Hey how are you today?!
So you know there are dozens of categories such as your Seinen and Shounen and then you have subcategories like Ecchi and Isekai and Moei and Magical Girl… THERE’S A LOT! Today, I want to give you my top 5 Shoujos of all time…or at least for now.
These anime have made my heart warm inside and made me wish I were living in that world. All with smiles and nice people to bring you into their home after you collapse drunk and heartbroken on the sidewalk and take you in like their brother (you know which show I’m quoting).
So without further ado let’s get started with number 5! And trust me…you’ll feel the feels with these anime.
5) Fruits Basket
I told you you would feel the feels!
This anime follows the story of Tohru Honda, a girl whose mother died one day in serious car crash and ended up staying with her grandfather. Well, that didn’t work out. Due to sudden renovations on the house and unkind family members, Tohru decided to live on her own in a tent in the woods. It was pretty tough on her however she remembered that she was doing all of this to make her mother proud and pay for her education. She stayed in this tent for a pretty long time until she finds a home nearby in the woods inhabited by Yuki Sohma (the “Prince” of her school) and Shigure Sohma (a mischievous novelist. The Sohmas take her in despite the fact they are placed under the Sohma Family Curse. A curse that where twelve members of the family are possessed by the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac and turn into their Zodiac animal when weak, embarrassed, stressed, or hugged by the opposite sex. This curse was fully revealed to Tohru when she accidentally fell onto the outcast of the family Kyo and he turned into a cat, as shown above. Let’s just say she had a lot of questions to ask after that. BUT…even though all this was going on Tohru didn’t think this was weird. She actually embraced every member of the Sohmas for their curses even more.
This show can really play with your heartstrings, and it is so amazing to see how one open-minded person can really make an impact on the lives of people who have been treated like outcasts and secluded because of something not in their control.
4) Your lie in april
The official tearjerker of the list!
Such a beautiful series. So profound and teaches so many valuable lessons. Especially life’s biggest one: Live your life to the fullest potential…because you never know when it may end.
The story follows a middle school piano prodigy, Kousei Arima, who lost his ability to hear the music he plays after suffering from a traumatic event in his childhood. Two years after the event, he has abandoned his love for playing, left his admirers and rivals, and lived a boring life in middle school with his two best friends, Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari…until , on a clear day in April, he met the girl who changed all of that. Kaori Miyazono! A beautiful violinist who stole Arima’s heart, and by the help of her tenacious personality and her adventurous, “live with no limit” mentality, she sets Arima on an emotional and heartfelt journey to face music again.
So the reason why Kousei is such a great pianist is because his late mother was a very HARSH, structured instructor leaving him little time to live as a child. A great pianist to her someone who plays every note with precision and every melody just as the original composer. She forbade Kousei to add any sort of personal flares, accents, staccatos, or emotion! Which made his style of playing sound good but everyone expected a robot to play on the stage instead of a human being with actual life and soul. So when Kaori pushes him back into music, he reverts back to old habits and struggles with letting that go in fear that he would be letting go of his mother. What this story does is center around Kousei’s recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly. That it can evoke emotion from you and give the audience a window to see what you are actually feeling inside.
3) Silent Voice
Okay, can we talk about how great this film is?!
So thought out. So put together…Ugh! So we all know in elementary school kids can be dicks! Especially if you’re different. Whether you are a boy but show more feminine energies, you have a disability, you may not own the nicest shoes, or, in this case, you may have a physical disability like Shouko Nishimiya…kids can be cruel. Especially the ignorant ones.
The story follows an elementary school student named Shouya Ishida who mercilessly bullied the deaf transferred student Shouko just because she was different. Just because the girl had hearing aids. It wasn’t too long until the whole class tagged along and teased Shouko in the cruelest ways possible. Name calling, isolating, even ripping out the girl’s hearing aids causing her to bleed. However, when her mother notifies the school about what is happening Shouya gets singled out and blamed for everything done to her. Literally the class played dumb and made him the reason why they bullied her. So now, Shouko has transferred schools and Shouya is left at the mercy of his classmates. Now with the brand of worst student ever and biggest bully, his classmates ostracize him not even giving him the time of day if asked and the teachers turn a blind eye. Guess you reap what you sow.
The story jumps to his third year of high school, where he went from everyone’s favorite classmate to now outcast of the whole school. He is still plagued by his acts in elementary school towards Shouko causing him to have no friends, severe SEVERE depression, terrible anxiety, super cut off from the world…total 180. Regretting his past actions he now sets on a journey to meet Shouko and make amends for all of the terrible things he has done.
This story is so heartwarming and captivating. You are taken on an emotional roller coaster with Shouya to see him fall, to see him grow, to see him confront his past, to see who stands in his way because they don’t trust him after all he’s done, you get to see the transformation in each and every character, you get to see how depression and other disabilities slowly eat these characters away until they just give up on living! It’s such a powerful story. I need to stop talking about it before I cry so on to the next one.
2) Violet Evergarden
Okay take that back! This is the official tearjerker of the list! This anime was something else! Not only winning many awards and being nominated for Best Anime of the Year, it surprised a lot of folks with how beautiful and heartfelt this show was. Premiering on Netflix, it had many people questioning where did this come from and hat is this hella shiny anime with its shiny people. BUT…it took Netflix by storm across many countries and quickly climbed the charts, leaving us wanting more than just the eleven episodes it gave us.
This is the story of a young girl named Violet Evergarden who was raised for the sole purpose of killing enemies of the opposing side during the Great War. In the first episode, she is hospitalized and injured in an ambush during the tail end of the war. The Major (her Commanding Officer and the person she held dearest) was injured during this ambush as well, however, he is declared M.I.A. He leaves her with only a few words but she doesn’t know the meaning behind them. Recovering from her wounds, Violet starts a new life working for the CH Postal Services and there is where she witnesses the work of an “Auto Memories Doll”, female scribes that transcribes peoples’ thoughts and feelings into words on paper to send off as letters to their loved ones during the War. Moved by their purpose, Violet begins work as an Auto Memories Doll. Her new trade now sets her off an adventure where she will reshape the lives of her clients and hopefully understand the meaning of the words the Major left behind for her.
The good news about this anime is that an OVA has just recently been released for this series (a phenomenal one at that), there will be a spin-off to the series later on this Fall, and there will be a film adaptation coming out in early 2020! So the beauty doesn’t have to ever end!
1) March Comes In Like A Lion
Just when you think I can’t get any heavier… I bring in Rei Kiriyama!
Kiriyama from episode 1 is very isolated and depressed. He is one of the few shogi players to become a pro in middle school, which is awesome but as the saying goes, “the top is lonely.” He faces a huge amount of pressure from, not only, the Shogi community but from his adoptive family who are the cause of a lot of his isolation and depression. He came from a biological family that was super happy but was ripped away from him, then was taken in by this adoptive family who were sort of happy but when he showed up became broken. He develops cold, confused, harsh feelings towards himself. Thinking everything was his fault. So he decided to leave and get an apartment on his own in Tokyo. He begins to take poor care of himself while living on his own and develops a reclusive personality that ostracizes himself from his peers and at the shogi hall.
However, that is until he meets Akari, Hina, and Momo Kawamoto, a trio of sister who live with their grandfather that owns a wagashi shop. Literally a trio of angels! Akari, the eldest, is determined to combat Rei’s loneliness with love and motherly hospitality. However, the sisters have a past of their own they aren’t wanting to look back at. But because of this the Kawamoto sisters are able to empathize with Rei and share a unique familial bond that he has lacked for most of his life.
It is so amazing seeing Rei’s transformation after meeting the sisters. He’s practically their brother. He’s allowed to come over whenever he wants, he is always invited to dinner, he is always invited to go out with them, they offer him a bed… this is a friendship… a bond that Rei has not shared with anyone in years! However, in the midst of happiness, the past can come back to haunt you. How will Rei handle his adoptive family and his demons? Will his evolving perspective on love impact how he confronts them? Will his new friends and the Kawamoto sisters be able to cheer him on during his fight?
Well, that’s all folks! If you agree with this list give it a big a like. And if you have any great Shoujo or heartfelt anime you think I should look into, drop them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to look into them.
Take care and stay awesome!