Glossary Entry : Seinen
Abstract:   This is anime aimed at a male, college aged, audience. It tends to have
a firm basis in reality even if the content is rich in fantasy. It's
not very common in the west due to the commercial focus on young teen
This is a relatively uncommon genre name, at least outside of Japan, but given that some of this material does exist it seems worthy of recognition. Effectively Seinen (which stands for `Young man') material is aimed at college age males. As such it is often a lot more complex than shounen material, may contain less action, and often has some elements that might seem more `shoujo' inspired. As such this material is frequently misidentified as shoujo, because many anime fans only know two genres (shounen/shoujo) and correctly identify that this material is not shounen. And even when this material considers matters considered to be shoujo specialties, such as romance or emotional interaction, it does so in a very different way. In addition the settings may also incorporate many real life elements which are seemingly intended to appeal to curiosity of this demographic.
It is also interesting to note that many of these titles are held in high
critical regard for the maturity and complexity of the stories they contain.
At the same time they have a spotty history in being commercialised because,
even more so than in Japan, the american market is dominated by a fairly
young age group.