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What are the best shoujo anime?

In case you didn’t know, “shoujo” or “shōjo” is the Japanese term for a girl or a young woman. This certain type of manga or anime is intended for girls particularly those between the ages of 8 and 18. However, just because it is aimed towards teenage girls, doesn’t mean the old demographic can’t enjoy it. Shoujo is for everyone who is interested in light-hearted anime. Although popularly known for having romantic content, shoujo can also cover other styles beyond romance. For instance, shoujo does not necessarily have to focus on romance and heroines since shoujo indicates a target audience. Other shoujo anime also feature other genres like action, comedy, science-fiction, and adventure.

If you’re already bored reading the top seinen manga or other seinen manga recommendations and you want to try something different, then you've come to the right place! You may want to check out these best shoujo anime we’ve listed below. These anime may consist of non-offensive content and romance which are both ideal if you’re looking for light-hearted shows. If you're having second thoughts because it is intended mainly for the younger female audience, then worry no more! After all, shoujo also features other important characteristics which male audience can relate to. For instance, there are shoujo anime that focus on boy's feelings as well. Start seeing a shoujo anime now and vote up for the best one!

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  1. 1Maid Sama!

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    Maid Sama! or Kaichou wa Maid-sama! is the anime adaptation of the manga series Maid Sama! by Hiro Fujiwara. The story narrates how an arrogant guy falls in love with the maid.

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  1. 2Ouran High School Host Club

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    Ouran High School Host Club is an anime series that was adapted from Bisco Hatori's manga of the same title. This reverse harem romantic comedy anime features 26 episodes.

  2. 3My Little Monster

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     My Little Monster, also known as Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is a romantic comedy anime based on Robico's manga. It is about the romantic relationship between two high school students.

  1. 4Fruits Basket

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    If you loved the Fruits Basket anime back in 2001, then you've probably heard rumors about a new season/reboot of sorts for your beloved anime series. Well, you don't have to wait anymore as the new Fruits Basket anime is already here. We know the original show left you guys hanging, with a lot of burning questions. So what can you expect from this new version of the show? Apart from the obvious improvements in animation, music, and sound, you can expect it to delve deeper into the lives and stories of its main characters. We are excited to see all these stories unfold ourselves. So, grab some snacks, pick your preferred streaming platform, and let's all re-live one of our favorite anime shows all over again.

  2. 5Yona of the Dawn

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    Yona of the Dawn, also known as Akatsuki no Yona is based on Mizuho Kusanagi's manga series. This narrates the story of Princess Yona as she gets forced to escape from her kingdom.

  3. 6From Me to You

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    Kimi ni Todoke or more known as From Me to You is a 38-episode Japanese shoujo anime produced by Production I.G. The romance comedy anime is based on the shoujo romance manga by Karuho Shiina.

  4. 7Kamisama Kiss

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    Kamisama Kiss, also known as Kamisama Hajimemashita, is an anime television series based on the manga of the same name written by Julietta Suzuki which aired from January 2015 to March 2015. 

  5. 8Cardcaptor Sakura

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    Cardcaptor Sakura is an action fantasy adventure magic anime TV series based on a manga written by Clamp. Aired from 1998 to 2000, this anime was written by Nanase Ohkawa and directed by Morio Asaka.

  6. 9My Love Story!!

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    My Love Story!! is the animated version of the manga series of the same name written by Kazune Kawahara and illustrated by Aruko.  Produced by Madhouse and directed by Morio Asaka, it follows the story of Takeo Goda.

  7. 10Natsume's Book of Friends

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    Natsume's Book of Friends is an anime based on a Japanese manga series by Yuki Midorikawa. It is about Natsume, an orphaned teenage boy who can spirit, who inherits a notebook his grandmother used to bind spirits under her control.

  8. 11Vampire Knight

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    Vampire Knight is a dark fantasy romance anime based on the manga of the same name by Matsuri Hino. Licensed by Madman Entertainment, Manga Entertainment, and VIZ media, this anime ran with 26 episodes on 2008. 

  9. 12Lovely Complex

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    Lovely Complex, alternately known as Love Com, is a 24-episode romance anime television series directed by Konosuke Uda and produced by Toei Animation. It originally aired from April 7, 2007, to September 29, 2007.

  10. 13Say "I Love You"

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    Based on the Japanese manga series written by Kanae Hazuki, Say "I Love You" aired its first episode on October 6, 2012. It follows the male protagonist named Yamato Kurosawa, a popular high school boy.

  11. 14Special A

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    Written by Maki Minami, Special A is the TV animated series adaptation of the manga of the same name. This romantic comedy anime show had its first episode aired on April 6, 2007. Its cast includes Hiro Shimono and Kisho Taniyama.

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    January 20, 2020
    "Why looking for seinen manga list, I came upon this site for the best shoujo to watch I thought I should get out of my comfort zone and give shoujo anime a try. This is the first anime I watched and I didn't regret it coz the plot is not cliche."
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    Say "I Love You"
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    Anonymous
    January 20, 2020
    "I got bored of reading the best seinen manga so I thought of looking for shoujo anime to watch becoz my friend always suggests that I try watching Vampire. Knight. I watched the first 2 episodes a while ago, and I can say I got hooked"
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    Vampire Knight
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    Anonymous
    January 20, 2020
    "I;m into seinen manga recommendations but thought of giving the top shoujo anime a chance so the first series I tried watching is Kamisama Kiss, so far, I didn't get upset though the series is really just for young girls I believe"
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    Kamisama Kiss
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "Akatsuki no Yona is yet another generic shoujo story masked by a deceptive exterior. Potential interesting plot development and political discussion are replaced by a pointless journey to find hot boys. I am beyond disappointed"
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    Yona of the Dawn
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    Anonymous
    January 20, 2020
    "My Love Story!!! has always been a good series even before it was adapted to an anime. If you guys are into shoujo anime, this is a must-try because the whole series is entirely great!!!!"
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    My Love Story!!
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    Anonymous
    January 20, 2020
    "Got to finish the entire 24-episodes in one sitting, it's really soemthing to try when you're into the best shouju anime. It actually should have been included in the best 3!!!"
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    Lovely Complex
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "This anime has no plot. The characters don't focus on a single problem. Honda is just too perfect too, i dont think there is no human that can possibly possess 0 bad traits."
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    Fruits Basket
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "I have no idea why this is ranked last but this is the best shoujo anime in my opinion. The story is good and it did not bore me while i was watching it."
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    Cardcaptor Sakura
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "Ouran High School is one of the best shoujo/ reverse harem anime series I have watched. It was really fun to watch and I enjoyed every episode."
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    Ouran High School Host Club
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "I like the color and the way this shoujo was created. however the story is cliche to me, it was just another shy girl meets popular boy"
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    From Me to You
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "I was bothered by its slow pacing at first but I must say that this shoujo anime is one of the best that i have watched."
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    My Little Monster
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    Anonymous
    January 20, 2020
    "Am planning to start with Special A series since this is what i'm familiar with. Does anyone know if it's good??"
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    Special A
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "This honestly is a boring series for me but I think its art is what keeps the others drawn into it."
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    Natsume's Book of Friends
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "This show is really easy to enjoy, the story flow is really good too."
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    Maid Sama!
This list is about What are the best shoujo anime
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Maid Sama!TV Shows 28 Paid
2Ouran High School Host ClubTV Shows 22 Free
3My Little MonsterTV Shows 20 Paid
4Fruits BasketTV Shows 14 Paid
5Yona of the DawnTV Shows 14 Paid
6From Me to YouTV Shows 14 Paid
7Kamisama KissTV Shows 13 Paid
8Cardcaptor SakuraTV Shows 12 Paid
9My Love Story!!TV Shows 12 Paid
10Natsume's Book of FriendsTV Shows 11 Free
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