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.


More data:

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

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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 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 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.


More data:

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.


More data:

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

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