Bishoujo vs. Bishonen– Another definition

Hello everyone! It’s time I did another explanation post! This time I’m going give some brief explanations of Bishoujo and Bishounen. “Bi” is short for Beauty so in the world of anime and manga these topics tend to show a cast of gorgeous characters. Shoujo is referring to audiences of the female kind so put two and two together and you get Beautiful girl drama. Same can be said with Shounen, which is referring to a Beautiful boy action. Aesthetically pleasing yet action and drama filled story lines that involve beauty shots and lots of glittery hair flips.


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A word popularized by Japanese animation that means ‘pretty girl’. Also shortened to ‘bishou’. Used to describe an attractive anime character. (females only) ^__^

Black Twilight, Urban Dictionary

Literally means “pretty girl” in Japanese.
Can also refer to games and anime with pretty girlsBishoujo games are usually “hentai games” that are like a “virtual interactive storybook”.

Jimmy, Urban Dictionary

There is a common misconception that Bishoujo is only for women and Bishounen is only for men. There is a lot of double dipping because people can appreciate the beauty and storytelling of both genres. That includes games, G or R rated. Pretty characters are pretty why not date them too?


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A hot anime/manga guy that catches the eyes of the female readers or watches. But is mistaked to much by parents & non-anime/manga people to be female charaters. Usually the charater is either a sad one or has a hidden past which draws people to them. Also known as a charater they the watches or reader will never forget.

Redsun, Urban Dictionary

Literally means “pretty boy,” as in an attractive member of the male gender. Also spelled “bishonen,” and sometimes shortened to “bish” and “bishie/bishy.” It is a Japanese word, adopted by female anime fans in the rest of the world to denote any male anime, manga, or video game character they happen to find good looking. Strictly speaking, “bishounen” should only refer to boys under age 20, since a “pretty man” would be “biseinen.” However, most people prefer to use bishounen for men and boys of all ages, as it is so widely used.

Opinions on which males are bishounen and which are not vary according to personal tastes. The stereotypical bishounen generally has long hair, a slender, graceful figure, and lacks facial hair. Bishounen tend to appear androgynous or feminine. They are also likely to have certain personality traits, like sensitivity, secretiveness, moodiness, refinement, and a dark, tormented past.

This word is a noun, but is sometimes used as an adjective, as in the sentence “That guy is so bishounen.” As an adjective, the word means “having or displaying the traits of a bishounen.”

Stephanie. M, Urban Dictionary

So these definitions talk about beauty being feminine. But I would say it’s more about the looks being dramatized. Although there are sexualized themes within the genres that show partial nudity and glamour poses it tends to cater to the audiences watching, aka fanservice.

Alright everyone stay weeby!




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