: 美少女 【びしょうじょ】
(n.) beautiful girl.

Derived from "bi", which is short for bijin (美人), and shōjo (少女).

Bishōjo refers to anime in a vast number of different genres, varying from shōjo such as Sailor Moon to erotic anime such as MeiKing. Other examples of bishōjo include Ah! My Goddess, Sakura Wars and Love Hina.

Almost any anime that predominantly features pretty girls, such as Sailor Moon, are be considered bishōjo. In fact, Sailor Moon's Japanese title is Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon (Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon). There are also anime that, as a whole, are not considered bishōjo but may have one or two bishōjo characters.

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