Friday, September 2, 2011

Shōjo mania

Okay since I saw too many animes with girls as the hero. I decided to make a tribute for them. So i made my first post about shoujo/shojo girls. So for us to first understand shoujo/shojo girls, let us first know the meaning right? So here it is.

Shōjo, shojo or shoujo (少女 shōjo?) is a Japanese word originally derived from a Chinese expression written with the same characters.[nb 1] The Chinese characters ( and ) literally mean young/little and woman respectively.[1] In Japanese, these kanji refer specifically to a young woman approximately 7–18 years old.[2] Shōjo can often be translated with the English word girl.[3]


Like most kanji compounds, the term

shōjo is borrowed from Classical Chinese characters. The term 少女 is pronounced shào nǚ in Mandarin (pinyinromanization), so nyŏ in Korean (McCune-Reischauer romanization), and shōjo in Japanese (Hepburn romanization)

The earliest surviving written record of the term 少女 is on the Book of the Later Han, published in China in the 5th century, in Chapter 86, The myth of Yao, referring to young girls.[4]

盤瓠種,昔帝嚳時患犬戎入寇, 乃訪募天下,有能得犬戎之將吳將軍頭者,購黃金千鎰,邑萬家,又妻以少女[5].

Translation: The myth of Yao: the country is being invaded by barbarians, the king is looking for warriors who are capable of taking the head of the general of the invading army, and for this the king will award (a) thousand Yi [6] of gold, (a) myriad of houses and young girl(s) as their wife/wives.

In the 7th century, the word was introduced into the Japanese language through the adoption of the Chinese-style Ritsuryō legal system, where it referred to females between the ages of 17 and 20

Modern usage

In legal settings, shōjo is a subset of shōnen (meaning "minor") and refers to any female juvenile who has not reached the age of 20.[8]

In Japan, the word shōjo has many applicati

ons outside of the law. It refers to anything of, for, or about school-age girls.[9] Examples include shōjo manga, shōjo culture,[10] shōjo novels, shōjo hobbies, and shōjo fashions, among others.

Here's a couple of picture I got from the internet.

This is LOVELY COMPLEX. Their story is

mainly about a girl named Risa who is very tall and a man named Otoni who is very short. Both have similar personalities and one goal to find the love of their life. Still they always fight with each other and make fun of one another.

MARIA SAMA GA MITERU. Yumi went to a catholic school and met a girl name Sachiko.Then as time passes by Yumi realizes the love she has for her big sister.

Those are only a two of shoujo/shojo anime examples, there are tons to be posted here if you ask me and it would take me years to explain each anime to you guys. So I'll just stop here at two and post another topic, all about their pictures that's all.

Next topic to be posted here is all about shounen. I think we should really discuss of the types of anime so people will have further knowledge of what they are watching right?


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