It is my weakness, after all.
This is my first journey through the “100 Days of Anime” Challenge, an ambitious project that I’ll be taking. For the full list of prompts, click here.
“Favorite female anime character?”
Now despite the evidence against me, there are valid reasons as to why I love Shirayuki other than her being the cutest redhead in anime.
But I mean, just look at this smile!
Having just finished a short rewatch of “Snow White with the Red Hair” (Akagami no Shirayukihime), Shirayuki as a protagonist may not be as relatable as Deku or Uraraka (from Boku no Hero Academia), but her many small nuances that appeal to me do well to break the stereotypical heroine commonly seen outside of shoujos. The most striking, being both her competence, and her ability to shine when the male love interests aren’t in the same scene.
That’s right. Shirayuki shines best when she isn’t with Zen or the others, proving to the audience that she’s independent enough to figure her way out of situations where other heroines would be shouting for “MC-kun” to magically appear and save them. This isn’t a one-time thing either, but a common occurrence that allows Shirayuki to show the audience her skills, whether it’s her knowledge on alchemy, or just common sense and logical thinking.
That isn’t to say Shirayuki doesn’t have a cute feminine side either.
At a fundamental level of writing, Shirayuki’s character isn’t an intricate layer of mysteries that need unraveling, nor does she sit on a tragic backstory. There is no doubt that Shirayuki is kind and caring, logical yet also holds a dreamlike romance that’s knocked aside by reality. But that doesn’t stop her from pursuing her goal, one step at a time. That very strength of will is why the other characters are drawn to Shirayuki in the first place, and why the attraction isn’t misplaced for the sake of plot or drama; it all feels real.
Her ability to balance out that strength alongside her cuter vulnerable side is appealing in and of-itself, allowing the other members of the show to do what they do best: playing the knight or hero. There is nothing wrong with settling into the cliches, rather, it showcases excellent writing on top of an already solid foundation.
Think you have a heroine even better than Shirayuki (doubt it!). Who’s your favorite female character in anime?