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

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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.


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

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~’.


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

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

Subete ga F ni naru (The Perfect Insider)

Category B

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?

One of the two females that had the best chances of talking to each other in this show was dead from the very start or so. Though it’s really complicated. So… no frequent conversations, but very non-trivial when they do happen.


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Author gender: male
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 2/3
Year of airing: 2015