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What is ecchi, josei, manhua, seinen, shoujo-ia, shounen-ia, harem, manhwa, mecha, shoujo, & shounen?


Wow such a long title for a post huh! (^^)

I just saw it in Yahoo! Answer. And i feel i want to share with you guys. So lets start describing them all..

Ecchi– In English, the word is often used in the context of manga and anime. The term ecchi is applied to anime or manga that has vague sexual content (such as skimpy clothing, partial or full nudity), but does not show sexual intercourse, making it the manga equivalent of a PG-13 rated movie. Ecchi has historically often been used as a synonym of hentai, presumably due to confusion of the two; thus it can carry different connotations than allowed for by the original Japanese. In recent years, however, its use by English-speakers has largely realigned with the Japanese meaning — although H has become a completely separate term, inclusive of all of the above.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecchi

Josei– Josei manga, also known as “ladies” or “ladies’ comics”, is a term that refers to the target demographic of manga created mostly by women for late teenage and adult female audiences. The male equivalent to josei is seinen. In Japanese, the word josei means simply “female” and has no manga-related connotations at all. Manga branded as “Ladies’ Comics” has acquired a reputation for being low-brow and the term josei was created to move away from that image.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josei

Manhua– Manhua are Chinese comics originally produced in China. Possibly due to their greater degree of artistic freedom of expression and closer international ties with Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan have been the places of publication of most manhua thus far, often including Chinese translations of Japanese manga.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhua

Seinen– Seinen manga is a subset of manga that is generally targeted at an 18–30 year old male audience, but the audience can be much older with some comics aimed at businessmen well into their 40s. It has a wide variety of art styles and more variation in subject matter, ranging from the avant-garde to the pornographic. The female equivalent to seinen manga is josei manga. In Japanese, the word Seinen means “young man” or “young men” and is not suggestive of sexual matters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seinen

Yuri– Yuri, also known as “Girls Love” is a Japanese jargon term for content and a genre involving love between women in manga, anime, and related Japanese media. Yuri can focus either on the sexual or the emotional aspects of the relationship, the latter sometimes being called shōjo-ai by western fans. Although yuri originated in female-targeted (shōjo, josei) works, today it is featured in male-targeted (shōnen, seinen) ones as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shojo-ai

Shounen-ai– Yaoi (aka Boys’ Love) is a popular term for female-oriented fictional media that focus on homoerotic or homo-romantic male relationships, usually created by female authors. Originally referring to a specific type of dōjinshi (self-published works) parody of mainstream anime and manga works, yaoi came to be used as a generic term for female-oriented manga, anime, dating sims, novels and dōjinshi featuring idealized homosexual male relationships. The main characters in yaoi usually conform to the formula of the seme (literally: attacker) who pursues the uke (literally: receiver). (Shounen-ai is another name for yaoi.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shounen-ai

Harem– Harem, broadly speaking, is a loose subgenre of anime and manga characterized by a protagonist surrounded, usually amorously, by three or more cast of the opposite sex. The most common and practically tantamount scenario is female dominated, and as such will be the basis of article discourse; when this arrangement is conversed, it is informally referred to as a reverse harem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harem_(genr…

Manhwa– Manhwa is the general Korean term for comics and print cartoons (common usage also includes animated cartoons). Outside of Korea, the term usually refers specifically to South Korean comics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhwa

Mecha– Mecha, also known as meka or mechs, are walking vehicles controlled by a pilot, often appearing in anime, science fiction, or other genres involving a fantastic or futuristic element. Mecha are generally, though not necessarily, bipedal, with arms, hands, and fingers capable of grasping objects. A mecha that approximates the shape of a human body allows the use of martial arts movements and swordsmanship, ceremonial acts of honor, saluting, and other human mannerisms that cannot be performed using a tank or airplane.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mecha

Shojo– Shojo, or shojo manga refers to manga marketed to a female audience roughly between the ages of 10 and 18. Shōjo manga covers many subjects in a variety of narrative and graphic styles, from historical drama 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. (The actual word “shojo” means “young girl” or “female virgin” i

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