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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Nana

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530 118
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528 121
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330 83
Skip Beat! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
FallingGrace added Skip Beat!

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323 87
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297 84
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7
225 61
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8
239 69
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9
214 67
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10
194 56
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11
165 43
Peach Girl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Virginia Vanessa Hilton added Peach Girl

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186 56
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171 48
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14
180 68
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Elune Moonlight added Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi

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111 25
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
KawaiiKorosu added Hotarubi No Mori E

16
105 37
07-Ghost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added 07-Ghost

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109 44
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Natsuyuki Rendezvous

18
84 33
Moribito: Guardian of the Spir... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Kaitlin Howard added Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

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86 35
Mars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Mars Manga Only

20
97 45
Red River is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Red River Manga Only

21
89 40
Gokusen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added Gokusen

22
93 56
Tramps Like Us is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Tramps Like Us Manga Only

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48 32
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37 29
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Genji Monogatari Sennenki

25
47 47
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Diamond Dust Drops

26
37 41
Happy Mania is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added Happy Mania