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Boys, Boys, Boys: A Guide to Bishounen Anime

Japanese manga artists have a unique creative aesthetic compared to many Western comic artists, and one of the most notable differences, particularly in the work of female mangaka, is the interpretation of male beauty. While buff and ripped is still appreciated, the height of masculine beauty is exemplified in the bishounen, or beautiful man. These manga and anime heroes are undoubtedly physically attractive, but there's something almost feminine, rather than purely masculine, to their attractiveness. Even the manliest of these men have a heightened sensitivity and tenderness, such as we see in stories about sports teams or Japan's Shinsengumi.

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