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Posted 11/9/14
I don't see the point in comparing two different genres.
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Posted 11/9/14

PeripheralVisionary wrote:

I don't see the point in comparing two different genres.


30 minutes too late to be the first to post this... Couldn't agree more.

Seriously, it's like comparing action movies and romance movies, or sitcoms with dramas. They're two completely difference genres. Now, if this were to ask which one I prefer I'd be one of those guys and say both. Why choose?
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Posted 11/9/14
You can't compare them by art or stories because there are good mangas and bad mangas that just try to hard or don't try hard enough. I prefer reading shonen mangas by girl mangakas or those that are not too focused on guy audiences. I also like reading Shojo mangas that are not too mushy in the romantic feeling category. But if the story sort of drifts to the harlem, it better be with a good story. I've been reading this manga called Majo no Shinzou and it's a shonen manga with a reverse harlem. However, because people use pen names I can't tell if the artist is a guy or not. I guess I read manga for the art either way.
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Posted 11/9/14

saef1234 wrote:

What's your opinion on shonen and shojo manga? How do shonen and shojo compare to each other in terms of art, story etc.


Both have competition and romance these days. Just in different proportions. These days standards are up and with the opposite sexes trying their hand at the genres there have been some good blurring of lines.
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Posted 12/5/14
What all demographics need are lots of interesting characters, including main characters. Funny how in Dragonball, the main character got boring after he grew up, but Vegeta, even though was the side character of the series, was the most interesting.
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Posted 12/5/14
Josei is underrated.
Posted 12/7/14 , edited 12/7/14
Can't choose.
Both have good/bad points but I don't prefer one over the other.
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Posted 12/7/14
Okay I am Noob. So please explain me the difference of both. I cant really tell which both genres are.
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Posted 12/7/14
I periodically fluctuate between the two I suppose. Shonen can be dull with all the fighting, but so can shojo with domesticated drabness. I cannot say which one is better. They're both good, and I appreciate them both.
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Posted 12/7/14 , edited 12/7/14

zennoe wrote:

Okay I am Noob. So please explain me the difference of both. I cant really tell which both genres are.
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Shonen are written primarily for boys and Shoujo are written primarily for girls. They're not genres, they're just the demographics.


I don't think you can compare them as a whole as they're far too varied within themselves. It entirely depends on what you're comparing, something like Sabagebu! (Shoujo) compared to Your Lie in April (Shonen) would give very different results than the usual Naruto (Shonen) vs Ao-Haru Ride (Shoujo) style comparison most people are making here.



I tend to prefer shoujo, but tends to is the operative phrase, especially the shoujo comedies as the shounen ones tend to overuse the same stale jokes imo. That said I tend to prefer seinen to both of them; but every demographic has it's stand out series and their equal flops.

One of the problems with this comparison is that there's just much more shonen about, so even though I enjoy a larger proportion of the work from other demographics I read just as much if not more equally good shonen,and for people who's preferences may only swing less heavily in one direction or the other such disparity in choice will lead them to believe they prefer shonen simply because they read a larger number of enjoyable shonen rather than of other demographics they may enjoy a larger section of.
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Posted 12/7/14


Thank you for the explenation. Yeah I get that. But ecchi is not shonen right? At least most of them seem more like Shoujo from the perspective of the story?
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Posted 12/7/14

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Thank you for the explenation. Yeah I get that. But ecchi is not shonen right? At least most of them seem more like Shoujo from the perspective of the story?


Ecchi is almost always shonen, if not seinen in some of the more extreme cases (Kodomo no Jikan jumps to mind). The story is technically irrelevant, it's about the intent and who the series is aimed at. As such you can get romance Shonen (Nisekoi for instance) or action Shoujo (Lagoon Engine's the most actiony I can think of, but more mainstream stuff like Akatsuki no Yona and such have their moments too).

It gets even more confusing when you get into Josei and Seinen, but it's best when trying to categorise them to think less about the plot and more ask yourselve 'would a teenage boy or girl enjoy this more?'... normally (though not always thanks to cultural differences or simply author biases and such) you'll find that gives you a good indication... otherwise just check their wikipedia page :P.
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Posted 12/7/14 , edited 12/7/14
Well, they're both each other's polar opposites. More like, It's really subjective to choose one. So I don't really have a say in that--it's like asking me which foot do I like better. Or asking someone if Rock is better than, idk, R&B.
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Posted 12/7/14

qualeshia3 wrote:

Josei is underrated.


Well most don't have anime, they get live action productions instead, so I'd imagine they are on average barely known in the west. The only Josei I know of is Usagi Drop, great anime, really weird and creepy book ending lol.
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Posted 12/7/14 , edited 12/7/14

Koske1 wrote:


zennoe wrote:



Thank you for the explenation. Yeah I get that. But ecchi is not shonen right? At least most of them seem more like Shoujo from the perspective of the story?


Ecchi is almost always shonen, if not seinen in some of the more extreme cases (Kodomo no Jikan jumps to mind). The story is technically irrelevant, it's about the intent and who the series is aimed at. As such you can get romance Shonen (Nisekoi for instance) or action Shoujo (Lagoon Engine's the most actiony I can think of, but more mainstream stuff like Akatsuki no Yona and such have their moments too).

It gets even more confusing when you get into Josei and Seinen, but it's best when trying to categorise them to think less about the plot and more ask yourselve 'would a teenage boy or girl enjoy this more?'... normally (though not always thanks to cultural differences or simply author biases and such) you'll find that gives you a good indication... otherwise just check their wikipedia page :P.


Don't get how Akatsuki no Yona is considered Shojo, that is one show that sure blurs the lines between the categories. Guess at the end of the day where it is published (magazine) really determines which group it goes in.

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