Top 50 Best Shoujo Anime

Shoujo is a genre of anime that has been around for a long time. If you are not sure what shoujo means, it is just a genre of anime that is targeted at a female audience.

Contents show

So, the stories and themes are aimed at young girls and women. Over time, there have been many sub-genres that have cropped up. Shoujo titles are now loved by people of all gender persuasions.

shoujo can literally have any setting, sci-fi romances, high school rom-com, tragic and heart-wrenching tales of love and strife, the possibilities are endless. So, let us show you the wonderful world of shoujo anime with the help of our list of the top 50 animes from this genre.

Top 50 Best Shoujo Anime

Vampire Knight

Original Name: Vampire Knight

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Studio Deen

Genres: Supernatural, Vampire, Drama, Shoujo, Romance, Mystery

Aired: From April 8th, 2008 to July 1st, 2008

Source: Manga Written by Matsuri Hino

Rating: 6.9/10

Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

 The story of Vampire Knight centers around a girl named Yuki who was saved from a vampire attack many years ago. This event changes the course of her life but nothing happens until she meets Zero.

The vampire hunter changes her whole world. Both Yuki and Zero become guardians of the Cross Academy and are tasked with protecting the humans while they attend their Day Class and the vampires as theta attend the Night Class. 

The story starts getting interesting when it is revealed that Yuki is actually a pureblood vampire from the Kuran family. But, she only gets this name when she transforms into a vampire.

Our Thoughts

This anime does an amazing job of mixing its genres. It is a supernatural romance that takes place in a high school, and it does really well in making the plot sweet and intriguing. The Vampire Knights anime likes to show us a more romantic side of vampires.

The bloodthirsty beasts from other films are not the vibe you will see here. We really liked this anime, the art style is pretty, but the true beauty of this anime comes from the storytelling and characters.

The overall rating of 7 from IMDb and MAL sounds accurate for this anime and we would rate it similarly. Vampire Knights is certainly an anime you should watch if you get the chance. 

My Guardian Characters 

Original Name: Shugo Chara

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Satelight

Genres: Shoujo, Magic, Comedy, School

Aired: From October 6th, 2007 to September 27th, 2008

Source: Manga Written by Peach-Pit

Rating: 7.4/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 51

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The main character of Shugo Chara is a girl named Amu Hinamori, she has a great desire to become something called the ‘Would Be Self’. Surprisingly her wish is granted when she wakes up to find three eggs on her bed.

The eggs hatch and ‘Character Eggs’ appear, their main goal is to help a person become the person they dream of. But, Amu’s life gets tougher when she has to interact with people around her that also have Character Eggs.

People at Seiyo Elementary Guardians bring Amu on to help steal what is known as X Eggs and X Characters, which are essentially people’s corrupted dreams. 

Our Thoughts

This shoujo anime is fun and exciting to watch. It is certainly aimed at a female audience, but this does not stop the premise and characters from being interesting. We really enjoyed this anime, despite it being a very long season, it was truly worth watching.

Overall, we recommend this anime if you are after something lighthearted, funny, and intriguing. We would give this anime a 7.5/10, it was fun and amusing but not the best shoujo anime we have seen. 

Uta No Prince Sama 

Original Name: Uta No Prince Sama: Maji Love 1000%

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genres: Shoujo, Comedy, Harem, School, Music, Romance

Aired: From July 3rd, 2011 to September 24th, 2011

Source: Visual Novel Written by Broccoli Kunozuki Kanon

Rating: 7/10

Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 53

Episode Duration: 25 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime is a high school romance, it centers around a girl named Haruka Nanami who has big dreams to become a composer and songwriter for her favorite pop idol.

She eventually gets accepted at a prestigious music school which is sure to be the key to her dreams coming true. 

Haruka finds herself surrounded by staff and faculty members that are all great composers, idols, or musicians. But even with many good things, there is always a catch. At her new school romance is not allowed.

So, she must navigate the minefield of handsome boys in the hopes that she will not fall in love. Her dreams to become a great songwriter and composer come first after all. 

Our Thoughts

One of the highlights of Uta No Prince Sama is the music. The genre itself helped it to gain much fame and some songs even made it to mainstream charts in Japan. Overall it is a gorgeous anime to view, the art style is clean, vibrant, and pretty. A feast for the eyes and ears alike.

Overall, we really enjoyed this anime. The characters were interesting, and the story had something going for it. It is not our favorite shoujo anime it is certainly worth watching. Especially if you like anime that has you surrounded by beautiful people. 

Rainbow Days

Original Name: Nijiiro Deizu

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Production Reed

Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, Shoujo

Aired: From January 10th, 2016 to June 26th, 2016

Source: Manga Written by Minami Mizuno

Rating: 7/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Episode Duration: 13 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

Rainbow Days is about four high school boys Keiichi, Hashiba, Natsuki, and Tomoya. They are good friends, have thriving social lives and girlfriends. It is safe to say they are loving their best high school lives.

That is until Natsuki is dumped by his girlfriend on Christmas Eve leaving him distraught and heartbroken. While he is feeling down a girl named Anna who is dressed in a Santa Claus outfit comforts him and gives him some tissues.

Natsuki falls in love with her immediately. With his friend’s help, Natsuki manages to get Anna’s attention. But, things are never that simple. 

Basic Info

Rainbow Days is an anime that was based on Minami Mizuno’s manga which was released in 2012 and finished in 2017. The anime adaptation received a 6.9/10 on IMDb and a 7.3/10 on My Anime List.

The anime ran from January 2016 to June 2016 when it concluded. There is no word at the moment about a second season being released. 

Our Thoughts

This show is a great light watch, the episodes are short, and the story is fun. Rainbow days can be described as soothing and simple, this is one of the many reasons it has made such an impression on its audience.

It is a great anime if you want a feel-good watch. On top of that, the animation is modern, clean, and beautiful, so you are sure to enjoy the visuals. It is certainly worth sitting down to watch Rainbow Days. We would rate this anime a 7.5/10. 

Marmalade Boy 

Original Name: Marmalade Boy

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Toei Animation 

Genres: Shoujo, Drama, Romance, Comedy

Aired: From March 13th, 1994 to September 3rd, 1995

Source: Manga Written by Wataru Yoshizumi

Rating: 7.5/10

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 76

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime was adapted from a manga of the same name which was written by Wataru Yoshizumi. Her book was released back in 1992. The story is about a girl named Miki who inexplicably finds herself in a strange situation.

Her parents are getting a divorce after a wonderful vacation in Hawaii. While on vacation Miki meets a handsome boy named Matsuura Yuu, she gets a crush on him.

But Miki does not realize that Yuu might soon become her stepbrother, not knowing that she continues to fall in love with him. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is enjoyed by many, not only because of the fun and interesting characters but also because the story is funny and intriguing.

It is an amusing anime that will not suit everyone but for those that appreciate the animation, story, and characters, you are in for a wild ride. 

While the animation is certainly a little dated, for those of you that appreciate a good story and can enjoy an almost retro-looking anime, this is certainly something you could enjoy.

The rating of 7.5 on IMDb and MAL is about right in our opinion. If we rated Marmalade Boy it would get a 7/10 in our opinion.

The story, voice acting, and art style are all complementary and add to the overall charm of this shoujo anime. 

Rumbling Hearts

Original Name: Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Studio Fantasia

Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Shoujo

Aired: From October 5th, 2003 to January 4th, 2004

Source: Visual Novel by Kenji Nojima

Rating: 7.2/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

Episode Duration: 23 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

Rumbling Hearts is about four friends who are very close. Everything looks normal at the beginning until one of the friends falls into a coma. This has a knock-on effect on the relationships of the remaining friends.

The characters must continue with their lives and the anime explores complex emotions like betrayal, love, escapism, and aspirations. 

Our Thoughts

Rumbling Hearts is a fantastic little anime that seamlessly blends romance and slice of life in a way that mimics real emotions and situations. This anime has a great combination of emotional factors and drama that work well to drive the story forward.

On top of that, the characters and plot are really well written. With an overall 7.5 rating on both IMDb and MAL, Rumbling Hearts has done rather well despite it being quite old. 

The animation style is hit-and-miss for the audience, not everyone enjoys the way that the characters look and that is okay.

We enjoyed the overall story and characters though and the animation looked rather charming to us. We would also give this anime a 7/10. It is definitely worth watching if you have the time. 

Romeo X Juliet

Original Name: Romeo X Juliet

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Gonzo

Genres: Romance, Shoujo, Drama, Historical, Fantasy

Aired: From April 5th, 2007 to September 26th, 2007

Source: Shakespeare’s Play Romeo and Juliet and Manga Adaption 

Rating: 7.6/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story loosely follows the story of Romeo and Juliet as Shakespeare wrote it. The story centers around two characters from opposing houses who are in a feud.

They end up falling in love and must navigate their families or else face eternity apart. 

Our Thoughts

If you are a fan of classic literature, or you just love the romantic story of Romeo and Juliet, this will be a treat for you to watch. The story is uplifting and about as romantic as you can get.

Many fans absolutely loved this anime and who can blame them. It really is a fantastic anime, the animation is beautiful, and the storytelling is superb.

Overall, a perfectly likable shoujo anime and one that you should certainly watch. We would rate this anime 8/10. 

The Mysterious Play

Original Name: Fushigi Yugi

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Studio Pierrot

Genres: Shoujo, martial Arts, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Comedy, Historical, Magic, Fantasy

Aired: From April 6th, 1995 to March 28th, 1996

Source: Manga Written by Yuu Watase

Rating: 7.6/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 56

Episode Duration: 23 Minutes Per Episode

What Is the Story About?

The story starts with two characters, Yui and Miaka, who get transported into the world of a book called Universe of the Four Gods. The pair find themselves in ancient China where Miaka becomes a priestess for a God called Suzaku.

She is tasked with the job of summoning all the celestial warriors in order to fulfill three of Suzaku’s wishes. Miaka’s friend Yui on the other hand was pushed by evil rulers into becoming the priestess for Seiryuu. 

The friends find themselves at war and struggle to stay friends. Despite this they hold out hope that they can return to their homeworld, they just need to find out how. 

Our Thoughts

The plot surrounding this anime is really fun and that is why it has made it onto our Top Shoujo anime list. On top of a fascinating plot and intriguing characters, The Mysterious Play had a beautiful romantic story arc that was blended perfectly with action scenes.

While the animation style is a little dated, it is by no means bad and in our opinion makes the whole thing more charming and visually interesting. But, if you are an anime snob and only enjoy beautiful modern animation this may not be the right series for you.

Overall, it is a fantastic anime and received a relatively high score of 7.5.10 on IMDB and MAL. Our rating for this anime also lies in that region, and we would rate it a 7.8/10 overall. 

Love Me. Love Me Not

Original Name: Omoi, Omoware, Furi Furare

Type: Anime Movie

Production Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genres: Romance, Shoujo, Drama, School

Aired: Release Date is August 14th, 2020

Source: Manga Written by Io Sakisaka

Rating: 7.3/10

Duration: 1 Hour and 42 Minutes

What Is The Story About?

Love me, Love me Not is about a group of friends, Yuna the hopeless romantic, Akari the practical one, Rio who believes judging a book by the cover is how you find love, and finally, Kazuomi who is a bit of an idiot.

These friends have very specific and yet different expectations for their partners or crushes. Despite their differences, they manage to find meaningful teenage romances. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is a cute, and youthful experience, the modern and beautiful animation really gives that extra appeal it needs to be amazing.

While it only scored an average of 7 on IMDb and MAL, it really deserves at least an 8/10 for the story, characters, and style of animation. We really recommend it to anyone that is interested in a light-hearted and fun shoujo anime movie.

Inu X Boku SS

Original Name: Inu x Boku Secret Service

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: David Productions

Genres: Shounen, Shoujo, Comedy, Romance, Supernatural

Aired: From January 13th, 2012 to March 30th, 2012

Source: Manga Written by Cocoa Fujiwara

Rating: 7.5/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 12

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story centers around a sharp-tongued girl named Ririchiyo who leaves her wealthy and protected life behind. She decided to live in a house at Maison de Ayakashi which is a gated apartment complex that is home to some strange yet intriguing people.

The only condition for living in this complex is that you must be accompanied by a Secret Service agent at all times. 

Our Thoughts

The story of Inu x Boku SS deviates from the manga a little, so if you are a die-hard fan of the source material be prepared for this fact. Overall, this anime is actually quite fun and interesting.

The rom-com elements are sweet and one of the best features of this anime. It does have a gorgeous animation style which is sure to impress anyone that watches anime for the visuals alone.

But, overall, Inu x Boku SS is a really fun shoujo anime and one that you should watch if you are a fan of this genre. 

It Starts With A Kiss

Original Name: Itazura Na Kiss

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genres: Shoujo, Romance, Comedy

Aired: From April 5th, 2008 to September 25th, 2008

Source: Manga Written by Kaoru Tada

Rating: 7.5/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 25

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story starts when our main character, Kotoko, loses her home because of an earthquake. She is then forced to share a house with Naoki.

She once tried to reveal her feelings to him but was denied, but now that she shares a roof with her crush she believes that she has a chance to make him love her. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is your typical rom-com and if you are a fan of this genre this is definitely an anime you will want to check out. This anime will be thoroughly loved by some and disliked by others.

Despite this polarity, it is actually a fantastic romantic shoujo anime and one that you should certainly give a chance. We highly recommend it and would give it a solid 8/10. 

Special A Class

Original Name: Special A

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Gonzo and AIC

Genres: Romance, Shoujo, Comedy, School

Aired: From April 7th, 2008 to September 15th, 2008

Source: Manga Written by Maki Minami

Rating: 7.5/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story centers around a girl named Hikari who wants to be the best at everything that she does, and she does excel in everything and is at the top of her class.

Until Kei arrives on the scene and finds that he is just as good as her if not better. So, she challenges him to a series of events only to keep losing. The snag is that Kei has feelings for Hikari, but she can’t seem to see this. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is a typical rom-com, it is full of silly humor, oblivious love interests, and of course the romance we all came for. If you love shoujo or romance animes and have not seen Special A, you are missing out.

It is a light-hearted and cute anime with fun characters and a plot-line that is easy to keep up with. Overall, a really great anime. We would rate it 7.5/10 overall. 

Searching For The Full Moon

Original Name: Furumun Wo Sagashite

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Studio Deen

Genres: Supernatural, Shoujo, Music, Drama, Comedy, Romance

Aired: From April 6th, 2002 to March 29th, 2003

Source: Manga Written by Arina Tanemura

Rating: 7.9/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 52

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The main character, Mitsuki, dreams of becoming a great singer. She also has a wish to once again be with the love of her life, Eichi Sakurai who has left Japan and gone to the United States so that he can train to become an astronaut.

Mitsuki’s life is not easy, she has fallen terribly ill with throat cancer which is destroying her chances of becoming a singer. One day she meets two death gods or Shinigami who have come to help her achieve her ambitions. 

Our Thoughts

If you are looking for a shoujo anime that is bound to make you cry, this will be the perfect series for you.  Full Moon Wo Sagashite is a wonderful mix of tragedy and light-hearted moments that is sure to make your heart flutter.

It received a relatively high score on platforms like IMDb and MAL, but we feel that the score it received was not justified. This anime deserves at least an 8.5/10, it just has so much going for it.

The animation style is cute and charming which only adds to the overall feel of Full Moon Wo Sagashite. 

5 Centimeters Per Second

Original Name: Byousoku 5 Centimeters

Type: Anime Movie

Production Studio: CoMix Wave Films

Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance

Aired: Released on March 3rd, 2007

Source: An Original Movie by Makoto Shinkai

Rating: 7.6/10

Duration: 1 Hour and 3 Minutes

What Is The Story About?

This film tackles the complexities, pain, and hardship of being in a long-distance relationship. The story centers around Akari and Takaki who have been friends since childhood, they are also in love with each other.

The pair is tragically torn apart when they least expect it. The film shows them loving their lives in a kind of limbo. Unable to act on their feelings for each other and unable to move forward. 

Our Thoughts

This film does an amazing job of representing the pain we go through in long-distance relationships. The feelings it evokes are real and tug on your heartstrings.

5 Centimeters Per Second received a 7.6/10 on IMDb and a 7.6/10 on My Anime List, fair ratings, but we feel that it is a little lower than this remarkable film deserves.

It at least needs an 8/10, the art style is beautiful, clean, and vibrant. The story is heartwarming and emotional at the same time.

It really is a delightful anime move and one that you have to watch if you are looking for a shoujo anime that is beautiful and emotional. 

The Wallflower

Original Name: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Nippon Animation

Genres: Comedy, Shoujo

Aired: From October 4th, 2006 to March 28th, 2007

Source: Manga Written by Tomoko Hayakawa

Rating: 7.7/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 25

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story centers around a girl named Sunako who gets rejected by her crush due to her appearance. She reacts to this by becoming a complete introvert. The once chirpy, sociable, and lovable girl is now an introvert who loves the morbid things in life.

She gets sent away to her aunt’s mansion when she decides to go on a road trip all over the world. The downside is that she must now share the manor with 4 very handsome boys who have been given the task of turning the introverted and morbid Sunako into a lady.

The boys must succeed at their task or pay rent for their stay at the fancy house.

Over the course of her stay at her aunt’s house and her time with the boys, Sunako learns to become her old self again and realizes that being a social outcast is not necessary. 

Our Thoughts

Overall, the story of The Wallflower is original, quirky, and fun. So, it is no surprise that this anime is loved by many fans of the shoujo genre. This anime was well received by its audience, IMDb gave it a 7.5/10 and My Anime List gave it an 8/10.

The Wallflower is a fun anime and something that a fan of shoujo anime really has to see. The humor in the writing is sure to have you laughing out loud. The animation style is beautiful and typical of the early 2000s animation of the time.

Overall, this anime is great fun and sure to keep you entertained for the duration of the series. We highly recommend it if you are a fan of the comedy or shoujo genres. 

Say ‘I Love You’

Original Name: Sukitte Li Na Yo

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Zexcs

Genres: Romance, Shoujo, Drama, Romance

Aired: From October 7th, 2012 to December 30th, 2012

Source: Manga Written by Kanae Hazuki

Rating: 7.5/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story of Say ’I Love You’ is about a girl named Mei who has a troubled school life, as a result, she avoids everyone and does not make any friends. That is until she meets Yamato Kurasawa who takes an interest in her.

The two of them end up falling in love, Mei must adapt to her new life with a handsome, popular boyfriend and a group of new friends.  She must start her new school life, knowing it is something she has been avoiding for a long time. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is a hit for anyone that enjoys a cute romance with relatable elements. It is heartwarming to watch the main character grow into a lie she did not know she wanted.

We really enjoyed this anime and highly recommend it to anyone that is into shoujo romance anime. Say ‘I Love You’ received a 7.3/10 rating on IMDb and a 7.4/10 on My Anime List. In our opinion, this is a conservative rating, this anime deserves an 8.5/10 at least.

The art style is beautiful, the characters are interesting and relatable. Let us not forget about the flawless emotional realism that this anime portrays. It is overall, a very good anime and one you certainly must give a try. 

Cardcaptor Sakura

Original Name: Kadokyaputa Sakura

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: stuff: stuff

Genres: Fantasy, Shoujo, Adventure, School, Drama, Romance, Magic, Comedy

Aired: From April 7th, 1998 to March 21st, 2000

Source: Manga Written by Clamp

Rating: 8.1/10

Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 70

Episode Duration: 25 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story centers around a girl named Sakura Kinomoto who is an elementary student. She discovers that she has magical powers after she accidentally releases a set of magical cards on the world.

She must now find all of these cards before it is too late and a catastrophe strikes. 

Our Thoughts

While this anime looks entirely like a Manhou Shoujo anime with very little depth, it is actually an interesting story with mature emotional points. The creatures of this anime took a risk when they gave the main characters and supporting characters unconventional treatment and importance.

Regardless of that, Cardcaptor Sakura became a very influential figure in the world of Japanese anime and manga. If you are looking to watch some of the greatest anime in the shoujo category you have to watch this anime. It received an 8/10 on IMDb and My Anime List.

While the art style might not appeal to everyone, especially with the modern style, this anime is worth watching if you want a fantastic story and characters. Or you just want to get a feel for an anime that made it to the hall of fame. 

The Kawai Complex Guide To Manors And Hostel Behavior

Original Name: Bokura Wa Minna Kawai Sou

Type: Anime TV Series 

Production Studio: Brain’s Base

Genres: Seinen, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Romance, Comedy, School

Aired: From April 4th, 2014 to June 20th, 2014

Source: Manga Written by Ruri Miyahara

Rating: 7.7/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 12

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime centers around the main character, Kazunari Usa, who has decided to live independently during their high school freshman year. His dream is realized, and he moves to a boarding house complex where there are strange and eccentric characters around him.

He must navigate through his new life away from his parents and adapt to living with his lovable yet unique housemates. 

Our Thoughts

This anime balances its genres really well, the comedic and romantic elements work really well together to make the anime both amusing and endearing. The Kawai Complex has a really beautiful animation style that is modern and clean while utilizing cartoonish animation to compliment the comedic elements.

Overall, IMDb gave this anime a 7.3/10 while My Anime List gave it a 7.6/10. In our opinion, The Kawai Complex deserves at least an 8/10. It delivers everything you expect, and the beautiful imagery is a feast for the eyes.

So, if you enjoy shoujo anime that are cute, funny, and intriguing, make sure to check out The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior. You won’t regret it. 

Golden Time

Original Name: Golden Time

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: J.C. Staff

Genres: Romance, Drama, Shoujo, Comedy

Aired: From October 4th, 2013 to March 28th, 2014

Source: Light Novel Written by Yuyuko Takemiya

Rating: 7.7

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

Golden Time is about a boy named Banri Tada and her soul-searching journey after he loses a large chunk of time in his memory. In his missing memory is his hometown with all his friends, his sense of self, and even some of his past.

Banri decides to move to Tokyo where he is determined to start a new life. He joins a law school and that is where he meets a girl named Mitsuo. She is a lively woman who soon becomes the light of his life.

But, just when he is starting to adjust to his new life and the new wonderful woman in his life. Another woman from his past shows up and confuses him again. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is really cleverly done, each episode is like a puzzle for the main character and the audience to try to uncover. It offers a new fun perspective for the viewers, knowing that the main character does not know more than you.

It gives you the illusion that you and Banri are in it together, which is a fun and unique way to enjoy an anime. On top of that, the anime itself has a realistic perspective that keeps you invested throughout the story.  

IMDb gave Golden Time a rating of 7.6/10 and My Anime List gave it a 7.7. This rating is in the right ballpark, and we think that it is an apt score for this anime. It is brilliant, fun, and intriguing.

If that was not enough, the visuals of this anime are stunning, a feast for the eyes with all the bright colors and sharp images.

Overall, we really loved Golden Time and if you are a fan of heartwarming and sweet shoujo anime you will definitely enjoy this anime. 

My Little Monster

Original Name: Tonari No Kaibutsu Kun

Type: Anime TV Series 

Production Studio: Brain’s Base

Genres: Romance, Shoujo, School, Comedy, Slice of Life

Aired: From October 2nd, 2012 to December 25th, 2012

Source: Manga Written by Robico

Rating: 7.5/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This story centers around an antisocial female student named Shizuku, all she cares about are her grades. She doesn’t like people but all of these changes when she meets a boy named Haru Yoshida.

2One of her classmen is a known troublemaker but also has the same outlook as her. These two antisocial people become friends and learn how to deal with the emotions they are feeling as romance starts to blossom. 

Our Thoughts

One of the most interesting points about this story is that it is not a traditional romance, not one with a happy ending at least. The story focuses more on Shizuku learning to understand her own emotions.

It leans really heavily into the comedic genre, but this is what makes My Little Monster such a charming and intriguing anime. IMDb gave it a score of 7.3/10 and My Anime List gave it a 7.5/10. Overall a really great score for a beautifully animated and fun story. 

Fruits Basket: Final

Original Name: Furuba

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genres: Shoujo, Supernatural, Slice of Life, Drama, Comedy, Romance

Aired: From April 6th, 2019 to June 29th, 2021

Source: Manga Written by Natsuki Takaya

Rating: 8.5/10

Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 63

Episode Duration: 23 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story is about a girl named Tohru Honda, a young orphaned girl who meets three boys, Shigure, Kyo, and Yuki. Through them, she learns that thirteen members of the Sohma are possessed by animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

When they are weakened, stressed, or even embraced by someone of the opposite sex they turn into animals that embody the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac.

Tohru helps to heal the members of the Sohma family using her king and loving nature. On top of that, she learns to help herself and this realization makes her life all the better. 

Our Thoughts

Fruit Baskets is one of the most popular Shoujo animes out there, it is so famous that the production company has released three more seasons after the original season in 2001. It is a divine mix of supernatural, romance, and comedy.

Every genre works to make the overall anime even better than you could imagine. Fruits Basket’s new seasons earned an 8.6/10 rating on IMDb and an 8.2/10 on My Anime List. The anime has been a success even the remake is well-loved which you can see by the high rating it has received. 

Kokoro Connect

Original Name: Kokoro Connect

Type: Anime TV Series 

Production Studio: Silver Link

Genres: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Shoujo, School, Drama, Supernatural

Aired: From July 8th, 2012 to September 30th, 2012

Source: Light Novel Written by Sadanatsu Anda

Rating: 7.8/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode 

What Is The Story About?

Kokoro Connect is about five high school friends who end up switching bodies after strange circumstances occur. Due to this strange situation, even the five friends get to learn each other’s deepest darkest secrets.

As secrets come to light and skeletons come out of the closet, this new information will either make or break their friendship. 

Our Thoughts

The characters in this anime are quite realistic, their thoughts, reactions, and lives are quite ordinary. But, this works really well as you learn more about them and realize just how much we keep from our friends.

Kokoro Connect’s animation style is beautiful, the modern art style and vibrant colors are a true feast for the eyes. It was received well by the public and earned a 7.4/10 on IMDb and a 7.7/10 on My Anime List.

Overall, a really fun anime and one that is sure to amuse anyone that enjoys shoujo anime. 

Orange

Original Name: Orange

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Telecom Animated Film

Genres: Drama, School, Shoujo, Romance, Sci-Fi

Aired: From July 4th, 2016 to September 26th, 2016

Source: Manga Written by Ichigo Takano

Rating: 7.6/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story starts when Naho Takamiya gets a letter from her future self. In this letter, she learns everything that she regretted while she was younger. Mistakes she made that can be avoided to make her future better.

She does not believe that the letter is real until things start to happen exactly how the letter says. She and her friends now have the chance to change the future and stop a tragic event from happening. 

Our Thoughts

Orange is a character-driven anime, it can be a little melodramatic at some points, and it takes a little while to get the story going.

But, if you can get past all that, this is a heart-warming and sweet anime that certainly gets you thinking about how even small acts of kindness can really change a person’s life. Orange received a 7.6/10 on IMDb and My Anime List.

Overall a really great anime that is sure to impress you. It has a gorgeous animation style and the characters are realistic. It really is the full package. But, it can be hit or miss even for lovers of the shoujo genre. Regardless, give it a chance, and you will probably love every minute. 

Blue Spring Ride

Original Name: Ao Haru Ride

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Production I.G.

Genres: Romance, Slice of Life, Comedy, Shoujo, Drama, School, Romance

Aired: From July 8th, 2014 to September 23rd, 2014

Source: Manga Written by Io Sakisaka

Rating: 7.6/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 12

Episode Duration: 23 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

Ao Haru talks to Futaba who used to be super popular with the boys. But she does not care for anyone except Kou Mabuchi.

The sad part is that he disappeared, she shrugs off her sadness and tries to get on with her life. But things are not that easy, Kou reappears. But he is not exactly himself and this confuses Futaba. 

Our Thoughts

If you are looking for a shoujo romance anime that is fresh and beautiful, this anime might suit you. This anime is really heartwarming and touching.

The almost mature depiction of love and emotions makes this an interesting watch all on its own. On top of that, the animation style is unique and stunning. Blue Spring Ride is the full package if you are looking for a sweet and endearing romance shoujo anime.

It received a 7./10 on IMDB and a 7.6/10 on My Anime List. Overall a really well-done anime and one you will not regret watching. 

The World Is Still Beautiful

Original Name: Soredemo Sekai Wa Utsukushii

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Studio Pierrot

Genres: Romance, Shoujo, Adventure, Fantasy

Aired: From April 6th, 2014 to June 29th, 2014

Source: Manga Written by Dai Shiina

Rating: 7.6/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 12

Episode Duration: 22 Minutes Per Episode

What is the Story About?

This anime is about two Zany Royals, Prince Livius, and Princess Nike. They are introduced under off circumstances, this pair come from very different backgrounds and very different.

They begin to get to know each other over the course of the anime and even start to desire a life together. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is extremely amusing, the comedy is very well done and certain to have you laughing along. But, this anime is not just humorous, it is laden with emotional moments that balance out the overall vibe of the anime.

The World is Beautiful is a royal story unlike any other you have seen. It was rated 7.4/10 on IMDb and 7.6/10 on My Anime List. If you are a fan of fantasy and shoujo anime, this may be the show for you. 

From Up On Poppy Hill

Original Name: Coquelicot Zaka Kara

Type: Movie

Production Studio: Studio Ghibli

Genres: Romance, Shoujo, School, Historical

Aired: 2nd August 2013

Source: Manga Written by Chizuru Takahashi

Rating: 7.8/10

Duration: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

What Is The Story About?

The story centers around a girl named Umi Matsuzaki and her family. Umi runs the house and still goes to school. She gets involved with a group at school and tries to stop the Olympic Board from knocking down an old building at her school to make room for a modern building. Along the way, she meets a boy who slowly steals her heart. 

Our Thoughts

The work of Goro Miyazaki and Hayao Miyazaki are famous, you will have heard of Studio Ghibli and the amazing work that these men do there.

The films that they direct are always charming, beautiful, and have delightful stories that stay with you forever. From Up on Poppy Hill is one such film, it is a little more serious than some Ghibli movies but if you want a film that will touch your heart this is the one for you.

It received a rating of 7.4/10 on IMDb and a 7.8/10 on My Anime List. Overall, a breathtaking shoujo anime and one you absolutely have to watch. 

Lovely Complex

Original Name: Lovely Complex

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Toei Animation

Genres: Shoujo, Romance, Comedy

Aired: From April 7th, 2007 to September 29th, 2007

Source: Manga Written by Aya Nakahara

Rating: 8/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story of Lovely Complex is quite simple and straightforward. It is about a really tall girl, who falls in love with the shortest boy.

They struggle to come to terms with their feelings because neither of them is the kind of person they expected to fall in love with. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is simply amazing and probably a favorite of ours for the shoujo genre. The story is sweet and has you rooting for this unnatural duo to reciprocate each other’s love.

If you enjoy a shoujo anime with a ton of humor and an undertone of romance which slowly gets stronger as the episodes progress. This anime will be perfect for you.

It received a 7.9/10 on IMDb and an 8.4/10 on My Anime List.  If it was up to us, Lovely Complex would get an even jigger score but, it is up to you to make your own judgments after watching this fantastic anime. 

Monthly Girl’s Nozaki Kun

Original Name: Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Doga Kobo

Genres: School, Romance, Comedy

Aired: From July 7th, 2014 to September 22nd, 2014

Source: 4-Koma Manga Written by Izumi Tsubaki

Rating: 7.9/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 12

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime centers around a girl named Chiyo who is in love with Umetarou Nozaki. But, when she confesses her feelings he just gives her an autograph. He is secretly a mangaka who uses the pen name Sakiko Yumeno.

Chiyo ends up becoming his assistant and helps him with his next big project. She hopes that by helping him her feelings will be taken seriously, and he might notice that she loves him. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is full of gags and hilarious moments that are sure to tickle your funny bone. On top of that, it is a sweet story, the whole time you are rooting for Chiyo and hoping that Nozaki accepts her feelings of love.

On top of that, this anime has beautiful, clean, and vibrant animation that is sure to impress. IMDb rated this anime a 7.6/10 while My Anime List gave it a 7.7/10.

Overall, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki Kun is a great anime and a great choice if you want to watch a funny shoujo anime. 

Garden Of Words

Original Name: Kotonoha No Niwa

Type: Anime Movie

Production Studio: Co Mix Wave Films

Genres: Psychological, Romance, Slice of Live, Drama

Aired: Released on the 31st of May 2013

Source: An original story by Makoto Shinkai

Rating: 7.9/10

Duration: 46 Minutes

What Is The Story About?

This bitter-sweet love story is about Takao Akizuki, a shoemaker who decided to design shoes in a beautiful garden as a way to change things up.

While there he meets a woman named Yukari Yukino, He offers to make her a pair of shoes for this mysterious woman and this becomes a way for the pair to bond. Despite the strangeness of their meeting, they both find happiness in their small exchanges.

Our Thoughts

This film is quite short it is a visual masterpiece. The animation is stunning, and the subtle storytelling is just breathtaking.

It is a strange story, but it is fascinating to see a pair of people bond over such a strange yet normal interaction. This anime received a 7.5/10 on IMDb and a 7.9 on My Anime List.

Overall, a fascinating anime. It may not suit everyone, but it is worth watching if you want something a little more serious and less comedic. 

Snow White With The Red Hair

Original Name: Akagami No Shirayuki Hime

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Bones

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Shoujo, Romance

Aired: From July 7th, 2015 to September 22nd, 2015

Source: Manga Written by Sorata Akidzuki

Rating: 7.7/10

Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 24

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This story is not actually similar to the traditional ‘Snow White’ tale that we grew up with. It is actually about a woman named Shirayuki who owns an apothecary in a place called Tanbarun.

One day she gets noticed by the dull-witted prince Raji who makes her his concubine. But, she gets rescued by a neighboring country and to repay them becomes the courts’ herbalist.

Our Thoughts

Both the seasons for this anime are just as good as each other. This anime is a fresh and captivating story that you are sure to fall in love with. The vibrant and clean art style draws the eye, and the story is super cool.

IMDb gave it a 7.8/10 while My Anime List gave it a 7.7/10. Overall, a fun anime with an interesting universe you get to explore over two seasons.

If you are a lover of shoujo and fantasy, give Snow White with the Red Hair a chance, you are bound to enjoy it. 

My Love Story

Original Name: Ore Monogatari!

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Madhouse

Genres: Shoujo, Romance, Comedy

Aired: From April 9th, 2015 to September 24th, 2015

Source: Manga Written by Kazune Kawahara & Aruko

Rating: 7.5/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Episode Duration: 22 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story centers around Takeo Gouda and Rinko Yamato, two very different people. After an incident occurs where Takeo saves Rinko’s life he begins to fall for her and wonders if she could ever feel the same way about him. He is after all a large, scary guy who manages to scare all the girls away. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is super cute, you will almost certainly feel all fluttery as the characters slowly fall in love. It mixes those ‘aww’ moments seamlessly with funny scenes that you are certain to enjoy. My Love Story received a 7.8/10 on IMDb and a 7.9/10 on My Anime List.

Overall excellent ratings that are well-earned. The sweet interactions and funny moments in this anime are extremely well done and something you will enjoy if you are looking for a shoujo anime with this kind of vibe. 

From Me To You

Original Name: Kimi Ni Todoke

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Production I.G.

Genres: Romance, Slice of Life, Shoujo, Drama, School

Aired: From October 7th, 2009 to March 31st, 2010

Source: Manga Written by Karuho Shiina

Rating: 8/10

Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 38

Episode Duration: 22 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

Sawako Kuronuma is an unfortunate girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to the grudge. Despite her gentle and kind personality, she is feared by her classmates because they think she might curse them.

But when a popular boy named Shouta Kazehaya makes an appearance she suddenly wishes for nothing other than to be normal. 

Our Thoughts

This story can come across as a little stereotypical, ugly, outcast girl who wants to make changes for a boy. You know the cliché. But, From Me to You does a great job of making the story cute, romantic, and completely ridiculous.

All together making an absolutely fantastic anime. IMDb gave From Me to You a score of 7.8/10 while My Anime List scored it an 8.10. Overall, an incredible, cute, and funny anime that any shoujo lover will want to watch. 

The Pet Girl Of Sakurasou

Original Name: Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: J.C. Staff

Genres: Romance, Comedy, Slice of Life, School, Drama, Shoujo

Aired: From October 9th, 2012 to March 26th, 2013

Source: Light Novel Written by Hajime Kamoshida

Rating: 8.1/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Episode Duration: 23 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The story centers on a group of misfits who get kicked out of a normal school dorm for keeping a stray cat. A character named Sorata Kanda moves into this dorm, but when the world-famous artist, Mashiro Shiina also moves into Sakura Dorm it is up to Sorata to become their caretaker. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is cute and light-hearted. The comedic moments and storytelling are fun and sure to brighten your day. On top of that, the art style is clean and vibrant, so you can enjoy the modern visuals.

IMDb scored it with a 7.8/10 while My Anime List gave it an 8.1/10. Overall, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is a hilarious and amusing story that you are certain to enjoy if you are a fan of cute shoujo anime. 

Nana

Original Name: Nana

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Madhouse

Genres: Shoujo, Comedy, Music, Romance, Slice of Life, Drama

Aired: From April 5th, 2006 to March 28t, 2007

Source: Manga Written by Ai Yazawa

Rating: 8.4/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 47

Episode Duration: 23 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime is about a character named Nana Komatsu who dreams of being independent and leaving her rural home. In the end, she goes to Tokyo with her boyfriend.

But, Nana Osaki is the complete opposite, she is an independent punk rocker in a popular band who wants to become a professional singer in Tokyo.

Both characters end up on the same train and live together in Tokyo where they help each other through the tough life the city has in store for them. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is pretty famous in the shoujo anime world. It is an exciting series with plenty going on to keep you entertained. While the animation is not as vibrant as the anime today it is still charming and interesting as far as visuals go.

Nana scored an 8.4/10 on IMDb and My Anime List, a pretty high rating for a shoujo anime. But it is well deserved which is why you should definitely make time to watch this famous shoujo anime. 

Chihayafuru

Original Name: Chihayafuru

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Madhouse

Genres: Shoujo, Josei, Game, Sports, Slice of Life, Drama, School

Aired: From October 5th to October 22nd, 2019

Source: Yuki Suetsugu

Rating: 8.2/10

Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 75

Episode Duration: 22 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This story is about a character named Chihaya who is obsessed with a game called karuta. When she was a child a boy named Arata Wataya introduced her to the game and ever since she has been obsessed.

The story is about Chihaya and her friends who work together to become the best karuta players in Japan by going to tournaments and beating top-tier players. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is absolutely amazing and one that you simply have to see. The art and style are stunning, and the characters are all realistic. It also allows the secondary or supporting characters to have equal importance as the main characters, which is quite rare in the shoujo genre.

IMDb gave this anime an 8.1/10 and My Anime List gave it a score of  8.2/10. If it were up to us this anime would get the full 10/10 rating, because it is just so well executed, interesting and the visuals are stunning. So, if you are looking for a great anime to enjoy, check out Chihayafuru. 

Whisper of the Heart

Original Name: Mimi Wo Sumaseba

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Studio Ghibli

Genres: Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Drama

Aired: Released in 1995

Source: Aoi Hiiragi

Rating: 8.2/10

Duration: 1 Hour and 51 Minutes

What Is The Story About?

The story is about a girl named Shizuku who aspires to be a writer. One day she follows a cat on a train and sees an antique shop where she meets an antique dealer named Seiji Amasawa who is the grandfather of Shiro Nishi.

At the shop, she sees a cat statue named ‘The Baron’ and is inspired to write a story. Her grades drop as a result, but she is determined to find something she is good at. She grows ever closer with Shiro and the two eventually fall in love. 

Our Thoughts

This anime was directed by the amazing Miyazaki. Whisper of the Heart is a heart-warming and romantic story that you will definitely enjoy if you enjoy this genre. This movie was given a 7.9/10 on IMDb and an 8.2/10 on My Anime List.

Overall, this anime undoubtedly embodies the wonder and beauty of all Ghibli movies and is a film you really need to see if you enjoy anime classics. 

Princess Jellyfish

Original Name: Kuragehime

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Brain’s Base

Genres: Josei, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Comedy

Aired: From October 15th, 2010 to December 31st, 2010

Source: Manga Written by Akiko Higashimura

Rating: 8.1

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 11

Episode Duration: 22 Minutes per Episode

What Is The Story About?

The Amamizukan apartment building where no men are allowed is the home to several otaku women. This is where we find Tsukimi Kurashita, the main character for this anime. She has an obsession with jellyfish.

One day she sees a jellyfish at a pet store that is in danger, and she tries to rescue it. With the help of Kuranosuke Koibuchi, a cross-dressing man, she succeeds. This anime is about Tsukimi, her otaku friends, her new friend Kuranosuke and how her life pans out as a result. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is truly a work of art, it was nominated the best anime back in 2010 by many platforms like Polygon, and Crunchyroll. Who can blame them, this anime was hilarious, cute, and progressive. Overall an absolutely astounding shoujo anime that you simply have to watch if you love the genre.

IMDb gave Princess jellyfish a score of 7.7/10 while My Anime List thought it deserved an 8.1/10. Overall a really beautiful anime with a great story and characters. 

Skip Beat

Original Name: Skip Beat!

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Hal Film Maker

Genres: Drama, Shoujo, Comedy Romance

Aired: From October 6th, 2008 to March 30th, 2009

Source: Manga Written by Yoshiki Nakamura

Rating: 8.1/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 25

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime is about the journey of Kyouko Mogami, a diligent and hardworking person who is eager to support her friend and crush, a man named Shoutarou Fuwa.

Tragedy strikes when she realizes that he is using her and sees her as nothing more than a servant. So, to get revenge she decided to become famous. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is full of dynamic characters that are sure to keep your eyes glued to the screens. The animation style may not be for everybody, but if you are a fan of the style this anime will be a delight.

IMDb gave Skip Beat a 7.9/10 and My Anime List gave it a score of 8.1/10. Overall, a fascinating anime that you will almost certainly enjoy as a shoujo anime fan. 

Kamisama Kiss

Original Name: Kamisama Hajimemashita

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genres: Romance, Supernatural, Shoujo, Demons, Fantasy, Comedy

Aired: From October 2nd, 2012 to December 25th, 2012

Source: Manga Written by Julietta Suzuki

Rating: 8/10

Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 25 

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

Kamisama Kiss is the story of a young girl named Nanami who is rescued from a dog by a demon. She ends up trapped at the shrine and becomes the Land God.

Nanami now has to learn how to accomplish all of her responsibilities as a God. She must also navigate her feelings for the fox demon with whom she is falling in love. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is a light-hearted series with wonderful twists of comedy throughout. The animation is beautiful and certainly a feature that draws the eye.

IMDb and My Anime List scored this anime an 8.1/10, a high score that is well-earned. Almost everything about this anime is impressive or soothing, and because of this, it is an anime you will not regret watching. 

Natsume’s Book Of Friends

Original Name: Natsume Yuujinchou

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Brain’s Base

Genres: Supernatural, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Demons, Drama

Aired: From July 8th, 2008 to September 30th, 2008

Source: Manga Written by Yuki Midorikawa

Rating: 8.3/10

Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 74

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime centers around a boy named Takashi Natsume who has been followed by a ghost for his whole life. He has a book which is known as the ‘Book of Friends’.

It was passed down by his grandmother who trapped a demon in its pages. This demon now hunts Takashi in an attempt to regain its freedom. 

Our Thoughts

This anime has a fascinating premise and is definitely an anime you should watch if you love demons and the supernatural. It explores the purpose of existence and many other interesting topics.

It was rated 8.1/10 on IMDB and 8.3/10 on My Anime List, a solid score for a solid anime. Overall, we loved this shoujo anime and highly recommend it to anyone that has an appreciation for the genre. 

Maid Sama

Original Name: Kaichou Wa Maid Sama

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: J.C. Staff

Genres: Romance, Comedy, Shoujo, School, 

Aired: From April 2nd, 2010 to September 24th, 2010

Source: Manga Written by Hiro Fujiwara

Rating: 8/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 26

Episode Duration: 224 Minutes per Episode

What Is The Story About?

A girl Named Misaki is the newly elected class president at her school. She takes it upon herself to protect the female students from the boys and garners a scary reputation.

Little do they know, she works at a maid café. A secret she does not want to get out. When a popular boy named Takumi visits her café and uncovers her secrets, what will she do?

Our Thoughts

This anime is a shoujo anime staple, it is a hilarious rom-com that you are bound to enjoy. IMDb scored Maid Sama an 8/10 while My Anime List scored it 8.2/10. Overall, a fantastic anime that you absolutely have to see if you love this genre. 

Toradora

Original Name: Toradora!

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: J.C. Staff

Genres: Shoujo, Slice of Life, Romance, Comedy

Aired: From October 2nd, 2008 to March 26th, 2009

Source: Light Novel Written by Yuyuko Takemiya

Rating: 8.1/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 25

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime follows two characters. Taiga and Ryuuji. Taiga Aisaka is a confident and feisty girl you would certainly not call cute. Ryuuji Takasu is a boy in her class who has an intimidating face, so most people avoid him.

When this pair interacts for the first time in the series they try to help each other with their high school love interests. Slowly they develop feelings for each other as the series goes on. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is a delight, it is light-hearted, funny, and cute all at the same time. If you want to watch an anime that is sure to make you feel good, this is the anime for you.

It received an 8/10 on IMDb and an 8.1/10 on My Anime List. Overall, a great anime, if you give it a chance you are certain to enjoy Toradora. 

Yona Of The Dawn

Original Name: Akatsuki No Yona

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Studio Pierrot

Genres: Romance, Shoujo, Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure

Aired: From October 7th, 2014 to March 24th, 2015

Source: Manga Written by Mizuho Kusanagi

Rating: 8/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime is about a character named Yona who grew up in a royal family. Her life was turned upside down when her father has murdered ad she decided to dedicate her life to fighting for her kingdoms’ prosperity.

The story is about Yona and how she adapts to her new life with the help of new friends she finds along the way. 

Our Thoughts

Lovers of fantasy, adventure, and humor will love this anime. Yona of the Dawn perfectly balances its genre which is why this anime was such a success. On top of that, the animation for this anime is absolutely stunning, the characters are fun and the story is brilliantly told.

Yona of the Dawn received an 8.1/10 on IMDb and an 8/10 on My Anime List, an exceptional rating for an exceptional anime. Definitely watch this anime if you love a good fantasy anime. 

Ouran High School Host Club

Original Name: Ouran Koukou Hosutobu

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: Bones

Genres: Harem, Shoujo, Romance, School, Comedy

Aired: From April 5th, 2006 to September 27th, 2006

Source: Manga Written by Bisco Hatori

Rating: 8.1/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 26

Episode Duration: 23 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This story is about a girl named Haruhi Fujioka who gets transferred to a school for the rich and beautiful. Through unforeseen circumstances, she finds herself indebted to the Host Club where she must dress as a boy and entertain female guests like the rest of the handsome club members.

Haruhi grows as a person and becomes her true self while slowly falling in love with the dashing Tamaki. 

Our Thoughts

If you want to watch an anime that is hilarious, charming, cute, and all-around fantastic you will want to watch Ouran High School Host Club. This anime has an amazing group of characters, all of whom are funny and interesting in their own way.

This anime received an 8.2/10 on IMDb and an 8.1/10 on My Anime List. Overall, a great anime and one you have to see if you enjoy the shoujo genre.   

Nodame Cantabile

Original Name: Nodame Cantabile

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: J.C. Staff

Genres: Comedy, Josei, Shoujo, Music, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life

Aired: From January 12th, 2007 to March 25th, 2010

Source: Manga Written by Tomoko Ninomiya

Rating: stuff

Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 46

Episode Duration: 22 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This story is about two talented musicians who inevitably fall in love. Shinichi plays the violin and wants to be the best in Europe.

But, he is a perfectionist that also expects everyone around him to be perfect too. Megumi is a pianist who comes to know Shinichi. The pair slowly falls in love over the course of this anime’s three seasons. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is quite beautifully written. The story can be described as elegant and vibrant. It is only made better by the multi-faceted characters you come to know and love. The animation is unique and compliments the characters and story exceptionally well.

It received an 8.1/10 on IMDb and an 8.2/10 on My Anime List. Overall an absolutely astounding anime and one you should have to watch if you enjoy music and shoujo anime. 

To The Forest Of Firefly Lights

Original Name: Hotarubi No Mori E

Type: Anime Movie

Production Studio: Brain’s Base

Genres: Supernatural, Shoujo, Drama, Romance

Aired: Released on September 17th, 2011

Source: Manga Written by Yuki Midorikawa

Rating: 8.3

Duration: 45 Minutes Long

What Is The Story About?

The story starts when Hotaru gets lost in an ancient forest. She learned about the mountain god living there and wanted to find him. Instead, she meets a spirit named Gin who wears a fox mask. She learns that if she touches him he will disappear.

She leaves the forest and promises never to return. But every summer she comes back and the two of them fall in love. 

Our Thoughts

This anime movie is a very touching experience. Full disclosure, you will probably cry. But, it is so worth it to watch this beautiful story unfold. Hotarubi No Mori E received a 7.9/10 on IMDb and an 8.3/10 on My Anime List.

Overall this anime is stunning, both visually and from a storytelling perspective. Highly recommended if you want to watch a touching and beautiful story unfold. 

Kaguya Sama: Love Is War

Original Name: Kaguya Sama Wa Kokurasetai: Tensait Tachi No Renai Zunousen

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genres: Psychological, Seinen, Shoujo, Comedy, School, Romance

Aired: From January 12th, 2019 to March 30th, 2019

Source: Manga Written by Aka Akasaka

Rating: 8.4/10

Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 24

Episode Duration: 25 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime takes place in an academy called the Shuchiin Academy which is home to the most successful and wealthy students of Japan.

When the student council president and the student council vice president start to fall for each other, love becomes a war, and the first to confess their feelings loses. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is a funny and interesting story that is sure to amuse you if you have decided that you want to watch it. It balances its comedic elements and romantic elements really well and to top it off the animation is quite vibrant and altogether stunning.

IMDb gave Love is War an 8.5/10 and my anime list gave it an 8.6/10. Overall a really fun shoujo anime that is beautiful on the outside and hilarious on the inside. 

Clannad

Original Name: Clannad

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: stuff: stuff

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance Slice of Life, Drama, Shoujo

Aired: From October 4th, 2007 to March 27th, 2009

Source: Manga Written by Jun Maeda

Rating: 8.9/10

Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Episode Duration: 24 Minutes per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime follows the story of Tomoya Okazaki who is a third-year student. He does not take his studies very seriously, and he hates the city.

He meets several women who try to bring that spark back to his life. The Sequel to this anime, Clannad:After Story is about the time after Tomoya admits he loves Nagisa. 

Our Thoughts

This anime is full of heavy feelings and emotional moments. It is the kind of anime you watch for more than just comedy.

If you want an anime that will bring a smile to your face because characters make meaningful realizations this anime will be perfect for you.

IMDb gave it a score of 8.6/10 and My Anime List scored it an 8.9/10. Overall, a wonderful anime and one that is more than your average shoujo anime. 

Your Lie In April

Original Name: Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso

Type: Anime TV Series

Production Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genres: Romance, Shounen, Shoujo, Drama, School, Drama, Music

Aired: From October 14th, 2014 to March 20th, 2015

Source: Manga Written by Naoshi Arakawa

Rating: 8.7/10

Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 22

Episode Duration: 22 Minutes Per Episode

What Is The Story About?

This anime follows the story of two musicians who find love. Arima Kousei who has a troubled childhood loses his mother and his desire to be creative.

When he meets Kaori Miyazono she becomes the beacon of light in the darkness and slowly helps him to become the musical genius he was always meant to be. 

Our Thoughts

If you are interested in watching this anime you will not be disappointed, it is a delight to watch. It merges all of its genres really well, creating a meaningful and emotional anime that strikes a chord with those of you that have experienced loss.

IMDb gave this anime an 8.5/10 and My Anime List gave it an 8.6/10. Overall, Your Lie in April is a fantastic anime and one any shoujo anime lover should experience. 

A Silent Voice

Original Name: Koe No Katachi

Type: Movie

Production Studio: Kyoto Animation

Genres: School, Drama, Shounen, Shoujo

Aired: Released on the 15th March 2017

Source: Manga Written by Yoshitoki Oima

Rating: 8.9/10

Duration: 2 Hours and 10 Minutes

What Is The Story About?

A Silent Voice is about a boy named Shouya who regrets the bullying he did in his youth. In particular, the horrible things he did to a deaf girl named Shouko.

After an incident we see him change as a person, and eventually, he wants to make it up to her and hopefully earn her forgiveness. 

Our Thoughts

There is a reason that this anime made it to the top of our list, A Silent Voice is an amazing anime that certainly deserves a 10/.10 in our opinion. The story and characters are beautifully done.

The realism and portrayal of the effects of bullying from both perspectives is a refreshing and interesting way to tell the story. IMDb gave this anime a score of 8.2/10 and My Anime List gave it a score of 8.9/10.

Overall, a truly breathtaking anime. It is a treat to watch, with the stunning art style, realistic characters, and emotional moments. 

Conclusion

That is all for this article, we hope that you enjoyed our comprehensive list of 50 of the best shoujo anime. Whether you are on the lookout for something new or are interested to see what other people have put on their lists. Thank you for reading, and we hope that you have a fantastic day.

Grace Brown