Hello and welcome to Anime with Senpai, a blog series where I go over things that new comers might not understand and recommend anime and such as well. Last week I covered four genres, those being: Yuri, Shoujo Ai, Yaoi, and Shonen Ai. You can go check out the blog here, https://centralzerowordpress.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/anime-genres/. Any ways, let’s get into the blog!
Today we’ll be going over some more genres, not things like action, comedy or romance. Those are all self explanatory. Instead, we’re going over Shounen, Shoujo, Mecha, and Josei. Let’s get into it!
Shounen translates to “Boy” in Japanese. Shounen anime target young boys under the age of 15. Most shounen anime tend to be similar, one such example being that a lot of shounen’s MC’s get a power and learn to use it. I honestly can’t pick just one recommendation for this genre. On one hand we have Boku no Hero Academia which is said to be the perfect shounen. And then there’s Katekyo Hitman Reborn! which I think is the perfect shounen. So instead of recommending one, just this once I will recommend both since they represent the genre very nicely and are similar in the basics (Kids gets power and becomes OP)
Katekyo Hitman Reborn! is about Tsuna, who’s bad at everything and is called Dame-Tsuna at his school (No good Tsuna). Then one day a baby shows up at his door telling Tsuna that he’s going to make him suitable to be the new boss of the biggest mafia family, Vongola. Tsuna is honestly a wimp at first, and unlike most shounen he stays a wimp for the first 20 episodes. But through out the anime he goes through many battles and ends up being very strong.
Boku no Hero Academia
Boku no Hero Academia is about a world where having superpowers (Which are called quirks) is normal. The MC Midoriya Izuku is born quirkless and people bully him for it. One day he meets his idol and the number one Hero All Might and starts his path to becoming the greatest hero. Just like KHR, the MC starts out weak and receives a power, except in MHA, the MC gets stong in the beginning. Although when I say strong, I mean he’s strong but actually the weakest. If he uses his powers it destroys his body, so he has to learn to control it. And even after doing so can only use 5% of the power.
Shoujo translates to “Girl” and tends to target young girls just like shounen does with boy. Unlike shounen, shoujo doesn’t usually focus around action, instead it usually focus on the ideal romance. Basically the romance girls usually wish they could have. My pic for this genre is Vampire Knight. It was very good. I’m not a girl and I still liked it. Not only does it have action, it has every aspect most shoujo anime do. (And hot boys).
Vampire Knight is about Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu who are prefects of the academy, and attempt to keep order between the students as classes rotate in the evenings. As the Night Class is full of utterly gorgeous elites, this can sometimes prove to be a bit difficult. It is completely necessary, however, as those “elites” are actually vampires. Yuuki and Zero act as guardians, protecting the secrets of the Night Class and the safety of their ignorant morning counterparts.
Mecha anime revolve around giant robots. You know the giant robot joke about Japan? Well this is probably where it started. Any ways, this anime is very diverse and has anime that people who don’t like mecha will want to watch. Unlike shoujo and shounen there’s really no common factor for mecha anime except for the robots. Also, remember when I said people who don’t even like mecha will want to watch a few of these? Well I’m speaking from experience, and this is where my recommendation for the genre comes from. My pick for this genre is Code Geass. This anime is a master piece, even I, some one who doesn’t like mecha was completely into it. And not only that, it’s one of my favorite anime as well.
Code Geass is about Lelouch Lamperouge who is an exiled prince and a student at Ashford Academy. He tends to gamble a lot with his friend Rivalz Cardemonde. one day going home from gambling a truck almost hits Lelouch and Rivalz then drives off road. When Lelouch goes down to make sure they are alright he is given a power by a girl that was inside a large machine that was supposed to be holding poison gas. Now with this power he can finally get revenge on the empire that exiled him.
Joesei translates to “Woman”. This genre is the opposite of shoujo which targets young girls, because this targets older women and usually deals with more realistic romance instead of an ideal romance. Honestly I’ve never watched any josei anime in my life so I can’y give a trust worthy recommendation here. I’m gonna recommend an anime I’ve heard a lot about, Honey and Clover.
Honey and Clover is about Yuuta Takumi, and Shinobu who all share a room together. Shinobu is a mysterious quirky character who does things on a whim. Takumi is passionate in both work and love, And Yuuta is a simple person with simple dreams and desires. That is until he meets Hagumi, a petite girl with enourous amount of talent. Hagumi is fondly called Hagu by Shuuji, who serves as Hagu’s guardian. Hagu meets Ayumi, nicknamed Ayu, and they become close friends almost instantly. Meanwhile, Ayu falls for one of the boys…
I’ve never watched it but might end up after this blog, it sounds really interesting.
Any ways, that’s all for today. I’ll see ya again next time.