Why did I make this?

Why did I make this site? Well, it's simple really. I absolutely love shoujo from earlier decades; the art, the stories, the characters, everything. Trouble is, I seem to be the only person (OK, maybe there's like 6 other people outside Japan and aren't Japanese) who knows much about them. Sure, they aren't the hottest and newest manga, and some haven't been in print for more than 20 years, but that doesn't make them bad. I really want people to see what came before in the shoujo timeline; before Nana, before Fruits Basket, before Sailor Moon even. I want to share my collection and get people interested in and aware of these old series :) I know a few people who think anything older than 5 years is just too old to be cool or interesting, and that's just not true!

Eventually, I might start to include more recent manga (say, from 2000 and later) that fell off the radar rather quickly and never gathered much of a fanbase (if it did at all). Or, even if it did have a large readership, it remains largely forgotten or unnoticed by modern manga enthusiasts. If I'm lucky to find some books from the 60s or earlier, I'll definitely add those. Keep in mind that, because of the rarity of these books and the time and effort it takes me to find them, updates may not be as frequent as, say, once or twice a month. My collection is rather small right now but I'm always looking for more! And if there's a particular book or series you think I should check out, I'm all ears, so send me a message!

3 comments:

  1. While I love the site (and particularly the banner, featuring Imamura Yoko's "Chako-chan"), but I confess that to a fanatic like myself, lumping together shoujo manga/illustrations from the '50s, '60s, '70s, and even '80s seems a bit...reckless. Like lumping together American pop culture of those same decades (though I suppose to the very young, there might not seem to be much difference between Buddy Holly, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, and The Cars). I can usually pinpoint just about any shoujo image down to within five years or so, and to me each era (and each artist) seems very distinctive.

    For example, I'm pretty sure all the Macoto images you chose are post 1970, but to my mind his most influential work is from the 1950s.

    Anyway, despite my curmudgeonly grumblings, I love the site. If you ever need any help identifying anything, feel free to drop me a line!

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  2. Thanks to make this website....i am 18 years old but i love retro shoujo manga =)

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  3. I love your blog! It actually introduced me to vintage shoujo manga and now I love it! Thanks for making the site!

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please note

This site is meant to showcase the retro shoujo manga that I have in my collection. I own physical copies of these books, so if you are looking for a torrent or scanlation for them, I can't help you in that department. Sorry! Please buy your own copies - it's much more fun!

disclaimer

This site is for entertainment purposes only. I did not create any of these manga.

what is shoujo?

From the Wikipedia page: Shōjo, shojo, or shoujo manga (少女漫画 shōjo manga?) is manga marketed to a female audience roughly between the ages of 10 and 18. The name romanizes the Japanese 少女 (shōjo), literally "little girl". Shōjo manga covers many subjects in a variety of narrative and graphic styles, from historical drama to science fiction — often with a strong focus on human and romantic relationships and emotions.