14 Oct 2011

What does Bishoujo mean?

Bishoujo, bishōjo, bishou
Simply a Japanese word for a "pretty girl", "beautiful girl"

Can also refer to young pretty girls, usually below university age. Oddly Bishōjo is not listed as a word in the authoritative Japanese dictionary Kōjien. A variant named biyōjo 美幼女 refers to a girl before the age of adolescence.

bishōjo game 美少女ゲーム bishōjo gēmu
 "pretty girl game", subgenres of bishōjo games are ren'ai games (often called "dating sims") and eroges or eroge (often called "hentai games").

Bishoujo Anime,
Covers anime of different genres, varying from Shōjoo or shojo, such as Sailor Moon to erotic anime such as MeiKing.

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