Top 30 Shoujo Anime Of All Time
Updated On 27th February 2021
The Japanese word ‘shoujo‘ means ‘young woman’ when translated to English. Anime shows fall under the shoujo category when they are aimed at a preteen or teen female audience. Such shows usually have female protagonists but it should be noted that not all shoujo anime fall under the romance genre. Despite its target demographic being females, people of all genders enjoy it.
Here are the Top 30 Shoujo Anime which are a must-watch!
Nanami Momozono has a tragic life with her father being a gambling addict. The debt collectors throw her out of her house, making her homeless. She then meets a stranger named Mikage who directs her to his house for shelter. On reaching, she discovers that it is an abandoned shrine where she meets Mikage’s grumpy and handsome fox familiar Tomoe and the other spirits.
Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
Misaki Ayuzawa becomes the president of Seika High and aspires to make the school a better place. She becomes the epitome of justice to the girls in the school who form the minority and work hard to achieve top scores in her tests. To make ends meet, she secretly works as a maid at a maid cafe. Usui Takumi, the school heart-throb, finds out about her embarrassing secret and slowly they grow fond of each other.
Ouran High School Host Club
Haruhi Fujioka becomes a student of the prestigious Ouran High School through a scholarship and is discriminated by the bourgeoise students due to her humble background. She mistakenly enters the Ouran High School Host Club room and breaks a vase which was to be sold at an auction. The members of the club employ her as a host, thinking her to be a boy due to her appearance, to make her pay for it as she doesn’t have the means to pay in cash. If you’re looking for the best reverse-harem Shoujo anime, this is the one!
Tohru Honda moves into a tent all by herself after her mother passes away in a car accident. Yuki Soma, a popular schoolmate of Tohru, discovers her in a pitiable condition and takes her in. During her stay, she discovers that twelve members of the family are cursed. They turn into an animal from the Chinese zodiac signs when hugged by the opposite gender.
Ao Haru Ride
Futaba Yoshioka was an object of jealousy for the girls around her but an epitome of beauty for the boys in her class back in middle school. To dampen her popularity, she acts tomboyish when she reaches high school. Soon after, she meets her first love Kou Tanaka, now called Kou Mabuchi, and her life takes a different turn.
Kimi ni Todoke
Sawako Kuronuma is a high school freshman who wishes to make new friends at her new school despite her inability to socialize properly. But, her school mates stay clear of her and teasingly name her Sadako from The Ring due to her long dark hair, her mannerisms, and the rumors. Shota Kazehaya, the popular boy of the school, notices her true nature and begins talking to her, and slowly she starts living the life she wanted.
The anime takes place in Cross Academy which operates in shifts of day and night. Hidden amongst the regular students are vampires who attend the Night Class and it is the job of Yuki Cross and her companion Zero Kiryuu to make sure that discipline between the students is maintained.
Hell Girl: Three Vessels
Jiguku Shoujo is a horror shoujo anime where Enma Ai, also known as Hell Girl, appears before the person who seeks vengeance by logging into a website on the internet. She provides the person with a straw doll tied with a red string. By pulling the string, the person sells his/hers soul along with the one the person wants dead to Hell Girl.
Unlike most shoujo anime, Ore Monogatari!! is focused on an adolescent boy. Takeo Goda is unfortunate when it comes to girls. Anybody he falls for ends up having feelings for his best friend Makoto Sunakawa. Finally, a girl named Rinko Yamato takes a liking to him and loves blossoms between them.
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Also called My Little Monster, the anime is about a high school prodigy named Shizuku Mizutani. Being anti-social and serious in nature, she has no friends and is contented with her books until she becomes thick with the class delinquent Haru Yoshida.
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
High school student Erika Shinohara wants to be recognized by the girls of her school. In order to fit in with them, she sneakily takes a photo of a handsome guy and shows it to everybody calling him her boyfriend. Erika lands in a pinch when she realizes that the boy is Kyoya Sata, the most popular boy in school. She approaches Kyoya and asks him to go with the flow. He accepts to be her fake boyfriend if only Erika becomes his pet “Wolf Girl”.
A middle-school student, Usagi Tsukino becomes a magical girl by gaining an enchanted brooch from a talking black cat named Luna. Usagi, who becomes Sailor Moon, and her other companions set out to free the world of evil.
Sukitte ii na yo
Mei Tachibana believes that making friends will only let her down because of her tragic experience in middle-school. On reaching high school, her life changes when she meets Yamato Kurosawa. Instead of being blinded by his popularity, Yamato looks into Mei’s heart and tries to be her friend.
Naho Takamiya, a sixteen-year-old high school student, finds a letter from herself that describes ten years into the future. The letter advises her to look out for a transfer student named Kakeru Naruse. Thus, begins the journey of Naho and Kakeru.
It is a story of two Nanas, Nana Komatsu and Nana Oosaki, both of them leading dissatisfied lives. When they meet each other on a train and later start living together, they start working towards their ambitions. Nana isn’t your usual shoujo anime. It also sheds light on issues like drug abuse and romantic relationships.
Risa Koizumi is taller than the average Japanese girl whereas Atsushi Otani is way shorter than the average Japanese boy. Their height differences earn them a name after a popular comedy duo- “All Hanshin Kyoujin”. As the show progresses, Risa and Atsushi gain different love interests and, as suggested by the name, the relationships get complicated.
Kiss Him, Not Me
Kae Serinuma is an obese school girl who is into yaoi and anime. When her favorite anime character is killed she goes into depression and stays in her bed for a whole week. As she comes out of her bubble and decides to lead a normal life, she realizes she has lost all her excess weight. The boys of her school start noticing her beauty and approach her, but all she wants is to turn this reverse-harem into her yaoi fantasy.
Sakura Kinomoto is just ten years old and lives in Tomoeda, a fictitious city in Japan. With her magic, she accidentally releases cards made by the sorcerer Clow Reed from a book in her basement. To keep the troublesome Clow Cards from causing a nuisance in the city, Cerberus the guardian of the cards gives Sakura the responsibility to retrieve them.
Hikari Hanazono has considered Kei Takishima her sworn rival since her childhood. She has never been able to beat him in anything before. To finally be the one at the top, she enrolls in Hakusenkan along with him and becomes part of the prestigious Special A class.
Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou
Yukina Miyazawa is the perfect student in her class, quite the opposite of what she is at home. Her dominant position in the classroom, which she secretly works hard for, is threatened when Soichiro Arima gets top grades. Yukina makes it her goal to reclaim her glory.
Itazura na Kiss
Kotoko Aihara falls in love with the popular and arrogant Naoki Irie. Soon after being turned down by him in a harsh manner, an earthquake destroys her house. Naoki’s father being thick friends with Kotoko’s gives them a place to stay in the Irie residence.
Akagami no Shirayukihime
Shirayuki (meaning Snow white) was born with red hair which she had to hide from prying eyes so as to not come across as someone suspicious. When Prince Raj notices her red hair, he forces her to become his concubine. Leaving her hair behind for the prince, she flees to Clarines. On her journey, she comes across Prince Zen and later becomes a herbalist in his palace.
Akatsuki no Yona
Yona is the red-haired princess of a kingdom named Kyoka ruled by his father from the Sky tribe. Guarded by her childhood friend and protector Hak and pampered in her palace, she leads a lavish life. Her fairytale-like world is shattered when her dearest cousin, Soo-Won assassinates her father and Yona has to flee for her safety with Hak.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Madoka Kaname has a dream of a cat-like creature asking her to save a raven-haired girl who is losing a fight with a witch. She is surprised when the girl from her dreams, named Akemi Homura, transfers into her school. Soon after, she finds out that Akemi is a magical girl who fights witches and encounters the cat-like creature named Kyubey who asks Madoka and her friend Sayaka to become magical girls.
Tomoko Kuroki is a loner and a hikikomori (a shut-in). As she realizes that she doesn’t have a prominent social life, she struggles to gain popularity in her school.
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%
Based on an Otome dating simulation game, Uta no Prince-sama is another reverse-harem anime. It centers on Haruka Nanami who studies at the prestigious Saotome Academy to become a songwriter. There, she meets various male idols and is paired up with them.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Chiyo Sakura confesses her feelings to her school mate Umetarou Nozaki and gets mistaken for a fan. Later, when he realizes his mistake, he invites her to his house and Chiyo realizes that Nozaki is actually a popular mangaka. She then becomes his assistant and they work on a manga named ‘Koi Shiyo’ together.
Kyoko Mogami abandons her high school life to support and cater to her one and only love, Shotaro Fuwa. Sacrificing her sweat and time to make him a successful idol, she starts leading a pathetic life only to find out that Shotaro had been using her the whole time. Insulted and angered, Kyoko swears to beat him in his own game by becoming the top idol herself.
Ema Hinata shifts into a new house after her father remarries. She discovers that she has 13 step-brothers. As time moves on, the boys develop feelings for her and the house turns into a silent battlefield over Ema.
Yui Komori is sent to live in a mansion by her step-father. Upon entering the house, she notices a handsome boy lying on his back- without his heart beating. As she panics, the boy gets up from the couch in a perfectly healthy state and his brothers appear before her introducing themselves as vampires.
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