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Dear shoujo/josei reader, do you have favourite shounen/seinen that you like as much as your favourite shoujo/josei?

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Post #684663
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6:10 am, Oct 10 2016
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Well, my question is directed to you who clearly love shoujo/josei more than shounen/seinen. I wonder if you have favourite shounen/seinen title, that you like as much as your favourite shoujo/josei and you even can reccomend them to your fellow shoujo/josei lovers friend. Please refrain to list mainstream title like pandora hearts, Katekyou hitman reborn, tokyo ghoul, noragami, etc that clearly has many female reader too. Well, kind of one punch man is permitted, lol.

I just curious how vast the world is

Post #684664
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7:13 am, Oct 10 2016
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I was drawn in by the title but I'd like to clarify first that I don't love shoujo/josei more than shounen/ seinen. I don't pay too much to the demographic when selecting a series - I'm far more picky when it comes to substance. My favorite josei is 7 Seeds, and I consider it and Hunter x Hunter, a shounen, to be my favorite manga. When it comes to plot, characters, and narrative, they're incredibly different manga so I find comparisons between the two difficult. However, both stories offer interesting insights into humanity and what makes life worth living.

Of course, HxH is pretty mainstream. bigrazz Some series I've really enjoyed that I suspect have fewer female fans are (I'll be careful not to write anything spoiler-worthy):

Real - A seinen slice-of-life story centered around wheelchair basketball and life with a disability. The characters in this one are really great, and there's a lot of deep commentary in the story.

Otoyomegatari - A seinen slice-of-life-in-the-past story that takes place in Central Asia and follows various characters, including a 20 year old woman and a 12 year old boy in an arranged marriage, an adorkable anthropologist from England, and a pampered but lonely wife who spends much of her time removed from the world. I really like the art in this one, and the story's really charming in spite of its somewhat disturbing premise!

Zetman - A... rather dark action/ sci-fi seinen that I'm hesitant to recommend but I think it's awesome and the art is some of the best I've seen in the industry. Lots of surprise and mystery in this one.

Apocalypse no Toride - A shounen about this wimpy kid who gets sent to jail and has three badass (and hot) roommates who prove to be valuable comrades in the zombie apocalypse that soon breaks out. This manga was a joy ride, I inhaled it all in one night lol.

Teppuu - A seinen about women's mixed martial arts that has a badass and unapologetic sadist of a MC named Natsuo. It's a really fun, relatively short read and the female characters are treated with such respect A+ to the author.

Sorry for giving you such a frankenstein of a list, my tastes are pretty diverse and honestly the only thing I can think of that links them all is how well the muscles are drawn??

Post #687927
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1:09 pm, Jan 23 2017
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Still loving Yuyu 8)
I love shoujo more than any genre. Shonen is too childish to me, and seinen is fine.
Although romance manga are the most beautiful ones to me, those manga involving the protagonist's mental evolution are undeniably attractive. My favorite, for now, from that genre, is Onani Master Kurosawa. I love the fact that the protagonist's thoughts change through all the manga, it's like so "man yo' finally mature, congrats".

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7:34 pm, Mar 11 2017
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My favorite, favorite manga are josei, closely followed by BL (technically shoujo/josei), then shoujo with of course a lot of overlap. Oishii Kankei, Nodame Cantabile, Kimi wa Pet, Yoshihara Yuki, 7 Seeds, Sakamichi no Apollon, Fruits Basket, Red River, God Child, Tantei Aoneko, Antique Bakery, just to give an idea.

I've tried to read a few seinen, but although I've found one or two I liked (Living Game), none that I've loved as much as those above, and many that just didn't appeal to me. I appreciate a work like Monster, but don't love it. Also ES, which is almost cheating since it is by shoujo author SOURYO Fuyumi. Otoyomegatari is similar to josei, and I like it very much.

Shounen is a different matter. I tend to read shoujo and watch shounen, so I haven't read many shounen manga, usually try them out then watch the anime. But there are many that I love as much as my josei and shoujo. Since one person's 'mainstream' is another person's 'what was that title again?', I'll just list the ones I love regardless. I do not like any shounen romance; it is never done in a way that appeals to me.

Yotsubato! (manga only) -- anyone who doesn't love it hasn't read it.
Hunter x Hunter - Do not walk into this show with preconceptions of shounen anime. It is as good as everyone says. <3 <3 <3 my precious babies Gon and especially Killua.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
Fullmetal Alchemist
Blood Blockade Battlefront
Attack on Titan

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2:26 pm, Mar 13 2017
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Some of my shounen/seinen faves:

One Piece - mainstream, I know. But if you could get pass on that and the many chapters. It's really good (the fact that it's a full blown adventure manga with no romance).

Cooking mangas - Yakitate!! Japan(watch the anime instead), Nobunaga no Chef, Bambino!, Shokugeki no Souma, Hell's Kitchen.

Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers) - Read it, just read it. My profile picture is already saying it. It's literally one of the best mangas ever with character development and very inspiring at that.

Any manga by Asano Inio (Oyasumi PunPun, Solanin) and Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Real, Vagabond)

Nobunaga Concerto - I'm currently hook on this manga.

As someone said Yotsuba&! (happy go lucky manga)
(like Bonnouji, Love Roma, Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko!, Sket Dance, The Sound of your Heart, Tonari no Seki-kun, Doraemon)

Sangatsu no Lion - oooh don't miss this one. As a fan of Chica Umino, and if you have read or watch Honey and Clover, well you should not miss this one.

Mahou Tsukai no Yome - B E A U T I F U L.

Yu Yu Hakusho - C L A S S I C (if you've read HxH then this was the manga that made Togashi popular way before HxH.)

Sports MANGA! - MAJOR (My fave, watch the anime!), Hikaru no Go, Oofuri, Baby Steps

You have Air Gear, Soul Eater, RAVE, Gintama, FMA, FMP, Kekkaishi, Shaman King, ...etc

There's also great Shounen romance stories like School Rumble, Suzuka, Love Hina, Ichigo 100%, Midori no Hibi, Fujiyama-san wa Shishunki (this one is GOOOOLD!!!), High Score Girl.

The lists goes on and on.
@ Calamansi
I'm far more picky when it comes to substance.

You and I both.

Shounen and Seinen have more substance and diverse story for me though. But that's not the point of this thread.

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4:45 pm, Jul 12 2018
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Pashiri na Boku to Koisuru Banchou

Post #762017
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4:37 am, Jul 13 2018
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Ajin: I love this seinen so much. Kei is the kind of character I enjoy the most. He's highly intelligent and his whole character is very well written from a psychological POV.
I also love Ko, he's the perfect opossite of Kei, and together make a great duo.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: I really love this classic. It's very original and kept me hooked for years. I still re-reading some of my favourites chapters sometimes.

Does Steins;Gate count? It's originally a VN,so... Okay, I'll mention it anyway. I just love this time travel story so much.

Claymore: Badass girls against monsters in a story with a great plot. I love it.

Death Note: Another classic. Another smart guy as the main character.

Shingeki no Kyojin: The story is very original, and Jean and Levi are really well written characters.

Slam Dunk and Kuroko no Basket (yeah! I know the later has a lot of female readers, but I mention it anyway because I love it!). And if I had to mention another titles that are not shoujo/josei, but that have many female readers I'd mention: Aoharu x Kikanjuu because I love Haruki and airsoft (mostly the former XD); and Ballroom e Youkoso.

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Post #762023

8:19 am, Jul 13 2018
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I love Haru no Noroi, Kimi wa Pet, Skip Beat, Sekine's Love, and a lot more. My seinen/shounen faves are Blade of the Immortal, [m] Zatch Bell [/m], [m] Spirit Circle [/m], and Beastars.

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7:24 am, Aug 13 2018
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▪I love Dorohedoro "seinen". In this manga the female characters are well developed and have many highlights in action scenes, I really like it when women are valued in this respect. All the characters are very friendly and very fun. It is a mixture of horror and comedy and the author is a woman.
There's a bit of romance in the manga and I really like couples. <3

▪Made in abyss: This manga is very good, I love the characters and as the plot surprised me.
Nanachi, character of this manga is one of my favorite characters. <3

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Post #763263
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5:44 pm, Aug 13 2018
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Tsubasa Chronicle is my favourite manga!
Additionally, I also like:
Ookami ga Kuru!/Shinyaku Ookami ga Kuru!
Sengoku Strays
Haru no Houtai Shoujo
Pochi Kuro
And many more of course!

Also I feel like mentioning one of the few light novels l actually like:
Ore no Shibou Flag ga Todomaru Tokoro wo Shiranai (Novel)

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Post #764623

12:39 am, Oct 14 2018
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My all time favorite manga is probably
Yakusoku no Neverland And despite loving shoujo/josei nothing beats that one. It probably helps a bit too that the art is very shoujo-ish.

Post #768565

1:38 pm, Apr 5 2019
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This is unrelated but you're the person who translates on otakumole right? I remember you from Tsuiraku Jk

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