Has there ever been a particular genre of anime that you’ve been hesitant to watch, for whatever reason? Well, for me, that happened to be the shoujo genre. And I really didn’t have a really good reason for avoiding the genre like the plague. I think most of it stemmed from the fact that I wasn’t a part of the target audience.
For those of you who don’t know, shoujo is a genre that is typically aimed at teenage girls, and I don’t really fall into that category. I’m not saying that people who don’t fall into the target audience can’t watch or enjoy it. What I’m saying is that I let a trivial reason like that keep me from watching dozens of anime. If I saw “shoujo” under the list of genres, it was an instant red flag. Even if I saw the words, “comedy” and “romance” before it, which happen to be genres of anime that I enjoy watching, if the word “shoujo” came afterwards it was like the previous two words didn’t exist. Sadly, that’s has happened a lot over the past few years, but, a little while ago, I was determined to give this genre a chance and I knew the perfect series to start with.
I had discovered this incredibly popular, and well received, shoujo series by the name of Maid Sama! (Kaichou wa Maid-sama!). It had received tons of praise, and its name was brought up all the time when people were discussing great romantic comedy shows. And I thought to myself, “Well, I like good romantic comedy anime, and this series has been presented as one of the best. I’m not going to let the fact that it’s a shoujo anime stop me from watching it.” So that’s what I did. I jumped head first into this anime, ready to have my mind blown by an amazing shoujo series. But…that’s not what happened.
There is a lot I could say, but, since this isn’t a review, I’ll just say that I didn’t really like the show. And, if I’m being totally honest, I could’ve had a decent experience watching the series if it wasn’t for one particular character.
He is the first, and only, character that I’ve considered using the word, “hate” to describe what I think about them. If there was one thing that blew my mind about Maid Sama!, it’s the fact that so many people actually like him. So you can imagine my surprise when I heard that a lot of male characters in shoujo anime are just like him.
So my first real experience with a shoujo series wasn’t a good one, but I don’t plan on giving up on the genre just yet. I’ve actually seen a few shoujo shows that look pretty interesting, and I plan to try watching them in the future. But, if the next show I watch isn’t any good, my desire to watch anymore may drastically decrease. So, Nana, please be good. Oh, and if the next shoujo series I watch has a character like Usui in it… I think I might be sick.