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

Vatican Kiseki Chousakan (Vatican Miracle Examiner)

Category E

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This anime passes criterion 1 in episode 4 and that’s it. None of the females ever talk.

  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, the Vatican really doesn’t have much to do with women, but to also be fair, these guys don’t spend much time in Vatican. They do visit plenty of churches though. Either way, this is pretty much a fail, despite being written by a woman. I guess that’s what happens when a show sells itself through hints of BL. Slightly disappointed, but it’s not unexpected. Religion was never the most progressive…


More data:

Author gender: female
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 0/2
Year of airing: 2017

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

Kakegurui (Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler)

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?

I don’t really know how to feel about this show. On the one hand, the over-sexualisation is pretty off-putting. I don’t know about you but my hobbies don’t include watching all the female characters drooling immensely while they orgasm. On the other hand, this passes the Bechdel test easily, the females are definitely what drives this show, so how could it not? The characters are also all very non-standard. I’m pretty tired of the scant few female stereotypes that usually appear in anime (the cute loli, the forever surprised chaste girl and the badass warrior), so it’s nice to see something so different. I guess, good job, weird show?


More data:

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

Posted in 2010s, Category B, Female Author, Female Protagonists

Chihayafuru

Category B

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This show passed all the criteria except for 4 in its second 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?

Chihaya isn’t much for conversations in general, what with being a karuta-baka, but when she does talk to Kanade they cover quite serious (within the show’s scope) topics like karuta and love. I hope this show gets a continuation. I didn’t know Japan had such amazing ‘sports’, but there’s no turning back now. ‘Naniwa-zu ni~’.


More data:

Author gender: female
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/3
Year of airing: 2011 – 2013

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

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

Category C

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This anime passes the first criterion in episode 1, 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?

Nothing much to see here. Females were around, though they didn’t exactly have that many important roles. They sometimes talked, but mostly to the guys… I suppose I shouldn’t expect any better from a mecha show.


More data:

Author gender: male
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/2
Year of airing: 2012 – 2016

Posted in 2010s, Category C, Male Author, No Female Protagonists

Seikaisuru Kado (KADO: The Right Answer)

Category C

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This anime passes the first criterion in episode 2, the second in episode 8, and the third in episode 9. 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?

Honestly, this show was pig-disgusting. The anti-science messages made my blood boil. ‘Natural is best’ my ass. Fuck. Haven’t been this angry at an anime in a long time. Obviously this never scored high on the Bechdel test, there weren’t many females and up until the stupid ending, none of the females were even important. If that’s what you’re gonna make your female characters do, then just don’t bother having female characters Japan.


More data:

Author gender: male
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 0/2
Year of airing: 2017

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

Kenka Banchou Otome (Girl beats boys)

Category F

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This show never named any female characters of any importance other than the protagonist.

  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?

As an otome game, I suppose it’s not super surprising that the protagonist is the only female. Wouldn’t want any rivals, now would we. Automatic Bechdel fail…


More data:

Author gender: probably male (RED Entertainment and Spike Chunsoft)
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/1
Year of airing: 2017

Posted in 2010s, Category E, Female Author, Female Protagonists

Zero Kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (Grimoire of Zero)

Category E

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This anime passes criterion 1 in episode 2 and that’s it. None of the females ever talk.

  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 is actually a very interesting case for my purposes. Albus seems to be a boy for most of the series and as long as that’s the case her conversations with Zero are plentiful and significant. As soon as Albus is revealed to be a girl however, he doesn’t have a single proper conversation with Zero. This seems pretty frightening.


More data:

Author gender: female
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1.5/1 (Albus and her male presentation complicates things)
Year of airing: 2017