The Shojo Must Go On

by Zac Bertschy, Sep 2nd 2011

ANNCast 088 - The Shojo Must Go On

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This week we're chatting about all things Shojo - how shojo anime became a sort of gateway drug for fans in the late 90s, what's been great lately, how the entire genre has changed over the last few years, and a whole lot more!

Joining in is Ed Chavez from Vertical, ANNCast veteran and longtime shojo champion, and newcomer emily Snodgrass, who literally runs the site so you can see why she's on this show. (Also one of my litmus tests for being on a show about shojo was that we'd just keep referring back to Hana Yori Dango, and happenstance delivered.)

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ANNCast Episode 88 Breakdown

00:45 Ed and emily introductions and the obnoxiously vague definition of 'shojo'

06:50 Shojo anime as gateway drug

14:10 Crappy shojo heroines, schadenfreude and Jersey Shore

18:30 Shojo didn't take off in America until manga took off

25:10 Is shojo manga dying as a genre in Japan?

32:50 Answer: no it isn't! It's just changing with the times and trying to compete!

39:10 emily describes what might be the coolest shojo manga ever

41:30 The grand experiment of Shojo Beat

45:30 Twitter time! Our shojo favorites, the baffling concept of "fake-yuri" and more more more!

And that's it! See you next week!

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Theme Song: "Bucharest" by The New Division. Check them out on iTunes!

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