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Josei Manga - Ladies Comics


Cover of Happy Mania Volume 11 by Moyocco Anno, published by TokyoPop

Happy Mania Volume 11

© Moyocco Anno

Literally translates as "comics for women" or specifically, for female readers between the ages of 18 - 30, although women in their 40's and 50's also read josei titles. Josei manga stories usually feature more mature, complex stories and themes and tend have more sexually explicit content than shojo manga. Stories about office life, marriages, infidelity, babies, families and of course, romance are popular.

Examples of josei manga include:

  • Happy Mania by Moyocco Anno
  • The Aromatic Bitters by Erica Sakurazawa
  • Tramps Like Us (Kimi wa Pet) by Yayoi Ogawa
  • Blue by Nananan Kiriko.
  • Walking Butterfly by Chihiro Tamaki
  • With The Light by Keiko Tobe
  • Voices of Love by Kanae Hazuki

  • Pronunciation: JOH-say
    Also Known As: ladies comics, women's comics
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