Something that’s been on my mind a lot recently, what with my having just written up my top 30 shows and the upcoming release of josei shows Sakamichi no Appolon and Shirokuma Cafe, is why are there so few josei shows? For those of you readers less familiar with the various demographics of anime, that’s anime aimed towards the older female, and by older I mean, within the 18-30 bracket, a bracket I just squeeze into myself. Josei anime cover many of the same topics as shoujo, namely love and relationships but, in a manner that’s far less idealistic and sickening so is, therefore, a genre I hold close to my heart! To illustrate this difference I did a search on all anime fitting into the josei and seinen (josei’s parallel genre) genres on MAL and found that, whilst seinen had 83 TV shows, josei had but a pitiful 16, that’s more than five times more seinen than josei! So, to both answer the question ‘why there are so few josei anime’, and to make good on my promise to write more about the anime industry itself, I thought I’d do a little bit of digging about and write up a post about my, (fairly wishy-washy) theories, enjoy!
Ha, ha, ha, yeah. Thought I’d totally hop on the bandwagon and write out my own responses to AceRailgun’s 50 questions. It seemed like an interesting way to spend half an hour and, as you all know, I freakin’ love lists so, I couldn’t resist!
Hey, my name’s Ty- or Ty-chama- and I am the writer of this (rather fabulous) blog. My primary focus is on anime, writing reviews and discussions based on the stuff, though I also occasionally write about the other things that interest me, cartoons, and video games, and the like, because it’s my blog, and I make the rules!
A little bit about myself: I’m a 19 year old, English, female university student. I study forensic psychology, aspiring to enter into the police force sometime in the future, and during my ‘me-time’ I watch anime, read books, play video-games, and hang out with my friends playing card games in the pub (it’s serious business).
An abridged history: I first encountered anime after finishing Avatar: The Last Airbender the summer of 08. It felt as though the show had left a gaping hole in my life, a hole I decided to plug up with, (on the recommendation of a friend) a show called Death Note. I was immediately hooked. However, I still consider Naruto, which followed soon after, my first love. Up until spring 09 my viewing was erratic which is why, when asked, I always say it was this point I first considered myself to be a true fan of anime.
Despite all the generic twaddle I watch, I never stop picking up new shows- it’s quite a depressing predicament I’ve found myself in, continually trying to fill the shoes of some other show by starting new ones every couple of weeks. I’m like a drug addict; forever trying to get that same buzz they got when they first started by trying new, harder drugs.
So why start a blog? I’m usually quite meek in real life, but plonk me down in front of a keyboard, and I become a whole different person. Call me strange, but I’m only able to properly express myself in the written medium. Inspired by other bloggers, I decided I too wanted to share my views on anime in my preferred medium, have interesting, insightful discussions, meet new, like-minded viewers, but, most importantly, have some fun! As for what I can bring to the table, I was hoping that, as a female blogger, and a feminist, I’d be able to write some very interesting analyses of shows, given many are orientated at what makes up the majority of the anime-watching population, men.
I’ve only been around a year, so I’m still working out the kinks, but I hope you enjoy Watashi wa bucho as it is now!