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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2,000 576
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865 198
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633 146
Skip Beat! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
FallingGrace added
5
426 110
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Elune Moonlight added
6
284 50
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
KawaiiKorosu added Hotarubi No Mori E
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447 125
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420 116
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9
331 87
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10
327 87
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11
297 80
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12
259 70
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13
290 93
Peach Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Virginia Vanessa Hilton added
14
288 96
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15
202 55
07-Ghost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added
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256 87
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188 65
Red River is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Red River
Manga Only
18
174 62
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158 54
Mars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Mars
Manga Only
20
140 47
Moribito: Guardian of the Spir... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Kaitlin Howard added
21
179 81
Tramps Like Us is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
Tramps Like Us
Manga Only
22
139 54
Gokusen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series
MichaëlTheil-Iannetta added Gokusen
23
69 10
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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72 50
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62 49
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Genji Monogatari Sennenki