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Welcome to Shoujo Garden!

Welcome to a new blog devoted to the wonderful orchard of Shoujo manga!

Shoujo (show-joe) manga means “Girls comics” in Japanese. This refers to an entire genre of comics aimed at female readers (but not exclusively) that feature stories about human relationships, romance, coming-of-age, and more. A more adult Shoujo is called Josei (joe-say) which means ‘Ladies comics’, and a sub genre of Shoujo is Yaoi (yow-ee), or BL (Boys’ love).

Shoujo manga are translated from their original Japanese to English, and many other languages. They come in the form of 200 page novel-sized books. You can usually find Shoujo manga (and manga, in general) at your major book retailers in the “Manga” or “Graphic Novel” sections, as well as comic shops. It is useful to research which manga you prefer before heading into the store. Reading manga reviews are especially helpful to your decision, and that’s where I hope to help.

You will find reviews, musings, and more at Shoujo Garden, so take a look in the ‘Categories’ section to find specific topics of interest. Whether you’re curious (Sho-curious?) about Shoujo, or if you’re a veteran fan, I hope you can find find something here that might interest you. Let Shoujo fill the world!


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