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.


More data:

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

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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!


More data:

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…


More data:

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

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

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