I would hope, with every fiber of my nerdy being that you’d know by now when you’re watching a shoujo show. But in case you haven’t gotten up to speed, here are a few dead giveaways.
You know you’re watching shoujo when it contains…
Excessive amounts of apology giving and “oh, no, it’s not your fault. I’m the one at fault.”
Crying, or very near crying, goin’ down in every episode.
At least one male lead must have a love of shirts that are not quite his size, allowing ample screen time for his midriff.
Heavy rain fall that lasts just long enough to scare the heroine, causing the male leads to reassure her that she is safe and junk, then disappears just in time for a romantic balcony scene five seconds later.
Heroine must always be kind to her evil captures/the leading jerks cause they just might fall in love with her later on in the show (and by “might” I mean they will).
Male leads constantly reassuring the heroine that they will protect her “no matter what.” Sometimes multiple times per episode.
Male leads who could very easily be misidentified as female from a distance. Heck, they could be identified as female while standing in line for McDonald’s. Dude has better hair than the heroine!
Guys with glasses constantly pushing up those glasses every scene. ….Wait. No, that’s not just shoujo, that’s just about every anime ever. My bad.
The heroine overcomes all dangers and trials by “trying hard enough” and having a “pure heart.” Which includes getting saved by the male leads. Frequently.
Well, that’s all off the top of my head. But you know there’s more. What other “items” should be on this list?
Wait a minute. Is this article late? Pffft, well it’s more of a list than an article, so, ya know, I’m in no way responsible. Nope.
Happy past midnight to me!