Five Demographics of Manga

There are primarily five demographics of manga.

  1. Shonan
  2. Shojo
  3. Seinen
  4. Josei
  5. Kodomomuke

Shonan:

  • Targeted at tween and teen boys
  • Common themes: Action, Adventure, Friendship and Coming of age

Manga magazine weekly Shōnan Jump and their American counterpart, Shonan Jump, have published some of the most popular Shonan manga series of the last 30 years.

Titles-

  • Dragon Ball Z
  • My Hero Acadamia
  • The Promised Neverland
  • Naruto

Shojo:

  • Targeted at tween and teen girls
  • Common themes: Romance, Drama and Coming of age

The focus is less on the action and more on drama, emotion, and almost always, idealized romance. The narratives do vary like other genres.

Titles-

  • Sailor Moon
  • Cardcapto Sakura
  • Fruits Basket
  • Orange

Seinen:

  • Targeted at adult men 18+
  • Common themes: Action, Violence, Sex and Adult themes

Seinen features action and violence but with a more serious or darker tone and adult content such as sexual situations, graphic violence, or foul language. Also, suppose a series does not fit in any other category, such as Shonen or Shojo. In that case, it will be categorized under Seinen.

Titles-

  • Akira
  • Berserk
  • BLAME!
  • One-Punch Man

Josei:

  • Targeted at adult women 18+
  • Common these: Romance, Sex and Drama

It often features more mature narratives exploring the romantic and personal relationships told in greater depth than Shojo, but it is not always true. Similar to American adult romance novels in that they include sexually explicit scenes that range.

Titles-

  • Midnight Secretary
  • Karneval
  • Paradise Kiss
  • Honey and Clover

Kodomomuke:

  • Targeted at young children

These series are often cutesy moralistic, and fun.

  • Pokemon
  • Fluffy Fluffy Cinnamoroll
  • Chi’s Sweet Home
  • Astro Boy

There’s no rule stating you can’t read shoo if you are a guy or a teen girl can’t enjoy Sienna. It all comes down to preference. You have to find what you enjoy reading.

-Dezi

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