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

2
630 140
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679 161
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477 106
Skip Beat! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
FallingGrace added

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372 101
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354 97
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7
283 73
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8
279 74
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284 79
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Elune Moonlight added

10
176 31
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
KawaiiKorosu added Hotarubi No Mori E

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236 67
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209 58
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13
241 78
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216 68
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214 67
Peach Girl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Virginia Vanessa Hilton added

16
146 45
07-Ghost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added

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134 49
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112 36
Moribito: Guardian of the Spir... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Kaitlin Howard added

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132 55
Red River is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Red River Manga Only

20
111 41
Mars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Mars Manga Only

21
109 43
Gokusen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added Gokusen

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121 62
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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59 40
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47 36
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Genji Monogatari Sennenki

25
3 1
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

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52 56
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Diamond Dust Drops

27
43 51
Happy Mania is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added Happy Mania