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…


More data:

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

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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!!!


More data:

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

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

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

Digimon Tamers

Category C

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This anime passes the first criterion in episode 2, the second and third in episode 6. 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?

With fewer than usual protagonists (for Digimon), the potential for female – female interactions greatly decreased. They are there, but they’re fairly sparse. This is a pity, as I’m sure many kids have watched this show. It would be good if they got to see more equality.


More data:

Author gender: male
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/3
Year of airing: 2001 – 2002

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

Nana

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?

Classic. Can shoujo get better than this? Again, two female protagonists = Bechdel win. There is also plenty of drama, love, hate, sex and rock and roll. You end up loving and hating all the characters for their mistakes and great moments.


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Author gender: female
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 2/2
Year of airing: 2006 – 2007

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

Michiko to Hatchin

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 show is insane. I love it. Since both the protagonists are female, it passes almost immediately and continues piling on the female – female interaction every episode. The story is engaging and tense. Plenty of action and motorcycle chases. Now that this exists, we can stop with all the bullshit right? Women can be just as entertaining, violent and crazy as guys can be.


More data:

Author gender: female
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 2/2
Year of airing: 2008 – 2009

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

Kemono no Souja Erin (Erin)

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 show is just awesome. If you haven’t watched it yet, go do so now. It passes easily, from the very beginning to the very end, though to be fair, it’s much easier when the protagonist is female. This result was to be expected of the author of Seirei no Moribito, which is also a great show, with very influential female characters. Go, Nahoko Uehashi!


More data:

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