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The inspiration behind this question came when I learned that Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail), Eiichiro Oda (One Piece), Tite Kubo (Bleach), Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto), Hidaeki Sorachi (Gintama), and most shonen artists who commented that they were inspired by Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball work in their interviews or artist comments. Plus, the concepts and cliches are recycled throughout Shonen series and many of these works reference Dragon Ball in some form.

I was wondering what was the most inspirational Shoujo series that most Shoujo artists look up to.

I guess Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura, but I didn't think so since not much anime or manga series imitated or made references to the shows. I might have to check some of the mangaka for their inspirations.

What do you folks think is the most inspirational Shoujo work for shoujo manga artists?

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I had a brief conversation this week concerning female-oriented content on the site and it inspired me. A result is an experiment I like to call Shōjo Weekly. Each week I plan to highlight an anime and/or manga that is either geared towards women or has become popular with women if it wasn't initially categorized as shōjo or josei (Chobits comes to mind). I hope to review a wide range of genres, but I will need your help! I would love suggestions so that I may expand my database for the weekly highlight.

Please let me know what you think of the idea. I hope to get the first one up sometime this week and would appreciate critique from the members of the site. I don't claim to be a good writer, so I'm sure there will be flaws, but I hope to improve as time goes by.

Thanks for reading this and please comment! I would like to know everyone's thoughts on this planned experiment.

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