10 Shojo anime from the 2010s that weren’t flying today
The anime Shojo has seen a resurgence in popularity, especially with the astonishing popularity of shows such as Fruit basket 2019. The 2010s saw many successful shows in the genre, from romance to fantasy to slice of life and more. Across the shojo bubbles of it all, the shojo anime also handles a whole range of themes and emotions – from thoughtful to heartwarming to laughter.
Even with memorable and often iconic characters, there are plenty of shojo anime that miss the mark when seen through a modern lens and not with the instant flower backdrop lens of nostalgia. Here are 10 shojo anime from the 2010s that wouldn’t have the wings to fly today, and why.
ten Kaichou Wa Maid Sama! – Criminal harassment is presented as a display of love
Kaichou wa Maid-sama says Misaki Ayazawa, the new president of the student council of the recently co-ed Seika High School. Misaki is one of the best students to win the class presidency. Determined to make the male dominated school more welcoming to women, she is tough on all boys.
When Takumi Usui, the most popular boy in school, finds out that Misaki is part-time at a maid café – which is against school rules – he uses it to his advantage. Takumi constantly shows up at Misaki’s work, which sometimes borders on harassment. Takumi’s constant teasing also refers to Misaki as an “evil alien”. However, both Misaki and Usui have plenty of fan service moments throughout the series.
9 Fruits Basket 2019 – Physical and mental violence is a common place
Fruit basket is one of the most popular shojo series of all time. Many fans were elated when an anime remake that would more closely follow the manga’s storyline was announced and debuted in 2019. Despite its overwhelming popularity, the series is not without its dark themes. Fruit basket is the story of Tohru Honda, an orphaned high school student whom the Soma family welcomes after accidentally uncovering their secret.
The Soma family is cursed by the animal spirits of the Chinese zodiac and transforms into their respective animals when kissed by members of the opposite sex. The head of the family, Akito, is treated as their “God” and demands absolute obedience. When a member of the zodiac disobeys or displeases Akito, the results can be devastating. Akito pushes Rin, the zodiac horse, through a window when Akito finds out that Rin is dating another zodiac member. Likewise, Akito gets angry and almost blinds Zodiac Member and Family Doctor Hatori when Akito finds out that Hatori has fallen in love.
8 Sailor Moon Crystal: Usagi sees her daughter as a love rival
Sailor Moon Crystal is the most recent adaptation of the classic magical girls series which saw the light of day in the 90s. Usagi is the crybaby turned magical girl who fights for love and justice with the help of her friends and fellow planetary guardians, the Sailor Senshi. In the second season of Crystal, Chibiusa, who turns out to be Usagi AKA Sailor Moon’s daughter, is introduced.
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Chibiusa, having traveled from the past in a desperate attempt to save her mother, Neo Queen Serenity, Usagi’s future self, spends a lot of time with Mamoru, Usagi’s past, present and future love. Even after finding out that Chibiusa was his daughter, Usagi felt very insecure. Usagi even hallucinates that Chibiusa, as his evil alter ego Black Lady, embraces Mamoru as the Tuxedo Mask.
7 Wolf Girl and Black Prince – Everybody’s a Liar
The protagonist of Wolf girl and black prince, Erika Shinohara, is a high school student desperate to make friends. Erika finds herself in hot water when she lies about her romantic exploits to her new friends. Erika’s friends tell her that the boy Erika claims to be her “boyfriend,” whom she took a random photo of, is Prince Kyouya Sata from school.
In order not to be caught in her lie, she asks Kyouya to be her fake boyfriend. Kyouya agrees, but it will cost Erika. She must agree to act as a companion dog under Kyouya’s orders because, in the end, this “prince” has a little sadistic side.
6 Red-haired Snow White: Shirayuki must run away from a persistent suitor
Shirayuki, whose name means Snow White, is a hardworking young herbalist who runs a shop in her home country, Tanbarun. Red Haired Snow White. Shirayuki’s shiny red hair one day brings her to the attention of Prince Raj, the self-centered prince of Tanabarun. Prince Raj suddenly wishes to make Shirayuki his concubine.
Not accepting a response, Raj pursues Shirayuki when she flees into the forest. Prince Zen of Clarines and his attendants save Shirayuki when Prince Raj attempts to poison her and poisons Zen instead. Shirayuki then leaves Tanbarun and moves to Clarines in the hopes of one day becoming a court herbalist so that she can repay Zen’s kindness.
5 First Love Monster – An Age Romance With Too Big Gap
No one dares to utter a nasty word to Kaho Nikaidou in First love monster; she is a rich heiress. No one wants to risk losing their family’s favor. Tired of the special treatment, Kaho decides to live away from home in her new high school dorm. Shortly after arriving, she is rescued from an oncoming truck by a tall and handsome stranger. She asks the boy for her name, which he refuses to give her, declaring her weird.
This remark is the first time anyone has ever been mean to Kaho, and she falls in love with the boy because of it. When she meets him again, she confesses her feelings. His savior is Kanade Takahashi, who admits he’s in fifth grade. Despite the age gap, the two begin to date and experience their first love.
4 Kiss him, not me! – Sae is ashamed and everyone acts like it’s normal
Kae Serinuma is secretly obsessed with BL or Boys’ Love in Kiss him, not me!. She is also a very nice high school student. Unfortunately, the middle classmate doesn’t notice about her. What they see instead is that she is severely overweight. After witnessing the death of a favorite character on one of her shows, Kae becomes so depressed that she starves to death for a week.
Once back in school, Kae’s new figure makes her the newest school beauty. To his surprise. Kae begins to find herself surrounded by four potential suitors, who are only interested in her because of her transformation. Kae would much prefer the boys to fall in love with each other instead.
3 Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys – Fight Solves Everything
Originally based on an otome game by Chunosoft, Kenka Banchou Otome is a short anime adaptation where the episodes are less than ten minutes long. Hinako Nakayama always believed that she was an orphan until the day of the opening ceremony of her high school. A boy, Hikaru, pretending to be his twin brother, asks him for help.
Hinako’s brother, Hikaru, tells him that they are the children of a Yakuza boss, and Hinako must take his place in a delinquent school for boys to save his life. The only way for Hinako to survive is to fight her way to the top to become the principal of the school while keeping her gender and true identity a secret.
2 Diabolik Lovers – Yui is held captive by sadistic vampires
In Devilish lovers, Yui Komori is a dedicated high school student sent to live in a mansion by her father. Unbeknownst to him, the occupants are six bloodthirsty vampire brothers.
The Sakamaki brothers are called Shu, Reiji, Ayato, Kanato, Raito and Subaru. Yui is believed to be their sacrificial bride sent by the church. As a result, every boy uses him as his personal blood bank whenever the mood strikes him despite Yui’s lack of consent.
1 Conflict between brothers – The characters show that they have no sense of boundaries with Hinata
Ema Hinata was her father’s only daughter until he remarried a woman with thirteen sons in Brotherly conflict. Ema’s father and new stepmother usually travel abroad, so Ema soon finds herself living with her new siblings. Her brothers treat her like a sister in name only, as at least half a dozen of them are constantly fighting over her romantic affections.
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