Despite the greater popularity of the Shonen series among western anime fans, the Shoujo series enjoy tremendous popularity around the world. Although Shoujo anime is primarily geared toward female audiences, the stories appeal to anyone regardless of age or gender. Here, we shall look at the Top 10 Shoujo Anime to Watch in May.
Shoujo anime are deeply emotional stories that explore deeper themes and go beyond stereotypic romance. There are a lot of shows that reflect the best aspects of this genre, and you should watch them if you’re an anime fan.
Shoujo anime and manga are considered to be aimed at girls. However, the Western market typically interprets this to mean “an anime with Shoujo style visuals and storytelling”. In other words, Shoujo refers to a visual and storytelling style, not a demographic. Even though Shoujo anime and manga traditionally focus on relationships and character development, they are much too diverse to be categorized. The focus on bishōnen in Weiss Kreuz, for example, leads one to think that this is an anime aimed at girls and, therefore, Shoujo. However, the large number of female fans indicates that this is an anime that is aimed at the female audience, thus Shoujo.
Here’s a list of Top 10 Shoujo Anime to Watch In May:
10. Cardcaptor Sakura
Despite never having seen it personally, most anime fans are familiar with the name Cardcaptor Sakura. An untimely gust of wind blows across the world a handful of cards containing a mysterious book discovered by Sakura Kinomoto in fourth grade. Due to their extraordinary powers, the cards are deemed by Sakura to be the most powerful, so she must journey around the world and return them all to their original books.
The story of the recent retelling is about a girl who makes friends with a girl of a different race. Both stories are enjoyable and adventurous. They both have their ups and downs. They both have their secrets. But for now, I’d say the best story this year is that of Cardcaptor Sakura. As a magical girl show, it generally bucked the norm (no transformation scenes are shown) and gave fans of the genre a special treat.
9. Sailor Moon
7. Ouran High School Host Club
In Ouran High School Host Club, the protagonists are presented as incredibly stereotypical characters who gradually grow to fit their archetypes. The play also touches on many themes related to gender and presentation when Haruhi is made the host club’s errand boy after breaking an eight million yen vase.
Despite being released in 2006, this show is still so popular that a live-action version of it is being adapted.
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6. Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War
It tells the story of two women whose names are Nana. Nana K. is nave and follows her boyfriend to Tokyo to start a new life, while Nana O. is a confident punk rock band member who moves to Tokyo in pursuit of her dream to become a singer. While drastically different from one another, they form a close friendship. The focus of the show on the struggles of twenty-something-year-old women might not appeal to many Shoujo fans, but it offers an authentic glimpse into the relationships and lives of the characters that are both refreshing and authentic.
Manga Nana was put on indefinite hitch in 2009 when author ai Yazawa fell gravely ill and declined to resurgence. The manga is only ending because author ai Yazawa was gravely ill and unable to recover. Almost ten years have passed, but she is still saying the series will continue “eventually,” but with over ten years gone, fans may have a long wait.
4. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun
3. Banana Fish
In terms of Shoujo fans’ expectations, the show is not what most would expect from the genre since it appears as part of Akimi Yoshida’s 40th-anniversary project. There is just one Shoujo show that deals with a boy raised by a mafia boss and unravels a mystery that involves the Iraq War – Banana Fish. The show’s protagonist is a show-off and is usually the main focus of the show.
2. Fruits Basket
1. Natsume’s Book of Friends
Takashi’s life is turned upside down when his grandmother passes down a Yuujinchou, also known as a Book of Friends. Natsume’s Book of Friends follows his adventures as he tries to avoid being hunted down by the yokai, whose spirits have previously been brought under his grandmother’s control.