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WHAT"S THE MEANING
The word "seinen" literally means "youth" in the Japanese language. When used in the world of anime and manga though, the word "seinen" adopts a much broader meaning, which would be the "young adult" demographic.
DID YOU KNOW?
Seinen manga and anime are targeted towards young adult men from the age of 18 to 40? We know. That's quite an age bracket, isn't it? That just goes to show just how much a part of Japanese culture they are that even the older generation can appreciate them. Anyway, let's go back to the matter at hand. You can consider seinen as a mature and older version of shounen and as a result, is a bit more flexible of a genre even it's not as popular. Seinen plots tend to be more intricate and deeper than its modern contemporary. If you want stories that make you think, seinen anime and manga has you covered. When it comes to themes, seinen can be any number of things from horror, gore, psychological, and even delve deep into misery town. It appeals to a "young enough" audience that cute moe girls can be included and still somehow fit it. We've been treated to some really awesome seinen anime through the years. You have cult classics like Cowboy Bepop, Berserk, and Death Note. Then, you have more recent ones like Psycho-Pass, Jormugand, and just recently, Vinland Saga. If you're pining for something new, the latest Pet anime series that released just might have what you're looking for. It's definitely worth checking out if you haven't yet.