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Hey Vingle Otaku Fam!

Today I wanted us all to talk about something a little bigger than just the usual character vs character cards some of us have been posting. I wanted to talk about the bigger differences in aesthetic and taste between two major categories in anime:

Shonen and Shoujo Animes.

Each side has its own appeal, and I know that we have fans of one or the other or both here in the Vingle community, so I thought it would be cool to talk about what we like in either genre!
Here I'll just post up some basic pros/cons for each genre (as I see it - this is totally not what the case would be for everyone!)

Shonen Anime

Typically, Shonen anime is action-centric. It focuses on intense power and fighting with high stakes and absurd techniques and abilities, such as Naruto's ability to channel raw energy into a swirling vortex of hurt - the Rasengan.
Generally, but not always, shonen manga and anime follows a male protagonist.


High-impact action
Visually stimulating
Hero's journey
Lots of variety in titles


Male Centric
Lots of filler
Formulaic (every shonen is basically Ah! power up to defeat the villain!)

Shoujo Anime

Most Shoujo anime is centered around love, and relationships between young lovers. There are lots of will-they, won't-they storylines, and lots of shipping that goes on between characters by the fanbase. Shoujo is all about the gushy stuff.
More often than not, Shoujo focuses on young female protagonists.


'Real' people
Intimate relationships
Relatable stories


LOVE (it can suck sometimes!)
Unrealistic relationship portrayals
Senpai never noticing
Can get pretty ecchi pretty quick
These are just some quick thoughts, and obviously not everyone will agree! But that's part of a discussion, right? It's not always about people agreeing on these kinds of things. I want to know what everyone in the community has to say?
What do you prefer to watch/read? Is it both? What are your pros and cons for each?
Being a fan of both Shoujo and Shonen I tend to take it as a case by case basis. Since almost everything had been done, I tend to look at how the cliches are handled. Is the story interesting? Is the animation steller? Do the characters drive the plot or is the plot driving the characters? Both shoujo and Shonen can be ruined by badly timed plot or character development. I dearly love to watch both and have my favorites. I love FMA and Soul eater and was in to One piece for a bit where the action and fight scenes had me enthralled wondering what happened next. But there are definitely days where I need things like Kimi ni todoke, Ouran Highschool host club or even Card Captor Sakura for a bit of light heartedness. I think that the variety between the two is good for people to have.
I love both Shonen and Shoujo. Combine both and it's even better!
How about high school of the dead?
@AHallowennGirl I totally agree with that. I think there is room for both, and a need for both. Personally I'm more of a shonen watcher/reader, but I still like the occasional Chobits or Love Hina or Nichijou (which is neither, really, I guess) but there is an important point to realize in the pacing of things.
I think the best part of anime period are the battles, however it just sucks that it takes anywhere between 40-150 episodes for a good fight. some of the lovey dovey anime s are cute though, I loved toradora
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