Josei Manga Recommendations

Josei Manga Recommendations

I’ve been wanting to do another manga recommendations list for a bit. And I decided that this time, I just have to go for josei manga. Josei manga is manga series aimed at women 16+, and is, therefore, a little more mature than shoujo. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re smutty, and there are actually quite a few series that are fantasies focused on male protagonists, but they still have pretty art styles.

As someone who loves fantasy with pretty boy characters, and doesn’t mind a bit of fujobait as unpopular as that can be (I understand queerbaiting is wrong, but it’s still fun to see these pretty boys have fun interactions), that kind of josei is definitely for me.

Most of the series on this list will be fantasy josei, as that’s the kind I tend to read. So if you’ve wandered over here from my BL list, there will be stuff you will enjoy too. I do have to say that one of these series is a little older and maybe a bit more difficult to get, but I had to include it.

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Manga 101: Josei Manga

Manga 101: Josei Manga

Manga is such a wonderful area of the media. If you’re reading this post, then I’m pretty sure you’re already aware of manga as being the Japanese word for comics. So any comic produced and released in Japan is technically manga. Pretty simple, yeah?

There will be plenty of series you’ve heard of with things like Sailor Moon, Naruto, Bleach and so on. If you know enough to have some basic interest, then you’ve probably heard the terms shoujo and shonen. These are basically manga aimed at young to teenage girls and boys. Most of the well-known series will fit into these two genres. But manga isn’t just for kids and teenagers.

The thing to remember is that there is a manga for everyone out there. So there’s plenty out there for adults too and I don’t just mean hentai and ecchi. Thank god.

Like shoujo and shonen, there are forms of manga that could fit into split male and female target audiences. These are josei and seinen manga which are aimed at people between the ages of 18 and 45. So pretty much, if you’re an adult and you like reading manga, at least some of the stuff will fit into either of these genres.

Today, I do want to focus on josei which as an adult, I would say is my favourite genre of manga. I do enjoy plenty of seinen as well as some shoujo and shonen too but the manga magazine I choose to buy every now and then is josei. So many of the series I adore now – as well as some I’d read as a teenager – were all published in Monthly Comic Zero Sum. Which is always fun to see.

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