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Domayv 
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Posted 3/24/16
Considering that its manga based off of them are serialized on seinen magazines (aimed at males 18-34) and that the anime adaptation aired late a night (the so-called "Otaku O'Clock"), would Sword Art Online be classified as a seinen series.
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Posted 3/24/16 , edited 3/24/16
the light novel was released in Dengeki Bunko, according to the wiki page. the magazine itself shows content for the male audience, both shounen and seinen. the wikif for SAO doesn't specifically state the demographic, but considering that it's primarily a fanservice series, it's most likely intented for the younger male audience.

tl;dr: likely a "shounen"

edit: also, many series air late at night in Japan. that's nothing special.
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Posted 3/24/16 , edited 3/24/16
I always understood, the demographics of a manga is based on the magizine it's published in.

For example, if it's published in a seinen magazine then it is classified as seinen series. Like wise, Gintama is classified as a shounen manga since it's published in Weekly Shōnen Jump. Despite, having a high female fanbase.
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Posted 3/24/16 , edited 3/24/16
I don´t think so, seinen is aimed for older demographics due to more mature topics in the story, also seinen action manga are usually way more violent than shonen manga. Examples of this include Berserk, Tokyo Ghoul and Parasyte.

SAO is not mature at all and honestly a lot of manga from Shonen Jump like Hunter X Hunter and Naruto are more violent than SAO and they are classified as shonen. SAO is a shonen manga, so I don´t understand having it in a seinen magazine.

And also, I don´t think airing a show at a specific hour means anything. Maybe the schedule of the channel only had a space for SAO late at night, but that´s just me speculating
Posted 3/24/16
Ahah from what I've seen, Sword Art Online doesn't really seem like it
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Posted 3/24/16

JosephJoestar01 wrote:

I don´t think so, seinen is aimed for older demographics due to more mature topics in the story, also seinen action manga are usually way more violent than shonen manga. Examples of this include Berserk, Tokyo Ghoul and Parasyte.

SAO is not mature at all and honestly a lot of manga from Shonen Jump like Hunter X Hunter and Naruto are more violent than SAO and they are classified as shonen. SAO is a shonen manga, so I don´t understand having it in a seinen magazine.


then on the flipside, you get "cute girls doing cute things" titles like K-On!
Posted 3/24/16 , edited 3/24/16
No way



firstly the show revolves around any girl he meets falls head over hills over him... that's not the quality of a seinen genre
Posted 3/25/16 , edited 3/25/16
I thought Dengeki Bunko...
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Posted 3/25/16 , edited 3/25/16
The easiest, almost surfire way to actually tell if it's seinen or shounen is to look at the manga in Japanese. If it is written almost entirely in Kanji, it is directed towards an older audience (seinen), likely someone who has at least graduated or almost graduated high school. If the Kanji are supplemented with small furigana on the sides then it is usually directed at a younger audience (shounen) that is still learning most Kanji in school. So I'm gonna say shounen on this one. And that goes without mentioning it's obvious shounen troupes like a main character with an unexplainable harem and named attack techniques.
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Posted 3/26/16
Seinen isn't necessarily higher-quality than shonen, but the specific ways in which SAO is terrible are mainly defined by trying to appeal to 13-year-olds who don't know what story and characterisation mean. By that criterion, it bleeds shonen to the point this is a silly question.

Besides, aren't "otaku o'clock" anime mostly watched by people who set to record them to watch later? Some people are actually awake to watch at the time, but I'd thought they were a small minority of the small minority who even watch late-night anime in the first place.
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