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Skip Beat

Skip Beat, a shōjo manga

The term shōjo, shojo, or shoujo manga (少女漫画, shōjo manga) refers to manga marketed to a young female audience. The name romanizes the Japanese 少女 (shōjo), literally: "little female". Shōjo manga covers many subjects in a variety of narrative and graphic styles, from historical drama, to boys' love, to science fiction — often with a strong focus on human and romantic relationships and emotions. Strictly speaking, shōjo manga does not comprise a style or a genre per se, but rather indicates a target demographic. Examples include Cardcaptor Sakura, Ouran High School Host Club, Fruits Basket, Fushigi Yuugi, Vampire Knight, Romeo x Juliet, Princess Ai, Pretty Cure, Skip Beat, Les Misérables, and Tokyo Mew Mew.

Josei, which is traditionally targeted at an older, female audience is sometimes considered a sub-genre of shōjo.

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