Update on Blog

Hello! I don’t know if you have stumbled across my first few posts on this blog, but I have taken all but one of them down. The reason being when I had started this blog a few years ago I did not get very far before life got in the way, and soon this site became a mere afterthought. Now as I am out of school and fairly stable in my life, the idea of this blog drifted into my head again as I was sorting through the many shoujo manga I had read over the years. As it stands now shoujo manga has become increasingly popular over the years (still not as popular as shounen but eh, at least it got somewhere) with more and more series being licensed in English. With it’s increase in popularity finding information on shoujo manga is less scouring the internet and more scrolling leisurely through Tumblr or the like.

Still, shoujo manga has a place in my heart and I would like to contribute to it’s fandom in some way besides posting random pictures on my Pinterest in the hopes of encouraging someone to check it out. Plus this is a fantastic way for me to write down my thoughts while making sure all the literacy and grammar that has been crammed into my head for numerous years at school doesn’t fade away completely. That said, I will officially start up this blog again (hopefully for a longer run) and will start off slow so as not to discourage myself by biting off more than I can chew! I will be reposting some of my older reviews in the next few weeks with some edits, as well as a couple new pieces. After that most likely I will try to start with a review once a week, or bi weekly depending on how things go.

I hope you enjoy this blog, see you at the next review!

Tokyo

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Welcome to the World of Shoujo!

Mokona Modoki saying "It's a secret"

Mokona Modoki from Tsubasa Resvoir Chronicles

Hello all!

My name is Tokyo. I’ve started this blog as a way to bring shoujo manga to others. Most people who read manga will tend to go for shounen, most likely drawn to the action that is ever-present in its pages. I, however, have always been drawn to the more emotional and relationship heavy manga of shoujo. And yes, it is normally categorized as the “girls” manga but I believe there is more to shoujo manga than just being for “girls”.

Anyway, since my first days in middle school of coming across the wonderful world of manga and anime, I have read a countless number of manga, most of which are in the category of shoujo. I have also noticed, sadly, how a lot of great shoujo titles are much, much lesser known than their shounen counter parts. Why shouldn’t these wonderful shoujo stories be as popular as all of the shounen manga, I’ve thought. Perhaps if people were made aware of all these great titles they would be encouraged to read. Or perhaps it might encourage some new readers, those who aren’t partial to shounen but are interested in the beautiful art of manga.

Thus, the Shoujo Review has come to be! I will be using this blog to review as many shoujo manga as possible with a new one every week. I will also highlight a new shoujo mangaka every month starting in August! Occasionally I might have a random anime and manga piece of news or trivia that I will post in addition to the weekly manga, or maybe just a slice-of-life. Nevertheless, this marks the start of a journey into the beautiful, illustrated World of Shoujo!

Ja Matta Ne~

Tokyo