Welcome to my post on shoujo manga cliches
It’s been a long week of school and tests. I haven’t read much manga lately so this week’s posts are a little on the scarce side. The only thing I can really talk about this week is cliches because I just realised how much I know about them.
How did I come up with this idea?? Honestly, I just sat on a chair and cleared my mind a little…that’s really all to it hahaha.
I love the general idea of shoujo manga so it’s really my go-to for reading when it comes to picking any new series. As a result, I’ve read so much shoujo manga that I’ve been able to recognise certain traits that can only be identified as shoujo.
I wanted to talk about it today because I know anime and manga fans love to talk about cliches that they love or hate (well, mostly hate lol) and I decided to put my own input into certain topics. I’ve read a ton of shoujo manga over the years so I do indeed know quite a lot about the things it tends to mention in their content.
This is not really a rant per se because I do love certain cliches of the shoujo manga genre. However, like most fans, there are some cliches that earn the grand honour of me rolling my eyes to infinity but I will not dismiss them as total rubbish because it’s the things we don’t like that tend to popularise the genre.
So sit back and laugh along with me as I list down my favourite (and most hated) shoujo manga cliches ∠( ᐛ 」∠)＿
Related post: What is Shoujo Manga?
Always About Romance
This is my favourite shoujo manga cliche hands down ( ᐛ )و If shoujo manga doesn’t scream ‘romance’ than I don’t know what shoujo is anymore.
Most manga fans know that if they want something gushy and romantic, they will most definitely turn to shoujo manga. This kind of manga is meant for young girls in the midst of their first loves or first crushes so the love and romance aspect is not just a trope, it is essential.
It’s the same for me. Romance manga is mostly exclusively shoujo which is great because I can always just look for the demographic instead of the genre and man when you click that tab that says ‘shoujo’ and you are bombarded with thousands of romance manga, you know you’re in romance heaven (●♡∀♡)
This is one shoujo manga cliche that I really don’t like ｡゜(｀Д´)゜｡
I have no idea why this happens in A LOT in shoujo manga but misunderstandings between two characters tend to just go on and on for chapters or even volumes.
It doesn’t have to be between the girl and her love interest even. It can be between friends or even mentors. This cliche makes my blood boil so much that I’ve even quit some titles just because of it (shocking…I know right) because it gets tiring to read.
It usually goes like this:
Some dumb miscommunication happens between the two characters and one of them gets a bit hurt in the process. While a normal person would think “No biggie, it’s a small thing so I just find out what’s going on an apologise if I need to”, a shoujo character will not even bring it up because “I can’t bring myself to”. As a result, there will always be this awkward tension between these two characters because of this one little misunderstanding and both characters are too scared to bring it up.
C’MON GUYS! It’s been like 5 chapters in, please one of you bring up the issue. I can’t stand to see your hurt faces for another 5 more chapters! I know it’s hard to talk but this is a fictional world. There’s nothing so consequential about admitting mistakes that you’re friendship/romantic relationship will be in jeopardy. Just make up so I can continue reading the romance that I’m never gonna have ・゜・(ノД`)
Thank goodness that this trope is slowly being phased out…BUT NOT FAST ENOUGH! I still see enough of these poor girls in series that I still read sometimes.
I know most girls in Japan are a little on the quiet side so this cliche is mostly based on that, but mangakas take it up a notch and make her extremely gullible to the point of me facepalming almost every chapter because c’ mon girl, she’s totally playing you for a fool, why can’t you see that?
Even more than the misunderstandings, this doormat heroine trope is really my number one reason why I won’t read certain series and at one point in time, I was filtering my shoujo manga selections solely based on reader’s reviews on the heroine herself.
I know that having someone so saintly and sweet is really enlightening and believe me, I am touched by the lengths these girls would go for to save their man but sometimes, I would like to see them get lose their tempers once in a while like you know, a regular girl with a sound mental state lol.
Perfect Guys (♥ω♥ ) ~♪
I’m sure you will agree with me that reading shoujo manga equates to seeing our dream guys. They are not only good looking but also incredibly understanding of the female mind.
What do I mean by this?
Unlike real life, the shoujo manga hero is able to pick up on a girl’s body language and facial cues. The relationship in a shoujo manga rarely has issues with the guy understanding what the girl wants. In fact, sometimes the issue is with the guy being too understanding and the girl feeling inferior at times.
Even if the mangaka does create a hero who is clueless of what girls are really thinking of, they make the guy completely devoid of male bravado by having him act bashful instead of in denial, thereby allowing the girl to forgive him easier.
I really love this cliche because it’s pretty rare to see guys who are openly emotional and it’s really lovely to see in the shoujo manga I read. Just like every girl, we all dream of this kind of guy in our lives because wouldn’t it be wonderful to have someone who is so understanding and isn’t afraid to show their soft side?
So this wraps up my most favoured and hated shoujo manga cliches.
I really hope you enjoyed my little rant over the most annoying shoujo manga cliches and my fangirling over the ones I love. It’s been a trying week at school and I wanted to relax by posting something I really love talking about with my shoujo manga loving friends and family.
Of course, there are a lot more cliches and tropes in the shoujo manga world, these are just the most prominent that I always see in every shoujo manga I’ve read so far. Sharing them with y’all has been really fun as you can tell from all the kaomojis that I’ve put in this post hahaha.
I think I may do something like this again when I’m a little too busy like I am this week so look forward to that soon!
As always, if you have anything to say regarding this post, feel free to comment down below, I’d love to hear it 🙂