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

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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 1990s, Category C, Female Protagonists, Male Author

Mobile Fighter G Gundam

Category C

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This anime passes the first two criteria in episode 4 and the third in episode 15. 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 think the picture up there sums up this show pretty well. It’s the weird spandex Gundam! I never expect too much from Gundam shows when it comes to passing the Bechdel test. They’ve never even had a female protagonist! So, this is as expected. Some support roles for females that don’t interact with each other too much. Ehhh, Gundam ffs.


More data:

Author gender: male
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/2
Year of airing: 1993

Posted in Category C, Female Author, No Female Protagonists

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Category C

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This anime passes the first two criteria in episode 2 and the third in episode 11. 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?

As good as this show was, the females were never fully developed. Plenty of them were badass, but they were mostly isolated. Their meetings were few and far in between, which is a pity. It didn’t have to be this way. To be honest, one of the Elric brothers could have easily been a sister as well. Not like their voice actors weren’t female already…


More data:

Author gender: female
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 0/2
Year of airing: 2009 – 2010

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

Sakurada Reset

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 enjoyed this show way too much for what it was. I just love awkward philosophical conversations! Anyway, there were plenty of important females here, but they didn’t really interact all that much. The show very much centred around Kei, and all the females progress their own stories using his. Somewhat disappointing.


More data:

Author gender: male
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/2
Year of airing: 2017

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

Kabukibu!

Category C

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This anime passes the three first 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?

Riding in on the fame of Rakugo, this show caught my attention, but only for a little while. It wasn’t nearly interesting enough, even though it dutifully tried overturning Kabuki’s sexist rules and let a girl be one of the actors. Pretty average in execution and Bechdeling.


More data:

Author gender: female
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/6
Year of airing: 2017