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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1,939 572
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Nana

3
814 189
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4
583 138
Skip Beat! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
FallingGrace added

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425 117
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404 110
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7
253 45
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
KawaiiKorosu added Hotarubi No Mori E

8
364 97
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Elune Moonlight added

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311 81
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10
310 84
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11
277 76
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12
241 65
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13
265 89
Peach Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Virginia Vanessa Hilton added

14
269 93
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15
245 80
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16
172 52
07-Ghost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added

17
172 63
Red River is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Red River
Manga Only

18
148 49
Mars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Mars
Manga Only

19
160 58
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20
130 43
Moribito: Guardian of the Spir... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Kaitlin Howard added

21
130 51
Gokusen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added Gokusen

22
165 78
Tramps Like Us is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Tramps Like Us
Manga Only

23
42 7
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otak... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
SparrowFlight added Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

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65 47
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53 48
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Genji Monogatari Sennenki