does the term " Seinen manga" have a different meaning from the word "Seinen"?
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Posted 5/22/16 , edited 5/22/16
On Wikipedia it say " Seinen manga (青年漫画?) are manga marketed to adolescent boys and men old enough to read kanji.[1] In Japanese, the word 'seinen' literally means "youth", but the term "seinen manga" is also used to describe the audience of comics like Weekly Manga Times and Weekly Manga Goraku which are aimed at men on into their 50s"

Since it was on Wikipedia i don't know if it is accurate or not.
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Posted 5/22/16 , edited 5/22/16
A good description of the manga/anime terminology can be found here...

This post there says it best...


The word itself (少女) is used to refer to a young woman, approximately 8-17 years old. Right as you might think, Shōjo manga and anime have them as target audience. Shōjo isn't limited to any particular style or styles, it's only defined by the target demographic.


This kanji (少年) is used to refer to boys from elementary school to grade school age. Shōnen manga and anime are obviously designed for them as target audience.


Seinen manga and anime are designed for male audience too, but this subset of manga and anime is made for people of older age, usually from 18 to 30, but the real audience can be even older than this with some manga. Such manga and amine usually emphasise the story and the character's personalities instead of action.


Josei manga and anime are for women aged between ~15 and ~45. They tend to be about everyday experiences of women living in Japan.

There are also sub-types of anime/manga, which tend to be more specific, for example, mahō shōjo is a sub-type of shōjo that focuses on young girl heroes with supernatural abilities (magic girls, right...)".
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A couple things that I have found true after reading a ton of manga (of all types):

-- For manga, those terms describe the target demographic of the magazine that the manga was initially published in, and not anything about the particular manga itself. Some of those magazines have very tight demographics, others have broader audiences. Some of them experiment with broadening their audience sometimes, others stick to their tried-and-true formulae.
-- "Seinen" tends to be used to describe any manga that is aimed at a male audience older than Shounen. (at least anything that isn't hentai)
-- Seinen and Josei manga are much more likely to be about adults--AKA people who have graduated high school. As a result, they often deal with more "adult" themes in serious ways: drinking, sex, work-life balance, marriage, infidelity, etc. On the other hand, the vast majority of shoujo and shounen manga are coming-of-age stories (of one kind or another).
-- That being said, these rules are made to be broken, and there are plenty of exceptions. I can name you manga published in "seinen" magazines that are super-cute romances about high school kids, and ones published in "shoujo" magazines that are brooding tales of sexual assault and violence.
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