: 女性 【じょせい】
(n.) woman.

Demographic indicator for anime and manga aimed at women. One of the rarest forms of anime, a significant proportion of josei anime/manga appears to fall under the category of "yaoi." Although there are some housewife/family/young mother stories in manga format in Japan, non-yaoi josei is relatively underpublicized in the West. Popular examples of non-yaoi josei include Paradise Kiss and Honey and Clover.

See also: shōjo, shōnen, seinen

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