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Top 10 Best Shoujo Anime

Updated on October 26, 2016
Top 10 Best Shoujo Anime
Top 10 Best Shoujo Anime

Anime Top 10 List: Shoujo

If there’s the ever-popular shounen genre in anime, then there’s also the shoujo genre! The difference? Shounen is mainly catered to boys of all ages (but most especially, 8-18-year-old boys) while shoujo is mainly targeted to girls of all ages (but most especially 8-18-year-old girls. Literally speaking, the word shoujo means “girl” or “young woman.” Hence, the distinct demographic of the genre.

Through the years, the shoujo genre have come to form the shape of anime whose main elements focus on romance, girl power, and the stuff and fluff of girly dreams and desires. That’s why you’d see all the said elements in most shoujo anime shows, with them sometimes mingled with adventure, comedy, fantasy, magic, and all sorts of other genres. Nevertheless, even though this genre has a specific demographic, it can still be enjoyed by everyone! That is, after all, the nature of anime.

Thus, here’s a collection of the best shoujo anime in existence! Tailored fit to what many people find amazing, apt, and very shoujo in nature, this anime selection is for the shoujo genre lover in you.

10 – Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)

Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)
Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) | Source

Approaching in at Top 10 is a shoujo anime that is bejeweled with romance and slice-of-life themes. It speaks of change is people go through phases in life. They say love lasts forever and never fades but, it is the same for the people who experiences and manifests it? Love may come as endless, but people and their emotions and feelings do change with time. This is the story of a young love that will soon be tested by time and change.

Ao Haru Ride (a.k.a. Blue Spring Ride) follows high school girl Futaba Yoshioka and high school boy Kou Mabuchi as they suddenly meet again after a long time. It’s a fact that their last meeting didn’t end well. Misunderstanding, sudden disappearances, feelings that were forced to be bottled-up—these are things they share, dug-up from their past. And so, as time went by, both of them have enormously changed! So now that they meet once again, will they be able to continue the relationship that didn’t even start, or will they lock things up and diverge forever?

9 – Special A

Special A
Special A | Source

Taking the #9 spot is a show that tells everyone that the best of rivals can also become best of friends. And in the case of Special A, the best of rivals can turn into the best of lovers! Blossoming feelings of love chooses no person or situation. It just blossoms! And this is what you should expect from this show.

Since young, Hikari Hanazono and Kei Takashima have been rivals. In everything they do, they challenge each other with their competitive spirits. But the things is—it’s one-sided! Kei always comes out the winner while Hikari always ends up as top 2, always in Kei’s shadow. Though they have rivals ever since, they actually look upon each other, backing one another whenever the need arises. And so, new feelings begin to develop. It is love or is it something else? Kei and Hikari shall know the answer soon.

8 – Fushigi Yuugi (Mysterious Play)

Fushigi Yuugi (Mysterious Play)
Fushigi Yuugi (Mysterious Play) | Source

Fushigi Yuugi (a.k.a. Mysterious Play) is a gem from the past! It’s now a classic shoujo and it truly deserves the distinction. Well, many have come to love it, as well as shocked, from the story progress it made. But that’s what made it popular! So, if you haven’t watched it yet and wants to know why, then help yourself and pick it up as soon as possible.

School girls Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo never would have imagined that their simple trip to the National Library would turn out to be the most unforgettable experience of their lives! Stumbling upon a mysterious book, both are transported into the ancient China. Little did they know that what will happen next will drastically change their lives! Friendship, rivalries, love, and betrayal—Miaka and Yui shall soon experience life at its full might!

7 – Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket
Fruits Basket | Source

Going by the by the typical formula of shoujo anime, Fruits Basket does so with extreme focus and precision unlike many others. In itself, this show is amazingly well-developed with highly likeable and relatable characters with their own backgrounds and personalities. Given so, it just hooks you in and moves you until you feel that you are part of the story. That’s why it works and that’s why it’s fantastic!

It all starts with a homeless girl named Tooru Honda, who has been living in a tent for the past few days. She didn’t know that the land her tent was erected is owned by the Souma family. And so, after a landslide wrecked her tent, the Souma family allowed her to reside with them—with her doing simple household chores. Tooru now has a home—a place to stay and live---but, she doesn’t know about the accursed situation of the Souma family. The Souma family is actually cursed by the Chinese Zodiac!

6 – Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)

Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)
Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn) | Source

Akatsuki no Yona (a.k.a. Yona of the Dawn) just oozes of GIRL POWER! It’s not like any other shoujo series that goes by the same formula over and over again. Here, you’ll find something more! This show combines shoujo with adventure, romance, and fantasy, creating a one-of-a-kind anime basked in a glorious light as well as epic moments!

Princess Yona’s childhood beloved childhood friend and cousin, Su-won, has killed her father and usurped the regime! As a result, Yona lost everything including her title, her luxuries, her relationships, and happiness. But, it’s all just fate’s way of guiding her towards her real path. It’s time for her to shine with brilliance! The old Yona is no more. A new Yona shall come to save her kingdom and restore it to its former glory!

5 – Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura
Cardcaptor Sakura | Source

Sitting on the throne that is the #5 spot is a shoujo anime targeted to the younger bracket of the shoujo populace. With magical powers, childhood friendship, puppy love, and growing feelings—Cardcaptor Sakura creates a youngling-appropriate formula that ultimately becomes a fun and magical coming-of-age show.

Sakura Kinomoto is an elementary school girl who stumbles upon an enigmatic book with magical cards sealed into it. As it turns out, the cards possess enchanted powers and wills of their own. But then, Sakura accidentally releases the seal and a magical gust of wind scatters them all to the world! Cards with free will and magic certainly can’t be left running amok and wreaking havoc everywhere! And so, Sakura becomes the cardcaptor! Her task is to collect the magical cards around the world before chaos and mayhem spreads!

4 – Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair) | Source

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (a.k.a. Snow White with the Red Hair) tells the story of a supposedly ordinary girl with bright red hair whose being is loved by many and her charming prince who will always be there for her. Sounds like a classic fairy tale huh? And it sure is! With focus given on character interaction and development, this is the romantic, shoujo show that will come at you in many ways you won’t expect but will truly make you fall in love!

Shirayuki is a simple country girl working as an apothecary and practicing herbalism. Her life is simple and tranquil, but her bright red hair catches unnecessary attention. One day, the prince of Tabarun—Prince Raji—tries to force her to be his concubine! Unwilling and terrified, Akagami flees the kingdom. Then it happens, destiny unveils as she encounters the prince of the neighboring country—Prince Zen. With feelings flourishing and each other in debt to one another, Akagami and Zen begins their romantic journey filled with endearing moments and challenging life trials.

3 – Kamisama Hajimemashita

Kamisama Hajimemashita
Kamisama Hajimemashita | Source

Kamisama Hajimemashita (a.k.a. Kamisama Kiss) expresses the importance of having a home where you feel loved and cherished. But what exactly is a home? Is it someplace where you simply live, or is it someplace where your dearest people and effects exist and your heart feels that it truly belongs? Well, this heart-touching and smile-inducing shoujo anime will show you what it really means to have a home and be in the right place to belong.

Homeless and sad, Nanami Momozono is too young to experience these things! She’s just a simple high school girl who has a very kind heart. One day, she helps a man in trouble. And lucky for Nanami, the man gives her his home. Suspicious as it sounds, Nanami is better off with some place to stay than nothing. But there’s a catch, the man she helped was actually a god! So now, Nanami must assume the position as god being that she’s the new owner of the shrine home, and the new master of the fox spirit, Tomoe!

2 – Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
Kaichou wa Maid-sama! | Source

With a super-attractive male character and his heart-tickling interactions with the heroine, “Kaichou wa Maid-sama!” easily rides its way towards the top 2 spot of this list! This is a show that will tickle your heart endlessly and make it flutter. To girls, they just can’t help but fall in love with the leading male character, Takumi Usui! All that has been said are the reasons why this show is overwhelmingly popular. It has comedy, romance, and all the essential elements of a great shoujo show. And oh, did I ever mention it has the anime heartthrob, Takumi Usui?

The story starts with Misaki Ayuzawa doing her student council president work and responsibilities with her iron-clad rule. She has to act the way she does because the school just at the beginning years of being a coed school. As such, the female student population is still scarce and far-outnumbered by the male students. She takes it upon herself to be strict and harsh even though she gains notoriety and loathe in the process. She has a secret though—she’s a maid at a maid café! And the one to discover this secret, which she doesn’t want to go out, is—the most popular boy in school, Takumi Usui!

1 – Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club | Source

Since shoujo is our main point here, then why not put an anime that all shoujo (literal translation: young woman) wants to live in? And so, with all sources pointing to this certain anime, then it’s reasonable enough to put it on the highest, most glorified spot of this list—the Top 1! And the anime in question is none other than—Ouran High School Host Club! With handsome, charming boys flocking the show, and sprinkles of comic relief, romantic moments, and super-lovable instances, Ouran High School Host Club truly deserves the love and hype!

Haruhi Fujioka manages to enroll and attend in the ultra-elite high school—Ouran High School! But unlike others, she’s quite on the lowest level and status. Looking for a quiet place to study, she stumbles a upon a room where she accidentally breaks a super expensive vase. Such event marks the beginning of her new school life! The room and the vase are owned by the members of the Ouran High School Host Club, and so to pay it back, she now has to work as a host despite being a girl! Simple-looking, elegant, and refreshing, Haruhi is now a host of the Ouran High Schol Host Club!

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      Cheeky Kid 6 months ago from Milky Way

      @Paxash Oooh, Kodomo no Omocha. Never thought of it but I agree that it's really good too. Perhaps I'll try rewatching it soon.

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      Darcie Nadel 6 months ago from Louisiana

      Somehow I never watched Fushigi Yuugi despite it being huge with a lot of anime fans when I was younger and just getting into anime. At some point I should probably give it a watch. And I know you didn't ask but here's an unsolicited opinion: My absolute favorite shoujo series is Kodomo no Omocha.

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