Josei manga is the female counterpart of Seinen manga. This does not mean it deals with extreme violent or too much in to dark fantasy like Seinenmanga. These genre of mangas are similar in the context that they are both targeted towards coming of age generation of people and are also widely read grown up men and women. Josei manga is targeted towards females more than eighteen years of age i.e. adult women.
Shoji manga tends to more soft and sees every relationship through rose colored glasses. Josei manga is different and has a more matured depiction of emotions and encompasses realities of relationships. It often includes the dark side of today’srealities which might sometimes include depression, dark and lonely times, or even sexual abuse and deprivation. Josei manga is one of the most widely read manga. It relates and depicts real life situations which women can easily relate too.
As expected most of these manga series consists of female protagonists. But many online mangas have male protagonists. But they are much softer almost lacking violent and aggressive characteristics. Or they might consist of homosexual protagonists.
Josei manga series that have made a mark are:
- Loveless: This is one of the most popular ongoing manga series. It is also one of the most followed manga online. And can be accessed online through many websites such as HeyManga. It is written by Yun Koga in the year 2002. Till present it has twelve volumes. It was telecasted as a series first in the year of 2005.
- Paradise kiss: This manga series is one more addition to the writer Ai Yazawa though it belongs to a different genre. First published in the year 1999. It has a total of five volumes. First telecasted series in the year of 2005. It holds the honor of been translated to more than ten languages.