Definition of shojo in English:

shojo

(also shoujo)

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.’
    • ‘The third issue concerns the relationship between the shojo and audiences/readers.’
    • ‘A fixture in Japan, shojo manga has just recently arrived on our shores.’
    • ‘In the field of Japanese studies, the cult of the shojo has received a great deal of attention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mostly written and drawn by women, shojo usually put cute, strong-willed 13 to 16 year old girls at their center.’
    • ‘Shojo manga are a big part of that boom.’
    • ‘More than a quarter of the top 50 manga properties in the U.S. listed for the third quarter of 2005 were shojo.’
    • ‘She says she likes shojo because, "They tell a story in art that makes a person have a special connection."’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The shojo is located as a liminal identity between childhood and adulthood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like most shojo the style includes lush costumes, impossibly beautiful boys and, yes, those big, saucer eyes and tiny, button noses.’
    • ‘Renowned "Astro Boy" manga artist Osamu Tezuka created the first shojo title in 1953.’
    • ‘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

/ˈSHōˌjō/