Shojo anime doesn't usually rely on flashy fights or impressive powers to tell the story. Instead, shojo anime tends to focus on character growth and relationships. Since that's the main attraction, the best shojo anime has interesting, well-developed heroines as the protagonist or deuteroganist. Let's count down some of the greatest shojo heroines out there.
Tohru Honda of Fruits Basket seems simple on the outside, but she's a complex, well-rendered character whose history explains her personality. Nana Osaki and Nana Komatsu of NANA are similarly well-written and layered characters. But not every shojo heroine needs to be complicated to be interesting. Catarina Claes from My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! is lovable because she's so simple. Whether they're serious or hilarious, these shojo protagonists carry their respective shows.
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Tohru Honda - 'Fruits Basket'Photo: Fruits Basket (2019) / TMS Entertainment
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Misaki Ayuzawa - 'Maid Sama!'Photo: Maid Sama! / J.C. Staff
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Nanami Momozono - 'Kamisama Kiss'Photo: Kamisama Kiss / TMS Entertainment
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Haruhi Fujioka - 'Ouran High School Host Club'Photo: Ouran High School Host Club / Bones
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Shirayuki - 'Snow White with the Red Hair'Photo: Snow White With The Red Hair / Bones
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Sawako Kuronuma - 'Kimi ni Todoke'Photo: Kimi ni Todoke / Production I.G