It might be confused for you who just step into the anime world (like me in the past), about the target audience term of anime or simple term about other part of the anime. What are shoujo, shounen, ecchi, etc stands for? What does the meaning of it? Here are my simple explanations:

  1. Kodomo: It means the anime is targeted for children. Example for this category: Chii’s Sweet Home, Doraemon, Daisuki Hello Kitty.
  2. Shoujo: It means the anime is targeted for girls audience, usually in teenager age. Popular story plots usually involving romance and its affairs, girls’ stuffs, etc. Example for this category: Itazura na Kiss, Skip Beat, Saiunkoku Monogatari.
  3. Shounen: It means the anime is targeted for boys audience, usually in teenager age too. Popular story plots usually involving sports, games, etc. Example for this category: Cross Game, Bleach, Naruto.
  4. Josei: It means the anime is targeted for women audience. See… woman, not girl, so the story much more complicated and deeper. Popular story plots usually involving adults romance and its affairs, women’s life problems, etc. Example for this category: Nodame Cantabile, Honey and Clover.
  5. Seinen: It means the anime is targeted for men audience. Same with Josei, this one is an adult version of Shounen. Popular story plots usually involving games, adults romances and its affairs, murder case, etc. Example for this category: Shion no Oh, Black Jack (OVA), Kara no Kyoukai.
  6. Mina: It means the anime is targeted for everyone/family. Example for this category: Chii’s Sweet Home, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.
  7. Loli: It means the anime containing girls or women in girl-form. So, the drawing would look like a little girl but actually their ages much more than that. Sometimes the anime in this category also has sexual appearance of a girl (see, girl, not woman, much like a pedophile) but not too explicit. Lolicon refers to the character. Example for this category: Lucky Star.
  8. Shota: It means the anime containing boys or men in boy-form. A reverse version of Loli. Shotacon refers to the character. Example for this category: Kanokon.
  9. Harem: It means the anime containing boy/man-center romance. So, yeah… there will be many girls/women love to one boy/man. Example for this category: Hayate no Gotoku.
  10. Reverse-Harem: As indicated in its name. Example for this category: La Corda d’Oro.
  11. Bishoujo: It means the anime containing beautiful girl/woman. Example for this category: Sailor Moon, La Corda d’Oro.
  12. Bishounen: It means the anime containing handsome boy/man. Example for this category: La Corda d’Oro, Hanasakeru Seishounen.
  13. Mecha: It means the anime containing robot technologies. Example for this category: Gundam, Ride Back.
  14. Boing: It means the anime containing large breast. The woman in this anime usually being drawed with large breast and her breast can be bounced (like a woman running – you know what I mean). Example for this category: Basquash, Queen’s Blade.
  15. Pantsu: It means the anime containing woman’s panties. Example for this category: Queen’s Blade, KissXsis.
  16. Mahou Shoujo: It means the anime containing girl/woman who has magical power. Example for this category: Sailor Moon, Wedding Peach.
  17. Shoujo Ai: It means the anime containing lesbian story but not too explicit. Example for this category: Candy Boy, Aoi Hana.
  18. Shounen Ai: It means the anime containing gay story but not too explicit. Example for this category: Antique Bakery, Hetalia Axis Power.
  19. Ecchi: It means the anime containing more explicit sexual characters/stories. Usually the characters in this anime wears sexy clothes. Example for this category: Asu no Yoichi, KissXsis.
  20. Yuri: It means the anime containing lesbian erotic activities. Example for this category: Maria-sama ga Miteru, Aoi Hana.
  21. Yaoi: It means the anime containing gay erotic activities. Example for this category: Junjou Romantica.
  22. Bara: It means the anime containing explicit gay sexual activities. Example for this category: Ai no Kusabi.
  23. Hentai: It means the anime containing explicit sexual activities. Example for this category: Campus.

Hope my explanations can help and guide you to choose the anime you like 🙂

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