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ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka (Territory Inspection Dept.)

Ajin: Demi-Human

Alice to Zouroku

All Out!!

Chihayafuru

Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito (Code Geass: Akito the Exiled)

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Posted in 2010s, Category C, Female Protagonists, Male Author

Made in Abyss

Category C

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This anime passes the first criterion in episode 1, and the second and third in episode 2. The conversations are not frequent or non-trivial though.
  1. Are there two named female characters?
  2. Who have a conversation?
  3. Not about men?
  4. Does this happen frequently?
  5. Is the conversation non-trivial?

This show was somewhat better than what its atrocious art style suggested. Even so, there were so few females around that it’s not a huge surprise this didn’t do so well on the Bechdel test. In general the idea for the abyss was pretty cool, but it really felt like the author ran out of ideas for strange things to put there pretty quickly, so this epic sounding journey through a mysterious and strange world never quite delivered on its promise.


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Author gender: male
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 2/3
Year of airing: 2017

Posted in 2000s, Category C, Female Protagonists, Male Author

Tetsuwan Birdy Decode (Birdy the Mighty: Decode)

Category C

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This anime passes the first three criteria in episode 1. The conversations are not frequent or non-trivial though.
  1. Are there two named female characters?
  2. Who have a conversation?
  3. Not about men?
  4. Does this happen frequently?
  5. Is the conversation non-trivial?

Birdy is pretty cool. It’s nice to see females in the usually male dominated role of all brawn no brains. Unfortunately, the only women Birdy talked to were her rival and the probably female alien manager, and that was rare. This is somewhat due to the plot – she’s an orphan, and everyone is scared of her race, so she hasn’t got much in the way of family or friends, and on Earth she’s mostly in Tsutomu form and he does all the talking. Nevertheless, her superiors could have been female, her fans could have been female, her enemies could have been female. Missed opportunities…


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Author gender: male
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/2
Year of airing: 2008

Posted in 2010s, Category A, Female Protagonists, Male Author

Mouretsu Pirates (Bodacious Space Pirates)

Category A

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This anime passes criterion the first three criteria in episode 1. The conversations are frequent and non-trivial!

  1. Are there two named female characters?
  2. Who have a conversation?
  3. Not about men?
  4. Does this happen frequently?
  5. Is the conversation non-trivial?

This was surprisingly nice, especially since the author is male. I can see younger girls watching this show and actually looking up to the characters, the majority of which were female. It feels pretty good to watch a pirate show this full of girls. There was even a lesbian relationship! Normalising both active women and non-standard relationships. While this anime was not in any way deep, it was entertaining and full of good stuff. You rock!


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Author gender: male
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/1
Year of airing: 2012

Posted in 2010s, Category F, Female Author, No Female Protagonists

Saint Oniisan (Saint Young Men)

Category F

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There was only one named female character in this show.

  1. Are there two named female characters?
  2. Who have a conversation?
  3. Not about men?
  4. Does this happen frequently?
  5. Is the conversation non-trivial?

To be fair, this is really short. To also be fair, the land lady could totally have had a female friend over at some point leading to shenanigans as usual. It wouldn’t be hard. Though I guess the big religions were never too keen on women anyway…


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Author gender: female
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 0/2
Year of airing: 2012 – 2013

Posted in 2000s, Category C, Female Protagonists, Male Author

Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra (Armed Librarians)

Category C

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This anime passes the first three criteria in episode 1. The conversations are not frequent or non-trivial though.
  1. Are there two named female characters?
  2. Who have a conversation?
  3. Not about men?
  4. Does this happen frequently?
  5. Is the conversation non-trivial?

I liked this anime a lot. There were some really strong and respectable female characters here. It’s a pity they didn’t speak to each other much, especially since there are actually more female protagonists here than male ones. Missed opportunity much? Anyway. Hamyuts Meseta wo korose!!!


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Author gender: male
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 3/5
Year of airing: 2009

Posted in 1990s, Category B, Female Protagonists, Male Author

Kishin Douji Zenki

Category B

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This show passed all the criteria except for 5 in its first episode.

  1. Are there two named female characters?
  2. Who have a conversation?
  3. Not about men?
  4. Does this happen frequently?
  5. Is the conversation non-trivial?

Even though this is a pretty old shounen, the female protagonist managed to have a family and friends, some of which were also female, that she actually spoke to! Why is this so hard? The conversations were mostly trivial, especially those with her friends, but it was somewhat close to getting an A. The show overall seems to be pretty memorable. Half a year later I still scream Vajura!!! whenever I elbow drop someone.


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Author gender: male
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/2
Year of airing: 1995

Posted in 2000s, Category B, Female Author, Female Protagonists

Ristorante Paradiso

Category B

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This show passed all the criteria except for 4 in its first episode.

  1. Are there two named female characters?
  2. Who have a conversation?
  3. Not about men?
  4. Does this happen frequently?
  5. Is the conversation non-trivial?

I’ve learned to expect good things from this mangaka (Natsume Ono). All of her works that got an anime adaptation have been pretty good (Ristorante Paradiso, ACCA:13-ku Kansatsuka, Saraiya Goyou). This one definitely scores better on the Bechdel test than the other two, as expected of a show with a female protagonist. Pretty good show.


More data:

Author gender: female
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/2
Year of airing: 2009