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Shojo and Shonen are the two most known forms to us in the states, but there are several other types. Seinen is for adult males and Josei is for adult women. Manga is pretty popular here in Japan with all ages, and whenever I go to a ramen shop during lunch time, I’ve always seen guys in business suits eating their ramen with one hand while reading a manga in the other XD Much like you’d see a businessman here eating lunch and reading a book/novel here.

There is also a type for very young children called Kodomo (which is the word for child), and there is one that I LOVE! It’s called Chi’s Sweet Home, the episodes are about 3 minutes long each and are so funny and cute ^^ But I’m kinda getting into Anime with this one, cause I really haven’t had the chance to read any Chi. XD But it is soooooooo cute and happy and sweet!
Chi's Sweet Home
Found image here.

I think a really fun form of written media is Manga. For starters I’ll break down some of the basic forms and go from there.

Shojo is the term for material aimed at young girls, usually with an adolescent/teenaged girl as the protagonist. Many of the manga have romantic themes, but it’s not always the case. One of my favorite animes/manga is Azumanga Daioh, written by Kiyohiko Azuma, who also wrote another manga I love Yotsuba&!. Azumanga is usually thought to be aimed at girls, but it is just a happy light-hearted comedy about girls in highschool, with no real romance involved so I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as a shojo. There is however a little bit that examines a crush on one of the characters.

My favorite manga is Fruits Basket, written by Natsuki Takaya, which does have a love story. It’s about a girl who unwaveringly loves her friends and centers around a family afflicted with a curse of the junishi (the Chinese 12 animal zodiac).

Another awesome shojo manga I love is Ouran High School Host Club, which plays out in at a high school for really rich kids. The really like the theme, which is that it doesn’t matter how someone looks, dresses or how odd they are, everyone still needs/wants to be loved.
Azumanga Daioh Fruits Basket
Yotsuba& Ouran High School Host Club
From left to right, top to bottom: Azumanga Daioh, Fruits Basket, Yotsuba&, and Ouran High.

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