Best Anime of 2015: Shoujo

The shoujo genre is generally aimed at female teenagers. With most of the anime in the genre having a female main character going through different kinds of feelings and sometimes hardship in order to reach an answer. We follow these characters on their journey, as they try to find what they really want, whether it be a person or to change the world. Through the genre, different settings are provided for tension and drama, we experience what it feels like to take on those feelings whether they be good or bad. A lot of shows can be highly emotional as it is through teenage life, and this year in anime provided for some really standout shoujo. With that being said:

Deirii Raifu’s Pick: I unfortunately didn’t watch any shoujo this year, though I’ve read revies and heard some were pretty good. Tee-hee 😛

Roto’s Pick:

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime – Fresh and Unique

“Zen”

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Deirii Raifu didn’t watch any shoujo this year, so I get to write everything.

Akagami no shirayuki hime was the only shoujo anime I had watched this year.
Now, I haven’t really watched shoujo animes in the past, but I have read part of the manga.
Dominated by non-shoujo shows being aired in 2015, Akagami stood out to me as being fresh.
However, I do hope that future anime (and manga) follow down this path.
In terms of the actual genre, Akagami no Shirayuki hime is not your average shoujo.

Shirayuki brings the strong female protagonist to the fold, which is great for the series.
Newer and later introduced characters such as Izana also gave substance to the show.
Atri was also a good developmental character for Zen, symbolising the hardship of royalty.
Mitsuhide as Zen’s trusted and close friend, aide and retainer brought a realistic feel to the story.
Even if the animation was not that great in quality, it did fit the theme of the show.
I also really enjoyed that lighter feel throughout the series which was helped by the animation.
Situated in a fantasy land, Bones does a good job bringing out the pure differences in the land.

Jobs were also a big part of the show, making each character feel like they had a role to play.
Obi was a unique character, as he basically became someone you couldn’t read.
Hopefully the second season of Akagami no Shirayuki Hime will be as good as the first.

Now onto the music, which is a key aspect in every shoujo anime due to the lack of action.
Comparable to what you would expect of a shoujo anime, the OP and ED did have a softer feel.
Eyelis also performed a somewhat happy and soft ending which fit with the flow.
Never the less, the opening was not to be our outdone by a fan favourite, Hayami Saori.
Akagami no shirayuki hime is recommended to those who like a shoujo and realistic fantasy mix.

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