certain producers get lazy and want to pop a show out, so they follow the blue print that has been working.
As long as it continues to work, it'll continue to be made.. :/

Edit : And yes, I do watch Shojo anime ^.^;;;;;
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MikiSayaka wrote:

Of course, there are patterns in all genres' however.
I definitely notice it quite fiercely in the Shojo cat, however Shonen/seinen has a similar problem, where even non harems somehow turn into harems at times. X_x Or shows that seem like they deserve 0 fanservice is shoving it down our throats. :P

The problem is just that certain producers get lazy and want to pop a show out, so they follow the blue print that has been working.
As long as it continues to work, it'll continue to be made.. :/

Edit : And yes, I do watch Shojo anime ^.^;;;;;



I have noticed that some shonen show seem to randomly turn into harems after there's a sudden infusion of female characters. then it beams a whole lot of fan service at you.. X__X I agree with you on that point.

I guess it would be the producers since well I guess they come up with ideas and mainly the money for anime to made. xD

I've started to watch more shojo anime as of late, which is when I noticed the trend. It's not that I don't watch it, I do.

I guess it's the same thing in shonen shows where after a fight arc there a few episodes with guys and girls randomly going to a beach or hot spring.
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Indeed.
I think producers feel if you watch a Shojo, you want hot abs thrust into your screen every 10 seconds.
And for Shonen, incredibly large back pain causing breasts, every 2.5 seconds.
Sometimes, it becomes too much, and you lose the entire storyline to all the FS, but most are still pretty decent. I have yet to begin MLM and SIL, I should probably start them up soon though XD
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It's not that the abs are bad at all. Hot abs are always welcome in shojo and shonen for me. xD It's just not every episode.... because you need to focus on the story line some, just a little is all I ask.

And I agree that most shows are still pretty good even with the added FS because they don't forget, "hey, we were doing something before this right...? Yeah...a story. We were telling them a story. Cover up your abs and boobs and we'll give them 2 episodes before we pop them back out, 4 if it's a plot twist and needs extra explanation." The producer tells the writers in their little sweat shop of a room. Because that's how I imagine them talking, though that could be from watching too much Gintama today and if rubbed off.
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This Fall's Shoujo anime is thankfully looking to be quite good, as of late. My Little Monster has a great female lead, and Say I Love You has a better romance story than it sounds. (Though I really started watching Say I love You for the female lead, Mei, as I felt I could relate to her situation and personality. :p It's rather realistic, in some ways.)
xD Fanservice sells (though that doesn't stop it from being unrealistic and annoying as heck.) It's easy to imagine them talking like that.
It's terrible when a show gets to the point of being over-run by fanservice though. o.e It destroys the plot and characters. Nyan Koi would possibly be an adequate example.)
Oh, but you should check out MLM and SIL. So far they're pretty good. (Though that's just my opinion). :p
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Vampire Knight had always been somewhat different in the romantic point of view.
Aishiteruze Baby was a refreshing difference as well in terms of the main male and female lead's romance. Oh, and not to mention it is a shoujo with a male main character.
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moe sells
Posted 10/30/12 , edited 10/30/12
If I've seen one Shoujo I've seen all of them.

-There's a kawaii/cute/innocent girl
- Just entering highschool; wants to get boyfriend desu!
- Bad boy who treats her badly/steals her first kiss
- Perhaps another love rival like her best nice friend who suddenly notices her when bad boy shows up
- Girl trips and falls cutely into bad boys arms
- Bad boy teases her, girl gets flustered, best friend gets jealous
- Slap, slap, kiss, kiss
- Confusion over who girls likes better
- Confrontation/over acting/ stupid line delivery


Somehow the other genres don't get annoying or boring despite having similar plots.
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"Oh no, I'm going to be late for school!"

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