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 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

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 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 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