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Female empowerment

Anime
bylaraes
Nov 04 2022, 2:35 PM | Updated Dec 15, 2023 6:23 PM
An incomplete list of good anime that are generally safe to watch for women and girls. Shows that star strong and well-written female (main) characters, center around female friendships, relationships and empowerment, address important women's issues or feature feminist notions.

This is a work in progress! Some shows I have seen, others I want to.

Juuni Kokuki

The Twelve Kingdoms

Juuni Kokuki
TV, 2002, 45 eps Me:- Author:10
"I don't need a scabbard to sheathe my mind." I will never shut up about this show. Through difficult challenges, Youko transforms from a rather naive and spineless schoolgirl to a responsible and self-reflective leader and protector of a kingdom to whom she owes nothing. Her character development is second to none.
Nana
TV, 2006, 47 eps Me:- Author:-
Although there is no shortage of sometimes frustrating romantic subplots in Nana, it is still a very real and touching story about female friendship and coming of age.
Kill la Kill
TV, 2013, 24 eps Me:- Author:9
A controversial choice. To me, this show is a very visually and conceptually interesting look at female sexuality and embracing or, at least, coming to terms with one's own femininity.

Seirei no Moribito

Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit

Seirei no Moribito
TV, 2007, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Seirei no Moribito is a captivating series about a strong and accomplished female bodyguard who is assigned to protect the outcast prince of a neighboring country. Determined to save him and prevail against all odds, during this mission she becomes something more than the hardened warrior she thought herself to be: a mother.

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime

Snow White with the Red Hair

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
TV, 2015, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
A sweet and romantic story. Shirayuki knows who she is, she has dreams and goals and once she has chosen a path, she will follow it without fail. The relationship she has with Zen is very equal and trusting. He admires and respects her for who she is as a person, rather than for her beauty.
Akatsuki no Yona
TV, 2014, 24 eps Me:- Author:9
A childish princess is violently torn from her luxurious and care-free life and thrown into a risky journey to regain power. Seeing Yona develop into a strong leader, that still is vulnerable and emotional, is really gratifying.
Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Movie, 2001, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
This serves as a placeholder for almost every female-led Ghibli film. Ghibli generally has an amazing track record of having realistic female leads, that have agency and good development!
Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta...
TV, 2020, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
A surprisingly good and comfy watch. Features very sweet female friendships and relationships in general, and is - contrary to what you may think from reading the title - not centered around romance that much!
Flip Flappers
TV, 2016, 13 eps Me:- Author:8
Flip Flappers is a fascinating show, with phenomenal visuals and interesting plot. The two main girls have very different personalities and have to learn to work together, which ultimately results in them forming a strong bond. Among other things, the show explores and criticizes the Yuri genre.

Oshiete! Galko-chan

Please tell me! Galko-chan

Oshiete! Galko-chan
TV, 2016, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
A fun, short series about girls being girls! Takes stale and sexist character archetypes like the busty "Galko", the well-mannered "princess" and the unassuming "Nerd Girl" and turns them on their heads. Internalized misogyny and how to overcome it, the anime!
Violet Evergarden
TV, 2018, 13 eps Me:- Author:9
Violet is on a journey to learn to feel again. A beautiful show about trauma, grief and love viewed from a very soft and curious angle.
Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta
TV, 2013, 13 eps Me:- Author:9
I rewatched it recently and there definitely are quite a few panty shots, boob grabbing, a weird perverted kid and the likes. If you’re uncomfortable with that, then this one isn’t for you! I still think it fits into this list, because it’s one of the few good Battle Shounen out there with a cast that’s overwhelmingly female. A very well animated, exciting show with an interesting world and an equally intriguing cast, that features a lot of well-written, badass and multidimensional girls! Liking "girly" stuff, cute outfits and dance games is portrayed in a positive light.
Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
TV, 2010, 26 eps Me:- Author:9
No wonder Takumi is attracted to Misaki, she's literally like a prince! She's school president, has very strong ideals and morals and doesn't take shit from anyone. Also, she gets that Maid-Cafè-coin!
Romantic Killer
ONA, 2022, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
Sigh, another reverse Harem. But wait! It makes fun of the genre itself? And has a very well-written MC? They definitely could have fleshed out the parody-aspect much more, but it's still a fun watch.
*SPOILER and TW* It also touches on SA, Stalking and victim shaming experienced by a boy.
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
TV, 2012, 13 eps Me:- Author:8
Again, a strong female lead that doesn't take shit!
The iDOLM@STER
TV, 2011, 25 eps Me:- Author:9
A comfy and well-written show about the lives, hopes and friendships of a group of girls working to become popstars.
Carole & Tuesday
TV, 2019, 24 eps Me:- Author:8
For some reason I didn't finish this one, but what I've seen I really liked. It's an interesting show about an unlikely friendship of two very different girls who connect about their passion for music.
Kyousou Giga (TV)
TV, 2013, 10 eps Me:- Author:9
With its almost dreamlike visuals, surreal settings and quirky characters, you'd be surprised at how familiar and heartwarming the story of Kyousou Giga actually is.
Little Witch Academia (TV)
TV, 2017, 25 eps Me:- Author:9
A family-friendly, upbeat show about (you guessed it) witches! Other than magic, it revolves around a cast of very diverse girls and their relationships. A comfy and worthwhile watch!
Lycoris Recoil
TV, 2022, 13 eps Me:- Author:8
While being about literal badass high school girls who work as spies, I chose this for the honestly quite beautiful friendship of the two main girls. It also has a lot of GL undertones/bait (and well-written gay side characters!), which I appreciated. A pretty great show, if you don't pay too much attention to the plot, since it's definitely mainly character-driven.
Sugar Apple Fairy Tale
TV, 2023, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Has a cute female lead, who has big dreams and follows them with determination. Knows what she wants and follows through once she decides to do something. Cute little watch!

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
TV, 2014, 12 eps Me:- Author:7

Shoujo Kakumei Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Shoujo Kakumei Utena
TV, 1997, 39 eps Me:- Author:-

Junketsu no Maria

Maria the Virgin Witch

Junketsu no Maria
TV, 2015, 12 eps Me:- Author:-

Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna
TV, 2012, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Glass no Kamen (2005)
TV, 2005, 51 eps Me:- Author:-
Michiko to Hatchin
TV, 2008, 22 eps Me:- Author:-

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
TV, 2016, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Arte
TV, 2020, 12 eps Me:- Author:-

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.

O Maidens in Your Savage Season

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.
TV, 2019, 12 eps Me:- Author:-

Maria-sama ga Miteru

Maria Watches Over Us

Maria-sama ga Miteru
TV, 2004, 13 eps Me:- Author:-

Versailles no Bara

The Rose of Versailles

Versailles no Bara
TV, 1979, 40 eps Me:- Author:-
Kageki Shoujo!!
TV, 2021, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Wonder Egg Priority
TV, 2021, 12 eps Me:- Author:-

Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma

Emma: A Victorian Romance

Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma
TV, 2005, 12 eps Me:- Author:-

Sora yori mo Tooi Basho

A Place Further Than The Universe

Sora yori mo Tooi Basho
TV, 2018, 13 eps Me:- Author:-

Kuragehime

Princess Jellyfish

Kuragehime
TV, 2010, 11 eps Me:- Author:-
Princess Principal
TV, 2017, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Heartcatch Precure!
TV, 2010, 49 eps Me:- Author:-

Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!
TV, 2020, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Urahara
TV, 2017, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Black Fox
Movie, 2019, 1 ep Me:- Author:-

Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
TV, 2011, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
TV, 2009, 64 eps Me:- Author:-
Psycho-Pass
TV, 2012, 22 eps Me:- Author:-

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