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 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 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 2010s, Category F, Female Protagonists, Male Author

Kenka Banchou Otome (Girl beats boys)

Category F

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This show never named any female characters of any importance other than the protagonist.

  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 an otome game, I suppose it’s not super surprising that the protagonist is the only female. Wouldn’t want any rivals, now would we. Automatic Bechdel fail…


More data:

Author gender: probably male (RED Entertainment and Spike Chunsoft)
No. of female protagonists/all protagonists: 1/1
Year of airing: 2017

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