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!)
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.
Lots of variety in titles
Lots of filler
Formulaic (every shonen is basically Ah! power up to defeat the villain!)
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.
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?