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Why Shoujo and not Syojyo?

November 15, 2002

Many of you may be aware of the myriad spellings of Japanese words in anime and manga. If you've taken classes in Japanese, you have probably begun to learn the three writing systems of the Japanese language: the hiragana and katakana syllabaries, as well as the interminable ideographic system of kanji.

Japanese-as-second-language students like myself* start out using romaji (our wonderfully useful Roman alphabet) as a learning tool to help hash out all those initially nonsensical symbols.

What doesn't help us is when we see things like Kareshi Kanojyo no Jijyo, and

- Carlos Ross

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