Anime Underground The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series  

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List of the best josei anime/manga series of all time, actively changed by your votes. Since there is often confusion about its definition, lets just say that josei is manga and anime targeted towards woman who are in their adult years (if you're looking for shoujo titles for younger girls we have a  list of that too). Some of titles featured here are smut josei, while others are more romantic or slice of life. Either way the josei demographic is basically women 18 and older, but these shows are enjoyable no matter who you are. Vote on this josei anime list for what you believe to be the top shows, and downvote titles you've watched or read that didn't appeal to you as much. 

We've noted below if any of the series are manga only with no anime adaptation. These include Tramps Like Us, Red River, and a few others. This list of josei anime/manga is a great starting point, but please help us build up the list by adding your favorite titles! 
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1,787 531
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Nana

2
664 146
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3
727 169
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4
514 119
Skip Beat! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
FallingGrace added

5
389 105
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6
373 100
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7
318 82
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Elune Moonlight added

8
292 76
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9
290 78
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10
204 37
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
KawaiiKorosu added Hotarubi No Mori E

11
246 69
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12
219 59
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13
225 69
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14
245 81
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15
221 73
Peach Girl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Virginia Vanessa Hilton added

16
159 46
07-Ghost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added

17
143 51
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18
117 37
Moribito: Guardian of the Spir... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Kaitlin Howard added

19
144 59
Red River is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Red River Manga Only

20
119 43
Mars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Mars Manga Only

21
119 46
Gokusen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added Gokusen

22
139 72
Tramps Like Us is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Tramps Like Us Manga Only

23
60 42
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24
50 39
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Genji Monogatari Sennenki

25
11 2
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otak... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
SparrowFlight added Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

26
57 60
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Diamond Dust Drops

27
45 54
Happy Mania is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added Happy Mania