The differences between various types of anime and manga series can be overwhelming for new fans. There seems to be a new series coming out every other month but many fans swear you need to watch the classics in order to truly get the medium. There are many different genres of anime but the two most popular are shoujo anime and shonen anime, but what does that mean? And what exactly is the difference between the two? In this article, we're going to talk about what is shonen and shoujo anime and their differences to help you better choose between the two genres. What does Shoujo and Shonen mean? Shoujo and shonen are both Japanese terms commonly used as categories for entertainment media. Shoujo refers to young girls, often "magical girls" like Sailor Moon, and shonen respectively means young boys from about 12-18 years old. Many of the most popular anime in the world fall into either of these two categories. Although they're both at young boys and girls they have a lot of differences between them. The first difference between the two is their intended target audiences. Shoujo anime is often marketed to young girls and shonen anime is often marketed to young boys. That's not to say either gender can't enjoy both equally. Shoujo and shonen anime are equally popular among boys and girls.
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However, the target audience does affect everything else from the themes, art styles, and even how words are translated from Japanese. Can't get enough of your favorite Shoujo stars? YumeTwins is bringing you the cutest Shoujo merch straight from Tokyo to your door every month! The second thing people notice is the protagonists of each genre. Shoujo anime of course features a large number of female protagonists. While shonen often has a large number of male protagonists. In shoujo anime, the female hero is a young girl usually in high school who has a reputation for being too shy or too bossy. In shonen anime, the male hero is a young boy as well who has a reputation for being weak or a troublesome delinquent. Many young girls dream about being a part of the cool girls, getting their first boyfriend, or getting married and the themes of shoujo anime often reflect those desires. Some of the most popular anime like Kiss Him, Not Me, Say I Love You, and Ao Haru Ride have love centered as the main character's ultimate desire. Even when love isn't the ultimate goal it's still a defining theme of the show. Popular series like Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Yona of the Dawn have an action-heavy plot but there's still an emphasis on romance throughout the show. Shonen on the other hand is more action-focused so therefore the themes in the show are often about courage, strength, and being the best. The young male usually starts as kind of weak and incapable of doing much on their own but throughout the show, they become stronger and become one of the most powerful beings on their team.
Romance might be present in the show but it isn't the main focus of the show, and very little screen time will be devoted to romantic relationships. Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Attack on Titan are all popular shonen anime that focus on strength and courage but also have a bit of romance tossed in as well. In shoujo anime, everything's meant to look pretty and cute. There's often a lot of detail that goes into the character design and setting to really set the overall tone of the story. The female characters will often have large expressive eyes, you'll often see many patterns with flowers or butterfly motifs throughout the series as well. The art lines are smoother and rounder to soften the characters too. In shonen anime, the art design is much sharper. Characters no longer have large cute eyes, instead, they are small and dramatic. The backgrounds are often dark and the action lines are dramatic to emphasize the action on the screen as well. There might be a few cute characters in the show but overall, the characters are designed to be cool more than cute. Fan service is material that's put into the show intended to please the audience. We all love fan service even if you don't know it, and both genres use fan service differently. Shonen anime has fan service that's often more sexualized than shoujo anime. Usually, it involves something like beach episodes or bathhouse scenes. Shoujo anime is often more on the romantic side like seeing the main characters almost kiss or the male lead goes shirtless to tease the female lead. Hopefully, this article will help you understand the key differences between shonen and shoujo anime a bit more. They're both great and are enjoyed by people of all ages and genders. As you're choosing the next series to watch use this as a guide to pick the best show according to your interest. If you're an anime fan already are there any other differences you've noticed between the two? Leave a comment below!
This list describes characters from the anime and manga series Doraemon. Also listed are their original NTV voice actors (1973), followed by their TV Asahi voice actors (1979-2005; 2005-present). Part of the 22nd century characters are listed in The Doraemons. Each main character represents a primary school student archetype. Nobita appears in every episode of the anime, while Doraemon appears in most episodes, sometimes being substituted (for medical checkup or on leave) by his sister, Dorami. Note: In some translations of Doraemon, the names of these characters are different from the original names. 2.9 Nobisuke Nobi Jr. Albert in the Cinar dub of the series, is the title character and co-protagonist of the series. He is a cat-like robot from the future. He was yellow-skinned and had ears originally. However, his ears were accidentally eaten by a robot mouse. It left him heartbroken and caused his skin to turn blue. People often mistake him for a raccoon dog. He is sent back in time by Sewashi (Nobita's Great-great-grandson) to aid Nobita. Doraemon possesses a 4-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store.
He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of household items and unwanted gadgets. Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita's antics. Since Sewashi sent Doraemon to the past, Doraemon has been living as the unofficial fourth member of Nobita's family and acts like a second son to Nobita's parents, since despite being a robot, he requires basic needs for a person, such as eating, and also sleeps in the closet of Nobita's bedroom. He also fears mice greatly (due to a robot mouse having eaten his ears), even go crazy about it and pull out devastating gadgets, and most of the times, Nobita saves Doraemon in such situations. Although he has no fingers in most media, he can hold things because of the suction cups in his hands. His favorite food is Dorayaki. He has also been shown to date with normal female cat. He is the elder brother of Dorami.
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Nobita Nobi (野比, Nobi Nobita, English dub: Sidney in the Cinar dub, Specky in the Speedy dub, and Noby Nobi in the Bang Zoom! dub) is the co-protagonist of the series. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue or black shorts and white socks and light blue shoes. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting. He is usually accompanied by Doraemon, who functions as his caretaker. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting and has been reflected in the movies many time. He's also good at string figure which sometime considered a girls' game. Son of Tamako and Nobisuke Nobi. Future father of Nobisuke (his son). Future husband or boyfriend of Shizuka and great-great-grandfather of Sewashi. Taurus), nicknamed Shizuka-chan (しずかちゃん) is a smart, kind and pretty girl. She is often represented by the color pink, and is seen wearing a pink shirt and skirt.
The word 'Shizuka (しずか)' means 'Quiet'. She is Nobita's best friend. She does not shun Nobita due to his failing grades, lazy disposition or constant failures. In fact, she often tries to encourage him to do better, though she usually fails to convince him. Shizuka likes to take a bath several times a day; however, a running gag in the series is that she is sometimes interrupted by a sudden appearance of Nobita (sometimes Doraemon, Gian, or Suneo) usually due to misuse of Doraemon's gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese). Shizuka's skirt is also frequently seen getting flipped, either by Nobita misusing Doraemon's gadgets, or by the wind. Scenes in which her underwear is seen, or she is seen bathing, have been removed from the dubbed versions, especially in India, Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her true passions are sweet potatoes, which she would rather keep to herself out of the knowledge of others, and the violin, in which her playing is just as horrendous as Gian's singing. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly due to her mother's wishes (as she loves violin more), which is sometimes a reason for declining to hang out with friends (but she plays piano better than violin). Shizuka is an animal lover and keeps two pets at home: a dog, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon in one story; and a canary which runs away on multiple occasions and causing Shizuka and Nobita to run around the city chasing her down.
She sometimes fansies some handsome idols on TV. Besides Nobita, Shizuka is also close to her classmate and popular student Dekisugi. Though they consider each other only as friends. Gemini), named Buster in the Cinar dub and Bob in the Speedy dub, usually known by the nickname "Gian" (「ジャイアン」, "Jaian", English: Big G) is a strong and quick-tempered local bully. He also frequently steals other children's stuff (especially Nobita's and Suneo's) under the pretext of "borrowing" them, unless the toy is damaged. He is known for his awful singing voice, though he considers himself a great singer. To prove this, Gian sometimes "invites" others to attend his concerts, under the threat of beatings. His singing is so horrible that, once, Nobita and Doraemon try to mute it in a silent world, his writings of the song lyrics in a board end up having the same effect as when they hear them.Though his voice is terrible in one of the episodes it was shown that a girl liked his singing. In some films, his singing is enhanced to become an effective weapon (as in 'Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas'). In some episodes when his voice is recorded and he hears it, he instantly denies it being his voice and threatens to beat up the person who his songs in a very bad way (which is an irony).
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Gian is also confident in cooking, but just like his singing, his hand made food can be a nightmare for other people very easily. However, Gian does not hesitate to help his friends when they are in real trouble. Throughout the series, particularly the films, he is often the one who voices the most concern and refuses to look away when there is a problem, an opposite of Suneo's cowardice. While he is described by others as daunting and intimidating, he is very sensitive and prone to crying when something touching happens, and he actually values his friends highly, a feeling which his friends sometimes reciprocate. Gian also has a soft spot for his younger sister, Jaiko, and usually tries to prevent her from trouble, even if she can perfectly handle her situation. Gian basically is a bullying 'tsundere'. His catchphrase is "What's mine is mine. What's yours is also mine." (「俺の物は、俺の物。お前の物も俺の物。」, "Ore no mono wa, ore no mono. Omae no mono mo ore no mono."), also known as Gianism (ジャイアニズム, Jaianizumu) in Japan (the Japanese band Nightmare have borrowed the term for their albums Gianism Best Ofs and Gianizm). Pisces) is the fox-faced (inherited) from his mother) rich child who loves to flaunt his material wealth before everyone, especially Nobita. A lot of the stories start with Suneo showing off some new video game, toy or pet which evokes Nobita's envy.
He is often seen with Gian, teasing Nobita. He also often pushes Nobita aside with silly excuses while he invites Gian and Shizuka to his parties or resorts. However, he is actually one of Nobita's closest friends, who would often ask for his and Doraemon's help. In the films, Suneo is often the one most reluctant to take part in Nobita and Doraemon's adventures, and he also tries to face as little trouble as possible and go home, unless others convince him, making him somewhat a coward. He has an extensive knowledge of science, and is a talented artist and designer, besides being extremely cunning. In some scenes, Suneo is seen as a narcissist who loves to stare at himself in the mirror while telling himself that he is the most handsome guy in the world. His habit of bragging often lands him into trouble. Suneo is also very self-conscious about his height, being the shortest kid in his class. He likes steak and melon. There are many reasons why Suneo chooses Shizuka and Gian, except Nobita. It is because he tries to win Shizuka's favour and not to get harmed by Gian. Dorami (ドラミ) (born on 2 December 2114, Sagittarius) is Doraemon's younger sister. Like Doraemon before he developed a fear of mice, she is yellow-skinned, and to keep Doraemon from thinking about his ears, her ears were replaced by a large red bow, her the fox tail were replaced by a flower tail.