I Want to Punch a Hole Through Shoujo Manga

Recently, I’ve started watching Chihayafuru. It’s an anime based on some shoujo manga I’ve never heard of (well……it obviously has the same name……I mean……it’s an adaptation you get what I mean though right?)

To my utter surprise, I actually found myself enjoying the anime, despite that it was an adaptation of a shoujo manga. In terms of quality and characters, it reminded me a lot of Hanasaku Iroha, an anime that I really enjoyed last season. However, I liked Kaichou wa Maid-sama for 7 episodes, but then I dropped that piece of shit around episode 15 when I couldn’t take anymore shoujo-shit like flowers and sparkly men.

A man should never fucking sparkle. It goes against everything that is man. The only things that should sparkle are wiggles.

Still, I digress (You know, I used to like using the word “digress,” but now I kind of hate it. Yet, I digress…………fuck.)

If there’s one thing I like about most Shoujo anime, it’s that they don’t look like shoujo manga. Shoujo manga, quite simply, look like a whole bunch of shit wrapped in frills with lots of hair, huge fucking eyes, and a whole bunch of other shit piles all over the fucking place.

That’s right folks, the thing that I hate most about shoujo -the main reason why I don’t read it- is how it looks.

I’m not only judging a book by it’s outward appearance, but it’s inward appearance as well. The content could be amazing. It could be a riveting story that I would otherwise love, but I’m still going to drop any shoujo halfway through because the art is so fucking annoying. I’ve even dropped some yuri manga because the art was pissing me off so much. If that doesn’t tell you how much I hate the drawing style, then I don’t know what else will.

First, I need a picture of some type of shoujo manga. For reference sake, I’m going to pick on Kaichou wa Maid-sama, and possibly bring up a lot of bad memories about the shitty anime in the process:

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Okay. Four pictures. I figure that’s enough for me to highlight a few of my least favorite aspects of shoujo manga drawing style.

1. All that background shit.

What the fuck? Every God damn picture has some type of gray shapes or flowers or some shit in every background. Almost every time, these background shapes are created with lots of little dots, which just makes every thing look stupider. To me, it just clutters everything up. I can’t concentrate on the story or the characters with all this fucking shit spotted all over the page. I mean, you got shit over here, sparkles over there, lines all over the fuckin place, a bunch of hair that doesn’t even look cool flyin through frames……oh right the hair.

2. The Hair.

I hate the hair. Look at all the guys. They all have the same fucking hair:

It’s all over the fuckin place.

Some might call this “detail.” I call it “kid who needs a fuckin hair cut.” All male characters always have long hair, so that it jusssst hides the top part of their eyes. This allows them to make moves to brush the hair out of their faces. Wow. if getting girls were as easy as brushing hair out of your face, then how come I wasn’t the most popular guy in high school? Oh yeah, long hair looks fucking retarded on men. The same is true for most manga.

And don’t think I forgot about the girls. Girls have more hair than guys, so in shoujo, their hair is long, stringy, stringy, and stringy. Still, I don’t really mind the girls hair as much as the guys. It’s really mainly the guys’ hair that pisses me off.

3. The Letter Bubbles

Here’s a big issue of mine. The word bubbles. There’s like……2048585 different kinds. Some are see-through, some are shiny, some are dark, some are faded, some are frilly……on any given page you can find up to 395 different word bubbles going on. That brings me back to the whole “way too much shit going on at once on this page” issue. How about a little consistency? Some times the work bubbles even have background shit (see 1.) and then there’s more background shit outside of the bubbles, creating a whole page of shit! FUCK YOU SHIT!

4. Everything’s Really Pointy

…like their chins and hair. Granted, most manga/anime is like that……but seriously, there’s a limit, isn’t there?

5. Flowery, Sparkling, Men

I feel like I can’t really complain much about this, seeing as shoujo manga is made for girls, so naturally they’d doll the men up for their viewing pleasure. But it bothers me, and I will ask this of the girls:

“Do you really prefer guys to cover themselves in glitter and carry flowers around everywhere?”

Fuck that, I got hair on my balls, I like to throw boulders, run through mud, and eat meat. When I get older, I’ll be fat and drink plenty of beer.

So my main complaint is this: Shoujo has it’s pages filled up with endless shit. Half of the time, I’m too busy looking for where words are and who is saying them. Most of the time, I end up giving up and moving on to the next page. The stories are all the same anyway (girl likes guys and then the love and the flowers and the sparkles come…eventually a kiss happens…girl blushes constantly).

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This brings up my next point. Currently, I’m stuck reading a manga called Akuma to Love Song. It’s a shitty shoujo manga with shitty art (even shittier than Kaichou wa Maid-sama, which really wasn’t as bad as other shoujo manga out there) about an AWESOME female lead who kind of just says what she wants, and it pisses everyone off. She also have one facial expression, which is a scowl. Awesome.

Too bad the story is actual shit, all characters except her SUCK, and the art is ANNOYING AS FUCK FOR ALL THE REASON I STATED.

Yet, I can’t stop reading it. I’m going to cry myself to sleep tonight. After reading some Akuma to Love Song.

Someone kill me or delete this manga from my memory.

EDIT: Okay, so I completely caught up in Akuma to Love Song, and now I like it. I still hate the art though, and the plot is still kind of dumb.

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38 thoughts on “I Want to Punch a Hole Through Shoujo Manga

  1. Again, I apologise for ever recommending Akuma to Love Song. I agree, it is rather addictive, even though, I agree that anyone other than Maria is a bit of a personality-less vacuum. Anna is hideously boring. Did the subplot about her being bullied ever reach a conclusion?

    If you hate shojo background clutter, then I sincerely pray to every deity that has ever been worshipped that you don’t read any manga by Arina Tanemura. I love her work, but the background clutter is awful in quite a few of her manga, especially Full Moon wo Sagashite, which uses screentones of everything from what appear to be Cath Kidston floral prints to gingham picnic blankets to random English newspaper articles.

  2. You are contradicting yourself, just saying.

    I don’t read shoujo manga the same reason as you plus most of the time the story just fucking pissed me off. I’m still surprised you even bothered reading/checking out the shoujo manga. I wouldn’t touch it no matter what.

      • I was referring to this:

        “Too bad the story is actual shit, all characters except her SUCK, and the art is ANNOYING AS FUCK FOR ALL THE REASON I STATED.

        Yet, I can’t stop reading it.”

  3. Unlike you, my balls are boulders, there’s mud on me at this moment, and in my old age, I’ll be drinking scotch and brandy. Not sure where i wanted to go with this…

    • Sorry I’m so late in replying to your comment. Fact is, on my way home, an entire mountain was swept into the street, so I had to use my boner to smash the rubble out of the way. It took 3.72 seconds. Then I drank a handle of Jack Daniels and drove home safely, still within the legal limit, because my thick mane of pubic hair can absorb and store alcohol.

  4. I can’t even count how many things are wrong with this.
    Men aren’t “supposed” to be masculine. Fuck your gender binary.
    Men should be what ever the want. Gals should be what ever they want too.
    And art reflects that.
    So stop being a transphobic little twat.

    • I never said what a man can or can’t do/be, I just mentioned that it’s a fact that men with glitter and long hair look fucking stupid, because, in my opinion, they do (they really do look stupid though).

      And what’s wrong with being a transphobic little twat? I’m a man, and “a man should be what ever the want.” (I think you meant to say “they” not “the” by the way.) Let’s go ahead and review the section in question, shall we?

      “5. Flowery, Sparkling, Men

      I feel like I can’t really complain much about this, seeing as shoujo manga is made for girls, so naturally they’d doll the men up for their viewing pleasure. But it bothers me, and I will ask this of the girls:

      “Do you really prefer guys to cover themselves in glitter and carry flowers around everywhere?”

      Fuck that, I got hair on my balls, I like to throw boulders, run through mud, and eat meat. When I get older, I’ll be fat and drink plenty of beer.”

      To sum this section up, I asked a simple question that did not bash anyone. “Do [girls] really prefer guys to cover themselves in glitter and carry flowers around everywhere?” Clearly there is not hate in this question, though maybe you, Kuzdu, really loathe interrogative sentences, and in that case, who am I to judge, right? (sorry, that’s another question.)

      I then went on to disagree with this type of man, and I reflected on the type of man that I am when I mentioned tossing boulders and running through mud. I never said anywhere that there was anything wrong with being a man of glitter. I don’t know where the fuck you got that from.

      I stand by everything that I said in this post. Shoujo sucks and all the guys look fucking stupid.

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  7. Me too, I prefer shounen manga than shoujo manga altough I’m female. Sometimes the art doesn’t bad at all, but the story is very shallow. And most of all, I cant draw handsome good-looking sparkling man, I felt stress everytime I draw it. There’s no such perfect human in the world, except by plastic surgery (as you said, pointed node, pointed chin,etc). Shounen art is more realistic & fun to read. By the way, what you guys think about man in shoujo manga? Will you do & act like them as depicted in shoujo manga? I always wonder what will real man thought about man in shoujo manga.

    • No man on Earth acts like any man in a shoujo manga. If any man acted like any man from a shoujo manga, he would be made fun of by so many people that he’d have no choice but to commit suicide for the betterment of mankind and society.

      Shoujo manga sucks too much ass.

      • Lol. Yeah, you’re right. That’s just a fan service for girls just like fan service in shonen manga with large boobs girls or girl with panties.

    • ho ho ha ha hee hee ho hum.

      If I’m a dumb idiot for posting my opinion on my own ISSS about shoujo, then you must be an EVEN DUMBER IDIOT for posting a comment of YOUR OPINION to MY ORIGINAL POST of how I feel about shoujo manga. Sorry I was VERY drunk when I wrote this, and still made more sense than you.

      You’re literally fucking retarded,

      regards but not really,
      Glo

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  9. I just find your whole criticism ironic. You said that you hate the manga character nd the whole manga over all and yet you keel on reading it. I dont know if you dont understand but good mangers are about detail. You can waste paper and leave a certain area blank because it will look unprofessional. Also, it cant be help that they all look the same. It is a trend and character in japan for those guys to look like that. No offense, my you are just critizing the obvious question. Also they do bubble letters because it extravagant the title so we see it more clearly. People sometime look at th title other than the pictures-so that wh6 they do it.

    • It truly is ironic. I don’t so much mind the stories of some shoujo manga, but it’s the art that I just hate. I’ve since stopped reading that manga because I can’t even remember what it’s about as I haven’t read it in ages. I’m now pretty much completely done with shoujo manga.

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  11. fuck, I hate shoujo, same story, girl love guy, then another guy, then another guy, then some NTR, then girl love guy…

  12. Shoujo is shit. I mean, look at the boys! They’re so… Feminime! I wonder why a person would like a pussy. I also hate the story, which is almost the basicly the same. A girl meet a boy, things got complicated, the girl and the boy has a not happy background and keep fucking denying! But in the end, love wins. Ughh… I also hate tsunderes. They lied to themselves! Its making me sick! Bitch! I would prefer yandere they’re awesome. Those shoujo manga are shits. Anyway i’m just saying my opinions. Go ahead, fuck me! I’m staying on my opinion.

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