Josei manga (女性, Josei manga? lit. "woman," pronounced [dʑosei]), also known as "ladies" (レディース, redīsu?) or "ladies' comics" (レディコミ, redikomi?), is a term that refers to the target demographic of manga created mostly by women for late teenage and adult female audiences. The male equivalent to josei is seinen. In Japanese, the word josei means simply "female" and has no manga-related connotations at all. Manga branded as "Ladies' Comics" has acquired a reputation for being low-brow and the term josei was created to move away from that image.
The stories tend to be about everyday experiences of women living in Japan. Though there are some that cover high school, most cover the lives of adult women. The style also tends to be a more restrained, realistic version of shōjo, keeping some of the wispy features and getting rid of the very large sparkly eyes. There are exceptions in the style described above, but what defines josei is some degree of stylistic continuity of comics within this particular demographic (the same is true with different demographics that have different stylistic tendencies).
Josei comics can portray realistic romance, as opposed to the mostly idealized romance of shōjo manga. A famous example of a Josei is Honey and Clover. A subset of josei comics are comics which are aimed at women about homosexual male relationships, much like–but not to be confused with–yaoi. Josei tends to be both more explicit and contain more mature storytelling.
Josei is sometimes used within anime or manga, mostly by male characters, to refer to a sexual preference for older women, as contrasted with lolicon.
Pages in category "Josei"
The following 88 pages are in this category, out of 88 total.
- Saiyuki Reload - Manga
- Sakamichi no Apollon
- Satsuriku no Tenshi
- Satsuriku no Tenshi - Manga
- Sekaiichi Hatsukoi
- Sekaiichi Hatsukoi - Manga
- Sekaiichi Hatsukoi 2
- Shirokuma Cafe
- Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
- Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita
- Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita - Manga
- Stand My Heroes
- Sweat & Honey