Josei Anime is a Little Known Genre That Needs More Love

A genre targeted to the older crowd.

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Josei Anime is a Little Known Genre That Needs More Love

The Josei genre of anime doesn't have many titles to its name, seeing how it traditionally doesn't attract many fans. Conventionally, Josei anime are anime or manga series targeted at women in their 20s to 30s. 

However many Josei titles nowadays appeal to adults of both genders, and some of the best animes to come out in the past 10 years fall here. If you ignore the fact that Josei anime are meant for mature women, you'll end up with really awesome series that are rich in lavish storylines and emotions that everyone can enjoy, just like these titles.

1. Kuragehime

Kuragehime or Princess Jellyfish tells the story of Tsukimi Kurashita who is a painfully shy illustrator obsessed with jellyfish. She shares a house with five other unique female characters, all of whom have obsessions of their own. Her world changes when she meets the elegant and beautiful Kurako, who Tsukimi soon realizes is not a woman, but a cross dressing man.

 

2. Chihayafuru

Karuta is a traditional Japanese card game where players pick out cards printed with parts of Japanese poetry as quick as they can. Chihaya Ayase heads the competitive karuta club in her school, but struggles to get enough members when the new school year starts. Once she does however, the club begins to achieve things beyond their expectations.

 

3. Pet Shop of Horrors

Every episode in this series is a standalone story related to the mysterious Pet Shop that sells supernatural beings. Every supernatural pet is able to solve your problems, but comes with a strict set of rules. Chaos ensues when those rules are broken.

 

4. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

The story follows Yotarou, an ex convict bent on being the best Rakugo performer. Rakugo is the ancient Japanese art of storytelling, and Yotarou manages to become an apprentice to the best Rakugo performer around, Yakumo Yuurakutei. The path to becoming a Rakugo performer is fraught with all sorts of challenges Yotarou must face and overcome.

 

5. Mushishi

Arguably a multi-genre series, this excellent anime tells of the adventures of an unnamed supernatural detective who travels from place to place in ancient Japan solving problems caused by unseen creatures called 'Mushi'. The animation is extremely calming to watch and is great for cold rainy days.

Cover image via Densetsu no Shonen A

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