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

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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 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 2000s, Category A, Female Author, Female Protagonists

Nana

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?

Classic. Can shoujo get better than this? Again, two female protagonists = Bechdel win. There is also plenty of drama, love, hate, sex and rock and roll. You end up loving and hating all the characters for their mistakes and great moments.


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Author gender: female
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 2/2
Year of airing: 2006 – 2007

Posted in 2000s, Category A, Female Author, Female Protagonists

Michiko to Hatchin

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 show is insane. I love it. Since both the protagonists are female, it passes almost immediately and continues piling on the female – female interaction every episode. The story is engaging and tense. Plenty of action and motorcycle chases. Now that this exists, we can stop with all the bullshit right? Women can be just as entertaining, violent and crazy as guys can be.


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Author gender: female
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 2/2
Year of airing: 2008 – 2009

Posted in 2000s, Category A, Female Author, Female Protagonists

Kemono no Souja Erin (Erin)

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 show is just awesome. If you haven’t watched it yet, go do so now. It passes easily, from the very beginning to the very end, though to be fair, it’s much easier when the protagonist is female. This result was to be expected of the author of Seirei no Moribito, which is also a great show, with very influential female characters. Go, Nahoko Uehashi!


More data:

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

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…


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