DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that in Japan, seinen is not actually a genre but rather a demographic description of the target audience of the anime? Yes, shonen is among the four anime and manga demographics namely shonen, shojo, seinen, and josei. As the term suggests, anime demographics refers to the intended target audience of mangas and anime. The thing is, seinen anime is targeted towards young boys, 18 years old and older. And perhaps, seinen being a genre is one of the biggest anime myths ever. When we talk about genres, these are the action, romance, coming of age, and slice of life anime.
Interestingly, seinen and shonen are two labels that are often interchanged. On one hand, seinen is targeted at the older male audience, while shonen is targeted at the younger male audience. And in terms of crowd number it caters to, shonen has a bigger audience since younger males have more time to watch anime and read the manga. Plot-wise, we thank the older male audience for the more sophisticated and mature storyline of seinen anime. Undeniably, more attention is paid to the plot and the interaction between the characters. If there is one distinguishing characteristic of seinen that stands out among all the other demographics, it is the touch of realism that almost all seinen manga and anime exude.