Top 10 Best Shoujo Anime of All Time

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The Top Ten
1 Kaichou Wa Maid-sama!

I loved Kaichou wa maid sama! It will always be my favorite anime of all time. It was funny, cute, and sweet. I love the story, the characters (especially Usui), and mostly the romance. There were so many cute scenes! It's just the best!

I expected it to be full of cheesy, stereotypical romance, but I fell in love with this anime halfway through the first episode. I always recommend this anime, it's filled with humour, romance, and fun fillers.

This was the first shoujo anime I've watched, and I've never felt the same way with others as I do for Maid-sama! I never got tired of watching it, and I hope they make a season two. It's never too late!

2 Ouran High School Host Club Ouran High School Host Club is a manga series by Bisco Hatori, serialized in Hakusensha's LaLa magazine between the September 2002 and November 2010 issues. The manga has been adapted into a series of audio dramas, an animated television series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, a Japanese... read more

The art is better than the manga, and there are lessons shown through the endearing cast at the end of every episode. What I love about Ouran is that it's not just about "a girl and some hot guys". Instead, it asks the viewer to look deeper beyond appearances and despite its cuteness and seemingly over the top moments, it never strays from its main themes. I think out of recent shoujo series, Ouran is the most well-made and classic. (Not to mention the music is just amazing. ) It has that extra something that you'd have to watch to find out.

3 Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss (Japanese: 神様はじめました, Hepburn: Kamisama Hajimemashita, lit. "I Became a God", "God Began" or "Debut as a Deity") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Julietta Suzuki and serialized by Hakusensha in the shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume. The series is licensed... read more

How can anyone not like this show? I mean, Tomoe is just... SQUEALS...!

And I like how strong-willed, courageous, and amazing of a person Nanami is. While watching the show, you can kinda understand why both characters like each other so much.

Their romantic moments are just so lovely and heartwarming. Whenever there is a Nanami x Tomoe moment, my heart starts beating so fast! Asdfhhgjkkl, can't get enough of them!

Remains to be my favorite shoujo anime/manga of all time. It's classy, humorous, with an equally amazing and captivating storyline. Truly a must-watch show!

4 Special A Special A is a Japanese manga and anime series created by Maki Minami. The series focuses on the lives of students in the elite "Special A" class at a private high school. Themes of rivalry, friendship, and romance are central to the story. Special A has been noted for its romantic elements and has... read more

At first I stopped watching, because the art was (in my opinion) HORRID. Continued watching about a month later, and I wished it would have lasted longer. Great anime.

Funny, however extremely unrealistic at times and not to mention quite dull and repetitive.

This anime is funny but the art could be better.

5 Say 'I Love You'

Well realistic when the main characters have no real issue to have a boyfriend and friends since the beginning while she rejected the whole humanity all her life... I don't think so. At least Sawako was just misunderstood but Mei make no sense to me

I loved this anime so much! The characters are very relatable, and it's quite a touching anime.

According to me it's an anime you must watch before you die. I love it,seriously it's my request to watch it because it's simply amazing!

6 Kimi Ni Todoke Kimi ni Todoke is a Japanese manga and anime series created by Karuho Shiina. The story revolves around Sawako Kuronuma, a high school student who is often misunderstood because of her resemblance to the character from the horror movie "The Ring." The series explores themes of friendship, romance, and... read more

What makes this anime interesting is the fact that it deals perfectly with a combination of subjects that we all can relate to. Its interesting to watch the development in Sawako's character, see her gain friends and become more open and confident. She appears to be a creepy and scary girl when she's actually the sweetest person ever, it shows how people can be easily fooled with looks. The secondary characters also have interesting stories which enriches the anime and makes it more appealing.

7 Skip Beat!

Why isn't this at the top? I love how the main character actually grows and changes and how the male leads aren't perfect. And I just find it hilarious how Kyoko renounces all love and decides to conquer the acting industry. And in the manga, it get so good. Kyoko isn't one of those, "No matter what happens, I will be positive! " characters. She has ups and downs, she get hurt and cries, and she learns.

This is easily one of the worst animes I've seen, however the best manga I am currently reading (as it is sadly still ongoing). I literally have seperation anxiety from this particular series as I reread it almost bimonthly, and still can't get enough of the character development from Kyoko and the love growing from Ren and Shotaru. LIterally fills my heart and completes me, cannot recommend more!

8 Akatsuki No Yona Yona of the Dawn is a Japanese manga series by Mizuho Kusanagi, serialized in Hakusensha's shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume from August 2009. It has been collected in twenty tankōbon volumes... read more

This anime is sooo good! The girl isn't like typical shoujo anime girls she's got guts. There's some reverse harem involved but the plot is really good and I love all of the characters. It has some slight romance and I'm always wishing for more... This is also hilarious! I couldn't watch it in a public place because I was afraid I'll look too weird suddenly bursting out laughing.I'm really hoping for a second season because this is one of the best animes I have ever watched. The manga is still ongoing though so if you like the anime, check that out!

9 Snow White with the Red Hair

The best shoujo anime ever! The main character was so sweet! They never fought and keep loving each other no matter what! I love that anime so much! And will watch it for 3 times. Haha its very interesting in every episode and funny too! I laugh so much in that anime! This is highly recommended from me! You guys must watch it and will probably fall in love with the couple!

While I love many of the shows on this list, Snow White with the Red Hair takes my heart. The love in this story is so pure. Even aside from the story the art style is so beautiful with all of the vibrant colors. Also those openings are amazing.

10 Ao Haru Ride Ao Haru Ride is the anime adaptation of the manga series written and illustrated by Io Sakisaka, which was serialized in the shoujo magazine Bessatsu Margaret between 2011 and 2015. It has sold over 5.84 million copies, and released in Germany, France, Italy, Taiwan and Poland. It was adapted into a... read more

This anime is heart breaking, cute, and has a slight touch of reality. It shows that people change, and that you can learn to love the new them along with the old them. Of course, some scenes just make you want to strangle the characters, but that's just the life of an anime lover for you. In all seriousness, put this on your lists of "NEED TO WATCH", because this anime is full of feels.

Get out your tissue boxes, y'all. This is gonna be a roller coaster of emotions!

This is my favourite anime ever I don't watch shoujo. I watch action / adventure / horror. This anime however is tied first with Cowboy Bebop and Elfen Lied. It's sooo good. And trust me, if you liked the anime you HAVE to read the manga it is actually better. Not being a 'that guy' who's like the manga's way better, anime is trash (you know the type). The manga is actually so much better and the anime is amazing too and I jdskghskjg

The Contenders
11 Tonari No Kaibutsu-Kun

Independent shoujo main character who puts herself first before romance. Original storyplot, with progressive and accumulative romance development between two leads. Developed, quirky, non-generic characterization of main cast and side characters. Very little, or overused tropes or common misunderstanding usual in shoujo. Quality animation with bold colors matched with fantastic voice actors which flesh out genuine emotion.

Oh god I never thought id find this on this, I thought I was the only one who liked this, oh and I'm a guy by the way. The plot is amazingly thought out, the lead characters kinda badass in her own unique, harus funny and badass at the same time the story is kinda rare for typical shoujo, well I never read manga and I really haven't seen a lot of shoujo, but this type of story line is kinda new to me but still it was awesome. But the ending kinda sucks, and yes special a sucks

12 Hotarubi No Mori E

I love this anime so much! I hope there would be a second one though.

It was so beautiful! It was sad... but you just can not stop loving it.

I cry every time I see this, but somehow I keep coming back...

13 My Little Monster My Little Monster (Japanese: となりの怪物くん, Hepburn: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, lit. "The Monster Sitting Beside Me") is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Robico about the relationship between a girl named Shizuku Mizutani and a boy named Haru Yoshida. It was serialized in Kodansha's... read more

This anime has my favorite heroine so far! She is not wishy-washy or a damsel-in-distress who falls in love easily, especially with hot guys. She's cynical, practical, cold, or emotionless, prioritizes herself and her studies more than anything, as she wants to be successful and earn lots of money in the future, which I can totally relate to! She doesn't care if she's always alone since she can manage herself, and she also does not depend on others. I just really love her. She also "grows" throughout the series and learns from her mistakes.

That male lead with the chicken was also funny as hell lol. I loved that he's always bugging her. YOU GUYS SHOULD WATCH THIS AS IT DESERVES TO BE WATCHED.

14 Shugo Chara! Shugo Chara! is a Japanese manga and anime series created by Peach-Pit. The story centers around Amu Hinamori, a student who discovers three magical eggs that hatch into guardian characters. These characters help her transform and realize her true potential. The series combines elements of magical girl... read more

This was my first anime and I really love it, it's still one of my favourites, it was the one that got me into anime. It doesn't only focus on romance, but on friendship, backstories, it's really funny and it teached me to be happy. The characters are awesome, it's kinda of a harem and I reccomend the manga because the anime is very different and it doesn't make any couple really canon in the end, so if you're here for romance I reccomend you read the manga first. I love this anime.

Absolutely loved this one! I know there's a ton of episodes, but its worth the watch! I did hate the cosplayers in the last season though. That's just annoying.

15 Your Lie in April Your Lie in April, known in Japan as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso or just simply Kimiuso, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa.

Best love anime ever seen. I haven't cried like that since Clannad. The point of view is centered on the male character but the plot is perfect. Plus there is classical music, very enjoyable.
Really, the best love story ever seen in an anime. Watch it!

I saw the first opening on YouTube one day and decided to watch this. I cried my eyes out at the ending, but I will never regret watching this! IT WAS SO GOOD

This isn't too romantic, but it leaves something in your heart. It was breath taking. Watch it to your hearts content.

16 Fruits Basket After the accident in which she lost her mother, 16-year-old Tooru moves in with her grandfather, but due to his home being renovated, is unable to continue living with him. Claiming she will find someone to stay with but also fearing the criticism of her family and not wanting to burden any of her... read more

Fruits Basket has two anime versions: the original in 2001 and the ongoing reboot in 2019. Fruits Basket 2019 follows the manga, which was not yet complete in 2001 - and it is GLORIOUS. One of the most beautiful stories ever, it begins like a typical shojo story - sweet, with one of the funniest premises EVER, and with the hint of a love triangle. But this is more than a romance. It's about family, forgiveness, letting go and growing up. And the writer very subtly and cleverly deconstructs shojo tropes while honouring them. Such a great anime with a lot of heart. It is unforgettable and will stay in your heart forever. Plus the animation is GORGEOUS. Watch Fruits Basket 2019 and read the manga!

17 Bokura Ga Ita

She loved him even though he literally he told her he still loved his ex. And then he got mad at her for breaking up with him and was an annoying bugger. I remember this one episode he said "What did I do to you? " when he literally pushed her to the group 5 min ago. Yano and the main characters are crappy. Worth watching if you enjoy criticizing it.

The first shoujo anime that made me cry so hard! I'm still hoping for the next season!

18 Lovely Complex

This is one of the best romantic comedies of anime I've seen so far, and it's a little more unique from the rest. It's about two high school students, a tall girl and a short boy who are self conscious about their height, and together they are a comedy duo to their classmates and the viewers. It will make you laugh, cry, and care deeply for the characters. It also has catchy opening and ending songs.

I believe this anime does not get enough attention. The story line is beautiful and it is one of my favorite anime. This anime will give you feels. Yes, feels. You will die of laughter. This anime is so adorable. But at times it could be so sad. Shows determination. Simply beautiful.

19 Wolf Girl and Black Prince

I loved the female character, she's just big masochist hearted girl. I have to admit that you simply fall in love with them for no reason. He treats her so bad, (literally like a pet) and it's fun to watch that trough the episodes, he starts liking her, and protects her. Really sexist, no comments about that. Still, really cute anime. I wouldn't lose the opportunity to watch it!

It's adorable, I am seriously in love with this anime.

20 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 52 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes... read more

Got many people interested in anime and manga. The best show. Wish they didn't English dub it. Too many dubs. Wish they had it in English original.

This show is the heart of anime. This is an amazing show!

This is the best anime I have ever watched!

21 Itazura Na Kiss

This was honestly very adorable. Memorable main characters. Kind of hated Irie.

22 Cardcaptor Sakura Cardcaptor Sakura, abbreviated as CCS and also known as Cardcaptors, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by the manga group Clamp.

This should be #1. this anime, by far, has the most well-written characters and story (innocent play to drama between the kids) than any other shoujo animes!

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24 Chihayafuru Chihayafuru is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Suetsugu, serialised in Be Love and published by Kodansha.

Hands down one of the best anime I've ever watched. A must-see for those who are looking for a good shoujo anime! You'll fall in love with all the characters. The story is amazing and it completely sucks you in. I can't say enough nice things about it. Watch and see. You won't get enough!

What attracted me at first was the beautiful art (for both the anime and manga).. then the story, which shows great character growth for all of the team members. They recently made movies out of this, too :) can't wait to see them!

25 Kamichama Karin

The animation is a bit outdated, but it's still adorable and surprisingly darker than expected. (Not Puella magi Madoka Magica dark though), and if you can't handle the animation, the manga is very beautiful.

Really cute anime with an adorable animation and plot definitely worth watching

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