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The Shojo Must Go On

by Zac Bertschy,

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 Shoujo-Manga.com 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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NSFW Language Warning: I enjoy cursing, so yep.

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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