Definition of shojo in English:

shojo

(also shoujo)

noun

mass noun
  • A genre of Japanese comics and animated films aimed primarily at a young female audience, typically characterized by a focus on personal and romantic relationships.

    as modifier ‘the world of shojo manga is the natural habitat for love stories of all possibilities and combinations’
    • ‘Bizarre fashion spreads teach girls how to look like their favourite shojo idols—the cartoons, not the cartoonists—with makeup tips and where to buy those fabulous Japanese clothes.’
    • ‘In the field of Japanese studies, the cult of the shojo has received a great deal of attention.’
    • ‘The third issue concerns the relationship between the shojo and audiences/readers.’
    • ‘The series, about a family under the unusual curse that makes them transform into animals of the Chinese zodiac, is the best-selling shojo title in the U.S.’
    • ‘With Howl, there are signs that Miyazaki is tiring of the shojo figure.’
    • ‘Such codes have since become standardized in shojo manga.’
    • ‘Shojo comics have little in common with the corny romance titles of yesteryear.’
    • ‘She says she likes shojo because, "They tell a story in art that makes a person have a special connection."’
    • ‘More than a quarter of the top 50 manga properties in the U.S. listed for the third quarter of 2005 were shojo.’
    • ‘It's on comic book stands now, so be sure to check'er out next time you're shopping for some shojo manga.’
    • ‘American-born shojo talent has also begun to emerge.’
    • ‘Renowned "Astro Boy" manga artist Osamu Tezuka created the first shojo title in 1953.’
    • ‘Shojo manga are a big part of that boom.’
    • ‘Mostly written and drawn by women, shojo usually put cute, strong-willed 13 to 16 year old girls at their center.’
    • ‘A fixture in Japan, shojo manga has just recently arrived on our shores.’
    • ‘When his mother had invited one of her friends over, she had brought with her a steady collection of shojo comics.’
    • ‘As an adult male, I have to admit that after reading nearly a dozen different shojo titles I find it impossible to critically distinguish between them all.’
    • ‘The shojo is located as a liminal identity between childhood and adulthood.’
    • ‘Like most shojo the style includes lush costumes, impossibly beautiful boys and, yes, those big, saucer eyes and tiny, button noses.’
    • ‘Having been abandoned by most U.S. comic publishers several decades ago, American girl comic readers have started voraciously consuming shojo manga, the Japanese comics genre targeted to young females.’

Origin

1980s: from Japanese shōjo ‘young woman, girl’. Compare with shonen.

Pronunciation

shojo

/ˈʃəʊdʒəʊ/