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’
    • ‘Shojo comics have little in common with the corny romance titles of yesteryear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘American-born shojo talent has also begun to emerge.’
    • ‘When his mother had invited one of her friends over, she had brought with her a steady collection of shojo comics.’
    • ‘More than a quarter of the top 50 manga properties in the U.S. listed for the third quarter of 2005 were shojo.’
    • ‘The shojo is located as a liminal identity between childhood and adulthood.’
    • ‘Mostly written and drawn by women, shojo usually put cute, strong-willed 13 to 16 year old girls at their center.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With Howl, there are signs that Miyazaki is tiring of the shojo figure.’
    • ‘Renowned "Astro Boy" manga artist Osamu Tezuka created the first shojo title in 1953.’
    • ‘In the field of Japanese studies, the cult of the shojo has received a great deal of attention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such codes have since become standardized in shojo manga.’
    • ‘It's on comic book stands now, so be sure to check'er out next time you're shopping for some shojo manga.’
    • ‘Shojo manga are a big part of that boom.’
    • ‘The third issue concerns the relationship between the shojo and audiences/readers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She says she likes shojo because, "They tell a story in art that makes a person have a special connection."’
    • ‘A fixture in Japan, shojo manga has just recently arrived on our shores.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

shojo

/ˈʃəʊdʒəʊ/