I’ve Been Reading….SHOUJO!?!?!?!? WTF!?!?!?!?

Okay so I’ve come to realize something about me lately. I kind of like shoujo manga. Hear me out.

Orange Marmalade has awesome, non-sparkly or stupid art, great character art, and it's a webcomic so it's all in color. BAM.

Orange Marmalade has awesome, non-sparkly or stupid art, great character art, and it’s a webcomic so it’s all in color. BAM.

So shoujo manga for the most part has a ton of flaws.

But a good shoujo features a lot of pretty awesome things that I like.

  • Characters turning into Chibi characters with crazy expressions.
  • Romances that you want to see happen and it just keeps you on edge until it happens and then you go BAM.
  • Girls breaking down emotionally and finally crying. (more points if it’s in front of someone who just yelled at them because now that person feels like an asshole).

A good shoujo, one that really gets the comedy… well… I’ll totally read that shit all day and night. The other night I stayed up until like….3 AM reading a shoujo Manhwa that was fucking awesome. The name? Orange Marmalade. It’s got literally all of the good things and zero of the bad things. It is borderline perfect.

I know! Let’s talk about it!

Next time….



6 thoughts on “I’ve Been Reading….SHOUJO!?!?!?!? WTF!?!?!?!?

  1. Personally I really enjoy the romance and emotional aspects of shoujo manga too; it’s pretty much their selling point for me, so if the romance/plot isn’t particularly interesting to me chances are I won’t pick up the story.

    That, and I have to at least be okay with the art (some manga have… art that’s not my taste).

  2. There are a lot of shoujo that are good. They’re just overshadowed by shit ones because people have shit taste and talk about SKIP BEAT LOL!!!@!!! (Note: Skip Beat actually started out all right, but then it got stupid. The art is also objectively bad.) And there are a shitload of series that don’t have shitty/typical art, or don’t really seem like shoujo, you just have to get your dick in there, son.

    Going by the ratings on M-U is usually a good start, though there are definitely some bullshit ones, but you can usually tell if the series is gonna blow after the first volume.

    If you want something that’s not-shoujo but shoujo, read Oooku. I also recommend X, but it’s been on hiatus for years because Japan is stupid about earthquakes being shown in manga. It has pretty boy syndrome, but it’s also full of action and gore! As for comedy, Usotsuki Lily goes hyper drive on the overly pretty guys and sparkles, and the main guy is actually a crossdresser (because he hates men). But it’s comedy more than romance, tongue in cheek about the situation and shoujo manga in general, and the main female is made fun of a lot. Shounen Oujo is another crossdressing series but it’s comedy/action/political drama. Makai Ouji is a shoujo about demons that has nothing to do with romance and is action-based. Ilegenes – Kokuyou no Kiseki is another action based male lead shoujo that doesn’t have any romance. Angel Sanctuary is really shoujo but it’s also really fucked up. There’s also Amatsuki, 07-Ghost, Nabari no Ou, Pandora Hearts, Switch, Saiyuki, Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte, Aka-chan to Boku, Flat, Gakuen Babysitters (these three are about familiar relations with children, so if you can’t handle SUPER ADORABLE BROTHERLY LOVE then watch out), Banana Fish, Himitsu – The Top Secret -, Natsume Yuujinchou, Clover, RG Veda, Hana Yori Dango, NANA, Yamada Taro no Monogatari, Boku to Kanojo no XXX, Basara, Kimi ni Todoke, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichigenge, Koko wa Greenwood, Kaizoku to Ningyo, Goraihou Gakuen he Youkosou, Ouran, Cat Street, and a bunch of others I’m probably leaving out, like a bunch of horror ones, but I’m too lazy to look them up and also too lazy to even write descriptions for the rest of those.

    Then there are the classics, like Glass no Kamen, Thomas no Shinzou, Kaze to Ki no Uta, Versailles no Bara, Patarillo!, and a bunch of others, but those are ignored because CLASSIC MANGA SUCKS, I NEED SHITTY GENERIC ECCHI MANGA THAT JUST CAME OUT BECAUSE NEWER IS BETTER!!$@#$#@$

    • That should read, of course, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge.

      And Goraihou Gakuen he Youkoso. Japanese is gay.

      Yamato Nadeshiko Shichigenge is probably some scat guro goat porn doujin.

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