The Bechdel Test aims to show how pathetically bad the media is at including female characters in entertainment. The original question that this test is based on is:
Are there two named female characters who have a conversation, not about men, in this work of fiction?
I’ve adapted this question into stages and added some more criteria to make a better judgement. The rules for the more thorough Bechdel Test I’m gonna stick to are:
- Are there two named female characters?
- Who have a conversation?
- Not about men?
- Does this happen frequently?
- Is the conversation non-trivial?
Using these I’ve decided to score anime series from F (bad) to A (good) based on whether it passes points 1 – 5.
Some additional comments for the curious:
- I treat sequels as part of the original
- I might do the occasional anime movie
- I might do some games as well
- Transgendered characters that identify as female count
- Mother – small child conversations don’t really count
- The character has to be marginally important and named to be considered, e.g. a named female that appears only once and is utterly unimportant will not be counted.