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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1,711 488
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Nana

2
650 143
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702 165
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4
497 115
Skip Beat! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
FallingGrace added

5
381 102
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6
366 98
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7
307 79
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Elune Moonlight added

8
290 73
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287 75
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10
194 33
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
242 68
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12
218 58
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13
244 78
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14
222 68
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15
218 70
Peach Girl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Virginia Vanessa Hilton added

16
157 45
07-Ghost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added

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142 50
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115 36
Moribito: Guardian of the Spir... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Kaitlin Howard added

19
139 57
Red River is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Red River Manga Only

20
116 41
Mars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Mars Manga Only

21
116 44
Gokusen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added Gokusen

22
130 67
Tramps Like Us is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Tramps Like Us Manga Only

23
60 40
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49 37
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Genji Monogatari Sennenki

25
8 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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55 58
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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